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  • Sep 23rd, 2013 @ 10:22am

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    Fingerprints for authentication isn't broken, this just isn't the right place to use it. Think about the scene in True Lies where they are going into the headquarters: it's the combination of biometrics and the lady with the gun that makes it work :)

  • Sep 11th, 2012 @ 10:53pm


    "Cascade router failures can happen to almost anyone."
    "GoDaddy is not immune to the problems of having a sizable network."

    That's the thing, they shouldn't have just one network. When you're making something at this scale one of the design considerations is fault tolerance. The way to achieve that is by designing the system to be separate parts that do not rely on each other. No single change should EVER be able to affect all of their DNS infrastructure all at once like this, it should always require changing it in at least 2 places (for a global DNS infrastructure I'd require at least 6: one per continent, and we'll risk all the customers in Antarctica by lumping them in with someone else)

  • Sep 11th, 2012 @ 10:41pm

    Re: Re:

    GoDaddy had to be hosting the DNS for the domain, not just be the registrar. I don't do any web hosting with them, but I have a couple of personal domains that they run the DNS for and they went down. My company's DNS is registered there but we run our own DNS servers and those domains were unaffected.

  • Jun 19th, 2012 @ 12:29pm

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    Every service provider is going to know where the IP address exists and who is using it or they won't be able to run their business very well. The traceability already exists and works very well, they are just not going to be making that information public, or making it available to law enforcement without proper warrants. A lot of them are already in this situation now, meaning IPv6 will change nothing. The only problem here is that law enforcement seems to think that getting warrants is not worth their time.

  • Mar 20th, 2012 @ 7:52am


    This is an issue that will convince the 18-25 demographic to vote. All we need it candidates who make it a large part of their platform.

  • Jan 30th, 2012 @ 8:56am

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    I think I'm with NBC on this one. Fair use would make sense if they were just showing a few seconds of a news clip and then commenting on it or adding to it in some substantial way. This commercial is nothing more than content taken from NBC and the federally required endorsement from the candidate. If I turned in a college paper that met the same standards I'd get kicked of of school for plagiarism.

  • Dec 22nd, 2011 @ 3:31pm

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    I'm sure the replies will just be 400 pages of [Redacted]

  • Dec 7th, 2011 @ 2:43pm

    Re: "Is common sense dead?"

    It's not dead, it's just not being taught in schools anymore. Maybe if we add a Common Sense section to the SAT we'll get it back...

  • Jul 21st, 2011 @ 10:12am

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    These machines can be made safe and protect people's privacy by adding two new rules:

    1. In order to place a model of scanner into service or change it's operating parameters, everyone in the TSA who manages more than 20 people is required to stand in one of them for 20 minutes and have the video of their scan be made available to the public.

    2. Anyone responsible for operating a scanner is required to stand it in for 5 minutes each day while the public can see the screen.