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RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

compro01 Re:Still far too ambiguous (103 comments)

Whoever got this on the books should be drawn and quartered.

That would be Mulroney. "Mischief in relation to data" was added to the criminal code by the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1985.

2 days ago
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RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

compro01 Re:Mischief in Relation to Data (103 comments)

It does have a somewhat specific legal meaning.

(1.1) Every one commits mischief who wilfully
        (a) destroys or alters data;
        (b) renders data meaningless, useless or ineffective;
        (c) obstructs, interrupts or interferes with the lawful use of data; or
        (d) obstructs, interrupts or interferes with any person in the lawful use of data or denies access to data to any person who is entitled to access thereto.
...
(5) Every one who commits mischief in relation to data
        (a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years; or
        (b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

2 days ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

compro01 Re:Becoming Canadian (416 comments)

I need to ask because dealing with those rules are my day job – how do Canadians avoid constructive sales?

For those who don’t know, in constructive sales one can “economically” sell a security (i.e. stock), extract the money from said sale, but delay the “actual” sell – and the associated taxes – indefinitely.

I would think that the General Anti-Avoidance Rule in section 245 of the Income Tax Act would cover that kind of scheme.

IANAA, etc.

3 days ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

compro01 Re:Think of all those poor accountants! (416 comments)

Yes. Was one of the Ryan-as-president ones. Probably Executive Orders. I believe the Warren Buffet expy he appoints as SecTreas uses the tax code to break a table to convince Congress that the tax code needs simplification. It includes some monologuing about cutting capital gains taxes to encourage investment (something that sounds obvious, but is generally unsupported by evidence).

4 days ago
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Canada Halts Online Tax Returns In Wake of Heartbleed

compro01 Re:Honest? (50 comments)

So my question is: Were the banks running older versions of OpenSSL that were unaffected, or did they patch the newest version of OpenSSL and renew their certs, or did they patch and not renew their certs?

Or there's 4th option : They never used OpenSSL to start with. It's widely used, but it's hardly the only TLS implementation around.

about two weeks ago
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Canada Halts Online Tax Returns In Wake of Heartbleed

compro01 Re:Idiots. (50 comments)

Less than a minute to patch.

Considerably longer to ensure that anything that might have been taken (like their certificates' private keys) is nullified.

about two weeks ago
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Canada Halts Online Tax Returns In Wake of Heartbleed

compro01 Re:Honest? (50 comments)

Testing does back up the bank's claims. RBC, CIBC, TD, Scotia, BMO, CWB, PCF, Tangerine, all of them show as unaffected on Filippo's tester.

about two weeks ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

compro01 Re:In a cochlear implant users own words: (509 comments)

Was that loss from birth or did it develop later? Rush lost his hearing when he was in his 50s, probably as a result of his Oxycotin abuse. If yours was the former, that might explain your better results.

about two weeks ago
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Nest Halts Sales of Smart Fire Alarm After Discovering Dangerous Flaw

compro01 Re:The internet of things...that might get you kil (128 comments)

today we spend a bunch of money on new stuff that duplicates the functionality of old stuff. recently I spent $15 on an LED bulb and $15 on a dimmer lamp socket so I could have a dimmable lamp, something we had with the first electric lamps 100 years ago, and something we've had with oil lamps for 300 years.

And the new stuff does the same thing while needing about 1/5th as much power as the old stuff.

about two weeks ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

compro01 Re:It will have a better field of view (496 comments)

Or cars designed by stupid people where it isn't physically possible to adjust the mirror far enough to eliminate the blind spot.

about two weeks ago
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USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge

compro01 Re:Voltage != Power (208 comments)

Realistically, how many amps is thing thing going to allow?

They're saying 5A at 20V.

Realistically, I wish the USB-C connector could start at 5 volts but negotiate to 12 volts to offset voltage drop.

That's mostly what it's going to do. It starts at 5V, and negotiates up to 12V or 20V.

Here's the whole presentation - https://intel.activeevents.com...

about two weeks ago
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USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge

compro01 Re:Voltage != Power (208 comments)

That's in the presentation.

The voltage will be negotiable up to 12V or 20V, but the default will remain at 5V. With the right cable, you'll be able to move up to 5A at 20V. They're calling it "USB Power Delivery".

about two weeks ago
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Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

compro01 Re:Why not just cool the blood? (357 comments)

I suspect that the low temperatures would make the blood too viscous to flow properly.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Find Problems With Rules of Bitcoin

compro01 Re:Transaction Fees Change (301 comments)

The minimum fee set by default on the client the Bitcoin Foundation maintains (Now called "Bitcoin-core") was changed.

Any other clients or anyone who feels like doing their own compiling can set the minimum fee to anything they like, including 0, but there's no guarantee their transaction will ever get included in a block if they set it very small.

about three weeks ago
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Level 3 Wants To Make Peering a Net Neutrality Issue

compro01 Re:The Slippery Slope (182 comments)

Doesn't Comcast want to be able to offer Netflix to its users?

Of course not. They want to offer their overpriced video-on-demand/PPV service without having any pesky competition.

about a month ago
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WPA2 Wireless Security Crackable WIth "Relative Ease"

compro01 Re:MAC filtering and PSK (150 comments)

MAC filtering does nothing useful. You're shouting your MAC from the rooftops any time you're connected to the network, so cloning it is exercise in triviality for any attacker with an IQ greater than their hat size.

about a month ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

compro01 Re:Ridiculous. (914 comments)

I don't find it that surprising. It's basically Abrahamic 2.0/2.1 vs. Abrahamic 3.0

about a month ago

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