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Comment Re:Death To All Jews (Score 1) 920

I think virtue signaling is far more harmful to society than some moron's stupid jokes.

I tend to disagree, because human beings tend to take their ideas of what is OK and what isn't from the things they see around them. If you let small shit go, then it may embolden a moron to up the ante and do something worse. Broken Windows Theory, basically.

As for the doofus in question, there's always a line and if you cross it, you can expect to get spanked. For this one, I think the line is pretty easy to see, and if he's dumb enough to cross it, well, here we are.

I also think his assertion that the 'old media' are afraid of independent content producers - honestly, this dude isn't who the media are afraid of.

Comment Headline (Score 1) 594

Ars Technica DID fix the headline at some point. It no longer implies that Musk said Unions were morally outrageous. The fact that they originally ran with that headline is...not a good thing.

Is there any evidence aside from Moran's statement that he's been with Tesla 4 years? Because if he has, it SERIOUSLY undermines Musk's contention that he's paid by the UAW to organize. I'd like to see Musk's evidence of that assertion, if any way.

Also: IF the UAW did pay someone to go to work somewhere else just to try to get the workers their to unionize, I would consider that a pretty reprehensible thing to do. Such a person is lying about why they are on the job, and are taking a job away from someone else, so no that's not OK.

But presently I don't think there's any evidence that's happened here, and baring actual evidence, I think Musk should probably shut up.

I would encourage the UAW to advertise where these workers are likely to see it, and try to make contact with as many of them as they can. These people could probably use the support of a union, and there's no reason it shouldn't be the UAW.

Comment Re:dubious business pretices (Score 1) 27

I thought of a domain that I would really like to have. I first tried to go to it in my browser and got a 404 error.

404 is an actual error code from a web server at the other end. That means someone ALREADY HAD the domain you thought of. Someone who does have working name servers, but whose web server is kinda crap (not surprising for a domain squatter).

Further, in order for Namecheap to have pulled the trick you described, they'd have be your DNS server, which they aren't.

The way to buy a domain name is to NOT try to hit it, ping it, or lookup the whois data first, but rather just go to your favorite registrar and try to buy it.

NOTE:If you want to get some clues about the domain you tried to buy, you can lookup the domain whois data at something like Among other things in that data set you'll see the creation date, and thus how long they've owned the domain.

Comment Wade through... (Score 4, Informative) 477

Honestly, if there's a stack exchange site (for instance, for programming questions) for it, I ask there - the Q&A focused design is far from perfect, but the 'attitude' answers don't last long, and are removed pretty quickly.

It's got other problems of course, but for this particular problem, the Stack Exchange model works pretty well at keeping the stupid and useless answers to a lower level than other sites.

Beyond that, you've got to search out communities that aren't full of jerks and a-holes. Sadly, there's at least one in every crowd, but some communities are better at ejecting bad actors than others.

Comment This seems strange (Score 4, Interesting) 173

Given the amount of money and time poured into these products, you'd think they'd have done proper EMI susceptibility at some point. It's moderately expensive, but easy enough for LG to afford.

If I owned one of these, I'd have to be pushing for them to take it back - there's bound to be other devices that trigger the problem than routers.

Comment Oh this just gets better and better... (Score 4, Insightful) 67

>Furthermore, the group that has hijacked the most MongoDB and ElasticSearch servers is also selling the scripts it used for the attacks.

Well yea, they've extracted much of the money they are going to get from the victims (people are fixing things, or failing to pay because they've been hacked 6 times in a row and have no idea how to get their data.)

>But the researchers also identified 124 Hadoop servers where the attacker simply replaced all the tables with a data entry named NODATA4U_SECUREYOURSHIT. "What's strange about these attacks is that the threat actor isn't asking for a ransom demand," reports Bleeping Computer. "Instead, he's just deleting data from Hadoop servers that have left their web-based admin panel open to remote connections on the Internet."

I was wondering when we'd start to see this kind of activity. I suspect we'll eventually start to see this with the IoT devices - someone will hack the botnet code to brick (perhaps temporarily, perhaps permanently) devices that are infectable, so as to reduce the havoc those devices are causing. Morally I can't justify breaking other people's stuff just because they are a pain in my ass, but clearly there's someone out there who doesn't share my values.

Comment Re:not quite (Score 1) 52

I think their only hope is to actually make the minilab tech work, then sell the technology to some big medical player who can go through the required testing without the Theranos people being at all involved.

I suspect that what they'll ACTUALLY do is screw around, run out of money and close the doors. It'll be interesting to see if anyone actually buys their IP - even at fire sale prices, it's somewhat tainted if you want to actually produce a product. I can't imaging anyone who does anything based on this tech (or hires any of their people) isn't going to get a little extra scrutiny from the FDA.

Comment Seriously? (Score 5, Insightful) 160

How could ANYONE be stupid enough to not check local laws when opening in a new COUNTRY? I see that Valve is privately held, and apparently the owners aren't really very good at the detail work on things like this.

I've said before that you can't run a company only by listening to lawyers (and quite frequently you need to ignore them when they get too protective), but that doesn't mean you don't need them at all!

I applaud Australia for levying a fine high enough that someone will perhaps notice and wish to avoid a repeat.

Comment Malicious Hypervisor (Score 4, Insightful) 57

I only read the abstract, but once you use the words 'malicious hypervisor', I figure it's game over. I know that AMD is touting this SEV as a solution, but there's no way you are going to convince me that the thing that controls the nature of my VM's reality isn't capable of getting and controlling everything that VM has.

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