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Google To Refund $19M In In-App Purchases Made By Kids

hilather Its not okay for Google but its okay for carriers? (88 comments)

Seriously, monthly hidden cell phone fees that "children" incur without permission probably vastly surpasses 19 million every month. Why hasn't the FTC done ANYTHING about that.

about two weeks ago

McAfee Grabbed Data Without Paying, Says Open Source Vulnerability Database

hilather Re:I considered doing the same myself (139 comments)

You shouldn't have to lock your data down. I can see GPL'd code and can use it and distribute it but I can't close source it and then resell it as a proprietary app and then say "hey if you didn't want me to use it you shouldn'thave made it available". That is the license we agree to. A clear license lines out acceptable use and it looks to me like they are trying to strike a balance between being solvent and user friendly. But freeloaders will ruin it for others.

I agree you shouldn't have to go to any extremes to lock down your own data. But when publishing an website online, there are certain standards you need to follow if you don't want people copying the data on your website. If they are allowing search engines to index their proprietary data, then they should have no expectation that others will not do the same.

about 4 months ago

McAfee Grabbed Data Without Paying, Says Open Source Vulnerability Database

hilather I considered doing the same myself (139 comments)

The OSVDB went pay a few years ago. They have a wealth of interesting information and use to be fully open source however due to lack of community involvement they decided that the open source model wasn't working for them. If the OSVDB has a problem with people scraping their site, they should really update (or in their case - create) their robots.txt. I was interested in this data myself a year or so ago until I found out they wanted me to pay a subscription to access information I can view for free on their website and screen scrape for free if I really wanted to. Further more, I noticed that google has completely cached their site because they take no preventative measures against it. If anyone wanted this data, they could easily screen scrape it from the google cache and the OSVDB would be none the wiser. Why should anyone pay for data that the OSVDB has literally done nothing to protect?

about 4 months ago

NASA Admits It Gave Jet Fuel Discounts To Google Execs' Company

hilather priorities (126 comments)

Seriously. Google and other companies in silicon valley skip out on billions worth of taxes by funneling it through Ireland and this is what you want to focus on. Jet fuel?

about 6 months ago

US Mounted 231 Offensive Cyber-operations In 2011, Runs Worldwide Botnet

hilather Re:Now, for the other angle, is this treason? (367 comments)

Is there a line which gets crossed where every Snowden supporter would say "this has gone too far"?

I have a better question, how much will it take for the American public finally do something about their government that is committed so many international crimes? For the record, I for one do not believe that shedding light criminal activities could ever go too far. What's the old phrase, "Don't shoot the messenger?"

1 year,14 days

Indian Government To Ban Use of US Email Services For Official Communications

hilather Re:Indian govt is just jealous (219 comments)

That they can't be the ones spying. Corrupt govt hating on another corrupt govt.

It's hardly hating. Given the circumstances, this will likely become the norm for all governments and quite likely businesses that don't feel like being spied on. I'd like to think this is a wake up call for all those people that want to throw their data into the cloud without giving it a second thought, but it looks like for the most part nobody cares. And apparently, anyone who does care and takes a pro-active approach will be labelled as a hater.

1 year,15 days

Google To Encrypt Cloud Storage Data By Default

hilather Patriot act? (217 comments)

A Google spokesperson said that the company "does not provide encryption keys to any government.""

As Google is a U.S. based company, I'm pretty sure this is a bald faced lie due to the "Patriot Act".

1 year,29 days

The Old Reader To Close Public Site In Two Weeks (Unless It Doesn't)

hilather Re:The what? (93 comments)

If you're going to attempt such a blatant slashvertisement-disquised-as-a-story, at least tell us what the fuck "The Old Reader" *is*.

I presume it's yet another RSS-reader similar to Google Reader, like so many others out there??

I enjoy using The Old Reader - I also just happened to hear about them closing up shop this morning, however it wasn't communicated well unless you read their blog. I'm happy this was posted up on Slashdot as it draws attention to the issue that they were considering shutting down their servers. This is news that matters to me.

about a year ago

Microsoft Launches $100k Bug Bounty Program

hilather Re:Finally (68 comments)

Not only that, its incentive for other people, who may have access to an unknown zero day to disclose that information to MS for the bounty.

about a year ago

Not Quite a T-1000, But On the Right Track

hilather To quote Gundam Wing.. (159 comments)

"When people stop fighting battles for themselves war becomes nothing more than a game." -- Quatre

about a year and a half ago

The One Sided Cyber War

hilather Re:The reason a "cyber Pearl Harbor" isn't imminen (215 comments)

In the real Pearl Harbor, people died. Unless and until the people talking about "cyberwar" demonstrate that they're defending us against the same kind of lethal threats, there isn't a legitimate comparison.

I completely agree that the "Cyberwar" term is hyped up and thrown around too much. But an attack on critical infrastructure like Water and Energy systems through SCADA attacks could easily result in the loss of lives. Just as an example, how many people depend on life support systems that require energy in hospitals?

about a year and a half ago

Unbreakable Crypto: Store a 30-character Password In Your Subconscious Mind

hilather Cannot protect (287 comments)

How are you supposed to protect a password that you don't even know? It seems to me if someone knew how the system worked, they could trick an unsuspecting user into divulging their password without the users knowledge. This is obfuscation, nothing more.

more than 2 years ago

Mozilla Calls CISPA an "Alarming" Threat to Privacy

hilather Re:Public opinion not relevant (107 comments)

Checked out the link... interesting read. Interesting because, considering the plethora of stupid shit that man said in his 8 years as President, people actually bother to take time to make stuff up. Anyway, thanks for the update, I'll remove that notion from my vernacular immediately.

Wikiquote seems to disagree (although it mentions it was said behind closed doors...).

Stop throwing the Constitution in my face. It's just a goddamned piece of paper!

more than 2 years ago

German Court Rules That Clients Responsible For Phishing Losses

hilather Re:Lets just hope (245 comments)

What? Read the article. The person who committed the act of stupidity is the person paying for it. This is the way it has to be.

If the banks payed for the stupidity of this man there'd be no incentive not to be stupid.

I work for an international bank and I can assure you we take phishing attacks on our customers very seriously. Almost all banks have an email address where you can forward phishing emails or websites to. I'll agree there is some blame to be put on the users, but the banks should not be off the hook. Banks have the man power and clout to actually shut these sites down.

more than 2 years ago

Canadian Police Recommend Online Spying Tax For Internet Bills

hilather Re:Wait, what? (110 comments)

So, they want to invade privacy in what should be an illegal manner and they want me to pay them to do it?

Well, when you say it like that, it just sounds stupid.

more than 2 years ago

US ISPs Become 'Copyright Cops' July 12th

hilather Re:Common Carrier (409 comments)

Yeah, I just read over the wikipedia article on common carriers after posting. Still, this must create some kind of dangerous precedent for ISPs. If they can do if for the MPAA/RIAA, then they could be forced in the future to do it for others, no?

more than 2 years ago

US ISPs Become 'Copyright Cops' July 12th

hilather Common Carrier (409 comments)

If the ISPs start policing copyright policy, would that not cost them their common carrier status and make them liable for all activity on their networks? Any subject matter experts on common carriers present?

more than 2 years ago

FBI Tries To Force Google To Unlock User's Android Phone

hilather Hashes (385 comments)

If his credentials are being properly stored as SHA2 hashes, I don't think Google could comply with this anyways. This is the whole point in using hashes over encryption.

more than 2 years ago

Hacked Syrian Officials Used '12345' As Email Password

hilather Cracking..? (231 comments)

Even Slashdot has given up on trying to save the word "hacking"...

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Making JavaScript Tolerable For a Dyed-in-the-Wool C/C++/Java Guy?

hilather Try the Dojo Toolkit (575 comments)

The Dojo Toolkit definitely makes javascript feel a little more friendly.

more than 2 years ago



Ask Slashdot: How to deal with corporate offshoring?

hilather hilather writes  |  about 2 years ago

hilather (1079603) writes "I work in the IT division for a fortune 500 company and just recently word has come down from the executive level that a large percentage of the work force must be offshored within the next few years. This seems to be a growing trend given that IBM has now offshored a majority of their work force. This is beginning to bother me as tactics like this are taking away jobs from not only my city, but my country, and I'm sure it would bother anyone else in my position. I've observed that some departments at this company are blatantly ignoring the mandate to offshore positions, and thus far have not been reprimanded. But how long can this go on for until the executive level starts replacing senior management with people that will fulfill the offshoring request? To my nationalist friends, my question is this, is there a more effective way to deal with mass offshoring other than to keep stalling the request?"
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Links found betweeen Child porn and Terrorists

hilather hilather writes  |  more than 5 years ago

hilather writes "

A string of police raids in Britain and across the Continent has established a link between terrorism plots and hardcore child pornography. Secret coded messages are being embedded into child pornographic images, and paedophile websites are being exploited as a secure way of passing information between terrorists.

This honestly doesn't strike me as the most secure way to hide terrorist information."
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InNOVAcorp Announces Provincial I-3 Competition Wi

hilather hilather writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hilather (1079603) writes "Evacuair Inc. takes second place in InNOVAcorp provincial competition. Evacuair provides a portable Check it out at it could save your life or the life of your loved ones.. A Clean Air Supply can mean the difference between exiting safely, and succumbing to smoke inhalation. A home can be replaced, a member of your family cannot. Avoid the ultimate tragedy with the Evacuair Personal Breathing Device. In the event of a fire, IMMEDIATELY put on the Evacuair(TM) Personal Breathing Device and exit the area. DO NOT attempt to retrieve personal belongings."
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