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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

stoploss Re:Once a week forever (129 comments)

That way any sales call in itself would be a felony if that special prefix is not displayed clearly.

Hey! We could stop crime by passing a law to make it illegal! That would definitely keep those criminals from calling.

Bonus points for going directly to making this a felony. I'm bothered by the stench of my neighbors' preparing fish head stew. Can that be a felony, too? What about if they paint their front door red? I hate that.

Rather than pointlessly inflating the number of felonies in this country, I suggest that you instead obtain a Google Voice number and start giving that out instead of your real number. With GV, you can mark callers as spammers and they will get a "number disconnected" tone if they call back. You can also block people so they go straight to voicemail while others ring through.

4 hours ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

stoploss Re:Still missed entire point by miles (388 comments)

What the guy did was what he was told to do.

Ah, so according to you it's okay he committed a crime because a putative foreign agent told him it was okay to commit it? You're wrong, of course; this is a crime, and the legal system will illustrate this lesson for you quite effectively.

It appears a sting on you would work if someone told you they were working for the FBI or similar agency and wanted you to take something from your workplace for them.

No, it wouldn't, for reasons that aren't worth discussing because your analogy is fundamentally flawed. It seems you can't perceive the difference between betraying a position of trust in a classified defense position (with expectations and penalties codified in law) vs "loyalty" to a random job.

Protip: they aren't the same.

You act as if this guy were some tragic figure. He's not. He's no more than someone willing to sell access to classified material. His actions are sufficient to prove he is untrustworthy, and he deserves his comeuppance.

3 days ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

stoploss Re:Missed entire point by miles (388 comments)

Your problem is that you can't perceive that this isn't about locking up someone who may someday be a bad person, this is about locking up someone who is, by definition, a bad person. Furthermore, you completely fabricate some nonexistent legal definition that it somehow isn't betrayal for someone to transfer classified information to "allies". What this guy did is a crime, and it did happen, and it does (ipso facto) indicate he is untrustworthy—your unsubstantiated claims to the contrary.

I could pretend I'm sorry you end up annoyed as a consequence of your lack of perception, but it wouldn't be true. Would you prefer I retract my previous presumption of your deceit (which I made out of courtesy to you) and instead just presume you're obtuse? I'm leaning that way at this point anyway, so perhaps it's best.

about a week ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

stoploss Re:Missed entire point by miles (388 comments)

And you completely fail to understand that if all someone lacks is the opportunity to betray a trust, then that person isn't trustworthy in the first place.

This sting provided an opportunity, and this person demonstrated his true colors. Given that you apparently believe (from your repeated comments) that integrity only matters as long as you aren't tempted to betray the trust, then this demonstrates a critical failure in your trustworthiness.

"I'm totally trustworthy! I would have never sold those secrets if no one offered to buy them..." (*cough*)

BTW, it looks like you froth at the mouth a bit, metaphorically speaking, when you post three replies to a single post in under 10 minutes. Just saying...

about a week ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

stoploss Re:It wasn't just 4 drawings ... (388 comments)

You clearly misunderstand the concept of trustworthiness, since you advocate allowing people willing to sell classified information to have access to such. Because apparently the only thing that would hold you back from selling classified material is a lack of a specific opportunity, this is indicative that you aren't trustworthy enough for a classified position either.

Furthermore, you continue to misapprehend the lessons inherent in the Egyptian F-16 transfer. You seem to believe that because we are willing to send nigh-obsoleted military hardware to a country that implies we are more than willing for them to have access to all our defense secrets for our state of the art designs.

Either you are obtuse or you are deliberately pretending to misunderstand all of this. Because the former is such an insult, I'm going to be polite and presume you are just being deceitful.

about two weeks ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

stoploss Re:It wasn't just 4 drawings ... (388 comments)

From that, it's obvious to everyone that you don't mind having people working in sensitive positions who are willing to sell our defense secrets.

Now THAT sounds like the ridiculous copout to me.

This person clearly indicated he was sell classified defense information to someone. None of your proposed rationalizations affect that or mitigate that fact. This is sufficient to prove he should not be working in a sensitive position.

And neither should you, for that matter, because you seem to have difficulty grasping this concept.

about two weeks ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

stoploss Re:yes... (409 comments)

This was always humor, which you seem to lack despite your dubious claims to the contrary.

Oh, wait! I figured out an even better way to sequester carbon—we can just wait for the petaton stick up your ass to petrify!

about two weeks ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

stoploss Re:It wasn't just 4 drawings ... (388 comments)

Thanks, you satisfactorily answered the shibboleth by avoiding the question. From that, it's obvious to everyone that you don't mind having people working in sensitive positions who are willing to sell our defense secrets.

Furthermore, you are on crack if you assume that we treat all allies equally. No one does that. Being allied isn't a binary state of TRUST_COMPLETELY/ZERO_TRUST.

We don't give unfettered access to our military hardware to ANYONE. Sometimes we sell them gimped, "export versions", other times, we give them out of date systems, and if we really trust them, we might offer *some* of our current technology.

Hell, you even drew the wrong conclusion about the F16 gift. Quick: tell me who we have given F-22's (or even countries to whom we have offered to sell them). What's that you say? No one, because we won't transfer our best technology to even our closest allies? Exactly.

Egypt got F-16's, because we could trump those with even our previous generation air superiority fighter (F-15). They didn't get F-15's, and we wouldn't have sold them to them even if they had asked. No, instead we gave them hardware we can trivially destroy if they try to turn it on us or allies we care about more. For bonus points, check the short list of countries who DO have F-15's and grok why the Egyptians got F-16's.

about two weeks ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

stoploss Re:It wasn't just 4 drawings ... (388 comments)

It's still a simple case of locking up some guy whose crime was being a greedy idiot. There is no real criminal who was seeking out the plans - now that would be a person worth catching instead of setting up a fake crime.

You seem to be bending over backwards to defend this guy.

I'm about as libertarian as they come, but even I don't want people who are willing to sell our classified defense secrets working in sensitive positions. You seem to miss that point in all your ranting about how this is some sort of fabricated non-crime that should never have been investigated.

Here's your shibboleth: presuming all this damning evidence is true, are you happy or not that this person is no longer working on classified defense projects?

about two weeks ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

stoploss Re:yes... (409 comments)

Well, at least you settled the Poe's Law question. "Wishful thinking"? Besides, what paper are you talking about anyway?

Actually, wait—nevermind, let's just say you got "wooshed" and should spend some time introspecting about how you evangelize your chosen position. I'm guessing if we were speaking face to face I would be trying to dodge your wild gesticulations and to avoid the spittle as you talked about this.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Paying For Linux Support vs. Rolling Your Own?

stoploss Re:inherit risk? (118 comments)

Seriously? Who TF is editing this?

Inherit risk is defined as the risk of manifold deleterious effects on an online community after it is acquired by some crappy company whose goal is to "monetize" the "audience".

about two weeks ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

stoploss Re:yes... (409 comments)

Then you should be informed that you have a knee-jerk reaction about anything carbon related, such that it obscures your sense of humor (indeed presuming you have one). Your hints included references to making coal over millions of years for a future land-dwelling octopus kind.

Unless, that is, you were trying to implement some Poe's Law satire of what a humorless, paranoid, knee-jerk climate change ultradisciple would say in this context. If that's the case, then you deserve a golf clap.

about two weeks ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

stoploss Re:yes... (409 comments)

You're wrong, and the future land-dwelling octopode overlords who will rule this planet in 59 million years will laugh at your delusions.

All we have to do is bury the neutron-activated irradiated/radioactive biomass in anoxic swamps.

What are you, some sort of science denier?

about two weeks ago
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How Astronomers Will Take the "Image of the Century": a Black Hole

stoploss Re:Black holes are not black (129 comments)

By its strictest definition, black does not reflect any light either, and so does not qualify as a color either. We can usually see so-called black objects either because they are perhaps just a very dark grey, and are thus still reflecting some amount of light that we can detect, or else in the case of something like Vantablack, because of objects nearby.

Nanotube/graphene based products like this Vantablack is going to be the new hotness for the next twenty years, then for the fifty years after that it's going to make generations of lawyers very wealthy due to the occupational/environmental exposure cancer claims.

Call it the 21st century asbestos.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

stoploss Re:It could be worse (247 comments)

Sometimes Not using the Phone is not an option.

Yes, you certainly have found a degenerate case. So degenerate, in fact, that I would have found different employment unless there was something magical about the other characteristics of this particular job.

I learned long ago that getting requirements in writing is key, not least for the reasons you cited.

Phone calls are horrible. You, too, have my sympathy.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

stoploss Re:It could be worse (247 comments)

Just don't answer your voice mail.

Hell, years ago I decided to permanently unplug the phone at my desk.

As long as the computer is functional, the phone at the desk is a solution in search of a problem unless you work in helldesk (in which case you have my sympathy).

Anything that can't be answered in two sentences gets an email. Anything too laborious to email works better face to face in a meeting or conference call with all the stakeholders (i.e. not at my desk).

about two weeks ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

stoploss Re:So what is it? (239 comments)

Bravo.

If you take requests, consider satirizing systemd development next time.

about two weeks ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

stoploss Re:yes... (409 comments)

That the trees aren't rotting, even after 30 years, is as visual as it gets, but even that needs narration or you won't realize that this tree hasn't fallen yesterday, but in 1986 or whenever.

There you go: an engineered solution for carbon sequestration. Grow the plant biomass, irradiate it to prevent decomp, and *bam*: sequestered carbon.

For bonus points, bury it in massive swamps for coal payoff in the geologic long-term. The future land-based octopodes that inherit the earth will thank you while being curious about the isotopic imbalances. Neutron activation ftw.

about two weeks ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

stoploss Re:OnePlus One equals no fake info (234 comments)

It may have been some sort of attempt like that.

Any coder can tell the difference in effect on an app if a security-related method call throws a security exception (or returns null), which is how CM7 did it, vs return a spoofed but cromulent return value (e.g. an empty list or a random 10 digits for a phone number, etc).

The CM7 privacy controls were basically unusable because most apps weren't coded to expect those privileged method calls to crap out.

However, PDroid was far better than the CM7 approach, and XPrivacy is the best yet. I love that I can sideload it on an otherwise stock vanilla Android distro. No wiping, no nandroids, just a simple reboot.

Obviously I am enamored. I use that and a whitelist firewall and therefore have my device locked up tight.

about three weeks ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

stoploss Re:So, in essence, Uber's app is malware (234 comments)

Interesting that they reversed themselves on that. Guess it became untenable for them to continue to choose the app developers' interest in data mining over the userbase's desire for privacy.

My point about custom roms being passe still stands. With a custom rom one is tied to accept the rom devs feature set and mods as an all or nothing deal. Conversely, with XPosed one can pick and choose which features to load and still keep access to OTA Android updates.

I've compiled my own custom ROMs from source and even submitted features patches accepted into CM in the past, but I don't anticipate going back to that approach, especially now that I found how easy it is to code runtime interception with XPosed.

about three weeks ago

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