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Internet Commenting Growing Away From Anonymity

t4ng* Thanks for the chuckle over my morning coffee... (384 comments)

Requiring users to log in via Google+ and Facebook respectively in order to establish a real-world identity.

Yes, because everyone uses their "real" identity on G+ and FB!

about 9 months ago
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Why Letting Your Insurance Company Monitor How You Drive Can Be a Good Thing

t4ng* Re:Huh (567 comments)

This is the same weird logic used in health care insurance, which also wants to charge more or less based on individual risk. So if we follow their logic...

  • They increase their accuracy in predicting who will be in an accident and change them more.
  • They increase their accuracy in detecting good drivers and charge them less.

Extrapolating this out, they eventually end up charging each individual exactly what it will cost the insurance company to pay each individual's claims plus their profit margin. At that point, the insurance company is a useless middle man and everyone may as well be self-insured.

about 10 months ago
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Mozilla Backtracks On Third-Party Cookie Blocking

t4ng* Re:What if they *are* right? (173 comments)

Web sites that use PayPal often won't work without third party cookies enabled. When you press the payment button, you end up getting dumped to the PayPal home page instead of to a payment page. Enable third party cookies and it works fine. I haven't delved into it too deeply, but I assume it doesn't effect all their shopping cart frameworks, because I have seen some site using PayPal that do work without third party cookies. Maybe Mozilla figures that until issues like this are resolved, disabling third party cookies by default will cause too much havoc.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Satellite Internet For Remote Locations?

t4ng* Re:There are none (175 comments)

Add to that, some satellite internet services use DSL for the upstream connection, which wouldn't work at all for a remote station in South America.

GlobalStar is a low earth orbit (about 60 miles up) satellite communications system that can do internet traffic. Latency will be much lower than a geo-stationary satellite. But speed will be low (about the same as a phone modem) unless you tie several channels together. To keep satellite costs down, the system is a "bent-pipe," so availability will depend on whether GlobalStar has a ground station somewhere near where you are using it. Having to license ground stations in hundreds of different countries is what really held back development of this system.

Iridium is also LEO, but has more complex satellites that route calls from satellite to satellite until it is over a ground station in the US, then routes the call to the ground. Last I heard it had been appropriated by the US military (they liked that all calls went through the US instead of ground stations in other countries). I don't know whether civil service is available any more. But it would probably also be a pretty slow link since it was originally designed for phone calls.

about 10 months ago
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Anti-Poaching Lawsuit Against Apple, Google and Others Given the Green Light

t4ng* Be Careful What You Wish For... (172 comments)

The law of unintended consequences would indicate that this could be exploited if corporations collude to use such a law to keep downward pressure on employee compensation. If none of your employer's competitors will hire you because of anti-poaching laws, then your employer has no motivation to treat you well because they know you have no place else to go unless you completely change careers, and that would have it's own downward pressure on compensation.

about a year ago
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Ten Steps You Can Take Against Internet Surveillance

t4ng* Re:Steps You Can Take Against Internet Surveillanc (234 comments)

Considering the number of things the NSA has completely missed (e.g. Boston bomber, Snowden, Bengazi, etc.) I'm beginning to wonder if the NSA really has any decent spying capabilities at all. What if this is much like a Banana Republic, were the government puffs up it's chest and parades around a bunch of military men and equipment to try to scare it's citizens into line. But actually they are totally outnumbered by the citizenry, have very little real power, and they know it.

All these "leaks" about the NSA spying on everyone in the world could just be a desperate attempt by a government that realizes it has very little real control over people to try to keep people in line. Sure, they might be collecting a lot of data, but storage and analysis may be such a monumental task that they can really only figure out things in retrospect, which really doesn't give them much advantage over classic investigation techniques. But hey, some tech companies are probably getting rich over this.

about a year ago
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Torvalds: SteamOS Will 'Really Help' Linux On the Desktop

t4ng* Re:Not happening (304 comments)

Yes, this article is similar to others I saw back in those days, it is talking about experimental preemptable kernels. But it did not make it into any official kernel release until 2004. Still, it's there now, so good on the kernel developers for taking care of that. Question answered, thanks guys. (Except for the comedian that modded my OP as flamebait)

about a year ago
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4K Ultra HD Likely To Repeat the Failure of 3D Television

t4ng* Re:I would love 4K!!! (559 comments)

Isn't the whole point of 4K to just one-up online services like NetFlix? Studios can get a higher profit margin out of selling 4K movies on discs (if people are willing to buy them), but consumers and providers wouldn't have the bandwidth to handle a 4K video stream of the internet without a lot of expensive infrastructure investment (at least in the US).

about a year ago
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Torvalds: SteamOS Will 'Really Help' Linux On the Desktop

t4ng* Re:Not happening (304 comments)

Never mind. Kernel preemption was added in 2.6. Good for them.

about a year ago
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Torvalds: SteamOS Will 'Really Help' Linux On the Desktop

t4ng* Re:Not happening (304 comments)

Yes I already knew that Windows had moved graphics drivers out of kernel mode, and the loss in graphics performance because of it. That isn't what I was getting at. Windows is always interruptable and always preemptible no matter what ring it is executing in, no matter what ring drivers execute in. Is that true of Linux or not?

about a year ago
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Torvalds: SteamOS Will 'Really Help' Linux On the Desktop

t4ng* Re:Not happening (304 comments)

Not trying to flamebait here, and I admit I stopped following Linux kernel development about 10 years ago. It seemed to me, at least in the past, that a major roadblock to Linux being useful for audio, video, or real-time applications was that kernel-mode execution was non-interruptable. I remember there were some forks that made Linux more of a real-time OS, but I never heard of any of that being incorporated into any of the major distributions. When I asked a Linux apologist about this he acted like I was crazy and said, "Of course you can't interrupt the kernel, it's in kernel mode!" Funny, because Windows has been doing it since Windows NT.

Is this still the case with Linux? If it is, how can an application guarantee that audio and video won't experience hiccups? Just by throwing lots of CPUs and processor power at the problem? Better drivers would not solve this problem.

about a year ago
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Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?

t4ng* Re:God of the Gaps (1293 comments)

I wish I could remember more details, but about 10 years ago a UCSD professor did a statistical analysis of how often "creationism" and "intelligent design" where mentioned in news articles over time. The results was that use of the word "creationism" dove-tailed right into use of the term "intelligent design" right at the same time that teaching creationism in public schools was loosing ground in the courts. Basically, "intelligent design" was just a marketing ploy to extend the life of teaching creationism in schools. A "Creationism 2.0" if you will.

about a year ago
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Somebody Stole 7 Milliseconds From the Federal Reserve

t4ng* Re:wrong two words (740 comments)

Okay, so how is it that the identity of this FTL trader is not already known, and being questioned by investigators?

about a year ago
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Somebody Stole 7 Milliseconds From the Federal Reserve

t4ng* Re:wrong two words (740 comments)

Now will someone please explain to me how "someone" can collect on a trade and have it totally anonymous and untraceable?

For example, does anyone remember the millions of dollars in put options on airline stocks that were placed just before 9/11 (also placed at the Chicago Exchange)? Somehow investigators couldn't figure out who placed those orders. Last I heard the orders were traced back to an investment bank that CIA director Alvin Krongard had been chairman of. Then the investigations mysteriously ended with no one arrested and no one named as the person that placed the order. How is it possible for an order to be some untraceable?

about a year ago
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FAA May Let You Use Electronic Devices During Airplane Takeoff and Landing Soon

t4ng* Re:Test Team (166 comments)

FYI, GlobalStar was a low earth orbit satellite communication system. Same CDMA signal, but different RF bands, higher power levels (about 5W max), and usually connected to multiple satellites simultaneously (instead of connecting to multiple cell towers simultaneously, which is typical for CDMA cell phones).

But I get what you are saying. It is true that there was some concern about radio interference in the past. But it hasn't been for at least a decade now. And speaking of close to the ground, even when AMPS phones were the thing, there was coverage at airports. So there would have been the potential for radio interferences even from people that weren't passengers on the planes.

about a year ago
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FAA May Let You Use Electronic Devices During Airplane Takeoff and Landing Soon

t4ng* Re:Test Team (166 comments)

Back in late 90's/early 00's I was working for Qualcomm on a system that used eight GlobalStar UTs in parallel to offer a mix of phone and data service. In the experimental jet we had wifi routers connected into this system, and the jet's diagnostic bus was wired into it too, also a GPS receiver going full time as well (part of the UTs actually). We had several laptops, webcams, and phone calls going all the time - on the ground, in the air, during take off and landing - not one single problem, ever.

The ban on electronics, with the claim that it interferes with the plane's electronics, has always been bullshit. If that were true the ban would be for the entire duration of the flight, and it would be pretty scarey if flight electronics were so delicate that anyone with a cell phone turned on could screw it up. It's about controlling people, nothing more.

about a year ago
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Time For X-No-Wiretap HTTP Header?

t4ng* Re:April 1st? (202 comments)

The beauty of this is that people who don't RTFA enitrely, will out themselves by complaining how stupid this idea is.

1 year,7 days
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New Snowden Revelation: Terrorists Attempting To Infiltrate CIA

t4ng* Re:No need for that anymore... (250 comments)

All depends on your perspective. To people outside the US, the CIA is the most well funded and brutal terrorist organization in the world!

1 year,13 days
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LinkedIn Now Targeting Universities, 14-Year-Olds

t4ng* Re:They ruined what made it successful already. (87 comments)

LinkedIn's value early on was that people added their real life connections.

I disagree. I saw no value with LinkedIn. I don't need to duplicate my real life connections at an online service that can then sell that information or harass my connections with solicitations.

It grew when recruiters started friending everyone they contacted so their search network could grow.

This was the exact moment I dumped LinkedIn... when recruiters started trying to harvest contact info for my former employers out of me. They already do that in the real world. I don't need to get twice as much of their bullshit.

1 year,25 days
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"451" Error Will Tell Users When Governments Are Blocking Websites

t4ng* Re:It would be an error code (255 comments)

Just to clarify, if a web site is being blocked, then that web site can not send an error page to the client making the request.

The error would come from whichever device is blocking the web site, and it would prevent forwarding of any data packets to the blocked site. The blocked site can't return an error page because it has no way of knowing someone trying to access it was blocked. Whatever device is doing the blocking is the one that can send an error code, if at all.

Returning an html error page would be entirely optional, and I seriously doubt whomever is doing the blocking would give a rat's ass about a fancy custom error page. If they did, it might make for a nice amplifier in a DDoS attack. ;-)

about a year ago

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You're Not Special!

t4ng* t4ng* writes  |  more than 2 years ago

t4ng* (1092951) writes "Several news sources are reporting about a Wellesley High English teacher David McCullough Jr. that told graduates "You are not special. You are not exceptional."

Quoting empirical evidence he said, "Across the country no fewer than 3.2 million seniors are graduating about now from more than 37,000 high schools. That's 37,000 valedictorians ... 37,000 class presidents ... 92,000 harmonizing altos ... 340,000 swaggering jocks ... 2,185,967 pairs of Uggs," he said in the speech published in the Boston Herald."
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4 of 7 in Megaupload arrests denied bail

t4ng* t4ng* writes  |  more than 2 years ago

t4ng* (1092951) writes "Kim Dotcom and three others arrested in New Zealand appeared in court Friday afternoon and were denied bail.

The police said the other three arrested in New Zealand were Finn Batato, 38, a German citizen and resident; Mathias Ortmann, 40, a German citizen who is a resident of Hong Kong; and Bram van der Kolk, 29, a Dutch citizen who is a resident of New Zealand. Three others remain at large.

The charges could result in more than 20 years in prison."

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