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Australian Teen Reports SQL Injection Vulnerability, Company Calls Police

Hoi Polloi Re:The correct way to "inform the authority" (287 comments)

Or, more likely, he never contacted anyone (he says he never got a response) and should have made another effort to contact them maybe by directly calling. I wouldn't be surprised if he just used some webmaster email address on the site that gets checked once in a blue moon or his email got caught in a spam filter. Either way, to escalate it by going to the press was a bit of a rash jump to make.

I agree that them responding by having him arrested was a petty act that showed more petulance than professionalism.

As a developer myself I understand the inertia fixing security holes could face, especially if they subcontracted all of it out and that would mean asking for bids, spending $, etc. That is no excuse though for just ignoring it. There is also little excuse for allowing a public facing DB to have SQL injection holes like this in this day and age. The proper coding standards for dealing with this should've been followed from the start.

about 8 months ago
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Oregon Extends Push To Track, Tax Drivers Per Mile

Hoi Polloi Or they could... (658 comments)

Just accept that the gas tax isn't a god-given cash cow and either spend less on roads or look elsewhere for money.

about 10 months ago
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Facebook Testing Screen-Tracking Software For Users

Hoi Polloi Desperation? (115 comments)

Getting hard to sell those ads for more money eh? Pump all the data you want, I still won't buy your crap.

about 10 months ago
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US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures

Hoi Polloi Wacky America (1160 comments)

Welcome to America where killing our citizens is more important than saving their lives.

about 10 months ago
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A Thermoelectric Bracelet To Maintain a Comfortable Body Temperature

Hoi Polloi Cheaper solution (125 comments)

I have a cheaper system that involves a fan and a jacket.

about 10 months ago
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Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case

Hoi Polloi Re:Jesus fucking christ on a stick (734 comments)

She belongs in a center where she would be forced to attend therapy. Maybe there is still hope for her though I assume she is picking up her attitudes from her parents. The sooner she is separated from them the better probably.

about 10 months ago
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US Now Produces More Oil and Gas Than Russia and Saudi Arabia

Hoi Polloi Been through this before (416 comments)

When oil drilling first started in PA there was a huge boom and bust. There is nothing special about fracking technology, it is only a matter of time before other countries get it going and gas shale deposits are not limited to the US. The price of gas could get pushed down below the cost of the drilling and processing and become a bust. It might also become cheap enough to process natural gas as a substitute for oil in things like plastics depressing oil prices too.

about a year ago
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US Now Produces More Oil and Gas Than Russia and Saudi Arabia

Hoi Polloi Re:Environmentalists... (416 comments)

It is ok, we have a backup planet.

about a year ago
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US Now Produces More Oil and Gas Than Russia and Saudi Arabia

Hoi Polloi Re:Importation (416 comments)

Good luck with that. Unlike diamonds natural gas isn't exactly rare.

about a year ago
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Tom Clancy Is Dead At 66

Hoi Polloi Re:Very tech oriented (236 comments)

I'd rather read nonfiction. Real history is more interesting IMHO.

about a year ago
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Flowering Plants' Roots Pushed Back 100M Years

Hoi Polloi Say this 10 times fast (63 comments)

Here we report on angiosperm-like pollen and Afropollis from the Anisian (Middle Triassic, 247.2–242.0 Ma) of a mid-latitudinal site in Northern Switzerland. Small monosulcate pollen grains with typical reticulate (semitectate) sculpture, columellate structure of the sexine and thin nexine show close similarities to early angiosperm pollen known from the Early Cretaceous.

I think this sprained my brain.

about a year ago
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German NSA Critic Denied Entry To the US

Hoi Polloi Re:Remember all those times Bush blocked... (352 comments)

Remember who created this program in the first place? The no-entry list has become a popularity list and it just gets longer.

about a year ago
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Adults Make Riskier, More Inconsistent Decisions As They Get Older, Study Finds

Hoi Polloi Re:They've got money to burn (225 comments)

I've already taken that into account with my death plan, whore-house heart attack.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Azure Platform Certified "Secure" By Department of Defense

Hoi Polloi Re:"Secure" meaning . . . (90 comments)

The certification makes it easy for foreign entities to avoid it like the plague.

about a year ago
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Congress Reaches Agreement ... On Helium

Hoi Polloi Re:Balloons (255 comments)

Whew! Thank goodness we aren't wasting it on something frivolous.

about a year ago
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Car Dealers Complain To DMV About Tesla's Website

Hoi Polloi Re:Sour Grapes (364 comments)

This is right up there with the laws the liquor distributors have rammed through in MA to keep their middleman system going.

about a year ago
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Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

Hoi Polloi Re:jerk (1440 comments)

I was just following orders! Great excuse, didn't work during some famous trials.

Yes the law should be changed but cops are expected to use judgement also.

about a year ago
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Boeing Turning Old F-16s Into Unmanned Drones

Hoi Polloi Next military invention (239 comments)

Waiting for the drone communications jammers to start coming out. Drone isn't very useful without a communications link.

about a year ago
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NSA Spies On International Payments

Hoi Polloi Harry said it best (314 comments)

"Secrecy and a free, democratic government don't mix." - Harry Truman

about a year ago

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Hoi Polloi Hoi Polloi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Hoi Polloi (522990) writes "The New York Times has this article that seems to contradict all of the gloom and doom over the future of PC gaming.

This quote is especially interesting:

...in the first two months of 2007, domestic retail sales of PC games reached $203 million, a 48 percent increase over the $136.8 million in the period a year earlier.
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Hoi Polloi Hoi Polloi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Hoi Polloi (522990) writes "Wired News has a series starting on internet crime. The first part covers the story of a cybercrook who specializes in credit card fraud who later turns around and works for the FBI.

You can find the story here."

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