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Satanists Propose Monument At Oklahoma State Capitol Next To Ten Commandments

PerformanceDude Re:So... Any religious monument? (1251 comments)

Personally, I'd like to propose raising money for a giant colander. All hail the giant spaghetti monster!!

about 7 months ago
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Judge Orders Patent Troll To Explain Its 'Mr. Sham' To Jury

PerformanceDude Wish I could buy that judge a beer (117 comments)

William Alsup deserves a medal for finally pushing those trolls a little. Too long have they been getting away with venue shopping and the abusive use of threats to sue. Time to sit back and watch the fireworks...

about 10 months ago
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EFF Wins Release of Secret Court Opinion: NSA Surveillance Unconstitutional

PerformanceDude Accountability (524 comments)

So they got a court opinion that said it was unconstitutional, yet they just ignored it. Someone must be accountable for that! Aren't all US federal officers sworn to uphold the constitution of the United States of America - all the way up to the president? At the very least, someone should be tried for contempt of court. No matter the justification and possible reasons for the NSA program, they can't just ignore the highest law of the land. Or can they? It is a very slippery slope.

about a year ago
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Three Banks Lose Millions After Wire Transfer Switches Hacked

PerformanceDude A little too easy - sadly (179 comments)

These attacks are actually a little too easy to effectuate. The drive to outsource to third world countries and lack of training for local staff means that they are all a prime target for a social engineering attacks. It does not take a lot of organised resources to then create the requisite diversion for the often overwhelmed security staff and you have a big win in the pipeline. Of course it requires some skill, but nothing more than a course or two at Blackhat USA will give you. If you also have the benefits of the funds of a large Russian crime syndicate and the personal "motivation" that flows from that, along with an almost zero risk of prosecution due to jurisdictions - hell - why wouldn't you go for it?

The bottom line is that we need to harden up our defences more and more. We may even have to disconnect essential financial infrastructure from the internet and bring it back onto a completely private network that it costs a substantial amount of money to join and be authenticated to. It should come with the proviso that any device connecting to it, could also not be connected to the internet or an unknown intranet device at the same time. This would not be bulletproof, but it would substantially reduce the risk.

about a year ago
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Wi-Fi Pineapple Hacking Device Sells Out At DEF CON

PerformanceDude Re:Overpriced, have some slightest creativty? (132 comments)

Not lazy, just time poor. Some of us security professionals haven't got the time to play with distros, find the right drivers, mess around with package levels , find a proper sturdy case and all the rest. We just need a tool. Even the most expensive version of the Pineapple is less than half of what we charge per hour. I only spend time building my own hacking tools when I'm doing something out of the ordinary or if I have to make a hacking device look like it's not one. The things the Pineapple does is just pen-testing for dummies - but sadly, often that is enough to get through. I always start with the basics and move to more complicated attacks only if I have to. Same as any other genuine blackhat out there.

about a year ago
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YouTube Adds Play Icon To Page Titles To Show Which Tabs Are Making Noise

PerformanceDude News? (150 comments)

And this minor usability improvement on Youtube made the Slashdot front page why?????

Is this really "News that matters"?

Seriously?????

about a year ago
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Five Charged In Largest Hacking Scheme Ever Prosecuted In US

PerformanceDude Punishment out of proportions? (84 comments)

Even though the actions of these low-life, sewer-dwelling misfits angers me, I can't help but wonder why the punishment in the US is on a scale that you wouldn't even get for premeditated murder in most other countries. Aaron Swartz payed the ultimate price for such over the top threats of deprivation of liberty.

At what point does the punishment no longer fit the crime? Sure, confiscate all the profits, bankrupt them, take all their assets and lock them up for a couple of years. But 30-40 years? For real? Why not just send them to Mars or something? Locking them up for 5 years without access to computers would ensure that when they get out their hacking skills would be so redundant they could never do it again.

Isn't the justice system supposed to be about a balance between punishment and reformation - not about revenge?

about a year ago
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Students, Start-Up Team To Create Android 'Master Key' Patch App

PerformanceDude Re:What's Google's excuse for not patching the N4? (87 comments)

Yeah - same here - and never mind that the latest version of Android on my Galaxy Nexus made Bluetooth inoperable in my car too. Google has hundreds of bug reports, but are yet to offer a fix or even acknowledge that there is a problem. Sadly Google are letting the very people down they should be giving most attention: The early adopters and Android enthusiasts.

1 year,6 days
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Students, Start-Up Team To Create Android 'Master Key' Patch App

PerformanceDude Re:patching (87 comments)

Mind you, I have a stock Galaxy Nexus and it is yet to offer the patch. If Google can't even provide a fix to the core community, what hope does OEM users have?

1 year,6 days
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Will the Supreme Court End Human Gene Patents?

PerformanceDude The purpose of a gene is a discovery (228 comments)

I never understood how they could allow this to happen in the first place. Clearly finding out the purpose of a gene will always be a discovery and not an invention. Discoveries are not patentable.

about a year ago
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Congressman Introduces Bill To Ban Minting of Trillion-Dollar Coin

PerformanceDude Re:What about this. (1059 comments)

Redirect the spending into the space program and reap the rewards. The US had a golden age on the back of the technological advances made possible through the Gemini and Apollo programs. It can be done again...

about a year and a half ago
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Vivos Founder Builds an Underground City Where You Can Ride Out the Apocalypse

PerformanceDude Fools (150 comments)

Clearly fools and their money are easily parted. Can't fault the guy for seeing the opportunity though. I guess the question is: Is it immoral to make a buck from irrational fears when you didn't create the fears in the first place?

about a year and a half ago
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Possible Habitable Planet Just 12 Light Years Away

PerformanceDude Re:"JUST" 12 light years? LOL. (420 comments)

Well - other than speed you are going to need some kind of kick-ass obstacle avoidance system. If you hit even the tiniest object at light speed, you are pretty much toast!!

about a year and a half ago
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Outrage At Microsoft Offshoring Tax In the UK, Google Caught Avoiding US Taxes

PerformanceDude Re:What's good for the goose... (768 comments)

Hmmm - that does not appear to be the case when the PATRIOT act comes into the picture. Or maybe I got that all wrong? Surely if the US can make laws that forces companies like Google to give up data help under EU privacy laws to the US government - well - then surely they can find a way to tax said companies too....

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Extreme Cable Management?

PerformanceDude Re:Unless you have rabbits. (242 comments)

No need to waste money on something like that. Buy a Jalapeno, slice it open with a knife and rub it along the length of cable. Our cat used to chew into cables. Not anymore.... Poor thing soon learned that chomping on a cable meant a very quick trip to the water bowl. May sound cruel, but is sure better than a dead cat.

about a year and a half ago
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Experts Warn About Security Flaws In Airline Boarding Passes

PerformanceDude Re:Profiling (199 comments)

Hmm - funny that. I once got that too after complaining to an American Airlines check-in lady about a checked luggage fee. Qantas passengers are exempt from such fees, as I tried to point out to her, but she wanted to hit me with it anyway. After a long debate and a visit from her supervisor the fee was waived - but - surprise surprise - SSSS appeared on the boarding card. This was on one leg out of 10 flights around the US, so it could not have been on the basis of any kind of passenger profiling. Maybe some slashdotter in the airline industry can enlighten us here...

about a year and a half ago
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Experts Warn About Security Flaws In Airline Boarding Passes

PerformanceDude Re:Profiling (199 comments)

Actually - for many years when I was traveling in the US, if (and only if) my boarding pass had SSSS printed on it, I would be subjected to extra screening. The SSSS would be printed in large clear letters on the document. I don't know what genius came up with that advance warning, but it sure as hell would tell a wannabe terrorist not to go through with his plan and try again some other time. The people managing these processes really need to think such things through a little bit better.

about a year and a half ago
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Experts Warn About Security Flaws In Airline Boarding Passes

PerformanceDude Re:Photoshop? (199 comments)

On the other hand, if you are a terrorist cell, you are probably not terribly concerned about U.S. law...

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would Your 'I've Got To Disappear' Plan Look Like?

PerformanceDude Re:One thing for sure (789 comments)

Hmmm - I think the GP was refering to prepaid cards such as VISA or Mastercard that you can pick up at your local 7-Eleven and load with balances up to $1000. I use those cards myself when I want to purchase something from a web site that I don't completely trust to be PCI compliant. The cards costs about $3, can be bought and loaded using cash and there are no identification taking place whatsoever. I use them to avoid fraud, but they are equally useful to make purchases completely anonymously. As for cashing out your savings.... you could conceivably do this by visiting a number of different branches. Most banks will at least allow you to cash out around $10K without too many questions. Do that 2 or 3 times and you should be able to comfortably survive for at least 6 months.

about 2 years ago

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Bifloor suspends trading in Bitcoin indefinetely

PerformanceDude PerformanceDude writes  |  about a year ago

PerformanceDude (1798324) writes "Bitfloor (a New York based online exchange for Bitcoin) has just made the following announcement on their website:

I am sorry to announce that due to circumstances outside of our control BitFloor must cease all trading operations indefinitely. Unfortunately, our US bank account is scheduled to be closed and we can no longer provide the same level of USD deposits and withdrawals as we have in the past. As such, I have made the decision to halt operations and return all funds.

Over the next days we will be working with all clients to ensure that everyone receives their funds. Please be patient as we process your request.

- Roman
  founder — bitfloor.com"

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Goodyear invents a self-inflating tyre

PerformanceDude PerformanceDude writes  |  about a year and a half ago

PerformanceDude (1798324) writes "TIRED of untangling the air hose at the petrol station? Or are you among the majority of drivers who check their tyres less than once a year?
Goodyear has invented a tyre that inflates itself while on the move – which, it claims, will save drivers money due to more even wear and better fuel economy."

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Australian ISP wins court appeal against Hollywood

PerformanceDude PerformanceDude writes  |  more than 3 years ago

PerformanceDude (1798324) writes "The giants of the film industry have lost their appeal of a lawsuit against ISP iiNet in a landmark judgment handed down in the Federal Court today.

The appeal dismissed today had the potential to impact internet users and the internet industry profoundly as it sets a legal precedent surrounding how much ISPs are required to do to prevent customers from downloading movies and other content illegally.

The film studios had sued iiNet arguing that by not acting to prevent illegal file sharing on its network it was essentially "authorising" the activity."

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UK law body targets RIAA style settlement letters

PerformanceDude PerformanceDude writes  |  more than 3 years ago

PerformanceDude (1798324) writes "The Register reports that a major UK law firm knew it sometimes had no reliable evidence of unlawful filesharing when it demanded hundreds of pounds damages from internet users, according to the solicitors' watchdog.

London-based Davenport Lyons threatened thousands of people with legal action for alleged copyright infringement between 2006 and 2009. They were told that by quickly paying around £500 damages, plus costs, they could avoid court.

Following complaints to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Davenport Lyons now stands accused of deliberately ignoring concerns over the standard of its evidence."

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