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top Compromised To Serve Malware

NitzJaaron Noob question: Could a Mac be infected? (83 comments)

Did a little research on the Rig exploit, and I've come away a bit confused: if I hit the exploited site while using a Mac, could the Mac be infected, and if so how could I tell - and how could I remove it if so? Thanks in advance.

11 hours ago

Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

NitzJaaron Re:I agree, 100% (459 comments)

It's a personal choice, and in no way would I advocate it for everyone. But I, personally, don't want to go from being a productive member of society to a drain on the emotional and financial resources of the ones I love.

I didn't come from a wealthy family, and I had to watch two of my grandparents spend the last decade or so of their lives dying of various conditions. My grandfather had dementia, and got a pretty raging infection from diabetes he didn't know he had until he was in his 70's. My grandmother worked until she couldn't work any longer, and died from cancer six years later.

My family did their best to take care of them both, put them in as nice a place as they could afford, and we went to see them at least once a week. It was tough on everyone, for a plethora of reasons. It was hard for my grandparents, who wanted to continue participating in family events, and wanted to feel useful. And yet they couldn't, and it truly hurt them.
So, I don't want that for myself, or my family. It doesn't matter how rich you are - when the mind and the body are beyond the point at which you can maintain some level of happiness, I don't see the point in living.

As I tell the folks at the poker table, "You play your hand, I'll play mine." If you want to live to be feeble and have no bowel or bladder control, and be a drain to your family in some way, by all means you go for it. Me? I'd rather end it.


Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

NitzJaaron I agree, 100% (459 comments)

The thought of living to an age where I can no longer contribute anything of value to society, while simultaneously becoming a drain to those I love - both emotionally and financially - is not appealing to me at all.


Ask Slashdot: Replacing Paper With Tablets For Design Meetings?

NitzJaaron Evernote + Sketch (143 comments)

As a UX / Product Designer, I've spent years and years taking down everything in notebooks, and doing collaborative design work on large-scale quadrile paper. Until about a year ago. I was getting tired of scanning in or completely re-drawing final product designs, and moved to use Evernote + Sketch to collaboratively develop & design software, websites, and products. What's nice about Evernote and Sketch is that they are 1) Integrated, 2) Work on Windows/Mac/iOS/Android, 3) Easy to use, and 4) Make sharing documents and graphics nearly instantaneous as long as everyone has network access. We've moved to doing all of our requirements and specs in Evernote, and using Sketch to get first drafts done digitally. We also scan in drawn pictures & other misc. materials to be stored in Evernote. It's a great combo & repository.

about 3 months ago

Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

NitzJaaron It's not about being a "nerd"... (1198 comments)'s about how you were raised, what ethics and morals were instilled in your most influential years, and your overall social development. Being a "nerd" or a "geek" has nothing to do with it, except that it's generally more normal for people who are classified as such to have been socially outcast or on the fringe at some point in their early (pre-adult) lives.

This guy was a complete a-hole, that's a given. He was also from a wealthy family and had a tremendous sense of entitlement. I'd venture that a good part of his misogyny has a basis in that upbringing and entitled lifestyle.

Let's leave the labels out of it and have a real discussion about mental health and social attitudes for a change.

about 4 months ago

New Android App Encourages Users To Throw Device As High As Possible

NitzJaaron But did you know... (156 comments)

...that it's the first app collaboratively designed by AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon? ;)

about a year ago

City-Sized Ice Shelf Breaks Free Of Antarctica

NitzJaaron Goodbye Florida... (249 comments)

...hello beach front property in Alabama!

about a year ago

Linode Hacked, Credit Cards and Passwords Leaked

NitzJaaron Re:Almost signed up Friday morning, too... (112 comments)

I've used them for shared hosting for years, and it's been a hell of a frustration. That said, however, their VPS service actually has a good record. For the discounted price they offered me (based on the absolutely horrific service for the last few months) I couldn't refuse. It was a really good deal.

about a year and a half ago

Linode Hacked, Credit Cards and Passwords Leaked

NitzJaaron Almost signed up Friday morning, too... (112 comments)

I'd just finished doing a week of research for a VPS and was literally going to sign up for Linode Friday AM when Dreamhost woo'ed me with a better deal. Geez.

about a year and a half ago

Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

NitzJaaron JMS Star Trek Reboot (Pre-2009 movie rumor) (215 comments)

There was a rumor going around before JJ Abrams was announced to be helming the reboot of the Star Trek franchise that you were in the running for that role. Whether that's true or not, if you have been chosen for that particular spot, what would you have done to reboot the Trek universe? Thanks!

about a year and a half ago

Verizon To Begin Offering "Text To 911" Service

NitzJaaron I can see it now... (194 comments)

"OMG WTF im on fyre omg omg halp! were's my bffs da popo!" I feel terrible for the EMS operators...

more than 2 years ago

Russia's MiG Aircraft Company Develops 3D Flight Simulator

NitzJaaron But can it do a 4g inverted dive...? (62 comments)

Charlie's dying to know, and no one believes Maverick & Goose.

more than 2 years ago

More Malware-Infected Apps Found In Android Market

NitzJaaron I realize I'm going to get torn to shreds... (195 comments)

...but there's something to be said for iOS being a "closed" platform with a (mostly) strict approval process. There's a lot of controversy about apps getting blocked from the iTunes App Store, but so far there haven't been any significant outbreaks of malware/trojans like the Android platform has had. Caveat: I actively develop for both platforms, so I have no "stake" in either side. Just making a point about the open vs. closed issue in related to PII leakage risks. Let the flaming begin!

more than 3 years ago

Personal Electronics May Indeed Disrupt Avionics

NitzJaaron Re:Easy Solution (505 comments)

It will also make the walls more delicious!

more than 3 years ago

Ultramobile PC To Make a Comeback?

NitzJaaron But does it turn into a robot? (140 comments)

I mean, it's from Japan, right? It's gotta turn into a robot, or some kind of odd anime device that does indescribably naughty thing to girls in sailor uniforms.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Worst Computer Scene In TV or Movies?

NitzJaaron Re:Hackers, obviously... (1200 comments)

"Hack the planet!" lol!

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Worst Computer Scene In TV or Movies?

NitzJaaron Hackers, obviously... (1200 comments)

Every time they showed a screen in Hackers I cringed. Also, that "RISC is good" comment from the lead actor made my skin crawl.

more than 3 years ago

Iran's New Space Program

NitzJaaron I'm a rock-it-man! (243 comments)

I'm shocked that they aren't just photoshoping pictures of a guy in an American or Russian space suit strapped to the side of a photoshoped rocket.

more than 3 years ago

Rushkoff Proposes We Fork the Internet

NitzJaaron Re:In Soviet America, Internet Forks You (487 comments)

I get the distinct impression that when Rushkoff said "fork the internet" he really meant the entire thing, including backbone and infrastructure. I'm not saying you're wrong - you're completely right in what you're saying technologically. I'm just saying that if we're going to take Rushkoff literally, we'd have to start from scratch.

I'd also say it's worth taking note that if we want to ensure that the internet doesn't become the mobile phone provider that it so wants to be (in relation to the business models of Comcast/Verizon/Cox/et al) that perhaps starting fresh with new backbone hardware and protocols - that try to prevent what is threatening net neutrality - would be a boon for making things better in the future.

more than 3 years ago



Wordpress sites under wide-scale brute force attack

NitzJaaron NitzJaaron writes  |  about a year and a half ago

NitzJaaron (733621) writes "Some of us have been experiencing these attacks for the last few days, but it's now beginning to be widely reported that there's a fairly large brute force attack happening on Wordpress users on multiple hosts, including HostGator and LiquidWeb. CloudFlare has announced that they're giving all users (free and paid) protection from said attacks with their services."
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