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White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

operator_error Sharks with Lasers! (232 comments)

How is it possible I am the first, and only person to think of this obvious solution? What is DARPA for after all anyway?

yesterday
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Google Search Will Be Your Next Brain

operator_error Re:'Bout Time! (45 comments)

Perhaps you were referring to the brain now present in your head?

about two weeks ago
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Andy Wolber Explores Online Word Processors' ODF Support

operator_error Re:Heard of Keurig? (70 comments)

Aeropress has no such DRM issues, and my friend who has one raves about it. I plan to buy one. It is simple, cheap, and comes from the folks who gave us the Aerobie!

http://www.aeropress.com/

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

operator_error Re: Fix the damn markup (783 comments)

You somehow overlooked the mistaken use of 'confining', when the appropriate choice would probably have been 'confiding'. Totally different meanings, with only a single letter difference. Then there's punctuation, like a few missing commas...

Everyone could use a good editor.

about two weeks ago
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The Legacy of CPU Features Since 1980s

operator_error Re:Cooking (180 comments)

Why did you call that person Shirley?

about two weeks ago
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The Legacy of CPU Features Since 1980s

operator_error Re:1980s? (180 comments)

I am staying away from your lawn, that's for sure. If my frisbee lands over there, you can keep it; you've earned it.

about two weeks ago
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Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid

operator_error Re:damage control mode (450 comments)

Switching to GunCash and away from Intuit Quicken was the best thing I could do for myself! GnuCash is fantastic is every way, whereas Quicken did everything they could do to make me their Bitch. Way back in the early nineties, I setup Quicken on the Mac to handle foreign currencies, which was a do-able hassle and I am amazed to find Quicken on the Mac *still* can't handle foreign currencies. But Quicken Windows could at least in the early 2000 when I made the move from Quicken Mac to Quicken Windows to gain such 'advanced features'.

But the worst part is the business model Intuit has! They want charge me for the software, with frequent annual upgrades, while also charging 'participating banks' another fee for Quicken Export format of transaction data. Since I have banks in The Netherlands who won't buy into Intuit's US-centric game, had I not migrated away from Quicken Windows finally in 2008, I'd still be forced to enter every little transaction by hand, from all banks, credit cards, PayPal, etc., until the books are balanced. Thank Goodness GnuCash allows me to download these Dutch transactions in MT940 format!! And like QuickBooks, GnuCash allows me to create and track the invoices sent out. I can't say enough good things about GnuCash and can't say how much I hate Intuit and am so glad to be free from them after so much time and effort wasted while being trapped by them.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 30-Day Deadline For Disclosing Security Breaches

operator_error Re:Yeah, okay (125 comments)

Wait, I know. How about a movie starring Ben "the insurance duck" Aflack called something like The Social Network? I'm thinking Oscars for sure!

about two weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

operator_error Re:Makes sense. (629 comments)

That is the reason to hate Android that I was looking for. Thanks! +1 informative

about two weeks ago
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Fewer Grants For Young Researchers Causing Brain Drain In Academia

operator_error Re:I know the solution... (153 comments)

Either that or we should ease off the H1-B limits, obviously. We're just shooting ourselves in the foot in the meantime.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Unveils Nokia 215, a $29 Phone With Internet Access

operator_error How is this [OPEN!] internet-friendly? (150 comments)

Seriously? This is a device not unlike the Nokia 108 RM-945, both of which seem designed to suck payments at the teets of the GSM-provider/subsidizer. You can transfer your data using SD-cards or GSM; that's it. Neither of which offer wifi. If you're not including wifi on the device, who is paying for/subsidizing the 'internet', really? And how?

Does anyone remember WAP? This is like Facebook (etc.) subsidized WAP for developing nations, in modern times. Thank you %$#@! rich bastard Zuck & Co. This not exactly open-access internet for developing nations. Do not be fooled. Do not be their tool.

This is also a form of 'bundling', and is not to be confused with a voip-friendly phone, (except for those hackers choosing to abuse this subsidized cost structure using a call-back sytem using lower rates in the EU-type GSM cost structures [...US is subscriber+caller-based. Not a strictly caller-based costing structure])

This is classic Nokia evolution and engineering, now owned by Microsoft and being transitioned for the developing world using an advertising-based payment structure.

Happy 2015+.

about three weeks ago
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Prospects Rise For a 2015 UN Climate Deal, But Likely To Be Weak

operator_error Re:B-b-but but, Rush says Climate Change is a hoax (145 comments)

It isn't just the right-wing media pundits who are climate deniers. Look no further than the new House Majority Leader from the great coal state of Kentucky, re-elected with money from the Koch Brothers, (who are kinda big on coal). Or the Frackin' State of Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, who disagrees with 800 actual scientists on the matter, since forever. In fact James Inhofe wrote a anti-science book, titled "The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future", and among other things he oversees the Environmental Protection Agency.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Grea...

http://stateimpact.npr.org/okl...

about 2 months ago
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

operator_error Re:There are still any payphones to replace ? (106 comments)

That YouTube video points out each cellphone currently generates $40 - 60K annually in services. Also, it says the most valuable asset that these units offer is the pre-existing infrastructure of power and telecommunication cables. They're not going anywhere, although collecting coins to complete phone calls might not happen much longer.

about 2 months ago
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

operator_error Re:My guess? (106 comments)

That's a feature, not a bug. Oh wait.

about 2 months ago
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Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

operator_error Re:Gerald Bull was an amateur. (337 comments)

If I'm reading and understanding you correctly, you're suggesting that 150kT should be enough for anybody, right? (Although wouldn't 20Mt would be oh so grand.)

Huh, amateurs. Who'da thought otherwise?

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Aims To Offer Windows 10 Upgrades For All Windows Phone 8 Lumias

operator_error And the Lumia 900? (77 comments)

What about the once-flagship Nokia Lumia 900? Oh sure, nevermind; that phone will always be stuck at Windows Phone 7.5. As TFA says, only Windows Phone 8 will be upgraded. Pity those fools that trusted Microsoft and their %$#@! Windows Phone when they bought their new, first ever released (non-linux, non-symbian) Nokia Lumia, complete with new and shiny Windows Phone 7.5.

It would be very interesting to learn the stats on those buyers' subsequent smartphone purchases, assuming that was possible.

about 2 months ago
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After Silk Road 2.0 Shutdown, Rival Dark Net Markets Grow Quickly

operator_error Re:News=Where to find drugs (86 comments)

Let's say you really wanted to buy drugs on-line because you thought it was a good idea for whatever reason. Do you trust your own ability not to be traced (which is paramount), in addition to the quality of encryption and other feats provided by your dealer. That's a real risk. Plus, how many of these sites are honeypots, (and when/if they get busted, and their encryption isn't up to snuff they might as well be honeypots for purposes of this discussion)? Buyer beware.

Evolution in this case means not only good customer service, but quality encryption as well. Beware of dependencies, no pun intended.

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Won't Do In-Flight Wi-Fi After All

operator_error Re:AT&T (35 comments)

Sounds like a classic FUD move, by a huge player with vested interests in the Dumb Pipe market.

about 3 months ago

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Fox News Apologizes for False Claims of Muslim-Only Areas in England and France

operator_error operator_error writes  |  about a week ago

operator_error (1363139) writes "Fox News issued an unusual on-air apology on Saturday night for having allowed its anchors and guests to repeat the false claim for a week, that there are Muslim-only “no-go zones” in European countries like England and France that are not under the control of the state and are ruled according to Shariah law.

Fox Report host Julie Banderas, said that “over the course of this last week, we have made some regrettable errors on air regarding the Muslim population in Europe, particularly with regard to England and France.”

“Now this applies especially to discussions of so-called no-go zones, areas where non-Muslims allegedly are not allowed in and police supposedly won’t go,” Ms. Banderas continued. “To be clear, there is no formal designation of these zones in either country and no credible information to support the assertion that there are specific areas in these countries that exclude individuals based solely on their religion.”

The claim that such areas existed attracted widespread attention, and a wave of online derision.""

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Fox News Apologizes for False Claims of Muslim-Only Areas in England and France

operator_error operator_error writes  |  about two weeks ago

operator_error (1363139) writes "Fox News issued an unusual on-air apology on Saturday night for having allowed its anchors and guests to repeat the false claim for a week, that there are Muslim-only “no-go zones” in European countries like England and France that are not under the control of the state and are ruled according to Shariah law.

Fox Report host Julie Banderas, said that “over the course of this last week, we have made some regrettable errors on air regarding the Muslim population in Europe, particularly with regard to England and France.”

“Now this applies especially to discussions of so-called no-go zones, areas where non-Muslims allegedly are not allowed in and police supposedly won’t go,” Ms. Banderas continued. “To be clear, there is no formal designation of these zones in either country and no credible information to support the assertion that there are specific areas in these countries that exclude individuals based solely on their religion.”

The claim that such areas existed attracted widespread attention, and a wave of online derision."

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Amsterdam Airport Deploys Fully-Automated Solar-Power Green Lasers Against Birds

operator_error operator_error writes  |  about 2 months ago

operator_error (1363139) writes "Seven out of every 10,000 flights near Amsterdam involve a collision with birds, upon either take-off or landing. Therefore bird control is such an issue, as many as 7000 geese have to be gassed annually, as more humane methods have been sought. Now Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport has started to deploy solar-powered, fully-automated bird-scanning green lasers, (that will not interfere with aircraft vision)."
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'Frozen' songwriters next write about an awkward computer repairman

operator_error operator_error writes  |  about 3 months ago

operator_error (1363139) writes "A new musical from the Academy Award-winning songwriters of "Frozen" will tell the story of a socially awkward computer repairman named Dan who becomes attracted to Lindsay, a t-shirt designer. But his overactive imagination keeps getting in the way of a potential relationship.

"Up Here" will delve into the overactive imagination of its 30-something protagonist, bringing to life the "circus of judgmental, neurotic, ever-changing characters that rule an ordinary man's mind.""

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OwnCloud Developer requests removal from Ubuntu repos: multiple vulnerabilities

operator_error operator_error writes  |  about 3 months ago

operator_error (1363139) writes "ownCloud developer Lukas Reschke has sent an email to the Ubuntu Devel mailing list, requesting that ownCloud (server) is removed from the Ubuntu repositories because the package is old and there are multiple critical security bugs for which no fixes have been backported. He adds that:

        "Those security bugs allows an unauthenticated attacker to gain complete control about the web server process".

However, packages can't be removed from the Ubuntu repositories for an Ubuntu version that was already released, that's why the package was removed from Ubuntu 14.10 (2 days before its release) but it's still available in the Ubuntu 14.04 and 12.04 repositories (ownCloud 6.0.1 for Ubuntu 14.04 and ownCloud 5.0.4 for Ubuntu 12.04, while the latest ownCloud version is 7.0.2).

Furthermore, the ownCloud package is in the universe repository and software in this repository "WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu security team" (you should see this if you take a look at your /etc/apt/sources.list file) so it's up to someone from the Ubuntu community to step up and fix it. "If nobody does that, then it unfortunately stays the way it is", says Marc Deslauriers, Security Tech Lead at Canonical.

You can follow the discussion @ Ubuntu Devel mailing list.

So, until (if) someone fixes this, if you're using ownCloud from the Ubuntu repositories, you should either remove it or upgrade to the latest ownCloud from its official repository, hosted by the openSUSE Build Service"

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Studies Conclude Hands-free-calling & Apple Siri Distract Drivers

operator_error operator_error writes  |  about 4 months ago

operator_error (1363139) writes "In many cars, making a hands-free phone call can be more distracting than picking up your phone, according to a new study from AAA and the University of Utah.

In-dash phone systems are overly complicated and prone to errors, the study found, and the same is true for voice-activated functions for music and navigation.

A companion study also found that trying to use Siri — the voice control system on Apple phones — while driving was dangerously distracting. Two participants in the study had virtual crashes in an automotive simulator while attempting to use Siri, the study's authors reported.

In response, Toyota said the study did not show a link between cognitive distraction and car crashes.

"The results actually tell us very little about the relative benefits of in-vehicle versus hand-held systems; or about the relationship between cognitive load and crash risks," said Mike Michels, a Toyota spokesman."

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"Shellshock" may be partially patched, but it's still highly dangerous

operator_error operator_error writes  |  about 4 months ago

operator_error (1363139) writes "David A. Wheeler, a computer scientist who is an acknowledged expert in developing secure open-source code, posted a message to the Open Source Software Security (oss-sec) list this evening urging more changes to the bash code. And other developers have found that the current patch still has vulnerabilities similar to the original one, where an attacker could store malicious data in a variable named the same thing as frequently run commands. Norihiro Tanaka, a Japanese open-source developer, noted the problem in an e-mail to the bug-bash list today. By using an environmental variable called cat—the same name as a Unix utility that can concatenate files—he was able to bypass the fixes in the latest bash patch and pass through executable commands. Wheeler noted this vulnerability as well, in an email to both oss-sec and the bug bash list:

I appreciate the effort made in patch bash43-026, but this patch doesn't even BEGIN to solve the underlying shellshock problem. This patch just continues the "whack-a-mole" job of fixing parsing errors that began with the first patch. Bash's parser is certain have many many many other vulnerabilities; it was never designed to be security-relevant. John Haxby recently posted that "A friend of mine said this could be a vulnerability gift that keeps on giving.” Bash will be a continuous rich source of system vulnerabilities until it STOPS automatically parsing normal environment variables; all other shells just pass them through! I've turned off several websites I control because I have *no* confidence that the current official bash patches actually stop anyone, and I am deliberately *not* buying products online today for the same reason. I suspect others have done the same. I think it's important that bash change its semantics so that it "obviously has absolutely no problems of this kind".

In other words, “Shellshock” may be partially patched, but it’s still highly dangerous on systems that might use bash to pass information to the operating system or to launch other software. And it may take a significant change to fix the code."
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Nokia announces MeeGo 1.2 for Developers w/ N900

operator_error operator_error writes  |  more than 3 years ago

operator_error (1363139) writes "Jukka Eklund at Nokia writes to the Meego Dev list: "I am thrilled to announce a little thing we started at Nokia. Basically we want to have MeeGo running in N900 device, so that it's really usable as your daily development device. Basic Handset UX should work, phone calls, SMS, web browsing. So we are concentrating on a few selected features and polish those to be "perfect". It might mean that we leave out some things in MeeGo 1.2 trunk for this edition, but that is not the default intention.

We are doing this fully on the open, and I hope this is an interesting project where we all in the community work towards the same goal: have a great MeeGo edition in the N900. This work is naturally based on the great work done already by N900 adaptation team lead by Harri and Carsten.

The wiki is up here: http://wiki.meego.com/ARM/N900/DeveloperEdition. It will populated with more information as we go, thanks for the patience.

Br,
Jukka
Developer Edition product manager" ...Also folks, be sure to stay tuned for the new Nokia N950 meant only as a (likely) unsubsidized Developer's hardware refresh of the N900. Only rumor has it that it will not arrive with a slide-out keyboard. How important is having a N900-style keyboard to you, along with the new Meego Love Nokia software continues to offer?"

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