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Comment: Re:Yet another reason to turn off Ecmascript (Score 1) 194

by thejynxed (#47515197) Attached to: A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

I found out from some local members of the Amish community that the reason they reject grid power is that it would put them in ongoing debt - which is very much against their religious beliefs. This is also partially why they reject the use of automobiles (some communities are more permissive and allow the hiring of vehicles to drive them long distances) - purchasing one can A) put you into debt which is against religious beliefs and B) goes against their beliefs of being good stewards of the earth (ongoing greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution).

They don't reject use of things like some modern power tools, etc for use in their outside work for the 'English', especially when it comes to roofing contracts, building RVs, sheds, furniture, etc.

What's interesting to note - the debate is still ongoing in Amish communities about solar power panels and if they will be formally allowed - on the one hand it will give them electricity and whatnot in a 'clean' manner in compliance with their beliefs, on the other, there is objection to some of the materials used in those devices and how those materials are resourced.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 52

I remember reading about flaws, exploits, etc that broke Tor anonymous browsing/data transfer as far back as 2005 or so. Some of these issues are still there because they honestly can't be fixed without a complete overhaul of how the entire thing is coded and works. Instead they have fixed what they could, and coded in mitigations for the rest.

It goes without saying though, that Tor, like many other things online, is, was, and always will be vulnerable to MITM attacks.

Comment: Re:Already Happened (Score 1) 86

What's apparently happening here (didn't RTFA) according to the summary, is that they are looking to have non-fluff, etc content added specifically to the Gamestop versions of titles - meaning an actual part of the game is exclusive for their version (imagine playing a version of The Witcher for instance, that was missing an entire chapter from your version because it wasn't the Gamestop one).

Comment: Re:Already Happened (Score 1) 86

Yes, but as in all of the Elder Scrolls titles, you'd almost never hit all of the quests in the game even in 5 or 6 playthroughs (because funny things happen, like questgiver NPCs dying to randomly wandering monster spawns or overly zealous town guards), so those 16 quests were basically useless fluff.

Comment: Re:skin it (Score 1) 681

They tried that with Vista and pre-SP1 Win7. They had to nuke it because there was a serious vulnerability found in the stack that they couldn't fix, so they disabled the entire functionality for both OSes in a patch. Their "new solution" to this was Live Tiles, etc in Win8.

As for changing Aero, etc, you could do that too - although next to nobody wanted to pay the license fee to MS to create those things, so it lead to some developers creating ways to bypass the signing requirements.

Comment: Re:hum (Score 2) 59

by thejynxed (#47240825) Attached to: Netflix Shutters Its Public API

If Hulu is still providing their desktop app (and I think they may have a mobile one as well), I would suggest using that instead of their actual site - it runs on Air which funnily enough, runs worlds better than the actual browser Flash modules.

As for sorting - I agree, their current methods leaves much to be desired, as it seems their system only sorts by up to three "tags" applied by their employees, and many (I dare say most) of their movies are mis-tagged, at least for their streaming service. To be fair, Amazon isn't any better with their movie tagging.

Comment: Re:Not doing it right (Score 1) 65

by thejynxed (#47240751) Attached to: AT&T Says Customer Data Accessed To Unlock Smartphones

It's surprising they are even following the bare minimum. Back in the dinosaur era of the 90's, when I worked for them (briefly), they got around most of such laws with impunity simply by changing where they stored customer databases.

If there was anything I ever picked up from my time at AT&T, it was that they are masters of shady law avoidance practices.

Comment: Re:Guys, it's totally not a honeypot! (Score 1) 80

by thejynxed (#47147127) Attached to: Popular Shuttered Torrent Site Demonoid Returns

I concur, and they used their moderator staff to actually take care of wrongly filed torrents as well. They didn't just take a back-burner approach when it came to keeping everything organized the way it should be.

Most torrent sites out there you'll find shit like lame-assed Pokemon torrents filed under Sci-Fi or other such stupidity.

Comment: Re:but (Score 1) 191

That is only true based on the local and state laws where you may happen to be. Where I am for instance, it doesn't matter if you're doing a complete rebuild of a property that already has hookups, all permits are treated as "new builds" for the purposes of connecting to sewer, water, electricity &/or natural gas.

You've been Berkeley'ed!

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