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Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

ClownPenis Re:Too dangerous to keep digitally now? (378 comments)

No. Security through obscurity is worthless.
Keeping the default administrator password default is the problem.

about 2 months ago
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'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88

ClownPenis Re:Saw the old man 10 years ago (164 comments)

He didn't actually discover MDMA. He discovered the psychoactive properties of it.
He probably looked at its molecular structure and "had a feeling" it would be psychoactive.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

ClownPenis Re:Do we need it? (516 comments)

I bet you have a good discussion on "their".
DownMod Parent SPAM

about a month ago
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Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

ClownPenis Re:flame away, but... (516 comments)

You know. You are actually right. Interface aside the rest of the "shit behind the scenes", seems pretty good.

With an SSD in a new laptop it boots in about 3-4 seconds.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

ClownPenis Start Menu Classic (516 comments)

Coca-Cola paved the way. Redmond 'Nailed It'!!!

about a month ago
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As Crypto Mining Grows, Data Centers Begin Accepting Bitcoin

ClownPenis Re:Wait... (94 comments)

Following your logic.. If something "crashes" it is "junk".
Gold, Securities, Commodities.. ALL JUNK.
Noted. Thank you for the insight!

about 2 months ago
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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Buys the LA Clippers For $2 Billion

ClownPenis What a punishment (270 comments)

Poor racist bastard. We showed him!

about 2 months ago
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Linux Sucks (Video)

ClownPenis Re:Zounds?! (293 comments)

case of the Mondays?

about 2 months ago
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Linux Sucks (Video)

ClownPenis Re:Zounds?! (293 comments)

your object isn't even a pointer to an array

about 2 months ago
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EVE Online's Space Economy Currently Worth $18 Million

ClownPenis Re:More or less than bitcoin? (88 comments)

Not wasting a mod point on you... a. WTF does BTC have to do with this FUD? b, Do you not know how to figure out how much Bitco(i)n is in "circulation"

about 3 months ago
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Male Scent Molecules May Be Compromising Biomedical Research

ClownPenis Re:36% less pain (274 comments)

Where the $*#& did this comment thread get derailed? Where did my mod points go?

about 3 months ago
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Verizon's Plan To Snoop On Its Customers

ClownPenis Re:Should Be Illegal (85 comments)

Devils Advocate stance... They will counter with. We don't include any of that data in your calculated data use for billing / data cap purposes.

about 3 months ago
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New White House Petition For Net Neutrality

ClownPenis Re:Abusrd (248 comments)

Gamers don't need much bandwidth, they need quick RTT and low (read: no) packet loss. That would be another ideal class of service for a "fast lane".

about 3 months ago
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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins

ClownPenis Re:Habits ... (136 comments)

+1 Funny, Insightful

about 4 months ago
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Yes, You Too Can Be an Evil Network Overlord With OpenBSD

ClownPenis Ho Humm (49 comments)

Is this news? It is certainly nerdy.

about 5 months ago
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Epic Beard Cam

ClownPenis NOT SPAM (2 comments)

How is this SPAM?

more than 4 years ago
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Is the 4th Yellow Pixel of Sharp Quattron Hype?

ClownPenis Re:"And I laugh at how you are supposed to see..." (511 comments)

wow, best buy had a magic version of Avatar that was recorded in RGBY !! Neato, i would LOVE to see how they got a brdvd to play that.

^ ID10T ^

more than 4 years ago
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The End of the 3.5-inch Floppy Continues

ClownPenis Aborted BIOS update Non-Intel MB - Need Floppy (472 comments)

I needed a floppy on Friday. I actually have a box of them, but I didn't have a drive anymore.
Long story short I was updating the BIOS on an old Shuttle XPC
(Last ditch effort to get it to run reliably before throwing it out the window).
After a failed flash, the machine was effectively "bricked" until such a time I could get an actual floppy drive installed to to a recovery boot.
It seems the only way for this old hardware to recover from a botched BIOS update was to boot from a real floppy.
I tried countless USB sticks formatted as floppies and even an actual USB floppy drive all to no avail.
The Shuttle XPC in question is now in the dumpster.

more than 4 years ago

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Stockman bill allows taxpayers to use same lame excuses as IRS

ClownPenis ClownPenis writes  |  about a month and a half ago

ClownPenis (1315157) writes "Jun 20, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON — Taxpayers who do not produce documents for the Internal Revenue Service will be able to offer a variety of dubious excuses under legislation introduced by Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) a week after the IRS offered an incredibly dubious excuse for its failure to turn documents over to House investigators.

“The United States was founded on the belief government is subservient and accountable to the people. Taxpayers shouldn’t be expected to follow laws the Obama administration refuses to follow themselves,” said Stockman. “Taxpayers should be allowed to offer the same flimsy, obviously made-up excuses the Obama administration uses.”

Under Stockman’s bill, “The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act,” taxpayers who do not provide documents requested by the IRS can claim one of the following reasons:

1. The dog ate my tax receipts
2. Convenient, unexplained, miscellaneous computer malfunction
3. Traded documents for five terrorists
4. Burned for warmth while lost in the Yukon
5. Left on table in Hillary’s Book Room
6. Received water damage in the trunk of Ted Kennedy’s car
7. Forgot in gun case sold to Mexican drug lords
8. Forced to recycle by municipal Green Czar
9. Was short on toilet paper while camping
10. At this point, what difference does it make?"

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US to auction off 29,656 bitcoins seized from Silk Road, worth over $17.5M

ClownPenis ClownPenis writes  |  about 1 month ago

ClownPenis (1315157) writes "On Thursday, the United States Marshals Service posted a notice that it will be administering the sale of the over 29,600 bitcoins seized in the Silk Road case. At present exchange rates, those bitcoins are worth over $17.5 million.

FURTHER READING

FEDS READY TO AUCTION OFF $25 MILLION IN SILK ROAD BITCOIN
Funds seized from alleged Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht are still in contention.
These bitcoins resided in six different wallets found on Silk Road servers and do not include the “bitcoins contained in wallet files that resided on certain computer hardware belonging to Ross William Ulbricht, that were seized on or about October 24, 2013.”
The USMS said that the first deadline for bidders will be 9am Eastern Time on June 16, 2014.

All bidders must complete the government’s Bidder Registration Form (PDF), which requires that you provide a copy of a government-issued ID as well as a $200,000 deposit sent by wire transfer from an American bank. The government added that the highest bidder will win, and he or she cannot finance its payment in installments—the winner must pay the full amount in cash."

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Feds: Sailor hacked Navy network while aboard nuclear aircraft carrier

ClownPenis ClownPenis writes  |  about 3 months ago

ClownPenis (1315157) writes "by Dan Goodin — May 9 2014, 10:31am PDT
BLACK HAT INTERNET CRIME

A former sailor assigned to a US nuclear aircraft carrier and another man have been charged with hacking the computer systems of 30 public and private organizations, including the US Navy, the Department of Homeland Security, AT&T, and Harvard University. Nicholas Paul Knight, 27, of Chantilly, VA, and Daniel Trenton Krueger, 20, of Salem, IL, were members of a crew that hacked protected computers as part of a scheme to steal personal identities and obstruct justice, according to a criminal complaint unsealed earlier this week in a US District Court in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The gang, which went by the name Team Digi7al, allegedly took to Twitter to boast of the intrusions and publicly disclose sensitive data that was taken. The hacking spree lasted from April 2012 to June 2013, prosecutors said."

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Hewlett-Packard Admits to International Bribery and Money Laundering Schemes

ClownPenis ClownPenis writes  |  about 4 months ago

ClownPenis (1315157) writes "Hewlett-Packard has admitted to creating and using slush funds for bribes, money laundering, and clandestine “bag of cash” handoffs in order to profiteer off of lucrative government contracts in Russia, Poland, and Mexico, according to court documents.

HP’s guilty plea carries with it a $108 million penalty — a combination of SEC penalties, as well as criminal fines and forfeitures paid out to the Department of Justice. Thus far no criminal charges have been brought against American HP executives. The multi-agency investigation, which was conducted by multi-national law enforcement partners, the FBI, IRS, and SEC, has revealed kleptocracies in the three foreign governments and corruption and dishonesty among HP corporate fat cats."

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"Indexing everything"

ClownPenis ClownPenis writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ClownPenis (1315157) writes "With the computing power, disk space, digitization tech., compression etc. Who really believes that "private" conversations exist anymore? Other than face to face "under the Sun" conversations, is there really any reason to assume everything you say, type, text, tweet, etc. is not "saved forever" on a disk somewhere. That kind of power combined with the social networking boom, where everyone knows who you are friends with, and who their friends are etc. etc. (facebook, linkedin, etc.).

I love tech myself, but it seems as though we may have already "given it all away" already.

Maybe I am paranoid, but it doesn't take that much disk space to archive text, and disk space is cheap. Any voice call can more or less be boiled down into a tiny compressible text file and saved infinitely, and be searched against. All you need is a way to grab it all, personalize the data, digitize it, save it, feed it to "Google", and build an interface like "street view". Instead of streets and houses, you get the "top down" big picture on people, who they know, what they are saying, who they are saying it to etc. This is no longer limited to "email" with "Carnivore / Omnivore", I suggest anything that can be, is being stored, indexed, relation-ized, and retained to be used as at least "unwarranted surveillance", at most probably much worse for the average person.

Hopefully I am completely full of crap. Probably not though."
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Google, the real life MCP.

ClownPenis ClownPenis writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ClownPenis (1315157) writes "It isn't 1984.. It is TRON, and Google is the new MCP.

They hide their illegal hiring practices and control most of the data commonly viewed or skewed.

They run everything, and index it too.

Good luck.

My captcha to post this is "regret"
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