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Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

IonOtter Redundant Question (184 comments)

"Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?"

Reformat the question: "Is TSA Necessary?"

Now you have a question worth asking.

about two weeks ago

Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

IonOtter What Will You Do With It? (291 comments)

Assuming the existing companies will allow such a network to exist, what will we do with it?

The TPP is going to lock everything down, so our only choices are ultra-high speed access to what we already have on cable TV right now.

about 2 months ago

Mozilla 1024-Bit Cert Deprecation Leaves 107,000 Sites Untrusted

IonOtter Re:Unable to add exception (w/ workaround) (67 comments)

Is this alteration specific to self-signed appliances, like a NAS? Or would this bypass for all self-signed certificates?

Also, this sounds like a good thing to keep a record of, with regards to documenting changes in your about:config.

about 4 months ago

How Facebook Sold You Krill Oil

IonOtter What Are These "Ads" You Speak Of? (114 comments)

I don't get adverts on Facebook? Nor do I get game requests, pokes or any other annoying thing that intrudes upon my idle time.

I installed the Facebook Purity browser extension, and all of that went away.

I now browse FB with no trouble, no bugging, none of the "Eat this and never diet again!" adverts that look like some kind of tropical disease. I also get a lot of hand customizations that give *me* far more control of Facebook than they're really happy with, which is why they had to change their page from "Facebook Purity", to "Fluff Busting" Purity.

I have noticed that it also blocks Facebook's third-party cookie system, meaning I can't comment on LiveFyre, Discus and other commenting systems on other sites. Annoying, but probably just a configuration issue I haven't figured out yet.

about 5 months ago

$10 Million Lawsuit Against Wikipedia Editors "Stragetically" Withdrawn

IonOtter So Bullshit Can Be "Stragetic"? (51 comments)

Strategic Bullshit, hmmm? I wonder...

*quick Google search*

Yup! It exists!

about 5 months ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

IonOtter Shady Transactions (753 comments)

From Alien: Resurrection:

GEN. PEREZ: Elgyn, these were very, very hard to come by. *slides a stack of cash to Elgyn*

ELGYN: So was our cargo. You're, uh...not about to plead poverty on me, are you, General?

GEN. PEREZ: No. Just saying very few people deal in cash nowadays.

ELGYN: Just the ones don't like to keep business records. Yourself, for example.

about 5 months ago

Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

IonOtter Lovely Latin (371 comments)

Ex post facto ex parte: We think you're guilty of a crime, so we're going to kill you and come up with the justification later.

about 5 months ago

Google's Nest Buys Home Monitoring Camera Company Dropcam

IonOtter Re:WTF? Does Google think people are that insane? (82 comments)

It's not that Google thinks that people are that insane?

They know for a fact that people are that ignorant of the danger. And they aren't going to do anything to dissuade people of that fact. Keeping the masses ignorant of the danger is how they've made so much money, and will continue to make so much money.

Because at the end of the day, if people have to choose between getting shiny new toys that will give them the delusion of being cool, or living without them, the majority will choose the shiny new toys. They can't help it, after all? It's actually a function of evolution: bird with the prettiest feathers gets the most mates and all that.

While I detest what they've done, I have to commend Google for subverting both common sense *and* evolution at the same time.

about 6 months ago

Chicago Adding Sensors For Public Monitoring

IonOtter Camel Noses and Slippery Slopes (107 comments)

Toss those words and phrases around LBGT issues, and the masses flock to your church.

But try to use them around issues like privacy, surveillance and three-letter agencies, and you're as ignored as Richard Stallman.

about 6 months ago

Is Bamboo the Next Carbon Fibre?

IonOtter Negative Effects... (198 comments)

Well, that depends on a few things?

1. What you plant.
2. Where you plant it.
3. Who your neighbors are, and your current relationship with them.

Plant the wrong kind, or plant it without a 3' deep root barrier, and you will quickly have a neighborhood war on your hands. Expand this to commercial levels of production, and you could make a lot of people very angry with you.

One thing is certain, though? Once you plant it, it is THERE for 15 years, at the very least. And you'll be exceptionally busy for every bit of those 15 years.

about 7 months ago

Should We Eat Invasive Species?

IonOtter Re:blackberries in seattle? I'm Shocked. Shocked (290 comments)

Blackberries can be controlled, you just have to invest a little time. Basically? When you pick, tie a small ribbon on the branch you got it from. At the end of the growing season, cut out anything with a ribbon on it, because that vine will never produce fruit again, it will only become a "stringer", which spreads to produce more vines.

This way, the plant can be controlled and kept to one area. But again, you have to invest time, which not many people have a lot of these days.

about 7 months ago

Eavesdropping With a Smart TV

IonOtter Why Limit Yourself To A TV? (93 comments)

I bought a LCD projector, and high-end computer speakers, years ago when I was on a ship. Everyone else on board bought nice LCD screens, and the moment we hit heavy weather, I could hear all those nice LCD screens falling all over the place.

My projector was strapped down, and never moved. By using a bed sheet, I had the largest "TV" of anyone on the ship. All with the footprint of two boxes of Ritz crackers.

It migrated with me to my current home, and it works perfectly against the wall, again, giving me the largest screen for the money. If I were to paint a silver-backed white screen and edge it with molding, I'd have a proper movie screen.

I can use it with my Linux box, my Windoze box, my laptop, a guest's laptop, their iPad, the DVD player, Boxee, X-Box 360...pretty much anything out there. The only thing I *can't* use with it, is the Kinect or similar devices.

about 7 months ago

Reason Suggests DoJ Closing Porn Stars' Bank Accounts

IonOtter Well Played, DOJ... (548 comments)

Pepper the list with plenty of "industries" that the vast majority of people would dearly love to see destroyed, such as pyramid schemes, racist trash and payday loans, but shut down plenty of useful-but-intimidating-to-those-in-power businesses as well.

about 8 months ago

Google Chrome Flaw Sets Your PC's Mic Live

IonOtter Don't Worry, Folks. (152 comments)

I talk to myself in different voices all the time, and engage in detailed plots to take over the world.

If I haven't been picked up by the Men In White Coats by now, they aren't listening.

about 8 months ago

Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

IonOtter This Isn't Necessarily A Bad Thing (440 comments)

This sort of thing has happened before, and it will happen again. An even better example was when the MV Cougar Ace almost sank, and 4700 brand new Mazda cars hung at a 60 degree angle for several months. They never moved, and they were all in seemingly perfect condition.

Mazda chose to err on the side of caution, rather than risk a lawsuit. Or even worse, there was a very valid concern that they would become "Katrina Cars". A coat of paint, and they would be bundled up and sold in some other unsuspecting country. (On a side-note, the destruction process is really cool!.)

With waivers not being worth the paper they're printed on, it's simply not worth the risk of getting sued.

And finally, there's the "soft damage" to take into consideration? Remember the kid in preschool who "had cooties"? That kid KEPT those cooties, right up until graduation day in high school. Costco might never allow a single jar to hit their normal distribution system, but just the simple fact that the peanut butter even exists at all, is a risk that someone, somewhere, will say, "Whoa, Costco peanut butter might have salmonella."

Play "Telephone" with that for a while, and suddenly Costco can't pay someone to take a jar of peanut butter. This is actually a very safe, very beneficial tactic for Costco.

Now consumers can be absolutely guaranteed that they will never have to think about whether Costco peanut butter is safe.

And in retail, that's money in the bank.

about 9 months ago

Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

IonOtter It Depends... (704 comments)

If you're talking shit in the lounge or common area, then you deserve a banhammer right to the forehead. And if you're playing a non-violent or otherwise cooperative game, then nasty epithets really aren't cool.

But combat games? Actually shooting at other player opponents? Nuh-uh. Anything goes, jungle rules and survival of the fittest. If you're hunting other humans, then you should not only expect such nasty talk, but you should desire hearing it. When you've just flung a knife halfway across the map and skewered some n00b in the eyeball, then hearing them call you a bitch faggot is just icing on the pwncake.

There's also something else to consider? Being a nasty little troll can come with some really horrible, but incredibly spectacular consequences.

about 9 months ago

Is Weev Still In Jail Because the Government Doesn't Understand What Hacking Is?

IonOtter Donning CBR Gear (246 comments)

Weev is whale turds. He's the lowest of the low, he knows it, and he relishes it. He's like a wolverine, pissing and shitting on the carcass he found, so nobody else will try to eat it, even though he can't stand his own stench.

Which is why it sucks so God Damned much to have to defend his useless ass!

But then, if you can't defend the worst of the worst from clear injustice, then we don't even have the hope of having a republic.

about 9 months ago

Mt. Gox Knew It Was Selling Phantom Bitcoin 2 Weeks Before Collapse

IonOtter Irony (263 comments)

"...buying bitcoins that did not exist, with cash that was already long gone."

Sssoooo, it's exactly like the US dollar. Or ANY fiat currency.

about 9 months ago



Did Sundance Vacations Forge A Court Order To Suppress Online Criticism?

IonOtter IonOtter writes  |  about 4 months ago

IonOtter (629215) writes "Matt Haughey, founder of MetaFilter, has challenged a Cease & Desist letter from Sundance Vacations, a seller of time-shares with a reputation for aggressive sales tactics and suppression of criticism. Only this time, it seems that the plaintiff may have forged court documents ordering Mr. Haughey, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines to remove any and all mentions of the links and posts in question. Legal blog, Popehat has picked this up as well, prompting Ken White to wryly note, "...Sundance Vacations is about to learn about the Streisand Effect." The story is gaining traction, and being picked up by Boing-Boing, as well as hitting the first page of search results on Google."
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Google and the accidental mystery of Webdriver Torso

IonOtter IonOtter writes  |  about 6 months ago

IonOtter (629215) writes "A series of 11-second videos have been driving the Internet crazy. There are over 80,000 of them, and all they show are a series of blue and red rectangles moving around on screen in seemingly random directions. The soundtrack is equally obtuse, comprised of a series of varying sine wave tones. The mysterious videos, posted by YouTube user Webdriver Torso, have become something of an infuriating web phenomenon. Why? Well, the internet can't resist a good mystery (or a bad one for that matter). Are they encoded spy messages? Contact from aliens? Or, just plain, old test videos that have caught the collective imagination? A lot of internet man-hours have gone into figuring out what, or who is behind them, and we can exclusively confirm the answer."
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Iran Blocking HTTPS Protocol

IonOtter IonOtter writes  |  more than 2 years ago

IonOtter (629215) writes "Ars Technica tells us that the Iranian government is reportedly blocking access to websites that use the HTTPS security protocol, and preventing the use of software residents use to bypass the state-run firewall. From post on Hacker News today, apparently written by an Iranian resident:

Since Thursday Iranian government has shutted [sic] down the https protocol which has caused almost all google services (gmail, and google.com itself) to become inaccessible. Almost all websites that reply on Google APIs (like wolfram alpha) won't work. Accessing to any website that replies on https (just imaging how many websites use this protocol, from Arch Wiki to bank websites). Also accessing many proxies is also impossible.

Several Hacker News users confirmed the original post's statement that Iran is blocking encrypted Internet traffic. "I live in Iran. The fact about the shut down is correct," one person wrote. Another said "They drop all encrypted connections. This means no https, no IMAP over TLS and no SSH connections. (Im in Iran)."
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WWII Vet Double Votes to Prove System Flawed

IonOtter IonOtter writes  |  more than 3 years ago

IonOtter (629215) writes "An 89-year-old Raleigh man accused of voter fraud said he was trying to prove a point by casting two ballots. "I think the election system is pathetic," Leland Duane Lewis said Wednesday. Lewis, a retired engineer and World War II veteran, said he has been a faithful voter since 1949.

Lewis was released from the Wake County jail on Wednesday after posting a $10,000 bond. He could face up to 15 months in prison if convicted. "I want to see them straighten out the election system," he said."

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Hungary Destroys All Monsanto GMO Maize Fields

IonOtter IonOtter writes  |  more than 3 years ago

IonOtter (629215) writes "From the IBTimes Green Economy section: A new regulation was introduced this March which stipulates that seeds are supposed to be checked for GMO before they are introduced to the market. Unfortunately, some GMO seeds made it to the farmers without them knowing it. Almost 1000 acres of maize were found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds throughout Hungary, and has been plowed under, according to deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development, Lajos Bognar.

The AllAboutFeed portal has a more conservative number, stating that only 400 hectares have been plowed under, but also adds that both Monsanto and Pioneer products were identified."

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Portland School Locks Out Robotics Club

IonOtter IonOtter writes  |  about 4 years ago

IonOtter (629215) writes "From the Portland Bee: For seven years, members of “Mahr’s Metal Beavers”, the club’s brand name, were proud to say they were from Franklin High School. But now, going into their eighth year, the students and volunteer mentors find themselves physically locked out of the disused auto repair shop they once called home, in the bowels of the Inner Southeast high school. To make matters worse, school officials tried to claim the club money.

"We do our own fundraising, and have eleven club mentors, most of whom are professional engineers, working with us." said Rebecca LohKamp, the club's main mentor. "The last printout from the school I saw shows they are holding $7,500, funds dedicated to ‘Team 1432’,” LohKamp added. “Now they claim the money that we raised was given to the school, and might now belong to the school district."

Franklin High Business Manager, Steve Matthews, told The Bee that Franklin High is supporting the MESA program instead of the FIRST, and "can't do both". This is odd, because MESA, a supplier of military and law enforcement robots, doesn't offer any educational support on their website, while FIRST is specifically designed for educational institutions. Since the story hit The Bee, it was picked up by Fark, subsequently reddited, and even Tweeted by Mythbuster's Adam Savage and Grant Imahara"
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FBI Launches Searches on Anti-war Activists

IonOtter IonOtter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

IonOtter (629215) writes "From the Dept of The New Normal:"

FBI Agents in Chicago served search warrants on the single-family home of Joe Losbaker and his wife, Stephanie Weiner, around 7 a.m, their attorney said. Losbaker, clearly shaken, briefly stepped outside his home as FBI agents searched inside and told The Associated Press: "I have done nothing wrong." Attorney Melinda Power stated: "The government said they can take what they want. It's an invasion of their rights." The homes of three longtime Minneapolis anti-war activists also were among those searched. The three were subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury in Chicago next month. Also involved, Peace Activist Mick Kelly was able to submit a video describing his experience while officers stripped his apartment above the cafe.


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UK Police Threaten Teenage Photojournalist

IonOtter IonOtter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

IonOtter (629215) writes "In what seems to be a common occurrence, and now a costly one, Metropolitan Police in the UK still don't seem to be getting the message that assaulting photographers is a bad idea. UK press photographer Jules Matteson details the event in his blog, titled The Romford Incident. The incident has already been picked up by The Register, The Independent and the British Journal of Photography, which contains an official statement from the Metropolitan Police."
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The Guardian Silenced By Parliment

IonOtter IonOtter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

IonOtter (629215) writes "In what may turn out to be a blatant violation of free speech guaranteed by the Bill of Rights of 1688, the UK Parliament has issued a "gag order" on The Guardian regarding parliamentary proceedings which, according to the gag order, cannot be revealed.

"Today's published Commons order papers contain a question to be answered by a minister later this week. The Guardian is prevented from identifying the MP who has asked the question, what the question is, which minister might answer it, or where the question is to be found. The Guardian is also forbidden from telling its readers why the paper is prevented-for the first time in memory-from reporting parliament. Legal obstacles, which cannot be identified, involve proceedings, which cannot be mentioned, on behalf of a client who must remain secret." (full story)

The only thing they are allowed to say is that the issue involves "...the London solicitors Carter-Ruck, who specialise in suing the media for clients, who include individuals or global corporations." However, one British newspaper, The Spectator, isn't backing down, and have given detailed answers.

N Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of legislation to protect (a) whistleblowers and (b) press freedom following the injunctions obtained in the High Court by (i) Barclays and Freshfields solicitors on 19 March 2009 on the publication of internal Barclays reports documenting alleged tax avoidance schemes and (ii) Trafigura and Carter-Ruck solicitors on 11 September 2009 on the publication of the Minton report on the alleged dumping of toxic waste in the Ivory Coast, commissioned by Trafigura."

The Spectator is also providing routine updates on the spread of the story, which is hitting the Twitterverse as #trafigura, and also commenting on how this story has yet to be seen on the BBC website."


Judge Seals Courtroom for RealNetworks Case

IonOtter IonOtter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

IonOtter (629215) writes "In the case of Hollywood versus RealNetworks and their product, RealDVD, District Court Judge Marilyn Patel agreed that allowing public scrutiny of the case could result in the disclosure of proprietary information regarding the CSS technology.

The two sides presented opening arguments Friday morning, over the legality of a restraining order barring RealNetworks from selling RealDVD, a program to allow users to rip and manage DVD movies copied to a hard drive. Several Hollywood studios including Warner Bros. and Disney claimed that the RealDVD technology facilitated piracy and violated the terms of the CCA's contract. Real, for its part, maintained that it respected copyright and provided additional security through enhanced encryption.

Apparently Hollywood isn't aware that CSS has been compromised for most of a decade."
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Tip To Copper Wire Thieves: Don't Steal Live Wires

IonOtter IonOtter writes  |  more than 7 years ago

IonOtter (629215) writes "From the "Darwin Awards Dept":

Reuters: A thief in Germany was charred beyond recognition by a 10,000-volt electric shock when he tried to steal a live copper cable, authorities said Monday. Police in the western city of Duisburg found the 32-year-old man's blackened remains by a set of cable cutters and a pile of cables he had already stolen. Only because one of his hands survived incineration were officers able to identify the man as a German of Kazakh origin. Story on MSNBC

Speaking as a person working in the telco repair industry, I find this disturbingly gratifying."

Apple Warns hacking iPhone may harm it

IonOtter IonOtter writes  |  more than 7 years ago

IonOtter writes "Business Week reports... Apple Inc. on Monday warned iPhone owners who have used unauthorized programs to unlock the cellular service feature of their handsets that they may end up with a phone that doesn't work after the company's next software update for it."
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