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Comment Re:Which is cool... (Score 1) 98

The encryption key for all Blu-Ray discs is already well known. There's not a blacklist for discs. There's a blacklist for player keys that can make your player useless for all new discs until you update the firmware to get a new key, but AFAIK, there's no blacklist for discs. There's no rational reason for such a thing to exist.

Comment Re:Well duh (Score 1) 98

What good is free 2-Day shipping when it takes them a week *BEFORE* they ship it?

Because with Prime, they sometimes don't take a week before they ship it?

Just saying.

If Fry's had a more up-to-date selection of flash cards (instead of everything being five-year-old models) and hard drives (not enough HGST), I'd be buying a lot less from Amazon.

Comment Re:Prime vs non-Prime (Score 1) 98

I cannot speak for Europe but in the US even non-Prime orders usually arrive in 2-4 business days.

Not from my perspective. I got Prime for a year when I needed a bunch of stuff shipped quickly before a vacation, and was going to keep it because of Instant Video (knowing that the shipping benefit would rarely be a benefit for me), but dropped it because of their iOS app not allowing cellular streaming plus a significant price hike for the shipping service that I didn't really care about anyway, and replaced it with Netflix.

Before I got Prime for a year, most things would ship out the day after I placed an order, almost without fail. Every now and then, during the busiest season, it might take two.

After I dropped Prime, orders typically ship out four or five days after I place them. There's at least a three or four day increase compared with my previous experience.

Now I'm not saying that Amazon is deliberately sabotaging the shipping speeds to try to pressure people to come back to Prime; it is possible that their volume from my nearest depot really has gone up that much, and it is possible that the things I'm ordering are less common. It is even possible that their much-higher minimum dollar amount for free shipping means that I pack more things into an order, raising the probability that one of them has to come from somewhere else first. But the buying experience with free shipping now seems much, much, much worse in late 2014 through now than it was before I got Prime for a year back in late 2013.

Comment Re:So are we... (Score 1, Insightful) 406

No, no, you misunderstand. The purpose is to get them off of Earth, where they can't do any more damage. To that end, I would propose that the first mission include the entire United States Senate. As much as I'd like to start with the House, they won't fit, but we can divide them up across subsequent missions.....

Comment Re:How do IoT manufacturers... (Score 4, Interesting) 104

The sad part is that it was too late before the devices were even built. This is really no different than any other zombie botnet.

What is needed, IMO, is a standardized system for being able to report problems upstream—an ICMP response that says, in effect, "Suppress all traffic from x.x.x.x to y.y.y.y for five minutes" that propagates upstream. Ideally, it should use a three-step handshake to prevent forged block requests from being viable, where the recipient of that message waits until it sees a packet directed to y.y.y.y, (to avoid amplification attacks), then sends a packet that says, "confirm block id xxxx" and it responds "yes xxxx" after which it drops the traffic. If it gets no response, it should try three pings (with exponential backoff), and if they fail, it should assume that the server is saturated and it should block the traffic as requested. If they succeed and a subsequent confirmation fails, it should assume that the server doesn't actually support blocking requests, and that the blocking request was spoofed. If the response is "no xxxx", then the blocking request was spoofed, and the packet passes through with only that small extra bit of latency, and the blocking request is discarded.

If such a scheme were in place, then each botnet member joining in a DDoS attack would get blocked by their closest router, or at a bare minimum, by the router at their ISP, and would basically be unable to do any real harm.

Comment Where no cable has gone before (Score 1) 145

McCoy: Good God, man!

Kirk: I don't care how you do it, Bones, just fix the damned video.

McCoy: I'm a doctor, not a damned cable monkey!

Spock: Fascinating. This router has no jacks.

Chekov: It's a couragous router. Inwented in Russia.

Uhura: This is not a federation signal. I can't make anything out of it, sir.

Sulu: Faraday shields up. It's good to be Takei, bitches.

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