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Comment Re:Broken law enforcement (Score 1) 332

I do note that at no time he said he approached the police

Wow... Let's see (emphasis mine):

The Slashdot write-up says:
turned over all the information to the police
TFA says:
Gale did take all the information to Cochrane RCMP who says they are confident an arrest will follow.

Fake News much?

Comment Re:So it you watch someone draw the pattern... (Score 1) 111

That's a neat idea; i presume you are talking about a mail handling rule/filter on my 'secure email' that forwards the messages to my 'regular email'.

It would be a fair bit of work to setup and test and I worry it would be much too brittle -- I mean how often do i reset passwords or login from new computer; and the vendor could change the message template at anytime, resulting in the notifications not coming through, or the wrong ones coming through.

On the otherhand, it does suggest an idea... to have it forward my phone a generic notification when i get email to the secure email from certain domains. That could work. Not perfect I'd have no way of telling without logging into the secure mail whether it was important or just some marketing blather. Hmm... I could have it preserve the subject line though... and strip the body.

We might have something workable as a strategy here... although getting it to run server side will be a hassle. Looks like server-side mail rules in outlook aren't robust enough; I might be able to do something with exchange/office365 though... but that's a bit of a PITA. For the other mail I'd want this for, its a personal account, but IMAP, hosted by a hosting company ( i ran my own mail server for years, but its more of a pain than I care for; and just not worth my time for one or two accounts anymore) anyhow -- I doubt I'll be able to get any robust server side message scripting for that either.

a simple "Forward subject line only" would be so trivial to have too... I'm almost surprised it doesn't seem to already exist as one of the canned options.

Comment Re:So it you watch someone draw the pattern... (Score 4, Interesting) 111

The biggest problem with a passphrase is that entering it every time you get a text message is obnoxious and intolerable from a usability standpoint.

Your solution of turning it off before a possible event is a step in the right direction, but it's not reliable enough. It works ok when you get pulled over ... you have lots of time between the lights flashing and officer at your window. But for a lot of situations you don't have that luxury. For example, if it is lost or stolen it'll still be turned on, or if you are arrested just walking down the street...

Stuff like samsung knox has the potential to be a good middle ground -- a secure container within your phone. So you can fingerprint/ short PIN to access your phone, GPS, SMS and your pay-by-phone parking app, etc but have your documents and pictures and work email still behind a passphrase.

(I'm not sure how good knox is in particular, but the concept at least I think is a good idea.) And I realize for some people even the SMS and parking app they want behind the passphrase because it'll reveal who they talked to or where they parked etc... I get that. Security is always a trade off between convenience and security... for me always passphrase is too obnoxious to use -- I tried it, while only fingerprint or 4-digit PIN is far too weak to protect say, my email (more from theives than from law enforcement... ) the potential damage a theif could do with my phone is scary.

The only reasonable solution with current phones is to not have much of anything on them. So for example, the email account I have have linked to the domain registrations and various other online services and resources I have access to is NOT on my phone. This is frequently inconvenient and bit ironic -- on the one hand I WANT the notifications of any activity on those accounts immediately notified to me, but the risk of someone getting into my phone (e.g. by observing me enter my PIN, and the stealing it) and being able to take control of those accounts via the linked email and 2FA which is tied to that number... is too great.

Maybe knox type solutions would be a solution... i just haven't actually had the time to try it.

It'd be nice though if various cloud service providers would let you register a separate notification email in addition to the admin email. So that I could receive notifications like 'a user has logged in from a new computer to your account..." on my phone without that being the email address being the one that can also be used to retrieve/reset login and password credentials.

Comment Re:AT&T U-verse Central Illinois (Score 1) 121

Why would that approach guarantee that your speed is consistently high, and why would a no-cap method be limited only to "ultra-cheap" ISPs?

Giving everyone a 1TB cap doesn't prevent congestion,

True enough, but you've reversed what I said to try to create a straw man.

Yes, applying a cap doesn't in itself prevent congestion, but what I said was the opposite way around. If ISPs sell a service at a price below the wholesale cost (because the market is driven - at least in this country - very much by "cheap, cheap, cheap") then they need to find some way to make a profit. To begin with they applied caps (whilst pretending they weren't doing), but as that's now become politically unacceptable to the mass market what they do instead is to vastly oversell their capacity, at the same time claiming, "We'll never slow you down". Then when your connection does get very slow, they say it's not them but other users and you shouldn't be so selfish.

I choose to pay a realistic price for my bandwidth, from an ISP who is perfectly clear that there ain't no such thing as a free lunch, and accept that they do properly provision their capacity (which is why my link stays fast) but that I can't use more than I've paid for. Doubtless they do still oversell - although not nearly to the same degree as the cheap, cheap, cheap merchants do - because there's no way I'm going to use 1TB in a month (typical usage for our house, with a game-obsessed son is about 250G) and they don't oversell enough to affect my connection speed.

You have to accept that there need to be limits somewhere.

Comment Re:Broken law enforcement (Score 1) 332

The rest of the world does not have the same fucked relationship as you do with your police.

And yet, for some reason, the victim in TFA does not expect to see his laptop ever again anyway... Maybe, in his country the relationship between police and the policed is even worse than in the US, uhm?..

Comment Re:Online Poker Turing test? (Score 1) 155

The online poker sites have software that does its best to prevent bots from playing.

It's pretty much impossible to prevent unless you can algorithmically detect computer style play.

Which is a part of what those algorithms do, try to detect patterns that would indicate a non-human decision maker.

Obviously, as the AIs become more sophisticated, so must the detection algorithms. However, if the algorithm's play becomes so human-like that it defeats all attempts to distinguish it from that of an actual human (essentially passing the Turing test), would it still have an advantage over a human?

It is similar to the situation that we have in chess. Current algorithms running on consumer level hardware can consistently defeat even the best human players, and still online tournaments are being played. Of course, poker is played for money, so the incentive to cheat will be higher.

Comment Re:Important milestone (Score 1) 155

There was a story on Slashdot a while ago about the world's largest hedge fund replacing their fund managers with computers. That's not really that impressive though, since many studies have shown you can replace fund managers with monkeys flipping coins and get the same performance.

Many of the best learning systems are currently taught in an unsupervised way. They're fed stimuli and form their own internal model. Finally they're given a minimum of supervised training. Like a baby gazing around at the world for a few years then being told that the fluffy four legged thing is called a cat.

Submission + - The Clinton Foundation is downsizing (ny.gov)

mi writes: You would think, the end of a political career would allow a genuinely charitable family to concentrate on their charity. Instead, the Clinton Foundation is closing shop (or, at least, downsizing) after their champion's electoral loss. According to the paperwork they filed with New York Department of labor, the reason is "Discontinutation [sic] of the Clinton Global Initative [sic]".

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