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IE Vulnerability Exposing Banking Logins, Spreading Rapidly

quickOnTheUptake Re:Is IE Really to Blame? (93 comments)

The compromised site is being used to host/inject the exploit.The vulnerability that is being exploited is in IE 9 &10, and allows code execution. It is being used to get the credentials for other--non-compromised--websites.

about 2 months ago

Why Is US Broadband So Slow?

quickOnTheUptake Re:How can the situation be improved? (513 comments)

In fact their pricing and services are so similar I find it exceedingly difficult to believe that there isn't some form of collusion going on.

I'm not a fanboi of the telcos, but this just isn't fair. Of course their prices are comparable and move together; it would be utter incompetence if that weren't the case, and no, that is not an indication of collusion. A basic part of being a viable business is tracking your direct competitors' prices to make sure your product is competitive. Do you accuse your local gas stations of collusion if their gas prices are always with 5 cents of each other? How long would any business remain in business if it ignored that fact that its competitors were significantly undercutting them on a directly comparable product in the same market?

about a month ago

Old cellphones, in my household ...

quickOnTheUptake Re:Old cell phones are kids toys (171 comments)

otherwise they are just paperweights without buttons,

Do most of your paperweights come with buttons?

about 2 months ago

Can Wolfram Alpha Tell Which Team Will Win the Super Bowl?

quickOnTheUptake Re:No (126 comments)

This reminds me of a story I heard once (maybe it was from a movie, or an XKCD, can't track it down right now), in which a pair of guys meet a random girl:

Guy 1: think of a card . . .
Girl: okay
Guy 1: your card is eight of hearts
Girl: no it's 3 of diamonds
Guy 2: Why did you think you knew her card?
Guy 1: I didn't, but I figure I have about a 2% chance of guessing it, and if I do this to everyone I meet then when I do get it right the reaction will be worth all the times I got it wrong.

about 3 months ago

Judge Rules API's Can Not Be Copyrighted

quickOnTheUptake Re:Decimated (365 comments)

Look the word up in practically any modern dictionary ... while your 1/10th definition will probably be there, it will probably have an (archaic) or (obsolete) qualifier on it.

OED lists 4 definition of the verb. All four explicitly have to do with removing 1 in 10. Two of these four are marked "obs."
The last of the four has as second meaning (b) attached marked as "rhetorically or loosely"; only that is not explictly in reference to 1 in ten.

about 2 years ago

How long until the (first-world) classroom education model is obsolete?

quickOnTheUptake Re:Missing Option : It already is (317 comments)

By that logic you actually need something closer to a 500 years ago option, as that is roughly when movable type was invented. Or better yet a "Sometime BC" option as that is when writing was invented. It's not for nothing that in-person instruction has survived many many technological advances that make prerecorded ideas cheaper and easier. Hell even Plato recognized the irreplaceability of being instructed by a living person who understands what he is teaching:

I cannot help feeling, Phaedrus, that writing is unfortunately like painting; for the creations of the painter have the attitude of life, and yet if you ask them a question they preserve a solemn silence. And the same may be said of speeches. You would imagine that they had intelligence, but if you want to know anything and put a question to one of them, the speaker always gives one unvarying answer. And when they have been once written down they are tumbled about anywhere among those who may or may not understand them, and know not to whom they should reply, to whom not: and, if they are maltreated or abused, they have no parent to protect them; and they cannot protect or defend themselves. . . . . Then [the one with understanding] will not seriously incline to "write" his thoughts "in water" with pen and ink, sowing words which can neither speak for themselves nor teach the truth adequately to others?

more than 2 years ago

Re: the debt deal reached Sunday night ...

quickOnTheUptake Re:Expected it to suck, and it did (788 comments)

But the debt is really just a savings account provided by the federal government for people who don't want to spend their money right now. It is rather unfortunate that terms like "debt" are used at all in that context, since they just confuse what is really going on.

MMTers are crackpots.
They can only claim that private savings is equal to the government deficit by redefining 'savings' as 'net savings' which means 'savings less investments', i.e., 'savings that is held in government debt' which of course it a trivial tautology: Obviously the private sector can't acquire a net position in government debt unless the government runs a net deficit.
Did US households have lose their savings when Clinton was running a surplus? Yes, but only if 'savings' means 'government debt'.

more than 2 years ago

The Most Expensive One-Byte Mistake

quickOnTheUptake Re:The Road Not Taken (594 comments)

It would be funny, if not so close to truth.

more than 2 years ago

Re: the debt deal reached Sunday night ...

quickOnTheUptake Re:Expected it to suck, and it did (788 comments)

It has to be, before any other spending can take place, and that's constitutionally guaranteed. It was the trump card that Obama didn't have to use -- he -could- have unilaterally raised the debt ceiling, but it would have torpedoed any sort of chance he'd have for being re-elected.

No. I think you are misreading the 14th amendment. It does not talk about prioritization of payments. And It sure as hell doesn't authorize the president to unilaterally issue debt.

more than 2 years ago

Google Wrestles With Privacy Bugs In Google+

quickOnTheUptake Re:Are they on Facebook payroll or what? (163 comments)

Yeah, I went through the list and noticed one or two things that were minor privacy bugs. But whoever let facts get in front of a sensational headline?

more than 2 years ago

Nokia Introduces MeeGo-Powered N9 Phone

quickOnTheUptake Re:The phone I've been wating for . . (252 comments)

There are several aspects of the device and/or software that are absolutely stellar. Incomparably better than anything else I've seen. I hope that journalists and bloggers recognise those when they finally get their hands upon one. . . . Of course, there's one reason why I have the views and insights that I do

Could you just tell us what the subtly stellar aspects are?

more than 2 years ago

EFF Stops Accepting Bitcoin, Regifts All Donations

quickOnTheUptake Re:No surprises here (391 comments)

And how precisely is the amount, in US dollars, of taxes that one owes calculated?
What I'm getting at is that there is no real declared value of the dollar.
What has been declared is that the dollar can be used as currency.
Even things like the minimum wage don't really set the value of the dollar since the minimum wage is supposed to be based on actual (market set) cost of living.

more than 2 years ago

EFF Stops Accepting Bitcoin, Regifts All Donations

quickOnTheUptake Re:No surprises here (391 comments)

What is the declared value of a dollar? 1/36th of an oz of silver?

more than 2 years ago

Bitcoin Price Crashes

quickOnTheUptake Re:Bitcoin to revolutionise economy (642 comments)

This is why the whole gold standard people are nuts. Yes, gold is worth a lot of money today because people value gold. If all the world paper economy really did crash tomorrow, gold would crash with it. It would crash because nobody would give a shit about shiny metal, everyone would be worried about food, water, guns, and ammunition.

I'm not out to make exact predictions on the value of gold, but I'm pretty sure we have several millenia of data from many cultures to support the claim that people consistently attach value to the shiny metal, even in time of major upheaval.
You basically have to be at the point of imminent death before gold becomes just another rock.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Amir Taaki About Bitcoin

quickOnTheUptake Re:Bitcoin (768 comments)

Wish I could mod this up.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Amir Taaki About Bitcoin

quickOnTheUptake Re:Bitcoin (768 comments)

I know it is common knowledge among economists that deflation is bad, but I have always wondered whether this is true in a system where deflation is the expected behavior.
In an economy where everyone is banking on 2% inflation (so e.g., interest rates on loans have this factored in) suddenly experiencing deflation will certainly cause economic slow down as the market adjusts to the new reality and a lot of people will get screwed.
But in a market where deflation is anticipated, it seems like the economy would have adjusted to this and keep on moving: People have money to buy things, people will forego (some) future wealth in order to meet present needs and desires. Take a real world case of inflation: Technology. Everyone knows that in 2 years $x will buy more hardware than it will today. Traditional wisdom re: deflation would dictate that everyone would then stop buying technology, and wait indefinitely to get the most for their money, thereby destroying the tech sector. But in reality, people buy a lot of technology anyway, and overall the tech sector is growing fast. This is just because people don't want to wait their whole life and go without technology, so they can buy the most amazing smartphone in the world right before they die.
Seems to me an economy with relatively stable, constant deflation could work just the same. People will still buy food, housing, and other important or necessary stuff because they need it. And they will buy luxuries because they want to have them now and use them.
The main differences would be that savers would benefit from saving, and you would have fewer bubbles caused from artificially low interest rates, and unnaturally low ROI leading to too aggressive investing (as inflation does).

more than 2 years ago

Supreme Court Rules Against Microsoft In i4i Case

quickOnTheUptake Re:Does /. consider this good or bad? (162 comments)

That $100k FDIC should really be $1m to account for inflation in the last 30 years. Little people are really, really screwed.

First, it has been upped, originally it was $2,500 (1934)
Second, it is not $100k, but $250k (as of 2008).

more than 2 years ago

The last time I switched my usual GUI:

quickOnTheUptake Re:Define (249 comments)

not sure, but wouldn't your argument equally apply to all alegedy vague questions. In other words, doesn't this prove too much, vid. that there are no vague questions?

more than 2 years ago

Asus To Ship Ubuntu 10.10 On Three Eee PC Netbooks

quickOnTheUptake Re:Retailers (142 comments)

Okay, first, yes updates do always bring the possibility of breakage. There is always the possibility of some weird configuration or corner case. (This is why stable generally demands relatively few updates, the more often you change things the more likely something is to break). So no, I'm not implying that a stable distro will never put out an update that breaks something for someone.
I am saying that if I'm using a distribution that sells itself as being for mass consumption and stable, then these broken updates should be rare and each one should affect relatively few users. Rare enough that the end user shouldn't have to research the updates before hitting 'okay'.
After all, if some patch is broken, and the typical user is able to find this out, that means the maintainers (who after all are supposed to keep up on this sort of thing) can find it out too and thus--this being a stable distribution for mass consuption--the update should have already been yanked by the maintainer or distribution.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Uses For a Small Office Server?

quickOnTheUptake 42 (260 comments)

yup. Something about a solution in search of a problem is coming to mind.

more than 2 years ago



Rampant hacking of Apple accounts

quickOnTheUptake quickOnTheUptake writes  |  more than 3 years ago

quickOnTheUptake (1450889) writes "Over the last 24 hrs. rumors of rampant hacking of Apples accounts have been coming out. From TNW:

On Sunday we reported details of how one specific app developer had managed to hack iTunes users accounts and use them to purchase his own apps – making it to the top of the iTunes charts.
As the story has developed, the problem has grown far more serious than initially thought a" not just that one particular developer and his apps — the Apple App store is filled with App Farms being used to steal.


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