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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

mysidia Re:R.I.P. Mozilla (106 comments)

You can have for this much but you have no control over anything that happens to the browser.

Before or after you accidentally click the tile?

I'm sure the advertisers will insist that their bit of javascript runs, as well; the tile's content will probably be a script src= tag pointing to the advertiser's webserver.

2 hours ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

mysidia Re:Turn tiles off... but for how long? (106 comments)

Seems to me that the evangelism and product referrals come from a tiny, but vocal minority.

There, fixed that for you. Never forget, that the same "minority" that take issue with changes to the product, also tend to be the same minority that espouse your product from the mountain tops and get people actually using your product. This small group also often includes consultants, IT admins, and other influencers, who if sufficiently dissatisfied have a great deal of power to persuade current users to switch to another product.

Yeah, because every change breaks someone's workflow.

2 hours ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

mysidia Re:Well... (106 comments)

What exactly is Mozilla doing that is pissing away so much money?

Salaries. And remember, Firefox is a for-profit company now with shareholders.

They might not be a megacorp like Google, but they're still a pretty big company with over 500 employees.

2 hours ago
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No, a Stolen iPod Didn't Brick Ben Eberle's Prosthetic Hand

mysidia Re:Rule of thumb (68 comments)

If something sounds too crazy to be true without substantial evidence to back it up

If something sounds crazy, on the internet, especially Facebook,etc; It's probably click-bait. They just want your clicks to earn ad revenue.

They will earn money, even if it's false or bogus. Also, there are unlikely to be any negative ramifications at all.

"Sorry, our bad"

And everyone will forget.

Sort of.... i'm sure there will be many repeats, and we'll just never get it.

3 hours ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

mysidia Re:Corporate "laws" (156 comments)

Why are you so afraid to call a spade a spade?

Because they believe they're free.

I want to emphasize the fact that there some countries that truly are, and others that are deceiving their people.

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Statistics Losing Ground To CS, Losing Image Among Students

mysidia Re:Sure, we could lose 50% of our statisticians (109 comments)

But there's only a 25% chance of that.

And that's just the average probability, with the actual probability for a given sample in terms of percentage points having a standard deviation of + / - 25 percentage points.

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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

mysidia Re:Aiding and abetting infringement (156 comments)

Under the definition you suggest, any WTO member recognizing the legal theory of aiding and abetting infringement

If by that you mean posting just a link to someone else's content might be illegal if the material at your link contains something infringing in the content, then you bet that's "partly free" and non-free in a particularly troublesome way.

2 days ago
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

mysidia I'll go with #3 (193 comments)

3) This is an intentionally bad design to generate revenue. Maybe GM should do this with car keys? "Oops, lost the keys to the corvette. Better buy a new one."

Ever hear of an iCloud backup? Also... note what the article states about how the prosthetic will be replaced:

The money will come from the government, but a new hand is worth $75,000, authorities said.

If such tragedy happened to you or me, govenrment would not pay, and insurance would probably find a way to not pay.

I support the troops strongly and all, however, I have to question if gov't paying for $75,000 iPhone-dependant prosthetics is appropriate at all. They should use their economic clout to force more reasonable pricing and not accept bullshit reasons to require a replacement.

2 days ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

mysidia Re:Doesn't work (156 comments)

Grayed out just means the study didn't include them. Your internet is probably fine.

This isn't very cool. They're supposedly making a map that is supposed to convince us that internet censorship is widespread, then they gray out most of the countries and don't include them in the study.

I think they just chose a pool of countries to study that are known to have highly censored internet access.

2 days ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

mysidia Re:Corporate "laws" (156 comments)

I agree... there should be a color for this. In between "Free" and "Partly free"; there should be a "Technically Free but de-facto censored" category

For countries where corporations can use legal techniques such as DMCA to intimidate web site operators into removing speech.

2 days ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

mysidia Re:My opinion on the matter. (789 comments)

ex/vi had ':x' (and ':x!') since its very beginning, which has the advantage of not 'touching' the file gratuitously when no changes were made.

You poor soul. I exit with :q if I haven't made any changes. I prefer to be explicit about it, rather than leave it uncertain, whether or not the file will be touched.

Because of the fact that it is more explicit, :wq is simply superior to :x, and the latter should always be avoided.

3 days ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

mysidia Re:My opinion on the matter. (789 comments)

If I do grep something /some/file/somewhere and and to edit my search string, I have to move the cursor further than in the cat|grep version.

Next he's going to complain that I use the up arrow or Control+P and edit what I am grepping for, instead of doing
^oldthing^newthing^

3 days ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

mysidia Re:What battle? (2010 wants its article back?) (789 comments)

So...what "battle" are we talking about? (Or did this post just fall forward five years from the past?)

A highly coordinated sneak attack, where the victim was essentially asleep, until 3 or 4 months after the major release, they tried upgrading to it and suddenly found... WTF? All my shit be broke, and everything's suddenly changed across all my major systems.

Systemd + Grub2 + FirewallD = Triple Whammy

3 days ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

mysidia Re:My opinion on the matter. (789 comments)

(go ahead and change the pgsql listen port - and see how long it takes you...)

vi /var/lib/pgsql/data/9.3/postgresql.conf

^] :%s/^#port = 5432/port = 1234/
:wq
semanage port -a -t postgresql_port_t -p tcp 1234
iptables -I INPUT -p tcp --dport 1234 -j ACCEPT
/usr/libexec/iptables.init save
systemctl restart postgresql

Was that so hard?

So sorry that even with iptables-save installed and the new systemctl firewalld turned off... "service iptables save" command has disabled so suddenly, even though it's been used in Redhat for over 15 years.
Yeah... you now have to deal with 'iptables-save > /etc/sysconfig/iptables' or manually finding where the service script's been moved to be able to invoke the save verb which used to be a short 3-word one liner command, But this is "progress".

3 days ago
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Major Delays, Revamped Beta For Credit-Card Consolidating Gadget Coin

mysidia Re: Won't work with new chips (78 comments)

To the best of my knowledge, no major credit card companies allow the use of copied credit cards.

I think Coin will have to have a partnership with them, otherwise, Coin will be doomed from the get go, because, you see the Coin screen displays the various Logos of credit card companies on the front when being used, along with the last 4 digits of the credit card number.

If they don't have a partnership; Mastercard, Visa, Discover, Amex, etc, will have to either license Coin's usage of their logo on the cards, or enforce the trademark rights and sue Coin or send cease and decist displaying their logo and disseminating confidential magnetic track data in an unauthorized manner.....

3 days ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

mysidia Re:Do the math (336 comments)

CO2 emissions are a measure of cost (to the environment), not efficiency.

It is true that CO2 emissions are a cost to the environment, they also are the efficiency, because in both cases, it is a breaking of a carbon hydrogen bond that releases energy.

The more total number of carbon-hydrogen bonds that have to be broken during the combustion end-to-end per BTU of heat applied to the water, the less efficient the method of heating ---- more carbon is being emitted per unit is just another way of saying that you are burning fuel and less of the thermal energy released from burning it is being harnessed as useful energy; when you burn coal to produce electricity, much of it is lost as heat and since the fuel doesn't burn cleanly much energy is lost in a useless form, on the other hand, if you burn a clean-burning fuel such as natgas within proximity to the water, almost all the heat released, can essentially be harnessed.

Not only are the coal-fired power plants less efficient at this conversion, but there are also huge transmission losses across the electrical grid (compared to smaller loss for natural gas in the form of an energy requirement to actually pump the fuel), and you should include a share of the energy required to install and maintain the electrical grid itself as part of the energy cost, so in terms of efficiency, using Electricity just to heat something is really not that great ---- it is much better to have a cleanly burning fuel at the point of use, where 99% or more of the fuel burned will be harnessed as energy.

3 days ago
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Major Delays, Revamped Beta For Credit-Card Consolidating Gadget Coin

mysidia Re:Won't work with new chips (78 comments)

The employee would also be liable for any injuries to other employees which occur as a result of his intervention, correct?

It is unlikely, however possible, particularly if the employee was taking actions they did not believe were within their required job duties where a reasonable person in the employee's place would be expected to foresee the danger to others, and the employee had a duty to avoid creating the danger, but it would be for the courts and attorneys to sort out depending on local state law.

The other employee would be on the job, so this would most likely be a claim within the workman's comp system.

In general, in the absence of an agreement, conspiracy, or intent to encourage, an individual is not liable for another 3rd party individual's decision to harm or cause damage to a 2nd party.

Also, if the 2nd party acts with clear intent to injure another employee, and they succeed, then they may have committed the felony of aggravated assault, which will likely eliminate the shoplifter's ability to sue.

4 days ago
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Major Delays, Revamped Beta For Credit-Card Consolidating Gadget Coin

mysidia Re:Won't work with new chips (78 comments)

In fact, I'm almost surprised he wasn't fired. You're not just not paid enough to run. It's potentially dangerous, and the damage from the shoplifting is smaller than the potential harm to you: it's unlikely but expensive when it does happen.

It's true that it is dangerous, and potentially very harmful to the employee. The store itself will also not have any liability for any harm that happened to the employee as a result, because any injury would fall under worker comp. process, and the Employee won't be granted payments for injuries from a fight started by the employee.

However, if the shoplifter is injured running from the employee, they can file a lawsuit against both the establishment and the employee, and the store may have significant liability.

4 days ago
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Major Delays, Revamped Beta For Credit-Card Consolidating Gadget Coin

mysidia Re:Won't work with new chips (78 comments)

A lot of retail workers won't care, but some will. Especially the ones who are smart enough to be aware of credit card fraud but not so knowledgeable they know about Coin.

In my opinion, they will learn pretty darn fast, or they will get fired. As long as Coin is legal, and the credit card companies decide to allow it.

The thing is.... the cardmember agreement says your Credit Card is The credit card company's property The physical card does not belong to you, the consumer, and you have no right to make a copy of it, So Coin DOES have to be authorized by Mastercard, Visa, Etc, and I would expect the retail employees to be trained to accept it.

If they refuse, I will be asking to speak to a manager and make a complaint about the employee, which I will follow up in writing to the retail establishment and to some officials at their corporate HQ.

4 days ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

mysidia Re:Do the math (336 comments)

That entirely depends on the relative costs of electricity and natural gas.

I didn't say cheaper, I said more efficient. Natural-gas based heating has half the carbon dioxide emissions per megawatt hour that coal-based electric production entails.

4 days ago

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Senators petition to censor DUI checkpoint apps

mysidia mysidia writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mysidia (191772) writes "Senators, Harry Reid, Charles Schumer, Frank Lautenberg and Tom Udall, sent etters on Tuesday requesting Apple, Google, and RIM remove or modify apps that notify users of police checkpoints. According to the senators, the apps are "harmful to public safety", because drunk drivers could use them to evade police detection.
BlackBerry maker RIM ceded to the request on Wednesday."

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R.I.P. OpenSolaris 2005-2010

mysidia mysidia writes  |  about 4 years ago

mysidia (191772) writes "Last month, on July 14th, it was mentioned that the OpenSolaris governing board issued an ultimadum to Oracle. It turns out that Oracle continued to ignore requests to appoint a liason after the OpenSolaris governing board's demands. This morning, the OpenSolaris governing board unanimously passed the resolution to dissolve itself.

Source code changes are no longer available, and It would appear that OpenSolaris and community involvement in the development of Solaris have been killed as rumored.

A recent article on slashdot discussed a "Spork" of OpenSolaris, Illumos. Perhaps now, this will have a chance of becoming a true fork."

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US court strikes down media swearing ban

mysidia mysidia writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mysidia (191772) writes "A federal appeals court in Manhattan struck down a policy of the FCC which banned broadcasters from allowing curse words on live TV. The court concluded the rule was unconstitutionally vague and had a chilling effect on broadcasters. In the 2 to 1 ruling, the court found that policy was "arbitrary and capricious", but that the FCC might be able to craft a policy that does not violate the First Amendment.

"'By prohibiting all `patently offensive' references to sex, sexual organs and excretion without giving adequate guidance as to what 'patently offensive' means, the FCC effectively chills speech, because broadcasters have no way of knowing what the FCC will find offensive,' the appeals court wrote."

Fox Stations, owned by News Corp., and other networks had brought suit in 2006 after the FCC cited use of profanity during the airing of awards programs."
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IPv4 free pool drops below 10%, 1.2.3.4 allocated

mysidia mysidia writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mysidia (191772) writes "A total of 16,777,216 IP address numbers were just allocated to the Asian Pacific Network Information Centre IP address registry for assignment to users. Some venerable IP addresses such as 1.1.1.1 and 1.2.3.4 have been officially assigned to the registry itself temporarily, for testing as part of the DEBOGON project.
The major address blocks 1.0.0.0/8 and 27.0.0.0/8, are chosen accordance with a decision by ICANN to assign the least-desirable remaining IP address ranges to the largest regional registries first, reserving most more desirable blocks of addresses for the African and Latin American internet users, instead of North America, Europe, or Asia.

In other words: of the 256 major networks in IPv4 (4,294,967,296 IP address numbers), only 24 network blocks (402,653,184 IP addresses) remain unallocated in the global free pool, and many of the remaining networks have been tainted or made less desirable by unofficial users who attempted an end-run around the registration process, and treated "RESERVED" IP addresses as "freely available" for their own internal use. This allocation is right on target with projected IPv4 consumption and was predicted by the IPv4 report, which has continuously and reliably estimated global pool IP address exhaustion for Late 2011 and regional registry exhaustion by Late 2012.

Services such as anoNet, and other private Enterprises that have been using 1.0.0.0 IP addresses, such as "1.2.3.4", for their private networks or intranet applications, are on the verge of impairing their activity to legitimate users of those IP addresses in the next few years.

So, does your enterprise intranet use any unofficial address ranges for private networks?"
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How To Hijack 'Every iPhone In The World'

mysidia mysidia writes  |  about 5 years ago

mysidia (191772) writes "A new article from forbes.com reports on an unpatched iPhone vulnerability that researchers Charlie Miller and Collin Mulliner plan to reveal at Black Hat. The bug may allow hackers to remotely seize control of iPhones by using SMS text messages. "If you receive a text message on your iPhone any time after Thursday afternoon containing only a single square character, Charlie Miller would suggest you turn the device off. Quickly."
A similar vulnerability is reported to exist on devices running Windows mobile software."

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