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Comment Re:I'm still not sure (Score 1) 59

I'm still not sure how this affects me

Here's a very short version:

Cloudflare provides proxying, caching, and DDoS protection (plus other things) for a huge number of websites. This means that instead of connecting directly to a website's servers, you're instead connecting to a Cloudflare server which inspects and routes the traffic to the real website.

A bug in Cloudflare's system would occasionally result in random memory contents from the Cloudflare server incorrectly getting sent back to clients in the HTTP response stream. This memory could contain anything -- random parts of a webpage, a picture, or a username and password that was recently passed through the system.

Since these memory dumps can be (and were) captured by caching systems such as Google's cached pages, Internet Archive, etc, it's not enough that Cloudflare fix the bug -- all the cached pages must also be deleted or somehow cleared of any memory dump contents. Until this happens (and frankly, it's likely an impossible goal given the size and scope), there is the potential that your username and password for some website could be saved out in a cached copy of a Cloudflare site, there just waiting for someone to find it. Attackers can, and are, scanning all of this cached data looking for such valuable leaked memory contents.

Overall it's a major bug and huge error on Cloudflare's part, but the likelihood of it impacting you seems astronomically small.

What it does do, however, is raise questions about whether or not we should have a single company acting as a back-end gatekeeper to vast swaths of the web. It also raises the question of the responsibility of sites like the Internet Archive. Should they be required to mass-delete archived sites going back years due to this bug? There is no way to recover those past cached sites. Finally, who is responsible if this breach does get exploited? Is it Cloudflare, or the website that chose to use them?

I've never been a fan of Cloudflare from a privacy and security standpoint, and this failure on their part more or less cemented my opinion.

Comment Re:History repeat itself. (Score 1) 132

Hmm, are you drunk or stoned. One hour of computer programming instruction in 9 years, what are they going to learn. This is a computer, this is how you turn it own, this is a programming language (what ever the language is), to put output on screen type this in - 'print(hello, world)', end of instruction. Seriously WHAT THE FUCK, the paper the legislation was written on was a fucking waste of paper. For fuck sake, want to teach computer programming then it has to be at minimum 2 hours a week for the full school year.

Comment Re:"Police found Purinton 80 miles away at Applebe (Score 2) 581

Getting drunk and doing stupid things is not racist, alchohol fucks everyone up, just in different ways, none good and many lethal. Now if only dude had been stoned, sure he could likely have shot himself whilst stoned trying to clean his second favourite toy but at least he would not have shot someone else. Guns and alchohol do not mix That is all that this story is about, once drunk, all logic and reason is gone to be replaced by alcohol fuelled depression and stupidity. Shooting people whilst drunk is either racist or xenophobic, it is simply alchohol fuelled stupidity. Would it have happened sober, no. Would it have happened stoned, no.

The reality is alcohol cost far more in losses to society than the profit it provides. Out suffering and wallets, are alchohol industry profits. For every dollar you spend buying alchohol, that alchohol will be spending another dollar in wasted taxes paying for the damage alchohol causes.

People are self medicating with all sorts of crap as a result of the stresses of psychopathic capitalism, it is time to ensure the mendicants do not cause more harm than good (people have a right to feel good, even if via intoxicants and fuck any sick fuck who demands people must fucking suffer, they must be fucking miserable, that they must slave and die on the inside every day, those people who demand it are disgusting).

Comment Re:Idiocracy doubles down (Score 1) 112

Why do you want access to *the* filesystem?

So I can control and organize my data.

If you don't like iCloud Drive, you can use Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive and a few others. I believe all of the rest of them give you the ability to use folders.

I don't want to give my data to a third party. I want to be able to control my own data. I have plenty of local storage, and no need or desire whatsoever to place my information in someone else's hands. If you want to do so, of course, by all means. For myself, I'd just as soon not enter into the lottery of "which cloud service will suffer a security breach next", or the lottery of "which cloud service is sharing data with government / corporations / hackers / employees", or the lottery of "geee, the Intertubes are down, I guess I can't get at my data", or the "you must look at ads or pay a fee to get at your data lottery", or the "I'm on a plane and so I can't get at my data lottery", etc., etc., etc.

It's up to you to decide which documents will be stored locally on the device.

Indeed it is. And the answer is "all of them", except where I have also stored them on some other device I own and wholly control.

Comment The free market, pizza, and sneakers (Score 2) 116

Why is this not happening with pizzerias or sneakers?

It most definitely is. A decent quality pizza worth less than $2.00 (I make them from scratch, and that's what they cost me in low quantity in a relatively isolated region where raw materials prices are high, so I'm quite sure of the number) often costs well over $10.00. Sneakers worth about $8.00 can cost far, far more than that -- no more than a little bit of canvas, plastic and metal off a mass production line. The gouging is blatant and obvious. The fact that you are willing to actually write as if it wasn't reveals that you have no actual sense of the economics of either matter.

Why am I paying the same price for 75 Mbps up/down today, that I used to pay for 35 Mpbs up/down 6 years ago?

Because US broadband is lagging far behind the state of the art, and prices are far too high. You should be running much faster, and paying much less. Same was true six years ago. And you are not even at the bottom of the low performance / high price heap. In many places, it's worse.

The answer: competition.

No, the answer is collusion.

Comment The frictionless slope (Score 2) 116

The Federal Communications Commission plans to halt implementation of a privacy rule that requires ISPs to protect the security of its customers' personal information.

Not that the FCC was ever very much more than a corporate puppet, but it's fascinating to watch them, and the government in general, find ways to be of even less service to the people.

So far, in just a couple months, we've seen the elimination of the requirement that energy companies must disclose royalties and government payments; the elimination of rules preventing dumping of coal mining waste into rivers and streams; the funneling of even more money into our "only more costly than the next eight countries put together" military; assertion that we need more and better nuclear weapons; suspension of an insurance rate cut for new Federal Housing Administration loans; completely unjustified disruption of already-issued visas; the installation of a white supremacist on the national security council; an order to "review" a rule requiring financial managers to act in their clients' best interests when handling retirement accounts; an "easing" of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010; amplification of the drug war; amplification of the war against personal and consensual sexual choices; partisan filtering of the Whitehouse press pool; anti-free-press agitprop straight from the president... all this, along with a great deal of additional rhetoric that indicates more of this nature is likely on the way.

We no longer need turn to dystopian fiction to see just how badly our government can act out. A dystopian reality is rapidly establishing itself. The indicators are so strong at this point that some of the "peppers" are actually beginning to look like forward-thinkers.

I wonder just how much of this kind of damage the country can suffer before it undergoes some kind of seismic shift, or, if it will just deliquesce into a fully classist, corporatist nightmare.

I prefer to hope that the complacent have had a wake up call as to just how foolish and blind large segments of our population actually is; that they now understand that it is possible that without their active resistance, both at the voting booth and in general, all of this will continue apace while every tweet from President Trump, every bit of nonsense from Spicer and Conway, every craven abrogation of responsibility by congress, every unwise and harmful regulatory alteration, will be met with a blinkered nod-and-drool from the very people that saw to it that he reached the Oval Office — and that this will outright determine the future course of the country along these same destructive lines.

These are such very interesting times. We know we're not 1940's Germans; but we're finally going to get an answer as to whether we are better — or worse. I see little reason for optimism in this regard at this point in time, either.

Comment Re: Holding Back Progress (Score 1) 76

No, that was figured out by companies which had worked with VR/3D headsets LONG ago. Guess you never played a mech battle game in the arcade where you had to pull down a helmet over your head (and hold onto the control sticks attached to it) back in the 90s.

High-res dual LCD screens, high refresh rate. Too bad the game itself was low resolution.

This shit isn't new, at all.

Comment Re: Texas Catch 22 Injustuce System (Score 0) 154 "In legal systems based on common law, a precedent, or authority, is a principle or rule established in a previous legal case that is either binding on or persuasive for a court or other tribunal when deciding subsequent cases with similar issues or facts" and A bit technical for many, but the idea is, if challenged it keeps going higher and higher in the legal system.

"Clearly established" in the case is just empty bullshit waffle, the judge clearly was avoiding the stupid statement, "no precedent has been set so no precedent can be set" basically IMO a chick shit judge who simply passed the buck. What he did establish precedent for, was 'a precedent can be set if that precedent has not be set', what a schmuck.

Comment Re:Just Remember, Folks. (Score 1) 141

For life, means for the life of the company. How long would that be with life time insurance, one successful botnet hack and a million crashes in one day, would pretty much do it. I can accept automated transit in an enclosed transport system but out in the open, no fucking way, just no, fuck off, seriously no, nup, nu uh. I am not having some stupid hacked car drive me straight off a cliff or into a train or into opposing traffic, all because some script kiddy, bought some software off a psychopath hacker and there are plenty of them out there. Does anybody ever bother to read shitty software warranties, I mean they are truely woeful crap, me, risk my life on those crap warranties, talk about Blue Screen Of Death.

Comment Re:My job... (Score 1) 340

When the robots are cheaper than, working in poverty labour and warehousing and transport costs and warehouse. Cheapest robot to date 3D printers and they are getting cheaper and better by the day. So when will you be able to make a 3D printer, with a 3D printer, hmm (technically more than one ie plastics and metals). I buy my printer and I can fire most of the corporations I have to deal with. Hmm make my own solar panels ;D. So how far off are protein printers, print my own food, more fired corporations.

Forget firing workers, we will be able to fire entire corporations and their worthless executive teams and investors, bwa hah hah (looks like we get the last laugh).

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