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Canadian File Sharing Plaintiff Admits To Copyright Trolling

DotNM A Sad Day for Canada (87 comments)

It's a sad day for Canada when we start doing this kind of stuff too.

about 2 years ago
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Should IT be a Regulated Industry?

DotNM Re:What do you mean by 'IT'? (2 comments)

I generally see this kind of thing applying more to companies whose primary products/services are IT related. Companies whose core business is to provide either technical services or consulting.

more than 2 years ago
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New Twitter Policies Put the Kibosh On Mashup Services

DotNM Re:A fucking online petition... (82 comments)

If your life depends on (Twitter | Facebook | Government Money | Sports), you don't have one.

FTFY.

We have public health care in Canada, paid for through government money (although it originally comes from taxpayers)

more than 2 years ago
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Interop Returns 16 Million IPv4 Addresses

DotNM Re:I plan to skip IPV6 (270 comments)

IPV6 never caught on, like Windows Vista caught on. Better to wait for IPV7.

Wait for the first service pack too... IPv7, Service Pack 1

more than 4 years ago
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European Credit and Debit Card Security Broken

DotNM Re:There's a work-around! (245 comments)

Yes it does. Zero liability will be assumed by anyone... and that's a promise!

more than 4 years ago
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European Credit and Debit Card Security Broken

DotNM Re:Chip and Chip security... wait a second! (245 comments)

In Canada, the MasterCard version is called PayPass and I do have one of these PayPass-enabled cards and haven't had any problems with PayPass specifically (although my MasterCard was compromised just before Christmas but the bank reversed all the fraudulent transactions)

more than 4 years ago
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European Credit and Debit Card Security Broken

DotNM Re:Canada too? (245 comments)

Yes, this is in effect in Canada too. I have a BMO Bank of Montreal MasterCard and BMO Bank of Montreal debit card, and both are chip and PIN enabled. There's even a website with a bunch of information and FAQs on chip and PIN: http://www4.bmo.com/chip/questions.html Full disclosure: I am a Bank of Montreal employee, but from my understanding, all major Canadian banks will be following suit if they haven't started already.

more than 4 years ago
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TSA Subpoenas Bloggers Over New Security Directive

DotNM Because obscurity... (379 comments)

... is the best security.

more than 4 years ago
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Student Banned From Minnesota Campus Over Facebook Comments

DotNM I think the question is... (806 comments)

I think the question is if written comments like that should be construed as threats, or more like a journal where you'd just write for yourself. I'm also wondering if there's any other evidence that anyone on campus was targetted. The ban should have been lifted after the full story was found out.

about 5 years ago
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Software Glitch Leads To $23,148,855,308,184,500 Visa Charges

DotNM Re:meh (544 comments)

Meh. What's 23 quadrillion dollars really worth these days?

About the price of an extra-value meal.

more than 5 years ago
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Data Preservation and How Ancient Egypt Got It Right

DotNM Legal Requirements (313 comments)

A lot of data retention is because of legal requirements. At the bank I work at, we're required to keep *everything* for at least seven years - all our emails are archived, instant messenger communications, etc.

more than 5 years ago
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White House Exempts YouTube From Web Privacy Rules

DotNM They can't control external websites (235 comments)

... unless they legislate them to remove those cookies. What alternatives to YouTube could they use?

more than 5 years ago
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Verizon To Charge Content Providers $.03 Per SMS

DotNM Re:Dial-a-plus (260 comments)

How do you dial "+"?

The + stands for the international dialing code... 011 So, to answer your question, to dial a +, dial 011

more than 6 years ago

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Should IT be a Regulated Industry?

DotNM DotNM writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DotNM writes "IT professionals typically have the keys to the kingdom, so to speak, and often have full and complete access to systems containing personal and confidential information. As well, anyone can start their own IT company with no formal knowledge, training or certification. Should this be the case? I believe that we should have a dialogue about Information and Communication Technology becoming a regulated industry with minimum standards of education and training, especially in security."
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Using Music Now Costs More in Canada

DotNM DotNM writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DotNM writes "Event organizers are no strangers to being charged fees by SOCAN, the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, which are typically added to a venue rental bill, but Re:Sound, an organization similar to SOCAN, is attempting to increase its revenues to the approximately $275 million per year collected by SOCAN.

What this means is that if your event in Canada uses music, you'll have to pay even higher fees which depend on the number of attendees and the use of the music. For example, a wedding reception of 400 guests would cost $27.76, but if dancing is involved, the fee doubles to $55.52.

One key point which may concern those who have had any type of event in the last few years is the fact that these fees are retroactive back to 2008, meaning people who have had events that have already occurred can still be billed for it."

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2700 Personal Tax Files Missing After CRA Auditor

DotNM DotNM writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DotNM writes "The personal information of almost 2700 Canadians are missing from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) after a worker took them home and let a friend download them onto a laptop.

The worker asked a computer technician at the CRA to download the personal information of the taxpayers along with the worker's emails to support a grievance against the CRA for failing to accomodate her medical condition.

The technician downloaded the information for her onto 16 CDs, which were not encrypted contrary to government standards.

Although the incident occurred in 2006, the CRA appears to have done little, if anything, to fix these issues."

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RIM Experiences BBM / BIS Outage

DotNM DotNM writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DotNM writes "If you've been trying to send BlackBerry Messenger messages to your friends or family and not getting a response, you're not alone. CP24 and other media outlets are reporting that Research In Motion, the company that created the BlackBerry corporate email device, The outage apparently started yesterday, September 15 around 6:00 PM Eastern Time and is continuing even now. It also seems that not all carriers and locations are impacted.

BBM is similar to MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger and ICQ in that they allow users to send "instant messages" to other users. These messages even indicate when they are delivered to the recipient's device and actually read by the recipient. Impacted messages are not displaying the delivery indicator, a "D" above the checkmark next to the message.

BlackBerry users are reporting a variety of problems ranging from being unable to send or recieve BBM messages to the device itself even operating slowly. Others have no problems with anything and are able to use BBM and other services without issue.

A CrackBerry.com thread seems to indicate that the problem is not just isolated to BlackBerry Messenger and is also affecting the BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) which handles push email to BlackBerry devices that are not on a BlackBerry Enterprise Serve (BES). http://forums.crackberry.com/service-outages-f156/massive-rim-outage-since-sept-15-6-pm-651054/"

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International Monetary Fund Hit By Cyber Attack

DotNM DotNM writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DotNM writes "CityNews and other media outlets are reporting that the International Monetary Fund has been hit by a "cyber attack". They are withholding most of the details, however, it is known that the World Bank has shut down a "link" between them and the IMF."
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Bell & Telus To Charge For Incoming Text Messa

DotNM DotNM writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DotNM writes "Starting next month, both Bell Mobility and Telus Mobility will start charging customers a 15 cent fee to RECEIVE text messages. This has angered many customers, according to this article, even to the point of cancelling their service.

Bell will start charging on August 8 and Telus will start on August 24. Some have pointed out that this might be considered double-dipping. They get to charge the person sending the text message and now they're wanting to charge the recipient as well for that same text message, although it seems that the 15 cent fee does not apply if you subscribe to a text messaging plan. The New Democratic Party has started an online petition against this unfair practice — especially since customers cannot control messages sent to them.

Due to the lack of competition, Canadians pay some of the highest cellular phone fees in the industrialized world."

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DotNM DotNM writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DotNM writes "Looks like Google's domain name was stolen... not once, but twice, at the same time. From the article:
...However they reportedly reacted by transferring the domain to another German provider, Favo, in a second case of domain theft...
Apparently Germany automatically approves domain transfers if they receive no response from the registrant. This is a dangerous practice."
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DotNM DotNM writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DotNM writes "I've been tasked with destroying two medium-sized boxes full of tapes. I'm looking to find the most creative method of doing this en masse without me or my employer spending any money for anything to do it. I've thought about running over them with my car, but it's too cold outside (winter) to do that."

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