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5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked, Google Says No Evidence Of Compromise

TACD Re:OK (203 comments)

The list of email addresses (without passwords) is at https://mega.co.nz/#!rgFDDRSD!...

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hosting Services That Don't Overreact To DMCA Requests?

TACD Re:NFSN.net (148 comments)

Specifically, this post from their blog illustrates how far NFSN will go to defend their users against anybody (in this case, the UK government) who tries to bully them without proper authority.

The official lawyers for the UK government are basically saying on official letterhead (even their own filename contains “Letterhead”), “Hey, we heard you’re small. Well, we’re the world’s 6th largest economy, so we can put you out of business with legal bills if you don’t play ball.” Now, it’s not super-unusual to see a lawyer say something menacing about how if they win, you’ll have to pay their legal fees — even though that’s often not true in the US. What’s different here is that they dropped “if we win” and added “we will ruin you.” Stating that if someone doesn’t cooperate, your strategy will be to run up enough legal bills to put them out of business whether you win or not is a little different. It’s the sort of thing you expect to hear from the smarmy thug lawyer for the big bad corporation in a formulaic TV legal drama. We don’t generally see it in the real world from the legal representatives of a developed country.

Fortunately, they heard wrong. Our excellent legal team is ready, willing, and able to vigorously defend us should the need arise.

So, the story so far is that we asked to have the proper legal process followed, and the UK’s lawyers threatened to destroy us. Despite this, we are refusing to censor our member’s site. We steadfastly believe we are under no legal obligation to do so, that we will prevail in any US legal action that arises from this matter, and that any attempt by the UK government to spend us into oblivion will fail. More news as it happens.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hosting Services That Don't Overreact To DMCA Requests?

TACD NFSN.net (148 comments)

For this (as well as their other policies) I'd recommend NearlyFreeSpeech.net - they have a DMCA policy page which clearly lays out the requirements that must be met to anybody intending to make a takedown claim. They're run as a pay-what-you-use host for people who have at least a small amount of knowledge of what they're doing (no cPanel interfaces here!) and from their blog and general demeanour it's clear that they are a company run by nerds who Do Things Properly.

I have no doubt that they'd follow the law if issued with a full and proper DMCA notice, but I also have no doubt that they would not give the benefit of the doubt to, or go out of their way to assist somebody filing incomplete or incorrect takedown notices.

(Full disclosure: While I've hosted my small website with NFSN for a number of years I've never received a DMCA takedown notice and I have no material which is at all likely to generate any.)

about 4 months ago
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Apple Developing Curve Screen iPhones and Improved Sensors

TACD Re:Apple is back! (243 comments)

Obvious flamebait as Samsung has been demoing this for quite a while now, Apple just trying to play catch-up and labeling it as innovation, same shit, different day.

More reasons for iShit to be import blocked at the U.S. Borders.

Mod, mark this "whoosh".

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Protection Plan For Your Phone?

TACD Re:take the risk and Genius Bar (225 comments)

The mystifying part is a contract smartphone is still like $100/month bill, right? So $200 is pocket change to a smartphone contract victim, its like 2 months service.

If you're in the USA, sure. I live in the UK and pay £10/month for unlimited data, texts, and a small number of minutes which I don't use. (GiffGaff - Affiliate link.) It's astounding how deeply Americans get ripped off for phone service, and when I was living over there, shopping for mobile phones was one of the few times I felt genuinely, truly insulted as a customer. There's a lot of industries with shoddy customer service but getting a mobile phone in the US really feels like paying somebody to spit in your face.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Announces ReFS, a New Filesystem For Windows 8

TACD Re:Warning (459 comments)

There's a joke here that's gone right over my head.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubisoft DRM Problems Remain Unsolved

TACD Re:eff them (430 comments)

If you're talking about VAC-banning then you're just factually incorrect. If not then I'd be interested to know of an example, because I've never heard of somebody's entire Steam account being banned. Phished, perhaps, but not banned.

more than 4 years ago
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UMG To Price New CDs Under $10

TACD It only took a decade or so... (362 comments)

You'd think the music companies would have at least one economist on staff who could explain to them, slowly and gently, that under certain circumstances it is actually possible to make more money when each individual unit is priced lower. It really takes some stubborn failure of logic to prioritise your sale price above your actual monetary returns.

Of course, it's also possible that the music quality will just decline to compensate for the drop in price.

more than 4 years ago
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Simon Singh To Appeal In UK Court Today

TACD Re:umm (213 comments)

(that even America is making moves to protect its citizens against) Why the "even"?

Because America and Britain are supposedly so very close and buddy-buddy, it's more shocking to hear that America is this repelled by British libel law. If it was some middle-eastern country that hates us nobody would be surprised, but it's a point of note and shameful fact to politicians over here that our laws are bad enough that you guys can't even ignore them, but have to actively seek ways to protect yourselves from them.

more than 3 years ago
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Simon Singh To Appeal In UK Court Today

TACD Re:Summary writer is a full blown moron (213 comments)

Seriously, anyone who can claim with a straight face that Britain has less freedom of speech than China (and hence is only beginning to take steps to elevate above it) is living in a fantasy world.

"When it comes to censoring publications and blocking online content, it is arguable that Britain has an even worse record than China." - Simon Singh, from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/7294539/Simon-Singh-it-is-too-late-for-me-but-libel-laws-must-change-for-the-public-good.html

But yes, there may have been a trace of hyperbole in my post, on the internet. Gold star!

more than 3 years ago
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Simon Singh To Appeal In UK Court Today

TACD Re:Summary writer is a full blown moron (213 comments)

Seriously, anyone who can claim with a straight face that Britain has less freedom of speech than China (and hence is only beginning to take steps to elevate above it) is living in a fantasy world.

"When it comes to censoring publications and blocking online content, it is arguable that Britain has an even worse record than China." - from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/7294539/Simon-Singh-it-is-too-late-for-me-but-libel-laws-must-change-for-the-public-good.html

However, yes, there may have been a trace of hyperbole in this post, on the internet. Gold star!

more than 3 years ago
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Simon Singh To Appeal In UK Court Today

TACD Re:Judge not impressed (213 comments)

Well, given that it is now approaching 9PM in the UK, it is more correct to say Simon Singh was in court today. And so far things look promising – Lord Judge is less than impressed by BCA's case. See http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2010/02/simon-singh-chiropractic-bca-libel-appeal

You got to posting the important link before me, so let me instead say that even if Simon wins this round there is still a whole lot more work to be done; firstly, this is only the appeal against the previous judge's decision of what was meant by his use of the word 'bogus', and a win here will just make the rest of the case easier to fight. Secondly, Britain still lacks a proper 'public interest' defense in these sorts of cases, and that is why it is important to support full and considered libel reform so that this ridiculous charade does not have to be repeated, at enormous expense, for every individual who would reasonably criticise his peers.

more than 3 years ago
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Simon Singh To Appeal In UK Court Today

TACD Re:Summary writer is a full blown moron (213 comments)

Jesus Christ all this talk of hyperbole makes me want to shoot a nuclear rocket through my fucking head.

more than 3 years ago
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Things To Look For In a Web Hosting Company?

TACD Re:NearlyFreeSpeech.net (456 comments)

I've had great luck with http://nearlyfreespeech.net/ - they're security-conscious, anti-spam, pay-only-for-what-you-use, and I like their political pro-privacy and pro-free speech stance. I have a feeling most of the people here at Slashdot would be very comfortable with them. They run FBSD, not Linux, but it's really not that huge a difference for web development.

Make sure you read the caveats about what will and won't work with their service. Things like Django and RoR won't really work because of the need for a persistent process, and they don't yet have support for cron jobs (but they're working on it - it's difficult because of the way they're set up). OTOH, MVC frameworks for PHP like CodeIgniter will work just fine, and they've got Catalyst installed for Perl coders. They do make it very clear about what they do and don't support, though.

Echoing this recommendation - have used NFSN for a few years now, and am very pleased with the 'pay for what you actually use' structure. As long as you're comfortable at using FTP without the help of a cPanel interface, they're hands-down the best deal you're going to find.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubisoft's Constant Net Connection DRM Confirmed

TACD Finally (631 comments)

At last, they've made DRM so obnoxious, intrusive and butt-fuckingly annoying that even the average Joe will become enraged at the audacity of the thing. Hope Ubisoft has a team of people standing by ready to explain to people with shaky wireless routers or traffic-shaping ISPs why their game keeps booting them out.

I'm calling it - less than three months after release before they patch this out due to overwhelmingly bad press. Christ Ubisoft, who do you think you are?

more than 4 years ago
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Slashdot Launches User Achievements

TACD Re:Achievement Tetris (1582 comments)

Oh, hey, I wonder if there's a "Replied To Own Post" achievement....

Or 'have a post replied to'? ;)

more than 5 years ago
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UK Police To Step Up Hacking of Home PCs

TACD +1 Methodology (595 comments)

Police might also send an e-mail to a suspect's computer. The message would include an attachment that contained a virus or "malware".

Really? The recommended methodology of the police is the same as that used by opportunistic criminals to steal credit card information, that the police warn about?

C'mon, it's just impossible to satirize this kind of thing. It's not fair.

more than 5 years ago
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The Unforgettable Amnesiac

TACD Re:Interesting case (120 comments)

There's also an episode of NPR's RadioLab on memory, with a segment on Clive. (Audio file.)

I highly recommend listening to it (and other episodes of RadioLab), it's a great show.

Already heard it ;) But yes, RadioLab is an excellent podcast. Along with AstronomyCast, one of a very few I listen to regularly.

more than 5 years ago

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iPad teardown photographs leaked by FCC

TACD TACD writes  |  more than 4 years ago

TACD (514008) writes "iFixit has laid its hands on some photos of the iPad's internals that were apparently leaked by the FCC. It looks like they're still poring over the pictures to glean as much information as possible but there's already some interesting information available. For one thing, the shots were supposed to stay under wraps until August 17th. Whoops!"
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Simon Singh to appeal in court today

TACD TACD writes  |  more than 4 years ago

TACD (514008) writes "Simon Singh, author, television presenter and known critic of pseudoscience, is in court today appealing the decision made against him last May over his use of the term 'bogus' to describe the methods used by the British Chiropractic Association. Today's decision could have far-reaching implications for the movement to reform Britain's horrifically outdated libel laws (that even America is making moves to protect its citizens against), and to begin taking steps to elevate Britain above the likes of China when it comes to open debate and freedom of speech."
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