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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

CelticWhisper Re:Also those sliding "give us your email' boxes (389 comments)

Adblock Edge works on a case-by-case basis, with Element Hiding Helper's aid in suppressing the whole-page darkening overlay, but I haven't found a reliable filter formula to work universally across sites. The other problem is that some sites make legitimate use of modal elements for "lightbox" photo viewers (though it seems to me that links to .jpg files would work just fine) or even login dialogs in the case of Spiceworks, and so a universal blocking expression would have to allow for these. It could perhaps be coded like popup blockers to detect user-requested overlays but there would be some wailing and gnashing of teeth before it was perfected. I recently resorted to the low-tech solution, which was sending a scathing E-mail to the customer-relations department of a site I was browsing (GelPro kitchen floor mats) stating that their modal overlay lost them my business. And yes, I did follow through by buying from their competitor. Not sure if I'm vindictive enough to scan and E-mail them the receipt, though part of me says it's the only logical way to conclude the interaction.

4 days ago
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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

CelticWhisper Million-dollar question (566 comments)

I think what a lot of people want to know is whether 7.1a is still reliable and, if not, how many versions back one must go to get a release that's still feature-complete but not questionable in security.

In the meantime, if you need to encrypt a file, you can use GPG and Cryptophane if you want a GUI. Nowhere near as elegant as TC but it should get the job done.

about 2 months ago
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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

CelticWhisper Re:I wonder... (566 comments)

But TrueCrypt doesn't have master keys as I understand it. It's not like Dropbox. There's nothing an NSL (plague be upon whoever got the idea to legalize that) could discover that would do NSA/DHS/USA any good.

about 2 months ago
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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

CelticWhisper Fishy (566 comments)

A FOSS project shutters itself and, rather than linking to a fork or posting tarballs of a few versions' worth of source, recommends commercial alternatives? If this isn't a hacked site then I'm thinking Lavabit - someone pressured someone else and in order to spill without spilling, they made the most absurd possible kind of announcement that they were closing.

about 2 months ago
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Live Q&A With Ex-TSA Agent Jason Harrington

CelticWhisper Re:no groping please? (141 comments)

This is it, right here. Mod parent up. If we have no other question answered in this discussion, I'd be fine with it as long as we get an answer to this.

Scope-n-grope is the most disgusting betrayal a government agency has perpetrated against the American people in recent memory (I consider it worse than the Snowden revelations). There is no excuse for what is being done to innocent air travelers and it is unconscionable that I would have no guarantee of being free from unwanted forced physical contact with government clerks (remember, they're not officers of anything) if I were to go to an airport with the intention of boarding a plane.

How can we guarantee that we will not be touched? Going through a nude-o-scope isn't enough, as they've been shown to alarm on sweat or rumpled clothing. Medical exemptions aren't enough as there's the risk of a TSA clerk overstepping their (barely existent) authority and demanding a grope anyway. Pre-(CHECK! LOOK AT HOW CUTE OUR TRADEMARK IS!) isn't enough as the T&C explicitly state that nobody is guaranteed expedited screening.

I'm happy to keep giving Amtrak my money - I don't care about speed and the experience is much nicer. However, I can't ignore principle. A US citizen should have the right to be free from unreasonable searches, and even if one does have to clear some kind of Checkpoint Charlie at airports, they absolutely must have the right not to be touched against their will.

How do we effect this?

about 5 months ago
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Live Q&A With Ex-TSA Agent Jason Harrington

CelticWhisper Hand swabbing (141 comments)

I've heard of the practice of "hand swabbing" - randomly selecting passengers to have a cotton swab coated in some chemical run over their hands and tested for explosive residue. I do NOT consent to any contact with my skin (or any physical contact from strangers at all, excepting lifesaving medical procedures) - how would I go about refusing this and what would happen afterward?

Note that this question is academic - I refuse to set foot in airports and have done since the introduction of the Reign of Molestation in 2010, and will continue to do so until the RoM is stopped and (hopefully) John Pistole is sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole, the entirety of his sentence to be spent in solitary confinement with the cell door permanently welded shut.

about 5 months ago
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Live Q&A With Ex-TSA Agent Jason Harrington

CelticWhisper Re:Sampling drinks at the gate (141 comments)

What happens if I flat-out refuse this? I'm already in the (not-actually-)"sterile"(-at-all) area, what can they do?

about 5 months ago
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Live Q&A With Ex-TSA Agent Jason Harrington Tomorrow 3pm ET

CelticWhisper Re:Advice on how to play the game (21 comments)

As best I'm able to tell, there is no answer. I stopped flying 3 years ago (well, more now - October 2010) when they started with their policy of sexual assault because I realized that there is no way to guarantee I won't be touched. Strangers do not have my permission to place their hands on me for any reason, ever, and it was clear that there was a long list of secret reasons why these pig-thugs would take it upon themselves to force physical contact on a traveler. I've been taking Amtrak for all my long-distance trips (except for one in which my wife and I drove) and not only are there no security checkpoints (DHS poisonous-snake teams notwithstanding but I haven't run across those scum myself), the onboard experience is vastly superior to that of a plane. Definitely worth the tradeoff in speed.

The only winning move is not to play.

about 5 months ago
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Facebook Testing Screen-Tracking Software For Users

CelticWhisper Re:The product... (115 comments)

This is the reason I (grudgingly) have a Facebook account. I'd have loved to refuse to ever sign up, but the only way to control other people's tagging of me was to have an account so I could forcibly remove the tags.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Staff Handovers -- How To Take Over From an Outgoing Sys Admin?

CelticWhisper Re:How to get what you need: (195 comments)

The twist: He's already kidnapped yours, too.

about a year ago
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The Book That Is Making All Movies the Same

CelticWhisper Re:Slashdot posts too. (384 comments)

It helps for Beowulf clusters to be involved as well.

1 year,1 day
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TSA Orders Searches of Valet Parked Car At Airport

CelticWhisper Re:Valet Key (453 comments)

On my car (2008 Subaru Legacy 2.5i SE, USDM) it actually does. There's a keyhole by the trunk-release lever that can be toggled with the "master" key but not the valet key. It will lock out the lever and prevent the trunk from being opened.

There are keyholes by the rear-seatback-release buttons as well to prevent access to the trunk via folding the rear seats down.

1 year,4 days
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Records Labels Prepare Massive 'Pirate Site' Domain Blocking Blitz

CelticWhisper Re:They don't care. (110 comments)

The problem with that is that they can "presume" all they want, but they still have less money coming in. Granted, it doesn't address the aforementioned issue of needing a critical mass of participants for the boycott to be successful, but the mere act of assuming a given cause for a reduced revenue stream doesn't magically restore the revenue stream to previous levels.

about a year ago
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'CodeSpells' Video Game Teaches Children Java Programming

CelticWhisper Re:The spell book looks INCREDIBLE: (245 comments)

Sorry, but completeness and jazzed-up embellishments are completely different aspects of the product. There's just norway to compare the two.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Block Web Content?

CelticWhisper Re:Nice Try China! (282 comments)

Adblock used to have an option to do just that. It disappeared many versions ago.

Pity, because it was a good idea if you really wanted to stick it to the advertisers. You'd lose the bandwidth savings as the ad content would still download, but if you're unmetered and sporting a vendetta against marketroids it was a great option to use.

about a year ago
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I most look forward to flying with ...

CelticWhisper Re:Xanax (303 comments)

Too bad for them. I'm on the Autism spectrum and while I function adequately in my day-to-day life (more often than not, anyway), --I-- don't take kindly to situations where a complete stranger has total control over whether or not another complete stranger can touch me without my consent.

They get semi-unconscious me or nervous-wreck-meltdown me. Their call, but I recommend the former.

about a year ago
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Defense Dept. Directed To Disclose Domestic Drone Use

CelticWhisper Re:Title (190 comments)

Are you...like...a crazy person?

about a year ago
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What a 'Six Strikes' Copyright Notice Looks Like

CelticWhisper Re:Illegitimate legitimacy (273 comments)

Punitive damages would be fine too. I don't really care whether the clever dude MAKES millions, as long as those involved in six-strikes LOSE the millions.

about a year ago
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Pepsi To Release New Breakfast Mountain Dew

CelticWhisper Re:No thanks. (362 comments)

The other half drink 5+ cans of code per work day.

From the mouths of programmers...

about a year and a half ago
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3D Printable Ammo Clip Skirts New Proposed Gun Laws

CelticWhisper Re:I don't understand the "high cap" magazine ban (1862 comments)

I'm not certain that the rationale is bullshit. It worked once, so it's at least logically sound. I think the problem is more a matter of A. imbalance in power between the citizenry and the authorities and B. the willingness, or lack thereof, of the populace to mobilize against an oppressive government. It doesn't help that companies designing and building passive protective gear (i.e. nothing that can do harm, only protect against it) like THOR Shield are only selling to law-enforcement and thus further contributing to that imbalance.

You make a good point, though, about Occupy. I think it'd be great if a company (Something like ProtesTek Inc. or some other such name) started designing lightweight protective gear for protestors to wear, with metallic lining that protects against TASERs (and possibly millimeter-wave ADS weapons), headgear that's hardened against batons and has ear protection to neutralize LRADs, built in squirt bottles for the Maalox-water solution to neutralize pepper spray and, uh, integrated waste collection (a la Fremen stillsuits) and maybe cellular communications in case of kettling. Sure it'd cost a fortune, but something like that would arguably be better than an armed uprising as it would force authorities to level with the people once their fancy tech-tricks aren't effective anymore.

about a year and a half ago

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Petition Begins to Keep TSA Out of Train Stations

CelticWhisper CelticWhisper writes  |  about 2 years ago

CelticWhisper writes "A recent video showing TSA screeners setting up shop at Chicago's Union Station has been gaining publicity over the past week. Now a petition has appeared on the White House petition page to keep TSA out of train stations, where many have pointed out a security presence does significantly less good than at airports because trains can be threatened in ways that don't involve stations at all. While the last TSA-related petition received a response that many considered insulting, perhaps the recent stories of severe TSA misconduct, coupled with the lesser degree of action called for by this current petition, will lead to a different reaction."
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Law Would Put DHS in Charge of IT Security

CelticWhisper CelticWhisper writes  |  more than 2 years ago

CelticWhisper writes "H.R. 3674, the Promoting and Enhancing Cybersecurity and Information Sharing Effectiveness Act (PRECISE Act), would allow the US Department of Homeland Security to require improved security practices from those businesses managing systems whose disruption could prove detrimental to critical life-sustaining or national-security initiatives."
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Petition Calls for Making Net Access Inalienable R

CelticWhisper CelticWhisper writes  |  more than 2 years ago

CelticWhisper writes "Targeted at stopping SOPA, a petition has been started at the White House's "We The People" page calling for a Constitutional amendment that would render internet access an inalienable right. Other countries have already adopted such classification for internet access.

Excerpt from petition text reads: "The United States Government is actively attempting to pass legislation to censor Internet. There are numerous campaigns against this Act, but we need to do more than just prevent SOPA from passing. Otherwise, future Acts of similar nature will oppress our rights."

Is calling for a Constitutional amendment to guarantee this too extreme, or is the Internet sufficiently entrenched in modern life that access to it should be guaranteed by the Constitution?"

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White House Petition Calls for Internet to Be Cons

CelticWhisper CelticWhisper writes  |  more than 2 years ago

CelticWhisper writes "Targeted at stopping SOPA, a petition has been started at the White House's "We The People" page calling for a Constitutional amendment that would render internet access an inalienable right. Other countries have already adopted such classification for internet access."
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Abolish-TSA Petition Gaining Massive Support

CelticWhisper CelticWhisper writes  |  about 2 years ago

CelticWhisper writes "A petition at whitehouse.gov calling for the abolition of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the reallocation of its budget to more effective security efforts is gaining traction, having attained 17,951 signatures as of this writing. The petition, which needs 5000 signatures within 30 days in order to be considered, has gained nearly 18000 within 2 days and is the second-highest-supported petition on the site.

While it remains to be seen what action the Obama administration will take in response to this, it clearly demonstrates that US citizens are fed up with TSA's security theater."

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TSA Screener Makes Timothy McVeigh Joke On Duty

CelticWhisper CelticWhisper writes  |  about 3 years ago

CelticWhisper writes "A traveler flying out of Boston Logan airport reports that a TSA screening clerk, upon finding no weapons or explosives on his person, quipped that he "wasn't part of the Timothy McVeigh Fan Club" and waved him on.

Given that any traveler making a similar joke about terrorism, bombings or hijackings within earshot of TSA employees would likely be pulled aside for police questioning, is it appropriate that the government workers we have tasked with protecting our airports feel that they can make such comments with impunity?"

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Woman Arrested for Groping TSA Screener

CelticWhisper CelticWhisper writes  |  about 3 years ago

CelticWhisper writes "A Colorado woman was arrested at Phoenix Int'l Airport when she seized the left breast of a TSA screener processing her at the airport's security checkpoint. Police say she squeezed and twisted the screener's breast with both hands. She now faces a felony charge of sexual abuse.

Submitter's shameless plug: those interested in tracking and fighting TSA civil-rights abuses are invited to visit TravelUnderground.org, where this and other stories are reported and forwarded to government officials and the media."

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Arrested for Refusing TSA Search of Children

CelticWhisper CelticWhisper writes  |  about 3 years ago

CelticWhisper writes "A Tennessee mother was arrested for refusing to allow TSA screening clerks to subject her child to a body scan or patdown. This comes in the wake of a promise by the TSA Administrator to make repeated attempts at non-phyiscal screening of children, after which another video of a child patdown surfaced. This event may signify a tipping point in the public's willingness to tolerate invasive and inappropriate security procedures at airports."
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FOSS Alternative to Exchange for Small Business

CelticWhisper CelticWhisper writes  |  more than 4 years ago

CelticWhisper writes "I'm the one-man IT department for a small manufacturing company. Recently, our support company (who provided all our IT support until I was called in, and still helps out with application development, ERP, etc.) has been making rumblings about installing Exchange to move our E-mail system off of the dedicated appliance it's on now and onto a proper mail server. I'm hoping to avoid this, as I've seen Exchange used in the past and it caused the sysadmins at that place no shortage of problems. Additionally there are the obvious matters of licensing costs. Thing is, while I've been here a year and a half, I'm still not as well established as the support company is and so countermanding one of their suggestions, while by no means impossible, has to be a careful process and I need a solid plan of action. What I'm hoping to do is introduce a FOSS alternative to Exchange that has E-mail and shared calendars at a minimum, is easy to administer and maintain, and plays nice with as many E-mail clients as possible (or, if not, whose native client is at least marginally Outlook-like). This way I can say to the management that not only will there be an improvement to E-mail/collaboration software, it will be done with significantly smaller licensing fees, or none at all.

I can't stress enough, though, that it needs to be easy to administer. Easy. Easy easy easy. I am still a one-person department and my time is extremely limited most days. I do not have the luxury of R'ing TFM for too long to figure out a problem or how to do something, and calls to the support company (who tend to be Microsoft-centric) are $150/hour. I don't want to install this thing and then realize we're stranded.

So, to recap, I'm looking for a recommendation for a FOSS alternative to MS Exchange that's reliable and easy to setup and use, has shared calendars, and will cause minimal user annoyance if/when the users are moved off of Outlook. Bonus points if it runs on Windows servers but I can get a Linux server in here if need be. Also, I'll deal with office-politics issues myself as needed. I'd like to keep this article to the technology as much as possible."

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