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Legislation In New York To Ban Anonymous Speech Online

Sczi The march toward fascism (398 comments)

It's all part of the long march toward fascism. Make every stupid little thing illegal so the government always has some surface justification to bother any person at any time.

more than 2 years ago

Vaccine Could Cut Heroin Addiction

Sczi Re:To Quote Woody allen (382 comments)

I have, and if you haven't, then I dare you to take one. Bring snacks and a helmet.

The idea behind methadone is that you're not supposed to keep using it. You use it when detoxing to gradually step down, but surprise surprise, heroin addicts don't use it as intended.

Everything in moderation, including our excesses.

about 2 years ago

Shmoocon Demo Shows Easy, Wireless Credit Card Fraud

Sczi Re:Is this news? (273 comments)

As a non-idiot I knew this was possible. I fight Chase regularly on this, they send a new card with the stupid chip, I call and roast em, they mail me a new one without the chip. But they tell me at the time that it is a one time only deal and sure enough they send another later in the year on a different card. Yes, because of mergermania I now have three credit cards but they are all Chase. They simply refuse to allow you to permanently opt out of this madness.

Stop! Hammer time!

more than 2 years ago

Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?

Sczi Re:If you enjoy your job, then why not? (948 comments)

Just be aware that there are ups and downs to every country. I've never been to the USA, but I suspect the political correctness is much worse here. You're expected to fit in, be polite and avoid open conflicts, and that includes the workplace.

In other words, JWSmythe should probably avoid Sweden.
Seriously, you have no idea.. I know JW, and the bloodpressure thing doesn't surprise me at all =]

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Spoof an Email Bounce With Windows?

Sczi Re:mailwasher (244 comments)

Question: How does MailWasher work?

Answer: MailWasher works directly with your email server, exactly like your email program does. But there is one important difference: you can tell MailWasher to delete a message at the server, without downloading it - or you can bounce an email back to the sender so that it looks as though your address is not valid.

I haven't used it in years, but it seems to still work how I remember.

about 3 years ago

S&P's $2 Trillion Math Mistake

Sczi Re:I can't fault them for doing so.. (1040 comments)

I had to rant a while back (also every day before and since, but this one day in particular). What I came up with is that they should all live in a big dormitory and wear dickies with a name badge. Public service indeed.

more than 3 years ago

Are 'Real Names' Policies an Abuse of Power?

Sczi I had a feeling (318 comments)

When facebook was still .edu only and decided to open up, one of the details I learned (wasn't on it) was that most people use their real name. I thought "oh there's no way that will fly once they open up", but they had already achieved a certain critical mass where new sign ups just figured that's the way it works, and that's the way it is, so they went along with it. I could almost see it in the .edu only context, but it still astounds me to this day that relatives of mine who will bitch mercilessly about the man trying to get over on them and whatnot will post their whole life up for the world to see under their real name. Nothing GOOD ever happens from people finding you by your name, it's usually something crappy. Like if you've got a really popular online persona and you apply for a job, you can point to sourceforge or whatever and take credit for the good. But when has an HR person ever went scrounging for an applicant's real name, found pics of them drunk and pissing off a bridge, and given them the job because of it. The disconnect from people who seem like they should care a lot, according to their own standards, is striking.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon, Google Cave To Apple, Drop In-App Buttons

Sczi Re:Cave? (307 comments)

I've gone to web sites on my iphone and had them pop up "install my app" messages. These tend to be free, but if one were a paid app, would Apple still get their cut?

more than 3 years ago

Developer Panel Asks Whether AAA Games Are Too Long

Sczi Re:Short games are fine, but... (342 comments)

Particularly due to having small children, I appreciate a good and proper PAUSE button, which multiplayer games generally won't have.

more than 3 years ago

Fonolo Lets You Bypass Company Phone Menus

Sczi Re:Please listen (171 comments)

Yes, believe it or not, Mr.BigBank, your phone system is not so integral to my daily existence that I would memorize it in the first place, so how bout we just skip the BS please. Also, let's go ahead and read that script at about double the speed you're reading it at now, so I don't fall asleep waiting for you to get to my option.

more than 3 years ago

Nissan LEAF Leaks Speed & Location To RSS Feed

Sczi Re:WTF? (180 comments)

Zawinski's Law in action

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Web Site Editing Software For the Long Haul?

Sczi Re:Dreamweaver vs Homesite (545 comments)

Homesite still is homesite. I prefer it a million times over any dreamweaver. Unfortunately, it's showing its age a bit and has a few annoyances. But I don't do wysiwyg. I also wouldn't recommend it to anyone not at least semi-invested in ColdFusion so you can single step and break point and whatnot. It is very good for coding html by hand, though.

more than 3 years ago

Why Doesn't 'Google Kids' Exist?

Sczi as a parent this is relevant to my interests (561 comments)

Suppose the US passed a law tomorrow that all US web users can only reach web servers hosted in the US, would it even be possible to say that any telecom company with lines going between the US and another country will block any http requests where the client is inside and the server is outside? Because if it is (and I suspect it is possible right now with existing technology) then have the US select a port besides 80 (any futzing about with 80 would lead to first amendment groups being total turds about it), give it a new 3/4 letter protocol name. Give a year or so to grandfather in existing kid safe sites like and Since only US servers would be possible, the US would have jurisdictional authority to persue abusers and/or deal with non-compliant sites. Foreign sites could easily host on the channel by having servers inside the US. Google could index it all day long, and theoretically it's already been vetted. The last piece would be to allow users to choose if they want to block access to port 80 either to their house or their kid's pc or whatever. I suppose a certain critical mass of content would be necessary before it becomes a realistic option to block 80. Maybe sites available on the new port would require something similar to an ssl certificate, except not for encryption, just for identification purposes and to make then centrally revokable.

I think culturally this idea has a few things working for it. For one, I would hope that btards and anonidiots would have better things to do than hack nickjr's front page to put up some boobs or something, but I've given up trying to predict what the less mature black hat script kiddies think is funny. Maybe it would lead to a new crop of white hats who strive to find and report vulnerabilities. And if you report it to the site owner and they don't care, you'd have the option of reporting to the govt who could then threaten to revoke their license (kicking them off the new port but leaving 80 intact of course). Maybe Youtube could implement something like the moderation algorithm that has been kicked around on here.. you upload a video, you think it's kid safe so you flag it.. if 95% of random voters agree, then your video is made available on the "clean version" of Youtube.

I could go on, but you get the idea.. 1, set up a new thing, 2, block foreign servers (establish enforceable jurisdiction), 3, content providers provide content, 4, consumers have a choice, 5, uses mostly existing technology, 6, not too big a pain in any one person's ass.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Other People's Email?

Sczi Old program called mailwasher I think? (619 comments)

My wife used a windows app called I think MailWasher many years ago. It would view the email still on the pop server and then somehow view the email (or maybe just headers? i forget) and selectively bounce them a few different ways. Seems like something like that could be useful. Doesn't seem like that sort of thing should even be possible, tho, and I suspect it generated "fake" bounce messages. Now with so many different mail servers with each one generating its own 550's, do any companies really thoroughly process their bounced emails, so would it even have any effect? It would be a great place to put filters, though. Google could just make a new rules interface or maybe easier would be to add bounce actions to the filters to prevent the email from even landing in your inbox. It sure would suck to accidentally black list something important with it.

more than 3 years ago

Talking To Computers?

Sczi OS/2 Warp just skyped me from beyond the grave (395 comments)

It wants to subscribe to your newsletter.

I did a tech support stint at IBM back around 1995, and I got a copy of Warp 4 for $55 that was well supported on my PC, and I'll be damned but that voice control actually worked as advertised right out of the box. Doesn't surprise me big blue never gave up.

But I'm one of those people who thinks talking to computer and computers talking back is just a step below black magic, so I had to burn that computer, and unfortunately, I'm pretty sure Watson is a sign of the coming apocalypse, so that sucks.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Kills AutoRun In Windows

Sczi Re:Option? (340 comments)

Sorry, I just installed server 08 r2 x64 an hour ago, no extensions, ran windows update, still no extensions.

Btw, you don't need "now" as it is implied by /p

more than 3 years ago

App — the Most Abused Word In Tech?

Sczi Re:The meaning changes again. So what? (353 comments)

Indeed, make sure to use the correct saw horse, intake manifold, casserole dish, or sewing needs to suit your particular application.

more than 3 years ago



To press charges or not to press charges?

Sczi Sczi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Sczi (1030288) writes "I'm conflicted. My wife and I have a friend whose ex-husband posted a personal ad on Craigslist, impersonating my wife using her Myspace name, her real name, her photo (she's hot), and our STREET AND CITY. He did not give the number, but there are only 12 or so houses on the whole street. Craigslist pulled the ad and gave us the info they had on file, an email address, an IP address, and a datetime stamp. I had a feeling I knew who did it, because he had supposedly defaced his wife's Myspace page or some Springer-esque shenanigans, so I dug up some emails from a few weeks earlier that had the same IP address in the headers. I figured out the ISP, but they won't tell me who had it without a subpoena, nor even confirm as correct or not when I gave them his name. There are a few extenuating circumstances that muddy the waters. First, my wife pulled the same trick on him first, except she gave his email address to Craigslist, so the confirmation went to him, which he then denied, and the listing never went up. She also didn't put his real info in it. Also, I actually gave this guy a job (I'm a manager). It was a temp job, but all the same. My wife did her deed to him while he was working for me, but he didn't mention it at the time. He did his deed to us 3 weeks after his position ended, which makes no sense. I emailed him and told him I had this evidence, and I wanted to know if it was him, and if it was, I wanted an apology. It also said that if I had to get the police involved, I would press charges. No response. I texted his phone later that day and told him to check his email, but again he did not respond. Just recently I pulled his paperwork from my files, and noticed that his previous employer matched the email address from Craigslist. But what I have *really* wanted to know this whole time is if the IP address matched his ISP on that date. So I called the police a few times, spoke to different departments, and finally found someone willing to pursue a charge. But now a few weeks have passed, and I'm sure the police have better things to worry about. All I wanted to know is if the police could sweet talk the ISP into confirming or denying the correctness of my "guess", and then maybe have a uniform go to his job and scare him. Now they're saying my wife and I could have to testify in court, and the whole thing is snowballing. I think the charge they're pursuing is something to the effect of harassment (we were contacted by 2 myspace perverts) via impersonation. We have an appointment in two days to go down to the Sheriff's office and sign paperwork to get the prosecutor to get a subpoena and get the ball rolling. I'm now so horribly conflicted and full of mixed emotions that I don't know what to do. I can easily roll with it and just see what happens, but even if we "get him" then what kind of punishment is he looking at? He's basically broke, so no money, and I seriously doubt (almost hope) there wouldn't be jail time for such a trivial first offense. But maybe he has a past and deserves a spanking? Also, my wife started it, and she has pulled BS like that in the past, but never so far as to post someone's address that has kids. But he definitely escalated it. She could stand to learn a lesson herself, but if we "win" then the lesson will be lost. Is this subpoena even necessary considering the mountain of evidence I have? The officer justifiably wants to know if we're serious and not going to back out, and it seems like if I'm going to back out, tomorrow is my last chance. On the other hand, I really hate this kind of immature BS that people pull on the Internet, and maybe if this gets some press coverage, it will raise awareness of how not to be a dick, but it would be a stretch to say I'm doing it for some kind of greater good. Also, I must admit that I do feel a sort of revenge-satisfaction thing at the thought of sticking it to him for stressing me out wondering if some idiot would try to find my house, after I gave him a job when he needed one and trying to be his friend to the limited extent that I really can (he has a daughter the same age as one of mine, and they are friends), but he has shot that all to hell, and so now it will be nigh impossible to hang out with him, for my daughter to hang out with his daughter, and at least awkward for my wife to hang out with his ex-wife (they were friends before those two were married). Last but not least, every time I have to explain this, all I can hear is Dueling Banjos in the back of my head, and I like to think better of myself. If I don't pursue, I may decide to try calling him one last time and give him the do-or-die. But even if he will fess up, THEN what? Demand an apology and let it go? My wife is fairly vindictive and wants blood, but if I drop the charges, I doubt she will pursue it herself, so it's all on me, even though I'm the most innocent one of the bunch. With all this in mind, I'm maybe 55/45 in favor of continuing with police action, because I feel fairly betrayed about him posting my home street after helping him out. However, I could use a fresh perspective. I have tried to pick brains with a few people I trust, but frankly, I think I will get a better sampling of opinions (legal and person) and on here if you could all be so troubled. Sorry about the novel (and the commas). I'm going to throw up now."

Sczi Sczi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Sczi (1030288) writes "This is an online essay detailing The ABC Initiative, an idea on how to separate the Internet, within the USA, in order to offer an opt-in way for parents, schools, businesses, and other concerned entities to use this sandbox version of the Internet while also providing incentive for site owners to maintain a presence inside the sandbox. This is as opposed to fascist ideas such as ICPA, as promoted by the governor of Utah in this recent Slashdot submission which would force some current web sites to get off of port 80 completely. RFC 3514 blows too, because it places too much burden on people to comply and messes with existing infrastructure.. The essay also indicates that the technological infrastructure already exists to implement ABC, another point in this idea's favor ahead of other, less technologically feasible ideas. Users and web site owners who choose not to participate will still have 100% identical access to what they have now, with no degradation of service and no requirement to change anything about their Internet usage."


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