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Researchers Discover SS7 Flaw, Allowing Total Access To Any Cell Phone, Anywhere

cdrudge Re:Hardware Security (83 comments)

Where do you live that you don't get any rain?

yesterday
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

cdrudge Re:Private/for profit DNS (378 comments)

Or use a country code DNS out side the US jurisdiction. Or an IP address. Or...

3 days ago
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Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

cdrudge Re:Conservatives mostly don't like the involvement (193 comments)

So Obama should remain for it for another few weeks, but once the new Congress is in session, be opposed to it. He should also be against Obamacare and against immigration. Republicans won't know what to do.

3 days ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

cdrudge Go ahead (378 comments)

If a takedown notice could blacklist a site from every available DNS provider, the URL would be effectively erased from the internet.

Good strategy. Go ahead with that plan and let us know how that turns out.

3 days ago
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Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

cdrudge Re:Making him? (222 comments)

Andy taught him about gaming by making him play and master all of the old video games and gaming systems in the exact order they were actually released.

So he's forcing his kid to play these games?

Would you question his actions as much if instead of "forcing his kid to play these games", he "forced his kid to read these [age appropriate] books" in the order they were published?

I read it as the order which the games and systems were presented were enforced to follow a specific order of introduction, not that the child was forced to do something against his will.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

cdrudge Re:Maybe they should focus on... (415 comments)

Not to mention the image implies it's a SSD. The defragmentation of the drive probably did far more "harm" to the drive from the point of unnecessary writes then what the log files contributed.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

cdrudge Re:Enlightening... (769 comments)

The real heros are the ones that stood up after they had started waterboarding and it just got to the point where they couldn't' handled it any more? No, they aren't heroes. Heroes are the ones that stand up, stop it BEFORE it got to that point. Or if it progressed to the point of no return, quit, and made it as public as they can regardless what their personal consequences are. Heroes don't get to abuse, and then just walk away when it gets too much and still get to be called heroes.

I suppose that you'll also call them victims of terrorism for what they have to live with knowing what they've done too.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

cdrudge Re:Maybe they should focus on... (415 comments)

I thought the same thing. SFC log file, some antivirus/malware, some .Net housekeeping...a page file...ZOMG! Sounds like pretty much everything that I would expect and would prefer to run while the machine is "idle" rather than do all the things when I'm wanting to use it and would prefer faster performance.

about two weeks ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

cdrudge Re:All for poisioning the well (285 comments)

So your profile could look like you want hello kitty, mercedes cars and dating sites.

As oppose to having absolutely no profile information, in which case they'd just display random Hello Kitty, Mercedes cars, and dating site ads anyways. The net effect of the end user hasn't changed, but you've still managed to screw over the advertiser in a small, relatively meaningless way.

about two weeks ago
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FISA Court Extends Section 215 Bulk Surveillance For 90 Days

cdrudge Re:Clarification: expires June 2015, law says cour (82 comments)

Of course it's worth keeping the program. It's much better to capture everything and later realize that you don't need any of it. Or better yet you don't need it for the reason that you thought you would but found another use that is equally beneficial to them. Can you imagine if the Government didn't have it AND they needed it? They might not get re-elected and they just can't have that.

about two weeks ago
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Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

cdrudge Re:These are real engineers, you Ruby weenies. (197 comments)

Thank god the English language doesn't have multiple meanings for a word. It would be so awful if we were able to have multiple different types of engineers for different areas. Pretty soon even the guy who drives a train is going to want to be called an engineer.

about two weeks ago
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NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

cdrudge Re:Like the space shuttle-------- (140 comments)

I've only ever seen that Orion is to facilitate a mission to Mars, not that Orion itself will go to Mars in it's current incarnation. The Space Shuttle program was never intended to enable asteroids spend months or years in orbit, but it facilitated building the ISS which did allow astronauts to do that.

about two weeks ago
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FTC: Online Billing Service Deceptively Collected Medical Records

cdrudge Re:BILLER, not PAYER (25 comments)

They send out bills. Patients send them money. They send money to the doctor or hospital. They keep ledgers.

They don't need to know detailed medical information.

Almost every bill that I've received has a diagnostic code on it, or a semi-detailed description of what the charge was for. My chiropractor bill showed which specific vertebrae was the focus of the adjustment. My dentist bill had that I had a cavity filled on a particular tooth. The supplier for my CPAP machine listed all the accessories I purchased for my sleep apnea. In all 3 cases, I paid my bill with my flexible spending account debit card, and my insurance company wanted a copy of the detailed bill to insure compliance required by the IRS. If any of those 3 providers used a 3rd party billing company, that company would need to know what the charges were for to include in the invoice. They wouldn't need to know specific results of a lab, or what a prescription was written for (unless they were billing on behalf of say a mail-order pharmacy), but saying they don't need to know detailed medical information isn't completely true. They need to know more than just you owe $X to Dr. Smith.

about two weeks ago
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FTC: Online Billing Service Deceptively Collected Medical Records

cdrudge Re:I take it (25 comments)

But it sounds like the service did tell customers they were collecting the information, and required for the consent to do so. It was just buried in a kajilion screens of 6 lines of text each. Shady? Yes. Should be fined? Definitely. Criminally culpable to the point that the guilty need to serve a prison sentence? eh...no so sure.

about two weeks ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Goes On Auction This Week

cdrudge Re:Who buys this stuff? (355 comments)

The same people that buy Olympic medals, Superbowl rings, or any other award that the buyer didn't earn/contribute too. It's memorabilia and history.

about three weeks ago
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Black Friday '14: E-commerce Pages Far Slower Than They Were in 2013

cdrudge Re:I did not participate (143 comments)

But we're celebrating his birth by buying TVs we don't need. I'll put off dying until late March/early April (check local lunar calendar for exact date) if you don't mind.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

cdrudge Re:OBD2 (195 comments)

Most of those stats are pretty mundane and generic. It might get you somewhat to what you might be looking for, but I wouldn't exactly call it "hacking". And unless you have the diagnostic tool specific to that manufacturer/make/model, you are unlikely to do anything than read those generic values and reset the check engine light.

about a month ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

cdrudge Re:Hmmm ... (167 comments)

I can see this applying to FAR more than cycling.

You could use it to dehumidify an entire house! I mean, in summer when you have hot, muggy air something like this, obviously on a bigger scale, could do wonders to remove the moisture plus even maybe a bit of heat in the air making it much more comfortable in a space.

about a month ago
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

cdrudge Re:Wifi what about the poor saps (106 comments)

What difference does it make if a low income family saves $10 on POTS or $10 on a cell phone? It's not like that $10 is getting them an unlimited data plan and a top of the line phone.

about a month ago
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Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue

cdrudge Re:The problem with corporations. (130 comments)

I figured it out.

This is them whenever they see money, period. mine!

Really? Who would have ever have though a corporation would want to make money.

about a month ago

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cdrudge cdrudge writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cdrudge (68377) writes "A federal jury on Thursday said Vonage Holdings Corp. violated 3 of 5 patents of Verizon Communications Inc. and ordered the upstart Internet-phone company to pay $58m in damages as well 5.5% in royalty fees per month per customer. Verizon said it would seek an injunction to block Vonage from using its patented technology. The jury did reject Verizon's claim of $200m in damages and that Vonage deliberately violated Verizon's patents. As you might expect, Vonage said it would appeal the decision and seek a stay if an injunction is granted. Judge Claude Hilton set a hearing for March 23 on whether to grant an injunction."

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