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Comment: Re:On tracking (Score 4, Insightful) 105

by mcrbids (#48942475) Attached to: Fixing Verizon's Supercookie

Your traffic is always being tracked by cookies, government spies, whatever.

Please stop with the "sky is falling" routine - it only makes the problem worse and the stakes are too high to just throw your hands up in the air and give up in blissful ignorance.

Even https exists to serve this purpose. Certificates are just another cookie.

I suspect that, at a basic level, you have a fundamental misunderstanding as to what a "certificate" is and does.

1) A cookie is an identifier that allows you to tie numerous http(s) sessions together by domain. It can thus be used to track you by having many sites contain images or content from a common domain. (EG:

2) A certificate is used to negotiate a private session with a single domain. It's provided by the server and validated by the client to set up an encrypted connection. It allows you, the user, to verify that you are connected with the correct domain and *not* a nefarious person. The use of HTTPS and certificates foils the Verizon "supercookie" as they have no meaningful way to pierce the encryption provided between you and, say,

Comment: Re:Not enough (Score 1) 255

And lets add, to 'avoid maintenance' you just add a bunch of extra spares from the start. Thats just stupid, you over build ridiculously in order to not have to spend 10 minutes swapping a drive out. Totally cost effective ... if you're sending a probe out into space. In which case, you're going to want better than fives 9s, so try again.

Comment: Not enough (Score 1) 255

I worry a lot less about losing data than I do corrupting data and not knowing it.

But hey, congratulations, you've learned about RAID mirrors with lots of copies and learned how to apply basic, well understood engineering principals to it.

Guess what, some of us were aware of this years ago, some others aware of it longer than you've probably been alive. Its been known my entire life, thats for sure, so thats at least 40 years.

Comment: Re:Positive pressure? (Score 4, Insightful) 367

by BitZtream (#48931633) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

That would be negative pressure, since you're sucking air out.

Also, related to the summary (not your comment):

The leading theory points to the country's primitive ATM cards. Along with Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, and not many other countries, the U.S. doesn't require its plastic to contain an encryption chip, so stealing cards remains an effective, nonviolent way to get at the cash in an ATM.

The theory is flat out wrong. If you still the ATM card, you have the encryption chip. So adding a chip to the card doesn't change this.

The encryption chip prevents CLONING the card, and has absolutely no effect what so ever on stealing the card. In fact, with the encryption chip, you must steal it to use it rather than whats done currently which is just cloning the card without the owner knowing.

Way to totally misunderstand the problem guys.

Comment: Armchair engineering at its finest (Score 5, Insightful) 247

by mcrbids (#48920923) Attached to: Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator

I'm probably going to lose some karma for this...

I, too, could come with a half-dozen answers that would be "far superior" to what 100+ years of the finest minds in the industry could come up with. But in reality, I really, seriously doubt that my designs would hold up because there's a *reason* that things are done the way they are.

Mechanical engineering is a *very old* industry, and any radical, new design would have significant hurdles to pass before it could be accepted and used in a real scenario. The cost of failure is very high and there are real lives on the line.

My first thought was to use something like a caterpillar drive along the sides of the shaft, each of which would operate like a mini elevator for perhaps 10 floors. But, very quickly, I can see that this type of system would have many, many more moving parts and consequently many more points of failure.

So, I think it *might* be best to trust that 100+ years of experience are, in fact, at work, and that we should first understand that there is *real knowledge* at work before assuming that our half-baked and thoroughly unproven ideas hold any merit in reality.... ?

Comment: Re:Not surprising.-- Universal Service Fee (Score 1, Flamebait) 94

by mc6809e (#48917879) Attached to: FCC Fines Verizon For Failing To Investigate Rural Phone Problems

If this was a Libertarian Paradise, you probably would pay $500 dollars a month for landline service while someone in a densely populated urban area would pay $5 a month.

Why would that be so bad?

People that want rural living should pay for rural living and should not force urbanites to subsidize their quiet, peaceful life on the farm away from the noise of the city.

The US government has spent the past 50+ years using subsidies and regulations encourage people to get out of the cities.

What has it accomplished except to gut cities and spread asphalt everywhere?

Comment: Re:Big Myth #2 (Score 3, Informative) 339

by sycodon (#48911565) Attached to: Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

The "Wealthy" have Billions of dollars.

They own assets that could be converted into Billions, but not in any practical sense. Most of their wealth is in stocks and bonds. You have to sell those to get cash. If Gates sold all of his stocks so he could roll around in a Billion dollars cash with naked teenagers, M.S. stock would probably crash, reducing his wealth by orders of magnitude.

Sure, they have access to a shit ton of money, but it's almost all on paper.

+ - Homeward Remastered available for preorder on Steam->

Submitted by BitZtream
BitZtream (692029) writes "The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been officially unveiled by Gearbox Software at PAX South today. The game will feature a high-definition upgrade to all the assets, new voice-recordings from the original cast, and updated cinematics that also keep in with the games original theme and style.

It will also include access to a new Homeworld Remastered Steam Multiplayer Beta, which combines both classic games into one platform for a wider variety.

Gearbox have also laid down a launch date for the game too: February 25th. It will be available via Steam, and you can pre order today for a 15% discount."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Discussion is outdated (Score 3, Interesting) 488

by mc6809e (#48899691) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

I have to agree, but it's too bad in some ways, IMO.

I used to get so much joy programming the metal or tinkering with the assembly that came out of the compiler.

Doing that is still possible, but it doesn't pay the bills.

The dream of abstraction is a bit of a nightmare for those that like to get into the guts of the machine.

GPU programming is another example, though Mantle allows the programmer to get a bit closer to the hardware.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 332

by BitZtream (#48896143) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

difference between a quality DVD upscale and a Bluray

You lost all credibility when you said upscale. You just showed that you don't understand that you've been caught in a marketing gimmick.

And ... pretty much everyone can tell difference if you put them side by side, its just that most people will never see them side by side because they have far better things to do than sit around jerking off about the video quality ... like actually watching the video.

Comment: Re:Don't need this yet (Score 3, Informative) 332

by BitZtream (#48896129) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

You're doing it completely wrong. You need to get a clue about viewing distance and the ratio between display size and it.

You're one of those guys who thinks he has this kick ass awesome setup because you made it bigger, but really, you just made it shittier.

You should at least get the most basic of clues from wikipedia:

At no point should your display be larger than the distance you're viewing it from, thats just retarded.

If a thing's worth doing, it is worth doing badly. -- G.K. Chesterton