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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

Kozar_The_Malignant Re: 65536 (197 comments)

Actually, Rolex and a lot of others care deeply about that. In Italy, the Guardia Finanzia has units financed by Gucci, D&G, et al. that go after counterfeiters from the top on down to chasing street peddlers. It's all about how much you care about your reputation.

2 hours ago
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North Korea Denies Responsibility for Sony Attack, Warns Against Retaliation

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:Oh rearery? (158 comments)

>That said, reprisals are a terrible idea.

Who needs reprisals? They're stuck in North Korea. What could be worse? The Dear Leader is a bat-shit crazy reincarnation of Stalin. Half the country is starving to death. Even if your are relatively well off, you could be taken out and shot any minute, and every known relative of yours hauled off to a camp for generations.

2 hours ago
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North Korea Denies Responsibility for Sony Attack, Warns Against Retaliation

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:Country that forbids use to internet (158 comments)

Of course they have top notch cyber techs. The Dear Leader needs access to the latest in 4K pron video.

2 hours ago
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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

Kozar_The_Malignant Dumb and Dumber (227 comments)

How do we have to threaten to get all of these movies nuked?

2 days ago
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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:What are they going to do? (227 comments)

Yes, because the terrifying North Korean hit squads will nuke the theatre in Whitefish, Montana as soon as the movie starts. They will also hit every other theatre in the US at the same time. Since there are maybe two movie theaters in all of PRNK, they probably think it's the same here.

2 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:Knowledge is the solution (1050 comments)

You do not have a personal freedom to infect others with Yellow Fever, Tuberculosis, Typhoid, or Cholera. Isolation of infectious or potentially infectious individuals has long been the duty of government pubic health programs. The fact that these and others have largely been controlled through vaccination programs and/or improved public sanitation (also a government program) has let people forget the dangers that exist. I am old enough to remember when public places like swimming pools and libraries were closed in the summer due to polio outbreaks (thank you Jonas Salk.) So, while you have a right to risk your children's lives by not vaccinating them, you do not have a right to risk my grandchildren's lives by sending them to public school.

about a week ago
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Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

Kozar_The_Malignant Won't Last (184 comments)

I remember when this was fairly common in the late 90s. It got dropped, because it slowed the line to a crawl. "Turn it on" meant waiting for Windows and the usual overhead of HP or Dell bloatware to load before you could shut it off. Few people would hibernate one of those things, because it usually locked up and/or crashed. These days, I get pre-check about 75% of the time, and never even open my computer bag.

about two weeks ago
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Curiosity's Mars Crater Was Once a Vast Lake

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:Great (42 comments)

None of the rovers are set up to look for microfossils, which can reasonably be expected to be the most common if any are present.

about two weeks ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:Have the Germans threaten to invade (698 comments)

This after suffering 1.4 million military dead in the previous generation during WW1. US losses during WW1 were about 117,000.

about two weeks ago
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The Moment of Truth For BICEP2

Kozar_The_Malignant Superposition of results (52 comments)

So, either primordial gravitational waves have been detected or they haven't. The cat box will be opened on December 22. Meaningful discussion can begin then.

about two weeks ago
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US Weather System and Satellite Network Hacked

Kozar_The_Malignant I Told you So (76 comments)

See, there is no global warming. It's those liberal, Obama-loving hackers. If it wasn't for them, it would be 75 F outside in Denver right now.

about a month ago
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The Disgruntled Guys Who Babysit Our Aging Nuclear Missiles

Kozar_The_Malignant North Dakota (176 comments)

I'd be pretty seriously disgruntled if I was stationed in North Dakota. Being in a deep hole in the ground might be the best part of it.

about a month ago
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CERN May Not Have Discovered Higgs Boson After All

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:When pet theories die... (137 comments)

>What makes horses simple and zebras complex?

Depends on where you are. If you're in Nevada, horses are the simple explanation. If you're in Kenya, zebra's are the simple answer. Without adequate location data, neither is simpler than the other, since both exist.

about a month and a half ago
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Decades-old Scientific Paper May Hold Clues To Dark Matter

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:"The data come from" (93 comments)

Depends on whether you are speaking the Queen's English or Murican.

about 2 months ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:Ok, but (580 comments)

I am over 50 and an Eagle Scout. I downloaded warez over a Hayes 2400 modem. Most of the Eagle Scouts I know enjoy the Good Herb. I was thinking of a good retirement career. Maybe the FBI would suit.

about 2 months ago
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Symantec To Separate Into Two Companies

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:Wow (86 comments)

I had forgotten that too. I use GPG.

about 2 months ago
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Symantec To Separate Into Two Companies

Kozar_The_Malignant Wow (86 comments)

I'd forgotten they still exist.

about 2 months ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (602 comments)

I don't know why Americans don't have a dual flush system on their toilets like all of Europe does.

I do. Most of the hotels I stay in do.

about 3 months ago
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Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

Kozar_The_Malignant But Do They Blend? (240 comments)

Yes. Yes they do.

about 3 months ago
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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:well (200 comments)

Because Boeing has launched how many capsules to LEO? As far as i know, Boeing hasn't launched squat.

about 3 months ago

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Anti-Incest App Built By Icelandic College Students

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Students at the University of Iceland have written an Android app that helps you avoid dating your cousins. The app accesses the Icelandic national genealogical database that contains information on all living citizens and their ancestors going back 1,100 years. Tapping two phones together will bring up an alert if you share a common grandparent."
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Microsoft Shareholders Unhappy After Annual Meetin

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Microsoft shareholders left today's annual meeting grumbling about the 15 minute Q&A period with Bill Gates and Steve Balmer and the lack of any real specifics about corporate direction. Many shareholders are concerned about Microsoft's static share price over the last decade."
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New Bacterium Lives on Caffeine

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "A newly-described species of bacterium, Pseudomonas putida has been found to live on pure caffeine. The little jaspers metabolize caffeine into carbon dioxide and ammonia. They were found living in a flower bed on the University of Iowa campus, not in the drain of an espresso machine as one might expect. The paper presenting the research will be presented at the American Society for Microbiology meeting in New Orleans this month where caffeine metabolism will have to contend with the traditional ethanol metabolism."
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X-37B Robotic Space Plane Returns to Earth

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  about 4 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "The secretive X-37B robotic space plane has returned to Earth after a seven month mission. This was the vehicles first flight. Looking like a cross between a Predator Drone and the Space Shuttle, it landed at Vandenberg AFB in California, which was to have been the military's shuttle launch facility. Speculation is that the X-37B is an orbital spy platform."
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Japanese Launch Human With Bottle Rockets

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "A group of Japanese (scientists, techies, drunks?) have launched a human using a jetpack of water powered bottle rockets. The article in Popular Science calculates that the aquanaut experienced about 10 g of acceleration at launch, which probably explains the expression on his face. He also appears to have gone quite a bit farther than his support and retrieval crew expected. A few more bottles and we might have had a Darwin Award contender."
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Software Glitch Yields Innacurate Election Results

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  about 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "A unique Election Transparency Project in Humboldt County, California has uncovered a flaw in the county's election software that resulted in the county certifying inaccurate results. The software bug resulted in 197 ballots not being counted, which fortunately woulkd nopt have change the outcome of any race in this election. Humboldt County uses optically scanned fill-in-the-bubble ballots.

According to the article, "The basic idea behind the first-of-its-kind transparency project is fairly simple: every ballot cast in an election is passed through an optical scanner after being officially counted and the images are then placed online and available for download. Software, created by volunteer Mitch Trachtenberg, then allows viewers to sort the ballots by precinct or race to conduct recounts at their pleasure."

The GEMS election software is sold by Premier Elections Solutions (Diebold Election Systems, Inc. in a new dress), and they appear to have known about the problem for at least four years. In addition to Humboldt County, the software is used by San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties as well as the State of Maryland and others.

Yes, this is that Humboldt County. No, the County Data Center is a No Smoking zone."
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Massive Martian Glaciers Found

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Scientific American is reporting that "data from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter point to vast glaciers buried beneath thin layers of crustal debris..." Data from the surface penetrating radar on MRO revealed that two well known mid-latitude features are composed of solid water ice. One is about three times the size of the City of Los Angeles. This certainly makes the idea of establishing a station on Mars far more plausible."
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Research: Press Harder On Obama Than McCain

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "A report to appear in the November issue of Scientific American shows that "despite popular accounts, researchers found that Barack Obama got more negative press coverage than John McCain did in the early summer." According to the report, "This past summer, just as the view that journalists were going softer on Barack Obama than on John McCain was becoming widely accepted, CMPA issued a report showing that 72 percent of the statements in TV news reports about Obama in late spring and early summer were negative, whereas 57 percent of the statements about McCain were negative." This flies in the face of Republican contentions that the media is soft on Obama and is a fine example of the "Ideology Trumps Facts" story on Slashdot the other day. Somehow I doubt that Bill O'Reilly will be reporting this story."
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Swiss Jet Man Succeeds in Channel Crossing

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Swiss rocketman Yves Rossy has succeeded in flying across the English Channel. Leaping from a plane at around 9,000 feet, he made the 22 mile crossing from Calais to Dover in ten minutes. His route follows the first airplane channel crossing in 1909 by French aviator Louis Bleriot. I wonder when the retail version of his jet pack will be available."
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Ancient Yeast Used To Brew Modern Beer

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Yeast trapped inside a 45 million year old weevil, trapped inside amber has been extracted, activated, and used to brew beer. According to the report, the beer has "a weird spiciness at the finish." The brewer, Raul Cano, a scientist at the California Polytechnic State University, attributes this to the yeast's unusual metabolism. "The ancient yeast is restricted to a narrow band of carbohydrates, unlike more modern yeasts, which can consume just about any kind of sugar," said Cano. Cano brews barrels of Pale Ale and German Wheat Beer under the Fossil Fuels Brewing Co. label."
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SFO Laptop Was Stolen

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "The San Mateo County (Calif.) Sheriff's office now considers the "lost" laptop containing personal information on 33,000 travelers to have been stolen. Although Verified Identity Pass has claimed that the information was not compromised, but TSA is still examining the results of their forensic analysis of the laptop. The laptop was recovered inside a locked cabinet inside a locked office. It is also being reported that the sticker with the serial number was removed from the laptop. Anyone else think it might have been an inside job?"
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Airport Security Threatened By Stolen Laptop

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "A laptop containing the unencrypted security data for 33,000 travelers using the Clear system was stolen at San Francisco International Airpot on July 26, according to CBS5 Television. The Clear system allows travelers who register and pay a $100.00 annual fee to speed through airport security by using a smart card at special kiosks in some airports. TSA has suspended new registrations in the system, which is run by a private contractor, Verified Identity Pass, Inc., a subsidiary of GE. The laptop was apparently stolen from a locked office at SFO. The company has now decided that it might be a good idea to encrypt the data in their systems. They are in the process of notifying customers that all of their personal data, including name, address, SSi number, passport number, date of birth, etc. has been compromised."
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Macrovision Funded Study Says DVD Piracy High

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "A study reported on in the International Business Times shows that nearly one-third of DVD users in the US and UK admit to making copies of pre-recorded DVDs. According to the article, "The report alluded to magnitude of the profit loss, though actual revenue figures were not revealed. It found that 77 percent of US respondents would have legally purchased the titles if copying was not available, while 63 percent answered similarly in the UK, indicating potential revenue lost to piracy."

What is not being well reported is that the survey was paid for by Macrovision the copy protection company. Considering the source of funding, I am sure no one is really surprosed at the results."

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Western Digital HD Comes With Bonus Asian Porn

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Over on The Consumerist, they are reporting about a fellow who purchased a Western Digital external hard drive from Best Buy that came with bonus Super Secret Asian Lady Porn. He accidentally deleted some of his photos from the drive. When using a recovery tool, he recovered much more than he deleted. Some of the "models" look a bit on the under-age side as well, which could be really bad if someone else found this on your drive. One wonders if this is from the manufacturer's read-write testing, or a free-lance Geek Squad project."
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Least Favorite Rite of Spring

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Least Favorite Rite of Spring:
  • Income tax
  • The mud
  • Attack of the pollen
  • Attack of the mosquitoes
  • Too much light through basement window
  • Guys in Shipping wearing skimpy outfits
  • Spring? It's still snowing!
  • CowboyNeal going shirtless
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Favorite Rites of Spring

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Your Favorite Rite of Spring
  • Cleaning the hard drive
  • Attractive co-workers wearing Spring outfits
  • More light through basement window
  • Change skins on software to pastel
  • It's still snowing here you insensitive clod
  • Annual bathing of CowboyNeal
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Ballmer Trying to Buy Sonics

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Microsoft's Steve Ballmer is reportedly trying to buy the Seattle SuperSonics NBA team. His partners include Deutsche Telekom CEO John Stanton and Costco CEO Jim Sinegal. The team is trying to relocate to [shudder] Oklahoma City. Now that notorious chair-thrower Bobby Knight has retired, big time basketball needs another chair tossing wild man."
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Man Builds Vigilante Dalek

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Bar owner Rufus Terrill has built his own robotic overlord to chase drug dealers and other scum our of his Atlanta neighborhood. Boing Boing has a story and a link to video from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The thing has a loudspeaker, camera, light, water cannon and looks kind of like a Dalek. Some of the parts came from a smokehouse, and he says it stills smells a bit like chicken."
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Motorola To Bail Out Of Mobile Phone Business?

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "According to an AP story reported by MSNBC, Motorola is seriously considering getting out of the mobile phone business. This is a proposal Carl Ichan made last year during a losing proxy fight to obtain a board seat. Looks like more than Ed Zander is being tossed out."

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