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Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

Tharkkun Re:You say tomato? (225 comments)

I say tomato..

Just load OpenWRT or some other open source firmware, problem solved.

What do you mean there isn't a port for your hardware? Why did you buy it in the first place? Throw it away (or donate it to someone who can do the port) and buy something that has been ported.

NEVER buy hardware without a open source port at least in progress.. You have been warned!

Heartbleed says Open Source what?

yesterday
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Oracle Deflects Blame For Troubled Oregon Health Care Site

Tharkkun Re:It is worth noting ... (161 comments)

I bet they also tried to install it on under powered hardware. Just like the companies try to install enterprise class software on a 3 TB USB drive because they don't want to pay the cost of a NAS/SAN.

4 days ago
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Oracle Deflects Blame For Troubled Oregon Health Care Site

Tharkkun Re:It's Not Really Oracle (161 comments)

What you are really saying is that Oracle knew Oregon's exchange would be a POS before they even signed the consulting contract because of the lack of Oregon bureaucrat skills, but they took the contract anyway because they knew they could as they say MILK IT!

Since they knew full well it would fail, they would document everything to the hilt, including specific warnings, while padding up the consulting, knowing full well that they would never finish the job, but would get paid a pile of money anyway to add to Larry's billions.

Enterprise software such as the packages Oracle sells require consulting services to integrate. Period. If you try to skimp on this part why are you even purchasing such as big solution? If this were SAP, IBM or any other company the same rules would apply. It's a classic case of the government using contractors that are not qualified for the job.

4 days ago
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Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

Tharkkun Re:wtf ? (188 comments)

Newflash: The vast majority of 0-days are known in the underground long before they are disclosed publicly. In fact, quite a few exploits are found because - drumroll - they are actively being exploited in the wild and someone's honeypot is hit or a forensic analysis turns it up.

It's not that black and white. You expose the vulnerability to even more crackers if you go shouting it around like was done here.

So a few crackers start exploiting basic websites yet the responsible admins have already disabled or patched their affected websites. No ones afraid of some stupid kids but the underground mafia, such as the ones who stole data from Target are the threat.

4 days ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

Tharkkun Re:nuclear power means unintended geoengineering (341 comments)

If we were *completely* incompetent, every one we've ever made would have melted down. As it stands, I can only name 3.

One was sabotage as well, so 2 right?

about a week ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

Tharkkun Re:nuclear power means unintended geoengineering (341 comments)

You say 90 people per year die from Wind energy, I call BS.

How does wind energy kill people ?

I rescue people caught in a Windmill on a weekly basis. You'd be amazed at how many drunks want to ride it to the top.

about a week ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

Tharkkun Re:What if we overcorrect? (341 comments)

I recently read that at the same time light bulbs have gotten more efficient, total lighting power expenditure has gone up! Evidently, it's a combination of people using a lot more light when lighting gets cheaper to operate, and more ligthing being installed in general.

I can imagine if we start offsetting global warming we will produce more of its anthropogenic causes.

You forgot about the population of the world growing every day. Even as we reduce our time spent in the swimming pool, there's more swimmers being added every day increasing the overall draw.

about a week ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

Tharkkun Re:Demanding "safe" vaccines (588 comments)

It's not even that she wants vaccines that are proven to be 100% safe with no side-effects. She wants vaccines that she thinks is 100% safe with no side-effects. There is already significant medical evidence that vaccines are worth the cost-benefit analysis but she just thinks that doctors and big pharma are horrible folk who just want to rip her off.

Well Doctors and big Pharmaceutical companies do want to rip people off. But that doesn't change how vaccines work.

about a week ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

Tharkkun Re:McCarthy the Playmate? (588 comments)

Because she's loud and obnoxious, and ignoring her doesn't make her go away.

She's like Michelle Bachmann. Full of Cancer preaching about fixing other diseases.

about a week ago
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Stung By File-Encrypting Malware, Researchers Fight Back

Tharkkun Re:Wich only serves to further (84 comments)

This is Slashdot. Why aren't people up in arms over the published utilities source code being hidden. You want us to a run a binary off a website to decrypt our files? Sure, let me get right on that.

about two weeks ago
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Adam Carolla Joins Fight Against Podcast Patent Troll

Tharkkun Re:Isnt there prior art? (126 comments)

Don't confuse the idea with the application. Should the person who invented automatic door opening not get a patent because people already knew how to open a door?

I ma not defending the patent troll, but you reasoning is seriously flawed, and shows an almost complete ignorance of the patent system.

The difference is that is actually technology and an invention. It didn't exist until it was created. Even then someone could create something similar and patent it themselves. In this case, the patent was filed 5, 10, 15 years after it was being used in mainstream and they have no product.

about a month ago
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Adam Carolla Joins Fight Against Podcast Patent Troll

Tharkkun Re:Headline misleading (126 comments)

He is a millionaire that didn't give a shit about anyone else until it affected him personally.

You obviously never watched Love Line!

about a month ago
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Ex-Head of Troubled Health Insurance Site May Sue, Citing 'Cover-Up'

Tharkkun Re:ObamaCare is a Horrific Debacle (162 comments)

"Fun fact: the amount of emergency room treatment went up in Massachusetts when Romneycare passed. Fewer people were seeing their doctors than prior." Nice "fun fact" but it is wrong. This has been carefully studied by many authors and ER visits went down, admissions through the ER went down, more people visited their primary care doctors, etc. Here is a good summary of a real study (not just Fox news "fun facts") with links to the actual studies: http://blog.academyhealth.org/...

Except these operating room visits are now covered by insurance. Instead of being uninsured and costing the state the full amount.

about a month ago
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Ex-Head of Troubled Health Insurance Site May Sue, Citing 'Cover-Up'

Tharkkun Re:Let's go Bayesian (162 comments)

Oracle is by far and away the worst company I've ever had the displeasure of working with. Yesterday their support told me they didn't know what a "POP Email account" was and they didn't think that was supported in their product. When I forwarded them a link to a search of their support site on "POP Email account" showing dozens of articles they said they'd to escalate my ticket to the "next tier" for further investigation.

Yes, Oracle, who we pay MILLIONS of dollars a year to for our support contract has even worse support than DELL.

Exactly why are you still using POP3 in a business infrastructure? There's a reason why no one knows what it is...

about a month ago
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Ex-Head of Troubled Health Insurance Site May Sue, Citing 'Cover-Up'

Tharkkun Re:not inadequate experience (162 comments)

Carolyn Lawson has apparently never worked a large IT development for government before.

This is a total trolling comment.

First, Oracle **is** a large IT development company and they screwed the site up....they have a (well earned) reputation for screwing up projects

IT experience? You mean has she ever hooked up a router?

She knew enough to ask questions that got her fired...and she was told to help in the cover up!

2nd, Lawson was & still is one of the few who speak out about the **actual** problems of the exchange

Companies who purchase software from Oracle also are notorious for spending the least amount of money on hardware to run the software they purchase. Companies cut so many corners and then wonder why the software doesn't work.

about a month ago
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Ex-Head of Troubled Health Insurance Site May Sue, Citing 'Cover-Up'

Tharkkun Re:Inadequate experience? (162 comments)

You can't force the client to actually do what is required, no matter how you'd like to.

In theory, as a contractor you could say "I'm not taking this job unless there is a decent set of requirements". But that will leave you with a very small set of potential employers.

In practice, most people need the money and try to manage somehow.

And then there are the unscrupulous contractors (usually companies, not individuals) who make big promises, knowing that those are not realistic. Or knowing that the requirements are incomplete and fulfilling them will not be sufficient to make a succesful project. I strongly suspect that this is what happened with Toll Collect (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toll_Collect) in Germany. Just for instance.

I have yet to meet a 3rd party contractor or consulting firm who bids on a project *not* attempt to extort additional money when it suddenly doesn't meet the scope of the project. That's business as usual for everyone.

about a month ago
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Church Committee Members Say New Group Needed To Watch NSA

Tharkkun Re:And do what? (143 comments)

so why would they be any more honest here?

The only way to make them more honest is if Congress actually decided to throw the people who lied to them into jail.

We'll just end up with a committee that isn't allowed to know about the things they should be monitoring, wouldn't be told if they were allowed to know, and can't actually do anything about any abuses they do find beyond politely reminding the NSA that their actions are probably illegal.

Wait, isn't that what we have now?

Something with a little more teeth needs to be in charge of this. Of course, then they themselves would just become the next step in the chain of lying bastards anyway.

They only lie to congress because no one in Congress is in a position to understand how the NSA protects us. Please explain to everyone how our civil liberties have been actually violated? You want privacy? Unplug your computer. Otherwise you must accept how this world works and if it's not the NSA then another agency, foreign or domestic will be doing the intelligence work. At least this isn't China where writing your above post would get a knock on your door.

about a month ago
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Church Committee Members Say New Group Needed To Watch NSA

Tharkkun Re:"Misleading statements by agency officials to.. (143 comments)

Not just lies, perjury. Those lies were told under oath.

If we had a functioning justice system in this country, those perps would be in jail awaiting trial right now.

-jcr

If we had a functioning justice system, they would have been rounded up, tried for treason, and executed as traitors. They are levying war against the entire populace and are aiding our enemies with spy-back agreements. The banksters, the clowns at BP, the Enron dicks, etc. all knowingly, willingly, and intentionally fucked shit up on such a grand scale that I would consider them to be waging war on Americans as well, thus making them traitors and earning them the death penalty.

But the law doesn't apply to the rich and powerful in this nation.

Laws don't apply to the intelligence community when psychos roam this planet.

about a month ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

Tharkkun Re:Not sexism, but bitchiness (710 comments)

Bitch is often applied to males as well. For example: Male or female, you are a bitch.

Which means you're acting like a woman. How is that not sexist also? :)

about a month ago

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