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Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

wiredog Re:OK Google (196 comments)

This applies to Apple phones, too. And Microsoft phones. And hardwired landline phones.

4 days ago
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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

wiredog I hope no one runs steam as root. (329 comments)

OTOH, running it on an SeLinux system would probably contain the damage.

about two weeks ago
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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

wiredog Not to mention... (230 comments)

The Korean War vets.

about a month and a half ago
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Feds Plan For 35 Agencies To Collect, Share, Use Health Records of Americans

wiredog Re:uh oh (209 comments)

NASA is concerned about the health of its employees. Especially the ones who go off planet.

about 1 month ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

wiredog I actually DID program a device in hex once. (641 comments)

Once. Gave me a real appreciation for high level languages like C.

And, yes, it was an embedded application. No user interface, the controller talked to the device, the device ran some very precise valves. It was actually a fun month getting all that working.

about 2 months ago
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Economist: US Congress Should Hack Digital Millennium Copyright Act

wiredog If you don't have the source (129 comments)

you don't have the modifiable part of the software.

about 2 months ago
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UK Authorities Launching Massive Child Abuse Database

wiredog Not a new thing (150 comments)

The FBI's DaLAS System has been doing this for several years now, but with things in addition to child abuse imagery. Since we shared the system with the UK they presumably just copied the relevant parts/ideas.

about 2 months ago
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Armies of Helper Robots Keep Amazon's Warehouses Running Smoothly

wiredog Hasn't yet led to staff reduction (110 comments)

Usually doesn't, at first. It increases productivity by making it possible to use the current workers more efficiently. Slowly the unskilled workers who move boxes from point A to point B get replaced by slightly skilled workers who supervise the robots.

Thank God we don't allow the underclass to buy firearms here in the USA, otherwise we'd have to worry about a revolution.

about 2 months ago
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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

wiredog Re:I don't know... Maybe... (299 comments)

Except that, in GamerGate, the journalist in question never reviewed the game, which itself was never reviewed in the publication in question. Thus, the entire GamerGate "controversy" was built on lies told by the GamerGate hashtaggers.

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Executive Director Andrew Lewman About Tor and Privacy

wiredog How many Tor users are aware that Tor (61 comments)

was originally developed by the US Government, and is still supported financially by the US Government?

"Few", or "almost none"?

about 3 months ago

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Silk Road Lawyers Poke Holes in FBI's Story

wiredog wiredog writes  |  about 4 months ago

wiredog (43288) writes "From the article by Brian Krebs:

Many in the Internet community have officially called baloney [that's a technical term] on the government’s claims, and these latest apparently contradictory revelations from the government are likely to fuel speculation that the government is trying to explain away some not-so-by-the-book investigative methods.

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Consumer Reports Sells Out To Apple

wiredog wiredog writes  |  about 4 months ago

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 4 months 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 and a half 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 2 years 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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