* Posts by Charles 9

6213 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

EU urged to ignore net neutrality delusions, choose science instead

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Re: What I want

Yes, it's always the sender who pays. Now, the receiver may be subject to currency conversion fees, but that's true with practically any currency conversion. It's how they maintain operations.

As for the receiver paying for shipping, isn't that why S&H is added to most bills when placing an order, so the receiver pays for the package due, just before it even gets sent out? Plus I think COD is still possible in certain situations.

In some countries cell phone minutes are assessed sending OR receiving, and if the other end's a cell phone that applies to him/her, too, because each user is employing the network: direction doesn't make a difference.

So why can't the Internet be charged both ways. Both ends are using the Internet are they not, which means making use of physical infrastructure that means someone else can't use it?

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Re: QoS != Net neutrality

But what happens when all traffic is encrypted and ISPs can't tell them apart?

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You own the software, Feds tell Apple: you can unlock it

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Re: One option

Or they can just turn the argument on its ear and pit the leasing and rental industry against the government. Any kind of rent or lease stipulates that what you do with it is YOUR responsibility. Otherwise, by the government's argument, a rental car company would become liable if their rental car was used in a robbery or as a car bomb.

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Re: Hypothetical situation ....

Furthermore, if the warrant allows for forcible entry, then police can just look for ways around your lock, such as employing a window or disassembling your door.

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'iOS 9 ate my mobile broadband plan'

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Re: Only one reason...

LTE isn't sold by the minute but by the packet, usually by GBs. Depends on the plan, really. Many plans, though, will limit your LTE usage to a certain numbre of GBs. What happens after that depends. Some charge you extra, others drop you to 3G HSPA or 2G EDGE. Some like Sprint and T-Mobile offer what would be best called "unmetered within reason" LTE plans (I'm on one).

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Joining the illuminati? Just how bright can a smart bulb really be?

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I've read the article about timer operation, and I've thought that it would be nice to have a timer that's clever enough to maintain some variance in its operation. A savvy criminal may get wise to a light that turns itself on at the same time every night but if the turn on time wavers give or take 15 minutes, then it's harder to gauge if it's a person turning it on or a timer, making them more leery.

Responding to a smoke alarm would also be useful, too, since it would imply an emergency and a situation where people may not be in a condition to reach switches (due to smoke they may be coughing or otherwise keeping to the floor to avoid it).

Not saying these "smart bulbs" are the ideal answer to either one, but they do introduce some interesting use cases for which some more practical solutions may be developed.

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American robocallers to be shamed in public lists

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How when VOIP uses the Internet? They'll just route around any blocks and change their source UPS.

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So what's the internet community doing about the NSA cracking VPN, HTTPS encryption?

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Re: Who is that sending?

Pretty much. BTW we tend to use Alice and Bob. Anyway, D-H can stop a passive threat (Eve) but not an active one (Mallory) who can do MitM and trick one or both into believing they're the other side of the conversation (note this can apply even with keys at the First Contact phase).

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You CAN prove a negative by Contradiction. That's how Turing famous Halting Theorem works.

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Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

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Re: Sea change in "allowed" foods

It's the allowed ruminants that eat grain (along with grass). Pigs (omnivores) can eat many different foods and are probably kept at living garbage disposals, but because of this they're considered unclean (probably with a history, again because of Trichinosis).

Reading up on the different food-based restrictions, you realize they mostly (the exceptions being the ones banned due to ritual like the yeast/Passover restriction) generally have a logical reason for restricting them: especially at the time, all the foods listed are potential sources of contamination, parasites, or disease (including blood). A lot of the banned creatures are considered scavengers and so would be thought to accumulate toxins from the food they eat.

I won't comment on the other restrictions as I lack the perspective to see any logic behind them.

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"Which is why ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is used these days instead."

Surprised no meat packer or whatever has taken this and gone, "Eat our preserved meat and avoid scurvy without oranges!"

That would draw my notice, as I can't stand fresh citrus or their juices. Even the smell makes me nauseous.

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Re: Sea change in "allowed" foods

You have to wonder why all the odd restrictions laid down by the Torah. Now, the restriction on pork is probably more down to Trichinosis than anything. Pigs are omnivores so can contract the parasite (whereas cows are herbivores), thus why they insist on ruminants (only dedicated herbivores would have the specialized stomachs needed to digest cellulose). But what about all the others like mixed fabrics?

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'Get a VPN to defeat metadata retention' is good advice. Sometimes

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Re: VPN provider trustworthiness?

Because at SOME point you're going to have to trust SOMEONE. If you go into full Don't Trust Anyone mode, the only logical course is to cut off from the Internet and all communications because ALL of them rely on some level of trust to operate.

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Sick of politicians robo-calling you? Bin your landline, says the FCC

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"Automatic cold calling is illegal here in Ireland though so politicians have to physically canvass door to door which is much handier for giving them a piece of your mind!"

I'm surprised someone hasn't used VoIP telephony to do cold calling from outside the country. I think that's how a good chunk of US robocalls start out and why not even the FCC can control them (outside their jurisdiction).

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Re: Phones - phooey

I think the US chose 911 in the 60's for logical reasons: (1) It was an unused code. (2) It didn't start with a 1, so the routing was kept local. (3) It was still easy enough to remember and relatively quick to dial while still requiring some deliberation to commit (you have to think a bit before reaching and dialing the 9, but once you did that, the -1-1 part could be done in less than a couple seconds).

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German Govt mulls security standards for SOHOpeless routers

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Re: So it begins..

They may be published, but they're still active and enforced, meaning they have value can be SOLD. And remember, the "software patent" argument can't work here because the patents may be in the chips: in the HARDWARE.

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Re: Please leave WPS enabled

Would they take off for restrictions WPS to Push Button Control only given this usually requires physical access?

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Internet daddy Vint Cerf blasts FCC's plan to ban Wi-Fi router code mods

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Re: there's the Sixth Amendment to contend with

Not that. The presumption of innocence, meaning they gotta catch you in the act.

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So just what is the third Great Invention of all time?

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Re: But isn't money just another form of information?

It could have value if it is a SECRET.

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Re: Abstract thought.

"The ability to think of things not necessary for immediate survival leads to the ability to think of time, as in the past, present and most importantly, the future, and that allows the ability to plan ahead."

But animals have demonstrated the ability to plan ahead as well. Isn't that what feasting prior to hibernation is about? What about beavers with their dam building and so on? Building nests and homes with the intent to find a mate and raise a family? The thing is that we can't know for certain (yet) that animals other than ourselves are capable of abstract thought or the ability to teach and learn in ways other than by example.

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Google publishes crypto mandate for Android 6.0

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Re: Honeypot

You forget Marshmallow's new permission system. You get to say what's allowed and what's not. And even pre-Marshmallow apps can be tamed with App Ops.

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Well, if it's some randomly-generated thing just for the sake of having a key, then it wouldn't be so bad. Now, I'll agree if it's some predetermined default they use across an increasing number of Marshmallow phones, I'd be worried.

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Half-secure not good enough for Chrome users says Google

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Re: What is checked?

Chinese Cannon ring a bell? ANY unencrypted connection can be hijacked and injected with malware.

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Re: "users clicking “OK” on anything they don't understand"

Problem is they are frequently at odds. It's like with deadbolts; some people just don't like them. What do you do when the least acceptable level of security is also past the most acceptable level for inconvenience?

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Ireland moves to scrap 1 and 2 cent coins

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Re: Quids in!

American pennies are only copper-clad as well (been that way since 1982). Though in our case, we tend to use zinc to avoid the problems with reacting to magnets.

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Re: How does this work?

"However, this change is caused by the fact that nobody cares about such amounts. I remember a study showing that the psychological value most people give to 1c coins is actually negative, meaning that they are more trouble than they are worth."

Did they ask this in America, because over here I see quite the opposite: many people taking pride in being able to nail totals to the penny, pulling out little bags of change, and so on.

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Re: Doesn't matter as most people pay by card anyway

That kinda got ruined in America because most states insist on pre-tax pricing (yes, a legal requirement) so that sales taxes can't be hidden away. As a result, the final cent tally is all over the map and so is the rounding.

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Americans put plenty of stock in pennies. "A penny saved is a penny earned." "Give-A-Penny, Take-A-Penny", piggy banks, etc. Plus many Americans seem to take pride in penny-pinching and nailing the total to the penny.

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Accidental homicide: how VoLTE kills old style call accounting

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Re: Dynamic IP address?

Easily solved with a DDNS entry. Granted it's a slight additional expense, but it can be worth it if you're on the move a lot.

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Sprint sprints away from no-throttle policy – punishes 'unlimited' network hoggers

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Re: Everybody plays with words

Throttling is still a limit. That's why I say the word "unlimited" should be banned in advertising as both alluring and unrealistic, the way American cigarette ads are uber-restricted for the same two reasons.

Frankly, if I could propose a law in America's Congress, it would be to force all advertisers to the same standards they would have to face if they were testifying in a court: the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. They must sell their ads strictly on facts and typical results, not image, not atypical testimonials, with all claims told pessimistically. Failure to adhere will result both in fines and in a ban on any not-on-site advertising for varying periods.

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Re: Limited is Limited

Has anyone taken one of these "unlimited" carriers to court over false advertising issues?

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Funny I didn't hear a lot of complaints from telephone companies when dial-up Internet was all the rage: people keeping phone lines tied up for hours on end and so on...

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Self-driving vehicles might be autonomous but insurance pay-outs probably won't be

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Re: Shutters?

As for the official name for the plastic dummy pin, which I learned after the fact, it's a minimum of FOUR words: An Insulated Shutter Opening Device (ISOD).

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Re: Oh Mr. Dabbs, you poor deluded child...

You'd think they'd have done that on trains and airliners by this point, though...

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Re: Shutters?

Britain uses what's known as the "Type G" plug and socket system. The sockets are typically designed so that the live and neutral connectors are covered by a spring-loaded shutter. Think of it as a way to keep curious tots from sticking nails in them. The earth/ground pin on a G plug is (as it should be for a safe plug design) longer than the other two. When you push the plug into the socket, the earth pin pushes a lever inside the socket that raises the shutter on the other two pins. Anyway, type G plugs are bulky because they must include internal fuses, and most devices are expected to have an earth wire and a metal earth plug. Some devices, though, don't need earthing (double-insulted stuff, for example). But they still need the physical plug so as to raise the shutter. Thus, the plastic dummy pin.

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Probably "Dummy Pin". The appliance doesn't need earthing but needs the plastic pin to open the shutters on the other two.

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Those circumstances can be argued in a court. If the failure was spontaneous, then no one's at fault and insurance policies will need to foot the bill. The argument will be that the explosion or fire was the result of neglect in maintenance, at which point the homeowner can become liable, but again, that's a matter for the courts to decide on a case by case basis.

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Re: Urban buses replaced first?

Thing is with a driverless bus you can go nuclear on the drivers' union. If you fire the whole lot for redundancy, there's little recourse left; even the courts will find it difficult to rule in favor of inefficiency.

But will an autonomous bus be able to negotiate sabotage like caltrops and barricades?

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Wheels come off parents' plan to dub sprog 'Mini Cooper'

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Re: Belgium wisely prevented Mr and Mrs Renault from calling their daughter Megane

I know the name Mercedes is pretty valid in most Romance languages (it's also a valid Spanish name, and I think you can have it in Italian, too), but this hint of it being Jewish makes me wonder which came first. Did the name come from Israel during Roman times becoming incorporated into Latin and so on, or did it come later?

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Slacker vendors' one-fix-a-year effort leaves 88% of Androids vulnerable

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ASAP = Untested = Bad Patches.

Then you run into the evil at the other end of the patching conundrum. If you push makers to get out critical patches ASAP, you end up with patches that lack of time has prevented proper testing. End result is patches which cause glitches (or worse, brick devices). You end up with a case of the cure being potentially worse than the disease...

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After Burner: Sega’s jet-fighting, puke-inducing arcade marvel

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Actually, not quite. Tekken and Tekken 2 (as well as Soul Edge) ran on System 11, which you're correct was essentially the same spec as a PlayStation. That's why those translated so well to the PlayStation. However, Tekken 3 ran System 12, which was an improved variant (the MIPS CPU ran at 48 MHz, 50% better than the PSX-spec 33MHz, and it used a different sound system), so the translation this time around would have a few compromises.

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No change in US law, no data transfer deals – German state DPA

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Not quite. We still trust our family and ourselves. When we can't even trust ourselves, THEN we're fully in DTA mode, and that's probably when the Internet ceases to be a useful medium. After all, communication requires some degree of trust as Alice and Bob have no way to verify each other if they've never met before and can't trust a Trent to do it (since he may be corrupt).

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FAA issues lithium battery warning

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Re: not getting it, charles9

Does it have to be cabin baggage, though, is what I'm noting?

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Re: Bah!

The shampoo bottle is quite fine checked (just keep it in a plastic bag as a precaution). As for the knife, that depends. Those that would allow it prefer you keep it checked (the concern is you taking it out and using it, which you can't if it's checked).

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Dry those eyes, ad blockers are unlikely to kill the internet

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Re: If adverts weren't so irritating I'd not block them

Well, didn't someone once say, "There's no such thing as bad publicity?" That even disgust gets people to talk about the subject which helps spread things by word of mouth?

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Laser razor binned from Kickstarter resurfaces on Indiegogo

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All this talk reminds me of my days playing Monday Night Combat at LaseRazor Arena (6 blades and a built in gel dispenser).

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Mozilla to boot all plugins from Firefox … except Flash

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Re: Don't confuse plugins with extensions

Six of one, half a dozen of the other. Changing the API means old extensions will get dropped, as well those that use XUL that have no counterparts in the new API.

"All popular extensions will no doubt be ported: if not then they probably aren't being updated much either and on borrowed time anyway."

But why fix what isn't broken?

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PHONE me if you feel DIRTY: Yanks and 'Nadians wave bye-bye to magstripe

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Re: PIN

They must expect you to use it ONLY at Target. Target happens to be one of the few places that have turned on their Chip readers (Walmart is another).

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Actually, many do, especially the big retailers. They just haven't turned them on yet. Ingenico iSC250 and 350 models, both of which are NFC- and Chip-capable (it's in their datasheets), are popping up all over the place, and the other manufacturers are keeping up. Walmart has already turned their Chip readers on, for example. Even the third-party CC handlers are starting to encourage smaller retailers to swap out their PIN pads for newer chip-capable ones, again for liability reasons.

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