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5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked, Google Says No Evidence Of Compromise

Dextrously Re:OK (203 comments)

I have an email address on there from an account that I canceled in November of 2012. The credentials that they do have for that account were never valid for logging in to that gmail account. Rather, those credentials were something I used on crappy sites which I didn't trust enough to put a decent password on.

*shrugs* This list is definitely not pulled from Google, or they would have the correct password for that account.

about 2 months ago

In praise of e-cigs

Dextrously Allergies (9 comments)

My allergic reaction to most cigarettes consists of a boring pain in my lower abdomen, a harsh burning sensation in my right nostril (why only the right? No clue), and finally a fit of sneezing. Made growing up with a family of smokers a real drag. ;) Though it has left me without an ounce of desire to smoke.

Anyhow, congratulations on the victory!

about 10 months ago

Going to a Low Tech Hobby

Dextrously Sounds Delicious. (2 comments)

I've never been able to drink many types of alcohol since an incident in my past where I was hung over badly, but it does sound really good. I bet something like that would be better than anything I could buy at a local shop. If I understand correctly, wine's aren't usually known for their high alcoholic content anyways, right? I'm not even an amateur on the on the topic, but that is what I have come to know from aggragated experiences anyways.

Good luck on the wine! Sounds like a much better use of time than my weekend (of frustration) trying (and failing) to set up radicale to use a database. Well, it wasn't that I failed to set up radicale to use a database, it just had so many SQL errors trying to use a database that I just had to fall back to using flat files. What a pain. I should just use openchange, but that has its own set of complications too. Just goes to show that taking time to do things like you are doing is probably good for sanities sake.

1 year,22 days

Debian To Replace SysVinit, Switch To Systemd Or Upstart

Dextrously Re: Uh... (362 comments)

Restore the directory from backups, proceed to `shutdown -h now`. Let me guess though, you don't have backups?

If the configuration is gone, and you have no backups, I could see a few paths to take from there:
1.) Reinstall systemd for starters, then figure out what is running on the system, download each of their packages (if necessary), extract only the systemd scripts into the systemd directory.
2.) Backup what information and configuration you need and perform a full reinstall.
3.) Write your own script to safely bring down your processes, unmount your filesystems and send a signal to the machine hardware to power down. :p

Deleting important files sucks, but hopefully you have learned your lesson. You can blame others for this issue if you like, but it doesn't help solve your problem at all.

1 year,23 days

Call Yourself a Hacker, Lose Your 4th Amendment Rights

Dextrously Re:Stallman would have something to say about this (488 comments)

Advocating doing something isn't evidence for having actually done something

Nobody's saying it is. It does strongly suggest that given the chance, you will do something, though. That's the concern here, that the defendant would either wipe his hard disk or publish his ex-employer's proprietary information. On multiple occasions in the past, he'd released internal company information after being advised not to, and violated written contracts with the company. The main factor in having the restraining order approved with no advance notice is that his website said that he'd be releasing source code to his own product "soon".

Well, your link doesn't actually point to any evidence that he "released internal company information after being advised not to". What it does say is that he recorded demonstration videos, applied through the proper channels for authorization to release those video to beta and alpha testers. After obtaining the limited authorization, he then posted the video on his site and youtube. The plaintiff alleges that he overstepped the limited authorization given on releasing these demonstration videos. This is the only occasion I am seeing, unless I am missing something, additionally, it seems more like a misunderstanding than anything else.

In fact, everything that the complaint alleges that he might have done illegally is referenced to as "On information and belief", yet no actual information is provided to support their beliefs. Contrary to their beliefs, they have actually painted Thuen as a law abiding citizen, by detailing all of the legal recourse he took in order to ensure he was doing things by the letter of the law. They have shown that he has a long history of attempting to follow the proper legal channels in all of his actions.

Additionally, Thuen's site has this to say:

Hi. So, if you're here, you might have read about Battelle's lawsuit against us. Obviously, until the injunction hearing, we can't say anything about what's going on, and until the forensics guys are done imaging our computers, as they are right now, we can't even type it.

But I think it's safe to say that, no, we didn't steal government code and then open-source it. If you'd like to be updated on this case and the proceedings, you can follow us on g+ and twitter. We thank everyone for their support, genuinely. Thanks.

They must have some evidence of a crime, yes.

Nope. As you note later, they need "probable cause". That's not actual evidence, and it's not nearly the high burden of proof you seem to think it is. In this case, the court does have evidence that the defendant had an unauthorized copy of the source code previously, and the defendant has promised to release his own source code "soon". If what he releases is actually his ex-employer's code, that harm would be irreparable. That's plenty of reasonable cause.

That doesn't make sense to me. Probable cause is generally defined as: "a reasonable amount of suspicion, supported by circumstances sufficiently strong to justify a prudent and cautious person's belief that certain facts are probably true".

The plaintiffs own complaint lists out all of the steps he took to ensure that he was taking a legal course of action. The only thing a reasonable person could assume from this is that he was setting himself up to compete with the other company, which obviously, even they realized. A paranoid person might believe that he is using source code illegally, regardless of the evidence in their own claim that suggests otherwise. However, probable cause does not suggest that we take paranoia into consideration. As far as I know, prudent and cautious people don't assume that others act in complete discourse with their past behavior.

Suspicion isn't enough for a search warrant

But suspicion, probable cause, and a pressing time limit are.

They have suspicion, no probable cause, and an artificial time limit which was created by the assumption that their believes are true. In the end, all they have is suspicion and paranoia.

The warrant never should have been granted. Though at least they have opened themselves up to be counter-sued. I hope Thuen takes full advantage of that opening.

1 year,29 days

Shutdown Cost the US Economy $24 Billion

Dextrously Re:The govenment should just double spending. (767 comments)

... what it really means is that the US government spent $24 billion less than it would have otherwise.

Unfortunately, no, that is not what it means. The government was still accruing debt while shutdown. We just owe it now instead of owing it a week or two weeks ago.

The government still owes federal employees backpay for the time they were furloughed. They still have to pay out any contractual obligations they are required to pay. They still owe unemployment, disability, and welfare backpay. On the flip side, they may have saved some money on usage based services, and they definitely saved some amount on contractors that are payed by the hour.

In addition to the amount we still spent, the government was not earning money during this time or serving the functions that we pay them for. Nor were those workers (who still earned pay for doing nothing) contributing back to the economy. So not only do we still owe money for the time it was shutdown, but we have less return to show for it. For an example of returns lost while contractual fees are still owed, take the the airshow in San Diego, CA (where I live). The San Diego airshow earned the government about $1.6 million last year, but ended up costing them $600,000 to shut down this year due to cancelling vendors and owing fees for contracted services.

So no, we did not spend $24 billion less. The only way we would have not spent that amount is if the US had actually defaulted on its loans, laid off all of the furloughed employees, and basically ruined our credit. Fortunately, that is not what happened.

about a year ago

4chan must DIE!!

Dextrously Re:Sorry (9 comments)

Just got mod points today. I went back and undid most of what I could find with them. I love negating negative people.

Thanks for all your content mcgrew!

about a year ago

4chan must DIE!!

Dextrously Sorry (9 comments)

Sorry for the poor experience. Please don't leave Slashdot. :(

There are a lot of annoying people, but then the good people like those above make up for it, in my opinion. Next time I have mod points I will go back and review those. I don't know what I do that tends to get me mod points, but I usually get them every week or two. Maybe it is because I hardly ever post? I'm completely uncertain.

about a year ago

Uh, three?

Dextrously Drug Culture. (7 comments)

I really know nothing about it apparently. I'm already hooked on this new book though, does that count?

As far as the characters go. So far, I'm liking Tammy more than Desire. I love her snappy come backs.

about a year ago

More of the new book

Dextrously Re:Off to a great start! (11 comments)

I had never seen that site before ( Thank you very much for the url! That's an awesome collection of books that I'll have to parse through a bit. :)

Yeah, I'm very curious about the "drops" too. I keep wondering what they are, their effects, and why it seems like only the women (so far?) are on them. I was thinking that there may be some sort of conspiracy behind it. Very interesting story though. I'll be looking forward to the next piece, regardless of which direction you choose to head it.

Thanks again for the link!

about a year ago

More of the new book

Dextrously Off to a great start! (11 comments)

Honestly, when I read the first few sentences, I was thinking to myself "wow, this is super sexist", but then I kept reading it, and was finally able to separate it mentally from reality. After that, it really grew on me. The guy does seem like an ass at first, but then he also seems a little naive, which is a curious and interesting mix.

Anyhow, I like where this is going, good luck on the rest of it! I love seeing your journal updates, even though I don't comment on most of them, I do read them.

about a year ago

Google's Encryption Plan To Stifle NSA's Dragnet Will Raise the Stakes

Dextrously Re:Arms race (216 comments)

That would definitely be an interesting turn of events. Especially if Google then sponsored their US citizen employees becoming citizens of other European countries. That would be very interesting, and convenient. Not only would they be moving a large well known business out of the US, but they would also be pulling the talent with them.

Seriously doubt that it will happen, but I would be pleasantly surprised to be wrong.

about a year ago

Netflix Comes To Linux Web Browsers Via 'Pipelight'

Dextrously Re:Get Netflix or turn in your geek card (303 comments)

I have my own -theory- on what defines a 'geek' or a 'nerd' that is a lot more loose though (in my opinion), in comparison to the 'geek card' implied stringency.

A geek is just someone who is obsessed with a hobby (work can be considered a hobby sometimes) that is outside of average cultural interests for others of similar stature. A nerd is someone who is not necessarily obsessed, but who generally desires mastery of a given topic or set of topics.

You can be both a nerd and a geek at the same time. In this case, it can be understandable why 'geeks' or 'nerds' from different areas can clash over what makes them a geek or a nerd, and why someone else should turn in their 'geek' and/or 'nerd' card. Also, we might label ourselves a specific type of geek or nerd and tell them that they are out of their jurisdiction. ;)

What do you think?

about a year ago

Google Engineer Wins NSA Award, Then Says NSA Should Be Abolished

Dextrously Re:Is everybody scared of the NSA ? (297 comments)

I hope you reported the comment to the admins? A slashdot mafia seems like something they might be interested in unveiling. Possibly even interested in baiting them out to see which accounts are being used to farm mod points.

about a year ago

Google Engineer Wins NSA Award, Then Says NSA Should Be Abolished

Dextrously Re:Maybe relative to pure cringing... (297 comments)

He probably just wanted to state his opinion, and at the same time let the guys he met at the NSA know that he still likes them, even though he disagrees with their practice. It is possible to dislike an organization and yet like their employees. I think that is all he was trying to accomplish. I would feel the same way, were I in his shoes.

about a year ago

Every Public School Student In LA Will Get an iPad In 2014

Dextrously Re:That's not news (393 comments)

Actually, I just had another thought about this as well. Possibly after the second in-school suspension, the student should be moved to another classroom with a different teach to see if the issue persists. If so, then follow the other remaining steps towards expulsion.

The problem I am trying to avert is that sometimes a specific teacher and student just don't get along. That isn't really either of their faults, but the issue should be tested first before being dismissed.

about a year ago

Every Public School Student In LA Will Get an iPad In 2014

Dextrously Re:That's not news (393 comments)

Here is my take on your plan:

I would say that teachers may send students to the school counselors for a recommendation for expulsion. If several counselors (Two or three?) see this student and agree that the student should be expelled, they would write a signed recommendation to the school principal. The principal could then recommend that the parents send their child elsewhere. Should the parent fail to heed their recommendation, and the child acts out again, the teacher may expel the student outright.

However, should the counselors not agree, they may instead write up a plan for getting the student back on track, with several goals noted. Should the child fail to meet all of these goals, an in-school suspension period should be mandated, in which case the child will be kept in solitude for the period of the school day and given a book and assignments to be completed. During this time, they should not be allowed to attend lunch at the same time as the other students, and they should be allowed to have free-time at the same time as other students.

Upon completion of in-school suspension, they should be allowed to rejoin their class, and should they be sent to in-school suspension twice more, they will be automatically recommended for expulsion, and the principle would take over from there.

Expelling a student should not be easy, and the school should be obligated to perform due diligence before it is allowed. The reason for this is because it can severely and negatively impact the child, and as nbauman stated, those negative repercussions will consequently negatively impact our communities and country as a whole.

about a year ago

George Zimmerman Acquitted In Death of Trayvon Martin

Dextrously Re:I'm amazed... (1737 comments)

Actually, it is just your opinion that Zimmerman killed Martin because, in your opinion, Martin was dressed like a hoodlum. Unless you are able to read Zimmerman's mind, you can't possibly know his motivations. Although, there is no evidence that Zimmerman killed Martin just for looking like a hoodlum , as you've claimed. Therefore, your statement is without merit and I understood your meaning, written in plain English, just fine.

You keep running in circles with this. Despite what you say, it is obvious you can't understand. You keep citing "Zimmerman said" yata yata yata.. as if the guy shits rainbows. You refuse to look at the evidence with a critical mind, and you refuse to acknowledge the main point of the whole discussion -- Zimmerman should not have shot Martin. I don't give a damn that he had a gun, he shouldn't have used it in that situation. It is obvious from looking at the photos (if you actually bothered to do so) that he was barely injured (No, he did not have a single black eye as you claimed), and there were only two scratches on the back of his head, no bruising. You've made up your mind though, it is obvious to me at this point that you will just keep claiming Zimmerman as the authority, and claiming that an eye witness saw things which they are quoted as stating they could not see. Good luck to you Anonymous Coward.

about a year ago

George Zimmerman Acquitted In Death of Trayvon Martin

Dextrously Re:I'm amazed... (1737 comments)

You left out the most important part of your statement: for looking like a hoodlum

I didn't mention it because you didn't mention it. That fact is absolutely true as well. Do you think Martin would be dead if he had been wearing a suit while walking down the street? If you can't acknowledge that, then that is just delusional.

If you would like to retract what you said, that's one thing, but you cannot deny what you said.

Again, it is an absolutely true statement, you just misunderstood it, as you have with just about everything else.

Yes, I've seen the bleeding cuts on the back of Zimmerman's head and his broken, swollen, and bloody nose. The pictures only strengthen Zimmerman's case, not Martin's.

They really do not strengthen his case, and they do not support his claims. Either you haven't seen them, or your memory is bad.

Then, it stands to reason Zimmerman would have sustained no injuries and Martin would have sustained no injuries to his knuckles because Zimmerman would have followed through on his threat and killed Martin before a physical altercation would be allowed to occur. Not to mention, again, it doesn't make sense that Zimmerman would threaten Martin with a gun -- that is unless his life were in danger -- knowing that he just called police and that they were on the way. Again, no theory on the part of Martin supporters can reasonably support Zimmerman acting unlawfully. I'll grant you that anything is possible, but given the evidence of the case, anything contradicting Zimmerman's claims seems very unlikely and, ultimately, unknowable.

You can't suppose to know exactly how their encounter went, and you are assuming many things in doing so. It does not "stand to reason" at all, especially if their encounter started with them in close contact with each other, Zimmerman would not have the advantage of range which you seem to be thinking. My point is exactly that it is unknowable. It is unknowable because Zimmerman shot Martin dead. A use of force that was completely unnessecary and which Zimmerman justified by making false claims that his head was being smashed into the ground. Which makes no sense at all. Why would Martin completely ignore a gun being pointed at him to smash the guys head into the ground? Why would Martin, a kid with no history of aggravated violence, do something like this in the first place? Makes no sense at all, unless you want to conveniently ignore those little details.

Again, we have eye witness testimony and evidence at the scene that supports Zimmerman's claims, which is the reason why he wasn't charged with a crime immediately. It took media and political pressure to charge him, and the trial proved the State's case was basically frivolous.

Again, no he does not. He has an eye witness testimony that confirms ONLY that Martin was on top of Zimmerman before he was shot. That. Is. It. Their is scarcely any evidence to support Zimmerman other than his own testimony. Dee Dee's testimony was largely ignored because she was being uncooperative, and her story conflicted with what Zimmerman claimed.

Zimmerman is not convicted because he is obviously an idiot who took things too far. It is obvious he did not intend to kill Martin, initially. Though he is absolutely responsible for starting the entire situation in the first place. He saw someone walking down the street in baggy clothes and a hoody, so he stalked them, he then proceeded to follow on foot against the advice of 9-1-1. During an encounter with Martin, he could have walked away, but he chose to instigate a fight. He then began to "fear for his life", so he shot and killed him.

Apparently, this is okay in Florida. Wouldn't fly in most other states.

You seem to conveniently want to ignore all the facts that support Zimmerman, in favor of an ever-changing theory that's supported by no facts. Unfortunately, that's typical of most Martin supporters.

My theory has been the exact same from the start, if you see it as changing, blame yourself. You seem to want to believe Zimmerman's own testimony is fact. This is not the case, learn the difference. This is typical of most Zimmerman supporters.

about a year ago


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