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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

postbigbang Re: 65536 (172 comments)

How many years have we been talking about this. The FTC launches *a few* lawsuits, NOT THE FBI, who handles criminal litigation. Did you even read the summary? WTF.

1 hour ago
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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

postbigbang Re: 65536 (172 comments)

Doesn't explain why the US Attorney General, the FTC, or others who presumably are citizen advocates weren't all over this wire fraud, and possible RICO problem.

It shouldn't take litigation by Microsoft to end the problem, as it's a criminal act.

8 hours ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

postbigbang Re:Land of the free (571 comments)

Mod parent up.

Imagine: hundreds of admitted terabytes go out the door, and no one notices. La dee dah, hey where's the coffee?

There's a bunch of PHBs that need to fall on their swords @ Sony. This has all the lulzsec hallmarks of some clever, but not brilliant artists.

And to those that aren't reeling, your assets might be next. It's not an attack against allies, it's a total, shameful embarrassment that's a wake-up call to read your damn logs and hack yourself. Terabytes and terabytes. TERABYTES!

2 days ago
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Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

postbigbang Re:Turf (136 comments)

There are SO MANY WARRANTY repair claims that dealers can't handle them all, anyway. Between GM, Toyota, Honda, and others, there is a crush of waiting lists.

Will they do subcontracts to shorten their queues? No. Dealers are fiefdoms. They claim to be interlopers on behalf of their clientele, but they're actually a buffer between manufacturers and their pissed off clientele.

Don't get me started on the commercials.

2 days ago
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

postbigbang Re:They couldn't wreck the movement from the outsi (215 comments)

Embrace, extend, destroy. Sun Tsu's book isn't off their shelves just yet.

That said, Microsoft needs revenue, and moneyspenders tired of the BS, the poor quality, the BS, the proprietary nature, the lock-in, and more. The veneer of openness still means that Microsoft is looking for revenue, and their seeming love for open source is designed to follow the market, not some sort of philosophical shift. They're still in it for the revenue.

The trends in software and administrative support still favor strong static infrastructure, and Microsoft's IT management has a generation of schooled people that know dot-net, SQL Server, and desktop products. They learned AD, and how to make stuff the Microsoft Way.

Licensing models can't be easily ignored, and embracing them doesn't stop their principal need: more and lots of revenue, and at least some harmony. Their QA still is hideous, but it's improving, which is damning with faint praise. If they want to competitively and actively support open source/FOSS, fine. They could change that battleship of theirs tomorrow. Licensing wouldn't matter as there are armies of closed source coders dying for revenue, too. It's just that community-sourced armies of passionate coders can be not only faster, but equally as effective-- or more. It's the revenue. Follow the revenue. It's all about the revenue.

2 days ago
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Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

postbigbang Re:Stop them or get out. (175 comments)

Yeah, I didn't realize we were under martial law...

Oh, wait....

3 days ago
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Tour the Vintage Radio and Communications Museum - Part Two (Video)

postbigbang Re:vintage communication (14 comments)

I fear that a younger generation has little appreciation for the experimenters and "makers" of the last century. Until you take away the i-stuff and wifi and the Internet itself, you're not going to get anyone's attention with old radios.

Today's hams are limited to slow, unencrypted media, although they have more combined frequency to play with than anyone else save the governments. Yet their speed is hobbled, channel sizes a joke, and ancient technologies still rule radiosport. It's a lesson.

about a week ago
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Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

postbigbang Re:ive been through the new check (France, CDG air (184 comments)

The US government isn't about dignity. It might have been, but it's no longer.

FWIW, I've had the Canadians and the Germans ask me to turn on devices. They all worked, of course, so this technique isn't unique, and I don't think it's particularly productive, either.

about a week ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

postbigbang Re:PRIVATE encryption of everything just became... (379 comments)

You forgot N number of hashings. For added delight, pass it over again with another key. Or do it several times, so long as you remember your sequence. Forgot it? Oh dear.

about two weeks ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

postbigbang Re:Reduced revenues != lost profit (280 comments)

Not really flat, but not growing as it once did. The utilities missed business in the communications game but the UTC.org was moving in the right direction.

Utilities could get in to the solar game themselves, but think more like telcos and other utility monopolies. At some point, all commercial monopolies fail, dying ugly deaths after trying to buy protective legislation.

Oh, wait.....

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

postbigbang Re:Comcast Business Class (291 comments)

The electricity still gets used, and the resident still foots the bill. Best to find a DOCSIS 3X modem that's compatible, and use THAT. Then update the modem's firmware, fast. Then use the weirdest longest WPA2 string possible to encrypt it. Then: stay paranoid.

about two weeks ago
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The Rise of the Global Surveillance Profiteers

postbigbang Re:Law of unintended consequences... (33 comments)

Everyone wants to throw their hands up, powerless to do anything real about the big slurp data problem because we feel we're powerless against our government, lest we be traitors, seditionists, or get put on a no-fly list. Blacklisted, barred, or simply fucked in the data mines.

The Koch Bros are financing even more, see http://www.politico.com/story/... for questions, so that we can all be individually profiled beyond what we're already hooked to.

Breaches and security can't hold back the lakes and oceans of data we're amassing and hoarding, and sooner or later (if it hasn't been already), various of your personal events will be conflated to something that puts you on a radar screen somewhere. Liberty is in the crapper, and the hacker groups are financed by taxpayers, who are unwitting or willfully ignorant of the influence of big money on their legislatures. Behavior analysis will be light and soft, but the consequences deep. Just wait and see.

about two weeks ago
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Kiva Systems Co-Founder: Drone Delivery Could Be As Low As 20 Cents Per Package

postbigbang Re:20 Cents cost or 20 Cents charge? (92 comments)

Airspace is, but not the first 600 feet, if memory serves.

about two weeks ago
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Kiva Systems Co-Founder: Drone Delivery Could Be As Low As 20 Cents Per Package

postbigbang Re:20 Cents cost or 20 Cents charge? (92 comments)

I'm waiting for public easement and right of way excise taxes to be imposed on drones. A new revenue source for thirsty cities....

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Biometric Authentication System?

postbigbang Re:RFID/card scanner (127 comments)

I'd agree with this. There comes a point where people will avoid 2Fa if it's too complex. Sometimes it just means adding nagware, timeouts, and WTFs if auth isn't congruent. And sometimes weird legal dept senses of regulatory compliance enter in, too. Indeed that might be the best place to start if audit/compliance is a side-output of the process.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Biometric Authentication System?

postbigbang Re:RFID/card scanner (127 comments)

Use a YubiKey and OAuth APIs. Neat and clean, and although it can be spoofed, it's not easy to do, and is as good as you get without easy to screw up "bio-authentication" infrastructure. You keep it on your badge fob, and it squirts a string as a single-key USB keyboard. Grab the string, use it with OAuth or as an identifier, and be on your way with sanity.

about three weeks ago
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UNSW Has Collected an Estimated $100,000 In Piracy Fines Since 2008

postbigbang Re:Not the holder's money (98 comments)

Unlikely.

The university can fine you for parking violations, smoking where you're not supposed to, being in wanton possession of whatever.

Should they want to turn your name over to another entity with whom you've performed allegedly bad behaviour, they can do that. Or not, should it suit them.

about a month ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

postbigbang Re:morality a hindrance or help? (197 comments)

Ends justifying the means gives rise to lots of bad stuff. I'll avoid politics as a citation. Instead, I'll choose organizations that focus on morality, their customers, their employees, as well as their investors.

In each case, if you pick amoral customers, employees, or investors, any one of the three will bring you down, because each has a greed stake, rather than a value stake, in the outcome of the working machine that is the organization.

Those managing the organization can pick moral or amoral, each with decidedly different outcomes. Tossing aside morality for short periods will upset the equations of long term success. If you're going for short term success, then it's your soul that counts. If you have one.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

postbigbang Re: Out of band patch.. (167 comments)

We'll hear, next week, about a zero-day that takes down Azure. Oh, wait.....

about a month ago
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For Some Would-Be Google Glass Buyers and Devs, Delays May Mean Giving Up

postbigbang Re:Early adopters (154 comments)

The fulcrum of backlash against the device in an almost uniform, vehement, and studied way exposing Google's complete disdain for respect of privacy might have something to do with it as well. Pulling back the Oz Curtain and exposing that Google's business model is the complete ownership of your personal information for their profit might be just too much advance with just one product.

about a month ago

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Does anyone make an photo de-duplicator for Linux? Something that reads EXIF?

postbigbang postbigbang writes  |  about a year ago

postbigbang (761081) writes "Imagine having thousands of images on disparate machines. many are dupes, even among the disparate machines. It's impossible to delete all the dupes manually and create a singular, accurate photo image base? Is there an app out there that can scan a file system, perhaps a target sub-folder system, and suck in the images-- WITHOUT creating duplicates? Perhaps by reading EXIF info or hashes? I have eleven file systems saved, and the task of eliminating dupes seems impossible."
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WSJ rumors that VMware will buy Novell

postbigbang postbigbang writes  |  more than 4 years ago

postbigbang (761081) writes "Steven J Vaughn-Nichols speculates on the WSJ piece that speculates VMware may be buying Novell's Linux assets (along with other core Novell assets). Will Big Red be Big Dead? Will SUSE be used as a fighting tool against Windows platforms? Will ex-Microsoft throne pretender Paul Maritz use Novell's Directory Services to sling against Microsoft? Discuss."
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Acer Founder: Apple's iPad and iPhone are Viruses

postbigbang postbigbang writes  |  more than 4 years ago

postbigbang (761081) writes "Stan Shih, founder of Acer, is apparently unhappy with Apple's iPad and iPhone success, and calls these products a virus. Acer, it should be noted, is the #2 maker of PCs in the world. Stan believes that Apple can be "isolated" so that companies will become "immune". Is this the ultimate sour grapes?"
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Jury finds Novell owns Unix Copyrights; SCO Loses!

postbigbang postbigbang writes  |  more than 4 years ago

postbigbang (761081) writes "Novell won its jury decision as defendant in the SCO Slander of Title charge against its ownership of Unix copyrights, and ostensibly, intellectual property. It was a fairly short trial, and it leaves SCO nearing Chapter 7 despite an influx of funds. They have few assets, and if they appeal, it'll be against the results of a laborious discovery process, severe rulings by the trial judge largely against Novell, and will cost them still another fortune they don't have. Cheers and champagne corks for FOSS and especially Linux users-- and the famous and tenacious Pamela Jones, who documented it all."
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US House Bill prohibits government file sharing

postbigbang postbigbang writes  |  more than 5 years ago

postbigbang (761081) writes "HR4098 attempts to prohibit file sharing software on government and contractor computers or 'telework' home computers used by these employees. Another RIAA/MPAA muscle play on government machines? Is the HR afraid of illegally shared copies of Celine Dion MP3s on government systems?"
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postbigbang postbigbang writes  |  more than 8 years ago

postbigbang (761081) writes "Ray Noorda, controversial head of numerous investments in the computer industry died at age 82, according to http://www.sltrib.com/ci_4465776 .
Noorda once pressured National Semiconductor to lower the price of Ethernet cards, then took on Bill Gates, buying the keys to Unix and then giving them away, then many software packages to fight Microsoft's Word and Office with WordPerfect, Quattro Pro, and others. When the world went to the IP protocols, Novell's IPX protocol set was arguably more prevalent than IP at the time. And then the Internet train departed, and Novell's strategies weren't ready — and Gates had (if now viewed frighteningly) a plan.

Noorda's investments in many companies, and his training academy for future execs in IT, also showed the supportive Mormon side of Noorda and the companies he spawned. Arguably, he's the father of the LAN more than any other business exec in the industry today. Many captains of industry, including Google's Eric Schmidt, owes their boot camp to Noorda."

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