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Security Researchers Threatened With US Cybercrime Laws

SteveTheNewbie Re:OK, Whatever... (156 comments)

Let me put it another way. If you tell a homeowner that their front door lock is unusually vulnerable to being picked, first of all they should sock you in the face for trying to pick their lock (before they call the police), and second you should not go publishing that information if they choose to not fix it.

How about if I owned the lock and found it was easy as pie to pick, then went to your place and said "oh hey, this is easy to pick, see", pulled my front door out of my pocket and demonstrated to you how easy it was to pick.

Would you still punch me in the face and call the police on me?

And how about I then tell the lock maker, give them six months to fix their locks so people have an alternative to upgrade to and then publish my paper I was writing for university (I was doing a thesis on how shitty locks on every day homes are), which, while highlighting the problem, doesn't give exact details on how to take advantage of said shitty lock, would it be fair for the lock company to sue the pants off me instead of fixing the locks to make everyone safer?

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

SteveTheNewbie Re:magical scenario where (737 comments)

So running a conductor through a changing magnetic field will no longer produce a charge?
Putting two lead oxide plates in an acid batch will no longer cause a chemical reaction?

My goodness, I was unaware that a catastrophe large enough to cause an apocalyptic event would change the fundamental laws of physics.

You sound young.

about 10 months ago

It's Official: Registrars Cannot Hold Domains Hostage Without a Court Order

SteveTheNewbie Re:hmm.... (112 comments)

While they can refuse to supply service at their discretion, where does it say they have the right to refuse to honor a request for a domain transfer? Are you even following the chain of events here or are you just making things up as you go?

1 year,19 days

NZ Traveler's Electronics Taken At Airport; Interest in Snowden to Blame?

SteveTheNewbie Re:Not surprised (453 comments)

Have you seen his Birth Certificate? How do you know they are not just covering up his Americaness hmm?

about a year ago

HTTP 2.0 May Be SSL-Only

SteveTheNewbie Re:Only if I can use self signed certs (320 comments)

So why not setup your own CA, install the CA into your computer/device and then use that to sign your certs.

Voilà, no more popup warnings.

about a year ago

My NSA-induced paranoia level:

SteveTheNewbie Re:First and third (290 comments)

As someone in Australia I initially read that as beer (they sell a brand called XXXX here as it's hard to spell "beer") and had a slight panic attack, then I just realised it was porn and calmed down a little.

about a year and a half ago

Is Buying an Extended Warranty Ever a Good Idea?

SteveTheNewbie Re: Not if it is for a computer (329 comments)

Then lodge a complaint with the ACCC, you may be surprised at the response. (Also helps to send a copy of the complaint to the manufacturer)

You may also get more joy dealing with your reseller as well - as the sales contract is with them, and they should be the ones making it right, and then it will be up to them to claim back from the manufacturer.

http://www.consumerlaw.gov.au/content/the_acl/downloads/consumer_guarantees_guide.pdf has more information and is a very easy to read guide

http://www.consumerlaw.gov.au/content/Content.aspx?doc=consumers_ACL.htm has contact information and advice on where to file a complaint

I've found printing out the guide and taking the relevant section in with you when you visit a retailer has worked every time. It got my fridge fixed out of warranty, and my PS3 replaced when the DVD drive died about 2 weeks after the warranty expired.

about a year and a half ago

Ecuador To Grant Assange Political Asylum

SteveTheNewbie Re:LOL...Ecuador? Really? (432 comments)

I'm pretty sure people don't need to be present to be charged with a crime.

Or are you saying that if I killed someone then skipped the country I couldn't be charged with murder ? even if I admitted to it ?

And the linguistics are quite important as generally, you can't extradite someone for 'questioning' (and to be honest, unless something has changed, I don't think he's even been accused of the crime, at the moment he is an interested party that is wanted for questioning, which couldn't be done in the month he was there waiting for them to question for some reason (apparently the police officer was sick or something) and when asked if he could leave and given permission by the prosecutor, found it couldn't be done by video (Scotland yard or the Swedish embassy) after the prosecutor changed his mind the instant (well, within hours) he left the country, but for some reason he had to travel back to Sweden for it. (even though it has since been shown that it's actually quite common to be questioned remotely by video hookup for this sort of thing)

more than 2 years ago

Ecuador To Grant Assange Political Asylum

SteveTheNewbie Re:LOL...Ecuador? Really? (432 comments)

Oh, when was he charged ? is this a new development ?

more than 2 years ago

Apple Gives In, Drops iPad '4G' Tag To Avoid Lawsuits

SteveTheNewbie Re:This just in. (197 comments)

Strange, my Telstra 4G LTE USB dongle seems to quite happily connect to and obtain 4G speeds (30Mbps down, 10Mbps up)

I was unaware I was imagining this. Thanks for bringing it to my attention ! Also, Telstra are not turning off their 3G network, they are just not using 3G over the 2100Mhz band and keeping it on 850Mhz only.

more than 2 years ago

The Avengers: Why Pirates Failed To Prevent a Box Office Record

SteveTheNewbie Re:Facts! Don't talk to me about facts! (663 comments)

Not only that, but if you borrowed his key and made a copy of it, that in itself is not actually illegal. What you do with the copy may or may not be illegal however.

more than 2 years ago

Aussie Parliamentary Inquiry Into Software Pricing Announced

SteveTheNewbie Re:Before tax & after tax makes up price diffe (259 comments)

You do realise VAT is a tax you add then pay to the government so it doesn't actually affect your bottom line, right ? If you added VAT and then didn't pass it onto the government then you are ripping your customer off. (And possibly the government, depending on where the customer is located)

more than 2 years ago

UK Bill Again Demands Web Pornography Ban

SteveTheNewbie Re:What is wrong with pornography? (230 comments)

I was responding to the part of the post "Are you jealous when other people look sexier than you?"

Hopefully that should answer all your questions.

more than 2 years ago

UK Student Jailed For Facebook Hack Despite 'Ethical Hacking' Defense

SteveTheNewbie Re:Uhh (356 comments)

He then documented everything, and went to the bank the next day and told them about it, showing them the CCTV footage he had made a copy of before deleting and gave them the photocopies he had taken as proof. He explained to the bank that the reason he's done this was because the week previous he'd tried to tell them about this problem and they had simply laughed at him and wanted him to open an account, costing him $10,000 of his own money he'd never get back before they would entertain the thought of listening to him.

Upon hearing this the bank arrested him.


This was very similar, except for the arrest part. Out of about 5-6 companies, only one took him seriously, all the rest issued threats, denied there was a problem or told him to become a customer so he could log a trouble ticket with them.

more than 2 years ago


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