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Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes

J'raxis Or he's both (335 comments)

"Traitor" is a legal term. "Hero" is a value judgment. Snowden is probably both. The government he turned against, having long turned against their own people, deserved it.

about 4 months ago
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Google Ordered To Remove Anti-Islamic Film From YouTube

J'raxis Torrents on TPB (321 comments)

Time for a good ol' streisand effect. Lookee here:---

Pirate Bay #1
Pirate Bay #2 (720p)
Pirate Bay #3 (640x360)

Personally I always thought this movie was just racist/Islamophobic dreck, but now with the government finally finding a convenient excuse to censor it, I'm downloading all three of these copies and will be seeding them indefinitely once downloaded.

about 5 months ago
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Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

J'raxis Yes, the dollar is so much better (695 comments)

"Maybe the U.S. Dollar isn't so bad after all."

Because the regulated financial institutions that deal in U.S. dollars are so much more trustworthy. Perhaps I should keep my money with these guys. Or this company. Or them perhaps? This guy looks trustworthy, doesn't he?

Here is what government-backed currency banks, lenders, investment firms, and the like have been up to recently. And here is what they're up to now.

about 5 months ago
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'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

J'raxis Competition (606 comments)

The head of a government-run transit monopoly is upset someone else is providing a competing service.

about 5 months ago
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Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

J'raxis Car radios (226 comments)

People get into accidents all the time because they were messing with their radio when they should have had their eyes on the road. So why don't we ban car radios?

And if that seems absurd, why are we talking about banning things like texting, cell phone use, or Google Glass while driving?

about 5 months ago
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Oops: Security Holes In Belkin Home Automation Gear

J'raxis Re:Belkin Gear (77 comments)

Maybe their hardware is crap because they're more about abusing their customers than providing quality products.

about 5 months ago
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Oil Companies Secretly Got Paid Twice For Cleaning Up Toxic Fuel Leaks

J'raxis Subrogation (113 comments)

The insurance companies most likely put a subrogation clause in their contracts. Now that they know the oil companies received additional payouts from a third party, they can come in and claim that money.

about 6 months ago
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Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

J'raxis Re:The city in which you were born, your first pet (448 comments)

Of course. And using made-up answers is exactly what I do. But the vast majority of people don't think about this. They create a halfway-decent password then protect that password with "New York City" and "Fido."

about 6 months ago
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Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

J'raxis The city in which you were born, your first pet... (448 comments)

This is the kind of thing made possible by the absolutely stupid policy of protecting unobtainable information (one's login password) with easily obtainable information (those "secret questions" to reset one's password, such as the city in which one was born, one's first pet, or the last four digits of one's CC or SSN).

If you choose a password that is strong enough, and you're careful enough not to leak it yourself somehow, your password is unobtainable and unguessable. It's as secure as possible. But it requires only a modicum of effort, perhaps a simple public records search, to figure out the answers to most "secret questions" that big companies like GoDaddy use to protect people's passwords. And yet this is how these companies protect your password. And now we see the results.

about 6 months ago
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Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

J'raxis Re:Sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen (448 comments)

GoDaddy here is no more insane than any company that uses "secret questions" to guard users' passwords. I've pointed out to people for years that the idea of protecting a piece of information that is unobtainable (your password, if you're careful enough not to leak it yourself, and it's strong enough to not be guessable) with information that is easily obtainable with just a modicum of effort (e.g., your mother's maiden name, the city in which you were born, your first pet, ...), is an absolutely stupid idea. And it sounds like this guy's GoDaddy account fell victim to exactly that kind of attack.

Maybe if word of this attack gets around other companies will switch to something more secure than easily-answerable "secret questions" to reset someone's password.

about 6 months ago
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23-Year-Old Chess Grandmaster Whips Bill Gates In 71 Seconds

J'raxis How many Libraries of Congress is that? (449 comments)

Regardless, it took 23-year-old Magnus Carlsen, a "grandmaster" Chess player since the age of 13 and new world Chess champion, just 71 seconds to defeat Gates in a friendly game of Chess on a Norwegian television show. It takes longer to heat up a cup of water in the microwave.

Thanks for that helpful comparison---without it, I would have had no clue how long 71 seconds actually is.

about 6 months ago
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Surveillance Watchdog Concludes Metadata Program Is Illegal, "Should End"

J'raxis Three out of five? (138 comments)

Three out of five PCLOB board members are in agreement: The NSA spy programs are illegal. ... Could this be the start of change to come?

Indeed. Expect the government to replace one PCLOB member.

about 6 months ago
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CmdrTaco Launches Trove, a Curated News Startup

J'raxis News to me (221 comments)

Slashdot combines editor quality control and insight

Well that's news to me. We have quality control here?

about 6 months ago
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Regulations Could Delay or Prevent Space Tourism

J'raxis The Titanic ended what exactly? (186 comments)

"They don't want to endanger the space-farers or the public, and they can't let the industry get started and then have a Titanic-like scenario that puts an end to it all in the eyes of the public."

Right, because after the Titanic, there's never been another cruise ship. The very idea of sea travel came to an end in the eyes of the public!

about 6 months ago
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Linksys Resurrects WRT54G In a New Router

J'raxis Re:Belkin, ugh. (310 comments)

Ten years now. Slashdot covered that story, too. Belkin has been on my boycott list ever since.

about 7 months ago
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Researchers: Global Risk of Supervolcano Eruption Greater Than Previously Though

J'raxis Article has no numbers (325 comments)

One-in-a-billion is a thousand times more likely than one-in-a-trillion odds, right? I'm still not anywhere likely to win that bet, though.

The article doesn't even have any odds/numbers. Yet the headline contains "far greater." And then ends with this:

Dr Perrillat said there are no known supervolcanoes that are in danger of erupting in the foreseeable future, and it would take at least a decade or so for the magma pressure within a caldera to build up to a point where an eruption is likely.

In other words, there's no story here. Researchers figured out that the volcanoes can go off on their own rather than being precipitated by an earthquake, and this somehow translated to "far greater" by the hack writers who wrote this story.

about 7 months ago

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