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New Nigerian ID Card Includes Prepay MasterCard Wallet

mysidia Re:Placing all your eggs in one basket (47 comments)

The government confiscating all your cash in a time of financial turmoil however... that's pretty much guaranteed to happen.

If they had wanted to be truly innovative... the card would not be a Mastercard, but a Bitcoin hardware wallet, where the user would have to program it with their Public/Private key pair, and each citizen would be given at least three... one pair of e-cards primary/backup, and a paper document that could be used to prove ID in order to replace documents in case the other two were lost, so they could carry the first, lockup the second someplace safe, and put the third in a safety deposit vault.

4 hours ago
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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

mysidia Re:Snowpiercer? (218 comments)

Perhaps we should just pay a chinese hazardous waste disposal company to take it off our hands.

The tracks can be constructed to bring the shipping containers to port, in order to be loaded up onto the slow boat to China.

yesterday
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

mysidia Re:I actually don't see a problem (267 comments)

Also, most roads are out of WiFi connectivity anyway.

I think you're totally out of touch with what the technology is capable of. After you have logged the trip, you will be within WiFi range at your destination or at other points in time.

Also, it's up to the vehicle to distill that information, so they aren't necessarily uploading Gigabytes.

Even if they were, it's quite doable.

It's also quite possible analysis of the data may be distributed, and different vehicles could share that data with each other, and once many vehicles have the data, they would start seeding the same Torrent.

2 days ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

mysidia Re:I actually don't see a problem (267 comments)

One word; bandwidth. Do you have any idea the amount of data there is in a road scan?

One word:WiFi, or Google WiFi and Background incremental data uploads and downloads with Automated analysis.

2 days ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

mysidia Re:I actually don't see a problem (267 comments)

I'm going to map my drive to work, by driving it a few dozen times. Then the car can take over.

Why not provide a mechanism so that when you drive over the road, data is sent to Google. Once enough people have driven the road, the data gets shared with all the vehicles, so it's as if they all have the latest map of the road.

Also, there could be some mechanism designed for the DOTs, Police and construction workers, to "FLAG" a position and broadcast based on GPS coordinates as "X event now", OR "X event next Friday from 12pm to 4pm", "Emergency", "Danger STOP/SLOW", "Lane Closure", "Lane Detour", "Flagman", or "Change Made", "Signal Removed", "New Signal Added", "Stop Added", "Intersection Added", and specify a number miles radius, so the first approaching vehicles to encounter will automatically approach with extra caution, until they have collected sufficient new data

2 days ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

mysidia Re:It's almost... (267 comments)

can deliver a single web page to a single client at once, and requires editing of configuration files to deliver another page.

Kind of like the early Gopher servers?

2 days ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

mysidia Re: But is it reaslistic? (360 comments)

Smallpox is not "easily created".

Maybe not 'easily', but it can be created. The entire genetic sequence of Variola Major is known and has been published, so the virus could be synthesized artificially by reproducing the sequence.

2 days ago
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This 'SimCity 4' Region With 107 Million People Took Eight Months of Planning

mysidia Re:Los Angeles (102 comments)

What happens if you try shouting "xyzzy" ?

A hollow voice says "PLUGH".

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

mysidia Re:R.I.P. Mozilla (170 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.

4 days 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? (170 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.

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

mysidia Re:Well... (170 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.

4 days ago
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No, a Stolen iPod Didn't Brick Ben Eberle's Prosthetic Hand

mysidia Re:Rule of thumb (122 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.

4 days ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

mysidia Re:Corporate "laws" (158 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.

5 days ago
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Statistics Losing Ground To CS, Losing Image Among Students

mysidia Re:Sure, we could lose 50% of our statisticians (113 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.

5 days ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

mysidia Re:Aiding and abetting infringement (158 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.

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

mysidia I'll go with #3 (194 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.

about a week ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

mysidia Re:Doesn't work (158 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.

about a week ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

mysidia Re:Corporate "laws" (158 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.

about a week ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

mysidia Re:My opinion on the matter. (810 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.

about a week ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

mysidia Re:My opinion on the matter. (810 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^

about a week 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  |  more than 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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