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Comment Re: I disagree that this tool should be illegal (Score 1) 50

Who said anything about doing it over the Internet? You can test and research such even in an internal network. Besides, DDoSing your own equipment using equipment you own is not illegal, even if it did happen over the Internet. It's only when you're DDoSing someone else's equipment or using someone else's equipment that it becomes illegal.

Comment Re: I disagree that this tool should be illegal (Score 1) 50

Strawman - argument. Nuclear weapons are physical objects that require specialized tools and materials to build. DDoS-tools dont; anyone with a text-editor and a translator or compiler can create those out of thin air and thus it is literally impossible to control them. Also, criminals don't care about your silly regulations and as is rather evident DDoS-attacks *are* carried out in practice on a daily basis (nuclear attacks, surprisingly, aren't) -- there definitely is a need for the tools for people to test and develop counters to those attacks.

Comment Re: I disagree that this tool should be illegal (Score 0) 50

DDoS-tools are a perfectly legitimate tool in network testing and research and both individuals and various companies do use them for those things. Just because you fail to see any use for them other than illegal attacks on others doesn't make it so.

Comment Re: I disagree that this tool should be illegal (Score 0) 50

That's a horribly stupid argument. To be able to regulate such things you'd have to somehow magically be able to control who can be allowed to program anything in the first place, then you'd have to control all the possible tools for that -- including Notepad or your web-browser -- and then there's the fact that there's no way for the government to start regulating all the settings and software in networked-connected devices so that no bugs or misconfigurations can be exploited -- you're quite literally asking for the Moon from the night sky.

By the way, I'm not sure if you've heard, but... the act of DDoSing someone, without their explicit permission, is already illegal. There is no need to start regulating software in the first place when the act of using it as a weapon is already a criminal act.

Comment Re:I disagree that this tool should be illegal (Score 5, Insightful) 50

that it should be illegal to use it against someone against their will... sure.

But to even own it? No.

You can't do system testing without tools that are effectively hack tools. And even if you've no good reason to have it, it isn't the government's place to say what programs we have or don't have.

I think you missed something: considering the tool is built on hacked routers, hubs and other kinds of devices yes, it is illegal. Regular systems testing tools aren't built on hacked devices owned by others.

Comment Never understood this (Score 0) 102

Why are companies allowed to trademark some exceedingly common words or phrases and then extort others based on that? Sure, such things ensure that there will always be need for lawyers, but what about the rest of the society? It just creates even more work for already-overworked courts, it hurts any entity that can't afford to fight back, it indirectly stifles free speech -- aside from the lawyers, the company, and the hands that the company greases the society at large doesn't seem to benefit from such shenanigans at all, yet no one in position of power is even trying to steer the Titanic away from the ice.

Comment Interesting (Score 2) 29

I never understood the idea of slapping a humongous monstrosity on your wrist, but then having to be constantly charging it or having its display off all the time just to save battery. I've multiple times voiced my wish for pretty much exactly what the article is about, so I'm cautiously excited seeing and hearing more about this. An e-Ink display is great for showing things that don't need high refresh-rates, like e.g. reminders, slowly updating weather data, or stock tickers, or messages or, you know, clock -- I would love to have something like this to keep an eye on my servers just by flicking my wrist.

Comment Re:26.2% miss rate... FAIL. (Score 1) 57

Though if they are only missing 26.2% of all pedestrians I'd call that a fail. If they are missing 74.8% that is still a fail.

You're interpreting it incorrectly. "Missing" a pedestrian, in this case, means the system didn't detect the pedestrian, so it did detect and avoided 73.8% of them.

Comment Re:That's stupid (Score 3, Interesting) 417

But, changes that people really don't like tend to bring about a response. The Cuyahoga river for example was so toxic that it was completely devoid of fish, and the water itself was flammable, whereas now some 44 species inhabit it.

So, wait, you're saying that humans caused the river to become toxic and flammable and then managed to fix it and that somehow precludes that humans can't cause the oceans to become acidic and/or toxic?

Comment Who is it for, really? (Score 2) 178

If a person is willing to drive a bike under influence why would they then go and deliberately prevent themselves from doing that? It's not really much different from alco-locks in cars: the people who are most against it are most likely the ones most in need of it. All of this just begs the question: who is the lock for, who is it that is going to buy and install those locks on stuff for the people who most likely should have them and then maintain the locks?

Comment Re: Dr. Doom AGAIN (Score 4, Insightful) 168

I was actually thinking while reading these reviews that someone should instead make a movie where Doom is the protagonist. Doom is an interesting character in so many different ways; he is motivated by the need to be a better man than anyone else, including himself, and to make the world around him better, but he keeps headbutting with the "actual heroes" because they don't understand him, they don't even want to understand him, and he is willing to use more drastic methods to bring about his utopia than these "actual heroes" are willing to let him. Even when he becomes a literal god, saves the universe from a collapse and makes the world a wonderful place for people to live he still can't chug down the feelings of inferiority compared to what he thinks he could still become nor are the "heroes" still willing to look past his exterior and see who he is for real.

There's just so MUCH potential there, it could be a very deep movie and flipping the viewpoint around like that to revolve around the anti-hero instead would definitely interest a lot of people. But nooooo, Hollywood just wants to push out easy, mediocre crap :S

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang