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Comment: Re:Choose CGNAT-compatible apps instead of UPnP (Score 1) 77

by thegarbz (#47798589) Attached to: Wi-Fi Router Attack Only Requires a Single PIN Guess

The presence of a static IP address (which I get by signing up to the cheapest ISP in the country, not by paying extra) has nothing to do with not wanting to dedicate effort to manage a home network. It is not at all hard to open ports. You don't need to be some technical whiz, and while I am that whiz I have no interest in managing applications in my home network when a perfectly good system allows me to do it.

As far as I am concerned my network is designed to be leaky. Internal applications should have connectivity. UPnP isn't important to me in a world where I would happily grant some computer access to the internet via a dedicated port. The protection comes from the computer's own firewall, the design of the software, and by keeping them malware free which is actually quite an easy task for most people with basic computer knowledge (ok grandma doesn't use my internet).

So if I have a philosophy of granting any application access to the internet when it comes up on my firewall, why should I additionally then go through the pains of having to manually configure a port, and also setup applications to use static ports when there's a perfectly good system that does it automatically. What next, manually build a hosts file of servers I want to access because DNS is susceptible to MITM?

Comment: Re:Why. (Score 1) 139

by thegarbz (#47798577) Attached to: Update: Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Cancelled

Education and openness have NOTHING to do with each other unless you're trying to educate people on the very detailed inner workings of the device they are playing with. This is a $35 linux computer. It may as well be powered by actual raspberries for all I care, if it gets people interested in programming and gets people playing with hardware it has done its job. And it HAS done so very well.

If you want to stand on some principle then you're right and we should ditch the Rasperry Pi and go back to .... err go back to tapping on iPad screens which is about the only other device currently gaining any sort of traction in the "education" sector.

Comment: Re:Choose CGNAT-compatible apps instead of UPnP (Score 1) 77

by thegarbz (#47797235) Attached to: Wi-Fi Router Attack Only Requires a Single PIN Guess

That's great from an end user perspective, but then you're advocating applications tied to a specific internet service? I'm surprised you haven't been nodded into oblivion by the trust no corporation crowd on slashdot.

But they definitely have a point. Connectivity between two clients should not depend on a third party server, especially since many of us not only have real IPs but static ones too.

Comment: Re:Games (Score 1) 83

by thegarbz (#47797201) Attached to: RAYA: Real-time Audio Engine Simulation In Quake

I'd rather have both. This tech has been out since the original half-life days. It is not complex, not programmatically or computationally. The problem is the people driving the design of this system were sued into oblivion by a technically inferior Creative Labs. Realism and immersion are two different things. The ability to be situationally aware with sound is a massive advantage for immersion into a game.

In summary this tech has nothing to do with studios crapping out poor plots or crap AI. The engines should incorporate this and the studios should then focus on making a game fun, but certainly I don't have a preference of AI or plot over sound.

Comment: Re:Wireless security (Score 1) 77

by thegarbz (#47793717) Attached to: Wi-Fi Router Attack Only Requires a Single PIN Guess

Errr right. Your security theory boils down to wireless has no physical barriers so we need to avoid it at all costs regardless of it's benefits?

No thanks. While I agree with some of your sentiment like WPS being a colossal piece of shit and remote admin just being a bad idea:

- UPnP - I am not going to manually configure every internet facing service every time I want to use a piece of software.
- WPA - While WEP is proven weak and breakable, WPA hasn't been broken without some serious conditions (knowing what most of the packet looks like, MITM attacks etc).
- Guest Network - Quite useful, most routers are able to provide QoS and limits, also it's usually a separate logical network so much better than giving someone your WPA key, and why the hell not share it, internet is effectively a commodity!
- Wireless - erm yeah the 90s were definitely not as fun technology wise.

You are right about one thing, I do treat wireless like my internet connection. Feel free to come over and use it. I won't mind.

Comment: Re:Ineffective advertising (Score 1) 141

by thegarbz (#47793009) Attached to: Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

The only way this could have been more blatant of an advertisement is if they had put in a preorder link.

Allow me to introduce to you the concept of a product press release. This is something given to news outlets and then they run stories on it. There are other sites that exist to aggregate the news into a common place for a common interest. I believe one of the most popular ones is called Slashdot and they aggregate articles on the likes of news in the tech industry.

If you would like more information I can continue stating the obvious for a small bitcoin donation.

Comment: Re:How much? (Score 0) 141

by thegarbz (#47792997) Attached to: Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

Wow what a thoughtless statement.

A domain is an irrelevant rounding error. A host is bloody expensive once you get past the pissy little amount of data you get for your $5 / month. A site like Slashdot has made fun of the ability to cripple other hosts just by linking to them, how much do you think the traffic bill is per month? Not to mention technical staff, editorial staff (which we all agree are often some kind of joke).

You really have no idea.

Comment: What's a "Programmer"? (Score 1) 154

by thegarbz (#47782041) Attached to: Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure

What's a "Programmer"? Also precisely who should we get to write critical software? A maths teacher? The after hours cleaner? Maybe some random MBA from middle management? Programmers most definitely SHOULD be the ones writing critical software. It's when it is written by non-programmers or hobby programmers with full time other careers (physicists, engineers, etc) that you end up with some of the most basic mistakes and unexpected behaviour.

Your big mistake is to assume that all programmers are the same, and that all hardware designers are the same, and that all civil engineers are the same. A civil engineer who's speciality is designing sewers and town water systems is unlikely to be the one you want designing a skyscraper. Just like in my world I have a VERY experienced instrument engineer sitting next to me, but we wouldn't ever let him work on safety shutdown systems.

QA for software is exactly as much of a joke as people make it. At a small software house, it may be almost non-existent. At a company designing safety shutdown systems it is a whole world of hurt. Unfortunately it's management which are the biggest risks. There's never enough time to do it right, but there's always enough time to do it again.

Comment: Re:They won't (Score 1) 126

by thegarbz (#47779917) Attached to: Microsoft Dumps 1,500 Apps From Its Windows Store

The problem is the end users. I see this a lot as we work in an IE shop, IE7 to be precise because of some sensitive stupid web services that won't run in anything else.

Anyway my point is that they default to Bing, there is an option to change it permanently in pretty much an identical way that you described in Mint, yet 99% of the users don't do this, and of those 99%, 100% of them talk as if they are about to gift me their firstborn after I show them how to change it.

NEVER underestimate the power of "defaults" and the stupidity of users.

Comment: Re: Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (Score 1) 135

by thegarbz (#47772621) Attached to: HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

Oh so now you call me an arsehole just because of the way that I talk despite what I mean and my intentions? What next? All Aussies are arseholes because we shorten words?

And yes the connotation of deciding to place names on people who talk in a certain way regardless of meaning is just as much a form of prejudice as racism. I suppose you also pick on retards when they say something you don't like because they just don't know any better.

You sir are one hell of a self absorbed prick.

Comment: Re:The tabs are slightly sucky (Score 1) 113

by thegarbz (#47770061) Attached to: Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

I switched to chrome because of this. With lots of tabs open Firefox have no indication of the number of tabs. At that point I'm usually interested in going through sequentially anyway and not go through by specific content, I.e. open up interesting Slashdot articles.

Comment: Re: Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (Score 0) 135

by thegarbz (#47764751) Attached to: HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

Oh right so now we need to segregate language based on how people react? That's ludicrous and would lead to us not being able to say anything at all.

I saw a comedian today while at a conference. The conference organisers said at the bar tonight that this is the first comedian they've employed in a long time since previously one person wrote a long winded letter that they were deeply offended by the previous one. I asked the comedian what he thought of it and he turned around around and said that he guarantees a percentage of the room thought he was offensive and that there are other people offended by the fact that some people thought that offensive.

You can't please everyone.

Now I live in a country and a culture where we shorten everything. I will call Pakis Pakis, and Kiwis Kiwis. If they want to take offence at it that is entirely their business, and it is entirely their problem as well. If they can't accept language the way it is given (I do not mean to offend by this) then there's really nothing more I can do. An attempt to please everyone is exactly what has resulted in the pussyfooting around political correctness that quite frankly offends me. And I REALLY mean that. I find it offensive that someone thinks I should be restricting what words I can and cannot use.

Do you work for the Chinese government?

(see what I did there? Some people will laugh at the connection between your form of censorship and the government. The government themselves, they'll likely be offended).

Anyway I think you should have a cement pill and harden up.

"The vast majority of successful major crimes against property are perpetrated by individuals abusing positions of trust." -- Lawrence Dalzell