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OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

Eggplant62 Got the update... (303 comments)

Linux Mint, and I'd assume Ubuntu too, has already pushed the updates out. Happy happy. Joy joy.

about 8 months ago

How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Eggplant62 Once mildly religious, no longer (1037 comments)

I was raised in a Roman Catholic family, was baptised, took communion, got confirmed and married in the church, and ended that association in 1993, when after my wife and I separated and divorced she decided she wanted our marriage of 7 years and one child anulled, and had that granted. I didn't respond to the petition as by then, I figured that if through a few words and mumbo jumbo by some shaman here on earth, our marriage never was in the eyes of the Lord, then to hell with the Lord, he must be nothing but made up nonsense, too. Thanks to the internet, I've connected with people and made friends with folks who think like I do -- that there really isn't any magical guy in the sky looking down on us all, and this after a full read of the Bible and a lot of personal reflection.

about 8 months ago

The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary

Eggplant62 Text to speech configuration (142 comments)

Is there a facility to adjust this? I listen to doctors dictating notes all day long so I'm used to very quick speech rates. I find the rate at which the TTS engine is dropping output is driving me nuts.

about 9 months ago

Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Newegg Patent Case

Eggplant62 Re: Abolish software patents (204 comments)

And not just an implementation; the work must be somehow transformative, as in transforming one set of assembled items or parts to create a whole new invention, machine, gadget that mankind hasn't seen before. This idea that we're somehow transforming a general PC into a new invention every time some overly litigitious asshole programmer thinks some new software he wrote somehow transforms the PC into a new device; it can't continue to work and not keep a healthy, competitive business environment going, where lots of companies write software that might function in similar manner, but also where the competition is based on the merits of the program itself, how well it performs the job the end user wants to perform, and not who owns the patents to some silly, obvious algorithm that's been included in a work, something so fucking obvious that you wonder how in the hell anyone got a patent on it, other than the idiots in the patent office don't know what the hell they're doing. Please, someone bury the idea of software patents, let's all go back to copyrights to handle that set of business ideas, and let's move forward to really competing and making money off software, not stifling competition.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Secure Your Parents' PC?

Eggplant62 Linux (408 comments)

I put my dad's PC up with Linux a few years ago. I have him set up with reduced user privileges so he cannot fuck anything up. He does very well with everything he needs to do, and I've not had to worry about anything that he's doing with that PC in just as much time.

1 year,2 days

NSA Head Asks How To Spy Without Collecting Metadata

Eggplant62 Re:Then Fire Him (509 comments)

How does Constitution work? How crime get prosecuted? You want to do your job and collect data to catch crooks, you target someone specific, you get a warrant, you make the requests through the carriers, and you do it like it's always been done. Thanks for your utter disregard for all of our rights, you fucking jackhole.

1 year,4 days

How long do your computer mice last?

Eggplant62 Re:I use a tablet (361 comments)

I use laptop with touchpad. What is this "mouse" of which you speak?

1 year,6 days

Open Source 'Wasn't Available' Two Years Ago, Says UK Gov't IT Project Chief

Eggplant62 Asleep at the switch (113 comments)

I'd like to posit that Howard Shiplee's attention span has been well asleep up until 2 years ago. Holy flying fig, man, what have you been doing since 1985!?! Sleeping like Rip Van Winkle?

1 year,7 days

Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

Eggplant62 Funny... (841 comments)

I remember this really old adage that my mom used to tell me... Something about reaping or sowing or some shit. Been a while since I heard that one.

1 year,9 days

Lawsuits Seek To Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal Persons

Eggplant62 Re:Jerry Was A Man (641 comments)

Hey, corporations are people. Extending that to chimps isn't too far a stretch.

1 year,15 days

Driver Arrested In Ohio For Secret Car Compartment Full of Nothing

Eggplant62 Absolute crock of shit, this case (670 comments)

I don't see how they prove intent here. Empty container -- I could store guns, money, drugs, or *any other valuable item* I don't want exposed and out there for someone to heist by smashing the glass in the vehicle. I don't suppose I have a right to secure my property in any way I see fit? Intent is missing here and the prosecutor is going to have to stretch the truth quite a bit to prove his case.

1 year,22 days

On the subject of robots ...

Eggplant62 Re:Missing Option (318 comments)

I want one, but only if it comes with working option to suspend Asimov's 4 laws.

1 year,25 days

Canonical Developer Warns About Banking With Linux Mint

Eggplant62 Re:like we needed more ammo (206 comments)

This is the stupidest thing I've ever read. Not only is it a blow to Mint, but to free software in general. I just got done crowing to friends that Linux isn't full of NSA backdoors, and then this pops up on newsfeed. Sheiss.

I suppose our developer doesn't understand that one can go with slightly more intelligent tools, like apt-get on the CLI, to get those packages upgraded? If so, he's no developer I'd give a shit about.

about a year ago

Robotic Surgery Complications Going Underreported

Eggplant62 Re:It's normal (99 comments)

Bullshit. I make quite a good living from transcribing operative notes for these very surgeries. From the reports I see, they do make mistakes, but not as many as one would think one would while using robotic equipment.

about a year ago

Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

Eggplant62 Re:This (462 comments)

> Running through Detroit during the daytime is
> risky enough... At night? I might as well take a
> bar of soap and a tub of petroleum jelly with
> me!

Also being a Detroit native, I agree with this poast. I'm just a couple blocks north of 8 Mile in Warren and it's not the type of neighborhood I delight in walking around at night.

about a year ago

Do You Need Headphones While Working?

Eggplant62 Headphones absolutely required (262 comments)

I type medical transcription for a living. Without headphones I'm pretty much fucked because I'm not only violating HIPAA, but I also can't hear the subtle nuances in some folks' voices, especially when dealing with English as a second language speakers. I just had a laptop go dead on me, leaving me not willing to spend more to repair it, so while I waited for a cheap replacement I worked on an older laptop that didn't have bluetooth, so I couldn't use my headset with it. I dealt without the headset for a bit, but I had to leave more blank spots than usual in some of my work for it.

about a year ago

Tiny Pacemaker Can Be Installed Via Catheter

Eggplant62 Sign me up! (57 comments)

Around Christmastime 2011, I developed paroxysmal non-nodal reentrant supraventricular tachycardia, likely stemming from my maternal grandmother's history of similar cardiac problems, and underwent radiofrequency catheter ablation of the bad conducting circuit in my atrial tissue. I'm left with no fast pacing circuit to increase my heart rate on demand when I'm exercising. I know people with implanted pacer/defibrillators, and I work as medical transcriptionist and have typed a zillion of those procedures, and the things they despise about it is the problems with tissue pocket infections and interval battery replacements, requiring the site to be reopened, the equipment removed and replaced, antibiotic washout, reclosure, etc. I'll be bugging my doc at next visit to research it and determine if I can get one of these.

about a year ago

Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video

Eggplant62 TL;DR: Bennett Hasselton is a dumbass (871 comments)

Really, you should have ended right here:

"...Fifth Amendment lets you refuse to answer the question of whether you even committed the crime at all, and I didn't see what was so great about that, because it is everybody's legitimate business whether or not you committed the crime."

Here's why: You don't have to say shit to anyone about anything who is accusing you of a crime. The onus is completely on them to provide the evidence. They can ask a judge for warrants to search your person or property, but NO ONE can compel you to answer any questions as long as you tell them that you invoke your 5th amendment privileges and refuse to answer *any and all* questions. Once you begin answering questions you open yourself up to having anything you say used against you in a court of law, and NO ONE wants that.

about a year ago



RAW Artifacts up for auction

Eggplant62 Eggplant62 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Eggplant62 (120514) writes "When Robert Anton Wilson, co-author of _the Illuminatus Trilogy_ and founder of Discordianism passed away in January 2007, he left behind a mountain of debt. In an effort to offset some of those losses, RAW's daughter Christina has created an Ebay auction store that carries listings for items that Bob had worn, used and decorated his apartment with. This is your chance to get in on the ground floor of a super deal to pick up a piece of RAW memorabilia. FNORD. Though the offerings seem small now, there is word that more items will be listed in the coming weeks."

Pot decriminalization bill submitted in US House

Eggplant62 Eggplant62 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Eggplant62 writes "Happy 4/20! NORML says there is reason to celebrate extra this weekend, as US Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) and cosponsor presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) introduced on Thursday, April 18, 2008 H.R. 5843, known as an 'Act to Remove Federal Penalties for Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults.' The new bill is the first federal decriminalization legislation introduced in 24 years.

'It's time for the politicians to catch up with the public on this [issue],' Frank said. 'The notion that you lock people up for smoking marijuana is pretty silly.'"

Link to Original Source

Judge Kimball rules; Novell owns Unix copyrights

Eggplant62 Eggplant62 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Eggplant62 writes "In his most damaging ruling yet, Judge Kimball today released his ruling in the SCO v. Novell case, saying that it is his belief that after examining the all the documentation and motion practice and after the hearings earlier this year on various summary judgment motions, the jist is: "[T]he court concludes that Novell is the owner of the UNIX and UnixWare Copyrights." Of course, Groklaw is covering the story and broke the news just over a half hour prior to this submission.

There is also a ruling in SCO v IBM on summary judgment motions but the actual rulings are yet to become available. Keep your eyes peeled."

Link to Original Source

Eggplant62 Eggplant62 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Eggplant62 writes "Federal authorities are accusing Robert Alan Soloway of Seattle of not only sending out millions of spam messages himself, but selling the software for others to do the same and stealing unique e-mail addresses and domain names to further his operation. He's been indicted on 13 counts of money laundering, 10 counts of mail fraud, five counts of wire fraud, five counts of aggravated identity theft and two counts of fraud in connection with electronic mail."

Eggplant62 Eggplant62 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Eggplant62 (120514) writes "Technology Daily brings us news of the results of bulk emailer e360insight.com's legal action against anti-spam organization Spamhaus.org. The Spamhaus Project will keep it's domain name after the judge on the case in the Northern District of Illinois on October 19th declined to issue a temporary restraining order in which e360insight.com had requested ICANN or Tucows revoke the spamhaus.org domain name, among other overbearing requests for legal sanctions against Spamhaus. A copy of the judgment is available on Pacer (subscription) and mirrored here and here. This story was originally featured here on Slashdot."


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