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AT&T Maintains Call Database For the DEA Going Back To 1987

admdrew Re:WTF??? (141 comments)

The scary thing about this is AT&T never deletes your call data. EVER.

I used to work for MCI (and briefly Verizon Business after they bought us), and they did this as well. We had access to these archaic DB2 systems with a bazillion records going back to the 80s, with all the standard telco metadata. Our team used the recent data for calls through our IP relay (voice to text/text to voice service primarily intended for deaf people) system to help identify fraud users (the same Nigerian 419 scammers).

about a year ago
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DARPA Fears Big Data Could Become Big Threat

admdrew Re:mitigate the threat vs "shut it down" (87 comments)

If they are looking a way to "shut it down" then they're being way naive.

I also didn't RTFA, but I think (hope?) DARPA is interested primarily to mitigate any threat. The summary's quote referencing "the threat of active data spills and breaches of corporate and government information systems" IS something our country should be concerned about (excluding situations involving corporate/governmental misbehavior), and the optimist in me hopes that our government is acting toward the greater good

about a year ago
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World of Warcraft Loses 1.3 Million Players in First Quarter of 2013

admdrew Re:Um....who wrote the article? (523 comments)

Yeah, the article is rife with general grammatical errors as well.

about a year ago
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Facebook To Introduce Video Ads

admdrew Re:What a coincidence! (180 comments)

Unfortunately, neither of those really work entirely (or at all? I have both and am not able to see any effects on FB), since the ads are pretty well integrated into the platform. socialfixer is an answer, but it's not ideal (nor is there a mobile analog that I know of).

about a year ago
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Facebook To Introduce Video Ads

admdrew Re:that is a massive rip-off of my data allotment (180 comments)

For some it's really not that easy. Paul Miller's article about leaving the internet for a full year is pretty interesting, and touches on some important aspects of social networking. Facebook enables casual long distance relationships that are often not realistic for many of us. I rarely talk to my best friend from high school on the phone or via text, but we do interact via Facebook pretty frequently. Without that social network link, we would've fallen out of touch over the years - with it, we're able to stay relatively up to date with minimal effort.

Now, do my friends deserve *more* than minimal effort? Of course. But the reality of leaving one's hometown (or college town or longtime employer) makes it unlikely that I'm going to see/call/write those friends of mine on a regular enough basis to keep close connections going, something Facebook has made possible for me.

For those of us with (even mildly) busy lives who have met many wonderful people over the years, social networking has been terribly useful.

about a year ago
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Facebook To Introduce Video Ads

admdrew Re:that is a massive rip-off of my data allotment (180 comments)

Anyone who sat through previous Facebook abuse will sit through this.

It's reaching a breaking point, even among those who use Facebook heavily. I'm a self-described heavy user of Facebook, but recently removed it from my phone to avoid ads (and the stupid bullshit where the app would still try to pull my GPS location even with 'location' turned off - but I digress).

Not having access to mobile Facebook has been a big personal change, but one I'm generally happy with. I do miss being a "part" of some friend interactions (typically sporting events or other immediately-topical events), but I also feel my smartphone usage is far less compulsive - no longer am I idly checking Facebook on my phone during my commute, "forcing" me to read my book, for example - and it's definitely reduced my "need" to know what's going on immediately at all times. I may have a little easier than others because I never got into Twitter, so my Facebook feed is the 'fastest' social networking I do.

about a year ago
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It's 2013, and Windows Activation Is Still Frustrating

admdrew Re:Phone troubles? (435 comments)

Yeah, I lost all confidence in the article and writer as soon as he mentioned "despite having a 3/4 bar connection". I get that he had a tough night, but his litany of frustrations directed solely at Microsoft are kind of absurd. Why didn't he activate earlier? Why didn't he try the "silly" steps of calling in before attempting cracks? Why did he so immediately resort to reformat/reinstall?

about a year ago
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Pentagon Ups Hacking Accusations Against China

admdrew Re:Hypocrites (151 comments)

Hypocritical, sure, but the Chinese (far more so now than the Russians) are pretty well understood to be behind the bulk of the current hacking activity that occurs today.

about a year ago
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Pentagon Ups Hacking Accusations Against China

admdrew Re:proof not speculation (151 comments)

why does it *have* to be china that's doing the attacking?

The type of analysis used to reach this conclusion includes far more information than source IPs. Based on the wealth of attack data available to even some of the smallest security providers, it's not tough to eventually paint a pretty good picture of China (their military, especially) as a core of generally nefarious network activity. A single IP isn't enough to place blame, but billions of packets over years of activity are definitely enough to attribute a significant volume of the world's hacking directly to the Chinese.

Source: I do a significant amount of network traffic analysis specifically for security.

about a year ago
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A Case For a Software Testing Undergrad Major

admdrew Re:Not Hard Enough (220 comments)

I promise I meant to put them in.

Annnnnd this is why we have software testers.

about a year ago
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Ex-Employee Busted For Tampering With ERP System

admdrew Re:Don't piss off the people you are firing (178 comments)

Don't piss off the people you are firing

What about this article, where the guy quit of his own volition?

about a year ago
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Ex-Employee Busted For Tampering With ERP System

admdrew Re:Proper procedures (178 comments)

Who was terminated?

about a year ago
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Is Google Glass Too Nerdy For the Mainstream?

admdrew Re:Segways? (533 comments)

Haha, yup. Where I'm at ($largeMetroArea), I only see them in the big groups of Segway tours of the city, which are fairly comical to watch. Some of our downtown cops actually had them for awhile, but they complained about their mobility/practicality, and they went back to bicycles and ATVs.

about a year ago
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Intel Announces Brian Krzanich As Its Sixth-Ever CEO

admdrew Re:What were Brian Krzanich's previous roles at In (43 comments)

Per some Googling:
82 - 94, process engineer
94 - 96, manufacturing manager
96 - 97, plant manager
97 - 01, plant manager of another location
01 - 03, "responsible for implementation of 0.13-micron logic process technology"
03 - 10, "responsible for Assembly Test" (some sort of VP, not 100% on times)
10 - 12, senior VP of Manufacturing and Supply Chain
12 - now, COO

about a year ago
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Intel Announces Brian Krzanich As Its Sixth-Ever CEO

admdrew Re:Nintendo has only had 4 (43 comments)

Heh, and honestly you could almost say they've only had 2, given Nintendo wasn't really the Nintendo we know now before Yamauchi.

about a year ago
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Most Companies Will Require You To Bring Your Own Mobile Device By 2017

admdrew Re:wait what??! (381 comments)

Definitely, however that's less of an issue for employees that leave or are let go, because there's an expectation for them to return all company property. If they don't return the company phone, there's a little bigger of an issue that just data theft; they're stealing tangible company property.

about a year ago
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Most Companies Will Require You To Bring Your Own Mobile Device By 2017

admdrew Re:Just Say No to BYOD (381 comments)

Why would a company require me to bring a smart device to use as just a phone?

I don't know, and the 'requirement' is the biggest issue I have with this article. In my experience, this is really about *allowing* employees to bring in their own devices.

Most people want the ability to bring in their own devices like tablets, Macbook Air, etc... The use of the device as a phone is such a small niche it's not worthy of much debate.

In my experience, I disagree with this, since many (most?) people don't like carrying around two phones, while I very much enjoy having a work PC that I don't have to support directly myself.

about a year ago
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Most Companies Will Require You To Bring Your Own Mobile Device By 2017

admdrew Re:This BYOD stuff is just getting ridiculous. (381 comments)

Yeah I'm not sure why the article said "require", when really employers are starting to *allow* BYOD.

about a year ago

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