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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

onproton Feasibility (491 comments)

Even if we could somehow set up a system where every internet user pays $230/year to some central authority - how would it be distributed to the site owners etc.? I think this study is more indicative that perhaps internet advertisements are too inexpensive. How much per person would it take to get rid of television advertisements? My guess is a lot more.

yesterday
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Experimental Drug Stops Ebola-like Infection

onproton Other Treatments (49 comments)

I'm assuming that the two U.S. aid workers were not treated with this - is anyone exploring a broader application of whatever was used in their cases?

yesterday
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The Benefits of Inequality

onproton Re:not mutually exclusive terms (254 comments)

No one said they were mutually exclusive, just that there was a general misconception that the U.S. government is a democracy when in fact 1. it is a republic and 2. it is not democratic (in terms of the people do not have the power to effect policy decisions by their representatives.

2 days ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

onproton Re:I spent 3 hours trying to upgrade service... (246 comments)

All the major telecoms have been trying to push landline services on their consumers - every single time I get new service or transfer they tell me I "have" to get a phone line because it's cheaper. In what world does that make sense?

Verizon stopped offering dry-line DSL about 2 years ago and forces all their customers to also pay for phone service - not because of technical implications, mind you, solely because they want it to look like people are using it, and they can do whatever the hell they want because no one is competing with them.

2 days ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

onproton Resistance is futile (302 comments)

you will be assimilated into Windows 8.

4 days ago
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Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: the Death of Clear-Text

onproton Re:Flash vulnerability? (166 comments)

From the article: "A step-by-step breakdown of how such an attack might occur is as follows: 1. A target is selected and their name is entered into the Network Injection GUI. 2. The target’s traffic stream is located based on their ISP’s RADIUS records. 3. As per the rule on the network injector (as shown in Figure 14), the appliance waits for the target to visit YouTube. 4. When this traffic is identified, it is redirected to the network injection appliance. 5. The legitimate video is blocked and malicious flash (SWF) is injected into the clear-text portion of the traffic. (Represented by the kitty skull and cross bones.) 6. The target is presented with a dialogue to upgrade their flash installation. If this upgrade is accepted the malicious SWF enables the installation of a ‘scout agent’ which provides target validation. 7. If the target is assessed as correct (i.e., the desired person), and safe for install (not a malware analysis honeypot), then the full agent is deployed. 8. Surveillance of the target commences."

about a week ago
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The Benefits of Inequality

onproton Re:Totalitarianism all the way (254 comments)

No one is arguing that all the complexities and nuances of government can be described in a 100 word slashdot comment. However, I still fail to see how a government can be classified as "democratic" if (as seen above) "average citizens’ preferences continue to have essentially zero estimated impact upon policy change." So, if by "the people have the power to change things" you mean "the wealthy people have the power to change things," then we agree, but this form of government has a different name.

about a week ago
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Response to Protests in Ferguson Raises Concerns About Police Militarization

onproton Re:Idiots (6 comments)

I think most people can see the senseless looting and violence in Ferguson for what it is - opportunists taking advantage of the chaos spurred by these events. The initial reaction by the police was to treat the people as if they were enemy combatants, so some rose to that expectation. That does not take away from the message that the police have transformed into a weapon rather than a shield, it amplifies it.

about a week ago
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The Benefits of Inequality

onproton Re:Mostly useless (254 comments)

I wasn't explicitly referring to extremism or revolt (although that is another worry), but rather the system collapsing in on itself.

The greater the proportion of wealth there is at the very top, the less and less wealth there is to spread around to everyone else, which means they spend less - In essence, one man with a billion dollars won't spend as much as 1,000 people with a million dollars. This means that at the end of the day there is less demand for products, businesses do less business, workers get laid off - at a certain point you start to see a feedback cycle. Which in the end is very very bad for both the economy and all (99+1) 100% of us.

about a week ago
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The Benefits of Inequality

onproton Re:Careful Libtards! (254 comments)

Hello Troll, I think your confusion lies in your inability to comprehend scale or derive useful meaning from data. In your frustration, lashing out seems your only recourse - but there are other ways of coping.

about a week ago
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The Benefits of Inequality

onproton Re:Totalitarianism all the way (254 comments)

Which is why we don't actually have a democracy, we have a republic, in which all of us have the wonderful freedom to choose between corrupt representative 1, or corrupt representative 2. Perhaps if democracy could be implemented without the polarizing effect of the 2 party system, or in a way that allowed more direct voting on actual issues instead of arbitrarily grouped policies it would be more functional - but then again maybe not.

about a week ago
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The Benefits of Inequality

onproton Mostly useless (254 comments)

Yes, Capitalism is the accepted economic system because it produces results; if those same results persist through extreme levels of inequality is a different matter. If what you are trying to say is that the current levels of inequality are actually beneficial for society, I believe most economists would disagree. See The Great Depression, this article, or this book. No one knows what they threshold really is, but no one argues that there isn't one.

about a week ago
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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

onproton Google Street View (140 comments)

can see my face from inside my house.

about two weeks ago
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Experimental Drug Compound Found To Reverse Effects of Alzheimer's In Mice

onproton Mice must be so thrilled. (105 comments)

If every time I read a story starting with "_______ reversed in mice!" it ended up being an actual advancement in medicine, by now we would be immortal and immune to almost every disease.

about two weeks ago

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For the FBI, a Click is Probable Cause

onproton onproton writes  |  2 days ago

onproton (3434437) writes "Earlier this month, Wired reported on a program entitled "Operation Torpedo," in which the FBI requested a warrant to use a hacking technique known as a "drive-by download" to catch Tor users who accessed a child pornography website. The warrant, the first of its kind to be publicly approved, allowed the FBI to indiscriminately install a virus onto any computer that visited the site in question regardless of identity, circumstance, or intent of the visitor — effectively rendering the click of a mouse sufficient probable cause. This program, and others like it, have raised the concerns of privacy advocates who remark that, "attacks on speech often begin at the unsavory margins where few will raise the alarm.""
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Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: The Death of Clear-Text

onproton onproton writes  |  about a week ago

onproton (3434437) writes "Citizen Lab released new research today on a targeted exploitation technique used by state actors involving "network injection appliances" installed at ISPs. These devices can target and intercept unencrypted YouTube traffic and replace it with malicious code that gives the operator control over the system or installs a surveillance backdoor. One of the researchers writes, "many otherwise well-informed people think they have to do something wrong, or stupid, or insecure to get hacked—like clicking on the wrong attachments, or browsing malicious websites...many of these commonly held beliefs are not necessarily true." This technique is largely designed for targeted attacks, so it's likely most of us will be safe for now — but just one more reminder to use https."
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Response to Protests in Ferguson Raises Concerns About Police Militarization

onproton onproton writes  |  about a week ago

onproton (3434437) writes "The Intercept Reports: "The harrowing events of the last week in Ferguson, Missouri – the fatal police shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager, Mike Brown, and the blatantly excessive and thuggish response to ensuing community protests from a police force that resembles an occupying army – have shocked the U.S. media class and millions of Americans. If anything positive can come from the Ferguson travesties, it is that the completely out-of-control orgy of domestic police militarization receives long-overdue attention and reining in.""
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BGP tremors cause major Internet outages. More to come?

onproton onproton writes  |  about a week ago

onproton (3434437) writes "Over the past 24 hours, you may have felt some tremors of high latency and dropped connections as you surfed the internet. Usually these tremors would be nothing to worry about — they’re usually just the standard low-level interference caused by the occasional router reboot or similar — but in this case they may be the early rumblings of a much larger networking earthquake that could cause major outages and disruptions across the global internet. You’ve heard of the IPocalypse caused by the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses — now it’s time to learn about the BGPocalypse."
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