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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

ShaunC Re:Where can I find the except clause? (456 comments)

Presumably this is about searching with a warrent.

Which is fine. They can still get a warrant. If they think John Doe is a suspect in a kidnapping, they can go swear an affidavit before a judge and get a warrant to search John Doe's stuff, including his phone. Nothing has changed there. If John Doe isn't too cooperative, that may present an inconvenience, but it's not one that didn't already exist back before Apple or Google announced their intent to encrypt things. Where, or even whether, encryption happens has zero to do with warrants.

So why would the government suddenly be upset if nothing has changed with regards to warrants?

Because lately they aren't getting warrants.

They've become accustomed to going on all sorts of extrajudicial fishing expeditions, whether that's digging through troves of data illegally intercepted by the NSA, or seizing and offloading the contents of peoples' phones without any legal basis, etc. What rustles their jimmies is that now they'll have to actually get a warrant for John Doe and his phone, as opposed to just sending some dubious administrative subpoena over to Apple.

5 hours ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

ShaunC Re:Update to Godwin's law? (456 comments)

DuckDuckGo doesn't save search history

According to whom, and what reason do you have to trust them? I'm not sure where you are, but for me, duckduckgo.com resolves to an IP on Amazon AWS and is hosted in the United States. These days I have no choice but to operate under the assumption that any server in the US is logging everything, whether by choice or under force of some secret court order from the US government. Giant providers like Amazon in particular. Unlike Lavabit, they can't afford to just shut everything down when presented with a dubious government demand.

6 hours ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

ShaunC Re:About god damn time.. (637 comments)

In the meantime you might look at QuickEdit mode for the command prompt, if you haven't already. I've spent so much time in PuTTY over the years that I've grown accustomed to right-click being paste when I'm in a shell. This also works in cmd if you set it to use QuickEdit mode (having to hit Enter to copy a selection is just plain unintuitive, though).

yesterday
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

ShaunC Re:That feature has been in windows since XP (637 comments)

It's not really a feature of Windows if you have to use a third-party utility, is it? That's like saying Napster has been a feature of Windows since 2000.

yesterday
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

ShaunC Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (596 comments)

The only thing they suck at is... heavy dark matter on the back of the bowl.

As Steve Jobs would say, you must be holding it wrong (or maybe holding it too long?).

5 days ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

ShaunC Re:Attacking 4chan is poor strategy (590 comments)

I agree, but I don't think you'll find that anyone at 4chan truly wishes death or bodily harm on their opponents, at least not in a quantity that's meaningfully different from society at large. Sure there are psychopaths walking around out there, some of them do have a desire or a compulsion to harm other people, most of them have never heard of 4chan or /b/.

When you provide people with an anonymous or quasinonymous platform for speech, interesting things happen. You'll get a lot of "niggers should be lynched," for example, but hand those guys a rope and they aren't going to do anything. You'll get a lot of "female game dev should be bound and gagged," but put any of those guys in the same room as her, they're not even going to make eye contact.

These are not real threats, not even real wishes or desires, it's a bunch of people venting steam on a message board. Go to a sports discussion forum (or sit down at a bar) and you'll get a slightly more socially acceptable variation on the same theme. "Romo's a homo, someone needs to sack him good and break his fucking neck." Those guys don't wish real physical harm on anyone either. Nobody pays them any attention, though, because there aren't buzzwords like 4chan or hacker to throw around and make a big scary news story.

about a week ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

ShaunC Re:Thus the problem with the TEA party (407 comments)

Yes, rich people when they get money stick it under mattresses in order to deny the money from the economy

Yes, they do, and they're hoarding more of it than ever; "members of this global elite are stashing an average $600 million each -- 10 times more than a year ago."

about a week ago
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Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

ShaunC Re:Not just the ad - the entire story is BS (240 comments)

Maybe there's hope for people yet - though I wouldn't put it past some to actually try it, there's no reason to believe that it has already transpired.

Never "misunderestimate" the average idiot. Hundreds of people have been happy to pour rubbing alcohol on their bodies and light themselves on fire this year, and there's no shortage of YouTube/Vine/LiveLeak videos to prove that this is going on. Believe it, there are people who are putting their new iPhones into their microwaves. They just can't prove it because they're too busy nuking the only camera they own.

about two weeks ago
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Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

ShaunC Re:Same Business Model as the BBB (249 comments)

BBB seems to be like the various state medical and dental boards, a group-help thing that suppresses complaints for members.

No, BBB is far worse.

Medical and dental boards are at least state sanctioned and have some level of certification and verification involved; you have to actually have a degree and a license to become a member. BBB, on the other hand, will happily sell you an A- rating for a nonexistent business called "Hamas" (yes, after the terror group), or take $395 to upgrade your listing from C to A+ overnight.

The real problem is that millions of consumers, especially seniors, look to BBB as some beacon of fairness and respectability. People will threaten to "call the BBB" as if they're part of FTC or some other government agency and can actually step in and take enforcement action or correct a perceived wrong. This is absolutely bogus, and that message needs to get out as far and wide as possible. When I was working retail 20 years ago and someone would say they were going to "call the BBB" over something, we'd hand our phone across the counter and ask if they wanted the phone book (nobody ever took us up on the offer).

Back on topic, there are tons of not-entirely-substantiated anecdotes of Yelp behaving this way as well. I wish someone would catch them in the act like ABC news got BBB on camera.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

ShaunC Re:It's a "scaterometer" (129 comments)

Thanks for the link, I was curious about that, too. "RapidScat" sounds like what I do after chili night.

about two weeks ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

ShaunC Re:Eat me, Apple (358 comments)

How does Apple and Bono's new magical DRM know the difference between me putting the song I bought on my Nexus and copying it for a friend?

They don't! So please, buy an iPhone! That way we can make sure you get Bono's new music. Then we know you like it, because your iPhone automatically downloaded it over your expensive cellular data plan without your authorization, er, um, I mean, you intentionally downloaded it! On purpose, because you like it! There are hundreds of millions of fans of U2 and iTunes!

Love,

Apple+Bono

about two weeks ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

ShaunC Re:Americans shoudln't subsidize internet service (353 comments)

It's even that way in some parts of the US, but only the very few places where municipalities got the ball rolling before Comcast and friends could lobby for laws making it illegal. Chattanooga has awesome municipal fiber, for example. In most states, the ISPs have bought and paid for legislation or entered into heavy-handed agreements that prevent other cities from implementing a similar network. Washington DC has miles of fiber sitting around dark because their agreements with ISPs don't allow them to sell service to residents. A 100 gigabit network is already there, it would cost very little to turn it up, but no, Verizon might lose some FiOS money and we can't have that.

about two weeks ago
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iOS 8 Review

ShaunC Re:No new iPod Touch, no update (216 comments)

Without a mobile phone, how would you go about reaching roadside assistance or emergency services?

Any shitty old mobile with no service plan will work to call 911, as long as the battery's charged. A few people you know are probably tossing their old phones in the garbage every year, or you can get an old LG flip phone and a car charger for $20 on eBay.

As for roadside assistance, just take off your pants and stand in traffic! Someone will stop sooner or later.

about two weeks ago
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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

ShaunC Re:Car Dealers should ask why they're being bypass (155 comments)

This highlights one of the benefits of the dealer model, there are almost always a *lot* of dealers to choose from and try to get a better deal/experience/vehicle from.

I'm of the opinion that it highlights one of the disadvantages of the dealer model, you often have to go from one dealer to another, haggling and bullshitting, before finally settling on the car you want at a price you feel comfortable with. I'd rather have one place in town that sells what I want, with a clearly marked price, skip the haggling, and do a transaction. Maybe some people enjoy the car buying "experience" but I look at it like any other purchase. I want to do some research ahead of time, walk into the store, buy the product I came for, and leave. It's 2014, it's no longer reasonable to expect consumers to waste an entire weekend trying to buy a car.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

ShaunC Re:911 was down for us Friday night (610 comments)

If you live in the region that I suspect you do, 911 was down because massive amounts of rain flooded utility easements and fucked up some copper that AT&T is replacing. If you have any modicum of evidence tying an Apple software update to the problem, take it to the media, I'd sure love to see that story.

about two weeks ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

ShaunC Re:External IP (210 comments)

Powering off the cable/DSL modem and changing the MAC address of whatever's plugged into it (NIC, router, etc.) is often sufficient, and much faster. When the modem powers back on, your "new device" will get a new lease with a new IP.

about three weeks ago

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US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

ShaunC ShaunC writes  |  about 3 months ago

ShaunC (203807) writes "Is there a glut of qualified American tech workers, or isn't there? Some companies like Facebook and Airbnb are now actively courting and recruiting high school students as young as 13 with promises of huge stipends and salaries. As one student put it, “it’s kind of insane that you can make more than the U.S. average income in a summer,” and another who attended a Facebook-sponsored trip said he'd "forego college for a full-time job" if it were offered. Is Silicon Valley taking advantage of naive young workers?"
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Slashdot Beta Sucks Elephant Penis

ShaunC ShaunC writes  |  about 8 months ago

ShaunC (203807) writes "Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes:

Have you even seen an elephant penis? Because I have, and the colors align to Slashdot. The beta is so bad, Roland Piquepaille is surrendering his account (as the French do). The GNAA has reorganized to post fake job offerings on Dice.com with an emphasis on affirmative action. Profane Motherfucker has come out of retirement simply to say: "fuck this shit.""
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Comcast Abandons Charity After Critical Tweet

ShaunC ShaunC writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ShaunC (203807) writes "Comcast today withdrew a charitable commitment after one of the charity's Twitter messages criticized the cable giant's recent hire of the former FCC commissioner. Said a Comcast VP, "I cannot in good conscience continue to provide you with funding." Comcast has since attempted to backpedal, saying "we sincerely apologize for the unauthorized action of our employee.""
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Popular DNSBL blackholes.us Suffers Outage?

ShaunC ShaunC writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bulworth (203807) writes "Late Friday, I started seeing a noticeable delay in email traffic on a server that uses several DNSBLs for spam prevention. After some investigating, I discovered that blackholes.us seems to be suffering a DNS outage, at the very least. blackholes.us operates a number of country-level DNSBLs; the idea is that if you don't receive any legitimate email from a particular country, you can safely implement [country].blackholes.us as a DNSBL, to automatically block all inbound email from hosts in that nation. They've been a reliable DNSBL for several years without presenting any problems or delays for me, but now, not even their website is resolving. Does anyone have any information about the cause of the outage?"
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Alleged Botnet Controller Arrested

ShaunC ShaunC writes  |  about 7 years ago

ShaunC writes "In an offensive against "cybercrime," the United States Attorney's office today announced the indictment of Greg King for allegedly operating a botnet comprised of at least 7,000 PCs (PDF). Among other activities, King's purported botnet DDoSed fraud-fighting group CastleCops (it's unknown whether or not King is alleged to have participated in the recent PayPal bogus-contribution campaign against CastleCops). Although this botnet seems to pale in comparison to others, especially those being exploited for spamming purposes, perhaps we're beginning to see enforcement against individuals who commandeer innocent users' PCs for nefarious purposes."
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ShaunC ShaunC writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ShaunC writes "The PHP Group and Zend have released PHP 5.2.0, and upgrades are encouraged. The 5.2.0 update offers several security fixes, including patches for a couple recently announced buffer overflows in input parsing. This release also includes a number of library upgrades, bug fixes, and default bundling of the popular JSON extension to help with AJAX development. See the full changelog for more details."
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ShaunC ShaunC writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ShaunC (203807) writes "Today I witnessed the most widespread spam campaign that I've ever seen, an illegal pump-and-dump stock promotion that concurrently spanned standard email, mailing lists, Usenet, and Google Groups. Every email address I own received multiple copies of the spam; reports from family, friends, and coworkers indicate similar experiences. I'm curious as to whether or not others were so inundated by this spam, how many reported it to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and who will admit to attempting to profit from the obvious hype when it became clear that the stock was rising."

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