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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

tom229 Re:Joke's on them (169 comments)

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, 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?

2 days ago

Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

tom229 The Regulation Bureaucracy (363 comments)

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.

about a week ago

DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

tom229 Re:Passwords don't need to be killed (383 comments)

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 passphrases instead of short passwords. But I can hardly take credit for that idea.

about a month ago

UK Police Won't Comment On The Tracking of People's Phone Calls

tom229 Re: It's not extra-judicial (52 comments)

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.

about a month ago

Snowden Granted 3 More Years of Russian Residency

tom229 Re: Snowden is a traitor (266 comments)

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.

about a month and a half ago

The Oculus Rift DK2: In-Depth Review (and Comparison To DK1)

tom229 Also announced (54 comments)

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.

about 2 months ago

Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

tom229 Re:Really people? (139 comments)

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.

about 2 months ago

Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

tom229 Really people? (139 comments)

Nothing is free. If Google has to explain that to you, you might have a hard time with the rest of your life.

about 2 months ago

Why the FCC Is Likely To Ignore Net Neutrality Comments and Listen To ISPs

tom229 And in other news (140 comments)

The sky is blue.

about 2 months ago

Mozilla Working On a New Website Comment System

tom229 Good (142 comments)

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

about 3 months ago

Public Interest In Great White Shark Devours Research Site's Servers

tom229 Re:Slashdot? (57 comments)

504 Gateway Time-out

Currently doing my part to slashdot the site. As of 10AM PST it is down.

about 3 months ago

Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

tom229 Facepalm (435 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago

Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

tom229 Re: Why? (309 comments)

Your sarcasm is concerning. You should be far less eager to support that level of restrictive control.

about 3 months ago

In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

tom229 Re:Does it really matter? (248 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago

Sony Winding Down the PSP

tom229 Re:Too much competition (85 comments)

Leave the touch screen computer people to their delusions. Did you know they are completely replacing workstations and laptops any day now?

about 3 months ago

Sony Winding Down the PSP

tom229 Re:Piracy (85 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago

Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

tom229 Re:"HTML5 video" doesn't actually exist. (202 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

tom229 Nexus 5? (259 comments)

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!

about 3 months ago

A Different Kind of Linux Smartphone: Samsung To Sell Tizen-Based Model Z

tom229 Big mistake (105 comments)

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.

about 4 months ago



Jar Jar a Major Character in New Star Wars Movie

tom229 tom229 writes  |  about a year ago

tom229 (1640685) writes "Due to there recent acquisition of the Star Wars Franchise, a movie is already in production. Disney Starwars team has decided to go back to the basics in their approach to this new movie. An insider source has said that Naboo will be the main setting for this new blockbuster. Also Jar Jar Binks will be featured as a major character of the new movie."
Link to Original Source

Ask Slashdot: How do I protect my business from the poor decisions at Microsoft?

tom229 tom229 writes  |  about a year ago

tom229 (1640685) writes "I am the senior sysadmin for a medium sized business (about 100-150 end users). Currently we use redundant VMWare ESX hosts running a series of Microsoft Server 2008 R2 servers. All desktops are Windows 7 and nearly everyone heavily relies on Office 2010 for their day-to-day work.

Given the recent change of direction at Microsoft, it has me worried over how heavily we rely on them. They are already forcing me to buy OEM licencing for Server 2012 with downgrade rights to 2008R2. How long until this is no longer an option? How long until I'm forced to have an XBox interface on my server machines?

I'm not naive enough to assume I can migrate my users from their dependency on MS Office just yet, but I am interested in migrating the core infrastructure away from Microsoft Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange as a good first step.

I'm decently versed in the debian flavors of linux so I would easily adapt to a solution based on something like Ubuntu Server. I discovered with the help of google that Samba 4 aims to do this, but it is currently in alpha and some popular projects built around it have already been abandoned. There's also a product called Zentyal, but I'm a bit confused by their monthly pricing model.

Are any of my fellow sysadmins having the same concerns? I can't in good conscience have all my eggs in Microsoft's basket any longer. What is the best way to transition from a corporate MS environment?"


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