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Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks

Enry Re:Notified and ignored? (104 comments)

From the namecheap link:

I must reiterate this is not a security breach at Namecheap, nor a hack against us. The hackers are using usernames and passwords being used have been obtained from other sources. These have not been obtained from Namecheap. But these usernames and passwords that the hackers now have are being used to try and login to Namecheap accounts.

yesterday
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Update: Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Cancelled

Enry That's open source (165 comments)

Here's what one person said about it:
 

What I don't like about this project is that they simply use all the work (software development) of the foundation and the RPi community to sell their product. They call it "compatibility" but in fact it means: let other people do all the work and we make money from it.

Someone is new to open source/designs I see. Arduino has a bazillion knockoffs that are compatible yet they still seem to be doing okay. Unless RPi isn't an open architecture - in which case, why do we advocate its use?

2 days ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

Enry Re:Good (108 comments)

based on the SC and the EFF, it seems as if i would be well within my rights to set up some cameras to OCR plates myself than correct? I could even crowd source it, and post little trackers on particular cars when they pass the citizen cameras showing the routes and routines of anyone I want as well? Cops, federal employees, if i got down to chappaqua and set some up i could even monitor the clintons, all legally correct?? Hey if thats how they want it than i got to start writing a new android/iphone app

You can likely do some of that, though some of what you describe (following specific people) would fall under anti-stalking laws. As noted elsewhere in this thread, repo companies are already doing this and businesses have cameras set up on their property and within the store recording your every move. Get writing! You only need a bunch of people willing to do this and a lot of license plate reading equipment.

Im not against reasonable retention laws, 30-60 days is well within reason for the numbers not being watched on some list, any longer is too much (I feel the same way about internet logs and phone records, 30-60 days without a court order and it should be purged)

Seems reasonable to me.

3 days ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

Enry Re:Good (108 comments)

The supreme court and EFF disagree with you. While you have the right to travel freely, you have no right of privacy when in public and collecting information about you and your travels does not impede you traveling. You also have the option of not traveling by your own car - you can rent a car, borrow one from a friend, walk, bike, or take public transit.

As for your last statement I completely agree that collected data should be deleted after some period of time - enough time that if it's needed as evidence it can be used, but not so long that your entire travel history is available for perusal at any time by any person.

3 days ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

Enry Re:Good (108 comments)

What constitutional right? Privacy? Let's see what the EFF says about that:

https://ssd.eff.org/your-compu...

That means the police can follow you around in public and observe your activities, see what you are carrying or to whom you are talking, sit next to you or behind you and listen to your conversations — all without a warrant.

3 days ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

Enry Re:Good (108 comments)

Again, fine. So long as it's not considered a public record.

3 days ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

Enry Re:Good (108 comments)

I'd be fine with that result. So long as we don't start thinking that these kinds of videos are public records that can be searched without a court order.

3 days ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

Enry Re:Good (108 comments)

Why?

I mean, from a privacy sense, you're in a public place and therefore have no reasonable sense of privacy. Do you chase down people that are taking photographs where you or your car are in the background?

If you want to talk about what's done with that data after it's been collected that's a different story and not what is being asked for in this case. But you're just as entitled to set up your own license plate tracking system just like the police are.

Also think of this as a lead in to having police carry cameras and record every interaction with the public. Should that data get dumped immediately if the person is not accused of a crime? Michael Brown was accused of a crime, but there wasn't time for Wilson to know that, so under your rules, the events leading up to his shooting would be expunged.

3 days ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

Enry Re:Good (108 comments)

But you cared enough to reply. I'm touched.

3 days ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

Enry Re:Good (108 comments)

What if there were an ongoing crime and results were dumped before it was known that data was needed? What constitutes a "hit list"?

3 days ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

Enry Re:Good (108 comments)

Methodology is different from what is collected. Methodology is "every police vehicle has a model ZRX-9000 plate scanner which is always in operation with results sent in real time to a central server where the data is held for 30 days unless a court orders it to be held longer as part of an ongoing investigation/trial". We should absolutely have that information. But just like I don't need to see your tax records, I don't need to see where you've been for the past week.

3 days ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

Enry Re:Good (108 comments)

Fine, have an independent oversight board review the records without making them public while keeping the details secret.

3 days ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

Enry Re:Good (108 comments)

"What are you collecting" is different from "What did you collect" and "What privacy should be applied to what is collected".

EFF/ACLU is asking for B which is the wrong question. A and C are far more important without knowing exactly what is collected.

Here's a scenario:

You're interviewing for a new job. You drive to the company to interview on site. While you're on your way, the police tag your car in various spots along your trip including the parking lot of the site. Now under normal circumstances, that data would be private and not released without court order (yes, fantasy land, but bear with me) so your trip remains private and after some period of time those records are expunged.

Now say that the EFF and ACLU get their way and have all that data released. All your movements are now considered public record available for review by anyone. Do you want your boss pouring through your movements?

3 days ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

Enry Good (108 comments)

Information about the collection techniques (what gets captured, how long are they held, when and how are they destroyed, etc.) is fine. The actual videos themselves may contain enough information to track vehicles over a period of time. We don't really like it when cops do it, why should we let everyone else have this data?

I don't necessarily like knowing cops have this information but so long as there's rules over the collection (see above) I'm okay with this. If the EFF and ACLU (whom I normally support) wants the actual data, they can get their own OCR license plate cameras and drive around.

3 days ago
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

Enry Re:where do they come from again? (232 comments)

Postgres has become the Oracle of yesterday. Now the new shiny is MongoDB and Hadoop.

about a week ago
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Linux 3.17-rc2 Release Marks 23 Years of the Linux Kernel

Enry Well we can tell it's legal to drink (105 comments)

In the US anyway.

I started in on Linux a year later after buying my first 386-40(?) system and wondering what I'd install on it. Wound up with Linux after trying OS/2 and kinda avoiding the *BSDs because that just looked like a cluster----. Got a small stack of floppies and my career from there was set.

I've done a lot in that time - three books, two computer-based training CDs, lots of work on the LDP, was at Red Hat going for my RHCE the day they had their IPO, worked for VA Linux, designed and ran rather large HPC environments for two Major East Coast Universities(tm).

about a week ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Enry Re:My opinion on the matter. (810 comments)

I haven't studied systemd in too much detail (consider me old school as I just started year 22 of using Linux). dbus? Really? Jeezus.

about a week ago

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Barnes & Noble to spin off Nook?

Enry Enry writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Enry (630) writes "Maybe the Nook isn't doing as well for B&N as hoped:

"The bookseller has been banking on the Nook for growth, so news that holiday sales of the basic touchscreen e-reader were disappointing raised investors' fears that Barnes & Noble was struggling to keep up with Amazon.com Inc's Kindle.""

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Job hunting

Enry Enry writes  |  about 13 years ago

I hate getting fired from newspapers! Or at least being laid off from VA. Yes, I'm one of those poor saps that got caught when VA decided to get out of the hardware business. Sad thing, really, but the severance was nice. Too bad the great Commonwealth of Mass doesn't want to pay me unemployment due to the amount of the severance. Oh well.

Trying to stay in the Linux market. There's a lot of opportunities out there for an all 'round Linux person. Good thing.

I interviewed with a Linux company in California last week. Short review: don't take America West airlines. The jerks didn't hold the plane from Las Vegas to Boston, so I arrived in LV from San Jose just in time to watch the Boston flight pull out of the gate and leave. Without me. And 3 other people. You'd think they would hold the plane for 5 minutes since they knew people were coming in from SJ. The SJ->LV flight was delayed since the oxygen mask for the pilot was defective. I normally would have had about an hour in LV, but instead I had an 8 hour layover and got to take the redeye back to Boston.

This week is another interview with another Linux company. Time to see who makes the better deal. I don't think I'll go wrong either way. But wish me luck.

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