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Comment SHUT THEM DOWN! (Score 2) 228

Yes, if you run a tor node and you don't want to keep it up, take it down. You should be removed from the tor network.

The same goes for root DNS server or TLD server operators. If you don't want to keep it up, take it down. It will be removed from the network.

Being a part of something doesn't mean you provide a service and if you're unable or unwilling to do so reliably then you'll be removed. If you thought this was your method of expressing your political thoughts you were wrong.

Jacob Applebaum may have done bad things, but he certainly didn't take down the tor network for a day. These self-absorbed aholes are much much worse than anything he did because they want to impact millions of people in thousands of countries so they can have their sick moment of SJW fantasy.

Sorry. If you can't run a server without wanting to keep it up, you should be removed from the network.

The Internet views censorship as damage and routes around it -- famous saying which applies ever more to this.


Comment Sorry, the FAA says no. (Score 5, Informative) 70

The FAA has already said no to ridesharing.

The FAA has already said no to "Uber in the sky".

The reason for it is that the FAA has different rules for carrying yourself as a private pilot, carrying others for commercial gain, fare-sharing, etc. The regulations for fare-sharing mean you actually ALL have to be going TO GO DO the same thing, not just going to the same place.

The FAA has a higher requirement of pilots, equipment, and maintenance when used to carry passengers (other than private pilots who are NOT getting reimbursed).

OB DISC: I'm an FAA certificated commercial helicopter pilot

Comment Must Have New Phone features. Greenpeace=done (Score 0) 191

Consumers are not "upset" that handsets (who calls phones that???) are being released frequently. Greenpeace is.

We ("consumers") don't actually care what Greenpeace says... unless we're green-loving whaleboat-storming garbage-recycling nuts, in which case, good for those of you who are, and don't buy any new smartphones.

However, when data goes from 2G to 3G to 4G to (future not yet existent 5G) and Bluetooth and HDMI and everything else gets upgraded and you want your phone to work with all your cool peripherals and your new smart (don't get one) TV then YES YOU UPGRADE.

Greenpeace - your time on this earth is over. You've hurt a lot of sailors. It's time you STFU and went away.

*goes to buy a new smartphone. On credit. Like a millenial*


Comment Re: Gopher and Dungeons and Dragons (Score 1) 225

Well that's really awesome that you did summer research at a university.
Not only that, your exposure was "broken boxes" in "physics labs" so we know you
were among geniuses.

Unfortunately being around those broken boxes and not knowing your ass from which browser
came first gives you any credibility to speak to anything being discussed.

This would be ok if you were right. But you're not.

Gopher was popular and abundant.
Then came spyglass (later IE).
Then came mosaic (later Mozilla).

Happy reminiscing about how you rocked in the summer in a place that couldn't even run
unix right (which having worked with physics postdocs I totally understand).


Comment Dear Tesla Owner (Score 1) 277

Dear Tesla Owner engaged in the operation of a motor vehicle without hands on the steering wheel:

The accident is 100% your fault.

Please surrender your driver's license as you are not worthy of exercising its privileges.

Next time you want to blame the car because you took your hands off the controls think back to how tough driver's education courses were the first time... and reach into your Tesla-affording-pockets to pay the other guy's damage bill.

In the future try to keep your hands on the controls (or surrender your driver's license and sit in the passenger seat) and keep the blame to yourself when you're the driver.


Comment Newspeak won't make this planet safer. (Score 5, Insightful) 246

In 1984 Orwell wrote of Newspeak, a language and culture designed to wipe out concepts that were unpopular.

Apple can remove gun emojis all day long. All that will mean is people's messages to each other won't contain gun emojis.

It won't change people being killed daily by rogue cops, crazy lunatics, terrorists, or others.

If Apple wanted to REALLY make a change in violence involving firearms (not to be confused with "gun violence" since guns by themselves aren't violent...) they should take some of their hundreds of BILLIONS of dollars and dedicate it to help stop crazy people from killing other crazy people.

Note 1: OJ Simpson did not kill Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman with a firearm. He used a kitchen knife -- Nicole's kitchen knife.
Note 2: The French suicide bomber killed lots of people with his vehicle. Vehicles are available to everyone.
Note 3: The Newtown school shooting was done by a guy who broke in and stole his mother's weapon (then killed her with it). He was not a "gun owner".

But yes, do let's remove the emoji. I'm sure we'll never see or hear guns discussed on the news, in the media, on FB, and everywhere else.
Because emojis or not, ISIS creates a new death every 84 hours. I'm sure the lack of emojis won't change that.


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: 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.


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