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Comment: Re:Just say block (Score 2) 77

At home I made my DNS server authoritative for .doubleclick.net (and admob and few others) all pointing to 127.0.0.1:

% host foo.doubleclick.net
Using domain server:
Name: 192.168.1.5
Address: 192.168.1.5#53
Aliases:

foo.doubleclick.net has address 127.0.0.1

That way mobile devices and everything are covered. Hard to have a hosts file on an unrooted iPhone, etc.

Comment: Re:Not really a lie (Score 2) 190

by Rick Zeman (#47918775) Attached to: Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

Apple doesn't run public email servers. At least, I don't think so. Nothing like gmail, anyway. So they aren't transporting your email. Unless they back up your mailbox to iCloud

Yeah, they do run public email servers if you've opted in. Was user@mac.com, then user@me.com, and now user@icloud.com. Just using a device, no, your mail doesn't go to an Apple server unless it's one of their accounts.

Comment: Re:Finlandization... (Score 1) 138

Much as I'm disliking the Hitlerian Russian government now, I can't believe a) anyone wouldn't have reported it (the pilot) or b) not talked about it loudly for 25+ years.

It doesn't add up.

It does if you know anything about Finnish history. Pissing off the Soviets was may have been an American national sport during the cold war period but for the Finns it was not at the top of their agenda. Finland spent the cold war balancing on a razor's edge they were bound by post WWII treaties to have a military of a fixed (and rather small) size and of course to remain neutral. For this reason the Finns painstakingly split their military procurement exactly down the middle. Half the air force jets, half the army's tanks and half the navy's ships were bought in the Soviet bloc and the other half in the West and it was a very successful strategy (which is why its now being suggested as a solution to the Ukraine crisis). The Finns may have wiped the floor with the Soviet army during the Winter War but it was still not an experience the Finns cared to repeat in the nuclear era. Since the aircraft wasn't actually harmed no purpose would have been served by deliberately embarrassing the bad tempered 16 foot tall, 3000 pound grizzly bear sitting on their eastern border by advertising the ineptitude of the Soviet air defenses so the sensible strategy was just to play it down.

No, that was exactly why I read TFA expecting to see that the Finnish government was the one who buried it. They weren't. Seems to...defy credulity that 2 ordinary citizens would be making a political decision like that. The government yes, 2 copilots no.

Comment: Re:IMO this is a good thing (Score 1) 108

by Rick Zeman (#47848845) Attached to: Facebook's Auto-Play Videos Chew Up Expensive Data Plans

Don't get me wrong.... I hate video autoplay.

But I feel that things like this will ultimately result on pressure on carriers to correct the real problem:
The dataplan allowances are way too low, AND
1 Gigabyte of data is priced way too high.

So by having autoplay..... ordinary folks will be using more data, BUT they're not going to want to pay a lot,
so there is going to be pressure on carriers to increase data allowances

Or pressure on the customers to pay more. Guess which one is automatic?

Comment: Re:Probably US Navy missile (Score 1) 138

Probably a US sub-launched ICBM.

1. There is no such thing as a "sub-launched ICBM". Subs carry SLBMs and SLCMs.
2. Any kind of BM would follow a completely different trajectory than the one described.
3. The "B" in ICBM/SLBM means "ballistic". That means that after the initial burn, it is guided by inertia, and would have no ability to track a moving target.

Damn pesky facts.

Here's something I don't know the answer to: Do air-to-airs or ground-to-airs have any sort of range safety feature like rockets, or do they just automatically blow up at the end of their runs? Or both? Or neither (in which case why did it blow up?)?

Comment: Re:cram lots of people in a confined space (Score 4, Insightful) 818

and this is what happens. Survival 101: you do not violate my personal space. EVER.

What's your "personal space" in this context? Having a button to recline your seat conveys permission to use said button. That said, one uses it judiciously and slowly...and you have the right to do the same.
It's when idiots use something like Knee Defender that the system falls apart.

+ - Stop And Sieze

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Rick Zeman (15628) writes "The Washington Post has an expose on the post-9/11 inderction/seizure industry that's been created on America's highways", saying, "Behind the rise in seizures is a little-known cottage industry of private police-training firms that teach the techniques of “highway interdiction” to departments across the country.

One of those firms created a private intelligence network known as Black Asphalt Electronic Networking & Notification System that enabled police nationwide to share detailed reports about American motorists — criminals and the innocent alike — including their Social Security numbers, addresses and identifying tattoos, as well as hunches about which drivers to stop.

Many of the reports have been funneled to federal agencies and fusion centers as part of the government’s burgeoning law enforcement intelligence systems — despite warnings from state and federal authorities that the information could violate privacy and constitutional protections.""

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