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Comment: Re:And they've already stopped (Score 2) 631

by Fnord666 (#46755447) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

I understand that it can be difficult for self employed people with highly variable incomes, but most Americans don't fall into that group and should know their yearly tax liability to within a fifty dollars or so at the beginning of the tax year.

Since the tax codes and the taxation tables aren't finalized until the end of the year I've always found it difficult to predict what my end tax liability is going to be.

Comment: Re:It kind of makes sense...but it doesn't (Score 2) 631

by Fnord666 (#46755403) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

But if the money is in my possession, doesn't a fair reading of the Constitution mean they have to prove it never belonged to me?

The US Government abandoned any pretext of due process many years ago with the passing of various asset_forfeiture laws. Now they pretty much seize anything that they can and require you to prove that you obtained it legally and that you used funds that were obtained legally.

Comment: Re:I don't "consume" content (Score 1) 107

by Fnord666 (#46740817) Attached to: The Comcast/TWC Merger Is About Controlling Information

Good point. But a quick sip isn't exactly something I depend on, right? That was the real point. If one source of marginally interesting information flow gets ruined, there are plenty of other things to do. My mental well-being doesn't depend on 'consumption' of what Comcast/TWC might control. Maybe I'll just take the kayak down to the river and paddle around for a bit, take the dog for a walk or take the bike out for a spin. Comcast/TWC can DIAF.

So when you go down to the local polling place, assuming that you even vote, do you just pick randomly?

Comment: Re:Patternicity (Score 1) 325

by Fnord666 (#46730935) Attached to: Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

Pattern recognition is an interesting way to put it.

We are predisposed to pattern recognition. Selection also likely accounts for the fortunate ones... whose patterns of recognition proved causal rather than corollary, such as this leaf cures that malady.

Don't forget a healthy sprinkling of confirmation bias on top.

Comment: Re:selective enforcement at it's finest. (Score 4, Funny) 325

by Fnord666 (#46730899) Attached to: Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

Pearl Harbor Survivor is not a licence(sic) plate HOLDER.

It is a state-issued alternative license plate.

Dude, chill out. He didn't mean a physical license plate retention device, he meant a person who has been issued that license plate. Kinda like when someone holds an office, they don't literally have a bunch of office furniture in their arms.

Comment: Re:Thank you for the mess (Score 2) 239

by Fnord666 (#46711101) Attached to: Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

Sadly, this is not the case. The evidence is that bad actors had this exploit for months:

One of the two sites cited as evidence have since taken a step back,

Important update (10th April 2014): Original content of this blog entry stated that one of our SeaCat server detected Heartbleed bug attack prior its actual disclosure. EFF correctly pointed out that there are other tools, that can produce the same pattern in the SeaCat server log (see ). I don't have any hard data evidence to support or reject this statement. Since there is a risk that our finding is false positive, I have modified this entry to neutral tone, removing any conclusions. There are real honeypots in the Internet that should provide final evidence when Heartbleed has been broadly exploited for a first time.

Comment: Re:Situation is a Shambles (Score 1) 239

by Fnord666 (#46710193) Attached to: Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

While something tells me this exploit is somewhat overblown, what really ticks me off is that this is all the result of delegating memory management to C pointers and basically mmap. As far as I'm concerned, in this day and age, that amounts to spaghetti code and I can't say it endears me to the reliability of openssl.

It has nothing to do with mmap or C pointers per se. The issue is simply bad programming. Someone wrote code that trusted unvalidated user input and they got bit in the ass. Whomever performed the code review should have known better, even if the developer didn't..

Comment: Re:A simple solution (Score 1) 97

by Fnord666 (#46679901) Attached to: FCC Orders Comcast To Stop Labeling Equipment Rental a Service Fee

Do you have an unlimited plan for your cell phone? Do you feel obligated to use it constantly and feel guilty about not using it? Probably not.

Do you have unlimited internet? Do you download large files constantly in order to maximize your usage? Probably not.

Do you go to all-you-can-eat buffets and eat as much as you possibly can and make yourself sick? Probably not.

Dude, this is /. You're probably 0 for 3 here.

Comment: Re:anyone can devise encryption they can't break (Score 1) 179

by Fnord666 (#46679741) Attached to: "Nearly Unbreakable" Encryption Scheme Inspired By Human Biology

Which is not going to happen because the authors haven't given any reason why anyone should care. We have lots of widely-deployed ciphers which are fast and secure. No one attacks modern cryptographic security systems by breaking the ciphers, they do it by exploiting peripheral flaws in implementation, key management, etc.

A potential patent to deal with just to use it is one more nail in the coffin of this.

To understand a program you must become both the machine and the program.