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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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks ago
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Swedish Police Raid the Pirate Bay Again

o_ferguson Re:Hey Look (184 comments)

That's down now too, although it was up when you posted it. Probably got slashdotted...

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

o_ferguson Re:Boy that will win more users.... (415 comments)

This, exactly. I'm currently taking care of a house for a guy in Costa Rica. Included with the house is a Generation 1 iPhone. He never installed any apps on it when he first got it, and when I went to try to put some one, it's impossible. All the apps currently available will only work with newer OS/hardware versions than the phone has. There's no way to make it compatible with the new store at all, so I'm stuck with it being just a phone. Not that I care (PC guy here) but if I'd bought an Gen-1 iPhone at the original insane price, and I'd managed to keep it alive all these years (what with the non-replaceable battery) I'd be pissed as hell that I couldn't actually use it with any of the currently available software. (note: this came up because my wife wanted to use the Kindle Reader app on the iPhone - not a spec-hod application in any way, and yet totally not backwards compatible.)

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

o_ferguson Re:You're doomed :-( (720 comments)

But when people walk in front of a flat screen they block your view. When they walk in front of a projector screen, the image is shown on them, so you can still see what's going on. Your one argument makes no sense.

about three weeks ago
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World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

o_ferguson Re:Goddamn it! (276 comments)

Base eight is just like base ten... if you're missing two fingers.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting Around Terrible Geolocation?

o_ferguson Re:Install a VPN-faker (100 comments)

Seriously. It lets you proxy from any location of your choosing with a simple browser-bar pull down menu. Set different locations for different sites (eg USA for pbs.org and UK for bbc.co.uk) so you can make geofencing work in your favour.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting Around Terrible Geolocation?

o_ferguson Install a VPN-faker (100 comments)

like hola.org

about a month ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

o_ferguson Re:Woo-hoo! (242 comments)

Ok, but only 'cause you have the lowest UID on this thread...

about a month and a half ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

o_ferguson Re:Woo-hoo! (242 comments)

Ok, but only 'cause you have the lowest UID on this thread.

about a month and a half ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

o_ferguson Re:Woo-hoo! (242 comments)

My sentiment exactly.

about a month and a half ago
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Tor Project Mulls How Feds Took Down Hidden Websites

o_ferguson Re:She? (135 comments)

Computers are like cars, boats and airplanes - if you don't call it "her" you're obviously gay.

about a month and a half ago
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The Disgruntled Guys Who Babysit Our Aging Nuclear Missiles

o_ferguson Re:Science fiction comes to life, again (176 comments)

With Minuteman you may be correct (I have no idea - never looked into them.) However with the original Titan silos there was only one capsule and one key. (photo of it right here: https://www.facebook.com/photo... ) I've got a whole album with 156 photos from the silo tour up here if you want to view it: https://www.facebook.com/Nicke... (must be logged into Facebook to see the photos - sorry about that - can't be arsed to put them up elsewhere)

about a month and a half ago
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Interviews: Ask Executive Director Andrew Lewman About Tor and Privacy

o_ferguson Re:Domestic Violence (61 comments)

Been there - sorta. The only time I ever hit my wife was when she had me in a choke hold and I was on the verge of blacking out. One quick shot with a closed fist to just below her left eye was enough to make he break the hold so I could run from the room. You actions were not unreasonable, but yes you are a wife beater (as am I - deal with it) and no, you should not have shot or otherwise escalated it. This isn't the type of thing you can't come back from, either - mine was the low point in our relationship, and things have been getting better ever since - we both just needed that one crazy moment to let off some steam...

about a month and a half ago

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Swedish Police Raid The Pirate Bay Again.

o_ferguson o_ferguson writes  |  about two weeks 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 a month 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 2 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  |  about 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  |  about 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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