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Facebook Wants You To Snitch On Friends Not Using Their Real Name

mgoff Re:Everyone should post as Anonymous (304 comments)

People who had their locker beside yours in high-school are not 'long lost friends'

Yes, they pretty much are, almost by definition, since they are/were friends who you lost touch with a long time ago.

they don't need to see photos of your cars and kids nor need they to know where you live.

Need? No, but maybe they want to. I know that I have really enjoyed seeing photos of friends from high school, their kids, whatever, and have had some fun exchanges catching up with people I hadn't spoken to in years. In my case, I grew up on military bases, so it was particularly easy to lose track of people, especially since this was pre-Internet. Just because circumstances caused me to lose touch with someone doesn't mean they should be permanently erased from my life. Just because I don't call someone on the phone every Sunday doesn't mean that I don't enjoy a quick browse of their photos, updates, whatever they post.

Listen, if you don't want to read or post to Facebook, fine. But you're being an arrogant ass to tell others they shouldn't. Not every interaction with people has to rise to the level of a discussion over the validity of Keynesian vs. Hayekian economics. Maybe I just want to see a cute pic of an old friend playing with his daughter from time to time.

TL;DR: FOAD.

about 2 years ago
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Intel Says Clover Trail Atom CPU Won't Work With Linux

mgoff Re:Sounds like BS (434 comments)

Is there any source for this statement besides The Inquirer?

Yes.

Interestingly, the Ars Technical piece in question doesn't directly quote anybody from Intel saying Clover Trail “cannot run Linux”, they just say that the Inquirer reported that an Intel spokesperson at the Intel Developer Forum made that statement.

That's not "Yes," that's "No." If Ars is referencing The Inquirer, then there is no other original source than The Inquirer. Given The Inquirer's reputation, I think it's pretty important that we get independent confirmation before rushing to get the torches and pitchforks ready (or rushing to defend Intel's rights, depending on your bent).

more than 2 years ago
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When Are You Dead?

mgoff Re:No Organ Doner Here (516 comments)

Do you also agree, irrevocably, to never accept a donated organ for yourself or your minor children? Do you also agree to refuse drugs and therapies developed via research requiring donated organs? If so, no problem.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon Releases Cloud-Based Music Service

mgoff Doesn't Replace Dropbox (222 comments)

I was a little disappointed to learn that this won't really complete with or replace Dropbox, at least not yet. For me, OS-integration is critical-- I've got plenty of places to store info via a manual interface (web, FTP, etc). Hopefully this is just a start, and we'll see more features soon. Frankly, Dropbox works perfectly for me, so this just adds competition to the space that will hopefully drive up free storage capacities.

more than 3 years ago
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Golden Gate Bridge To Eliminate Tollbooths

mgoff Re:Just get rid of tolls completely. (349 comments)

There may no viable alternate car routes, but I think the GP meant there are ferries, buses, and formal and casual carpools which are all valid alternatives to a solo driver crossing the bridge. These are the alternatives the toll is meant to encourage.

more than 3 years ago
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Why "Verified By Visa" System Is Insecure

mgoff Re:Welcome to 3 years ago (243 comments)

This likely only happened because you were in the boondocks. We just moved back to the States from two years in London. It took forever to get a current account (checking) set up when we first moved to England, so we lived on our US Capital One card (no ForEx charges) for nearly a month. We were never once hassled for using a non CnP card-- everyone knew to swipe it. I don't recall ever having to give my post code the whole time I was there either.

On topic, I think CnP has to be more secure than swipe and keyboard pin as used for debit card transactions in the US. Seems like it would be trivial to skim the stripe data and the pin pads are not private at all.

more than 4 years ago
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Domain Key Identified Mail vs Phishing

mgoff Re:DKIM is a tool, not a solution (180 comments)

SpamCop/Blacklisting - This is actually very effective. I lookup the IP address of every email and check it against these databases. A failure has its session terminated immediately. The vast majority of the entries in these databases are from infected computers sending spam.

So here's something I've never understood: if zombies are such an issue, why aren't the ISPs taking action? It's their bandwidth being gobbled up too.

I would expect that network traffic from compromised machines would match some simple heuristics (high-speed, repeated http requests for DDOS, many non-local SMTP connections for outgoing spam, etc). If a machine trips the heuristics, knock the client off with an http redirect instructing them to contact support). Whitelists could keep online those few legitimate users who trigger the blocks.

This would probably never fly with commercial and high-end users, but I'm assuming Joe Sixpack (and Grandpa Sixpack) are the bigger problem. What am I missing? Or is this already happening?

more than 6 years ago

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