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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

cbiltcliffe Re:Everyone is a potential criminal in L.A. (405 comments)

I think he meant the one outside of the capitol building where all of the super mutants are holed up in trenches.

Super mutants? Is that what you're calling your senators, now?

(I know...I know...Fallout 3...blahblahblah.)

about three weeks ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

cbiltcliffe Re:Everyone is a potential criminal in L.A. (405 comments)

It isn't a "dumb name", it's what the word "mall" means. It's only recently that "mall" is assumed to mean "shopping mall".

I think more people assume it's a streetlike thing than a lawn. In any case, we often give things multiple names, we could just call it some president's name park or whatever.

I propose "Metadata park."

about three weeks ago
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Fake PGP Keys For Crypto Developers Found

cbiltcliffe Re:x.509 WTF? (110 comments)

Regarding binary and source code distribution, there's nothing to fix really - both source and binaries are already protected by X.509 certificates by virtue of being hosted on SSL-using websites: https://www.mail-archive.com/b...

This in no way prevents the server from being compromised and serving a malicious installer package. It prevents a MitM attack from compromising the package in transit, but that's it.
Code signing and SSL are protections against completely different attacks, and are not interchangeable.

about three weeks ago
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Inside NSA's Efforts To Hunt Sysadmins

cbiltcliffe Re: This has gone beyond madness (147 comments)

I didn't know that every sysadmin was a US citizen

Where does the GP make anything even remotely resembling this claim?

about three weeks ago
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NSA General Counsel Insists US Companies Assisted In Data Collection

cbiltcliffe Re:Taking bets here.. (103 comments)

NSA Agent Smith: "Mr. Trail at Google refused our NSL. You can find a dozen kilos of cocaine in his car trunk, right?"
Local Sheriff: "Sure thing."
DEA Agent: "You got it."

How many people are going to believe that a drug dealer was targeted because of a refusal to honour a government data request, even if the target publicizes as much? For that matter, how many of those arrested and accused of dealing drugs are even granted a media interview?

about three weeks ago
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French, German Leaders: Keep European Email Off US Servers

cbiltcliffe Re:As a Canadian (115 comments)

You would be incorrect.
The Canadian firm is responsible for ensuring that a breach doesn't happen when the data is in possession of the foreign firm, but it's not illegal to send it there at all.
Considering the Canadian firm's responsibilities, it can certainly be argued that it's rarely, if ever, a good idea, but it's certainly not illegal.

about 2 months ago
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Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account

cbiltcliffe Re:Car Analogy Time! (232 comments)

Watch Disney`s Cars 2.

about 2 months ago
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Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC

cbiltcliffe Re: physcial damage (526 comments)

They're advertised as "Windows Notebooks". They should be able to boot Windows of the particular version mentioned on the activation code sticker. Anything else - not their problem. Sad but true.

They should also be able to run programs using standard Windows APIs to perform functions required by the user, without damaging anything.
VLC uses standard Windows APIs to play sound. If this damages the hardware, then it's Dell's problem.

about 2 months ago
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Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC

cbiltcliffe Re:Definitely Small Claims and/or BBB. (526 comments)

You trust him. Isn't that special?

Now, tell us why we should trust YOU.

Because he's "jrronimo", not "Beta"?

(Sorry....I couldn't help it...)

about 2 months ago
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Snowden Used Software Scraper, Say NSA Officials

cbiltcliffe Re:Hang him high (227 comments)

I look forward to the day when sNOwden hangs for high treason against the government spooks of the United States of America.

FTFY.

about 2 months ago
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Snowden Used Software Scraper, Say NSA Officials

cbiltcliffe Re: The trick (227 comments)

His job was to find juicy tidbits in data scraped from external sources. His job was definitely NOT to find juicy tidbits in internal NSA documentation. The fact that he could easily and massively access this documentation without anyone seriously questioning his activities is a huge problem.
The assumption could be made that internal documentation and externally sourced data are stored on the same servers, and accessed using the exact same methods.

There is no possible explanation for this which doesn't involve the NSA having absolutely piss poor internal security.

about 2 months ago
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Snowden Used Software Scraper, Say NSA Officials

cbiltcliffe Re: ...and that makes it better? (227 comments)

Hey you forgot the part where to be able to preserve the way of life "some" murky actions are necessary ,and of course "they" think we can't handle the truth.

You mean the "way of life" where we're free people, not spied on by a fascist government, and executed whenever we piss off the king/emperor? Yeah....that's been preserved REAAAALLY well...

about 2 months ago
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New Zealand Spy Agency Deleted Evidence About Its Illegal Spying On Kim Dotcom

cbiltcliffe Re: Should've deleted Beta (222 comments)

Never underestimate the sheer levels of incompetence in the government.

FTFY.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?

cbiltcliffe Re:at this point (822 comments)

First you said he "shared secret information with our enemies." Then, when it turns out you're demonstrably wrong, you change that to "sharing with anyone that is not cleared is a violation of the contract he signed."
Keep moving those goalposts. Maybe you'll eventually find something that works for you.

about 2 months ago
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Canadian Spy Agency Snooped Travelers With Airport Wi-Fi

cbiltcliffe Re:Complete bull without the person in question. (159 comments)

Hey, it's another "the government can do no wrong! Please, I want bureaucrats to penetrate my ass with probes on a daily basis! After all, I've done nothing wrong, so I have no reason to prevent the government from raping my ass!" shill!

Please explain why the NSA is "necessary." In fact, please explain what the NSA has to do with this story, as it's detailing Canada's illegal surveillance activities, not the USA's.

The NSA hasn't stopped a single terrorist attack. They've said so themselves. So hindering them doesn't do any harm to finding terrorists, either, but it does a LOT of good to our democratic and personal freedoms, which is what our two countries used to stand for and respect.

You, on the other hand, sound like you should be spouting propaganda about the Nazis, Stasi, KGB, or whoever, during their heyday, and how they're protecting the motherland from those "evil" capitalists.

Same methods, different enemy. And you're either falling for it hook, line, and sinker, or you're being paid to promote it. Either way, shut your festering gob, you twit.

about 2 months ago
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Canadian Spy Agency Snooped Travelers With Airport Wi-Fi

cbiltcliffe Re:Here's what's funny about all of this (159 comments)

It wasn't the "silo-ization" as you put it, that was the problem. From my memory, there were warnings to the FBI regarding the 9/11 terrorists, but they were ignored.

That being said, I don't give a damn if various agencies share data among themselves. It's all the same government, so they have the data....go ahead and use the data. (Sure, there are exceptions to that: eg. health data shouldn't be used by the police to place suspicion of drugs on you, so they can raid your house....etc.etc.)
However, they shouldn't be using data that they have no business collecting in the first place. That's where the problem comes from. It is not the government's concern who I call, and for how long I talk to them. Unless one of those people I talk to is suspected of a crime and is actively being investigated, with a proper, publicly accessible court approved warrant, then leave my call records the fuck alone.

about 2 months ago
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OneDrive Is Microsoft's Rebranded Name For SkyDrive

cbiltcliffe Re:Let's all trademark every word! Noone could spe (197 comments)

From my understanding, it was Microsoft that was the bully here, and tried to take the trademark from BSkyB in court, but lost.

about 2 months ago
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FileZilla Has an Evil Twin That Steals FTP Logins

cbiltcliffe Re:No, don't bother... yes really (197 comments)

Thinking that you will be secure by putting bad domain names into your host file will tead to tears of failure because:

a) it's attempting to enumerate badness. There's always new badness, you can't enumerate it all. New badness can be created quicker than you can update your hosts file.

b) bad software can happily use a randomly or dynamically generated name which you cannot add to your hosts file, as it can't be known in advance, and may only be used once.

How do we know that the malware uses a domain name in the first place? Maybe it just uses the IP address, which of course, cannot be blocked by modifying the hosts file, regardless of what apk will tell you.

about 2 months ago
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FileZilla Has an Evil Twin That Steals FTP Logins

cbiltcliffe Re: people still use FTP? (197 comments)

If you're moving gigabytes of data, FTP is still the ticket. If you need encryption, do it first on the data files.

That does nothing to prevent your password from being sniffed.
However, like the GP, I've managed 8-10 MB/s to a Pentium 3 server on a 100Mb network, which is barely slower than FTP on the same hardware. It certainly loads the processor more than FTP does, so if you're trying to do multiple client connections on a Gigabit network with a low end processor in the server, you might slow things down. Maybe that's what your use case is?

about 2 months ago
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David Cameron Says Fictional Crime Proves Why Snooper's Charter Is Necessary

cbiltcliffe Re:I'm sorry, but (179 comments)

There's "keeping the nation safe from a foreign invasion," and then there's "keeping individuals safe from an individual or small group of wackjobs."
The first is the job of the government. The second one isn't. They're trying to conflate the two, and take over the second, as well as the first.

about 2 months ago

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Video games affect behaviour positively.

cbiltcliffe cbiltcliffe writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cbiltcliffe (186293) writes "A study done at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah has determined that playing video games with a parent positively affects behaviour in girls age 11-16.

Boys apparently don't get the same effect, but girls "were less likely to suffer from depression/anxiety or aggressive behavior."

Even the authors of the study, however, couldn't help but taking one jab at games, stating that "co-playing (at least with girls) may be one way to stay involved with adolescent activities and to negate at least some of the negative effects of playing video games.""

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Hollywood movie studio MGM files for bankruptcy.

cbiltcliffe cbiltcliffe writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cbiltcliffe (186293) writes "MGM Movie studios (distributor of the James Bond movies) filed for bankruptcy in Manhattan after rejecting a takeover bid.
According to the article, the pre-packaged bankruptcy plan will eliminate about $4 billion in MGM debt, and replace managers with those from Spyglass Entertainment....
MGM said it has enough cash on hand to fund “normal business operations” throughout its bankruptcy,..

My question is, will this be used by the MPAA to lobby for harsher copyright sentences, due to the "obvious connection between piracy and this bankruptcy", or will they admit that, as the article states, "the company was hobbled with debt" after a 2005 buyout?"
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Microsoft Plubin puts Firefox users at risk.

cbiltcliffe cbiltcliffe writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cbiltcliffe (186293) writes "The 'Windows Presentation Foundation' plugin that the .NET framework installs in Firefox is vulnerable to the same "browse-and-get-owned" situation that Internet Explorer is.

From the article:

"While the vulnerability is in an IE component, there is an attack vector for Firefox users as well," admitted Microsoft engineers in a post to the company's Security Research & Defense blog on Tuesday. "The reason is that .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 installs a 'Windows Presentation Foundation' plug-in in Firefox."
According to annoyances.org: "This update adds to Firefox one of the most dangerous vulnerabilities present in all versions of Internet Explorer: the ability for Web sites to easily and quietly install software on your PC," said the hints and tips site. "Since this design flaw is one of the reasons [why] you may have originally chosen to abandon IE in favor of a safer browser like Firefox, you may wish to remove this extension with all due haste."

Although Microsoft states that the MS09-054 update also patches this vulnerable component, so be sure to apply it to any machine(s) you maintain."

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DMCA enforcement bots.

cbiltcliffe cbiltcliffe writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Somebody a few days back posted a comment about creating a program that plugged up the bots copyright holders are using to check filenames available on the internet. I took a small amount of time to write one, that's at least somewhat automatically extensible.

The program itself is mirrored on Yahoo Geocities, and the homepage is at http://cbservices.dyndns.org/Anti-DMCA/anti-dmca.html

As the homepage server in question is only on a home DSL connection, I've limited the number of connections possible at a time to 30 in my server config. I'll see how the /. effect takes hold, and bump this up a little if the server seems to be handling it ok...If you get a server busy error, try a little later, or just get it from Yahoo, and try the homepage after you've installed the program. Untar the archive from within your apache root directory, and everything will end up in the right spot. Read the readme file, install, and enjoy.

If somebody who gets there first wants to mirror the file and post another link to a fast server in the first message or two, that would be appreciated.

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