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In IT, Beware of Fad Versus Functional

kenshin33 Re:In IT, remember to wash your hands (153 comments)

no "command line", honestly that;s the only thing stopping me from getting one. Now I have a Mazda 5, not as big -6 adults but no cargo space, or crap load of cargo space no passengers, and yeah manual transmission :-).

3 days ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

kenshin33 Re:First amendment? (250 comments)

Well, that's for their attorney and a judge to determine, not for me, you or "people".

But if employee medical records are released, those are pretty good grounds.

Some might argue that Sony is liable for negligence -- not properly handling/storing sensitive private data --.

4 days ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

kenshin33 Re:First amendment? (250 comments)

and who said that nothing is private ?
if you want privacy, the onus is on you to protect it. The fact some people did brake into sony's servers and stole information (NSA --or insert your favorite 3 letters agency listening on every one) does not make it less illegal or an attack on the privacy principle. Whats Sony's asking is impossible, as some have said above the cat is out the bag, all they can do is sue for damage (and prove damage).

4 days ago
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Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan To Upload Phony Torrents

kenshin33 Re:Quashed? (130 comments)

thepiratebay was full of those !!

5 days ago
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Apple Releases iMessage Deregistration Utility

kenshin33 Re:iMessage isn't bad... (136 comments)

there's text secure, can use their service -over 3G/Wifi -, fall back to encrypted SMS or simple non encrypted SMS. Or YOU can choose if there are mutilple choices. I read somewhere that there's an IOS version in the works.

about a month ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

kenshin33 Re:Yes, but the real problem is being ignored. (461 comments)

who checks, the customers? as last time I checked, those places are 18+ or was it 21 (they are bars after all)? (The strip club doesn't care who inside as long as money comes in)

about a month and a half ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

kenshin33 Re:Every time I hear the word 'lobbyist' I feel si (485 comments)

how about all encounters be public record. Say a group of people (as the example given above) has a concern that a new legislation might alleviate. They pool their resources (hire a lawyer or something, let's call that person lobbyist), draft a bill send to the office of said politician (or a special office that deal with that sort of things), somebody review it, an invitation is sent to said lobbyist to assist in a committee to defend the case/concern/drafted legislation, all before everybody (no secret meetings). And when/if the said legislation is debated the lobbyist is invited again to clarify/defend it again if need rises.
or something along those lines anyways.
The problem with the system as it is now, is accessibility (not everyone is treated equally. And bias saw it with what the then Minister of heritage (or industry I can;t recall) James Moore when the copyright reform bill in Canada was debated, he outright sided with "the industry" on principle, especially on draconian DRMs and anti-circumvention a la DMCA (may be worse). And finally secrecy and backroom deals (which in a way sums up the previous points).

about a month and a half ago
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Free Broadband For NYC Public Housing?

kenshin33 Re:and? (250 comments)

there's no reason to get up your ass and help yourself.

yes, there is: boredom.

about a month and a half ago
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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

kenshin33 Re:don't use biometrics (328 comments)

And that's enough, to make your life a living hell for a certain amount of time (be it brief or long, doesn't matter).

You know this from first-hand experience or from anecdotes and hear-say?

I've had dealings with police, courts and lawyers, both professionally and privately, on both sides (though not very often as defendant). In all my life there was one event that was really stressful and that was professionally.

Maybe we life in different countries or societies, but by and large, I've not seen this "ruin your life" part actually happen in cases on the level of "they ask you if they can check your phone". They happen, but mostly in the "they break down your door and arrest you for child porn" cases. Yeah, innocent people have been convicted of the highest crimes, and that does ruin your life. That is living hell, not having to deal with the justice system over some phone records.

Again, maybe we have different experiences and backgrounds, but most of the times I've dealt with police and judges, they were professional and while the results were not always what I wanted them to be, I cannot seriously complain about their behaviour. Maybe I've just been lucky, or maybe my own behaviour influences what I get back, or maybe the USA really has become this horrible police state.

Personal experience: I was stopped because I was on a bike on a sidewalk at 4 AM, the reason I was went there was to avoid getting hit by the same police car, they found a Swiss army knife on me I got fined $300, and accused/threatened with all sort of things so that I would feel lucky to get of with just a fine. I went to court and I won - I didn't get back my knife though, they LOST it-, it was a waist of my time, theirs and the judge's. But that's irrelevant). The premise is : if you look hard enough, you'll find something (bogus may be, but still). From a probabilistic stand point, what I described is bound to happen, question is when! I not saying all cops are like that, some are nice, approachable and reasonable (anecdote: few nights before the incident, in the same neighborhood, a friend of mine cut his leg on a glass door, we hailed a cab to go to the hospital -5 minutes ride- he refused, a police patrol was there, they saw us and offered us lift to the hospital) , some are simply assholes with a power trip, you're bound to encounter one of those a some point in time.
Ruin your life may be an exaggeration on my part, but my point still stands, as it is still a hassle that CAN ruin your life!
The anecdote above was in Montreal/Canada. I lived once in Algeria and more often that not we were harassed by the police for the mere fact of being there (but they had an excuse : power with no accountability, and they didn't actually give a shit about what the law actually said).
To finish, we're all judgmental assholes occasionally (quick, reaction without all the facts, and there could be a lot of reasons behind that, good or bad is irrelevant to this discussion), the difference with a normal person and figure of authority (cop for example) is that the normal person doesn't have the authority to act on it! And the way the laws are written, is just a mine field!

about a month and a half ago
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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

kenshin33 Re:don't use biometrics (328 comments)

Sure they can find something that with enough creative interpretation someone could see as hinting to a crime, if they only squint strongly enough. But something that passes the giggle test? Share your wisdom.

And that's enough, to make your life a living hell for a certain amount of time (be it brief or long, doesn't matter).

about a month and a half ago
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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

kenshin33 Re:don't use biometrics (328 comments)

most people are above police suspicion.

you mean under the police radar? given any reason at all (rub the wrong way for example), they'll look, and they'll certainly find.

about a month and a half ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

kenshin33 Re:Not a chance (631 comments)

if the card itself is stolen/lost, usually you notice it right away (at max a day?) and you can always cancel it (all it takes is phone call). As opposed to a cloned card, you want notice it until it's too late.
Besides, even the chip is not 100% safe.

I'm curious what shops you go to. I've never been cloned.

You're lucky (figure of speech). Usually the cloning thing requires the help of the cashier or the store owner (the terminals are modified), in most cases, I'd say what we call here : "depaneurs" (small stores where you buy beer, magazines, newspaper, cigarettes, milk, candy ... etc).

about 1 month ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

kenshin33 Re:Not a chance (631 comments)

In my case, it is there but NOT usable (whether I choose to use or not, is irrelevant), because there are no more "mag strip only" terminals where I usually buy stuff (exception noted in the US, from time to time I go there to buy gas --way cheaper and the borders are not very far --).

about 2 months ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

kenshin33 Re:Not a chance (631 comments)

I'm sorry if I wasn't clear :

....It is at least like this with my card. ...

I live in Canada, my bank is BMO, I don't know a bout the others banks/countries
The mag strip is easy to copy, there were a big network of thieves that place modified terminal (with the complicity or merchants or their employees). The modified one copy the card (mag strip), by reading directly what the magnetic head reads, and the PIN by placing a pad between the buttons and the PCB.
I had, my card cloned twice, when I had the only the mag strip. Now? 0 times. If the merchant's terminal doesn't have the chip I don't use my card (the bank will refund me, but the hassle is not worth it -both times my card was disabled Friday evening, and my branch is closed for the weekend-). If the terminal support the chip, my mag strip won't work anyways , so using it will only expose me to the risk of a cloned card and the hassle that comes with it (may be the merchant/clerk did something to the machine to force people to swipe the card, may be not, nothing to gain in trying).
With that said, I change it at least once a year, b/c at some point it starts acting funny (and it's free)

about 2 months ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

kenshin33 Re:Not a chance (631 comments)

the do only if the reader doesn't support the chip. The moment it does (even if the chip on the card fails) any transaction is refused, it'll ask for the pin and everything, but will ultimately be refused. It is at least like this with my card. Tip: if the reader does support the chip and refuses yours for any reason at all, don't try the mag strip (it might be that the merchant is forcing the downgrade to clone your card).

about 2 months ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

kenshin33 Re: Not a chance (631 comments)

lol you should google your sig made me laugh even though i havent a clue what your sig really means i had to search it.

1^2=1; (-1)^2=1; 1^2=(-1)^2; 1=-1; 1=0.
^ this? what's so funny about it? (there's an error/catch, obviously)

about 2 months ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

kenshin33 Re:Good for them (558 comments)

Thank you, that was the one I was talking about. It was Cambridge not oxford, my bad. It made the headlines because of this http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14...

about 2 months ago
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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

kenshin33 Re:Boys are naturally curious... (608 comments)

You buy into the fad that equal means same

equivalent (as in mathematical equivalence relation, mind you "equal" is one) would be more suited

about 2 months ago

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ToS a new genre of DRM?

kenshin33 kenshin33 writes  |  about 3 years ago

kenshin33 (1694322) writes "And they wonder why people pirate. The story, In a nutshell : some people are being banned from EA forms for violating ToS => ban from Origin (EA store) which leads to not being able to play games that those people have paid for. This guy in particular has lost his access to even EA games bought on STEAM for something he didn't even do (banned because someone caused at him in a post and included his username in that post ) :
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/9.328868-EA-now-issuing-permanent-Origin-bans-through-content-filter?page=1 ."

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Euro Comm to cough €12m for copyright infring

kenshin33 kenshin33 writes  |  about 4 years ago

kenshin33 (1694322) writes "

The European Commission must pay software firm Systran €12 million in damages for infringing its copyright when it asked other companies to work on Systran's software, the EU's General Court has ruled. Systran created a specially adapted version of its Systran-Unix machine translation software for the Commission, calling it EC-Systran Unix, between 1997 and 2002.

That begs the question : if Gouv agency (or any other entity) contracts some software firm to do some work, does this ruling implies that any maintenance should be done the same firm and no one else ??? talk about a nice side effect ..."
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Either with us or with wikileaks

kenshin33 kenshin33 writes  |  about 4 years ago

kenshin33 (1694322) writes "Some people are still living in the 50ies. Where TV screen ar in black and white, no colors. Believe it or not that's the actual washington post article title. :
Some say attacking WikiLeaks would be fruitless. Really? In the past year, the Iranian nuclear system has been crippled by a computer worm called "Stuxnet," which has attacked Iran's industrial systems and the personal computers of Iranian nuclear scientists. To this day, no one has traced the origin of the worm. Imagine the impact on WikiLeaks's ability to distribute additional classified information if its systems were suddenly and mysteriously infected by a worm that would fry the computer of anyone who downloaded the documents. WikiLeaks would probably have very few future visitors to its Web site."

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Unused Windows Licences

kenshin33 kenshin33 writes  |  about 5 years ago

kenshin33 (1694322) writes "When ever, one wants to buy a new laptop, it comes with an attached windows license. What would happen if one doesn't want that? what one can do about it.
I'm sure that will be different from country to country.
I'd really like input from every where in the world, success/failure stories (especially in canada/US)."

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