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Hacker Holds Key To Free Flights

CKW Re:Okay, but... (144 comments)

And then she goes to tell the real sky marshal that there is someone back there claiming to be in posession of a gun, and suddenly you're looking down the barrel of a real gun. Don't make any sudden moves!

(All flight staff are introduced to the marshal in person prior to the flight.)

about three weeks ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

CKW Re:Build another server (983 comments)

> rsync hourly.

Noooo no no no no. That's a good way of rsync'ing an empty mount point to your target and wiping all your backup data automatically.

If you want to rsync frequently, make sure you are using --link-dest or something to multiple targets. Thus the day that you have a main array failure and you also discover that last week's rsync was "empty", you've only lost a differential and the prior month's copy is still there.

about a month and a half ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

CKW Re:Crashplan (983 comments)

I don't know what page you are looking at, but to use their cloud storage it's $4 to $9 a month (individual/family). Their "free" offering clearly says "backup to other computers and external drives, free" -- maybe they give you a demo period of cloud storage, but clearly the free is not cloud based.

about a month and a half ago
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China Deploys Satellites In Search For Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

CKW Re:Thoughts (142 comments)

I was thinking about this yesterday. Doesn't the vast majority of modern aviation tracking radar systems depend pretty heavily, not just for identification but for returns at all at at long distances, on the planes own IFFtransponders for replies?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

Could it not "drop off" the long range radar simply by turning off it's transponder? At that distance the radar return might be low enough that without the transponder response, it'd "disappear"...

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

CKW Re:Yes they did. (572 comments)

I wanna be a fly on the wall the day (and it will happen) when a large number of people's bank accounts are drained, and the banks say "it was you, you logged in with your credentials"... then latter on the people hit and/or the banks finally figure out "oh, it was all these employees of company X whose accounts got drained" ... THEN who is up sh*t creek?

about a month and a half ago
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ICANN Considers Using '127.0.53.53' To Tackle DNS Namespace Collisions

CKW browsers part of the problem (164 comments)

I have a big enough problem with my stupid browser deciding that when I type "blahblah" into the host bar that if it can't reach "http://blahblah:80/" that it should automatically default to "http://blahblah.com/" or google "blahblah" ... yeah, that's what I need, the internal hostnames leaked to google, thanks idiot browser developer.

Okay, it's good for grandma and everyone else using browsers. There should be a clear UI element that appears when this happens to allow me to disable it.

about 2 months ago
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The Phone Dragnet That Caught the World's Top Drug Lord

CKW Re:and next time, (62 comments)

They still need to store that massive list of crucial phone numbers somewhere, and also increase communication via other means in order to propogate the phone number changes.

The only thing burner phones is good for is not allowing the cops to easily pull your number from phone company records by name so as to put a trace on your phone.

Instead they have do do actual legwork to figure out what phone you're calling from, and depending on which opponents you are facing and whether they have "high priority" FBI/FSB van-full-of-technology-on-your-ass nearby watching the call metadata from ALL the calls to nearby towers...

Burner phones are also good for people whom the police do not know about nor whom they can physically find ... but that quickly breaks down as they hunt you down from the calls you make to numbers and people they do know about.

about 2 months ago
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Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

CKW Re:Long Term Con? (695 comments)

Shadowy japanese developer develops virtual currency.

Years latter japanese "virtual bank" dissolves with a third of a billion dollars missing.

Oh really?

The absolute best comparison would be that Eve Online bank whose founder closed shop and walked away with the ISK, or the Eve Online corporation whose director transferred all the assets and then dissolved it and walked away. Just the knowledge of those alone was enough to predict that this was inevetable with Bitcoin. I just cannot believe so many people were dumb enough to hand their virtual stuff lock stock and key to a virtual company.

If the "company" had been in Nigeria maybe they would have taken pause. But for some reason they think that "oh Japan, that's a modern country with some laws, obviously my untraceable currency will be safe with a company founded by some random nobody".

about a month ago
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Former CIA/NSA Head: NSA Is "Infinitely" Weaker As a Result of Snowden's Leaks

CKW Govt positions sound like "Freemen on the Land" (572 comments)

> It will take years, if not decades, for us to return to the position that we had prior to his disclosures

ALL THE REST OF US believe that "the position" they "held" is and/or should be flat out ***king illegal. We think the morons passing laws that mangae to circumvent and directly violate key attributes of our democracies - are the traitors. It's getting damn close to the time when a "citizen's rights" shouldn't be bound by borders, and a governments "limitations on powers" shouldn't end at the borders nor be different outside the borders.

"Oh look, I'm outside of X, obviously no laws at all apply to me, fuck you and you and you."

Actually, that sounds exactly like the governmental state equivalent of "Freemen on the Land"!

about 4 months ago
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Anonymous Clashes With D.C. Police During Million Mask March

CKW Re:Stay behind the line! (388 comments)

Always remember boys and girls, if you've ever been arrested for anything (not convicted, just arrested) - it's very possible that you won't ever in your life be admitted to Canada as a visitor or tourist. And that may someday extend to the rest of the entire world as well.

Same goes in reverse for Canadians who might ever wish to see some of the spectacular natural parks and things in the US.

about 6 months ago
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Bell Canada To Collect User Data For Advertising

CKW Re:Canadians: Complain to the Privacy Comissioner (127 comments)

Doesn't that blatantly violate the copyright of the websites who are serving that data?

Doesn't doubleclick have enough lawyers to blow Bell back to the stone age?

I specifically remember years ago, when someone tried to build a CLIENT SIDE application that allowed you and others to "comment on top of" a website as it was displayed in your browser, they got completely blown out of the water over this, because they were "defacing and modifying someone else's copyright'd content" -- and that wasn't even as clear as this, that was in your browser after it had been displayed, this is flat out interception of communication between me and a third party and MODIFICATION of said data.

It's just completely fucked up. Everyone needs to enable SSL on their websites, cpu and bandwidth be damned.

about 6 months ago
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LinkedIn Agrees To Block Stalkers

CKW linked-in "architecture" (78 comments)

Two separate times over a couple years I have gone into my linked-in profile and de-selected ALL the "email you this" and "email you that" options.

I kept getting email notifications for large numbers of things. (Yes, I waited 7+ days after each profile change.)

TWICE I've gone to their technical support staff. TWICE they've failed to figure out how to configure their systems to not send me e-mail notifications. The second time they flat out apologized for not being able to do it successfully, they were able to recognize that however their back end is configured and architected ... it's just impossible to do certain things.

Yeah, no, I'm not trusting private data to them.

about 7 months ago
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Egyptian Security Forces Storm Pro-Morsi Camps Leaving Nearly 100 Dead

CKW Re:When will the US people oust their gov? (381 comments)

I should say, I'm commenting on the "only 1 out of 100's" aspect -- not on the "oust the gov" ala revolution.

Rather -- we haven't even begun to use the peaceful means out society provides to correct things and enact change. It sometimes REQUIRES us to become involved with the process.

( Dang it, when will slashdot let me edit a post? Get with the times man. )

about 8 months ago
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Egyptian Security Forces Storm Pro-Morsi Camps Leaving Nearly 100 Dead

CKW Re:When will the US people oust their gov? (381 comments)

Yeah, there is a massive amount of historical evidence that people will "go with the crowd" and it's rare, really rare, to see someone sacrifice even a modecum of their ... time let alone personal safety/comfort, even if it's just theoretical acceptance of a risk ... to help defend what they think is important. It's too easy to come up with excuses to not act*.

  - Things aren't too bad yet
  - Other people are working on it
  - I'll do something when the time is right
  - Well it's not as important as I thought
  - I'm not potentially sacrificing my career or even a small part of my liberty for this, simply "holding my opinion" is my contribution to "resisting".
  - My contribution is too small to matter. No one will listen.
  - Secret dark forces we cannot fight are arrayed against us**.
  - etc

(*) And I'm Including myself here. I haven't written a letter to anyone yet about any of the serious things that have happened lately.
(**) A huge fraction of people are conspiracy theorists, and they ALWAYS pull this out of the hat when you ask them "omg that's horrible, what are you personally doing about it".)

about 8 months ago
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As AOL Prepares To Downsize Patch, CEO Fires Employee During Meeting

CKW Re:What a dick (248 comments)

> The late Donald Murray, a rifleman in WWII, wrote that the guys who were loudest before combat usually were the ones he could not rely on in a firefight.

Too many "Donald Murray's" in the world for google to find, got any references/links? Always love reading a good first person story from people like this.

Cheers.

about 8 months ago
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Chrome's Insane Password Security Strategy

CKW Re:This is also the case on Firefox (482 comments)

It is theatre. Even your non-techie friends can use google, which immediately leads to tools that can brute force the master password (http://securityxploded.com/firemaster.php), and without a doubt there are tools out there that will read the master password from running memory, and I'd expect that to appear in open/published tools like the above someday too.

The main problem with this theatre is that you and other people might be fooled into believing you are more secure than you are, and store things there that you should not.

The software developers are refusing to participate in this theatre in order to force you to recognize the actual reality of the situation.

If one person stores their bank credentials in their browser password database and looses their life savings, it's unacceptable.

Note -- Pidgin doesn't support a master password nor does it even obfuscate the stored passwords, the passwords are stored in a text file IN THE CLEAR, because they are making a conscious choice to explicitly point out to you that there is no actual security for 90% of the cases where you will be attacked. If someone can read your files and your user's system memory, they have you.

about 9 months ago
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Administration Seeks To Make Unauthorized Streaming A Felony

CKW Re:Why not? (398 comments)

SHHHHHHhhh, don't give them any ideas!

2099 to 2135 - Second Era of Known Space: Life-extending organ transplants are supplied by the organ banks, which are mainly supplied by the bodies of executed criminals. The enormous demand for organs has vastly increased use of the death penalty, to include even minor crimes.

about 9 months ago
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Liberal Saudi Web Forum Founder Sentenced To 600 Lashes and 7 Years In Prison

CKW Re:150 lashes? (506 comments)

I think he's using the past tense as in the DISTANT past, like 250 years ago on western sailing warships and the like, or back in the days of slavery.

about 9 months ago
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Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

CKW Re:Missing alternative (587 comments)

Yes, this is a geek site. Here is some reading for you:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Histogram

> pedantic

Not all techies are pedantic, and even if we were - OBVIOUSLY there are implied ranges. They might be fuzzy, but they're there.

about 9 months ago

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