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US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

fulldecent Re:Wait what? (171 comments)

"more intended for situations where someone is on the run and unlocatable or in a hostile country with no extradition treaty"

Don't forget, the US legal system put copyright and security theater offenses near the same level as more traditional capital offenses.

about a week ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

fulldecent Re:Comcast tried to steal $50 from me (223 comments)

Download the record everything app from the Google App store and keep every call when you dial Comcast. Then post all calls onto sound cloud

about two weeks ago
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China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts

fulldecent Re: I believe you missed who the adversary is (109 comments)

This is a cute post that implies governments will use influence over CAs to sign fake websites that are accepted by default by browsers.

Given any such forgery would:
  - leave immediate and permanent evidence
  - be a known attack vector that people are actively seeking evidence of
  - be of high interest to slashdot and browser makers

Then I would recommend the naive null hypothesis that governments do not do this on a large scale has a high bar to be rejected.

OTOH, targeted attacks against individual people are a different story.

about a month ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

fulldecent Re:'Bout time (175 comments)

+5 "User mentions Public Utility Commission when posting grievances about local utility"

It's a new option for mods

about a month ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

fulldecent Re:workaround (239 comments)

Last I checked, Facebook has brought some heavy charges against people using the site against their terms.

about a month ago
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

fulldecent The right place to complain to (149 comments)

If you have problems with your local internet (or cable) service provider, there is only one correct audience for your complaint. Competition is regulated LOCALLY, just like wars are handled NATIONALLY and family budgeting is a DOMESTIC issue. The FCC advises at https://www.fcc.gov/guides/cab... to direct complaints to local franchising authorities.

For example, with Comcast, they are required to plainly put this contact information on your bill. See for example this bill http://comcastbills.com/Compar... The franchise authority is on the bottom right. If you have unrequested upcharges on your bill and then the ISP fixes it, that is fine -- but you should also make a report to the LFA so they can see the pattern. You can also call the LFA first.

Talk of boycotts are not effective. Talking about Obama is not effective. Talking to your ISP is not effective. This is because you are not the customer. Your local regulatory commission is the customer. And they are not helping us because they do not understand the issues. They do not use pipe analogies and don't read slashdot. They worry about school funding, local taxes, AARP, and baking brownies. If you've read this far you already know what to do.

about a month and a half ago
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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

fulldecent Franchise authority (204 comments)

If you have problems with your local internet (or cable) service provider, there is only one correct audience for your complaint. Competition is regulated LOCALLY, just like wars are handled NATIONALLY and family budgeting is a DOMESTIC issue. The FCC advises at https://www.fcc.gov/guides/cab... to direct complaints to local franchising authorities.

For example, with Comcast, they are required to plainly put this contact information on your bill. See for example this bill http://comcastbills.com/Compar... The franchise authority is on the bottom right. If you have unrequested upcharges on your bill and then the ISP fixes it, that is fine -- but you should also make a report to the LFA so they can see the pattern. You can also call the LFA first.

Talk of boycotts are not effective. Talking about Obama is not effective. Talking to your ISP is not effective. This is because you are not the customer. Your local regulatory commission is the customer. And they are not helping us because they do not understand the issues. They do not use pipe analogies and don't read slashdot. They worry about school funding, local taxes, AARP, and baking brownies. If you've read this far you already know what to do.

about a month and a half ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

fulldecent System generated passwords (549 comments)

Why even let the users choose passwords? Just have the system run UUID() and give them the result. That is their password. Can't remember it? Click here to have it sent to your email address again.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

fulldecent Re:WTF? (265 comments)

I cant vote in Utah

about a month and a half ago
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Twitter Sues US Government Over National Security Data Requests

fulldecent Leak (57 comments)

Clearly, the solution is to send the fully unredacted report to every Twitter employee, and tell them not to leak the document.

about a month and a half ago
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JP Morgan Chase Breach Compromised Data of 76 Million Households

fulldecent Nobody cares (76 comments)

As someone who has done research on banks and disclosed security holes (plug -- live exploits posted to http://privacylog.blogspot.com... not always obvious, not always interesting) I can tell you NOBODY cares.

I am still working up the balls or requesting legal advice to tell me I am in the clear so I can tell you the details. But to summarize, there are still **egregious** security failures out there and they can be found by just one person. If you find one of these things you will see too that it is possible to get the federal and industry agencies on the phone that you would expect to be interested in this stuff. But it is purely a courtesy. As soon as you hang up, they will go back to focusing on botnets or revenue-impacting issues.

about 2 months ago
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Silk Road Lawyers Poke Holes In FBI's Story

fulldecent Buying a leak (191 comments)

What if DPR offered a $10 million bounty for someone at the NSA to leak proof of illegal collection / parallel construction -- the proceeds coming from the return of his money.

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If you had access to this proof would you take the offer?

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

fulldecent 2015 (644 comments)

2015 will be the year of Windows on the desktop... finally!

about 2 months ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

fulldecent Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (335 comments)

> But really, is it a good idea for the masses to be purchasing vehicles from Amazon?

The Amazon star system has effectively solved the post-product support problem for big brands.

about 2 months ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

fulldecent Negotiation (243 comments)

I'd didn't see anyone looking for negotiation as an accepted outcome of this process.

about 2 months ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

fulldecent Re:You mean... (243 comments)

TCP allows for congestion control and windows. This is a two-way communication in which either side can slow down the connection.

Otherwise, accessing a website over 33.6k would have the server send data at the same 50mb/s like FIOS and bits spilling all over the floor.

about 2 months ago
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Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

fulldecent Re:Uber Fresh? (139 comments)

So long as the bags are sealed in the pharmacy and the contents are not noted on the outside, it should be fine.

Famous last words

about 2 months ago
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The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

fulldecent Anti neutral (131 comments)

It is good to see this topical announcement from Google today in which they are directly supporting application-specific unmetered internet:

http://googleblog.blogspot.com...

"In an effort to reduce data costs, if you have an Airtel SIM card, you’ll get these software updates for free for the first six months. As part of this same Airtel offer, you’ll also be able to download up to 200MB per month worth of your favorite apps (that’s about 50 apps overall) from Google Play—all without counting toward your mobile data usage."

This is directly against the principles of network neutrality.

about 2 months ago
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Canon Printer Hacked To Run Doom Video Game

fulldecent Re:I'm not surprised (92 comments)

> ENTIRE DRIVER SET FOR ALL SUPPORTED DEVICES

Cliff hanger! How big is it?

(Mac users are used to the bloated CUPS version that includes all the graphics)

about 2 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: Are there any responsible security disclosures that ended well?

fulldecent fulldecent writes  |  about a year ago

fulldecent (598482) writes "Technology online changes fast and large organizations often make poor implementations of this technology leading to security vulnerabilities. Some of the failures are egregious like websites that use a user ID in the URL to authenticate that user, and other take a little curiosity to find. Either way, they will be found. The people on Slashdot, I feel, are more likely to want to report this to the vendor and do these things for sport. Personally I take the smaller ones and mail a letter to the vendor and then post online in a few weeks. For bigger ones I wind up in high-pressure phone calls with "private public partnership" agencies, end up signing something unfavorable and the resolution still feels bad.

So, who out there is responsibly disclosing vulnerabilities? Are you getting public credit? Are you involved in (and getting paid for?) for a technical fix? Are you feeling good about the result? Do the rules still apply for state-protected industries like banks? And which lawyers provide advice to the finders, who are just normal people and don't have money and expertise dealing with lawyers?"

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NH Supreme Court hears case on anonymous sources

fulldecent fulldecent writes  |  about 5 years ago

fulldecent (598482) writes "The New Hampshire Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit that calls into question the legal protections available to independent Web sites that cover news.

The case involves mortgage lender Implode-Explode, a Las Vegas-based site launched in 2007 that publishes stories about the meltdown of the mortgage industry. The court did not make a final decision on the case Wednesday, but one of its options could be to send the case back to the lower court for further review and litigation on specific points of law."

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Using comics to demonstrate protocol interactions

fulldecent fulldecent writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fulldecent writes "It is important to make your articles are reachable to non-technical audiences. This article uses a comic to demonstrate a simple HTTP interaction and why the technical details are important. The underlying post talks about TD Ameritrade and how they are selling users' financial information to News Corp via a cross-site image fetch."
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Verizon trails SiteFinder 2

fulldecent fulldecent writes  |  more than 7 years ago

fulldecent writes "On June 11, 2007, Verizon Online will begin the trial of a new Advanced Web Search service designed to reduce the amount of dead-end, "no file exists" or similar error messages you see and to help you quickly find the destination web site you were seeking. If you type a nonexistent or unavailable URL (e.g., www.verizon.cmo), or enter a search term, into your browser address bar, Verizon may present you with an Advanced Web Search page containing suggested links based upon the query you entered. The Advanced Web Search page would be presented instead of your receiving an NXDOMAIN or similar error message. The Verizon Advanced Web Search page may impact applications that rely on an NXDOMAIN or similar error message and may override similar browser-based search results pages. If you would prefer not to receive Advanced Web Search pages from Verizon, you should follow the opt-out instructions that are available by clicking on the "About the Search Results Page" link on any Advanced Web Search page."
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