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Cuba: US Using New Weapon Against Us -- Spam

jodido Re:The amusing thing is... (137 comments)

If that's true, then why is the blockade still in place (and it's real, btw)? Why can't U.S. residents travel freely to Cuba? Why can't Cubans easily get US visas to travel here (from the US govt, not the Cuban govt)? Why is it illegal to send money to a Cuban in Cuba?

about a week ago
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More On the "Cuban Twitter" Scam

jodido Re:Three interesting things (90 comments)

"Castro" didn't expel anyone. When the wealthy lost the sources of their wealth--ie, it became the property of all instead of the property of the few--they voluntarily left and went to a country that values getting rich at the expense of others, chiefly the U.S.

about two weeks ago
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More On the "Cuban Twitter" Scam

jodido Three interesting things (90 comments)

About the US cyberattack on Cuba. First of all, it failed, as every US attack on Cuba has failed. Second, the US puts form over content--the idea that if you get people to follow your Twitter feed sports scores, when you say "OK! Everyone out to the Plaza to overthrow the government!" that hundreds of thousands of people will show up and try to overthrow the government, even if they didn't know they wanted to (which in Cuba most people don't). Third, the continuing destruction of internet trust on the part of the US. And fourth, their willingness to put people at risk without telling them they're putting them at risk.

about two weeks ago
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How the NSA Plans To Infect 'Millions' of Computers With Malware

jodido Re:Skynet? (234 comments)

The real point is not whether you think you have anything to hide or if you have inadvertantly committed your daily three felonies. When it suits the police, you will get caught up in a net. The evidence will appear, or else they will convince you that they have so much evidence against you anyway (whether you believe it's real or made up) that you will end up pleading guilty. An excellent film that shows how this works is "Sins of the Father." It takes place in the UK but happens here--and there, and a lot of other places--every day.

about a month ago
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Movie and TV GUIs: Cracking the Code

jodido Facial recognition (74 comments)

Maybe they'll explain to TV producers that facial recognition software doesn't work by showing each face it's checking. Yet somehow get through ginormous databases in minutes.

about a month ago
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SXSW: Edward Snowden Swipes At NSA

jodido Re:What exact laws were broken? (116 comments)

There are laws, there are always laws, there always have been laws. But the supersecret govt spy agencies--and this is true in Canada, too, and the UK, France, etc--just ignore the laws. The laws are on the books so liberals can claim that there is "oversight." But there isn't any oversight.

about a month ago
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NSA and GHCQ Employing Shills To Poison Web Forum Discourse

jodido What is to be done (347 comments)

The best way to fight trolling and character assassination is not to engage in it yourself. And to totally discount anyone who does. And to demand evidence. It hardly seems necessary in /. to remind people how easy it is create fake web sites, blogs, whatever. This kind of sabotage only works if you let it.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System

jodido Re: Because people already have E-mail addresses? (149 comments)

If the interface is "so much better" why are you using Thunderbird? I won't use gmail because I think the interface is very hard to use. If all you want to do is send mail, it's even hard to find the "send" button.

about 2 months ago
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Oklahoma Schools Required To Teach Students Personal Finance

jodido Total crock (304 comments)

This is a total crock. The purpose is to blame the victim. If you don't have a job, if you can't pay your mortgage or your student loans, must be because you didn't pay attention in your "personal finance" class in high school. How about a program that provides decent-paying jobs? Wouldn't that do a lot toward ending personal financial crises?

about 2 months ago
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Schneier: Break Up the NSA

jodido Re:since when is the FBI a spy agency? (324 comments)

Wrong, totally and completely. It may not be a "spy agency" but it does collect "intelligence" and always has--and frequently by spying.

about 2 months ago
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N. Korea Could Face Prosecution For 'Crimes Against Humanity'

jodido Throwing stones (325 comments)

Let the country without sin cast the first stone. US? Can you spell Guantanamo, napalm? UK? Ask Gandhi. Etc.

about 2 months ago
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Venezuelan Regime Censoring Twitter

jodido Re:This article is missinformed (152 comments)

As a Marxist, I reject OP's claim that the protests in the Ukraine are "ultra-right" or "manipulated" by anyone. Ukrainians have a very just grievance with centuries of Russian domination, first the czars, then Stalin, with only a brief reprieve for about ten years from 1917. Also--what does it say about fifteen years of the Chavez program if the "neo-nazi" opposition can get 44% of the vote?

about 2 months ago
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IE Zero-Day Exploit Used In Attack Targeting Military Intelligence

jodido Bad title (58 comments)

I think someone pointed this out already but let me emphasize--hacking the VFW for getting "military intelligence" suggests that the hackers know approximately zero about what the VFW is. First of all, a huge percentage of anyone with access to worthwhile military intelligence is not in the military at all. Second, the VFW--rtf initials--Veterans of Foreign Wars--and since very few Iraq or Afghanistan veterans ever joined, the average age is about 90. My first thought at reading this was that the hackers are from some very foreign country using MS Word for translation from English.

about 2 months ago
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Lawmakers Threaten Legal Basis of NSA Surveillance

jodido Pardon me (206 comments)

Pardon me for not leading with a negative comment on Slashdot Beta (if I did comment it would be highly negative) but, let's stay on topic. It will make zero difference if the NSA has a "legal" basis or not. The govt will simply assert the president's "right" or power to "defend the country" and which court is going to say no to that?

about 2 months ago
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Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband

jodido Re:Honest name (430 comments)

Actually the countries that have the fastest internet don't have it as a result of competition, but rather as a result of major government intervention. S. Korea, for example. The other model, where the govt stands aside, is what you get in the US. Does anyone think that the Interstate Highway System (an analogy, maybe not the best, for the Internet) would have been built through "competition"? What you got through competition was the chaos of 19th century railroads.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?

jodido Re:Notify the Sender (388 comments)

I have a similar problem on Twitter. For some reason my account (a Spanish word) gets a lot of apparently personal tweets, always in Spanish. I always reply in broken Spanish that I don't speak Spanish--the functional equivalent of what nuckfuts suggests.

about 3 months ago
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How Chris Christie Could Use the NSA Playbook

jodido Not "working well" (266 comments)

The NSA's "defense" is not "working well." Except maybe with Democrats and Republicans who wish Snowden never existed. For a lot of the rest of the population NSA excuses are making things worse for them, not better.

about 3 months ago
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Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

jodido Re:Cue the climate change deniers ... (684 comments)

I'm not a climate change-er or a denier, but--to base your opinions on the weather in *one hemisphere* is bad logic. Of course it's cold in the northern hemisphere--it's winter. What's happening south of the equator?

about 3 months ago

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Default PC?

jodido jodido writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jodido (1052890) writes "Back in the day (2005 or so) if a technically-literate person asked you what PC you'd recommend, you'd probably say Dell (at least, I did). Dell seems to have fallen on hard times--or has it? What's your default recommendation now? (if it's "get a Mac [or Linux]," please save the bandwidth)."

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