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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

o_ferguson Re:"and they may be bought for their assets." (314 comments)

I worked there ( at a Canadian one) about 8 or 9 years ago (just before the Canadian one became "THE SOURCE BY CIRCUIT CITY" when the lease on the Radio Shack name came up for renewal in Canada) and one guy I worked with (who had been there since it was Tandy Leather) said they used to make employees memorize resistor colour codes. When I was there, we had to memorize Rogers cell phone plan particulars instead. It had basically become an over-sized cell phone kiosk. Their assets must be worth something - that have a lot of prime real estate in high-traffic retail areas.

about two weeks ago
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White House Responds To Petition To Fire Aaron Swartz's Prosecutor

o_ferguson Re: The Internet is... (189 comments)

Or, at least, the lower receiver of an internet.

about three weeks ago
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Who's Responsible When Your Semi-Autonomous Shopping Bot Purchases Drugs Online?

o_ferguson Re:i cant even (182 comments)

Mistakenly modded this overrated when trying to mod funny. Commenting to clear mod.

about three weeks ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

o_ferguson Muscleman says: (463 comments)

You know who else got hacked? MY MOM!

about a month ago
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New Canadian Copyright Laws Require ISPs To Retain, Share Illegal Download Info

o_ferguson Re:CAN WE STOP PAYING THE MEDIAT TARIF! (161 comments)

So if I've already paid compensation, at the rate determined by the government, how can it be alleged that I haven't? To be fair, you claim that it is this way, but that's never actually been proven in court (unless I missed some ruling: please cite...)

about a month ago
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New Canadian Copyright Laws Require ISPs To Retain, Share Illegal Download Info

o_ferguson Re:So can we get rid of the CD levy (161 comments)

Why would we want to do that? The media tariff is basically your get-out-of-jail-free card here. Just buy one blank CD-R and keep the receipt. Then download all you want. When the media companies try to sue you, simply send them a copy of your receipt as proof that you paid for an unencumbered and universal home-use license via the government, in the proscribed manner, and direct them to send their demand for payment to the appropriate government office for servicing.

about a month ago
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New Canadian Copyright Laws Require ISPs To Retain, Share Illegal Download Info

o_ferguson Re:CAN WE STOP PAYING THE MEDIAT TARIF! (161 comments)

The media tariff is your get-out-of-jail-free card here. Just buy one blank CD-R and keep the receipt. When the media companies try to sue you, simply send them a copy of your receipt as proof that you paid for an unencumbered home-use license via the government, and inform them to send the government their demand for payment.

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: The Beanies Return; Who Deserves Recognition for 2014?

o_ferguson Re:Sarkeesian, really? (299 comments)

I'd never thought of nerds as misogynists before, but your clever use of the word "cunt" convinced me otherwise. Well done.

about 1 month ago
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Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

o_ferguson Re:Simple solution. (420 comments)

How about if you got an auto insurance rebate to make up for the illusory lack of freedom?

about a month ago
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Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

o_ferguson Simple solution. (420 comments)

Force manufacturers to install these kits on ALL cars. Tax liquor produces to cover the costs. Done.

about a month ago
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App Gives You Free Ebooks of Your Paperbacks When You Take a "Shelfie"

o_ferguson Re:I'm the app's developer. Happy to answer questi (131 comments)

Have you considered adding BitTorrent support so the ap automatically searched for/downloads torrents for eBooks that are not yet in your library? ;)

about a month ago
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App Gives You Free Ebooks of Your Paperbacks When You Take a "Shelfie"

o_ferguson Re:I'm the app's developer. Happy to answer questi (131 comments)

How does the ap determine that a bookplate has been affixed to the page and isn't just placed there to bypass the ap security? I can see taking one bookplate with no sticky on the back into a library or bookstore and simply shooting photos of it on the copyright page of any book one wants...

about a month ago
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Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

o_ferguson So, then... (227 comments)

should be on the torrent sites in time for Christmas?

about a month ago
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2014 Geek Gift Guide

o_ferguson Re: The best gift? (113 comments)

^This. Slahsdot is supposed to be "NEWS for NERDS" not "Musings from Bennett."

about a month and a half ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

o_ferguson Re:Still up. (251 comments)

Tried a few out to see - it seems that the listings with magnet links are legit, but there are others that want you to download a *.exe file which is highly suspect.

about 1 month ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

o_ferguson Re:Still up. (251 comments)

That sounds like proof to me. Thanks for the heads up.

about 1 month ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

o_ferguson Re:Still up. (251 comments)

Really? Thanks for pointing that out. I always just use torrentz.eu anyway. Not to be a bitch, but do you have any proof of that?

about 1 month ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

o_ferguson Still up. (251 comments)

The instances at thepiratebay.ee and thepiratebay.cr are still up.

about 1 month ago

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Swedish Police Raid The Pirate Bay Again.

o_ferguson o_ferguson writes  |  about 2 months ago

o_ferguson (836655) writes "TorrentFreak is reporting that police in Sweden carried out a raid in Stockholm today, seizing servers, computers, and other equipment. At the same time The Pirate Bay and several other torrent-related sites disappeared offline. Although no official statement has been made, TF sources confirm action against TPB. This is not the first time that this has happened."
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Canadians fighting to share details of "Canada's Steubenville."

o_ferguson o_ferguson writes  |  about 2 months ago

o_ferguson (836655) writes "Last year, Canada was rocked by allegations surrounding the suicide of Rehtaeh Parsons, a teenager from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, who killed herself after being raped and having images if the assault circulated on social media by her classmates. While she reported the crime, and the photos were widely available, she receiving no help or justice, eventually committing suicide. Once this tragic case became known, Canadians demanded action, and police eventually re-opened their instigation, charging one participant with manufacturing child pornography for his role in photographing the assault. He eventually pled guilty, and received a very lenient sentence (one year supervision, no criminal record.)

However, one bizarre offshoot this prosecutorial tactic is that it effectively made it illegal to publish Rehtaeh's name in Canada, as child pornography laws there explicitly protect the names of victims whose assailants have been prosecuted. Her name, which had become a rallying call for Canadian activists against online bullying and sexual exploitation, was effectively removed from the general lexicon overnight.

Needless to say, the reaction from regular people has been swift, with many tanking to twitter in an open defiance of the ban and others moving to US-based sites where they can freely publish not just Rehtaeh's name, but the until-now highly protected names of her attackers. As in the Steubenville case, the actions of Anonymous have played a central role."

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Days after shooting, Canada proposes new restrictions on and offline.

o_ferguson o_ferguson writes  |  about 3 months ago

o_ferguson (836655) writes "As Slashdot reported earlier this week, a lone shooter attacked the war memorial and parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada on Wednesday.

As many comments predicted, the national government has seized this as an opportunity to roll out considerable new regressive legislation, including measures designed to* increase data access for domestic intelligence services, institute a new form of extra-judicial detention, and, perhaps most troubling, criminalize some forms of religious and political speech online. As an example of the type of speech that could, in future, be grounds for prosecution, the article mentions that the killer's website featured "a black ISIS flag and rejoiced that 'disbelievers' will be consigned to the fires of Hell for eternity."

A government MP offers the scant assurance that this legislation is not “trauma tainted," as it was drafted well prior to this week's instigating incidents. Needless to say, some internet observes remain, as always, highly skeptical of the manner in which events are being portrayed.

*Please note that some articles may be partially paywalled unless opened in a private/incognito browser window. "

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Anonymous Canada and #OpJustice4Rehtaeh outed as Liberal Party of Canada in leak

o_ferguson o_ferguson writes  |  about a year and a half ago

o_ferguson (836655) writes "A small Canadian publishing house today leaked various chat logs from Anonymous Canada's current "#OpJustive4Rehtaeh," a leaderless action designed to bring awareness to the case of a young girl who killed herself after being raped and abused by her classmates. The leaked logs implicate members of the Canada's national Liberal party in the #OP, which thus far has been focused on making the reigning provincial NDP government in Nova Scotia look bad. Obsceneworks.com remains under attack by unknown forces, and so the journalists involved have turned to Reddit and the rest of the internet for help."
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Pedophile guide author has bail set.

o_ferguson o_ferguson writes  |  more than 4 years ago

o_ferguson (836655) writes "Phillip Greaves of Pueblo, the author of an infamous Pedophile guide that was removed from Amazon, relisted, and then removed again, has just been granted $15,000 bail by a judge in Florida. Greaves was extradited to Florida from his home state of Colorado, after officers there alleged that the printed a copy of his banned book and mailed it to them, at their request. The book in question has reappeared in a redacted edition (with all pages blanked out — ISBN: 978-0-9813187-5-2) published by iconoclastic Canadian imprint Obscene Works and distributed by Amazon competitor Lulu.com ( http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/the-pedophiles-guide-to-love-pleasure/14329670 )"
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Can't we just guess the wikileaks passphrase?

o_ferguson o_ferguson writes  |  more than 4 years ago

o_ferguson (836655) writes "Wikileaks has distributed an encrypted insurance file and, given their flair for panache, we all know the key must be some symbolic phrase. Let's start a pool, where we each guess what that phrase will be. Bonus points if you actually attempt to decrypt the file using that phrase (and document how) and the winner gets 10 Karma. Slashdot rules the shadownet. Let's show these journalist buffoons how crowd-sourcing really works, and crack the feeble minds that pieced together their end-of-life protocol. Just be sure to use torrent software to get your copy of the file. It wouldn't be classy to shalshdot their servers while they're being DDoS'd. What is your best guess at the wikileaks passphrase?"

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