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Comment: Re:file transfer (Score 1) 374

by pla (#49144341) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem
It's a machine before the TCP/IP and Internet times.


I remember the joy of using machines back then, and that convinced me of the awesomeness of Linux... Flat memory? Every device (with suitable physical capabilities) can act as storage, or network or an input method? Awesome!

The "right" answer here, pull the drive. The second choice, install Linux to a FAT partition and tell it to use either SLIP or PLIP to talk to the outside world, then just transfer the files via RSync. Simple as that.

Comment: Re:verified (Score 1) 297

by pla (#49137891) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission
Funny, all three of your examples are consensual activities. Posting nudes without permission of the model? Isn't.

Biiig difference between banning links to "revenge porn" and banning all links to porn without the explicit permission of the model.

Sure, it sounds nice and progressive and kum-ba-ya-bullshitty to say that even "real" porn models have a right to control the distribution of their images. In practice, you need a bigger stick than Reddit has to force that genie back in the lamp. Hell, you need a bigger stick than world governments have - See how long it takes you to find all the dirt on Max Mosley despite France ordering the internet to forget about him.

As a result, we end up with "fake havens", echo-chambers where everyone can pat themselves on the back about how much of a difference they've made, essentially by doing nothing more than ignoring the rest of the world. "Good job, guys! We sure showed them! Hey, where'd everybody go?"

Comment: Re:verified (Score 1) 297

by pla (#49136309) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission
If you think that I as a host should not have the right to throw abusive visitors out of a gathering at my place, you're a fucking idiot.

When you've advertised your party as a "come one, come all, visit the tea room for the lace doilies, or the BDSM dungeon, or jump into the political mosh pit!", then yeah, it takes a lot of damned gall to draw lines around one particular niche puritanical issue after everyone shows up to the party. "Whoah now! Sure, we said we'd have beer for everyone, but we didn't mean beer beer, we meant O'Doul's!"

That said, you technically have it right - The owners of Reddit have every right to decide what content to allow on their site. Decisions like this have consequences, however, and we've seen it on site after site after site - Get too popular, start banning "offensive" content to appease the advertisers, and watch your userbase move on to the next "Wild West" site.

If they really want to ban something to promote harmony among the users, they could just get rid of TwoX - But of course, that would look bad, so instead, they will slowly ban everything incompatible with that sub (ie, everything else).

Comment: Re:cost analysis (Score 4, Insightful) 87

by pla (#49121977) Attached to: Can Tracking Employees Improve Business?
A better approach is to simply ask - and listen - to the employees about things they consider wasted time. They know more about it than any tracking system.

1) People don't typically give honest responses when the CEO asks if they consider his meetings a waste of time.
2) You assume the people wasting others' time actually want to know the truth, rather than using the data they can collect as an excuse to implement whatever new policies they want.

"The data shows that you all become drastically less productive for two hours after our weekly meeting. Clearly, the amount of content I present at those meetings simply overwhelms you all; so to break it up a bit, we will start having slightly shorter daily meetings."

Comment: Not what it sounds like (Score 5, Informative) 395

FWIW, TFA talks about the therapeutic index (LD50 vs effective dose) of these drugs, not their long-term effects.

So no, this doesn't add more information to the "alcohol is good for you this week / alcohol is bad for you next week" debate. Just saying that we typically drink a significant fraction of the amount it would take to kill us.

Comment: Re:Ha! (Score 1) 127

by pla (#49094479) Attached to: Fedcoin Rising?
I have some ukrainian hryvnia to sell you, and some russian rubles too! I will give you a great price.

You realize, of course, that Rubles count as a pretty damned good deal right now? First, the Ruble usually varies pretty much directly with oil, which has pushed it waaay down on the short term; then Pooty's pissing around has given it another good hard kick down. Eventually, both of those factors will go away, and the Ruble will return to its former level.

"Buy low, sell high" doesn't mean "sell in a panic at the bottom of a dip".

Comment: Re:So how are they dealing with the overheating? (Score 4, Insightful) 32

by pla (#49094427) Attached to: NVIDIA To Re-Enable GeForce 900M Overclocking
Are they just going to let someone fry their GPU and turn it in for warranty repairs now?

Perhaps just more aggressive thermal throttling in newer driver versions? "Sure, overclock all you like, but at 80C core or 40C ambient, you may a well have an IGP".

Though as I understood their original announcement, they hadn't so much seem a wave of outright DOA returns, as much as expressing concerns that prolonged pushing of the envelope would lead to reduced lifetimes. In that case, as long as the parts can outlast their warranty, NVidia may simply have come to the conclusion that earlier death means earlier replacement.

Comment: Re:Of course (Score 1) 127

by pla (#49094399) Attached to: Fedcoin Rising?
There. FTFY. The government has already meddled.

Not really - FINRA has issued guidance for those trying to stay legal; the government has made some high-profile arrests; the FBI has confiscated individual wallets through physical seizure of the machines they lived on. But overall, the government hasn't done (and realistically, can't do) a damned thing to substantially interfere with the core functionality of BitCoin.

Sure, they could impose some draconian "death penalty for using or posessing BTC or any of its associated software", but even that would only apply to those under US jurisdiction, and the system itself would keep chugging away merrily.

Comment: Re:What about the online use of these cards? (Score 2) 448

by pla (#49086139) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV
The way it's done with my bank is that you set a phrase that only you know, which is displayed when the page is spawned.

Bruce Schneier (IIRC) described the obvious hack for that the day Visa came out with it...

The attacker (whether a fake merchant, or a MitM) waits for a request for you to verify your identity. It then presents your information to the real site (keep in mind the attacker builds this connection, so encryption doesn't mean a damned thing). The real site responds with your known prompt-phrase, so you "know it's legit". Attacker then prompts you with that phrase, and waits (and records) your response. Attacker passes your response on to the bank, and the transaction goes through successfully.

Except, that the attacker now has everything he needs to produce as many fraudulent charges as he wants.

Comment: Re:What about the online use of these cards? (Score 3) 448

by pla (#49084101) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV
Great question! I had wondered about this myself - How does C&P really make the card more secure if you still basically just need a photocopy of it to use it? Or do they have an entirely different mode of operation when used online (like easy generation of disposable one-use card numbers)?

Not that it matters - US vendors will fight this to the bitter end. I already have cards with a chip in them (not sure about the "pin" part, since I certainly don't know any pin to use with them), one of which I've had for over five years. And I have *never* found a merchant that it works in any mode other than "swipe and sign". My local supermarket actually has readers compatible with them - And have intentionally disabled that feature because it "confuses" people - Damned straight, it confuses people! It confuses the hell out of me that you've intentionally made your readers insecure, and that after a major breach a few years ago!

Fuck the PCI, and fuck merchants. Give me security or pay me real penalty-money when your latest data breach results in my identity getting stolen. None of this "$50 maximum liability" bullshit - You lose my identity, BAM, $100k in my pocket. Anything less, and we'll keep hearing about the latest record-breaking breach-of-the-week.

Comment: Re:Here's the problem (Score 1) 220

by pla (#49079393) Attached to: Obama Says He's 'A Strong Believer In Strong Encryption'
That xkcd is just more of the recent bullshit Randall has started putting out lately

July 17, 2009 counts as "lately"?

I'll agree with you that every now and then, Randal seems to toss a turd directly at his core fanbase; but that hasn't really changed or gotten noticeably worse over time.

Most of the time, I just excuse it as a failed attempt at self-debasing humor and move on to the next comic - In many of his "preachy" ones like #610, he explicitly makes a point of including himself among the set of people guilty of whatever trait he has bashed.

It is not best to swap horses while crossing the river. -- Abraham Lincoln