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Will Donglegate Affect Your Decision To Attend PyCon?

owenferguson Re:What the hell (759 comments)

PLEASE vote parent up.

about a year ago
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Meteor Streaks Over American East Coast

owenferguson Re:me thinks (111 comments)

"California Girls." vs. "Back in the U.S.S.R."

about a year ago
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Where Have All the Gadgets Gone?

owenferguson Re:"Personal experience as evidence" (and more) (278 comments)

Nice story, Bro. Unfortunately, it's the other way around. Look at circumcision. Men are here only to be used as sec objects by the women and sent to die in their petty, bitch wars. Real men understand that it's not about subjugating woman; it's about escaping her tyrannical hegemony of bad ideas. Religion? All just solipsistic feminine thinking. Patriotism? Doubly so. Cast off your illusions, mate!

about a year and a half ago
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Did Reuters employee who breached Tribune Media serves leak Reuters .XML source?

owenferguson Mod please? (1 comments)

Can someone correct the typo I made when writing SERVERS in the headline. F'n headlines. I'm fine with giving y'all stories for free, but could we maybe have some sort of editor in charge of doing snappy headlines and a final copy edit? Would make this place much easier to participate in.

about a year and a half ago
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Is Sexual Harassment Part of Hacker Culture?

owenferguson Only evil has standards. (1127 comments)

As Burroughs put it: Any soul is worth saving, at least to a priest, but not every soul is worth buying.

about 2 years ago
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Obama Wants $1 Billion For "Master Teachers Corps"

owenferguson English. (561 comments)

What about English? Teach that better, motherfuckers.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Evacuate a Network

owenferguson Re:Pictures (331 comments)

This is good advice.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Evacuate a Network

owenferguson Um... (331 comments)

First thought is put half of them in your own car. Then put the other half in the truck and abandon it in the fire's path. Then eBay.

more than 2 years ago
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New Evidence Indicates Amelia Earhart Survived For a Time on Pacific Atoll

owenferguson Re:Who? (365 comments)

I would mod this up if I could. You win one internets.

more than 2 years ago
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New Evidence Indicates Amelia Earhart Survived For a Time on Pacific Atoll

owenferguson Cool beans. (365 comments)

The only thing new is the history that you don't know.

more than 2 years ago
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Court rules cache storage in online CP viewing case.

owenferguson Damnit. (1 comments)

There was a "does not equal" sign in the headline by it must have been stripped out as an illegal character. Could an editor please correct the headline, which is now misleading and claims the opposite of what's going on in the story...

more than 2 years ago
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Brazilian Schoolchildren Tagged By Computer Chips

owenferguson Fuck yes! (288 comments)

Sounds like the ideal provocation to strip buck naked and cut some class.

more than 2 years ago
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Megaupload Host Wants Out

owenferguson Re:5th Amendment (164 comments)

www.coinflation.com is empirical evidence of a minute doubling bug in the architecture of american finance. Many people ( http://realcent.forumco.com/ ) simply mine the coin market instead of mining for bit coins.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are Your Tips For Working From Home?

owenferguson Re:Fist post! (480 comments)

First first post on Slashdot is definitely a working-from-home type of achievement. I suggest you spend your first month or two trying to get a first post on a Slashdot story, logged in, with a rational comment.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are Your Tips For Working From Home?

owenferguson Re:Or drop the cheques all together. (480 comments)

Disagree because I am in Canada and work for employers in the USA and Romania. Cheques in US funds are mailed direct from either a corporate accounts receivable department or my escrow broker. They arrive directly at my credit union, where the nice girl behind the counter deposits them and clears them upon arrival, placing the funds in a US dollar denominated electronic account connected to the rest of my accounts via web interface. I pay no fees at all for this or the connected checking and savings accounts as long as I maintain a $1000 balance, which is easy to do with up to five cheques arriving daily. Wire transfers are costly (in Canada, anyway) and there was that whole dick move thing where the trade federation deleted the codes for the Iranian banks from the system.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are Your Tips For Working From Home?

owenferguson Or drop the phone all together. (480 comments)

Seriously. The phone is dead technology. I've been freelancing from home for 3 years, making good money, and have not had to deal with a single telephone call in the entire time. I was hired by email, and that's how I submit my deliverables. Get paid with a cheque in the mail. Phones are for chumps.

more than 2 years ago
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Connecticut Considers Digital Download Tax

owenferguson Re:So what? (244 comments)

Which is to say, if you're stupid enough to pay real money for ephemeral product, you deserve to pay the tax...

more than 2 years ago
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Connecticut Considers Digital Download Tax

owenferguson So what? (244 comments)

6.whatever% of zero is still zero.

more than 2 years ago

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Did Reuters employee who breached Tribune Media serves leak Reuters .XML source?

owenferguson owenferguson writes  |  about a year and a half ago

owenferguson writes "RT is reporting that "the deputy social media editor for Reuters has been indicted by the US Justice Department for allegedly conspiring with members of the hacktivist (sic) movement Anonymous."

According to a justice department statement, "After providing log-in credentials, [Matthew] Keys allegedly encouraged the Anonymous members to disrupt the website. According to the indictment, at least one of the computer hackers used the credentials provided by Keys to log into the Tribune Company server, and ultimately that hacker made changes to the web version of a Los Angeles Times news feature.” Once could almost say he gave away the keys to the castle.

So it's interesting to note that all of Reuters.com's .XML source code was leaked last week just before this gaping goatse was discovered in their security aparatus. At least they're closing the barn door now."

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Leaked financial network map illustrates grim newspaper future.

owenferguson owenferguson writes  |  about a year and a half ago

owenferguson writes "On Monday, the Toronto Star, a storied Canadian newspaper which once plaid host to Ernest Hemingway, announced austerity measures. The corporation is unique, in that its corporate constitution mandates a certain fundamental civic responsibility codified in a numbered-list basic editorial policy.

The 5th of these reads "The Rights of Working People: The Star was born out of a strike in 1892 and Atkinson was committed to the rights of working people including freedom of association and the safety and dignity of the workplace."

Over the past weekend, an anonymous source posted 4.6GB of .xml files detailing the exact compensation histories and ownership positions the CEOs and Directors of the preponderance of listed corporations.

While the TorStar executive salary information is quite embarrassing (it can be found in document A2911 of the archive linked above) the truly remarkable picture that emerges from an analysis of the entire archive is the incredible number of indiscreet ownership links which enmeshes the TorStar corporation firmly in the middle of the corporate fiscal influence network.

A simple grep of the entire archive paints a revealing picture of the propaganda media model, which posits that newspapers and other media serve corporations as their primary customers, providing audiences as their primary product. Compensation links to TorStar are evident at the officer-level in 67,461 different corporate manifests. This is just under 10% of the entire cache of 680,906 documents.

TorStar was not the first corporation I grep'd for, but it was the first to pull up so many payback links that it crashed my computer. I'm sure other computer users with big iron and visualization programs can make much cooler info-graphics from the trove. Have at it, y'all! I'm currently limited to just an Atom-powered 1GB Ram pocketbook. Donations and solicitations always welcome.

This seems to be part of a trend towards zero for the value of reportage. TorStar mother corp engages in "anonymous" yellow journalism on Wikipedia to manipulate national identity, while the newspaper itself does the same to protect its subsidiary intellectual property operations.

Fair disclosure: Back before the turn of the millennium, I was a Toronto Star Radio Room Operator. I wish them the best of luck with their attempt to outsource their core competency as a civic institution for training journalists.

My own unsatisfying experience with TorStar corporate demagoguery was part of the inspiration leading to the creation of my own ISBN-issuing publishing company."

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Irate user forks GIMP project; claims GIMP no longer an IMP.

owenferguson owenferguson writes  |  more than 2 years ago

owenferguson writes "Academic Matt Skala, most widely known to Slashdot users for his prescient essay "What Colour are your bits?," is heading up a new fork of the popular GIMP open-source project. Like many other forks of popular open-source projects, Skala's NoXCF-GIMP is both awkwardly named and fueled by a righteous rage over radical UI alterations. GitHub for the project, which makes the software file format neutral, is here."
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Court rules cache storage in online CP viewing case.

owenferguson owenferguson writes  |  more than 2 years ago

owenferguson writes "An appeals court in new york has ruled that images stored as cache are not proof of possession. "Merely viewing Web images of child pornography does not, absent other proof, constitute either possession or procurement within the meaning of our Penal Law," Ciparick wrote in the decision, readable here."
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LulzSec claims hack of military dating website.

owenferguson owenferguson writes  |  more than 2 years ago

owenferguson writes "Hacker collective LulzSec have reported that they have breached security on a private website maintained for military singles and leaked the entire contents of their databases. They claim 171,000 scalps released, but the site owner claims the loss was only in the 150k range..."
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Wikileaks begins releasing Stratfor internal emails

owenferguson owenferguson writes  |  more than 2 years ago

owenferguson writes "Wikileaks has begun leaking a cache of over 5 million internal emails from the the Texas-headquartered "global intelligence" company Stratfor. The emails date from between July 2004 and late December 2011. They reveal the inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations, such as Bhopal's Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defense Intelligence Agency. The associated press release can be found on pastebin here."
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Internet: Assange responsible for 2/3 of all rape.

owenferguson owenferguson writes  |  more than 2 years ago

owenferguson writes "Rolling stone is reporting that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has cornered the market on internet searches for the word rape. From the article: "Back when we last did a survey, in February, there were a total of 33 million references on the Internet to the word "rape" in any context, from Helen of Troy to the Congo. If you search for "rape" and my name, there were just over 20 million. In other words, perceptively, two-thirds of all rapes that have ever happened anywhere in the world, ever, have something to do with me." ...I dunno. Maybe you're just getting extra hits from partial successes on "Ass Rape""
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