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Android Piracy Sites Seized By US Government

pgn674 Seized Domain Banners (184 comments)

I have been interested in the differences in the various banners that are put up on these seized sites. I have a Python script I run now and then to gather all of the banners. Right now I have 16 banners from 757 seized domains hosted at 4 IPs. If you'd like to see them, you can check out the Picasa Web Album.

more than 2 years ago

Will ISPs Be Driven To Spy On Their Customers?

pgn674 Re:Short answer: No (the correct answer) (133 comments)

"An agreement is yet to be signed." is in the OP's link and that gives us an idea that in the future there MAY be an agreement.

That article is from June 23, 2011. A final agreement called the Momorandum of Understanding (PDF) was written on July 6, 2011. It's an agreement between MPAA, RIAA, AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Cablevision, and Time Warner Cable. I don't know if it was actually signed on the lines, and I haven't heard of anyone leaving or entering the agreement.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Engineer Discovers Android Spam Botnet, Google Denies Claim

pgn674 Re:Is it just Yahoo? (152 comments)

Possibly. To add to your anecdote, a couple months ago my old Yahoo! account got cracked, and I figured it was because I had left a weak password on there (fairly susceptible to a dictionary attack with some variance). So I changed to a stronger password and enabled two factor authentication. Then last week my coworker also got cracked, and she reported that she had a weak password.

Maybe someone got a copy of a Yahoo! hashed password and user name table that they can work against with a computer cluster, or maybe Yahoo! is allowing tons of fast authentication attempts against single user names on their servers.

more than 2 years ago

More Uptime Problems For Amazon Cloud

pgn674 Defined My Saturday Morning (183 comments)

My company uses Amazon Web Services to host some of our product, and I got a call at 7 am to help bring our stuff back up. A bunch of our instances were stopped, and a bunch of Elastic Block Store volumes were marked Impaired. We're working on making our environment more "cloudy" to make better use of multiple availability zones, regions, and automation to better survive an outage like this, but we're not there yet.

more than 2 years ago

Bev Harris of Black Box Voting Releases Accenture's Voting Software

pgn674 Source Code Comments (245 comments)

I ran a quick strings and grep on all the files, hoping to get some juicy comments from source code, but I didn't get much:

  • ESM 2.0 8-23-04/VoterDTSSetup/CMISDTS.mdb: I HATE ACCESS 2000!!!! (Works in Access 97)
  • ESM 2.0 8-23-04/SampleData/DatasetSmall/Voter.mdb: !!!! Does not check if a Vote Has Been recorded. Only checks status information !!!! (Should this change?)
  • ESM 2.0 8-23-04/SampleData/DatasetComplete/Voter.mdb: RJD080299 Fixed stupid bug that counted down to 0...

more than 2 years ago

Netflix and Google Make Land Grab On Edge of Internet

pgn674 Bring Down Subscription Rates (85 comments)

..., and it could possibly bring down subscription rates for high speed internet, ...

Yeah, I don't see that statement as being true. Large web companies will only provide their on-site servers to large ISPs. The large ISPs have no reason to or history of reducing their subscription rates. If the servers were provided to smaller ISPs (such as GWI), then they could lower their rates and become more competitive. Maybe if the servers were provided to tier 2 peering networks, they could pass on the savings to small ISPs? I don't know enough about tiers or peering to know if that's a possibility.

more than 2 years ago

Astronauts Open Dragon Capsule Hatch

pgn674 Mass (138 comments)

You mean 31 slugs.

about 2 years ago

Online Loneliness At Google+

pgn674 Bad Conclusion (456 comments)

The statement "basically most posts in the study did not garner any response," made by TFA's author, is based on these metrics:

  • An average of 0.77 "+1s" per post
  • An average of 0.54 replies per post
  • An average of 0.17 re-shares per post

Her conclusion does not necessarily follow from the data. If all +1s, replies, and re-shares were under 0.5, then it would. But they aren't, so it doesn't.

more than 2 years ago

Universities Hold Transcripts Hostage Over Loans

pgn674 How Do They Know? (541 comments)

How do the universities know which individual graduates are behind or defaulted on their loans? Is it only certain loan types? Are the loan agencies breaking any laws by sharing the graduates' personal financial information with universities? I RTFAs, and I got no answers.

more than 2 years ago

1Gbps Wireless Network Made With Red and Green Laser Pointers

pgn674 They Are Indeed Pointers (157 comments)

I went to the paper, expecting to find a fairly high powered laser that is not a pointer, and expecting to call someone out on calling them pointers. However, they're only 5 mW, which is indeed a pointer. Cool that they can use such low powered lasers for this.

The FDA has regulations in the U.S. saying that no laser products over 5 mW may be marketed as "pointers":

Class IIIb lasers cannot legally be promoted as laser pointers or demonstration laser products.

more than 2 years ago

Demoscene: 64k Intros At Revision Demoparty

pgn674 kb != KiB (207 comments)

The summary says 64kb (kilobits), or 64,000 bits. That's 7.8125 KiB (kibibytes), or 8,000 bytes. The competition is actually for 65,536 bytes, or 64 KiB.

more than 2 years ago

BOSS: The Universe's Most Precise Measurement

pgn674 Re:Unknown lamer: please re-read article (128 comments)

It says the universe is precisely 13.75 billion years old, not 13.5 billion years old.

Actually, you're both wrong. What you read is a link to a different, unrelated article that's 2 years and 2 months old. I looked at the articles and papers, and I don't think any claim about the age of the universe is ever made.

I think this is instead the most accurate measurement of the distance between here and very far away galaxies, and of the distances between those galaxies. But I may be wrong on that. RTFA

more than 2 years ago

Anonymous Hacks UK Government Sites Over 'Draconian Surveillance'

pgn674 Not Hacks (151 comments)

The defacing of Chinese government's websites were hacks. This is just a DDoS.

more than 2 years ago

Teacher Suspended For Reading Ender's Game To Students

pgn674 Pornographic? (1054 comments)

I'm about 75% of the way through my first read of this book. So far I've seen nothing that under any insanely loose definition could be considered pornographic. Now I'm wondering if something happens in the last quarter. I'm going to not RTFA or the comments, and finish the book.

more than 2 years ago

Did Benjamin Franklin Invent Daylight Saving Time?

pgn674 DST Graph (395 comments)

If you want a visual explanation of the purpose and result of daylight saving time, check out this graph: Picasa Web Albums - Paul Nickerson

The purpose, as I understand it, is to make the sun not rise super early against the clock during the summer. The effect is that it reduces the range of sunrise times, while increasing the range of sunset times. In a way, it normalizes sunrises while amplifying sunsets.

Oh, and while we're at it, during a non-DST period, if the time zones were evenly split and straight with no regard to human geographic borders, then at the middle of the time zone, 12:00 (noon) would be the time that astronomical noon is (when the sun is highest in the sky), varying by about 20 minutes before and after noon. If you average all the astronomical noons over the course of a year in the middle of a time zone, then astronomical noon is at precisely 12:00. During DST, astronomical noon is moved to 1:00 pm (13:00)

more than 2 years ago

HDD Price Update: How the Thai Floods Have Affected Prices, 3 Months Later

pgn674 Re:Why the "but"? (220 comments)

Sounds to me like they're saying that Thailand normally provides 1/4, but with the factories closed, it temporarily supplied less. If that's the case, then the "but" makes sense in that context, with some implications sprinkled in.

more than 2 years ago



Popular Science Looks at Cellphone Radiation

pgn674 pgn674 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

pgn674 (995941) writes "Popular Science has published a feature article looking at the current state of cellphone radiation and its research. It touches on people who claim to be electro-hypersensitive, "who are reluctant to subject themselves to hours in an electronics-laden facility" for studies. The limited research on that is still showing that sufferers are unable to detect radiation in blind tests. Electromagnetic fields causing cancer is also reviewed, with the conclusion that while it seems likely that high frequency fields in consumer devices don't directly cause cancer, they might promote it, and may also indirectly cause other health detriments beyond simply heating nearby tissue."
Link to Original Source

Two Bills of Interest Making their Rounds

pgn674 pgn674 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pgn674 (995941) writes "While the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 failed to pass in the House of Representatives, two other bills of interest to this community are currently moving through the US government branches. One is the Broadband Data Improvement Act, which Communications Workers of America claims will help us towards bringing high speed Internet access to all Americans. It will have the FCC increase their granularity in reporting the internet accessibility of an area in the US, and redefine broadband measurements. It has passed through the House and the Senate, and differences in the passed versions are currently being resolved. The other bill is the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008. Pandora is excited for this one as it will give them time to negotiate with SoundExchange of the RIAA for new, more affordable royalty rates. The bill is currently in the Senate, and is expected to pass with ease."


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