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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

m00sh Re:I am by no means a fan of Comcast... (291 comments)

... but their Xfinity Wifi Hotspot program, if implemented correctly, shouldn't cause customers any real harm.

What I believe happens is that your modem gets virtualized into two modems/routers. Cable Internet is already based on shared broadcast signals, so in terms of bandwidth it should be identical to adding a second, mostly inactive cable modem somewhere in your neighborhood. Since the 2nd modem is virtualized, it should not affect your transfer rates or bandwidth quotas.

This second modem is connected to a second, virtual router, with its own SSID. Unless there's a vulnerability in the router (which is possible), users of the Xfinity Wifi Hotspot should not be able to access your network, use your IP address, etc.

Available bandwidth could conceivably be reduced, due to more packets in the air, but WiFi is already unregulated and subject to additional interference. Increased load on the modem/router could theoretically reduce your bandwidth as well, although probably not by any noticeable amount.

The best claim is based on increased electricity usage. However, the additional energy needed is probably negligible. Here is a link to a blog post about the increased electricity costs, where they conclude it's about $8 per year in the mid-Atlantic area -- if it's being used. Comcast could give everyone a $1/mo credit for enabling the Xfinity WiFi Hotspot, completely eliminating the issue.

The problem is that they are enabling it without consent.

Comcast should give a large discount to incentiveize people in enabling them. Since they are Comcast, they just said fuck you and turned it on to rake in the sweet sweet profit.

about two weeks ago

Billionaire Donors Lavish Millions On Code.org Crowdfunding Project

m00sh Re:This! (84 comments)

There is a great portion of my favorite book on Political thought regarding wages and the Artisan. Socrates points out that once a person in society receives ample money for a project they no longer have incentive to do future work. Socrates continues stating that this is not the biggest problem. The biggest problem is that the person with the wealth is now free to meddle in the affairs of everybody else in society. That meddling is almost never in societies interests, but that person or the person's close friends and associates, so that they gain further control of society and have more stuff than everyone else.

That book in case you are interested is Plato's "The Republic".

The whole "everyone should code" argument is foolish. Society needs plumbers, welders, architects, accountants, doctors, physicists, line workers, and every other job there is. As society has demand for jobs the wages should go up, which draws people into the needed jobs. Since coders are in demand and receive good wages for their work, it seems at least some of this push is to artificially reduce the wages by flooding the market. And lets face it, there are not a whole lot of decent paying middle class jobs left in the US any longer.

Human societies are now billions of people. Even millions of dollars are just a drop in the sea. There is absolutely no way anyone can know what that drop is good or bad for society. Is the projected funded by a billionaire for his interests more detrimental than a project sanctioned by a government official using taxpayer money?

By the same logic of not everyone should code, then everyone shouldn't need to read and write, do math, learn science? Every scientist now learns to code; engineers code, physicists code, biologists code. Why shouldn't the average person code?

about a month ago

One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

m00sh Re:Yes yes yes (405 comments)

Everyone I worked with 15 years ago as an engineer is now in management. What are they managing? Where is this productivity I keep hearing about?

Good engineers quickly outgrow what they themselves alone are capable of to their visions of what is possible. Management is the only way you can get hundreds of engineers to realize your vision.

about 2 months ago

Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

m00sh Re:You have to have a car payment to drive? (907 comments)

Strange. I've owned a car (several of them, actually) for a couple of decades and I never made a payment other than the first one I used to buy the car. I've also never paid over $3000 for a car. Something about learning to maintain it yourself and not having much money. Also something about how true ownership beats the pants off someone else having control of my stuff.

Guess as you get paid more, you gather this strange belief that everyone does the same crazy dumb shit that you're doing.

Cars are cash items due to severe depreciation and high maintenance costs. Can't afford to buy it cash? Don't. If you have under $1000 cash (the minimum I find drivable cars selling for) the last thing you need are payments! And if you need it for a job, make sure you pay the car off within a month or two (there's plenty of $2000 jalopies you can pick up at the various fleece-me-blind no-credit car lots that should be priced at $1000 cash).

If you buy a used car, it will run into problems. If you go to a mechanic with even the smallest of problems, they will quote you $500. If you ignore the problem, it will get worse and worse until it is unsafe to drive or the car simply doesn't start at all.

Learning to maintain a car isn't that hard but you can't do it on your apartment parking lot.

about 3 months ago

Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

m00sh Re:Way to compare apples to light bulbs (200 comments)

The article spells out the differences - the India probe took longer, weighed less, has fewer experiments, and probably won't last long. Meanwhile the NASA probe got there quickly, weighs 4 times more, has twice the number of experiments, and can serve as a communication relay for probes on the ground.

I can drive across country in a $5000 car, a $50,000 car, or a $500,000 truck. Each of them have different purposes and will get you there in different ways. To say NASA needs to only use the $5000 car isn't in our long term interest.

Or maybe, just maybe, they innovated and solved key problems to make ti cheaper.

But we can't have that, can we? American steel is stronger than Indian steel.

Let's just give credit where it's due and learn from their success. We can't put our noses up and say our space program is a 2015 Cadillac Escalade whereas yours is a 1999 Honda Accord.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

m00sh Re:Cake and eat it too (365 comments)

Corporations want infrastructure, rule of the law, and educated workforce that comes with doing business in US while paying third-world wages and hiding income in tax shelters. You can't have it both ways.

By the same argument, we want high wages through government intervention and artificial barriers to labor just by the virtue of the luck of being born on the right side of the line. At the same time, we want to buy the cheapest parts and gadgets manufactured in China so we can consume more even though it costs the manufacturing sector in the US.

We also want it both ways as well. Everybody wants it both ways.

The goal is to find the balance that is best for everyone.

about 3 months ago

Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

m00sh Re:The kind of science fair my school used to have (308 comments)

If it's anything like the science fairs we used to have at my high school, then it will turn out dad is a plant biologist (who swears the girls did it all on their own) and the girls will be curiously vague when asked about the methodology.

The greatest challenge is not knowing how to do something but knowing all the ways on not how to do it.

There is always someone who shows the exact way of doing something and the kids follow the step and sometimes produce great results.

Even great university research has someone vastly experienced guiding it.

about 3 months ago

Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

m00sh Because of Apple engineering (264 comments)

It is obviously because Apple has engineered iOS so well that it only requires a fraction of the memory that Android does.

And, iOS8 has such wonderful memory technologies that Apple developed that even new apps only need a small fraction of the memory that they would need in Android and iOS7. So, there was absolutely no need to put extra memory that will never be used.

about 3 months ago

Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

m00sh Re:Recent claims by whom? (224 comments)

What a load of PC "humans are the only baddies in the world" bollocks.

Chimpanzees have a well documented history of intra-group hierarchical violence, violence against females and extra-group murdering raids. This is nothing new. Anthropologists have known this stuff for decades.

In Matthew Lieberman's book Social, he has a chapter on this.

Especially entertaining is what he wrote regarding the bonobos. They are essentially the free love orgy and hippies of the primate world. And, chimps are the violent and brutal ones.

So, whatever the primates do, there isn't a definite reflection on humans. We all share the fact that society and social connections are the most important things in our lives but it can go in multitude of directions - from hippie to killers.

about 3 months ago

Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

m00sh Re:Tenure-hunting discourages risk (203 comments)

In my opinion the peer-review should be changed to a double-blind system: the reviewer should not see name and affiliation of the authors, and judge the work as it would grade an undergrad paper (i.e. harshly). Like this I believe the signal-to-noise ratio in journals would increase, and only good papers would get published. At that point, I'd be willing to accept impact factor as a measure of worthiness of a publication. Until then, it's just friends judging friends, with nobody wanting to piss off anybody else. Minor revisions, congratulations, you're published.

There are many many double blind review systems.

The world of research on a specific topic is very small. If you write a paper, you can probably guess who will review it. Also, the reviewer can also guess who wrote it.

If that doesn't happen, then it goes to the guy who drew the short straw and you get a pointless review criticizing pointless things from a person who knows nothing about the field but is in the review committee for whatever reasons.

about 4 months ago

Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

m00sh Re:Here's an idea (448 comments)

How about we just stop invading other countries where we know people don't like to see Americans? If we had opted out of the second Iraq war, we could have saved thousands of lives, billions of dollars, and our own collective faces on the international stage. To top it all off we wouldn't need to be having this discussion at all. We didn't accomplish anything with that war. I know that is not a popular opinion here, but it is the truth.

Under the sanctions, Iraqis were suffering. The child death rate was soaring, there were food shortages and there were thousands of deaths. The power of Saddam Hussein was actually growing and he was getting richer and more powerful while the population was suffering.

Which was all caused by the first Iraq war which was the result of arming Saddam Hussein so that he would fight Iran. We were fighting Iran because they were hostile to us because of supporting the unpopular Shah dictator. We supported a military coup that put the Shah in power because oil was nationalized by then Iranian government. The Iranian government nationalized the oil fields because they were outright owned by foreign oil companies and didn't think it was fair. I don't know what happened before that.

Just a chain of dick moves and greed all the way.

Other nearby countries using their oil resources wisely have done very well and are the countries with the highest per capita.

about 4 months ago

Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

m00sh Re:Isnt it weird? (311 comments)

Not really. People with World of Warcraft accounts don't have iCloud stored nudies.

They do have nudies, but nobody wants to see them.

Or if you ask them, they'll send you the nudies all day.

about 4 months ago

Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

m00sh Re:dumb as fuck celebrities (311 comments)

Your life is already under a microscope. You can't go to the supermarket without a crew from TMZ following you and paparazzi are camped out on your lawn.... just how freaking stupid do you have to be to post nude pics of yourself to the cloud?

I'm going to start a consulting agency to the stars, called "Common Sense", and get paid to distribute my common sense to people who obviously have none of their own.

Here's a free tip: If you don't want nude pics of yourself spread to the web, don't take nude pics of yourself!

Or even better yet, never be nude. Always wear clothes. Then, there there is absolutely no chance of nude pics.

about 4 months ago

Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

m00sh Re:Find My Friends password flaw (311 comments)

The "iBrute" exploit code didn't become available until earlier this week.

The iBrute was just an open source project to exploit this. Before that there were many people offering tools to break iCloud. Do a search and you'll see results from May 2014 about the bug.

about 4 months ago

Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

m00sh Around or on top of millitary bases? (237 comments)

The article says ...

What we find suspicious is that a lot of these interceptors are right on top of U.S. military bases.

The summary says ...

Many of them are built around U.S. military bases.

Way to slant the summary to make it look like Chinese towers rather than our towers.

about 4 months ago

Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

m00sh Re:Not only iCloud at fault (336 comments)

Looking at the EXIF data attached to the photographs, where it's available, and the structure of the filenames I can see that only some of them came from iPhones/iCloud. I can also see photographs from Android phones (Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy 5s) likely acquired via Google Drive, other photographs clearly taken from Dropbox accounts (the dumps include default dropbox files), and many clearly taken from Twitter and Facebook private messages (filenames are a dead giveaway). Some of the filenames look like those you would get from a recovery or backup programme rather than an auto generated one, which chimes with what victims have said on Twitter regarding deleting the images months or even years ago. In any case there are clearly multiple sources and as usual Apple Derangement Syndrome is in full swing. Likely as not this was related to the heartbleed bug. Large amounts of passwords were acquired around that time, and were probably being used on multiple services. It's equally possible that this wasn't a breach at Apple et al but a breach of Amazon Web Services or Microsoft's Azure as those services are used to backup data from iCloud, Google Drive, and many others. What's worse for some of the celebs is that the pictures contain GPS data that could compromise their homes.

The Jennifer Lawrence pictures looks like they span 2-3 years. Each set has different hair colors, body shapes. My first thought was upgraded cell phones - phones that were reset but the data was still there when the user got a new phone.

The common link between these stars could be a phone retail outlet. Maybe an employee there would take the old phones, make copy of the internal flash memory before it was shipped off somewhere else.

about 4 months ago

Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

m00sh Re:Where are these photos? (336 comments)

A brute-force program to hack AppleID passwords was recently uploaded to the software-hosting GitHub. The program, appropriately called iBrute, is designed to flood AppleID logons with possible password combinations. The assumption is that the hacker would know the username, often derived from an email address.

Shortly before the stolen images were announced, the owner of iBrute announced the vulnerability — Find My iPhone did not deny access to brute force methods of figuring out a password. Early this morning, the same iBrute owner announced that the vulnerability has been closed, although there has not yet been confirmation from Apple.

iBrute is now reportedly locked out. But there is also speculation that the Find My iPhone hack was not solely to blame for all the apparently stolen files. For instance, someone could trick a celebrity user — or the celebrity’s assistant — into revealing enough information to gain access to iCloud backups. Additionally, it’s possible other online services were involved, since some of the images reportedly show celebrities using Android mobile devices.


The "find my iphone" bruteforce attack has been known for months. Search for how to get rid of "iCloud lock" and you'll see results.

I think once the iCloud password was found, then the same password was probably used to access other sites. Though I don't know why models/actresses would put dropbox and other cloud services on their phone.

I'm sure tools have been created that trawls the internet for e-mail addresses and tries to guess the password for the iCloud service. If you have the same user/pass combo in iCloud as anywhere else, then your account is probably compromised.

about 4 months ago

Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

m00sh Re:from the PoV of someone who has actually studie (455 comments)

...the problem, this is not only totally feasible, it is also absolutely necessary.

I prototyped a video recording device that started recording the second it was popped out of its charging/data cradle and kept going for thirty six hours straight during longevity testing - on a cellphone battery, through a HD (720p) sensor, at 30fps, with audio, onto a 64GB memory card.

Hardware can be had for less than £75 per unit. That includes the memory card.

POLICE LIE. THEY BULLSHIT THEIR WAY THROUGH COURT CASES TO SECURE A CONVICTION, AND THEY FABRICATE EVIDENCE AND FORCE CONFESSIONS. So called "public oversight" is nothing of the sort. IA are POLICE. In England, we now have Police Commissioners, who are themselves serving police officers. We are in the process of winding down the IPCC (the Independent Police Complaints Commission) which is also staffed by serving police officers. They all piss in the same fucking pot!

And get off your privacy high horse, per Judge Munby in the Stafford case: PUBLIC SERVANTS IN THE COURSE OF THEIR DUTIES HAVE NO EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY. If you have a compact camera, keep the battery charged and carry it with you! RECORD every interaction you have or observe with police officers. I guarantee you, you will record evidence particularly when they "order" you to delete the file! (that's called "spoliation" and the mere mention of requiring someone else to do it is a criminal offence).

I think getting police officers to wear cameras and to produce footage etc is never going to happen.

The opposite can happen more easily. Have everyone wear cameras so that if they do come in contact with the police, there are numerous video recordings. Every car will have camera, every pedestrian will be recording and every building will have security video footage. When something happens, it will be recorded by multiple observers from multiple angles.

Make it illegal for the police to take publicly recorded footage away. Ask people to record public interactions with the police, ask building owners to submit the publicly recorded videos to youtube and vehicle video recordings to piece together what happened.

about 4 months ago

Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

m00sh Re:"accidental" breakage (455 comments)

I'm not sure about that. I mean, they released the footage of Brown robbing a convenience store for cigars and shoving around the clerk, which happened just before the shooting, but a lot of people in Ferguson still regard him as some sort of hero or martyr.

He paid for the cigars. The shoving of the clerk was unrelated to the "theft".


about 4 months ago

Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

m00sh Re:Biased (221 comments)

>>For the purposes of the study, science-literate is a new term which means tops in those criteria studied.

Actually I work in education. Scientific literacy is a concept that has been around for a long time, and is generally defined to mean scientific concepts that everyone should understand.


>For the matter of however it correlates to whatever way you define literacy is not the author's problem. They collected the data and Canada is at the top in the data they collected. Science-literacy is not laid out, well defined term so you go

It is, actually.

So now you know. And knowing is half the battle.

Well, there you go. Their research fits all the criteria for scientific literacy.

The test clearly test for scientific reasoning, explain and predict natural phenomenon, ask, find, or determine answers to questions derived from curiosity about everyday experiences and all the other vague, unquantified criteria that is deemed to measure scientific literacy.

about 4 months ago


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