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Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

ShaunC Re:Yahoo! Stumbles? (138 comments)

You don't have to be lonely, at Left Feet Only dot com.

5 hours ago
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US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

ShaunC Re:I don't see the big deal here. (176 comments)

While North Korea is hardly a beacon of consumerism, there are plenty of TVs and DVD players in the country. It's not even forbidden to own them. While it's illegal to modify them to receive anything other than state-sponsored broadcasts, in some areas homes will even have two TVs, one official (for receiving propaganda) and one bootleg (to pick up South Korean broadcasts). DVD smuggling is common. If DVDs came raining down from the heavens, especially closer to the border regions, the people would be able to use them.

yesterday
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

ShaunC Re:Yes, idiocy (503 comments)

Has anyone, including some nebulous North Korean hacking team, actually threatened yours?

Someone, identity unknown, claiming to be part of a group that hacked Sony, sent an email saying we'd have another 9/11 if a movie is shown. Call me naive but I don't think anyone should take that seriously. Even Homeland Security, the agency that loves to play up every whisper as ominous, has come out and said there's no credible threat. The President went on TV and his advice to Americans was not "exercise caution," not "if you see something, say something," but "go to the movies." There's every opportunity for the security behemoth to capitalize on this, crank the terror alert color up to fuchsia, and Keep America Fearful. They aren't even bothering. There is no threat.

I'm statistically far more likely to die in a car wreck on the way to a movie theater. That threat is credible, the risk is proven, and it exists every time I get on the road. I still drive every day.

yesterday
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

ShaunC Re:I'm confused (563 comments)

I was right there with you around Thanksgiving, when we heard stories of ominous skulls displaying on Sony workstations, and we saw a huge list of files that the hackers were threatening to release. It all sounded like a Hollywood plot. After they actually started leaking the files? Assuming they're real, there's no way it's a publicity stunt. Sony isn't going to damage itself, its employees, and its reputation just to hype one movie.

That said, I remain unconvinced that North Korea are really the bad actors here. Several articles mentioned that the hack was ongoing for over a year. The movie hadn't even been announced to the public back then, had it? There was supposed to be a press release a few weeks ago squarely and officially blaming NK. If that happened, I didn't see it. I guess tomorrow's scheduled announcement might shed some light.

Are there any Americans currently imprisoned in NK? I get the feeling they're really not going to have a good time soon.

yesterday
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Bank Security Software EULA Allows Spying On Users

ShaunC Re:Why are banks pushing this crap? (135 comments)

Why are banks pushing this crap in the first place?

For one, because they believe it allows them to shift liability for fraud onto the consumer. "Oh, your online banking credentials were compromised and your life savings was irrecoverably transferred to Outer Elbonia? And you didn't have our Trusteer software installed, as required by our terms of service? Very sorry to hear that, I guess you're shit out of luck, maybe you can ask the federal government to bail you out (insert raucous laughter here)."

about a week ago
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"Lax" Crossdomain Policy Puts Yahoo Mail At Risk

ShaunC Re:Again I ask... (49 comments)

It isn't just slow migration. Yahoo has been contracted to manage email for a lot of older ISPs, they host mail for a whole lot more than just @yahoo.com users. There are millions of people who use the Yahoo Mail interface because that's what their ISP switched to.

For example, 20 years ago I had a dialup internet account through my telco at the time, BellSouth. My email address from that service, which I still have, is @bellsouth.net. BellSouth no longer exists, it was swallowed back into ATT when the government decided that monopolies were a great idea again. For a year or two, the BellSouth webmail interface continued to exist, then it was shuffled over to the att.net domain, and several years ago ATT decided to move all of their users over to Yahoo. If I want to check my @bellsouth.net email through the web, I'm taken to Yahoo Mail. (Yes I'm aware of options like mail2web.)

As far as I know, the same is true for customers from all of the Baby Bells that were re-absorbed back into ATT, and there are plenty of smaller ISPs who gave up on hosting their own mail in favor of paying Yahoo to do it for them. There are many, many people interacting with Yahoo Mail every day who have never had an @yahoo.com email account and probably don't use Yahoo for anything else.

about a week ago
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Tracking the Mole Inside Silk Road 2.0

ShaunC Re:Old fashioned detective work (81 comments)

And how do you think they knew where to put a mole in the first place?

It was the most notorious and publicized narcotics marketplace in the world, open to all comers. I don't think it took much work to figure out that's where they needed to put the mole.

about a week ago
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Tracking the Mole Inside Silk Road 2.0

ShaunC Re:blow their minds (81 comments)

Wish I had mod points for "hexth ass."

about a week ago
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In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

ShaunC Re:Papers please (207 comments)

In my state it's illegal to operate a motor vehicle without having the physical license with you. They can certainly look you up as you described, but you'd get a ticket for not having your license in addition to whatever infraction got you pulled over. I wonder how long before it becomes a crime in Iowa to be in possession of a smart phone without the state-mandated identification app installed?

about a week ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

ShaunC Re:Just wondering... (416 comments)

I have used both MIT's, Berkeley's, and Yale's audio lectures.

Not for mathematics, I hope!

about a week ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

ShaunC Re:Please (416 comments)

removing a man's body

I don't think the SJWs could have stated their goal more clearly themselves!

about a week ago
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Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

ShaunC Re:Good (190 comments)

I used to subscribe to TotalFark for $5 per month, it was worth it for the ability to see and comment on all of the non-greenlit stories. When Fark started going downhill, reddit came about; now I pay them $4 a month to suppress ads (natively) and access extended features. I see a lot of promise in the "freemium" model, not just for discussion sites but for pretty much any type of service. You build out something basic and provide that for free, then offer some combination of ad removal, better access, and bonus features for those who are willing to fork over a couple of bucks.

I haven't yet found a compelling reason to pay for Slashdot, though. Maybe if they gave subscribers a Bennett filter?

about a week ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

ShaunC Re:Silly backwards lobbyists and authorities (251 comments)

OK Genius, if piracy becomes the norm, how does new content get paid for?

Piracy has been the norm for 20 years and has been mainstream for at least 10 of those years. There is no lack of new content that I've noticed. Lack of new ideas, maybe; recently we've seen that even Sony's own employees are tired of the same formulaic Adam Sandler dreck coming out year after year...

Enjoy a future full of Amish Mafia, Real Housewives of what-the-fuck and other horrible drivel because that's going to be the only kind of content that makes money and it's going to push all high quality content off the airwaves.

Game of Thrones, American Horror Story, House of Cards, Breaking Bad, there's a lot of quality programming recently that's making money hand over fist, piracy or no piracy. Half of it is even on free-to-air TV channels to start with.

about a week ago
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New Destover Malware Signed By Stolen Sony Certificate

ShaunC Re:This whole Sony story (80 comments)

I think his point is that even billion-dollar enterprises, who can well afford to hire entire teams of information security and risk management professionals if they cared to do so, frequently don't bother. While IT in general is seen as a cost center and is often woefully underfunded, it at least exists, because management recognizes at some level that without employees to build and maintain that infrastructure, they wouldn't be able to check their email or load up their dashboards and revenue charts. Information security has no such tangible or visible benefit, and thus falls into the category of "why would we pay people for that?"

The Sony case is interesting because this time around, unlike TJ Maxx, Target, Home Depot, et al it wasn't millions of faceless plebeian customers who got fucked over. No, this time the victim is the company itself. Nobody's going to fix this by issuing a boilerplate apology and offering victims a free year of useless credit monitoring service. The corporation is the one suffering (oh, the schadenfreude!); this actually scares enterprise management types, it's a threat that can be quantified. Sony's misfortune comes with the benefit that it's certainly cajoling a few other companies into taking a second look at their own security situations.

about a week ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

ShaunC Re:This lawsuit will be dismissed. (291 comments)

You can opt out of the binding arbitration clause, not that they advertise this fact. I believe you're "supposed" to complete the form within 30 days of commencement of service, but I don't know whether or not that requirement itself is legally binding.

about two weeks ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

ShaunC Re:The Click is Dead Anyway (285 comments)

If you really want to avoid detection and behavior tracking, I highly suggest you entirely disable cookies entirely (yes, I realize this is not worth it at all), otherwise you will not have accomplished what you had hoped.

Self-Destructing Cookies is pretty nice for those who find it impractical to disable cookies entirely.

about two weeks ago
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Civil Case Uses Fitbit Data To Disprove Insurance Fraud

ShaunC Re:If you think about it...it goes beyond wearable (99 comments)

So, if an insurance company thinks you are lying about your disability claim, they could ask law enforcement to grab up the X-ray of that broken ankle you suffered playing in the beer softball league.

If an insurance company thinks you're lying about a disability claim, they aren't going to bother with law enforcement or medical records or some dubious fitness app. They'll hire a $300/day private investigator to follow you around for a few days and get photos of you at the golf course. He'll be checking all of your social media, he's probably going to be in your credit and phone records as well, via legal gray areas. If it's a worker's comp claim, they'll have him tail you until the day you go back to work. Insurance will happily pay a PI $10K a month to follow a suspected fraudster on a $100K claim. They only have to win that bet one out of ten times to break even.

about two weeks ago
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Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

ShaunC Re:diff between drone and remote control (325 comments)

A by-internet operated drone brings no such level of responsibility or accountability.

Internet operated drones? Even with the more modern RCs, even with higher-end transmitters, you still need line of sight to operate them; we're generally talking 2.4 GHz here. Aside from the military, I don't think anyone is sitting around in their flight ops chair controlling RCs miles away. If you encounter a "drone" somewhere, the operator is nearby.

about two weeks ago

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US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

ShaunC ShaunC writes  |  about 5 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 10 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 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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