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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop a Debt Collection Scam From Targeting You?

proudhawk how to defeat debt collection scams? (497 comments)

well, you can log the calls and record any audio that you can. Then turn it over to the local police and also submit a copy to the FBI or US Secret Service. After that, change your phone number and go on with life. ALso, file a written complaint with your phone carrier and copy that to the relevant authorities. Now, I haven't been a target myself, but I know several people that have. They took the above actions and started having some peace and quiet in their lives afterward.

about a year ago

Feds Confiscate Investigative Reporter's Confidential Files During Raid

proudhawk welcome to the USSSA (622 comments)

Welcome to the United Soviet Socialist States of America. But wait! There's more.. FOr just a little extra safety, we will require a 2 way TV in all housing tuned to the same channel with big brother watching.

about a year ago

HBO Asks Google To Take Down "Infringing" VLC Media Player

proudhawk are they serious? (364 comments)

These guys surely must be kidding! I use VLC on my macbook and also on Linux. Its the only player thats entirely accessible for the blind. So what are these guys going to do? sue the entire BLC using public? I wish them luck with that!

about a year and a half ago

Hacker Posts His Crime On YouTube, Lands In Jail

proudhawk Re:his stupidity amazes me (176 comments)

a long time ago (in practically my other life before blindness) I used to work security. I would get infuriated when others would do similar silliness while on duty. about all I could do was document and report the problem. at that point, it would become my bosses problem.

more than 3 years ago

Limewire Being Sued For 75 Trillion

proudhawk reforming law (545 comments)

*THIS* is precisely why we need to reform copyright laws. I figure it this way: if a song is worth only $1.00 on itunes, the record companies can only sue for that sum on individual counts. thats means that they would only be able to sue for a small fortune (say $10 million in the largest cases). this would certainly reduce the incentive form them to file such ridiculous claims.

more than 3 years ago

Hacker Posts His Crime On YouTube, Lands In Jail

proudhawk his stupidity amazes me (176 comments)

I remember when he originally posted that video. about all I could do was /facedesk multiple times. I couldn't believe how someone of his obvious intelligence could be so incredibly stupid (not about the video or even posting it, but the fact that he actually endangered lives by his actions). It is people like him who give governments cause to intrude into our lives as much as they do.

more than 3 years ago

Judge Allows Subpoenas For GeoHot YouTube Viewers, Blog Visitors

proudhawk Re:guess I am in their lists (306 comments)

who is whipping themselves into an "idiot's frenzy" here? I expressed some concern and also pointed out how far private org's and the government will go.

anyway, I am expressing a concern here. I am not a programmer and I don't even have a PS3. I am only curious. does that make it a crime? there are some who would have you believe that it would.

more than 3 years ago

Judge Allows Subpoenas For GeoHot YouTube Viewers, Blog Visitors

proudhawk guess I am in their lists (306 comments)

hmmm, out of curiosity, I listened to the videos produced by GeoHot. doesn't matter that I was only curious as to what he was doing. I wouldn't be able to implement what he was doing anyway as I don't have a PS3 or the eyesight to use it. . so? does this mean the FBI might coming knocking on my door to ask questions or that sony might sue me just because I "viewed" the materials? IMHO, intellectual curiosity should not be considered a crime (which is what Sony and the government are trying to do).

more than 3 years ago

Tractor Beams Are Getting Closer (Sort of)

proudhawk Re:Frist (70 comments)

*GROAN*GROAN* that was a baaaaaaad joke man!

more than 3 years ago

Police Raid PS3 Hacker's House, Hacker Releases PS3 'Hypervisor Bible'

proudhawk Good Luck Sony, you're gonna need it! (448 comments)

well, I wish Sony all the best of luck. Once information of this type gets out on the web, its nearly impossible to remove. The problem Sony has that "reverse engineering" isn't exactly illegal. Now, they have tried this before and look where it got them: case thrown out of court because the expert witness torpedoed their case.

They might have a case for copyright infringement but with as many copies as are floating around out there, its going to start costing them more than its worth to pursue all the possible litigants.

Perhaps Sony should open source their software and get a lot of "free help" improving it. That would not only earn them increased profits, but also loads better in Public Relations credibility.

more than 3 years ago

Glen Beck Warns Viewers Not To Use Google

proudhawk media matters? Ah C'mon!!! (1276 comments)

it seems that truth is being lost in all the noise from both sides here. I can't trust media matters as much as I can't trust glenn beck. both are extremist in their views and each has their own take on the "truth".

more than 3 years ago

Two Huge Holes In the Sun Spotted

proudhawk what do you expect? (204 comments)

Hey! the sun is over 5 Billion years old. like us humans, it is bound to start showing its age.

more than 3 years ago

New Mexico Bill To Protect Anti-Science Education

proudhawk Re:religeous nutcases abound again (726 comments)

At this point, it no longer matters which sect or religion it is committing this. its still an attack upon reason.
most of the devout fail to realize that *if* god really wanted us to worship him without reason, he would not have given us the ability *to* reason to begin with.

Faith can be a powerful thing. it can also be self destructive without a little temperance from reason.

so, I posit this: *if* god created the heavens and the earth, does it not stand to reason that he also built all those system to evolve and grow beyond their former limits? Something interesting to think about.

more than 3 years ago

New Mexico Bill To Protect Anti-Science Education

proudhawk religeous nutcases abound again (726 comments)

If history has taught us one thing it is this:
those who seek control always play on ignorance. the roman catholic church of the 4th and 15th centuries knew this and it looks like their modern successors are trying to do it to us again.

I think Frederick Nietzsche sums it up best: "Any species that seeks destructive behavior for its own ends does not deserve to survive".

more than 3 years ago

T-Mobile Slashes Fair Use Policy, Says Download At Home

proudhawk From a t-mobile customer in the USA (364 comments)

I happen to be a blind t-mobile customer here in the US. I can see a very good reason that t-mobile would do this.
Their infrastructure was not designed for such high loads being placed on it. these loads may cause service problems
for anyone else on that cell node. also, bandwidth is not exactly cheap anywhere you go.

As a blind customer with a smartphone, I have no need to download videos. podcasts (audio only) are far smaller and can be transferred
from my mac at home to my phone easily. with 32 GB available on my micro SD card, I can store as much media as I will
need. Thus I am not using Bandwidth to transfer these on t-mobile's network and thus am not limiting another user's ability to use the service.

Frankly, its common sense. if you want to view a video on your phone, get it via broadband and watch it offline. it will cost you
a lot less and save the rest of us from having to pay higher fees for your hoggishness.

about 4 years ago

Wikileaks DDoS Attacker Arrested, Equipment Seized

proudhawk stupid scriptkiddie (429 comments)

this guy was't a "haockavist", he was nothing more than a script kiddie or a "bot herder"
Also, I'd really like to see his credentials as an IT security expert. I find it rather amusing
that he was caught so fast (it usually takes out government months to find someone like this).

so, there are three primary possibilities here:
1. he was incredibly stupid and bragged to everyone about it
2. our government suffenly got a lot smarter
3. this is a diversion (unlikely).

in any case, it appears out government views the wikileaks scandal as more of a first amendment issue than anything else
(note that the wikileaks founder is only wanted on a sex charge).

more than 4 years ago

Student Googles Himself, Finds He's Accused of Murder

proudhawk all I can say is.... good luck! (184 comments)

I really know what this kid is going through. back in 1995, I was declared deceased, only I didn't find out until I went in 15 days later to fill a prescription.
At that point, I found out that my insurance had been canceled, and that the medication I needed would not be filled. This was apparently only the
tip of the iceberg. within 2 weeks, my bank account was closed, my credit terminated and my SSI gone. it took me three months and a lot
of pressure from the local news media before social security owned up to the mistake. it was a further year before I could get a bank account
(the credit reporting databases kept reporting me as deceased).

here's the real kicker: I happen to be blind.

sooo, imagine the hellish nightmare this kid was going through. it is comparable to what I went through 15 years ago.

more than 4 years ago

FedEx Misplaces Radioactive Rods

proudhawk always cutting corners (165 comments)

yet another example of companies and individuals trying to maximize their profit margins, usually at the expense of safety. it used to be that such materials were transported only by U.S.N.R.C. couriers. I guess that some manufacturers figured they'd save a few dollars in shipping. now we have a possible radiation hazard loose on the general public. at least they haven't started with dangerous biologics yet (or have they?).

more than 4 years ago

After Online Defamation Suit, Dismissal of Malicious Prosecution Claim Upheld

proudhawk the appeals process continues? (267 comments)

it looks like its on to the stat supreme court. I am not sure about the money issues, but getting a conviction for malicious prosecution would definitely work in the favor of others who are currently being victimized for much the same thing. here is hoping that you win. I find the lower courts ruling that the evidence gathered was insufficient to be way out of line with known rules of law and logic. anyway, good luck in getting this matter resolved.

more than 4 years ago

Comic Sales Soar After Artist Engages 4chan Pirates

proudhawk Re:Bah (305 comments)

hehehe yeah a slight mistype caused a "funny" comment to appear.

that is the problem with being blind, sometimes you miss the right key (still, its a long way across the kb from A to O).

more than 4 years ago



NVDA urgently needs your help.

proudhawk proudhawk writes  |  more than 2 years ago

proudhawk writes "the following letter was received in my mailbox this morning. Since I am blind and use this screen reader in windows, I feel it appropriate to spread the news as widely as possible.


Dear nvda users,

Sorry for the long email, please bare with us to the end.

The time has come to show your appreciation and your determination for
NVDA development to continue.
Due to the economic downturn NV Access has received less grants than
what we would have hoped for.

We all have a duty and an obligation to request from the organizations
working for the blind such as the RNIB, UK or AFB/NFB, USA or the
appropriate blind organization in your country, to tell them that NVDA
has been and continues to be a useful and valuable tool to provide
accessibility for all of us and that they should promote and sponsor the
excellent work that is being done.

Despite all the politics and the slow movement within organizations, we
the real NVDA users are able to keep NVDA development going
if each one of us took their responsibility seriously.
This is without having to wait for organizations or companies to give
grants to NV Access.

Due to many advantages, benefits and unique features of NVDA, the number
of NVDA users are growing but sadly the personal donations are not
matching this increase and are often not regular.

What we want to say clearly is that any regular donation large or small,
will keep Jamie and Michael in their full time employment working for NVDA.
What we have to remember is that they are two blind individuals like you
and me, but are gifted with rare skills that many of us could benefit from.

We should work hard not to put them in a situation where they have to
choose between doing something that they love and believing in (improving
NVDA), and having to provide the necessities for their families and

The current funding is able to keep both of them employed until
september this year, and if the donations haven't increased by then
they may have to look for alternative employment.

Even if one of them leaves and the other continues the work load will
be a lot harder, and progress will be much slower.
This will directly impact on us because we will have to wait for much
longer before tickets can be solved, which will cause us a lot of
frustration and anguish. This is not what we have been accustomed to in
the last few years, we often see regular releases and each version is
superior to the previous one.

We all need to understand that, what is required is for each one of us
to donate according to our circumstances, may it be as little as 5 or 10
dollars a month, this will be enough to keep the project going.
We Thank those of you who already donate on a regular basis.

Put this in context, we easily spend 5 dollars on a coffee
or 10/20 dollars on a meal when we eat out, surely NVDA deserves this
token amount?

Many people do charity events, such as running a marathon, doing a
tandem ride, or baking and selling cakes in their community to raise
money for cancer research or any other worth while charity, we can all
do the same but for NV Access which is also a charity.

Please don't lose this opportunity to support NVDA, because if we fail
to set up regular donations, in a few months time we will all have to
start paying for expensive screenreaders because NVDA would not have
been developed and updated to match our latest needs.

We are writing this email as individuals that strongly believe in open
source, and as volunteer contributors to NVDA. We understand that it is
hard for Jamie and Michael to keep sending emails asking for donations
because it feels bad to keep asking, but we the users should act before
we reach the point of no return.

Please repost/translate or anything that you feel appropriate, and
please don't forget to raise donations.

Link for donations:

NVDA needs your help!

proudhawk proudhawk writes  |  more than 2 years ago

proudhawk writes "The NVDA project for the blind needs your help! The project, called NVDA (or NonVisual Desktop Access) is in desperate need of donations. These donations are what allows the project to pay a small cadre of programmers to make the best, free, screen reader for the blind possible. THe project leads, Mick Curran and Jamie The, are both experienced programmers. they are also blind. you can read the full story here at: http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/general/a-screen-reader-for-everyone-why-the-world-needs-nvda#.T3KxSYIozIU.twitter"

Blind Faith: A Decade of Apple Accessibility

proudhawk proudhawk writes  |  more than 3 years ago

proudhawk (124895) writes "from the article: In a new editorial, we take a look at the width and breadth of Apple's commitment to accessibility over the last ten years, and try to dispel some of the myths, rumors, and misconceptions which persist in the visually impaired community about Apple and its products.""
Link to Original Source

Is the Internet Destroying our brains?

proudhawk proudhawk writes  |  more than 4 years ago

proudhawk writes "Andrew price brings us news that the internet may be bad for your intelligence and reasoning.
see article here: http://www.good.is/post/is-the-internet-destroying-your-brain-try-this-test/?gt1=48001
take tests here: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/06/07/technology/20100607-distraction-filtering-demo.html
and here: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/06/07/technology/20100607-task-switching-demo.html

I found myself at odds between the tests. the first one indicates that I have the same focus as a low multitasker (or single tasker type)
and that the second reveals that I have the same inability to switch tasks rapidly in much the same way a high multitasker would have.
What does this make me, I wonder?"

Cox ready to throttle P2P, non "time sensitive

proudhawk proudhawk writes  |  more than 5 years ago

proudhawk writes "as posted here at ars: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/01/cox-opens-up-throttle-for-p2p-non-time-sensitive-traffic.ars it seems that cox is trying the same technology that got comcast in such hot water with the fcc (see: http://arstechnica.com/old/content/2008/07/hammer-drops-at-last-fcc-opposes-comcast-p2p-throttling.ars ) just another way to bend the customer over the barrel yet again"

net neutrality blasted by MPAA bosses

proudhawk proudhawk writes  |  more than 6 years ago

proudhawk writes "p2p blog reports today (http://www.p2pnet.net/story/15241) that the MPAA's Dan Glickman is at it again, this time with a broadside from the USS MPAA against net neutrality at his recent ShoWest appearance.

he was quited as saying "We are opposing so-called 'net neutrality' government action.".

sounds like yet one more way to keep us all on the short end of the stick folks."

"shocking" cell phone confiscated in Notti

proudhawk proudhawk writes  |  more than 6 years ago

proudhawk writes "This comes straight out of a james bond movie.

The register reports (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/12/mobile_stun_gun/) on the confiscation of a stun gun disguised as a Sony Ericsson W700 cell phone!

"The weapon was recovered from two young men on 28 February in the Hyson Green area of Nottingham, according to the Nottingham Evening Post. It looks like a normal mobile phone but boasts a handy "Stun" button which can, police forensic experts claim, deliver a 900,000-volt electric shock via two small metal prongs."

This looks like the same thing used in "007 — The world is not enough""

MPAA touts record year for hollywood!

proudhawk proudhawk writes  |  more than 6 years ago

proudhawk writes "in an article posted via p2pnet today (http://www.p2pnet.net/story/15234), MPAA boss Dan Glickman told the ShoWest convention in Las Vegas: "Today, we stand on a new mountaintop, and I have to say: I like the view."

He further went on to state: "We had about 5 percent growth in both the domestic and worldwide box office, all-time highs on both fronts reminding us once again that good stories well told always find a place in our hearts, our lives and our local theaters."

Considering the legal wrangles the MPAA (and its sister association, the RIAA) have gotten into over the last several years regarding "online piracy" one begins to wonder?

Are they really losing money?"

British Gov't loses 1k laptops! 007 called in!

proudhawk proudhawk writes  |  more than 6 years ago

proudhawk writes "It seems the UK Government has just as many problems with losing laps as does the US. TGDaily indicates (http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/36324/118/) that a report was submitted to the British House of commons on the matter."

EFF Joins Howell Vs RIAA fight

proudhawk proudhawk writes  |  about 7 years ago

proudhawk writes "It took long enough, but it appears the EFF has finally decided to help a beleaguered netizen to defend himself against Corporate Music.

from the article (found here: http://www.p2pnet.net/story/14632 )


"In what's rapidly becoming a major issue on- and offline, through their RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), the Big 4 are claiming just about anything you do beyond merely playing one of their music CDs is illegal and can land you in court facing fines totaling hundreds and thousands of dollars."

"Ask Jeffrey Howell, another Big 4 victim forced to act on his own behalf because he can't afford a lawyer."


and now it becomes interesting. the article is a very informative read (and don't miss the lnadmark document the EFF published, its well worth the read)."

Link to Original Source

proudhawk proudhawk writes  |  more than 8 years ago

proudhawk writes "there is a poll going on right now on the pchdtv forums (see here: http://www.pchdtv.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1767 ). the issue here is that pchdtv (and their erstwhile developers) have failed to complete this product as advertised (advertised to work "out of the box"). for those considering purchasing an HD card, A good read of their entire forums site is a must."



proudhawk proudhawk writes  |  more than 8 years ago

well, I submitted what I thought was a good sideline to an ongoing problem with an HD card manufacturer. only the story was rejected. I wish I knew what I was doing wrong.....


I was never much for journals...

proudhawk proudhawk writes  |  more than 8 years ago

heh. well, a newly discovered "feature" of /. :)

perhaps here, I'll make some use of it.

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