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Sony Agrees To $17.75m Settlement For 2011 PSN Attack

ZombieBraintrust Re:More customer lock-in? (66 comments)

Your forgetting the up to $2500 people with identity theft can recieve. The consequence was Sony not being able to sell anything in its online store for 24 days. It also lost some customers. Some constomers switched to prepaid cards.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

ZombieBraintrust Re:Creativity is certainly future-proof (508 comments)

healthcare is going to be offshored. Countries are gearing up for healthcare tourism. You hop on a plane go to a spa and get several procedures done cheap. Once insurance companies get on board you will have no choice in the matter. You will get your choice of doctors from a list outside the country.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

ZombieBraintrust Re:Healthcare Bubble (508 comments)

Nah healthcare is a bubble waiting to burst. One flue outbreak or servere heatwave and those jobs are gone.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

ZombieBraintrust Re:105 megabits per second (401 comments)

Upload is what matters. He is married to an internet personality who probably uploads video often. The ability to upload hd video in 1/20 the time is a big benifit. You don't want to wait 20 min to upload a 20 min vid. Not when it can take 1 minutes. The 19 min difference can get your content out before other sites.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

ZombieBraintrust Re:Plumber (508 comments)

Or just learn to shoot a gun and get really buff.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

ZombieBraintrust Re:Plumber (508 comments)

2nd the above. Send her to a trade school. The nature of the work is local. It has some risk of automation but little risk of being offshored. As long as we need water plumbing will be needed. Electrician might be less future proof depending on advances in wireless power. Car repair will see some decline with electric cars. (they have less parts)

about two weeks ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

ZombieBraintrust Search Results (242 comments)

Google results are biased based on your old search history and based on the data Google has collected about you. What Google displays for to you is different than what it displays to the parent. You can type in the same terms but Google will order the results based on your history. Parent gets a bunch homeopathy pages. You get a more mainstream result. Google is not a safe way to research an idea. Sometimes your bias is just going to be reinforced.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Is Looking To Pay Someone To Watch Netflix All Day

ZombieBraintrust Re:I seriously doubt this is leisure watching (86 comments)

I'm not sure. If the person is tagging it for cus words then they would need listen to the whole thing. (or at least up to the point where people start cussing)

about three weeks ago
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The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

ZombieBraintrust Re:They are not a charity (228 comments)

501(c)(3) are charitable, religious, educational, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition, and preventing cruelty to children or animals.

IRS views charity as something sepperate from religion, the arts(literary), and education. I think they should of applied under literary instead of charity/science/education. They can say their code/tools are works of art for the public good.

about three weeks ago
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The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

ZombieBraintrust they were not trying to be a charity. (228 comments)

not quite. They wanted to be a 501 c. this includes non charities:

501(c)(3) are charitable, religious, educational, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition, and preventing cruelty to children or animals.

They applied under charity, education, and science. Scientific seems the best bet. By providing source code you could say they are advancing computer science. But it is a stretch. The IRS instead saw Yorba as a provider of free stuff. Free stuff is nice but it isnt' advancing science or education. Free stuff is only charity when it is provided to a disadvantaged group of people according to the IRS. Note that environmental activism does not appear in that list. I don't think planting trees would quilify at all as a non profit. (unless it was done in a disavantaged neighborhood)

about three weeks ago
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The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

ZombieBraintrust Re:Not a precedent (228 comments)

So no science can be done for charity. All research of any kind can be used by for profit.

about three weeks ago
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Krebs on Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails and Blaming Canada

ZombieBraintrust Re:Any periodic e-mails should be RSS feeds (130 comments)

Email is also vastly more bandwidth and power friendly than continually polling to ask "have anything for me yet? have anything for me yet? have anything for me yet?".

That really depends on how you access email and how you access rss feeds.

about three weeks ago
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Krebs on Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails and Blaming Canada

ZombieBraintrust Re:It is Canada's fault! (130 comments)

I think that is what they have done. They sent out an email with instructions on how to get the security updates. The method they are using, RSS, gives you control over how you recieve those updates. With the new approach microsoft isn't keeping track of your email address or personal information. They are not using some propietarty bs either. RSS is a standard supported by lots of companies.

about three weeks ago
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Krebs on Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails and Blaming Canada

ZombieBraintrust Re:It is Canada's fault! (130 comments)

It isn't about reality. It is about what Microsoft can prove in court if you decide to sue them. Can they prove to a judge or jury that you consented to the email you recieved?

about three weeks ago
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Krebs on Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails and Blaming Canada

ZombieBraintrust Re:It is Canada's fault! (130 comments)

That is exactly what Microsoft has done. They likely have poor records for this massive list. The list also no longer serves a marketing purpose as they can't include advertisements for services and still be exempt. So they canned it. RSS was the cheapest replacement.

about three weeks ago
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Krebs on Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails and Blaming Canada

ZombieBraintrust Re:It is Canada's fault! (130 comments)

Thats the thing. Microsoft did not have implied consent. Thats was this announcement means. They likely have no record of who consented to be on this mailing list. I bet they simply have a list of of email addresses in a db somewhere. When you ask to be on the list they add you and then delete the email. When you ask off they remove you and delete the email. If they want to do an maililng list they have to start from scratch and keep better records.

about three weeks ago
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Krebs on Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails and Blaming Canada

ZombieBraintrust Re:Any periodic e-mails should be RSS feeds (130 comments)

What the fuck is RSS?

RSS is just markup. A simple rss feed is just a an xml document you host like a web page that contains a list of items. Each item having a title, description and pubDate with rss as the root of the document.

about three weeks ago
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Krebs on Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails and Blaming Canada

ZombieBraintrust Timeline (130 comments)

The Canada Anti Spam Law requires very specific opt in from the people recieving emails. It requires that certian content not be in the email. It has fines. Microsoft is going to have to train its people and change its templates. It is going to have to get its emails approved by Canadian lawyers. It will take time for it to get in complience of the law. But the deadline is tommorow. So they will RSS feeds instead. It is very easy for an expert to say the emails are exsempt to the press. But I bet if you showed them a few emails they would find a few problems. Things Microsoft needs to fix or get fined.

about three weeks ago
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Trio of Big Black Holes Spotted In Galaxy Smashup

ZombieBraintrust hand cranks and cord pulling (74 comments)

In 1911, Charles F. Kettering, with Henry M. Leland, of Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company (DELCO) invented and filed U.S. Patent 1,150,523 for the first electric starter in America.

So glad I don't have to start my car the same way I start an old lawnmower.

about a month ago

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Religious Americans Enjoy Higher Wellbeing

ZombieBraintrust ZombieBraintrust writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ZombieBraintrust writes "An analysis of more than 676,000 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index interviews conducted in 2011 and 2010 finds that Americans who are the most religious have the highest levels of wellbeing. The statistically significant relationship between religiousness and wellbeing holds up after controlling for numerous demographic variables."
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Sony Offering Free Identity Theft Protection

ZombieBraintrust ZombieBraintrust writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ZombieBraintrust (1685608) writes "Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment International have made arrangements with Debix, Inc., one of the industry’s most reputable identity protection firms, to offer AllClear ID Plus at no cost to PlayStation Network and Qriocity account holders for 12 months from the time an account holder registers for the program.

The details of the program include, but are not limited to:
Cyber monitoring and surveillance of the Internet to detect exposure of an AllClear ID Plus customer’s personal information, including monitoring of criminal web sites and data recovered by law enforcement.

Priority access to licensed private investigators and identity restoration specialists.

A $1 million identity theft insurance policy per user to provide additional protection in the event that an customer becomes a victim of identity theft."

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