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CyanogenMod Domain Hijacked

Rijnzael Re:This would seem to be the guy (143 comments)

I really dislike the service (which I won't mention) that automatically hits all the various registries to gather this historical WHOIS information, but I won't deny it has a purpose here.

about 2 years ago
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CyanogenMod Domain Hijacked

Rijnzael Re:They saw it coming (143 comments)

More likely they registered that domain for brand protection and repurposed it to keep their services up while they regain control of the .com. It's easier to register a domain than go through the UDRP with ICANN and/or the applicable registry to take it down when someone starts using it maliciously.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Should a Geek's Charitable Donations Go?

Rijnzael ACLU (263 comments)

The ACLU has done a lot for various freedoms, including internet freedoms. One instance, where the ACLU represented an ISP that was served with National Security Letters, serves to illustrate the kinds of high profile and essential litigation they perform.

more than 2 years ago
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The Ugly, Profitable Details About Xbox Live Advertising

Rijnzael Re:Filter it. (204 comments)

Yeah, but they have contract terms that basically allow them to discontinue your service for any or no reason whatsoever, so it's not like that changes much. I suppose the only difference would be, in the case of breaches of contract, you wouldn't get a refund.

more than 2 years ago
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The Ugly, Profitable Details About Xbox Live Advertising

Rijnzael Re:So, basically ... (204 comments)

I doubt Sony is going to see what Microsoft is doing as anything other than a precedent and road map for future endeavors. The only reason PSN is free is because they wanted to overcome the shocking price of the initial PS3 models and wanted to take a chunk out of Xbox Live's market share. Xbox Live is profitable, PSN is not. If PSN ever reaches comfortable profitability, you can bet they'll be doing exactly what Microsoft is. They're just as much about screwing the customer as any other company (anti-piracy rootkits anyone?).

more than 2 years ago
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The Ugly, Profitable Details About Xbox Live Advertising

Rijnzael 'Customers' are the product for more than just ads (204 comments)

Xbox Live is in the unique situation of being able to sell ads to the end-user, sell the ability to access end-users (via Marketplace) to publishers/developers, and take a cut of those purchases between publisher and end-user.

The article discusses this as a problem, but as far as Microsoft is concerned, it's everything as it should be. Customers aren't pissed enough to leave because they still see value in the service they're paying for and the ads are pretty unobtrusive. Until end-users or publishers get annoyed enough at the status quo to make a significant enough dent in their profits, Microsoft is not going to care. As it stands, we'll pretty much have to wait for one of the big name publishers to get annoyed enough that their games aren't getting the exposure they want, because the current minority voice of end-users annoyed at ads just isn't loud enough, and I don't think it ever will be. Publishers and their triple-A titles on the other hand have a ton of sway.

Of course, it will be interesting to see if the increasing dependence on Microsoft continues. If so, it might get to the point where the publishers don't have much sway as far as negotiations are concerned. Given that the gaming industry (excepting a few smart companies and indie devs) are basically abandoning the PC market in favor of locked-in console gamers, we're near the point where the console manufacturers and their signing keys are going to be the barrier between publishers and their continued success (or eventual failure).

more than 2 years ago
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Antibody Cocktail Cures Monkeys of Ebola

Rijnzael Re:Ebola as a Bioweapon (101 comments)

Smallpox blankets didn't happen. It's just another part of Ward Churchill's academic misconduct.

See here.

more than 2 years ago
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PHP 5.4 Released

Rijnzael Re:Saying "PHP 5.4 Released" isn't that meaningful (209 comments)

If you want opinion, go read an op ed in your local news, or if you really need technology opinion pieces, go read a PC World or what have you. PHP 5.4 being released is news people will care about, hence it being here.

more than 2 years ago
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Voting System Test Hack Elects Futurama's Bender To School Board

Rijnzael Re:"managed to guess the login details" (210 comments)

Presumably you mean they cracked /etc/shadow. Still, piss poor is a good assessment for their attempts at securing this process. At least they opened it up for public testing though.

more than 2 years ago
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LulzSec Suspect Arrested By UK Police

Rijnzael Re:It must be Tuesday (361 comments)

So they went after the LulzSec mouthpiece instead of after someone involved with their illicit activities. Certainly the weakest link in the chain, but I wonder realistically how much this will limit LulzSec.

more than 3 years ago
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British Student Faces Extradition To US Over Copyright

Rijnzael Re:How many links is the limit for infringement? (340 comments)

I think using intent as a basis for this judgment is a slippery slope, though. My counterargument is, for instance, having a website which links to videos of people committing vandalism. Regardless of whether it's a site by some graffiti artist who admires the content they're linking to, or some "get off my lawn type" documenting crimes being committed, it should be allowed either way, even if it could be construed as supporting something illegal.

What if the site name was different, say, "scumbagcopyrightinfringingwebsites.net", from someone who works in the movie industry and wants to generate a public list of sites of copyright infringers for his employer to take down (unlikely, I know, but an example nonetheless)? The intent is wildly different, but the end is the same--someone could use it to find streams or what have you of shows they want to watch or songs they want to listen to.

What if the site just blindly compiles video results from the Google Custom Search API allowing people unfamiliar with Google hacks to find TV shows? Different intent, but no attempt to limit those who obviously intend to use it for copyright infringement. Should a site like this have to take into consideration the copyright holders?

more than 3 years ago
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British Student Faces Extradition To US Over Copyright

Rijnzael How many links is the limit for infringement? (340 comments)

I like using rlslog.net to conveniently find torrents. They host no copyrighted content whatsoever, only link to sites which link to torrents which in a sense link to a swarm of people who have parts of the file of interest.

I imagine that, just following random links on the internet from nearly any given site, I could eventually get to the site I mentioned above. How many links is enough degrees of separation? Surely if liability is introduced simply by linking to a website, you are liable for anything sites you link to also link to. I wonder how many government sites link to Google as their site search provider? Google can get you anywhere, so surely the government would in those cases be liable for linking to Google which links to torrent sites. And that's why this idea is completely absurd.

And how the hell is what this kid did worthy of extradition, or even a felony in the US? Our copyright policy is so ridiculous.

more than 3 years ago
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Thomas Drake Innocent of All Ten Original Charges

Rijnzael Re:Innocent? (243 comments)

Yes it is; you're innocent until proven guilty, regardless of how much prosecutors, police, and the government don't want to believe it sometimes. If the government can't be burdened to prove that he's guilty, he's innocent.

more than 3 years ago
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Student Suspended For Posting On YouTube

Rijnzael Re:Happens every time (375 comments)

Last I checked, Canada was a country in the North American continent. But please, take the opportunity to bring up the US for no discernible reason.

more than 3 years ago
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Student Suspended For Posting On YouTube

Rijnzael Happens every time (375 comments)

Schools in North America at least--if not everywhere in the West--seem to think that their disciplinary powers extend to any actions committed by students anywhere during their years of attendance.

In my opinion, the only time a school should have the ability to initiate disciplinary action for an act committed off school premises should be after trial and conviction of a crime. Free speech protections often don't apply in schools (don't get me started on that), but a school has absolutely no right to restrict a student's speech off school grounds, and this would be aptly enforced by requiring disciplinary sanctions for off ground behavior be the result of a conviction in a court of law. This school would get laughed at if they even mentioned prosecution of this student for this behavior to a DA, so there's no reason they should be allowed to do this.

more than 3 years ago
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I've had a personal email account for ...

Rijnzael I came here expecting to complain about options (336 comments)

And instead rejoiced in seeing the the editors selected non-overlapping poll options.
Hopefully no pedants complain about not having (20,21) %, (40,41) %, and so on.

more than 3 years ago
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Placebos Work -- Even Without Deception

Rijnzael Re:unlike lazy Americans (430 comments)

Did you mean to say unlike lazy people in general?

more than 3 years ago
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Database of Private SSL Keys Published

Rijnzael Re:what? (200 comments)

If you can get the symmetric key negotiated between the two hosts, what's stopping you from using it to decrypt subsequent traffic?

more than 3 years ago
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Database of Private SSL Keys Published

Rijnzael Re:DD-WRT? (200 comments)

I'm pretty sure DD-WRT doesn't generate a new certificate every reboot, and if it did, generating a new private key would be a required part of that (the private/public keypair are generated in tandem as a necessary step of RSA).

more than 3 years ago

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