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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

ShaunC Re:Anybody know the plate# for each scotus? (407 comments)

Makes me wonder if their family members also get those plates.

In my state at least, the congressperson's spouse is entitled to one. Same goes for judges (and their spouses) who also get special "Judiciary" plates if they want them.


Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

ShaunC Re:Your first action after purchasing a router (233 comments)

It depends on which version of dd-wrt you installed, not necessarily when you installed it. I have a WRT54G that I just flashed r14929 on a few weeks ago, but it's fine, because that build is from 2010 and predates the Heartbleed vulnerability. The vulnerable builds are 19163 to 23882, see here.

2 days ago

Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

ShaunC Re:Get over it (330 comments)

So does Memphis. It's some of the cleanest drinking water in the world.

3 days ago

New 'Google' For the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy

ShaunC Llovely! (155 comments)

Llaw enforcement will be lloving this new devellllopment, they'llll have yet another way to llook at the dark web.

4 days ago

Peoria Mayor Sends Police To Track Down Twitter Parodist

ShaunC Re:Isn't parody protected in the US? (168 comments)

Yes, parody is protected in the US, and parody against public figures has a long history of protection. However, once you piss off a politician, you can expect to be raked over the coals no matter what your rights. It's going to be expensive unless you can get the EFF or someone similar on board.

Now wait, did I just hear that some guy named Ardis likes to slob knobs in a McDonald's restroom?

5 days ago

In Mississippi, Gov't Text Messages Are Officially Public Records

ShaunC Re:Awesome win for the Democrats... (33 comments)

Mail order? If I remember correctly, he went up to Canada ostensibly on business, and used his city credit card at the dildo store; that particular trip was what broke the scandal wide open. D'oh! If he'd just paid cash...

As for the quality of Canadian dildos, I have no idea.

about a week ago

In Mississippi, Gov't Text Messages Are Officially Public Records

ShaunC Re:Awesome win for the Democrats... (33 comments)

Then there's Greg Davis, former (R) Mayor of Southaven, who got caught racking up thousands of taxpayer dollars to take his secret boyfriend on trips and buy dildos in Canada. You can't make this shit up.

about a week ago

How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

ShaunC DevOps (226 comments)

Yet another buzzword invented by some CIO/CTO somewhere in an effort to consolidate multiple job roles and eliminate warm chairs. No surprise that its genesis seems to be in the startup world.

"DevOps" is a fucked up amalgam of the developers, the DBAs, the system admins, the mail admins, the storage and backup admins, and sometimes the field techs... All to extract more work from fewer people for less money.

about a week ago

Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

ShaunC Re:Good choice (313 comments)

She's pretty sharp, well connected, and understands how the government sees these types of date & service providers.

Which is precisely why I'd like to see her go be NFL Commissioner and leave the internet the fuck alone.

about two weeks ago

Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

ShaunC Re:What do they think? (351 comments)

Yes, especially when we drop Coke bottles into their villages while flying overhead.

about two weeks ago

Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression

ShaunC Normal is bad? (257 comments)

One founder didn't even realize he was depressed until glucose and blood tests came back normal

What? His tests came back normal and that was a sign of depression? Oh, I see, it was just a poor summary.

about three weeks ago

UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific"

ShaunC Sea Shepherd can eat my ass (188 comments)

Sea Shepherd can eat my ass. All the way up in there, rim me, baby. Tickle with your tongues and latch onto the corn and peanuts. And I guess you're cool if I shart butyric acid?

You're nothing but terrorists on the open ocean.

about three weeks ago

FTC Settles With Sites Over SSL Lies

ShaunC Re:Self-policing doesn't work (78 comments)

I have a hard time believe the FTC will follow through with reviewing and verifying the contents of these security audits.

They probably aren't planning to, and won't need to. Credit Karma will set up a new corporate entity like "Karma New Holdings LLC," transfer all assets including the domain, customers, and brand, and keep on truckin'. Hell it's probably already been done. Assuming the FTC ever does call them up two years from now, the entity which received sanctions will conveniently no longer exist.

about a month ago

How the FBI and Secret Service Know Your Network Has Been Breached Before You Do

ShaunC Re:bot ip addresses (72 comments)

If you infiltrate, say, Target's internal network and POS systems, you aren't going to use them for a botnet and tip your hand.

about a month ago

Interview: Ask John McAfee What You Will

ShaunC My Question (172 comments)

Hi John,

How might I find my way to a posh life on tropical islands, with young women at my beck and call? I'll deal with the locals.

Warm regards,

about a month ago

Did Facebook Buy Oculus To Counter Google Glass?

ShaunC Who cares (108 comments)

The bubble has burst, and "being acquired by Facebook" is no longer sexy. In fact after a long string of acquisitions this is the first one I recall having a public backlash. I figure it's all downhill (for them) from here.

I'd still take the money, sure. But advertise on deez nuts. A billion a ball for your tattoo of choice.

about a month ago

TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database

ShaunC Re:Get rid of the TSA! (275 comments)

It's also an enormous jobs program, employing 50,000 nut-cuppers and breast-gropers alone, without even getting started on air marshals, behavioral analysts, and of course thousands more management positions. Don't expect TSA disappear anytime soon, no matter who's in the White House.

about a month ago

Florida Judge Rules IP Address Can't Identify a BitTorrent Pirate

ShaunC Embedded PDF? (158 comments)

What is this embedded PDF crap? Around here we have a tradition of warning people when a link goes to a PDF, and now they're being embedded right in the story? I thought I opted out of the beta shit.

about a month ago

L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

ShaunC Non-Disclosure Agreements (405 comments)

Apparently, all they need to do is tell the Court that they've signed an NDA with the manufacturer of these ANPR cameras. Seems to be working pretty well for police departments all across the US who are sucking up thousands? millions? of completely innocent parties' cellphone connections via "StingRay" devices.

about 1 month ago

Mute Witness: Forensic Sketches From Nothing But DNA

ShaunC Re:Is this a joke? (68 comments)

Right now DNA often comes in near the end of an investigation; you have to select people to test based on traditional detective work, and then you must legally acquire their DNA to match with your sample. If suspects don't want to give you DNA simply because you asked nicely, you have to be fairly sure of their guilt - and able to convince a judge of why you're sure - before you can get their DNA involuntarily.

So police work is hard. Boo fucking hoo. When someone's freedom (or life) hangs in the balance, it ought to be hard.

about a month ago



Slashdot Beta Sucks Elephant Penis

ShaunC ShaunC writes  |  about 3 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.""

Comcast Abandons Charity After Critical Tweet

ShaunC ShaunC writes  |  more than 2 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.""
Link to Original Source

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?"

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."
Link to Original Source

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."

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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