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Political Party's Leadership Election Hit By DDoS Attack

saskboy Re:Completely made up concern... (100 comments)

"You'd think thousands of people being misdirected from polling stations across the Country might have been picked up by atleast one of the major news organizations"

At least one? Try these examples.

So, that invalidates your claim that it's made up recently. Any other questions you'd like me to demolish/answer for you?

about 2 years ago
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Political Party's Leadership Election Hit By DDoS Attack

saskboy Re:Tip of the Scummy Iceberg (100 comments)

Who is "they"? You, and your friends are behind in this scandal, significantly.

  It's too bad you posted as AC, because as the months tick by, you won't be very proud of your (already outdated) prediction, while I'm confident I'll be proud of mine after that amount of time.

about 2 years ago
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Political Party's Leadership Election Hit By DDoS Attack

saskboy Re:Tip of the Scummy Iceberg (100 comments)

Wow. What an ignorant, close minded, book-by-the-cover thing to say.

So, if someone understands hip-hop, they can't comprehend research, journalism, computer databases, cryptanalysis, or politics?

I do have to confess to at first not checking him out very closely a month ago when I saw his web address unfuckwithable.ca, but when he predicted the Danforth byelection to fractions of a percent, it's pretty clear he knows what he's talking about (and you're being a snob).

about 2 years ago
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Political Party's Leadership Election Hit By DDoS Attack

saskboy Re:Tip of the Scummy Iceberg (100 comments)

You are completely right. It's unlikely that Sona had much, if anything, to do with Poutine's portion of the plot in Guelph. He apparently didn't have the technical skills to make a robocall even.

about 2 years ago
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Political Party's Leadership Election Hit By DDoS Attack

saskboy Re:Tip of the Scummy Iceberg (100 comments)

If you wait for Elections Canada to give you news, you're going to be waiting a lonnng time. The reason we all know about it now is because the Ottawa Citizen broke the story after obtaining EC documents through the Freedom of Information Act. It's been widely reported and known that these calls affected close to 100 ridings. Just because there's an investigation, doesn't mean we have to play dumb until it's finished.

Independent media has said more than 0 ridings were swung, but the fact remains that the crime existed even if no voters were swayed by the ruse. Facts are on my side, not yours.

about 2 years ago
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Political Party's Leadership Election Hit By DDoS Attack

saskboy Tip of the Scummy Iceberg (100 comments)

Believe it or not, despite this being a big political scandal, there is an even bigger one unfolding in Canada. This other one could make Watergate look minor. Actual Watergate criminals have expressed shock at how big RoboCon could be.

Some group conspired during the last Canadian general election to place (hundreds of?) thousands of misleading and/or harrassing phone calls to members of the Liberals and NDP predominantly, to suppress their votes. The Conservative Party was the benefactor of this plot, obtaining a majority government in our Parliament, giving the Prime Minister nearly unchecked power for 5 years. It's been calculated by a professor and independent researcher, LaRue, from Quebec (now living Stateside), that the Robocalls may have affected the outcome in as many as 18 ridings (12 gave the Conservatives a majority).

I've spoken with LaRue, and I trust his findings. His other unreleased allegations are also huge. I'm not exaggerating. I think he's ahead of the RCMP and Elections Canada in their own respective investigations.

about 2 years ago
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Political Party's Leadership Election Hit By DDoS Attack

saskboy Re:On a side note (100 comments)

Party names mean very little. When last were the "Republicans" major proponents of a republic?

Hearing NDP all of my life, the "new" part of the name has no literal meaning, it's all just mashed in with the rest and they are simply N-D-P. They are what they are.

about 2 years ago
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Is Stratfor a "Joke"?

saskboy Re:Is Slashdot a "Joke" ? (211 comments)

It's a joke, that Coke, Convergys, Dow, and the Marines pay to get each day/week. That's a pretty solid joke. Who is the joke on, though?

more than 2 years ago
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Last Day To Tell Google To Forget You

saskboy Re:Cee-Lo Green said it best. (238 comments)

I had the same thought, so I did a search before posting, and you sir took my idea before I had it! You should work at Google if you don't already, because they do that to me as well.

more than 2 years ago
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Just One Out of 16 Hybrids Pays Back In Gas Savings

saskboy Re:Hybirds are half-assed. (762 comments)

I too want an affordable electric car that gets decent speed and distance. Although, living in Canada where it's cold at least 4 months of the year, I'm thinking a plug-in hybrid may be a better solution so heating comes from burning fuel, instead of burning coal at the power plant.

more than 3 years ago
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IBM Distributes USB Malware At Security Conference

saskboy Re:All Anti-virus ? (73 comments)

So the question is, which one was IBM using on the computer(s) loading information onto the USB drives?

more than 2 years ago
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Sniffing the Wireless Traffic of MIT Students

saskboy Re:Laptop Useage in Class? (218 comments)

Which begs the question, what is the effect of reading /. in class? And is it opposite of the Facebook effect?

more than 2 years ago
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iPad Steering Wheel Mount

saskboy Re:Hey! Slashdot! (230 comments)

You shouldn't be looking at /. while driving at all, advertising or not.

Kudos to your sig about Soviet Russia too.

more than 2 years ago
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How Smart Are You?

saskboy Average? (584 comments)

Smarter than average is currently running at 50%. Once it hits 51%, we'll know that at least 1% are lying.

about 4 years ago
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Officials Sue Couple Who Removed Their Lawn

saskboy Re:It's their lawn (819 comments)

It's because they aren't showing off their extravagant wealth by overusing water, that they lower their property value, and thus 'damage' the yuppies around them who only care about image and not sustaining life. It's cultural evolution at work.

more than 4 years ago
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Officials Sue Couple Who Removed Their Lawn

saskboy Re:Dumb Government Abuse of Power (819 comments)

Next time you go 1MPH over the speed limit you should expect a fine then?

more than 4 years ago
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Sci-Fi Author Peter Watts Beaten, Charged During Border Crossing

saskboy Re:Wow, (1079 comments)

It's crazy stuff that Homeland Insecurity does that has me nervous to fly into the USA in January for a vacation. I also don't want to go to Mexico, not because I wouldn't enjoy it, but because it'd mean another trip past thugs at DHS at the American border.

more than 4 years ago
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Gene Roddenberry's Mac Plus Is Coming Up For Auction

saskboy Re:Bets on how high? (162 comments)

They're taking Canadian Tire money then?

more than 4 years ago
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Does Your College Or University Support Linux?

saskboy Regina (835 comments)

I hooked up one Ubuntu laptop out of dozens today at the U of R. We do have a Kununtu guide on our website.

more than 4 years ago
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Cell Phone Cost Calculator Killed In Canada

saskboy Re:I'd hate to own a mobile phone in Canada (214 comments)

Now SaskTel has good prepaid. For $20, I can phone as infrequently as I need to, and the minutes don't expire if I make a 1 second call every 2 or 3 months (or something like that). The minutes used to expire if you didn't add another $20 card in that time, but a law change prevented that.

more than 4 years ago

Submissions

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saskboy saskboy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

saskboy writes "The ET scanning project SETI@Home was wildly popular, and the mock project Yeti@Home much less so, but soon there will be a chance for the enthusiastic amateur astronomer to combine those respective scanning techniques and spot explosions on the moon with simple telescope and camera equipment at home.
"On Dec. 14, 2006, we observed at least five Geminid meteors hitting the Moon," reports Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office in Huntsville, AL. Each impact caused an explosion ranging in power from 50 to 125 lbs of TNT and a flash of light as bright as a 7th-to-9th magnitude star. "The amazing thing is," says Cooke, "we've [caught explosions] using a pair of ordinary backyard telescopes, 14-inch, and off-the-shelf CCD cameras. Amateur astronomers could be recording these explosions, too."
NASA will "soon release data reduction software developed specifically for amateur and professional astronomers wishing to do this type of work. The software runs on an ordinary PC equipped with a digital video card. 'If you have caught a lunar meteor on tape, this program can find it.'""
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saskboy saskboy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

saskboy writes "It may not be the best way to remove data from an old computer, but Hollywood would have us believe it is. Still, a bullet hole through a disk platter makes recovery difficult.
From the article Miss Cellania writes:
One thing about us Kentucky high-tech rednecks, we employ Southern Ingenuity to solve problems and have fun doing it. The problems? 1. Disabling old hard drives so that data connot be recovered. 2. Clay pigeons are boring. 3. We like to blow things up. I'm not a gun enthusiast, but I did have an old iMac that I didn't know what to do with. My brother offered to dispose of it [in an entertaining way]. Watch the video for the entire story. A good time was had by all.
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83 Stations across Canada

saskboy saskboy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I was hoping that the new radio station in my city was an independent or local venture. No such luck. Astral media, who owns it, has 82 other stations across Canada. Good luck getting local music played on those airwaves.

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Online Tool to Scan for Spam Links on Web Site

saskboy saskboy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Do any of my computer savvy readers know of an online tool that can scan links on a website to see if they still work? Even better, something that scans to see if links have changed into a splog (or spam blog)?

I got the idea for this tool when I noticed that in my archives I had a link to iamnotafraid.ca which was a short lived political action group, and it has been co-opted by a spammer looking to benefit from the Google Page Rank that comes from many blogs linking to it.

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The Internet's Journalists Are Still Threatened

saskboy saskboy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Here's significant media coverage following up on the progression of the lawsuit that is taking on Google, Yahoo!, bloggers, and essentially the Internet. Here's the background to this story as covered by Slashdot.

Many bloggers like Michael Geist are standing up to those who would bully political (and other) bloggers. Mark is one being sued.

S.B. kindly demonstrates how a clueless commenter can unleash a can of worms if there is a libel-chiller in the pack reading (with a lawyer on speed-dial).

If you've EVER left a comment about a Canadian on your blog, you could be sued. Scary stuff, eh? Now please leave a comment about how stupid the law is right now in Canada.

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Zero-Day Virus Affecting Bloggers - Blog Dump Virus

saskboy saskboy writes  |  about 7 years ago

Last week Microsoft notified people that their animated cursors contain a serious flaw that can be exploited simply by getting a victim to view a malicious webpage or email on their Windows computer.

On Saturday a serious virus that exploits this hole in Windows was discovered in the wild. Symantec, Grisoft, Trisf-Lirpa Software, and McAfee, don't yet have detection for this serious virus threat. There are of course as many names for the virus as there are antivirus vendors, but the most common name you'll hear is the Blog Dump Virus.

The Blog Dump Virus has a two part payload. The first part hacks your website through keystroke detection, and then deletes blog content on both Blogger and WordPress. If you're using WordPress.com it will steal your password and delete your account name which makes it very hard to get your name back! WordPress.com has a policy where it doesn't undelete a blog account which has had its name used, in order to combat spam and fraud.

The second part of the virus payload affects the Windows image mapping process, by changing the orientation of random photos you load in your web browser.

I've developed a browser based test for the virus, and will provide the patch soon if Microsoft doesn't get to it today.

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"I am special, look at me"

saskboy saskboy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

If I heard a kid singing "I am special, I am special, look at me, look at me," I'd give the parent a glare. There's a difference between boosting a child's self esteem, and giving them a warped sense of reality.

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No new fridge, but new eBay auction instead

saskboy saskboy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I couldn't get enough votes for my ugly fridge, even though it was advertised on Canada's top Conservative blog smalldeadanimals.com .

I did create a new eBay auction though for the Male Sterilization Kit that my girlfriend invented, and fortunately has no intention of ever using.

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Backslash appears to be a dupe at first glance

saskboy saskboy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

The last two days I've opened what I thought were duped articles, but they were Backslash articles by Timothy rehashing what was talked about yesterday on Slashdot. Slashdot is so short of stories that they talk about yesterday's stories knowingly now. I'm so short of journal news, that I'll write about Slashdot, who's writing about Slashdot.

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A friend has created a Slashdot account and become one of us

saskboy saskboy writes  |  more than 8 years ago

One of us. One of us. A new Slashdottie.

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29 comments on -1 Troll

saskboy saskboy writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I was seconds away from a first post, but even though I started out at +2, and expected to get up to maybe +3 interesting, I ended up down at -1 Troll. I've never had 29 comments posted on one single post of mine before, it's astonishing it's while I've spent some time at a low reading threshold value too then.
http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=177585&cid=14729494

I think recently there are a few moderators hanging around that don't care for my "speak up" attitude, which is backed up by the higher number of AC trolls telling me to "shut up" in various ways, including slipping in Overrated moderations after the story is a day old. I think I may have struck a nerve too the other day with my remark that some Slashdotters place too little emphasis on building families and are short sighted to think that money is the cure to all ills later in life.

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Reinstalled XP

saskboy saskboy writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I got tired of not having a working PVR when I have an ATI AIW card, so I reinstalled Windows XP on my computer in free space. Now I am reinstalling my favourite software slowly, trying not to break the TV or hibernation features.

My cousin Brex has been adding some pretty funny stuff to his blog at www.lifeofbrex.blogspot.com too.

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HP and DND stole say RCMP. DAMN!

saskboy saskboy writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Submitted to Slashdot: Employees at Hewlett-Packard and Canada's Department of National Defence (DND) were charged stemming from a 2 1/2 year probe by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police into shady billing and work done by HP at the DND in Canada's nation capital Ottawa.
"[An employee] Mr. Champagne was fired by DND in 2003 over alleged billing irregularities involving supplier Compaq Canada, which was later acquired by Hewlett-Packard.

The company repaid the government $145 million and launched a $107-million lawsuit against Mr. Champagne, accusing him of theft and fraud. None of the allegations have been proved in court. The civil action is still before the courts, the RCMP said."

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Bought pants

saskboy saskboy writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Holes were beginning to overtake my primary pair of jeans, so a trip to Zellers was overdue. First I found a pair from Bangladesh, then a black pair from Canada. The pair from Canada was labelled at $35 when a nearly identical pair of slim fit were $30. There was a two for the price of one + half deal, so I took the cheaper jeans that were the same along with me to the till, and the checkout clerk let me have the other pair for $30, saving me $2.50, or so I thought. Until I checked the bill, and the price override must have cancelled the 50% off the second pair. So I went over to customer service and got my $17 back no problem. Hmm, I'll have to look at it later, but they might have given me less or slightly more than 50% off. Yay math.

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Election tonight - updates on my blog

saskboy saskboy writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I submitted a story to Slashdot that is as of writing this still pending, citing censorship in this election day, stemming from a law the prohibits transmission of election results to a jursidiction where the polls are still open. The problem comes up because there are many time zones in Canada, and the polls close at different times.
www.abandonedstuff.com

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Stephen Harper has a wife...

saskboy saskboy writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Stephen Harper has a wife...

Do you know who else has a wife?

George Bush, that's who!

This innane political ad brought to you by the Liberal backroom bumblers.

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2006 is here

saskboy saskboy writes  |  more than 8 years ago

2006 is here,
And already the year of IT looks grim on the AV front. Windows going back to 3.0 might be vulnerable to a coming Windows worm that will make Blaster look like Melissa. Imagine creating a worm that is compatible on both Windows 3.0 and XP Media Center? Imagine a Beowulf cluster of worms, if you will...

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Winter is here

saskboy saskboy writes  |  more than 8 years ago

And I have a sore throat, for the first time in over a year I think it is. All through my horrendous itching period of 8 months, I didn't get sick once, that I remember anyway.

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Boycott Sony, but eat your veggies

saskboy saskboy writes  |  more than 8 years ago http://www.boycottsony.us is still a great blog to keep up on the news of the Sony Rootkit DRM scandal, but while you're reading the Interweb, don't forget to eat right. I prefer frozen vegetables heated up in the microwave, and including some salty yet tasty pre-prepared cheese sauce.

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