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Comment: Re:Non-rounded, often obscure and "deathdays"... (Score 2) 104

by JMonty42 (#43141629) Attached to: Google Doodle Celebrates Birthday of Douglas Adams

I'm sorry, but once someone dies, they can no longer have birthdays after their death. It should be "61st anniversary of his birth"

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/birthday A birthday is literally the anniversary of one's birth. A death day would presumably be the anniversary of one's death. My only qualm with this doodle is that it doesn't really appear to say "Google". I haven't been paying attention to all the doodles, but I like the ones that say Google while still relating to what the subject matter is.

Comment: Re:But without DRM ... (Score 1) 397

by JMonty42 (#42125317) Attached to: GOG: How an Indie Game Store Took On the Pirates and Won
Sure, there are pirates out there that do the "cracking" for the thrills. But there are a ton of people out there that will buy a game, and if it doesn't have DRM, they'll just let their friends install it, too, maybe even upload it to a torrent site.

I don't think DRM is the answer to piracy, since that is obviously ineffective. But DRM-free games would still end up being pirated.

Comment: But without DRM ... (Score 3, Insightful) 397

by JMonty42 (#42109161) Attached to: GOG: How an Indie Game Store Took On the Pirates and Won
The article gives the example of Witcher 2. It says it's ironic that the most leaked version of the game was the DRM version. But is that really ironic? Witcher 2 sold 1.1 M copies for the PC in its first 7 months. It only sold 40 k DRM-free copies through GOG, which would the crackers most likely find to crack?

Besides, if there were no DRM for a big title like that, it stands to reason that there would be just as many if not more leaked copies available on torrent sites. What they really need to do to prove their case is get a publisher to release their AAA title on nothing but GOG, then they would be able to see the true effects of DRM-free games on piracy.

Comment: Re:Military the first one, huh? (Score 1) 301

by JMonty42 (#38292244) Attached to: US Air Force Pays SETI To Check Kepler-22b For Alien Life

Kepler-22b is about 600 light years away from us. Meaning that any attempts at contacting this race would take at least 1200 years to accomplish since we can only transmit at the speed of light.

Of course it is possible that if there is an intelligent form of life on Kepler-22b, they could have discovered our planet and have been trying to contact us for over 600 years. That would be interesting, and that is actually what SETI is set up for, it listens for signals that couldn't occur naturally and therefore would be from another life form.

Comment: All around pretty stupid (Score 1) 161

by JMonty42 (#38051550) Attached to: 2011 Geek IQ Test

But especially this "answer":

"If you got this right -- (b) Captain Morgan Bateson, USS Bozeman -- without the Internet, you should get a trophy. And a hooker."

It was pretty easy since they only listed two ships from the series including the obviously-wrong answer of the USS Enterprise. It would have been a harder question if they had you choose between ships that were actually in TNG like the USS Pegasus, USS Aries, or the USS Excalibur.

Comment: Response from Tech Support (Score 2) 230

by JMonty42 (#36109858) Attached to: No Pirate Bay for Comcast Customers
This is what level 1 Tech Support (probably in India) told me about the outtage: "PriscillaBCBU: Yes, we are receiving reports from the site inaccessible when using Comcast connection. Currently, we are already fixing it here in our end. Our network engineers are working on it as of this moment. PriscillaBCBU: The pirate bay issue is also a problem from other Internet service provider. We have been receiving reports that they also experience this issue and it is happening worldwide."

Comment: NCDOT defends Lacy's decision (Score 1) 705

Here's an official response from NCDOT when asked about the conduct of Mr. Asshat aka Kevin Lacy:

Dear JMonty42:

Transportation decisions - especially those involving safety - need to be made based on data and the decisions of educated, trained and licensed professional engineers. Nothing should ever come before public safety.

We value public input - we seek it at every opportunity. But when the research and data show that one option is safe and another is less safe, NCDOT is always going to choose the safest option and we make no apologies for that.

Our engineers have met extensively over the last year with Falls of Neuse neighbors to discuss the project, always with the primary emphasis on safety. And we have made significant changes based on their input.

We stand behind the work of Mr. Lacy. He is a licensed traffic engineer. His initial findings were supported by the engineering consultants to the City of Raleigh. When the North Raleigh group undertook a response to the city's report, our department told the group we would consider an analysis if it came from an independent licensed engineer.

Instead, the group produced a technical document that appeared to be in violation of N.C. Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors standards for public safety. Mr. Lacy was concerned enough that he asked the Board what he should do, and he was instructed to file a report with the Board. As a licensed professional, Mr. Lacy was obligated to do so.

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Comment: Re:Really? (Score 2) 60

by JMonty42 (#34601996) Attached to: Raising a Botnet In Captivity
This definitely isn't the first time this has been done. Maybe it's the first time anybody has done it with an unnecessarily large cluster of 3000 (all infected) computers. I also think this study is flawed and mostly pointless. First of all, command and control-style botnets are getting easier and easier to mitigate. The real threat is from peer-to-peer botnets. The most useful research taking place as of late is not being done in a closed environment cut off from the rest of the world on a botnet that hasn't been a threat for several months. That research is being done by taking over or infiltrating known botnets that are using newer peer-to-peer botnet protocols [T. Holz, M. Steiner, F. Dahl, E. Biersack, and F. Freiling. "Measurements and Mitigation of Peer-to-Peer-based Botnets: A Case Study on Storm Worm." In USENIX Workshop on Large-Scale Exploits and Emergent Threats, 2008.] and [B. Stone-Gross, M. Cova, L. Cavallaro, B. Gilbert, M. Szydlowski, R. Kemmerer, C. Kruegel, and G. Vigna. "Your Botnet is My Botnet: Analysis of a Botnet Takeover." Technical report, University of California, May 2009.] Also, instead of infected every single computer on the cluster, they should have studied more about the ways the botnet spreads by only infecting 25% or so of the network. Other useful projects related to peer-to-peer botnets is in trying to be one step ahead of the botnet developers. These kind of projects predict what the new peer-to-peer botnet protocols will be so they can better protect computers against being infected by them [Günther Starnberger, Christopher Kruegel, and Engin Kirda. "Overbot: A Botnet Protocol Based on Kademlia." In Proceedings of the 4th Conference on Security and Privacy in Communication Networks (SecureComm’08), pages 1–9, 2008.] I just think this "research" project is getting more press than it should while others that are doing more aren't getting as much.

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