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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

nedlohs Re:Class justice (100 comments)

Do you really think google told it's employers to upload videos they don't have the rights to to youtube?

Well really what you think is irrelevant, do you have any evidence that they did?

3 hours ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

nedlohs Re:No he didn't (198 comments)

It isn't batshit panic overreaction mode. You have to re-screen everyone in the screened area - since he could have given something to someone else or dropped something for someone else to pick up. And of course search the screened area for that potential item. He might have snuck a bottle of water through after all!

Simplest way to re-screen everyone is have everyone in the area leave it and then reenter it through the security screening. While you search the area.

Of course the idea is not to let someone simply walk into the secure area and the blame lies with the people who let that happen not the guy who wasn't paying attention - you have to assume there's a complete idiot in any group of people after all.

10 hours ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

nedlohs Re:Survival (442 comments)

So your suggestion is that everyone should build a hydro generator in their backyard? Along with a huge elevated water tank to pump to? That seems a remarkably stupid idea to me.

Are you insane or just ignoring the context entirely in order to come across is insane?

12 hours ago
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

nedlohs So Ireland wins coming and going (120 comments)

They get whatever benefit they were getting for offering the low low taxes. And then later on they get to jack the tax rate retroactively and get the cash too.

Well played.

yesterday
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

nedlohs Re:not supposed to be on the web! (322 comments)

If you assume you are not you are being an idiot.

I'm sure people didn't think their DHCP client ran a bash script after injecting some remote data into the environment, as the obvious example.

Do you run qmail? Oops, hopefully no users have a .qmail file.

Exim or postfix? You've checked all the things they execute I take it, and all the things that those things execute and so on?

Users using procmail? None of them have an exploitable match (or are adding one a minute after you checked them all)?

If you admin a bunch of web servers are you sure that there isn't a CGI script somewhere? Are you sure it doesn't call system()/popen() anywhere?

yesterday
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

nedlohs Re:Wiretapping laws still exist. (267 comments)

"You have no expectation of "privacy" on someone else's property" - is a generic claim not specific to the case of a valet parking a car.

4 days ago
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

nedlohs Re:Wiretapping laws still exist. (267 comments)

Since I wasn't replying to you post it's not surprising that you didn't make the statements I was replying to.

4 days ago
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

nedlohs Re:Wiretapping laws still exist. (267 comments)

#1 - that's simply not how it works. Are you seriously claiming that it's ok for a restaurant owner to install hidden cameras in the toilets since the people using the toilets have no expectation of "privacy" on someone else's property?

#2 - That's right. Video is fine. Audio is the problem.

 

4 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

nedlohs Re:Mod parent up. (903 comments)

And you amortize the four times you need to do that over the entire working year and the $1.25 or so each day it adds probably isn't such a huge deal.

4 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

nedlohs Re:Mod parent up. (903 comments)

It's a trade off. You pay the large taxi fares occasionally in order to not pay the larger expenses that come from owning a car. Whether that is a good choice or not depends on the relative costs of both options which will end up depending on just how often you need to use a taxi.

4 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

nedlohs Re:Mod parent up. (903 comments)

Surely your boss ask you to work on every single one of them. If so and you have no friends to get a lift from then sure relying on public transport in that particular situation probably wouldn't be wise.

Back in the real world I've managed to keep a job for a decade without having a driving license.

4 days ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

nedlohs Re:Why is this a real problem? (316 comments)

You wouldn't and that isn't the issue - anyone who has bash directly accessible as a cgi already had a security hole - well more a design...

It's not that uncommon to have a cgi that grabs some data from a web form, validate that data, and then call some existing executable to actually do the work. Calling "sendmail" to send mail isn't exactly unheard of.

As for DHCP I'd take the guess that the user would be root - given it will be configuring network devices and so on. But I don't care enough to check ...

5 days ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

nedlohs Re:"could be worse than Heartbleed" (316 comments)

You don't need to use bash as the cgi handler. You just have to execute bash from your cgi handler. Say by the system() function in the c library on a system where /bin/sh is bash.

And of course connecting having your linux machine try and get an IP via DHCP is a vector.

5 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

nedlohs Re:Mod parent up. (903 comments)

There are these things called taxis...

5 days ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

nedlohs Re:more info on Kiriakou (224 comments)

Given he is still in prison, no he isn't yet learning any of that yet.

5 days ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

nedlohs Re:Terrific counter to Monsanto's herbicide messag (308 comments)

No that's because use huge amounts of natural gas (half a billion tonnes or so a year) to create nitrogen fertilizers. And even more pesticides.

Which don't get me wrong, I'm all for. But modern farming sacrifices some land productivity in exchange for much higher labor productivity.

We use tidy rows of monoculture because it allows extremely efficient harvesting, not because it has better yields.

about a week ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

nedlohs Re:Only CGI scripts affected? (399 comments)

Or a CGI script written in a some other lanaguage - like python or perl - or a binary that is on a system with bash as the default shell and which calls the system function in libc (or an equivalent) since that will execute /bin/sh.

There will be a lot of such cases - running a "mail" command or something from imagemagick and so on.

about a week ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

nedlohs Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

Those are outcomes not opportunities. That there are female members of parliament and CEOs indicates that there is some opportunity (but not whether or not it is equal).

It's pretty well known that Psychopaths make up a higher percentage of business and government leaders - and business more than government - than the they do in the general population. Psychopathy is also more common in men than women. So there's one possible (though unlikely to be the entire story) other explanation - psychopaths make better (taking better to mean more successful and measuring success merely by being there) CEOs and politicians, psychopaths are mostly men, those two factors that have nothing to do with "equal opportunities" result in the vast majority of CEOs and politicians being men.

about a week ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

nedlohs Re:solution to late refunds (405 comments)

Overpaying your taxes is not a savings account; you don't get interest on your investment.

Either do savings accounts... Well OK bank of america pays 0.01% which is more than nothing. Then again they also charge you $5/month to make up for it :)

(and yes there are some mostly online banks that offer the absurdly high 1%)

about a week ago

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