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Comment: How the NSA could 'spy' on Americans 'legally' (Score 1) 125

This post highlights the possibility that the NSA could spy on Americans in America by working with a foreign partner to act as a proxy in exchange for the NSA spying on their people, sort of like wife-swapping. Obviously, it would not be Saudi Arabia, as they lack the resources for such a grand effort. However, the British could do it quite well. More importantly, it fits with the American business trend of outsourcing and off-shoring work. As for Saudi Arabia, they see like a good place to outsource 'enhanced interrogation'. It would be ironic, too, given that we have so many Americans who would be more than qualified to do the dirty work. I guess they could move to Riyadh.

+ - No-Ip back online after Microsoft Takeover->

Submitted by NicknamesAreStupid
NicknamesAreStupid writes: No-Ip, a favorite place for those who cannot get or afford a dedicated IP address for a domain name, just announced they are back online after battling Microsoft, who took down over 20 of their domains by civil court order. No-Ip eventually won in court, but it goes to show how the Big Dogs of the Internet can crush the little ones.
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+ - The Internet Turned 40 Today, sort of-> 1

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NicknamesAreStupid writes: In spite of the urban legend of Al Gore, May 10th marked the 40th anniversary of Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn authoring the first draft of the Internet architecture and TCP/IP at the Palo Alto Canaba Hotel (once a Hyatt and now a Crowne Plaza). Today, they celebrated at Mitchell Park. Vint, who worn a three piece suit, told stories about booting up a PDP-11 (or LSI-11, according to Ron Crane) at Stanford, talking in his three-piece suit to Congress (who thought that people from ARPA never dressed so well), and how the Internet is more than a bunch of wires or 'tubes'. Others talked about the grandfather of HTML (SGML's creator Charles Goldfarb, IBM), InterOp before patents and corporate greed (Dan Lynch), and one, who shall remain nameless, who outed Vint for being the world's first geek because he wore those damn suits in high school (they went to Van Nuys High School).

BTW, the Cabana is also famous for hosting the Beatles in 1965 and being the design model for Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. A plaque dedicating the authorship by Vint and Bob will be installed at the hotel soon. I assume the Cabana already have one for the Beatles.

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Comment: Not as Safe as You Think (Score 1) 481

by NicknamesAreStupid (#46868695) Attached to: US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks
The last machine that I recall using 8" disks was an NEC PC 8086. Running DOS 2.1, it was shaped like a microwave oven. That was in the mid 1980s. The diskette held about a megabyte, and there was no HDD.

The DDN network is likely an X25 WAN with bisync lines (RS422 or V35), a.k.a. ARPAnet. Bisync was notorious for going down due to 2-bit errors, making data look like control characters. I had a script that could reset a line, and you couldn't tell if the signal had gone down. That meant it was possible to tap into it. Diskettes could carry malware, and as several have mentioned, machines that booted from them were victims of some of the first PC viruses. Theirs probably boot from socketed EPROMs, which are easy to swap. All this was architected before network security was an issue. Fortunately, most terrorists are too young to know about these antiquities. However, if the Air Force believes it is invulnerable because it is ancient, then we are doomed.

Comment: Why go negative? (Score 1) 393

by NicknamesAreStupid (#46678259) Attached to: Why Are We Made of Matter?
Antimatter is so derisory. Must we put such a polarizing label on something we do not fully understand? If people referred to me that way, I would not hang around, either.

Of course it matters that we are made, and whatever we are made of quantum-wise, we should be proud, even if it destroys us when we come together.

I vote for calling it 'matter-of-fact'.

P.S. I appreciate StartsWithaBang renaming it from, "Why are we layered fatter?"

+ - Windows XP Black Market-> 1

Submitted by NicknamesAreStupid
NicknamesAreStupid writes: As Whoever57 pointed out, there are some who will still get support for Microsoft Windows XP — the 'haves'. However, most will be the 'have nots'. Anytime you have such market imbalance, there is opportunity. Since Microsoft clearly intends to create a disparity, there will certainly be those who defy it. What will Microsoft do to prevent bootleg patches of XP from being sold to the unwashed masses? How will they stop China from supporting 100 million bootleg XP users? And how easily will it be to crack Microsoft's controls?

How big will the Windows XP patch market be?

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Comment: I'm just fuckin' with ya (Score 1) 465

by NicknamesAreStupid (#46420033) Attached to: Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad
It would not be the first time the deceased left a will with a prank inside. Given the vulture-like disposition of some relatives, she might have left the map to her fortune inside the iPad. I would. Without the password, the data would be lost, as the password is used to encrypt the data.

Comment: I heard from a totally unreliable source . . . (Score 4, Funny) 390

by NicknamesAreStupid (#46419901) Attached to: Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek
. . . that it was actually the K**h brothers who contracted with the Russian Mafia to invent Bitcoin, and they set Nakomoto up as the fall guy. I'm sure it is totally bogus, in spite of the salaciousness and viral rumor-mongering appeal. Has anyone got any completely unsubstantiated confirmation of this?

Comment: Re:Bread buttered (Score 0) 355

by NicknamesAreStupid (#42423753) Attached to: Free Software Foundation Campaigning To Stop UEFI SecureBoot
This is the end of the motherboard era. LIke Mainframes (that are doing well, BTW), the motherboard has seen its heyday. Intel is de-emphasizing them in favor of processors for mobile, and AMD is looking pretty sad, see

As a desktop guy from way back (my 1st was a H89 that I built myself), I find this news to be depressing. However, the handwriting is on the wall. Once the volumes of desktops drop, the motherboard will become the exotic anomaly and hardware hacking will be the domain of the Raspberry PI generation.

Comment: Has anyone noticed recent performance declines? (Score 1) 186

by NicknamesAreStupid (#42256893) Attached to: Netflix Ranks ISP Speeds
I live in the shadow of Google but have AT&T DSL and use it to watch Netflix. In the past six months, performance has deteriorated significantly, dropping from an average of 1.35Mbps to 800Kbps and sometimes less. AT&T has tested the link to the CO and found it meets their service level standards.

I have spoken with other locals who expressed similar problems with Comcast. If you look at the sales of iPads and other tablets, their growth seems to track against this slowdown. Have these new tablets, streaming YouTube, Vimeo, and Netflix, put a strain on the local ISPs? I doubt if theISP's provisioning would keep up with sudden demand.

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