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51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

alphatel Re:I do not (115 comments)

49percent

That's my password...

yesterday
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Software Combines Thousands of Online Images Into One That Represents Them All

alphatel Re:First post (66 comments)

Can we use it to create an amalgamation of the "average" first post on a /. article?

The Average Image for your first post would look something like this:
>Frist Post (Score: -1)
...

2 days ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

alphatel Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (417 comments)

I love how people insist on commenting on what fathers or mothers do to teach their children about reality. If you did not hand them weapons or put them in the line of fire (keep in mind in some countries even that is perfectly acceptable for a 12 year old), then mind your own freekin beeswax. Why is this even a /. story?

Side note? I would do the same with my kids if I actually got up off my ass and stopped typing on computers for 10 minutes. Sad.

5 days ago
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Twitter Reports 23 Million Users Are Actually Bots

alphatel Re:Why would this be good for Twitter's stock?! (84 comments)

some wonder if these bots help or hinder Twitter's stock value.

Hmm. Are some of those that are wondering if it helps Twitter's stock actually bots themselves?

Bots certainly work well for financial companies, aka HFT, etc. I can't see how they hurt the stock value of a service like twitter.

about a week ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

alphatel Re:8300? Let that sink in a moment (326 comments)

There aren't 8300 people working on each patent application. The USPTO received 609,052 patent applications last year. There are (roughly) 200 working days in a calendar year (accounting for sick leave, vacation, an minimal training/in-service time). Each patent receives (on average) less than 3 man-days total for your diligence in determining the patent background, current state of the art, etc.

609,052 / 8300 workers = 7 patents to review per worker per year.
If each patent takes 3 days to review, then that is 255 - 21 = 234 days left to do nothing.

Therefore, patent office working as expected!

about two weeks ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

alphatel Re:Patent US 99063520 A (326 comments)

Patent US 9063520 B: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
A method and system for under-performing approval of patents on the interwebs.

about two weeks ago
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The Doctor Will Skype You Now

alphatel Re:Promising... (97 comments)

Depending on where you are of course...

But in many places your Doctor can only bill your insurance if they actually see you in the office. They cannot bill or can only bill less if they talk to you over the phone.

Indeed! Our insurance company which costs a mighty fortune has made it clear they will cover no such "remote visits"

about two weeks ago
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Massive Russian Hack Has Researchers Scratching Their Heads

alphatel Objection! (102 comments)

"They decided they want to make money off of this. There's no way for others to verify." Wisniewski was referring to an offer by Hold Security to notify website operators if they were affected, but only if they sign up for its breach notification service, which starts at US$120 per year.

A Billion dollar security firm won't sign up for a $120 per year service to see the data behind the breach? It must be highway robbery unlike most AV products which charge the same $$$ per year for little in return.
In addition it seems the above quote neglected this portion of the article:

Individual consumers can find out through its identity protection service, which Hold Security says will be free for the first 30 days.

It's free and they still can't afford it? Sophos can't use a fraction of its 100,000 honeypot email accounts to sign up and see if it's legit?

Much like Hold Security, Sophos has displayed nothing but news-unworthy jabber.

about two weeks ago
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LinkedIn Busted In Wage Theft Investigation

alphatel Re:Need to hire more H1b's (108 comments)

They also refuse to fritter away valuable keystrokes and time on trivial things, like punctuation.

tl;dr

about two weeks ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

alphatel Re:The Answer is Violence (398 comments)

Verizon is too big, and our government does not care.

The only answer is to actively work to destroy Verizon until they acquiesce or no longer exist.

Strange, it feels like we already did that once.

about three weeks ago
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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

alphatel Re:Put it another way... (160 comments)

You don't need much brain for running around kicking a ball.

You're absolutely correct in a very zen kind of way. In order to be in the zone, or flow, you still need to make decisions such as "lean left, kick right", or "stop short, pass forward", but they key is to not let those minor mental decisions get in the way of your physical ability to execute. Some people are born with the ability to simply "do it", other may take years of practice to learn to let go of the process, but in the end it's all about realizing your potential without anxiety about the outcome.

about three weeks ago
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"Intelligent" Avatars Poised To Manage Airline Check-In

alphatel nice job (102 comments)

Yes we all want interactive terminals at the airport. We are not at all concerned about waiting 1 hour to checks bags, another hour to get through security and a third useful hour spent waiting to board. No, let's get hyper-aggressive about how the computer looks at the airport.

about 1 month ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

alphatel Re:Let loose the dogs of misinformation! (503 comments)

Ukraine did not shoot down the Malaysian passenger jet, the rebels did, and boasted about it (then quickly removed the post).

Igor: Why Twitter not delete? I need remove
V.Putin: Use "Right to be forgotten!"

about a month ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

alphatel Re:meanwhile overnight... (503 comments)

Igor: Why makes Google this clip? I need remove
V.Putin: Use "Right to be forgotten!"

about a month ago
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Alleged 'Bigfoot' DNA Samples Sequenced, Turn Out To Be Horses, Dogs, and Bears

alphatel Re:Americans (198 comments)

Wow Americans really are uneducated and will believe in all sorts of garbage. From this, to paranormal crap, to religion, to pseudoscience, to debunked science like autism being caused by vaccines, etc.

Yes but not that Global Warming fiction!

about a month and a half ago
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FTC Says T-Mobile Made Hundreds of Millions From Bogus SMS Charges

alphatel it's wrong... (110 comments)

FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez said, "It's wrong for a company like T-Mobile to profit from scams against its customers when there were clear warning signs the charges it was imposing were fraudulent. It's wrong for a company like T-Mobile to profit from scams against its customers when there were clear warning signs the charges it was imposing were fraudulent."

T-Mobile replied "It's wrong for the FCC to call us fraudulent, twice."

about a month and a half ago
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Western Energy Companies Under Sabotage Threat

alphatel Re:Dragonfly by Symantec (86 comments)

I read it the same way. A well placed comma would go a long way...

Or a properly placed quotation:

The group behind the operation, called "Dragonfly" by Symantec

about a month and a half ago
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US House of Representatives Votes To Cut Funding To NSA

alphatel Re:Easily Solved (164 comments)

I predict a number of congressmen will soon get caught attempting to give handies in airport bathrooms...

* You know who you are

You mean someone knows who they are.

about 2 months ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

alphatel Re:"Worth" $17-18 million (232 comments)

Bitcoins will be transferred to winning bidders in the order that each winning bid was received. No bitcoin transfer will be made until the USMS has confirmed receipt of all purchase funds. The winning bidder(s) will be given private instructions related to the transferring of the bitcoins.

You'll note it doesn't provide a deadline for when the bitcoins will be transferred to the winning bidder. Hence, if it takes 60 days to transfer, BTC could be worth 1/10th of its current value.
Would not touch this US Marshall's mess with a 10 foot fuckstick.

about 2 months ago

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Wikipedia to US Congress: Stop Trolling

alphatel alphatel writes  |  about a month ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "Wikipedia has blocked anonymous edits from a congressional IP address for 10 days because of "disruptive" edits. These otherwise anonymous edits were brought to light recently by @Congressedits.

The biography of former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld was edited to say that he was an "alien lizard". Mediaite's Wikipedia page was modified to label the site as a "sexist transphobic" publication."

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RSA encryption further compromised by NSA engineering

alphatel alphatel writes  |  about 5 months ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "It was revealed in December that the NSA paid RSA $10 million to insert a random number generator with a deceptive NSA backdoor built-in.

A group of professors have found that a second tool, known as the "Extended Random" extension, could help crack a version of RSA's software tens of thousands of times faster.

RSA Chief Technologist Sam Curry declined to say if the government had paid RSA to incorporate Extended Random in its BSafe security kit. An NSA spokeswoman declined to comment on the study or the intelligence agency's motives in developing Extended Random."

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Swedish Politicians find themselves bare as Disqus reveals IDs

alphatel alphatel writes  |  about 8 months ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "The Swedish company Resarchgruppen has cracked the Disqus commenting system, enabling them to identify Disqus users by their e-mail addresses. The crack was done in cooperation with the Bonnier Group tabloid Expressen, in order to reveal politicians commenting on Swedish hate speech-sites.

Also widely discussed (pun intended) in English on reddit and ycomb"

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Politicians & Celebrities Personal Data Stolen in Limo Cloud Service Hack

alphatel alphatel writes  |  about 10 months ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "In as yet another Plain Text hack, a company which handles bookings for Limousine companies through an online portal had user credit card, address and personal data exposed, including pickups and activities. These may be the same attackers who recently lifted PR Newswire and Adobe info from the same servers. Beyond the credit card data were important personal notes, including who to contact and what, if any, illicit activity may have occurred in the vehicles.

It must be interesting to have all your data exposed to a group of violent strangers, like the way the rest of the world is exposing itself to the NSA. Shoe, meet foot."
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Wake up, something's happening nearby

alphatel alphatel writes  |  about a year ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "This morning, millions of residents in the NY Metro Region were awoken by an emergency message issued to their cell phones at 3:30 AM. Another Hurricane Sandy, or perhaps even a tornado watch? No, today an Amber Alert was issued which simply read "LIC/GEX1377 NY 1995 Tan Lexis".

Apparently a bipolar mother kidnapped her child, and police issued the alert in an attempt to help track her down. Is this the new age of messaging where any law enforcement can spam their special cases all over the region?"

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EPA: No Single Cause for Colony Collapse Disorder

alphatel alphatel writes  |  about a year ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "Citing a wide range of symptoms, a federal report released today has concluded that no single event, pesticide or virus can be held responsible for CCD in North American bee colonies. Meanwhile, Europe has moved towards banning neocotinids for two years.

EPA's Jim Jones stated, “There are non-trivial costs to society if we get this wrong. There are meaningful benefits from these pesticides to farmers and to consumers, as well as for affordable food.” May R. Berenbaum, head of the department of entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a participant in the study, said “There is no quick fix. Patching one hole in a boat that leaks everywhere is not going to keep it from sinking.”"

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Choose your geolocation wisely, shopper.

alphatel alphatel writes  |  about a year and a half ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "Plan on buying Milton that Swingline Stapler he always wanted? Better be sure you're not right next to Initech's office where Staples.com will mark up your price 10% or higher over someone working at Initrode.

A Wall Street Journal investigation found that the Staples Inc. website displays different prices to people after estimating their locations. More than that, Staples appeared to consider the person's distance from a rival brick-and-mortar store, either OfficeMax or Office Depot. If rival stores were within 20 miles or so, Staples.com usually showed a discounted price.

The Journal identified several companies, including Staples, Discover, Rosetta Stone, and Home Depot that were consistently adjusting prices and displaying different product offers based on a range of characteristics that could be discovered about the user."

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Instagram: So long, and thanks for all the pics!

alphatel alphatel writes  |  about a year and a half ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "Instagram said today that it has the perpetual right to sell users' photographs without payment or notification, a dramatic policy shift that quickly sparked a public outcry.

The new intellectual property policy, which takes effect on January 16, comes three months after Facebook completed its acquisition of the popular photo-sharing site. Unless Instagram users delete their accounts before the January deadline, they cannot opt out. Perhaps most alarming? Underage users are not exempt.
Athough Instagram's terms of service state you must be at least 13 years old to sign up for the service, the new terms indicate that if a youth signs up, they are agreeing that a parent or guardian is aware that their image, username and photos can also be used in ads."

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Charlie Hedbo publishes nude Mohammed, suffers outage

alphatel alphatel writes  |  about 2 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "Potentially adding fuel to an already incensed crowd, satirical French magazine Charlie Hedbo has published an article titled "Intouchables 2", depicting the Prophet Mohammed on several pages in the buff.

Attempts to read the paper have proven difficult as the site is either overloaded or has been brought down."

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RIM CEO Heins: We're not in a a Death Spiral

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

alphatel writes ""There's nothing wrong with the company as it exists right now," said CEO Thorsten Heins when he spoke to Canada's CBC Radio Tuesday morning.
"I'm not talking about the company I took over six months ago. I'm talking about the company [in the] state it's in right now."

RIM just had one of its worst quarters in years, delayed its next-generation smartphone platform, and announced layoffs that will affect nearly one-third of the smartphone maker's employees. What's important to keep in mind that these results paint a picture of decisions made months, if not years, ago."

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Backify might have been fraud scheme

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "In early October, new backup service Backify send out press releases announcing free 512GB accounts. A week later, the new accounts were told of an error and price increase for the service. Follow-up to a few days ago, Backify sent an email wanring customers their accounts would be terminated if no billing information was entered.

Flash forward to today and LiveDrive has been sending emails to Backify customers warning them to call their credit card companies and find a replacement backup provider immediately. Apparently backify used the reseller account status as a tool to commit fraud on thousands of customers."

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The geek dress-down dream come true

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "New York has now ranked as the 5th best-dressed city in the nation, behind rival Boston. GQ blames this all on men who "walk down the street in unison, should-to-shoulder, outfitted in tacky black 'Go Out' button-downs, embroidered denim, and product-inspired conflagrations on their head. These are the men that are sapping one of fashion's capitals, stride by douchey stride." What was once a victory for geekdom, walking around in baseball caps and jeans, has catapulted the fashion capital of the world to looking more like a dress rehearsal for Animal House."
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Mister Wong bans everyone

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "Mister-Wong sent out an email today to a large number of users, claiming that it could "no longer support spam" on its bookmarking site and would "only be free of charge to private users with 'trusted' status". Attempting to sign in causes the new notice page to appears, with a link to the new pay to bookmark pricing page.

Is social bookmarking doomed to become a paid service for SEO, no different from spammy link directories?"

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US Calls for "unrestricted internet access"

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "Hillary Clinton today called for all nations to embrace online freedom, stating that "There is no silver bullet in the struggle against Internet repression. There's no 'app' for that."
The Obama administration says it is ready to help dissidents evade internet restrictions to promote human rights and democracy in repressive states.
One wonders if the administration will help Americans gain internet access post kill-switch or takes issue with this as a typical example of it's right for thee but not for me."

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Demonoid Relocates

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "From the Demonoid.com website:
We are in the process of migrating the site to our new address, Demonoid.ME

Please update your torrents to the new tracker address, inferno.demonoid.me
Additionally, you can re download them and get them with the new address automatically Also, don't forget to update your bookmarks and RSS feeds"

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Old kids on the block

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "Those who ponder timeless brands such as Rustler, Victrola or Handi-Wrap might notice that many of these marks were never brought back into 2010 for a face-lift. A few names were acquired by investors, others held by bankruptcy receivers, and many were simply retained by the large firms that dismantled the original corporation. An auction in December seeks to unload many of these popular trademarks. You could be the Lucky-whip to pour yourself a Meister Brau, slip into some Discowear and start building the next Infoseek."
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Angry Voter easily caught by County Police

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "Christopher R. Sutherland, 37, of High Falls Road Extension in Catskill was charged with second-degree criminal impersonation, a class A misdemeanor, after he allegedly sent an e-mail using the email alias "michael smith", the name of a Catskill town councilman. The criminal email, sent from Angryvotersign@Gmail.com on September 20th, quotes a town of Catskill law stating that political signs should not be placed more than 42 days prior to an election. Subpoenas issued to Google and Mid-Hudson Cable traced the message back to Sutherland, according to the district attorney's office.

Sutherland will be arraigned in Catskill Town Court Nov. 4 — two days after the general election."

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Phone Apps sending location data without notice

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "It's hardly surprising that apps on cell phones are grabbing customer data, but a recent study showed that unique identifiers of phones, such as IMEI and SIMM, are being sent along with GPS data. Co-authored by Penn State and Duke University the study tested a random batch of free Android apps, and determined that at least half had given away device-based data, including location.
Some applications only leaked this data when showing ads to users, others even when the application was closed. "In some cases, location information was being shared as frequently as every 30 seconds.""

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