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Comment: Reality.... (Score 1) 168

by resfilter (#47781393) Attached to: Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

I've lived and worked in Canada my entire life, had lots of average friends here, and met a great cross section of canadians.
Just because canada has a very high percentage of athiesm, doesn't mean the majority of canadians understand that there are particles smaller than an atom, that the concept of gravity has developed past Newtonian, the flow of electricity in a direct current system, or even the basic laws of energy any better than the average american.
Seriously, they don't. This lack of knowledge is apparent in everyday conversations trying to discuss anything in both canada and the usa. It seems most average people in most places don't care to understand that stuff.
Our health care system? Oh come on now. Just because everyone recieves equal care doesn't mean anyone benefits from advanced research. Many advanced procedures available in private medical care in the usa are simply not available here, as public funding won't allow for the training or technology. It's not a factor.

Comment: Re:Happy to see it. (Score 1) 149

by resfilter (#46907201) Attached to: Pirate Bay Sports-Content Uploader Faces $32m Lawsuit

Let's say that one pay-per-view cost, say, $32 (for ease of the maths).

Let's say that a thousand people downloaded it (likely MUCH more). That is a direct loss of $32,000 to the content creator (without even needing to fabricate things, because that content was pay-per-view).

Let's say he did a thousand torrents (likely not much less). That's $32,000,000. Direct, provable, accountable loss.

just in case you're curious how THEY calculate it (i'd say RTFA and call you names, but since there's no link in the summary....)

"The company is seeking statutory damages of $18.6m (150k * 124 instances) for copyright infringement, up to $13.64m (110k * 124 instances) plus $60,000 for breaches of the Federal Communications Act, plus sundry damages on the remaining counts."

funny, if i use your method, i come up with 124 infringements * 10000+ downloads * $32 = about 400 million dollars. he's getting off easy!?

i'd love to see how they actually end up trying to explain a loss of revenue in this court case, that's where the ground gets a bit shakey...

Comment: It cost us a bit. (Score 2) 80

by resfilter (#46806539) Attached to: Heartbleed Pricetag To Top $500 Million?

In a very small non-technical business which relies on some ssl based services, where I am the only nerd, here's my experience.

I had to:

- Test everything with SSL that we use in-house (we got off easy), then patch openssl on our internal web server. That was mostly for fun, since our network is fairly secure, and nobody that uses our internal network would be smart enough to exploit heartbleed. But still, NAT invaders, you never know. Maybe an hour spent, probably less.

- Explain this bug to everyone that isn't tech saavy, how it probably wont make a difference for us, but what it means for security. It wasn't worth calling a meeting over, so I did it individually, took a while, though.

- Make all employees reset ALL of their passwords on the SSL websites we use, after testing a small sample of them and finding several were affected by the bug, better safe than sorry. From a micromanagement standpoint, this is actually a gigantic expense of time, since we generally don't cycle passwords on many of these sites very often, and often share non-critical accounts between employees. There's wasted time when everyone types the old password, scratches their head, tries to remember the new one, has to find someone else to ask, etc.. A customer could walk away in frustration if it takes too long. Probably an hour or two spent.

- Contact any of the web service providers that we use, that I know were affected, sit around, wait on hold (for a long time obviously) to try to get some kind of plan of action or disaster report out of them. Many hours spent, but probably a waste of time anyway.

- Loss of business from downtime of two critical sites that shut down for a few days when they discovered the bug. Not as bad as it could have been if it were a larger business.

So how much did it cost our organization specifically? A couple hundred bucks in time total might be a reasonable estimate. Definitely not a problem for an end user like us.

This is nothing in contrast to a bad IT problem - for example when our entire network got raped by Zeus.....

We're talking every email account compromised, our static ips placed on god knows how many blacklists, practically worldwide email blacklist of our entire domain, very difficult removal, loss of HUGE amounts of business data to cryptolocker, loss of reputation when many of our customers also got the virus from opening emails from us, or received spam under our name, our ISP even cut us offline until repairs were done, we were down for a week.

It even hit a backup drive with cryptolocker because someone left it plugged in, which was very unfriendly when the banks needed to audit some business data that was cryptolockered in two places. Management freaked and required very expensive antivirus software that slowed our computers to a crawl, requiring upgrade or replace of every system in the entire building.

I bet Zeus cost us over 50 grand, we had to change our domain name, which is the worst way out, and who knows what kind of data those assholes got while they were abusing our mail server.

We were tempted to burn the building to the ground and change our name to recover from that one.

Comment: fight back already you pussies. (Score 4, Insightful) 405

by resfilter (#46560277) Attached to: L.A. Police: <em>All</em> Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

i'm getting tired of this, is anyone else?

they want not just license plate cameras, but to track all of your movements. disable your vehicle if they want. UAVs with cameras now and guns later. wiretapping everything. they want complete tracking of what we buy, who we know, where we go, who we fuck, our entire genome.

all this personal private data in the grimy hands of people that we don't know, and dont trust, collected with our supposed consent because a few people signed a 'protect us from everything at whatever cost' bills after some terrorist fear mongering.

'public view is up for grabs' is a terrifying concept. there's a big difference between someone taking a picture of you on the street, and a cop taking pictures of everyone on the street all the time, so it can be harvested electrically for suspicious activities.

i won't live in a police state, and i wont move either.

we are the nerds. we are the ones that made this shit up! they're misusing our technology here

that also means we are the ones with the capability to destroy these electronic monitoring devices in the least damaging way possible

we also seem to form one of the communities with a very high percentage of people that have a gut feeling that this kind of thing is terribly wrong, and that realise how much it's going to get worse.

we dont need activists or guerilla armies to get ourselves out of this mess, the future is now. we need nerds to fight, not guns.

at what point do we save the power hungry morons and the whining fearful masses that keep signing off on all this stuff from screwing ordinary innocent people over?

at what point will it be necessary to destroy these implements of monitoring with technological means?

i hope this gets me on a terrorism list. this kind of stuff comes to my neck of the woods, i'm going to try my best to fuck it up.

Comment: i miss openbsd (Score 5, Informative) 141

by resfilter (#41849419) Attached to: OpenBSD 5.2 Released

i used to use it a lot

it doesnt' have much going for it, in the scheme of modern unix-like operating systems.. it's a bit of an underdog. it doesn't have fancy high-performance schedulers, its io layer is slow.. it's missing drivers for lots of commodity hardware, some of them because of principles.. theo is an asshole sometimes, with his constant 'im always right and you're always an idiot' thing.. but..

for one, the documentation is beautiful. whoever maintains the documentation should get a medal. there are few typos, everything has a man page, and every man page has EXAMPLES and is easy to understand. better than any other operating system out there. and that's a big plus: if you try any linux distribution and find an unfamilar file in /etc, you have a 50/50 shot of it being documented properly. with openbsd, it's garunteed

because their entire mission is based on thorough auditing, they make sure their code is very well documented and easy to understand. that's a big bonus too. modifying and developing on openbsd, as a platform, is a very nice experience

openssh is a very beautifully written piece of software. it's nice to use, and it's nice to read the source code. when is the last time it gave you any problems? openbsd is an entire operating system written with the same standards.

give it a try if you haven't, it wont hurt you.. virtual machines don't cost anything..

Comment: I've been there... (Score 1) 243

by resfilter (#35199582) Attached to: Recent HP Laptops Shipped CPU-Choking Wi-Fi Driver

The worst part is, the bloat wasn't actually "preinstalled" on the laptop I got.

The first time the piece of shit booted, I got to wait while it was installed for me, with no option to cancel/exit.

THEN I had to uninstall each program.

It was as logical as a factory full of retards producing something in the slowest way possible, then immediately packaging it up just to be sent to the landfill next door via a bicycle courier with two flat tires.

Total time invested: about two hours.

Comment: It could work out well (Score 2) 1026

by resfilter (#35158888) Attached to: Obama Calling For $53B For High Speed Rail

Small light rail travel is awesome in urban centres. Look at the skytrain system in Vancouver.

And if you want people to use a larger rail system for long cross-state trips, it's not hard.

Make it outrageously cheap in terms of distance:dollars (to the point of almost being a loss) so you would have to be a retard to want to fly or drive to anywhere that has two rail stations on it, even if the trip does take longer.

Pack the bastard with whole cars full of alcohol, food, coin op video games, internet access, bathrooms, tables, comfortable seating, and shit.. all hotel grade kit.. and make your profits off the fact that people get bored and hungry during long trips, and will gladly pay anything to solve those problems when they're completely trapped.

Then simply advertise it with catchy ad campaigns targeted towards lower to middle class people. Pay google to suggest trains, with pricing, when you use google maps. Whatever you have to do.

Comment: Works for me, mostly. (Score 1) 498

by resfilter (#34885660) Attached to: Should Employees Buy Their Own Computers?

The equipment my employer provides is "good enough" that I can't justify them paying for an upgrade (it does the job), but sometimes "too slow" for me to use comfortably.. I've been more than happy to provide my own computer from home during my employment.

I like my own monitor and keyboard better than theirs too. It would be unfair of me to request a better keyboard just because theirs doesn't click loudly enough.

I've been more than happy to assume the responsibility of maintainance and upgrade costs myself, if they ever arise, I just use hand-me-down shit from my own computers at home whenever possible, and I tend to write them off my taxes at street value as a subcontractor when possible.

I'd be wary of "You may provide your own computer" turning into "You MUST provide your own computer"... Pretty soon it might be "Please provide your own laser printer and toner". I've run into that before, at the very least, it's made the company very whiny about having to pay for repairing my printer, "I thought he supplied all his own gear?" Just make sure you draw the line in a reasonable place.

In the auto industry, mechanics generally provide most of their own tools, and the company provides a tax-deductable tool allowance, but consumables like greases, rags, and batteries for cordless drills are provided by the company. A mechanic may provide his own air ratchets, but the shop completely is responsible for the infrastructure to connect those tools (air fittings, compressors, etc). That would be a good baseline.


Greed, Zealotry, and the Commodore 64 645

Posted by Soulskill
from the and-nostalgia-flavored-candy dept.
jira writes "On the occasion of the Commodore 64's rebirth as an Atom-equipped nettop, the Guardian's Jon Blyth remembers what the original Commodore 64 taught him. Among other things: 'But look at it, all brown, ugly and lovely. It taught me so much. The Commodore 64 taught me about zealotry. After upgrading from the inferior ZX Spectrum, I would try to convince the Sinclair loyalists to follow me. I would invite them to my house, and let them see that with just eight colors and a monophonic sound chip, their lives lacked true depth. My evangelism quickly faded into impatience. So, I can now see why American Baptists get so miffy about atheists — it's horrible dealing with people who don't realize how much better you are.'"

Auditors Question TSA's Tech Spending, Security Solutions 239

Posted by Soulskill
from the taxpayer-funded-fondlecrats dept.
Frosty P writes "Government auditors have faulted the TSA and its parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security, for failing to properly test and evaluate technology before spending money on it. The TSA spent about $36 million on devices that puffed air on travelers to 'sniff' them out for explosives residue. All 207 of those machines ended up in warehouses, abandoned as unable to perform as advertised, deployed in many airports before the TSA had fully tested them. Since it was founded in 2001, the TSA has spent roughly $14 billion in more than 20,900 transactions with dozens of contractors, including $8 billion for the famous new body scanners that have recently come under scrutiny for being unable to perform the task for which they are advertised. 'TSA has an obsession of finding a single box that will solve all its problems. They've spent and wasted money looking for that one box, and there is no such solution,' said John Huey, an airport security expert."

Ford To Offer Fuel-Saving 'Start-Stop' System 572

Posted by Soulskill
from the eventual-acceleration dept.
Ponca City writes "The Detroit Free Press reports that Ford plans to offer start-stop systems on many cars in 2012 that save fuel by turning an engine off when the vehicle is idling and quickly restart it when the driver releases the brake or steps on the gas pedal, improving fuel economy by 4% to 10%, depending on driving conditions. The system, common in Europe on cars with manual transmissions, is already in use in the US on gasoline-electric hybrids, including the Ford Fusion Hybrid. Automakers have been reluctant to add the feature to cars in the US because the testing method that the Environmental Protection Agency uses to determine fuel efficiency ratings doesn't include many stops and thus doesn't recognize the technology's effectiveness."

Putin Orders Russian Move To GNU/Linux 500

Posted by Soulskill
from the putin-on-his-tux dept.
Glyn Moody writes "Vladimir Putin has signed an order calling for Russian federal authorities to move to GNU/Linux, and for the creation of 'a single repository of free software used in the federal bodies of executive power.' There have been a number of Russian projects to roll out free software, notably in the educational sector, but none so far has really taken off. With the backing of Putin, could this be the breakthrough free software has been waiting for?"
The Internet

After IPv4, How Will the Internet Function? 320

Posted by kdawson
from the fractal-connectivity dept.
An anonymous reader writes "36 countries in the world have over 100% per-capita usage of mobile phones, and this is driving a real crunch on IPv4 addresses as more and more of these devices are data-capable. The mobile network operators are acting fast to deploy IPv6, and T-Mobile USA has had an IPv6-only trial going on for over 9 months now using NAT64 to bridge to IPv4 Internet content. It is interesting to note that the original plan for IPv6 transition, dual-stack, has failed since IPv4 addresses are effectively already exhausted for many people who want them. Dual-stack also causes many other issues and has forced the IETF to generate workarounds for end users called happy eyeballs (implying that eyeballs are not happy with dual-stack), and a big stink around DNS white-listing. How will you ensure that your network, users, and services continue to work in the address-fractured world of the future where some users have only IPv4 (AT&T ), some users have only IPv6 (mobile and machine-to-machine as well as developing countries), and other Internet nodes have both?"