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Before Using StingRays, Police Must Sign NDA With FBI

gmack Re:United States of Amerika (124 comments)

I can only hope. From your fingers to God's eyes.

I'm sure someone will trot out the "but countries that have banned guns..." yes indeed, they have pretty much eliminated gun violence. Of course criminals moved onto knives, bats, and other things. Which is why in a place like the UK if you're under 18 you can't buy a knife easily, and why assault with a weapon is the most commonly laid charge with "blunt force, or lacerations" being the primary indicator in cases of death or AS.

I'm sure someone with an agenda will start modding this into oblivion, and I say "disprove it." The stats are out there, you can see them yourself on wikipedia and can order them under FOIA/Open Access in various countries. You don't like it? Tough, it's reality. You want it changed, fix the problem.

The stats are out there but the stats don't back you up. Checking the UN's Intentional homicide, number and rate per 100,000 population For 2008, we have Canada at 1.8, the UK at 1.3 and the US at 4.6. So yes, not allowing people to walk around armed to the teeth really does seem to help.

about a week ago
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Cell Phone Unlocking Is Legal -- For Now

gmack Re:Funny (135 comments)

Once the contract is done with, it should be your phone and not the telco's phone and that is all these laws are demanding. I can still go to most countries in Europe and get a phone on contract, but as soon as the contract is finished they are required to unlock the phone and to me, that seems fair to both sides..

about 2 months ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

gmack Re:Could be worse (234 comments)

Lets see how this compares to Canada's new anti spam law since EA has offices in Vancouver and Montreal.

you got it for free if you had the promo code so can't really bitch about the DRM in it.

If I have not been (clearly) informed of it's presence and implications by the publisher

10.(3) A person who seeks express consent for the doing of any act described in section 8 must, when requesting consent, also, in addition to setting out any other prescribed information, clearly and simply describe, in general terms, the function and purpose of the computer program that is to be installed if the consent is given.

I certainly can and so should any person that consider themselves the owner of their machine when it is DRM that is known to:

- Generate false positives on authentic discs.

- Create files and reg keys that you cannot access/remove as admin.

- Snoop on your software usage 24/7.

- Conflict with debugging software and in some instances even require debuggers to be un-installed in order for you to play the game.

(5) A function referred to in subsection (4) is any of the following functions that the person who seeks express consent knows and intends will cause the computer system to operate in a manner that is contrary to the reasonable expectations of the owner or an authorized user of the computer system:

(a) collecting personal information stored on the computer system;

(b) interfering with the owner’s or an authorized user’s control of the computer system;

(c) changing or interfering with settings, preferences or commands already installed or stored on the computer system without the knowledge of the owner or an authorized user of the computer system;

(d) changing or interfering with data that is stored on the computer system in a manner that obstructs, interrupts or interferes with lawful access to or use of that data by the owner or an authorized user of the computer system;

- Remain installed after you have un-installed the game.

11 (5) A person who has the express consent of an owner or authorized user to do any act described in section 8 must

(a) for a period of one year after any computer program that performs one or more of the functions described in subsection 10(5) but not referred to in subsection 10(6) is installed under the consent, ensure that the person who gave their consent is provided with an electronic address to which they may, if they believe that the function, purpose or impact of the computer program installed under the consent was not accurately described when consent was requested, send a request to remove or disable that computer program; and

(b) if the consent was based on an inaccurate description of the material elements of the function or functions described in subsection 10(5), on receipt within that one-year period of a request to remove or disable that computer program, without cost to the person who gave consent, assist that person in removing or disabling the computer program as soon as feasible.

20 (4) The maximum penalty for a violation is $1,000,000 in the case of an individual, and $10,000,000 in the case of any other person.

Any Canadians affected by this feel like filing a complaint?

about 2 months ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

gmack Re:Pft (962 comments)

I doubt it. You don't get a lot of men being asked If the carpet matches the drapes I think the real problem with gamers in general is that you get a lot of "type A" competitive personalities without any social skills to temper their behavior. Throw in the fact that, for a lot of gamers their only actual experience of actual females is either from watching porn or interacting with booth babes and they just don't realize that both are fictional.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

gmack Re: So... (401 comments)

Been there done that, I sat down with a friend who was dropping AOL because the computer store he bought the computer from never mentioned that "3 free months of Internet" meant that they took his credit card and signed him up for AOL. The credit card company started from the assumption that since AOL was an established company that they would not need to charge back and we should talk to AOL about it.

Que an endless "no sir we had no way to know you never used your account since we don't go into customer accounts without permission"

The credit card companies are not always on your side.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails

gmack Re:Linux? (145 comments)

Have you actually read the law? This seems like a ton of FUD.

At any rate some Canadian companies have behaved horribly when it comes to email. I have had problems with companies refusing to change a mistyped email address unless I was the confirmed (with security questions) account holder and some not even bother to check if the recipient mail server even accepted the message for over a year.

about 3 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

gmack Re:hahaha! (932 comments)

Opposition to immigration tends to spike every time there is a recession. The reality is that without immigrants, the older generations of both the EU and north America will not have enough of a population left to maintain the economy once they start to retire.

about 4 months ago
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iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

gmack Re:Umm, no (323 comments)

RTFA, It only randomizes on scan and goes back to the original MAC address when it connects.. You are correct that it is easy to change the MAC address, but that doesn't change the fact that randomizing the mac address on connect would break things like DHCP reservations or MAC based white lists.

about 4 months ago
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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

gmack Re:This (321 comments)

Better yet you can use an app like Sygic that downloads the maps in advance. At least this way, you don't care if you are roaming or even if you have a signal at all.

about 4 months ago
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A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"

gmack Re:Really? (255 comments)

Agreed. I have seem some devs treated badly who turned out to be pretty good developers once people stopped treating them like crap. I also had one kid fresh out of university who needed some hand-holding for his first few months while he gained some experience and gained some self esteem who turned out to be a one of the best programmers I've ever worked with.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

gmack Re:Many users won't be back (516 comments)

I am thinking that has more to do with the massive advertising/FUD campaign they were running. When I was in Spain, for several months the Metro (subways for you Americans) were covered with ads for the Nokia phones and I had friends tell me that they bought the Nokias because the sales reps at the store told them that Android had a virus problem. Now the campaigns have been cut back so the sales dropped right off.

about 4 months ago
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GM Sees a Market For $5/Day Dedicated In-Car Internet

gmack Re: That OR (216 comments)

For 6 gb transfer per month? In my country, it is more expensive.

about 5 months ago
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GM Sees a Market For $5/Day Dedicated In-Car Internet

gmack Re:That OR (216 comments)

It is proprietary in that it will only talk to GM's (expensive) service rather than a more general purpose device where you could slot in your own sim card. $5 a day? That's well over double what I would pay my local cell phone provider for the same service.

about 5 months ago
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Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

gmack Re:Blank Media (477 comments)

Better would be to start actually selling things people want in Blu-Ray format. I refuse to buy DVDs of a series I just watched in HD and quite often series releases are still DVD only and so I buy nothing instead.

about 5 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

gmack Re:I don't like the control it takes away from you (865 comments)

Same here!

With an ignition key, I know that I'm in control. If I step out of the car, I'd normally remove the keys (unless there were other passengers already) and do whatever I have to do before returning, knowing that my car would still be there. With the remote, even if I stepped out w/ it, leaving the car unlocked, anybody can just get in and drive some distance. Maybe he won't get far, but the damage would have been done.

In Europe, most cars use a key card system, if you remove the card from it's slot, the car won't drive.

Really? Most cars? I don't think so. Maybe most high-end cars but get in to a cheap hatchback be it European or not in Europe and you'll have a key start.

Renault isn't high end and it won't start if it doesn't detect it's card in the passenger compartment.

about 5 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

gmack Re:Easier or harder to steal a car? (865 comments)

Mechanical locks may be mature but they are not in any way reliable.

People have known for years how to bypass an ignition switch and any decent car will have some sort of a backup anti theft system. It is also not hard to break a steering lock, in fact the police up here Canada demonstrated that some of the cheaper club clones (specifically the one that clamps to one side of the steering wheel and extends over the dashboard) actually make the car easier to steal because they can be pulled back and used as a lever to snap the steering lock before being removed.

about 5 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

gmack Re:I don't like the control it takes away from you (865 comments)

Same here!

With an ignition key, I know that I'm in control. If I step out of the car, I'd normally remove the keys (unless there were other passengers already) and do whatever I have to do before returning, knowing that my car would still be there. With the remote, even if I stepped out w/ it, leaving the car unlocked, anybody can just get in and drive some distance. Maybe he won't get far, but the damage would have been done.

In Europe, most cars use a key card system, if you remove the card from it's slot, the car won't drive.

about 5 months ago
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OpenSSH No Longer Has To Depend On OpenSSL

gmack Re:Nooooooooo (144 comments)

Your suggested fix to disable bounce messages with the side affect that the sender then has no way to know that the mail never arrived? Not going to happen. If I ever did something that stupid, my clients would drop me.

In the meantime I've switched to Postfix which manages to do things correctly by refusing the message in the initial connection if the user doesn't exist so the sending mail server gets to generate the bounce message instead. And yes I know there are now patches and Qmail forks that cause Qmail to do things correctly but there really weren't at the time and my point remains that DJB never cared that his software could be misused this way.

about 4 months ago
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OpenSSH No Longer Has To Depend On OpenSSL

gmack Re:Nooooooooo (144 comments)

It "worked" only as long as you don't care about the problems DJB had no interest in solving. It is true that you can't use Qmail to break into the host system, but unfortunately you can use it as a reflector and annoy the crap out of pretty much everyone else.

I was a Qmail fan and installed it everywhere I worked right up until the day several of my servers got blacklisted.

about 5 months ago

Submissions

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64 Bit flash is back

gmack gmack writes  |  about 4 years ago

gmack writes "Adobe has finally released the long awaited "square" beta of Flash. From the site 'Adobe® Flash® Player "Square" is a preview release that enables native 64-bit support on Linux, Mac OS, and Windows operating systems, as well as enhanced support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 beta.'"
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Canadian DMCA unveiled again.

gmack gmack writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gmack writes "The Canadian second attempt of their version of the DMCA has been Released.

Upside: allows format shifting. Downside: $500 penalty for file sharing."
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Interpol unmasks photoshopping paedophile

gmack gmack writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gmack writes "Police have unmasked a paedophile who used a standard adobe Photoshop swirl to cover his identity. Hopefully this doesn't mean they all move to more advanced ways of covering their identities."

Journals

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Thoughts from a Mardid police station

gmack gmack writes  |  more than 6 years ago

So after getting nailed by a fairly practiced and aggressive team of pickpockets I'm sitting in a Madrid police station with nothing to do but wait and look at the wanted posters. One of them really caught my eye since the woman seemed very happy to have it taken.

The only thing going through my mind the whole time was what I would say if I actually met her.

Ms Zurutuza, I understand that as a woman you want to be as beautiful for your picture as possible but maybe, given your career choice as an enemy of the state, having a picture out there that no guy could possibly walk past without looking twice at in the hands of the Spanish police was a bit of a mistake? You would think as a terrorist you would want to be as unnoticeable as possible.

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Signs of the times

gmack gmack writes  |  more than 6 years ago

So I'm walking though church one day and get stopped by my friends grandmother. What did the little old SriLankan lady want you might ask? she wanted me to chech out her blog.

Signs of the times I guess.

The thing that shocked me the most was that it's better than most of what I read on blog posts

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Freaking clueless isp.

gmack gmack writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Welcome Gerhard! Please hold while we contact a representative. If a representative does not respond in a few seconds, then he/she is not available at this time.

There is/are currently 2 active support session(s) before you. You may continue to hold or leave a message.

** (16:19:15) You are now speaking with Bryan, Technical Support. **
(16:19:25)Bryan : Welcome
(16:19:29)Bryan : Could you tell me what your phone number so I can access your account ?
(16:19:51)Gerhard : I don't have an account there
(16:20:09)Gerhard : I'm a hosting provider who has several customers on your service
(16:20:19)Bryan : What exactly is blocked?
(16:20:32)Gerhard : my mail server
(16:20:46)Gerhard : anything to videotron is refused
(16:21:12)Bryan : When you send to our server, it is blocked and you receive a bounce back?
(16:21:37)Gerhard : (delivery temporarily suspended: host mx.videotron.ca[24.201.245.37] refused to talk to me: 452 try later)
(16:22:38)Bryan : Do you have the IP adresse of your SMTP?
(16:22:59)Gerhard : yes it's xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
(16:24:34)Bryan : 83% of mail received by this IP address is spam, you only need to reduce the level of spamming we receive, and you will be unblocked automatically
(16:24:59)Gerhard : heh.. I'm running four blacklists and a graylist
(16:25:29)Gerhard : not a lot I can do if my customers sign their email up for things and then forward it all to themselves
(16:26:15)Gerhard : the emails are only forwards customers request and do not originate from my server
(16:26:23)Bryan : We do not use any blacklist or graylist. Our filter relies on this percentage to block or unblock a SMTP. The only way to get unblock is to lower this level of spamming.
(16:28:43)Gerhard : in otherwords there is no fix other than to never allow customers to set forwards to their videotron address ?
(16:29:46)Bryan : When we speak of spam, we are speaking of unsolicited emails. Like emails speaking of viagra and stuff like that. Legitimate emails are not accounted for in this percentage.
(16:30:02)Gerhard : right.. I understand that
(16:30:10)Gerhard : but the spam does not originate from my server
(16:30:22)Bryan : It is sent by your server to ours
(16:30:32)Gerhard : all my server does is host customer email addresses and forward them where they specify
(16:31:42)Bryan : There is someone using your SMTP to spam our server. This spamming need to be lowered and you will be automatically unblocked.
(16:32:45)Gerhard : more to the point.. some customer of mine got spam and my server just forwarded what was sent to him to the videotron account he asked it to be sent to
(16:33:59)Bryan : Even if it is redirection. The spam was received from your server, hence why it is blocked. As soon as the percentage lowers, you will be unblocked
(16:34:09)Gerhard : ok
(16:34:17)Gerhard : I will tell my customers not to forward to videotron
(16:34:29)Gerhard : he can use his google mail or something instead
(16:34:37)Gerhard : or get a real internet provider

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