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Comment Re:You'll be disappointed (Score 1) 262

It's almost like the schmucks who are on the the list probably don't give a damn, except the ones who don't belong on the list or who are misidentified as being the ones on the list. Behold, KKK members David Duke and James Smith. Sure, James Smith might be the most common name in the USA, but herp derp KKK herp herp USA USA USA USA.

Comment Re:Should work fine (Score 2) 120

L8NT's patent pending methodology strips the M.A.C. addresses from packet headers and compares them to the M.A.C. addresses of known stolen devices in its database.

OK, so they want to become a patent troll.

It's a cop doing the patenting. I have no doubt he's excited and proud of his "invention". Let's think about this... Not every mom and pop burglary shop has decent IT staff, and they can get caught with said software. In fact, not every mid-sized business has decent IT staff that can make software like this. Furthermore, chances are the cops also don't have IT staff to make stuff (or use existing stuff) and then easily share it with other publicly funded IT staffs. It's almost like there's something of value to be had from dedicated developers and IT services while a large part of the computer illiterate world has yet to catch on.

Comment Re:So what will this accomplish? (Score 1) 154

Just a thought experiment for you here involving gouging. Say there are 100 nuts available every month due to inherent tree production, and on any normal day of the year, the going market rate averages to $1. While production could increase, increasing production will take time and money where there will not be any sustained demand to make it efficient to do so. Suddenly, one day before a giant blizzard, all the squirrels go bat shit crazy and buy all of the monthly nuts in a single day. The bat shit crazy squirrels are not taking their $1 nuts and re-selling that at some higher price. In the immediate term, nothing is going to produce nuts out of thin air, not even higher prices. There are only 100 nuts. While raising the prices of the nuts to $500 a pop will make the nut vendors more money, it will not increase the supply of nuts. Will some poor lucky squirrel who got a $1 dollar nut sell his nut for $500? In the immediate short term, the value of said nut is worth just as much as anyone else is going to pay for it and it is not worth giving up. In effect, allowing price gouging in this scenario only encourages squirrels to buy more nuts and price gouge each other, but it serves no useful market purpose....

  Of course, these aren't nuts that can easily be imported to increase supply New York, these are Uber drivers. Price gouging only makes sense socially if it is viable and reasonable to increase supply to fill the demand. The fact of the matter is, after a certain price increase you're simply auctioning off scarce resources and rewarding hoarders.

Comment Re:This was to be expected? (Score 1) 290

I too find it amazing that people find this surprising. Given the rapid upward trajectory the bitcoin has had, a downward correction is not the least bit surprising. It may have great traits as a currency, but stability is not one of the traits bitcoin has been able to demonstrate. I also don't understand why inherent volatility should necessarily preclude its use. People still play the stock market, and volatility does not necessarily destroy the market.

Comment Re:JAVA (Score 2) 230

Nope... A vulnerability in a library is not a vulnerability in the underlying programming language. Just because the JRE *is* an execution environment, does not mean that the execution environment being run by a malicious user is a vulnerability in the JRE. That's like saying, there's a vulnerability in C, because Flash is written in C and there's a Flash vulnerability. The point is there is a **critical** vulnerability in older versions of the Struts library, which is used to escalate privileges to the JRE. Once you have rights to the JRE, you can copy files and have the JRE execute system commands using the rights given to it by the OS which should not be a root user(honestly, if they wrote the payload in Java this step would not be needed, a server environment is entirely capable of performing DDoS attacks). Also, I'm calling BS on this exploiting a known Tomcat vulnerability. There are no known "critical" vulnerabilities in any version of Tomcat : ...
Basically, people need to patch Struts 2 because of this fucker:
which was fixed in July 2013:

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 748

The belief that homosexuality is not a choice is one I generally concur with. What assumptions and definitions I make about the world are pretty arbitrary. Obviously, every individual has a choice about who they choose to fuck and marry. What defines the start of your life, your sexual identity, and your sexual preference are as arbitrary as those who think God is self evident. Not being shitty tribal jerks over queer ideology would be nice, but I don't really blame the tribe for being feeling vengeful for the way they're generally treated.

Comment Re:Why? It's not always necessary (Score 1) 148

hear hear! Sure, encryption is great and has its uses... But also comes at the cost of processing, configuration, maintenance, and low cost 3rd party providers. GoDaddy is about a to get a shitload of extra customers. When the products in the market are comprable, the well known low cost one is frequently the winner. Thanks Google.

Comment Re:don't drive with nobody in it? (Score 4, Funny) 435

Not needing a passenger happens to be one of the more awesome features of driverless cars... People can effectively have valet drop off for wherever they go. Cars can be shared because you're staying put at a given location for a period of a time. Cars can drive themselves to maintenance. Cars can make delivery runs. Sure, it's another attack vector, but so is putting salt in your eyes. The danger is imminent, don't put salt in your eyes. I think the more eminent threat is that automated cars are going to result in lots of sex happening on the road. I mean really, what do you think happens when you put people in a close quarters private 15 minute outing, with a virtual guarantee of no interruptions and no need for any person to be paying attention to what's going on outside of the car?

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 309

GWT is just a normal server-client web architecture with the bonus of a component architecture that makes everything like Swing, which is kind of to say you're avoiding Javascript and the DOM, when it's actually your primary presentation layer. Why not just use Ruby on Rails, Struts 2, or Django? In theory, local storage with ECMA might bridge the gap some. CouchDB theoretically supports this so called always online-offline architecture, where you sync everywhere eventually and could run chunks of the system offline (assuming you get everyone to install their own instance of CouchDB). Node.js at least keeps you in mostly one language set... Of course, then you're in a mess of figuring out to use things like Backbone.js and Angular.js...

Comment Re:Ah so that explains it (Score 1) 142

I'd recommend asking the libertarians:
A. Do you think Comcast sucks, not just for terrible quality support, but for extorting money from the people you already paid them for the privilege of communicating with a la Netflix? If you desire access to the fastest connection available, Comcast is your provider in most of the country. Should not paying for the highest bandwidth access contractually cover your connecting with whoever you damn well please without Comcast extorting money from the endpoint you are communicating with?
B. Comcast is given exclusive rights to use those lines through local governments. This is the case with pretty much all the cable companies. How do you feel about this collusion?
C. The wires and airspace frequencies are given a free pass through private property. Why shouldn't private property owners use the wires on their land how they wish?
D. Do you think Comcast sucks? Do you have any actual plans that have a chance in hell of working besides telling people to move across the country or swap to a slower connection?

Comment Re:basic economics (Score 1) 1040

I imagine the more successful businesses will hire quality employees who they can demand more productivity from. Less productive employees and the unemployed will have less work opportunities. Workers who keep their jobs will be better off but will face a higher level of competition. Prices will increase slightly. Profits might decrease slightly. The gradual phase in will smooth things over. It seems like a pretty clear win for the short term. Getting a job in the long term will be harder and might solidify an underclass that does not earn minimum wage.

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