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Routing and DNS Security Ignored By ISPs

vanyel Not yet (101 comments)

"too few ISPs bother with it" [RPKI] because "Cisco Systems is committed[4] to offering this functionality in Cisco IOS. Juniper Networks is working on an implementation[5] for Junos as well", i.e. it doesn't exist yet. DNSSEC exists, but is very challenging to implement and is fragile, though recent BIND implementations have improved that situation considerably. DANE will build on top of that, so there *is* hope for the future, but it is still the future.

about a month ago
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Time sucked into Netflix or similar, weekly:

vanyel DVRs are evil (146 comments)

I watch 3-4x as much TV since I got a DVR and could actually watch things on my schedule intead of theirs. Online video in various forms just ads to it. For once, I'm really glad of Sturgeon's Revelation - even 10% is too much!

about a month and a half ago
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Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

vanyel Double edged (226 comments)

Could Google glass be used in a HUD capacity to actually improve driving safety?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

vanyel SplashID (445 comments)

I use SplashID on my phone (and it's probably the single biggest usage of my phone). Don't get the current version though - 7 is pretty much unusable. I had to fall back to 6, which is usable, though not quite as simple as 4 was (I think that's what I upgraded to 7 from, which was a terrible mistake). Like the submitter, I refuse to use the cloud offerings (which SpashID has as an option now). A cell phone is a risk, but I choose to believe that I could change the passwords before the database could be cracked, and that my risk from malware is low because I don't install every shiny new app that comes along. I do so mostly because there really isn't a practical alternative at the moment.

about 2 months ago
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Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

vanyel Re:Only if you can't get addresses (574 comments)

Having implemented ipv6...bs. It does cost some time and effort, but it's not huge, particularly if you do it incrementally and dual stack. It's fear of change that's holding it back, not cost and effort, and as a result people are missing out on getting out from under that shackles that ipv4 puts around everything you do. But "the devil you know" rules in all too many cases.

about 2 months ago
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US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

vanyel Just as well... (578 comments)

1. Ignore the whole fiasco to start with

2. If it hurts their ratings because people can't get to the content, they'll learn...eventually

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Online News Is Worth Paying For?

vanyel In my case... (361 comments)

I subscribe to Slashdot and the local town paper's online version. For a while, I subscribed to the Maui online paper as well, as I have a friend there and would consider living there, but they overcharge for the little they provide and it wasn't worth it. I also contribute to wikipedia. Google is probably the most valuable site I use (how did we ever survive before them?!?), but they don't need any contributions from me ;-)

In most cases, I like what the summary called "nag wall": it's good for consumers as people can read shared links on sites they don't go to very often or may not have even heard of without the hassle of jumping the payment barrier every time they click on a link, and it's good for the site because people who have never heard of them find out about them.

But if you find yourself visiting a site regularly, it's time to think about supporting them. Ads would be ok if they weren't distracting, but since so many seem to think it's ok to get in the way of what you actually came to the site for, ad blocking is the only viable way to read the web these days.

about 3 months ago
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Firefox 27 Released: TLS 1.2 Support, SPDY 3.1, SocialAPI Improvements

vanyel Re:DANE (167 comments)

The actual link is all there, it's just not showing it.

about 3 months ago
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Firefox 27 Released: TLS 1.2 Support, SPDY 3.1, SocialAPI Improvements

vanyel DANE (167 comments)

I'm hoping support for DANE will show up soon...

about 3 months ago
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Adobe's New Ebook DRM Will Leave Existing Users Out In the Cold Come July

vanyel unable to buy DRMed ebooks? (304 comments)

that's going to leave many readers unable to buy DRMed ebooks

Like that's a bad thing? Thank you Adobe for accelerating the move away from DRM!

about 3 months ago
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How loud is your primary computer?

vanyel Silent but... (371 comments)

...we won't talk about the fileserver it connects to

about 3 months ago
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CmdrTaco Launches Trove, a Curated News Startup

vanyel Overdesigned (221 comments)

Any site that comes up with a list of a dozen or more sites that I have to permit requests (RequestPolicy) and scripts (NoScript) to function screams we're more interested in tracking you than providing a usable site. Next.

about 3 months ago
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Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

vanyel Invalid premise (810 comments)

The question implies that EVs aren't successful, yet no one argues that hybrids aren't successful and EV sales are ahead of where hybrids were at a comparable point in their adoption. It takes a while to get people convinced to adopt something new.

about 5 months ago
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Square Debuts New Email Payment System

vanyel Re:virtual paymend cards not supported (240 comments)

It has to be a debit card; since Paypal stopped doing virtual cards, I don't know of any debit cards that do them any more. I have Discover and Citibank credit cards specifically because they do support them, though that doesn't help here.

And actually, they do brag about being PCI DSS certified in their "Security" section.

Which doesn't mitigate the fact that they are setting up a phishing gold mine: "click here to enter your debit card number and receive some free money!"

about 6 months ago
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Facebook Launches Advanced AI Effort To Find Meaning In Your Posts

vanyel They really don't get it (125 comments)

I specifically *avoid* the "News Feed" *because* it weeds stuff out. Maybe I'm weird, but I actually want to know what my friends have to say - that's *why* I'm on facebook. I don't want anyone else blocking stuff, especially when it does such a crappy job as facebook does, blocking way too much, yet not blocking the crap like "games people are playing" and "trending" that *facebook* sticks in there that I couldn't care less about.

And speaking of "anyone", one of the defenses against snooping through people's postings is "it's a computer not a person", meaning "no one will know what we find". When you get to a certain level of ai however, there's not a practical difference as far as the privacy issues people care about are concerned...

about 7 months ago
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The World Fair of 2014 According To Asimov (From 1964)

vanyel The sad thing... (352 comments)

...is that he was far more accurate about the negative aspects of 2014 than the positive ones...

about 8 months ago
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Talking On the Phone While Driving Not So Dangerous After All

vanyel Not news (418 comments)

I've said this all along: if cell phones were as dangerous as people make them out to be, accident rates would have skyrocketed over the last couple of decades...

We have a certain amount of processing capability, and the danger isn't until you cross the threshold. Talking generally doesn't do it. Texting usually does, though mostly because it's an inherently more cumbersome user interface.

about 8 months ago
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Review: Star Trek: Into Darkness

vanyel Re:Not your fathers Star Trek! (514 comments)

Yes, the times are different. That doesn't excuse JJ from turning Star Trek into a cheesy, unbelievable, action flick that will be forgotten tomorrow, instead of exploring today's issues that people will remember 50 years from now. He even started with a premise that had a huge amount of potential for providing the sort of moral dilemma X-Men has been good at delivering and throwing it away with a cardboard villain (the one who was the real villain). You can have good, believable, action with a good story too, they aren't inherently mutually exclusive. This movie doesn't have either. The only thing that saves it at all is the character interactions.

about a year ago

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Ask Slashdot: What is the best way to mentor online?

vanyel vanyel writes  |  about a month ago

vanyel (28049) writes "Having grown up in a rural setting with few resources and recently chatting with a CS student overseas in a less than ideal setting made me think about mentoring options. I'd thought that perhaps mentoring.<stackexchangesite> might be a good option, but they seem to be rather against the idea and even I admit a Q&A format like they're setup for isn't the best. I think mentoring would be a valuable service though, so I ask What *should* online mentoring look like?"
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vanyel vanyel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

vanyel (28049) writes "As the new daylight savings time change date nears, we're having to go around and make sure all our computers and routers are updated with the new changes. It seems to me to be a lot of work for no good reason, and I'm wondering just how much our Posturing Leaders are costing us?"
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vanyel vanyel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

vanyel writes "MSNBC is reporting: "Two aerospace teams headed by SpaceX and Rocketplane Kistler will share almost half a billion dollars set aside for demonstrations of new spaceships capable of transporting cargo and crew between Earth and the international space station, NASA announced Friday.""

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Wow, I have a fan!

vanyel vanyel writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I mostly ignore this stuff, but just checked and wow! I have a fan! Never expected that...

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Taking up space

vanyel vanyel writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I suppose this is what's called "blogging". The question is, does anyone read this or is it just taking up space? If I'm just taking up space, I'd rather do it on Serenity.

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