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Comment Re:ISP provided modem (Score 1) 76

If you read the article you'll see that they note D-Link puts backdoors into their stuff too.

The example was router firmware that let you bypass http authentication by specifying a certain user agent.
This was "legitimately" used by binaries/scripts on the device to change settings for things like dynamic DNS because it was apparently easier to query the http server to change settings than to rewrite it...

Also included was a proof of concept shell code execution (via buffer overflow of the http server iirc.)

Sadly for cable modems we can't exactly do nice things like run our own OpenWRT-derived firmware.
Granted people can do nefarious things like bypass ISP bandwidth limitations with custom firmware but I honestly have to wonder if that's not just an excuse for laziness on the part of ISPs.

Comment Re:r u srs (Score 4, Insightful) 518

My only issue with that is that I don't necessarily really know that ISIS is about irrational bloodthirsty marketing campaigns.

In Western media we never actually get to hear the other side of the story and I certainly don't speak Arabic or Farsi and so even if I had access to the other side I wouldn't be able to understand their message.

I could certainly see that from a certain perspective it might look like Western nations are warmongering resource hungry invaders who indiscriminately bomb civilians. So when we get bombed it's terrorism but when we bomb them and kill innocents it's not? I don't think we're quite as 'white' as we claim to be.

Read The Intercept's drone program report and you'll see that when we bomb someone on very iffy intelligence (because 3rd world countries) we automatically classify any incidentally killed people as enemy combatants until such a time after the fact as they can be verified as innocent civilians and then they're reclassified.
I might be off a little on specific terminology but not on the gist of it.
We're assassinating bad guys in other countries because there is no law system to coordinate with but we're also murdering innocent people at the same time.
We're not exactly paragons of moral excellence there.

Note that I'm not trying to apologize for ISIS. I think the mostly likely answer is that they are religiously fanatical people who are attempting to take advantage of a power vacuum created by the Syrian civil war, the weakening of governments by the Arab Spring in the North African region, and the effects of removing a dictator from power in Iraq.
But I don't really know. In my experience, our mainstream entertainment-based media is better at twisting the truth to get viewers than actually informing people in an unbiased fashion.

Comment Re:Wuda Figered CN was #1 (Score 2) 53

If you read the article or look at wikipedia you'll see that Intel is easily #1 (by revenue.)
Consider that they design and manufacture most processors in laptops and desktops and that those chips are a lot more expensive than generic ICs.

Then it's Samsung, Qualcomm (who doesn't actually fab their own stuff), and Micron. I don't think they're including foundries but even if you included those TSMC would probably only be #3 (or a very close #4.)

No other foundry even comes close to top 10 semiconductor company revenue.

China's current top foundry is probably SMIC and they don't even have a semiconductor company in the top 20 revenue list. You'll see lots of USA, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan (more so in foundries), and a few European companies instead.

Comment Re:Smart man (Score 2) 378

You need more than just a crew for a generational ship. You'd either need some seriously amazing self-sufficiency or parts reliability because given current propulsion tech it would take so very long to reach the nearest star. As in tens of thousands of years long on the optimistic side. Probably more like hundreds of thousands.
That's not a generational ship mission, that's a self-sufficient closed-system interstellar civilization ship mission.

Now, of course if the EM drive works out and achieves anything close to the theoretical efficiency that it can achieve then we could probably reach the next closest star in a couple hundred years. A few hundred year generational ship would still be really impressive but I think it might actually be feasible.

Sounds too good to be true so it almost certainly is but you never know.

Comment Re:Simple way to 'repair' 'damage' (Score 1) 245

It really is bizarre that our society is completely fine with criminalizing minor activities and then taking away someone's rights and freedoms while paying to house and feed them.

But any government program that tries to help house or feed or improve the life of a non-criminal is considered a waste of money and some sort of "Nanny State" attack on society and will lead to a totalitarian communist government and the complete erosion of our rights and freedoms.

Or how people can be against gun licenses when most Americans require a car to work and survive and have no issue with passing a driving test, renewing their license, and dealing with car titles/inspections/license plates. Guns are weapons and we regulate transportation more than them.

I really wonder how a psychiatrist would diagnose the two major political parties. They seem quite insane to me.

Comment Re:Simple way to 'repair' 'damage' (Score 4, Insightful) 245

While drugs are bad there is also evidence that shitty environmental situations, not just addiction, drive people to drugs in the first place.

Your "honest person observation" smells an awful lot like what prejudice people say when they want to persecute minorities.
"Any honest person will tell you that, in their experience, [group] are [lazy/dumb/useless/not REAL people so it's ok that we treat them like shit]"

Giving drug abusers an even shittier environment to live in by demonizing them isn't going to lead to better outcomes for society.
Watch this but with a grain of salt:

The point is not that the public should embrace the use of drugs but that the war on drugs is a complete failure and actually doing harm.
It only makes sense that you should try something else when what you're doing isn't working.

For example, we could legalize marijuana and decriminalize other drugs and use the income from taxes on marijuana to fund education to prevent abuse and social programs to help abusers get back on their feet and be proud of themselves and break their addiction (and, possibly more importantly, their need for their addiction.)
Ideally we'd try lots of different methods of helping people and use studies to see which methods are actually effective and worth continued funding.

So, we wouldn't be wasting taxes on law enforcement and prison sentences for abusers, we'd hopefully undercut the black market and cut down on drug related crime, it would potential be self-funding (the best kind of taxation), and people might actually get help instead of being treated like scum.

I don't have any ideas for what to do about drug dealers who can no longer make a profit selling drugs, though. It'd suck to collapse that economy and drive them to a worse crime.

And honestly, we already tax alcohol and tobacco and I have to wonder where all of that money is going. It seems to me if 100% of that were going to education and social programs for drug abusers (including alcohol and tobacco) then we'd probably be in a lot better place.

Comment Re:"no" once should suffice. (Score 1) 216

I used to have a debt collector call my cell phone and leave messages between 3am and 6am.
I've never even owned a credit card or taken out a loan or had any form of debt. I've had that cell phone number for over a decade so it shouldn't be a wrong number in their purchased database.

Eventually they get someone (old people and scared people?) who will pay them (even if it's the wrong person) and so it's all worthwhile.

I know someone who used to work for a debt collection agency and it sounded like the most scumbag of operations. There are rules that they're supposed to follow to make sure they call the correct people and they're only supposed to call within certain hours but in practice it seems they don't follow the rules unless they fuck up and spam call a senator's kid.

Comment Re:In other news.... (Score 1) 500

Even assuming that there were a completely flat pay scale there would still be monetary incentive to go to school for those jobs.
There can only be so many janitors and there will always be more people who qualify for the janitor jobs than for intellectual jobs.

In that case going to school gives you more potential jobs you can apply to and thus a higher chance of getting a job.

Now, in this case, if you read the actual article, you'll see that he immediately bumped the minimum wage to $50k from $35k and then set that to increase to $70k by 2017 ($10k per year.) Anyone who already made between $50k and $70k got a $5k raise.
I imagine anyone who makes over $70k kept getting whatever they were getting already (though he dropped his own income to $70k.)

The whole point is to increase productivity across the board by taking away unhappiness due to finances. The reason he picked those numbers was because a study on happiness found unhappiness increased significantly under $75k but happiness didn't increase above $75k.
He also had a friend who worked long hours and made under $50k but who was stressing out about rent, student debt, and basic life necessity increases while he was making millions and the disparity upset him.

Comment Re:In other news.... (Score 3, Informative) 500

The reason for $70,000 and not $70 billion is because the Princeton study he based the decision on said that making more than $75,000 didn't make people happier on a daily basis but that making less than $75,000 increase how unhappy people were.
Thus by decreasing his own salary and increasing the minimum wage at his company (but not completely eliminating the pay scale) he figured he could increase overall productivity while also being ethically responsible. It seems to have paid off.

Obviously that would differ depending on the cost of living in a region. I assume that number he quoted is specifically calculated for Seattle.

Comment Re:Or put another way... (Score 2) 398

Of course no one forced anyone to do this. We've been conditioned and then raised our kids in the same way.
Sweatshop workers aren't (always) forced to work there but if they want a job so that they can eat then they put up with it anyway. All of the other sweatshop workers do.

Obviously objectification isn't as bad as that hyperbole. I honestly don't think we as a society should do anything other than strive to be more self-aware and teach our kids to be better people than we are.

People have kids and then pierce their kid's ears before the kid is even old enough to make a choice and dress the little girls in frilly dresses and tell the boys that "girly" things are "gay". Then all of the media the kid sees reinforces that gender stereotyping.

I'm fine with sexy and impractical clothing. I just wish people wore it out of rational choice or from experimenting with what they like and not because it's a conditioned response and what they think other people expect them to do.

I'd also love to see men's ties burn in hell. Also, maybe we'll stop performing surgery on babies for no statistically significant reason. At least let them make the choice as a teenager or adult...

And it's possible that in 100 years we'll figure out that we're just hyper sexual primates and that trying to prevent objectification is a form of denial.

Comment Re:Opposing preference— (Score 2) 200

If you can read a 300 page book in 20 minutes then you're reading at something like 4500 words per minute and are quite possibly the fastest reader in the world if you're not skimming/speed reading.

And that's a potentially crazy good speed reading value as well. A quick google search showed 4251 to 4700 wpm for the World Champion from some organization though Guinness and other sources seem to have claims from 25,000 to 80,000. But even with the champion comprehension is under 70%.

And e-ink readers still have a page turn speed limitation.
I personally find Kindles an equivalent reading experience to a paperback but a much better experience than a hardcover. The only thing I miss is when a hardcover has any sort of graphics (such as maps) but that loss is worth not having to hold a 1,000+ page hardcover.

I'll buy hardcovers sometimes to support the author because it matters more for bestseller lists and just because they make good keepsakes. That's about it for me with dead tree. Mass market paperbacks use shitty paper and ink and don't keep well. Trade paperbacks are usually hard to find and cost as much as the hardcover anyway.

Comment Re:Or put another way... (Score 4, Insightful) 398

I think the point is that it sexually objectifies the women. Aka it says the burgers are the objects to sate your hunger just like these attractive women are the objects to sate your horniness (ardor?)

Granted, the guys are being stereotyped as well. And then we're making assumptions about gender all over the place because who really knows?

I don't know that I'd call it misogyny. I get that the modern definition equates sexual objectification with hatred/dislike but that seems a little illogical to me. Certainly it's still negative because people are more than their sexual characteristics.

And why not call out all of western culture with regards to women then? Shoes, clothing, jewelry, makeup, etc are almost all aimed at enhancing women as sexual objects...

Comment Re:does no one recall (Score 1) 470

You're actually wrong. For example, with something like pgp: if someone owned the server and intercepted the message, sent or received, they wouldn't have the private key to decrypt the message and so all of the intercepted messages would be useless.

At worst they could block messages by not passing them along to her client/the next server but that's not really a sensitive information risk.

And the open ports deal (assuming there are actual services running on these open ports) would matter regardless of her using an email server or not -- in the sense that it could be used a foothold to get to her client computer.
If her network was insecure and her email client machine vulnerable then using a government email server wouldn't have helped matters at all.

My point is that there is no innate security with email servers and it all comes down to having a secure client and encrypted messages for any security over that medium. Most of us don't actually care that email is like this because our emails aren't sensitive and no one is going to die if someone reads it.

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