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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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month ago
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Preparing For Satellite Defense

wiredog New potential battleground? (118 comments)

New since, umm, the 1960's? 1980's, anyway. The US has tested several different ASATs over the years, and has long had countermeasures. I assume other countries have countermeasures as well.

about a month and a half ago
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FreeBSD 9.3 Released

wiredog 2014 is the Year of the BSD Desktop! (77 comments)

Please try to keep posts on topic.
Try to reply to other people's comments instead of starting new threads.
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If you are having a problem with accounts or comment posting, please yell for help.

about a month and a half ago
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Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek To Control the Internet

wiredog This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. (117 comments)

Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.

about a month and a half ago
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Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

wiredog The TSA has a new toy.. (162 comments)

It's gonna make going through airport security even more fun. Especially for those with pacemakers.

about a month and a half ago
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Thousands of Leaked KGB Files Are Now Open To the Public

wiredog And in 20 years (95 comments)

The Russians will release the complete Snowden Archive.

about 2 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

wiredog Re:Double speak (249 comments)

In those cases, the information (since it was gained as part of an intel and not LEO operation) would not be admissible.

about 2 months ago
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After 47 Years, Computerworld Ceases Print Publication

wiredog I still miss Byte... (105 comments)

"Why PC's Crash, and Mainframes Don't" (April 98) is still somewhat relevant today. I wish the archives were online.

about 2 months ago
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Mozilla Working On a New Website Comment System

wiredog The Slashdot comment system (142 comments)

is probably the "least bad" one I've seen. It would be nice if multiple ratings could be applied to a post, ("+1 funny, +1 insightful, -1 Troll") but it is fairly good at reducing the trolls and flamage.

about 2 months ago
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IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

wiredog The first step is to stop lying (682 comments)

But I don't expect that of the teabaggers infesting Slashdot these days.

Judging from the news stories the drive was recycled in 2011.

about 2 months ago

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25th Anniversary of the Morris Worm

wiredog wiredog writes  |  about 10 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 10 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 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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Microsoft Hunting Rustock Controllers

wiredog wiredog writes  |  more than 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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