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Ohio Emergency Responders Stage Mock Zombie Invasion

Chyeld They went all out on this. (219 comments)

I did see the link to the original CDC article concerning 'zombie preparedness' in the summary but didn't see one to the follow up article where they actually prepared a novella concerning the topic:Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic, it's not World War Z, but it's fairly entertaining never the less.

more than 2 years ago

Steve Jobs' Missing License Plate

Chyeld Re:Wrong (579 comments)

And when you can be sued for the mistakes of the corporations you 'own' then come back and talk about how the government enforcing safety standards is nannyism.

Till then, special protections = special restrictions.

more than 2 years ago

Occupy Wall Street Protests Go Global

Chyeld Re:Quick Hitsory Lesson (944 comments)

Another quick history lesson - - Sometimes this shit just means shit.

People get pissed, they make noise. That doesn't make change, having leaders who has the ability and will to get pissed people to follow them makes change. As much as OWS is something I enjoy seeing, I'm not pretending it's the fall of Rome.

more than 2 years ago

Does Android Violate the GPL? Not So Fast

Chyeld Re:Even if he's right (186 comments)

[[Citation Needed]]

I have seen companies completely change over from Linux embedded systems to Windows CE or other commercial products because the GPL v3 could be used as a sledgehammer to have all trade secrets handed over. For example, if I have an appliance that has a signed BIOS for tamper resistance, I cannot use GNU Privacy Guard unless I want to have anyone off the street have a judge give them any and all private keys, up to and including a domain root cert.

The GPL v3 has hamstrung Linux development incredibly.

Florian? Is that you?

more than 3 years ago

Ask Amir Taaki About Bitcoin

Chyeld Re:Is the gold rush over? (768 comments)

Bitcoin mining is the manner in which bitcoin transactions are processed. Therefore there is no 'wastage' involved. What is being created is of value within the system itself. So long as people trade in it, it is valuable.

The problem most of the people I see decrying Bitcoin seem to have is the irrational and fallacious belief that 'their money' is somehow more intrinsically valuable than Bitcoin.

You can't eat dollar bills. You can't eat gold. You can't eat stock certificates or bearer bonds. Intrinsic value means that in and of itself, the item is valuable. Not: "Because this has had 200 years to build the confidence of people in it's value, people value it."

Should the zombie apocalypse happen, your dollars are going to be worthless. Your gold is going to be worthless. Your knotted cords are going to be useless. Your shells on a string are going to be useless. And yes, your bitcoins are going to be useless. The only people who will accept any of them are people hanging on to the 'old system'.

Currency never had value in and of itself. EVER. It has always been a means of stockpiling imaginary 'value' based on the hope that everyone you deal with will agree to it's value so you don't have to go around trying to pretend to be trapped in an old school adventure game where you have to find a chicken to give to the witch doctor so he'll give you his cure for poison ivy so you can give it to the lady with a clay pot so she'll give you...

more than 3 years ago

Ask Jonathan Coulton About the Transformation From Code Monkey to Internet Star

Chyeld Re:Lawsuits? (122 comments)

Satire would be the more appropriate wording.

more than 3 years ago

PSN Outage Continues, Console Hack Claimed To Be Responsible

Chyeld Re:And everyone was saying hacking their ps3 was o (404 comments)

Or we are seeing what happens when a company become so arrogant that they don't bother actually locking down this info despite the fact that it would be inevitable that someone would come along and find a backdoor.

Seriously, a 'hacked PS3' being able to do this is pretty much the definition of "Security Design Failure".

more than 3 years ago

PSN Outage Continues, Console Hack Claimed To Be Responsible

Chyeld Re:Kotaku: "Sony Comes Clean" Data Stolen (404 comments)

Not that I begrudge Kotaku the clicks, but if you are going to post it, post the one that comes from the horses mouth.

Update on PlayStation Network and Qriocity

+ Posted by Patrick Seybold // Sr. Director, Corporate Communications & Social Media

Thank you for your patience while we work to resolve the current outage of PlayStation Network & Qriocity services. We are currently working to send a similar message to the one below via email to all of our registered account holders regarding a compromise of personal information as a result of an illegal intrusion on our systems. These malicious actions have also had an impact on your ability to enjoy the services provided by PlayStation Network and Qriocity including online gaming and online access to music, movies, sports and TV shows. We have a clear path to have PlayStation Network and Qriocity systems back online, and expect to restore some services within a week.

We’re working day and night to ensure it is done as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience and feedback.

        Valued PlayStation Network/Qriocity Customer:
        We have discovered that between April 17 and April 19, 2011, certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account information was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network. In response to this intrusion, we have:

                Temporarily turned off PlayStation Network and Qriocity services;
                Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full and complete investigation into what happened; and
                Quickly taken steps to enhance security and strengthen our network infrastructure by re-building our system 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.

        Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained. If you have authorized a sub-account for your dependent, the same data with respect to your dependent may have been obtained. While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained.

        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 the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services are fully restored, we strongly recommend that you log on and change your password. Additionally, if you use your PlayStation Network or Qriocity user 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 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;; P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013
        Equifax: 800-525-6285;; P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
        TransUnion: 800-680-7289;; 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 or reach the FTC at 1-877-382-4357 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 For Maryland residents, the Attorney General can be contacted at 200 St. Paul Place, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202; telephone: (888) 743-0023; or

        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 1-800-345-7669 should you have any additional questions.

        Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Do I Give IT a Login On Our Dept. Server?

Chyeld Re:Obvious question from their perspective (1307 comments)

Google Apps would not require access to your internal network, allowing anyone who exploited that vulnerability in that homespun system you created that you, not being a full-time IT working and spending your entire day mothering over didn't close fast enough when the zero-day notice was published, to have access to your other servers on the network and steal patient information.

That makes it inherently more trustworthy than the stated solution.

Disregard the fact that the reason such a server wasn't implemented by his IT on their network was probably 100% centered on the fact that they didn't have the resources available to do so and still maintained HIPAA compliance.

more than 3 years ago

Congressman Wants YouTube Video Covered Up

Chyeld Re:Nope. (884 comments)

Hey man, penicillin isn't free.

You haven't been visiting the right fridges.

more than 3 years ago

Geohot Battles Back Against Sony

Chyeld Re:Yeah,. right (255 comments)

Ok, here's one. WTF does SCEA have any jurisdiction to bring this mater forward? What legal standing do they have?

The console is made in Japan. The rights are own by the Japanese company. The business agreement they tried to fuck Geohot over indicate clearly that SCEA knows this. The SDK that they were trying to prove was on Geohot's hard drive doesn't even contain any information concerning the SCEA. So what is their legal standing here?

Forget whether or not it's reasonable to assume that everyone knows that the SCEA even exists, lets start with the basics. Can it even be shown that they have the right to bring this civil suit?

more than 3 years ago

Open means something different at Google

Chyeld Re:Um... (4 comments)

And that's YOUR spin on it, which contrasts with THEIR spin on it that they aren't ready for it to be released in the wild yet because it still needs fixing for the device category that it wasn't designed for and they don't want to kill the brand by letting it out the door broken, only for cheap manufacturers to push it out as is and blame Google if it doesn't work.

My spin on it matches theirs. Because I get that Open doesn't mean "Immediate access the day it was conceived".

more than 3 years ago

Open means something different at Google

Chyeld Um... (4 comments)

When was "It's not ready for release yet" equal to "We'll never give it to you, hahahaha!" - Answer, when someone with an axe to grind wants to spin it negatively.

more than 3 years ago

Post-Release Open Source Recall

Chyeld You are free to license the code however you want. (2 comments)

Some people even license their code under multiple licenses for different purposes (i.e. a commercial license for enterprise business and an open source license for the 'hobbyists') at the same time, however almost all open source licenses are not revocable unless the licensee violates the terms. Meaning if you release something as BSD and then later decide to kill the project by yanking your code, it'll only work if no one cared enough about it to download the code to begin with. Also remember that one of the 'powers' of open source is that if you decide to yank the code, anyone who had already gotten it is fully licensed to continue to distribute, update, and distribute updates under that license as well (aka forking).

As long as you own the copy rights to your code then any license change you make applies to the whole work. Just remember that anyone who had gotten the code prior to the change is not bound to it (assuming it's a normal open source license). But then also, they are only 'grandfathered' into the old license on the version they have obtained. So if you've updated the code after the change, those updates would be unavailable to them without accepting the new license.

more than 3 years ago

Google Voice Teams Up With Sprint

Chyeld Re:GV + SIP = FREE PHONE LINE (115 comments)

Yes. Yes it does. Sadly, I don't see the government doing squat about it.

more than 3 years ago

Google Voice Teams Up With Sprint

Chyeld Re:GV + SIP = FREE PHONE LINE (115 comments)

My mistake in terminology, AT&T will not provide access to their lines for other companies unless you are carrying service with them.

In other words, if I want to have DSL Extreme (a national DSL provider that deals primarily with Verizon) be my DSL provider, I can do so, but only if I have at least basic phone with AT&T. AT&T will not simply lease the line as other telco's will do. (For instance Verizon).

I can get just DSL with AT&T, but since my reason for the move was due to the fact that currently I utilize over twice the amount of bandwidth on my line as the new caps will allow, it makes little sense to do so.

Thanks for looking though.

more than 3 years ago

Google Voice Teams Up With Sprint

Chyeld Re:GV + SIP = FREE PHONE LINE (115 comments)

Or you can go really all out: Incredible PBX, and have a complete PBX system with only the need of an internet connection.

Till it was reaffirmed for me that AT&T is an ass-hole company on par with Bank of America, and won't sell dry loops for DSL unless you have some other service with them, I was considering the upcoming bandwidth caps they are putting in place as an excuse to move to a non-major Telco like DSL Extreme and use the above to replace the phone line.

However now it looks like I'll have to keep a basic line alive just to get the DSL loop, so it's looking more like it'll just be a 'geek' project once I find suitable hardware for it.

more than 3 years ago

Gizmo5 to Cease Operations

Chyeld I'm sorry, I don't see the issue. (1 comments)

I wasn't a customer but from your description it was what Google Voice and Google Chat are becoming?

more than 3 years ago

PayPal Freezes Support Account For Bradley Manning

Chyeld Re:PayPal is within their rights and legal in this (580 comments)

Free to "refuse service" and "free to suspend an account with money in it for arbitrary reasons" are not equivalent statements.

PS. Man this has to be a record for dupes on Slashdot, I've got the exact same article on my screen twice, posted to the front page about 45 minutes apart.

more than 3 years ago


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