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Apple's Chinese Suppliers Accused of Causing Significant Environmental Damage

nstrom Not surprised (346 comments)

I'm not surprised... I was in China in the summer of 2001, and one of the things I vividly remember was riding the train from Beijing to Shanghai, and looking out the window at a factory with smokestacks belching bubblegum-pink smoke into the sky. That cannot be healthy, or likely legal, but in general in China rules and regulations are one thing on paper, and another thing in practice.

more than 2 years ago
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Rogue PDFs Behind 80% of Exploits In Q4 '09

nstrom Wider target audience (189 comments)

Attacking Adobe Reader means that people who use Firefox are also at risk. For a long while, the popular security paradigm on Windows was that if you used IE you were at risk, but if you kept up with Windows Update and used only Firefox to browse the web you were pretty much safe from the majority of the exploits in the wild. Now that malicious PDFs are out there in force, users of Firefox are vulnerable once again.

more than 4 years ago
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Hotmailers Hawking Hoax Hunan Half-Offs

nstrom Gmail too (135 comments)

I'm not too sure that gmail isn't a target... A couple weeks ago, my friend's Gmail account got hacked and the spammers sent the following message out to all his contacts:

I am willing to give you a surprising happiness! Yesterday i had
received the digtal camera which i ordered from ---www.wwooz.com--
last week. its quilty is very good , and the price is very low.i am
satisfied with it.

If the products you expect is on the site, it is a wise choice for you
to buy from this site.I believe you can get many surprising happiness
and concessions.

Incidentally,they import the products from korea.all of the products
are brand new and original. they have good credit and many good
feedback.they are worth trusting for us .
Best wishes !

more than 4 years ago
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Dell Defect Turning 2.2GHz CPU Into 100MHz CPU?

nstrom Re:PDF Mirror (314 comments)

Mirror doesn't seem to be working either :(

more than 4 years ago
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uTorrent To Build In Transfer-Throttling Ability

nstrom Re:reason 1 down. reason 2 in que. (187 comments)

Closer makes no difference, effective transfer speed does (which BT already prioritizes peers based upon). I can get much better download rates from the guy in Finland with a 100mbit connection then I can from the guy across town on my same cable ISP with an already saturated 384kbps upload.

more than 4 years ago
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The Problem of Shards, Servers, and Queues In MMOs

nstrom Re:Computational Problem (253 comments)

Carnegie Mellon University, not Central Mich.

more than 4 years ago
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New York Times Site Pop-Up Says Your Computer Is Infected

nstrom More info on metafilter (403 comments)

I was hit by this issue earlier today, more info with some malware URLs available on metafilter here.

more than 4 years ago
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URL Shortener tr.im To Go Community-Owned, Open Source

nstrom Re:URL Shortners Are Bad (145 comments)

The original use of URL shortening services was to prevent link breakage in e-mail and nntp clients that linebreak after 80 characters. They still work great for this. http://tr.im/wGhA works a lot better in e-mail than http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=1600+pennsylvania+ave,+dc&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=49.624204,58.359375&ie=UTF8&ll=38.898732,-77.038515&spn=0.012007,0.014248&z=16 . I've also heard shortened links used to good effect on internet radio, where it's easier to direct listeners to a tinyurl than a long forum URL, when there's discussion about a certain thread.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Uses WGA To Obtain Record Jail Sentences

nstrom WGA forum (311 comments)

I'm betting that a good amount of the information used in this case came from posters on the WGA forum, where people can post if they're having issues with WGA. One of the tools available in that forum is a WGA diagnostic tool which will generate a sanitized text dump of a user's windows validation information. Most cases on that forum are people whose brother, cousin, or sketchy PC shop installed a common warez release of Windows on their systems, but several there are people who bought apparently legitimate software from resellers which failed validation and later turned out to be counterfeit. Microsoft got in touch with these users, identified the resellers, and I'm betting that this news story is the result.

more than 5 years ago
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Fujitsu Offers Free Laptop Upgrades For Life

nstrom Re:Fujitsu actually makes laptops? (166 comments)

Fujitsu Siemens as a collaboration sells only to Europe/Middle East/Africa, not the US. I don't think this laptop or offer is available in the US.

more than 5 years ago
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Comcast Discontinues Customers' USENET Service

nstrom Re:Much ado about nothing (327 comments)

Actually Comcast's usenet service was provided by Giganews, albeit with a 2GB/mo cap. So it wasn't just text groups, they had all the binary groups with excellent retention.

more than 5 years ago

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nstrom nstrom writes  |  more than 7 years ago

nstrom (152310) writes "Hartford, CT has begin its pilot program for citywide wi-fi. From article in the Hartford Courant: "The city's plan is to allow free unlimited access to the network for the first few months. But starting in March, only the first 20 hours of access per household will be free; after that, residents will have to buy unlimited access for $12 to $17 a month.... The wireless network takes advantage of fiber-optic cables that the city has already laid under its streets and connected to every school, firehouse and police station. From these buildings, a signal is broadcast using wireless routers and amplified by transmitters that have been placed on light poles." More details on the Wireless Hartford website."

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