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Comment: Re:Probable cause (Score 0) 214

by Tharkkun (#47417627) Attached to: Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

And of course you could be such a fanatic jihadist pretending to not even be muslim. So you want mind if the FBI goes through all your communications and belongings anytime they feel like it. And of course you won't mind the occasional week long questioning session..

I have nothing to hide, except the pron from my wife (she found it already) so why would I care what the FBI does? They aren't going to act on any of this unless these people actually plan to do something criminal and in that case, they should.

Comment: Re:I don't think she has a case against tor (Score 1) 308

by Tharkkun (#47417537) Attached to: Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

I don't think she has a case against tor at all because its already been ruled ISPs cannot nor even web sites cant be held responsible for what's its users do or upload. I can be wrong though as im not a lawyer, just recollecting what I've already read in the news. But the web site \owner and its users who uploaded are in sit deep trouble. Don't be a dick just delete the images you know you never had permission to broadcast.

ISP's can be held responsible if they refuse to cancel service for people involved in criminal activity. But this lady needs to go after the person running the TOR, not TOR itself.

Comment: Re:The good Samaritan always gets his ass kicked (Score 1) 159

by Tharkkun (#47378211) Attached to: Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

As has been pointed out several times, this was not product testing. This was a psychological test which Facebook failed to get informed consent. Science is in no way hurt by this but that you think it is shows how truly ignorant you are.

It's ok. You've had 2 years to get over it.

Comment: Re:Facebook doesn't think it's "questionable" (Score 1) 159

by Tharkkun (#47378191) Attached to: Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

"the questionable assumption that such manipulation has happened"

They literally wrote a peer-reviewed scientific paper demonstrating that they manipulated people's moods to a statistically significant degree, I don't think there's much you can call questionable about it from Facebook's perspective.

And what do you call advertising, commercials and the nightly news? The same damn thing.

Comment: Re:Uh no (Score 1) 255

by Tharkkun (#47378031) Attached to: Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

Under this sort of thinking, Volkswagen would be liable if someone drove a VW as the getaway car in a bank robbery.

No. Under this sort of thinking, the owner of a Volkswagen would be liable if someone drove their VW as the getaway car in a bank robbery. And indeed, in some countries you can be held [partially] liable for misuse of your vehicle even if all you did was leave the keys in the car, especially if you have even a passing relationship with the perpetrators.

The owner would only be responsible if they loaned the vehicle and even in that case they could just say it was stolen. This would be akin to owning a strip club and get busted for prostitution. You can tell people not to do illegal things but when you're having sex with a stripper on the property, the owner is liable for damages. Just like the person running the TOR. If he knows people will be using this for illegal purposes than maybe he should have a way to ban them.

Comment: Re:Bad software justifies bad actions... (Score 1) 495

by Tharkkun (#47361499) Attached to: Microsoft Takes Down Domains

Microsoft has pushed upon the world (literally, the world) software that has a history of security issues.

. Now it appears that Microsoft is using their reputation for producing security-challenged software to badger companies for PR purposes. The headlines will all read, ~Microsoft takes down a company that is a security threat~. And Microsoft will look good in the headline.

But what has Microsoft really accomplished? Will Microsoft's reputation for software with abysmal security be changed? Or will a small company be crushed because a huge company is trying to look good?

Microsoft has no more bugs than any other software out there. Come to think of it, their bugs are fixed in many cases and only impact virus type exploits. Heartbleed was only exposed for what, 10 years? It was embedded in over half the web servers out there...

Comment: Re:Who owns them? (Score 1) 474

Exactly. How long until a Grandpa Random User is charged a huge overage fee because "they" downloaded a fifty HD movies via torrents - when the downloads were actually Public WiFi users? Or, more insidious, Joe User is charged a small overage fee for just barely going over the cap when the real reason for the overage was one or two Public WiFi downloads being marked under the subscriber's account?

Subnetting 101. They already do it on a per subscriber basis. What makes you think they can't do it here?

Comment: Re:Who owns them? (Score 1) 474

Why? The cable modem will be able to figure out what traffic is coming from the home vs. coming via the public wifi, and can count those separately. (And can do different speed shaping and prioritization).

As proven time and time again, cable companies seem to have a very difficult time accurately computing actual data usage. I wouldn't have a lot of faith that they can accurately keep track of data usage of two networks from the same cable modem.

It's really not that difficult since they will be assigned different subnet's in order to keep the vlan separate. This is networking 101. Most people complaining about internet usage not being accurate don't have a clue how to track it themselves. If you upgrade to blast, your quota is removed anyways.

Comment: Re:Apple Actually Cares About Privacy (Score 1) 323

by Tharkkun (#47205587) Attached to: iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

Apple's falling out with Google over Maps was about GOOG wanting more data and Apple not wanting them to gather it.

What? It was all about Google wanting their logo on Apple's map application since it was Google maps. That didn't sit well with Apple so they purchased another mapping company.

Comment: Re:This is awesome (Score 1) 217

by Tharkkun (#47174333) Attached to: New OpenSSL Man-in-the-Middle Flaw Affects All Clients

The more of these we find, the more secure OpenSSL will be. I hope we continue to find these kinds of problems and see them fixed. If open source has one strength, it's that when many skilled eyes DO converge on the code it can be tested and fixed far more quickly than a corporation with limited resources and only paid developers can do the same sort of debugging work. The trick is getting the eyes there in the first place.

Isn't Opensource supposed to prevent these bugs from happening in the first place? That's the whole argument towards using it. If we find bugs that are just as bad as a closed source product there's no advantage to using the open version. At least with a closed version hackers won't have had access to the source code for 16 years.

Comment: Re:If you regulate properly, we'll stop our busine (Score 1) 286

by Tharkkun (#47002025) Attached to: Major ISPs Threaten To Throttle Innovation and Slow Network Upgrades

Actually, merely with the replacement of my key lightbulbs with warm LED's (the G7's at 3000k are indistinguishable from incandescent by the way) (the 3000k is the key - not the brand), my electricity usage and bills dropped enormously.

Meantime, when I replace my AC unit, it will drop more. And my TV draws a fraction of the previous TV.

My electricity usage has consistently dropped since i moved into the house 15 years ago. In some months- my bills are lower than they were when I moved in despite price increases. During the summer, they are about the same- a little higher (10%) last august. I think I found the cause for that- a repair man broke one of the ducts so I was air conditioning the attic instead of one of the rooms.

I agree internet bandwidth consumption is growing and will continue to grow. However--

1) Whenever google enters an area, the ISP's have shown a pattern of being able to rapidly upgrade service while holding or even (!!!!) lowering their prices.

2) Many other countries have had better service at lower prices for close to a decade now.


To be fair, my $110 internet service from comcast has gone from 3mbps to 25mbps (and sometimes even higher- perhaps they are caching large files locally) as it increased from $70. But I suspect if google came around, I could get much more bandwidth for $70.

Why? I doubt you get 25 mb/s consistently anyways.

Comment: Re: Blizzard (Score 1) 329

by Tharkkun (#46982261) Attached to: EA Ending Online Support For Dozens of Games

To be honest, the case cited is the very reason I haven't given Blizzard any of my money for its more recent titles.

I know I'm just one guy who the company doesn't even notice. But the fact the company took issue with the BNetD thing and fought over it in court sent a clear signal to me that I better send my hard-earned dollars elsewhere when choosing computer game purchases for entertainment.

It simply doesn't seem like a good value proposition to pay the asking price for these games that require central servers to function, AND to know the company doesn't believe in letting 3rd. parties build or host alternate options.

I would have really liked to play Diablo 3 or Starcraft II, especially because as a Mac OS X user, my gaming options are pretty limited to begin with. But I'm not a "hard core gamer" anyway. I'm too old for that and have too many other demands on my free time. I just want to know that if I pay $40-50 for a game, I can keep it around and play it whenever I like -- even if that's a number of years after it was purchased, and won't find it's become unusable because the manufacturer decided it was time to kill it off.

This article is about EA. EA (not Activision Blizzard) is removing online games. Blizzard is still supporting D2 and other games.

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