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New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

StikyPad Re:Again? (193 comments)

I agree with your assessment, but I would not be at all surprised if he didn't actually exhaust all of his internal options before going public either.

I *would* be surprised if things are as cut and dry as either side would have us believe.

2 days ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

StikyPad Re:So-to-speak legal (412 comments)

While that's true, this article strikes me as more of an excuse to bash Comcast than an actual harm. In particular, there are no actual names used, no recordings provided, and no fact-checking. This makes me skeptical from the start. But even assuming this really happened, and that it happened the way it was described, and that the guy wasn't proxying other traffic and/or running an exit node, there's still no report of an actual consequence. If the user in question is claiming that returning Comcast's call is a consequence, then please allow me to apologize on behalf of Comcast, with whom I have no affiliation. I am willing to shoulder 100% of the blame and criticism on their behalf.

Likewise, to anyone who has ever returned a phone call of their own free will only to find that the reason for the call was not of a congratulatory or rewarding in nature, I apologize. This includes, but is not limited to, people who were advised to "come in to discuss test results," whose "payments have not yet been received," or whose girlfriend really needs to "talk" over dessert. Life is not always sunshine and unicorns, and I am sorry that you had to go through that! This is a safe place where you can talk about your feelings. Just let it out.

2 days ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

StikyPad Re: Why do you participate? (226 comments)

I actually can't relate to the characters at all. I'm all for self-deprecating humor (unless it's fishing for compliments under the guise of humor), but the show isn't about nerds laughing at themselves; it's about non-nerds laughing at nerds, and nerds not "getting" what's so funny.

A show like Futurama or even Silicon Valley is more for nerds, and doesn't apologize for making jokes that most people won't actually get. They laugh at themselves as well. Although Silicon Valley is only moderately funny, IMO, it's still better done.

about two weeks ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

StikyPad Why do you participate? (226 comments)

Let's be honest -- the Big Bang Theory isn't about laughing with nerds; it's about laughing at nerds.

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

StikyPad Re:I predict (1134 comments)

Most of it looks explanatory to me. "We don't hate Zoe because she's a woman; we hate her because of her actions, and that she tried to play the 'gender' card." (I have no idea who she is, so I have no bone in this -- I'm just paraphrasing the comments I've seen.) That a woman has hatred directed toward her does not automatically make it misogyny, even if sex-related insults are used. Using insults of any kind to belittle someone is, of course, wrong (although I'm certainly guilty of that from time to time), and using threats is wildly inappropriate, and perhaps illegal. I'm not defending any of that.

What I am trying to say is that the people disagreeing do not seem to be misogynists -- literally people who hate someone just for being a woman -- and calling then that is both a straw man and doing a disservice to actual cases of misogyny. If there were death threats against a man (politicians get them all the time), do we call that misandry? Even if words showing hate for men are involved? We don't. (And we shouldn't.) We can focus on the wrongness of the actions without creating a false narrative.

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

StikyPad Re:I predict (1134 comments)

I wasn't talking about the women; I was responding to the comment I replied to WRT the comments that are upvoted on Slashdot.

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

StikyPad Re:I predict (1134 comments)

The hypocrisy of third wave feminism should, at the very least, be pointed out, and it's a straw man to call doing that misogynistic.

about two weeks ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

StikyPad Yes, it would be nice. (253 comments)

No, it's never going to happen. It costs money to carry inventory. Stores are not warehouses.

about two weeks ago
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Interview: Ask Christopher "moot" Poole About 4chan and Social Media

StikyPad Re:The Fappening (220 comments)

4chan got mainstream attention long, long before now -- first by association with Anonymous in 2007.

about two weeks ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

StikyPad Re:passwords are only half of a login (336 comments)

I'm not sure whether you didn't read what I wrote, or didn't understand it. In the first case, here it is again:

Obscurity isn't *absolute* security, but it is a useful layer to have.

In the second case, that's about as clear as I can be, so you're on your own.

about two weeks ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

StikyPad Re:passwords are only half of a login (336 comments)

There's no reason you can't obfuscate your identity though. Obscurity isn't *absolute* security, but it is a useful layer to have, and may have prevented these attacks. (Although we can't be sure until the source or sources are identified.)

about two weeks ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

StikyPad Re:Where are these photos? (336 comments)

This is, apparently, a common misconception. Banks are *not* liable for being robbed. The FDIC covers deposits (up to $250k), and *nobody* covers safe deposit boxes unless you specifically purchase insurance. If you're storing irreplaceable items in a bank, you should absolutely research their security, as well as their disaster (fire/flood/earthquake) mitigation strategies, if any.

And there are no liability disclaimers posted in banks either. Drawing attention to that fact generally isn't good for business, so they just let naive people believe what they want.

about two weeks ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

StikyPad Re:Where are these photos? (336 comments)

I don't think it will hurt anyone's careers. In fact, I can think of at least two people whose careers were launched or boosted by leaking of their private videos.

That said, the fact that anyone's career could be hurt for doing something *everyone* likes to do (and nobody would be here without) is sort of absurd. I mostly blame our puritanical values and expectations, especially of women, but of men as well. Women who directly express their sexuality are labeled as "sluts," and men who do the same are labeled as "pervs." And yes, it's become more acceptable than it once was, but it's still generally frowned upon. This is a disservice to everyone, really, all to keep from offending people who were raised to be ashamed of the very act that created them. But the truth is that the world runs on, if not sex itself, the pursuit of sex. It's only awkward when we make it awkward.

about two weeks ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

StikyPad Re:Where are these photos? (336 comments)

There's a difference between incidental and deliberate exposure. By your logic, it's ok to intentionally hit dogs because they run in front of cars every day anyway.

That said, looking at the photos intentionally is not, in my opinion, causing direct harm, nor is it driving demand. To say it is would be like arguing that pictures of dead bodies fuel demand for murder. It already happened, and not looking doesn't change it.

From my perspective, it's simply immoral. If it violates your morality, then don't look. If it doesn't, then check them out.

By the way, the desire for privacy and the desire to see other people's secrets are not mutually exclusive. It's our desire to see the things that other people want to hide that underscores the importance and value of privacy. It's nobody else's business what I do in my own home, or what photos I took on my phone, as long as I'm not violating the law.

Further, there's a difference between my neighbor violating my privacy out of curiosity and the government peeking at my journal to decide whether or not I belong on a secret watchlist. My neighbor cannot legally take away my rights and freedoms; the government can. My neighbor can be prosecuted; the government (generally) cannot. That's why evidence that's been collected or presented in violation of evidentiary rules is, or is supposed to be, excluded as fruit of the poisonous tree.

One more side note: If these photos happened to show illegal activity, the government *would* be able to use them as evidence, as they were obtained incidentally.

about two weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

StikyPad Re:Her work (1262 comments)

if you read more feminist writing, you will discover that feminists are just as opposed to the stereotyping of men in these commercials as they are the stereotyping of women.

True, but if you pay attention, you will discover that's typically little more than lip service, often included as a coda, or twisted to blame the victim.

about three weeks ago
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Underground Experiment Confirms Fusion Powers the Sun

StikyPad Re: That's not how science works (141 comments)

Evolution isn't a theory; it's an observation. That it is responsible for speciation is the theory. That's why Darwin's book is called "On the origin of the species," and not "Evolution."

Interestingly, global warming is also an observation. That humans are the driving force behind this is slightly debateable, in the same way that it's still slightly debateable whether your kid is actually your kid after the second DNA test confirmed it. (Congratulations, BTW!) Yes, your baby momma could have setup an elaborate trick, or aliens could be playing a huge practical joke on all of us. (With the climate, I mean, but obviously they could be responsible for the baby too.) But in the meantime, we should accept the available evidence as useful for decision-making purposes. And by that I mean a few people will form a cult, and the rest of us can carry on under the relatively safe bet (but not absolute certainty) that the Hale-Bopp comet is not hiding the mother ship.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Investigates 'Sophisticated' Cyber Attack On JP Morgan, 4 More US Banks

StikyPad Nearly all hacks are "sophisticated." (98 comments)

At least that's the impression I get by reading the news. I can't remember the last time I heard an attack described as "simple" or "straightforward." It's never "the hackers just tried a bunch of words until one of them worked," or "turns out that if you type '); then a computer will often happily do whatever you tell it," or "if you give it a very long list of letters, sometimes the computer will start doing whatever you tell it." No, it's "the hackers used a sophisticated technique to plow through layers of security."

Although I'll grant you, that 'sophisticated' bit does sound a lot better. Maybe I should sprinkle that word around my resume.

about three weeks ago
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California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

StikyPad Re:Why hasn't it happened already? (233 comments)

Social engineering - not the same thing as hacking the bricking/remote wipe protocol.

Your original post didn't restrict itself to protocol attacks, even tangentially. There are no "extra points" for using one method over another.

At any rate, the law permits the user to opt-out of the technological solution, so that's the protection, not the fact that the protocol is secure (which is unknowable/unprovable). If someone is uncomfortable with it, they can disable it. Although disabling a disabling feature might be a double negative.

about three weeks ago

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Comcast to remove data cap, implement tiered pricing

StikyPad StikyPad writes  |  about 2 years ago

StikyPad (445176) writes "Comcast is reportedly removing its oft-maligned 250GB data cap, but don't get too excited. In what appears to be an effort to capitalize on Nielsen's Law, the Internet's version of Moore's Law, Comcast is introducing tiered data pricing. The plan is to include 300GB with the existing price of service, and charge $10 for every 50GB over that limit. As with current policy, Xfinity On Demand traffic will not count against data usage, which Comcast asserts is because the traffic is internal, not from the larger Internet. There has, however, been no indication that the same exemption would apply to any other internal traffic. AT&T and Time Warner have tried unsuccessfully to implement tiered pricing in the past, meeting with strong push back from customers and lawmakers alike. With people now accustomed to, if not comfortable with, tiered data plans on their smartphones, will the public be more receptive to tiered pricing on their wired Internet connections as well, or will they once again balk at a perceived bilking?"
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How often do you clean your computer case?

StikyPad StikyPad writes  |  more than 2 years ago

StikyPad (445176) writes "2+ times/week; Weekly; Monthly; Biennially; Yearly; Only when I install new components; What's this cleaning you speak of?; Just fin... oh wait, there's another spec of dust!"
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Sony Lawsuits Targeting PS3 Jailbreak Authors

StikyPad StikyPad writes  |  more than 3 years ago

StikyPad (445176) writes "PS3News is reporting that Sony's latest legal salvo is targeting the creators of PS JailBreak, PSFreedom and PSGroove related PS3 hacks, citing numerous court documents (login required) for those interested.

From one of the documents: 'Having considered the Motion for Expedited Discovery of Plaintiff Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (oeSCEA) [...] the Court hereby grants SCEA’s Motion. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that [...] SCEA has leave to serve similarly targeted subpoenas or deposition notices to any other third party who SCEA learns may be involved in the distribution or sale of the oePS Jailbreak software, known as, for example, "PSGroove," "OpenPSJailbreak," and "PSFreedom," or who may have knowledge of the distribution or sale of this software.'"

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The Once and Future Clone

StikyPad StikyPad writes  |  more than 5 years ago

StikyPad (445176) writes "CNET has news that Mac clone maker Psystar is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company apparently has over $250,000US in debt, and states that it cannot turn a profit in the current economy. According to Cnet, "The Chapter 11 filing will temporarily suspend Apple's copyright infringement suit against Psystar, which is currently before the U.S. District Court of Northern California. But once the bankruptcy protection is sorted out, the copyright case will resume." Meanwhile PC Mag reports that, on the other side of the Atlantic two new clone companies are just getting started. Like PsyStar, FreedomPC and RussianMac promise to deliver PCs with the OS X preloaded. Unique to RussianMac is the MiniBook. The MiniBook is "guaranteed to 'correct work,' although the company notes that features like multitouch won't work.""

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