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Kmart Says Its Payment System Was Hacked

execthis Re:Does K-Mart use the same stuff as Sears? (101 comments)

I was thinking that the only possibilities for the theft to happen would have to be either a) there's an administrative access to the POS systems which was breached, kind of similar to what you are saying; or b) there's some manipulation of the physical infrastructre at (a) store(s) in addition to POS malware. For example some malicious host could be inserted in the pathway of communication of the POS systems. My guess is that that isn't too likely.

More likely is something like a), or what you suggest. There was a breach in the firewall, most likely something that was permitted for administrative purposes but turned out to sloppy/insecure.

Too bad with security breaches like this one doesn't generally get an opportunity to look at the topology involved and see what actually happened with the breach. It would be a very interesting thing to study.

about a week ago
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Kmart Says Its Payment System Was Hacked

execthis Re:Does K-Mart use the same stuff as Sears? (101 comments)

Based on what the article says about what happened - that it was actual POS malware - I still am not able to figure out a methodology that would enable such an attack to work.

Let's say someone manages to put malware on a POS device. Ok. But now how would that malware be able to communicate any information to the thieves? I cannot imagine that the POS device is just sitting on the 'net without a strict firewall in front of it allowing it access to one - and only one - address: that of the company that provides the line/aggregates the data which feeds ultimately to the merchant account provider who handles the transactions for the company.

If the POS malware tries to "phone home" with data, it should never ever be able to connect.

So the issue to me becomes more than whether a POS device actually got malware on it - what kind of setup could exist such that the device would ever have the opportunity to connect with any other host than the predesignated one it is allowed to???

about two weeks ago
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Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

execthis Hope they all go out of business! (156 comments)

I hope every one of the grubby mofo's goes out of business and that all vehicle manufacturers follow Tesla's lead in this matter.

about a month ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

execthis Re:Fuck Tiles! (346 comments)

Wow running a new desktop enviornment in Windows would be awesome but I can't imagine Microsoft not crapping its pants massively over this and blocking it every way possible.

about 3 months ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

execthis Re:Microsoft is wasting people's time (346 comments)

Almost but I said home server for a specific reason. It doesn't have to be connected to a big screen at all. I have a $150 small-form factor box that runs headless and acts as a file server plus serves a few other functions. The most expensive device in the setup is probably the laptop/tablet device, not the home server.

The tablet and laptop will merge in the future. Just as now, there will be an array to choose from - more svelte models and more heftier ones, but few will want to own a laptop and a tablet in the future. They will merge.

But IMHO the home server is something important.
The home server could also morph with the router/modem. Thus new routers now increasingly have NAS-like functions and many other functions as well.

about 3 months ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

execthis Re:Fuck Tiles! (346 comments)

Windows 8 with Classic Shell is the way to go. Even with Windows 7 Classic Shell was already the way to go.

about 3 months ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

execthis Re:Microsoft is wasting people's time (346 comments)

But what's so important about the one device for everything idea? It makes sense to have at least one dedicated home device a.k.a file server a.k.a media server etc., one ultra-portable thing like a smartphone, and also a portable thing like a laptop also.

The laptop could conceivably replace the home server but there are a lot of reasons why I always want a dedicated information appliance in my home.

I would think there are very few people who would never travel and want to have a powerful information appliance with them (i.e. not just a smartphone).

Where convergence will occur is when tablets morph into laptops, or laptops morph into things like tablets with detachable keyboards.

about 3 months ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

execthis Re:Microsoft is wasting people's time (346 comments)

What about a universal remote like a Logitech Harmony? I always wondered how well those work with your type of setup.

about 3 months ago
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The Black Underbelly of Windows 8.1 'Blue'

execthis Bypass the MS account (608 comments)

Just wanted to add here that it is possible to bypass the attempt to force the user to create an MS account during 8.1 upgrade by simply DISCONNECTING THE INTERNET.

about a year ago
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Windows 8.1 May Restore Boot-To-Desktop, Start Button

execthis Re:Too little too late (628 comments)

I fully agree with this observation. Was just thinking earlier what a supreme waste of money the new MS kiosk stores in the malls are. Its also a PR disaster among the in-the-know crowd for a company to be perceived as so conniving and so desperate as MS are.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows 8: a 'Christmas Gift For Someone You Hate'

execthis Re:I like it (740 comments)

Is there any way to change the skyline to a different city?

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8: a 'Christmas Gift For Someone You Hate'

execthis Re:That bad? (740 comments)

You might really want to try Classic Shell/Classic Start Menu then. Its an OSS project and I use it and do the categorizing like you say and find it essential. I always have several meta-categories and then copy in shortcuts for all relevant apps under those categories, e.g.:

00 - Peripherals
                        -Webcam
                          -Printer
01 - Graphics
02 - Audio
03 - Office
04 - Viewers
05 - Net
06 - Utilities
07 - System & Security

I especially like having the Peripherals submenu since otherwise it beccomes difficult to track all the various apps and utilities which come with different devices.

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8: a 'Christmas Gift For Someone You Hate'

execthis Re:That bad? (740 comments)

An idea, proposition, or an opinion is what it is, regardless of *anything* else. An argument about something is what it is, and the merits or lack thereof do not change because of other factors such as personal feelings, corporate agendas, etc.
It is therefore in the best interest of truth to simply address all arguments on their merits. Dedication to truth or pursuit of knowledge should be a higher calling and anyone committed to it enacts it by upholding it in their own conduct.

about 2 years ago
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California's Unspoken Health Problem: Brain Parasites

execthis Re:Obligatory (313 comments)

A family member, friend or restaurant cook infected with an adult tapeworm can secrete tens of thousands of tapeworm eggs daily, which can be easily ingested by others.

The major don't seems to be:

Don't eat at a restaurant which has a cook who is an immigrant from one of the affected countries. Nowadays, that may be almost an impossibility.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Rejects Drone Strike App

execthis Re:There is no problem with this (234 comments)

Absolutely wrong. As a provider of a platform for information exchange and communication, Apple's products must be required, by law, to be open and free.

There is absolutely an overriding interest for the social good that a large platform provider, be it a cable company, large publishing house, or communications technology provider keep their platforms open and free.

The opposite is essentially fascism. Right now the Obama administration is trying to prevent the content providers like Xfinity from controlling all the content. Xfinity already censors things like Al Jazeera and much other content which it doesn't want to compete with its own, inferior content that it controls.

This case with Apple controlling everything is no different.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Rejects Drone Strike App

execthis Re:apple just doesn't want to touch that (234 comments)

Wrong. We live in a time when companies like Apple are equivalent to feudal fiefdoms. The "freedoms" we seek are those granted or bestowed by one fiefdom or another, to which peasants can choose to be in allegiance with or not. The fiefdoms are what control the country. If you cannot see that this is the case and how the political system in America functions, you are blind.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Rejects Drone Strike App

execthis Re:apple just doesn't want to touch that (234 comments)

History is replete with "successes" which were disastrous, usually accompanied with copious amounts of hubris and arrogance.

more than 2 years ago

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Anti-tech protests in San Francisco turn out to be underhanded ploy by union

execthis execthis writes  |  about 6 months ago

execthis (537150) writes "In the news over past weeks and months have been stories about protests in San Francisco in which buses for Google have been blocked by protesters. Today it is revealed that a union is behind these protests, which amount to a dirty tactic on their part to attempt to humiliate the City and County of San Francisco government into giving raises to their employees. In other words, they have been faux protests staged by the Service Employees International Union as an underhanded attempt to gain leverage and force the city to give them wage increases. Its interesting to note that there recently were other seemingly faux protests in front of Staples stores, this time by the postal workers (I say seemingly because they did not appear to openly reveal that they were in fact postal workers)."
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Hostgator experiencing major outage

execthis execthis writes  |  about a year ago

execthis (537150) writes "A major outage affecting Hostgator's main Provo data center has been occurring since the early hours of this morning. According to a support e-mail:

...we are currently experiencing ongoing networking issues at our primary datacenter. We are aware and are working with our service providers to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. http://forums.hostgator.com/network-event-provo-data-center-t278660.html?p=474301#post474301 Unfortunately there is no ETA at this moment. This is our highest priority and we will get this resolved ASAP.

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