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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

ShaunC Re:See, they don't need H1-B visas... (278 comments)

Plus I'm willing to bet they claimed the travel expenses on their taxes. What did it cost to fly in 8 guys from India, and then fly them back a few months later? BLR to SFO, even booking the flights a month in advance, is about $800 per ticket and that's only one way. Could have easily been a $20K+ write-off, in addition to the other benefits they got from the arrangement.

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Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

ShaunC Re:backup for 911 (115 comments)

If you care enough about 911 and emergency situations to be reading this article, and you don't have a landline, then that's on you for being irresponsible. People spend more on texting than it costs to have a landline.

Every line in the US is required by law to be able to dial 911, even if you aren't paying for any service at all. This applies to landlines and cellphones. I often keep the police scanner on as background noise, and I can say at least a quarter of the 911 calls in Memphis originate from disconnected cell phones. If your landline gets a dial tone or your cellphone is charged and has a signal, you can dial 911 whether you have a phone plan or not.

Of course that doesn't help in the event of a 911 outage but those are, fortunately, quite rare. I can't justify $50 a month to pay for landline service in the extremely unlikely event that both the cell network and the local 911 network go down. If something like that occurs, there's been a catastrophic event on a scale where emergency officials aren't going to be much help anyway.

2 days ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

ShaunC Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (765 comments)

The only thing responsible for a "lack of women coders" is that fewer women than men are interested in software development as a career path. So what? I have yet to hear a convincing argument as to why this is a problem, why this is something to be concerned about, or why millions of dollars are being thrown around in an attempt to change the situation.

3 days ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

ShaunC Re:First (239 comments)

Don't DEA agents impersonate other people in real life?

No, they fabricate personas out of thin air ("Hi, I'm Donnie Brasco"), they don't go around assuming the identities of other actual people. Well, not until now.

3 days ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

ShaunC Re:Facebook - Do this, DEA will have to stop (239 comments)

Uh, yeah, that's not how it works; every prostitute asks her johns that question and they get arrested anyway. The cops don't have to answer truthfully, and lying about it doesn't constitute entrapment.

PS, I am not affiliated in any way with SADwyw spider.

3 days ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

ShaunC Re:workaround (239 comments)

Last I checked, Facebook has brought some heavy charges against people using the site against their terms.

What did they do, delete somebody's entire Farmville?

3 days ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

ShaunC Re:Children. (239 comments)

And had her children been targeted and harmed or killed because of this irresponsible bullshit, the DEA would be singing a hell of a different tune.

Yeah, just like the cops who permanently disfigured a baby with a flash-bang grenade. The only tune they wound up singing was "Couple Days Off" by Huey Lewis.

3 days ago
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Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files

ShaunC Re:So you have to install an app... (113 comments)

Apple's App Store has plenty of apps available without charge, too, but they sure hope you buy some that cost money. I don't think I know anyone with a smart phone, regardless of OS, who only has free apps and hasn't purchased at least one. F-Droid isn't really an app store, unless you want to get clever and interpret "store" as a storage facility as opposed to a marketplace. It's a curated library, not a store. F-Droid is a registered nonprofit and relies on donations to survive.

3 days ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

ShaunC Re:Clueless (328 comments)

I listen mainly to a genre of music and with a personal approach that emphasizes contemplative listening

Smoking a bowl and cranking up the Floyd? That's the good life!

5 days ago
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Snapchat Will Introduce Ads, Attempt To Keep Them Other Than Creepy

ShaunC Re:Nope. (131 comments)

I used to love punching the monkey, now all I get to do is choke the chicken.

about a week ago
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The Great Robocoin Rip-off

ShaunC Re:Bitcoin ATM is pointless (117 comments)

They make gold ATMs, too, and the same arguments apply. There's absolutely nothing practical about it, and you're going to be ripped off by the fees no matter what. I guess it's a fun novelty for some folks, "Press Button, Receive Bitcoin." No one who's serious about using Bitcoin for any quasinonymous purpose will get them this way, especially considering that these ATMs tend to be in locations that have cameras everywhere.

about two weeks ago
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The Great Robocoin Rip-off

ShaunC Re:Lowest cost laundering (117 comments)

Laundering? Whoa, whoa, careful! These days the preferred term is "Double Irish with Dutch Sandwich."

about two weeks ago
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The Great Robocoin Rip-off

ShaunC Re:Robocoin has 44 operational ATMs worldwide (117 comments)

I wish I had some seed money, I'd buy some Bitcoin ATMs and resell them with my own custom software written by the Office Space crew.

about two weeks ago
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Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior In Female Mice

ShaunC Oestrous? (216 comments)

OK Brits, any other vowels you feel like tossing in there?!

about two weeks ago
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How Spurious Wikipedia Edits Can Attach a Name To a Scandal, 35 Years On

ShaunC Re:Journalists have less time... (165 comments)

Ever hear the expression "yesterday's news"?

That was a brand of cat litter I used about 20 years ago, it was made out of recycled newspaper and I always liked the name. Looks like they still make it, I wonder how long before it gets discontinued due to a lack of raw materials.

about two weeks ago
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More Details On The 3rd-Party Apps That Led to Snapchat Leaks

ShaunC Re: Excuse me while.. (101 comments)

MM's, the good old days!

about two weeks ago
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NSA To Scientists: We Won't Tell You What We've Told You; That's Classified

ShaunC Re:Makes perfect sense to me. (106 comments)

Yes, NSA is now arguing that metadata should be private. Go figure.

about two weeks ago
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CSS Proposed 20 Years Ago Today

ShaunC Obligatory (180 comments)

On 10 October 1994, Opera CTO Hakon Lie posted a proposal for Cascading HTML style sheets.

How come?

Sorry, someone had to do it. :)

about two weeks ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

ShaunC One quote *is* the story (478 comments)

"Ebola is scary. It's a deadly disease. But we know how to stop it."

Full stop, that's it. Quit worrying. For better or for worse, the United States is not eastern Africa. We cannot and will not have a massive epidemic here. A coworker of mine died from H1N1 "swine flu" a few years back. RIP Dusty. Swine flu was a valid health concern, it was something to be alarmed about and take extraordinary precautions against. Ebola is not.

Media's doing what media does, hyping and scaring to rake in eyeballs and sell their advertisements.

about two weeks ago
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Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

ShaunC Re:Mod parent up. (191 comments)

And adding to the list, Windows does it as well. It's called Network Connection Status Indicator.

NCSI is designed to respond to changes in network conditions, and examines the status of a network connection in a variety of ways. First it uses an active probe to determine the status. For example, in an active probe NCSI tests connectivity by trying to reach http://www.msftncsi.com/ a simple Web site that exists only to support the functionality of NCSI. Eventually, as other programs begin generating Internet traffic, NCSI switches to a passive monitoring process that assumes responsibility for detecting changes to the network status.

Every time a network configuration event occurs (meaning that something has changed in the network configuration), the NCSI process performs several tests to identify the network's connectivity status. The first step NCSI performs is a DNS query for www.msftncsi.com. The second step is and HTTP get request for http://www.msftncsi.com/ncsi.t.... This file is a plain-text file and contains only the text "Microsoft NCSI." Last it will perform a DNS query for dns.msftncsi.com.

The URLs used by NCSI can be changed via Group Policy, i.e. you can have it check for the presence of some local server, so that it doesn't bug the shit out of users on a network without external connectivity. Several weeks ago, Microsoft was having global DNS troubles, and many users reported seeing the "trouble" icon in the tray even though their internet connection was working just fine; the problem was that msftncsi.com wasn't resolving. Whoops.

about two weeks ago

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US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

ShaunC ShaunC writes  |  about 4 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 9 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  |  about 8 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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