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Did Alcatraz Escapees Survive? Computer Program Says They Might Have

nabsltd Re:Who cares (87 comments)

This was 1962. Living under an alias, with no SSN or ID (or a fake) was considerably easier than it is today.

Most people don't realize that only a few states had just recently started putting photos on licenses at that time, while the rest had no pictures.

2 days ago
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Hackers Compromise ICANN, Access Zone File Data System

nabsltd Re: fire them (110 comments)

Incoming SMTP ports should never accept email from it's own domain.

As you can see from his post, his server did not accept an e-mail "from it's own domain":

Replies were sent to the Return-Path: header that is not in our domain.

"Return-Path" is an SMTP header generated by the MTA based on the what it received in the envelope. It's generally only created by an intermediate internal server that forwarded e-mail, thus changing the "From:" envelope address.

And, even a perfectly configured MTA that rejects any "From:" envelope address that is in a domain for which the MTA is an MX still can't stop phishers from forging the "From:" header, which is just part of the body of the e-mail. Unfortunately, the envelope address usually never gets to the MUA, so an e-mail can look like it's legitimately from an internal source. If you use an MUA like Outlook that hides all the technical info, it's easy to be fooled.

2 days ago
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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

nabsltd Re:Nope. That's not what happened here... (158 comments)

All Steam did is wall off a handful of regions where the local currencies are extremely volatile, and even then ONLY for accounts gifting games to one another between the rest of the world and these tiny regions.

And, I believe the gifting restriction is only for purchases using real money.

Right now, Steam has promotion where you get "tokens" (for lack of a better term) from game achievements and can use those to buy games. Those tokens have the same value in all regions, so if you buy a game with tokens, you can gift it to anyone else, regardless of any gifting restrictions on purchased games.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland

nabsltd Re:What is the problem here? (137 comments)

The order isn't against any person or entity in Ireland. It is against a US company, and US employees, who can access the data from their desks in the US. Under US law, it is certainly a valid order.

Actually, it likely is not.

A warrant is only applicable to people/places within the jurisdiction of the court that issued the warrant. Microsoft Ireland (which stores the data but does not technically own or control it) and various Irish citizens (who own/control the data) are not under jurisdiction of any US court.

As a subpoena, it's not possible for any Microsoft US employee to comply, because a subpoena only forces you to turn over data/items/evidence that you own/possess...it cannot ask you to turn over items that you do not (otherwise, the government could hand anybody on the street a subpoena to walk into someone's house to gather evidence). No Microsoft US employee owns/possesses the data in question, and whether they have access is not important. What Microsoft needs to do is find somebody in the US who does have legal access to the data and issue them a subpoena.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland

nabsltd Re:A matter of procedure... (137 comments)

There is they could have sought a warrant in Ireland, since they have stronger privacy protections the fishing expeditions would not be allowed.

The US government did, and it wasn't.

That's what started this whole train rolling.

4 days ago
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Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

nabsltd Re:sync unintuitive (232 comments)

I can attest to the unintuitive nature of the settings on the Sync system. Pairing your Bluetooth device is indeed a challenge.

They must have regressed something, as the 2011 Sync is easy.

The "Phone" screen has a "Devices" button, and you click "Add", then have your phone scan. Enter the PIN from the car on the phone, and you're paired.

about a week ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

nabsltd Re:Comcast Business Class (291 comments)

What makes you think that having Comcast around will in any way increase the chance that the cable TV will work?

about two weeks ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

nabsltd Re:Doesn't matter even if the publishers win... (698 comments)

One of the keys to the ABP filters is that it isn't just a list of hosts, but rather a list of regexes that describe ads.

And, responding to my own post, I just used a feature of Adblock Plus that allows you to block ads based on where they point (i.e., the "href" value in the "a" tag).

This means you could do things like block ads for "badsite.example.com" but allow ads for "goodsite.example.com" regardless of what URL is used to retrieve the actual ad. There is no way to do this with any source-DNS based blocking (like a hosts file).

about two weeks ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

nabsltd Re:Legal Opinion, Please? (698 comments)

Fourth option. The website owner sells actual products at their website and makes money that way. This works if the website is an actual store

...or XKCD, or The Daily WTF, or Techdirt, or.... Some of these sites have sponsorship or the occasional ad, but nothing like any of the sites that complain because they detect an ad blocker.

There are lots of sites where being a "store" isn't the primary purpose of the site, but they make money by having a store selling things associated with the website.

about two weeks ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

nabsltd Re:Doesn't matter even if the publishers win... (698 comments)

that's a giant list, so you'd instead need a GIANT HOSTS FILE

One of the keys to the ABP filters is that it isn't just a list of hosts, but rather a list of regexes that describe ads. This allows you to display actual content from a site without displaying the ads.

about two weeks ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

nabsltd Re:Have the Germans threaten to invade (698 comments)

No, I live in America, and never felt in any way constrained by any part of the Patriot Act.

That's because you haven't seen the effects directly, yet. Once the investigation is further along, you'll see how badly your rights are going to get trampled on.

What's that...you say you've never done anything to warrant investigation? That's exactly the same as many of the people on the No Fly List. And, you're not one of the nearly 10 million US citizens who are three steps away from a "selector"? So far, then, you've been lucky.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

nabsltd Re:It could be worse (247 comments)

Where I work, everyone's voice mail is full because the voice mail system sends them an e-mail with the message as an attachment.

Everyone listens to the message (and acts on it if necessary), but nobody deletes the message from the voice mail system.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

nabsltd Re:Every 30 days. (247 comments)

4: You have to remember which way you displaced your hands. Also, john and crack both have rules for that.

Rules/mutations/whatever in password crackers don't increase their chance of a hit if the base password isn't in their dictionary.

Even so, the "slide" trick adds two bits of entropy to the password.

about two weeks ago
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Consumer-Grade SSDs Survive Two Petabytes of Writes

nabsltd Re:Drives obsolete by the time the test completes (125 comments)

It's good that the Samsung 840 Pro is holding up so well (its predecessor the 830 was also ridiculously durable) but it's now replaced by the 850 Pro which uses radical new technology (stacked chips).

I suspect the 10 year warranty for the 850 Pro is a good indicator of how long Samsung expects it to last compared to the 840 Pro (which has a 5 year warranty).

about two weeks ago
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Consumer-Grade SSDs Survive Two Petabytes of Writes

nabsltd Re:Even power users don't have much to worry about (125 comments)

It really has to be used for something like database access or a file server or the like before endurance becomes an issue.

Even that isn't enough, because the drives in the test are being written essentially 24/7 (with just a little time off for the retention tests), and the drives remaining have been at it for 15 months.

You have to have an insanely busy database or file server to never have any time off from writes.

about two weeks ago
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Dragon Age: Inquisition Reviewed and Benchmarked

nabsltd Re:Support the developers! (91 comments)

Since EA started bundling their games with Origin, I have consistently chosen option (i) and will continue to do so in the future.

Same for me an Ubisoft. I liked Far Cry 1 and 2, but still haven't bought 3 because it requires Uplay and that you always be online to play.

I have plenty of other games to play (and spend my money on) that don't require painful DRM. Until enough people vote with their wallets, DRM is here to stay, despite not really stopping copying of software.

about two weeks ago
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Valve Rolls Out Game Broadcasting Service For Steam

nabsltd Re:Works but it's CPU hungry (92 comments)

Define "CPU-intensive". How many execution units are we talking about here? It's pretty easy today to have a quad core with HT, and I haven't seen any game use more than 4 of the available 8 execution units on that setup. As long as streaming only needs a couple, you should be fine.

On the other hand, the network card might kill the CPU with interrupts when playing plus sending out the stream (especially an online game), but that would be a network driver issue, not really CPU.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

nabsltd Re:Dual monitors and recompiling the kernel .. (488 comments)

See these people who managed to get dual screen working ..

...but are too lazy too write up a step-by-step guide that you can print out to use because you can't get your monitor working enough to watch a YouTube video.

Any time a search for "how to" for a computer task returns a YouTube video, I give up and figure it out myself. I don't want to waste time watching 20 minutes of "uh, well, see here we..." just to get to the "edit config.ini and add 'foo=1'" to the end.

about three weeks ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

nabsltd Re:Do not keep addresses in your car (375 comments)

In the US, at least, you're required to keep your car's current registration card in the vehicle; that has your address on it.

There is no US federal government law that says this. You might have a state law that says this, but it doesn't really mean it.

What it means is that the registration has to be in the car while it is being driven on a public road. I keep my vehicle registration in my wallet, and my wife has a copy in her purse. Since we are never without those when driving, our cars are legal.

And as for TFA and reducing what's in your wallet, I hope the writer never has to do anything involving health insurance, as without that card, you are generally out of luck.

about three weeks ago
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

nabsltd Re:The solution (224 comments)

You likely don't have to write to the game's installation directory for many hacks.

Most games support add-ons that can be installed per-user, so that means someplace the user can write to. Whether that level of hack would be enough to "cheat", I don't know. I do know that it can give you an advantage, though, by causing unimportant things to not be drawn on screen.

about three weeks ago

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