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Comment: Re:Netflix? (Score 2) 71

by FlashBIOS (#39730113) Attached to: Amazon's Cloud Now 1% of Internet Traffic

Really? Are you sure?

Netflix used to serve movies using IPv6 according to our college's traffic logs (if fact, they were about the only IPv6 traffic out there at the time). They one day it stopped. Around that time, news sites starting reporting that Netflix now streams from Amazon. Amazon doesn't support IPv6.

Comment: Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (Score 4, Interesting) 434

by FlashBIOS (#39730039) Attached to: Man Protests TSA With Nudity

Why are we in America so terrified of the human body?

One word: Christian Right

body hostility is an old christian tradition. Not really sure where it came from, probably as a counterpoint to the much more relaxed romans and then it just stuck.

Yet "body hostility" also exists in numerous other cultures, such as many of those in Asia, that weren't influenced by the Christian Right.

So, instead of repeating tired tropes about scapegoat groups, how about we place the blame where it really belongs: different people are different.

Comment: Re:Number of actual terrorists blocked by TSA (Score 1) 537

by FlashBIOS (#39567181) Attached to: TSA Shuts Down Airport, Detains 11 After "Science Project" Found

If the device was such that it would terrify (much more highly trained than the TSA goons) air crew, what the holy fuck was it doing on the plane in the first place, let alone in the cabin or outside of a container in cargo, with the power source disconnected?

Because robots, science fair projects, and all manner of things which this item actually qualifies as, are allowed on planes. If there was a disconnect between the TSA and the flight crew it was that the TSA apparently doesn't have a way to notify that a suspicious item was inspected yet found "legal."

Comment: Re:CrashPlan (Score 1) 251

by FlashBIOS (#37379898) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Network Backup Solution Out of the Box?

Let me +1 CrashPlan too.

I've tried a fair number of similar products, but only CrashPlan had the feature set that made me happy. With it, I can have multiple backup sets and have them going to a NAS, a friend's machine, a headless Linux box in another state that I control, and CrashPlan's own servers. With a key that I control, and a price even a cheapskate like me enjoys paying.

It is really worth checking out.

Comment: Re:Would MAC address filtering counter this proble (Score 1) 584

by FlashBIOS (#36746970) Attached to: The Wi-Fi Hacking Neighbor From Hell

MAC address filtering is very loose security. MAC addresses arent private things, and aren't hidden when a computer is communicating. To build a list of MAC addresses that are allowed on the network (by simply seeing the machines that are on the network), and then change your machine's MAC to match is fairly trivial.

Comment: Re:Worse on Apple (Score 3, Informative) 434

by FlashBIOS (#36161826) Attached to: How Windows 7 Knows About Your Internet Connection

I don't think you had all the things shut off that you think you did. For example, did you turn off Ping (Apple's social network wannabe, not anything ICMP related)?

http://www.geek.com/articles/apple/how-to-shut-off-ping-and-increase-battery-life-with-ios-4-3-20110321/

There's many of these first-party services, and countless third-party that could be involved. I won't pretend to like it (I don't at all, I too want my devices to fully sleep). But I also won't pretend that it is worse. Especially as a ping (ICMP this time) is unable to transmit anything remotely close to what Microsoft's HTTP method of checking network availability could.

Comment: Re:Worse on Apple (Score 1) 434

by FlashBIOS (#36161732) Attached to: How Windows 7 Knows About Your Internet Connection

But that isn't what's going on. Not even remotely. What he is describing is simply a device that automatically joins a network that you've already agreed to trust. Period. Full Stop. There's no, "trying to reach a specific Apple website, and being able to figure out if there's a portal that it needs to pass through". And as I and other's have already stated in this thread, there's easy ways to disable this automatic joining.

Further, iOS fully discloses this behavior in unmissable (save for the GP apparently) plain text in the WiFi preferences.

He's wrong. Flat out wrong. And so are all the mods that blindly modded him up to spread the ignorance.

Comment: Re:Worse on Apple (Score 1) 434

by FlashBIOS (#36161594) Attached to: How Windows 7 Knows About Your Internet Connection

I never said Mac OS X doesn't phone home. I was referring to the activity the misguided AC posted. Nothing is being transmitted to any central service in his "oh so evil" scenario. I don't know how you felt the need to bring Mac OS X into the discussion.

But, since you did bring up that OS, in today's networked world online dictionary's, network searches, widgets pulling data, and OS update checks are all expected functionality that users demand, expected behavior, and certainly not a big deal.

On the other hand, while Microsoft's behavior in TFA also isn't a big deal, it isn't expected.

Comment: Re:Worse on Apple (Score 1) 434

by FlashBIOS (#36160852) Attached to: How Windows 7 Knows About Your Internet Connection

How is that, "even worse?"

Its not phoning home to the mothership (Microsoft or Apple) unlike TFA. Nor can that be used to track your actions. You're simply connecting to discrete WiFi networks that you _already_ said you trust. Don't like it? Forget the network. And as far as the 3G connection goes, it is *gasp* a cell phone. That's how a *gasp* cell phone functions.

Android

+ - Google boots Grooveshark from Android Market->

Submitted by suraj.sun
suraj.sun (1348507) writes "Google has removed Grooveshark's music app from the Android Market, a move that comes after some of the top music labels have accused the service of violating copyright law, sources said.

The removal of the app happened on the eve of a hearing today before members of the House Judiciary committee in which Kent Walker, Google's general counsel, is scheduled to testify. A subcommittee is investigating sites that allegedly traffic in pirated or counterfeit goods.

CNET News: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20051156-261.html"

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Google

+ - Can The U.S. Government Keep Up With Google?->

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jfruhlinger writes "It's safe to say that Google has achieved a place of dominance in the tech industry that Microsoft held in the late 1990s — and, like Microsoft, may soon face investigation on anti-trust charges from the U.S. government. The rumors have been swirling for a while, but investors seem to be giving them new credence, with shares plummeting yesterday — although the Obama administration may be holding off because it fears being tarred as anti-business. Meanwhile, newly anointed CEO Larry Page wants to move faster and make big things happen."
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Idle

+ - Sex After a Field Trip Yields Scientific First->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "A U.S. vector biologist appears to have accidentally written virological history simply by having sex with his wife after returning from a field trip to Senegal. A study just released in Emerging Infectious Diseases suggests that the researcher, Brian Foy of Colorado State University, passed to his wife the Zika virus, an obscure pathogen that causes joint pains and extreme fatigue. If so, it would be the first documented case of sexual transmission of an insect-borne disease. The curious case also solves a viral mystery that's been going on for years."
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