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All the Evidence the Government Will Present In the Silk Road Trial Is Online

wbr1 Wait, what... (42 comments)

It’s been over a year since Ulbricht’s October 2013 arrest, an event that catapulted Silk Road into the national spotlight and shook the Dark Net, the seedy subsection of the Internet not indexed by Google

So we are supposed to accept that anyone on the up and up should be tracked and indexed by Google? Are we supposed to look at it as seedy when it helps people organize and communicate in oppressive regimes?

6 hours ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

wbr1 Re:Land of the free (558 comments)

Home of the Whopper.

yesterday
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Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

wbr1 Interesting note about cryptoviruses (81 comments)

Most are rather dumb. They will encrypt standard file types such as jpg and doc, but leave really critical stuff (qbw, pst, etc) alone. I guess the writers, not knowing what files being encrypted in a user profile might brick a machine only go for easy targets. They will readily encrypt any attached drive as well, following the same ruleset. If your backup program stores in a standard .zip or in the clear, it will be encrypted too. The best safety net is an online backup that does versioning so you can roll back to pre-infection versions of files.

One last note, in about 5%-10% of the cases I have worked on, I was able to recover files from VSS. Most of these variants attempt to disable VSS and delete the shadow copies, but they either are not successful or do it slowly. Yanking the drive from the running environment and looking at it with shadow explorer on a clean box can sometimes save some data. Here in the US Cryptorbit variants seem to be the most frequent I see (cryptodefense, cryptolocker, howdecrypt, etc). They have really exploded in the past month. A recent fake ADP email that was making it through spam filters was responsible for a lot. The linked site downloaded a zip containing an exe with an adobe pdf icon. If you have a suspect exe, see if it has been analyzed n malwr.com and you can get a good breakdown of its precise behavior.

yesterday
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Navy Develops a Shark Drone For Surveillance

wbr1 Re:This is useless (45 comments)

I came here looking for -intelligent- laser jokes. Perhaps involving some sort of conspiracy/tinfoil hattery. I am sorely disappointed.

2 days ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

wbr1 Re:AI + organisations will be the real problem (653 comments)

My Uncle has a country place that no one knows about / he says it used to be a farm, before the motor law.......

2 days ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

wbr1 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sequels? (297 comments)

No, but post prime actors and directors do. So do Hollywood execs. Hell Get JJ. Abrams on board and add a bunch of lens flare.

5 days ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

wbr1 And who pays???? (769 comments)

The taxpayer.. for all of it. The beatings, the reports, the politicians and bureaucrats dickering over minutia.
Who doesn't pay? Those responsible for such atrocities. We increasingly live in a society where a few - IE military and intelligence brass, the rich, the police, and corporations and individuals with the money to play the game can do nearly anything with impunity.

This meets the definition of tyranny - arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power - and we live it every day, but most do not see it. The question is, is the natural state of being for humans - people abusing their power over others, or can it be changed and transcended?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

wbr1 Re:I'm sorry (415 comments)

Vaporware, from a company called "Steam", don't you remember Half Life 3? They will certainly deliver!

about two weeks ago
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Bluetooth Gains Direct Internet Access, Security Enhancements

wbr1 Oxymoronic... (47 comments)

I never thought I would hear 'directly connected to internet AND more secure' in the same sentence. Is it April fools?

about two weeks ago
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Spectrum Vega: A Blast From the Past

wbr1 This got me thinking... (110 comments)

I never had access to a Sinclair. I did own a Mattel aquarius, but did not have the controllers and games. All I did was try to program in the (16 or 64) whatever it had memory in BASIC. Learned quite a bit then. Primarily that while I can program (some) it is not my forte. I am a hardware geek at heart.

about two weeks ago
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NSF Accused of Misuse of Funds In Giant Ecological Project

wbr1 Re:Republican business as usual... (116 comments)

Questionable or untraceable != wasteful. It is anloos way of making things sou d worse than they likely are. Specific numbers are much less. Let's throw the FUD around boys.

about two weeks ago
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NSF Accused of Misuse of Funds In Giant Ecological Project

wbr1 Politics, plain and simple (116 comments)

I wonder how this stacks up against waste in huge projects at Boeing or blackwater? The waste is bad but no surprise and seems to be a very small percentage. I wonder how much pressure to generate bad press has been applied by vested interests who do not want data like that made available?

about two weeks ago
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DOJ Launches New Cybercrime Unit, Claims Privacy Top Priority

wbr1 Re:So let me see if I get this right. (61 comments)

His goal is not the exact opposite. It is to spin yams to make us trust that the backdoors are necessary AND actually enhance our privacy.

about two weeks ago
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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

wbr1 Re:when dirty? (194 comments)

The data density in bluray means that the pits are far, far, far, far too small for dirt to get stuck in, or on. Think of it like placing a pebble on a beach. There are pits between sand grains but the size disparity means it acts like a flat surface for most intents and purposes.

Not only this, but presumably the pits can be under the glass, just as they are under polycarbonate on a disc. Then the pits are not exposed to dir, and a normal washing will remove surface dust, bird poop, etc.

about three weeks ago
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Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

wbr1 One solution (137 comments)

Increasingly there is only one viable solution. Vote with your wallet. Period. Do not buy anything these companies offer. No cable, no movies, no music. Nothing.

Do not feed their useless parisitism on our culture and public domain.

If you must be entertained, find alternative sources, from indie stuff all the way to pirating.

We must do this until their backs are broken.

They will fight.
There will be casualties.
We must not stop or compromise.

about a month ago
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Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

wbr1 Forward thinking (107 comments)

At least the FCC is thinking far enough ahead to realize the schools will need more money to pay for the increasingly expensive, non-net neutral internet access they will be receiving shortly.

about 1 month ago
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How To Anesthetize an Octopus

wbr1 Protection for anime girls.... (105 comments)

No anime girls can carry isoflourane spray kits to stop tentacle rapists!

about a month ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

wbr1 Re:The easiest solution (695 comments)

Sorry. I had burritos from chipotle last night.

about a month and a half ago

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Jackie Chan helps boost solar panel efficiency

wbr1 wbr1 writes  |  about three weeks ago

wbr1 (2538558) writes "Apparently the pit pattern on a blu-ray disk is great at helping trap photons, rather than reflecting them. Applying this pattern to the glass in a panel can boost efficiency by 22%. This has been tested with Jackie Chan discs, so he gets the credit!"
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Alleged operator of SilkiRoad 2.0 arrested by FBI

wbr1 wbr1 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

wbr1 (2538558) writes "The FBI announced that yesterday it arrested Blake Benthall, aka "Defcon," the alleged owner and operator of Silk Road 2.0. Benthall was apprehended in San Francisco and will be presented today in a federal court in SF before Magistrate Judge Jaqueline Scott Corley.
“As alleged, Blake Benthall attempted to resurrect Silk Road, a secret website that law enforcement seized last year, by running Silk Road 2.0, a nearly identical criminal enterprise," Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. "Let’s be clear—this Silk Road, in whatever form, is the road to prison. Those looking to follow in the footsteps of alleged cybercriminals should understand that we will return as many times as necessary to shut down noxious online criminal bazaars. We don’t get tired.”

http://arstechnica.com/tech-po...
http://m.fbi.gov/#http://www.f..."
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Astronomers claim dark matter found

wbr1 wbr1 writes  |  about 9 months 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...""
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Ask Slashdot: Can some of us get together and rebuild this community?

wbr1 wbr1 writes  |  about 10 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."
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Ask Slashdot: Best open source wiki/knowledgebase software for small business

wbr1 wbr1 writes  |  about a year 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."
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ABC Streaming to require CATV provider subscription

wbr1 wbr1 writes  |  about a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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."
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Valve announces Steambox, sort of.

wbr1 wbr1 writes  |  about a year 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  |  more than 2 years 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?"

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

wbr1 wbr1 writes  |  more than 2 years 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?"

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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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