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Comment: No surprise (Score 3, Informative) 188

by Blackbrain (#39068293) Attached to: Gets Shut Down SOPA-Style

Go Daddy has a history of pulling registrations without notification to domain owners. Remember and Those domains were redirected because of third party complaints. The complaints were not even made by law enforcement. The GoDaddy TOS expressly allows them to suspend service at their discretion and they do it at the first sign of trouble.

I'm not defending GoDaddy in the least, but people doing business with them should be aware of their history and policies.

Comment: Re:Uplink (Score 1) 138

by Blackbrain (#36276242) Attached to: Duplicate RSA Keys Enable Lockheed Martin Network Intrusion
All these security breaches remind me that the world has changed in an irrevocable manner and that it's only a matter of time before anything and everything falls victim to these types of attacks. Nothing is really safe anymore.

Nothing ever was. The only difference now is that this one made the news.

Comment: Start with Hartnell or nothing (Score 1) 655

by Blackbrain (#35605296) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How/Where To Start Watching Dr. Who?

If you are REALLY interested in Doctor Who you would start with "An Unearthly Child". Forget this namby pamby "Try the 2005 series and then the older ones" B.S.

The 1963 series is the best to start with. The Doctor is a complete unknown and quite sinister, Susan is weird as hell, Ian and Barbara are out of their depth and just trying to survive. There is no guarantee anyone is going to live to the end of each episode and the stories are still surprising after all these years. Don't miss out on the greatest era of Doctor Who just because it's "old".

Comment: Re:What's wrong with 'the cloud'? (Score 1) 222

by Blackbrain (#33979380) Attached to: Open Source-Friendly Smartphones For the Small Office?

So long as you have encrypted connections, what's wrong with using 'the cloud'? I don't think you'll find any modern phone that syncs email with a desktop email client anymore. Why the heck would that be desirable anyway?

The problem isn't the connection, but who has access to the data once it is on the remote server? That is a difficult enough question with a hosted, off-site server but with cloud computing it becomes unanswerable because the data is spread (or should be) to various geographical locations. How accountable is your cloud provider for you data security?

Comment: Yer boned... (Score 2, Insightful) 222

by Blackbrain (#33978586) Attached to: Open Source-Friendly Smartphones For the Small Office?

The short answer is "there ain't none". You may be able to hack together an in house solution with some N900 devices, but they will probably be discontinued next year. After that who knows. As for the rest, all require using proprietary sync tools (ala iTunes) or syncing to remote servers (Driod, PalmPre, Blackberry).

Comment: Re:*yawn*. Call me when we lose at Go. (Score 1) 178

by Blackbrain (#33872762) Attached to: Computer Defeats Human At Japanese Chess

What makes Go hard isn't anything particularly neat about the game. Is just a boring brute force exercise.

I'm curious why you think Go is a brute force game. I'm not sure you've actually played the game before, maybe you're thinking of Atari Go?

A real game of Go has very subtle strategies. Using brute force tactics against a strong player usually ends in a loss, which is why computers have only been able to win against Dan level players on very small boards or with very large handicaps.

Comment: Fight for the Future! (Score 1) 1066

by Blackbrain (#33607656) Attached to: HDCP Master Key Is Legitimate; Blu-ray Is Cracked

This is A VERY GOOD THING. We are fighting for the future of human knowledge. It goes beyond paychecks and copyrights. When information is shared amongst all people it brightens the world. When information is restricted and controlled the world is darkened. Anything that prevents one group of people from controlling others access to information is a heroic act. No matter how petty and small it may seem.

Comment: Re:Well, really... (Score 4, Insightful) 487

by Blackbrain (#32846484) Attached to: Open Source Music Fingerprinter Gets Patent Nastygram

Don't get me wrong, this really sucks for the guy and is completely unfair. But this sort of thing happens all the time. If this were a rare occurrence, then yeah, I'd be up in arms. It's sort of not newsworthy anymore.

The only reason that these things happen is that every time these things happen everybody looks around and says "Well, these things happen..." and THAT'S why they happen!

If you see something, say something...peace out.

The world is not octal despite DEC.