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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

whoever57 Re:Can you say... (266 comments)

The customer, his doctors and insurance companies would be free to look at the FDA data and decide for themselves what to medicate with.

All this does is move liability for bad drugs to entities less able to defend against bogus claims. No doctor would prescribe anything with a scintilla of risk.

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Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

whoever57 Re:here's a real-life case to explain criminal int (198 comments)

Not all 4 legged animals are dogs and I don't think that your reversal of the scenario proves the point.

Can a court really throw out a document, signed by a genuine cop authorizing the person to commit a crime? The cop knowingly signed the document. Isn't this more important than the beliefs of the thief? The thief could explain his belief as "I thought that I was authorized if any one of us was a cop". So, his belief is premised on a factual basis that happened to be unlikely, but true.

Niether your opinion, nor mine matters -- all that matters is what a competant court decides. I wonder if there are any cases where this has actually happened?

yesterday
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Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

whoever57 Re:interesting idea. Legally, cops can't generally (198 comments)

Having a habit of asking all of your criminal buddies to sign such a statement, and signing it yourself claiming that you are a cop, would tend to show that you know it's a sham.

But it's not a sham for the hypothetical real cop. The fact that all the documents signed by non-cops were sham documents isn't important.

Note: don't get your legal advice from /. -- it's likely to be wrong.

yesterday
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Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

whoever57 Re:Pulled Fox News ... (258 comments)

Fox News is not offering a different viewpoint, they're offering right-wing FUD.

I am not sure that it really is right wing, instead it is news through the lens of the super-rich.

yesterday
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Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

whoever57 Re:Supreme Leader (168 comments)

What I really want to know is how did the FBI figure out it was the work of North Korean government agents.

"Never let a good crisis go to waste". They don't seriously think it was North Korea. Instead, there is an ulterior motive for blaming North Korea.

2 days ago
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

whoever57 Re:Sony security: strong or weak? (334 comments)

Apparently this critter is so new that by the time we checked, only a few AV companies had caught on to it.

What this shows yet again is that anti-virus scanners are a flawed methodology. There will always be a delay between a virus being released and the signature updates getting to the clients. It's inherent in the concept.

Unfortunately, some early technology journalists were partially responsible for this because, in reviews, they ranked anti-virus products that identified threats by signature higher than ones that identified threats through behaviour -- and this was because signature analysis also provided a name to the threat. In other words, the flawed idea that if you tell the user a name for the threat, you provide better protection than if you just block it. This reinforced the concept of signature analysis and slowed down research of identification of threats based on generic behavioural patterns.

2 days ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

whoever57 Re:Classic pricing problem (328 comments)

If this actually turns into an El Nino year (the forecasts for this are mixed, but generally unreliable either way) this may be another flood year

Sorry, but El Nino only brings large rainfalls if there is a very large El Nino event. Since we know that it won't be a big El Nino year, don't look for help from this direction. However, there are other factors that affect the weather on a cyclic basis and, if this winter isn't very wet, California should be in for a wet winter soon.

5 days ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

whoever57 Re:11 Trillion Gallons? (328 comments)

The real question is, what does an average average californian rainfall look like.

There is no such thing. California is a very diverse state, with very different climates in different areas. California has both the highest point in the lower 48 states (Mount Whitney) and the lowest point in the lower 48 (Death Valley).

5 days ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

whoever57 Re:currency (138 comments)

Wait... you're a real live British person?

The GP poster was talking about the USA. Britain does have pennies (actually, pence -- one penny, two pence).

about a week ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

whoever57 Re:First amendment? (250 comments)

How are Sony's private memos, emails, and employee information a "matter of public importance" ??

Some if it is, some of it isn't. Employee social security numbers are not. Details of possible gender inequality in pay clearly is.

about a week ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

whoever57 Re:summary of SCOTUS case law: "pppphhhhhhtttttt, (250 comments)

Boies may be a douchebag, but he's a douchebag who actively practices law and apparently reads the cases in full, unlike the good Professor Volokh, who has never actually practiced.

You know that he lost a case to a gardener, who was unrepresented by a lawyer, right? His firm did not cover itself with glory in the SCO cases either.

about a week ago
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Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan To Upload Phony Torrents

whoever57 Re:Quashed? (130 comments)

IANAL but I'm pretty damned sure that if I were to go to the Pirate Bay (RIP) and find a link to the latest Debian distro, there is absolutely nothing illegal about that regardless of which site

Legal: yes, sensible: no. Get your links from a reputable Debian mirror.

about a week ago
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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

whoever57 /.ed? (159 comments)

I haven't seen a /. effect for a long time.

about a week ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

whoever57 WD problem (219 comments)

My worst experience was with a 1TB WB "Green" drive. From brand new, SMART said it was perfect, but I could not write over about 900GB to it. This was not a GiB vs. GB issue -- the failures occurred before reaching 931GiB and manifested as drive I/O errors, not filesystem full errors. Writes were consistently failing before I reached the nominal size of the drive.

I haven't bought a WD drive since then.

about a week ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

whoever57 Re:Fire all the officers? (515 comments)

That's a hell of a bargain. Take 1 beating, then don't have to work for the rest of my life!

This may not happen to you. Looking at TFA, I see that the victim was guilty of a heinous offense: DwB (Driving while Black). Unless you have the correct skin colour, your plan may fail at step 3.

about two weeks ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

whoever57 Re:Fire all the officers? (515 comments)

This is why it's so hard to get corrupt/bad cops out of the system. The entire system is built to protect them, at all costs.

Perhaps some types of disciplinary records should be published. For example, any record that the cop tampered with evidence, hid evidence, lied in court, etc.. should be available to any defence lawyer.

about two weeks ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

whoever57 Re:Have Both (567 comments)

I've rotated my screen 360 degrees :-)

Does it improve the picture now that you have twisted cables?

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

whoever57 Re:Really? (772 comments)

Waterboarding is regarded by many countries as torture.

Even the Spanish Inquisition regarded waterboarding as torture.

about two weeks ago

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US Marshals flying cell tower spoofers on small planes.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a month ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The US Marshals Service is running cell tower spoofers on small planes. These devices are called "dirtboxes". The devices are made by Boeing Co. and can collect information from tens of thousands of cellphones in a single flight. When asked about the program, the US Justice department could neither confirm nor deny the reports."
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Comcast now intercepting and modifying web pages

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a month ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "On refreshing my user page on /., I just received a pop-up informing me that I need a new modem. I don't really need a new modem — it is just that Comcast would like to use my house as a wireless POP, providing WiFi service to anyone with a Comcast login.

Since I have wifi in my house, I have zero interest in providing a location from which Comcast can provide wireless service to all and sundry, so the pop-up was a little annoying.

Nevertheless, the wider issue is Comcase deploying technologies to monitor and modify http: requests on the fly.

Have other COmcast users on /. seen this?"
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Value of DMARC and DKIM

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 2 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "How widely is DKIM and DMARC being implemented? Some time ago, Yahoo implemented strict checks on DKIM before accepting email, breaking many mailing lists. However, Spamassassin actually assigns a positive score (more likely to be spam) to DKIM-signed emails, unless the signer domain matches the from domain. Some email marketing companies don't provide a way for emails to be signed with the sender's domain — instead, using their own domain to sign emails. DMARC doesn't seem to have a delegation mechanism, by which a domain owner could delegate other domains as acceptable signatures for emails their emails.

All of these issues suggest that the value of DKIM and DMARC is quite low, both as a mechanism to identify valid emails and as a mechanism to identify spam. In fact, spam is often dkim-signed.

Are /. users who manage email delivery actually using DKIM and DMARC?"
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Google takes the fight with Oracle to the Supreme Court

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 2 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "Google has asked the Supreme Court to review the issue of whether APIs can be copyrighted. Google beat Oracle in the trial court, where a judge with a software background ruled that APIs could not be copyrighted. but the Appeals court sided with Oracle, ruling that APIs can be copyrighted. Now Google is asking the Supreme Court to overturn that decision. "
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Fuel efficiency numbers overstate MPG more for cars with small engines.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 2 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "All official numbers for fuel economy in the EU typically overstate the miles-per-gallon figure that drivers can expect to achieve in typical driving. A recent study confirmed this once again. However, what the study also found was that MPG figures are more urealistic for cars with smaller engines than for cars with larger engines. Actual MPG figures achieved based on typical drives for cars with small engines could be as much as 36% under the offical number, while those cars with 3 liter engines would typically achieve 15% less than the official figure."
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The world of fan fiction

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 5 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The UK's Daily Telegraph has an interesting and somewhat balanced view of the world of fan fiction, providing an historical perspective, the different types of audiences and how different authors and publishers react to fan fiction. Of particular note, is how the author of Fifty Shades of Grey (originally a fan fiction based on the Twilight series) reacts to parties themed around the novel (not well). The article notes how some publishers and authors welcome fan fiction because it enables the original author to make more money."
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Layoffs coming at Microsoft?

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 5 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "Shaun Nichols at The Register interpets Satya Nadella's open letter as "prepare for layoffs". The letter suggests radical changes are coming to Microsoft and, combined with duplication of functions because of the Nokia handset business acquisition, he thinks that layoffs are highly likely. Wes Miller, research vice-president at Directions on Microsoft, says that Microsoft is shifting from the Windows-everywhere approach, towards supporting productivity applications on different platforms. More details will be forthcoming from Microsoft on July 22."
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Yetis: close relatives of ancient polar bears

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 6 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "A study of "Yeti" hair samples shows some interesting results. Most of the samples were not hair at all, some were human, some were from horses, some from known bear types but two samples showed a surprising match: a 100% match to 40,000 year old DNA from a polar bear. One sample came from the carcass of an animal killed 40 years ago in India and the other from Bhutan. The scientists report that: “It seems more likely that the two hairs reported here are from either a previously unrecognised bear species, or brown bear/polar bear hybrids.”"
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UK Government pays Microsoft £5.5M for extended support of Windows XP.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 9 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The UK Government has signed a contract worth £5.5M (almost $9M) for extended support and security updates for Windows XP for 12 months after April 8. The deal covers XP, Exchange 2003 and Office 2003 for users in central and local government, schools and the National Health Service. The NHS is in need of this deal because it was estimated last September that 85% of the NHS's 800,000 computers were running XP."
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NSA intercepts shipments of new computers and installs software.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "According to an orginal report in Der Spiegel, and
secondary reporting in the Washington Post, the NSA intercepts deliveries of PCs and installs logging software or hardware on them before the customer receives them. According to a document cited by Der Spegel, interception is one of the NSA's "most productive operations"

Der Spiegel also reported that the NSA intercepts and uses Windows crash reports in order to gather information that is used to develop new methods to crack Windows machines."

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Microsoft pulls update for Surface 2 after problems.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  1 year,2 days

whoever57 (658626) writes "On Decemer 10, Microsoft released a firmware update for Surface Pro 2. Now, due to widespread issues with battery life, charging, sleeping, etc., Microsoft has pulled the update. It appears that some of the tablets failed to completely install the update. The number of people posting about the the problem in the Microsoft Community site shows that there are at least hundreds of users with this problem. What propeortion of the Surface Pro 2 user base does this represent?"
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Why you should not talk to the cops, redux.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  1 year,17 days

whoever57 (658626) writes "The technique most commonly used by police in the USA for interrogations produces a shockingly high rate of false confessions. People who have solid alibis tend to be found guilty purely because of their confession. This technique was developed by John Reid and the defendant who confessed in the case that made Reid's reputation was shown, years later, to be innocent. The technique discussed in an article in the New Yorker magazine (subscription required). The author of the article also discuses it in an interview on NPR's Fresh Air program. The underpinnings of the Reid technique have been shown to be based on pseudo-science. The UK police now use a different technique, which is not focussed on obtaining a confession, but rather eliciting information which may be used to show the guilt or innocence of the interviewee: the PEACE technique, which is closer to the way journalists conduct interviews. Good cop/bad cop doesn't seem to feature in any techniques."
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Nearly 150 years late, the Church of England apologises to Charles Darwin

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "Almost 150 years ago, the Church of England rejected Charles Darwin's theories. Now, 150 years later, the church is comparing that rejection to the rejection of Galileo's work. The CoE will publish an apology, written by the Rev Dr Malcolm Brown, the Church's director of mission and public affairs. The apology will be on a CoE website, going live on Monday, which will promote Charles Darwin's ideas."
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Team Oracle penalized for rules violations

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "On Saturday, Oracle Team USA and Team New Zealand begin racing for the America's Cup in the amazing AC72 boats. However, the Oracle team starts with a siginficant handicap. It was recently discovered that members of Oracle Team USA made illegal changes to the boats used in the Americas Cup Series (which is sailed in the smaller AC45 boats). After a hearing on Friday, the International Jury has decided on the penalty: Team Oracle will have to pay a fine, sail without some team members and more significantly, loses 2 points before starting the Americas Cup races against Team New Zealand. A tiny amount of weight had been added to the kingposts, in violation of the measurement rules for the class. This was reported to the measurement committee some weeks ago after its discovery by boatbuilders working for America's Cup Regatta Management (ACRM), not members of Oracle Team USA."
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The NSA can't search its own emails.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The NSA responded to an FOI request asking that the requestor narrow the information required because its email system is "a little antiquated and archaic". This followed a request for information on emails between the NSA and the National Geographic channel, following the latter broadcasting a documentary that was very friendly to the NSA. The intent was to investigate the NSA's PR efforts. Apparently the NSA can only search individual employees' mailboxes and cannot search all emails across the agency."
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No porn from public WiFi hotspots in the UK

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The Prime Minister of the UK is proposing that porn should not be available through WiFi hotspots in public areas. Exactly how this will be implemented has not been identified, even to the extent of whether the ISP or the hotspot operator should implement the blocking. The Children’s Charities Coalition has demanded urgent action on the issue."
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Explaining the persistence of Microsoft in the Enterprise

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "Galen Gruman writes in InfoWorld about the persistence of Microsoft technologies in the enterprise. He notices that IT groups are the most likely buyers fro Windows tablets, despite their users preference for Android and IOS tablets. He blames this on "in-breeding" within IT groups — who simply expect Microsoft technologies "to extend into the newfangled technologies such as mobile and cloud". IT groups, he writes, will wait for Microsft to deliver the technologies that are already available from other sources. He summarizes the status of Microsoft's offerings thus:
"It's clear Microsoft's strategy is to withhold its better technologies to force users to stick with the inferior Windows platforms. IT is waiting for that magic day when Microsoft's Windows delivers beyond the legacy desktop.
Users, meanwhile, have moved on. They'll buy more tablets than PCs this year, and adoption will only accelerate as users start augmenting their PCs at work with tablets, not just buy them for home use as is usually the case today"
"

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European carriers complain to EU about anti-competitive contracts with Apple

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 2 years ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "Several European phone carriers have complained to the EU about the contracts that Apple imposes on them if they want to sell the iPhone. Because the contracts stipulate a minimum purchase, and the carier must compensate Apple if they fail to sell through that minimum, it has the effect of forcing the carrier to promote iPhones ahead of alternative phones. The European Commission is monitoring the situation. Apple claims that its "contracts fully comply with local laws wherever we do business, including the E.U""
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Microsoft cuts the price of Windows 8 and Office in response to slow sales.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 2 years ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "A report in ExtremeTech (quoting an article in the Wall Street Journal) details price cuts that Microsft has made for sales of Windows 8 and Office to OEMs in response to slow adoption. According to the report, the price of a dual pack of Windows 8 and Office for touchscreen devices under 10.8 inches has been cut to only $30 from the prior price of $120. The Wall Street Journal attributes the claim to anaonymous sources, hwever, other sites, including Digitimes report information that tends to confirm the original claim."
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I finally did it: +5 funny with a one-word post!

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  more than 10 years ago I finally did it, a one-word post was modded up to +5 funny! OK, so the title was 2 words, but there was only one word in the text -- read it here. If you don't think it is funny, then read the article text.

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