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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

ShaunC Re:Terrible names (358 comments)

The first thing that comes to my mind is "charm bracelet," telling me that Windows is now the preferred OS of 10 year old girls. It's still missing the Hello Kitty Explorer, maybe that'll show up in a later preview.

yesterday
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Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

ShaunC Re:Will this scale? (143 comments)

What will folks do when drones get to be insect sized?

When? The CIA had insect sized drones in the 1970s. They "terminated the program," yeah right; they've probably progressed to fully functional ladybug sized models by now.

yesterday
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Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

ShaunC Re:Jesus, we're fucked. (349 comments)

Sadly that's not true. The average American, although supposedly schooled, has no idea what DNA is.

Sure they do, it's just full of negative connotations. To the average American, DNA is the stuff in blood, saliva, semen, hair, and fingernails that lets the police identify and catch criminals. And when you ask them if DNA should be in food, that's where their mind goes; of course there should be warning labels on food that might have somebody's blood or saliva in it. I would bet money that a majority of respondents to the survey assumed that "DNA" equals "human DNA."

2 days ago
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Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport

ShaunC Re:Update; No Bombs Found on Plane (109 comments)

So he made bomb threats and swatted someone? Fucktard trifecta is in play.

2 days ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

ShaunC Re:Slashdot stance on #gamergate (685 comments)

Links posted to reddit mostly come from elsewhere, too. There are vast swaths of original content, but that site remains a news/link aggregator at its core, just like Slashdot.

One of Slashdot's biggest problems IMO is a lack of timeliness. By the time something hits the front page here, it's often old news; not just by an hour but by several days. News has become increasingly social and people want to discuss everything, but attention spans are growing shorter, which does not bode well for a site consisting mostly of stale stories. I know that by the time I see a story here, I've often commented about it (and exhausted my mental tolerance for debate on the subject) somewhere else. Today was actually pretty decent with the stories about FBI fishing expeditions and police spy radars being showcased while the news was still topical.

I confess, I don't ever go to the firehose and vote on whether or not stories are any good. If the editors are relying on readers to push stories to some greenlight threshold then I guess I'll share in the blame.

about a week ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

ShaunC Re:fan hitting event on the horizon (382 comments)

ALL major online email providers (google mail, yahoo, microsoft, etc.)

That horse has already left the barn, they even poked fun at Google's internal setup with a doodle. There was no enormous shitstorm. Google responded by encrypting their internal traffic (or announcing that they did, anyway) and life went on. Millions upon millions of Americans simply don't care, and millions more actually want the government reading everyone's email because they think it protects us from them ay-rab turrists. Until the surveillance apparatus somehow fucks up football or The Voice or Pawn Stars, nobody's going to give a shit.

about a week ago
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Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

ShaunC Re:The average human being (291 comments)

Well actually you can walk into a police office and tell them you just murdered somebody, but unless they can prove it you'll never go to court, never mind go to jail.

You'd have a decent chance of involuntary commitment to a psychiatric hospital.

about two weeks ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

ShaunC No thanks (562 comments)

I am not afraid of terrorists. I am not afraid of religious extremists. I am not afraid of murderers, rapists, drug dealers, drug addicts, carjackers, burglars, home invaders, "active shooters," or copyright violators. No, the biggest threat to my freedom comes from my own government, and that makes me sad.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

ShaunC Re:Biased Institutions FTW (781 comments)

You can't have just one parent watching all of the kids either, each kid has to have their own parent there.

This drives me crazy. It's not the law here but it's become custom, I suppose due to helicopter parenting. I live near a school bus stop and every morning there are a dozen or more vehicles crowding around that corner. They're creating traffic hazards trying to park amongst each other, with doors opening at random as kids decide they want to go talk to their friend in another car, etc. This isn't just in the freezing cold or the pouring rain, it's every day.

What's the point of having the school bus at all? The parents obviously have the time to drive their kids a block and a half to the bus stop and then sit there waiting for half an hour until the bus shows up. The school itself is less than 15 minutes away, just drive them there.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 35 Arrives With MP4 Playback On Mac, Android Download Manager Support

ShaunC Re: Microsoft PAYS people and orgs. to use Bing! (177 comments)

I don't understand how that works. Can someone make a software robot to do searches and visit ads, and then get paid? Why have a job when your computer can make money unaided?

Yes, Google (or Bing) for bing rewards bot. You, too, can raise your utility bill while earning a whopping $5 worth of credits per month to apply to your XBox Live account. Don't quit your day job just yet.

about two weeks ago
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Chilling Effects DMCA Archive Censors Itself

ShaunC Re:This is how DMCA takedown works at Google (88 comments)

In your Step 5, only the first sentence is valid. Chilling Effects is never given a copy of your copyrighted material, they do not post a copy of your copyrighted material. They post a copy of the DMCA notice that you sent to Google. If that DMCA notice contains a list of 100 URLs where I can download your copyrighted material, I'm afraid that's too bad. Maybe you should be filing your DMCA notices against the places actually hosting your copyrighted material, so that those URLs no longer function, instead of filing your complaints against a search engine.

about two weeks ago
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Lizard Stresser DDoS-for-Hire Service Built On Hacked Home Routers

ShaunC Re: Why a default? (65 comments)

Allow traffic from RFC1918 addresses to the router and vice versa, and refuse to pass any other packets.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Copyright Notice-and-Notice System: Citing False Legal information

ShaunC Re:notice-and-notice (172 comments)

I'm putting you on notice!

about three weeks ago
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FBI: North Korean Hackers "Got Sloppy", Leaked IP Addresses

ShaunC Re:Countless Comments on Prior Articles & Now (219 comments)

So, you realize that releasing information could give away the techniques used to gather said data.

These days it's not an unreasonable assumption that the NSA intercepts, collects, and stores every frame of IP data routed through any publicly addressable router on planet Earth. I don't think it would really be giving anything away to disclose some packet logs.

about three weeks ago
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FBI: North Korean Hackers "Got Sloppy", Leaked IP Addresses

ShaunC Re:How much bandwidth *do* they have? (219 comments)

I don't believe the North Korea story, but lack of transit is not (IMO) a solid argument against their involvement. I don't think anyone has accused them of downloading everything into their country and sending it back out. If I were a North Korean cyber warrior tasked with exfiltrating terabytes of data out of Great Satan's companies, I'd compromise some vulnerable servers in a country with fat pipes, and direct the attacks from there. A few kbps is plenty to sustain a control channel via ssh/RDP/LogMeIn to some rooted servers in, say, China.

about three weeks ago
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FBI: North Korean Hackers "Got Sloppy", Leaked IP Addresses

ShaunC Re:timeframe? (219 comments)

GOP in this context refers to "Guardians of Peace," the supposed North Korean hacking group; the acronym as used here has nothing to do with American politics.

about three weeks ago
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FBI: North Korean Hackers "Got Sloppy", Leaked IP Addresses

ShaunC Re:Crapper? (219 comments)

Nah, different guy. This is James Comey, the FBI director. The one who's spent the last couple of months heavily pushing the narrative that if Apple and Google allow encryption on their devices, a child will die. Which isn't false, anymore than it's false to say that if Americans are allowed to drive, a child will die. It's weird, though, I can't seem to recall any government officials lobbying to outlaw cars.

I'll give Comey credit for one thing, he's kept a low enough profile that the Nigerians don't yet seem to know he exists! I still get scam emails from "Robert Mueller FBI Director" almost every damned day...

about three weeks ago
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Project Ryptide Drone Flies Life-Rings To Distressed Swimmers

ShaunC Re:What's in a Name? (62 comments)

Sounds like a deuce-dropper chopper. A pooey huey. Whirlybirds full of turds.

about three weeks ago
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After Outage, Sony Makes Peace Offering To Users of PlayStation Network

ShaunC Re:Lame (95 comments)

wParam's at VT, those were the days...

about three weeks ago

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US Sanctions North Korea Over Sony Incident

ShaunC ShaunC writes  |  about three weeks ago

ShaunC (203807) writes "The US has announced new sanctions against North Korea in response to the infiltration and data leakage affecting Sony Pictures Entertainment. Despite a lack of hard evidence of wrongdoing, and amid competing theories of culpability, the US on Friday introduced new sanctions against entities like North Korea's General Reconnaissance Bureau and a state-sponsored arms dealing group which masquerades as a mining conglomerate. Most of the targets were already under sanction prohibiting trade with the US, and the Times notes that "none of the targets of the sanctions are likely to feel much sting.""
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US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

ShaunC ShaunC writes  |  about 7 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 a year 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  |  about 6 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 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 8 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 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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