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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

reifman Re: No. Just no. (206 comments)

The FBI told me that the text for the link simply said "article" and that the url was secret but did not include anything of The Seattle Times or Associated Press in it.

about a month ago
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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

reifman Re:Astroturfing for the FBI? (206 comments)

I reached out to them. They didn't reach out to me. I thought the Internet was seeing this case wrong - and I stand by what I wrote.

about a month ago
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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

reifman Re:Why didn't they ask Myspace? (206 comments)

They did. See here: 13(b) the suspect was sophisticated enough to use compromised computers to disguise their actual IP address. The MySpace IP obtained in 12(b) helped determine this. http://www.politechbot.com/doc...

about a month ago
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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

reifman Re:Why didn't they ask Myspace? (206 comments)

p.s. keep in mind - the CIPAV might be more effective at gathering data that would lead to a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt whereas just the IP only gets them to basic identity of a location.

about a month ago
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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

reifman Re:Why didn't they ask Myspace? (206 comments)

I've put a question into the FBI spokesperson about this. This is 2007 - so WiFi and laptop penetration was a bit less than it is today. But, theoretically, the CIPAV would leverage additional data from their laptop. But, agreed - this would have been a logical step - trying to confirm if/why they tried this.

about a month ago
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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

reifman Re:Why didn't they ask Myspace? (206 comments)

Most likely, the suspect used MySpace at an anonymous IP that wouldn't connect him. I expect that the IP address would not give them as deep data as to the identity of the specific user as the CIPAV would.

about a month ago
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NSA App Ideas To Popularize Spying and Big Data

reifman Re:Unpopular? (78 comments)

Agree at some level but I was following this EFF report https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/10/polls-continue-show-majority-americans-against-nsa-spying "For instance in an AP poll, nearly 60 percent of Americans said they oppose the NSA collecting data about their telephone and Internet usage. In another national poll by the Washington Post and ABC News, 74 percent of respondents said the NSA's spying intrudes on their privacy rights."

about a year ago
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NSA App Ideas To Popularize Spying and Big Data

reifman Re:Computer says no.. (78 comments)

Fair enough :) But, it's been slashdotted a lot before and held up just fine. Perhaps need to add a maintenance section.

about a year ago
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How To Build a Simple Open Source Server Monitoring Solution With Mobile Support

reifman Re:It's about balancing complexity & simplicit (58 comments)

that's what this is - it's just more robust than a 5 line script ... and therefore allows you to monitor any number of pages and sites. and honestly - $5 = no cost to me. It's when you start talking about $18/mo fees for this that I start to say, what?

about a year ago
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How To Build a Simple Open Source Server Monitoring Solution With Mobile Support

reifman Re:Timothy needs to be fucking fired. (58 comments)

I'd much rather pay $5 for an iOS app then break out my C compiler ;)

about a year ago
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How To Build a Simple Open Source Server Monitoring Solution With Mobile Support

reifman Re:Thanks for the ad (58 comments)

Thanks for taking me entirely literally!

about a year ago
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How To Build a Simple Open Source Server Monitoring Solution With Mobile Support

reifman It's about balancing complexity & simplicity (58 comments)

I think people missed my point partly - for people that only run a blog or a few web sites, Nagios is complete overkill and it would take a long time to set up, figure out how to use and the steps I've seen for iOS integration are not simple. Ditto for Zabbix. I think if you really write out the steps for installing and configuring these tools to meet this scenario, your solution is way more cumbersome than this one. MonitorApp is a pretty simple solution with an app that can be easily customized (it's PHP) and it's free. It supports email notifications - and you can hook those into any notification provider you want. I chose the Pushover API because I want to get notified on my phone with alerts - it's simple and elegant. Plus, what's with all the negativity? If you don't like a post, skip it and read on - there's more coming.

about a year ago
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How To Build a Simple Open Source Server Monitoring Solution With Mobile Support

reifman Re:Timothy needs to be fucking fired. (58 comments)

You sound very frustrated. Seriously, write up the steps for installing Nagios with iOS/Android integration and let's compare solutions. If Nagios can't keep it's own site up, maybe it's not the best solution for people running a blog or just a few sites.

about a year ago

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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

reifman reifman writes  |  yesterday

reifman (786887) writes "Upstart social networking startup Ello burst on the scene in September with promises of a utopian, post-Facebook platform that respected user's privacy. I was surprised to see so many public figures and media entities jump on board — mainly because of what Ello isn't. It isn't an open source, decentralized social networking technology. It's just another privately held, VC-funded silo. Remember Diaspora? In 2010, it raised $200,641 on Kickstarter to take on Facebook with "an open source personal web server to share all your stuff online." Two years later, they essentially gave up, leaving their code to the open source community to carry forward. In part one of "Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives," I revisit/review six open source social networking alternatives in search of a path forward beyond Facebook. Here's what I found..."
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As Amazon Grows in Seattle, Pay Equity for Women Declines

reifman reifman writes  |  5 days ago

reifman (786887) writes "Amazon's hiring so quickly in Seattle that it's on pace to employ 45,000 people or seven percent of the city. But, 75% of these hires are male. While Seattle women earned 86 cents per dollar earned by men in 2012, today, they make only 78 cents per dollar. In "Amageddon: Seattle's Increasingly Obvious Future", I review these and other surprising facts about Amazon's growing impact on the city: we're the fastest growing — now larger than Boston, we have the fastest rising rents, the fourth worst traffic, we're only twelfth in public transit, we're the fifth whitest and getting whiter, we're experiencing record levels of property crime and the amount of office space under construction has nearly doubled to 3.2 million square feet in the past year."
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Outrage over FBI's online tactics highlights knee-jerk Internet culture

reifman reifman writes  |  about a month ago

reifman (786887) writes "The Internet's been abuzz the past 48 hours about reports the FBI distributed malware via a fake Seattle Times news website. What the agency actually did is more of an example of smart, precise law enforcement tactics; the outrage online is more an indictment of Twitter's tendency towards uninformed, knee-jerk reaction. In this age of unwarranted, unconstitutional blanket data collection by the NSA, the FBI's tactics from 2007 seem refreshing for their precision."
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Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Dodging

reifman reifman writes  |  about 3 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "A thousand unionized healthcare workers protested outside Microsoft's Seattle offices over its Nevada tax dodge on Friday. Microsoft shareholders have pocketed more than $5.34 billion in tax savings as Washington State social services and schools have taken huge cuts. In a hearing Wednesday, the Supreme Court suggested it may hold the Legislature in contempt and order it to repeal all tax breaks to restore proper funding to K-12 schools and universities."
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Install Four Do It Yourself Google Reader Alternatives

reifman reifman writes  |  about 3 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "I thought it might be a good time to revisit alternatives to now defunct Google Reader. Here, I walk through the installation of four newsreader apps: Selfoss, TinyRSS, GoRead and Fever. Of the four, two are free open source PHP-based readers (Selfoss and Tiny RSS), the third is an open source Python reader (GoRead) which runs easiest on Google App Engine and my favorite, Fever, whose PHP code costs $30 but can be easily self-hosted (no affiliation with the developer). All of them import OPML files — which is handy for migrating from another reader application. TinyRSS and GoRead offer an Android app client and there are third-party apps available for Fever."
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How to Respond to Internet Rage

reifman reifman writes  |  about 3 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "So, you’ve been attacked by trolls? Here’s what to expect: Your phone will vibrate incessantly with Twitter mentions. You’ll receive angry, obscenity filled emails and anonymous comments on your blog. Bloggers will take you out of context (a columnist at The Guardian compared me to a mass murderer—seriously). And maybe, you’ll receive an inappropriate package at your home as I did. Taming Internet rage may seem impossible, but there are good reasons to respond to critics and constructive ways to do so."
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Microsoft's Ballmer Accused of Manipulating High School Basketball

reifman reifman writes  |  about 3 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is alleged to have 'attracted basketball talent to [his son's] wealthy school ... with ... a new basketball-focused nonprofit, cash for a coach, an unusual admissions process and weak enforcement of academic standards. One star player stayed at a $6 million mansion...' The report came after Ballmer purchased the NBA's Clippers and shortly before his withdrawal from Microsoft's Board of Directors. 'The school has an admirably diverse student body – nearly half (49 percent) are students of color – and has made outstanding efforts to connect with minorities and local students who are not from privileged backgrounds.' The school is also the alma mater and the meeting place of Microsoft's founder's Bill Gates & Paul Allen."
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Education Funding for Washington State is in the Hands of Microsoft Shareholders

reifman reifman writes  |  about 3 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "In June, the Washington State Supreme Court ordered the Legislature to appear on September 3rd to explain why it hasn't found the revenue to fully fund the education reforms required by its McCleary ruling, as much as $7.83 billion through 2019. One reason the state has such a huge shortfall is major tax breaks to corporations such as Boeing and Microsoft. In particular, Microsoft’s savings from lobbying and dodging the state royalty tax between 1997 and 2014 is $5.34 billion. Factoring in interest and the Department of Revenue’s typical 25 percent penalty on unpaid corporate taxes, that number jumps to $8.16 billion. In other words, the entire education shortfall which Microsoft's leaders regularly decry, would not likely exist if not for their tax practices, passing education dollars to its out of state and international shareholders."
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Rumors of IMAPs Demise May Be Premature

reifman reifman writes  |  about 4 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "While the new Gmail API is a great step forward and offers a variety of new features, it provides no support for other mail providers to adopt it as a standard. For now, IMAP lives on as the lowest common denominator for building your own email applications across providers. Turns out that you can still accomplish a lot with just IMAP (video) , such as whitelisting, quiet hours, one step unsubscribe, digests which summarize filing destinations and unanswered emails as well as reporting on who sends you the most email every day. SimplifyEmail is meant to be an email playground for programmers."
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Supreme Court Grants Protections for Religious Freedom to Corporations

reifman reifman writes  |  about 5 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "In case you missed it, the Supreme Court granted rights of religious freedom to for profit corporations yesterday in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. While the word corporation doesn't appear in the Constitution, SCOTUS has now granted corporations commerce and contracts clause protections, personhood, due process, protection from double jeopardy and unreasonable search and seizure and free speech rights. Almost all of these rights originate from the twisting of the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection clause which was meant to provide rights for freed slaves."
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Seattle Pays $47.5k to Improve Google Search Results of City Administrator

reifman reifman writes  |  about 5 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "Seattle contracted $47,500 to improve the Google search results for the city’s highest paid administrator, Jorge Corrasco. Corrasco, already paid $245,000 annually for leading Seattle City Light, is under consideration for a nutty $120,000 raise. While the city has cut the contract short, here’s a pdf of the cached Huffington Post article, and other related posts. Seattle also has two deputy mayors each paid $170,000."
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Amazon's Giant Domed Dog Park: A Chick Magnet for Brogrammers?

reifman reifman writes  |  about 5 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "Puget Sound Business Journal's suggests the goal of the public dog park planned for Amazon's giant dome is aimed at helping lonely Amazon employees get dates. Scott Wyatt, chairman of design firm NBBJ, says 'the project's design is aimed at making employees more innovative by exposing them to people other than their co-workers.' — building a giant public bubble to get them out of the private bubble created by their massive Lake Union headquarters."
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Amazon's proposed dog park: A chick magnet for lonely techies?

reifman reifman writes  |  about 6 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "Puget Sound Business Journal's Tracey Spenser suggests the goal of the dog park planned for Amazon's giant public domes is aimed at helping lonely techies get a date. The architect says 'the project's design is aimed at making employees more innovative by exposing them to people other than their co-workers.' But Seattle may have reached peak-Amazon this week: The Stranger's cover mocked Amazon's ape-men brogrammers, who journalist Tricia Romano says are killing her sex life, local author Sherman Alexie appeared on the Colbert Report to urge a boycott against the company and CEO Jeff Bezos got called out for funding PACS but not voting in 23 elections."
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AT&T Charges $750 for One Minute of International Data Roaming

reifman reifman writes  |  about 6 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "Last week, AT&T shut down my data service after I turned roaming on in Canada for one minute to check Google maps. I wasn't able to connect successfully but they reported my phone burned through 50 MB and that I owed more than $750. Google maps generally require 1.3 MB per cell. They adamantly refused to reactivate my U.S. data service unless I 'agreed' to purchase an international data roaming package to cover the usage. They eventually reversed the charges but it seems that the company's billing system had bundled my U.S. data usage prior to the border crossing with the one minute of international data roaming."
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Amazon CEO Bezos Sends in Checks More Than He Sends in His Ballot

reifman reifman writes  |  about 6 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made himself a well-known figure in the world of politics with his $250 million purchase of the Washington Post last year. According to King County elections records, the Amazon CEO has voted in 4 of 27 elections since Amazon became profitable, or about 15 percent (Washington State votes by mail not by drone). At the same time, he has consistently contributed to political action committees and candidates in every election for more than a decade. Seattle’s other technology titan, Bill Gates, votes with robot-like consistency, skipping only one between the years 2000 and 2011."
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Geek Couple Surprises Audience with Actual Wedding at Ignite Seattle

reifman reifman writes  |  about 6 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "Last night at Ignite Seattle, the fifteenth and final five minute presentation "A Geek's Guide to Wedding Planning" turned into a huge surprise for the audience as what began as a normal talk turned into a full blown wedding. Teresa Valdez Klein & Noah Iliinsky, who'd met at earlier Ignites decided to bring their A game and get married in their five minute timeslot. Props and best wishes to the bride & groom. If they give a talk on "A Geek's Guide to Pregnancy", I will definitely skip it."
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Too many dudes: Amazon's growth is ruining Seattle's dating scene

reifman reifman writes  |  about 6 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "San Francisco's gender imbalance is so bad that a startup recently proposed flying women in from New York City for dates, but Seattle’s gender ratio is even more imbalanced. Amazon is building out enough space to employ 5% of the city population and its workforce is 75 percent male. By the end of 2014, Seattle will have 130 single men for every 100 single women."
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You've got Male: Amazon's Growth Impacting Seattle Dating Scene

reifman reifman writes  |  about 6 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "San Francisco's gender imbalance is so bad that a startup recently proposed flying women in from New York City for dates. But, if you’re a straight male thinking of moving to Seattle to work in technology, think again. Seattle’s gender ratio is even more imbalanced and it’s about to get much worse for men. Amazon is building out enough space to employ 5% of the city population and its workforce is 75 percent male. By the end of 2014, Seattle will have 130 single men for every 100 single women."
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Norwegian Skydiver Almost Gets Hit by Falling Meteor and Captures it on Film

reifman reifman writes  |  about 8 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "From the apparently not April Fools department: Anders Helstrup went skydiving nearly two years ago near Hedmark, Norway and while he didn’t realize it at the time, when he reviewed the footage taken by two cameras fixed to his helmet during the dive, he saw a rock plummet past him. He took it to experts and they realized he had captured a meteorite falling during its dark flight — when it has been slowed by atmospheric braking, and has cooled and is no longer luminous."
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Amazon's Outsourced Customer Service Making Fraud Easy

reifman reifman writes  |  about 8 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "Amazon's outsourced, semi-automated customer service makes it easy for unscrupulous buyers to prey on its marketplace sellers. Buyers just need to 1) request a return and then 2) file a claim alleging that the item was different than described. While Amazon says it retains emails between buyer and sellers 'to help arbitrate disputes and preserve trust and safety', it ignores the content of most email exchanges as it sends automated emails to sellers instructing them to issue refunds and threatening to withdraw the funds from their account. File this under 'our investigation team does not work according to case numbers.'"
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