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Amnesty International Releases Tool To Combat Government Spyware

INT_QRK Brilliant Social Engineering! (95 comments)

So, how can you be sure that "click here" in TFA doesn't itself download malware disguised as malware detection? If I were a black-hat govy who wanted to root out people worried about government malware, I might use such a ruse. Think about it.

about a month ago
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US Weather System and Satellite Network Hacked

INT_QRK We quarantine infectious diseases don't we? (76 comments)

It's time to quarantine malicious actor countries. We need to study innovative means, methods, and architectures to isolate, contain or somehow filter extremely maliciously behaving countries. A "Great Firewall of China" is becoming a more and more obvious need.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Capture the Flag Training

INT_QRK Make sure you get permissions... (102 comments)

Make sure you get specific written permissions, and execute your exercise in a controlled, preferably closed, network to prevent unintended or collateral damage. Lots of laws come into play, and you don't want to risk liability for damage or criminal culpability for breaking any laws.

about 2 months ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

INT_QRK Re:Anonymity == being a schmuck for a good number. (728 comments)

Concur. Every crime against a victim who happens to be a woman isn't a "Crime against women," any more than every crime whose victim hails from a particular race or religion isn't a crime against that race or religion. People need to stop blowing so much political smoke. It only makes the debate and all of its participants more stupid.

about 2 months ago
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Accessing One's Own Metadata

INT_QRK Re:Request the government to provide it (94 comments)

The problem with that approach is that information releasable under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) does not include information that has been classified. Another kicker? The category of unclassified information administratively designated "For Official Use Only" (FOUO) is also exempt release under FOIA. Even though FOUO is clearly defined, its use is increasing applied with considerable discretion, to the effect that Agencies routinely mark nearly everything FOUO these days. I am neither defending nor condemning these practices, just explaining. "Catch-22 is a beauty, all right!" - Yossarian

about 2 months ago
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First Teleportation of Multiple Quantum Properties of a Single Photon

INT_QRK Re:xkce (107 comments)

Thank you.

about 2 months ago
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Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

INT_QRK Re:Corporate Malfeasance (293 comments)

Could not agree more. Competition is one thing. Facilitating competitors' advantages against one is quite another.

about 2 months ago
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Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

INT_QRK Re:Well duh. (293 comments)

Bingo.

about 2 months ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

INT_QRK Re:This is huge (308 comments)

Moonshine?

about 3 months ago
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Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

INT_QRK Re:Everything is an excuse for more security theat (221 comments)

The bigger problem is that debate anymore devolves immediately to "choice" between false dichotomies, vacuous positions screamed between raving caricatures on the left to insane caricatures on the right.

about 3 months ago
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Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

INT_QRK Re:Everything is an excuse for more security theat (221 comments)

I apologize for having carelessly left an impression that I disagreed. I actually identified with your points, and I was going off on a tangental rant. This being /., I'm so used to reading America haters on both sides of the Atlantic painting uninformed pictures of violent crime ridden America; and for the same reasons, the distortions inherent of ubiquitous press and entertainment media only capable of creating highly cartoonish caricatures of reality. The serious shame is what it's doing to our children, and thus future generations. When I was a kid, we could leave the house in the summer every morning, and not return until dinner, or even by dark, unless we got hungry and diverted home, or to a friend's home, for chow, sometime noonish. Now kids are prisoners of "play-dates" and hovering parents who are scared shitless by the sick perception that if they divert theirs eyes for a second, Johnny's going to be butt raped and murdered, no question. Why? Because in the statistically few tragic occasions when something, anything, sensational does happen anywhere in any small corner of the country or the world, it's splashed all over CNN, MSNBC or Fox every 15 minutes all day. Did shit happen in the 50's and 60's when I was growing up? Sure. But when it happened in Tallahassee, we didn't get to hear about it all day long in San Diego on 24 hour news networks for 5 freaking days running, with constant streams of "experts" reminding us constantly how we need to imprison our little darlings for their own protection. Life will suck for our grandkids.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

INT_QRK Is IOS8 a pig? (504 comments)

Not that I can tell after only 2 days. Are you a troll?

about 3 months ago
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Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

INT_QRK Re:Everything is an excuse for more security theat (221 comments)

I'd just recommend that when you compare, it's done intelligently and fairly. I mean, there's a huge difference between the insanely distorted America depicted in clever headlines and media soundbites and the many and varied communities across the United States. The US is not CNN, it is not the E Channel, it is not Hollywood. Really. I've lived and traveled extensively in Europe and Asia across the decades. I've found there to be at least as much variation in good and bad neighborhoods, rich and poor, genteel and tough, both Europe and Asia. There are streets, stradas, rues, calles, etc., on either continent that I avoid at night or alone.

about 3 months ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

INT_QRK Re:Sue the bastards (441 comments)

In the Democratic Peoples Republic of Maryland (DPRM) one has the duty to refrain inciting the proletariat with bourgeous state disapproved expressions.

about 4 months ago
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Is Remote Instruction the Future of College?

INT_QRK Online delivery happens now (81 comments)

Online deliver is but one method that nearly every University offers for some number of its classes, and that number and ratio varies by program. Some classes are full classroom delivery, some are full lecture delivery, some are hybrid. I believe that's OK. The future is in whatever combination proves most effective and economical as demonstrated by some metrics that include testing and quality of subsequent work. It is best to avoid extreme positions of all or nothing.

about 4 months ago
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DEA Paid Amtrak Employee To Pilfer Passenger Lists

INT_QRK Re:Let's play the who goes to jail game.... (127 comments)

Thing is, the NSA and the DEA both do a lot of legitimately essential work across a number of important areas. Notwithstanding any argument whether in DEA's case there might be redundancy as one of many special focus law enforcement agencies, NSA performs some unique missions nobody else does, like crypto production, for example, or performs to the same level, like coordinating foreign focused Signals Intelligence among and serving the Military branches. Also, NSA itself is so stove-piped that even if one area really was "out of control" as alleged, other parts are regular, boring, but arguably essential grunt-work for no-kidding recognizable National Security functions. The key is that regulation and oversight, which is what legitimate bureaucracy is all about, has to be consistently enforced. Bureaucratic baboonery, though ordinary and pervasive, should be astutely and vigilantly guarded against. Like entropy, systems of people will always trend towards out-of-control conditions unless well managed.

about 4 months ago
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DEA Paid Amtrak Employee To Pilfer Passenger Lists

INT_QRK Re:Let's play the who goes to jail game.... (127 comments)

Key questions include: a. what budget line item did the $900K come from?; b. what did the funding justification documentation look like?; and, c. at what level was this approved, and by whom? If DEA has so much money laying about that they can toss it around without adult supervision, then I suggest that there may be some oversight committees who might want to have some hearings.

about 4 months ago
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Do Dark Matter and Dark Energy Cast Doubt On the Big Bang?

INT_QRK Re:Oh good lord. (225 comments)

...and hey, I thought that with "settled science" one is never allowed to question, or even more egregious, test, a theory, right?

about 4 months ago
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Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

INT_QRK Re:Anti-Semitism (149 comments)

You are beneath contempt, and it would be otherwise intuitive that you should be ignored as an aberration. However, it is extremely important that decent people of good will realize that their opposites, people like you, are not an aberration, that you exist in the environment as a pervasive and pernicious evil, and therefore appropriate countermeasures must be put in place and vigilance maintained.

about 4 months ago

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