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Facebook Kills Dataset of Crawled Public Profiles

digitalgimpus This is data, not protected by copyright (158 comments)

I'm not sure copyright law even applies here. No more than it applies to say Google or Yahoo. He scraped DATA from a publicly accessible website as permitted by the robots.txt file. How is this really any different than what Google or Yahoo does? Perhaps the distribution? Though that's hardly significant in this case as the data is already out there. He just organized the presentation. Sounds to me like Facebook just pushing buttons to try and avoid another privacy controversy. /IANAL //Don't use facebook, I'm aware what companies are scraping and misusing what they sniff all too well.

more than 4 years ago
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Later School Start For Teenagers Brings Drop In Absenteeism

digitalgimpus Doesn't work in real life (436 comments)

This doesn't work in real life for a few reasons: 1. Childcare. Older siblings often watch younger siblings after school until the parents come home from work. That's why older kids start first. So they are home when the elementary schools let out. From what teachers told us in High School, it's often the law that it's done that way during early closings (weather events). By shifting the schedule, you now make families shift that child care burden and cost. 2. Reduces the consecutive block of hours that a teenager can work. This is important for those who need to contribute to pay the bills, or cover their education (college) in the future. Yea they get more morning time, but it's hard to work 2 hours, go to school, then back to work 2 hours. What business wants to accommodate that work schedule? Overall, it's fine for the wealthy, but it really punishes poor students and their families.

more than 4 years ago
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"No Scan, No Fly" At Heathrow and Manchester

digitalgimpus There's always the anal option (821 comments)

Take a tip from drug smuggers. Oh wait, Al Queda already did. Why is money being wasted on things that terrorists have already worked around? /people advocating these stupid machines should be liable.

more than 4 years ago
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Does a Lame E-Mail Address Really Matter?

digitalgimpus I would hold it against someone (1049 comments)

I would hold it against someone... in my mind it makes sense: Your either paying for AOL while using a broadband service, which suggests your wasteful and not very good at managing money, or using dialup which suggest you lack internet knowledge and experience necessary today. And regardless of your email provider, if your using something other than your name... you fail.

more than 4 years ago
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Hackers Find Home In Amazon EC2 Cloud

digitalgimpus This is new? (89 comments)

Is this new? Various AWS based IP's have been trying to hookup with my server by fondling it's SSH port for a while now. Damn AWS perverts. Can't keep their sockets and packets to themselves.

about 5 years ago
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Company Laptop, My Data — Can They Co-exist?

digitalgimpus Wouldn't do it (395 comments)

I wouldn't do it. Do anything the boss is interested in (stealth startup perhaps?)... and they will try to claim rights on the data and make a huge mess. Boss suspicious your moonlighting, doing anything that violates company policy (selling trade secrets).... again will try to claim rights. Will end up in court in front of a judge who couldn't turn on a computer himself and it will be corporate lawyers vs. whatever you can afford. Not to mention if the company goes under... will creditors assessing what hardware assets the company has consider this hardware theirs or yours? Just seems like a disaster waiting to happen. At the very least there's a potential for legal bills. Totally not worth it.

more than 4 years ago
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Solution For College's Bad Network Policy?

digitalgimpus Fake your UserAgent (699 comments)

I got around this by faking the UserAgent... the client is generally for Windows laptops. Linux and Mac OS X were exempt. While a Mac guy, I had a Windows Laptop... so fake the useragent, and bypass the stupid app. It registered my MAC address, and I was good for the semester. Simple as can be. You can call tech support and ask how to get a BeOS computer on the network. See what they tell you.

more than 5 years ago
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Chinese Hackers Targeting NYPD Computers

digitalgimpus So do I (212 comments)

I'm starting to think these reports are just agencies who want to feel special. Is getting your ports probed anything special? My home network constantly has traffic from viruses and bots trying to propagate over the internet. Servers constantly having some script kiddie trying to get in via ssh. Does that mean I (and every other /. member) is as important as the DoD and NYPD?

more than 5 years ago
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Fair Use Affirmed In Turnitin Case

digitalgimpus These services are fun to abuse (315 comments)

Pro tip for fun: 1. Do your homework in advance. 2. Post your paper online at several websites (sign up for free webspace if you need). Make sure your name is on your homework! 3. Submit to search engines. 4. Hand in paper 5. Let teacher freak and accuse of plagerism 6. Appeal the grade and point out your name is on the online work. The teacher is just trying to fail you. If they did their own research they would have seen your name. 7. Point out that sharing work is an academic rule not an exception. 8. Make sure the entire school knows about Teacher's shoddy work. 9. Profit?

more than 5 years ago
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Fair Use Affirmed In Turnitin Case

digitalgimpus I still block TurnItInBot (315 comments)

I block TurnItIn from scanning my websites. Will continue to do so I consider plagiarism fair use.

more than 5 years ago
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College Police Think Using Linux Is Suspicious Behavior

digitalgimpus The problem here is no revenge (1079 comments)

Even if the case were to get thrown out... you can't go after the police, the school or the DA for something this stupid. You can only say "thank you". No recouping lost money, damages to hardware (since police routinely destroy things during "investigations"). He may however get a nice bill for "storage".

more than 5 years ago
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College Police Think Using Linux Is Suspicious Behavior

digitalgimpus Re:Rent-a-cops (1079 comments)

College campuses instituted the policy of "campus police" to keep their crime rates down. In most states they don't have to report crimes they handle themselves. If they have "security", they have to call the police if a student is raped, and that goes in the uniform crime report. If it's handled by school security, they can dismiss it as a hoax and it doesn't count. This is why college athletes are strongly encouraged to stay on campus. It keeps them out of trouble.

more than 5 years ago
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How Do I Provide a Workstation To Last 15 Years?

digitalgimpus Just Buy Quality (655 comments)

Quality counts. IBM is known for long lasting systems, and having a warehouse with every part for every damn thing they ever made. Lenovo's still got enough integration and legacy from IBM that this still seems to be the case. I've also got old Mac's. My last home server was a Beige G3, my current one is a B&W G3. I upgraded since I had the spare system and it had room for more drives. The beige was still running. That B&W G3 is now 10 years old. Parts most likely to fail are HD and fans/psu. All are easy to replace with generic equivalents even on old systems. Not even that much $$. Bottom line is buy quality. The parts that will most likely fail are the easy ones. It's the motherboard and CPU you care most about as they are most likely to become sparse.

more than 5 years ago
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Linked In Or Out?

digitalgimpus Some merit to LinkedIn... facebook? Not so much (474 comments)

There is some merit to LinkedIn. Keeping in touch with old business contacts, making new ones, whatever. It's pretty profession and despite a recruiter or two being an annoyance overall no biggie. Good place to showcase your experience. Facebook IMHO has no real business use. It's too difficult to separate business and personal. Your inviting people to judge you based on your high school buddy with a profile pic you'd rather your boss not see. There's really no good way to handle Facebook. Dual profiles are discouraged too. As a result my profile for years has been pretty empty, no friends and privacy settings turned up. Most people in your network are viewable provided you hookup your work address. Good way to look in on the facebook world without a care.

more than 5 years ago
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New Bill To Rein In DHS Laptop Seizures

digitalgimpus Re:I Do Not Understand (311 comments)

The constitution comes without warranty express or implied. It's merely a suggestion on how things should run. That said, "Free Countryâ" is a trademark of the United States and it's licensees.

more than 6 years ago

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