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Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

BitZtream Re:Company I work for got hit... (78 comments)

Because anyone who has been in IT for any length of time knows McAfee is complete shit? Proxies trying to stop the spread of things distributed by sites that bust their ass to avoid being caught by a blocking proxy?

I.E. If you DEPEND on anything from a 'security' company like McAfee, Kaspersky, F-secure, whoever ... you've already failed. Those are backups that hopefully help to catch the things that the user didn't.

Your first and only REAL line of defense is the user and proper administration like only letting people access files they NEED to access.

10 hours ago
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The Joys and Hype of Hadoop

BitZtream More accurate (53 comments)

Hadoop isn't a database.

It's a data processing system for massive quantities of data processed and distilled in large batches. If you're trying to treat it as a database, you're doing it wrong. The article is simple using Hadoop for the wrong purpose.

You use Hadoop to reduce large amounts of data into smaller more manageable collections of useful data, which can then be queried real time.

yesterday
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Uber Limits 'God View' To Improve Rider Privacy

BitZtream Re:No privacy regardless (76 comments)

Therefore, anyone who sends a private correspondance through a postal system, should have no expectation of privacy. ?

No, you shouldn't. If you do, you're pretty stupid.

The ONLY reason your mail is 'private' in any given postal system is because people don't care about your messages. The cost of looking for something tasty in your message is too high to be worth it.

In an electronic system, with no encryption, the cost is nearly 0, meaning its cost effective to do it to everyone and every bit of data transmitted.

You do not mail 'secrets' around, anyone with a clue knows that. You have your own courier for that if its actually that important.

Most government systems try to maintain a limited level of privacy so that other random citizens don't get easy access to your mail, but its not generally very much effort. In the US its effectively 0 and the only thing slowing people down is the idea that you can get in a lot of trouble for peaking in someone else's mailbox and futzing with their mail. For the majority of the population, stealing their mail is trivial, just open the box.

2 days ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

BitZtream Re:So basically.. (295 comments)

No.

They are arguing that Uber needs to play by the same rules as the taxi drivers.

4 days ago
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Raspberry Pi In Space

BitZtream Re:Cosmic Rays (56 comments)

In any event, they use pretty standard (but old -- last I heard, they still ran Windows 95) laptops

And what size is the process they used to make those chips, versus the chips that are used in the ARM core of the Raspberry Pi and its attached memory?

The smaller you go the more of a problem it is. Older chips work because everything in them is larger, knocking one electron out of place on a pentium is WAY different than doing it on processors where you have very few atoms to work with.

4 days ago
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Raspberry Pi In Space

BitZtream Re:Cosmic Rays (56 comments)

Theres a difference between radiation poisoning and flipping a few bits.

4 days ago
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Raspberry Pi In Space

BitZtream Re:Quick question (56 comments)

Radiation hardened hardware has shielding and larger components. You simply can't harden chips like the RPi uses, the objects on the silicon are simply too small.

Checksumming doesn't fix errors, it detects them.

The RPi barely has enough CPU power too boot, let alone run regular ECC calculations.

This is a stupid idea across the board. I really wish people would get the fuck over the idea that buying a RPi isn't a stupid idea.

4 days ago
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Raspberry Pi In Space

BitZtream Re: Hope he doesn't lose power (56 comments)

Then you're lucky.

The RPi will corrupt SD cards even mounted read-only. It has no hardware write protection and does mysteriously stupid things on power loss. The behavior is well known, which is why you keep hearing it.

4 days ago
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Raspberry Pi In Space

BitZtream Cosmic Rays (56 comments)

It'll be awesome ... it'll run for exactly 8 seconds before radiation corrupts every register beyond function and it has to be reset. Cosmic Rays for the win!

4 days ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

BitZtream Do what India does (263 comments)

Fuck your patents. We're making it anyway, you just lost your privileges to do business under normal business rules. The drug and any derivatives of it become public domain, and any knowledge you have relating to that particular drug becomes public domain. ALL OF IT, regardless as to how it relates to other work you have.

Then, as stage two, take all the execs and every employee who didn't openly, publicly, actively work against this move out back and shoot them, preferably in a way that makes their death slow and painful.

The second time a drug company does something like this, the government takes their ENTIRE patent portfolio, makes it public domain and closes the company down, selling any physical assets they have to the highest bidder and any other intellectual property also becomes public domain. Yes this will have collateral damage for the first few that do it, and then this shit would stop. Share holders lose everything, maybe next time they'll think a little more about being greedy fucks and demand the company do the right thing rather than the profitable thing.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software To Revive PocketPCs With Windows Mobile 5-6?

BitZtream Re:Trashcan (110 comments)

It doesn't matter if GLONASS is better, its that modern chips use BOTH.

4 days ago
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Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

BitZtream (In that Counter Strike voice) Terrorists Win (184 comments)

Riddle me this: Has the TSA ever done anything to actually make anything more secure? I've never seen an example of the TSA catch any attempt. I've heard of passengers catching people who made it through TSA screening. I've seen people carry pocket knives on aircraft after going through that retarded microwave scanner. I've heard of Air Marshals stoping people.

Not once have I heard of the TSA doing anything useful.

On the other hand, the terrorists pretty much did exactly what they said they were going to do, make our lives more difficult and made people feel less secure. Of course they didn't make people feel less secure, the TSA makes us feel less secure.

Israel doesn't do the silly bullshit that the TSA does, yet they catch more people trying to blow them up and actually have a daily threat from their next door neighbors. Of course they also care more about being effective than security theatre to make certain friends of politicians rich or bullshit faux political correctness. They do intelligent profiling, and no that doesn't just mean go after the guys with brown skin, for obvious reasons.

If I can get enough explosive or poison into an iPhone to be effective, making the screen light up isn't going to be that difficult. A laptop? Give me a break, trivial to fake.

about a week ago
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Report: Big Issues Remain Before Drones Can Safely Access National Airspace

BitZtream Re:For safe integration with existing air traffic (129 comments)

Merely having a camera on the aircraft would be enough in a civil court to make the assumption that the equipment can be used for flying via a desk.

No it isn't. Having a camera is perfectly legal and has been for years. FPV is perfectly legal as well, as long as the pilot isn't flying by it.

You have to keep your eyes on the aircraft as the pilot for it to be legal in the US. It also has to be below 400 feet and you can't accept any money or any other form of barter for doing so.

The commercial vs non-commercial part of the rules is there to allow hobbyists to do it and prevent any incentive for massive numbers of people to just start trying to fly for profit creating dangerous situations due to the number of people and their shear ignorance, which generally accompanies people and companies trying to take advantage of a new and unregulated technology.

about a week ago
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US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat

BitZtream Re:in other news... (225 comments)

Vaporizing in the beam off the surface is different than on the surface.

The process occurring on the surface creates are larger pot mark on the surface, so the surface is no longer 'flawless', which then cascades from there.

There is no way the thing would survive long with sea spray on it. What happens in a lab is not what happens in combat on the open ocean.

They have to have some mechanism to protect the optics on the device itself, even if that is as others have suggested by putting it in a tube that expels air in such a way to ensure no contaminates may enter. That and the beam itself contains some force to expel things from the surface.

about a week ago
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US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat

BitZtream Re:in other news... (225 comments)

No mirror exposed to the open ocean will be clean enough to not explode fairly quickly when a 30kw laser beam hits it.

Honestly, I'm surprised the laser itself doesn't have issues with its own optics in that sort of environment. One tiny spec of dust on the lens would be disastrous.

about a week ago
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Swedish Police Raid the Pirate Bay Again

BitZtream Re:Are there any good alternatives? (184 comments)

How about you get fucked. You just don't want to pay for content. Cry me a river.

about a week ago
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Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

BitZtream Re:Hiding evidence (192 comments)

Lets put common sense on it. Anyone with half a clue, especially a smoker realizes when they get up in the morning after smoking for any period of time that its not good for you. You have to be an idiot to not understand what it does to you, and you are a complete moron if you believe what some company selling you a product says. You can potentially ignore that it causes cancer out of ignorance, but cancer is really not the biggest problem with smoking from a health perspective.

Yes, they made it intentionally more addictive, but it didn't kill me when I stopped, did it? They did nothing (and haven't been legally allowed to for 30 years at least) to entice me into smoking my first one.

I maintain that there is personal responsibility involved in the decision to smoke. I'm sorry you can't cope with reality, but there it is. Are you so fucking retarded that you think there are companies that don't lie and spin things daily to get you to buy their products? If so, that just makes you an idiot, not me.

about a week ago
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Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

BitZtream The solution is simple (192 comments)

stop outsourcing your dirty laundry if you don't want anyone to see your tread marks in your tighty whities.

You gave up your privacy when you put your data on someone else servers. I'm not saying it should be legal for the government to claim it in any shape or form, domestic or foreign, but when you put your data on someone else servers you already gave up your security.

about a week ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

BitZtream Consider the source (280 comments)

The study, by Accenture,

As soon as you said Accenture, every single bit of credibility vanished.

about a week ago
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Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

BitZtream Re:Hiding evidence (192 comments)

But they managed to kill 400,000 Americans every year

I'm fairly certain that they didn't actually light the cig for me, nor did they put it in my mouth or anything else.

I started smoking of my own free will, and likewise, I stopped.

They've done plenty of scummy things along the way, but pretending they are the sole responsible party just makes you look stupid and unwilling to take responsibility for your own actions. Man up.

about a week ago

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FTC Offers 50k for an effect way to block robocalls

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 2 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "

The Federal Trade Commission is challenging the public to create an innovative solution that will block illegal commercial robocalls on landlines and mobile phones. As part of its ongoing campaign against these illegal, prerecorded telemarketing calls, the agency is launching the FTC Robocall Challenge, and offering a $50,000 cash prize for the best technical solution.

Apparently mandating that telephone companies filter invalid caller id data from their customers and prosecuting the violators of robocall laws is too much effort."
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Mozilla partners with Microsoft Bing for a special

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 3 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "Mozilla has officially sold out, this follows on the heels of the revenue sharing agreement with Twitter. Mozilla now has an official distribution that defaults to using Bing for the search box and home page."
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Office 2010 Beta Released

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 5 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "Microsoft has begun notifying people about the availablility of the Office 2010 beta. Don't bother trying to download it with anything other than IE however, it would appear at least for the moment that Safari on OS X (With Silverlight) and Google Chrome on Windows just sit at a page with a twirly when attempting to download after signing. IE on the other hand works instantly so it doesn't appear to be a load issue."
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Google Chrome is out of Beta

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  about 6 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "This morning Google announced that Chrome is out of Beta, and showing improvements for plugin support, most notably Video speed improvements. It also contains an updated javascript engine claiming that it operates 1.4 times faster than the beta version, and work has begun on an extensions platform to allow easier integration with the browser by third parts. The original Google blog post can be found here: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/google-chrome-beta.html"
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BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 7 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "I'm curious as to how slashdot readers would handle my current situation.

I ordered a Wii bundle on June 6th from ebgames.com and paid the extra for overnight shipping. On June 8th the Wii product page said: Orders placed before 6/8/07 will be shipped on 6/11/07.

On June 11th, nothing happened on the ebgames.com status page for my order so I emailed them. The response was typical:

We apologize for the shipping delay this order has experienced. We are
currently investigating the problem; we will fix the problem and get
this item shipped out as soon as possible.

Later that evening my order status changed to 'Processing'. It hasn't changed since. So today, (June 13th) I called them twice. The first time was around 5pm EST and I was told the order had shipped and I will get it on the 14th. So I wait till this evening, around 9pm and call back to get a tracking number since I'm a bit skeptical. Now I'm told my order has not shipped, and it will be shipped tomorrow and I will get it on Friday, the 15th, at which point I promptly state that I expect my shipping charges to be reduced. No deal, they won't do it. Okay, cancel the order, the won't do that either.

This is entirely unfair in my eyes. I can drive to the local ebgames store and buy a Wii right this instant, but then I'll end up with two and have to go through the process of selling one.

I have very little faith that I'll get it on Friday now since they've obviously lied about it being shipped once already.

My question is simple, is there anything that I can do to get out of this deal other than contest the charge with the credit card company since they already have my money?"

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