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

fightinfilipino Re:Well I guess it's a good thing... (195 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.

by "not putting it on the front line", do you mean not going to websites? like, at all?

i mean, the article specifically notes adult websites here, but these sorts of drive-by installs and sideloading exploits occur on more mainstream sites, too. are you saying to simply not use the web?

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

fightinfilipino Re:Well I guess it's a good thing... (195 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?

i'm curious...at this point should we accept malware as just a regular part of going to websites?

the question's rhetorical of course - until websites prevent malware from being distributed through their ad networks, i will block ALL ads to defend my computer.

2 days ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

fightinfilipino Re:No way! (512 comments)

LOL that's precious. Meanwhile, the H-1B employees I know - my personal friends

anecdotal, and secondhand hearsay at that. that is not factual in any way and doesn't help. again, facts are important.

about a week ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

fightinfilipino Re:No way! (512 comments)

You realize that this hypothetical other employer has exactly the same incentives and goals as the first one, right?

you realize that this still does not make H-1B employment "indentured servitude," right?

let's debate the pros and cons of policy, but let's debate them using actual facts, not just what people believe. too many people argue about US immigration without knowing even remotely how the immigration laws actually work.

about a week ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

fightinfilipino Re:No way! (512 comments)

the American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act permits H-1B portability, provided another employer is willing to sponsor the H-1B worker. claims that H-1Bs are indentured servitude are entirely baseless.

about a week ago
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Ad Company Using Verizon Tracking Header To Recreate Deleted Cookies

fightinfilipino Re:Que calls for net neutrality... (70 comments)

So Verizon inject encrypted cookies that identify the user, then sell the decryption key to add companies, so they can track users. I'd be reviewing the terms and conditions of the internet service. Surely they don't allow tampering? People should shame Verizon publicly and leave them, but calls for net neutrality laws are misguided. Verizon makes money from this, so they should end up cheaper than competitors who don't do this. Customers are free to choose to have less privacy for a cheaper service. Regulation isn't needed.

the "market" does not correct for corrupt practices like these, despite every libertarian fantasy to the contrary.

about two weeks ago
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IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

fightinfilipino Re:It's a badly written article/summary (484 comments)

you're...you're claiming that employers are laying out large sums of money to set up diploma mills to intentionally hire foreign nationals?

Actually, no, that's not what I was claiming--sorry about being too brief. What happens, currently, is that the Indian body shops send them here for a degree, then bring them back to India, and then tell prospective clients that "x% of our programmers hold master's degrees from US colleges." So it's not US employers spending large sums of money in order to hire foreign nationals, it's foreign companies spending middling sums of money to find yet one more way to deceive clients about their capabilities and competence. Anyway, my point was that the mills are already here.

you're going to have to cite some sources, because this is a claim that beggars belief.

the Dept. of Homeland Security has a pretty high standard on what they deem a valid higher ed institution. they rely on AACRAO standards [aacrao.org] in their determinations. that weeds out a lot of the diploma mills.

And, if this no-cap on advanced degrees passes, just watch the next logical step unfold--legislation removing the accreditation standards. Bet on it :-(

highly doubtful. this same removal of the cap on advanced degrees has been before Congress in various forms. the point of that legislation is to attract and keep highly educated foreign nationals in the U.S.

about two weeks ago
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IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

fightinfilipino Re:It's a badly written article/summary (484 comments)

...except that's not what the law says. it's an advanced STEM degree from a U.S. institution. to qualify for the H-1B cap exemption...

The Indian body shops already have set up diploma mills in the US to rubber-stamp master's degrees.

you're...you're claiming that employers are laying out large sums of money to set up diploma mills to intentionally hire foreign nationals?

the Dept. of Homeland Security has a pretty high standard on what they deem a valid higher ed institution. they rely on AACRAO standards in their determinations. that weeds out a lot of the diploma mills.

about two weeks ago
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IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

fightinfilipino Re:It's a badly written article/summary (484 comments)

It's using the phrase "offshoring" to mean Americans losing jobs to cheaper foreign workers in general. Probably because by now everyone understands that "offshoring" == "bad". It doesn't change the fact that the basic point (the death of American IT) is correct. If you can bring anyone in with an "Advanced STEM" degree then India will just open more schools to rubber stamp 'em. Race to the bottom.

except that's not what the law says. it's an advanced STEM degree from a U.S. institution. to qualify for the H-1B cap exemption, you have to have been awarded a degree from a U.S. higher ed institute. this drives immigrants to come to the U.S. for schooling and become invested in the U.S.

the law also requires H-1B employers to meet prevailing wage levels set by the DOL, so that U.S. workers are not undercut. enforcement has been admittedly shoddy, but has gotten much better in recent years. (the fines against Tata and Infosys being two of the better known examples).

about two weeks ago
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Wireless Keylogger Masquerades as USB Phone Charger

fightinfilipino Re:And this is good why? (150 comments)

What if you want to sniff your own keyboard?

when i do this i just end up snorting cookie and chip crumbs.

about two weeks ago
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HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home

fightinfilipino Re:Conform or be expelled (320 comments)

if you think HOAs are "completely up front about those things", you're a dumb motherfucker.

about three weeks ago
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Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated

fightinfilipino Re:Isn't that obvious? (197 comments)

You have a good point...

it's actually a set of points, but the correct point can't be observed without changing it's velocity.

about a month ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

fightinfilipino currency (138 comments)

a British penny is worth like 100 U.S. pennies though, so it's ok.

about a month and a half ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

fightinfilipino Re:Environmentalists is why we still pump carbon (652 comments)

Ironically, environmentalists and their 'spooky nuclear' protests is why we are still so reliant on fossil fuels and still pumping carbon into atmosphere. Nuclear technology, especially breeder reactors that produce minimal waste, is how you eliminate emissions. Wind and solar are unsuitable for base load due to variability, and require often non-renewable backups.

while i agree in part, anti-nuclear proponents have a point: nuclear energy is dangerous if not carefully managed and handled. Fukushima and Chernobyl are deadly enough reminders.

about 2 months ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

fightinfilipino Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

simple. because those persons can go to a third country and then travel from there. it creates an impetus for persons from West Africa to simply try to evade such controls. this would of course worsen the situation, not improve it.

the world as a whole needs to be sending more resources to West Africa to fight the epidemic *there*. that is the only thing that will help stop this from becoming an actual pandemic.

about 3 months ago
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Google's Megan Smith Would Be First US CTO Worthy of the Title

fightinfilipino Re:Does this office need Congressional approval? (117 comments)

this is incredibly naive. to even think the current process is devoid of any sort of gender or racial bias, without "fanning the flames", is incredibly, incredibly naive.

about 4 months ago
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Illinois University Restricts Access To Social Media, Online Political Content

fightinfilipino Re:More about Indoctrination (130 comments)

Perhaps it is because some universities are more about indoctrination than education.

Fixed that for you.

only a Sith deals in absolutes.

about 5 months ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

fightinfilipino Re:What an idiot you are (409 comments)

The current theory is that Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol contracted Ebola in a scrub room from another staff member who had been infected but wasn't showing enough outward signs of infection. hopefully the persons involved in transport will be more carefully screened before the flight.

NOTHING is 100% safe. all people can do is reduce risk as much as possible. that being said, the risk of this patient now spreading ebola to the U.S. is incredibly low.

also, 3.5 stripes is right. there's seriously no need to call anyone "stupid". wth.

about 6 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

fightinfilipino Re:this story is missing information (928 comments)

Not only are you stupid, you are also a coward.

If that was intimidation to you, unplug the internet, weld your doors shut and brick your windows.

If she isn't fired, SWA has serious problems.

and if your post is normal to you, i heavily suggest you look in a mirror and start wondering about the human race. the internet was not always this way. humankind can and should do better.

also, ad hominem attacks are debating fallacies for a reason. it means you have no point to back up. good work.

about 6 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

fightinfilipino Re:this story is missing information (928 comments)

"bitch"? really? there's no need to call anyone that.

and perhaps that is the reason: the flight crew considered the tweet intimidation or threatening. 14 CFR 125.328 prohibits anyone from interfering with the crew: "No person may assault, threaten, intimidate, or interfere with a crewmember in the performance of the crewmember's duties aboard an aircraft being operated under this part."

the tweet identified someone by name. rather than taking it up with Southwest corporate or something more measured, the guy called out a specific person. that can be intimidating as hell. there are more reasonable ways to lodge a complaint, and that ain't one of them.

about 6 months ago

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