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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

ShaunC Re:DSL paload + ATM = 16% (260 comments)

The point of TFA is that comcast's network metering methods are hidden from customer scrutiny and nobody at weights and measures seems to give a damn.

The best part of your comment is that TFA is regarding ATT's practices, and has nothing to do with Comcast. Yet even someone in Australia knows how fucked up Comcast is, and has mistaken another carrier for Comcast because the story is about ripping off a customer. If that doesn't show the incredibly awful nature and reputation of Comcast, I'm not sure what does. It's too bad the FCC won't see this thread.

10 hours ago
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

ShaunC Re:I see three possibilities (192 comments)

Been there, done that; you could say that submitting a story is kind of a roll of the dice.

2 days ago
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

ShaunC But, but.. (207 comments)

I thought they only collected tiny bits of metadata of little concern to the average citizen, only when foreigners are involved, and that it was only ever used for superduper terrorist investigations. Oh, the local sheriff has access, too? Drug enforcement and all that?

Quelle surprise.

2 days ago
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Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix

ShaunC Re:Aaaand there goes the lizard squad (131 comments)

as gullible and dumb as most of the population is, Uncle Sam hardly has "tremendous credibility with most of them."

Sure he does. You think people don't worship federal law enforcement? Look at the coverage of, say, the Boston bombing; the media and the general public were all lining up to praise any officer who was involved in that situation. Same with Sandy Hook, same with "sabu" and Anonymous, same with every story that gets publicized.

Police abuses are currently part of the national dialogue thanks to what happened in Ferguson, MO. But it took that event, a racially charged shooting, to get national attention and wake people up. Eric Garner being choked to death by NYPD didn't really get much press. The poor child who was disfigured by a SWAT flash-bang in Georgia didn't really get much press. It's just now coming out today that LAPD left an asthmatic man to die while he begged for help, that was almost a year ago and didn't get much press.

The population adores the federal government. The population thinks the NSA spying is all well and good and that Snowden is a traitor.

Congress has one of the lowest approval ratings in history, and yet incumbents continue to be re-elected over and over. Yes, the population is surely gullible and dumb, but to say that Uncle Sam hardly has credibility with them is a farce. The people love their Uncle.

2 days ago
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Finding an ISIS Training Camp Using Google Earth

ShaunC Re:I'm looking now (131 comments)

The Kurds helped those people on the mountain escape to Turkey (likely with clandestine US involvement as well). ISIS was actually using Turkey's old embassy in Mosul to hold some Turks hostage for awhile, so it's no surprise that this training camp turned up in Mosul. Neat detective work tracking it down, though.

5 days ago
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Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface

ShaunC Re:But is it really plankton? (117 comments)

Next week on Search for Ancient Plankton, renowned expert S. Squarepantopoulous explores the difference between space plankton and sea plankton. Only on H2, check local listings.

about a week ago
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ICANN Offers Fix For Domain Name Collisions

ShaunC Re:Not much of a fix (101 comments)

Something like protocol://continent.country.service.domains.subdomains/directory/file.ext

But no one is going to put up with typing in na.usa.discussion-forums.technology.slashdot.askslashdot any more than they'd put up with typing in 216.34.181.48. Plus, it's a burden on users to assume that they'll know (or care, or remember) on which continent and in which country each site lives. So we'd need some system to translate your well-executed hierarchical taxonomy into something that users could more easily remember. I wonder what we could call it...

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

ShaunC Re:Mosaic (426 comments)

Don't forget fucking over the original developers in the process. Microsoft negotiated the price down to $2 million by agreeing to pay royalties to Spyglass for each copy sold... Then turned around and gave the product away for free. Spyglass should have worked a better deal, sure, but it was a dick move by Microsoft.

about two weeks ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

ShaunC Re:Too much surplus (264 comments)

Now that we have given away this surplus equipment.

And are looking at the possibility of reentering the Iraq area of conflict.

Are we going to need all new equipment to put boots on the ground ?

Yes, yes, now you understand. Now get back to work! We can't meet our quarterly targets if you aren't paying taxes.

-Halliburton

about two weeks ago
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Bezos-Owned Washington Post Embeds Amazon Buy-It-Now Buttons Mid-sentence

ShaunC Re:I'm not sure these buttons belong to the Wash P (136 comments)

Per Wikipedia,

Slate is a United States English language online current affairs and culture magazine created in 1996 by former New Republic editor Michael Kinsley, initially under the ownership of Microsoft as part of MSN. On 21 December 2004 it was purchased by The Washington Post Company.

So, if Bezos owns the Washington Post and the Washington Post owns Slate, well, there we have it. WaPo's using the "slatmag-20" affiliate ID to simplify things for accounting purposes, I guess.

about two weeks ago
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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

ShaunC Re:What do I think? (197 comments)

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about two weeks ago
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Google Expands Safe Browsing To Block Unwanted Downloads

ShaunC Re:Good idea. (106 comments)

As with many things, the theory is fine, we're going to have to wait and see how it's executed. I've grown wary of lists like this because invariably you wind up with false positives, or with benign items being added to the list intentionally.

about two weeks ago
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Snowden: NSA Working On Autonomous Cyberwarfare Bot

ShaunC Re:Way too long article (194 comments)

I had the opposite opinion (then again, I also had time to sit around reading the article). I've read a couple of Bamford's books, Body of Secrets comes to mind, and found them to be rather dry and boring. This piece was a refreshing change in style.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

ShaunC Re:Street view... (140 comments)

A lot of what shows up on Google Maps, especially in larger metro areas, has been photographed from planes. They're only up on nice VFR days, so there's no atmosphere in the way. Better resolution satellite stuff from Digital Globe will be nice to see, but aircraft will continue to dominate the commercial aerial imagery sector for quite awhile.

about two weeks ago
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China Smartphone Maker Xiaomi Apologizes For Unauthorized Data Access

ShaunC Re:"F-Secure Oyg"? (64 comments)

The one that always got me was "AOL Deutschland GmbH."

about two weeks ago
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Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email

ShaunC Re:Great (175 comments)

I believe he's speaking of HushMail.

about three weeks ago
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Massive Russian Hack Has Researchers Scratching Their Heads

ShaunC Re:Not implausible (102 comments)

Um, no you/they didn't. I work at an ISP, smaller than Google, and am constantly blocking various attacks.

It was pretty heavily implied that he was speaking about blocking these attacks on GMail. Thankfully, Google hasn't quite achieved the ubiquity needed to interfere with other ISPs' traffic.

about three weeks ago
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LinkedIn Busted In Wage Theft Investigation

ShaunC Re:Go figure. (108 comments)

The really talented people leave. The decent people do a lot less and the crappy people even manage to be even crappier. The quality of the work product sucks.

Yet management somehow still gets their bonuses, so who gives a fuck?

about three weeks ago
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Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

ShaunC Re:This is how we learn (150 comments)

The useful thing about the cloud is that no-one knows what it actually is, so any company is free to call their product cloud-based without contest.

Reminds me of the quote about "big data" being like sex in high school. Nobody's really sure what it is, but everyone thinks that everyone else is doing it, so everyone says they're doing it, too.

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Gives 6 Months Free Internet To Poor and Unpaid Bill Amnesty

ShaunC Self-aggrandizing (71 comments)

I'm a Comcast TV and internet subscriber (not really by choice, as in many places it's the only solid option). Over the past few weeks I've seen an ad from, by, and for Comcast promoting this service... over and over and over. It shows a kid in school with some narration about how everything would be better if only he had access to the internet, then he goes home, and imagine that! A Comcast truck is sitting outside his home, hooking up some internet service!

Comcast loves kids, loves schools, and wants to help all students do research for their education! Yeah, right. This is a very low cost (or free), but also extremely low service plan. You have to be around or below the poverty level to qualify. The local news did a segment recently and the way they presented it, Comcast won't be letting you sign up unless you can prove that you qualify for food stamps and free school lunches. I'm not looking to go into a welfare debate, but living in a city with a fairly high number of section 8 residents, many of the folks who would qualify for the Internet Essentials plan are already paying Comcast for much better services using subsidies from other sources.

I love the idea of internet access being available to everyone, but don't think for a moment that Comcast is doing this out of some kind of corporate benevolence. It was required the last time they were involved in a giant merger (buying out NBC) and they're finally getting around to promoting it in hopes of their next giant merger (with Time Warner) being approved.

about three weeks ago

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US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

ShaunC ShaunC writes  |  about a month and a half 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 7 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  |  more than 6 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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