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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

runningduck Re:So, in essence, Uber's app is malware (234 comments)

More to the point, why is it even possible for a third party app to access this much informaiton?

about three weeks ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

runningduck Re:It's been in bash a while. (318 comments)

I have an unpatched test system which has the Bash flaw and I cannot get your example to work. Maybe the flaw isn't as pervasive as you claim.

about 3 months ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

runningduck Re:It's been in bash a while. (318 comments)

I am not even sure that this should be considered a bug in Bash. Why should we be surprised when a program whose sole purpose is to execute arbitrary commands is found to execute arbitrary commands? The only surprise is that it does so to a greater extent than expected. There have been documents since the 90's which emphasized the need to not pass unsanitized data to a CGI script and even more specifically Bash. I think that there could be a good argument that the bug is really in mod_cgi. Think of it this way, if a web application passes unvalidated input to an SQL server which in turn exposes data in unexpected ways is the bug in the SQL server?

about 3 months ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

runningduck Re:Linux is just a full of holes as Windows (399 comments)

Just having Bash installed does not make a system vulnerable. In order for the system to be vulnerable you also need to provide a method for a remote party to pass an environment string to the Bash shell. This would typically be handled via CGI when the web server hands GET and POST data via an environment variable to a Bash script. I do not believe Apache call to Bash for launching a Perl based CGI script so the global attack surface should be pretty small. I do not think I have seen a Bash CGI script since the 90's.

about 3 months ago
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Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

runningduck Re:That's not what MotherJones says (157 comments)

NO! What I am saying is that we should not be subsidizing either technology because it will only serve to artificially distort the market. Having said that there is a big different between providing short term incentives and propping up a market. There may have been an argument at one point to subsidize the oil industry the U.S. was in the early stages of building our economic engine, but those days have long past. The oil industry is no longer fueling growth, but instead it is inhibiting innovation. The savings people could realize in either reduced fuel costs and/or reduced taxes would be put to much more productive use in our economy.

about 4 months ago
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Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

runningduck Re:That's not what MotherJones says (157 comments)

You math is off on a number of counts. The tax incentive is between 5.6% and 17.6% depending on the model, options and state incentives. Tesla Model S prices range from $71,070 to $132,420. Incentives start with a federal incentive of $7,500 plus up to an additional $5,000 incentive depending on your state.

However, I think that your largest mis-calculation is assuming that electric car sales would go down if we eliminated ALL automobile related subsidies. It is easy to see how much the unsubsidised cost of owning and operating an electric car would be, but what would be the impact if we stopped providing oil exploration subsidies, direct oil company operating incentives, and oil shipping lane protection services. I let you off on the cost of wars being that cost is split among protecting oil supplies, protecting international stability, providing humnatarian aid, and just pumping up good ol' American pride. :) Oh, and let's not forget the 100% incentive for purchasing a highend SUV. http://www.forbes.com/sites/ja...

I'll give you a hint . . . the average annual operating cost of a gas powered vehicle would increase by a more than $5,000 per year (assuming oil companies were able to protect shipping lanes at military rates instead of full commercial service rates).

about 4 months ago
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Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

runningduck Re:The main problem with all elec (247 comments)

I generally agree with the challenges with an appartment, but a garage is not necessary. I live in an older neighborhood where there are no garages and several people have Leafs. People generally install charge stations on the side of their houses and plug the cars in while in their driveways.

I have seen a couple of newer appartment comlexes provide a row of charge stations as well. I believe that even providing a row of low cost 110 outlets is sufficient for most daily driving.

about 6 months ago
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Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

runningduck Re: Electric. (659 comments)

It takes about the same amount of electricity to drive an electric about 20 ~ 30 miles as it takes to refine 1 gallon of gasoline. Every other step in the fuel process [extracting, transporting, distributing and pumping] can be considered a direct and unrecoverable loss in this comparison.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which VHS Player To Buy?

runningduck Don't Buy Anything!!! (201 comments)

Don't go through the trouble of buying anything. There are dozens of service providers with professional equipment who can convert these tapes for you for less than the cost of the cheapest equipment you can buy. Try a google search for "VHS Transfer."

about 8 months ago
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FTC Approves Tesla's Direct Sales Model

runningduck More Consistent Laws (328 comments)

I think the problem with the current situation is inconsistent laws. I understand why dealership laws exist. I even support a state's right to prevent direct selling of vehicles. But the Interstate Commerce Clause absolutely prevents states from barring the an out of state sale and the transport of the otherwise perfectly legal product back in state as if should.

I think that the missing law is one which prevents states from taxing purchases made in other states. Such Nevada, Texas, Arizona and Virginia can prevent me from purchasing a Tesla in their states. But why are they allowed to then tax my purchase? The underlying justification for a sales tax is to cover the cost incurred by state and local governments which provide countless services facilitating the sales and trading of goods. If they interfere with the sales and trading goods then they have no basis for levying a sales tax on those goods. And as long as those goods are otherwise legal I should be free to purchase these goods in other states and ship them to my home . . . free of any local sales tax.

about 8 months ago
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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

runningduck Solution to this repeated problem (332 comments)

I have a solution this this repeated problem. They should run an electric mesh fence around the edge of the reservoir. When idiots decide to take a leak they will be in for a serious shock. If expense is an issue they can set up cameras and live stream then next idiot. The ad revenue of the video going viral should cover the costs.

about 8 months ago
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Mazda Says Its Upcoming Gas-Powered Cars Will Emit Less CO2 Than Electric Cars

runningduck Re: Do electric cars actually produce CO2? (330 comments)

Agreed. And as the mix of electricity generation continues to get cleaner, every existing electric car currently on the road gets cleaner as well. In the case of Mazda, if we are to believe that their new engines will have a serious impact on emissions we will have to wait 1) until they release a car with the new technology, 2) an average of 5 years for people to trade in their old cars and purchase new cars, and 3) for enough people to actually purchase the new cars with Mazda's new technology. Even if Mazda delivers on their promise and doubles their market share they will at best have a marginal impact on overall automobile related pollution especially when compared to electric cards.

I'll get off my soap box now.

about 9 months ago
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Mazda Says Its Upcoming Gas-Powered Cars Will Emit Less CO2 Than Electric Cars

runningduck Re:Do electric cars actually produce CO2? (330 comments)

To your point it take between 4 ~ 7.5Kwh of electricity for refine 1 gallon of gas. Electric cars can travle about 4 miles per Kwh. That mean that an electric car can travel between 16 ~ 30 miles on the same electricity that it takes to refine 1 gallon of gas. In effect gas cars generate the same amount of CO2 from electricity production per mile as an electic car, but add to the mix all the CO2 generated from drilling, extracting, shipping, refining [the chemical side of the process] and distributing fuel.

The most honest well-to-wheel analysis I have seen suggest that an electric car charged with the dirtiest type of coal plant is roughly on par with a gas car which get 50 miles per gallon. The US has a roughly 50% mix of coal generated electricity across the nation. If Mazda is claimng that a 30% improvement in their car is cleaner than current electric cars they must be trying to prove their point with a theoretical edge case.

about 9 months ago
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Engineers: Traffic Studies Use Simulation Software, Not Lane Closings

runningduck Re:In other words ... (265 comments)

So your grievance is that groups which should not qualify for the tax status if they are political were delayed with their participating in the political debate?

about a year ago
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Engineers: Traffic Studies Use Simulation Software, Not Lane Closings

runningduck Re:In other words ... (265 comments)

Hmmm, could it possibly be that none of the scandals stick because there is an overabundance of noise based on non-scandals? I am not saying that there are not real issues with Obama or that there are not things that could raise to the level of scandal. I am just saying that there is so much B.S. being thrown at Obama that any real scandal would get lost in the mix.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

runningduck Re:Well... (796 comments)

I understand how the "errors" comment relates to #8 & #9, but how does it relate to #10? Have you read the Wealth of Nations? What errors did you find? I suspect that you have been exposed Adam Smith's work via someone else's filter and interpretation.

Unlike Atlas Shrugged and The Communist Manifesto, The Wealth of Nations does not take a position and is consistantly observational throughout the book based on data of the time. Although Adam Smith is often noted as the father of capitalism, he is first and foremost a philosopher. It is clear throughout his works that he does not always agree with what he observes, but lays out the facts regardless. Most people latch onto the observations regarding self-interest in The Wealth of Nations and extrapolate it to mean that "greed is good" when in fact Smith is more focused on the notion that people have to do what is best for themselves and their families. A reading of his earlier work, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, expands upon his observations and helps balance the nuanced conflicts within each of us and society as a whole.

about a year ago
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Third Tesla Fire Means Feds To Begin Review

runningduck Re:Probably not a big deal? (375 comments)

No, there is a big difference. It is incredibly difficult to single out individual gasoline car fires among the tens of thousands whereas it is easy to single out each and every Tesla which catches fire.

As the old saying goes, "A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic." Currently Teslas are not able to hide behind any statistics and so each and every event takes on a disproportinate significance.

about a year ago
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Dotless Domain Names Prohibited, ICANN Tells Google

runningduck Re: .com is still king (132 comments)

My bank is always sending me emails with attached statements and incredible offers. I just click on the links I. The emails.

about a year ago
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Boeing 777 Crashes At San Francisco Airport

runningduck Impossible Physics? (506 comments)

People being interviewed who were on the plane keep says that passengers hit their heads on the ceiling during the crash. Being this crash was during the landing how was this possible. People should be have been fastened in their seat. Did the seat belts fail? Did the fuselage flex that far? Did the overhead bins flex down? The news media has been repeating this "fact." What are people's thoughts on this mystery?

about a year and a half ago

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