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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

DontLickJesus Lost Backups or Outside Email Services? (465 comments)

Can anyone speak to the emails they are discussing here? It's obvious that any competent IRS email server would have been backing these emails up, but if they were using Outlook, there is a well known issue regarding the size of PST files, corruption, and subsequent purging of the files. Often administrators will purge the user's inbox after their local PST file has been backed up. Then, that file is remounted in Outlook, or kept on the local machine for use at a later time. If these (or the old Exchange data) weren't being backed up, this is not only poor administration but likely a breach of law.

The second possibility is that other email services outside the IRS were being used. If they are trying to get to this email, I'd like to know.

I'm not defending what they're saying, it all sounds like bullshit. I'd just like someone with some understanding of the technicalities of what's going on to chime in.

about 3 months ago
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EFF: Amazon, AT&T, and Snapchat Most Likely To Rat On You To the Gov't

DontLickJesus Re:The Lavabit case... (69 comments)

People wonder why USPS is failing. Do you realize that a fairly simple technical implementation marking data with digital postage would legally shield it all? USPS should be Lavabit, hell an ISP. Its simply because the PEOPLE OCCUPYING OUR GOVERNMENT UNDERSTAND DDOS. Clog all the pipes. Eventually our 'No's will be accepted as authoratative. Because.

about 4 months ago
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High yield urban vegetable gardening system with LED lighting

DontLickJesus A healthy head does not mean a wise one. (2 comments)

Segregation from so much of our natural environment leads to weakness against it. Plants deliver a lot more than nutrition. They provide low doses of all sorts of foreign bits to our bodies, allowing us to adjust. Id be willing to venture even to the missing light bands. The production rate is amazing, but never forget that eating your own dirt is essential.

about 6 months ago
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FBI Reports US Agencies Hacked By Anonymous

DontLickJesus This is a confirmation, not new news. (156 comments)

Anon reported back at the beginning of Operation Last Resort that they were already much more deeply entrenched in US government networks than anyone had found. This isn't a new revelation, it's an ongoing event.

about 10 months ago
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Artificial Blood Made In Romania

DontLickJesus Re:not flaming (232 comments)

From what I can tell, yes. If it contains blood or any of it's 4 major parts, Witnesses won't accept it. This doesn't seem to contain those things. There is an understanding that once you break a thing down so far, it's no longer blood.

about a year ago
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Artificial Blood Made In Romania

DontLickJesus Re:not flaming (232 comments)

The answer is: If it contains blood or any of it's 4 major parts, Witnesses won't accept it. This doesn't seem to contain those things. There is an understanding that once you break a thing down so far, it's no longer blood. Things beyond the 4 major parts are considered a "conscience decision", which means it up to you whether you take it or not.

about a year ago
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Artificial Blood Made In Romania

DontLickJesus Jehovah's Witnesses Rejoice (232 comments)

I understand that many people who post here don't share my religious views, but as a person who doesn't believe in accepting blood: This is huge. There have been great strides in bloodless surgery, but an alternative it always great. Thank you to these folks for their continued work

about a year ago
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Police, Copyright Industry Raid Movie Subtitle Fansite

DontLickJesus Re:Derivative work (344 comments)

Ah, therein lies the issue. Language is not restricted to geographical area.

I completely get the premis, and, as a developer, completely dismiss it. The two aren't mutually exclusive.

about a year ago
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Police, Copyright Industry Raid Movie Subtitle Fansite

DontLickJesus Re:Derivative work (344 comments)

This, this right here reveals a valid point. Region locks, limited releases, and so forth are supposed to be about geographical areas, not the language. If "Rocky 30" gets released in the US only, there is nothing restricting a Chinese speaking American from watching the film. Claiming that one is "making content available" to an audience who hasn't been permitted yet is a load of horse shit. However, since by some countries' laws content might be restricted, I assume the derivative works could potentially inherit those restrictions. I think it's obvious that distinction isn't clear. Seems a better practice to work with the site in helping them understand where the content is supposed to be available. There is nothing stopping the content provider from getting paid for a film. However, I do completely understand how this mindset doesn't hold up for books, and rightfully so. With books, making the translation of the book availble would make the core value of the product worthless. The core value of a DVD is not in the text.

about a year ago
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First Observations of Short-lived Pear-shaped Atomic Nuclei

DontLickJesus Re:Reference to Island of Stablility (64 comments)

For those interested: Nuclei with shapes like this or barbells are significant in solving the problem of filling that range of elements on the Periodic table that were skipped. Ideas were proposed that nuclei would need to have these shapes in order to be stable if the nucleus followed a shell model similar to electron shells. You can read more by researching "Island of Stability"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Island_of_stability

Eh, fark. This is mine. Stupid login.

about a year ago
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Software Lets Scientists Assemble DNA

DontLickJesus Re:Next phase of career? (149 comments)

"Very few acquire sufficient mastership of the physics to make a dent. And even if you do, you'll be in a rat race against other geniuses. New discoveries spur new ideas, but discoveries are published worldwide and ideas are also a dime a dozen as well. Even if you have the gift to derive a really good and worthwhile idea from a given recent discovery, you can be sure that at least two of your competitors around the world will have thought of it, and then it comes down to who is fastest and who can deliver the most generally useful implementation or variant of the idea." Sounds exactly like programming actually :-). Seriously, though, thank you for your insight.

about a year and a half ago
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Software Lets Scientists Assemble DNA

DontLickJesus Next phase of career? (149 comments)

I've been considering taking up study in this field. As a software developer I can see benefits for both sides. I'm curious if we could develop a suitable runtime environment to express the code rather than just "build and lets see".

about a year and a half ago
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Canadian Court Rules You Have the Right To Google a Lawyer

DontLickJesus Truly a worthy ruling (105 comments)

For those of us who have had the unfortunate pleasure of being arrested, think about it. You had to call a relative, or look in a phone book for some advertisement of a lawyer. While I doubt they'll be getting many of these machines, one usually has at least 24 hours of free time in jail. Why not give that time to do at least /some/ due diligence in picking one's council. Bravo Canada.

about a year and a half ago
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IE Standardization Fading Fast

DontLickJesus 5 Browser Compatibility Projects in 3 years (176 comments)

All of them specifically to convert IE only sites to support at least Firefox, Chrome, & IE. A few of them even specifically listed Safari. We may not have seen the cusp of the wave, but companies have definitely heard the message loud and clear, and are responding appropriately.

about a year and a half ago
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Leaked: Obama's Rules For Assassinating American Citizens

DontLickJesus Interesting timing with gun laws coming up (800 comments)

I'm no conspiracy theorist, nor do I typically give a damn about politics. For the most part, I like Mr. Obama. However, combining this with the changing gun laws just sounds down right marshal law-like.

about a year and a half ago
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New Phishing Toolkit Uses Whitelisting To 'Bounce' Non-Victims

DontLickJesus Re: How are they validating ID? (71 comments)

Interesting parts as well state infected servers can redirect to one another. Seeing this is partly a WordPress exploit, I wonder if an email link is even necessary. Visit 1 exploited in-net box and it might be able to get you where it needs.

about a year and a half ago
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New Phishing Toolkit Uses Whitelisting To 'Bounce' Non-Victims

DontLickJesus Re: How are they validating ID? (71 comments)

Whether key or ip are used here is missing the kind of whitelisting this malware is using. When the package exploits a server, it alters pages/links to redirect each unique visitor to a dynamically generated temp folder on itself which contains the phishing code, and afterwards is deleted. The phishing code could obviously get more selective, and will contain a destination either via redirect or transmission, but returning to the same url gets you nowhere. Have the link/page exploited float around as well and you have a "dynamic" whitelist which filters favoring the browsing public, not link-minded researchers.

about a year and a half ago
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How Do You Detect Cheating In Chess? Watch the Computer

DontLickJesus Consider human advancement just as likely (328 comments)

This guy could have studied his opponents, he could suddenly understand the game in a new way, or the competitors in the tournament could share some fundamental link to a decision tree he's found. I'll admit this is unlikely, but one can attribute such vast differences to not only cheating or genius, but also competitive stagnation.

about a year and a half ago

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Idealism or Professionalism, which are you pursuing?

DontLickJesus DontLickJesus writes  |  about a month and a half ago

DontLickJesus (1141027) writes "'“You pushed your ideas.” Have you ever heard this? I have, and as a negative. We as developers work in a very collaborative way, so at first it’s understandable where this could be viewed poorly. However, when developing products for a client, how does one know when they are pushing idealism vs. professionalism?'

Where do we really draw this line in software development? Let's discuss."

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NBC / SNL Stealing Ad Revenue?

DontLickJesus DontLickJesus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DontLickJesus writes "In a time when television networks are working hard to deal with the changes presented to them, NBC has been very successful in transition, providing much of their content online. However, it would seem this media giant doesn't want to shoulder all of the cost, to the detriment of their advertisers. Saturday Night Live recently featured skits with urls to see the skit again. These sites first load an intro page, simply showing an image of the skit which the user may click on to load the video. This may seem simple enough, but why the extra step?

Upon further examination, these pages have frames loaded first with advertisements which the user never sees. Both http://donyougorouninrountorero.com/ and http://www.badnewswurtz.com/ use this technique, helping us to understand this wasn't a simple coding mistake. I've collected the responses from requesting these sites at http://pastebin.com/Vj0TL08M in case they are changed later.

I cannot personally verify NBC's ties with the companies involved. However, it is not common for sites to be coded in the manner shown (though not unheard of). In my experience the most common use of the techniques involved are when sites are attempting to steal ad revenue or circumvent user anti-tracking mechanisms."

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How to get back at email scammers

DontLickJesus DontLickJesus writes  |  more than 4 years ago

DontLickJesus (1141027) writes "Alright, so I have a "UK Lottery" scammer on the hook. I lead him on with a fake name, and they took the bait. I spoke with him on the phone using a Google Voice account, obviously a man of African decent faking a British accent. I could have him keep calling me to rack up long distance charges, but it doesn't seem like enough. We're at the point where they've solicited for money. Where do I go from here?"
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Hard Drives to have last stand against SSD's

DontLickJesus DontLickJesus writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DontLickJesus writes "It would seem that Western Digital's hard drives aren't going out without a fight. The Velociraptor runs at speeds arguably better than SSD's. And, while this article claims the HD is available at 33% the price of a 64GB SSD, that logic runs about a year late. While the new drive can honestly offer a little over double the space at the same speed at half the price, is the loss in lifetime worth it?"
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IT workers coushioned from US economic downturn

DontLickJesus DontLickJesus writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DontLickJesus (1141027) writes "According to the AP technology has been the least hardest hit by the U.S.'s recent economic downturn.

Quote:
"Overall technology employment is up in America and the wages associated with it are up," said John McCarthy, a vice president with Forrester Research.

The article goes on to say that companies realize the worth of their [IT] staff. This paired along with a recent article regarding the value of data centers when selling a company leads one to believe that the business world, while historically not fond of IT workers, is showing it's true opinion of the sector. Have those reading this article in the tech sector recently experienced this, or is the business side just telling IT what it wants to hear?


Full Disclosure:
I am a developer for a Fortune 500 company in financial services, though in no way associated with the article."

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KaZaa "Push" legal implications

DontLickJesus DontLickJesus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DontLickJesus writes "Back in 2000/2001 during KaZaa testing I was able to force upload a file to a client. This was accomplished through a blind reply to a download request in which I knew the hash of the file to be sent. The file hash was KaZaa's security check to make sure the client had asked for the right file. The basics where:

Request File
Get File Hash
Request File with Spoofed IP
Reply with known hash
Client downloads file

It seems this could easily create downloading relay nodes if the "Automatically Share Downloads" feature was turned on, and an easy defense for those unlucky enough to be harassed by the RIAA. It would be good for someone to do the same research on Limewire, etc.

I'm going to get flamed for not releasing the technical specs, but I have kids and no time to redo this research. Please someone pick it up, look at the white papers, and show what I'm talking about, thanks. I'm sure you're efforts will make you a god among geeks."

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Have we witnessed the cosmic double slit test?

DontLickJesus DontLickJesus writes  |  more than 2 years ago The reason quantum uncertainty cannot be observed at laboratory scales is because the time scales would allow us to violate causality, and the universe doesn't allow for that. If "dark matter" is a form of Boson-like material, which it definitely seems to act like, it would make sense that it could gravitationally interfere with itself in multiple galaxy collisions. The key being that nothing had the opportunity to stop or alter these interactions, but each interaction had multiple spacial outcomes with equivalent probabilities. "Observation" actually just denotes a probability of interference, and the different ultra-massive pulls from various galaxies would create the uncertain path (double slit), as all mass centers involved would have multiple possible paths ahead of them. Since we had no ability to stop it when it happened, we get the pleasure of watching it now.

Gravity, as I see it, is the inversion and/or scattering of particle uncertainty when highly interacting particles clump together. Physicists would say that any object still maintains the possibility that it could fly part at the electron shell level (theoretically) at any moment. Think if it as a massive object's footprint spreading forward into time. Less massive objects (like you and I) near the surface of the larger simply become statistics in the largest worst-scenario desegregation, and the probabilities of where we end up are much less complex than the massive core of a planet.

The smaller, brighter masses of the continuing galactic parts of collision mentioned in the article were likely sling-shotted through because of the massive gravitational pull of the early dark matter interference, which likely significantly subsided in strength as the dark matter uncertainty was reigned in by the pull of the gravity of the normal matter. Why? Since normal matter can interact with so many more particles/forces, It's level of uncertainty is reduced by the number of nearby particles which could interfere with it. Therefore, it's gravitational footprint would remain relatively static and condensed. This would cause the dark matter (by this time lumped as observed above) to be pulled like a jetstream as the densely certain mass imposed just a bit more certainty on the dark matter around it, reducing the net gravitational pull.

TL;DR; I propose that Dark Matter's low rate of interaction gives rise to gravitational interference. As an echo of quantum uncertainty, it gives rise to large fluctuations in gravitational fields acting on normal matter. Normal matter counteracts this gravitational interference through via higher levels of certainty imposing on dark matter. Uncertainty seems to be a property of particles most purely interacting with forces.

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A new way to detect alien life

DontLickJesus DontLickJesus writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Currently man searches for alien life in a way that often includes speculation and a lot of random data. However, we do have a scientifically accurate way to detect life. In physics, we learn that electron/photons change their behavior based on observation. (See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfPeprQ7oGc
for and explanation.) So I offer this: How could one construct this test to see if light was observed by an alien race?

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