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Comment: Re:Bad reporting (Score 4, Interesting) 228

by J053 (#49432485) Attached to: Amid Controversy, Construction of Telescope In Hawaii Halted

The worst part of the reporting, and what nobody really wants to talk about, is the reason that the county and state pressured TMT for a 1-week hiatus - this is the week of the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival in Hilo, a time when hula halau (schools) from all over the state and several other places all converge on the Big Island. There's no way local authorities wanted to have images of 13-yr-old girls in hula costumes being arrested on the Maunakea summit. Bad for tourism, ya know...

Comment: Re: The tarnishing of spirits really helps (Score 2) 228

by J053 (#49432443) Attached to: Amid Controversy, Construction of Telescope In Hawaii Halted

The reason there are no cities nearby is that the mountaintop is at 13000+ ft (3400m). Not many people want to live that high up. And, to the parent, there is no "bowl" at the summit of Maunakea - it's mostly cinder cones.

The primary reasons for wanting to be on Maunakea are (1) average over 240 clear nights per year and (2) you are above most of the atmospheric water vapor.

Comment: Re:Overwhelm them with complaints. Use these links (Score 1) 558

by J053 (#48246113) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Not only complain, but every time you make a purchase from any of these merchants: be sure and use a credit card so they'll have to pay the processing fees. They want to gather customer information with a direct connection to our bank accounts? Fuck 'em.

Comment: Re:So can I buy it in the next state over? (Score 1) 256

by J053 (#48209539) Attached to: Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

The original impetus for franchise agreements was to enable the manufacturers to just produce vehicles, while pushing the task of finding buyers for them off onto the dealers. When some manufacturers later wanted to start direct sales, the franchised dealers, who are often socially or politically connected and powerful, fought for the exclusionary laws.

Comment: Re:nice. (Score 1) 183

Settings -> On Startup

                                                                  o Open the New Tab Page

                                                                  o Continue where you left off

                                                                  o Open a specific page or set of pages

Is that so hard?

+ - POODLE SSL 3.0 Protocol-Level Vulnerability->

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An anonymous reader writes: A protocol-level, non-implementation specific, attack against SSL 3.0 has been announced by Google: 'Today we are publishing details of a vulnerability in the design of SSL version 3.0. This vulnerability allows the plaintext of secure connections to be calculated by a network attacker. [...] Disabling SSL 3.0 support, or CBC-mode ciphers with SSL 3.0, is sufficient to mitigate this issue, but presents significant compatibility problems, even today. Therefore our recommended response is to support TLS_FALLBACK_SCSV.'
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+ - NSA To Scientists: We Won't Tell You What We've Told You, That's Classified->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid writes: One of the downsides to the news cycle is that no matter how big or hot a story is, something else inevitably comes along. The advent of ISIS and Ebola, combined with the passing of time, have pushed national security concerns out of the limelight — until, that is, someone at the NSA helps out by reminding us that yes, the agency still exists and yes, it still has some insane policies and restrictions. Earlier this year, the Federation of American Scientists filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the NSA. The group was seeking information it thought would be relatively low-key — what authorized information had been leaked to the media over the past 12 months? The NSA's response reads as follows: "The document responsive to your request has been reviewed by this Agency as required by the FOIA and has been found to be currently and properly classified in accordance with Executive Order 13526. The document is classified because its disclosure could reasonably be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security." The NSA is insisting that it has the right to keep its lawful compliance and public disclosures secret not because the NSA is made of evil people but because the NSA has a knee-jerk preference and demand for secrecy. In a spy organization, that's understandable and admirable but it's precisely the opposite of what's needed to rebuild American's faith in the institution and it's judgment.
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+ - Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service->

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An anonymous reader writes: One of the reasons people have been fleeing cable TV in droves is the idea that they're paying for hundreds of channels but only using a handful. Even though that's not really true, Verizon is now working an an internet TV service that lets people pick and pay for only the channels they want. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said, "I think everyone understands it will go to a la carte. The question is what is that transition look like ... I don't think there is anyone that would stand up here and say the only way it's going to be offered five years from now is linear and it's going to be tied to your TV set because frankly they will miss the market and they will be the ones left behind."
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+ - Comcast adds third party wi-fi to home routers->

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An anonymous reader writes: I got a mailing from my cable internet provider Comcast. They are modifying my cable modem so that other Comcast users can login on a separate Wi-Fi network, and I can do the same around town on all the other hotspots. The goal is to provide cheap data access for Wi-Fi users. Since I don't use their cell phone service, it seems unlikely to me that I get anything but hassle from this. I have several reservations about this;
  • Security. While they are putting it on a separate domain, I am concerned that it gives more exposure to the router software so that it can be breached and access my transmission. I'm underwhelmed by their assurances that nothing will happen although the counter argument is that any current thoughts that it's secure are delusional.
  • Performance they say

    Will my Internet slow down when someone connects to my XFINITY WiFi network? The broadband connection to your home will be unaffected by the XFINITY WiFi feature. Your in-home WiFi network, as well as XFINITY WiFi, use shared spectrum, and as with any shared medium there can be some impact as more devices share WiFi. We have provisioned the XFINITY WiFi feature to support robust usage, and therefore, we anticipate minimal impact to the in-home WiFi network

    Translation, the up to five foreign users are going to eat ithe shared spectrum in addition to my own machines. Since my video streaming usage is already marginal, I don't know if this will drop my performance.

  • Inconvenience Finally, opting out is going to require marching through their website or having the patience and understanding to deal with the delays at their call center hell.

Anyone else have thoughts on this?
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+ - Thought crime is terror in U.S.->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: The Justice Department is resurrecting a program designed to thwart domestic threats to the United States, and Attorney General Eric Holder says those threats include individuals the government deems anti-government or racially prejudiced.

The Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee was created in the wake of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing but was scrapped soon after the 2001 terrorist attacks as intelligence and law enforcement officials shifted their focus to threats from outside the country. The committee will be comprised of figures from the FBI, the National Security Division of the Justice Department and the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee.

In his statement announcing the return of the committee, Holder said he remains concerned about the specter of attacks prompted by Islamic extremists, but he said this committee will be tasked with identifying other threats.

“We must also concern ourselves with the continued danger we face from individuals within our own borders who may be motivated by a variety of other causes from anti-government animus to racial prejudice,” Holder said. According to reporting from Reuters, the ACLU is pushing back against the DOJ plan, fearing “it could be a sweeping mandate to monitor and collect controversial speech.”

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