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Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 290

by swb (#48897649) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

Maybe if the rights weren't such a cluster fuck, we would have offline Netflix where the movie could be stored locally for offline viewing.

Unfortunately the rights holders and the wireless internet providers seem to be in some kind of Mexican standoff over who is the greediest asshole.

If LTE data was 10x cheaper (ie, my 10G plan was 100G), it would solve most of the stream only issues. There would still be some corner cases like long aircraft trips or weird rural areas.

Comment: Love collision avoidance in my Volvo (Score 3, Interesting) 284

by swb (#48892907) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

If I had bought my car new and was looking at features to add or avoid, I would have put the collision avoidance system on my "meh" list and would not have paid extra for it.

As it turns out, I really like it. I have the control setup for maximum distance, which means more false alerts. But although most alerts seem "false" they're only false because I'm really paying attention and have anticipated the traffic in front of me. About 25% of the time I think it's actually valuable and there was some risk of either a really quick stop or maybe even a fender bender.

The feature that goes along with it (they share the same radar system), distance sensing cruise control, I REALLY like. I wish it would beep or something when you get behind a vehicle driving 3+ MPH slower than your set point. On the Interstate its kind of easy to get in traffic going slower than I want to by small amounts and not noticing it because the car just matches pace with the vehicle in front.

Comment: Re:The noob is you (Score 1) 192

by swb (#48892121) Attached to: China Cuts Off Some VPNs

I would think that traffic heuristics -- volume of packets, frequency of packets, persistence of TCP sessions, volume of data transferred, types of TCP connectivity would provide some hints of a VPN session versus other kinds of encrypted traffic -- would possibly provide a way to compare it to known types of encrypted traffic and see VPNs. It's not like the Chinese don't have terabytes or even petabytes of real-world wild sample traffic to compare against.

I wonder if there would be some way to beat it by combining steganography and encryption to make a VPN's traffic look like some kind of unencrypted web browsing session. Embed encrypted data into retrieved pages as GIFs and plaintext mixed in with nonsense plain text and pace the traffic patterns to more closely resemble the pace of actual page views, forcing new TCP sessions for each view.

About the only weakness would be consistently contacting the same server.

It might be less useful for the kinds of normal VPN uses (low data volume, long latency as traffic was fetched) but I would think you could beat the expectations of what VPN traffic is supposed to look like.

Comment: Re:Oops (Score 4, Interesting) 201

by msobkow (#48892069) Attached to: At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far

I hate to tell you this, but most people who've worked support in manufacturing and office environments have similar stories. I spent close to two months getting paged by Northern Telecom in Bramalea, ON for a manufacturing system failure on the shop floor at 2-3 AM most days per week. It was only by deciding to hang out for an entire night watching the area that I found out it was being caused by a cleaning lady unplugging the network bridge to plug in her radio while cleaning the area.

So seeing as I have one of those stories myself, I find them a lot easier to believe than most of you kids do.

Comment: I feel sorry for you (Score 1) 191

by msobkow (#48888637) Attached to: Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

I feel sorry for all of you south of the border. Verizon was, without exception, the worst telco I ever dealt with as far as internet goes. When Canada was rolling out DSL and cable like crazy, Verizon in Delaware was offering up 28.8 dial-up. No options. No choices. That's all you could get. You couldn't even use a 56K modem because they used the high compression voice codecs on their lines, and you couldn't get a data line. You couldn't even get ISDN if you were willing to pay for it. :(

Comment: Re:Nothing new (Score 1) 118

An modern auto plant turns out a vehicle approximately once every minute.

A car might roll off the line every 60 seconds, but each individual car takes ~20 hours to make. And that only works because they are all the same with only superficial differences.

So in short, this is about using 3D printing to prototype something before going to full production. Haven't we been doing that since the 1970s?

No, because 3D printers weren't developed until the 80s. :)

Comment: So. Effing. What. (Score 0) 99

by pegr (#48887563) Attached to: U.S. Gas Stations Vulnerable To Internet Attacks

You could do interesting things to my car via the OBD-2 port, but I don't lose any sleep over that either. Rapid7 is a security products vendor. EVERYTHING they do is to further their interest in SELLING PRODUCTS. (Nothing wrong with that.) But I am damn tired of security product vendors telling me the sky is falling.

Comment: Re:Yawn ... (Score 1) 224

by swb (#48886361) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

Your bigger problem isn't going to be lighting which could be rewired without tearing up the whole house but that any receptacles up there are probably on shared circuits with the rooms below, so when someone trips a breaker below the fucking AV setup goes dark too.

Your easiest solution is to just add a subpanel up there and power the room off the subpanel.

Comment: Re:its a tough subject (Score 1) 634

by Smidge204 (#48885145) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

well, what is "reasonable"?? the flu generally wont kill you, as such IMO should not be mandated.

So is DEATH the only level of harm you can think of that should be avoided? Is that really the threshold below which you don't care anymore?

Going back to the food service employee analogy: It probably won't kill anyone if an employee doesn't wash their hands or use gloves...

"Being against torture ought to be sort of a bipartisan thing." -- Karl Lehenbauer