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In the last 24 hours, I've consumed ...

plaxion Re:Still consuming (496 comments)

The fridge was empty so I had to eat my abacus... can I borrow yours to calculate how many calories that was?

more than 4 years ago
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Fixing Internet Censorship In Schools

plaxion Re:No answer will be perfect (207 comments)

I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but you obviously have no experience with schools.

I work for several school districts and we have all of that except for the part of leaving it wide open and it's still a major problem. Also, it's hard enough to keep up with the numerous cases where they intentionally got around the filters, now you want every one of them to have unfettered access?

Basically what will happen is that every kid in the school will end up breaking the AUP too many times. What do you propose we do then, pull the plug on the router? Why not just do that first and save the enormous cost of your experiment with futility?

Listen, I'm no prude. Personally, my viewpoint is that Timmy can surf for pr0n all he wants, but he needs to learn to do it at home, just like when he grows up and goes into the workforce. Also, the rule for schools is "no pr0n" and the filters are just a way for us to automate saying "no, that's against the rules" without having to pay for an adult to be over every kids shoulder at all times telling them what they can and can't click on ahead of time. So there you go, we're teaching and not stifling after all.

more than 4 years ago
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Personalized Search From Google Now Opt-Out

plaxion Lose-Lose (206 comments)

What bothers me most about this is that in order to "opt-out" you have to give them some additional way of tracking you so your opt out persists. Which means they increase the base of people they are tracking even more.

more than 4 years ago
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Verizon Changes FiOS AUP, -1, Offtopic

plaxion Dammit! (560 comments)

For a second there I thought /. finally implemented the ability to moderate the stories themselves.

more than 4 years ago
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MIT Axes the 500-Word Application Essay

plaxion Re:Well, there's more applicable tests..... (441 comments)

"How would you land on Earth's Moon?"

Option 1: Safely
Option 2: A dramatic (though painless) ball of fire, visible from earth

more than 4 years ago
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Americans Don't Want Targeted Ads

plaxion They're Wrong (404 comments)

What most of us want is NO ADS. They're annoying, distracting and whole purpose for being is to manipulate people.

If we are in the market for said product we'd go shopping. There has yet to be a commercial that has moved me with their... oooh, shiny...

CAPTCHA: cringe

more than 4 years ago
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Murdoch Says, "We'll Charge For All Our Sites"

plaxion Re:Bye, bye. (881 comments)

Hope I'm not giving away the ending of the first part for anyone, but... the lake you mention is frozen by the beating of Satan's wings. Other parts of the inferno are plenty hot depending upon the punishment, as in the case of the sodomites wandering on the burning sand with flames falling on them like rain.

Oh, and since I'm on a roll, Snape kills Dumbledor ;)

about 5 years ago
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UK Plans To Monitor 20,000 Families' Homes Via CCTV

plaxion Re:Holy shit. (693 comments)

In other news, sources have learned that Amazon.com deleted George Orwell's 1984 from Kindle owners libraries because they were correcting a mis-categorization. 1984 has now been moved to the non-fiction section.

about 5 years ago
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FCC Probing Apple, AT&T Rejection of Google Voice

plaxion Re:How is this even a fucking question? (204 comments)

Google Voice is not VOIP, at least not on the front end like Skype is (which in contrast is still available in the App Store). When you use GV on AT&T, the calls still go over the cell towers as a normal not as a data stream like Skype would. So it still eats your minutes.

about 5 years ago
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SMS Hack Could Make iPhones Vulnerable

plaxion Not all iPhones (254 comments)

Some of us refuse to pay outrageous fees for packets that are being sent betwwen the phone and towers anyways and have SMS fully disabled. Besides, from my experience, it was more of an additional avenue for SPAM than a useful communication channel.

about 5 years ago
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Apple Kills Google Voice Apps On the iPhone

plaxion Re: Not sure I understand the comparison... (541 comments)

Good point, but it fails to account for the fact that I can make international calls with several other apps that they did not pull, such as Skype. Granted they limit you to only being able to do that when you are on wifi, but still; free wifi is common enough to come by.

Also, while they may have pulled the plug on these GV apps, I can still make GV calls from my iPhone, it's just a little less less convenient and "pretty". In fact, come to think of it, Skype also has a call back function to make international calls that works just like GV does only to initiate the call you call a particular number and select an entry from a predefined list when prompted or enter the number you want to call manually.

about 5 years ago
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How Apple's App Review Is Sabotaging the iPhone

plaxion Re:So... (509 comments)

Have you considered going through one of the online sites that are supported by Stanza and/or other ebook readers that are already available on the iPhone/iTouch platform?

Personally I think the idea of having a seperate app on my springboard for each book is stupid and regardless of any level of interest on part for your book, if that's how you want to sell it, I won't buy it that way anyhow.

more than 5 years ago
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Hackers Broke Into FAA Air Traffic Control Systems

plaxion Obligatory (124 comments)

"Where do you want to go today?"

more than 5 years ago
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Fears of a Conficker Meltdown Greatly Exaggerated

plaxion Re:If only... (143 comments)

I don't like windows just as much as the next guy, but this is a pretty dumb statement. Users are targets, the OS is just a medium.

*sigh* I really shouldn't feed the Trolls, but one that uses the word "dumb" in almost every sentence in their post, obviously has an affinity for the word and needs some help.

In some instances, users are the "audience" (e.g. adware, phishing, etc) but that's only secondary, their systems are still the target. Unless the malware/virus writers start programming in AminoAcid++, they can't "target" a user, only their systems. And when someone's system is infected by a botnet and that botnet then launches a DDoS on, oh, let's say whitehouse.gov, is that user the target? No. Is Obama the target? No. Is the whitehouse.gov webserver the target? Yes.

So I'd be careful about telling someone that they said something dumb when you follow it up with a clueless statement of your own. But, perhaps you already knew that, since you posted anonymously.

OK, if you must phrase things in this backwards 'clever' way, how's this:

Malware doesn't target dumb users because they use Windows, malware targets Windows because that's what dumb users use.

Feel better?

You obviously missed both the point of logic and the point in general.

I won't try teach you logic, but I'll reiterate the larger point. Malware doesn't target windows because that's where there are "dumb users", it targets windows because that's where the "security" is dumb.

I've met plenty of "dumb users" using OSX, but they aren't getting infected, nor will they ever be to the same extent that their windows brethren are even if MS folded tomorrow and Apple spiked to a 90% market share. Why? Because *NIX security is not inherently flawed like Win* is.

Dumb users will use an infected machine until it no longer functions or something else makes them stop. Smart users know how to use their system in a less risky way, preemptively make their system less vulnerable (e.g. applying updates, using a firewall, using anti-virus).

Guess which OS more dumb users are using?

First off, there are plenty of smart people out there who use Windows and I don't fault them their choice. It's there's to make after all. It's not like they can't afford an alternative or anything.

Secondly, your personal attacks/slights do not add anything positive to the image of our community and in fact, do us a great detriment. Calling the other side dumb is stupid, calling them stupid is asinine and calling them asinine is vacuous. So please stop doing that. We want to be welcoming, not scare them off with psychobabble.

That being said, you can be as smart as you want, keep your system patched, use a firewall, use antivirus and only visit a handful of known and respected sites run by big companies and while all of that effort might make you "less vulnerable", it won't make you invulnerable. At some point, some well crafted packet is going to come in on that wire and it's going to 0-day exploit your up-to-date system. Or one of the few sites you visit is going to have their server compromised, either through a 0-day or because they aren't as carefull as you and when you visit their site tomorrow IE is going to happily hand your system over to a botnet via ActiveX or some other nice friendly hook MS left exposed for such nasty things.

more than 5 years ago
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Fears of a Conficker Meltdown Greatly Exaggerated

plaxion Re:If only... (143 comments)

They might try to tailor their junk for these environments, but it's like the difference between a normal car (windows) and a car coated with teflon with a motion sensing machine gun on top (OSX/Linux), with the worms/viruses/malware being a type of graffiti paint.

Graffiti will stick pretty well to a normal car (and if you tend to stop in the more seedy parts of town than others, you have more of a chance of having your car "tagged" too), but it's not going to be very effective on the teflon coated ones and the owner is going to have to be silly enough to log in as root to disable the guns so the criminals can get close enough in the first place.

The argument that the reason why windows is being attacked is because it has a majority share is an ass backwards way of thinking about the issue.

Windows is targeted because it's "security" is inherently flawed, it's security isn't flawed because it's being targeted. The fact that it has a majority share is just an added bonus for these people, but it has nothing to do with the underlying problem, (though it certainly does help the problem grow by orders of magnitude).

I'm reminded of Dan Dennett's Ted Talk where he insightfully points out that, we don't like chocolate cake because it's sweet, it's sweet because we like it.

Another way of looking at it is like this... Houses aren't unoccupied, unalarmed and filled with artwork, expensive stereos and silverware because someone wants to break into them, someone wants to break into them because they are unoccupied, unalarmed and filled with artwork, expensive stereos and silverware.

If OSX or Linux took a majority share of the desktop, the problem wouldn't shift like you are thinking it would. Granted, there would be an uptick in attempts and there will inevitably even be a few holes to patch up that were previously unknown, but there certainly won't be an equivalent to the 100,000+ viruses that exist for Windows.

more than 5 years ago
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RIAA Santangelo Case 'Settled In Principle'

plaxion Re:Introduced me to Slashdot (94 comments)

Slashdottettes? Oh, you mean Frank! He's in the basement.

more than 5 years ago
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RIAA Santangelo Case 'Settled In Principle'

plaxion Re:Introduced me to Slashdot (94 comments)

Since you discovered Slashdot, Slashdot hasn't been the same either... and I mean that in a good way.

Thank you for your contributions. With you around, the signal to noise ratio is much more bearable.

more than 5 years ago

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Happy Birthday Icinga!

plaxion plaxion writes  |  more than 2 years ago

plaxion (98397) writes "Icinga, a popular enterprise monitoring solution that forked from Nagios back in 2009 just turned 3 Years Old the other day and they also just announced their 1.7 Beta. They've come a long way from a development point of view but it still looks like there's some bad vibes coming out of the Nagios camp as their birthday gift to the Icinga Team was to start what looks like a new campaign of removing attributions for patches Icinga sends over to them. So the question of whether Icinga would last seems to have been answered, but the question of whether civility will ever return is not boding well."
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New York Plans Surveillance Veil for Downtown

plaxion plaxion writes  |  more than 7 years ago

plaxion (98397) writes "Let the Orwellian commentary commence because New York is now planning a London-style Big Brother surveillance system for Downtown. Article Quote: "By the end of this year, police officials say, more than 100 cameras will have begun monitoring cars moving through Lower Manhattan, the beginning phase of a London-style surveillance system that would be the first in the United States...Three thousand surveillance cameras would be installed below Canal Street by the end of 2008, about two-thirds of them owned by downtown companies." But wait, there's more! "Pivoting gates would be installed at critical intersections; they would swing out to block traffic or a suspect car at the push of a button.""
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