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Comment we should be speeding up, not slowing down (Score 1) 602

Cars in the 1970's were big, slow to get up to speed, slow to stop, and handled like they were riding on marshmallows. And the United States had a 55MPH speed limit across the country. Cars got better, much better, and the speed limits have gone up accordingly. Horrific looking accidents are far more survivable now because of massively improved safety standards. In many regions, time spent in traffic is improved because people are free to drive up to 75MPH on many interstates while staying in sync with the flow of traffic. Getting people moving faster allows the highways to allow more vehicles to travel on them per day. We should be figuring out how to safely get the speed limits up, not down.

I don't know about other countries, but in the US the redaction of the white line will give a license for a whole new level of passive-aggressive driving (as well as more overtly aggressive). We already have problems now with people who hog the fast lane, or who speed up and slow down to prevent other motorists from overtaking them or otherwise joining their lane. I can see that same class of jerk swerving back and forth to hog more of the road for themselves.

Sounds like a great recipe for increased accidents, road rage, and congestion. No, thanks.

Comment Re:Mostly for criminals (Score 4, Insightful) 117

Nobody ever said that Free Software = Cheap. "Free as in speech, not as in beer" is often heard. This is Free Software 101 stuff.

As for not imagining anyone spending that kind of money on a workstation, compared to what it'll get you in the Apple Store, some would call it a bargain. Note that it's being called a "workstation" and not a "desktop". For some people, there is a real difference.

Comment 2 things: (Score 2) 172

1. Use your own modem. Your ISP should have a hardware compatibility list. Pick a model off of that list and you're good to go. I ended up picking one with no internal WiFi capabilities, because I had something better in mind.
2. I can't speak highly enough about the combination of a pfSense based router (I run mine on Netgate hardware) and Ubiquiti UniFi wireless equipment. I've got access points at opposite ends of my property to blanket the whole house and yard with WiFi coverage and it works very well. The AP's work cooperatively together, and I've been able to get creative about how I provide guest networking with this combination.

Comment semicolon except sometimes they do (Score 3, Interesting) 160

Strange commentary about your menses aside, there are valid applications for internet-connected refrigerators. Whether you can imagine them or not is another matter all together.

How about a refrigerator that knows its own inventory based on RFID tag scanning, and can automatically add items to your grocery shopping list when inventory is depleted? All of the parts to make this happen are there now. If you buy your food at a store that has embraced RFID. the part you may be missing is the smart fridge.

But none of it is relevant to this article; your refrigerator is going to have access to conventional WiFi when the time comes. This is much more likely about things like connecting municipal signage & traffic control devices, letting people at bus stops know how far away the bus is, etc. (or more likely smart adverts at the bus stops). Existing WiFi protocols are impractical to implement for devices that are rather spread out like this, and which don't require the kind of throughput that your mobile device or laptop would.

Comment IPv6 compatibility w/ FOSS projects (Score 2) 294

What's really sobering is when you look at relatively new but very successful FOSS ecosystems like that surrounding Docker, you'll see poor considerations for IPv6. If you're working on new bleeding edge stuff and you're still developing for an IPv4 world, you're needlessly wasting a huge opportunity to help the world move beyond IPv4. I really want to call out CoreOS's fleet project for using IPv4 private networks for cross-container communications where IPv6 would have been a much better fit.

Comment Re:Hidden Service (Score 1) 43

But Tor can do nothing about the path between the exit node and the endpoint. It can't protect you against an endpoint that is a bad actor. That's where the hidden service comes in handy; the Tor user has a completely hidden connection to the endpoint without the normal problems associated with malevolent exit nodes, or the path between the exit and the endpoint. Yes, good habits are still required between the hidden service user and the hidden service.

Comment gun show (Score 4, Informative) 81

That quote is ridiculous. Anybody who's ever been to a gun show can tell you it's one of the safest most orderly mass congregations of people you'll ever have the pleasure of attending. The stuff that's for sale adheres to strict local, state, and federal laws. And there is no tolerance by the show management, attendees, or other vendors of shenanigans.

Comment Useless. Let me save you a click. (Score 1) 24

How did this make it to the front page?

1. The summary doesn't even have a link.
2. Once you find the obscure link in the header, and watch the video, you just see some unfinished blob of a heavy lift drone taking off and hovering with some royalty free techno music behind it.

There's nothing here that is informative or newsworthy. Looks like more paid astroturfing.

Submission + - Trolls Will Always Win (wired.com)

maynard writes: Kathy Sierra spent a tech career developing videogames and teaching Java programming in Sun Microsystems masterclasses. Up until 2007, she'd been a well regarded tech specialist who happened to be female. Until the day she opined on her private blog that given the crap-flood of bad comments, maybe forum moderation wasn't a bad idea. This opinion made her a target. A sustained trolling and harassment campaign followed, comprised of death and rape threats, threats against her family, fabricated claims of prostitution, and a false claim that she had issued a DMCA takedown to stifle criticism. All of this culminated in the public release of her private address and Social Security Number, a technique known as Doxxing. And so she fled from the public, her career, and even her home.

It turned out that a man named Andrew Auernheimer was responsible for having harassed Sierra. Known as 'Weev', he admitted it in a 2008 New York Times story on Internet Trolls. There, he spoke to the lengths which he and his cohorts went to discredit and destroy the woman.

Over a candlelit dinner of tuna sashimi, Weev asked if I would attribute his comments to Memphis Two, the handle he used to troll Kathy Sierra, a blogger. Inspired by her touchy response to online commenters, Weev said he “dropped docs” on Sierra, posting a fabricated narrative of her career alongside her real Social Security number and address. This was part of a larger trolling campaign against Sierra, one that culminated in death threats.

Now, seven years later, Kathy Sierra's returned to explain why she'd left and what recent spates of online harassment against women portend for the future if decent people don't organize. Because the situation has grown much more serious since she went into hiding all those years ago. It's more than just the threat of Doxxing to incite physical violence by random crazies with a screw loose.

These days, malicious trolls have taken to SWATting, where harassers call police and make false accusations to induce a SWAT raid. One prominent example is that of game developer Chris Kootra, who experienced a SWAT raid on camera while playing an online video game recently. There is also the troubling trend of developing malicious software intended to harm victims directly. For example, posting images on epilepsy forums which flicker at rates known to induce epileptic seizure. Given that Sierra is epileptic herself, this kind of harmful trolling hits home personally. She writes:

[While not photo-sensitive], I have a deep understanding of the horror of seizures, and the dramatically increased chance of death and brain damage many of us with epilepsy live with, in my case, since the age of 4. FYI, deaths related to epilepsy in the US are roughly equal with deaths from breast cancer. There isn’t a shred of doubt in my mind that if the troll hackers could find a way to increase your risk of breast cancer? They’d do it. Because what’s better than lulz? Lulz with BOOBS. Yeah, they’d do it.

And yet Auernheimer, the man who put her through all this horror, has for entirely different reasons become a kind of 'Net cause célèbre for Internet freedom. After having committed a hack against AT&T where he'd obtained the email addresses of thousands of iPad users, he attracted the attention of federal authorities. In due course he was convicted and sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for identity fraud and conspiracy to access a computer without authorization. A conviction and sentence many thought egregious. Attracting support from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and prominent Georgia University Law Professor Tor Ekeland, the two worked together to craft an appeal and overturn the conviction. In April 2014, they succeeded. Auernheimer is now free.

Ekeland wasn't the only one bothered by the government's case. Even Kathy Sierra disagreed. Yet she's appalled that somehow she'd been dragged into supporting the very man who'd abused her.

But you all know what happened next. Something something something horrifically unfair government case against him and just like that, he becomes tech’s “hacktivist hero.” He now had A Platform not just in the hacker/troll world but in the broader tech community I was part of. ... But hard as I tried to find a ray of hope that the case against him was, somehow, justified and that he deserved, somehow, to be in prison for this, oh god I could not find it. I could not escape my own realization that the cast against him was wrong. So wrong. And not just wrong, but wrong in a way that puts us all at risk.

The lawyer Ekeland, in recent commentary at Wired, continues to defend Auernheimer as having been wronged by an overzealous prosecution, the precedent of which could have significant ramifications for 'Net freedom. "...the crucial issue here is not weev or his ideas but the future of criminal computer law in the U.S. You may think weev is an asshole. But being an asshole is not a crime, and neither is obtaining unsecured information from publicly facing servers."

Which leaves Sierra lamenting that Auernheimer still hasn't been charged and convicted for what she considers the real crime of harassment he'd committed, harming her and countless others. Where's the justice? Inciting violence and dissemination of 'fighting words' are not free speech. Yet, as she admits, unless you're a celebrity you're "...more likely to win the lottery than get any law enforcement agency to take action." So there is none. "We are on our own," she laments. "And if we don’t take care of one another, nobody else will."

So she came back to push back, to push back against prominent journalists and members in Tech who'd conflate prosecutorial violations of due process with the right to disseminate harassment and cruelty.

I came back because I believe this sent a terrible, devastating message about what was acceptable. ... To push back on the twist and spin. I believed the fine-grained distinctions mattered. I pushed back because I believed I was pushing back on the implicit message that women would be punished for speaking out. I pushed back because almost nobody else was, and it seemed like so many people in tech were basically OK with that.

Auernheimer, for his part, remains unapologetic. Responding to Sierra on Livejournal, he writes:

Yesterday Kathy Sierra (a.k.a. seriouspony), a mentally ill woman, continued to accuse me on her blog of leading some sort of harassment campaign against her by dropping her dox (information related to identify and location) on the Internet. ... Kathy Sierra has for years acted like a toddler, throwing tantrums and making demands whenever things didn't go her way. She rejects any presentation of polite criticism or presentation of evidence as some sort of assault on her. She was the blueprint for women like Zoe Quinn and Anita Sarkeesian, who also feign victimhood for financial and social gain. Kathy Sierra is the epitome of what is wrong with my community. She had something coming to her and by the standards set by her own peers in the social justice community, there was nothing wrong with what she got.

Some people never change.

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