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* Posts by Vin King

41 posts • joined 4 Oct 2009

Oi, Obama. Rein your spooks in, demands web giants' alliance

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Rein your spooks in. I see what they did there.

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Sony: Can't beat Apple and Samsung, so let's be the Other Guy

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Sony, heh

I used to love me the hell out of Sony product. I bought my Vita based on my historical love for them. The fact that it had a built in 3G connection that could be used for all of... nothing... combined with an outdated idea of how an appstore should run turned me off hard.

For seriously, the 3G connection couldn't even be used. Any time you attempted to use it for anything, you got a message telling you that you were attempting to use too much data. This, despite the fact that no data has been used, because you couldn't use it. Limitations of the platform were so severe, I gave up hope of Sony ever having a clue.

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Swartz prosecutor: We only pushed for 'six months' in the cooler

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Re: Appropriate?

JSTOR had no interest pursuing it as a civil matter. They had enough interest to pursue it as a criminal matter, though, or they wouldn't have reported it to the feds.

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Criminals doing criminal things get criminal charges? ABSURD!

Everyone wants to point fingers at everyone else like they're responsible for any of the choices made by this guy, but at the end of the day, he's fully responsible for every decision he made. From breaking the law to ending his life, the entire onus is on him. What ever happened to owning up to your actions? Did Mitnick off himself because of a six month summer camp trip? Did Manning? What about Assange? The kid had problems that a slight case of prosecution didn't cause.

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'Doomsday' asteroid Apophis more massive than first thought

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I hope it does hit California

That way, I don't have to watch another crap movie come out of Hollywood.

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It's JUST possible, but Apple MIGHT not make an iWatch in 2013

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Sony SmartWatch

Sony is so gonna get sued for copying the iWatch, especially since they stole the white/metal/rounded corners design of the iWatch over a year and a half before the iWatch was released. Also, they have the same functions, what with all those phone integration features and whatnot.

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Anonymous hacks Westboro Baptists over Sandy Hook protests

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"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." --First Amendment, 1789

I'm not sure where in there it says it's only for being able to challenge my rulers. In fact, ti seems to simply say "freedom of speech." It seems to also address the right of the people to assemble. If the WBC decides to go stand on a street near a graveyard, and speak to the tenets of their religion, twisted or not, they seem to be satisfying the text of the Amendment. Thankfully, the Supreme Court agrees that the definition of freedom of speech and assembly has no restrictions when it comes to only applying to speech about the government. Where you got that idea is beyond me.

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I'm amused by the fact that Anonymous apparently despises a right to free speech.

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Dutch script kiddie pwns 20,000 Twitter profiles

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Black Helicopters

...verbose, complicated terms and conditions...

This application will be able to:

Post Tweets for you.

Those terms aren't verbose or complicated. There's no real conditions involved in that one. Yes, malicious users can have a field day if you authorize an untrusted source to publish information using your information. It becomes trivial at that point, since you've expressly authorized code you have zero control of from a developer you have zero knowledge of to have near complete access to your account.

The more and more people move to social media and feel it's okay to authorize whatever little crap they find to have complete access to the details of their account, the more and more you will see actions like this occur. Call me an old stick in the mud, but I rarely post any form of information sensitive to social media sites, and don't use many apps with them, because I do not like the authorizations required for most of them. In fact, I'm the same way with my phone. When some little game wants access to my contacts and ability to monitor phone calls, it is not installed.

This also has implications among law enforcement techniques, as well. If Farmville has complete, unfettered access to your Facebook and cell phone, what stops the feds from issuing a secret subpoena to Farmville to kill two birds with one stone?

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Google parks panzers on Germany's lawn over 'link tax' plan

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Re: If I was Google

I love this type of overblown reaction. Pull a product out of an entire country just to prove a minor point. Sorry, peoples, you have spoken, and you have said you don't want our service. The only problem with this is that no company has the cajones to take a small hit on their bottom line to stand up for themselves. They whimper and pander to the crap they get. Like when Fallout 3 got OMG BANNED in the AU for having morphine. Bowed and changed it to Med X for the entire world, rather than just tell the AU people, "Welp, you've spoken, and you don't want to play this game because your rating system doesn't allow for the fact that adults might want to play games, so you've censored our product. Sounds good to me."

If only companies WOULD do this type of thing. We'd see more and more issues get properly dealt with in the political machine, because people WOULD be angry that some idiot law has actually impacted their ability to do something they want.

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Whopping supersonic-car rocket rattles idyllic Cornwall

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I keep coming up with .006644 Elephants Per Second

Given average bath size of 50 gallons or .1512m^3 of water, a rough estimate of 4.7m^3 for the size of an elephant, making a bath the equivalent of .03217 elephants. Dividing by 5 for seconds gives us .006644 elephants per second.

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Verizon CFO: 'Unlimited' data is just a word

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Meh

On one hand, I love the QOS I get on the Verizon network. On the other hand, I hate the data limits and extreme pricing on high bandwidth packages. He's right in a way that consumers are "choosing" to move away from it, because most consumers aren't willing to pony up $500 for a new phone. That said, my current lack of an unlimited plan leaves me hurting for bandwidth, and constantly checking my data usage.

I'd love to youtube and netflix the crap out of things. Why? Not because there's no lack of wifi, it's just that my workplace doesn't allow personal devices on the wireless. When I'm traveling, which happens somewhat often, I find my choice sometimes rests between using my own data connection or paying an extra $15 a night for hotel wifi services.

I want unlimited, but unfortunately, I also want network quality and speed. Since quality and speed matter more to me than unlimited, I'm stuck firmly on VZW.

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'How I CRASHED my bank, stole PINs with a touch-tone phone'

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After watching that video...

...I'm convinced much attention is being paid to garbage. He didn't successfully attack any system. He had a test system he bounced some goofy crap off of that really didn't do anything. Since most IVR systems I've used use # and * for the vast majority of the actions you can do, * is rarely interpreted as "times." I tried this YAY MATH approach with the IVR for my bank just now, and as soon as I mash *, I'm greeted with a lovely voice telling me I've entered an invalid response.

Much dumd in this.

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Apache man disables Internet Explorer 10 privacy setting

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WTF?

Man, I'm surprised at the voting on comments in this article. There's apparently a lot of people who just love the idea of tracking people for advertising purposes.

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Bitcoin exchange shuts after heist

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Yeah, totally the same, because when I leave my credit card somewhere, I can't call the issuer and have the card revoked and charges challenged. I have no recourse with law enforcement. I can't do anything but wake up one day missing all my money.

Oh wait, no, that's just bitcoin.

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T-Mobile USA: Our new unlimited data plan is actually unlimited

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Meh

I was on T-Mobile for years, and loved it. However, a few months ago, I decided I wanted more and more performance than I was getting, and I wanted a new phone, too. I went to Verizon due to the snappy and awesome LTE network they have. Already, I've been disappointed a bit with Verizon as a company, but pleased to hell by the network performance. If T-Mobile can field an LTE network that compares with Verizons, I will be back with T-Mobile in minutes.

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Oz sysadmin says Windows 8 not ready for business

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Promise performance

If you take "It's really fast at not working" as "promise performance" there's something skewed. They did great on W7, but everything they've done with 8 has been crap. Sure, 8 will do fine on a tablet, but not every computer is a tablet, nor will it be. Production Windows systems require more than M$'s Metro crap and hokey multimonitor functionality.

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Firefox 13 now available for download

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What's firefox?

Oh wait, I think I remember. It's that thing that measures minutes to load pages by version number.

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US officials confirm Stuxnet was a joint US-Israeli op

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Trollface

This is an amazing story that just goes to show Obamer's commitment to an open and transparent government that he pledged to enforce. This is Change you can believe in! Yes we can!

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Apple and Foxconn back under fire for working conditions

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What about iPhone 5?

This is disappointing. With all these so-called quality of life improvements, how can we keep the death rate at the factory high enough to put the soul of a chinese man into each phone to do all the math for the processor?

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Bitcoin bank Bitcoinica still titsup after cyberheist

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Once again, an article shows us just how completely retarded the concept of bitcoins is.

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Hated Visual Studio 11 beta in HIGH-ENERGY colour blast

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Re: It may grow on you

C++ intellisense isn't that impossible. QTCreator does a fantastic job of it, and is a free IDE besides. It's sort of magical.

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Virgin Media cuts Pirate Bay access for millions of punters

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Re: No, You need to get real.

This is why counterfeit money should be legal. We're not stealing the money, we're just making copies of it. In fact, all counterfeit goods should be legal. Nobody should have any sort of protection on the creations they make, and we should all be allowed to freely benefit from and monetize anybodies creations, without their ability to stop us. I totally agree with you. Copyright infringement isn't theft at all. I'm sick of fascists who believe that just because they invested time and money into the creation of something, they should be the only ones to benefit from the sweat of their brow. Hell, they didn't even create it. They paid someone fair wages to create it for them, so why should we have to pay for it?

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Google shows off Project Glass augmented reality specs

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Gimp

I, for one...

Welcome our new AR overlords. I've been looking forward to a big player trying to productize AR for a while. If Google can solve some of the technical issues with the technology and get a product out to the consumers for the cheap with good quality, other companies will have to follow suit, and the AR revolution will begin. Smart phones will become relegated towards off interface computing and auxiliary input.

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High school student expelled for dropping F-bomb in tweet

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This is why nanny governments fucking suck. Oh shit, I said fuck on a work computer. I'm going to get fired.

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

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Re: Batman & Robin

Oh man, repressed memories come forth. George Clooney killed the franchise in a way that it took the awesomeness that is Batman Begins to undo, but we totally could have lived without his horrible take on the Dynamic Duo.

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These movies are all extremely recent, with the exception of The Cable Guy, and don't represent the worst of the worst in cinema within the last 30 years by far.

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Re: So many...

I'm going to have to agree. The book isn't anywhere near as bad as some L Ron haters try to portray it. That said, Scientology can eat one.

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Unfortuately...

...I'm going to have to suddenly add a second nomination. Netflix just recommended to me, as part of what they cryptically refer to as my "Top 10" this particular jewel:

"Shriek If You Know What I Did Friday 13th

In this goofy horror spoof, a masked slasher stalks the teens of BF High on what happens to be Friday the 13th and Halloween night at the same time."

Without even watching it, I'll go ahead and nominate it on the basis of confusing the 13th of October for when Halloween falls, spoof or not.

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Re: worst movies

The Thing (2011) DID end where the first one began, with the survivors chasing the dog in a helicopter and trying to shoot it. As much as I love the original (remake, whatever) Carpenter film, and for as much as I'll admit the prequel didn't meet it, it was still enjoyable for me.

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Devil

As bad as some of these are...

... I find myself somewhat surprised the first mention of Uwe Boll didn't come about until page 6. I'm gonna go ahead and agree with Alone in the Dark, and toss another vote to the sequel to Highlander that didn't happen.

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Robotics breakthrough blasts crud from that bit behind the lav

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Terminator

I, for one...

...Welcome our new toilet cleaning overlords.

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Indian web censorship court date moved to May

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Holmes

More and more companies...

...need to stop even entertaining some of these countries. Places like China, India, and Australia should just get denied service every once in a while to remind them that some of their laws are so behind the times that we're not even going to sweat it.

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US Senator demands answers from Carrier IQ

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Big Brother

It's good to see at least some sort of pressure moving on this issue so quickly.

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Google confirms US antitrust probe

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Holmes

Seriously?

For real? I tell you what, when I google for the word "maps," it's because I'm being lazy and want a quick link to Google Maps. Honestly, I don't care about any other vendor. Why? Because Google has provided the services I need with an ease that defies other companies. I'm not a Google fanboy; if someone can create such a well integrated set of tools, with more usability and functionality, I'll start using their suite. As it is, I can google an interest of mine, read a few pages, and then click one button to see a fucking map of places related to that near my home. In one click, I can instantly see anything related to my search interest, from news to videos, from reviews to maps showing me stores I can buy it at, and directions on how to get there.

I can use their services easily from my N900, I can receive an email from someone containing Microsoft Word documents, and view them instantly, edit, save, and send them back on a platform that cannot install Microsoft Word. Everything I need is there, and it does what I want.

As far as some of Google's other ventures, such as Chrome or Droid, I'm not as interested. Those don't work for me the way their web services do. I don't use Chrome, and I don't own a Droid product. I can't stand them.

But how does my experience with Google represent a fair business practice? It's simple free market principles. Google provides a free product on the market with X capabilities. Competitors also provide a free product on the market with J capabilities. I use a few of these products, I find them sorely lacking from what I require, and I select the product that provides me with a consistently good experience. I use Google. I play with some of the features in Google Labs, and I find my experience rewarding. I continue to use Google. Someone creates an "OMG GOOGLE KILLER" so I try it out and find that it doesn't have anywhere near the functionality of Google, so I continue to use Google some more.

At the end of the day, this story is played out by millions and millions of people, who fairly and democratically decide via free market that Google provides them with the best solution to their immediate needs.

The end.

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Oz privacy boss says Google Wi-Fi slurp breached law

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Grenade

No, I'm sorry

If you're too ignorant to know that when you're using a god damned radio to broadcast your unencrypted credit card number into the homes of all your neighbors, then you're too ignorant to be allowed to complain when one of your neighbors starts using it. If the Googlecars are driving around in the street are able to pick your shit out of the air, take a fucking minute to stop and think about how many cars drive down that street. Each of those are capable of doing the same damn thing. If you think Google is a villain because they accidentally wiresharked your email when they were driving about, you need to stop and worry about the assholes that actually want to target you. The ones that are going to cause you serious pain.

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Googlegate: Mapping a scandal of global proportions

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Megaphone

I don't get it.

People didn't encrypt their radio traffic, and are now complaining that someone listened in when they broadcast it all over the place? This is like standing on your front porch and having a conversation with a friend on your cellphone using a bullhorn. And then complaining when someone driving down the street with a tape recorder gets a snippet of your conversation.

There's a simple solution to this that has existed since the dawn of time. Encrypt your damn traffic. This isn't some magical system of invisible fairies that fly your internet connection to your laptop. This isn't some super technological servant that will consider your needs and actively work to ensure nobody knows what you're doing.

This is a radio system. Using WiFi with no encryption broadcasts your radio signal for all to hear. So many devices these days come with WiFi radios, and using no encryption on your traffic does let all of those devices just sit and listen.

So Google got an email, or some http headers, or whatever misc payload data was floating about in the air.

The chances of them being complete assholes with it are far less than the guy down the street who has been capturing your traffic for months. Encrypt your traffic.

Pic related. It's what you're doing when you don't encrypt.

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Sergey Brin: 'We screwed up' on Street View Wi-Fi grab

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FAIL

Fail

Actually your analogies are entirely wrong. Consider it more like screaming into a megaphone to talk to your neighbor, and then complaining that they're eavesdropping on you.

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Typing merely by thinking - plugless brainjack kit invented

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Unfortunately

The feedback potential of a wired jack is so impressive, that I'd rather have that. Augmented reality via direct neural interface? Sign me the fuck up.

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Facebook awarded $711m in 'Spamford' Wallace case

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WTF?

What

Why do courts award completely made up numbers for trivial cases? Oh noes, Facebook got spammed! THATS A 348213904712348712934712839471243981723941273491273 DOLLAR FINE OMG

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Mozilla unveils cure for Web 2.0 world run amok

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Pint

Re: Lazy coders

Lazy coders in and of themselves aren't the problem. The problem is that learning resources don't teach all the concepts of security required to mitigate the vast majority of possible attacks. College classes on web design, coding tutorials, etc, just don't take the time to explain how every single attack against the application could work. Allow by Default only exacerbates this issue, because now you have developers who aren't entirely aware of what their application can be made to do, and the application is going to do it by default now.

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