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Critroni Crypto Ransomware Seen Using Tor for Command and Control

saloomy Re:Antivirus (119 comments)

Technically yes, it can be done, but...
1. Where is the list of all IP addresses coming from
2. Who is supposed to manage the white list, or the now very large ruleset in your large organization
3. Who is supposed to whitelist EVERY SINGLE ip address your computer talks to? Track the connections in your ASA, and you will discover that with phones, tablets, and regular users, a 50 man organization will connect to literally tens of thousands of IPs a day. Its unrealistic to whitelist IPs, especially when you can not guarantee targets will not update their DNS records when they obtain new IP addresses.
4. Forget about any P2P application.. not just file-sharing but chat and messaging programs that communicate directly to the client.

yesterday
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Critroni Crypto Ransomware Seen Using Tor for Command and Control

saloomy Antivirus (119 comments)

not trying to blame the victim, but I wonder if antivirus or anti-malware software will detect these ransomware programs? Just asking. I guess firewalls might be able to detect the Tor server/connections.

All a firewall will see is encrypted traffic from the computer in the LAN (inside) initiate a connection to a random computer (IP address) on the Internet (outside interface). Its not able to see what is being sent/received, which is the entire reason for TORs existence.. protecting you from Man in the Middle attacks, which in this case, the firewall would be.

yesterday
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Help Crowd-FOIA Stingray Usage Across America

saloomy Re:The eventual redefinition of "privacy" and the (89 comments)

You make a few good points Maga. What I meant to say is that the "spirit" of the founding laws that coincide with American ideals against unlawful, unwarranted search and seizure are defined to protect the public, and the individual from a questioning government. Basically, the government can not come into your home, and search for without a warrant showing just cause.

The fact that our digital culture has mechanized mass-surveilance, the likes of which were surely unimaginable when the founding laws were laid down, does not change the intent of the law. The government has to show just cause before it can search your effects or your person. Mass surveillance is specifically counter to that intent. There is no just cause for searching people at random, and that again is specifically what the law is written to keep from occurring.

However, if you post on FB, thats information you are choosing to share with a corporate entity. If they in turn share that data, its either in accordance with their policies, the law, or in violation of them, which means you have cause to lay a claim. Just like you can not kiss someone in public and expect privacy, you can not expect to post information to FB and expect privacy. If your friends can see it, they too can share it, which is not in violation of any contract or law.

The chance now is for people to rise up and assert when the information intended to be secure (such as encrypted data to another person), is syphoned and decrypted en masse; the government is in violation of both the "spirit" and the letter of the law.

about a month ago
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Help Crowd-FOIA Stingray Usage Across America

saloomy Re:The eventual redefinition of "privacy" and the (89 comments)

But that means this is a chance for the nation (and by nation I mean the public), to stand up for what they believe to be right and true in this regard. As an American, you can ask yourself what the freedoms and "spirits" of the founding laws intended, and fight to make it so. So often on slashdot, there are comments that ring with "it can't ever happen, the MAN is too powerful for us peons to do anything to change this". I always feel like I should (but seldom do) remind those folks of the Civil Rights movement. A group of citizens rose up and stood in the face of so many gov't entities and achieved their goal. I also feel that happened when President Obama ran in 2008. The results have been a little underwhelming vs. what the youth of the day thought they would get, but they did achieve it. I think the Civil Rights movement of my generation (30's) and the one that follows will be digital rights, privacy, and freedom to conduct your business without the watchful eye of big brother giving you a second glance, or a nod of approval.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Runs Out of US Address Space For Azure, Taps Its Global IPv4 Stock

saloomy Re: OR (250 comments)

From an iPhone on AT&T IPv6 does not work. Neither does it work on my Uverse connection. You can test ipv6 functionality by going to test-ipv6.org. From a hosting perspective, no one will want to use an IPv6 server unless their customers/clients/users can access it. The last-mile retail carriers need to implement v6 first. The situation is getting close to truly exhausting the v4 pool, and it's going to be too little too late very soon. Try and request an org, as, and v4 addresses from ARIN. You better be good at proving an ABSOLUTE NEED for them. They don't have any large blocks left. V6 isn't the same hassle, they hand them out like candy, so it's not a lasyness issue. It's Network admins not knowing how to configure it, old equipment, and end-user inaccessability that keep IaaS companies from switching.

about a month ago
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SpaceX Shows Off 7-Man Dragon V2 Capsule

saloomy What else is needed (140 comments)

To get people to the ISS that spaxeX cannot provide?

about 2 months ago
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SpaceX Shows Off 7-Man Dragon V2 Capsule

saloomy What else is needed (140 comments)

That spacex doesn't provide to ferry humans up to the IIS? Why do they still need the Russians to get up there?

about 2 months ago
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Eyes Over Compton: How Police Spied On a Whole City

saloomy Re:...and this is our cue... (190 comments)

Count the camera's around you... in 100 ft even. Just imagine how many CCDs are being made every day, how many hard drive platters are being created every day! The era of privacy has passed. We will be forever more in a surveillance state. I think our children will be far more accepting of this change than we are, simply because its new. 25 years from now, being "caught on film" doing something we don't want others to know about will be harder and harder. Its a math problem more cameras = more surveillance.

about 3 months ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

saloomy Re:Who'll spit on my burger?! (870 comments)

I understand the project made financial sense, and Im not disputing that it did decrease marginal costs. What I am saying is that when you can automate a function, there are more factors to consider than the replaced employee's wages. The drive to automation is to scale efficiently, which humans can not do.

The main driver for this project was not the cost of the technology vs. the cost of the payroll, it was the ancillary benefits that come with automation that humans just can not match. Thats my point (in response to the point of the article).

Again. I understand it increases the bottom line, but it does so in a way that doubling the payroll could not have achieved. There is a diminishing return on the number of employees you can have driving around a warehouse in a propane truck, and yes there is a limit on the number of these forklifts you can hire, but the objective was to maximize shipping capacity of the warehouse. These units were better than the humans at that.

about 4 months ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

saloomy Re:Don't raise wages. Demand lower prices. (870 comments)

Price has nothing to do with cost and everything to do with (perceived) supply / demand.

And unless you live in a dictatorship, you are not allowed to "demand" anything for any price, just as I am not allowed to "demand" you purchase any particular good or servi... oh wait. I forgot we passed the ACA.

about 4 months ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

saloomy Re:Who'll spit on my burger?! (870 comments)

Well if you ignore the fact that the project didn't save money-spent overall, then yes, its about costs.

What you are forgetting to take into account is that you get significantly more production, at a higher rate of accuracy with machines. In some cases (not all), the accuracy and production increase is simply unfeasible with a human workforce.
Its like asking how many postmen would it take to deliver all the world's email. There simply wouldn't be enough resources to do the job, regardless of cost.

about 4 months ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

saloomy Re:Who'll spit on my burger?! (870 comments)

I used to work in the IT dept. for a company that replaced forklift drivers with highly automated forklifts Vimeo: (http://vimeo.com/75513911) that were able to load trucks. The justification was never the cost of labor, but the increased accuracy in the supply chain, the ability to "house keep" (i.e. moving product bound for shipping close to the dock door it was headed out of, to increase maximum warehouse capacity by reducing average trip times); during the slow hours, as well as reduced damage to product, equipment and the facility. Automation is not about cost, its about having a machine do some work BETTER than workers. Arguing the cost is like arguing that cars are better at moving goods than humans because it costs less per mile to drive a car than it does to pay someone to carry your good. It does cost less, but thats not the point. Automation can scale much faster and increase accuracy, without increasing costs. Thats the point of automation. The benefits were obvious to anyone who had ever seen a mis-ship report or calculated the % of accidents involving a forklift. These units delivered

about 4 months ago
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Level 3 Wants To Make Peering a Net Neutrality Issue

saloomy Re: Users who pay for high bandwidth connections s (182 comments)

Users who pay for high bandwidth connections should change away from providers who's poor peering arrangements degrades their experience....

about 4 months ago
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Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy

saloomy Re:Go after em Nate (335 comments)

Its sad to see these scientists cry fowl, controversy, and blasphemy at dissenters . Isn't science supposed to have opposing views, with fact-based research on multiple view points using the "scientific method" for cross-checking each-others work? These "scientists" sound more and more like high priests from the middle ages every time I read a climate-change article. It also irks me that they always point to "in-the-last-800,000-years" graph, where "in-the-last-34,000,000-years" graph from the exact same source (ice-cores), having data that is just as accurate reveals that the earth was in a period of historically low CO2 levels during the ascent of man. Until we start cold-fusing He to form C, were only releasing carbon that was at one point or another already in the atmosphere. The earth was not formed with oil reserves in place before there was an atmosphere....

about 4 months ago
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Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy

saloomy Re:Should be easy to prove or dis-prove (335 comments)

He also cited a U.N. climate report, along with his own research, to assert that extreme weather events have not been increasing in frequency or intensity.

Meant to quote the above... comment : Aren't extreme weather events and their relative energy levels easy to gauge and track? Why is this controversial? Either there are more extreme / extremely powerful events, the average energy level increasing, or there aren't. Im sure that (like economists do for inflation), factors that are constant and not constant (like solar output) can be factored.

about 4 months ago
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Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy

saloomy Should be easy to prove or dis-prove (335 comments)

He also cited a U.N. climate report, along with his own research, to assert that extreme weather events have not been increasing in frequency or intensity. Aren't extreme weather events and their relative energy levels easy to gauge and track? Why is this controversial? Either there are more extreme / extremely powerful events, the average energy level increasing, or there aren't. Im sure that (like economists do for inflation), factors that are constant and not constant (like solar output) can be factored.

about 4 months ago
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iOS 7 Beta 3 Now Available For iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

saloomy Re:OMG, it still looks the same (205 comments)

it sucks

as someone who carries an iphone 5 and Galaxy S3 daily what is iOS missing that's so awesome on Android?

The ability to download your own apps / apps off a website I would say is the only really interesting thing Android has over IOS. A lot of my friends have complained about the iPhone not having widgets and not liking the "tile" grid. Personally, I think the notification center on both platforms serves as a great mechanism for things I care to know about in a glance (emails/text messages I need to pay attention to, application updates like Skype/whatsapp, and news feeds from select sites). The iPhone has a convenient way to access the music app that currently has control by swiping the doc, and has controls on the lock screen. Having widgets accross multiple screens isn't as convenient, since you are constantly swiping for updates. Other than that, there pretty much on par now, if you go for the Android phone that has the power of a circa-2008 beo-wolf cluster of (insert whatever cool thing you've read on slashdot back then). I think the IOS home screens serve as a purpose, though I have become accustomed to "spotlighting" for the app I want since it usually is buried in a folder, and I don't feel like memorizing which page its on. I feel one day that these IOS devices are going to follow the mac: Search will be the primary "task launcher", not a grid of icons. I wish there was a way to unlock into a search bar. On my Mac, I have hidden desktop icons and reduced my dock to a few extremely highly used apps (chrome, mail, iMessage, etc..). I spotlight when I want to launch Photoshop, or Pages, or some other task-oriented thing, including directly into the document I intend to open. I have always said that Android will innovate faster because there are more iterations, and therefore the android manufactures will learn what works and what doesn't at a faster pace. Apple only having one device, need to test, retest, and retest again to make sure they dont miss out on a years worth of sales before they have a chance to fix it. It took Android a year to learn that "slide out" keyboards dont work (I'm sorry, they just don't). That was learning that android went through. I like that there is a search bar on the home screen in android (not surprising since google is behind it). What is surprising is that Apple's search is better in that respect. I think its because google's search is for the web (where they are strongest), and apple's search is for the device (where they are strongest). Just my $0.02

1 year,13 days
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NHTSA and DOT Want Your Car To Be Able To Disable Your Cellphone Functions

saloomy Absolutely, why not.. I will go along with this (405 comments)

I will allow MY car and MY phone to prohibit ME from doing something right after those of us with guns allow the feds to have the gun "disable" itself when outside a "hunting zone/rifle range". Yup... any day now.

about a year ago

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