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Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

Opportunist Re:OT: I have a small feature request for car-make (73 comments)

So... all I'd have to do to break into your car is to increase the inside temperature? Provided it doesn't rain, of course...

That's doable.

8 minutes ago
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Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

Opportunist Re:First rule of computer security!!! (73 comments)

In general they are not. Or rather, they were not designed as such.

CANbus is a prime example of a bus system that was designed with pretty much anything but security in mind. The whole deal is like 30 years old, and as one can imagine the core ideas in its conception were simplicity and resilience against noise. Both not quite lending themselves well to the idea of ensuring security on a bus.

Also there was really not a huge need to consider security an issue. Mostly because you needed physical access to the vehicle to even get close to accessing the bus. And by then, you HAD already broken in, so what's the gain?

13 minutes ago
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Was Microsoft Forced To Pay $136M In Back Taxes In China?

Opportunist Re:License Audit (17 comments)

In the course of your audit you will find everything is in the best possible order.

In the unlikely case that you should disagree here are two gentlemen who will take you to a place where you can come to the correct conclusion within the next five to twenty five years.

about half an hour ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Opportunist Re:Duh (411 comments)

I just think people should be judged by their merits, not that of their predecessors. Of course, having rich parents will still make your life in college easier if you can afford a quiet room and dedicate your time to studying instead of having to do with some run-down apartment right between the subway and a bowling alley where you work half day shifts to make ends meet, but at least tuition should be so affordable that anyone who has the brains can study.

2 hours ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Opportunist Re: Well Duh (411 comments)

It's certainly not the salary that draws people to Europe. It's more the fringe benefits. And yes, a month vacation per year is part of what makes this whole deal sweet. Gives you time to relax and unwind. And that's necessary.

3 hours ago
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Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

Opportunist Re:Junk Article? (112 comments)

Remind me to stay the hell out of that area. I'm a serial criminal according to that fucked up legal system.

A career criminal and a member (actually one of the kingpins) of an international professional crime syndicate.

3 hours ago
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Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

Opportunist And most likely even the misdemeanor is garbage (112 comments)

But would YOU want to have a judge who can't operate his cellphone without an accident judge you on the base of laws written by people who don't have much more of a clue concerning the matter in a case where exactly these things play a key role? Supported by 12 douches whose primary concern is to get out of the whole mess as quickly as possible, no matter how.

You sure as hell take the deal, knowing that you have NO chance in hell to a fair trial.

3 hours ago
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

Opportunist Re:No thanks (429 comments)

Nah. Just at the endgame. You're thinking of Buddha.

yesterday
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

Opportunist Re:Shocking (213 comments)

I guess you're a true master then, for a layman like me can't really see much of a difference in them.

yesterday
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

Opportunist Re:The solution (213 comments)

Would maybe be for the better. Announce in advance (a year or so) what specs the machine and periphery will have so nobody can whine about how they couldn't play well because of all the wrong equipment.

yesterday
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

Opportunist Re:No thanks (429 comments)

Don't worry. Jesus SAVES!

yesterday
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

Opportunist Re:fork it (429 comments)

Oh great. Exactly what we need, a schism.

yesterday
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

Opportunist Re:Perfect OS... for x86 (429 comments)

Well, God ain't really known for working well with colleagues.

yesterday
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

Opportunist Re:Are You Sure (429 comments)

Nope. Else his question would be "Sit here a dog?"

yesterday
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

Opportunist Re:Ob (429 comments)

He is schizophrenic. Not sadistic.

yesterday
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

Opportunist Re:The solution (213 comments)

No devices you may bring, no internet connection, and if you need your superspecialawesome configuration for some device, mail it in and have it checked, you'll get it at the tournament during your setup time.

yesterday
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

Opportunist Re:Shocking (213 comments)

A rose by another name... You act as if most of these shooters weren't so similar that it takes "true mastery" to even find any kind of difference.

yesterday
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Opportunist Re:Well Duh (411 comments)

And you're wondering why skilled workers prefer to go elsewhere?

yesterday
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Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

Opportunist Re:Kimmie vs MPAA (138 comments)

You might want to check out Kimmie's past. Most likely he didn't cause so much grief as the MPAA but he sure did ruin a life or two in his path.

yesterday
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Opportunist Re:What BS. (411 comments)

Well, I can explain that. Everyone who has half a brain realized ages ago that there is no money in STEM degrees and studied something with "Administration" in the title. For some odd reason those jobs never get outsourced.

yesterday

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Bush shoe attack beneficial for its maker

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "You might remember how Bush was attacked by a reporter with his shoes. Now, some people wondered why. Some wondered how he got through security with his assassination devices. Some wondered whether his bodyguards were having a field trip day and how this was possible.

Others wondered "what shoes are those". And they found out. It was the Ducati Model 271, now redubbed the Bush-Shoe. And sales are skyrocketing. The Turkish company making them can't keep up with the demand. Who said that a personal visit of a politician couldn't be beneficial for the economy in the country?

How to interpret this is maybe up for debate. Personally, I think some people took "voting with your feet" and showing their political view with them to a new level."

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Stupidfilter: The end of Trolling on /.?

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "What would /. be without "FRIST POST!", In Soviet Russia memes and a confirmation of netcraft? Well, if Stupidfilter becomes what it claims to be soon, we might find out. The makers of this OSS claim that they can (soon) filter out stupidity, ignorance and trolling from boards, making the life of moderators and administrators worldwide a lot easier. Currently it relies mostly on the amount of CAPS in a text, the mix of letters and some statistics. Soon it shall become able to sense typos and grammatical errors, which shall hopefully increase the chance to catch dumb postings. Of course, the implications are that non-native speakers (like me) might get caught in the filter due to a (possibly) higher rate of misspelled words and a (likely) smaller vocabulary. And of course it can be used as a "content filter", to keep out unwanted opinions. So whether this technology will bring us less trolling or less freedom to discuss (or whether it brings us anything at all), only time will tell."
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When Amazon sells Audiophile cables...

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "...comments go berserk. Now, I certainly don't want to decide whether audio equipment that costs 10k is worth it, or at least improves sound quality in any way. I even don't want to judge whether cables that only transmit digital data can have a positive impact. Personally, I don't see why a "better 1 or 0" makes better sound.

But what I know is that when Amazon sells such a gem, people go berserk with comments. Some even found Jesus in their BBQ sauce.

The first Audiophile vs. Anti-Audiophile war on Amazon. Truely a good laugh.

(to be honest, I just submit the story hoping to find out whether it's possible to create a /. effect on Amazon...)"
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Large Hadron Collider - The doomsday device?

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "We're all going to die! The LHC (Large Hadron Collider), the big underground donut in Genf that shoots little particles onto each other, is going to create a black hole that is going to swallow us all alive!

Or so Mr. Walter Wagner claims on his homepage. He demands in no uncertain terms that this project is to be put on hold until the dangers can be assessed, after all we only have one Earth, and no backups to restore from.

A bit of insight from people who know more about those things would be interesting. Can energy that could possibly heat a cup of coffee create a tempest in the teapot? And more important, what motivates people to prophesy doom? I mean, when you're wrong, you're ridiculed, when you're right, you're dead... how do you win?"

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Amazon delists music after battle with MI

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "It all started with Amazon buying music cheaply abroad and selling it expensively in the EU. Now, the music industry did not like that of course, deemed those imports "illegal" and sent a cease and desist letter. Amazon decided to bend to the MIs will. And do more than that. They not only delisted the CDs required, they pulled almost everything from Sony and Warner (and a few topsellers of Universal and EMI) from their range of products. In the meantime, after a quick talk, it seems the problem has been resolved. For now. Neither side really considers it settled, it just seems both agree that such a battle should not be fought right now, in the week before the big spending event. Though one has to wonder: Who is actually in the stronger position when they canot find an agreement?"
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