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US Takes Out Gang That Used Zeus Malware To Steal Millions

wbr1 Re:So... (38 comments)

This is what the US government should be doing: protecting US banking interests and keeping depositors safe from malware.

Thu US governments idea of protecting banking interests is trillion dollar bailout for crooks that knowingly defraud and launder.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

4 days ago

Samsung Claims Breakthrough In Graphene Chip Design

wbr1 Re:Take that peak silicone! (88 comments)

Silicon -not- silicone.
I have seen silicone peaks, and they are entirely different.

about two weeks ago

Dirty Tricks? Look-Alike Websites Lure Congressional Donors

wbr1 Re:Slashdot Alternative (157 comments)

It is not created yet, but altslashdot.org is in the works.

about 2 months ago

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology Dumps Water Data Project

wbr1 This is the way the Slashdot ends... (112 comments)

This is the way the Slashdot ends
This is the way the Slashdot ends
This is the way the Slashdot ends
Not with a big bang but a beta.

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

wbr1 Re:Just be honest - it's not for *US* (2219 comments)

I just don't see why you had to start over with a completely new design when the old one works so well. A few tweaks is all that is needed.

Well, those few needed tweaks never stop piling up. On top of that, UX research and (more importantly) user expectations continue to evolve.

To keep up with that, websites either need to constantly change in small increments, or to do it in big chunks. We'd been doing the former for a while, but the decision was made to start fresh. I totally understand how jarring it is to see such a huge amount of change all at once, but we also have to look at what the website will look like a few years down the road.

The classic design in 2014? Not too bad. The classic design in 2018? Probably not going to cut it.

UX research has given us Gnome 3, Unity, Metro. All universally despised.

Oh, and by the way, those few tweaks that keep piling up? That is the case with any ongoing project, and will continue to be so even with the beta. That statement alone puts the lie to your speech.

"The decision was mad to start fresh." Whose decision? Certainly not your 'audience'.
We are not an audience, we are user and contributors. If you continue to force feed me garbage, I will leave. So will others. Then you can be a corporate lickspiittle with an audience of nothing more than goatse posts and MyCleanPC spam for comments.

about 2 months ago

These Are the Companies the FAA Has Sent notices To For Using Drones

wbr1 Did the FAA Send a notice to dice? (136 comments)

They are obviously using marketing or management drones to have let the beta get this far.

altslashdot.org - Join the movement -

about 2 months ago

Adobe's New Ebook DRM Will Leave Existing Users Out In the Cold Come July

wbr1 And... (304 comments)

The new 'hardened' DRM will be broken quickly and be of little use. If it is not broken, those who wish to pirate will get the material through other channels.

Meanwhile, customers get alienated, pissed off, pissed on, anally probed, and money taken from them. Those that get tired of it will add to the masses that go to pirate.

Models like Netflix, Steam, and iTunes show that light or zero DRM can work, and it allows customers easy access to products they want. You make it painful, difficult and costly, potential customers turn to other avenues. That may be forgoing that entertainment and going elsewhere, it may be pirating. The HBO/Game of Thrones model is a good example.

I have money in my wallet. I am willing to spend it, if the price is fair, and I do not have to get butthurt for it. Provide me that opportunity and you have my money. Do not, and you will not. There will always be a portion who steal or pirate, either because they are broke, or because they can. No amount of DRM will stop that. Instead you make yourself a target for those who politically do not like your methods, break your protection/racketeering schemes then provide it to everyone.

However here on /. I am largely preaching to the choir, so while my rant here may do little, remember this slash kiddies. Vote with your wallet, do your best NOT to support companies that do these things. Explain it to your family and peers. Even if they disagree, maybe you sparked a seed of thought that was not there before.

about 2 months ago

Reports Say Satya Nadella Is Microsoft's Next CEO

wbr1 So sick of this... (177 comments)

Microsoft's revenue from cloud services has grown by several billion over the past few years, so he's shown that he can expand a business.

This only proves the person was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. Sure there is some skill and intelligence involved. but sitting in a chair and filing important sounding decisions while your market and revenue grow do not always imply competence.By that logic, in some respects Ballmer is a god.

From wikipedia:

Under Ballmer's tenure as CEO, Microsoft's annual revenue has surged from $25 billion to $70 billion, while its net income has increased 215 percent to $23 billion, and its gross profit of 75 cents on every dollar in sales is double that of Google or International Business Machines Corp.[20] In terms of leading the company's total annual profit growth, Ballmer's tenure at Microsoft (16.4 percent) has surpassed the performances of other well-known CEOs such as General Electric's Jack Welch (11.2 percent) and IBM's Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. (2 percent).[18]

about 3 months ago

Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband

wbr1 Re:...On a mattress stuffed with $100s (430 comments)

Then again, maybe the politicians just don't even bother trying to have a cover story anymore, because they know we already consider them all nothing but self-serving asshats, yet the majority will still vote them back into office again and again and again.

This... most people think 'their' representative(s) are not that bad, it's the others that suck, so they vote theirs in again. All a politician has to do is sell himself to his constituents on a few issues, say look at what I have done for you (if an incumbent or holder of other political positions), and smear everyone else into oblivion. It gets lapped up, and the cycle repeats ad nauseum.

about 3 months ago

Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband

wbr1 Sounds like... (430 comments)

Google needs to spend more time buying^h^h^h^h^h^h talking to legislators. It sucks that this is how it works nor, but government is for the people withe the most power and money, and with corporate personhood, this is how it rolls.

about 3 months ago

Device Mines Precious Phosphorus From Sewage

wbr1 Re:Every utopian prediction (96 comments)

Of course, there are those who don't feel this way. I even know one person who actually expressed that his ideal send off would be for his friends and loved ones to cook and eat his flesh. So whether it is disrespect or respect is really in the eye of the beholder.

Was his name Valentine Michael Smith? And as noted in referenced book, the major christian religions partake in symbolic cannibalism regularly!

about 3 months ago

Spoiled Onions: Exposing Malicious Tor Exit Relays

wbr1 Re:If all it takes is one... (65 comments)

However, by performing a MITM and stripping that encryption, there may be identifying information in those packets. They might not see Joe Bobs IP, but instead snatched his logon creds, shipping address and payment info that was mused at illegalgunemporium.biz and giantbuttplugs.info

about 3 months ago

AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer

wbr1 What use... (1034 comments)

...is a phone call if you cant speak?

Once you are in there they control your reality. If you try to wrest that control from them they will make you pay in some form. In my long experience (including family killed by police - unwarranted, and personally prison time), many to most cops are bullies, or grow to be so in the culture they work in. The ones that are not tend to get weeded out or self select out.

This guy should have never spoken to them. Period. Arrest me, give me a lawyer or let me walk out the door. No other words should have escaped his lips.

When you are innocent that is hard to fathom, especially without experience of this type of treatment, but unfortunately it is true. If yo notice, the cops involved slowly went through obviously non-related materials. What if he had his kids bath time photos/videos on there? An over zealous cop could have charges him with child porn charges. Oh, uploaded them to G+, that's distribution there sonny.

I know some of those still caught in the fear and slow panic the government and media feed them will attack and say that would never happen. To them, all I can say is wait till it happens to you.

about 3 months ago

How Can Nintendo Recover?

wbr1 Hybrid Mashup Games are the Answer (559 comments)

Dr. Mario Vs. Proctologist Simulator 2013
It's a winner no matter which way you look up it.

about 3 months ago

VPN Encryption Vulnerability On Android

wbr1 Re:Not a vulnerability (77 comments)

I also don't see the huge issue here. Perhaps this is the fabled clickbait?

If an app is malicious and running on a machine, of course it can reroute, or look at data in RAM pre-encryption, or a number of other things.

If you want to be more secure, then only do secure comms on a trusted network, where any VPN routing is done outside of your potentially compromised device, and other routes are blocked.

about 2 months ago

Porn Will Be Bitcoin's Killer App

wbr1 seems reasonable (216 comments)

Porn is what made VHS win the format war.

about 2 months ago

Microsoft Quietly Fixes Windows XP Resource Hog Problem

wbr1 news flash (246 comments)

Xp eol has been extended to 2015. This was a needed fix even if not for server 2003.

about 3 months ago

Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

wbr1 Stupidity... (1038 comments)

I know I will be bombarded by right wing-nuts and tough love justice advocates (cold fjord are you here?), but does anyone not see the ridiculous hypocrisy of the death penalty?

You are not allowed to kill, but it okay for us to kill you.

I won't get into the fiscal debate as to whether it is cheaper to lock away someone for life or to execute with multiple appeals and proceedings. It shouldn't matter. If it is wrong to take a life, then it is wrong to take it in any circumstance. End of story. Then when you factor in the fact that we are constantly finding innocent people convicted (if not for death penalty offenses). Often due to poor representation, over zealous prosecutors, or shoddy politically or financially motivated police and forensic work, it would seem to me that the ethical cost of killing one innocent person would outweigh all of it. Even if our judicial system was perfect, humans make errors.

However, as with so much else in our society, our desire for vicarious retribution, our poor ability to truly judge relative risk, and the fear peddled by those in power to keep you caged keep winning.

about 3 months ago



Astronomers claim dark matter found

wbr1 wbr1 writes  |  about three weeks ago

wbr1 (2538558) writes ""A team of astronomers led by Tansu Daylan (Harvard University), claims that excessive gamma-rays deteceted from the center of the galaxy by the Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope are not from pulsars, but dark matter. More specifically, if the theory that dark matter is made up of massive particles and anti-particles, their collision should produce gamma-ray burst signatures similar to those seen.

"If our interpretation is correct, this signal would constitute the discovery of an entirely new particle that makes up the majority of the mass found in the universe," says coauthor Dan Hooper (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory). "I can't find words that are strong enough to capture the significance of such a discovery."

But others remain skeptical. " 'Extraordinary claims need extraordinary evidence,' as we said about the B-mode signal recently," says expert Kevork Abazajian (University of California, Irvine), referring to the discovery of inflation's fingerprint on the cosmic microwave background announced last week.
Article: http://www.skyandtelescope.com... ewsblog/Have-we-Spotted-Dark-Matter-in-the-Milky-Way-251964551.html
Paper on arxiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/arXiv:140...""

Ask Slashdot: Can some of us get together and rebuild this community?

wbr1 wbr1 writes  |  about 2 months ago

wbr1 (2538558) writes "It seems abundantly clear now that Dice and the SlashBeta designers do not care one whit about the community here. They do not care about rolling in crapware into sourceforge installers. In short, the only thing that talks to them is money and stupid ideas.

Granted, it takes cash to run sites like these, but they were fine before. The question is, do some of you here want to band together, get whatever is available of slashcode and rebuild this community somewhere else? We can try to make it as it once was, a haven of geeky knowledge and frosty piss, delivered free of charge in a clean community moderated format."

Ask Slashdot: Best open source wiki/knowledgebase software for small business

wbr1 wbr1 writes  |  about 3 months ago

wbr1 (2538558) writes "I work for a small tech company that focuses on device repair, business IT support, hosted and managed services, as well as a few other tech niches. I am looking into setting up some sort of Wiki for in house knowledge. There are a couple of considerations that I am looking at. The primary one is ease of use/editing/maintenance. Nobody here has time to spend on a large learning curve just to edit articles. It would never get used. The second, and not as important, may be partitioning/permissions. At some point we may want to add articles for specific customers, or for all customers, and have some sort of granular permissions over who can not only edit, but view various articles. This would leave us with two main groups, shop and public, with the possible addition of smaller groups later. I have been doing some research, and cannot seem to find what I want, so I ask you my Slashdot siblings to bequeath your vast knowledge upon me."

ABC Streaming to require CATV provider subscription

wbr1 wbr1 writes  |  about 4 months ago

wbr1 (2538558) writes "Apparently ABC, an over the air broadcaster that should get its primary revenue from advertisements, is going to require streaming viewers to have a paid cable account to watch new episodes of shows. Or you can wait a week. I understand the perverted logic behind this. The cable companies are pushing so that more people stay and not cut the cord. Thanks Disney.

It seems to completely elude companies like this, that the more restrictions and caveats they put on their content, the more people will pirate it. Will they learn, or will the buggy whip makers whip us all with bought laws?"

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Backup Provider BackBlaze releases study on hard drive longevity

wbr1 wbr1 writes  |  about 5 months ago

wbr1 (2538558) writes "From the article:

Backblaze has currently a total population of approximately 27,000 drives. Five years ago that number was about 3000.


They measured annual failure rates. If you have 100 drives for a year and five of them fail that is a 5% annual failure rate. In the first 18 months drives failed at the rate of 5.1 percent per year. For the next 18 months drives failed at the rate of about 1.4 percent per year. But after three years failures went up to 11.8 percent per year.


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Half-Life 3 trademark filing may be a hoax

wbr1 wbr1 writes  |  about 6 months ago

wbr1 (2538558) writes "The Escapist has an article detailing the fact the the recent trademark filing for Half-Life 3 has disappeared from the (legit) site it was on. It also states that it would not be hard to hoax a filing for a company that already has filings, but it does cost about $1200 to file, so not a cheap hoax. In adition, it appears a filing for Portal 3 has now appeared.

Personally I think Valve is a master of this type of social manipulation to keep interest alive."

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Half-Life 3 and other Valve games dev teams leaked

wbr1 wbr1 writes  |  about 6 months ago

wbr1 (2538558) writes "Eurogamer has a story detailing the exposure of Valves project management database. This (for a brief and possible intention period), showed who is working on various Valve projects, including HL3, L4D3, and the Source 2 engine.

For those who demand a second source, as covered with animated ads and lackluster information as it is, there is an article at IGN."

Valve announces Steambox, sort of.

wbr1 wbr1 writes  |  about 7 months ago

wbr1 (2538558) writes "A new page has appeared over at steam with this slightly cryptic text, a countdown, and an image of a console controller.

"Last year, we shipped a software feature called Big Picture, a user-interface tailored for televisions and gamepads. This year we’ve been working on even more ways to connect the dots for customers who want Steam in the living-room. Soon, we’ll be adding you to our design process, so that you can help us shape the future of Steam."

It appears Gabe Newell wants to throw his hat in the console ring now with the XBone and PS4 about to be released. The countdown to the announcement is targeted at Monday."

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Amazon Payment Adds "No Class Action" Language to Terms Of Service

wbr1 wbr1 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

wbr1 (2538558) writes "I just received an email from Amazon Payments, the Amazon competitor to PayPal, stating among other things, that they were changing and simplifying their policies. It should be no surprise then, that similar to what PayPal and many others have already done, they have added language removing the right to class action lawsuits. See specifically section 11.3 (edited for brevity):

1.3 Disputes. Any dispute or claim relating in any way to your visit to the Site or Seller Central or to products or services sold or distributed by us or through the Site or Seller Central (including without limitation the Service) will be resolved by binding arbitration, rather than in court, except that you may assert claims in small claims court if your claims qualify. The Federal Arbitration Act and federal arbitration law apply to this agreement....
... You and we each agree that any dispute resolution proceedings will be conducted only on an individual basis and not in a class, consolidated, or representative action. If for any reason a claim proceeds in court rather than in arbitration you and we each waive any right to a jury trial. You and we also both agree that you or we may bring suit in court to enjoin infringement or other misuse of intellectual property rights.

This is becoming more and more common, and while the end user normally doesn't make out well in a class-action suit, large settlements do provide a punishment and deterrent to corporations that abuse their power. The question becomes, what do we do to fix this so that consumers are truly protected?"


Ask Slashdot: Why are transatlantic audio/video streams garbage?

wbr1 wbr1 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

wbr1 (2538558) writes "In a recent Slashdot posting, the following statement was made:

(Note: the sound quality on this translantic Skype call is poor. We suggest reading the transcript.)

This reminded me of a recent experience. I live on the east coast of the united states, and my mother lives in the UK not terribly far from London. WE chat online at least weekly, but for a special occasion, I wanted to video chat, or at least audio chat without spending $$ on either of our mobile phones, or other international calling options. We tried three different major options, Skype (free), Google talk, and Yahoo. Not one of the three could even sustain a decent audio only stream, let alone video. I wanted to do some troubleshooting, but my mom is not a geek, and I could not enlist her assistance on the other end. The question remains however, when both of us have 'broadband' connections of some sort, with more than enough bandwidth to support multiple video streams, and fast downloads of files from servers across the Atlantic, why can't what amounts to a small UDP audio stream make it through? The ISPs involved are Comcast and BT. Is it one of them? Someone in the middle depriortizing the packets? Is it Google/Yahoo/Skype. To me it seems unnecessary, so what can we do as geeks to get around, or better yet, push to have the problem solved?"


Portable Fuel Cell Battery Charger

wbr1 wbr1 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wbr1 (2538558) writes "Mashable reports on a device being debuted at CES this year that is a portable fuel cell to recharge your devices. According to the article and the company's website, the device has a fuel cartridge and also uses a small amount of water.

Per the website: "PowerTrekk uses eco-friendly fuel cell technology which cleanly and efficiently converts hydrogen into electricity. The ability to simply insert a PowerPukk fuel pack and add water provides users instant and limitless power on the go."

This seems to not match up to my understanding of fuel cells, which use hydrogen and atmospheric oxygen to produce electricity and water. My guess is that the water is used to somehow activate the fuel which is stored as 'flexible stickers' not hydrogen gas.

This would be a nice thing if the fuel is cheap enough over time and it doesn't turn out to be vaporware."

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