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Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet

statusbar Re:Submit the request! (231 comments)

Additional thought: I wonder if the police would be requesting their own members to be anonymous on the internet?

--jeffk++

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet

statusbar Re:Submit the request! (231 comments)

But that would be authentication between the client and AP.. How would 802.1x on WIFI work when rcmp.gc.ca is the server that has to authenticate the client?

--jeffk++

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet

statusbar Re:Submit the request! (231 comments)

Thanks! That would be a fun experiment to see how much businesses would be affected. Can you even put 802.1x in the wireless access points and cell phones?

--jeffk++

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet

statusbar Submit the request! (231 comments)

They need to submit their request to the International Internet Board of Governors!

--jeffk++

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Invasive Fish With Forks and Knives

statusbar What kind of fish? (180 comments)

I think the fish accidentally a word there with its mouthful of teeth!

about 3 months ago
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If Ridesharing Is Banned, What About Ride-Trading?

statusbar Re:Free market (353 comments)

(reposted as my account since i accidentally was AC)

The scariest taxi ride I ever had was in the Seattle area, heading back to the Airport after the C++ conference. The taxicab was a Prius which was broken and dirty inside - you could see the airbag. The car's signal lights did not work. The driver was weaving in and out of traffic and just about killed a couple on a motorbike, causing a big road rage incident. The taxi driver was angry that we didn't tip him. If we had tipped him a normal amount, then the total cost of the trip would have been the same as the Uber ride that we took from the Airport to the same hotel.

As a consumer I want the choice to choose a safe, reliable, and trustable source. For me that is Uber.

--jeffk++

about 8 months ago
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Justine Sacco, Internet Justice, and the Dangers of a Righteous Mob

statusbar Re: Or maybe... (399 comments)

A more interesting side to this story is how people were able to figure out which airport she was flying to just by googling her name: https://www.twitter.com/Zac_R/status/414249210641653761/photo/1?screen_name=Zac_R

I'm not sure how that was possible by google - but it sure is a creepy thing.

The person who made that tweet ( @Zac_R ) was apparently able to talk to Justine's father before she landed, and took the pictures of her at the airport:

https://www.twitter.com/Zac_R/status/414278786449158144

about a year ago
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Why Snapchat and Its Ilk Face a Revenue Conundrum

statusbar Re: Who cares? (104 comments)

But were they offered that amount in cash? Or restricted shares of some sort which would not be able to be liquidated for a long time in which the value of those shares can plummet?

about 10 months ago
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Snowden Document Shows Canada Set Up Spy Posts For NSA

statusbar Re:What? (177 comments)

I thought our Canadian Intelligence was busy guarding our Maple Syrup Reserve.

*--jeffk++

about a year ago
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Creative Commons Launches Version 4.0 of Its Licenses

statusbar Re:BSD-bad, MIT-good (47 comments)

I personally prefer the ISC license: http://opensource.org/licenses/ISC

Specifically because it does not have the advertising clause - i.e. I do NOT want 3rd parties to be using my company name in their advertising.

*--jeffk++

about a year ago
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California Becomes First State In Nation To Regulate Ride-Sharing

statusbar Re: The Third World was first (184 comments)

Two weeks ago I did an experiment - uber from the airport to my hotel cost $60 including the automatic tip. Taxi from the hotel to the airport was $50!not including tip. The über ride was great, the driver was nice, the car was clean, the trip was safe. On the taxi ride the Prius was falling apart, you could see the airbag peeking out from the hole in the dash, the signal lights did not work, the driver was shifty and allots killed a couple on a Harley by cutting them off on the freeway since the taxi driver was not looking and couldn't signal. The taxi ride was scary. The consensus amongst my group was that uber wins and I don't want to take a creepy taxi unless uber really is not available. This happened in Seattle, three weeks ago.

about a year ago
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A Little-Heralded New iOS 7 Feature: Multipath TCP

statusbar Re:Major extension to TCP? (172 comments)

In this example, X and Y are each providing a different subnet address. Your device just moved to a different network and now has a different IP address. This is not a design error but an appropriate design. Multipath TCP is a standard that allows your device to have uninterrupted mobility.

about a year ago
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Patent Suit Leads To 500,000 Annoyed Software Users

statusbar Re: My give-a-darn meter is reading negative GADs (180 comments)

I still don't understand why apple is exposed to patent lawsuit when their system is based on proprietary extensions to standards.... The existing standards can be used to implement FaceTime point to point - so are these patents really encompassing NAT traversal of UDP??

about a year ago
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Inside the 2013 US Intelligence "Black Budget"

statusbar Re: Links to classified data should be labeled (271 comments)

So if there were an article on a news site about top secret news but it was pretend and wasn't really top secret would you still have to wipe your computer? If yes, then you will be wiping your computer often. If no, then you get acknowledgment if a leak is actually true or not.

about a year ago
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Math Advance Suggest RSA Encryption Could Fall Within 5 Years

statusbar Re: RSA = out of date (282 comments)

Also see: http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6090

9. Intellectual Property

      Concerns about intellectual property have slowed the adoption of ECC
      because a number of optimizations and specialized algorithms have
      been patented in recent years.

      All of the normative references for ECDH (as defined in Section 4)
      were published during or before 1989, and those for KT-I were
      published during or before May 1994. All of the normative text for
      these algorithms is based solely on their respective references.

about a year ago
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Math Advance Suggest RSA Encryption Could Fall Within 5 Years

statusbar Re: RSA = out of date (282 comments)

Good point; There are implementation techniques and specific curves which are patented and it is possible to make an implementation that is not patented. For example: http://dnscurve.org/crypto.html

about a year ago
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Math Advance Suggest RSA Encryption Could Fall Within 5 Years

statusbar Re: RSA = out of date (282 comments)

IEEE Std 1363a defines a method to to Elliptic Curve Crypto that is not patent encumbered.

about a year ago
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Obama Administration Overrules iPhone Trade Ban

statusbar Re: Curiouser and curiouser (397 comments)

Please re-read my posting. IEEE is very clear about patent disclosure for essential patents. IEEE does not state what FRAND actually means. Samsung is free to charge $0.00 for red hat to release ptpd, and is free to charge much more than that per device to apple for other patents which are less interesting! And in both of those cases, FRAND is satisfied.

about a year ago
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Obama Administration Overrules iPhone Trade Ban

statusbar Re: Curiouser and curiouser (397 comments)

All patents related to IEEE standards are listed on the IEEE website:

http://standards.ieee.org/about/sasb/patcom/patents.html

Any companies that have essential patents for an IEEE standard are required to disclose them and give letters of assurances that they will license them to users under FRAND conditions. Samsung did do this.

In my opinion, the terms that Samsung offered were not "Reasonable" and were completely out of line compared to all other license fees associated with IEEE standards. Typically these fees are "one time fees per company, often less than $1000.00 USD". I feel that this causes a "chilling effect" with all existing IEEE standards until IEEE defines what exactly "Reasonable" means. (disclaimer: I am technical editor for two IEEE standards)

Of course that in itself can be a huge problem for GPL and any open source implementations - for instance see the patents that Samsung has on Precision Time Protocol ( http://standards.ieee.org/about/sasb/patcom/loa-1588-samsung-12apr2007.pdf ) which were blocking RedHat from releasing ptpd: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=556611 - It looks like in this ptpd case, Samsung was reasonable and allows people to do time stamping of packets for free as in GPL.

Regardless of my opinions, ITC said the fees to Apple were reasonable. I guess here the government steps in and says that the fees still stand but the ruling can't block the shipment of devices.

about a year ago

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Historic fun with alternative MIDI input devices

statusbar statusbar writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Many years ago in 1990, Bob Turner and I, Jeff Koftinoff, were working on alternative MIDI input devices at Simon Fraser University specifically for high level quadriplegics.

During our work at S.F.U., we came across a video for MIT Medialab's "The Digital Baton". In the video that we were shown, one person "conducted" a MIDI sequence playing on a computer with a large baton, while another person played along with a violin.

One of the projects that we designed at S.F.U. was called the "Kit-100", which was a small pressure sensitive touch pad which controlled any MIDI instrument. Bob Turner and I decided that we needed to make a video in response to MIT's. However, in our video, I would control the electronic pad with a tiny Q-tip instead of a large baton, and Bob would play a large bass violin instead of a tiny violin. Instead of a MIDI sequence, we would play improvised music.

Our video is posted at: http://www.turnercom.com/compositions-etc/Kit-100.html

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