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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

doccus Re:Prison population (405 comments)

"Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses? If they'd rather die than go to those places then let them and decrease the surplus population" (par). When these words were first written it was to demonstrate the most evil example of humanity. Never in Dicken's wildest imagination could he heave anticipated this would become UN official policy (aka agenda 21)

2 days ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

doccus Re:Prison population (405 comments)

Well, that's it seems like witrh overcrowding in the ones being still used. That's so the neocons can point to it and say crime is at an all time high, as well. I bet there isn't a single US conservative that knows, or even believes , if you showed them the figures, that crime has dropped significantly.

2 days ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

doccus Re:That works fine if you manage to nip it in the (381 comments)

Bu.. Bu.. But .. what about the hospital shareholders.and reduced third quarter profits? Can't have all that wastefully expensive training and preparation costs! We've only *just* discovered it's cheaper to shoot patients than give them antibiotics, although our legal dep't advised against it ;-( Now we've got these terribly expensive safety procedures because of ebola! Can't we just send them to, say, Canada and.. kind of.. "hush it up"? I just bought a nice 400 acre Golf course & racing horse stable on Florida and don't want to suddenly have to "economize"..

3 days ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

doccus Re:Oh great (546 comments)

I have to type my password 100+ times a day. I can touch-type, but one typo usually means I have to delete it all and start over.

It's really hard to get Ctl+Alt+A wrong.

Try doing that in an SSH login shell. Or in a textual DBMS management console. Or in a general CLI tool that expects a password. Try it in a computer game that uses its own home-brewn dialog boxes.Or, do it in a text box that does not echo out characters, hiding the length of the password. Or password boxes that disable highlighting entirely.

Now do it, while knowing that you get locked out for 15 minutes when you enter the password wrong once or twice.

There are many situations in which the only way to recover safely from a typo in a password entry field is to hit backspace a few times.

And this is why I hate really complex passes. You're right there's way too many inaccessible dialog boxes. The worst though are the ones that fill the entire screen while you need to enter the PW. Unless you've got it written down on paper, and, it's typed (or you have really legible handwriting ;-) you're SOL...

5 days ago
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Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs In China and Germany

doccus Re:Pardons are for the guilty. (228 comments)

Snowden is a whistleblower. He deserves our thanks, and an apology from everyone who's demanded that he be prosecuted.

I agree, but now he's gone too far. The crimes were spying on the American people without warrants. But this sort of interception of information is exactly what the NSA is supposed to do. There has never been any secret about that, and I support it as useful intelligence. If Snowden keeps this up, he's going to alienate his supporters, or at the very least give a lot of ammo to his detractors.

The original thread poster had it right. By placing a death sentence on him for treason instead of pardoning him, he's gonna just keep on keepin' on. And if , as seems likely, they promise to pardon him and then execute him instead, tons more "whistleblowers" are gonna come out ofd the woodwork. It'll be a never ending problem. Corrupt governments can never control their citizens.

about a week ago
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NSA To Scientists: We Won't Tell You What We've Told You; That's Classified

doccus Re:Propaganda (106 comments)

Lately Obama has been making Bush seem tame in regardless to trampling Americans' rights (the NSA spying on Americans, Obamacare forcing people to buy healthcare, including coverage they don't need, etc.)

Aaah.. the good old days of freedom under Bush...

about a week ago
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What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

doccus Re:A really fast guy (254 comments)

Preferably from Africa.

Or Jamaica ;-)

about a week ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

doccus Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (276 comments)

I don't know where the Nobel prize lost it's integrity, but both it and the Nobel Peace prize have become a joke. They're not worth the paper the certificate is printed on, anymore.

about two weeks ago
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Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

doccus Re:1996 called (263 comments)

Who is "they" ? .. And incidentally, the submitter appears to have changed the post title at the last minute. In the list of previous posts it lists this submission as "Submission: Carl Sagan Smoked Cannabis"!

about two weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

doccus Re:Iron Curtain (320 comments)

I think the west's saturday morning cartoons were simply a make-work program for the sound effects crew. Boy were they noisy. You KNEW it was saturday morning lomng before you smelled the french toast because of the road runner and sylvester and elmer fudd episode crashes and explosions etc. And yeah, OK, I'm a little older than GenX, but that's what I remember ;-)

about two weeks ago
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Test Version Windows 10 Includes Keylogger

doccus Re:What do you expect? (367 comments)

I am always amazed that anyone wouyld use a testbed version as their main OS. NAturally it's on a seperate partition, and only use it in ordser to allow improvements to be made, KNOWING that the data is being collected. So, no, of COURSE you wouldn't do your banking, or torrent all your movies and pxxn, or use something like a darknet, or.. the list is endless. Because it's a BETA..doh?

about two weeks ago
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Physicists Observe the Majorana Fermion, Which Is Its Own Antiparticle

doccus Re:Well that's random (99 comments)

Actually, I remember the original promise of the internet, or better yet, of the WWW, wherein vast amounts of quality information would be accessible to raise the general I.Q. of the masses. Alas, it does seem that much of the "vast storehouse" resides behind a brick "paywall", leaving the easily accessible info more about twerks than quarks...

about two weeks ago
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Silk Road Lawyers Poke Holes In FBI's Story

doccus Re:Perjury (191 comments)

When's the last time anyone ever saw an FBI or CIA, DHS, y'know, whatever, recieve a conviction for perjury? Ever? Even once? MAybe in political witchunts, yeah, like say, Ollie North, who was just acting under orders anyways, and I don't think he got convicted of perjury anyway,Sadly, it's just all the higher ups who were involved that shoulda got it but didn't. Lower level agents, though, routinely seem to be able to perjure themselves with impunity in order to obtain a conviction. Just ask any one of a thousand prisoners that got put behind bars up with "cooked up" testimony. Sad.

about two weeks ago
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Lost Sense of Smell Is a Strong Predictor of Death Within 5 Years

doccus Re:Nose smell recepters regenerated by stem cells? (139 comments)

Am I the first to say that this story , well.stinks? ;-) Incidentally, I've had anosmia for 30 years. Not dead. Yet. Or, I couldn't have made a /. comment. Assuming, that is, that making a comment here requires some form of life in the first place.

about two weeks ago
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New OS X Backdoor Malware Roping Macs Into Botnet

doccus Is nobody taking this seriously at ALL? (172 comments)

I mean, WTF?This is ane of the nastiest pieces opf malware I've seen in a while, and since all the macs are almost guaranteed to be unprotectyed, it's a problem. And why absolutely no mention of a cure> ALl the article says is the"botnet is currently dormant" Cold comfort for us Mac users. I havbe my firewall up and running, and run ClamXav because I pick up the latest TV episodes as I have no TV (I've got free Cable TV tho.. go figure). I always scan everything And all I ever get is some ancient HYML-CVE on a curry recipe I copy/pasted 5 years ago, that keeps showing up, but is entirely innocuous anyways. CAnb any program detect it.. Apparently it's a Java trojan

"Unfortunately, the researchers didn't mention how the malware spreads, but they shared that it is unpacked into the /Library/Application Support/JavaW directory, poses as the application com.JavaW, and sets itself to autostart."

and

"UPDATE, 3 October, 15:00 PM CET According to Dr. Web researchers, the malware's propagation method is unknown. They received the sample from VirusTotal, and the code does not contain any indication that it's self-replicating.

The botnet is currently dormant, as all the Reddit comments containing the C&C servers' IP addresses have been deleted."

Both sources = (http://www.net-security.org/malware_news.php?id=2875)

How long before they rewrite more reddit commands? And how to wipe it out wouldfd be, er, helpful, too... :-(

about two weeks ago
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Yahoo Shuttering Its Web Directory

doccus Re:Wait (116 comments)

Yahoo was, if I remember correctly, my earliest search homepage.. I remember it being much better than Google at the time in finding certain things. Same with Altavista, "Ask Jeeves", and that one that Netscape always wanted you to sign up with (or was that Yahoo?). All are gone now. Awallowed up by that big beast Google. AOLand Geocities too, although they're perfectly preserved in the wayback machine. A directory is sometimes much easier to work with.. for me..and, re this directory, isn't there an application that can copy the entire directory and pages, with correctly resolved links and all? I know there used to be, for Apple OSX (or maybe it was an OS9xx classic app). If anyone knows please comment here.

about three weeks ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

doccus Re:Nope, the attack on 4chan is itself a hoax (590 comments)

Don't think it was a "publicity stunt", rather, I think our gov't spooks thought 4chan was a threat to the spy bizness..

about three weeks ago
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The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

doccus Re:Traffic is up? (144 comments)

Well, all the free publicity as of late....

about a month ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

doccus People who call science religion.. (795 comments)

Usually treat religion as science. Seriously. all the folks who call science a religion somehow tend to be fundamentalists that use observation and conclusions towards religion.. they treat the Bible like a scientific manual, even though they poo poo science. And all science is, is conclusions based on observation and repeatable experiments.

about a month ago

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