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Want to Keep Messages From the Feds? Use iMessage

wiedzmin Re:Seriously now (153 comments)

ikr? all this is, is a slashdvertisement to get people to buy more iphones

about a year and a half ago
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Google Glass and Surveillance Culture

wiedzmin Re:minority report (318 comments)

"We see you're buying hemorrhoids medication at your local pharmacy! Get discounts when buying hemorrhoids medication online though our convenient advertisement partners!"

about a year and a half ago
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When Your Data Absolutely, Positively has to be Destroyed (Video)

wiedzmin Re:dd (295 comments)

Unless it's an SSD drive, in which case you will end up with about 1% of data still left on the drive. For a terabyte drive, that's 10 gigs of your favorite home movies, on eBay: http://static.usenix.org/events/fast11/tech/full_papers/Wei.pdf

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Google Project Didn't Deserve To Die?

wiedzmin Re:quit whining over loss of free services (383 comments)

[quote]Really I don't know why reader is being lamented so much. It had a stupid, wasteful interface and wasn't very customizable. I've tried a couple times to make something useful of it but it's always been inferior.[/quote]

Cross platform support. I can sync the same read/unread items between 6 different devices I use, many using third-party client applications developed using their API. No other RSS reader platform offers this.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Bringing Second Lawsuit To Samsung, Won't Wait For Appeal

wiedzmin Re:What about Blackberry? (239 comments)

Shh. Let the big guys keep fighting each other. BlackBerry needs some time to ramp up.

about a year and a half ago
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TSA 'Secured' Metrodome During Recent Football Game

wiedzmin Equilibrium (364 comments)

Reminds me of those omnipresent motorcycle-helmet guys from the Equilibrium.

about 2 years ago
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New Sony Patent Blocks Second-hand Games

wiedzmin More coffin nails! (344 comments)

Like the world needed yet another reason not to buy Sony products. I personally, in just the recent year, consciously did not buy the following superior-quality Sony products, opting instead for their competitors: headphones, camera, LED TV. Just because they were Sony.

about 2 years ago
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5 More Google Fiberhoods Coming To Kansas City

wiedzmin Fiberhoods? (80 comments)

Are those them things they used to cover engines in Fast and the Furious?

about 2 years ago
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Drilling Begins At Lake Hidden Beneath Antarctic

wiedzmin Re:Redux? (131 comments)

that ice is 10 times cleaner than the cleanest water we can make in a lab)

So... if we combine pure hydrogen and pure oxygen to create water in the lab... that ice is 10 times cleaner than that, eh? Right on, right on.

about 2 years ago
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Drilling Begins At Lake Hidden Beneath Antarctic

wiedzmin 5 days you say? (131 comments)

Well then, I guess I've figured out why the world will end on December 21st...

about 2 years ago
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Advertising May Soon Follow You From One Device To the Next

wiedzmin AdBlock goes cross-platform (132 comments)

In other news - AdBlock Plus announces support for other platforms.

about 2 years ago
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Advertising May Soon Follow You From One Device To the Next

wiedzmin Re:Two words: (132 comments)

I stopped using Google services long time ago for that same reason. Used to be a huge fanboy... and I mean I used everything - email, docs, blogger, maps, adwords, adsense, freaking shopping site, everything. Now the only one I have left is Gmail, to make sure nobody steals whatever accounts I haven't moved off of it yet.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Need a Phone At Your Desk?

wiedzmin Re:I certainly don't (445 comments)

Yeap, I've been using a VoIP "soft phone" for years, both at home and in the office.

about 2 years ago
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Wiki Weapon Project Test-Fires a (Partly) 3D-Printed Rifle

wiedzmin Re:STOP DOING THIS! (289 comments)

It's not illegal to manufacture your own firearms in US.

about 2 years ago
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Wiki Weapon Project Test-Fires a (Partly) 3D-Printed Rifle

wiedzmin Re:Why is this considered a good thing? (289 comments)

The government should have a monopoly on violence

Oh, wow, not sure if you've intended it that way, but what a great way to sum up the government's goals.

about 2 years ago
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Some Apple iMacs "Assembled In America"

wiedzmin Re:Welcome to USA, China (279 comments)

Interesting. Well the "Made in America" versus "Made in USA" makes me wonder...

about 2 years ago

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House Approves Extending the Warrantless Wiretapping Act

wiedzmin wiedzmin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wiedzmin (1269816) writes "US House of Representatives voted 301-118 today, in favor of extending the FISA Amendments Act until December 31st, 2017, effectively reauthorizing the broad electronic eavesdropping powers that largely legalized the George W. Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program."
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Twitter fires back at court, prosecutors, over order to turn over user data

wiedzmin wiedzmin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wiedzmin (1269816) writes "Twitter filed a surprisingly feisty motion (.pdf) this week in New York City Criminal Court to quash a court order demanding that it hands over information and tweets of one of its account holders to law enforcement. The company stepped in with the motion after the account holders effort to quash the order, claiming 4th Amendment protections was rejected, by the judge claiming that online content stored on a third-party server was not physical and therefore did not have the same privacy protections. To add insult to injury, the judge claimed that account holder had no standing to fight the order because agreeing to the Twitter's terms of service, “demonstrated a lack of proprietary interests in his [own] Tweets”. Twitter fired back at the New York court, rebuking many points made by the judge, pointing out his mistakes in selective quoting of their Terms of Service and lashing out at prosecutors for wasting everyone's time by requesting the court to grant access to public Tweets, which could have been easily printed out from the site. The American Civil Liberties Union applauded Twitter’s move."
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House Passes CISPA

wiedzmin wiedzmin writes  |  about 2 years ago

wiedzmin (1269816) writes "The House approved Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act with a 248 to 168 vote today. CISPA allows internet service providers to share Internet "threat" information with government agencies, including DHS and NSA, without having to protect any personally identifying data of its customers, without a court order. It effectively immunizes ISPs from privacy lawsuits for disclosing customer information, grants them anti-trust protection on colluding on cybersecurity issues and allows them to bypass privacy laws when sharing data with each other."
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PayPal Revises Privacy Policy, User Agreement Policy

wiedzmin wiedzmin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wiedzmin (1269816) writes "PayPal announced that they are following Google's suit in changing of both its privacy and user agreement policies, adding tweaks to its customer identification program and the way they collect and store its customers’ personal information. The changes will take effect on April 1st and will include the use of session cookies, persistent cookies, flash cookies and pixel tags for user tracking. Additionally, PayPal will reserve the right to limit, suspend or outright cancel any account if date of birth, taxpayer identification number, driver’s license or “other identifying documents” are not provided upon request, for "account verification" purposes. Other ridiculous provisions include their right to demand IRS form 1099-K from customers who receive more that 200 payments a year, and employ all tracking mechanisms on their mobile applications across all platforms."
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Petition to bring Netflix to Blackberry Playbook

wiedzmin wiedzmin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wiedzmin (1269816) writes "In the light of the recent box.net announcement that their Blackberry Playbook userbase has reached 500,000 customers, tablet owners are taking it upon themselves to challenge recent Netflix decision to not provide support for the Playbook. An online petition has been created and is getting about 2,000 signatures a day in support of adding Netflix support on Playbook. Looks like the popular joke about the lone Playbook user is fading into the past, thanks to RIM's aggressive pricing strategies."
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Female Passengers Say They Were Targeted for TSA Body Scanners

wiedzmin wiedzmin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wiedzmin (1269816) writes "TSA agents in Dallas singled out female passengers to undergo screening in a body scanner, according to complaints filed by several women who said they felt the screeners intentionally targeted them to view their bodies. Allegedly, women with "cute bodies" were directed through the body scanners up to three times over by female agents, who appeared to be acting on a request from male agents viewing the scans in a separate room. Apparently this was done because the scans were "blurry", possibly due to autofocus problems with agents' smartphone cameras."
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NSA Is Waiting For A Major Incident To Create New Cyber Law

wiedzmin wiedzmin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wiedzmin (1269816) writes "It appears that the NSA is waiting for a major incident to create new cyber law that would grant them open access to private networks. Hit up the link above for some quotes or check the EFF website for an entire page dedicated to tracking how over the years NSA has been consistently making strides towards expanding warrantless wiretapping provisions under the guise of "prevention" and "cooperation"."
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Patent Troll Claims Ownership of Interactive Web

wiedzmin wiedzmin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wiedzmin (1269816) writes "A low-profile Chicago biologist, Michael Doyle, and his company Eola Technologies, who has once won a $521m patent lawsuit against Microsoft, claim that it was actually he and two co-inventors who invented, and patented, the “interactive web” before anyone else, back in 1993. Doyle argues that a program he created to allow doctors to view embryos over the early Internet, was the first program that allowed users to interact with images inside of a web browser window. He is therefore seeking royalties for the use of just about every modern interactive Internet technology, like watching videos or suggesting instant search results. Dozens of lawyers, representing the world’s biggest internet companies, including Yahoo, Amazon, Google and YouTube are acting as defendants in the case, which has even seen Tim Berners-Lee testify on Tuesday."
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Judge Refuses to Shut Down Online Market for Used MP3s

wiedzmin wiedzmin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wiedzmin (1269816) writes "Last year Capitol tried to shut down ReDigi, a revolutionary used MP3 trading service, with it subsequently filing an opposition to the injunction and even Google joining the fray in ReDigi's support. It appears that ReDigi has won this round, with a New York judge refusing to shatter the service on Monday. The case will now go to trial where Capitol will attempt to prove its allegations that ReDigi facilitates copyright infringement and is not protected by the first-sale doctrine."
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Feds Seize 307 Sports-Related Domains Ahead of Super Sunday

wiedzmin wiedzmin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wiedzmin (1269816) writes "Federal authorities said Thursday they had seized and shuttered 307 domains, 16 allegedly engaged in unauthorized live sports streaming and the remainder accused of selling fake professional sports merchandise, including National Football League paraphernalia. SOPA? ICE needs no SOPA!"
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Feds Get Megaupload Skype and Email Records for Pa

wiedzmin wiedzmin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wiedzmin (1269816) writes "It’s not clear how federal investigators gained access to the conversations of founder Kim DotCom and other top managers, but they have now allegedly obtained Skype logs and email conversations between DotCom and his top lieutenants for the past 5 years. Since the criminal investigation didn’t begin until a few months ago, this puts under question Skype's message retention policy which states that “IM history messages will be stored for a maximum of 30 days”. The records are said to be obtained via warrant, but if they were not provided by Skype or obtained from confiscated computers, it raises all sorts of illegal wiretapping questions. Lets hope someone gets a copy of that warrant under the FOIA."
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Feds Want Judge to Force Suspect to Give Up Encryp

wiedzmin wiedzmin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wiedzmin (1269816) writes "Federal prosecutors want a judge to overrule the Fifth Amendment’s protection against forced self-incrimination by ordering a Colorado woman to provide the password to decrypt her laptop, which the government seized with a search warrant. The case is being closely watched by digital rights groups, as the issue has never been squarely weighed in on by federal courts, despite a similar case involving child pornography making it to the Supreme Court back in 2006."
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Man uses scanned copy of his passport on iPad to e

wiedzmin wiedzmin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wiedzmin (1269816) writes "Canadian man was able to enter the U.S. by presenting a scanned copy of his passport, on his iPad screen, to the U.S. border officer. Martin Reisch says the officer looked mildly annoyed when he attempted to use the iPad as a form of identification, but checked his file and waved him through anyways. He was also able to get back to Canada later, use the same identification method."
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Cydia creator sues over Cydia.com

wiedzmin wiedzmin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wiedzmin (1269816) writes "Having previously requested ownership with no success, Jay Freeman the creator of Cydia, has now filed a lawsuit in a bid to obtain the Cydia.com domain from its current owner, despite the domain registration preceding Cydia by at least 6 years. Freeman argues that with the current content of Cydia.com, its visitors could be confused by the name and led to believe that Cydia is affiliated with Apple. He also seeks damages for legal fees on behalf of his company. I wonder if Apple should chime in on this one."
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IE9 Catches Most Web-Based Malware Attacks

wiedzmin wiedzmin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wiedzmin (1269816) writes "A new report released by NSS labs shows that the latest version of Internet Explorer, equipped with some new anti-malware functionality, catches more Web-based malware attacks than any of the other major browsers on the market. IE9 caught nearly 100 percent of the attacks thrown at it in a new test done, followed with a huge disparity by Google Chrome at 13.2%, Safari and Firefox at 7.6% and Opera at 6.1%."
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Airline pilots now allowed to skipTSA screening

wiedzmin wiedzmin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wiedzmin (1269816) writes ""Federal authorities are tacitly acknowledging that, despite their best efforts, it's impossible to keep domestic aircraft safe from all evildoers. That's because if a pilot wants to crash a plane, the pilot can crash a plane. With that in mind, the Transportation Security Administration began a program Tuesday allowing pilots to skirt the security-screening process." I guess if you're a bad guy, first place you want to look for something to use as a weapon is in the bag of a guy wearing a pilot's uniform."
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