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Black Hat Researchers Actively Trying To Deanonymize Tor Users

idontgno Re:Can we get a hyphen? (80 comments)

I was actually hoping that we'd be turned into Dean Martin. Even if he's long dead, he's cooler than the entire TOR user community and node operator community combined.

yesterday
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Comcast Confessions

idontgno Re:I must be the outlier (226 comments)

I'm not quite sure why Comcast hasn't emiserated the in-store situation yet

There are practical limitations in a brick-and-mortar situation. There are a limited number of behind-the-counter folks, and having to hassle a not-gonna-be-a-customer for an extended amount of time makes the lines at the counter grow and grow. Since it's the same counter (and workforce) used to generate business by selling hardware and service, it's counterproductive to sabotage that by extensive "retention" operations. Not to mention that the desperate, wheedling, infuriating conversation that results would be witnessed by everyone else in line; and no matter how dumb, most of the mammals in line may notice that and wonder if doing business with Comcast would be such a good idea.

Whereas a boiler-room telemarketing op has none of these risks and liabilities.

Moral of the story: deal with Comcast where they have some incentive to deal decisively: their own showrooms.

yesterday
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

idontgno Re:Wow ... (407 comments)

Other than mentioning that the store declined the debit card (which is by definition an interaction between the POS and the credit/debit clearinghouse).

But since you've raised the issue, you've shown exactly where you missed the boat.

The exploit is completely OUTSIDE of the POS<->bank interaction. (Cuz, "debit refused"). The exploit occurs in the "call a fake bank, offer up a fake reference number, have the Apple Store drones accept it as proof of a valid credit/debit transaction" phase AFTER the machine-to-machine part.

Apparenly, you've fallen for the same trick the Apple Store drones did: fixating on the machine-to-machine debit transaction (which failed as expected) and completely neglecting the social engineering that followed.

2 days ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

idontgno Average EA customer's take on the issue (230 comments)

Homer Simpson has agreed to download this free software for Bart's birthday

Electronic Arts: Take this software, but beware it carries a terrible DRM!

Homer: Ooh, that's bad.

Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt!

Homer: That's good.

Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed.

Homer: That's bad.

Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings.

Homer: That's good!

Shopkeeper: The toppings contain potassium benzoate.

[Homer looks puzzled]

Shopkeeper: ...That's bad.

Homer: Can I go now?

2 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

idontgno Re:Wow ... (407 comments)

I understand the long-running and much-honored Slashdot tradition of not reading TFA, but couldn't you at least have read The Fucking Summary?

When his debit card was inevitably declined by the Apple Store, he would protest and offer to call his bank — except, he wasn't really calling his bank. So he would allegedly offer the Apple Store employees a fake authorization code with a certain number of digits....

There was ample dumbshittery (and liability) to assign here, but it's all on the Apple Store drones. No bank involved.

2 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

idontgno Re:Customer service? (888 comments)

Shrug.

In air travel, there are only really three sizes of carry-on luggage: Fits under the seat, fits in the overhead, and should have been checked in.

If a $30-$50 checked bag fee would alleviate your anxiety about staking your inviolable claim to the overhear rack, why don't you spend it? Life's too short to be voluntarily stressing yourself (and intentionally putting yourself into competition with other passengers) over completely avoidable shit.

about a week ago
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Point-of-Sale System Bought On eBay Yields Treasure Trove of Private Data

idontgno Re:meh, they're retail workers (68 comments)

I think his point is that you don't understand sarcasm.

Or, in the vernacular, "Whoosh!"

about two weeks ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

idontgno Re:Verizon's Response (390 comments)

If this scenario made sense, you'd see Cisco routers with magazine-fed 10gb cards. Automatically eject a spent card and load the next.

That may be a rare example of an expendable with a higher per-unit and per-use price than HP inkjet cartridges.

about two weeks ago
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US Marines Demonstrate Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector Prototype

idontgno Re:could use a turret (91 comments)

The article's about a half-scale prototype. The real deal is supposed to be lightly armored and have a few self-defense machine guns. The real deal will also be too big to be an actual tactical vehicle, comparable in size a current LCAC.

That said, there were interesting experiments in putting self-contained 30mm antitank gun pods onto the cargo deck of LCACs, making them into ghetto gunships, and I bet that would work here too. Something to make beach defenders keep their heads down long enough for the landing craft to land and disembark.

about two weeks ago
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US Marines Demonstrate Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector Prototype

idontgno Re:So.... (91 comments)

You know why the U. S. Marine Corps hasn't had to conduct a contested amphibious landing in over 50 years?

Because the world fully understands that it most certainly could, and woe betide anyone that earns that distinction.

Si vis pacem, para bellum.

about two weeks ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

idontgno Re:Hmm... perhaps a more passive review? (424 comments)

That might be a little too subtle. You might have to do the Internet equivalent of grimacing and gesturing in the direction of what you mean.

"Je ne suis pas autorisé à se plaindre du service, ni la nourriture."

(This was a French review of a French restaurant, so it made sense to bust out the Google Translate.)

about two weeks ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

idontgno Re:I wanted to write about this place (424 comments)

Well, sometimes the anticipation heightens the pleasure when, finally, at long, long LOONG, last, you're served. The fact that the bar staff waits until physiological dehydration sets in to bring you your drink makes the pleasure more than emotional, but a deep body-felt satisfaction.

about two weeks ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

idontgno Re:Barbara Streisand award (424 comments)

"Other then the terrible food, unexceptional wine list, rude and incompetent service, shocking prices, and unsanitary kitchen, this restaurant is without doubt the best place of its kind."

about two weeks ago
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Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

idontgno Re:It's only fair (147 comments)

That's an interesting thought. Aereo goes from being a self-described game-changer to a Trojan horse for other content streaming concern. I can't see entrenched cablecos being happy about that either. Maybe someone on their side has figured that out?

about three weeks ago
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Today In Year-based Computer Errors: Draft Notices Sent To Men Born In the 1800s

idontgno Re:I'm sure both of the affected are rather flatte (205 comments)

Good point. I suppose in Pennsylvania this could be perceived as a problem, but in New York or Illinois draft eligiblity would just be the dead's civic duty, right alongside voting and jury participation.

Don't disenfranchise our patriotic dead!

about three weeks ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

idontgno Re:Bring in the drones (364 comments)

Most drones, like most tactical manned aircraft, don't have intercontinental range. Any kind of overseas presence has to include ground basing.

Even aircraft with intercontinental range have trouble with responsiveness (kind of hard to react immediately to a strike call when it'll take you 20 hours to get to the operation area).

Sorry, nice idea, but as long as America takes an interest in the rest of the world, we'll have to take posession of small parts of it to enforce our interests. Kthxbuhbye.

about three weeks ago

Submissions

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9th U.S. Circuit Affirms Ban of WoW Glider Bot

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 3 years ago

idontgno (624372) writes "In its judgment yesterday, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the World of Warcraft bot software Glider violates the "Anti-circumvention" provisions of the DMCA and cannot be distributed. Oddly, though, it also decided that Glider doesn't actually violate Blizzard's copyrights in the process. So exactly why does the DMCA apply?"
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US Dems fill inboxes with 419 scams

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 4 years ago

idontgno (624372) writes "Looks like the U.S. Democratic National Party is hosting an unprotected web-based mail sending application which 419'ers are exploiting to get past mail filtering. (In some cases, I guess. I'd blacklist both major political parties, but that's just me.) As reported on The Register (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/08/28/democratic_party_419_abuse/)"
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Bush White House Must Find Lost Official E-Mail

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 5 years ago

idontgno (624372) writes "According to this Associated Press story (which I saw via El Reg, a U. S. District Court has ruled that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics In Washington (CREW) and the National Security Archive can continue in their lawsuit to force the White House to recover up to 225 days of "lost" official e-mail traffic from 2003. The Administration's position, rejected by U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy, was that the courts had no authority to order the recovery of the e-mail.

This ruling appears to settle the issue mentioned in this earlier Slashdot story.

On a personal note, I stand gobsmacked that the Administration's argument boiled down to "You're not the boss of me!""

Journals

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Free software modtrolls strike!

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Weird.

I posted a reasonable, well-intentioned, and sincere query about how anyone could think that the FSF has any real leverage over Suse--any meaningful way of expressing their evident displeasure at Novell signing on with Microsoft.

There was no inflamatory language. There were no waving red flags. There was no fanboi-ism. Frankly, I don't think there was any discernable bias one way or the other.

And along comes some clueless n00b to "-1 Flamebait" it.

Simply amazing. Amazing that mod points could be graced upon a slashdotter who could be most charitably characterized as a waste of oxygen. Amazing that once said slashdotter (henceforth known as "Puddinhead") got those mod points, he could wipe the drool off his chin and summon the intellectual muscle to work the moderation combobox. Even more amazing, if this moronic abuse of moderation represented Puddinhead's idea of taking a genuine and well thought-out position on the subject rather than the spastic twitches and burbles of the defective mentality he surely has.

Sigh. I am guessing the metamods will address this, but there are plenty of fanboi sheeples who M2 here who will agree with what they read into the moderation ("How dare he question The Stallman and his Crusade!?!"). But it doesn't matter. My karma remains excellent, because in the end, this moderation is "a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

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WTF!??! A no-comment poll?

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 8 years ago Today's poll, "Favorite tool of destruction?" has among other choices "Other (specify)". (Sadly, not a CowboyNeal option, but I'll get over it.)

Anyway, great. I love chiming in. After all, "High explosives" wasn't one of their offerings, so I had to vote "Other."

Ooh, lookie, no comments at any mod level. Schweet, I get FP!

WTF!?! No "Reply" button? And why the flaming hell does it say that the discussion has already been archived? It's been up maybe a day! With NO COMMENTS! Only 5000 votes! AND NO COMMENTS!?!?!? "Archived" my caucasian butt!

Feh. So much for "Other". I just wasted my vote.

Somebody screwed up most cleverly here.

I've not angry, just terribly, terribly hurt. -- Marvin Martian

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Mod points!

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 9 years ago Well, out of the blue, 5 mod points! After months of moderation drought. I wonder if this is the beginning of something big?

On the other hand, Scientific American's "Skeptic" column pointed out that we primates have a bad habit of using our acute little pattern recognition cability to draw little causal connection arrows between completely unrelated but coincidentally-timed events. So maybe it just means /.'s PRNG hiccuped just so and bestowed precious precious mod points on me.

Naah, it's really because I'm extra spe-shul.

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wikiwikiwiki! That's a sound effect!

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 9 years ago I find myself slowly falling in love with wikipedia. Damn. It's scary.

Yeah, I know, it lacks authority, it's just a rabble spewing their institutionalized ignorace, it's a blog pretending to be an encyclopedia.

So, it's a lot like /. How's that for scary?

Anyways, it's fun. Lately I'm mostly playing whack-a-vandal. It's a petty game, really, but I get the cheap and vindictive thrill of undoing some yutz's graffitization of a perfectly good article. There's a moment of "In your FACE, Mr. 204.23.152.19! Don't bring your weak editing crap here NO MORE!" And then I have to ride herd on the article, because I know the foo' is coming back for more.

Eventually, I'll outgrow this phase. I guess it's like the first 5 mod points here, where the desire to smack down offtopics and flamebaits is irresistable. I'm sure in time I'll move on to more positive pursuits there, just like whenever I get modpoints here I try to upmod, not down.

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Ampersand entities, national currencies, and stealth changes

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 9 years ago In a not-so-recent journal entry, I noted the rather sudden and unheralded ability of Slashcode to display the Euro currency mark: €

At the time, I tested to see whether some other currency marks would work. The yen, the pound, and the cent all failed to display.

Examine that journal entry now, and you'll find that the Yen mark (¥) and Pound mark (£) display beautifully. As they do now in this very entry.

WTF!??! How and when did this suddenly get fixed!? My old journal entries are beginning to look like unwarranted whining. I'm beginning to look like a clueless putz because of it.

Dammit. At least the cent mark isn't working:

<-- see, nothing!

(At least for now.)

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Damn. I'm not getting any moderator love.

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 10 years ago My "excellent" karma is not bringing me the adulation and peer respect I was expecting. I mean, isn't karma the coin o' the realm, the key to the voting public's heart, the precious bodily fluids of human kindness?

Maybe I'm a lame-o weenie for missing it. Maybe I'm off my game. Maybe they've wised up and caught on.

Naah. It couldn't be my fault.

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Maybe I'm not an HTML idiot after all!

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 10 years ago Amazing. In my last journal entry, I was bemoaning the fact that the Euro currency character ampersand-entity didn't seem to work here. Now, all of a sudden, it does. I don't think I changed anything, but right there, in my untouched post, the Euro character sits where I entered my &euro; character.

Does it still work? €

Amazing. On the upside, I can now discuss European money issues with almost the same ease with which I discuss American, Australian, Canadian, or Singapore financial topics.

Now, what about others?

Yen: ¥ <- Nope
Pound: £ <- Nope
Cent: <-Nope

Oh, well, at least the Euro is there. I wonder if non-break space is still gone, or will we be inundated by page-widening trolls? No, actually, I don't want to know.

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Maybe I'm just an HTML idiot..

idontgno idontgno writes  |  more than 10 years ago But why does slashcode seem to have problems with ampersand-entity characters? I can't insert a Euro character to save my life.

Witness: €

Shoulda been a Euro character there. I bet there wasn't. Now, some seem to work: < for less than, > for greater than.

Perhaps it's my Mozilla settings? No, it shouldn't matter, because I seem to see Euro signs on other websites OK. I don't get it, and it seems kinda unfair to have to type out "Euros" when talking about European economic issues when I can just hit "$" for American (and Canadian, and Australian, and a few other) money.

Is there a kind soul who can explain which amp-entities work, and why the others don't?

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