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Apple Reportedly Considering Huge Investment In Twitter

jhigh Re:What else are they going to do with the cash? (90 comments)

I'm not certain what the OP meant, but I believe that Google acquiring Twitter would be a huge step forward for G+. The biggest problem that G+ has is that, while lots of people may have accounts, no one actually uses their account. If I could integrate Twitter and post to my G+, I would do so in a heartbeat. You would suddenly be taking a great deal of content from Twitter and cross-publishing it onto G+ where others could comment on it, share it, etc.

I think that it could make G+ a real player in social media.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Deal With Refurbed Drives With Customer Data?

jhigh Re:Two choices... (385 comments)

I would definitely let Newegg know about this. This is potentially a very serious issue for their customers.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Issuing Unusual Out-of-Band Security Update

jhigh Re:Microsoft updates before Google and Oracle? (156 comments)

I've been here a long time, and I can't say that I ever remember conversations being rational - although they are occasionally coherent.

more than 2 years ago
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Verizon Adds $2 Charge For Paying Your Bill Online

jhigh Re:Ah, America! (562 comments)

Wow, I wish I had mod points - this is an excellent point, and it's a primary reason that I don't use automatic bill pay. Hell, I didn't have direct deposit until my current job where I wasn't given any choice. The less companies with access to my bank account, the better.

more than 2 years ago
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Imgur.com: Why We Dumped GoDaddy

jhigh Re:Yea, well... (279 comments)

This is the real point: if anyone actually believed that GoDaddy did a complete 180 over the course of about 24 hours, then all could be forgiven and forgotten. I don't know anyone that is buying that BS, though.

more than 2 years ago
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Justifications For Creating an IT Department?

jhigh Re:So let me get this right (214 comments)

The only reasons that make it happen is: An IT department will save us money in the following ways: x, y, z.

This.

The reality is that unless you can have a positive effect on the bottom line, you're spinning your wheels.

more than 2 years ago
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Justifications For Creating an IT Department?

jhigh Re:So let me get this right (214 comments)

And to think that I just used the last of my mod points - well played.

more than 2 years ago
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The White House Responds To We the People Petition

jhigh Re:Translation: (920 comments)

Obama endorses the claim that God is important to nation

Actually, whether your'e a believer or not, or religious or not, the the concept of a God is CRITICAL to our nation. This nation exists based upon the belief that we have inalienable rights that are endowed by a Creator. This is a long-established legal principle in the United States which recognizes that in a free society there must be an authority greater than government, otherwise anything that government says is legal, automatically becomes just, as well. If our rights come from government, then everything that government says is right - is right, and there is never a just cause for rebellion.

Only when you recognize that there is an authority greater than than government telling government essentially, "you may say that X is legal, but it's still wrong" can society truly be free. The alternative is, "well, that's wrong because I say it's wrong" or "that's wrong because we say it's wrong" - neither of which is a prescription for a free society for what should be obvious reasons.

Note that this model has worked quite well since the founding of the nation, in spite of the fact (or because of the fact) that the U.S. government makes no determinations about any specific religion. 80% of the conductors of the underground railroad were Catholics and Quakers - theologically completely different, but both informed by their religious beliefs that even though government said slavery was legal, it was still wrong and had to be fought. Every major moral victory over government has been won at the behest of believers in a Creator, not a single, solitary one was ever led by atheists or agnostics.

more than 2 years ago
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Senator Introduces Bill To Stop Warrantless GPS Tracking

jhigh Re:Ron Wyden is always involved in these things (133 comments)

This has nothing to do with Citizens United - it is campaign finance laws that created this. These aren't corporations running these ads, these are shadow PACs created by the campaign to sling the mud that they don't have the guts to.

about 3 years ago
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Senator Introduces Bill To Stop Warrantless GPS Tracking

jhigh Re:Ron Wyden is always involved in these things (133 comments)

But, were they being run by his campaign or by a group supporting him? The reason I ask is that there's been tons of money in recent years for various swiftboating outfits to engage in that sort of behavior, they're beyond the control of the politicians campaign and can raise a lot of money independently.

If you believe that, you're a fool. Those groups are just as much a part of the campaign as the candidate. Sure, they jump through some hoops to avoid blatantly violating campaign finance laws forbidding coordination (at least at the federal level), but it is a well-known tactic to use third parties to say things that it would be unseemly for the candidate to say.

"We really need to get it out there that %opponent% beats his wife, but we obviously can't run an ad saying that."

"Well, I could always call %rich_friend% and have him start a PAC. We can't coordinate once it's formed, but he'll do the job and throw the bombs that need thrown."

Welcome to McCain/Feingold - the law that achieves the opposite of its intended purpose.

about 3 years ago
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Most Sophisticated Rootkit Getting an Overhaul

jhigh Re:Next up, antimalware built into boot sectors. (104 comments)

Requiring physical access is likely to be the only real solution that cannot be compromised remotely.

And even then you would have some user that some hacker social engineered into giving them physical access.

about 3 years ago
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Making Sensitive Data Location Aware

jhigh Re:Unless the phone can copy files (69 comments)

Right - there is not a security control available that doesn't have limitations. That's why we (should) employ defense in depth. The reality is that this device makes it harder for the bad guys to get your data, and that is the goal.

about 3 years ago
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UAE Police Claim BlackBerry Outage Made Roads Safer

jhigh Re:"campaign against the use of ... while driving" (206 comments)

Agressive action toward another is a different story. We're talking about one person doing something that you deem threatening, not that is intentionally threatening. Guess what? There are people out there that are worse drivers when they're paying attention than I am when I'm talking on the phone - who gets banned then? This is you foisting your subjective ideas about safety on everyone else, not acting in self defense. Let's ban eating while driving, putting makeup on while driving, talking to passengers, having passengers, etc, etc, etc...the list is practically endless of things that a person does while driving that someone else might consider unsafe. I would bet money that you don't follow speed limits - almost no one does. Why not? Isn't willfully ignoring speed limits, by your definition, you swinging your fist at my face? Of course not. Your analogy is as stupid as these nanny state laws are.

about 3 years ago
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UAE Police Claim BlackBerry Outage Made Roads Safer

jhigh Re:Pay attention to the road! (206 comments)

And almost everywhere that has a ban on cell phone usage while driving - this would be legal. This goes to show the stupidity of banning cell phone usage while driving. Enact and enforce distracted driving laws and stop pointlessly singling out cell phone users.

about 3 years ago
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UAE Police Claim BlackBerry Outage Made Roads Safer

jhigh Re:"campaign against the use of ... while driving" (206 comments)

The problem is that you have no 'right' to be on the road. You make a decision every time you get in your vehicle about risk. If you find driving to be too risky a proposition because others might be texting while driving - then don't drive. Stop going to the government asking them to force others to comply with your ideas about what it is or is not safe to do while driving just so you can feel better about getting in your car every morning.

about 3 years ago
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Occupy Wall Street Protests Go Global

jhigh Re:Assange condemns greed? (944 comments)

I hope that more people identify the similarities between the Tea Party movement and the Occupy Wall Street movement. Both are capturing the frustration of the middle class that there appears to be no way for them to effect change on their government. The OWS crowd is choosing to direct their frustrations at a Wall Street that for far too long has reaped the benefit of politician's greed, and the Tea Party crowd chooses to direct their frustration at the government that is being purchased, but both are right.

While the OWS does tend to be more liberal in their proposed solutions (instituting a 'living wage', supporting public sector unions, opposing Citizens United) and the Tea Party tends to be more conservative (support for term limits, opposition to health care reform, etc), there is real value in the fact that everyone is recognizing that something really big is wrong - and now it's time to talk about how to fix it.

Do the Tea Party and OWS agree on the solutions? Probably not, but these two groups are the heart of America. This is the debate that we should be having. Instead, we have two parties pandering to the highest bidder. Stop letting the career politicians drive these groups apart. Instead, both should be rallying against the political class that rules them, convincing their fellow Americans that the system is broken, and coming together to discuss the solutions. We can be united in our cause and divided on the solution.

about 3 years ago
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US Intelligence Mining Your Social Network Data

jhigh Re:That's subversive! (240 comments)

And they probably paid ten times what they were worth, too...

about 3 years ago
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Intel Shows RealVNC Embedded In the BIOS

jhigh Re:And how bad it becomes when a vuln is found (154 comments)

I don't think i've ever had to access the bios of a consumer level device remotely before, or even thought i'd be a wildly good idea...

You've obviously never worked in kiosks before - this would be endlessly useful for any company supporting a large number of kiosk computers. That being said, your point about possible vulnerabilities are well put. However, we can't let potential vulnerabilities get in the way of advancing technology. Just like I'm sure there will be some creative way for the bad guys to exploit this, I'm just as sure that there will be some equally creative way for the good guys to protect this.

more than 3 years ago
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Stunning Time Lapse of the Earth From the ISS

jhigh Re:the video was spectacular (180 comments)

I was wondering the same thing. It would be nice if there was another version of the video with labels or something that popped up and indicated what location was being flown over at the time.

more than 3 years ago

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Send a Facebook message to anyone, from anyone

jhigh jhigh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jhigh (657789) writes "It is possible to send a Facebook message to anyone, from anyone, armed with only user A's Facebook username and user B's email address. The possibilities for shenanigans are almost endless: send a message from an employee to their employer as revenge, from one spouse to another, embed malicious code and send it to your nemesis in a message that looks like it came from their mother. Facebook was notified and indicated that the application is intended to design this way..."
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Windows 8 Secure Boot Defeated

jhigh jhigh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jhigh writes "An Austrian security researcher will release the first "bootkit" for Windows 8 at MalCon in Mumbai. This exploit loads in the MBR and stays memory resident until Windows loads, resulting in root access to the system. This allegedly defeats the new secure boot features in Windows 8's bootloader."
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Google enables SSL for search

jhigh jhigh writes  |  about 3 years ago

jhigh (657789) writes "In a welcome move for anyone concerned about privacy on the Internet, Google has added end-to-end SSL encryption as the default for all searches. This also calls into question why we haven't seen more of a migration to SSL by all major web sites. If Google can do it, so can you."
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Hackers target world's largest payroll company

jhigh jhigh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jhigh (657789) writes "American Data Processing (ADP), the largest payroll provider in the world, can now be added to the list of large corporate networks that have been breeched. The company announced that they were the victim of an intrusion that affected one of their clients, although they did not say which one."
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Can you copyright flesh?

jhigh jhigh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jhigh (657789) writes "Warner Bros. is being sued over allegations that a tattoo used in the movie 'Hangover' is a copyright violation, as it is an exact duplicate of a tattoo originally seen on Mike Tyson's face. This raising interesting copyright issues. Does the artist that originally drew the tattoo have the ability to lay claim to the copyright? The law seems unclear."
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Sony says credit card data was encrypted

jhigh jhigh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jhigh (657789) writes "Sony officials are now saying that while they're still unsure whether the attackers behind the recent breach of the PlayStation Network stole customers' credit-card data, the data itself was indeed encrypted n the database."
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Microsoft releases two new security tools

jhigh jhigh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jhigh (657789) writes "Microsoft has released two new security tools, in addition to the regular patch Tuesday slew of updates. The first is a tool designed to help protect Microsoft Office users from malicious code embedded in their Office documents. The second is an update to winload.exe, the code that loads Windows, that should help to prevent rootkits."
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Causing terror on the cheap

jhigh jhigh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jhigh (657789) writes "Bruce Schneier posts on his blog today about the cost of terror in terms of cost-benefit for the terrorists. If you look at terror attacks in terms of what they cost the terrorists to implement compared with what they cost the economy of the nation that was hit, the reward for terrorists are astronomical. Add in the insane costs of the security measures implemented afterward, particularly in America, and it's easy to see why the terrorists do what they do. Even when they're unsuccessful, they cost us billions in security countermeasures."
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Facebook Messaging blocks links

jhigh jhigh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jhigh (657789) writes "With the launch of the new Facebook messaging system designed to encourage account holders to utilize Facebook for all of their messaging needs, one would think that Facebook would recognize that it cannot continue to block content that it disagrees with. However, Wired reports that Facebook messaging, like the rest of the social networking application, continues to block links to torrents and other file sharing sites, even when users are sending messages via their facebook.com email address. Say what you want about the morality of using file sharing services to share copyrighted material, if Facebook wishes to become a player in the email market, they cannot block content."
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How often should you change your password?

jhigh jhigh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jhigh (657789) writes "Bruce Schneier asks the question, how often should you change your password? "The primary reason to give an authentication credential — not just a password, but any authentication credential — an expiration date is to limit the amount of time a lost, stolen, or forged credential can be used by someone else. If a membership card expires after a year, then if someone steals that card he can at most get a year's worth of benefit out of it. After that, it's useless." Another reason could be to limit the amount of time an attacker has to crack the password, but Bruce's analysis seems on target."
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Magazine steals woman's article from web site

jhigh jhigh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jhigh (657789) writes ""A writer was recently surprised to find that a piece she'd written about apple pies for a website in 2005 had been picked up wholesale by a small cooking magazine without anyone telling her. She was even more surprised by the reaction she received from one of the mag's editors." The woman asked for an apology and a $130 donation to the Columbia School of Journalism. Instead, some snotty editor told her that she's lucky they gave her credit for the work that they stole from her."
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jhigh jhigh writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jhigh writes "Proposals to tax the Internet are gaining steam as state legislators see a giant pot of money just waiting to be dipped into. "At the moment, states and municipalities are frequently barred by federal law from collecting both access and sales taxes. But they're hoping that their new lobbying effort, coordinated by groups including the National Governors Association, will pay off by permitting them to collect billions of dollars in new revenue by next year.""

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