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  • Mar 22nd, 2019 @ 11:10am

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    I can't help but wonder. We keep hearing about how bad Articles 11 and 13 are. This implies that there are at least 11 other Copyright Directive Articles that we're never hearing about. How many are there total and why is no one talking about the rest of them, since it's difficult to believe that the same people who came up with these two stinkers would make the rest of the package boring and innocuous...

  • Mar 22nd, 2019 @ 8:45am


    "antisocial network's latest Zuck-up"

    I love it!

  • Mar 22nd, 2019 @ 8:44am

    Re: Re: Password encryption vs. hashing

    Umm... it isn't. Encryption is reversible, while hashing is not. The use of the term "public key" implies the existence of a private key, but there is no private key with a hash.

    With the way hashes work, reducing an input of arbitrary size to an output of a fixed size, (the input is usually larger than the output, though of course with passwords this isn't always the case,) it can be trivially shown via the Pigeonhole Principle that there exist an infinite number of inputs that will hash to the same output. While it's true that the purpose of cryptographic hash design is making it as difficult as possible to find such "colliding" inputs, they are mathematically required to exist. And therefore, if there are infinite different inputs that can yield the same hash output, it is impossible to "decrypt" a hash and say "this is the (singular) input that it came from."

    Hashing is not in any way "another word for encryption," and claiming that it is makes people who actually understand the principles involved cringe at your ignorance.

  • Mar 22nd, 2019 @ 7:26am

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    Just out of curiosity, why would an explosion of pro-se litigation be a bad thing?

    Other than bogging down an already-clogged court system with a bunch of people who don't know what they're talking about, you mean?

  • Mar 22nd, 2019 @ 7:16am

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    Hmm... let's see.

    The Facebook source said the investigation so far indicates between 200 million and 600 million Facebook users may have had their account passwords stored in plain text

    "Obviously we don’t store them in plaintext ‘normally,’" the employee, who has a technical role, told Motherboard.

    How many people are on Facebook? Google says around 1 billion. That's 1,000 million, of which between 20-60 percent had this happen to them. That sure sounds like "normally" to me. (Especially when you consider the first rule of data breaches: it's always bigger than they realize at first!)

    My Facebook insider said access logs showed some 2,000 engineers or developers made approximately nine million internal queries for data elements that contained plain text user passwords.

    And yet Facebook officially claims that:

    We have found no evidence to date that anyone internally abused or improperly accessed them.

    War is peace! Freedom is slavery! Ignorance is strength!

  • Mar 21st, 2019 @ 4:03pm

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    Just going by the names, there are a few of those you'd really be better off not looking at. Particularly while at work or in the company of other people.

  • Mar 21st, 2019 @ 8:56am

    Re: Re: Re: What if wrecking the internet is exactly the point?

    The word gentleman originally meant something recognisable; one who had a coat of arms and some landed property. When you called someone "a gentleman" you were not paying him a compliment, but merely stating a fact. If you said he was not "a gentleman" you were not insulting him, but giving information. There was no contradiction in saying that John was a liar and a gentleman; any more than there now is in saying that James is a fool and an M.A. But then there came people who said - so rightly, charitably, spiritually, sensitively, so anything but usefully - "Ah but surely the important thing about a gentleman is not the coat of arms and the land, but the behaviour? Surely he is the true gentleman who behaves as a gentleman should? Surely in that sense Edward is far more truly a gentleman than John?" They meant well. To be honourable and courteous and brave is of course a far better thing than to have a coat of arms. But it is not the same thing. Worse still, it is not a thing everyone will agree about. To call a man "a gentleman" in this new, refined sense, becomes, in fact, not a way of giving information about him, but a way of praising him: to deny that he is "a gentleman" becomes simply a way of insulting him. When a word ceases to be a term of description and becomes merely a term of praise, it no longer tells you facts about the object: it only tells you about the speaker's attitude to that object. (A 'nice' meal only means a meal the speaker likes.) A gentleman, once it has been spiritualised and refined out of its old coarse, objective sense, means hardly more than a man whom the speaker likes. As a result, gentleman is now a useless word. We had lots of terms of approval already, so it was not needed for that use; on the other hand if anyone (say, in a historical work) wants to use it in its old sense, he cannot do so without explanations. It has been spoiled for that purpose.

    -- C. S. Lewis

  • Mar 21st, 2019 @ 8:53am

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    A red-haired giant named Ralph with massive fists?

  • Mar 21st, 2019 @ 7:43am

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    I can remember being at E3 in 2000 and being pitched on the idea of a sort of "dumb terminal" for gaming. As in, you wouldn't need a computer or game console in your home, since all of the actual game processing would be accomplished in the cloud then streamed to your TV via broadband. Most of these early pitches never materialized. Initially because cloud computing simply wasn't fully baked yet, but also thanks to America' shoddy broadband.

    And because even with good broadband, there would still be latency, which ruins the gaming experience in many games. And because dumb terminals have always offered horrible usability and we've historically always fled away from them and to a local computing model as soon as technology makes it feasible, which makes it a bit mystifying to see companies being dumb enough to try and force the trend to run in reverse!

    This is something that's never happened because it's a terrible idea, and hopefully will never happen because it's still a terrible idea.

  • Mar 20th, 2019 @ 12:13pm

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    Nice! But 20 out of 50 isn't anywhere near enough; let's keep adding states to that number!

  • Mar 19th, 2019 @ 2:04pm

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    However, it most certainly does call into question the industry claims that piracy is by and large harming the wider film industry. If that were true, then these industry insiders uploading cam-footage and other films of recent releases would be committing self-inflicted wounds.

    From a certain point of view, yes. "Self-inflicted" upon the industry as a whole, but they're (presumably) looking at it not from a holistic perspective, but from the perspective of dirty-tricks competition.

    This does, however, dovetail nicely with the Google report of several years back that a significant percentage of DMCA takedown requests it receives were not legitimate copyright claims, but rather attempts to sabotage competitors. It seems that there are a lot of people out there who, for whatever reason, prefer sabotage and pulling the competition down to actually working to out-compete them by producing a superior product.

  • Mar 19th, 2019 @ 7:30am

    Re: Re:

    Try silence. It's actually pretty relaxing.

    Maybe, but who wants to listen to the sound of silence?

  • Mar 18th, 2019 @ 3:19pm

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    Yes, but the point was that it would continue to be found on obscure platforms for years and years, or in other words that it wouldn't be easily stamped out.

  • Mar 18th, 2019 @ 2:25pm


    Check the second link in the first paragraph. It explains how the "manifesto" is full of trollery and isn't particularly reliable as an indicator of the guy's actual beliefs or politics.

  • Mar 18th, 2019 @ 11:27am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: what a sad sad little man you are Jh

    If you saw a policeman in a fight with an obvious disgusting and dirty criminal, would you help the policeman?

    No, because unless the policeman and I were trained to fight together, I'd be more likely to get in his way than to actually be of help to him.

  • Mar 15th, 2019 @ 3:45pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    You can still sue, even without any valid grounds. It happens all the time, unfortunately.

  • Mar 15th, 2019 @ 12:10pm

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    I can't help but wonder if Ripoff Report has any reports on these guys and the way they rip you off in their futile attempt to get stuff removed from Ripoff Report.

  • Mar 15th, 2019 @ 11:21am

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    Wow, that two-paragraph quote sounds like something straight out of a soap opera. Man 1 and Woman 1 are together. Woman 1 informs Man 1 that she's having an affair with Man 2, (who is married to Woman 2,) and they break up. Woman 1 continues her affair with Man 2, who eventually decides to break up with Woman 2, and Woman 1 helpfully provides evidence to him that Man 1 has been having an affair with Woman 2!

    That's just a big mess all over...

  • Mar 15th, 2019 @ 7:55am

    Re: "think about whether this kind of business should exist"

    We should think about whether people like Axel Voss should exist.

    They're human. They have the same right to exist as you or I do.

    They probably shouldn't be MEPs, though. Used car salesman sounds like a better line of work for such folks...

  • Mar 15th, 2019 @ 7:11am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I didn't say Unix the specific product, I said Unix culture, which definitely includes Linux and other derivatives.

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