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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

Chris453 Re: the one thing about comcast i could get behind (291 comments)

You think it is OK for Comcast to steal electricity from their customers? If they forced you to install a software application on your computer in order to use their service would you complain? What if that application was a bit coin miner and they kept all profits? See any problems now?

about two weeks ago
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Judge Approves $450M Settlement For Apple's Ebook Price Fixing

Chris453 Re: Socialism / fascism at its finest (69 comments)

"without having all the facts" So basically you are talking out of your ass and have no clue what your talking about. Apple committed a serious crime to hurt consumers. In a just world all the Apple executives that signed off on this would be in jail.

about a month ago
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Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

Chris453 Re:Those who have betrayed the USA are ... (110 comments)

I dispute your statement that collecting records of which phone number called another phone number is "blantanly unconstitutional". I didn't know numbers had constitutional rights. But regardless of that, how small do you think the NSA is? Do you think every one of the ~40,000 employees knows about every program? That is like saying that everyone that worked at Sony should have been fired for the whole rootkit fiasco. Imagine a tiny office of 20 people. Chances are there are things someone is working on in that tiny office that other people don't know about. If Sandra in payroll is embezzling money do you get thrown in jail for working at the same company? Just because there were a few bad apples doesn't mean snowden was this hero you people are trying to turn him into. If he stopped with the metadata program he might have had some sympathy, but revealing any secret he could get his hands on to hurt the US is the act of a traitor. There is no justification for that.

about a month ago
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Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

Chris453 Re:Do you get how Snowden's way was the only way? (110 comments)

I don't call him a traitor for leaking this instance of the metadata. I call him a traitor for abusing his position as a system administrator to download as much intelligence as possible and then releasing it with the sole intent to damage the US. How can ANYONE claim that isn't treason.

about a month ago
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Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

Chris453 Re:Damn NSA (110 comments)

It never spied on Americans, any more so that your phone company does for having records of who called who. The information would be used to find out who a criminal was talking to. Despite what the "news" might have reported, the NSA does not listen to everyone's phone conversations.

about a month ago
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Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

Chris453 Re:Damn NSA (110 comments)

Do they also have flying cars in your utopia?

about a month ago
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Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

Chris453 Re:Not all spooks are bad (110 comments)

There was no "unconstitutional domestic spying". It was simply records of which phone number called another phone number. If you think that is spying then your phone company has been spying on you for decades. Stop parroting what you hear on the news and actually do some research yourself.

about a month ago
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Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

Chris453 Re:Not all spooks are bad (110 comments)

What is your justification for calling the NSA evil? Do you even know what the NSA does? So the NSA collected some records that said which phone numbers called other phone numbers. Big deal. How did that harm anyone? Even if that is outside their jurisdiction, how is that evil? Do you even know what evil is? Snowden was a traitor whom tried to hurt the NSA as much as he could because he was disgruntled (he was almost fired for incompetence). The only ones elevating him to hero status are the ones who are just parroting what they hear on Foxnews. You're not one of those people that thinks the NSA is listening to your phone calls are you?

about a month ago
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Report: Federal Workers, Contractors Behind Half of Government Cyber Breaches

Chris453 Re:CyberThis, CyberThat, CyberCommand (61 comments)

Do you know who created the internet? Hint: it wasn't Al Gore. What does DARPA stand for again?

about a month and a half ago
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

Chris453 Re:Where should I apply? (198 comments)

"In the public sector, there's very little uncompensated overtime, you have a union that fights for yearly nearly guaranteed salary increases, and you most likely don't have to worry about your job being offshored

You must be talking about state/local governments. Federal workers have been getting vilified by the congress critters at every opportunity and in the past 4 years we have gotten 1 pay increase (of 1% - whoopee!). Unfortunately the cost of living has been going up every year so in effect we have less buying power. Congress continues to compare Apples to Oranges to justify paying federal workers less. An example would be comparing an entry level employee in the private sector to a position in the government that requires a Master's degree and 20 year experience. No joke, Ryan did just that. The job security is great, but things aren't as rosy as you think on this side of the fence.

about 2 months ago
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Designing Tomorrow's Air Traffic Control Systems

Chris453 Use more airports (72 comments)

Instead of having only a few super-airports that all airlines use for connecting flights, why not reduce traffic to those airports by having more hubs?

about 2 months ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Chris453 Dupe (488 comments)

This story was posted a couple of days ago: http://tech.slashdot.org/story...
Maybe some utilities are scared. Mine in Texas seems to encourage solar adoption since they offer thousands in rebates for a qualified solar installation.

about 3 months ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

Chris453 The Incredible Bendable Phone! (421 comments)

The Reality distortion field has hit critical mass. The phone isn't bending as there is no phone, it is only yourself that is bending. Oh, that excuse didn't work? How about: Apple is the first to invent a phone that bends over backwards for the user. Imagine the possibilities!

about 3 months ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Chris453 Re:Hmm... (474 comments)

1 in 4 people watch South Park?

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

Chris453 Argh, I should have previewed the post (243 comments)

So we let AT&T know certain businesses are important to us and from which they can try to extort money?

AT&T: Nice business you have here. According to our records 15000 people requested that we make your traffic to your site faster. We have a few different options that can suit your needs.
Random Business: What if we don't pay you extra for something your customers already paid for.
AT&T: Well we are disappointed you would think of it like that. We are here to help you and to help you see the light we will continue slowing your traffic until you sign up for our "business protection plan".

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

Chris453 We enable AT&T's shakedown? (243 comments)

So we let AT&T know certain businesses are important to us and from which they can try to extort money? AT&T: Nice business you have here. According to our records 15000 people requested that we make your traffic to your site faster. We have a few different options that can suit your needs. Random Business: What if we don't pay you extra for something your customers already paid for. AT&T: Well we are disappointed you would think of it like that. We are here to help you and to help you see the light we will continue slowing your traffic until you sign up for our "business protection plan".

about 3 months ago
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Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

Chris453 Re:fuck you and the bucket challenge (182 comments)

criticizing people who are doing good things.

Actually no. Doing a good thing would be donating to charity. Most of the people doing this are just doing it because they saw it online or have a friend that did it and they want to be cool. Monkey see, monkey do. I bet a large number of the people doing the "challenge" don't even know the reason behind it. Instead of sharing stupid videos of clowns pouring water over their heads maybe we should be sharing videos of people writing checks to the charity. Of course that isn't as "exciting" for the ADD/ADHD generations.

about 4 months ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Chris453 liability issues (289 comments)

It doesn't matter if the cars are 99% accurate. A software glitch causing the car to run over a pedestrian in a crosswalk will cost Google millions. A fully automated car HAS to be 100% fool proof or the manufacturer is just stupid in our litigious society.

about 4 months ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

Chris453 Re:Texas? (172 comments)

Actually you might want to read the data in the link you just posted. There is a column label "Renewable electicity w/o Hydro (GW hr)". Your link text was "largest producer of clean energy". Texas is, in fact, the largest producer of clean energy (w/o hydro) as it is #1 in that list. Hydro is only available in certain parts of the country so including it will skew the results.

about 5 months ago

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President Obama refuses to veto import ban on Samsung products

Chris453 Chris453 writes  |  about a year ago

Chris453 (1092253) writes "In August 2013, President Obama issued a veto to an import ban of the iPhone 4S after Samsung won several court battles against Apple claiming that the iPhone 4S violated several of Samsung's patents. Despite the hypocracy in a very similar case, the Obama administration today announced that it would not veto the International Trade Commission import ban against Samsung products (filed by Apple) in a move that could spark a trade dispute between the US and South Korea."
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Texas High School Student loses lawsuit challenging RFID tracking requirement

Chris453 Chris453 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Chris453 (1092253) writes "Earlier today, a Texas High School student named Andrea Hernandez and her family lost the first round of the lawsuit filed to prevent her school district from forcing its students to wear RFID badges for tracking purposes. The judge in the case declared that the district's compromise for the student (a badge without the battery) was sufficient and dismissed any first amendment issues.

The badges are RFIDs powered by built-in batteries and one of the concerns was that the badges would be used to track students off-campus. Interestingly enough, the school district claims in court documents that "The badges do not work off campus." However, on their website the school district confirms that it is conceivable that an off-campus RFID reader could access badge serial numbers, but tries to downplay the significance:
Therefore, an intruder or “hacker” can only learn that the tag serial number is, for example, #69872331, but that does not provide any useful information.

Has the district committed perjury by claiming that the active RFIDs magically deactivate themselves when off school property even though they already know of a possible exploit?"

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US court to Motorola: You can't enforce Injunction in Germany against Microsoft

Chris453 Chris453 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Chris453 (1092253) writes "A U.S. appeals court on Friday ruled that Google Inc's Motorola Mobility unit cannot enforce a patent injunction that it obtained against Microsoft Corp in Germany, diminishing Google's leverage in the ongoing smartphone patent wars. Motorola won an injunction against Microsoft in May using their H.264 patents. Apparently the US federal justices in California have worldwide jurisdiction over all court cases, who knew? Maybe that is why Apple keeps winning lawsuits..."
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Sony Breach Worse Than Initally Indicated

Chris453 Chris453 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Chris453 (1092253) writes "The news for Sony keeps getting worse. Apparently the recent security breach at one of their data centers not only affected PS3 customers but ANY customer of their online games. Gamers who have ever played Everquest, Everquest II, Planetside, etc. have likely had their details released. I have never played a PS3 and received the following email this morning:

      Customer Service Notification

May 2, 2011

Dear Valued Sony Online Entertainment Customer:

Our ongoing investigation of illegal intrusions into Sony Online Entertainment systems has discovered that hackers may have obtained personal customer information from SOE systems. We are today advising you that the personal information you provided us in connection with your SOE account may have been stolen in a cyber-attack. Stolen information includes, to the extent you provided it to us, the following: name, address (city, state, zip, country), email address, gender, birthdate, phone number, login name and hashed password.

Customers outside the United States should be advised that we further discovered evidence that information from an outdated database from 2007 containing approximately 12,700 non-US customer credit or debit card numbers and expiration dates (but not credit card security codes) and about 10,700 direct debit records listing bank account numbers of certain customers in Germany, Austria, Netherlands and Spain may have also been obtained and we will be notifying each of those customers promptly.

There is no evidence that our main credit card database was compromised. It is in a completely separate and secured environment.

We had previously believed that SOE customer data had not been obtained in the cyber-attacks on the company, but on May 1st we concluded that SOE account information may have been stolen and we are notifying you as soon as possible.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the attack and as a result, we have:

1. Temporarily turned off all SOE game services;
2. Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full and complete investigation into what happened; and
3. Quickly taken steps to enhance security and strengthen our network infrastructure to provide you with greater protection of your personal information.

We greatly appreciate your patience, understanding and goodwill as we do whatever it takes to resolve these issues as quickly and efficiently as practicable.

For your security, we encourage you to be especially aware of email, telephone, and postal mail scams that ask for personal or sensitive information. Sony will not contact you in any way, including by email, asking for your credit card number, social security number or other personally identifiable information. If you are asked for this information, you can be confident Sony is not the entity asking. When SOE's services are fully restored, we strongly recommend that you log on and change your password. Additionally, if you use your Station or SOE game account name or password for other unrelated services or accounts, we strongly recommend that you change them, as well.

To protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss, we encourage you to remain vigilant, to review your account statements and to monitor your credit reports. We are providing the following information for those who wish to consider it:

    U.S. residents are entitled under U.S. law to one free credit report annually from each of the three major credit bureaus. To order your free credit report, visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call toll-free (877) 322-8228.

    We have also provided names and contact information for the three major U.S. credit bureaus below. At no charge, U.S. residents can have these credit bureaus place a "fraud alert" on your file that alerts creditors to take additional steps to verify your identity prior to granting credit in your name. This service can make it more difficult for someone to get credit in your name. Note, however, that because it tells creditors to follow certain procedures to protect you, it also may delay your ability to obtain credit while the agency verifies your identity. As soon as one credit bureau confirms your fraud alert, the others are notified to place fraud alerts on your file. Should you wish to place a fraud alert, or should you have any questions regarding your credit report, please contact any one of the agencies listed below.

Experian: 888-397-3742; www.experian.com; P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013

Equifax: 800-525-6285; www.equifax.com; P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241

TransUnion: 800-680-7289; www.transunion.com; Fraud Victim Assistance Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790

    You may wish to visit the web site of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission at www.consumer.gov/idtheft or reach the FTC at (877) 382-4357 or 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580 for further information about how to protect yourself from identity theft. Your state Attorney General may also have advice on preventing identity theft, and you should report instances of known or suspected identity theft to law enforcement, your State Attorney General, and the FTC. For North Carolina residents, the Attorney General can be contacted at 9001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-9001; telephone (877) 566-7226; or www.ncdoj.gov. For Maryland residents, the Attorney General can be contacted at 200 St. Paul Place, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202; telephone: (888) 743-0023; or www.oag.state.md.us.

We are committed to helping our customers protect their personal data and we will provide a complimentary offering to assist users in enrolling in identity theft protection services and/or similar programs. The implementation will be at a local level and further details will be made available shortly in regions in which such programs are commonly utilized.

We thank you for your patience as we complete our investigation of this incident, and we regret any inconvenience. Our teams are working around the clock on this, and services will be restored as soon as possible. Sony takes information protection very seriously and will continue to work to ensure that additional measures are taken to protect personally identifiable information. Providing quality and secure entertainment services to our customers is our utmost priority. Please contact us at (866) 436-6698 should you have any additional questions.

Sincerely,
Sony Online Entertainment LLC"

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