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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

spacefiddle Re: Automated notice not necessary here (368 comments)

IANAL, but look into what happens when you call a place that tells you, "this call may be monitored or recorded for quality blah," which is most of them. If you staying on the line means you consent and they have notice, that likely qualifies as two-party consent.

about a month ago

'Tron: Legacy' Director Explains the Tron World

spacefiddle "I built as many sets as I could." (384 comments)

From TFO. Gives me hope that this will be a movie containing people acting with one another, as opposed to certain other long-awaited sequels filled with monologues in bluescreen chambers...

more than 3 years ago

President Obama On Mythbusters Tonight

spacefiddle Re:Real myth busted (416 comments)

Way to again mis-state the liberal position. They really need to create an emoticon for you people to save time.

Then fix the statement, instead of resorting to a "you people" insult with no added content.

more than 3 years ago

A Third of World's Spam From One Russian Man

spacefiddle Re:Ah, nice BULLSHITTING (233 comments)

Then again,
Mark Whitby, a witness to the shooting, told Reuters that he observed Menezes wearing a large winter coat, which "looked out of place".
Anthony Larkin, another eyewitness, told the BBC that Menezes appeared to be wearing a "bomb belt with wires coming out."

- Wiki

Unfortunately, we need to remember just how unreliable passer-by eyewitnesses really are; and the ability of your average citizen to suddenly "remember" exciting details about events, when told that those events may be been important, dangerous or controversial.

more than 3 years ago

DDoS Attack On Wikileaks Increasing

spacefiddle Re:Gov't Sponsored DDoS (919 comments)

Rubbish. The US government has no motive

Right, because we never punish anyone after the fact to make an example out of them...

more than 3 years ago

DDoS Attack On Wikileaks Increasing

spacefiddle Re:USCYBERCOM (919 comments)

... which makes it even more important to the powers that be that Wikileaks be made example of. They can't let it stand without a response of some kind. It would be nice if the response consisted of saying "Yeah, that's right, diplomacy can be ugly stuff and every country we deal with knows it and does the same thing, carry on," and tightening up their security, but hey, I'm a dreamer.

And hey, hows about our good friends the Saudis, eh?

more than 3 years ago

Causing Terror On the Cheap

spacefiddle Wrong end of the Cold War (448 comments)

I seem to recall a number of economists and poli sci students in the early 90s smugly telling me all about a component of the Soviet Union's cold war "loss" and economic collapse: the US making them think they had to spend more and more in the arms race with us (zomg, USA can destroy the world 10 times over, we can only do it 5 times, build more nukes comrade!). A pretty shaky social contract, to begin with, finally got kicked in the nuts one too many times. C/D?

more than 3 years ago

Apple, Microsoft, Google Attacked For Evil Plugins

spacefiddle Re:people don't seem to mind (293 comments)

I would alter "do not mind" to "have no clue and don't understand the potential implications of." The end result will be a highly controlled everything, because people are neither taught nor encouraged to think about things that don't relate to their immediate button-pushing responsibilities, coupled with a fair amount of casual despair about having any control over their own lives.

Most enduser types I've talked to about such things tend to give me lines like "Ah, none of this stuff affects me," "Whaddyagonna do, they'll do what they want anyway" and "Pfff, they wouldn't do anything really bad."

more than 3 years ago

US Elections Dominated By Closed Source. Again.

spacefiddle Re:Because... (403 comments)

That's why mandatory recount rules kick in,

Oh whew, good thing too. 'Cause as we all know, partisan politics or outright corruption could never stop a mandatory recount. That's crazy talk.

more than 3 years ago

Eolas Sues World + Dog For AJAX Patent

spacefiddle Re:laughable (647 comments)

But taxation isn't violent or forceful.

Really? Try not paying.

more than 4 years ago

The Trial of Terry Childs Begins

spacefiddle Re:Fired him first? (502 comments)

Did you take the computer with all the sensitive info too?

Did you take your brain with all its sensitive info too?

I'm sorry, citizen; you have been fired. We simply cannot allow you to leave the premises until we have proof that you've emptied your brain.
Yes, i know, insert "become management" joke here...

more than 4 years ago

Cyber Attacks On US Military Jump Sharply In 2009

spacefiddle Re:What does this tell me? Nothing! (76 comments)

What it tells you, of course, is that the military wants you to keep China Is The Bad Guy And A Growing Threat in the back of your mind, in case this current Terrerist thing backfires or grows old or, who knows, is won some how... the meaningless string of words is typed up by the Pentagon and printed on a piece of letterhead that says For Immediate Release. The "independent" media takes it and parrots it across the infosphere without thought, investigation, criticism, or question... you know, those things we were told made up "journalism." Once it appears with the magic incantation AP as preface, it is now Fact and Truth. The Public Has Been Duly Informed. Go about your business, citizen.

Does this mean China isn't a threat, actual or potential? Not at all. Just cause the gummint decides to tell you something doesn't always mean it's a lie, y'know! And there must be parts of the military that have grade-A migraines watching American businesses get on its collective knees before Chinese gov't demands, again and again - if the time comes when it's necessary to seperate them, how large a crowbar will be necessary?

more than 3 years ago

In 100 Years, Health Care Won't Be An Issue Because ...

spacefiddle Re:Missing option: (804 comments)

... and if you get looked at strangely in a gun shop, it's probably time to go ...

more than 4 years ago

Windows 7 Reintroduces Remote BSoD

spacefiddle Re:I'll be suprised if this affects anyone. (427 comments)

IT departments are going to keep everything patched, and individuals aren't going to do it to themselves on their LANS.


In other news, management will stop overriding IT's security concerns for the sake of convenience and/or budget, and users will stop clicking random facebook links when bored at work. Are you kidding? Which internet do you spend your time on? 'Cause in the one i frequent, most security problems are caused precisely BECAUSE of a delectable combo of unpatched vulnerabilities, and user gullibilities.

about 5 years ago

Global Warming To Be Put On Trial?

spacefiddle Re:They are NOT Denying Global Warming (1100 comments)

[quote]Covering CO2 under the Clean Air Act would completely hamstring American businesses,[/quote] Oh god here we go again. You know, only out of complete ignorance of what other countries are doing could you make this statement with a straight face.

about 5 years ago

Habitual Multitaskers Do It Badly

spacefiddle Re:When I multitask... (386 comments)

Please consider never providing contrived works of fiction as "proof" for important issues.

I can't stand this "scared straight" crap. It undermines the real issue by relegating it to the same level as any other movie special effects. It's like the "crack kills" campagins of the late 80s and early 90s. The only problem with extreme, over the top, graphic fakes is you're showing them to kids who watch graphic horror for fun and have, themselves, done exactly what you're telling them will cause Certain Doom, many time - with no ill effects. For drugs, telling people they'll overdose and die on the first hit only works if the target of your BS has never tried it, or doesn't know anyone who's tried it, or doesn't go out themselves the next day and try it - and not die. Now your credibility is zero, and you'll never get their attention again.

Leave marketing to consumer goods. Provide real examples for real issues.

about 5 years ago

BlizzCon Keynote — New WoW Expansion, Diablo 3 Details

spacefiddle Re:End level content is where the game is at (316 comments)

which led to situations like characters assassinating ''gods'' like Thor to gain their nifty weapons.

...which is basically the endgame of WoW.

more than 4 years ago

Taiwan University Students Build Tour-Guide Robot

spacefiddle bah (35 comments)


more than 4 years ago

Pi Calculated To Record 2.5 Trillion Digits

spacefiddle Oblig Pi (432 comments)

No, Steve... not pie... Pi!

more than 5 years ago



Military drone could fuel self with corpses

spacefiddle spacefiddle writes  |  more than 5 years ago

spacefiddle writes "I don't even know what to make of this. The Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot — yes, some nut named it EATR — is apparently designed to "extract energy from biomass in the environment" where it operates. The blue-sky write-up envisions cutting these things loose in the field for "years" as they seek organic matter. Developed by Robotic Technology Inc., their own page on the EATR(tm and patent pending) calls it "foraging." I really hope this submission is accepted just 'cause i can't wait to see the tags on this one..."
Link to Original Source

British think-tank relases Iran vote analysis

spacefiddle spacefiddle writes  |  more than 4 years ago

spacefiddle writes "Chatham House has released a PDF that provides a statistical analysis of the 2009 vote, comparing it to previous elections. The Guardian's live blog of events in Iran (2.16pm entry) provides a link as well, and highlights some of the key points, including minor details such as more voter turnout than voters in two provinces.

Being a statistical analysis, the paper does not conclude whether the election was legitimate or not, but the numbers provided seem to indicate "not bloody likely.""

Windows XP SP3 Due for Release April 29

spacefiddle spacefiddle writes  |  more than 6 years ago

spacefiddle writes "Service Pack 3 for XP is getting a bit of coverage, and the following dates seem to be widely agreed upon:

...Now, according to tech site Neowin, Microsoft's release schedule for XP SP3 is as follows: * April 14, 2008: Support is available for the release version of Service Pack 3 for Windows XP * April 21, 2008: Original Equipment Manufacturers, Volume License, Connect, and MSDN and TechNet subscribers * April 29, 2008: Microsoft Update, Windows Update, Download Center * June 10, 2008: Automatic Updates
Is this buying extra time to get things right with Vista? Or is Microsoft going to quietly close the gap between EOL for XP and the release of Windows 7?"

Gartner Analysts warn Microsoft of Impending Doom

spacefiddle spacefiddle writes  |  more than 6 years ago

spacefiddle (620205) writes "Computerworld has an interesting article about a presentation in Vegas:

Calling the situation "untenable" and describing Windows as "collapsing," a pair of Gartner analysts this week said Microsoft must make radical changes to the operating system or risk becoming a has-been.
The presentation was called "Windows Is Collapsing: How What Comes Next Will Improve." The admittedly sensational title and subject matter provided an analysis of what went wrong with Vista, and what they feel Microsoft can and must do to correct issues.

As an interesting tangent to this, there's also an article from a few days prior about Ubuntu replacing Windows for a school's library kiosks, getting good performance out of older hardware. The latter article has a number of glowing quotes about Ubuntu and FOSS in general, such as:

Stefyn said he was "pleasantly surprised" to discover that the Kubuntu desktops ran some applications faster with Linux than when they ran on Windows. An additional benefit of Windows' departure from student library terminals saw the students cease "hacking the setup to install and play games or trash the operating system".
We've been batting the idea around for weeks now. Are these isolated, over-hyped events, or is this the beginning of a lasting trend? I, for one, welcome our new FOSS overlords..."

Making Big Brother work for you..?

spacefiddle spacefiddle writes  |  more than 6 years ago

spacefiddle (620205) writes "So here's an an article on about someone who recovered their stolen goods by essentially shouting "stop thief!" on the internet... and providing surveillance footage of one of the alleged perps... plus this is the best bit:

"A few days later, Comcast co-workers surprised McPherson with a new Xbox. When he logged on to its Internet connection, he was immediately contacted several times, via the unit's instant voice-message system, by a guy who identified himself as the thief who'd taken the original Xbox. He wanted McPherson to buy it back from him."

I'm very conflicted about this one, and i think the article does a decent job of raising the various sides of the issue (at least briefly...). There's the apparent initial apathy of the police, the spookiness of the thieves contacting him, the ease with which he inspired a crowd to mob up on his behalf, the posting of criminal evidence to the world at large, and lots more goodies."



Slashdot portscan: let's see where this leads.

spacefiddle spacefiddle writes  |  more than 5 years ago

So this just happened:

03/12/2009 18:33:28.768 - Alert - Intrusion Prevention - Possible port scan detected -, 11980, WAN - [my_ip], 8000, WAN - TCP scanned port list, 1080, 3127, 3128, 3124, 2301

That's a public IP belonging to Slashdot. Wha?

Now i've been on /. from here before, and never seen this. I'm trying to think what i might have done differently, used a site feature i never have, etc. Nothing springs to mind. So, next step will be to look this up and see what i can find.

I don't expect anything malicious or odd, but i'm going to keep this as a "note to self" as i go along, and chronicle my paranoid research.

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