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Comment Re:Self-inflicted (Score 3, Insightful) 76

Yes, and those idiot's votes count the same as yours and mind. It is amazing how many people "me too" jump on some bullshit I've already proven to be false a few times before. Hoax is the poisoning of the mind for people too stupid to do their own thinking and prefer their news in a 600x600 image square. Whoever controls these drones, controls the vote, because they are half the population.

Or to paraphrase George Carlin, think about how stupid the average person is, then remember that half the population is dumber than they are.

Comment Re:Except for the one that doesn't (Score 1) 148

When I last evaluated zxcvbn (2 years ago) it was, however, a denial of service waiting to happen: it tries to estimate entropy by brute forcing its way through a bunch of different strategies for predicting structures in passwords. At the time it was possible to let a single (server-side) check take minutes of CPU time by carefully constructing your password. It may have improved, but I'd be careful if you really want to deploy it. Preferably use some client-side port; at least that way you just chase away a user with bad habits rather that let anyone that wants to DOS you.

Comment Re:High failure rate (Score 1) 209

They are using consumer drives for data center needs, this is the big reason their failure rate is relatively high. Still, with the redundancy, it is cheaper to run this way. Rumor is that Google ran that way with off the shelf computers. Use dirt cheap commodity products that are good quality, have exceptional redundancy, throw them away as they implode.

Comment Re:Harm (Score 1) 93

Kind of funny, our company is on the cutting edge actually, but in fluorescents, not LEDs, which are terrible for producing what we would consider high output of UVB or UVA. There is a huge difference between 320nm and 399nm, yet both are "UVA". 320nm has a lot more energy, and as you up in frequency (down in nm), it forms a Bell curve and gets exponentially more damaging. It also goes down in penetration, which is why you can get a quick flash burn from UVC (100nm-280nm) that doesn't penetrate more than a few layers of skin, but it is very damaging to those layers. And of course, the real kicker is how much you are getting.

And the reason it has that warning on it is simple: anything with any measurable amount of UVA must have that warning by law. The FDA regulates this (CFR 1040.20 for sunlamps, for example). I'm used to seeing them regularly for inspections. For some reason, general lighting fluorescents are excepted from this warning, even though they do produce a measurable amount of UVA.

Comment Re:Harm (Score 3, Informative) 93

385nm is invisible to almost all humans, being on the long-ish wavelength of UV, and I wouldn't really say it was very damaging. Everyone likes to jump on the bandwagon like they actually know something about UV when in fact they don't. I've worked with it over 25 years, still do. Out of the millions of products sold, I've never had an injury reported. People do get hurt with UV, but that is exceedingly rare and usually because they didn't follow directions or did something really stupid.

Inside fiber, it is pretty harmless. Most plastics block it (excepting OP4 acrylic), the vast majority of paints absorb it and won't reflect it. It has a smaller wavelength, thus more waves per centimeter, ie: more data. I'm not saying their plan is good or bad, but blanket calling UV dangerous and not workable is ignorant.

Comment Re:Alleviate bandwidth concerns (Score 1) 94

Netflix has proven that the main reason people pirate isn't about money, it is about convenience. We want media our way. I haven't pirated anything in forever since getting Netflix. Pirating is easy, but then I have it on one machine, and I don't want to copy everything to every non-networked machine. Netflix is simply easier to use for most people, the variety is quite good, and the price is reasonable. This downloading might be an extra $$ feature, but if it costs 2 bucks more a month (same cost to them, really), people will use it, particularly those on the road who tire of mediocre internet access in the average hotel.

Comment Re:Reasons (Score 2) 306

or don't use the Facebook app. I don't, yet I check in with Facebook from time to time, then close out the browser in my phone. They are soon to stop allowing people to use their chat unless you install their app, and again, I won't install it. I don't want Facebook to run in the background, but I still want to use Wifi and even GPS. If they stop allowing you to use any Facebook without the app, then I will stop using it on my phone. It isn't like Facebook makes me money or enriches my life, it just lets me talk to family without having to actually talk to them.

Comment Re:That's OK (Score 1) 189

I agree. I've already decided to not install the messenger app no matter what, told people I chat with. What sucks is when you try to use regular chat NOW, it will bump you to down toad the app a couple of times, won't let you into the regular chat until you do a couple of gyrations No thanks, just like I said no thanks to Windows 10.

Comment Re:And this will change nobody's minds.. (Score 5, Informative) 378

Actually, that isn't really so extreme. If you use these seeds, you can't keep back seeds from your crops for next year's crops, a practice that is as old as agriculture itself. This might sound like it isn't a big deal "Just don't use GMO seeds", but it is getting so the variety of seeds that aren't GMO is diminishing, leaving few choices. I'm not claiming it is evil, but there are some ramifications that haven't been worked out.

This is why some 3rd world countries won't use it, not fear of GMO itself, but they don't want to be beholden to an American company for their seeds. I really don't blame them. I'm a USAF vet, all American guy, but I wouldn't trust US companies (or our govt) strong enough for the food supply of another nation. We have a bad history of using shit like that to our advantage.

Comment This is about reducing the value of developers (Score 1) 125

This is basic supply manipulation. These companies want H1B-style pricing for local developers.

Firing Americans to hire cheap Indian labour doesn't play well in the media. Solution: teach everyone to code. If everyone's a programmer, companies can play cheap locals off of cheap imports, and "hire more americans" at significant savings.

Optics solved, costs reduced, profits maximized, management class protected.


Comment Re:Yes, but no. (Score 1) 623

Worse, it would mean that Amazon is actually taking sides by taking action against a single candidate. Some people need to get a grip. I'm not a fan of Trump (or Hillary, and Bernie will be pushed off soon enough), but I will just vote for Gary Johnson. Everyone should just vote for who they want to win the election.

This year has seen a lot of people trying to shut down candidates, Trump in particular, but most of those aren't real people, they are paid by someone else with big money, pulling the strings. That makes them little more than puppets: tools of the rich. This is on par with prostitution, where your body is being rented to do the bidding of someone with deep enough pockets.

Comment None of this matters (Score 3, Insightful) 182

> Maybe the government shouldn't have imposed so many surveillance programs on its citizens -- and kept quiet about it for years -- that they now feel the need to use sophisticated security technologies.

Let's get off the "fuck the man" train for a second and look at this rationally.

  • If WhatsApp were compelled to push a version of their app with unencrypted ow weakly-encrypted local message storage, you'd never know.
  • If Apple or Google were compelled to push a signed OS update that exposed WhatsApp to a local attack (after all, messages must be decrypted on your device for you to read it), you'd never know.
  • If someone were to compromise Apple/Google's SSL certificates, man in the middle your Whatsapp download, and wrap it in a keylogger, you'd never know.
  • If the your mobile provider pushed a radio baseband update that invisibly read your Whatsapp keys from memory (yes, many basebands can read and write device RAM directly from outside of OS land), you'd never know.

I am really happy that people are waking up to the necessity of encryption. But end-to-end encryption relies on a secured local endpoints, and all we have are devices that are 100% owned by the corporations we rent them from.

That phone in your hand is not yours. It's a hostile environment for hostile apps.

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