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

Registered Coward v2 Re:My best was 45 minutes (240 comments)

I made it close to two hours once, while working at the same time. I speak french and they don`t speak it very well thus it was perhaps easier than you to keep them hooked up. He was quite angry when he understood he had been played all along. I hoped that saved a few people from getting caught by that scheme!

Tip of the hat, monsieur.

Laughing at them as they scream is a nice reward; I also hope it makes them more likely to dump a real mark, thinking they are being played, when the victim takes too long to con or isn't moving fast enough.

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

Registered Coward v2 Re:My best was 45 minutes (240 comments)

Next time they call I plan on acting amazed that my new computer can tell it's infected even before I inbox it. I then intend to see if I can get them to walk me (an idiot, of course) through putting it together so I can let them "help" fix it.

Here's hoping it kills an hour or more of their time :)

Remember - your goal is to get them to think their is money at the end of the conversation. The more the talk, the more they've invested in the con and the more likely they are going to keep trying to get your CC number. Let them think they are in control of the situation.

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

Registered Coward v2 My best was 45 minutes (240 comments)

before I got bored. He, and his "supervisor of tech support" was already spitting mad so when I thanked him for playing the fool and provide me with some laughs it pushed him over the edge. My shtick is to pretend to be an elderly man, who off course has trouble hearing so they have to s p e l l r e a l s l o w l y and i still mess it up, have them explain the internet (isn't it that cable thingy that I plug in the wall? You want me to disconnect it?) all while obviously being vey very worried about them virus things. I've seen them talk about it on TV. Is it like Ebola? I don't want to get that.Of course none of his instructions worked because I don't use Windows.

The trick is to appear complaint while being confused and incompetent. The couple of times he doubted my old age gimmick I thanked him and joked the ladies tell me that as well.

2 days ago
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Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

Registered Coward v2 Re:Cost of a tank of gas (133 comments)

at a cost of roughly a tank of gas in a premium sedan.

Roughly, not exactly. Pegging the price of a battery switch to the price of gas really wouldn't make any sense, although it might make sense to make it based on the cost of electricity in the area, assuming that that varies.

If I were to price it I would use the following formula once there were enough stations to make simply swapping a battery without needing to return to the same station to get the original back a viable option:

Price = Cost of electricity for a full charge from current battery state + prorated (operations and maintenance cost to swap + cost to amortize investment in station + cost of station depreciation) + allowance for replacement of bad batteries received in swap + desired profit per swap

3 days ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

Registered Coward v2 Re: First amendment? (250 comments)

"Lawrence was paid 7 percent of the movie's profit, while Bale and Cooper received 9 percent, according to emails sent to Pascal. Amy Pascal, the co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment is the only woman earning $1 million or more at the studio."

Profits? more fool them. With Hollywood accounting it sounds like they probably all got nothing regardless :) 7%? 9%? It's all $0 once Hollywood has fiddled the figures to make sure the movie makes zero profit!

That depends. They are probably smart enough to get a percent of the gross, not net profits. They get paid before any of the people getting a share of the net profits. Only a fool or someone with no negotiation clout settles for a share of the gross. That various stars got less than others is a sign of their box office draw and clout, not some nefarious plot to pay women less.

about a week ago
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In IT, Beware of Fad Versus Functional

Registered Coward v2 Many IT execs do not even know what ball to drop.. (153 comments)

In this essay, Gerjets warns that many IT executives drop the ball when it comes to "defining how a new technology approach will add value" to their organization.

In my experience, many IT execs are not involved in developing or do not understand their company's strategy and thus have no idea what the technology needs to accomplish. they respond to requests, or develop technology solutions without input from the actual users and thus deliver solutions that don't really do what is needed. Even worse, some are promoted techies who are enamored with technology and want what is cool without regard to weather or not it is actually useful.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

Registered Coward v2 STEM is a wide field... (279 comments)

If you want be an engineer then you need to go back and get a degree. However, working in STEM and being a STEM are two different things. You have an English degree - what about technical writing? Many of the writers I worked with were not engineers (thank god) and that would be a way to see if STEM really interests you. You can always do night school if it does.

about a week ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Registered Coward v2 Re:Perhaps use Waze's analytics against it (596 comments)

You don't get it. No matter how many "false" reports you send to Waze -- a single "real" report of free flowing traffic will nullify all your false reports. Not all of us that use Waze follow it blindly. Example: my evening commute is typically when rush hour is wrapping up. I always see reports of wrecks and "RED" (slow) roadways -- as I travel the route all those negatives are erased because I am the proof (that Waze is looking for) that the "event" is over.

Then, as I also suggested, if that is the case one bogus "traffic is great" on the 450 would nullify all the slow reports and stop reroute get. The trick is to figure out what false data results in stopping the rerouting. Ultimately, the goal is to make Waze unreliable so people stop trusting its suggestions.

about a week ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

Registered Coward v2 Re: First amendment? (250 comments)

Correct, however I believe that would be a very high bar for Sony to reach.

I concur, but such a test case to help define the bar has ramifications beyond just Sony,

about a week ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

Registered Coward v2 Re: First amendment? (250 comments)

Umm, no it does not, from the article:

Petitioners filed suit under both federal and state wiretapping laws, alleging that an unknown person using an electronic device had surreptitiously intercepted their telephone conversation.

This was about a lawsuit not a criminal case. Maybe you should actually read the finding before making false statements.

True. The question I would ask is "Are the leaked documents covering a matter of public concern?" In other words, is there a public interest served by publishing Sony's private internal documents or does Sony's right to privacy prevail?

about a week ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Registered Coward v2 Re:Perhaps use Waze's analytics against it (596 comments)

If it looks for passive movement data, why not create a bunch of accounts and put some old cell phones to good use broadcasting traffic data? Hook them up to wireless, use a VPN if needed to mask the IP, and show "cars" stopped. You could add in accident reports to make it more realistic. Maybe even some VMs running an iPhone simulator to increase the number of spoofed cars. Remember, technology is your friend if used correctly; just don't get any on you...

The problem is there would be more cars moving through the area than the "stopped" cars. Waze ignores obviously false reports as it states in the article.

Possibly, but rather than stop them show them as moving much slower, not stopped, than others or show many cars moving quickly thorough the nearby freeway.; as the TFA says Waze relies on using many reports to deduce actual traffic conditions. At some point, Waze has to decide what is real and what is fake data - if you have X cars moving slowly through the area and another X or 1.5 X going slower, which is real? The goal is to get them to decide the side street is slower than other alternatives and not offer it, so showing it to be a worse alternative to others is all that appears to be needed.

The challenge would be to spoof the GPS signal and get enough fake reports to make it work without actually having to move devices through the street.

about a week ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Registered Coward v2 Perhaps use Waze's analytics against it (596 comments)

If it looks for passive movement data, why not create a bunch of accounts and put some old cell phones to good use broadcasting traffic data? Hook them up to wireless, use a VPN if needed to mask the IP, and show "cars" stopped. You could add in accident reports to make it more realistic. Maybe even some VMs running an iPhone simulator to increase the number of spoofed cars. Remember, technology is your friend if used correctly; just don't get any on you...

about a week ago
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

Registered Coward v2 Re:Under US Jurisdiction? (281 comments)

Google is investing massively abroad, such as in Zurich, Switzerland, where privacy laws are especially strong. Expect that if US laws continue to have negative effects on Google income, the company is going to be more and more international.

Which is pretty much irrelevant when it comes to a US Court requiring them to turn over the data if they have it. It used to be, in the age of paper, that stuff could be kept off-shore making it essentially unreachable; especially since no one might even now it existed unless someone told the authorities. Now, a US corporations data is essentially one big collection of stuff to be made available on demand; and refusal to turn it over could result in fines and contempt charges. In the end, he with the biggest stick wins.

about a week ago
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Sir Richard Branson Quietly Shelves Virgin Submarine Plan

Registered Coward v2 Re:Can't say I'm surprised (47 comments)

Branson has a track record of seriously underestimating the difficulty of the challenges he picks. Plus he seems to believe he can replicate serious engineering achievements - eg space flight - on a shoestring budget. Well sorry, but you can't. And I suspect the same goes for his submersible. Diving down 7 miles takes some seriously well thought out and strong engineering, not just some recreational sub with a few extra inches thickness of hill.

Very true. Submarines are very complex craft that operate in a very hostile environment, and driving one takes skill, practice and teamwork. Flying along the ocean floor may sound fun and straightforward, and it is until you accidentally hit something and Davy Jones starts letting his water into your people tank.

about a week ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Registered Coward v2 Re:Not convincing at all (433 comments)

Audio is just a crazy world of snake oil and placebo.

Of course it is. How else could they sell this:P>

Be sure to read the reviews to understand why this cable is superior to others...

about a week ago
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Tracking the Mole Inside Silk Road 2.0

Registered Coward v2 Re:Great job, FBI (81 comments)

I can imagine the defense.

"I didn't sell anything on Silk Road 2. I built a website others used to sell those things. Would you arrest the CEO of Ebay if one of its customers sold something that was illegal?"

And I can imagine the judge's response: "Guilty. Next."

about two weeks ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

Registered Coward v2 Charm City Police (515 comments)

Say no more....

about two weeks ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

Registered Coward v2 Title IX perhaps? (416 comments)

With all the focus on Title IX, and no doubt uncertainty around just what the law might require, or how it would be interpreted, relative to online classes MIT may have chosen the safest possible path to avoid problems. In the end, while the ma weigh the impact of removing the material on learning, they will act to protect the institution.

about two weeks ago

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Get off my lawn

Registered Coward v2 Registered Coward v2 writes  |  about a year ago

Registered Coward v2 (447531) writes "Identifying a nerd was easier years ago — calculator on the belt and a box of Hollerith cards. Part computer program, part note card, and part bookmark, they were a readily available source of nerd badges at any campus. As with many tech icons, they have drifted into oblivion.

So what do you do if:

you got a new computer, or maybe a software upgrade, only to find — error message! — that some of your old files are incompatible.

and the files you have are valuable historical data needed for current research? How about finding a USB compatible Hollerith card reader?"

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Supreme Court to hear First Sale Doctrine case

Registered Coward v2 Registered Coward v2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Registered Coward v2 (447531) writes "SCOTUS is set to hear a case to determine how copyright law and the doctrine of first sale applies to copyrighted works bought overseas, imported to the US and then sold. The case involves a foreign student who imported textbooks from Asia and the resold them in the US to help fund his education. He was sued by the publisher, lost and was ordered to pay $600k in damages. Now SCOTUS gets to weigh in on the issue."
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iPads as overhead projectors

Registered Coward v2 Registered Coward v2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Registered Coward v2 (447531) writes "A University of Michigan professor has combined iPads with a set of software tools to create an effective replacement for projected Powerpoint, clickers, and the like to allow students to interact and annotate the lecture notes on iPads, iPhones, and computers. As he puts it, he has used these tools to create " show your slides + ask questions of students (multiple-choice, true-false, rearrange lists, image-based and free response — take THAT clickers!) and display the results in real-time + collect and answer student questions + have access to analytical data on student participation + DRAW ON THE SLIDES LIKE WITH AN OVERHEAD!"

Even better — a roller equipped overhead."

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Apple Time Capsules Dying

Registered Coward v2 Registered Coward v2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Registered Coward v2 (447531) writes "Reports are surfacing of dying power supplies in Apple's Time Capsule drives, leaving users with vey nicely designed 9and expensive) paper weights. The problem appears to be failure of the internal power supply, making it impossible to power up the device. One website logged 260 reports of dead Apple Time capsules since going live last weekend. Apple has not yet responded to reports of this problem."
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It's football, not a funeral

Registered Coward v2 Registered Coward v2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Registered Coward v2 (447531) writes "From a Notre Dame University press release: In an effort to encourage appropriate behavior, fans will be able to utilize a new text messaging system to report any instances of unruly or disruptive behavior in conjunction with home games, including inside Notre Dame Stadium. The system will be in place beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturdays. Fans can simply text 41513 and type into the message the word "Irish" followed by a space, followed by a brief description of the issue and its location. Ushers, public safety personnel and/or University officials will respond as needed.

Interesting use of technology; but even with ND's performance on the field it's still a football game. I guess they expect people to sit quietly and occasionally utter a "nice play" and clap politely. At least you now have a way to complain about cold hotdogs and dirty toilets."
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Registered Coward v2 Registered Coward v2 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Registered Coward v2 (447531) writes "Best Buy has been caught using an intranet to limit price matching of their own web site. http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-watchdog0302, 0,5198012.column?coll=hc-utility-local Apparently, according to a company spokesman, their employees find it difficult to distinguish between accessing an internal site and their own external ones. Of course, they have no problem distinguishing between a higher and lower price nor charging the higher one."

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