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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

alphatel Plan B (149 comments)

1. You sell me Core Yahoo for .01
2. I call Google, Microsoft, and some other loonies.
3. Profit

P.S. I reinvest line 3 into a new company called Mauls where we make solar self-actuating molar embedded mice that navigate as you chatter. Start over at line 2....

2 days ago
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Akamai Reissues All SSL Certificates After Admitting Heartbleed Patch Was Faulty

alphatel More than a decade ago... (56 comments)

More than a decade ago, Akamai modified parts of OpenSSL it felt were weak related to key storage

Now that's insight!

about a week ago
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Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL

alphatel "It's Not a Tumor" - Oh Wait, It Is (301 comments)

This could get a lot more ugly...

Once upon a time, SSL certificates were signed against a single root certificate, each SSL cert issuer had a single root certificate authority for each of its product lines. Now all corps issue an SSL certificate that is signed against and INTERMEDIATE certificate, which in turn is signed against the root certificate.

What happens if a provider's server has this exploit and the intermediate certificate is compromised? EVERY certificate signed against that intermediate must be revoked. Or put another way, the ENTIRE PRODUCT LINE must be tossed into the garbage and all certs reissued.

So if Verisign or Thawte discover new their intermediate certificate MIGHT have been exploited, would they say anything? The servers implementing those certs are in the hands of a select few - it would be easy to hide the possibility they might have been compromised.

about two weeks ago
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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

alphatel Re:What the French call la dolce vita? (477 comments)

Isn't that Italian?

It's even better than you think. La Dolce Vita is a Federico Fellini film and not necessarily an Italian expression, let alone French. Even the link provided points to the Wikipedia entry for the film.

about two weeks ago
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Hewlett-Packard Admits To International Bribery and Money Laundering Schemes

alphatel Re:Corporations are not people (139 comments)

Most of this happened longer than 5 years ago under different leadership. HP is still suffering from the mistakes of the past. HP was financially successful then but at a cost. This is the way people like Mark Hurd do business. Its all about short term gains. Being told your pay was being cut because of difficult times and it was necessary in order to survive, only to find out that 6 months later HP had record profits. That's why all the top performer's no longer work there.

So again, saw it coming

about two weeks ago
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Hewlett-Packard Admits To International Bribery and Money Laundering Schemes

alphatel Re:Corporations are not people (139 comments)

Corporations are not people. They don't make decisions. Executives make decisions.

Lock the bastards up.

Hate to put it this way but considering the way HP has been failing so badly the past 5 years... saw it coming

about two weeks ago
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Federal Bill Would Criminalize Revenge Porn Websites

alphatel Re:Freedom of Speech? (328 comments)

Porn is not speech any more.

Tell that to Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, Farrah Abraham or any other of our very famous revenge porn stars with their sex tapes custom-built for the teenage audience.

Where would any of these sluts be if it wasn't for their 'revenge porn' boyfriends? Oh right, sucking **** just as depicted. Okay yes I agree let's make these awful things federal offenses. Can we prosecute the whores who star in them too? Please?

about two weeks ago
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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

alphatel Re:it's true (353 comments)

I am simply agreeing with the article/video. I don't advertise, not even my real name, so bite me you lukewarm troll magnet.

about two weeks ago
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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

alphatel it's true (353 comments)

Almost every failing of a computer can be related to where the OS sits. I have replaced/installed over 50 new/used computer platters with SSDs as the primary and a platter as the storage. Not only does boot time vanish, but just about everything under the sun is improved. I could ramble on but I think that's what the video does. Basically it's just smarter regardless of whether you use Win/Mac/Linux etc.

about two weeks ago
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MtGox Finds 200,000 Bitcoins In Old Wallet

alphatel Re:Smelling more fishy every day. (227 comments)

Probably... they were 'magically discovered' when it became clear to Mark that the authorities might be contemplating criminal charges against him.

Or when it seemed obvious the rest of the world had hacked the sh$t out off his life and he was going to be terminated by the next silk road assassin within weeks.

about a month ago
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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

alphatel Re:Not the only reason..... (409 comments)

Should schools pay for M$ or take Google's privacy invasive stuff free or is there a third choice. Should the federal provide free open source software under federal core program. Software that is free, has been audited for quality and security, software that is free of privacy invasive elements during and after school use. If all the money spent on software licence had instead been spent on developing software, the government would have produced the necessary software ten times over and been able to distribute for free instead of still paying to this day. Niether M$ nor Google is the answer, they just both keep the problem going, year after year after year, instead of permanently solving the problem with something like https://www.libreoffice.org/.

Dude, stop making sense.

about a month ago
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Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

alphatel Re:Two Possibilities (349 comments)

2) Comcast doesn't have an entry in it's DNS servers for the site because it is a Chinese domain that looks like spam that no customer of theirs has tried to access before now.

And as soon as you make a query to this brand new domain, Comcast is supposed to query the IANA's root-servers to get the data. So your point 2) is a fallacy. Otherwise every time someone buys a new domain, Comcast has to wait for everyone in the world to visit it first?

about a month ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

alphatel Re:Why? (769 comments)

Downside : a normal coffee brew process generates 6-12 cups of Joe.

I guess we could all switch to a press ... but that's a bit messy and requires a stand alone heating method (I've not the space to keep a proper tea kettle on my office desk)

Keurig provides a clean single-cup solution

Are you on crack? We boil water in an electric kettle in 2.5 minutes, then pour into a press, and blammo, coffee. Keurig provides stupid, bland, watery goop that doesn't leave you with a bunch of grinds to clean up. However, it is neither greener, nor more efficient or even easier really.

about a month and a half ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

alphatel Re:Really? (769 comments)

How much "game-changing functionality" can you really work into a fucking coffee machine?

It turns into a coffee fucking machine. See how I did that?

about a month and a half ago
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Mt. Gox Shuts Down: Collapse Should Come As No Surprise

alphatel Re:Is MtGox Bitcoin? (232 comments)

Yes, in a rigged market, the price is controlled and doesn't drop on very bad news. You can contrast that with a free market like housing which took a drop after Lehman shut down.

Those two objects are not correlated. The housing market collapsed because of bad debt that was loaded into paper held by banks, and Lehman happened to have some of the paper too. Note that Lehman was allowed to collapse because the impact to the housing market was a non-event. The impact to the US as a whole, and the housing market secondarily, by the bankruptcy of all solvent banks was much greater. And so we entered into a time when the government took a stake in the stock market and financial institutions.

MT and BTC are the same scenario, luckily the US Govt has not stepped in yet. Which means the market is actually free.

about 2 months ago
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Mt. Gox Shuts Down: Collapse Should Come As No Surprise

alphatel Re:Is MtGox Bitcoin? (232 comments)

Here we have a large brokerage that shuts down, but changes in the value of bitcoin are largely unaffected except temporarily by the news, and everything remains stable despite a large market share being removed from the market. How will this change when users gain access to their accounts and finally settle at a loss is unknown. But the value of the underlying currency is both an interesting sounding board for this type of data, and in terms of technical chart analysis, an interesting point of stability. FWIW.

about 2 months ago
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Elon Musk Talks Tesla, Apple, Model X

alphatel Re:get in line (99 comments)

Buy your iTesla today!

The way things are going, there might be a TeslaPad first.

about a month ago
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Does Crime Leave a Genetic Trace?

alphatel clearly (160 comments)

We're all stressed out, and can't deal with it.

about 2 months ago

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RSA encryption further compromised by NSA engineering

alphatel alphatel writes  |  about three weeks 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 4 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 5 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 9 months 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 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 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 a year and a half 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  |  more than 2 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  |  about 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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