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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

penix1 Re:Great... (397 comments)

... we should all be worried the USA has nukes too.

Yes we should. Especially since the US has shown it is willing to use them against another country in anger. Not once but twice.


Nasty Business: How To Drain Competitors' Google AdWords Budgets

penix1 Re:Advertised on YouTube? (92 comments)

I predict that's the way things will be in the future: "Don't want to see ads? Then, leave. We already provide 'free,' content. We will not provide content for ABSOLUTELY free."

If you have advertising on your site, then your content isn't free and it is false advertising to claim it as such. It simply is being paid by proxy. A more apt statement would be advertising supported.


On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

penix1 Re:Institutional hypocrisy (165 comments)

For all the whining here, the option they've taken is actually the least intrusive.

And the best response that could be given would be to blackhole everything EU. They want to be forgotten, then let's forget them. Removing all links to everything EU including businesses, government and humanitarian sites would fit the bill. Restrict the crawler preventing new EU stuff from being indexed would solve the problem for the future.

The EU wants to be forgotten, let's see how the EU economy survives that.


Oso Disaster Had Its Roots In Earlier Landslides

penix1 Re:a question.... (64 comments)

What is the solution? Other than allowing insurance companies to price such considerations into their policies, I don't see one.

You seem to be eliminating the most powerful tool in the box. The insurance should reflect the risk. Another tool is requiring FULL disclosure by realtors trying to sell such a structure. Lastly, build sensibly taking the risk into account. If you are building into a flood zone, require the structure to be elevated above the base flood elevation. If you are building in known hurricane territory, require wind resistant building on top of the elevations. For landslide, require the developer to stabilize the slope BEFORE issuing the building permits for the structure. Had that happened in this case, those buildings wouldn't have been built because the cost to stabilize the hillside would be astronomical pricing the land out of development.

2 days ago

Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

penix1 Re:I wonder who is doing the actual posting. (162 comments)

There is a far, far easier way assuming the government really wanted to get the individual who did this.

All federal internet traffic goes through Mount Weather, VA in the East (Denton, TX in the west). Every activity done right down to mouse clicks and keyboard keystrokes are recorded with no expectation of "privacy". It is in fact a part of the agreement you sign every time you take the required network security training every year. So finding out who was accessing Wikipedia at the time of the edits becomes extremely easy.

I know this because I have had access to the federal systems for years. It is a job requirement. I do GIS (among other things) and every time I send a map across the federal network I get a call from someone out of Mt. Weather asking what it is and why I am sending it. So yes, they can identify, by user, who is doing what.

2 days ago

Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

penix1 Re:Privacy is dead (175 comments)

Better yet, from TFS...

That means there's a good chance we're about to get a look into the ins and outs of Google's advertising backbone: what information is shared with whom, and when.

Google: Judge, we are filing this motion to seal any and all documents for trade secret and proprietary information reasons. To release them would do irreparable harm to our business.

Judge: Granted

5 days ago

Oso Disaster Had Its Roots In Earlier Landslides

penix1 Re:a question.... (64 comments)

No. Deforestation is not the problem. The problem is the entire area is a natural slide area because of the soil type. People encroached on that slide area and expected it to be stable (much the same as they encroach on floodplains and barrier islands and wetlands).

No, what "caused" the loss of life more than anything was people moving into a high risk area.

5 days ago

Australian Website Waits Three Years To Inform Customers of Data Breach

penix1 Re:lawsuit? (35 comments)

But purposely didn't tell the most important party in the chain.... The customer that may have been affected! As I stated above, it isn't like the thieves put a metatag on the stolen data saying "this stolen data brought to you by Catch of the Day". So identity theft resulting from this breech wouldn't be connected to them assuming the thieves even get caught.. And by then it is too late.

Customers deserve a right to be informed IMMEDIATELY of breeches in security that may have an effect on them to alert them to watch for suspicious activity or afford them the opportunity to cancel the card before it racks up the outrageous charges.

about a week ago

Australian Website Waits Three Years To Inform Customers of Data Breach

penix1 Re:It Worked (35 comments)

No one noticed which means it was the correct plan and course of action to follow.

No one noticed because they didn't know it was Catch of the Day that was the source of their stolen data that may have ruined their credit. And when their customers leave in droves because of this breech of trust, does that sound like a good business decision?

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

You may have patience and understanding with this kind of corporate malfeasance but I don't. I now know to stay leagues away from this company and to inform everyone I know about their nonchalance attitude towards data security and customer notifications of breeches.

about two weeks ago

Australian Website Waits Three Years To Inform Customers of Data Breach

penix1 Re:lawsuit? (35 comments)

A few years later and there is still no 'damage'...

Nobody knows that. It isn't like the stolen data has a meta tag stating "this stolen data brought to you by Catch of the Day". People could have had their credit ruined because of this breach and never have connected it to the source because of Catch of the Day's security by obscurity.

Any company that uses this tactic of reputation management deserves to lose ALL its customers because they can't be trusted to operate in a responsible way with your data.

about two weeks ago

Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

penix1 Re:Anonymity makes sense for special cases. (238 comments)

Using real identities can vastly improve internet behavior. For example, a forum I frequent recently switched from anonymous posting to Facebook accounts. Overnoght the forum changed from endless spam and trolling to respectful discourse between actual people.

The same happened with my hometown paper but the reverse is true. They went from a moderated (meaning the spam and abusive posts were never posted since posts had to be pre-approved) with lots of insightful comments to almost no comments what-so-ever and the few that were commenting were doing so from fake FB accounts. So the noise ratio went way up on the comments they were getting. In short, they replaced their working moderation system with the FB system thinking the same way you do and got exactly the opposite effect.

about two weeks ago

Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

penix1 Re:They did that now? (238 comments)

No... No... No... No! Those are his clones. The REAL Adolph Hitler lives in Argentina...

about two weeks ago

Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

penix1 Re:We're sorry he so faithfully followed instructi (401 comments)

If you read what he posted as well as listen, you would see that he hooked it up 10 minutes into the call already. So the first 10 minutes are not recorded.

As for recording in general, you are correct that it varies wildly from state to state. Some have no requirement to inform, some have a requirement that at least one party be informed and others have it that all parties must be informed. That is why that recording saying, "This call may be monitored for quality assurance" is always given out on customer facing lines.

It should be noted that there are exceptions to the notification requirement most notably 911 and other emergency services phones don't have to notify callers that they are being recorded.

about two weeks ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

penix1 Re:Drugs (753 comments)

And add to that the transaction fees charged to merchants as I said below. They are ridiculous. Many merchants where I live have a minimum charge you can make with a card. Something like $10 or $20.

about two weeks ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

penix1 Re:Last century stuff (753 comments)

So you are the reason that a lot of stores have a minimum charge amount for credit / debit charges. The transaction fees charged to merchants are ridiculous and so are ATM fees. Until these fees are reduced, you will never see a truly cashless society. And that doesn't include those that have less trust of banks than they do of governments.

about two weeks ago

Source Code Leaked For Tinba Banking Trojan

penix1 Re:Windows DLL injection attack vector. (75 comments)

I am agreeing with what you said putting aside the beta/VHS blunder....

But there is a more direct way it happened that Windows got more market share... Namely, it is what comes with most, if not all, new consumer x86 based computers. It is just about impossible to get a supported Linux computer and by supported I mean one that will solve problems with the programming not just the hardware.

So to recap, it isn't solely marketing that gives MS their dominance but their partnering with OEMs and to a lesser extent their abuse of their monopoly to keep competing operating systems off new machines.

about two weeks ago

Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

penix1 Re:Government control of our lives... (155 comments)

OK... Let's just burst your anti-government bubble there..

They need to ask permission because the FAA specifically banned such behavior last month.

Gone are the days, when pursuit of happiness was understood as a natural right granted to each human being not by their government, but by the Creator.

To start with, you are confusing your documents. The quote you give is from the Declaration of Independence not the Constitution which is the document establishing our government. Next, you assume that there is a "Creator". All I got to say is show me. Lastly, your rights end where others rights begin. It would be pure anarchy otherwise as I will demonstrate below.

Today one must get a permission to drive a car, carry a weapon, perform in costume [LINK OMITTED], or, indeed, to fly a drone.

Drive a car: So in your world you would allow everyone, regardless of demonstrated ability to do so, drive a car on public roads? Sounds like a plan to me... A plan for death and mayhem that is. Besides, this is State government not Federal requiring the license. If you had actually read the Constitution, you would know that States have far more power to regulate than the Feds.

Carry a weapon: Again in your world, convicted violent offenders should be allowed weapons even while they are in prison for murder? I also bet you believe that you should also be allowed nuclear weapons too right?

Perform in costume: That is a city ordinance. Again, not fed and not even State. I am sure NYC has a reason for that ordinance, take it up with them.

Fly a drone: There have been many instances where these drones have caused passenger airliners to almost crash. The more they are allowed, the higher the probability will become that one will cause a crash. One can only hope you are on the plane that crashes because of it. Again, your rights end where others begin. That is the job of these agencies. They oversee the public spaces such as airspace.

And finally, may I make a suggestion? If you really, really want less government, then move to Somalia. I am sure they will welcome you with open arms (pun intended).

about two weeks ago

DC Entertainment Won't Allow Superman Logo On Murdered Child's Memorial Statue

penix1 Re:Superman (249 comments)

or people could stop buying from tombstone vendors that are complete idiots. Some vendors are smart enough to buy a properly licensed object (of the gazillions out there) and embed it into the memorial. Problem solved.

Did you really think this is the first time someone wanted to do something like this? The parents just need to stop shopping at Billy Bob's Discount Tombstone & Tackle Shack if they want something atypical.

or people could stop buying DC Comic's shit for being the dicks they are since they could very well license it to them but are refusing. Of course, that will never fly because of asshats like you that can't see a parent's grief in their murdered child.

Talk to me about "licensing" when it is YOUR child.

about three weeks ago

Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

penix1 Re:What about range on this smaller car? (247 comments)

And the insurance is the other way round. The named drivers get fully covered to drive the insured car, and they also get bare legal minimum insurance driving another car if they don't own it. But if somebody else drives the insured car, it is up to them to get insurance.

That is not true. If the driver is not the owner, but was authorized to drive the car by the owner, then the owner's insurance covers. It doesn't matter if the driver was named on the policy. If the driver drives without the owner's permission, then not only is it grand theft auto but it is considered uninsured. I know because I was hit by a driver in a stolen car where the thief ran away in all the confusion. Luckily I had full coverage and my insurance paid my medicals. Had I just had liability then I would be left holding the bills.

If you drive a car that is not covered by insurance, whether you have insurance on another car or not, it is still considered uninsured.

Having said all that, since automotive insurance is a state thing I suspect the laws governing the insurance varies by state. What I said above is correct for my state.

about three weeks ago


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