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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

wordsnyc Re:NIMBY at its finest (409 comments)

Samaritan's Purse, the employer of the two patients, is an evangelical missionary outfit run by Franklin Graham. My guess is that at least part of this trip is due to the Democrats not wanting to have to explain to the electorate why they let two of God's Favorites expire in some sweaty jungle hut. If it's really "for study," they could have flown a couple of African victims over months ago.

And yeah, it's a really stupid idea.

about three weeks ago
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The Sudden Policy Change In Truecrypt Explained

wordsnyc Re:The FBI is mostly entirely comprised of Mormons (475 comments)

Yeah, absurdly non-true today. OTOH, Hoover did prefer Mormons in his inner circle, and the FBI agents I had occasion to meet in the 60s & 70s definitely came across as uptight and straitlaced Mormon types. Fun Fact: in the 60s, FBI agents helpfully drove AMC/Rambler sedans as undercover cars and used sturdy but crappy Beseler Topcon 35 mm cameras.

about 3 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

wordsnyc Re:did you checked the video? (688 comments)

You may well know this, but Tab Mix Plus allows you to set custom tab text and background colors for current, unloaded, unread, read, etc., tabs. Quite handy. My "current" tab is always bright green.

about 4 months ago
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Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

wordsnyc Re:The real puzzle (382 comments)

2005: Greek 737 crew succumbed to cabin de-pressurization, plane flew on until out of gas & crashed. Helios Airways Flight 522: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...

Story of multiple pilot errors on top of ground mechanic's stunning mistake. I suspect something similar happened in this case.

about 5 months ago
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Large DDoS Attack Brings WordPress Pingback Abuse Back Into Spotlight

wordsnyc Re:nothing new (58 comments)

Which makes you wonder how seriously to take his comment. After all, someone apparently found it cheap, easy and effective to use xml-rpc to commandeer 162,000 WP installations.

about 5 months ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

wordsnyc Re:Change (742 comments)

But then the dogs would end up in a stir-fry and Uncle DNA would end up causing a weird dog variant of BSE and the top leadership would go insane.

about 6 months ago
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Why Do You Need License From Canonical To Create Derivatives?

wordsnyc Re:Canonical hires only morons. (118 comments)

Lighten up. He's just fixing linux until it's broken. For you. And money, of course. Hey, fucking with free software 'til you can convince a few people that it belongs to you beats writing stuff from scratch.

about 6 months ago
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An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?

wordsnyc Re:no (479 comments)

Rural Ohio, 35 miles east of Columbus. Our only choice is Frontier DSL, less than 3.5 Mb most of the time, often drops completely if it rains or there is "squirrel activity" on the lines. Netflix works, sorta, on a very small screen. We have DirecTV but soon won't be able to afford it. I read a lot of books.

about 7 months ago
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The Linux Backdoor Attempt of 2003

wordsnyc Re: OMG enough (360 comments)

Thousands of contract employees in the past few years have had access to what Snowden revealed. It is likely that all those "secrets" were old news to every major foreign intelligence service. The NSA is like a vacuum cleaner with a punctured bag: they sweep up info and then leak it like a sieve.

And if Snowden were interested in selling info, he would never have gone public.

about a year ago
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Silk Road Shut Down, Founder Arrested, $3.6 Million Worth of Bitcoin Seized

wordsnyc Re:HOW?? (620 comments)

One of the more significant recent revelations is that the govt uses "parallel construction" in building a cae. If possibly illegal surveillance is used to catch you, they -- after the fact -- construct a legal scenario for how they MIGHT have caught you that will pass muster w/ a judge.

about a year ago
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Everything You Needed To Know About the Internet In May, 1994

wordsnyc When the clue phone had a dial (168 comments)

[posted as comment to article] I wrote a book for Random House in 1996 called "The Book Lover's Guide to the Internet." I spent the first half of the book explaining how the net worked and how to access it through AOL, CompuServe, Genie, Prodigy, et al. I think I still have a press account on AOL, for what that's worth. Somewhere I even have a pc with Mosaic on it.

I did an author appearance at a B&N in NYC in '97 that was covered by C-SPAN. First question from the audience was "Isn't it true that the government is watching everything you do online?" I think I answered, "Yeah, probably."

[Actually, since it was the Village, the questions veered into computers and mind control a bit later on.]

about a year ago
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RMS On Why Free Software Is More Important Now Than Ever Before

wordsnyc Re:congratulations (319 comments)

The man is the real deal. Seriously.

about a year ago
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Snowden Nominated For Freedom of Thought Prize

wordsnyc Re:I wonder... (212 comments)

I wish you could take a step back and grasp at least a bit of the big picture because this is not some shitty LeCarre or Tom Clancy novel ...

"Shitty Tom Clancy novel" is redundant.

John LeCarre is at the other end of the spectrum. His novels happen to be about "spies" for the most part, but they stand on their own among the finest of 20th century English literature.

about a year ago
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Snowden Nominated For Freedom of Thought Prize

wordsnyc I wonder... (212 comments)

how a prize named after Andrei Sakharov is gonna go over with Snowden's landlord, a veteran of the KGB that tormented Andrei Sakharov.

about a year ago
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Linux Mint 15 'Olivia' Release Candidate Is Out

wordsnyc Re:Obligatory comment (134 comments)

Using Mint 13 LTS with Mate -- I had been using Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, but they stopped updating it in any useful way. Mate is like an improved version of Gnome 2: not beautiful, but no drama, and it lets me easily put things in the panels. Most of what I do is writing, so I figure I'm good until 2015 or whatever.

about a year ago
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Possible Cure For MS Turns Common Skin Cells Into Working Brain Cells

wordsnyc Re:10 LET M$ = "Microsoft" (87 comments)

I was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis one year after I dumped Windows XP for Linux. Coincidence, or punishment?

I am also allowed to make New Jersey jokes because I was born there.

about a year ago
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GNOME 3.8 Released Featuring New "Classic" Mode

wordsnyc Re:Two Reviews Worth Reading (267 comments)

Thanks. I think the Gnome developers should get together for a group picture. They'd sell a million dartboards. I'm just gonna stick with MATE.

about a year ago
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ITU Aims At 20Mbps Broadband For All By 2020

wordsnyc Rural Ohio: fuhgeddaboudit. (154 comments)

We get 360 Kbps on a good day with Frontier DSL, the only choice aside from satellite. Frontier bought Verizon's rural operations a few years ago and they refuse to upgrade. You can pay more (~$60-70/mo.) for a "high-speed" tier, but people report that your speed actually drops. Frontier is scum, the poster child for crap internet service.

about a year and a half ago

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German Govt. Ponders Trojans for Terrorists

wordsnyc wordsnyc writes  |  more than 6 years ago

wordsnyc (956034) writes "The German government is apparently seriously considering an attempt to infect the computers of terror suspects with phone-home trojans.

According to the BBC:

  German government plans to spy on terror suspects by deploying malicious e-mails have drawn sharp criticism.

The e-mails would contain Trojans — software that secretly installs itself on suspects' computers, allowing agents to search the hard drives.

German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble is quoted as saying the spyware would be used only in a few cases and for a limited time. ....

According to German media reports, the malicious e-mails could appear to come from different official bodies.

Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries, of the Social Democrats (SPD), has voiced concern about the spyware plans, saying they might infringe privacy laws, the Deutsche Welle news website reports."

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