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SKA Telescope To Offer Neighbors Cheap Broadband

xous Re:Fail (63 comments)

It is when using standard data transfer protocols. Anything TCP based that doesn't multiplex.

about three weeks ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

xous Re: On the other hand... (700 comments)

They arent bricking the device. Just setting the USB product Id to 0. As the vendor and product id belong to fdti.

If the vendor of the knock off trash wanted they could provide a utility to rewrite the id and provide the own driver.

Anyone using a knockoff with the fdti driver is violating the tos/aup.

about 2 months ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

xous Re:And guess how many vacation days we Americans g (710 comments)

Unions just protect those that are incompetent or barely capable.

Fuck unions. I haven't even had to negotiate a raise in 3 years because they are a afraid of me leaving. >10% *grins*

about 6 months ago
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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

xous Re:Spare Change (320 comments)

Drinking booze is a luxury. Smoking is a luxury. Coffee is a luxury. I forgo them when I can't afford them why shouldn't a homeless person?

There is no right to drink booze and certainly have no obligation to pay for their booze.

Have you ever tried to give a pan-handler food? They won't take it. If you offer to buy them food they'll just ask for the $. If you insist they'll come with you to ATM.

They aren't hungry. They can scavenge more than enough food from the garbage or get it free at a shelter. What they need is money to get the things they can't scavenge (booze, drugs). So when I walk by a bum after working an 100 hour week... the last thing I have is empathy.

about 8 months ago
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Fake Pub Studies Drinking Habits

xous Re:WTF mate? (118 comments)

"The Nik-O-Lok Company is a company founded in 1910 with headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana, that manufactures and leases door locks for pay toilets, along with other types of equipment for public bathrooms. Locks are designed that can be operated by manufacturer-supplied tokens or by coins (quarters) as well as tokens."

I'm guessing the security camera is so you can't piss in the alley.

about 9 months ago
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New Documentary Chronicles Road Tripping Scientists Promoting Reason

xous Re:I'm an atheist. (674 comments)

I am an atheist. It's not an organization, it's not a belief, and it certainly is not a fucking religion.

If they start annoying me with it I'm gonna troll the shit out of them. I do this all the time and if they don't want to be screwed with they should keep their trap shut and leave me the fuck alone.

I'd have no problem with it if they managed to keep their 'beliefs' to themselves but it seems they have to drag it into school, government, and every-fucking-where else they seem to think they have a right.
My problem with them is large majority vote whatever way their pastor tells them and believe whatever crap they interpret out of their religious text. There is nothing more dangerous that stupid people in large numbers with a book that tells them whatever they do is right and the will of whatever deity they worship.

Religion is a disease and sooner or later it will be destroyed or mankind by it.

1 year,8 days
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HTTP 2.0 May Be SSL-Only

xous Re:Usability issue, not hard technical one... (320 comments)

Training users to not give out banking/payment details on anything but "green" (encrypted, verified) would not be that hard. Most already know to look for the lock icon.

about a year ago
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HTTP 2.0 May Be SSL-Only

xous Re:Usability issue, not hard technical one... (320 comments)

This is just a matter of changing the way the URI is displayed:

NOT ENCRYPTED http:///
ENCRYPTED, NOT VERIFIED https:///
ENCRYPTED, VERIFIED https:///

With a helpful little blurb that explains (with pictures) the differences. I'm sure with some thought and a few user trails you could come up with a UI solution that most people will be able to understand well enough to know that credit card stuff should be green and that pink is better than red.

 

about a year ago
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Microsoft Makes Millions Renting Campus Space to Vendors

xous Re:Good (95 comments)

I don't know how your office was setup but ours is a complete zoo.

It's 100% open concept with about 4-5ft high dividers. The noise is insane. It's horribly distracting.

The only way I get any work done is jacking into my cellphone for music to block all the annoying chatter out. If this was the only problem you might be able to say it was just bad design.

Another problem is interrupts. People constantly ask me stupid questions when they can see me instead of following the process and opening a ticket. If I put my headphones in and ignore them (yes, I see you there, I don't care about your stupid question so I'm pretending I don't) they will wave a hand in front of my eyes or touch me. And yes give them shit if they interrupt me for something stupid.

I'm allowed to work 1-2 days a week from home and those are the ONLY days I get a reasonable amount of work done.

about a year and a half ago
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Nuclear Arms Cuts, Supported By 56% of Americans, Would Make the World Safer

xous Re:In this oligarchy, the people don't matter (615 comments)

I disagree. I have absolutely no idea how to determine how many nuclear warheads are needed or how they should be positioned.

If this had been reviewed by a panel of experts in that particular field and they broke it down and explained the risks and caveats of a particular reductions then *maybe* it could be put to a vote by the general populace.

The problem is that a lot of the general population outright FEAR anything that involves the word "nuclear".

Even if a panel agreed the best thing to do would be to re-purpose the material for power generation you'd be fighting NIMBY-types the entire way.

about 2 years ago
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Nuclear Arms Cuts, Supported By 56% of Americans, Would Make the World Safer

xous Relevance? (615 comments)

Who gives a shit what 56% of the general populace think? They aren't qualified to have a meaningful opinion.

Did I miss the high school class on thermonuclear tactics? Pretty sure I would have gone to that.

about 2 years ago
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Photographer Threatened With Legal Action After Asserting His Copyright

xous Re:Photographer should say "Go ahead" (667 comments)

I've worked for hosting providers and worked abuse tickets.

Sane providers will give their client 48 hours to submit a counter claim. Doesn't matter if you are clearly lying through your teeth. If I get a signed counter-claim that you own it that's it and the complainant take take you to court or screw off.

GoDaddy is known for suspending immediately without any notification.

There is nothing wrong with a submitting a DMCA notification when the hosting provider is sane. The woman *KNOWS* she doesn't own copyright to the photo because she didn't take it and it wasn't granted anywhere. What he should have done as soon as she started talking about damages and making threats is referred her to his lawyer. People that will sue know enough not to make threats they just do it.

more than 2 years ago
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Organics Can't Match Conventional Farm Yields

xous Re:Population Control? (452 comments)

Nature is a harsh bitch.

Humans and gone and corrupted the natural controls on population size and we are just starting to suffer the consequences. Natural resources aren't just going to appear because it's not fair that kids are starving. Population control would probably be a more effective long term solution then trying to increase the supply.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Under Fire For Backing Off IPv6 Support

xous Re:Good for them! PRIVACY gone in 128bits (460 comments)

I'm getting really tired of idiots that think NAT is a security solution. It's not. It's a hack that breaks end-to-end connectivity.

The only way IPv6 can be a security issue is because incompetent fucks don't understand security.

more than 2 years ago
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Dreamhost FTP/Shell Password Database Breached

xous Re:Not a big deal (123 comments)

1. User names and passwords are sensitive.
2. CPU is cheap.
3. Time to force end users to use a real ftp client and/or have MS or Apple implement a modern protocol.

more than 2 years ago
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Dreamhost FTP/Shell Password Database Breached

xous Re:Not a big deal (123 comments)

Why store the password in a retrievable fashion?

Sending the actual password to the end-user via email in clear-text is stupid. The end-user will likely go "ohh, right" and keep using it. Much better to send them a random one-time use password or a link that allows them to reset the password once.

more than 2 years ago
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Scammers Work Around Two-Factor Authentication With Social Engineering

xous Re:The Blame Game (186 comments)

They could see if the number was recently ported, yeah.

They would not be able to see if I called up your carrier and had your number [b]forwarded[/b].

Lets say the phone companies $8/h CSRs are absolutely infallible when it comes to social engineering. You've still got hundreds of relatively poor CSRs that may or may not take a few hundred dollars to forward a number somewhere.

The bank should not be validating account ownership based on who answers the phone. It's far too easy to steal a phone, tap a line, or use other methods to compromise the circuit. To be completely honest I'm not even a fan of the automated letters that they send to your house with an access code on them either as all anyone needs to do is acquire your mail. It's not difficult to have the post office redirect mail or just steal it while your not home.

The best way for a bank to allow resets would be an in person visit with photo id and have photo on file to compare it with. Inconvenient, definitely. Reasonably secure? Yeah.

about 3 years ago
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GE To Turn World's Biggest Civilian Plutonium Stockpile Into Electricity

xous Re:New power source? (241 comments)

"estimated 1.26 million deaths worldwide in the year 2000"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_traffic-related_death_rate

Going by the statistics here even if the number was 100,000 people due to premature deaths it's still relatively insignificant.

People like to throw in the exposure-related deaths with nuclear and ignore the deaths but ignore them for Coal and other fossil fuel resources.

about 3 years ago

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