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English Shell Code Could Make Security Harder

omeomi Re:In other news... (291 comments)

You're right. If I had any mod points, I would mod you down for being offtopic and excessively confrontational.

about 5 years ago
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Xbox Live Class Action Being Investigated

omeomi Re:lol @ 'finally standing up' (453 comments)

I haven't really been following the story, so maybe I'm missing something, but on the surface, I think I may actually agree with Microsoft here. While I do think modding your 360 should be _legal_, I don't see why they should have to let you onto their network if you've done so. And if the Live service agreement states that you cannot use modded hardware (maybe it does, maybe it doesn't, I don't know), I don't see why they should have to refund your subscription fee, either.

about 5 years ago
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CERN Physicist Warns About Uranium Shortage

omeomi Re:I mention this (581 comments)

Am I the only one who's starting to think that as soon as we put all of our eggs in the solar energy basket, somebody will come along and say that we're almost out of sun?

about 5 years ago
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Chinese To Supply 600 MW Wind Farm In Texas

omeomi Re:How is that sustainable? (453 comments)

Meanwhile, 36K acres to power 150K homes?

Who cares? There's plenty of open land in Texas...

about 5 years ago
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Decline In US Newspaper Readership Accelerates

omeomi Re:Evolve or die..... (420 comments)

In the old days the newspapers would be delivered on time. Now the EU has ordered the liberalisation of mail service and our national mail service is on the fast track to be privatised.

And that affects my delivery of the Chicago Tribune how?

about 5 years ago
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Decline In US Newspaper Readership Accelerates

omeomi Re:Evolve or die..... (420 comments)

I still enjoy reading the paper. I've been a daily subscriber to the Chicago Tribune for the past 8 years. However, in the past few months, their delivery service has taken a major turn for the worse. The paper is supposed to be on my driveway by 6:30AM, and it absolutely never is. I leave for the train at 7:00AM, and it took weeks of calling and threatening to cancel my subscription just to get them to start getting me the paper before 7:00. I still call most days to complain that it's not there by 6:30. I get a credit for the days that I call, so they're not making much money off of my subscription at this point. Overall, if anything is going to cause me to cancel my subscription, it's that the delivery service that used to be fantastic has become abysmal. Mostly I'm probably waiting for the larger, magazine-sized Kindle (or some competitor) to come out.

about 5 years ago
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Mozilla Messaging Unveils Raindrop

omeomi Re:A hipster app... (92 comments)

But I can look cool doing a track stand at red lights.

about 5 years ago
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This Hallowe'en ...

omeomi Re:Well in America (709 comments)

And then throwing up on TV the next day.

about 5 years ago
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Mozilla Messaging Unveils Raindrop

omeomi Re:A hipster app... (92 comments)

Never underestimate the hipsters ability to drain the parents wallet.

Where do you think they get the money to buy those ridiculous bikes?

Delivering stuff on them?

more than 5 years ago
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On the Efficacy of Flu Vaccine

omeomi Re:The one crucial point (430 comments)

(The issue with H1N1 is not its lethality once it has infected a person, but how good a job it does of infecting those who are exposed)

From what I've heard, the issue with H1N1 is twofold. It spreads better than regular flu, because it's a novel strain, and most of us have absolutely no immunity to it. Also, mortality among groups of people who rarely die from seasonal flu (young people) is higher than with the seasonal flu. I've heard it theorized that this may be the case because older people may have been exposed to a similar strain of flu many years ago, but the rest of us have not.

more than 5 years ago
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Most Mac Owners Also Own a Windows PC, But Not Vice Versa

omeomi Re:Here's why (814 comments)

I REALLY wanted a Mac Book Pro 17", but I couldn't justify the price tag at over $2k. I was able to purchase a fully-loaded Dell XPS 15" with a 3 year warranty for around $1,500 because Dell was running a nice $400-off special

So, without the the $400-off special, a 15" Dell cost only around $100 less than a 17" Mac? You don't think the extra 2" of screen real estate on a notebook is worth at least $100?

more than 5 years ago
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Most Mac Owners Also Own a Windows PC, But Not Vice Versa

omeomi Re:Here's why (814 comments)

I'm reasonably certain it's been shown a number of times that if you build a PC with the exact same hardware as a Mac, you'll end up with a PC that costs about the same. The only difference is that PC makers offer systems with a wider range of hardware options (including lower-quality hardware on lower priced systems), and include more "Click here to try AOL" crap on the desktop, thus lowering the price... and creating a market for computer retailers to charge a fee to remove that crap from your new system...

more than 5 years ago
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Is Cloud Computing the Hotel California of Tech?

omeomi Re:Simple (250 comments)

Don't use them. There's nothing like keeping your own data on your own system..

Or just use the Web Services APIs to get your data out... Google, Amazon, and Salesforce all offer APIs that make it relatively easy to move data in and out.

more than 5 years ago
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Artificial Heart Recipient Has No Pulse

omeomi Re:Oblig quote (465 comments)

There's Klingons on the starboard bow!

more than 5 years ago
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Burglar Logs Into Facebook On Victim's Computer

omeomi Re:stupidity (337 comments)

Haven't you learned anything from Slashdot? Physical access is total access. Cleaning crew could just pull out their hacker-ninja 1337 skillz and be back on the net in minutes.

And hacking into a computer is a good reason to fire somebody. Checking their email on an unlocked workstation, however, is a good reason to lock your screen.

more than 5 years ago
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Blueprint For a Quantum Electric Motor

omeomi Re:Huh? (97 comments)

How exactly is this quantum? Does it spin in both ways at once?

"In physics, a quantum (plural: quanta) is an indivisible entity of a quantity that has the same units as the Planck constant and is related to both energy and momentum of elementary particles of matter (called fermions) and of photons and other bosons." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum

What makes you think something has to spin both ways at once to be quantum?

more than 5 years ago
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Burglar Logs Into Facebook On Victim's Computer

omeomi Re:stupidity (337 comments)

At a previous job, we fired a cleaning crew because they logged into our computers to check their email while we were out.

We called to tell them why they weren't getting paid or allowed to come back, and the boss said, "they might have pressed some buttons when they were dusting."

We said, "the login we have here is 'john.smith123@hotmail.com'; the odds of that being pressed sequentially are 2.7^15 to 1 against."

Why didn't you just lock your screen when you left for the day?

more than 5 years ago

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Googlebot following Gmail users?

omeomi omeomi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

omeomi writes "I recently set up a script that emails URL's with unique id's to users of a mailing list that I maintain. When users click on the URL in their email, they are directed to a private page on my website, and their username and IP address is logged. However, I noticed that when the user is a Gmail user, their IP address is always followed by a Googlebot-IP address (confirmed with whois). It appears that the Googlebot follows Gmail users when they click on links in their emails. I wonder, what does it do with this information? Is it used only for Gmail-advertising, or are these pages that I've intended to be private and unique being indexed by Google? Has anybody else experienced this?"
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omeomi omeomi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

omeomi writes "For the third time since 2005, students and alumni of Northwestern University have been exposed to identity theft. In a letter dated May 11, 2007, the Associate Provost for University Enrollment contacted an undisclosed number of potential victims, informing them of the theft of a laptop computer from the Office of Financial Aid, containing student and alumni records. A petition website has been set up in an attempt to convince the Northwestern University administration to better secure student and alumni information."
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omeomi omeomi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

omeomi writes "For the third time since 2005, students and alumni of Northwestern University have been exposed to identity theft. In a letter dated May 11, 2007, Associate Provost Michael E. Mills contacted an undisclosed number of potential victims, informing them of the theft of a laptop computer from the Office of Financial Aid, containing student and alumni records. A petition website has been set up in an attempt to convince NU officials to better protect student and alumni privacy."
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omeomi omeomi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

omeomi writes "The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the FCC has released a report stating that Congress is within its constitutional authority to regulate violence and sexually explicit programming on Cable and Satellite TV, mediums that are usually considered untouchable under the free speech provisions of the first amendment, as they avoid broadcast over public airwaves. According to the FCC, "a correlation exists between bloodshed on television and violence in real life""
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omeomi omeomi writes  |  more than 8 years ago

omeomi writes "Tom Leighton, a professor of applied mathematics at MIT, and a onetime member of the US "President's Information Technology Advisory Committee", published this somewhat misleading article in Scientific American magazine. The article is a call for more extreme federal oversight of internet security. From the article, "unlike telephone numbers...IP addresses are valid only for a few seconds, hours or days". He also lays out a potential DNS attack, making it sound like an easy exploit, that completely ignores the fact that a hacker would have to actually have access to a Domain Name Server to carry it out. The issues that Mr. Leighton brings up sound at best misinformed, and at worst intentionally misleading."
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omeomi omeomi writes  |  more than 8 years ago

omeomi writes "ZuluPad is a notepad on crack, and as of September, 2006, it's also opensource under the GPL. ZuluPad is a personal information manager that combines the best parts of a notepad with the best parts of a wiki, and does so in as easy, lightweight, and intuitive a way as possible. It's a place to jot down class notes, appointments, to-do lists, favorite websites, pretty much anything you can think of. ZuluPad was first released for both Windows and OSX in early 2006, and has since been downloaded almost 50,000 times."

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