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Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

mrspoonsi Re:Glad to hear it (353 comments)

From the article "possessing an extreme pornographic image likely to cause injury", this could apply to many BDSM images. Seems odd that...given that taking part in a Sunday sporting activity, might 'likely cause an injury', mountain biking, football, etc, I not see the police locking up these dare-devils.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

mrspoonsi Before leaving the server (116 comments)

Get an OS re-image then simply fill the hdds with random data. This works well on HDDs, but SSDs with their 10 or 20% wear space, perhaps not, they need pulling and disposing.

about a month ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

mrspoonsi ROI for drug development (390 comments)

Given that Ebola is currently confined to Africa, and that a relatively small number of people have caught it (less than 4000)...and these outbreaks seem to only come along once every 20 years, where was the incentive for the drug company to create this drug? Was it good timing that it has something ready to go just now. Will each dose be prohibitively expensive to administer in Africa, or it remains to be seen if WHO will foot the bill to the tune of 10's of millions $$.

about a month and a half ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

mrspoonsi Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

...and what if your piano kills not just the guy with the knife, but 10 of his neighbors also? it was still justified because you were at risk? the neighbors are fair game because they live next to a guy with a knife?

Violence begets violence, simple as that.

>Since Hamas started tossing bombs into Israel a few weeks ago, how would you respond had you been in charge of Israel? Keep in mind that the Iron Dome is effective, but not 100%.

I would guess that more people had been killed by car crashes in that time frame, so if they really want to protect the lives of the population, mandate a country wide 15mph speed limit.

about a month and a half ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

mrspoonsi Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

It is more to do with proportional response. Those rockets they have killed what 2 or 3? there are over 1000 Palestinians dead. You also have to consider that the Palestinian people as a whole are not Hamas, in the same way the Northern Ireland population were not the IRA. The UK did not resort to carpet shelling Northern Ireland to remove the IRA, because it would never have worked, the IRA would only get stronger. Ireland had segregation, it did not work, only by integrating the people can you bring them around and ultimately onto the same side. For every innocent non-terrorist killed, that will recruit many terrorists.

about a month and a half ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

mrspoonsi Radicalization (868 comments)

Israel is sure doing a good job in that area creating more enemies, if that is their intention, the plan is working.

about a month and a half ago
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Time Warner Turns Down Takeover Bid From Rupert Murdoch

mrspoonsi Good (70 comments)

The more these big media / film studios merge, the less choice there will be.

about 2 months ago
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HP Claims Their Moonshot System is a 'New Style of IT' (Video)

mrspoonsi Re:4.3 U (68 comments)

It would have been smarter not to require an additional chassis (who wants to lug an extra 13U chassis into a datacenter?). It should be done in the rail system to offset the 2nd and 3rd server, then you only have to fit different rails to offset.

about 2 months ago
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HP Claims Their Moonshot System is a 'New Style of IT' (Video)

mrspoonsi Re:4.3 U (68 comments)

Exactly, in a cold / hot isle rack you are left with a gap which would need plugging with something.

A 42U rack would have 7U wasted space that is almost another 2 servers...

about 2 months ago
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Germany Scores First: Ends Verizon Contract Over NSA Concerns

mrspoonsi Better yet ban the company from the whole country (206 comments)

If it can be shown that the company is working against the countries interests (company treason?), such as in this case, ban them from all sales in that country. That really would get the attention deserved.

about 3 months ago
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EU's Online Shoppers Get an Extended "Cooling Off Period"

mrspoonsi Re:Great (140 comments)

godaddy.co.uk They should be following UK law.

about 3 months ago
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The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks

mrspoonsi Re:Does it really matter? (121 comments)

Normally Desktops do not have inbuilt speakers, so they can be ruled out, that leaves laptops, which do have wifi. An owned laptop could self enable the wifi, create its self as a hot spot and allow other computers elsewhere in the building to connect to it (through walls and what not).

about 3 months ago
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The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks

mrspoonsi Does it really matter? (121 comments)

For this to work, the computers must already be 'owned', the fact the computers can communicate 20 meters with another infected machine is the least of the worries if you ask me.

about 3 months ago
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Justice Dept. Names ZeuS Trojan Author, Seizes Control of P2P "Gameover" Botnet

mrspoonsi Only Control For Short While (76 comments)

According to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/tech... the C&C servers will be replaced by new ones, so there is only a 2 week window until the network is back up and running.

about 3 months ago
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Is Carbon Fiber Going Mainstream?

mrspoonsi Re:Aluminum? (152 comments)

>While Jaguar makes some beautiful looking cars, you can barely keep them out of the shop mechanically.

See: http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-n...

"Jaguar has been named the best manufacturer in the 2013 JD Power customer satisfaction survey. Jaguar's victory came off the back of the Jaguar XF, which finished third overall in the entire survey, as owners rated it as "excellent" in every area. In particular they praised reliability, dealership service and servicing and repair work."

about 4 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

mrspoonsi Cars will have a GTA button? (800 comments)

"If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?"

Hare Krishnas....GOURANGA!

about 4 months ago
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Google May Be $1 Billion Behind In Tax Payments To France

mrspoonsi Re:Same tricks played in UK (199 comments)

Except the rich would put the 747 through their business and pay 0% VAT

about 5 months ago
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White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

mrspoonsi Poor Record on Health (578 comments)

"A study last year found that in many American counties, especially in the deep South, life expectancy is lower than in Algeria, Nicaragua or Bangladesh. The U.S. is the only developed country that does not guarantee health care to its citizens; even after the Affordable Care Act, millions of poor Americans will remain uninsured because governors, mainly Republicans, have refused to expand Medicaid, which provides health insurance for low-income Americans. Although the federal government will pay for the expansion, many governors cited cost, even though the expansion would actually save money. America is unique among developed countries in that tens of thousands of poor Americans die because they lack health insurance, even while we spend more than twice as much of our GDP on healthcare than the average for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a collection of rich world countries. The U.S. has an infant mortality rate that dwarfs comparable nations, as well as the highest teenage-pregnancy rate in the developed world, largely because of the politically-motivated unavailability of contraception in many areas." Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/po...

about 6 months ago

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Microsoft is reportedly buying 'Minecraft' developer Mojang for $2 billion

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a week ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Microsoft is in talks to buy Minecraft's developer, Mojang, according to a few different sources. The Wall Street Journal says that the ever loose-lipped "person familiar with the matter" has noted the deal is valued at over $2 billion, while reps for both Redmond and the Swedish developer remain mum on the subject. The New York Times reports that Microsoft approached Mojang as early as three months ago and the purchase should be finished by the end of this month. Perhaps most interesting though is that should the deal go through, Notch might not stay past six months after the ink has dried. Why? He likely wants to make sure his employees are being well taken care of."
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Stolen celebrity images prompt policy change at 4Chan

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about two weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "The website where leaked celebrity nudes first surfaced has moved to comply with US laws on stolen content. Many of the images were initially shared on the /b/ discussion board of 4Chan which has been notorious for ignoring copyright laws. 4Chan has now said it will enact a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) policy to let content owners get illegally shared material removed. It will now remove content after it gets a "bona fide infringement" notice. Before now, image-sharing site 4Chan has largely avoided having to actively police many of its discussions boards because of the frenetic nature of the site itself. An upper limit on the amount of material any board can support means that content often disappeared or "expired" before demands to take it down were filed. On the busiest 4Chan boards, content expires in a matter of hours. The furore over the large number of stolen videos and images of celebrities posted to the site have now prompted it to update its policies and comply with the DMCA. 4Chan has also appointed a member of staff to oversee DMCA takedown requests."
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Apple reveals the most common reasons that it rejects apps

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about two weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "One of the great mysteries of the App Store is why certain apps get rejected and why others don’t. Apple has let a surprising number of ripoffs and clones through the store’s iron gates, yet some developers face rejection for seemingly innocent apps. “Before you develop your app, it’s important to become familiar with the technical, content, and design criteria that we use to review all apps,” explains Apple on a new webpage called “Common App Rejections.” Rejections include: Apple and our customers place a high value on simple, refined, creative, well thought through interfaces. They take more work but are worth it. Apple sets a high bar. If your user interface is complex or less than very good, it may be rejected; Apps that contain false, fraudulent or misleading representations or use names or icons similar to other Apps will be rejected."
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Robot printer 'comes to your desk' with documents

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about three weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Fuji Xerox has developed a new robotic printer that can move around a lounge or office to bring documents to the person who printed them. The printer is designed to be used primarily in public places as a way to keep sensitive documents secure. Sensors on the machine prevent it from bumping into people on the way. However, some analysts argued that the idea was not cost effective when compared with other secure printing methods. Fuji Xerox — a joint venture between the two firms — has been testing the printer this month at a business lounge in Tokyo. Each desk in the lounge is given a unique web address from which to print. Users access the address and upload documents to be printed. Once the printer receives the job, it moves to the intended recipient who then has to display a smart card to activate printing."
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HTC One M8 Windows Phone Half the Price of Android M8

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "The handset maker HTC has unveiled a new smartphone that runs a Windows Phone operating system. The modified One M8 is being sold at roughly half the price of the same handset running Google's Android. This is the first time the struggling manufacturer has released a Windows smartphone in more than two years. One analyst said the new device was "almost certainly financially supported" by Microsoft, in an attempt to gain a foothold in the US market. The new phone, which comes with Windows Phone 8.1 pre-installed, is available exclusively through US network provider Verizon. Daniel Gleeson, an analyst at the consultancy IHS Technology "Microsoft are desperate for other manufacturers to develop Windows smartphones, and they almost certainly financially supported HTC to make this phone," he added."
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Fugitive child sex abuser caught by facial-recognition technology

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "A US juggler facing child sex abuse charges, who jumped bail 14 years ago, has been arrested in Nepal, after the use of facial-recognition technology. Street performer Neil Stammer travelled to Nepal eight years ago using a fake passport under the name Kevin Hodges. New facial-recognition software matched his passport picture with a wanted poster the FBI released in January. Mr Stammer, who had owned magic shop in New Mexico, has now been returned to the US state to face trial. The Diplomatic Security Service, which protects US embassies and checks the validity of US visas and passports, had been using FBI wanted posters to test the facial-recognition software, designed to uncover passport fraud. The FBI has been developing its own facial-recognition database as part of the bureau's Next Generation Identification (NGI) programme."
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Reversible USB cable design finalized

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "The design for the new reversible USB interface — the standardized connection for data transfers between electronic devices — has been finished. It means users will no longer have to worry which way round the part is facing when plugging it into a device. The new USB Type-C is small enough for mobiles but "robust enough for laptops and tablets", its designers said. But the new USB cables will not connect into the current ports that are found on millions of devices."
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Google tracking your location if use Gmail or any Google apps

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "If you have a Gmail account or use any of Google's apps, there's a good chance Google has some of your location data stored in its systems. Luckily, there's an easy way to see exactly what Google knows about where you've been, and you can even see a map of past locations you have visited."
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Samsung reveals Galaxy Alpha metal-framed smartphone with rounded corners

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Samsung says a metal frame and curved corners give the Galaxy Alpha a "sophisticated" look. The South Korean company describes the Galaxy Alpha as representing a "new design approach". The firm has previously been criticised for the plastic feel of its handsets at a time when other firms have opted to use materials marketed as having a "premium" feel. Samsung Electronics saw a 20% year-on-year drop in its last quarter's profit."
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Microsoft turns (almost) any camera into a Kinect

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Microsoft has been working on ways to make any regular 2D camera capture depth, meaning it could do some of the same things a Kinect does. As you can see in the video below the team managed to pull this off and we might see this tech all around in the near future. What’s really impressive is that this works with many types of cameras. The research team used a smartphone as well as a regular webcam and both managed to achieve some impressive results, the cameras have to be slightly modified but that's only to permit more IR light to hit the sensor."
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Apple and Samsung agree to drop cases outside the US

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Apple and Samsung have agreed to withdraw all legal cases against each other outside the United States. The two rivals have sued each other over a range of patent disputes in nine countries outside the US, including the UK, South Korea, Japan and Germany. A joint statement said the agreement "does not involve any licensing arrangements", and they would continue to pursue existing cases in US courts. The two firms are the biggest players in the smartphone and tablet PC market. But they have been involved in a bitter legal battle, spread across various countries, which has escalated in recent years."
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Wikipedia reveals Google 'forgotten' search links

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Wikipedia has begun naming links to its online encyclopaedia that have been removed from EU search results under "right to be forgotten" rules. The deleted links include pages about European criminals, a musician and an amateur chess player. The Wikimedia Foundation, which operates the site, said the internet was being "riddled with memory holes" as a result of such takedowns. The action follow a European Court of Justice ruling in May. The judges involved decided that citizens had the right to have links to "irrelevant" and outdated data erased from search engine results. A fortnight ago Google briefed data regulators that it had subsequently received more than 91,000 requests covering a total of 328,000 links that applicants wanted taken down, and had approved more than 50% of those processed."
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Microsoft tip leads to child porn arrest in Pennsylvania

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "A tip-off from Microsoft has led to the arrest of a man in Pennsylvania who has been charged with receiving and sharing child abuse images. It flagged the matter after discovering that an image involving a young girl had been allegedly saved to the man's OneDrive cloud storage account. According to court documents, the man was subsequently detected trying to send two illegal pictures via one of Microsoft's live.com email accounts. Police arrested him on 31 July."
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LinkedIn in $6m labor violation settlement

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month and a half ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "LinkedIn has agreed to pay $6m (£3.6m) in wages and damages after regulators found it failed to account for all the hours worked by its employees. This includes $3.3m in unpaid wages and $2.5m in damages to be paid to 359 former and current employees. It also agreed to provide compliance training and distribute its policy on overtime work to all applicable staff. According to the US Department of Labor, the affected employees worked at the firm's offices in California, Illinois, Nebraska and New York. "Off the clock hours are all too common for the American worker. This practice harms workers, denies them the wages they have rightfully earned and takes away time with families," said Susana Blanco, of the US Labor Department."
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Secret Serum' Used To Treat American With Ebola

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month and a half ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Both of the Ebola-infected U.S. citizens in Liberia received a rare dose of what news reports called a "secret serum" to treat the virus before being transported to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, according to a CNN report. And while some people do fight off the disease on their own, in the case of the two Americans, that experimental serum may have saved their lives. As Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol waited in a Liberian hospital, someone from the National Institutes of Health reached out to Samaritan's Purse, one of the two North Carolina-based Christian relief groups the two were working with, and offered to have vials of an experimental drug called ZMapp sent to Liberia, according to CNN's unnamed source. Although the Food and Drug Administration does allow experimental drugs to occasionally be distributed in life-threatening circumstances without approval under the expanded access or "compassionate use" conditions. It's not yet clear whether that approval was granted in this case or not.
Brantly, who had been sick for nine days already, as his condition worsened, he asked for the first dose and had it given to him through an IV. Within an hour, he was able to breathe better and a rash on his body started to fade. The next day he was able to shower without help before boarding the air ambulance that flew him to Atlanta."
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iOS global usage falls behind Android for the first time

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month and a half ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "For the first time, overall usage of iOS as an operating system has fallen behind its main competitor from over in Mountain View. While it’s well known that the majority market share in terms of install base has long been held by Android, this is one figure in which iOS has been top dog for quite some time. But at least according to research from Net Applications, that’s no longer the case. More people now use Android, too. For the longest time, Apple CEO Tim Cook would mock Android — Android tablets in particular — by saying no one uses them. Last year he said, "I don't know what these other tablets are doing. They must be in warehouses, or on store shelves, or maybe in somebody's bottom drawer!" But, he can't make fun of Android any more. Web traffic to Android is higher than iOS for the first time in history. This shows that Android users are getting more engaged with their devices, using them more and more."
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Google Spotted Explicit Images Of A Child In Man's Email And Tipped Off Police

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month and a half ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "A Houston man has been arrested after Google sent a tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children saying the man had explicit images of a child in his email, according to Houston police. The man was a registered sex offender, convicted of sexually assaulting a child in 1994, reports Tim Wetzel at KHOU Channel 11 News in Houston. "He was keeping it inside of his email. I can't see that information, I can't see that photo, but Google can," Detective David Nettles of the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce told Channel 11. After Google reportedly tipped off the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Center alerted police, which used the information to get a warrant."
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DNA project 'to make UK world genetic research leader'

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month and a half ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "A project aiming to revolutionise medicine by unlocking the secrets of DNA is under way in centres across England. Prime Minister David Cameron has said it "will see the UK lead the world in genetic research within years". The first genetic codes of people with cancer or rare diseases, out of a target of 100,000, have been sequenced. Experts believe it will lead to targeted therapies and could make chemotherapy "a thing of the past". Just one human genome contains more than three billion base pairs — the building blocks of DNA. Prof Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, said: "I can see a future where genetics is going to come into every bit of medicine from cardiology to oncology to infectious diseases." "Twenty years from now there's going to be a plethora of those, we will have a series of mutations which academics and industry will have developed therapies for, which will be targeted at you and specific for that cancer." He said chemotherapy, which attacks all dividing cells in the body, would be replaced with such therapies. "We will look back in 20 years' time and think of blockbuster chemotherapy [as] a thing of the past and we'll think 'Gosh, what an era that was'." David Cameron has announced a series of investments across government, industry and charities totalling £300m ($500m)."
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Android Fake ID bug exposes smartphones and tablets

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month and a half ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "An Android flaw has been uncovered that lets malware insert malicious code into other apps, gain access to the user's credit card data and take control of the device's settings. BlueBox Labs said it was particularly concerning as phone and tablet owners did not need to grant the malware special permissions for it to act. The company added it had alerted Google to the problem in advance to allow it to mend its operating system. Google confirmed it had created a fix. "We appreciate BlueBox responsibly reporting this vulnerability to us. Third-party research is one of the ways Android is made stronger for users," said a spokeswoman. "After receiving word of this vulnerability, we quickly issued a patch that was distributed to Android partners, as well as to the Android Open Source Project.""

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