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Comment: how far weve come. (Score 5, Funny) 529

by nimbius (#49750593) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users
Mozilla 1998: we want the internet to remain a free and open forum and in this spirit align our software to freedom and the user. the users choice and voice will be come top priority in our products, and we will write the mozilla 10 point manifesto to ensure we always take this into account.
Mozilla 2015: We want the internet to make payments on our car loans and help achieve the goal of replacing all 4 tires on the bentley twice a year. We believe, legitimately believe, that users want tiles to show them advertisements. we think they like having a video chat app in their browser and we want to make sure corporations understand what is possible when targeted advertising and a morally bankrupt moneytrain brand come together to abuse their users trust and appreciation. We are completely deaf to the fact that adblock and noscript exist and are extremely popular plugins for our hobbled shitwreck advertising platform masquerading as a browser. Hail satan.

Comment: downgrade attacks... (Score 2) 71

by nimbius (#49735197) Attached to: 'Logjam' Vulnerability Threatens Encrypted Connections

caused by export restrictions mandated by the U.S. government during the Clinton administration.

So this assertion arrives at one of two uncomfortable conclusions.
1. US intelligence agencies have had the ability to exploit this for more than a decade
2. US intelligence agencies, having understood advances in computing to be inevitable, carved a backdoor and did some wishful thinking.

Either way the internet is starting to realize not all well-intentioned backward compatibility that also includes an unfortunate downgrade in security is done in altruistic or neutral capacity. Shell companies and paid researchers can and have in the past intentionally rendered well constructed algorythms and crypto effectively optional in the name of compatibility and their product. Ephemeral ECC for example, although cited by reseachers as a means to avoid this kind of attack, is suspect. The NIST elliptic curves have now been tainted by Snowdens revelations as well. the SSH 2 implementation of the 25519 curve, by Aris of the libssh project, attempts to address the problem of divergences in elliptic-curve cryptography by proposing a safer alternative that doesnâ(TM)t implement the mysterious constants common among other schemes.

Comment: pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. (Score 5, Insightful) 335

by nimbius (#49718469) Attached to: Stock Market Valuation Exceeds Its Components' Actual Value

Similar peaks in the past hundred years have all been quickly followed by crashes.

statistical historical trends, the bedrock of science rears its ugly head oncemore...

Now, that's not to say a crash is imminent experts disagree on the Q-value's reliability.

s/experts/investors/. Laszlo Birinyi is an investor, but for all intents and purposes economics shouldn't be misconstrued as a science. most of it is, at best, premised on laughably distorted statistics designed to reduce uncertainty among investors and promote open trading on stock exchanges. The employment of utterly bullshit mathematics in the art of economics is the reason high speed trading systems have the ability to "undo" sales or purchases with impunity. Large firms also have this ability because without such a control feature markets could be plunged into a dark age from which no amount of bailout would save the cloistered elite. Economics is the sack of magic chicken bones that investors wave over the market and quickly dismiss once wrack and ruin occur as "events that could not have been foreseen."

Comment: and dog eats tail (Score 3, Interesting) 393

by nimbius (#49716723) Attached to: Feds Order Amtrak To Turn On System That Would've Prevented Crash
TL;DR: Federal oversight agency orders federal railroad system to implement safety system identified by federal investigators to have been a mitigating factor in this collision, after federal lawmakers gut funding for federal rail line.

We care about this not because of the horrific loss of life or because of the ramifications of revealing the US to be a sinking ship of credit downgrades and crumbling infrastructure. We care about this accident because federal state and local lawmakers both for and against support of a public rail system dodged a bullet because they use that train regularly. the Amtrak stretch that collapsed under the burden of bureaucratic fasting could have been carrying a senator from his cloistered mcmansion to his cloistered chamber in Washington DC. That fact alone will see that this lapse in judgement is never again to be repeated. Until it is, and in which case the next incident of mass fatality due to blind ignorance and willful endangerment will be judged according to its plutocratic impact.

Comment: i shall attempt to explain. (Score 4, Funny) 118

by nimbius (#49708929) Attached to: GCHQ Officials Given Immunity From Hacking Charges
As a member of the GCHQ I should take time to explain this to my fellow britons and the international community as a whole. You see, whilst portrayed to be a loveable middle-class eccentric bunch the average pint-pounding football-chanting briton, or as we know them 'bastard' isnt to be trusted with so much as a modicum of personal freedom. We've learned nearly every citizen to be a terrorist on some level (children are actually just very small terrorists.) and have taken great measures to protect actual god fearing pension clutching cloistered elite, whom we've found to be the real true citizenry of our great nation. So, in summation, Everything from VAT to the automated system of bollards and yes, even the chavs we strategically scatter along each and every mode of public transit charged with tactically dispersing vom, is part of this plan. Naturally retroactive immunity from prosecutorial oversight was necessary as in order to obtain critical knowledge of terrorisms. the knowledge that you, yes you, Chester Cleveston on Ellington road, have thrice now failed to finish a pint of Boddingtons because the foamy bit at the bottom puts you off, helps keep normal godfearing patriots of the jack accidentally gifting you a pint despite knowing full well you're a salaried man and can easily afford his own. So, in summation, should you be at this moment to have found yourself with a monocle perched upon your cheek then disregard this 'news.' However if you've just finished your sixth chesterfield and are at this moment urinating on a police car, you'll find solace and comfort in knowing we're here to protect you from Darryl Mansclover, working at the Lydsgate post office, who every morning puts lemon as well as milk in his tea in keeping with his savage tradition of domestic terrorism.

Comment: two words: god no. (Score 1) 270

by nimbius (#49699069) Attached to: Here Comes the Keurig of Everything
Unless and until we figure out how to prevent these little nuggets of plastic and steel from ending up in landfills and pacific garbage gyres, this needs to stop. These things not only generate an incredibly poor facimile of tea and coffee, but they cant be easily recycled. Vendors have also explored the concept of typing these things to DRM, meaning your coffee becomes a proprietary experience thats determined solely by a manufacturing conglomerate.

Just because we can, doesnt mean we should. Take a step back and -- if youre in the united states-- try brewing coffee with an american made coffee maker from Chemex. the thing is a work of art that lets you brew what you want, how you want. And at the end of the brewing the leftovers are completely biodegradeable.

Comment: give up implies it has potential. (Score 5, Interesting) 361

by nimbius (#49692575) Attached to: What Happens To Our Musical Taste As We Age?
pop music is 'given up' because it targets a demographic of youth as a branding and marketing driver. Bieber sells the idea of manufactured sex appeal to young women, while angsty pop rock sells the idea of rebellion and individuality through consumption to boys. LMFAO and Pitbull are just clever branded advertising for premium alcoholic spirits and luxury apparel/vehicles. They set a standard outside of childhood that no self-respecting adult would entertain.

30somethings are a very difficult democraphic to market anything to. Pop themes like true love, freedom, rebellion, and partying fall on the deaf ears of millenials who've seen systemic police corruption and racism as a tool of an increasingly totalitarian state basically wipe the concepts out. Miley Cyrus' magical transformation into some glam rocker didnt shock us because we didnt grow up caring about the moral majority and conservative culture war dogma.

Comment: im thinking the discourse was very fox. (Score 4, Funny) 214

by nimbius (#49692469) Attached to: Harry Shearer Walks Away From "The Simpsons," and $14 Million
fox: if you stay for 2 more years of this 20 year old cultural dead horse we will pay you 14 million dollars.
Shearer: I want to be creative, to exercise my creative talent on other projects besides a few bit part voices.
fox: sure, you can do other projects.
Shearer: like what did you have in mind
fox: what if we added a new simpsons character
Shearer: thats still the simpsons.
Fox...whats your point..

Comment: this exactly. (Score 3, Interesting) 200

by nimbius (#49676123) Attached to: Judge: Warrantless Airport Seizure of Laptop 'Cannot Be Justified'

The American Civil Liberties Union has long maintained that the authorities invoke the border exception rule to the warrant requirement to build cases when they don't have probable cause to get a warrant.

shocking enough, the border rule works up to 200 miles inland. People often forget law enforcement agents are not your friends, and generally do not have your best interest in mind. they can and do lie, falsify evidence, and purjor themselves on witness stands. They will rifle through suitcases and backpacks without a warrant, in the hopes you forget about that right. They will strike, kick, and even kill you for attempting to exercise rights or hold them accountable. Prosecutors and DA's offices care more about a successful conviction than a fair one, and so will often target a suspect with a litany of flimsy charges and lengthy jail time. The hope is that you accept a plea-bargain, convict yourself, and save everyone the discomfort of learning how many of these charges will not stand up in court.

Comment: dreams over, the manifesto is dead. (Score 4, Informative) 371

by nimbius (#49675149) Attached to: Firefox 38 Arrives With DRM Required To Watch Netflix
for those who havent kept pace with them, Mozilla jumped the shark years ago. First it was search engine preference for google, then bing, then actual targeted fucking advertisement in the tiles window. The browser, by default, sends all your page calls to google under the auspices of reportable attack page detection. Beguilingly Mozilla started including a video chat system in the browser, while users and devs alike were shunned and ignored as they complained about the ever increasing ram and disk footprint. The mozilla manifesto is effectively fucking worthless...

02 The Internet is a global public resource that must remain open and accessible.

not when you bundle digital restrictions management with your browser and only offer the truly open one as an 'option'

04 Individuals security and privacy on the Internet are fundamental and must not be treated as optional.

quit enabling googles malware system, and stop enabling targeted ads by default.

05 Individuals must have the ability to shape the Internet and their own experiences on it.

thats the direct antithesis of DRM. same goes for point 06 on interoperability.

07 Free and open source software promotes the development of the Internet as a public resource.

but DRM does not.

08 Transparent community-based processes promote participation, accountability and trust.

I dont remember hearing a goddamn thing about you adding DRM or targeted ads before you just decided to do it.

Comment: call me a hater, but its got to be said. (Score -1, Flamebait) 133

by nimbius (#49672983) Attached to: Microsoft Is Confident In Security of Edge Browser

It's no secret that Internet Explorer has always been criticized for its poor security

Internet Explorer has been the glue eating knuckle dragging window sucking pants shitting punching bag of the internet since its inception. you wrote it into the OS, used it as a kudgel to wail on more successful standards, and turned it into nothing more than a driftwood barge upon which to load other more useful browsers.

Microsoft is trying to tackle this problem more effectively and make sure that users consider it at least as good as Chrome and Firefox.

Then stop calling it a microsoft product. Your brand has a tainted legacy of failure, malevolent disingenuity and disappointment. for that matter, stop trying to solve problems that have been settled for nearly a decade.

most of the changes it made to the new browser makes it much more secure than Internet Explorer.

No one on the internet has in recent memory used Internet Explorer as the litmus for security. And whenever you do it, inevitably it turns out to be a bold-faced lie with a grabastic scramble of patching and downplaying to follow.

There is more protection against trickery, app containers are used as the sandbox mechanism, and protection against memory corruption is better.

what the fuck is trickery, sandboxes are something you ripped off from more successful browsers and software projects, and your 30 year track record of piss poor memory protection seems to betray a sense of illigitimacy.

Comment: neoconservative dreck. (Score 5, Insightful) 950

Philip Zimbardo isnt doing science on this, hes regurgitating talking points from evangelical american christian leadership. porn addiction, insufficient masculinity, and "the vidja games" are all bitchcraft perfected by the likes of James Dobson and focus on the family as surrogates for their collective concern that america is "changing" and they dont like it.

the excessive use of video games and online pornography is pushing young men into a crisis of masculinity that leaves them bored at school, disinterested in human contact, and opting out of society.

Bullshit. Kids are bored at school because schools have been redesigned into standardized testing mills that cater to the lowest common denominator through inadequate funding and overzealous administrators. Theyre 'disinterested in human contact' because every single friend and acquaintence is manifest immediately in this neat new tool called the internet, and its generally only a pocket away. Theyre not opting out of society, theyre opting out of your idea of society. two failed wars have left them with limbless parents and friends that sit in the basement and eat cold canned raviolis. An entire generation has been shunned from the labour market because the adults they trust squandered through greed and hubris the future of society. And things they dont care about like abortion, gay marriage bans, and contraception have suddenly and inexplicably become the only thing in the last decade theyre forced to care about. theyre opting out because your pepperidge farm andy roony wank fest does not exist while a world of perpetual debt under minimum wage absolutely does.

Comment: other Parkes and Bleien mysteries solved (Score 1) 227

by nimbius (#49632563) Attached to: 17-Year-Old Radio Astronomy Mystery Traced Back To Kitchen Microwave
although much progress has been made to detect the faulty kitchen microwave anomaly, we're still working here at parkes and bleien to track down the source of other mysterious goings-on. If anyone can help, we've compiled a small list:
Break Room: haunting aroma of reheated fish curry despite signage clearly posted warning employees not to microwave fish, kevin.
Parking lot: unexplained vehicles parked across multiple lines despite the lines clearly demarkating the area in which we park our cars, and dont leave them strewn across the lot like some B-roll from Mad Max, kevin.
strange noises in the physics lab: popping, clicking, whistling and humming are often registered anomalies in this area as well as the pop culture television movie soundtrack "frozen" being sung in a low, baratone voice while others are clearly trying to work here, just so you know, because grant money doesnt grow on trees kevin and no one wants to "build a snowman" so just keep it to yourself.

Comment: a departure from the usual calls for help. (Score 2) 105

by nimbius (#49632483) Attached to: Woman Alerts Police of Hostage Situation Through Pizza Hut App
manager: Holy cow, cancel that last order! the woman ordering says we need to send 911 immediately. there seems to be some kind of emergency.
cook: she probably ordered the barbecue pizza. people usually want an ambulance after eating that.
manager: no she says shes being held hostage!
cook: must be the honey sriracha pizza then. people usually describe that one as a demanding, life threatening experience.

interlard - vt., to intersperse; diversify -- Webster's New World Dictionary Of The American Language

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