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Comment Re:Yes? And? (Score 1) 163

Multiple government officials in the US, including at least one of the current presidential candidates and a former vice-presidential candidate, have called for the extrajudicial kidnapping and/or assassination of Assange. They've made these statements in public and on-record. And that's in addition to the ones that have "merely" called for him to be extradited, tried, and imprisoned or executed.

He may be a self-important duchebag; but it's not paranoia when they really are out to get you.

Comment Re:Hope that includes dumped dog poo bags (Score 1) 171

Actually, if you live in an urban area, carrying around a bag of dog poo can can be a fairly effective way of repelling crackheads, junkies, bums, spangers, petition takers, random crazies, and other assorted riff-raff now that pretty much everyone wears headphones and those are no longer an effective repellant.

Of course, you have to be walking a dog while carrying said bag of poo. Otherwise you become one of the random crazies yourself.

Comment Re: buh, bye (Score 1) 494

You're missing my point. Jeb won't be spending his own money. Others will be spending their money on Jeb's behalf. And Fox News will turn into a months-long continuous campaign advertisement on his behalf, no compensation required. The usual assortment of AM talk radio jockeys will do the same. You can't even place a dollar value on the the last two, as they wouldn't be available to the Democratic candidate at any price.

Comment Re: buh, bye (Score 3, Insightful) 494

Democrat in the heart of democrat territory (San Francisco) here. And the only "support" for Hillary that I've heard expressed by anyone I know has essentially been: "I'm voting for Bernie in the primary. But if he doesn't get the nomination, I'll vote for Hillary in the general. Better her than any of the republicans.". That pretty much sums up my own plans too.

Comment Re: buh, bye (Score 2) 494

Personal wealth is much less important than the Bush family political machine. Jeb will have the same superPACs thaw W had. He'll also have Darth Cheney, Karl Rove, all of Fox news, and the Koch brothers backing him up when the time comes. Compared to that, Trump's personal fortune is chump change and his campaign theatrics are just bread and circuses.

Comment Re:Two arrests in Denmark for Murder Time (TM) (Score 4, Insightful) 244


And that's not "unhealthy" or "libertarian-leaning" or anything. That's freedom of thought, speech, and press, plain and simple. And the concept predates the mass adoption of the internet by decades.

Remember dead-tree bookstores? In the mid-90s, you could walk into pretty much any Barnes & Nobles, find on the shelves, and buy a copy of "The Anarchist Cookbook", Abby Hoffman's "Steal This Book", any number of the Hayduke "Getting Even" books, PIHKAL, TIHKAL, and occasionally they would even have "The Poor Man's James Bond". Any and all of those contain instructions on howto do things that were and are illegal. Some of them actively encourage those actions. And that's in a mainstream chain book store that used to be in every town of any significant population. If you checked out independent "alternative" bookstores or bookstores aimed at activist communities in large cities you'd find stuff even more colorful. And it's all 100% legal, because we punish people for ACTIONS, not writings or thoughts. And there's absolutely no reason whatsoever for that to be different because computers.

Comment Re: Profiting on the Backs of Others (Score 1) 457

According to wikipedia, Nissan has existed since 1914 and began operating under that name in 1934. At that time "computers" were not even a piece of technology, but persons whose job was to sit around all day doing math by hand. So, I'm fairly sure that Nissan Motors has existed before the entire internet and, therefore, any domain registration.

Comment Re:Way to encourage responsible disclosure. (Score 1) 87

Odd... I seem to remember what happened when a Model S caught on fire once after running over a piece of metal that punctured the battery pack.

I seem to remember Tesla releasing a temporary software patch, remotely, to cars "in the field" that adjusted the suspensions of the cars so that they would ride higher on the road; making it unlikely that there would be a repeat of the incident while they worked out a permanent solution: a titanium shield that they fitted to the bottom of the sled... free of charge... when they cycled in for their maintenance intervals.

To me, as a "consumer", having the "vendor" do that seems like its a lot easier then *pulling* from github and compiling.

But you so cleverly "Newsflash"ed me that that would be "hard". I guess the whole thing must be just a figment of my imagination.

Comment Re:It's patch-able in principle (Score 2) 87

> Even if they had chips that were 100% compatible in
> hardware and software but with a new more secure
> algorithm, the cost to replace all of the chips in every
> car and every key (and to program the cars and keys
> with the correct secrets so that the right keys will
> open the right cars) would be astronomical.

So what? They released a defective product. The onus is on them to make things right. Their "shoot the messenger" approach is wholly unacceptable.

I'm sure Honda, Toyota, and so on are are spending a good hunk of money to replace all of defective airbags they built into their cars. Hell, I had a car once that was subject to a recall... and fixed at the manufacturer's expense... because it was sold to me with a faulty oxygen sensor. And the only repercussion of leaving it unfixed would have been marginally more emissions (Nitric oxide, IIRC.), only during winter, only if I lived somewhere with sub-freezing overnights, and only for fifteen minutes or so until the car warmed up.

Comment Re:Yawn... (Score 4, Insightful) 226

Multiple government officials here... including at least one who is currently running for president and another who was previously a vice-presidential nominee... have publicly called for Assange to be kidnapped and/or murdered. We have a recent history of "extraordinary rendition": ie. kidnapping people we don't like and sending them off to third-world crapholes to be tortured and murdered by the CIA so it doesn't technically happen on our own soil. And we operate our own modern gulag in Cuba, also so that technically holding people indefinitely with no trial or other due process isn't happening on our own soil.

I agree that he *shouldn't* have to be worried about being extradited to the US. But there are more shenanigans available than extradition.

Comment Way to encourage responsible disclosure. (Score 4, Interesting) 87

Two years? That's outrageous. Any vendor that takes that long to patch their holes *deserves* to get zero-day'd.

Things like this, and that nonsense that the court in Boston pulled wrt/ to the researchers and their DEFCON presentation, really sour me on the idea of "responsible disclosure." If the result of my courtesy is going to be a lawsuit and a gag order, I'd not be particularly inclined to offer vendors the courtesy in the first place.

Maybe there's a place for a network of "vulnerability escrow" services. Submit the vulnerability simultaneously to the vendor and the service, which would have to reside outside of the terrirory of whatever court system has jurisdiction over the researchers, and a stick 30-day timer starts, after which the data is automatically and immediately released.

Comment Re:There are Ads and then there are Fucking Ads. (Score 3, Insightful) 519

I'll disagree with you on one thing. While no ISP or OS vendor should be the one making and imposing the choice to block on behalf of the customers; in the case of a company, said company IS the customer and has every right and, I'd argue, responsibility to block ads.

In a company environment, the bandwidth doesn't belong to the users, nor does the equipment. It belongs to the company. And remember, web ads are a fairly common vector for malware infection. They can also be bandwidth and CPU hogs. As such, it is a fairly responsible practice to block them with a proxy or at the gateway, even if you're otherwise pretty liberal about what you allow your users to do online. Hardly anyone will miss them. And if some users do have a legitimate business need to view the unfiltered web, advertising, tracking cookies, malware, and all; accommodations can be made in those cases.

Comment Re:There are Ads and then there are Fucking Ads. (Score 3, Interesting) 519

One of my biggest peeves these days is the imposition of artificial pagination upon the reader as though the web were some nasty old newspaper or an elementary-school slideshow... just to artificially jack up the fucking ad impressions that much more. Combine that with the stupid javascript and HTML5 tricks that are en vogue these days and many sites are all but unusable on mobile browsers.

I too actually never minded banner ads at the top or bottom of the page. I do understand that content has to be paid for. Hell, I don't even mind targeted advertising, so long as it's well-targetd, not insulting (Looking at you, Facebook, on this one for continuing to suggest that I should like things like bill gates, samsung, and walmart.), and not obnoxious... so basically... Google AdSense.

I even whitelist some sites I do want to support. But the first time I see shenanigans... flash, java, pop-ups, pop-unders, overlays, interstitials, sounds, auto-playing video, or the aforementioned stupid javascript or HTML5 tricks... I have zero qualms whatsoever about immediately going back to blocking everything.

Comment Re:Good! (Score 1) 528

Even if malware weren't a concern, advertisers of late have been using obnoxious javascript and HTML5 tricks that make some sites effectively unreadable, especially on mobile devices. And then there are the "sign in with your Facebook account to continue reading" ones, and the sites that artificially drive up their hit counts by pretending that the pages or slideshow paradigms should still exist on the web, instead of letting me just scroll down.

I do occasionally whitelist sites I want to support. But I'm very intolerant of shenanigans, and have no qualms about removing the whitelist entry. Respect (or the lack thereof) goes both ways, after all.

Comment Re:Wow Finland! (Score 1) 330

If you google for "taxi medallion cost", the first line from the first hit specifies that the average cost has fallen to $872,000, down 17% from their peak price in 2013. Add that 17% back in, and the average is back over a million. And since the $872K figure is an average, it's not unreasonable to conclude that they still go for over a million in some cases, unless the standard deviation is really small.

So, the GP's statement may have been a bit out-of-date; but it's hardly the weasel words of a zealot.

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