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Comment: Re:So (Score 1) 149

by Arker (#47509615) Attached to: A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting
"There are those who say you need to use RequestPolicy and Ghostery and AdBlock and NoScript (and some other stuff, like a cookie blocker) to catch everything...."

It's a sign of utter insanity among the browser maintainers.

All this crap should be guaranteed off by default, and require an extension to enable, rather than the reverse.

Comment: Re:The point? (Score 1) 316

by Arker (#47507399) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures
"So how much is your family worth?"

An emotionally resonant argument but not a rational one.

Cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes are the leading causes of death in Israel. Rockets fired by Hamas is waaaay down the list, and it would still be waaaay down the list without the interceptors.

Let's say you can spend a billion dollars to save one person from death by rocket, or the same billion to save 250,000 from cancer, but of course you cant do both, once the money is spent it is spent. Which is the wiser use of the money?

Comment: Re:Yet another reason to turn off Ecmascript (Score 2) 149

by Arker (#47507137) Attached to: A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting
Not really. The Amish reject technology across the board, whether useful or not. People that are on the internet are obviously not rejecting technology across the board - javascript-in-the-browser is a single, very problematic technology, which is responsible for the vast majority of computer infections.

So no, people that do not allow javascript are not much like the Amish of the internet. We are more like the 'people who know how to use condoms' of the internet.

Comment: Re:The point? (Score 1) 316

by Arker (#47506749) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures
So it's designed to stop the threat that does not exist, and therefore should be excused for failures against the one that does? That makes little sense.

"And eve if it really was only 5% effective, I'd take 5% less ballistic missiles headed at my town thank you."

Irrational. When the damage done by the ineffective rockets is less than the cost to shoot them down, the money could clearly be better spent elsewhere.

That would be true even if the conflict were not one of choice, but is doubly so in the current situation.

Comment: Specifically... (Score 5, Informative) 228

Specifically, states like California are now trying to reclassify temporary employees as permanent in order to collect additional tax revenue. This happened with Apple before, and they also now have a 6 month rule. See also:

Microsoft is particularly sensitive to the issue, given that it was a lawsuit against them that triggered the whole idea:

So this has nothing to do with the laid off employees (unless they are laying off contractors first, which is pretty common, if they can).

Comment: Re:As it should be (Score 1) 225

by Arker (#47503137) Attached to: Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads
"Sacrificing upload to gain extra download makes perfect sense when the person at the end of the line does far more downloading than uploading"

Two false postulates concealed here.

First that upload and download can be totally separated. Common misunderstanding. The way the internet works, all traffic is bidirectional - even if you are coming as close as possible to 'pure downloading' you are still using your upstream for traffic management. So while a certain amount of asymetricality can be tolerated, as long as the usage cases are very narrowly limited, even with all those caveats it can still amount to fraud. At least, if you are paying for 100mbit download but given so little upload allowance that you could not use it, you would probably call it fraud (when and if you caught on.)

But that is relatively minor in comparison to the second, which is that the internet is designed and should be used as a peer to peer network. It is not a broadcast network, and it was not designed to replace TV or facilitate more intrusive advertising. Asymmetrical bandwidth caps are thus seen correctly as direct attacks on the Internet itself - attempts to limit customers, to prevent them from truly and fully joining the Internet, since the cable companies prefer to keep making their monopoly rents instead of having to compete for our dollars.

Comment: "...vindication of Gov. Jerry Brown's..." (Score 1) 165

by tlambert (#47502049) Attached to: California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

"...vindication of Gov. Jerry Brown's..."

Great reason right there to not pick California.

How's that high speed rail construction project that was voted down by Californians 3 times with a large enough margin that it's a pretty clear shout of "Hell No!" each of the times it was vote on, that Jerry Brown is going ahead with anyway, working out?

Is it still taking place in a corridor where land is cheap because there's no place to get on or off the damn thing that has any significant population that would constitute the target ridership?

Is it still taking place in an era with no water to support future development potential, because all that water is being shipped down to Los Angeles, which is too lazy to build actual catchement, and just runs all their water off into the ocean, and is too lazy/cheap to build desalination plants powered by the waste heat from Diablo Canyon (which they'd prefer to have shut down, even though it's a zero carbon emission power plant)?

The man is a freaking public policy nightmare spendthrift, not to mention that Texas has no income tax; what moron would build a factory in California? Elon was just being nice when he didn't categorically rule it out when asked.

Comment: Irrelevant. (Score 1) 761

by jcr (#47497465) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

The minimum wage affects those who are unable to earn some arbitrarily-set cutoff price. Growth of any jobs that pay that much or more is entirely beside the point.

Statists like to pretend that they're helping the poor with law that says "here you go, you get to earn at least this much!", but what these statues really do is say is "UNLESS you can earn this much, no job for you!"


Comment: Re:Angler PC malware? (Score 0) 121

by Arker (#47497243) Attached to: Critroni Crypto Ransomware Seen Using Tor for Command and Control
"You are trying to say that users needing to type chmod +x ./ , is sufficient protection to prevent end users from running things they shouldn't.... "

I did not actually say that, but it is probably true. Most users are either a) smart enough to realize they do not actually want to do this or b) not actually capable of pulling it off without help (hopefully, from someone who belongs in category a).)

However that is NOT what I was saying. The exploits we are discussing rely on Win32 executables, NOT SHell scripts. Even if the user manages to slide in between case a) and b) somehow, setting an executable bit on a win32 application will not magically make it work on *nix. You would need to also install WINE and do some intricate configuration magic with it before this would work.

"Ransomware is not prevalent in Linux, but again, it is absurdly naive to think that it couldn't"

Notice I explicitly agreed with you that it could be done.

"Again, end user education is key, regardless of OS. Implying to under-informed users that OSX is magically secure against cryptoware, is a recipe for disaster."

Yes and no. Certainly end-user education is key, regardless of OS. And certainly it's true that no OS is magically secure against malware. And I think it's correct to say that the OS does nothing to prevent it. But that's looking at it backwards.

What OSX, and *nix systems in general, should get credit for is not that they *do something to prevent infection* but that they do *less to facilitate infection*.

Of course, the same things that make Windows an extraordinarily easy target for malware also makes it an extraordinarily easy target for more legitimate programming as well.

And that, ultimately, is why it was designed that way. Developers, developers, developers! Windows is ultra-friendly to developers, it goes out of its way to make life easy for them, and guess what? A subset of those developers make malware. And the same things that makes Windows easy for one set of developers makes it easy for the other.

OSX actually deserves some kudos because it *does* make development a little harder here and there, for the benefit of the user. And while saying OSX is 'virus-immune' would be clear BS, saying that it's an effective way for a technically challenged computer user to dramatically reduce their risk of being infected is actually true.

Linux can be deployed to even better effect on the security front, of course, though I would not recommend it for the technically-challenged unless said user has a friend or family member to help with setup and ssh in occasionally to administer it.

Live within your income, even if you have to borrow to do so. -- Josh Billings