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US Wants Natural Gas As Major Auto Fuel Option

realized Re:Available Now! (377 comments)

the honda civic CNG is a bit pricey compared to a normal civic and still more expensive then a hybrid (which gets like double the miles) - on normal gas, so you dont have to worry about finding a fueling station on long trips etc.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Takes Down DOJ, RIAA, MPA and Universal Music

realized ummm seriously? (649 comments)

DDOSing justice.gov for an hr, then going to fbi for another hr.. seems like a waste of bandwidth.....it does nothing, proves nothing, and all it does is piss off a few people.. in fact, now the websites are back up.. so did it even happen? my point exactly.

more than 2 years ago
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Data Hogs: the Monsters Carriers Created

realized AT&T going after Netflix, Hulu, and Slingbox u (215 comments)

AT&T Has throttled me for the past 3 months. Mind you its very easy to get around it so it hasn’t affected me at all but I did notice something very interesting.

My first month I was throttled, I got the “you are reaching 5%” text the day after the first time I ever used Netflix.

A week later I used Netflix again, and I was throttled the next day. (this was at 3.1GB) Next billing cycle I was back to normal but got my first warning at 3.7GB and throttled at 4.2GB

This last billing cycle was right around the same.

However, my sister – and we live together, have the exact same billing cycle. She this month got the “you are reaching 5%” text at 2.1GB – the day after steaming from HULU.com

That’s right, I got my first warning at 3.7GB and she got hers at 2.1GB – we live in the same house, and have the same account!

There is lots of talk about AT&T being aggressive to all Netflix, hulu, and slingbox users (check xda etc) wehre as if you don’t use the services, they will still throttle you, but not as fast.

I think its funny how i got a warning at 3.7gb and my sister at 2.1gb - all because of hulu

more than 2 years ago

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Use of Encryption Foiled the Cops a Record 9 Times in 2013

realized realized writes  |  about a month ago

realized (2472730) writes "In nine cases in 2013, state police were unable to break the encryption used by criminal suspects they were investigating, according to an annual report on law enforcement eavesdropping released by the U.S. court system on Wednesday. That’s more than twice as many cases as in 2012, when police said that they’d been stymied by crypto in four cases—and that was the first year they’d ever reported encryption preventing them from successfully surveilling a criminal suspect. Before then, the number stood at zero."
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adnxs.com Ax Nexus trying to distribute virus through slashdot.org

realized realized writes  |  about a month ago

realized (2472730) writes "when opening slashdot with firefox (not in chrome) slashdot refreshes every so often. It always reloads ads from "ib.Adnxs.com" and if you are lucky, it will try to download a present in the form of a virus."
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Yale University Scientists successfully grow full head of hair on bald man

realized realized writes  |  about a month ago

realized (2472730) writes "The patient had previously been diagnosed with both alopecia universalis, a disease that results in loss of all body hair, and plaque psoriasis, a condition characterized by scaly red areas of skin. The only hair on his body was within the psoriasis plaques on his head. He was referred to Yale Dermatology for treatment of the psoriasis. The alopecia universalis had never been treated.

After two months on tofacitinib at 10 mg daily, the patient’s psoriasis showed some improvement, and the man had grown scalp and facial hair — the first hair he’d grown there in seven years. After three more months of therapy at 15 mg daily, the patient had completely regrown scalp hair and also had clearly visible eyebrows, eyelashes, and facial hair, as well as armpit and other hair, the doctors said."
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Microsoft snooped on hotmail account without warrant to catch windows 8 leaker

realized realized writes  |  about 4 months ago

realized (2472730) writes "An update to the earlier story on slashdot, about an Ex-Microsoft Employee being arrested for leaking windows 8 more information has recently come to light.

Outlined by gizmodo, Microsoft searched a hotmail account without a warrant because they felt it had "evidence of a criminal act that met a standard comparable to that required to obtain a legal"

You can read the the indictment here that includes microsoft coming clean.

According to Microsoft, it was ok because.. "As part of the investigation, we took the step of a limited review of this third party's Microsoft operated accounts. While Microsoft's terms of service make clear our permission for this type of review, this happens only in the most exceptional circumstances""
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Judge shuts down DVDFAB and anybody whom they have ever spoken with...

realized realized writes  |  about 5 months ago

realized (2472730) writes "AACS (Advanced Access Content System), a a consortium that includes Disney, Intel, Microsoft, Panasonic, Warner Bros., IBM, Toshiba and Sony sued Chinese-based DVDFab from distributing its software that enabled users to circumvent the AACS Technology.

Federal judge however felt like overreaching and making sure people know he means real business.

From the court order:

Any third party service providers providing services to Defendants in connection with any of the DVDFab Domain Names, the DVDFab Websites or the DVDFab Social Media Accounts, and who receive actual notice of this Order, including without limitation, web hosting providers, social media or other online service providers (including without limitation, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+), back-end service providers, web designers, distributors, search-based online advertising services (such as through paid inclusion, paid search results, sponsored search results, sponsored links, and Internet keyword advertising), and any banks, savings and loan associations, merchant account providers, payment processors and providers, credit card associations, or other financial institutions which receive or process payments or hold assets on Defendants' behalf (including without limitation, Avangate Inc., Avangate B.V., PayPal, Western Union, PayEase, IPS Ltd., Realypay, WorldPay, Opus Payments, Amazon Payments, WorldPay, Money Gram International, WebMoney, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Visa Electron, Maestro, Solo, Laser, and Carte Bleue) for any Defendant or any of the DVDFab Domain Names or the DVDFab Websites, and who receive actual notice of this Order, shall, within three (3) days of receipt of this Order, cease or disable providing such services to: a) Defendants in relation to the DVDFab Software and/or any other products or services that circumvent the AACS Technology; andb) any and all of the DVDFab Domain Names, the DVDFab Websites or DVDFab Social Media Accounts."

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NSA's "QUANTUM" hack's IRC and HTTP-based criminal botnets.

realized realized writes  |  about 5 months ago

realized (2472730) writes "From the article:

“Today QUANTUM packs a suite of attack tools, including both DNS injection (upgrading the man-on-the-side to a man-in-the-middle, allowing bogus certificates and similar routines to break SSL) and HTTP injection. That reasonable enough. But it also includes gadgets like a plug-in to inject into MySQL connections, allowing the NSA to quietly mess with the contents of a third-party’s database. (This also surprisingly suggests that unencrypted MySQL on the internet is common enough to attract NSA attention.)”"
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Meetup.com under DDOS after refusing to pay $300 ransom.

realized realized writes  |  about 5 months ago

realized (2472730) writes "Social media site Meetup.com is currently fighting off a DDOS attack after the company refused to pay a $300 ransom to not go through with the attack.

According to reports, the company's CEO, Scott Heiferman, got an email that said “A competitor asked me to perform a DDoS attack on your website. I can stop the attack for $300 USD. Let me know if you are interested in my offer”.

Before Heiferman finished reading the email the company started getting attacked.

The attack has been going on since last Thursday.

More information can be found on meetup’s official blog"
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Obama: Sprint overcharged the goverment 21 Million for wiretapping expenses

realized realized writes  |  about 5 months ago

realized (2472730) writes "Sprint, like all the nation’s carriers, must comply with the Communications Assistance in Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which requires telcos to be capable of providing government-ordered wiretapping services. The act also allows carriers to recoup “reasonable expenses” associated with those services.

Sprint inflated charges approximately 58 percent between 2007 and 2010, according to a lawsuit the administration brought against the carrier today.

“As alleged, Sprint over billed law enforcement agencies for carrying out court-ordered intercepts, causing a significant loss to the government’s limited resources,” said San Francisco U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag."

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Meiman Marcus Data Breach, card data most likely stolen

realized realized writes  |  about 7 months ago

realized (2472730) writes "In the second cyber attack on a big box store, Neiman Marcus says it was hacked and is currently working with the secret service. Ginger Reeder, spokeswoman for Neiman Marcus Group Ltd has confirmed that the company was notified in mid-December about the possible breach by their credit card processor whom noticed potentially unauthorized payment activity following customer purchases at Neiman Marcus."
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AOL: Screw our Creative Commons Licensing, we will sue for using our data!

realized realized writes  |  about 9 months ago

realized (2472730) writes "AOL has licensed its CrunchBase data under a free Creative Commons license. But once a startup decided to use the CrunchBase AOL threatened to sue them. Startup "Pro Populi" launched apps for apps for Google Glass and the iPhone that uses the CrunchBase database in its entirety. CrunchBase database has been published continuously under the Creative Commons CC-BY attribution license, which permits any use.

However, AOL seems to be upset that people are using their data. Quoted letter from AOL lawyers to the startup:

On the chance that you may have misinterpreted Matt’s willingness to discuss the matter with you last week, and our reference to this as a ‘request,’ let me make clear, in more formal language, that we demand that People+ immediately cease and desist from its current violation and infringement of AOL’s/TechCrunch’s proprietary rights and other rights to CrunchBase, by removing the CrunchBase content from your People+ product and by ceasing any other use of CrunchBase-provided content

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is representing the startup, sent AOL a letter Monday saying “People+ has the right to continue using the material that People+ has gathered to date."

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Obamacare enrollee's get interesting response from TS of healthcare.gov

realized realized writes  |  about 9 months ago

realized (2472730) writes "The House Republicans YouTube account released a video Wednesday featuring excerpts from conversations between a would-be Obamacare enrollee and a customer service representative that’s almost too bizarre to believe actually took place.

Customer: Clicking ‘Save and Continue’ does not allow me to move forward
Obamacare rep: Don’t lose your sanity over this website. Try it. If it doesn’t work, walk away. Try it tomorrow,” the representative wrote back

Customer: I had the login problems for the first 11 days
Obamacare: Imagine you are stuck in this site’s rush hour traffic. You still exist. You just aren’t going anywhere

Customer: You have no way to assist those that ask for help?
Obamacare: Don’t run with scissors

and here is a text copy of the transcripts

is this a joke?"

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Experian sold social security numbers to ID Theft Service

realized realized writes  |  about 9 months ago

realized (2472730) writes "Experian — one of the three national US credit bureaus — reportedly sold SSNs through its subsidiary, Court Ventures, to the operators of SuperGet.info who then offered all of the information online for a price. The website would advertise having "99% to 100% of all USA" in their database on websites frequented by carders.

Hieu Minh Ngo, the website owner, has recently been charged with 15-count indictment filed under seal in November 2012, charging him with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, substantive wire fraud, conspiracy to commit identity fraud, substantive identity fraud, aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to commit access device fraud, and substantive access device fraud."
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Obama: thank you Mitch McConnell - here is $2million for your hometown DAM

realized realized writes  |  about 9 months ago

realized (2472730) writes "The bill that ended the government shutdown and forestalled a debt crisis Wednesday night had at its core what the country expected: it funded the government and averted default. But that was not all.

In exchange for raising the debt limit, Mitch McConnell also got 2.1 billion in extra funding for his hometown dam project.

Though Mitch secured 2.1 billion for helping Obamacare and rising the limit, others also benefited though not as much. $450 million in Colorado flood relief and $600 million to fight forest fires was also passed as part of the bill."
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PiracyData Reports Most-Pirated Films Are Unavailable otherwise

realized realized writes  |  about 9 months ago

realized (2472730) writes "A new website PiracyData.org (managed by Mercatus Center at George Washington University) shows real time examples of why most people may be pirating movies... Because they can’t get the movies legally...

The website gathers data on the top pirated movies and checks to see if the movies are available to either stream, rent digitally, or digitally purchase.

On its current top 10 list of most pirated movies – none are available to stream legally, and only three are available to rent digitally.

The only options left are to Purchase digitally (only available for 6 of the movies) or... pirate."
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35,000 vbulletin sites have already been hacked via exploit released last week

realized realized writes  |  about 9 months ago

realized (2472730) writes "Last week slashdot covered the Dangerous VBulletin Exploit In the Wild. Apparently hackers have been busy since then because according to security firm Imperva, more than 35,000 sites were recently hacked via this vulnerability. The sad part about this is that it could have all been avoided if the administrator of the websites just removed the “/install” and/or “/core/install” folders – something that you would think the installer should do on its own."
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Obamacare's Healthcare.gov hidden terms says user has absolutely no privacy

realized realized writes  |  about 9 months ago

realized (2472730) writes "The ObamaCare website, Healthcare.gov has a hidden terms of service that is not shown to people when the sign up. The hidden terms, only viewable if you “view source” on the site says that the user has “no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system”. Sadly, the $634 million dollar website still does not work for most people so its hard to confirm – though when its fixed in 2 months, we should finally be able to see it."
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"Western Express" credit-card fraud prosecution ends with jail sentences

realized realized writes  |  about a year ago

realized (2472730) writes "Involved in a ring that is responsible of trafficking more than 95,000 stolen credit cards and stealing more then $5 Million dollars, the last three people involved in "Western Express" were finally sentenced today.

EGOR SHEVELEV, a/k/a “Eskalibur” a/k/a "Esk,” 27 sentenced to 13 1/3-to-40 years in state prison
DOUGLAS LATTA, a/k/a “Realbusy,” 40 sentenced to 22-to-44 years in state prison
NNA CIANO, a/k/a “Angela Perez,” 41 sentenced to 19 2/3-to-47 years in state prison

You can read the opinion of the court of an earlier trial regarding the corporation behind the whole thing, "Western Express International" and its owner, VADIM VASSILENKO."
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Apple being sued over Passbook

realized realized writes  |  about 2 years ago

realized (2472730) writes "Apple is currently being sued over four patents when it comes to passbook. The first two are in regards to "Information management and synchronous communications system with menu generation", and the second two titled "Information management and synchronous communications system with menu generation, and handwriting and voice modification of orders"

The company doing the suing is called Ameranth, a company that both Microsoft and Motorola have given strategic investments to."

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Ask Slashdot: Alkaline water – the real deal or snake oil?

realized realized writes  |  about 2 years ago

realized (2472730) writes "it seems more and more common that my friends are getting into these water ionizer which apparently can change the pH of a water from about 7 up to a 9.5 (more alkaline). There seems to be no real documentation and the only “news” I can find on the subject are press releases.
The companies selling these things operate on a pyramid. They have discussions and invite people in to “sell” the product. In these discussions you hear about friends of friends who were dying of stage 4 lung cancer and stopped all treatment but then started drinking this water and all of a sudden they are cured.
Has there been any actual scientific studies done on the benefits of drinking alkaline water (please don’t compare alkaline water to alkaline foods)? Is it just snake oil? Why are so many people spending anywhere from $3000-$6000 on these machines? Does it do anything to benefit the body?"
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AT&T successfully sued after throttling customer in california

realized realized writes  |  more than 2 years ago

realized (2472730) writes "While everybody else is complaining about AT&T’s throttling, Matt Spaccarelli decided to sue, and won. The small claims court judge said “it wasn't fair for the company to purposely slow down his iPhone, when it had sold him an "unlimited data" plan.” And awarded Matt with $850 for his trouble. This could be good news for throttlers, who have reported being throttled after only 1.5gb or after watching a tv show on Netflix but still being well under 2gb of data usage."
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