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Minecraft Creator Notch's $70 Million Mansion Recreated In Minecraft

alphatel just wait... (170 comments)

Bart: I'm rapidly becoming a big underground success in this town.
Jim: See? In another twenty-five years, you'll be able to shake their hands in broad daylight.

4 days ago
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How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

alphatel Re:Stone Age diet ? he wants to live all 20 years? (439 comments)

Hedley Lamarr: My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.
Taggart: God darnit, Mr. Lamarr, you use your tongue prettier than a twenty dollar whore.

4 days ago
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Apple Antitrust Case Finds New Consumer Plaintiff

alphatel Re:Singles ad? (39 comments)

And can just as easily settle for any amount without worrying about the plaintiff getting huffy about it.

about two weeks ago
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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

alphatel Re:Cloud (241 comments)

The cost of the Cloud is cheap. And for IT, we just say "not as secure, but if you're okay with that, go ahead" and when the Cloud services fail, or get breached or whatever, the CIO can simply say "not my fault, that was your choice". The real cost is hidden.

It's the security of the infrastructure that matters. A company is rarely going to lose their shirt because someone found their marketing material in cyberspace, two weeks before it would be released. Of course your mileage may vary.

about two weeks ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

alphatel And then add some age (244 comments)

A few weeks ago an older relative asked me "What's all this We're up for Mexican Lucky about?" I was admittedly boggled.
Turns out he thought We're up all night to get lucky sounded like a nice riff about gambling across the border.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

alphatel From Jack Brennan's response (772 comments)

Yet, despite common ground with some of the findings of the Committee’s Study, we part ways with the Committee on some key points. Our review indicates that interrogations of detainees on whom EITs were used did produce intelligence that helped thwart attack plans, capture terrorists, and save lives. The intelligence gained from the program was critical to our understanding of al-Qa’ida and continues to inform our counterterrorism efforts to this day.

Just when will the CIA get off its high horse of believing that this program, in its former form, or any newer form, produces value for the American citizen or state as a whole? They need to stop defending this indefensible stance that it's okay as long as the CIA is in charge of capturing, detaining, violating rights, and denying everything it does or has ever done.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a felon work in IT?

alphatel Re:What convictions? (10 comments)

Felon = committed a felony, distinctly worse than "several prior misdemeanor convictions". Did you? If not, you probably shouldn't describe yourself as a felon.

My first instinct was if you can't correctly describe your indictment under the law you're not going to do very well in at any data-centric job. In IT, a proper description of the nature of a system, problem, solution or outcome is highly contingent on using the right words. "CPU Cycles" won't do when "Memory Leak" is the correct statement.

about three weeks ago
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

alphatel CPM rates, etc (319 comments)

So The Onion's online edition is essentially worth some small fraction of what a reader is willing to pay for their $1 to visit 50 websites per day. I guess that amounts to about $0.05 per subscriber or considering 10 pageviews per visitor that's $5 CPM. No matter how bad ads are, they pay out closer to $20 RPM for USA visitors and most of these companies claim they are barely breaking even right now. How would getting less revenue help more?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Single Sign-On To Link Google Apps and Active Directory?

alphatel Re:and for students that don't want to be tracked? (168 comments)

What will you do for the students who don't want Google tracking everything they do?

I especially like the fact that he's posted the login format in the article. Should make a forced breach by China/Russia/Anonymous/AngryStudents all the easier.

login requires the @domain.k12.wi.us so it would have to take the AD username, pass it along and tack on the domain to log into Google.

about 2 months ago
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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

alphatel Re:oh boy! (253 comments)

I once worked with a headhunter. When I talked with them, one of the things I made clear was that I did not know DB, had no experience with DB, and they should not send me on any interviews for DB work.

So they send me on an interview. Three minutes into the interview, I'm apologizing for wasting their time. The assholes sent me to a job interview for a DBA post.

prima donna.

about 2 months ago
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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

alphatel Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (353 comments)

How does that follow from what you are responding to?

The fact that I have to spell this out frightens me. Maybe this isn't the place to discus it. But I will try:

You based your original computer on a Xerox PC, but you are 'something else'.
You license your hardware as specialty, but build with the same components as PCs.
You bundle your OS and hardware, but only "sell" hardware.
You give the software away for "free" but bundle the license saying it can only be installed on your hardware.

Calling Apple excluded from any such ruling of a court as above, is contraindicated. The OS is clearly not in any way free at this time.

about 2 months ago
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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

alphatel Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (353 comments)

DOES it follow when the hardware and OS are made by the same company and tied together?

Probably not now, but eventually if this ruling is enforced, it would follow that the shenanigans associated with "I gave you that software for free you insensitive clod!" isn't going to work when you're buying Intel chips and marking up your own boards by 500%

about 2 months ago
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CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

alphatel Re:Really? (275 comments)

This is so twisted. It bothers me greatly that they could be so despicable and twisted. What the hell is wrong with these cops? Pervs in uniform and I wonder if they'll still be out there on duty next year? I hate the thought these sickos will still be pulling women over after they get a slap on the wrist for this. Fire them.

Unbelievable, And to think those 4chan nude celebrity posts did the same thing. Let's violate everyone's rights because it's okay to spy now in any form (although doing it anonymously seems much more rewarding and easier to escape punishment from).

Seriously, who's considering causing pain and suffering on the US Govt for spying on it's children? The entire concept of privacy is completely obliterated in this country, and we started it to protect pictures of 1970's nude children from being distributed through the internet. It's still happening. Then we did it to stop those that steal planes from driving them into buildings. They're just throwing axes and shooting policemen now. Useless again. We keep surrendering privacy, laughing about it the whole way no matter who gets hurt, and hoping some little angel will protect us.

You can't start fixing it until you give up your right, and execute with diligence your unwillingness to violate other people's privacy. Right now no such attitude exists, and a "no privacy for you" clause is in full effect. And you love it. And until you stop loving it, embracing it, suffering it, you will only exacerbate it.

about 2 months ago
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CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

alphatel Re:Prison time (275 comments)

Send a letter to my congressman and donate $10 ! HAHA they are so screwed.

about 2 months ago
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How Whisper Tracks Users Who Don't Share Their Location

alphatel Re:Not at all accurate (39 comments)

My connection is on a dynamic IP address. The best any of those services can do is tell you what city my ISP's router is in, and one of the three services tested by iplocation.net (the service pointed to by TFA) managed to get it wrong. And, I'm not the least bit impressed by the claim that the author's location was correct withing 5 miles, as that still leaves anybody looking for you with just over 78.5 square miles to search.

So how inaccurate is something if you are generating this data all the time, wherever you travel, from one ISP to another, and post your subliminal text images all over the place. Suddenly a fuzzy picture starts to look much clearer, and you can be pinpointed with reasonable accuracy.

about 2 months ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

alphatel Re:Well (180 comments)

This is almost not certainly the app you have been curious about. The company called Whisper Systems was started by Moxie Marlinspike, a highly respected cypherphunk. Their app is called redphone. The "whisper" app, though, is made by a company called Whisper, which has close DoD ties and all sorts of red flags.

The similarity in names is no coincidence. I think this is actually a deliberate attempt to spread distrust about phone crypto apps.

Perhaps you've read into it too much. Storing everyone's data is certainly a truth of the app, and whisper already says they will hand over data when requested.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whisper_(app)

about 2 months ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

alphatel grow your own (236 comments)

"...there are very real discussions about automating jobs there now,"

How about automating jobs here now. Wouldn't it be just as cheap, more secure and faster to ship if you kept automation in your own country?

about 3 months ago
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

alphatel Re:Some content should be avoided... (171 comments)

You have admitted to a copyright violation that, according to the precedent set in Sony BMG v. Tenenbaum, carries a penalty of $21,774 per song shared. Please stand against the wall over there along with 50% of the population of the planet that has violated IP enough IP laws to generate more money in fines than they will ever make in their lifetime.

You mean generated more money in fines than the corporations would ever earn in their lifetime.

about 3 months ago

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Wikipedia to US Congress: Stop Trolling

alphatel alphatel writes  |  about 5 months 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 9 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  |  1 year,16 days

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 a year 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 and a half 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 and a half 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 2 years 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 2 years 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  |  more than 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 3 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  |  about 4 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 4 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 4 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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