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California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets

sl4shd0rk Slashdot Beta: Day Three (341 comments)

I've befriended what looks like a Borg icon last night and have named it "Taco". Taco washed ashore last night with the tides. A faint red glow coming from an eyepiece afitted to the head. The glow, a much welcome relief from the woeful CSS and monochromatic green and white hues thrust upon me for the past 2 moons. The glow seems not without it's own mortality however; it grows dimmer by the hour. I fear what will be left of my mental capacity if left to deal with "Beta" alone. Such a wretched creature... It knows NOT the decency of man nor the sense of reason. I am left wondering if Beta is to be living beast or.. dare I say.. apparition....

about 6 months ago
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How Edward Snowden's Actions Have Impacted Defense Contractors

sl4shd0rk Slashdot Beta: Day Two (180 comments)

..All sense of time has deceived me as the day has started out with thick clouds overhead. It is difficult to tell if morning or early afternoon. I've struck my head on something earlier as I collapsed, shortly after waking, and have no idea how long I've been out. An odd fog has rolled in from the north; cold and dank, reeking of stale piss. I wonder if there are others out there.. Afraid and confused.. Shackled to the same fate as I. This godforsaken Beta UI.

about 6 months ago
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Sony Selling Off VAIO Computer Business

sl4shd0rk Slashdot Beta: Day two (204 comments)

It was a fitful night. Not much rest. The way the tragic events unfolded yesterday had left a type of brain trauma I've not quite experienced before. Whitespace.... gobs and gobs of it.. summaries taking up the entirety of my browser window..... the damn thing was relentless and sneaky; Sometimes redirecting to a familiar and sane UI, yet other times..... DEAR GOD MAKE IT STOP!!!!!...... *gaaack*... *AAaccck* *synack*... *thump*.

about 6 months ago
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HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

sl4shd0rk Beta is terrible! (573 comments)

My Eyeses Precious!! they burnses!!

about 6 months ago
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Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

sl4shd0rk yay for backups, regards to the perished. (463 comments)

Any company that could have "far reaching implications" will have implemented a stellar disaster recovery plan and a rock-star off-site archive solution. The money they spent on their DR plan will really pay off here.

about 6 months ago
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Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

sl4shd0rk Slashdot Beta: just say no (457 comments)

dear god what's happening to the slashdot UI???

about 6 months ago
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Adobe Flash Remote Code Execution Flaw Exploited In the Wild

sl4shd0rk This is ridiculous (187 comments)

It's pretty obvious that Flash has become one of those legacy products where there are only two guys in the entire company that know their way around the codebase. Both have developed chronic alcoholism from maintaining this disaster of a product for so long.

We need an alternative to Flash. An open source alternative which can be forked and maintained by anyone for years and years to come. Something without royalties, patents trademarks and is free to use and modify by whoever wants to and can be implemented into the browser without fear of imprisonment, death or legal embroilment.

about 6 months ago
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Britain's GCHQ Attacked Anonymous Supporters With DDoS

sl4shd0rk Re:Devil's Advocate... (133 comments)

The police are not permitted

False. What we are finding is that a badge and gun are all the permit needed.

about 6 months ago
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How Voter Shortsightedness Skews Elections

sl4shd0rk It's not a mystery (269 comments)

A good portion of the voting populace "informs" themselves by switching channels and soaking up whatever the media is feeding them. It's very easy to become blindsided from the real issues by network ratings, paid-for advertising and just plain old lies.

You have to do some footwork to educate yourself because the elections always come down to one thing: Which end of the sh#t sandwich do you want to take a bite from? There has never a "perfect" choice. People are lazy, don't want to do the work and rely on network television to make their choices for them. That's how it works. Both sides know it and capitalize on it.

about 6 months ago
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US Democrats Introduce Bill To Restore Net Neutrality

sl4shd0rk Re:ah, yes (535 comments)

republicans. is there anything you DON'T fuck up?

Speaking of fucking.. There is far too much sodomy of the taxpayer going on to actually use the term "republican" or "democrat". That would imply there was actually some sort of representation present for their constituent base.

We need a better name for what we have but "Right/Left Leaning Corporate Bill Smuggling Mercenary" is a bit of a mouthful.

about 6 months ago
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South Koreans Using Kinect To Monitor DMZ

sl4shd0rk Big deal (133 comments)

Video monitoring at a Colo is pretty standard these days.

about 6 months ago
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James Dyson: We Should Pay Students To Study Engineering

sl4shd0rk Re:Scholarships, you mean (321 comments)

we need scholarships for engineering students

No. The solution is to make education affordable enough so scholarships are pointless. An educated populace brings many good things into balance.

about 6 months ago
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The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

sl4shd0rk Balance (533 comments)

A healthy passion for something includes a well-balanced diet of other activities not related to your passion. Any place wanting to hire otherwise is only going to get a sociopath. That said, it's frustrating and time consuming to get a pile of resumes where most are such an impossible fit, they could not have possibly read the posting. You tend to get a little "over specific" next time you list just to weed out more of the static.

about 6 months ago
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Former Dev Gives Gloomy Outlook On Linux Support For the Opera Browser

sl4shd0rk Tell the devs to relax (181 comments)

I don't think anyone is wanting that anymore.

about 6 months ago
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The Schizophrenic State of Software In 2014

sl4shd0rk Re:Be Thankful (209 comments)

Ask if anyone thought Objective C or Java were going to be important programming languages on phones in 2005?

Java is indeed a resource hog, but I think it's ubiquity was already embedded in the ARM platform long before 2005 - actually pretty much a given for mobile development. Objective C is much more of a surprise. Had it not been for the advent of "iphone apps" I think it would have remained relegated to the cubicles of NeXt geeks. The syntax is simply too obsucre (manufactured to obscure it's underpinnings) to attract sane developers already invested it other popular high level languages.

about 6 months ago
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Yahoo Mail Resets Account Passwords After Attack

sl4shd0rk Re:WTF (96 comments)

As for why a 3rd party had the passwords, I think Yahoo need to be quite a bit more forthcoming and explain this.

Quite feasible that yahoo had nothing to do with it:
Jimbob creates account on somecrackablesite.com using jimbob@yahoo.com email address. somecrackablesite.com gets cracked and attacker gets DB dump which contains username/email/pass for jimbob. Attacker assumes jimbob used same password for both sites and gains access to yahoo account. This is why using the same password for multiple sites is a big no-no.

about 6 months ago
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Red Team, Blue Team: the Only Woman On the Team

sl4shd0rk News flash (247 comments)

Yes, it's true. Some professions are dominated by men, some by women. Nature made it that way. People should be allowed to go into whatever profession they desire without being hindered by some asshole with a sexist complex (of either gender). If they can't cut it, they should be let go like anyone else without screaming "discrimination".

That said, I think more men should be allowed to go backstage to compete at lingerie shows,

about 6 months ago
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Rovio Denies Knowledge of NSA Access, Angry Birds Website Defaced Anyway

sl4shd0rk Re:Vigilantism Hackers (71 comments)

is Snowden's reports wrong?

RTFA... Snowden's released [PDF] documents says nothing specific about what apps were targeted. Don't make it sound like he's to blame.

about 6 months ago
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Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

sl4shd0rk Re:Actually one of my beefs (293 comments)

which requires asking for permission to change the user's networks.

If all you want to do is query network state, you only need the ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE permission. Never heard of a "change the user's networks" permission but seems like it would only work with a rooted device anyway.

about 6 months ago
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Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

sl4shd0rk Very little to do with Tesla. At all. Again. (476 comments)

FTFA: "The issues are simply down to differences in the Norwegian network that Tesla has not experienced elsewhere"

about 6 months ago

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Cable Lobbyists Now Authoring Bills in Kansas

sl4shd0rk sl4shd0rk writes  |  about 6 months ago

sl4shd0rk (755837) writes "Normally, bills up for Senate debate are authored by lawmakers. In Kansas however, it appears Lobbyists may now be allowed to author bills as [PDF Warning]this onewas submitted by John Federico... head of a lobbyist group with members such as Comcast, Cox, Eagle Communications, and Time Warner Cable. The bill was introduced this week, referred to the Committee on Commerce, and scheduled for discussion for Tuesday of next week."
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Tech Companies Set to Appeal 2012 Oracle vs. Google Ruling

sl4shd0rk sl4shd0rk writes  |  about 8 months ago

sl4shd0rk (755837) writes "In 2012, Oracle took Google to court over Java. In the balance hung the legalities of writing code to mimic the functionality of copyrighted software. The trial was set to determine how all future software would be written (and by whom). Oracle's entire case boiled down to an inadvertent 9 lines of code; an argument over a simple and basic comparison of a range of numbers. The presiding judge (who had some background in writing software) didn't buy it stating he had "written blocks of code like rangeCheck a hundred times before." A victory for more than just Google. This week, however, Microsoft, EMC, Oracle and Netapp have filed for appeal and seek to reverse the ruling. It's not looking good as the new bevy of judges Indicating they may side with Oracle on the issue."
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FCC Chair: it's Ok to Discriminate Traffic

sl4shd0rk sl4shd0rk writes  |  about 8 months ago

sl4shd0rk (755837) writes "Remember when the ex-cable lobbyist Tom Wheeler was appointed to the FCC chair back in may of 2013? Turns out he's currently gunning for Internet Service Providers to be able to "favor some traffic over other traffic". A dangerous precedent considering the Open Internet Order in 2010 forbid such action if it fell under unreasonable discrimination. The bendy interpretation of the 2010 order is apparently aimed somewhat at Netflix as Wheeler stated: "Netflix might say, 'I'll pay in order to make sure that my subscriber might receive the best possible transmission of this movie.'""
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In Georgia, Beware of Charging Your Cellphone at School

sl4shd0rk sl4shd0rk writes  |  about 8 months ago

sl4shd0rk (755837) writes "It seems you can be arrested in Georgia for drawing 5 cents of electricity from a school's outdoor receptacle. Kaveh Kamooneh was charged with theft for plugging his Nissan Leaf into a Chamblee Middle School 110V outlet; the same outlet one could use to charge a laptop or cellphone. The Leaf draws 1KW/hour while charging which works out to under $0.10 of electricity per hour. Mr Kamooneh charged his Leaf for less than 30 mins, which works out to about a Nickel. Sgt. Ernesto Ford, The arresting officer, pointed out a "theft is a theft" and was his argument for arresting Mr. Kamooneh. Considering the cost of the infraction, it does not seem a reasonable decision when considering how much this will cost the state in legal funds. Does this mean anyone charging a laptop or cell phone will be charged with theft as well?"
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Wisconsin Republican Aims to Change NSA Metadata Laws

sl4shd0rk sl4shd0rk writes  |  about 9 months ago

sl4shd0rk (755837) writes "Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) is pushing for a change to the Patriot Act (which he sponsored) called USA FREEDOM act. The proposal has 70 bi-partisan co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and a handful in the Senate. The proposed change has backing from civil liberties groups as well as private industry. Among the changes, on in particular would allow companies to disclose certain details about FISA orders they've received (apparently taking aim at the Lavabit gag order)."
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Blackberry BBM App and Suspicious Google Play Ratings

sl4shd0rk sl4shd0rk writes  |  about 9 months ago

sl4shd0rk (755837) writes "In what could be an act of desparation of a company in it's death throes, Blackberry has submitted their BBM messaging application to Google Play for download. While this may seem like a logical path for a company on life-support, what wasn't expected is the sheer number of identical 5-star reviews the application has received since being posted. In what appears to be review "ballot stuffing", it poses the questions of just how Google is going to handle the subject of manufactured reviews as well as how many other entities have engaged in the same behavior. The same problems have plagued Amazon's review system as well bringing into question the validity of "crowd based review" and whether it's possible to legitimize this type of system."
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Top US Lobbyist Wants Broadband Data Caps

sl4shd0rk sl4shd0rk writes  |  about 9 months ago

sl4shd0rk (755837) writes "Michael Powell, A former United States FCC chairman, is pushing for "usage-based internet access" which he says is good for consumers who are "accustomed to paying for what they use". Apparently Time Warner and Comcast (maybe others) are already developing plans to set monthly rates based on bandwidth usage. The reasoning on the NCTA website lays out the argument behind Powell's plan."
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CryptoSeal shuts down VPN service. NSA suspect.

sl4shd0rk sl4shd0rk writes  |  about 9 months ago

sl4shd0rk (755837) writes "CryptoSeal Privacy, a consumer VPN service, has apparently shuttered it's doors saying it has immediately zeroed it's crypto keys citing "it is impossible for us to continue offering the CryptoSeal Privacy consumer VPN product." the statement goes further with a warning: "For anyone operating a VPN, mail, or other communications provider in the US, we believe it would be prudent to evaluate whether a pen register order could be used to compel you to divulge SSL keys protecting message contents, and if so, to take appropriate action,". Sounds like another victim of FISA endorsed illegal NSA activity."
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CIA on Snowden behavior: "biggest missed opportunity"

sl4shd0rk sl4shd0rk writes  |  about 9 months ago

sl4shd0rk (755837) writes "The CIA is now claiming in a NYT article that they missed a huge opportunity to "derog" Edward Snowden when a derogatory report was filed in 2009 by his supervisor. Apparently, the supervisor left a report in Snowden's peronnel file about a suspicious change in behavior and work habits. TFA seems to suggest there will be more stringent psychological profiling in the future in order to detect employees who may leak information on illegal activities by their government."
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Adobe Compromised; All Your Codes Belong to Us

sl4shd0rk sl4shd0rk writes  |  about 10 months ago

sl4shd0rk (755837) writes "Adobe Systems Inc. is expected to announce today that hackers broke into its network and stole source code for an as-yet undetermined number of software titles, including its ColdFusion Web application platform, and possibly its Acrobat family of products. The company said hackers also accessed nearly three million customer credit card records, and stole login data for an undetermined number of Adobe user accounts."
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Former NSA Bigwig Jokes About Snowden Assination

sl4shd0rk sl4shd0rk writes  |  about 10 months ago

sl4shd0rk (755837) writes "Apparently it's business as usual for the NSA as former Director Michael Hayden made jokes during a Washington Post-sponsored event about "darker moments" when there was a "different list" he would have put Edward Snowden on. The audience laughed and (R-Mich) Republican Mike Rogers responded in kind saying "I can help you with that". Also brought out as a topic for discussion were the subject of targeted killings and assasinations. Apparently, there is very little remorse at the NSA for the myriad of US laws which have been broken, and seemingly very little regard for the future if this is any indicator of what lies ahead."
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NVIDIA Aims to Improve it's Linux Relations

sl4shd0rk sl4shd0rk writes  |  about 10 months ago

sl4shd0rk (755837) writes "Nvidia, of the infamous Torvalds Salute, has decided to do something about it's crummy image with Open Source developers and release public documentation on certain aspects of it's GPU. Reactions from developers have been mixed; much of what's already been released wasn't a big mystery but Nvidia says more is coming and they will also provide guidance in needed areas as well."
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GCHQ Destroys The Guardian's on-site 'Snowden Files'

sl4shd0rk sl4shd0rk writes  |  about a year ago

sl4shd0rk (755837) writes "The Guardian, who broke the story of Edward Snowden, and also the
target of recent airport security theatre, has apparently been visited by the U.K's Government Communications HeadQuarters intelligence agency. During the visit, 'security experts' demanded a return or destruction of all materials related to the operations uncovered by Edward Snowden. "You've had your fun. Now we want the stuff back." stated the GCHQ official who then proceeded to destroy the hard drives in The Guardians basement. After the dust cleared, one of the agents joked "We can call off the black helicopters"."

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Media Campaign Against Snowden?

sl4shd0rk sl4shd0rk writes  |  about a year ago

sl4shd0rk (755837) writes "With Snowden living somewhere in Russia, and the US having very little course of action in way of damage control, it would seem the best US option would be to attack Snowden's credibility. Perhaps muddy the waters with something germane to System administration, yet somehow easily construed into a criminal act. According to Reuters, Snowden "began downloading documents" related to illegal US spying programs perhaps as early as April of 2012. Of course, the sources of this claim are "U.S. officials and other sources familiar with the matter" which roughly narrows it down from Gen. Michael Hayden to just about anyone who blogged on it. Fact of the matter is, without more details, Snowden could have accessed documents simply by performing backup routines or investigating file system issues. Things which happen quite regularly during the daily course of system adminstration. Without more specificity on the method in question, one is left with an impression from the headline, one of a nefarious circumstance."
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Obama Appoints Clapper to Lead NSA Reform Panel

sl4shd0rk sl4shd0rk writes  |  about a year ago

sl4shd0rk (755837) writes "In an inexplicably bizzare move, US President Barack Obama has appointed James Clapper to lead a promised reform panel to oversee NSA activities. Yes, this is the same Clapper who directly lied under oath when questioned about NSA data capturing on Americans. The troubling trend of appointing dubious people into high profile position seems to be a developing theme for Obama, as previously this year, he appointed former RIAA lawyers Tom Perrelli and Ian Gershengorn into Attorney General and Department of Justice positions within the US Government."
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NSA Firing 90% of it's Sysadmins

sl4shd0rk sl4shd0rk writes  |  about a year ago

sl4shd0rk (755837) writes "Director of the NSA, Keith Alexander, has decided that the best way to
prevent illegal activity, or rather be witness to it, is to reduce the number of ears and eyes involved. During a monolog at a cybersecurity conference in New York this week, Alexander revealed his plans to cut 90% of the System Administration workforce at the NSA. "What we're in the process of doing — not fast enough — is reducing our system administrators by about 90 percent," he said. Alluding to an issue of mistrust, Alexander further clarified: "At the end of the day it's about people and trust...if they misuse that trust they can cause huge damage.". Apparently, breaking the law and lying about it leaves one without a sense of irony when speaking in public."

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More Leaks Coming on illegal NSA Spying

sl4shd0rk sl4shd0rk writes  |  about a year ago

sl4shd0rk (755837) writes "The American journalist Glenn Greewald, who published much of the initial info on illegal NSA programs, plans to release more damning revelations on the NSA spying machine in 10 days. "The articles we have published so far are a very small part of the revelations that ought to be published," Greenwald said on Tuesday. Greenwald further elaborated on public posturing which many nations are currently taking: "The Brazilian government is showing much more anger in public than it is showing in private discussions with the U.S. government..All governments are doing this, even in Europe.""
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Fukishama Springs Water Leak

sl4shd0rk sl4shd0rk writes  |  about a year ago

sl4shd0rk (755837) writes "The Japanese Fukishama crisis took a turn for the worse this week as it was found a barrier built to contain contaminated water has been breached; a leak defined by 20 trillion to 40 trillion becquerels of radioactive tritium. This is yet another problem on top of a spate of errors plauging the 2011 nuclear disaster site. Nuclear regulatory official Shinji Kinjo has cited Tokyo Electric Power Company as having a "Weak sense of crisis" as well as hinted at previous bunglings by TEPCO as the reason one cannot "just leave it up to Tepco alone". If Nuclear energy is ever to move forward, these types of disasters need to be eliminated. Is the ongoing saga of Fukishama a problem which can be cured with appropriate technology, or are disasters like this simply the element of cost vs. risk in the business of nuclear energy?"
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Judge Rules in Favor of Volkswagen and Silences Scientist

sl4shd0rk sl4shd0rk writes  |  about a year ago

sl4shd0rk (755837) writes "Samsung-is-not-as-cool-as-Apple Judge Colin Birss, rules in favor of Volkswagon to ban Flavio Garcia, a computer scientist, from revealing details about "Wirelessly Lockpicking a Vehicle Immobiliser" at USENIX in August. Volkswagen says the flaw could allow someone to "break the security and steal a car" so it is justifiable grounds for blocking Flavio's paper. No word yet on how soon Volkswagen will have a patch for their bungled technology which is responsible for the exploit."
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Judge Denies Obama Administration Request to Delay NSA Hearing

sl4shd0rk sl4shd0rk writes  |  about a year ago

sl4shd0rk (755837) writes "Federal Judge William Pauley has dismissed an Obama Administration request to delay a hearing on Verizon/NSA data sifting. The ACLU has argued that the sifting is not authorized by statute and even if it were it would still be unconstitutional. The Obama Administration requested the delay on the grounds it needed more time to search through it's classified material to determine what was suitable for disclosure."
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