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Comment That will make Uber *WORSE* (Score 2) 96

I take Uber and Lyft whenever I can and enjoy having these options.

However, my issues with the drivers aren't that they exceed the posted speed
limit or "brake too harshly". No, there are more annoying things that these
sort of OBD-II based systems will not detect.

1. The driver that is getting passed by everybody. The driver may be obeying
the posted speed limit but that does little to reduce annoyance when none of
the other drivers are doing that. We are being passed every few seconds and
are literally moving backward in the line of cars. There's no "rush" and "we'll
get there eventually" but why go slower than traffic? (Note: in some jurisdictions
this is known as "impeding the flow of traffic" and is in and of itself unlawful.)
If you can't "drive WITH traffic" just don't drive.

2. The driver that won't switch lanes. We're not in "Fast and Furious" here but
just because three miles ago you chose one lane doesn't mean you must stick
it out like a broken marriage. If we're coming to a traffic stop and there are three
cars at the red light in our lane and none in the other, SWITCH LANES. Also if
we're in a lane that's about to end, plan ahead and SWITCH LANES.

3. The driver that is constantly on and off the throttle. I don't have any desire to
feel my inertia being moved about my center of gravity forward and back every
three seconds. Absent something on the road, pick a throttle setting or a cruise
speed or an acceleration rate and STICK TO IT!!!

Unfortunately these things are greater annoyances than "speeding driver" or
"braking harshly" but are undetectable by the OBD-II summary reports.

All this system will do is take these drivers... and make them slower for two reasons
1: their speed is being monitored, so slow down
2: can't "brake harshly" (whatever that is) so keep an even more outrageous "safe distance"
from the vehicle in front... meaning go backward in the line of cars even faster as others
enter that safety distance...

Ehud Gavron
Tucson AZ

Comment How to lose the CA vote (Score 1) 321

So if she joins up with Hillary we'll have a ticket that can boast its prowess as
- all women yay
- anti encryption yay
- anti google, amazon, and apple yay

Pretty much a big clue for California voters to go vote for someone else.

What will they come up with next to piss of New York voters?


Comment The driver did it. VPNs mean nothing. (Score 4, Interesting) 164

If you have to post your resumé to make a point on /. then you've already lost.
OB Resumé thing: Yeah, I have that same experience, so we probably know of each other. Say hi to Nate or Dave for me.

When stopped for a moving violation in a car, the DRIVER is responsible. The OWNER doesn't get the citation; the DRIVER DOES.

VPNs don't necessarily require a user-entered password, can be bought and used automatically
without the user "entering authentication" (other than installing the initial file containing credentials),
include site-to-site VPNs that don't have per-user credentials, but most importantly to THIS discussion

The DRIVER of the Internet connection is the USER. The OWNER of the IP address is the ISP (or their ISP etc.) and they
lease it out to the CUSTOMER. The failure of these lawsuits is to link the CUSTOMER (car owner in the analogy) to the
USER (car driver in the analogy).

Having VPNs doesn't change the fundamental aspect that copyright trolls want the court to overlook:
The USER of the IP address is whom they want, but the OWNER of the IP address is whom they go after.
The more courts that wake up to this, the better.


Comment They didn't face a "ransomware infection" (Score 1) 58

Let's face it. We can either help other people not end up like these people, or we can gloat.

In the interest of helping:
1. Install the anti-malware software BEFORE you get pwn3d. Sure, it won't help against zero-day exploits, but it will defeat the other 99%.

2. Don't user your critical data server as a web-browser or email client. Period.

3. Use a rolling OFFLINE backup strategy so you maintain multiple OFFLINE backups of your critical data so you can restore to yesterday, last week, two weeks ago, etc.

4. Use a revision control system (RCS) so that when 150,000 files change, instead of checking in the changed files it freezes things and alerts you.

5. The number one mistake: Overconfidence, ego, and hubris. If you're a NASCAR team and can afford a guy to check tire temperatures at every pit stop, for FUCK'S SAKE HIRE AN IT GUY to set up your simulation server... instead of having it be on some idiot's laptop who surfs the web and gets infected. Sure, we don't want to blame the victim, but see points 1-4 above. This is exactly the same as every hospital that gets infected... every police department that gets infected... etc. The same incompetence, lack of understanding of the problem, lack of mitigation, and finally the ego.

Ehud Gavron
Tucson AZ

Comment Not unlawful ("illegal") (Score 1) 128

For something to be unlawful ("illegal") it needs to be in violation of a law or statute. There are no statutes prohibiting downloading anything. Clearly then it's not "illegal downloading."

A followup poster suggested that "Copyright law"... something something but no, downloading does not violate anyone's copyright. If it did you wouldn't be able to stream, make a temporary copy in your computer's cache, video GPU cache, etc.

Another poster suggested that the T&Cs form a contract between e.g. Netflix and the streamer which allows streaming but not downloading. This is probably the strongest argument in favor of "something wrong" but it's still not unlawful -- it's a civil contract dispute. Netflix terms are here: https://help.netflix.com/legal... and the relevant phrase is:
"You agree not to archive, download (other than through caching necessary for personal use), ...content ...obtained from or through the Netflix service without express written permission from Netflix... "

So in summary it's not unlawful. Nobody is breaking any laws. Copyright law isn't relevant here. What is relevant is a private agreement between Netflix and its subscriber, and if Netflix feels there's bee a breach of contract they can take it to arbitration (not court!) as per their same terms and conditions:
"If you are a Netflix member in the United States (including its possessions and territories), you and Netflix agree that any dispute, claim or controversy arising out of or relating in any way to the Netflix service, these Terms of Use and this Arbitration Agreement, shall be determined by binding arbitration or in small claims court. "

Did I mention that "downloading" is not an unlawful activity? ;)

Ehud Gavron
Tucson AZ

Comment Re:Shameful (Score 3, Interesting) 45

It's clear you like to make up things and then be sad and guilt others about these fictions.

Bitcoin isn't a tool, it's a currency.
It wasn't developed to allow criminals to pay. It was developed to create a decentralized currency.
It has nothing to do with law enforcement tracking avoidance -- the blockchain is public. The users are not but can be backtraced.
Legitimate businesses (like Dell) do accept Bitcoin but that's a chicken/egg argument and doesn't add nor detract from BCs legitimacy.
Rogue currency - currencies aren't rogue. Rogue means "dishonest or unprincipled". Currencies don't have either. You're just trying to paint it in your colors.
It's sad and genuinely shameful to read your hate piece on BC. Sorry you know nothing about it.

I think BC is speculative crap but at least I don't make up falsehoods like your stuff above to get there.


Comment GOING DARK!!! (Score 1) 482

Law enforcement everywhere is GOING DARK!!! They must havz cellphonez and they must havz access at all times or THEY'LL GO DARK.

There was apparently no law enforcement detective work prior to their wanting to download your iphone.

Just like concerts with useless divas didn't exist before cellphones.

Let's just band everything that's irritating.


Comment Great on TVA. Bad on Slashdot (Score 3, Insightful) 117

Good job TVA finally bringing another nuclear reactor online. It's clean, it's safe, and it's advanced.

Shame on slashdot "editor" BeauHD for adding in the unrelated story about renewable energy overtaking natural gas.

Seriously nice article today about Sourceforge and Slashdot Media all improving must have missed that there are people running the show who can't read.


Comment Entitled millenials explode in anger (Score 0) 189

"Not content with forcing people into using its Messenger app, Facebook is continuing its aggressive tactics and driving users to install its photo-sharing app, Moments"

Not content? Aggressive tactics? Driving users? Perhaps it's time for an entitlement-check - when someone gives you free software and access to their social network perhaps a better attitude might be:

Soon after giving people its second free app, the free online social network is now giving a second app and removing duplicate functionality.



Comment No API, no verification, no auth, no lost rights (Score 2) 367

If you want to use your credit card to verify you know a name that matches a number and maybe two other numbers and a checksum, good for you. Any credit card processor will verify it for you *AND* if you're not a customer of one you can just go try and buy ANYTHING online and if the credit card checks out you can go and use it.

Government IDs are different and the systems that can verify them run everything from C# to Ada to Cobol. https://fcw.com/articles/2013/...
There are -no- APIs to allow anyone to verify them, but moreover there won't be any APIs because OUR government doesn't want FOREIGN governments to be able to verify passports, SSNs, IDs, etc.

That same "concern" is shared by most every other country in the world. So right there you can kiss API verification goodbye.

Where does that leave us? Public-key? No... because that's not either
a) Government provided (read "verified and if they don't like you you can't have one")
b) Government authenticated (read "if you piss them off it won't verify" think Assange, Snowden, Aaron Schwartz, or ANYONE accused of a crime)

So given that governments won't provide an API, and we the free people don't want our ability to interact on the Internet taken away by
a) conscious act of government not wanting to auth you ... or
b) government can't run a server well and it's not able to auth you ... or
c) the contractor doing upgrades takes it down 6 hours each Sunday morning like some F** database servers...
this is a nonstarter.


Comment PUBLIC STREETS belong to the public (Score 1) 767

It's really nice that some guy bought a house (or rents) and while his property ends at the property line, typically prior to the sidewalk if there is one, his sense of entitlement doesn't stop there, no it goes all the way to the other side of the street and then up and down the whole area.

Public streets are built by taxpayer-funded public funds and they are for EVERYONE's good. That includes the self-entitled guy who lives in that little house that posts false reports on Waze, and it includes EVERYONE else who wants to drive through that neighborhood.

I'm sure he'd be shocked if some people told him he couldn't drive on a particular segment of a particular freeway because they own a house nearby or something.

These people are not waze-warriors, they are malware-spreading(put in false info) misanthropic scumbags.


Comment YC is a joke... and this is yet more proof (Score 1) 1052

YC Sucks:
VCs don't take YC seriously because YC is a joke. YC has so many "schticks" but really
they know nothing of taking businesses from seed, angel, vc, public, to success. That's
why whenever anyone criticizes YC they trot out the THREE COMPANIES they've helped
that people know. Good job, losers.

This article:
And now, in an attempt to prove that they aren't entirely irrelevant other than as a vehicle for
taking private people's funds and BLOWING them on companies that could be helped by
REAL VCs... they're going to give RANDOM FAMILIES some SUBSTANDARD amount of
money on which families can't survive... and THEN.. and THEN they'll draw conclusions
from this.

Seriously, YC is like the Kardashians. They'll do anything for a media story. But it won't
help anyone but them. And there's nothing pretty about it. Also huge asses.


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