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Blizzard Announces Overwatch, a First-Person Shooter

thedarb With their rules and drm? No thanks. (183 comments)

They are so overbearing toward their customers and fans, they simply aren't worth it.

Someone bring back Tribes already.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's Echo: a $200, Multi-Function, Audio-Centric Device

thedarb Hello... (129 comments)

I'm Wiki Bear!

about three weeks ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

thedarb All I can say is... (553 comments)

I'm not sure what to think of this.

about a month ago
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Companies Genetically Engineer Spider Silk

thedarb Spider Goat. (82 comments)

Spider goat! Spider goat! Does whatever a spider goat does!

about a month and a half ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

thedarb You sir, are an ass. (429 comments)

Who says the bittorrent users are rogue? Who says they stole a password? You said it was public wifi. Why do you think they are lying to your face? Were you running around asking people? Just leave people alone, you self entitled jerk. Who's to say their file transfer is or is not legit, and who is to say it is more or less important than your work? Now people have to run VPN connections to keep you from interfering with them? I would not only kick you out of my coffee shop, but I would post pictures of you, and list your mac address across the net, so people know when you've entered the room. Your behavior is inexcusable.

about a month and a half ago
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After Dallas Ebola Diagnosis, CDC Raises Estimate of Patient's Possible Contacts

thedarb Stop treating it lightly. (258 comments)

This isn't a disease to play around with. Hardcore mandatory quarantine all that have been possibly exposed. Not in their homes, but in a facility. Treat it as more communicable than it is, because it could change. If I was on a plane with that guy, I should expect to be held in quarantine. Asymptomatic or not, people still do contaminating behaviors all the time: coughs, sneezes, spit when they talk, wipe or pick their nose, poorly wash their hands (if at all), nervous sweat at take off or landings, etc etc.

And... For goodness sake, stop people from travelling to and from Africa, would you please? Isolate that dang continent until this is over, as much as possible. The average Joe should not be able to get there, at all. And any medical personnel going there, mandatory quarantine before they can return. Anyone breaking these rules that causes the disease to spread should be tried for murder.

Quit screwing around with ebola, or this is going to be the plague that took care of overpopulation... in a big way.

about 2 months ago
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Study: Seals Infected Early Americans With Tuberculosis

thedarb Africa man... (74 comments)

That place is trying to kill us off, for sure.

about 3 months ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

thedarb You are missing the point. (798 comments)

Anti-wiretapping laws are there TO PROTECT YOU.

Yes, it is unfortunate that it hampers this kid's attempt at exposing the bullying... But the law is there to protect everyone from being recorded without their express consent. The fact that the recording was used for good does not make it legal, and I know that sucks in this case... but overall, the law is better left intact for the greater good. It's protecting you, all of you, from someone recording you and using it against you. Do you *really* want to lose that protection because of this one case? I hope not. Because once you lose a protection like that, it's gone forever. I say that again, it would be gone FOREVER. And in days... not weeks, not years, you would see people falling prey to the loss of that protection. Then you will look back and think, "What have we done?"

Don't get me wrong, I was bulllied horribly growing up. It was terrible! But losing this one legal protection we have to deal with bullies is not the answer.

Don't know what the real answer is... anything I dream up is just as illegal, as I was bullied myself and can only think of mean ways to deal with them. But losing our rights and legal protections is the *worst* way to go.

about 7 months ago
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WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

thedarb They want to scan the data. Duh. (257 comments)

I think it's obvious. They want the app so they can scan all of the messages to use to feed facebook's knowledge base about you / it's users. Like Google uses your gmail's, FB will use this to further monetize you as a product.

It doesn't need ads. They want the juicy data. Who you talk to, what do you talk about. Then they can use that data to make money.

about 9 months ago
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Cops With Google Glass: Horrible Idea, Or Good One?

thedarb Not if it can do facial recognition. (192 comments)

If they can walk down the sidewalk and instantly categorize everyone around them, no thank you.

These two scenarios would suck, but stay out of trouble and this won't happen:
"Hey you! You have unpaid tickets!" Pounce.
"Hey you! You have a warrant 5 states away for blah!" Pounce.

But, it could also label people by beliefs and behaviors:
Glass says, "Known Muslim" Or "Known Christian" Or Democrat, or union member, or 1/2 black even though they don't look it. Or 'Arrested 12 years ago.'

The risk of them choosing people to abuse goes up the more they know about those people.

So no. Camera, fine. But HUD and immediate detailed info on every face it sees? Hello no.

about 10 months ago
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Why the NSA Can't Replace 90% of Its System Administrators

thedarb Keep them out of private sector. (251 comments)

Would it be legal to add "Have you ever worked for the NSA?" to your interviewing questions? I'd like to see them all denied jobs in the private sector once they lose their jobs with the NSA. They have knowingly worked to support spying on American citizens. Treat them like the criminals they are.

While we're at it, ask if they worked for SCO over it's last 5 years... don't want that so called 'talent' to ever have an IT job again, either.

Would it be legal to form a do-not hire list based on previous employment? It's not a race, it's not a sexual preference, it's not a gender... It's an indicator of ethics.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preventing Snowden-Style Security Breaches?

thedarb If you don't know already... (381 comments)

a) You're in the wrong job.
b) We won't help you.
c) Make sure everything your company or government office is doing is legal, ethical, and morally unquestionable.
d) All of the above.

Oh, the correct answer is "d".

about a year ago
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BART Strike Provides Stark Contrast To Tech's Non-Union World

thedarb I don't want a union, I want a Guild. (467 comments)

That's right. I want a globalized guild. Like stone masons were. Where IT workers have to go to special guild approved schools. Where there are oaths of loyalty to the concepts of Open Source, and freedom of information. Where places like SCO or the NSA can be denied services from the guild, leaving them only with unskilled rogue IT people... crippling these bad guys. A guild that can black list someone who crosses the line for working at such places willingly, once we've decided they are evil. A guild that can ensure good wages for our people, because it's global. So companies can't go *anywhere* without paying us the going rate we demand, not even 3rd world. I want a guild powerful enough to hold governments by the balls, and make them... force them to honor peoples privacy, respect our right to encryption, respect that our data is ours, even at borders, even if it's in a Google inbox. I would like a guild powerful enough to blockade entire nations from computer and internet access when such nations decide to be pricks to their people or their neighbors. I want a nation of IT workers, one entrenched in every physical nation, and calling the shots.

Give me that, and I'll vote yes on it. Otherwise, it's just a powerless regional union, and my job (and everyone else's) will move to where there is no such union. Hell, they could telecommute and replace us.

about a year ago
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IRS Can Read Your Email Without Warrant

thedarb Until protected by law, encrypt older emails. (332 comments)

Just a little googling and I found: IMAPCrypt

Looks like a decent utility to automate running daily... it will go through and encrypt (via PGP), emails over any age you specify.

Then when they go in, tada. Encrypted! Now they have to go request the backups, if there were any going that far back.

Another option would be a script or filter that moves everything to your local folders at home.

about a year and a half ago
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SendGrid Fires Employee After Firestorm Over Inappropriate Jokes

thedarb Glad there are 2 lessons to this story. (1145 comments)

1) Be appropriate when on the clock, and...
2) Twitter / Facebook / Social Media shaming is a childish act.

The guy should have been respectful and appropriate, not made the comments.

But sorry, she's just as bad here. She could have spoken to them, or gone and told a representative directly to have them dealt with. But publicly shaming them, with photos, while *she* was on the clock, too... Not appropriate either.

Sorry lady, two wrongs do not make a right. Shouldn't have shamed them on twitter in the first place, and certainly not done so on the job.

about a year and a half ago
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Valve Officially Launches Steam For Linux

thedarb Tribes! (313 comments)

Bring me Tribes!!!

about 2 years ago
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Australian Spy Agency Seeks Permission To Hack Third-Party Computers

thedarb Suggestions: (210 comments)

* Run a BSD or Linux system. - Secure it. If you don't know how to do this, do your home work.
* Use a snapshot capable filesystem, and take snapshots (ZFS / BTRFS). - You can use these to identify file that have changed.
* Use Tripwire or a clone like AIDE. - This is a second level of checking for file changes.
* Manually audit your system regularly.
* Use OS repositories from outside Australia.

And the list would not end there.

about 2 years ago
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Newspaper That Published Gun-Owners List Hires Armed Guards

thedarb What if these guards were on their map / list? (1435 comments)

Did they check to see if any of these armed guards were folks they'd outed with their map of addresses? Don't want any of the people you victimized being your protector...

about 2 years ago

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