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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

dcollins117 Re:Story title needs a warning! (36 comments)

Nudity isn't pornography so I wouldn't sweat it. It's pretty absurd though that the article talks about teenage girls being charged with a felony for taking pictures of themselves. What a world we live in.

21 minutes ago
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Building a Honeypot To Observe Shellshock Attacks In the Real World

dcollins117 Re:Not the remote exploit many are looking for (23 comments)

I find it amusing to see how hard some people will work to try to compromise my inconsequential system.

Lol, same here. The only thing of value on my file server is the stuff I'm sharing publically anyways. When I look through my logs at all the fancy attack vectors I think to myself they'd be better off pointing a web browser at index.html, it would sure save them a lot of trouble.

48 minutes ago
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The Executive Order That Redefines Data Collection

dcollins117 Re:No collection happens until examination (121 comments)

So if I download lots of copyrighted music and films, but never listen to them -- then I'm apparently okay right?

Let's turn this idea on it's head. Since NSA is scooping up everything, they most assuredly are "collecting", lots of copyrighted material. All we need is for some enterprising entertainment industry lawyer to see how much money can be made by suing NSA for copyright infringement.

yesterday
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The Executive Order That Redefines Data Collection

dcollins117 Inconceivable! (121 comments)

I can't help but to hear Inigo Montoya's voice saying "You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means".

George Orwell got it right. When you're free to redifine what words mean, you can justify and get away with anything.

yesterday
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

dcollins117 Re:What does obtuse mean? (353 comments)

Does he really think it's about people placing themselves beyond the law? Is he so dense that he can't see this in the context of recent history?

No, he knows damn well what he's saying is complete and utter bullshit. Judging from the comments, everyone here realizes that he's full of it too.

about a week ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

dcollins117 Re:There really is only one choice (404 comments)

Look at his user name. I'm surprised more people didn't pick Fahrenheit 451, seems like the obvious choice.

about a week ago
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Apple Allegedly Knew of iCloud Brute-Force Vulnerability Since March

dcollins117 Re:Exploited in real life? (93 comments)

I would not be surprised non-technical people and not that smart people have fallen for such schemes.

A well-crafted phishing attack like this appears to be is going to snare a certain amount of people regardless of their intelligence or computer expertise. It's impossible to be viligant 100% of the time at any task, much less security.

Also I think the overuse of notifications and popup alerts actively condition users to respond without really giving it a whole lot of concious thought. I've caught myself clicking these alerts with "how do I get rid of this annoyance" rather than "what are the security implications of this" in the forefront of my mind.

about a week ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

dcollins117 Re:Why not XFCE (395 comments)

There are also no desktop effects.

You say that like it's a bad thing. Desktop effects are the second thing I turn off in a new install, the first being those fscking bongos.

about a week ago
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Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

dcollins117 Re:Everything is an excuse for more security theat (221 comments)

Oh, and the president is just a man. His family is just a family. He is an important man serving the country and deserves to be protected by said country, but if he bites the dust he'll be replaced...

... by Joe Biden. That's as compelling a reason as any to keep President Obama healthy.

about two weeks ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

dcollins117 Re:Me too. (408 comments)

But they had to buy 10k CNC machines to build 1M bodies? Doesn't sound right.

There's a couple things in TFS that don't sound right. I'm still wondering about that machine that drills 20 meter holes in aluminum.

about two weeks ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

dcollins117 Re:This again? (184 comments)

Conceptually, an email client is simple affair but the KMail devs have managed to take this seemingly straight-forward task and create a huge pile of shit. I switched to Thunderbird after the fourth time I had to manually recover my emails after a KMail crash or "upgrade" and from what I gather I'm not alone in abandoning that time wasting, file corrupting POS.

about two weeks ago
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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

dcollins117 Re:When doing anything involving the ocean (198 comments)

They had found the boat, dangling underwater by the chains holding it to the dock pilings.

Find out what the chains are made of - you'll be all set :)

about two weeks ago
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Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

dcollins117 Re:5 Ridiculous Myths You Probably Believe (222 comments)

My definition of "cure "is when people stop dying of these diseases. My point was that medical doctors and psychiatrists in particular have but a tenuous grasp on the actual workings of the human body. Many doctors contend if you have a mental illness that it is not a medical problem. You have to go see a psychiatrist for that. As if the brain weren't part of the human body.

If you want to cherry-pick cases where where medical science reigns supreme, I'm all in favor of antibiotics. I will gladly join you in celebrating that success. However....

Remember Ted Kennedy? Great guy, guzzled Chivas and often pulled his pants down during parties on Martha's Vineyard? He's dead. Got glioblastoma, didn't last much more than a year despite having the best doctors in the world.

How about Randy Pausch? He was fully aware how well and truly fucked he was by pancreatic cancer, even made a video about it. He's now six feet under.

Let's not forget Richard Feynman, being blessed with two forms of cancer, liposarcoma and WaldenstrÃm's macroglobulinemia. Suffice to say it didn't end well.

Then there's Patrick Swayze, Farrah Fawcet, Gilda Radner, Peter Jennings, Sydney Pollack - I don't see much point in continuing this particular litany, having abundantly made my point already.

about two weeks ago
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Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

dcollins117 Re:5 Ridiculous Myths You Probably Believe (222 comments)

The problem with meds is that they aren't a treatment, they are at best a bandage.

For the majority of medical afflictions being treated today there is no cure, so the best doctors can do is offer palliative care.

There is no cure for cancer, heart disease, athsma, arthritis, or even the common cold. So little is known about the human brain that zero percent of psychological disorders are effectively treated. Whenever I hear a doctor brag about how much they know about the human body or worse a psychologist remark about how much is known about the brain I always remind them how much there is they don't know.

about two weeks ago
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Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

dcollins117 Re:it's a great idea with one major flaw (174 comments)

Do you think a single one of those celebrities will move to such a system?

I really think they will if it's the easiest option. It's up to developers to make encrypted, decentralized storage the default and easy to use. Build it and they willl come (pun half-heartedly intended.)

about a month ago
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Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

dcollins117 Re:it's a great idea with one major flaw (174 comments)

Decentralized services are a great idea, but there is one big flaw. Not enough people care about it to get a critical mass of users.

There's a group of Hollywood celebrities that have just been made aware of the need for decentralized and more private internet services. I think people will care, albeit only after a problem has occured.

about 1 month ago
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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

dcollins117 Re:Wow! That's a huge breakthrough! (217 comments)

Listen, we all know what the pro-pot movement is about. It's not medical. Medical usage is being used like a crowbar to pry open the gate on the path to legalization, but we all know the real reason people are behind it.

Yes, we all know what's going on. "Medical usage is being used like a crowbar" because that's the only thing that has worked so far. It also has the added benefit of being a factual and legitimate use that people can understand. No one who has experienced pain (everyone has at some point) will question why someone else does not want to be in pain.

I don't happen to have a problem with being a bit disingenuous if that's what it takes. I personally want to see recreational marijuana use legalized in every state.

about a month ago
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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

dcollins117 Re:Neuropathic pain (217 comments)

So for a lot of cases it can actually replace opiates, and smoking is a faster way for it to get into your bloodstream than everything except IV injections.

Clearly we need to fast-track the development of IV marijuana. I'll volunteer for any clinical trials.

On a more serious note, I was treated for a while by a rheumatologist that had done a lot of research on pain-killers derived from marijuana. To my knowledge, there aren't any on the market currently, but the research is being done. Finally.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

dcollins117 Re:slashdot (635 comments)

That's not insanity. It's persistence.

I don't go for ancient wisdom
I don't believe just 'cause ideas are tenacious
It means that they're worthy

- Tim Minchin, "White Wine in the Sun"

about a month ago
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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

dcollins117 Re:Haply so, but exec orders and agencies (180 comments)

The cops can go ask your neighbors about you. The neighbor can choose whether or not to talk to them.

Yet my email can't choose whether or not to be read by them. That's one reason why I encrypt everything whether it's needed or not.

The other reason I encrypt emails is the assinine spam filter a certain ISP uses that many times falsely detects my emails as spam and does not deliver them. I'm too much of a gentleman to mention the company by name, but it rhymes with Horizon and it starts with the letter V.

about a month ago

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