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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

wiredog Define 'food' and 'medicine' (405 comments)

Seriously. States that make this distinction end up maintaining databases of foods and medicines that merchants have to consult.

about a week ago
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How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers

wiredog Re:Licensing issues (97 comments)

Flikr has CC licensing. IIRC, you have to opt in to the Getty thing.

about two weeks ago
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Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

wiredog Not really a lie (191 comments)

Apple doesn't run public email servers. At least, I don't think so. Nothing like gmail, anyway. So they aren't transporting your email. Unless they back up your mailbox to iCloud. But iMessage is encrypted, and Apple has stated many times that it can't read that traffic.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

wiredog Safe deposit box (268 comments)

External hard drives are cheap. I Have one in the safe deposit box at the bank, one at home, and I rotate them every couple of months. I just do a copy of /Users (on my Mac, /home on Linux, not sure what the WIndows equivalent is) to the hard drive.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

wiredog Clearly, someone at MS said (330 comments)

We must not have a Minecraft gap!

about two weeks ago
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After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

wiredog Re:Doesn't this pretty much kill 4chan? (134 comments)

What is the legal status for hosting a server with illegal information on it?
If they don't know, then they are not responsible. It's in the DMCA, or possibly the CFAA.

about a month ago
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Interview: Ask Christopher "moot" Poole About 4chan and Social Media

wiredog So what do you think the chances are (220 comments)

That NSA and GCHQ are able to monitor 4Chan and track who the "anonymous" posters are?

about a month ago
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Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

wiredog He's as much of a scientist (179 comments)

as my History professors and English professors were.

about a month ago
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Fugitive Child Sex Abuser Caught By Face-Recognition Technology

wiredog Re:It's tinfoil time! (232 comments)

Or Congress, which has oversight authority.

about a month and a half ago
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IBM Creates Custom-Made Brain-Like Chip

wiredog The Genisys of Skynet! (105 comments)

As good as any other theory, I guess.

about 2 months ago
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With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

wiredog If Nicaragua wants to be to China (322 comments)

what Panama is to the US, then fine, go for it.

about 2 months ago
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40% Of People On Terror Watch List Have No Terrorist Ties

wiredog The TSDB tracks names, not people. (256 comments)

There is a many to many mapping of those. (Should be many to one, but nothing is perfect.)

That is, my slashdot user name is one "name", so is my "real" name that people call me, which is not the full name on my birth certificate. So that's three names for one person.

Also, not all terrorist groups are in the middle east, or Muslim. Several are right here in the US, and Christian. (Or Jewish, not sure if any atheist groups are in the US).

about 2 months ago
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40% Of People On Terror Watch List Have No Terrorist Ties

wiredog So 40% dwarfs 60%? (256 comments)

In which mathematical system is 40>60?

about 2 months ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

wiredog Re:Lumping everyone together.... (377 comments)

better to deliver it to where it's needed (i.e. Phoenix) than sell it to southern California or let it flow into Mexico unused.

Because God forbid we actually let those dirty beaners get the water we promised to them by treaty, right?

about 2 months ago

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Consumer Reports Sells Out To Apple

wiredog wiredog writes  |  yesterday

wiredog (43288) writes "CR claims that supposedly "unbiased" tests show that " both iPhones seem tougher" than #bendgate would imply and that the 6+ "outperformed the HTC One". CR also claims that "the Note 3's screen splintered and it stopped working.""
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Canon printer hacked to run Doom video game

wiredog wiredog writes  |  about two weeks ago

wiredog (43288) writes "From the Beeb, the news that security researcher Michael Jordon has hacked a Canon's Pixma printer to run Doom. He did so by reverse engineering the firmware encryption and uploading via the update interface.

But does it play Barney Doom? And can you get Linux running on the thing?"

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25th Anniversary of the Morris Worm

wiredog wiredog writes  |  about a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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  |  about a year and a half ago

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  |  more than 2 years 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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