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Adobe's Latest Zero-Day Exploit Repurposed, Targeting Adult Websites

digitalPhant0m Re:Well I guess it's a good thing... (147 comments)

if the advert sites go away for want of revenue, so what?

I think a lot of people that use stuff like Facebook etc will be bummed, but will move onto a pay-to-play service.

that goes against all of our principals. And we will pony up the dough to run it ourselves, no contributions asked, expected or accepted.

Sounds very altruistic, great. So where did the dough to run it come from? Evil corporation or magical fairies?

I run completely free services like this too, right out of my pocket, with zero profit; the money to pay for bandwidth and hosting comes from my day job: a corporation.

3 hours ago
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Adobe's Latest Zero-Day Exploit Repurposed, Targeting Adult Websites

digitalPhant0m Re:Well I guess it's a good thing... (147 comments)

It's an arm's race.

FYI, a great way to "defend" your computer is to not intentionally put it on the front-line.

4 hours ago
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Adobe's Latest Zero-Day Exploit Repurposed, Targeting Adult Websites

digitalPhant0m Re:Well I guess it's a good thing... (147 comments)

I merely asked a question. I wasn't advocating for the behaviour of the adware companies, blocking or not blocking.

I was simply trying to point out the sense of entitlement that seems to be pervasive.

Everyone seems to jump on the "f*ck the evil corporate profit monger" bandwagon, but no one ever seems to think about who's going to keep the lights on.

Like that blog site? Guess what?
That guy blogging needs to eat, pay his rent and provide for his family. How is he going to pay for that: with high ideals? I think not.

Ok, too small.
Fox News, CNN, take your pick. Some big news site.
Those evil f*ckers are spamming you with ads and malware.
Guess what? There's some guy working as a blogger/sysadmin/toilet cleaner/take your pick that needs to provide for his family.

See where this is going?

Again, I'm not advocating for, or against. Just pointing out that we need to put things in perspective.

4 hours ago
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Adobe's Latest Zero-Day Exploit Repurposed, Targeting Adult Websites

digitalPhant0m Re:Well I guess it's a good thing... (147 comments)

They don't owe me a damned thing, and I don't owe them anything -- but until they find a technology solution to stop me, too damned bad.

This is exactly the entitlement mentality that puts said evil corporation in an arm's race to beat your technology and become more intrusive in the first place.

They feel entitled to make a profit by any means necessary, while you feel entitled to their content or service by any means necessary.

So you go ahead and be a well behaved little consumer, me, I'll continue to not give a crap about the revenue of large corporations.

The point is obviously lost on you. No one is advocating that; I was, and still am pointing out that everything comes at a cost. You can't have it both ways.

4 hours ago
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Adobe's Latest Zero-Day Exploit Repurposed, Targeting Adult Websites

digitalPhant0m Re:Well I guess it's a good thing... (147 comments)

Good luck only buy from companies, or even private parties for that matter, that don't expect to make profit.

5 hours ago
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Adobe's Latest Zero-Day Exploit Repurposed, Targeting Adult Websites

digitalPhant0m Re:Well I guess it's a good thing... (147 comments)

I will allow a site which serves its own advertising to show ads as long as they're not overly intrusive. But doubleclick, discus, scrorecard reasearch, quantcast, facebook, twitter -- and literally hundreds of other shit sites I have no interest in, well -- that's not my problem.

Unfortunately they are the only ones that probably pay well enough to generate profit. I know, profit is evil. But yeah, it will kind of be your problem when the "free" content or service you get used to using is no longer available.
This is what makes subscription services great (no ads) but then everyone complains about the prices of the subscription, again evil corporate profit.

But let's not act like I owe you something. And let's certainly not act like just because you collect your money from a bunch of shady assholes that I owe them anything.

Clearly. The operating entity of the site owes you their content.

Personally, I'll take the good with the bad as not every situation is so black and white and weigh in the "real" price of said services.

5 hours ago
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Adobe's Latest Zero-Day Exploit Repurposed, Targeting Adult Websites

digitalPhant0m Re:Well I guess it's a good thing... (147 comments)

I'm curious... At this point do we just expect everything to be 100% free? Or do we think money fairies give companies the capital to pay for bandwidth and processing power?

6 hours ago
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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

digitalPhant0m Correction (373 comments)

'zone of lawlessness'

'zone of freedom' - fixed that for you.

10 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

digitalPhant0m Re:Levels (199 comments)

First level is to be able to get the computer to do what you want. If you can do that, you have a career as a programmer. .....
The next step is writing flexible software.

I would beg to differ on step two.

Step two would be understanding *why* the computer did what you wanted/
Most developers I have worked with do not understand how a computer actually works. It's a magical black box to them.

yesterday
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Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

digitalPhant0m Re:Open source code is open for everyone (205 comments)

C makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot; C++ makes it harder, but when you do it blows your whole leg off.

-Bjarne_Stroustrup, Creator of C++; cite

yesterday
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"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

digitalPhant0m Damned if you do .... (389 comments)

Sounds like a case of damned if you do, damned if you don't.

yesterday
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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

digitalPhant0m KIds these days (388 comments)

I seriously doubt these kids (or even the teachers) *understand* computers. They know how to use them, check e-mail, tweet, instragram and update facebook. That's about it.

about two weeks ago
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Project Ryptide Drone Flies Life-Rings To Distressed Swimmers

digitalPhant0m Would be cooler (62 comments)

if these used a second 'y'. Rypetyde.

about three weeks ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

digitalPhant0m Re:Just wondering... (416 comments)

I can't figure out if this is better or worse than being labeled racist.

about a month and a half ago
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A Toolbox That Helps Keep You From Losing Tools (Video)

digitalPhant0m Re:"losing" tools (82 comments)

Just implement a stop and frisk before leaving work. Tools found.

about 2 months ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

digitalPhant0m Re:High Security (356 comments)

They (government) do this to the people they fear most. Hackers, political dissidents, free thinkers and non-lemmings.

about 3 months ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

digitalPhant0m Re:Same thing in the US (356 comments)

Untrue.
I went for over 15 years without eating meat or eggs. I did not get sick when I started again.

about 3 months ago
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Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys

digitalPhant0m Re:New and interesting failure methods? (150 comments)

With insecurity by default, what's to stop someone from walking up to a door with a small power screwdriver, pulling a battery, and walking into your room in about the same time as it takes you to swipe a card and get in?

Wild guess: A small power screwdriver?

about 3 months ago

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Verizon Wireless snoops on it's customers.

digitalPhant0m digitalPhant0m writes  |  about 9 months ago

digitalPhant0m (1424687) writes "A story at the L.A. Times details how Verizon Wireless has jumped onto the recently popular bandwagon of pushing the envelop (or downright abusing it) when it comes to tracking users without their knowledge.
I'm sure this qualifies as news, however at the rate of privacy abuse revelations the last few years, it's hardly shocking."

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IBM Reveals 35T Tape Archive

digitalPhant0m digitalPhant0m writes  |  about 5 years ago

digitalPhant0m (1424687) writes "IBM researchers today announced they have demonstrated a world record in areal data density on linear magnetic tape – a significant update to one of the computer industry's most resilient, reliable and affordable data storage technologies. A whopping 35T (Yes, Terabytes)."
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