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Sophisticated Apache Backdoor In the Wild

John Hasler Re:Open Source Issues? (108 comments)

They are getting root so that they can install their hacked Apache binary by exploiting holes in Cpanel. Which is closed source.

about a year ago
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New Device Sniffs Out Black Powder Explosives

John Hasler So if you cut up onions before flying... (133 comments)

...Wash your hands very, very thoroughly.

And whatever you do DON"T FART while going through security.

about a year ago
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Inventor of OpenFlow SDN Admits Most SDN Today Is Hype

John Hasler So we aren't going to be able to replace... (62 comments)

...all the fiber optic cables with software? We aren't going to move everything to the cloud, including the cloud?

about a year ago
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Hollywood Studios Fuming Over Indie Studio Deal With BitTorrent

John Hasler So the "industry" is harmed. So what? (187 comments)

> The fact of the matter is BitTorrent is in it for themselves, they're
> not in it for the health of the industry.

The fact of the matter is the studios are in it for themselves, they're not in it for the health of anyone but themselves. And that's fine, but why should the rest of us give a shit about their health? So Cinedigm's innovative move might cause movies to become less expensive and owning a studio less profitable. So what? That's competition.

In fact, if the studios have some sort of agreement not to make any of their "properties" available via BitTorrent they should be sued for engaging in a restraint of trade.

about a year ago
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Why We'll Never Meet Aliens

John Hasler If we can't understand them we can't predict them. (629 comments)

If we are not smart enough to know how advanced aliens would think, how can Mr. Tyma be smart enough to be sure that they will not, for their own incomprehensible reasons, come here?

about a year ago
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Facebook's Android App Can Now Retrieve Data About What Apps You Use

John Hasler So what? (176 comments)

If you have a Facebook account you have already decided to publish every detail of your life anyway.

1 year,2 days
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Guantanamo Hearings Delayed as Legal Files Vanish

John Hasler Doesn't really matter. (170 comments)

These are kangaroo courts anyway. Real Federal trials take place before real Federal judges who are members of the judiciary, not military officers who are functionaries of the executive branch.

1 year,2 days
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Eric Schmidt: Regulate Civilian Drones Now

John Hasler "Regulate Civilian Drones Now" (420 comments)

"So we can arrange for Google to be among the few licensed to use them".

1 year,3 days
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No Such Thing As a Tax-Free Lunch At Google?

John Hasler Re:slow news day? (631 comments)

> So in your world would firefighters be required to pay for
> meals and housing while they stay at the fire station and
> have that reflected in their income tax statements?

Unless exempt in-kind payment is taxable.
The law says that meals and/or housing provided "for the convenience of the employer" (i.e., you can't really do your job unless you eat and/or reside there) are not taxable income. The same applies to vehicles. This clearly does not apply to Google and their free meals should always have been treated as income to the employees.

1 year,7 days
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Should California Have Banned Checking Smartphone Maps While Driving?

John Hasler California should ban everything while driving. (433 comments)

It should be a crime as serious as burglary or smoking in public to not keep your mind on your driving, keep your hands on the wheel, and keep your snoopy eyes on the road ahead.

And no playing footsie, either.

1 year,8 days
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British ISP Bombards Users With Deleted Emails

John Hasler Re:"Deleted" (134 comments)

> On the Google side it was configured such that a delete
> requested over the POP protocol was interpreted as
> archiving the message.

Then they were not correctly implementing the protocol.

1 year,9 days
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Study Suggests Patent Office Lowered Standards To Cope With Backlog

John Hasler Surely that cannot be true. (96 comments)

It might imply something positive about the Bush administration, and that is not permissable.

1 year,9 days
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NetWare 3.12 Server Taken Down After 16 Years of Continuous Duty

John Hasler For industrial infrastructure such as pumps.. (187 comments)

...sixteen years of operation is ordinary. It's sad that this considered outstanding for a router.

1 year,17 days
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Matthew Garrett Has a Fix To Prevent Bricked UEFI Linux Laptops

John Hasler Re:KISS (74 comments)

> The fix is in the wrong place.

Yes, of course, but only Samsung can put it in the right place. At least this is a workaround for people who already made the mistake of buying one of these pieces of junk.

1 year,23 days

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