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Comment: Re:Defaults (Score 1) 2

by Jiro (#48777393) Attached to: Lizard Stresser DDoS-for-Hire Service Built on Hacked Home Routers

This is a bad idea.

1) This would teach users that when they are redirected to a page that offers malware cleaners and antivirus choices, they should download and install one. Most such pages are frauds, and the user won't understand the difference between the ISP sending them to the page and a banner ad or phishing email sending them to a similar-looking page,

2) Given the way that ISPs are actually run, encouraging ISPs to detect malware will lead to ISPs just detecting and banning all sorts of unusual activity. The ISP has probably not heard of a user running Linux, for instance, and would not care if all Linux users were detected as false positives or disconnected for refusing to run Windows virus scanners on their Linux boxes. And it's unlikely that the ISP has staff who would understand a Linux user's explanation of how his box is not actually running any malware.

3) If this was put into practice on a large scale, I would expect that shortly, the MPAA or similar groups would try to tell the ISPs that all torrenting is dangerous, malware-prone activity and should result in cutoffs.

Comment: Re:Restrictive Gun laws (Score 1) 490

by Jiro (#48775873) Attached to: In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

US gun death statistics include high-gun-crime, high-minority, areas where guns are as illegal as the city can make them. These areas skew the statistics, and France doesn't have many of them.

If the areas with the gun rights in the USA also had the gun crime you might have had a better point.

Comment: MP3 players? (Score 1) 391

by Jiro (#48748837) Attached to: Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

I really wish I could find a decent MP3 player that is not a "purity of the original signal" type $1200 scam, and was not discontinued years ago.

The usual advice is "buy a cheap phone and don't use it as a phone". This fails because

  • most of them have horrible battery life (the 33 hours for this sounds fairly decent, if only it wasn't $1200)
  • there are so many models of phones out that it's hard to find a good selection of reviews for any specific one
  • They tend to have random gotchas (for instance, there are phones which don't let you use the non-phone features until you activate it as a phone)

Comment: Is there a point? (Score 1) 110

by Jiro (#48544675) Attached to: Spectrum Vega: A Blast From the Past

From the linK:

It uses a low cost micro-controller and an emulator to

If you want to use an emulator, you don't need one of these. Just get a tablet with an HDMI connection, or an Ouya, or a jailbroken Wii.

I was wondering if this implements the Spectrum in hardware the same way the Commodore 64 direct-to-TV did, but apparently not.

Comment: Re:This isn't new... (Score 2) 155

by Jiro (#48538257) Attached to: Romanian Officials Say Russia Finances European Fracking Protests

I believe the Ferguson rioters were left-wing. And they were certainly trying to use violence to terrorize people for political purposes. Of course, you could always be loose as to your definition of terrorism on the right and not so loose on the left. And Moscow didn't need to fund them, but they still count as left-wing terrorists by your overly loose definition.

Furthermore, since you went back to 1995 for the Oklahoma City bombing, I can point out the rise of ecoterrorism, and the Discovery building shooter.

Comment: Re:Well then, let her be a princess (Score 2) 584

by Jiro (#48520493) Attached to: Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

That is stupid. By this reasoning, if the girl really did want to be a scientist, the dad should make sure she understands the drudgery of working in a lab to 4 AM, how difficult it is depending on a grant application that could leave you out of a job, and how most scientific discoveries are of small things that would be as boring to a kid as political boundaries and court etiquette.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 2) 584

by Jiro (#48520375) Attached to: Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Also, related is a simple fact: most kids, of whichever sex, aren't going to want to be scientists You probably can't get your daughter to want to be one even ignoring that different sexes are interested in different things, because "scientist" is not something that most kids want to become. And even for the few kids who want to be scientists, it's a pretty good bet that at age 4 they know as much about what a scientist does as they do about what a princess does.

This is a variation on "how can I get kids interested in (various nerdy interests of mine)", except it's dressed up in social justice phrasing. Fifty years ago he'd have been trying to get his kid interested in Westerns or Beatles albums.

Comment: Not a security risk, but a fake risk (Score 1, Insightful) 178

by Jiro (#48388845) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Non-USB Flash Direct From China Safe?

I would tend to agree with other people: There's really no risk that a SD card is a security problem in the same way that USB is, since it's just storage. However, there is a big risk that any SD card you buy through unusual channels, especially at a ridiculously low rate like 1/5 the price, is just a fake which will start overwriting your data after you get past 1G or 8G or whatever. I absolutely refuse to buy SD cards outside a major physical store chain.

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