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Who's Pirating Game of Thrones, and Why?

the_enigma_1983 Re:A week? (1004 comments)

Part of me thinks they're getting dangerously close to messing this up too much. A search for "automatic downloading of tv shows" actually leads to some reasonable articles showing how to set up automated downloads. I also know that software exists which can tie in to these and automatically sort tv shows and add them to libraries in XBMC or similar.

It's not going to be long before average Joe can install one piece of software, and from then on have "free" TV shows popping up on his home system whenever they air. As the generations get older too, you'll have less and less people who are used to the idea of "channels" on a TV even, and soon this will be the norm. People are switching because it's easier, cheaper or more convenient to pirate. What motivation (beyond legal repercussions) will be left when a majority of people are using free 1-click software packages to acquire TV shows?

more than 2 years ago
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US Justice Dept Defends Right To Record Police

the_enigma_1983 Re:About time (306 comments)

Personally, I think if a cop doesn't "step up" that makes him part of the problem. The only good cops, in my ideal view of the world, are the ones who do "step up".

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Is Killing Text Messaging

the_enigma_1983 Re:Don't worry about the mobile carriers (270 comments)

I didn't say there were 1kb pages on FB, I said each message would probably come in at under 1kb amortised.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Is Killing Text Messaging

the_enigma_1983 Re:Don't worry about the mobile carriers (270 comments)

A facebook message consisting of 160 characters would be less than 1kB (amortised). The usual cost of an SMS is between 10c and 25c. 10c per kB equates to $100 per MB.

In other words, telco profit margins on SMS when compared to FB messages are orders of magnitude smaller. It might be even worse, I've heard that SMS messages are sent in some form of "control" packet hence the 160 char limit, meaning that SMS overheads are (somewhat) essential to running the mobile network.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a Tablet Run Only One Application?

the_enigma_1983 Re:DNS Hijacking (260 comments)

Without DNSSec though, it's fairly easy to redirect any DNS traffic. Allow ports 80 and 53, redirect them to a local server, and block anything else.

more than 2 years ago
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US Sentinel Drone Fooled Into Landing With GPS Spoofing

the_enigma_1983 Re:The truth slowly comes out (647 comments)

10.

If there was only 1 cheating husband, his wife would see no one else kicking someone out, so would kick on day 1.

If there were 2, both their wives would only see one other cheating husband, but neither would see him get kicked out on day one and deduce that there must be 2 cheaters, and the second must be their husband.

Repeat.

more than 2 years ago
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A Few Million Virtual Monkeys Randomly Recreate Shakespeare

the_enigma_1983 Re:HRmm...... (312 comments)

Hrmm
I hadn't thought about it in that way. You could statistically get around that by saying that any permutation of the infinite number of characters (permutation might not be well defined now) would by expectation include an infinite number of each character, and then the "ordered" function would still work.

That still doesn't quite make it bogosort though. Oh well, fun brain exercise.

about 3 years ago
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A Few Million Virtual Monkeys Randomly Recreate Shakespeare

the_enigma_1983 Re:HRmm...... (312 comments)

The monkey-problem is exactly bogosort, with the "ordering" of "is this letter meant to come after the preceding letter and before the next letter in a Shakespeare work".

about 3 years ago
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Russia Wanted To Shut YouTube Down For Piracy

the_enigma_1983 Re:Meanwhile in Russia... (122 comments)

I'd say the point holds on both sides. Whatever country your from, you should sort out your own issues before telling other countries, otherwise we enter a situation where it's countries telling each other "Do as I say, not as I do.

more than 3 years ago
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Kernel.org Compromised

the_enigma_1983 Re:he's talking about tarballs (312 comments)

No, that doesn't get dynamically pulled from git every time you request it.

But it'd also take an admin about 15-30 seconds to type out the command to regenerate the archives from the git repos. Actually, I think 30s is probably extreme, I suspect they would have scripted the process. Wouldn't be surprised if it's just something like "makearchives.sh " and the archive is recreated from the git repo.

more than 3 years ago
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Hackers May Have Nabbed Over 200 SSL Certificates

the_enigma_1983 Re:Boring (141 comments)

In response to DigiNotar incidences, some people are removing the root CA for DigiNotar from their computers. This way your computer will not trust _anything_ signed by DigiNotar.

With DNSSEC, if the people in charge of your DNS have an incident (hackers, malpractice or otherwise) which changes the "certificate" (for lack of a better word) for your website, you are stuck. There is no "root" certificate that you can remove.

more than 3 years ago
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Company Claims Ownership of Digital Messaging

the_enigma_1983 Re:Hacked already (325 comments)

Check the HTML. A div is created, 4 links to random sites inserted, and then said div is hidden via javascript. Presumably some SOE-aimed hack/spam/bot/thing.

more than 3 years ago
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Could the US Phase Out Nuclear Power?

the_enigma_1983 Re:Short Answer (657 comments)

Do you have data handy to back this up? I'm not doubting you, I believe this is true, but I want to convince others, and since I work at a uni, others are very doubting of any "facts" that are not substantiated.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Rejoins Space Race With Manned Deep Space Craft

the_enigma_1983 Re:Vapor-where? (179 comments)

How does the Sun manage a stronger pull on the Moon than the Earth? I thought, looking at the gravitation pull of just the sun, that the field was given by 'g(r) = - G.m / (r^2)' where r is the radius/distance, G the gravitational constant, and m the mass of the object(sun in this case). Does the specific orbit of the moon somehow manage to keep it's "average" distance to the sun closer than that between the earth and the sun, somehow?

And if the Moon-Earth system is essentially a binary orbit, surely the Moon disappearing would have an influence on the Earth and vice-versa? My understanding of 'sphere of influence' has always been that if something outside the sphere is removed/destroyed/changed/eliminated, then the object in question feels no effect/sees no change, but removing mass from the Moon-Earth system would surely change the orbit in some manner?

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Rejoins Space Race With Manned Deep Space Craft

the_enigma_1983 Re:Vapor-where? (179 comments)

I thought "sphere of influence" meant that, in your example, the Moon is not influenced by Earth at all (or at least, significantly). As in, even if the Earth were not there, the Moon would still be there and in its present orbit?

The way you wrote it, it sounds like the Earth does have an effect on the Moon, which I thought meant that the Moon was inside the Earth's sphere of influence?

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Music Greece Falls To Hackers

the_enigma_1983 Re:Sony will be secure? (303 comments)

I don't see how it'd take even a month to get that far. By the second attack, memos or something should be going company-wide, saying "People are trying to break into our networks, make sure stuff is secure".
If it takes more than 4 weeks for an IT team to do a basic security audit (SQL injection means not using parameterized queries, so basic to spot and fairly simple to stop), then you simply haven't budgeted enough for IT. Which is a reason for the new problem but still a problem they had control over.

more than 2 years ago
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Congress Makes Deal To Renew Patriot Act For 4 Years

the_enigma_1983 Re:Four More Years (350 comments)

He did bring Hope and Change. He brought the hope that things would change. That's close enough, right?

more than 3 years ago
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XBMC4XBOX 3.0.1 Stable Released

the_enigma_1983 Re:How long? (57 comments)

XBMC (without 4XBOX in the name) has dropped support for xbox. This group is re-integrating xbox support. So XBMC itself has dropped support, and this project without xbox support is irrelevant, I'd say.

more than 3 years ago
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How Windows 7 Knows About Your Internet Connection

the_enigma_1983 Re:Mod Parent FUD. (434 comments)

On the other hand, I've always used Windows and only infected my desktop once in the past eight years, and that was thanks to a bad download. From the fact that they had to go to a technician to install 7, I'd say they simply don't know their way around a computer, Linux or Windows.

I think that's the point. If you do not know your way around a computer, Linux can be just as viable as Windows (possibly more-so according to the arguments made).

Yes, if you know your way around a computer, you can easily use Windows and not get virus. Same goes for Linux.

more than 3 years ago

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