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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.

3 days 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!"

5 days 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!"

5 days 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month 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 a month ago
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Was Turing Test Legitimately Beaten, Or Just Cleverly Tricked?

alphatel Re:Chatbot transcript (309 comments)

I created a chat bot that emulates a 65-year-old grocery store clerk who speaks perfect English. Here is a sample transcript:

Tester: Hello, and welcome to the Turing test! Bot: Hey, gimme one sec. I gotta pee really bad. BRB. . . . Tester: You back yet? . . . Tester: Hello? . . .

Profit?

about a month and a half ago
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NSA's Novel Claim: Our Systems Are Too Complex To Obey the Law

alphatel Can't hold data, or can't tell the truth? (245 comments)

"This of course implies that they have no backup system — or at least that the backup are not held for long."

It implies nothing other than the NSA continues to lie whenever an order to turnover data is presented.

about a month and a half ago
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Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

alphatel Re:FWIW (364 comments)

Verizon isn't limited to FiOS. The vast majority of their ISP services for customers is over DSL.

And the fact that they call that "broadband" is reprehensible. Verizon DSL is awful and never meets the speeds the customer pays for.

about a month and a half ago
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Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

alphatel Re:only a trick if the truth makes a difference (346 comments)

"Hello Edward, I am a Russian diplomat, come to Moscow and we won't extradite you to the Americans"

"Hello Edward, I am a Russian spy, come to Moscow and we won't extradite you to the Americans"

I can't imagine Snowden was under any illusions about the job title of the "diplomats" he was talking to, so it wasn't much of a trick. It might not have been a particularly good long term deal, but there wasn't a whole lot else on the table.

It seemed pretty clear in reading Greenwald's book that Snowden had no illusions about anything he did or the consequences. He never attempted conceal his activities or obscure his own person. He knew that due to US policies he would be charged with treason and found guilty. His only hope was that he could avoid extradition and not spend the rest of his life in a 10x10 wet hole in gitmo. Whatever rumors swirl around him mean nothing so long as he can stay out of prison until America changes his policies, or he can get on a rocket to Mars. The latter is probably more likely to happen sooner than the former.

about a month and a half ago
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How Open Government Data Saved New Yorkers Thousands On Parking Tickets

alphatel Re:Alternate headline (286 comments)

whistle the correct codes to launch nuclear missiles at Mayor Bloomberg."

You do know that Mr. Bloomberg doesn't get to keep the title forever, right?

But he "thinks" he does. Eight years wasn't a legit reign. Another four was not nearly enough. No doubt there's some hidden clause that lets him invoke the title for eternity.

about a month and a half ago
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Pixar To Give Away 3D RenderMan Software

alphatel tl;dr (147 comments)

Damn I thought this said they were giving away Slenderman on Bluray. Kind of creepy considering...

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: In What Other Occupations Are IT Skills and Background Useful?

alphatel It's all "tech"-ish (158 comments)

Okay, since you asked nicely.

I've been doing IT since I chose to become a programmer. As you can see, being a programmer didn't really happen, even though I had been programming and even went to school for it since I was a mere youth. Fast forward many millions of years later and I still manage some IT systems for a select group of high-end clients whom I know personally. That's a plus and it's easy work for me. This whole time that I've been doing IT I have been doing many other projects: building custom high-end servers and workstations; doing wordpress buildouts, and running some eCommerce sites on various platforms. Somehow this morphed into driving traffic and is changing into a lucrative business. I don't worry about where I will end up, so whatever I start digging my nails is where I go.

It's all tech-ish somehow.

about 2 months ago
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Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

alphatel From many points of data (772 comments)

While Dan has certainly taken pains to show the many correlations between one subset and another, I think the most important one to consider is this:

Those who firmly believe that a "God" was involved in the universe/mankind, were less likely to score at the upper tier of scientific knowledge. Everyone else drew mixed results.

I also like this quote here:
Nevertheless, the subgroup of such students who did back away from two particular beliefs hostile to naturalistic evolution (that the “living world is controlled by a force greater than humans” and that “all events in nature occur as part of a predetermined master plan”) consisted of the students who scored the lowest in critical reasoning skills.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Drone Attack Strategy Against Al-Qaeda May Be Wrong

alphatel Re:Correlation vs correlation (433 comments)

OK, so "there has been no significant correlation between successful strikes and a reduction in al-Qaeda attacks".

Am I the only one thinking things might have been much worse if no terrorist leaders had been taken out at all?

There's only one way to handle this. The US is a bunch of pansies with girlie underpants.

Drone Strike every leader, and at the same time hit every second-in-command
You will miss a few leaders so now you must drop heavy artillery all over their compounds
You will have missed a few followers so now you must drop nuclear weapons all over their towns
You will have missed a few sympathizers so now you invade the country and kill everyone using your might at land and sea.
Anyone who lives should be put in prison.

Victory!

about 2 months ago
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Blizzard Sues Starcraft II Cheat Creators

alphatel Re:Blizzard Shizzard (252 comments)

they're just suing since despite tying their game to their servers they still haven't figured out the shit enough to not transmit troop positions or map pieces to the client the client shouldn't know about - and they pretend to be serious about competitive online play.

You're right. I don't see what the problem is. However, because someone makes a profit off of the company's failure that's where the loophole is, as far as the civil courts are concerned. Alternatively, if you create a cheat based on data packets sent to the client, even in this piss-poor environment of protect-the-corporation-first, you'd still probably get away with it, although you'd likely spend a miserable few years back and forth in court.

about 2 months ago
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Gen. Keith Alexander On Metadata, Snowden, and the NSA: "We're At Greater Risk"

alphatel Work harder at what? (238 comments)

If you own a clothing store and want to prevent theft by increasing security you can:

Add metal tags to clothing
Hire more security guards inside the store
Install cameras in the ceiling and watch shoppers

The NSA opts instead to
Ask shoppers to wear metal tags
Hire agents to follow them after they leave
Install video cameras in their homes

And now we call it "America"

about 2 months ago
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Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

alphatel Re:I beg to differ. (370 comments)

It gives companies like Google the ammunition they need to take to the US government and say look, we can't just hand you this data because that then puts us in breach of European data law. It gives them ammunition in their arguments against the US government's excessive over reach and abuse of secret courts and so forth.

It's one of those cases where the simple nature that everyone points to belies the trove of wealth that can be leveraged behind it.

about 2 months ago

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RSA encryption further compromised by NSA engineering

alphatel alphatel writes  |  about 4 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 7 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 9 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  |  1 year,6 days

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 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  |  about 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  |  about 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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Single keystroke results in Google instant

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "With Google's new Instant, some results are bound to have higher ranking and preference than others. An unedited list of keystrokes and search results has already been published which includes some strange effects, such as Lebron James ranking first for "@" or a Wikipedia entry for emoticon appearing as a top result for "_", the oft neglected underscore."
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