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Comment Re:The best thing about "developing countries" is. (Score 1) 45

Except they aren't testing (solely) in developing countries; this test and whatever anomaly ensued took place in Arizona. Not exactly the population center of the US, granted, but the tests are being done here at home.

Facebook isn't alone in this regard, either, as Google has its own fleet of experimental drones. N749G flew over my house in the Memphis suburbs last Monday night enroute from KSIK to KOLV. The FAA says it's an "Ashfloyd Hummingbird," whose manufacturer has essentially zero public presence, but the model has been tied to Google's Project Wing. I kinda wish they'd keep their testing a little more remote.

Comment Re:"Pirate site" (Score 1) 60

What the MPAA ought to do, then, is seize the site assets, anglicize (or internationalize) everything, and set up their own site that charges a couple bucks per stream without any advertising. Of course we know that will never happen, they'd rather bitch and moan about piracy than provide more consumer-friendly options.

Submission + - Windows 7 and 8.1 Gaining More New Users than Windows 10 (

TroII writes: After Microsoft ended its year-long "free" Windows 10 offer, new installations have slowed predictably. But in an unexpected turn, October saw more new installs of both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 than of Windows 10. Compared to September's numbers, market share increased only 0.06% for Windows 10, while new installations of Windows 7 and 8.1 were an order of magnitude higher at 0.68%. According to tracking firm NetMarketShare, Windows 7 is still by far the most popular version of the OS, installed on more than twice as many computers as Microsoft's latest offering.

Comment Re:This kind of story requires far reaching access (Score 1) 548

Either this is a very confabulated story or someone at an NSA-level agency is talking.

Nah. Much of the world's DNS traffic is passively monitored by ISPs, IXPs, ccTLD operators, etc. to be compiled and analyzed for research purposes. DNSDB is one such effort, there are others.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 68

If they were really taking things seriously, it would've recalled or patched these products a long time ago when the security problems were first identified.

They released a firmware update more than a year ago to fix the default credentials problem. Any devices manufactured after September 2015 require the user to set a password, instead of coming pre-configured with a default. The firmware update also addresses this, but good luck getting consumers to install a firmware update.

Comment Re:Who uses DYN for their DNS? (Score 2) 56

Dyn comes in on the other side of the equation. You use your ISP DNS server (or Google's, etc.) to look up addresses. But the people running the servers have to publish those addresses somewhere in the first place, and to do so, some of them use a service like Dyn.

To use a simplified phone analogy, Dyn publishes a phone book and your DNS server is 411. If you call 411 and the operator can't find the right phone book, they can't give you the number you want.

Comment Re:The single most popular in use is .xyz. (Score 3, Interesting) 146

Don't mention that they gave away hundreds of thousands of .xyz domains for free to people who didn't even ask for them to get there.

Which has, incidentally, given it a reputation of being 99.9% spam, just like .biz. I visited the day Google announced its reorg, and that remains the only legitimate domain I've ever seen in that TLD. I have postfix rejecting anything with a .xyz "From" header, and it looks like I'm about to add .shop to the list.

IMO the only thing these new TLDs are accomplishing is fracturing the namespace into ever more useless niches that will never be widely accepted or compatible. Oh well, it's their money, if they want to waste it.

Comment Re:Verizon is NOT "deploying" a drone (Score 1) 38

I bet they're itching to get some of these drones deployed next time. I've had The Weather Channel streaming as background noise for the past couple of days, and the reporters have been frequently mentioning that Verizon service is down, calling out Verizon specifically instead of just saying "cell service is down." Outages are to be completely expected during this type of event, but it's still not great advertising for vzw.

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