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Comment Another lesson lost to the ages (Score 2) 539

Back in the dark ages, about circa 2010, researchers found evidence that GPS may erode navigational ability.

"Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans were taken of older adults who were GPS and non-GPS users. The subjects accustomed to navigating by spatial means were found to have higher activity and a greater volume of grey matter in the hippocampus than those used to relying on GPS."

Comment Re:Trend towards illegibility (Score 1) 156

It's not just web sites. I once called up my Apple sales rep and went on a 10 minute tirade about how they print the serial numbers on the bottom of Macbooks and iMacs. It's 1 mm high dark grey print on medium gray aluminum. Who the fuck thought that was a good idea? We had a fleet of new Macbooks come in and two technicians who were tasked with inventorying them spent probably half an hour looking all over the damned things looking for the serial numbers before they came to me, and it took me another 10 or 15 minutes to find them. Every model previous to that had the serial numbers and MAC address brinted in sharp black lettering 1.5mm high on a white label. Yes, I did measure it. You know what support told me? They said, "you can just boot the computer to find the serial numbers," the smug bastards.

Comment Re: (Score 1) 440

All of the studies I've seen estimate the total costs of accepting cash being between 30% and 104% of the cost of accepting credit.

This review of three studies between 2003 and 2010 is the best summary I've been able to find on the Internet Jump to page

In my estimation (not being an economist myself) is that yes there are costs to doing business in cash, but those are mostly fixed costs. If a store doubles their sales in cash, the fees and time spent handling the cash on the back office will increase, but not by much. Credit, on the other hand, is open ended. Costs rise nearly as fast as sales totals increase.

For small retailers who tend to rack up a large number of small transactions, A $10 credit charge will typically see 10 cents or so plus 2% of the charge amount in fees. That's 32 cents or 3.2% of the transaction fee in charges. (That is a generous example. Many credit agencies have harsher rates.) That is comparable to the cost of handling cash for these small transactions

With larger transaction sizes, cash looks even better to the retailer than credit, as the cost for accepting and handing a $40 transaction are not significantly greater than for a $10 transaction. There may be more trips to the bank or a marginally greater deposit fee, which are typically very small. But with a credit transaction, credit processing fees scales from 32 cents in my previous example to 90 cents, nearly tripling.

The best payment method for the retailer is debit card because it passes the transaction costs on to the customer. Debit cards also pass the risks of fraudulent transactions to the consumer, so most people should avoid them if they can.

Comment Schools aparently don't teach Executive Imunity. (Score 1) 475

This case has no chance. (IANAL, but I can google) The president can not be sued or prosecuted criminally for any act he does (or does not do) in the execution of his duties as president.


Executive immunity is an immunity granted to officers of the executive branch of government from personal liability for tortious acts or omissions done in the course of carrying out their duties. The U.S. president's executive immunity is absolute; however, the immunity of other federal executive officials is qualified.

Comment Re:How to avoid (Score 1) 66

The trouble is that DNS does not prevent an attacker from faking a subdomain either by a man-in-the-middle or by DNS cache poisoning. You can't prevent your web browser from accessing any non-http url unless you are willing to completely disable http connections from your computer. Any time you visit any web site it can direct your web browser to access an arbitrary, forged, plain text URL. Then, if they have succeeded in executing a MITM against you or managed to poison the DNS caches on your computer, your router, or your ISP's DNS server, they can set a cookie and use it hijack browser sessions. HTTPS Everywhere should help, provided that all of your financial institutions are supported. DNSSEC would help as well because it requires DNS responses for protected zones to be digitally signed.

Comment Re:dear clueless megacorp and mediocre middle mgmn (Score 5, Interesting) 103

The curios part about this is that this privacy leakage flaw has been know since 2012 and was reported in the media. Facebook didn't care.

Aran Khanna MADE Facebook care. I don't know if he was trolling Facebook or if he is just naive. Either way, I applaud his results.

Comment Re:Sounds Like A Scumbag Company (Score 1) 190

I agree with you about this not being a big deal. At this point it's just between two parties who both want to make money off a domain.

I don't know a whole lot about the "Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act", but according to Wikipedia:

In determining whether the domain name registrant has a bad faith intent to profit, a court may consider many factors, including nine that are outlined in the statute:

1 Registrant’s trademark or other intellectual property rights in the domain name;
2 Whether the domain name contains the registrant’s legal or common name;
3 Registrant’s prior use of the domain name in connection with the bona fide offering of goods or services;
4 Registrant’s bona fide noncommercial or fair use of the mark in a site accessible by the domain name;
5 Registrant’s intent to divert customers from the mark owner’s online location that could harm the goodwill represented by the mark, for commercial gain or with the intent to tarnish or disparage the mark;
6 Registrant’s offer to transfer, sell, or otherwise assign the domain name to the mark owner or a third party for financial gain, without having used the mark in a legitimate site;
7 Registrant’s providing misleading false contact information when applying for registration of the domain name;
8 Registrant’s registration or acquisition of multiple domain names that are identical or confusingly similar to marks of others; and
9 Extent to which the mark in the domain is distinctive or famous.[11]

Point by point...

1) Kneen has no relevant trademark as far as I know
2) The domain does not relate to his name
3) Kneen has not apparently used the domain commercially
4) The domain is not in use currently other than a redirect to his primary web site
5) I see no reason to think Kneen was trying to divert customers
6) Kneen may not have contacted the plaintiff, but he openly lists the site for sale on his own page. He has not, by all appearances, used the domain for a legitimate site. However, Office Space Solutions made some kind of offer to Kneen that he didn't like, giving weight to the argument that Kneen is trying to sell the domain at a profit.
7) Kneen has not tried to hide his identity
8) Kneen owns confusing domains related to Twitter and FTPAnywhere and possibly with some others I'm not familiar with.
9) The domain name is somewhat distinctive in my estimation, but not famous.

These items are not comprehensive and the courts are obviously free to consider whatever criteria they wish. Knowing how some similar cases have gone in the past, in my layman's opinion, I expect he will loose if this goes to court, but it probably wont get that far. Regardless of any potential fraudulent action by Office Space Solutions, the two parties will almost assuredly settle out of court for an undisclosed sum of money and the Internet will march on.

Comment Re:Sounds Like A Scumbag Company (Score 3, Interesting) 190

According to Kneen's web site,, is for sale. He currently has it redirecting to his primary domain name, After looking at the list of domains he owns, including many that are Twitter related, he looks a lot like a cybersquatter.

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