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Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

wiredog Re:it still amazes and saddens me... (78 comments)

Snowden is a hero, and now he is working to support Russia's effort to protect its people in Ukraine! Soon the Russian Army will complete the liberation of the Russian nationals in Ukraine and all with the help of Snowden! He has tremendously boosted the Russian security services! He is hero to the world!

2 days ago
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Apple Reportedly In Talks With Comcast For Separate Apple Streaming Path

wiredog Paging Legal at MS and Google. (150 comments)

Comcast would have a vested interest in having customers use Apple's services.

Lawsuit on line 1...

about three weeks ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

wiredog Re:Mr Obama (878 comments)

That seems to be the foreign policy he's following, actually.

about 1 month ago
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Tested: Asus Chromebox Based On Haswell Core i3

wiredog /user (103 comments)

So used to typing "user" in various contexts. I meant "/usr".

about a month ago
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Tested: Asus Chromebox Based On Haswell Core i3

wiredog 16GB SSD storage is enough for Linux (103 comments)

A lightweight one with X and xfce. Put /user on a USB drive and you're set.

I wonder how hard it is to hack the bootloader?

about a month ago
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Court Denies NSA Request To Hold Phone Records Beyond 5 Years

wiredog Re:Obligatory cynicism (46 comments)

the act of deleting the data will also delete the evidence that would be used to establish a citizen's grounds for suing the NSA over its illegal data retention.
That's what the NSA said when they asked for permission to hold the data for more than 5 years.

about a month ago
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Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek

wiredog Setec Astronomy (390 comments)

It was only while scouring a database that contained the registration cards of naturalized U.S. citizens that a Satoshi Nakamoto turned up whose profile and background offered a potential match. But it was not until after ordering his records from the National Archives

Guess the Privacy Act doesn't apply to individuals.

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Turning Chicago Homes Into Xfinity Hotspots

wiredog No security issues here. Nope. None. (253 comments)

How hard is it to set up a router with the network ssid "xfnintywifi " and gather up all the username/password combinations that people use to log on? Not hard at all.

about a month and a half ago
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MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection

wiredog But it isn't a public matter (465 comments)

According to Janet Yellen

The Federal Reserve simply does not have authority to supervise or regulate bitcoin in any way

After all, it's not a legitimate currency, is it? So no reason for the Feds to get involved! Which is also what her Japanese counterpart is saying.

about 1 month ago
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MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection

wiredog Interesting attack on Bitcoin (465 comments)

From the AP Story

a weakness in the exchange's systems was behind a massive loss of the virtual currency involving 750,000 bitcoins from users and 100,000 of the company's own bitcoins. That would amount to about $425 million at recent prices.

The reactions of the various Japanese government officials are interesting. Essentially, there was no "theft" because Bitcoin is not a "real" currency. Which is an interesting attack. Anyone can steal your bitcoins and you have no recourse to the law because it isn't actually theft.

about 1 month ago
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MtGox files for bankruptcy protection, confirms rumours

wiredog Interesting attack on Bitcoin (4 comments)

From the AP Story

a weakness in the exchangeâ(TM)s systems was behind a massive loss of the virtual currency involving 750,000 bitcoins from users and 100,000 of the companyâ(TM)s own bitcoins. That would amount to about $425 million at recent prices.

The reactions of the various Japanese government officials are interesting. Essentially, there was no "theft" because Bitcoin is not a "real" currency.

about 1 month ago
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Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

wiredog Is Snow Leopard vulnerable? (241 comments)

IIRC, the bug was introduced (fairly) recently. iOS 5 doesn't have it, either.

about 2 months ago
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WV Senator Calls For Ban On All Unregulated Cryptocurrencies

wiredog Yeah, this will work just as well (240 comments)

As banning online gambling did. And we all know how well that worked.

It worked pretty damn well, actually.

about 2 months ago
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'Obnoxious' RSA Protests, RSA Remains Mum

wiredog Re:On the record (99 comments)

They already did.

about 2 months ago
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Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

wiredog what will it take for general acceptance (921 comments)

to finally take hold?

Oh, I dunno, maybe not wearing it in a bar and threatening to record other people with it when they don't want to be recorded.

Or, maybe, we'll just have to get used to living in a post-privacy future.

about 2 months ago
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N. Korea Could Face Prosecution For 'Crimes Against Humanity'

wiredog Re:Depends on China (325 comments)

And the US, too, under the UN's authority.

about a month ago
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California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets

wiredog They must have Apple stock. (341 comments)

Since this bill would make Find My iPhone's "Activation Lock", which I would bet money is patented, a requirement for Android and Windows devices.

about 2 months ago
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California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets

wiredog Find my iphone already does this. (341 comments)

You can nuke your iThingy remotely if you've enabled that.

about 2 months ago

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25th Anniversary of the Morris Worm

wiredog wiredog writes  |  about 5 months ago

wiredog (43288) writes "Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the Morris Worm, the first malware to spread widely on the internet. The Washington Psot has a wrtiteup of the worm, it effects, and after-effects."
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NSA is Collecting Lots of Spam.

wiredog wiredog writes  |  about 6 months ago

wiredog (43288) writes "Lots of it. Overwhelming amounts, perhaps. From The Washington Post

when one Iranian e-mail address of interest got taken over by spammers. The Iranian account began sending out bogus messages to its entire address book. ... the spam that wasn't deleted by those recipients kept getting scooped up every time the NSA's gaze passed over them. And as some people had marked the Iranian account as a safe account, additional spam messages continued to stream in, and the NSA likely picked those up, too....Every day from Sept. 11, 2011 to Sept. 24, 2011, the NSA collected somewhere between 2 GB and 117 GB of data concerning this Iranian address.

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Samsung caught adding benchmark optimization code to Galaxy Note 3

wiredog wiredog writes  |  about 7 months ago

wiredog (43288) writes "From the article at ArsTechnica:

we can confidently say Samsung appears to be artificially boosting the US Note 3's benchmark scores with a special, high-power CPU mode that kicks in when the device runs a large number of popular benchmarking apps.

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Why is the IRS targeting free software?

wiredog wiredog writes  |  about 10 months ago

wiredog (43288) writes "From the IRS "be on the lookout" list that listed "Tea Party", among others, as suspicious entities:

Open Source Software
These organizations are requesting either 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) exemption in order to collaboratively develop new software. The members of these organizations are usually the for-profit business or for-profit support technicians of the software.

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Storm brewing over Weather Channel's bid for ".weather" TLD

wiredog wiredog writes  |  1 year,28 days

wiredog (43288) writes "From the Capital Weather Gang blog comes the story of the various people and organizations objecting to the Weather Channel's attempt to grab ".weather" for themselves.

I don't know why they would try, since they don't actually do weather forecasting anymore. Just one reality show after another."

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Tracking Chinese Cyber-Espionage Botnets

wiredog wiredog writes  |  about a year and a half ago

wiredog (43288) writes "From Brian Krebs, reporting on a large scale Chinese cyber-espionage operation:

the infrastructure that frames these these spy machines generally points in one of two directions: one group’s infrastructure points back to Shanghai, the other to Beijing.

“There have to be hundreds of people involved, just to maintain this amount of infrastructure and this much activity and this many spear phishes, collecting so many documents, and writing this much malware,” Stewart said

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Microsoft Hunting Rustock Controllers

wiredog wiredog writes  |  about 3 years ago

wiredog (43288) writes "From security reporter Brian Krebs comes further information on how Microsoft took out the Rustock botnet, and how it's going after the controller(s?), who are apparently based in St. Petersburg Russia.

Microsoft is required by law to now make a “good faith effort” to contact the owner(s) of Rustock control domains and other infrastructure the company has since seized, and to notify the individual(s) of the date, time and location of an upcoming court hearing in Seattle, Washington, where the defendants will have an opportunity to be heard.

Microsoft will publish the information on a Web site set up for this purpose – noticeofpleadings.com.

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Star Wars coming to Blu-ray in September

wiredog wiredog writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wiredog (43288) writes "A bundle of all six movies will sell for $139.99, while sets of the original three films, and the three prequels, will go for $69.99 apiece. Obsessive types can pre-order them on Amazon now.

Han shot first!"

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