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Submission + - SPAM: Can Parents Sue If Their Kid Is Born With the 'Wrong' DNA?

randomErr writes: In a fascinating legal case out of Singapore, the country's Supreme Court ruled that this situation doesn't just constitute medical malpractice. The fertility clinic, the court recently ruled, must pay the parents 30% of upkeep costs for the child for a loss of 'genetic affinity.' In other words, the clinic must pay the parents' child support not only because they made a terrible medical mistake, but because the child didn't wind up with the right genes.

“It’s suggesting that the child itself has something wrong with it, genetically, and that it has monetary value attached to it,” Todd Kuiken, a senior research scholar with the Genetic Engineering and Society Center at North Carolina State University, told Gizmodo. “They attached damages to the genetic makeup of the child, rather than the mistake. That’s the part that makes it uncomfortable. This can take you in all sort of fucked up directions.”

Comment one up - 64 oz of soda !!! (Score 1) 370

I went with my brother years ago. He wanted the "32oz bottomless cup of cola" for $1 more --- and managed to finish it before the previews were over. He ran out for his free refill - sat down and slowly drank it as the movie began.

He then missed most of the second half because he kept leaving to pee.

Lots of violations to that list: Cola in the Dark vs Focus. Plus I was disrupted and had to fill in plot details later.

Comment HTTPS vs VPN? (Score 1) 404

Given (assume for argument) that there is no proxy setup by ISPs --- what is the functional difference (related to privacy) between VPN & HTTPS? HTTP I get - but with DNSSec and SSL what information can be gleaned from HTTPS?

Yes - I know what a VPN is - use them everyday. But what I don't understand is....what info of value is leaked from HTTPS ? Simply DNS lookups? They can't see inside the stream. OR--- is the concern that a lot of sites & apps are still using HTTP such that there's enough value to be gathered?

My company uses a web proxy and require MiM certificates installed - allowing them to monitor everything. Plus- DNS doesn't work (nslookup www.google.com returns nothing)... however typing https://www.google.com/ works and the certificate is NOT Google. Seems that Chrome was changed recently so you can't see who the issuer is anymore.

Submission + - Why You Should Care About The Supreme Court Case On Toner Cartridges (consumerist.com)

rmdingler writes: A corporate squabble over printer toner cartridges doesn’t sound particularly glamorous, and the phrase “patent exhaustion” is probably already causing your eyes to glaze over. However, these otherwise boring topics are the crux of a Supreme Court case that will answer a question with far-reaching impact for all consumers: Can a company that sold you something use its patent on that product to control how you choose to use after you buy it?

Here’s the background: Lexmark makes printers. Printers need toner in order to print, and Lexmark also happens to sell toner.

Then there’s Impression Products, a third-party company makes and refills toner cartridges for use in printers, including Lexmark’s.

Comment Re:Bundle != Using It. (Score 1) 143

Fair point - I think it does matter though when carrier negotiations come up. The Cable company will claim that X million people watch (look at our subscriber data) and the Networks will claim Y actually watch.

Of course now that Xfinity can track what people actually watch they have the data. Of course in my house - my daughter presses the On button for the "box" to see the blue ring light up. So whatever channel is on is reported as watched for "24 hours" until I feel like turning it off.

She's a great MTBF tester... loves pressing the button on...off..on...off..on.

Comment Bundle != Using It. (Score 1) 143

Dear NBC/CBS/Fox/ABC et al - we aren't channel surfing on a Friday night, although we do watch some of your shows....via your apps on our AppleTV rather than using, say, a DVR (which we don't have). Comcast makes us buy TV service in order to have the higher speed internet (in my area that is speeds higher than 15mb/s)

So yes - we pay for it. But only to get to 50mb/s service (although that was recently upgraded to 100mb/s a few months ago).

I purchased the cheapest bundle to get high speed as both my wife and I work from home occasionally -- and the real reason is that we stream netflix on our iPads separately at night :-) Also - I can receive OTA which we used to do until realizing we needed more than 25mb/s service.

We spend most of our time watching Netflix and a bit of Amazon Prime. I pulled the power cord from the oversized Xfinity device so that my baby daughter wouldn't burn her hand on it.

While I've been tempted to watch the "free" bundled HBO I find the menu system on Xfinity to be tiresomely complex and slow. I just want to see the channels I subscribe to - not the other 960 that I don't. My Pavlovian response has developed "if the channel takes more than 2 seconds to appear - it isn't part of my subscription"

Submission + - SPAM: Burglars Can Easily Make Google Nest Security Cameras Stop Recording

Orome1 writes: Google Nest’s Dropcam, Dropcam Pro, Nest Cam Outdoor and Nest Cam Indoor security cameras can be easily disabled by an attacker that’s in their Bluetooth range. The vulnerabilities are present in the latest firmware version running on the devices (v5.2.1). They were discovered by researcher Jason Doyle last fall, and their existence responsibly disclosed to Google, but have still not been patched.
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Comment Re:Ridiculous Extrapolation (Score 1) 374

I'm not sure it can be blamed on "easy credit" - it would be the same force that allows home prices to accelerate. But I agree that there is a lot going on at schools these days to pull in people who spend money. My alma mater has been building giant new "student centers" and condo-like dorms (which I believe are rented at full rate). Someday these giant buildings may become hulking run down castles.

My father paid ~$2,200 / year at the same University in the 1970's. I paid $10k in 80/90's. And the current rates are $32k for in-state and $48k for out-of-state. About a 300% increase in each ~20 year span. I was able to pay for college with a part-time job over those 4, or 5 years ;-)

I do believe that the extrapolation is a fair warning - but prices are set based upon what people can pay. For $500k to be true - our salaries will need to grow faster than the current 3%.

Submission + - Ask Toolbar Network Compromised Twice in Two Months (bleepingcomputer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Ask Partner Network (APN) was compromised for the second time in two months, as crooks found a way to deliver malware to computers running the Ask.com Toolbar. The first attack took place at the end of October and start of November 2016, while the second took place in December, just after APN cleaned its network.

Both incidents [1, 2] were similar, as attackers found a way to breach the APN network and hijack the Ask Toolbar update process, pointing users to a malicious file, which resulted in the installation of malware on affected computers. The malware used in the second attack was signed by the certificate APN issued after the first attack, which means the attackers maintained a foothold on APN’s network after engineers cleaned servers after the first attack. This time around, APN appears to have done a better job, as no malicious activity was detected from APN's network in the past three months.

Comment This is cool !!! (Score 1) 52

I hadn't heard of this "contest" prior to the publication of the article on Ars. But it is a really cool art installation. I also read the paper by the previous winners.

This seems like my kind of puzzle. I don't have the skills to work for the NSA -- This artist wanted to create a puzzle that was hard while still allowing anyone a chance to crack it. Observing, building frequency tables, pattern matching, and lots and lots of figuring things out. Even though the current one has been solved I might give it a try before they take it down. It looks fun - a neat puzzle to solve in spare cycles.

Read the article and follow the link to the Live "Video Feed" of the building. (I put video feed in quotes... kind of like "wiretapping" - meaning it isn't really a video feed but it is...isn't).

Comment Re:Semaphore? (Score 1) 52

Sort of - yes. Not physical flags. But rotating disks "waving" out a message. Check out the article and the corresponding website that contains a live feed - it's pretty cool.

It meets this definition of a semaphore: "system of conveying information by means of visual signals, using towers with pivoting shutters, also known as blades or paddles"

Comment Re:Class actions are scams (Score 1) 48

I can that being true - but think it is engineered by the lawyers to make money. They smell something - get somebody to toss up a complaint - and turn it into a class action.

I've even seen late night ads "Have you or someone you know been harmed by product XYZ - if so call our toll free number 1-800-make-us-rich" They are fishing for customers.

I remember years ago being involved in a class action with VW. It was "possible" for the sunroof to leak if I didn't clean out the drain lines --- which wasn't documented in the owners manual/service guide. Somebody actually had this problem and got wet. Lawyers were paid (big) millions of dollars and the rest of us received a New Page to place in our service guide --- plus a coupon for $50 off a future purchase. Not cash...a coupon. Not even a "free sunroof service" $50 bucks off. Geez - I get offers from VW in the mail all the time "Get your car serviced with us --- 10% off your next oil change or 20% off next service cycle" (which usually costs $200)

They come every other month -- for free. No class action required.

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