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MS Handed NSA Access To Encrypted Chat & Email

DnemoniX But Microsoft said Nuh-uh... (379 comments)

Microsoft's response to these allegations can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/Press/2013/Jul13/07-11statement.aspx

In response to an article in the Guardian on July 11, Microsoft issued the following statement:

“We have clear principles which guide the response across our entire company to government demands for customer information for both law enforcement and national security issues.

First, we take our commitments to our customers and to compliance with applicable law very seriously, so we provide customer data only in response to legal processes. Second, our compliance team examines all demands very closely, and we reject them if we believe they aren’t valid. Third, we only ever comply with orders about specific accounts or identifiers, and we would not respond to the kind of blanket orders discussed in the press over the past few weeks, as the volumes documented in our most recent disclosure clearly illustrate. To be clear, Microsoft does not provide any government with blanket or direct access to SkyDrive, Outlook.com, Skype or any Microsoft product.

Finally when we upgrade or update products legal obligations may in some circumstances require that we maintain the ability to provide information in response to a law enforcement or national security request. There are aspects of this debate that we wish we were able to discuss more freely. That’s why we’ve argued for additional transparency that would help everyone understand and debate these important issues.”

about a year ago
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DoD Descends On DEFCAD

DnemoniX It's a ruse (496 comments)

I absolutely do not think that this will end up being an ITAR restricted item. However, it does seem to provide politicians enough time to cram through some poorly thought out legislation creating an outright ban on them.

about a year ago
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USPS Discriminates Against 'Atheist' Merchandise

DnemoniX Sammy was Jewish there Sparky (1121 comments)

Ummm...well you are correct Sammy didn't wear a Saint medal. That is because he converted to Judaism in the mid 50s and he wore the Star of David. It is clearly visible in many photographs count the points there and maybe get out of your mom's basement a bit.

about a year and a half ago
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Time Warner Cable: No Consumer Demand For Gigabit Internet

DnemoniX Well maybe... (573 comments)

This is because you price it out of reach for your average customers and only those willing to pay your ridiculous fees for it purchase it....
I would absolutely pay for a Gig connection to my home if it had a sane price tag!

about a year and a half ago
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The World's First 3D-Printed Gun

DnemoniX Well... (846 comments)

A synthetic AR-15 lower receiver is nothing new, printing one yourself is however. Is it dangerous? Yeah kinda, unless you a printing with a rather high strength polymer. Is it illegal? Not if you follow the BATF guidelines. Hobby machinists have been milling them from aluminum for ages. You can buy all sorts of jigs and receiver blanks. If you were to say start manufacturing lower receivers, or do not qualify to legally own them and get caught the penalties are very severe. Also as anyone who builds their own AR-15s will tell you, certain parts are in very high demand, you may wait weeks to months for something simple to complete your build. So I wouldn't worry about somebody building a ton of "off books" rifles any time soon.

more than 2 years ago
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Pay the TSA $100 and Bypass Airport Security

DnemoniX Headline is not accurate (527 comments)

First off the headline is bullshit, you aren't bypassing security at all. I have seen this first hand and here is how it works at the airport. You go up to security, at some airports like Detroit you still wait in line with everyone else unless you have airline status for the first class line, in Dallas they have a whole separate security checkpoint just for this. Then, they check your ID, scan your boarding pass, and if it says you get expedited security you get to go through the "special line". In the special line your backpack/bags still go through an x-ray and you go through the metal detector.

Advantages:
Keep on your belt, shoes and jacket
Faster line if you are a frequent business traveler
Don't have to wait behind Marge and her eleventy kids trying to go through at the same time

Disadvantages:
If you were not pre-approved as a frequent flyer by your airline you have to apply the old fashioned way
The application process SUCKS!
The website is horribly slow
You need every bit of information the same as you would for getting a government security clearance
You need to go have an in person interview and provide a lot of identification
You might not get approved

more than 2 years ago
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Cell Phone Jamming Devices Enjoy an Increase In Popularity

DnemoniX People are just a-holes (805 comments)

I cannot count the number of times I wish that I had a cell jammer. Obnoxious folks who are so self important that they have no regard for those around them are everywhere. They are in line at the airport, the table next to you at dinner, oh and lets not forget in the movies! Some days I would just love to flip that switch and drop that call. On the other hand I would also be disabling the ability of anyone within range to call 911 in case of an emergency. Or to receive a truly important call or text message, maybe somebodies significant other goes into labor. Any number of things could potentially be disrupted. OK, so maybe flipping that switch isn't such a great idea. I mean don't get me wrong, I am a total a-hole myself, I realize that, but I don't think I would feel very good if I were causing a disruption and something legitimately bad happened and nobody could get a call through. Now if I had a jammer with a momentary switch that would only allow jamming for a couple of seconds, just long enough to drop a call, and it was on a timer so I couldn't mash the button....hmmmm Yup still an a-hole.

more than 2 years ago
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NYPD Dismantling Occupy Wall Street Encampment

DnemoniX Re:Ummm Really? (933 comments)

Yeah, I guess that would be asking a lot now that I think about it. I do object to your characterization that there are hundreds of individually smart people reading this however. Based on the lion's share of responses above, the percentage of idiots is pretty high. You can also easily pick out the teenagers, college kids and Doritto eating mom's basement dwelling trolls. Having a /. id !=intelligent

more than 2 years ago
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NYPD Dismantling Occupy Wall Street Encampment

DnemoniX Ummm Really? (933 comments)

I got up this morning and I turned on CNN for some noise. As I got ready, they showed the press conference from the Mayor of NY. He was very clear, this park is privately owned but the owners are bound to an agreement to allow 24/7 public access. There are restrictions to this such as no camping etc (which were actively being violated). They can also close the park for cleaning and public health concerns. The owners have completely supported the protesters using the park, and continue to do so. The Mayor stated several times, after it is cleaned, you are welcome to come back, but leave your tents and tarps at home.

You know what else I saw on CNN? Loads of footage of the garbage trucks cleaning up giant piles of garbage and refuse in the park. It looked like a shanty town in a 3rd world country. If there was some sort of media blackout nobody told CNN. If people were in fact kept away, doesn't it make sense that a bunch of extra bodies hanging around just might get in the way of the cleanup efforts?

Go home, let them clean the park, then you are welcome back. That was the message the Mayor gave in the press conference. Somebody please provide a rational argument or facts that they can back up as to why this is a bad thing?

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Killed the Start Menu Because No One Uses It

DnemoniX Excatly This! (862 comments)

I did the same thing, loaded it into a VM to give it a whirl. Guess what? Metro sucks! It is a tablet interface and needs to stay on tablets. It looks like a Windows phone raped Windows Media Center and this was the result. There are already utilities out to disable this "feature", so what does that say about it?

more than 2 years ago
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Iran Unveils Flying Saucer Using Old B-Movie Stock Photo

DnemoniX Richard Dreyfuss (174 comments)

Well the blog author makes a tongue-in-cheek shout out to Richard Dreyfuss, so I'm pretty sure he is making a reference to Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The picture is not from that movie. It certainly appears to be from something crappy, perhaps just the now legendary Iranian Photoshop Labs.

more than 3 years ago
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Can For-Profit Tech Colleges Be Trusted?

DnemoniX Employers and Trust (557 comments)

I used to work at an internationally renowned medical facility who regularly treats world leaders. They actively encouraged employees to enroll in online campuses such as the University of Phoenix and Kaplan, to continue their educational development and help further their careers. I know several IT professionals there who started off answering phones at the help desk for $12/14 and hour and now through online education and hard work are now managers earning $90-100K+ after only 10 years. It comes down to the individual, how hard you work, how dedicated you are to your education, and what you take away from the material you are presented. That is what makes a true professional, not the pedigree of your degree.

more than 3 years ago
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Pakistan To Scour Google, Yahoo For Blasphemy

DnemoniX Maybe the will outsource it (371 comments)

I wonder if they will ship this out to a call center in Mumbai. Now that would be funny.

"Thank you for calling the blasphemy hotline, this is Steve, how may I direct your call?"

more than 4 years ago
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Pakistani Lawyer Wants Mark Zuckerberg Executed

DnemoniX Question for you Pakistan (1318 comments)

So, ummm can we extradite every idiot over there who has committed an "honor killing" and take them to court in say Texas on murder charges? It's against the law here, so you would be ok with that right? I mean with their death row express lanes and all it shouldn't take to long right?

more than 4 years ago
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Girl Claims Price Scanner Gave Her Tourette's Syndrome

DnemoniX Re:Um yeah, ok easy enough (558 comments)

Yeah, that about sums it up! You sir made me giggle.

more than 4 years ago
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Girl Claims Price Scanner Gave Her Tourette's Syndrome

DnemoniX Um yeah, ok easy enough (558 comments)

Easy to figure out, shoot her again and again to see if it still burns. Oh and never mind that Tourettes is an inherited neuropsychiatric disorder. Don't let a little thing like that stop you from filing a lawsuit though.

more than 4 years ago
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Experimental Video Game Evolves Its Own Content

DnemoniX Cool but does anyone remember... (167 comments)

I took a look at this game, and well it looks kind of fun. Sometimes you just want to fly around and shoot stuff. It brought back memories of the late 90's. I worked for as a contractor at a large hospital. In our downtime a few of us would gather and play a space based lan game. It reminded me quite a lot of this game, a top down space shooter. For the life of me I cannot think of the title. Does anyone remember the name of that game?

more than 5 years ago
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Blizzard Confirms No LAN Support For Starcraft 2

DnemoniX Re:Guess I just won't buy it then (737 comments)

How is this throwing a tantrum exactly? I will display my displeasure at their poorly thought out decision by simply not giving them my money. If the executive decisions take away from the game play, why should I play it? As for growing up, maybe you should read your own post again, because "making it your mission" smacks of being immature. Not only that it pretty much just makes you come off as a douche, probably why you don't have the balls to post as anything but an AC. I will in fact go on to have a nice day, as I'm sure you will enjoy the rest of your day trolling from the comfort of your mother's basement while eating cheetos and waiting for that next round of Hot Pockets...

more than 5 years ago

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