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Proposed Penalty For UK Hackers Who "Damage National Security": Life

geekmux Re:Don't do the crime (149 comments)

deemed to have carried out an unauthorised act on a computer I know this is a radical idea, and I'm just spitballing here, but maybe the part about unauthorized act being done a computer should be a hint. If it's not your computer or your system, don't try to get into it.

And what exactly happens when it is you who is wrongly accused of such a heinous crime against the State?

Seems everyone is looking over the worst part of this new suggested framework of life sentencing against "hackers". It's ripe for abuse to quickly get rid of the squeaky wheel or frame someone.

8 hours ago
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DHS Investigates 24 Potentially Lethal IoT Medical Devices

geekmux Re:Well ... duh! (77 comments)

I disagree. You don't have to harden your internet connected refrigerator against malicious attacks.

Why? Because when you ask "what could possibly go wrong?" the answer is your food will spoil, and you will have to throw it out. It's not like spoiled food is not instantly recognizable.

If I turn off your fridge for 8 hours during the day and spoil your mayo or other like food that may be very difficult to discern is bad or not, and then turn your fridge back on before you get home, you have no damn idea the dangers that could be lurking in the spoiled food that you were unaware had been exposed to dangerously high temps for several hours.

The CDC estimates that 1 in 6 Americans are affected by a foodborne illness each year, resulting in 3,000 fatalities. So yeah, PEOPLE DIE

Funny thing about comparing food to people with hackable implants. Everyone has to eat. Not everyone has an implant.

Try and understand the true risk beyond your simple analysis here.

yesterday
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

geekmux Re:Children. (237 comments)

And had her children been targeted and harmed or killed because of this irresponsible bullshit, the DEA would be singing a hell of a different tune.

Yeah, just like the cops who permanently disfigured a baby with a flash-bang grenade. The only tune they wound up singing was "Couple Days Off" by Huey Lewis.

Blame public apathy for that shit. We the People should be standing up and making a HELL of a lot more noise over those kinds of actions taken by law enforcement. When they screw up, they need to be held accountable.

That is the problem. We no longer have control. At all. But a loud enough voice that remains persistent can and will be addressed. Apathy kills persistence.

2 days ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

geekmux Re:In related news.... (237 comments)

In related news. DEA to facebook: Who cares?

Curious how the DEA would "care" had the very young children they also posted on the fake Facebook profile been targeted or killed by the very criminals they were attempting to lure in.

2 days ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

geekmux Re:Children. (237 comments)

But but but, think of the CHILDREN.

Ah, considering the police used images of this woman's son and niece on the Facebook profile to try and make it authentic, thereby putting very young children in harms way (they were trying to lure in criminals), I'd say someone was actually thinking of the children in this case.

And had her children been targeted and harmed or killed because of this irresponsible bullshit, the DEA would be singing a hell of a different tune.

2 days ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

geekmux Re:Really pisses me off! (173 comments)

Next time they threaten you, shove the Telecommunications Act of 1996 in their face and go "I can take you to court over this, if you want to talk about some billing issues, assholes. We gave you billions in taxpayer dollars for a product you didn't deliver. Guess who owes who right now?"

Oh, you mean the same Telecommunciations Act that promised to ensure that CLECs would actually be able to thrive and compete?

Yeah, uh where are they now? Oh yeah, I forgot, even the LECs own CLECs were driven out of business.

Please knock if off with this bullshit. The time for any individual or even a small group to go against a major carrier is long over with. Threaten all you want.

They will ALWAYS have enough customers no matter how many you might convince to get off their ass and walk away.

They will ALWAYS have apathy on their side to guarantee people don't give a shit enough to get off their ass and do anything.

And until someone in government stops smearing over the anti-monopoly laws with LEC-certified palm grease, there's not a fucking thing you can do to stop them.

Oh, and those "billions" are long gone, paid out in executive bonuses.

2 days ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

geekmux When this effort totally fails... (173 comments)

...perhaps then people will finally wake up and realize just how much your government supports the concept of monopolies.

In the meantime, enjoy playing in the kiddie pool while you still can. I'm sure they're already greasing palms to ensure kiddie pools are outlawed soon.

2 days ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

geekmux Re:Overly broad? (420 comments)

Can they be a little more specific as to what it is that's in the soda that is causing this?

Can you tell me why you care when there's a good chance any proposed alternative won't be any safer?

As if aspartame is some kind of natural herbal replacement for white sugar or HFCS that's completely safe. Please.

What cracks me up is people labeling this as a "hidden" cost, as if we don't have mountains of evidence that already says consuming sugary drinks every day is not good for you, regardless of brand, flavor, or number of calories.

3 days ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

geekmux Re:I don't follow (369 comments)

So what's so "tomorrow" about change from Lucida to Helvetica, which impedes legibility, requires more screen space, and makes the GUI appear fuzzy? Is that the definition of "tomorrow" now?

Yes. By this logic, we're but one illogical decision away from Comic Sans being default.

(Yeah, I know, I just threw up in my mouth a little too.)

On top of the fact that Steve Jobs is likely rolling in his grave. The man had a flair for aesthetics that seem to be dying in the face of "futurethink".

4 days ago
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Be True To Your CS School: LinkedIn Ranks US Schools For Job-Seeking Programmers

geekmux Ringknockers (128 comments)

"f you're in a position to actually hire new graduates, how much do you care about applicants' alma maters?

Let's put this another way. If that is a priority, I doubt I'm going to be interested in working for them.

Clearly they're focusing on the wrong thing, usually brought on by elitism.

Skills are what is important after college, and I'm not talking about how you earned your way into the Kegga-Chugga-Puk frat house.

4 days ago
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Robot SmackDowns Wants To Bring Robot Death Matches To an Arena Near You

geekmux Re:Not until they're sentient. (82 comments)

Robot death matches won't really be interesting until they become self-aware, and they realize we're having them kill each other for our amusement.

If by interesting you mean a self-aware state that results in them realizing we humans are much more entertaining of a target, well...yeah, have fun.

4 days ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

geekmux Re:I don't trust it (284 comments)

Couple of things

a) A national security letter is not a "warrant". It is not even close to the same thing

b) Even a national security letter can't be used to tell Apple or anyone else to install some kind of backdoor on a device. The most a national security letter could do is authorize a wiretap on the device and all it's communication flows inbound and outbound. This is not even close to the same thing. An NSL can be sent to Apple telling it to give the FBI all information it has. If Apple does not have any information, that is the end of the scope of an NSL.

It's funny how you want to sit here and paint succinct lines around definitions, all the while your new updates to your smart phone make it a sieve.

I guess you've never heard of iCloud before. Or any other service that pretty much syncs every fucking thing from your phone to corporate cloud land somewhere, you know because so many consumers got pissed when they were losing data due to smartphones dying or getting stolen.

And yet again, when the NSL comes marching in, you have no idea just how much of that cloud data or the rest of the "inbound and outbound" flows will contain about you.

Stop thinking a smartphone needs a backdoor ON the damn device to get 80% of what you need on someone. Put simply, it doesn't.

about a week ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

geekmux Re:Well (180 comments)

I am unconcerned if facebook computers are trying to determine if I want to buy Pampers or Depends so computers can sell electrons to other computers to shove electrons in front of my face.

But claiming you have privacy from...just what now? Government, when you are feeding it back to government because government demands it?

What. The. Fuck.

That is the historical abuser of privacy we should be afraid of. Even privacy apps collapse immediately with just a wink from the onrushing government computerized panopticon juggernaut?

It's time for some kind of constitutional amendment to extend and require warrants to virtual property and locations online, to get around the loophole that it's "on some company's server somewhere, so you 'have no expectation of privacy.' "

And keep an eye on the weasel politicians who would water it down.

Government has little to do with it when 99% of app users merrily hand over their privacy when agreeing to the corporate EULA.

Consumer data is valuable. The Government is merely a rude customer of the corporations.

A Constitutional Amendment is likely needed, alright. But ensure you are targeting the right people.

about a week ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

geekmux Re:Don't trust any app these days (180 comments)

Mod parent up into the sky, please. As a European, I am watching at the sideline, with ever-growing incredulity, how US Americans take all this, and worse, and more, from their so-called "government", from their unbelievably brutal "law enforcement", from what once was their state. What do you people need for an incentive to kick off a revolution ? Maybe if the US government put almost 1% of your population into prison, you would finally protest. Oh no, shit, wait....

Ironically you're asking when we might revolt against our own Government when yours disarmed you long ago, removing your capability altogether.

Guess you better hope these US polices don't start bleeding over to your countr...oh. Nevermind.

Yeah, good luck to you.

about a week ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

geekmux Re:Well (180 comments)

Looks like I WILL NOT be trying this app at all. I was a bit curious.

The unfolding of privacy around most of the popular social media apps (that ironically promise it) should have killed your curiosity long ago.

Hell, the cat is a rotting corpse at this point.

about a week ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

geekmux Re:I don't trust it (284 comments)

No matter how strong the encryption algorithms are themselves, there's nothing to stop the FBI from planting a malicious app (a keylogger for instance). They could even serve Apple with a warrant to require them to install this app as a software update.

Umm... you need to learn how warrants work.

This comment got modded to 3???

Perhaps you need to learn how NSLs work.

Then get back to me as to how the fuck you'll even know about it.

"They" don't come knocking on you front door anymore to search your effects. They just crack your cell phone in half from 1,000 miles away with nothing more than a hint of terrorism splashed on you from 2-3 degrees of separation.

about a week ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

geekmux Re:Public safety is not the issue (284 comments)

The issue is the balance between public safety and personal privacy.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches is not just a nice idea, it is codified by the founding fathers as a fundamental principle differentiating this country from others..

The only "issue" is whether you agree with this principle, or not.

Ah no, not quite. The only issue at stake here is watching our (s)elected lawmakers sworn to protect said "nice idea" who are not upholding that promise.

I don't give a shit whether you agree or not. Judges likely don't agree with 100% of the laws they have to go by. They are there to uphold the Constitution. If you or they don't like it, that's what Amendments are for.

about a week ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

geekmux Re:It only takes one ... (381 comments)

It only takes one stupid uncooperative idiot ( maybe from a certain news station) to spread the disease.

Oh, you mean when the CDC themselves clears a caregiver known to be in direct contact with Eric Duncan to fly on a commercial airline with a low-grade fever?

Yeah, you're right, it only takes one. Too bad that "one" is the CDC fucking up in the worst way possible.

about a week ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

geekmux Re: Missing option (219 comments)

The wonder of exploring may be gone for you... I don't think you speak for everyone, certainly not for me.

The only ones who will be left wondering are the organisms that land on our rock 10,000 years from now wondering what the hell happened here...

about a week ago
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Mozilla Teams Up With Humble Bundle To Offer Eight Plugin-Free Games

geekmux Hits from the Name Generator... (67 comments)

"...The first five games...AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome,.."

How the hell did you come up with...wait, don't tell me. The bong fell over on the keyboard, right?

about a week ago

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