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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

Culture20 Re:Illegal (174 comments)

"b. Wait a period of time before you request so you do not have to cancel on the same driver if you get them again

Which clearly implies the uber contractor is expected to have canceled on the Lyft driver at least once.

yesterday
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

Culture20 Re:I asked them which Windows computer (233 comments)

A phone bot wouldn't work very well, but you could hire a call center. Maybe even the same call center.

yesterday
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

Culture20 John Conner is a great scam name (233 comments)

He proceeded to introduce himself as "John Connor." I laughed quietly

It's part of the scam. Disarming misdirection. For a while, part of you was favorably disposed toward the scammer and you were thinking about the ridiculous name instead of screaming in your head "This is a SCAM!".

yesterday
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Culture20 Re:Not Net Neutrality (464 comments)

I inserted the "not" because his second part of the statement made it obvious that was his intent. You can't just read one sentence then dismiss the entire paragraph. Typos happen, apparently a lot with him (note the transposed 2 and 3).

yesterday
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Why Do Humans Grow Up So Slowly? Blame the Brain

Culture20 Always looked young (123 comments)

I've always looked young for my age; now I know why. Yes, my brain does use more glucose than most people's, ladies.

yesterday
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Culture20 Re:Not Net Neutrality (464 comments)

(3) Net Neutrality means: Dropping packets (thereby manipulating congestion control and bandwidth negotiation) based on the source or destination of the packet. If you dropped a Wikipedia packet instead of a Facebook packet due to a policy configuration and nothing else (randomly due to too much load), that's a violation of Net Neutrality.

Net Neutrality bears no RESEMBLENCE to what you are describing in your post: it is simply an injunction that customers should get what they are PAYING for - which is unfettered access to the ENTIRE internet. Painting it as anything else is a lie.

The GP phrased it oddly (note that by his description it's clear he missed a "not" before "dropping" in the first sentence), and placed the numbers out of order, but that's exactly what he said: packets should not be dropped due to source or destination. Sometimes packets have to be dropped, but that should be done randomly to allow access to the entire internet for all (truly unfettered being impossible without infinite bandwidth).

yesterday
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Culture20 Re:What's so American (464 comments)

Actually, it's about stifling future innovation. I can easily imagine new technology sometime in the near future which requires blazingly high pings. Perhaps a massively distributed neural net kind of thing, done over the internet. But the traffic for this innovation will be limited to the speeds the derps across the street use for their cat videos.... they will not be able to pay for such speed, even if they want to, no matter what the requirements of their innovation require, they will be limited to the speeds your grandmother gets for her gardening forum.

You realize that net neutrality is exactly what ensures your special traffic for your neural net doesn't get stifled, right? People are complaining because certain high bandwidth protocols are currently being slowed in favor of YouTube cat videos and your grandmother's gardening forum. In fact, some high bandwidth video protocols or sites are being slowed in favor of video protocols or sites for a service a parent or related company provides. Doesn't matter how much you're willing to pay. When the internet starts to become silos, it will all be for high bandwidth cat videos produced by the internet companies themselves, and your neural net traffic might be blocked completely. The cable companies are trying to turn the internet into cable or satellite, where you have to buy service with certain companies to get certain channels; ie not the internet anymore, but discreet intranets that each show different cat videos.

yesterday
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

Culture20 Re:ICREACH? (206 comments)

ICyREACH. I predict it will have a chilling effect on free speech, etc

2 days ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Culture20 Re:The problem, as always... (327 comments)

Then girls think, "maybe I don't belong because I don't love them like the boys do."

And they'd be right. Why do they belong at a company passionate about technology if they aren't passionate about technology?

If people only did what they were passionate about, civilization would collapse. If these girls would be good at CS, they shouldn't give up just because of some lack of self-confidence ("I'm not passionate, so I'll fail").

2 days ago
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Spot ET's Waste Heat For Chance To Find Alien Life

Culture20 Re:Kardashev scale (80 comments)

Locusts can taste pretty good if prepared correctly.

3 days ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

Culture20 Re:Don't Ask if you Don't Want (415 comments)

FTFA (w/emphasis mine): When a South Carolina student was given an assignment by his teacher to create a Facebook-type status report telling something interesting about himself

Huh. Then he was following the rules of the assignment. Facebook statuses are mostly fiction, and some are fantasy.

3 days ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

Culture20 Re:Mandatory panic! (415 comments)

We should ban pens and paper so it doesn't happen again.

"Oh no! He typed 'pens and paper!' When will they stop?!?"

3 days ago
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Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

Culture20 Re:Frankly (146 comments)

I hate to be an advocate for security through obscurity, but I figured these things would be ultra super restricted, and "laboratory tests" would be irrelevant because they had access to a device that attackers do not have access to.

"The system's designers seem to have assumed that attackers would not have access to a Secure 1000 to test and refine their attacks'"said Hovav Shacham, a professor of computer science at UC San Diego.

And yet these machines are in public places. If the attacks involve wifi, they're available for pen testing by bad guys. For the low tech smuggling techniques, they're not just available for testing; they're foisted upon anyone with a ticket. If you have more manpower and money than scruples, you can send tester after tester through with items and figure out the ways to get through.

about a week ago
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Culture20 Re:Flaws? (198 comments)

GURPS strongly suggests a limit on disadvantages, and there are "disadvantages" like truthfulness, sense of duty, code of honor, etc. that restrict actions but are heroic in nature. Of course a friend of mine has a pirate campaign where there is no disad limit and players usually start as physically disfigured outlaws with psychological issues, some who owe allegiance to captains of other ships. But that's pretty normal for pirates.

about a week ago
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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

Culture20 Re:Expert?? (442 comments)

He's a physicist. He was just imagining the electrical grid as a perfect sphere on an infinite frictionless plane.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

Culture20 Re:The suck, it burns .... (179 comments)

Gee, I don't like Micro$oft as much as the next Linux Zealot, but let's be fair here... M$ is darned if they do and darned if they don't.

Unless you said the bolded portion gleefully while grinning and rubbing your hands together, you don't really hate Microsoft as much as the next Linux Zealot.

/Linux sorta-Zealot

about two weeks ago
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Password Gropers Hit Peak Stupid, Take the Spamtrap Bait

Culture20 Re:Next stop? (100 comments)

It's already close to 99.99%. Set up ssh on port 22 and don't block it. Check your security log. Valid logins versus failed attempts to access root, admin, or other common usernames. Even with fail2ban or denyhosts and ignoring slow distributed attacks like in the article, the number of failed attempts can sometimes dwarf valid logins. I remember the "Web 2.0" just prior to captchas. It was tough finding content that wasn't written by a spambot.

about two weeks ago
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DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

Culture20 Re: There we go again (383 comments)

Sort of like how a destroyer is easier to lift with one's bare hands than the Empire State Building?
The real bad part about a grammatically correct sentence is memory mutation.
"I'm going to take my dog, Spot, to the park."
"I'm going to take my dog to the park today."
"I'm taking my dog, Spot, to the park today."
"#&@*!!! What was that passphrase?"

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

Culture20 Re:Before leaving the server (116 comments)

Why do it to a file and not to the block device itself?
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda

(I can never remember the argument for setting the block size.)

the block size setting is a lot of bs. (bs=)
You can't be guaranteed to escape a kernel panic or general screwiness when the system tries to use swap space or access a file. That's why I suggested a "run from RAM" distro.
Also dd dead stops if it hits a bad block. You're better off using shred or ddrescue to overwrite stuff when going directly to device.
You can target other partitions like say, /home , /data , /var , etc. if you've actually partitioned them separately. You can also turn swap off and target it. But like I said, you're best off nuking from RAM.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

Culture20 Re:Before leaving the server (116 comments)

An OS reimage with 'doze and use sdelete.exe from Sysinternals Suite. http://technet.microsoft.com/e...
Or 'nix, dd a huge file and shred it (remember to restrict the passes with -n since the default is "a lot")
Neither is perfect, but better than delivering your data to the next schmoe on a platter (pun intended).
If you can request the specific OS image, send them a copy of a memory-resident linux installation configured to auto-wipe the HDDs with shred.

about three weeks ago

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Facebook forces your information to be public now

Culture20 Culture20 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Culture20 (968837) writes "I just hopped on FB, and went to change my status (yes, I was going to say what I ate for lunch). A popup appeared, saying it wanted to change all my information into links. Being a geek, I chose the "edit them individually" method since I didn't know if the links would be correct. Then I read the following text:

Confirm the Pages that will be on your profile
Uncheck any Page you don't want to link to. Linking to education and work Pages may also create additional Pages, such as for your major or job title. If you don't link to any Pages, these sections on your profile will be empty. By linking your profile to Pages, you will be making these connections public.

If you don't link to any Pages, these sections on your profile will be empty. By linking your profile to Pages, you will be making these connections public.

You are about to remove this information
If you don't link to any Pages, the following sections on your profile will be empty:
  • Work and Education
  • Current City
  • Hometown
  • Likes and Interests

They're empty now. Others have noticed this too."
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MS IE out-of-band security bulliten; New Firefox

Culture20 Culture20 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Culture20 (968837) writes "MS just published a security bulletin for the latest IE exploit(s):
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS08-078.mspx
There's also a webcast at 1PM PST.
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032399448&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

In other browser news, Mozilla just released Firefox 3.0.5 and 2.0.0.19 today. 2.0.0.19 is the last 2.x, and there will be no security updates. Upgrade to 3.0.5 and use an addon if you've been holding back for url-bar related reasons. Still no official MSI from Mozilla, so Windows admins, prepare your installations with care."

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