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Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

sabri Re:We protected 1 billion people by notifying trus (188 comments)

This was handled similarly to a flaw I discovered, and I think it makes sense. Facebook, for example, has about a billion users. If you have a colleague you trust at Facebook, informing that one colleague can protect Facebook's billion users.

Ah yes, the duckface pictures of a bunch of teens are way more important than, let's say, millions of tax returns.

about a week ago
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Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

sabri Re:Not getting funded. (157 comments)

I would love to do some recreational flying, but I can't afford to with a family and a mortgage and many expenses. And I couldn't justify it as an expensive hobby before then.

I totally understand. However, most flight schools will offer an introductory flight for about $150.

The point was simply that people don't fly because it isn't economically viable to do so. The number of pilot's licenses isn't an indication of people's ability to fly or their inclination to do so. It is an indication of the expense of flying which is partly the result of FAA regulations and the lack of efficient mass production of light aircraft.

Yes, you are 100% correct. The reason why flying is so expensive is because maintenance is so expensive. You can buy an aircraft for the price of a mid-size car (~$30k). However, every 100 hours and every year you'll need inspection. Every 2000 hours you'll need an engine overhaul (or a new engine). And then there is the fuel consumption: your average Cessna 172 (one of the most popular GA aircraft), slurps between 8 and 10 USG of $5/gallon gas per hour.

However, is someone is capable of producing a "flying car" which can do all of that much cheaper, I'm sure a lot of people will find the time and money to earn their pilot's license.

about two weeks ago
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Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

sabri Re:Not getting funded. (157 comments)

Personally I don't have a pilots license because I don't have the money to waste on something that is of no economic benefit.

Well, I have been fortunate enough to be able to afford a pilot's license and I could not give a rat's ass about the economic benefit. There is nothing better than flying around in an airplane on a sunny day, at 1500ft above the Golden Gate bridge. And I will even go one step further: my first solo flight was the best day of my life. That includes losing my virginity and getting married. Check the continuous smile on this pilot's face during a first solo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v....

Who cares about economic benefit. If you can ever afford it, go for it! If you can't afford the license, go take an introductory flight at your local flight school and at least enjoy it for a brief moment.

about two weeks ago
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Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

sabri Re:H1B - a path to a Tech Job (287 comments)

I was referring to H1-B visas.

I'm not an English major, but that was not very obvious.

The backlog occurs as a result of the annual limit on the H1-B

Not true as there is no backlog. Applications that are filed outside of the annual limit, or not selected when a lottery is performed, are rejected. They are not delayed for processing in the next FY, and new applications for the same beneficiary will not get any preferential treatment.

C + D both assume employment and sponsorship by a US based company. That is a given - just like it is for a TN visa.

That is perhaps a given to you, but that is not what you wrote. Remember that you, as someone who as undergone the process of immigration, may understand all the steps and requirements, but some poor schmuck in India reading your post may think that he has a chance if he files his own H1-B paperwork. Yes, the naturalization forms may not be that difficult that you'd need an attorney, but that was not clear from your post...

about two weeks ago
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Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

sabri Re:H1B - a path to a Tech Job (287 comments)

Unlike many other countries there is no annual limit on the number of TN visas issued. Countries like India and China typically have 5-6 year backlogs (or longer) due to quotas.So as long as you're not looking for permanant residency you can get a TN and just keep renewing it. If you want to be on the path for "permanent residency" then you need to get an H1-B visa. Which, of course, is more difficult to get. But once you get it, it's good for 6 years. It can only be renewed once. But having an H1-B is a direct path to citizenship. The hard part is getting the H1-B. After that, getting citizenship is easy. You don't even need an attorney. I did mine myself.

You need to get your facts straight.

A: There is no 5-6 year backlog for TN visas for India and China. India and Chinese nationals are not eligible as primary applicant for a TN visa.

B: You could be referring to H1-B visas, but then you would still be mistaken as there is no 5-6 year backlog for those either. H1-B visas are processed on a first-come first-serve basis until the annual limit is reached or when a high number of applications is received (all applications in the first week will usually be put in a lottery system). Unlucky applicants can try again next FY.

C: H1-B is not a direct path to citizenship. The path from H1-B to citizenship requires permanent residence, which requires a sponsoring employer.

D: I suspect you are not being truthful when you say "I did mine myself". That is very difficult, as you generally need an employer to sponsor your permanent residence (form I-140), and BTW, the same goes for your H1-B (form I-129). The only exceptions to the I-140 sponsoring requirements are people who have an extraordinary ability (EB1-A category). If you are able to file all the required paperwork yourself and get it approved, then you are truly extraordinary and I humbly bow to you.

E: It is the permanent residence part that has a huge backlogs, up to 8 years for certain countries.

about two weeks ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

sabri Re:Does this mean no more Gnome desktop? (693 comments)

The correct term for that is "software" these days. Like it or not, that's how it is.

If only software would be the focus of the Gnome foundation. I had a look to check if it would be worth donating some of my cash to. One of the ways to see if your money is spent well, is by looking at the financial statements of the charity you're considering to donate to. I found old statements on their page (http://www.gnome.org/foundation/reports/). Their last financial report goes back to 2011...

According to the financial data in their 2012 status report, 25 percent of their spending went to "Women's Outreach" ($106,741 out of $409,400). While I have no issues with programs helping women getting coding internships, I'm pretty sure the Gnome foundation would not be broke right now if they focused on their mission statement: "The GNOME Foundation will work to further the goal of the GNOME project: to create a computing platform for use by the general public that is completely free software. ", according to their website: https://wiki.gnome.org/Foundat....

This looks like a self-inflicted wound, originating out of bad management and diversion from their core mission.

about two weeks ago
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In-Flight Wi-Fi Provider Going Above and Beyond To Help Feds Spy

sabri Re:But... (78 comments)

...terrorism!

No, Lawful Intercept.

Don't shoot the company that is complying with government wishes. When the FBI knocks on a CEO's door and says "you need to do this and this", the CEO will have little choice but to comply. Yes, in theory he may refuse an order if it is not 100% a requirement per the law, but that will only make his own life difficult. Remember that it is the same government that hands out licenses for the CEO's business, and the same government that collects that CEO's taxes. The government can make life very, very difficult for the CEO, even while staying within the boundaries of the law (tax audits, anyone?).

When focusing on a single company, you're losing sight of the bigger picture. The problem is that the government has little regard for the end-user's privacy, and sacrifices civil liberties in the name of security. It is the government that needs a slap on the hand, not the company that has been "exposed" (but I do agree that morally, the company is on the wrong side in history).

about two weeks ago
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Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

sabri Re:I dont get it (551 comments)

It's the same reason you give your wallet to the mugger with the gun and the crazy eyes.

And this is exactly what it is. Putin is a mugger with a gun and crazy eyes. Too bad he also has nuclear weapons so nobody can do anything about. The only thing that can be done is to isolate Russia the same way as we isolate North Korea. Nazdrovje!

about 1 month ago
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The Tangled Tale of Mt. Gox's Missing Millions

sabri Re:"Sight"? On slashdot? (191 comments)

Eye have a spelling chequer,

When I put the sentence "the code running the sight was a mess" in MS Word, it does not show up as spelling error.

How do you call someone that speaks two languages? Bilingual.
How do you call someone that speaks three languages? Trilingual.
How do you call someone that speaks one language? American.

Moral of the story: stop complaining about people who learned English as a second language and be happy that they did.

about a month and a half ago
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Mass. Legislature Strikes Back: Upskirt Photos Now Officially a Misdemeanor

sabri Re:No surprise (256 comments)

Apparently you might even be accused of jury tampering for spreading the word http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02...

I'd recommend you to include a link that explains why that particular case was dismissed (spoiler: the judge basically said: this is free speech).

about a month and a half ago
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Government Accuses Sprint of Overcharging For Wiretapping Expenses

sabri Re:Refund on overhearing my pizza order (114 comments)

There was no "TEA party" before 2008, period. Really, man up and admit that you were completely wrong.

At least I provide a reference to support my arguments. I suggest you take my example and do the same.

about a month and a half ago
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Government Accuses Sprint of Overcharging For Wiretapping Expenses

sabri Re:Refund on overhearing my pizza order (114 comments)

There was no Tea Party in 2006 for Bush to appease. The Tea Party movement came into existence with Obama's election. No matter how you try to spin it, your reference to the Tea Party is gratuitous and indefensible.

Well, let's see:

References to the Boston Tea Party were part of Tax Day protests held throughout the 1990s and earlier

source

about a month and a half ago
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Government Accuses Sprint of Overcharging For Wiretapping Expenses

sabri Re:Refund on overhearing my pizza order (114 comments)

I think that's a ridiculous suggestion. "The Government" is currently in Democratic hands; they don't give a f*ck about annoying the Tea Party.

I think you have trouble reading. The law enacting this compliance tax was created in 2006. When Mr Bush was president. You know, the GOP one.

about a month and a half ago
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Government Accuses Sprint of Overcharging For Wiretapping Expenses

sabri Re:Refund on overhearing my pizza order (114 comments)

And this justifies a gratuitous dig at the Tea Party... why?

I'm not digging at the Tea Party. I'm asserting that the government is trying to keep them as a friend by introducing this obligation without calling it a tax.

about a month and a half ago
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Government Accuses Sprint of Overcharging For Wiretapping Expenses

sabri Re:Refund on overhearing my pizza order (114 comments)

So you're implying it would be better if the Tea Party didn't oppose NSA wiretapping and encouraged the government to raise additional taxes for the explicit purpose of violating our privacy? Or what?

What I'm implying is that the government first collects taxes from its citizens in order to provide "law enforcement" and "protection", and then taxes the internet access industry for exactly the same thing. Which of course, in the end, gets paid by the users.

In short, the government is collecting money twice from its own citizens, to illegally spy on the same citizens that it should be protecting against illegal activities.

about a month and a half ago
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Government Accuses Sprint of Overcharging For Wiretapping Expenses

sabri Re:Refund on overhearing my pizza order (114 comments)

So it basically comes down to an unfunded mandate probably passed down to the very customers the government is spying on.

No, this is basically the government outsourcing the cost of law enforcement to the private sector. Effectively, another form of taxing your local business. But since the TEA party doesn't like that, they called it something else.

about 1 month ago
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Google Funds San Francisco Bus Rides For Poor

sabri Re:I don't get it. (362 comments)

I suggest that you're living in quite a bubble.

The only one living in a bubble is this commie idiot named Erin McElroy. According to her own resume she has done nothing to contribute to society (sorry, I don't call "art" a meaningful contribution: "Grids and Birds and Such", my ass).

I wonder if she gets up in the morning and pees acid instead of urine. Google spends their cash on helping those less fortunate and she's still not happy. If course not, in her Marxist views, making a profit is bad. Go back to Mother Russia, Erin.

about 2 months ago
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Is Google Making the Digital Divide Worse?

sabri Re:If only there were a system (259 comments)

Maybe if you put down the Ayn Rand and looked at the fragging world around you you might see that there are many societies between those two extremes and many of them generate far better outcomes for a majority of their citizens than the US does. BTW good work conflating equality of opportunity with 'equal', and making out Soviet Union is the only possible implementation and outcome for socialism. It's thinking like that has made, and continues to make, the USA the mostly ignorant redneck paradise it is today.

Maybe you should stop assuming that everyone here is an American citizen. I am from Europe and from mixed parents. My father was born in an eastern Europe country and my mother was born in a western European country. I have seen communism in former Yugoslavia and I have seen "western socialism" in The Netherlands. I moved from The Netherlands to the US in 2010. Let me indulge you in some of the differences that I've seen:

- homeless people: more than enough in Amsterdam, same story in San Jose.
- education: everything before college is public and for free in both countries;
- universities are slightly less expensive in The Netherlands with almost interest-free loans to pay for the lower tuition and living expenses;
- healthcare: everybody is forced by law to have healthcare insurance in The Netherlands. If you don't you pay a fine.
- taxes: 52% income tax and 21% sales tax in The Netherlands.
- social security: if you don't work, you'll still get approx $2000 monthly from the state. With the minimum wage being at the same level, many people choose not to work. My 73% tax on every Euro that I earned went straight to people who choose not to work.

Bottom line: I moved to the US to escape the Socialist State of a so-called free and democratic country.

Now try again to convince me how your Marxist views are good for the world.

about 2 months ago
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Is Google Making the Digital Divide Worse?

sabri Re:If only there were a system (259 comments)

Wow, if only there were some kind of organized system of, say, i don't know, governance for ensuring that under-represented members of our communities get equal access to economic resources? Like a set of written guidelines or maybe rules that all members of a community need to abide by...

So you want everyone to be equal? That has been tried, it was called the Soviet Union.

In a free market, some people have more than others. If you don't want that, you'll end up having a Socialist State. And that means that the government steals^W taxes everything you earn above a certain amount, for example like in France.

Most of the people who are considered "poor" (where poor is relative, if you still have a roof, food and clothing) have had the same opportunities as those who are considered working class or even rich. They all had an opportunity to go to school and get at least a high school diploma. Not everyone is Stanford or Harvard material, but everyone has a chance in this country. If you don't take that chance and become poor, it is your own fault and I don't need a government to take my hard-earned cash away and give it to you. I earned my Masters degree two weeks after 18 months of studying, and it cost me only 4k. Being poor is a choice for most people who are.

And then you have this commie complaining about how not giving free high-speed internet to those who refused to go to school and work is only increasing the income gap. What an idiot.

about 2 months ago
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House Committee Approves Bill Banning In-Flight Phone Calls

sabri Re:nobodies phone is banned (366 comments)

Until you can board a plane without a ticket, and without going through TSA

I did that quite recently. Drove up to the airport, got the keys to the airplane, walked out to the ramp, did a pre-flight check, got in the cockpit and started the engine. Did I mention it was a Cessna 172?

about 2 months ago

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City of San Jose wants to snoop private CCTV camera's

sabri sabri writes  |  about 3 months ago

sabri (584428) writes "The City of San Jose, self-proclaimed capitol of Silicon Valley, wants to snoop into the security camera's of private citizens, in an effort to combat the rising crime figures of the city. The councilman proposing the ordinance says " The new database "is something that costs very little but could have a big impact in making San Jose safer."". Full article available on the website of the San Jose Mercury News website."
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Woman facing $3500 fine for posting online review

sabri sabri writes  |  about 5 months ago

sabri (584428) writes "Jen Palmer tried to order something from kleargear.com, some sort of cheap Thinkgeek clone. The merchandise never arrived and she wrote a review on ripoffreport.com. Now, kleargear.com is reporting her to credit agencies and sending collectors to collect $3500 as part of a clause which did not exist at the alleged time of purchase.

Now I'm wondering whether or not the terms and conditions even apply, since the sales transaction was never completed."
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Second SFO disaster avoided seconds before crash

sabri sabri writes  |  about 9 months ago

sabri (584428) writes "On July 25th, flight EVA28, a Boeing 777 flying from Taiwan to SFO, was on the final approach for runway 28L when they were alerted by ATC that they were only at 600ft above the ground at less than 4NM from the threshold. SFO's tower directed the flight crew to climb immediately and declare missed approach.

Assuming they were flying at 140 knots (typical approach speed of a 777), they were less than 2 minutes from the runway and at a 3 degree angle (approx 500ft/min descent), about a minute from impact. This is the same type of aircraft and runway used by the crashed Asiana flight. Similar weather conditions and awfully similar flight path. Is there a structural problem with computer-aided pilot's ability to fly visual approaches?"
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USCIS receives 50,000 packages of H-1B petitions on first day

sabri sabri writes  |  1 year,19 days

sabri (584428) writes "The USCIS has received 50,000 applications for new H-1B visas on the 1st day of the H-1B season for FY2014. It is expected that this years season will not last longer than the minimum of 5 days.

While the proponents and opponents of the H-1B visa program still disagree, one thing is sure: the increased H-1B visa demand is a sign that the economy is improving."
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Huawei got caught copying - again

sabri sabri writes  |  about a year ago

sabri (584428) writes "Huawei, the industry leader in copying other companies code and property, has done it again. This time they did not even bother removing their victim's contact information:

"Sabina Berloffa, vice president of marketing at Kapsch CarrierCom, made her views quite clear on her company's website — see Kapsch vs. Huawei: Find the differences — after Huawei issued promotional materials that not only resembled Kapsch's in practically every respect but which also included a hyperlink to Kapsch's contact details."

You'd think they would learn at some point..."

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Security expert: Huawei routers riddles with vulnerabilities

sabri sabri writes  |  about a year and a half ago

sabri (584428) writes "Cnet reports in this article that German security expert Felix Lindner has unearthed several vulnerabilities in Huawei's carrier grade routers. These vulnerabilities could potentially enable attackers, or the Chinese government, to snoop on users' traffic and/or perform a man-in-the-middle attack. While these routers are mostly in use in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, they are increasingly being used in other parts of the world as well, because of their dirt-cheap pricing.

Disclaimer: I work for one of their competitors."

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"Cyber" criminals distribute infected USB sticks on parking lot

sabri sabri writes  |  about 2 years ago

sabri (584428) writes "The Dutch news-site Elsevier is reporting that cybercriminals attempted to steal data from a multinational by "losing" spyware infected USB sticks on the companies parking lot. Their attempt failed as one of the employees who found the stick dropped it off at the companies IT department, who then found the spyware and issued a warning.

So next time, don't expect to find someones dirty pictures on a USB stick you just found..."

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