top Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users
Much cheaper than VPN too. I use one, and have been for the last year or two. I've always been curious how it works though. My current theory is that it must exploit a function of the netflix protocol that uses a separate domain to authenticate the stream than it does to stream the content. Thus your dns provider can detect dns lookups to this address (lets say authenticate.netflix.com), proxy the authentication for you, and then let the stream between you and netflix's servers commence directly once youre authenticated.
Could anyone elaborate and provide a complete low level understanding of how this works?
top Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled
Laws that prohibit you from being on your phone while driving are doing nothing but further spiraling the nanny-state out of control.
Here in Alberta Canada we have the province now wasting even more money on this silly regulation with advertisements that beg people not to "crotch watch". Of course this is referring to the fact that everyone just tries to hide their texting-while-driving behavior which, ironically, makes the practice even more dangerous then when you could do it in the open. But who am I to fight the prevailing mentality that we need to regulate away every single issue with society, no matter how minor? The actual people making the decisions have to be smarter than me right? I guess that's why a third of my income goes to pay their salary along with the monstrous bureaucracy created by all this regulatory nonsense.
top DARPA Wants To Kill the Password
I was going to post this but you beat me to it. I already use this method, somewhat, for anything that supports 2-factor auth. Weak and/or easy to remember password accompanied by a code generated from my private key.
Anyone looking to change the paradigm needs to remember there's only 3 ways to secure things: something you know, something you are, and something you have. With that in mind what you've suggested is the most user friendly and secure way to go about it.
The only other suggestion I would have is a paradigm shift to pass phrases instead of short pass words. But I can hardly take credit for that idea.
top UK Police Won't Comment On The Tracking of People's Phone Calls
No true revolution can be held up by a single man. We'd all have to be leaders.
That being said, privacy violations will never spawn a revolution. The average person is motivated by short term conveniences, not long term ideals. Keep the population fed, busy, and entertained and you should be able to get away with anything.
top Snowden Granted 3 More Years of Russian Residency
While it suits your irrational argument to argue the law in black and white terms, you have to know that the law is far from that.
If a criminal breaks into your house, assaults you, you shoot him, and he happens to die, we don't call that murder and give you a more lenient sentence because you were defending yourself. We call that self defence.
Equally so, technically what Snowden did "broke the law". But that's a pretty obtuse way to look at it considering the greater good he achieved by demonstrating that our own government is, and has been, breaking the law. What he did was in defence of our nation. He has more courage and character in his nail clippings than you have in your whole body. Now turn off Fox news and develop your own opinion.
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top The Oculus Rift DK2: In-Depth Review (and Comparison To DK1)
future features include "single sign on" via retina scan using your Facebook account. This will help us strategically align corporate offerings right into your eyeball based on our patented technology that tracks each and every movement, interest, and desire of you and your friends.
Seriously, the Facebook acquisition already ruined any potential this product might have had.
top Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'
Even though a lot of those things you listed
aren't free (Chrome data mining, IE requires a windows license), I will submit that it's not entirely accurate that nothing is free. Charity is certainly free.
Regardless, I was making a generalization. And every person should live day-to-day based on the assumption that nothing is free. Then we can go back to having an informed, intelligent, and responsible society that doesn't require babysitting via regulation in every aspect of their lives. I don't really appreciate the prevailing mentality that whenever there's even a minor issue in society, we regulate it away. Regulation creates bureaucracy, and trust me, in the long run you don't want more government bureaucracy.
top Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'
Nothing is free. If Google has to explain that to you, you might have a hard time with the rest of your life.
top Why the FCC Is Likely To Ignore Net Neutrality Comments and Listen To ISPs
The sky is blue.
top Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return
top Mozilla Working On a New Website Comment System
Now I can flame them for abandoning their perfectly secure old sync method in favor of a "simpler" but much less secure username and password scheme.
To their credit, the move was widely praised on "tech sites"(1) as a welcome change.
(1): "tech sites" - Websites created or managed by hipsters with iPads that know what a partition is and wear NERD t-shirts. They also reformat their mom's computer from time to time. See: slashdot, arstechnica
top Public Interest In Great White Shark Devours Research Site's Servers
Currently doing my part to slashdot the site. As of 10AM PST it is down.
top Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's
My god this shit needs to stop. Affirmative action is just as ridiculous and hypocritical today as it was the day it was suggested. There is nothing to see here - Yahoo has a female CEO for crying out loud.
top Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages
Your sarcasm is concerning. You should be far less eager to support that level of restrictive control.
top In the year since Snowden's revelations ...
I don't mean to offend, so let me first apologize if I do. But, I really don't like this defeatist attitude. We, the people, are supposed to have the power. Not the corporations, and certainly not the government. Through a combination of giving up, being apathetic, and being ignorant we are, day by day, forming our society to be well suited to a despot.
One of the main benefits of a capitalist society is that the real authority is money. Even though the government has carte blanche to print money whenever they want, the populace as a whole will still always have the power just by our sheer numbers. We have the purchasing power and we all need to start voting with our dollars.
I certainly don't have all the answers but here are some great places to start:
1) Stop supporting the cloud. The cloud does not benefit you. Say no to shit like Office 365, Google drive, and Chrome OS. Don't willingly make your life dependent on online services that care nothing for your privacy.
2) Don't support Apple, Google, or the new Microsoft. These companies all have a culture that values controlling the consumer and locking them into walled gardens. Say no to it, despite the minor conveniences they may provide. Buy an international phone and run Cyanogen mod. Use duck duck go. Granted it will be more difficult, but there are way around using these industry titans. If you have to choose one, stay away from Apple. They are, by far, the worst.
3) Bring your support back to local companies. If you're a sysadmin, programmer, or even just a regular consumer, outsource your infrastructure locally. Get a local VPS and put everything there. Stay away from the big guys.
4) Don't buy Cisco, Linksys, or anything American. The American companies, whether their fault or not, have proven to be the worst offenders as far as selling out to their government. Punish the American economy by spending your dollars elsewhere.
5) Get rid of Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Google+, and any other software that insists on centralized control and exploitation of it's user base. If you can't get rid of social media, for the love of god don't use your social media accounts as your single sign on provider. If a website or service demands an account, get a throw-away email address and never give them your true identity. If they only support SSO from social media, refuse to use that website.
We can do it. There's no more new land to run to, colonize, and wipe the slate clean. Running and giving up is no longer an option. We have to stand and fight.
top Sony Winding Down the PSP
Leave the touch screen computer people to their delusions. Did you know they are completely replacing workstations and laptops any day now?
top Sony Winding Down the PSP
My thoughts exactly. Piracy is
extremely easy on the DS. It's so easy you basically just need to know how to purchase a special cartridge and copy files to a micro sd card.
The DS' success can be attributed to their unique IP, the low price, or the high build quality, but personally I think all these features break down to one thing: kids. DS was/is the platform for kids aged 4-14. You'd be hard pressed to find a kid in this age bracket that doesn't own one. The device is cheap, the games are cheap, you can beat the shit out of the thing and it wont break. It has novelty features like a 3D screen, a wide variety of exclusive titles that directly appeal to kids, and easy to configure parental controls. It's the dream platform for kids... and for parents to buy for their kids. You know... so their not bothering you asking you questions or breaking your things.
top Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs
Amongst all these trolls and flamebaiters perhaps you can explain this a little better.
I know there are containers (mp4, avi) and codecs (h.264, vp8) so where exactly does something like DASH or HLS fit in here? Is this the streaming protocol for the video? If so is it contained within the file like the codec is?
AFAIK the code to implement html5 video looks something like this:
<source src="video.ogv" type="video/ogg; codecs="theora,vorbis""/>
<source src="video.mp4" type="video/mp4; codecs="avc1.42E01E,mp4a.40.2""/>
Nowhere in there is a streaming protocol defined.
top Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?
I could be wrong, but isn't the
Nexus 5 both 4G and LTE?
The wiki page for it claims:
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Model LG-D820 (North America)
CDMA band class: 0/1/10
WCDMA bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
LTE bands: 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41
Model LG-D821 (Rest of World)
WCDMA bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8
LTE bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20
So it looks like the LG-D821 would be her best option. She might not have LTE in North America but will still have GSM. I not an expert on this subject so definitely do some more research. Good luck!
top A Different Kind of Linux Smartphone: Samsung To Sell Tizen-Based Model Z
Anyone who's used Samsung software knows it's a steaming pile of shit (touchwiz anyone). They need to stick to what their good at... Hardware.
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