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Bug Busters! OpenBSD 5.1 Released

e9th Re:Over 7000 ports (135 comments)

There was a brief time, four or five years ago, when something (expat maybe?) was mistakenly placed in xbase, so you had to install the xbase set for a whole bunch of ports/packages. That situation didn't last. And even then, you didn't have to run X.

more than 2 years ago
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Discovery Channel Crashes a Boeing 727 For Science Documentary

e9th Re:Piloted plane? (281 comments)

I'm just guessing, but I suspect the pilot bailed once the aircraft was no longer over populated areas, and that it was flown into the ground under remote control. And since the crash happened in Mexico, the FAA probably didn't have too much involvement other than maybe adding some of their own experiments.

more than 2 years ago
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Former TSA Administrator Speaks

e9th Procedures enforced by crooks are useless (196 comments)

Just today we hear of another TSA screener busted, this time for stealing iPads. How hard would it be to find one who would happily pass anything at all through his checkpoint if the price was right?

more than 2 years ago
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Why CISPA Is a Really Bad Bill

e9th For once, the extreme right is extremely right (142 comments)

Even "paleoconservative" Alex Jones is firing up his followers against government internet surveillance legislation in the works. Here's an example from one of his sites that even made the Drudge Report last Saturday.

more than 2 years ago
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Bogus Takedown Notice Lands $150k Settlement In Australian Court

e9th Re:But wait, there's more... (115 comments)

All that's needed to drag this thing out until someone goes broke/dies is for the US court to decide that the copyright belongs to Steele.

more than 2 years ago
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Bogus Takedown Notice Lands $150k Settlement In Australian Court

e9th But wait, there's more... (115 comments)

One of the comments to the Techdirt FA links to a lawsuit Steele filed against Bell in US Federal Court last December. Unfortunately, it costs money to get much in the way of details, but apparently it hasn't been resolved yet.

more than 2 years ago
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MPAA Chief Dodd Hints At Talks To Revive SOPA

e9th Re:My goodness (279 comments)

Politicians of both parties speak of seeking common principles on which they can all agree. It seems they've found one.

more than 2 years ago
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MPAA Chief Dodd Hints At Talks To Revive SOPA

e9th Re:My goodness (279 comments)

The word you're looking for is greed.

more than 2 years ago
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RIP, Electric Amplifier Inventor Jim Marshall, 'Father of Loud'

e9th Well, we still have Hartley Peavey (166 comments)

I play the pedal steel guitar, one of the few electrics that doesn't sound better through a Marshall. Steel guitarists mostly rely on Peaveys like the Nashville, Session, and Vegas models. Peavey is a privately owned company, and Hartley, its founder, is now in his 70s. Maybe because he's a Mississippi boy, his company has produced amps for us since the '60s, even though we're very much a niche market.

When he's gone, I will mourn Hartley Peavey as much as I do Les Paul, Leo Fender, and Jim Marshall.

more than 2 years ago
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Leap Day, to me, means ...

e9th One of my dogs was born on Feb. 29th (337 comments)

One of my dogs was born February 29, 2004. I guess that makes him 2, 8, or 56.

But then his name is Theo (really!), so maybe that makes him about two months shy of 3.5

more than 2 years ago
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Coming Soon: Ubiquitous Long-Term Surveillance From Big Brother

e9th Re:Accountability (191 comments)

You can buy a neutered MP5 with the single-shot trigger group. Try buying one with the 2- or 3-shot burst or the full auto trigger group. You can buy a neutered M-16 de-milled to single-fire. Try buying a real one.

Unless you're the state.

more than 2 years ago
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Coming Soon: Ubiquitous Long-Term Surveillance From Big Brother

e9th Re:Accountability (191 comments)

The point is that the state will never allow citizens to be on the same footing as itself when it comes to firearms.

And do you really think that more men were killed by snipers than by M-16s and AK-47s? Incidentally, at least two local police departments near me will issue MP5s (selective fire!) to any officer who cares to qualify.

more than 2 years ago
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Coming Soon: Ubiquitous Long-Term Surveillance From Big Brother

e9th Re:Accountability (191 comments)

That is not so. The state can buy as many MP5s as they can afford. Mere citizens cannot.

more than 2 years ago
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Hiding Messages In VoIP Packets

e9th Re:A sad necessity (83 comments)

I think you've hit the nail on the head. Any decent large-scale eavesdropping facility like, oh, I don't know, the one the NSA is building in Utah will be scanning VoIP traffic for audible triggers ("bomb" "whitehouse" "boom") and will certainly notice when the nominal codec doesn't match the payload. Such traffic will certainly be flagged for closer inspection.

about 3 years ago
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OpenBSD 5.0 Unleashed On the World

e9th Re:Install media? (185 comments)

Theo retained copyright of the CD layout, to prevent counterfeits. But even as far back as 1999, way before 3.0 was released, the FAQ included this:

Does OpenBSD provide an ISO image available for download?

You can't. The official OpenBSD CD-ROM layout is copyright Theo de Raadt, as an incentive for people to buy the CD set.
Note that only the layout is copyrighted, OpenBSD itself is free. Nothing precludes someone else to just grab OpenBSD and make their own CD. [emphasis mine]

So I could produce a functionally identical CD and even sell it, but if I stuck the original artwork on it, I'd be in violation.

about 3 years ago
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Skype Goes After Reverse-Engineering

e9th Re:Good (207 comments)

Do you think that if libiax was still maintained, IAX2 might be more popular? As things stand now, it's pretty much useful now only for inter-Asterisk trunking.

about 3 years ago
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Microsoft Finalizes Skype Acquisition

e9th Re:Holding my breath.. (111 comments)

There is already something in asterix although I think skype tried to kill it.

Skype for Asterisk is dead. Skype killed it, purely by coincidence of course, right around the time things got serious with Microsoft.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Reverse DNS a Worthy Standard For Fighting Spam?

e9th Re:Better Question... (301 comments)

Most of my MX records point at a CNAME,

Doesn't that ever cause you problems? MX records must not point to a CNAME RR.

more than 3 years ago
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Borders Bust Means B&N May Get Your Shopping History

e9th Re:The final clause in all privacy policies (230 comments)

It seems pretty straightforward. "Your continued use of the Websites following the posting of updates to this Privacy Policy will mean you accept those updates." So stop using the site.

IANAL, but if the changes appear to be retroactive and are really objectionable to you, I guess the best thing to do would be to send them a certified letter telling them that your business relationship has ceased and that you expect any prior data they've collected to be handled according to the old policy.

more than 3 years ago

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Syfy takes marketing tie-ins to new depths

e9th e9th writes  |  more than 2 years ago

e9th (652576) writes "The Sci-Fi Channel, which once brought us the final three seasons of MST3K, then became the supernatural reality fixated Syfy, has really done it this time. It's already pitching advertisers on integrations into Defiance, the coordinated TV series and multiplayer online game that it plans to introduce in April 2013.

Advertising Age tells us that the complicated nature of the project, in which plot points will appear on the TV show and in the game at about the same time, requires bringing in marketers earlier than usual. For example, the post-apocalyptic Defiance, "...could have a highway with rest-stop signs, and one of the signs could have a Burger King symbol. When they get off the highway, they find a Burger King that survived the universal war," said Nicholas Beliaeff, senior VP-development for Trion Worlds.

The article continues: Media typically get consumed in a lean-back fashion, as with TV, or a lean-forward stance, as in gaming and the web, said Mike Rosen, president-investment and activation at Starcom MediaVest Group. " 'Defiance' is a groundbreaking paradigm that links both media [types] and allows brands to be more immersive than they could be as part of TV or a video game alone."

It's disturbing that Comcast, which already owns Syfy, is also a major investor in Trion Worlds, the publisher of Defiance.

Is this the future of television?"

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Feds: Too Hard to Wiretap; Strengthen CALEA

e9th e9th writes  |  more than 4 years ago

e9th (652576) writes "The New York Times reports that the U.S. Pushes to Ease Technical Obstacles to Wiretapping. 'An Obama administration task force that includes officials from the Justice and Commerce Departments, the F.B.I. and other agencies recently began working on draft legislation to strengthen and expand a 1994 law requiring carriers to make sure their systems can be wiretapped.' Apparently, some carriers are innovating without ensuring compliance with 1994's Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), and that's making it difficult to deploy some court ordered wiretaps quickly. The government wants to add legal and financial incentives and penalties to CALEA to encourage carriers to make interception easier. A telecommunications industry spokesman claims new rules will stifle competition and increase costs, saying, 'The government's answer is, "don't deploy the new services — wait until the government catches up"'"
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IBM Makes Firefox Its Corporate Broswer

e9th e9th writes  |  more than 4 years ago

e9th (652576) writes "Ars Technica reports that IBM has adopted Firefox as its company-wide browser.It will be installed on all new employee computers, and all 400,000 employees will be encouraged to use it. Speaking of encouraging Firefox use, IBM VP Bob Sutor blogs, 'We will continue to strongly encourage our vendors who have browser-based software to fully support Firefox.' I hope this means that if IBM can't navigate a vendor's site with Firefox, they'll just look elsewhere."
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SCOTUS: Govt Employee Text Messages Not Private

e9th e9th writes  |  more than 4 years ago

e9th (652576) writes "The Supreme Court, in a 9-0 ruling, has decided that government employers are entitled to examine all text messages sent with government provided devices, even if the employee has agreed to pay for any excess message charges out of his own pocket. While the ruling only applies to government employees (at all levels), it may give private sector employees something to think about when using employer-provided devices."
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Hadoop Creator Doug Cutting Leaving Yahoo!

e9th e9th writes  |  more than 5 years ago

e9th writes "The New York Times reports that Doug Cutting is leaving Yahoo! Cutting, the creator of Hadoop, will be joining Silicon Valley start-up Cloudera. His leaving Yahoo! makes sense, since Microsoft's Bing will be taking the place of Yahoo!'s own search engine, however Cutting states that he was in discussions with Cloudera before the Microsoft-Yahoo! deal was reached. The Register has a few more details."
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Microsoft and Yahoo Reach Deal

e9th e9th writes  |  more than 5 years ago

e9th (652576) writes "We know that Microsoft failed last February in its attempt to buy Yahoo. Now, Advertising Age reports that they've reached a deal. Instead of a buyout, the two will enter into a revenue sharing agreement, and Bing will become Yahoo's default browser. The meat of the AdAge article can be found here, in Yahoo News.
This may give Google something to worry about."

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Comedy Central buys 26 new Futurama episodes

e9th e9th writes  |  more than 5 years ago

e9th writes "TVWeek reports that 20th Century Fox TV and Comedy Central have officially struck a deal for 26 new episodes of Futurama, due to the strong ratings of its reruns and feature-length specials. Matt Groening is quoted as saying, 'We're thrilled Futurama is coming back. We now have only 25,766 episodes to make before we catch up with Bender and Fry in the year 3000.'"

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