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Comment: Why? (Score 1) 228

by xenobyte (#47177889) Attached to: AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud

A decade ago I was part of as team coding a fraud detection module for a payment system that looked up where the credit card had been used before and compared it with the current usage location and calculated a travel speed between the two. If the speed was reasonable and feasible all was well, but no consumer travels a warp speed between remote locations on our planet so that would raise a red flag. For online transactions it used the customer IP to geolocate the card user, not the location of the shop - of course.

Why reinvent a similar technology and add unnecessary complications like a cellphone, which may even be lent out during the vacation to avoid obscene roaming charges?

Comment: Re:USA, the land of freedom (Score 1) 304

by xenobyte (#47054865) Attached to: Why Lavabit Shut Down

You'll probably want to drop Sweden from the list; considering they're acting as the bagman for DC's efforts to get their hands on Julian Assange.

Please look at the facts before spouting (off topic) bullshit.

What facts? - The facts I know supports what SvnLyrBrto is saying.

Both Sweden and the UK are going above and beyond to get their hands on Julian Assange in connection with an insignificant charge of alleged rape of two women who both had consensual sex with him and later changed their minds. This screams bullshit, scam, and 'bad excuse' to get their hands on him, as none of these countries have ever made an effort like this to get at a real rapist - one of those that grab people on the street and rapes them - so it makes no sense not to just have a warrant issued at Interpol and then have him arrested the next time he crosses a border.

No, the UK police actually sits 24/7 outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London waiting for him to leave the building, and have done so for years now, and the Swedish police insists that they want to question him on Swedish ground, not using a video link or face to face at the embassy where he stays. This also makes no sense and is totally out of character. People appear in Swedish courts using video feeds from hospital beds and similar all the time, and they travel often to interview witnesses or similar outside Sweden. Even mass murderers get less attention than Julian Assange.

Comment: Two situations (Score 1) 328

by xenobyte (#46675107) Attached to: Federal Bill Would Criminalize Revenge Porn Websites

1) Your girlfriend sends you naked pics and later you break up.

2) You break up and then you hack into her accounts and steal naked pics.

In the first you actually have the right to share the pics she sent to you.
In the second it's obvious the pics are stolen property and you have no rights to them at all.

Comment: Re:Entitled Asshole (Score 2) 199

As long as we don't have to pay for the same product again and again and again... Today we pay when a movie hits the cinemas, then again when it hits pay-per-view movie channels, then again via advertising when it hits the general networks and then again when the DVD or blu-ray is out so we finally can take it home to view when we please... That's just insane.

It should be possible even at the very first premiere of a movie to decide not to go to the cinema and just take the movie home right away on blu-ray. The waiting (and exclusion) game is exactly what created the piracy culture.

Comment: Good idea! (Score 2) 200

by xenobyte (#46490419) Attached to: Mozilla Scraps Firefox For Windows 8, Citing Low Adoption of Metro

Nobody's using that crappy interface anyway. I use Windows 8.1 myself and it's fairly easy to completely hide almost all elements of that awful thing and stay completely in the classic desktop environment. With the addition of Start 8 you can have the START button back and disable all those useless 'charms' (stupid name too) and other 'modern' crap.

The classic Firefox works just fine on the desktop where it belongs, as do the other browsers by the way.

Comment: Stupid beyond words (Score 0) 149

by xenobyte (#46490397) Attached to: Hungarian Law Says Photogs Must Ask Permission To Take Pictures

The idea might seem good until you realize that unless you have an army of thousands you cannot possibly manage to ask everyone in a wide shot for permissions and in wide shots it's hard to recognize anyone anyway... And if you take it literary a picture from inside a restaurant might include a window and people outside, including people in cars driving by... Good luck obtaining permission from them.

Comment: Re:Stop (Score 1) 349

by xenobyte (#46471529) Attached to: Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

No it will try them in the order listed until it gets a 'response'; I think if it gets a response like SRVFAIL it will also continue trying the remaining servers, but if gets a incorrect NXDOMAIN it will trust that value and not try the remaining servers.

Not correct. It will trust the response if the Auth-flag is set. According to RFC1035 the Auth-flag must not be set with a NXDOMAIN response, but bind and others allow this to be configured.

Comment: Re:Quick change needed [Re:Stop] (Score 1) 349

by xenobyte (#46471503) Attached to: Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

If you get a 404 not found, then you aren't having a DNS problem.

That is actually false - very much so actually.

Let's say you want to access http://www.site.com/page and someone messes with the DNS and redirects the domain elsewhere where only a rudimentary webserver exists, one without the /page you requested. This will return a 404 and it is due to the altered DNS.

There is of course many other possible reasons for a 404, from the obvious removed page, over misconfigured webservers (wrong virtualhost answering, mod_rewrite errors, cache issues etc.) to proxy issues at both ends of the connection.

Comment: Re:Stop (Score 1) 349

by xenobyte (#46461559) Attached to: Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

Stop using your ISP's DNS

Exactly.

I did that when a stupid court here in Denmark decided that our constitution and its absolute ban on censorship ("Grundloven", paragraph 77 to be precise) was less important than commercial interests and ordered ISP to set up DNS-bans on first allofmp3.com, then The Pirate Bay and most recently sites selling pharmaceuticals from danish language shops located outside Denmark.

Not that I use any of these sites but when you start messing with stuff like this, it's far too easy to slide further down the slippery slope and remap other sites and similar. There's a reason the founders included a ban on censorship! - It's just too bad that modern courts seem to ignore the constitution when they issue rulings.

Comment: Re:one simple question (Score 0) 417

by xenobyte (#46438837) Attached to: School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

It is simply unbelievable that the myth of sex being dangerous to children still persists!

The reality is, that if the children are too young, they neither understand nor care about sexual imagery in any form. If they're old enough, they're probably already seeking it out on their own. Massive studies in countries where hardcore porn has been available in shop windows and magazine racks in supermarkets for decades have shown that is has almost no effect what so ever on children and young adults - the only possible related effect seems to be a decrease in teenage pregnancy but it can be completely unrelated.

I think the danger posed by children having access to sexual imagery is that it can help de-tabuify sex, in particular the deviations that can scare teenagers into various closets. They need to find - as early as possible - that they're not alone. If they are able to look it up, they'll find that there are many others with the same kinks and desires as themselves, and they'll be able to find a local group where they can enjoy being like everybody else and feel normal.

Unfortunately almost all religions insists on strictly regulating everything relating to sex, and especially children and sex. The fact is that most people (both sexes) will tell you that their first sexual fantasy occurred as early as in in their preteens and the natural curiosity about this usually led them to seek out books and pictures, but for perhaps all their teens, access was hard, especially if the taste deviated from the mainstream. Even harder was access to knowledge about their brand of sex and sexual shame - a mainstay of many religions - can become fuel for runaway perversions and lay the foundation of abuse of the next generation.

The best solution is of course to rid of all the religious junk thought and to move on with a life of knowledge and reason, free from the scourge of religion.

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