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Comment: Sarcastically insightful? :) (Score 2) 236

by jopsen (#47725315) Attached to: Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

I'd totally rather than the article about Nimrod stay, and anyone who doesn't like it can fuck off and visit some other web site.

I can't tell if the people who modded you insightful were being sarcastic... :)
Okay, joke aside... Statements like everybody else can just **** of because something you wanted to read about was marked for deletion. Is part of the problem.

Wikipedia editors and can't get every decision right... If nimrod (which btw, think I've heard about before) continues it's growth, then I'm sure it'll eventually be featured on wikipedia.
Note, I didn't say the current decision is right, but give them a break. But give it time, and bring up again (don't be an edit warrior)

Also drop the " censor, censor, censor" rhetoric... You are free to publish this anywhere else. Why don't you just make a site with rejected wikipedia articles, where people can work on them till wikipedia is ready to accept them.

Comment: Re:I hate articles like this (Score 1) 191

by jopsen (#47697785) Attached to: Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

The license revocation is on the copy of the software that wasn't distributed in compliance with the license.

Interesting interpretation... but I don't think copy right works on a per copy basis....

From GPLv2:

Any attempt otherwise to copy, modify, sublicense or distribute the Program is void, and will automatically terminate your rights under this License.

Your rights under this license... is the only right you have to distribute the software. I don't see how you get a new license every time you make a copy, as you explicitly lost all rights to make copies and distribute the software.

I don't even think you'll be allowed to distribute derivative works, as these are again composed of elements for which your rights have been terminated.

Comment: Re:FBI: 1, Ethics: 0 (Score 0) 239

So, the FBI is already making the case for, "We need full monitoring and control intervention capability for everybody's new cars, because terrorists."

They can either take away your guns and high explosives... or put a dead-switch in your robot car... What is crazy Americans going to pick?

Comment: Re:Not so fast (Score 1) 239

even in a big Regulatory system with most basic "don't get in a crash" you may end up in a place where it needs to pick from a choice of crash choices even ones like may do damage but low chance of injury vs say try a move that may have a 5% chance of being crash free.

This is not going to happen if the first or second generation car... And then, if you set your car to "save my life above all else", then you'll probably get on hell of beating in court when your car put the other guy in a wheelchair to avoid you getting a little scratch...

Either way, this is not going to happen, and if it does, let's deal with it then, for now this is just American paranoia as usual.

Comment: Re:checks the validity of U.S. visas and passports (Score 1) 232

by jopsen (#47667611) Attached to: Fugitive Child Sex Abuser Caught By Face-Recognition Technology

Of course not, otherwise we would discover all the cover passports of the employess of three letter agencies.

Also foreign agencies would be able to index all american citizen... For once, it seems like your government is doing something to protect your privacy.

Comment: Re:I hate articles like this (Score 1) 191

by jopsen (#47657689) Attached to: Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

The odds the court would require them to release the source for everything under the GPL is almost laughably absurd.

Agree... But terms of the GPL says that if you violated it the license is revoked.
By my interpretation that means that once violated you don't have a license, and complying with GPL terms after the fact has no effect.

Thus, the case is reduced to somebody using software for which they don't have a license.

I'm pretty sure bringing yourself into compliance won't change the fact that the license was revoked. But most vendors might be willing to extend a new GPL license to you, if you comply with the terms - just as a way to end the case.

Comment: Re:HTTPS does not mean more relevant (Score 1) 148

by jopsen (#47626471) Attached to: Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption
Yes, we really should rank pages using the "universal-relevance-attribute" on the root element...
Who says that page with more incoming links is relevant? It all depends on the context... People searching to buy should definitely only be guided to HTTPS protected site, right?

Fact is that HTTPS implies that the author is actively maintaining the site. With at least some effort.
Also odds are that a malicious site is more likely not to have SSL, it cost money per domain and the scam sites are usually deployed on many different domain names...

Comment: Re:They don't deserve to be commended. (Score 5, Insightful) 80

by jopsen (#47596137) Attached to: Mozilla Dumps Info of 76,000 Developers To Public Web Server

but meeting the bare minimum requirements doesn't earn somebody commendation from me.

How often do hear news stories about leaks with encrypted passwords that are properly salted? :)
How often does anybody admit a possible leak, when there is no evidence anybody downloaded the database dump...?
Really, how often do you hear about things like this, if discovered internally?

I agree, it's the decent thing to do, but I don't think you can expect this level of detail, openness and honesty from commercial players.
I can't imagine any organization that wouldn't sweep this under the rug, after all it was discovered internally.

It makes me wonder why the hell they aren't doing any better.

Avoiding a leak would certainly have been preferred. But mistakes happens, processes fails.

Comment: Re:Past due not reported by companies (Score 1) 570

by jopsen (#47578113) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Please tell me you're trolling and not really this ignorant.

Please enlighten me... At wells fargo they have a bill pay system, they tell me that I enter the amount and then they will send an actual physical check by email.
I have no doubt it's a physical check because one of the companies I sent it to lost it for a few weeks, and had to do an "internal search" for it..
This service can send checks periodically, but only for fixed amounts. So I can't pay utilities or anything that varies.

My cable, electric, water, trash, phone, Netflix, credit cards, etc. can all be paid electronically,

I pay netflix and phone electronically using a debit card. Credit card I managed to get the back to setup automatic payment for, but they told me that they had to send an internal fax (in 2014 that constitutes institutional incompetence) and that they couldn't promise it would be setup, and thus recommended that I called back a week later to verify this setup (that was with bank of america).

The I manage to pay my rent electronically (but manually), by giving them my check numbers... So that's also check - just a virtual check.
They do have automatic payment using virtual checks too, but the EULA says things like weird dates where I can't set it up, and specifically says a day of month and timeframe within which they have the system under maintenance, and because of this the system basically has undefined behaviour in that timeframe. That is what is says, not that the system is down, but that whatever I do in that timeframe they take no responsibility for. That's institutional incompetence, that is beyond my understanding.

Oh, my electric company also has some site for setting up automatic payment using virtual checks, but the site is so sketchy and I cannot validate the authenticity of anything. Also you need to keep in mind that the banks zero-liability only covers you if you didn't give authority to transact, if authority to transact was given or implied, there is no coverage regardless of the amount (wells fargo and band of america).

So you signed up for e-billing, which if it's like my local utility, sends you an email every month with an electronic copy of the bill basically saying "Hey, you have $xxx due, log in and pay it by this date". And then...what? Just ignored it or figured you were getting free power?

They did send me an email but the language was unclear and ambiguous... So I decided not to borther with it. And no I never check my account to see what goes in and out, if the amounts are less than 100 USD... I tend to ignore it, when I go through my statement.

Comment: Re:Past due not reported by companies (Score 2) 570

by jopsen (#47563861) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

"Past due" is meaningless. Anybody who has run a business knows that nobody pays bills on time, neither yourself nor clients or customers.

How can you?
Seriously, I moved to the US last year... and I'm shocked that I can't pay my bills electronically and automatically... WTF?
I have never used a check before coming to the US, no wonder people end up in collections because of wrong addresses, etc.

They other day I just found out that I hadn't payed my electricity bill for 3 months, because apparent that's not what an ebill does...
The level of institutional incompetence in the US is astonishing... Most things are so broken, inefficient and stuck in the 60ties... tsk, tsk.

Comment: Re:Spyware companies will love it (Score 1) 172

by jopsen (#47511709) Attached to: Firefox 31 Released

No disabling Canvas tracking and they even included Go to about:config and set "webgl.disabled" to true.

It's not perfect... But from what I can understand this will atleast mitigate the issue:

Either way, this does indeed seems like a very hard problem. And disabling canvas might not be enough. See the article from before.

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