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FileZilla Has an Evil Twin That Steals FTP Logins

gooman This is BIGGER than Filezilla (197 comments)

Without a doubt this will be used as propaganda against the entire Open Source community. Everything OSS.
I'd bet the Sales & Marketing Dept. at Microsoft and the all the rest will have talking points in their sales peoples hands before the end of the day.

At this moment, there is nothing about this on the Filezilla project's website. GET ON IT people!
An accurate explanation should be front page before the scare tactics have a chance to work.
Plus, users need an instant & easy way to identify if their version is legit to ease their minds.

Now concerning the bad guys... I'd suggest some sort of vigilante justice is in order.
Perhaps identifying the rogue servers and uploading something the local authorities might be interested in.

about 3 months ago
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Best skywatching equipment at my disposal:

gooman I am Reminded of a Song (201 comments)

"I can see Uranus through my window tonight. I don't need a telescope to show me the light..."

Ah, my misspent youth listening to Dr. Demento.

about 3 months ago
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How long do your computer mice last?

gooman OMG! (361 comments)

There are so many things wrong with your sig. Please tell me it was deliberate.

I'm not a /. grammar nazi, but I'm playing one now.

about 4 months ago
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Why iTunes Radio Could Take Down Pandora

gooman Re:Google Radio (166 comments)

If anyone wants a shot at killing Pandora, get Microsoft to buy them.
They can rename it "Windows X-Box Zune Radio" and only make it work on Windows 8.

Now watch someone at MS get a raise by stealing my idea.

about 7 months ago
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NSA Foils Much Internet Encryption

gooman Think of the Possibilities! (607 comments)

I'm a bit off topic but... Just as information is shared with the DEA, it will probably also be shared with major media companies and the **AAs. They spend a lot of money in D.C. and "piracy" is on an equal footing according to them. The media companies say it is illegal to break their encryption or bypass DRM, explain to me again why its OK to break mine? Seems like fair game when the authority engages in the same behavior they would punish you for (see Parenting 101).

about 7 months ago
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Microsoft and Google Challenge US Government Gag Orders

gooman Re:Too little, too late... (115 comments)

I understand your frustration, but I don't agree with your conclusion; It's not too little too late.

The subject needed to be burned into the global public consciousness before any effective action could be taken.
Granted they are mostly acting in self interest (protecting in their bottom line), they are corporations after all. Regardless, the battle against big government overreach will be very expensive, MS and Google have the funds, but they aren't going to spend it if they don't see the need or have the support.

My fear is that they will allow themselves to be bought off through some sort of government contract or protectionism (See, I'm cynical too).
However, both companies are global players and have seen push-back from foreign governments, so any sort of payoff would have to outweigh that.

This is a great development. Let's hope it reigns in some of this nonsense.

about 8 months ago
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Don't Fly During Ramadan

gooman Re:Why is almost nobody questioning this account? (1233 comments)

My thoughts exactly. Shenanigans.

I have a feeling that the 'oh so smart' slashdot crowd has been taken in.

Probably have their tinfoil hats on a little too tight today.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?

gooman Re:I've walked out with no notice... (892 comments)

I was once called into a meeting and told directly to lie to my clients.
I politely explained I could not do that and watched my manager's face turn red as he raised his voice and insisted I would.
The next day I walked out. The company had already bounced a few paychecks so I felt there was no obligation on my part to offer a two week notice.

After I walked out, my (former) manager began calling my client list and started bad mouthing me for my "unprofessional" conduct.
I found this out because later that day I received several calls at home from clients asking me to keep them in mind when I landed my next job.
Two clients even offered me employment. Most of my clients followed me to the next company I went to work for.

Years later, my former manager found me at a trade show where he walked up and directed a few insults my way.
After he walked away someone else remarked, "What a douchebag!" I just smiled and changed the topic.

I've regretted a few choices I've made in my career, but I've never once regretted my decision to walk out.

about 8 months ago
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Office 365, Amazon, Others Vulnerable To Exploit Microsoft Knew About In 2012

gooman Re:What? (125 comments)

And the person with the cookie can still use your account after you log off.

So the "Log off" feature is the opposite of security--blocking the authorized user but not blocking the attacker.

So if I login to GMail with my phone and my desktop, if I log off on my desktop it should kill my phone too? How the hell is that better?

Please DO NOT log out of your Gmail account.

It makes you more difficult to track.

Sincerely,

Your Government

about 9 months ago
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Birthday Song's Copyright Leads To a Lawsuit For the Ages

gooman Re:We need more than that (442 comments)

Non-natural persons...

Why does my junk food diet have anything to do with this?

about 10 months ago
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Proposed NJ Law Allows Cops To Search Phones At Crash Scenes

gooman Re:Yes (397 comments)

That's why I drive Comando!

about 10 months ago
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Sharing HBO Go Accounts Could Result In Prison

gooman The Future is Now! (221 comments)

Welcome to the new world where you are all criminals!
Now do what we say or we'll lock you away.

about 10 months ago
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The Turbo Entabulator: A 3D-printed Mechanical Computer

gooman Re:Quickly! (83 comments)

"One of the mouth-breathers from Sector 7-G"

about 10 months ago
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Smartphone Used To Scan Data From Chip-Enabled Credit Cards

gooman Qiuck Everyone Panic!!! (236 comments)

This NFC technology must be stopped. Why should anyone's life be any more convenient than it already is.
Why back in my day a phone was attached to the wall with wires. It made phone calls and only phone calls and we liked it.
You youngsters and all your fancy gewgaws. Get off my lawn!

about a year ago
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How much I care about GMO food labeling:

gooman Re:Among the most confusing polls (461 comments)

You're kidding, right? You think slashdot polls have (or should have) some value in the real world.

1 year,7 days
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If I could augment my senses (w/ implant or similar) ...

gooman Low Self-esteem (456 comments)

My parents always told me I aint got no sense.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Pay-as-You-Go Plan For Text and Voice Only?

gooman Re:StraightTalk (246 comments)

"I work at Walmart..."

You have my deepest sympathy.

about a year ago
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NASA Morpheus Lander Test Ends In Explosion

gooman The real test was a success. (237 comments)

Congratulations everyone!
We have discovered a folding chair that will hold up while watching failed test flights.
Order a hundred and we can sell tickets for the next launch.

Next test: Goggles for the enjoying the view at the 2:00 and 6:20 mark.

about a year and a half ago
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US Government Seizes Email of WikiLeaks Volunteer

gooman Re:Ditto (217 comments)

Obviously, encryption only means you have something to hide.
Add to that, you're posting as AC, what exactly are you hiding?
We have verified your IP address, please stay put.
Our agents will be with you shortly.

more than 2 years ago

Submissions

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Is Copyrigtht Infringement Stealing?

gooman gooman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gooman (709147) writes "An interesting opinion piece in the L.A. Times today regarding file sharing semantics. It also happens to be one of the Times rare opportunities to "Discuss" the topic, so don't forget to share your thoughts with them. It seems to me that the major media outlets have a lot of catching up to do on this subject."
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Poll: Favorite Mushroom

gooman gooman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gooman writes "Poll:

Favorite Mushroom?

* Button
* Shitake
* Portabella
* 1-up
* Cloud
* I hear Cowboy Neal is a fungi

There will be many, many missing options for this one."
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Germany Seeks Expansion of Computer Spying

gooman gooman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gooman (709147) writes "The LA Times reports on a proposal to secretly scan suspects' hard drives which is causing unease in a nation with a history of official surveillance. Along with several other European countries, Germany is seeking authority to plant secret Trojan viruses into the computers of suspects that could scan files, photos, diagrams and voice recordings, record every keystroke typed and possibly even turn on webcams and microphones in an attempt to gain knowledge of attacks before they happen."
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Mystery of Exploding German Toads

gooman gooman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gooman (709147) writes "What's up in Deutschland? First they pass onerous copyright laws and now this:
The BBC reports that Toads in northern Germany are being killed off by a mysterious disease — they are exploding! The entrails are propelled for up to a metre (3.2ft), in scenes that have been likened to science fiction. The article states that Scientists are baffled. I'm sure the slashdot brain trust can suggest a likely hypothesis in order to help our amphibian friends, and if not, I'm sure we'll have at least a few good Frog/Toad stories to share."

Journals

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gooman gooman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

On September 25th, I submitted a BBC article on exploding toads.
It was rejected. REJECTED?!! EXPLODING TOADS! How cool is that?

Oh well. It was happening in Germany. Biologists were confused. Blah, blah, blah...
Look it up on the BBC's website. I'm too lazy to post a link.

Later, on October 29th, I submitted a story concerning the German government seeking expanded powers to spy on computer users. Perfect fodder for the slashdot crowd. Strange that it was from the Los Angeles Times, since it had nothing to do with Brittany Spears or Paris Hilton.

Total coincidence that it was another story from Germany. I don't think the exploding toads have anything to do with it. Although it would make an unusual angle for those conspiracy nuts that walk among us. Hmmm...

Regardless, the next day I was ever so pleased to see the submission was accepted and generated over 170 comments. (A far cry from the over 800 comments that my urinal submission generated.)
Anyway, here's a link - http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/10/31/1955205

So once again I have experienced that somewhat awkward and unclean feeling that accompanies acceptance from among one's peers on slashdot. Now please excuse me, I need to shower.

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gooman gooman writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Stroboscope + Dubs = Pimpstar

This is one of the most unusual autoparts I've ever seen, obviously the result of what happens when "Gangstas" and "Hackas" collide: A 26" rim called the Pimpstar which contains (as near as I can tell) six multi-colored LED strips, that when standing still create this cool Cylon/KIT-car effect. But wait, there's more... When they spin, the wheels become full color displays via a stroboscope effect. Using Wi-Fi, each wheel can be programmed to display whatever picture you choose to distract other drivers with. I'll admit it would be more satisfying if this were a homebrew project, but its still pretty slick to see it in action. I guess it just goes to show that inside every thug is a nerd yearning to break free.

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gooman gooman writes  |  more than 7 years ago I thought this one was good, I shall resubmit it...
Ever wondered what happens when "Gangstas" and "Hackas" collide? Clearly one of the more unusual automotive modifications I've ever seen: The wheel is called the Pimpstar which contains (as near as I can tell) six multi-colored LED strips that when standing still have this cool Cylon/KIT-car effect. But wait there's more... When they spin, the wheels become full color displays! Outrageously expensive at $12k-20k per set. Each wheel can be programmed individually to display whatever pictures you want to use distract other drivers (Plus, you get to distract yourself trying to operate your laptop while driving. Neat!). Check out the flash video to see it in action. It just goes to show that inside every thug is a nerd yearning to break free.

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gooman gooman writes  |  more than 8 years ago

It took two tries with the same article, all I did was change the title, add a couple of links to make it appear I did some research and then resubmit it under Science instead of Index and after pending over a day, there it was! Not only was my submission taken serious (I expected more jokes, there are a few), it spilled over into two pages of comments. I'm so proud:

http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/11/25/2051212&tid=14

I've been published on slashdot, I can die happy now.

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gooman gooman writes  |  more than 8 years ago "Tired of arguing the same old issues like Linux vs Windows? Relief is at hand. Choose up sides in the fight over flushing vs non-flushing urinals. The L.A. Times reports on efforts to place the waterless urinal into the Uniform Plumbing Code. To quote: "...the ordinary-looking urinal is at the center of a national debate that has plumbers and water conservationists taking aim at one another." Amazingly simple, the no-flush urinal uses gravity to force urine through a filter containing a floating layer of oily liquid which then acts as a sealant to prevent sewer odors from escaping. Each no-flush urinal is claimed to save over 24,000 gallons of water a year, but the opposition is concerned about the spread of disease. Although not mentioned in the article this technology is in use around the world. Does anyone have these fixtures installed at their place of employment? Are there any real drawbacks? Is this really a worthwhile debate or just an excuse for toilet humor?"

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gooman gooman writes  |  more than 9 years ago Who else knows about your driving habits? Autoweek has an article: "Under the Hood, with Big Brother" concerning those automotive "black boxes" known as Event Data Recorders (EDRs), exactly who's using them and for what purpose (they're not just for airbags anymore). The magazine's testers got a surprise when an OnStar operator called them after they had completed a slalom run. The article highlights both the use/abuse potential and the fact that there is currently no consistant regulation concerning ownership of the data collected. A good overview if you don't know much about this, or for anyone you know who is shopping for a new car, as it appears that different car manufacturers seem to have different opinions as to how much privacy you deserve.

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