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Comment: Re:Defective by design. (Score 1) 222

by jaa101 (#48891457) Attached to: China Cuts Off Some VPNs

By using different protocol numbers in the IP headers, the designers of these protocols [...] made them harder to support, because routers have to explicitly know how to handle those nonstandard protocol numbers.

How do nonstandard protocol numbers make it harder for routers to route the packet? You have the destination IP: just forward the packet already. Oh, you want to be a firewall and block selected traffic or even do deep packet inspection? That's not routing.

+ - China Cuts Off Some VPNs 1

Submitted by jaa101
jaa101 (627731) writes "The Register (UK) and the Global Times (China) report Foreign VPN service unavailable in China. A quote sourced to "one of the founders of an overseas website which monitors the Internet in China" claimed The Great Firewall is blocking the VPN on the protocol level. It means that the firewall does not need to identify each VPN provider and block its IP addresses. Rather, it can spot VPN traffic during transit and block it. An upgrade of the Great Firewall of China is blamed and China appears to be backing the need for the move to maintain cyberspace sovereignty."

Comment: Re:Inevitible (Score 1) 151

by jaa101 (#48844127) Attached to: Being Pestered By Drones? Buy a Drone-Hunting Drone

Yes, anti-personnel is the danger. I wouldn't be surprised if the secret service don't already jam potential drone control frequencies for their high-value people. The real danger is with autonomous drones that use GPS or, worse, are smart enough to do without it. These things could be a poor man's mini cruise missile.

Comment: Kessler Syndrome Alert (Score 3, Interesting) 123

That many satellites could tip us over the space junk critical mass threshold. If a spacecraft is hit by something it tends to send debris flying everywhere. Some of the pieces can then hit other spacecraft causing more debris. Once you have enough spacecraft in orbit -- critical mass -- the chain reaction sustains itself long enough to destroying many spacecraft in the same orbital region. It's called the Kessler syndrome.

Comment: Re:illegal taxi:$100 Obstruction of justice: jail (Score 1) 299

by jaa101 (#48817563) Attached to: Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

The contract wouldn't be between Uber and the government. The contract would be between Uber and the private individual who also happens to be a transport inspector, not even a police officer. Remember, it's a sting operation so they're not going to register as a government department. It's not so clear to me that this would fail in a civil case. Are there laws voiding contract terms that impede government officials in their duties? Lawyers anywhere?

I think $2000 would be a better number for Uber to try since it would be much more likely to be under the limit of a government-issued credit card but still more than the fine. They could be more subtle by making the passenger responsible for any financial consequences of their actions during the ride. That looks more innocuous but, with the right legal phraseology, could still cover transport inspectors' fines. But, as correctly noted, this is the way to get new legislation.

Comment: Re:poor summary (Score 3, Informative) 299

by jaa101 (#48817425) Attached to: Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

Could be treated just like speeding and red light camera tickets. The ticket is issued to the registered owner of the car.

Apparently not under the existing laws. If they go to the trouble of changing the law I think they'll go a different way, like nasty penalties for repeat offences and, more likely, finding a way to hit Uber directly with some conspiracy to offend law with huge penalties for corporations.

Comment: Re:poor summary (Score 1) 299

by jaa101 (#48817335) Attached to: Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

They could also wait a week to issue the fines

I don't see how this could work. They need to confirm the driver's identity to issue the fine which they're not going to be able to do without confronting the driver at the time of the ride. Just knowing the vehicle's registration isn't enough.

+ - Uber Suspends Transport Inpector Accounts to Block Stings->

Submitted by jaa101
jaa101 (627731) writes "In Australia Uber is reportedly suspending the accounts used by government transport inspectors conducting sting operations. The article suggests that a new handset, credit card and email account are all needed to get a new, unblocked account. If inspectors can only issue one or two fines before they're blocked then the sting operations will cost more than the fines. Presumably the Uber app can block based on IMEI, SIM and/or phone number."
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Comment: Re:what about a net? (Score 1) 213

by jaa101 (#48783281) Attached to: SpaceX Rocket Launch Succeeds, But Landing Test Doesn't

These rockets are really big. The square/cube means that big things are not as strong as little ones. Get two toy cars and smash them into each other. Now try the same thing with two full sized vehicles and compare the results. Sure you could catch a model rocket with a butterfly net and it will fly again. This idea just doesn't scale up.

Comment: Re:Not that I have anything to worry about but (Score 1) 119

by jaa101 (#48709291) Attached to: When FISA Court Rejects a Surveillance Request, the FBI Issues a NSL Instead

Isn't this what Wikileaks is for? Send it there first and then tip off media outlets. Of course the anonymity feature of Wikileaks is not so important in this case since they can probably guess who leaked it but it's still going to be hard to take down.

Comment: Re:BPG natively supports 8 to 14 bits per channel (Score 1) 377

by jaa101 (#48577825) Attached to: Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

Like I said, TIFF is a container format. Saying that TIFF supports BPG is just like saying that HTML supports BPG. It's great in principle ... until someone sends you a TIFF file that uses a codec that your reader doesn't support. So I genuinely have no idea; what's the current list of software like that will correctly handle a TIFF with a BPG-encoded image inside. For example, when did/will libtiff and Photoshop first get support?

I'm not saying that BPG files are any better in this respect at this stage, though the JavaScript decoder is nice. Obviously any JavaScript TIFF decoder would need to be _much_ bigger that the BPG

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