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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

xenobyte Sad (790 comments)

I thought Google lived by their "Do no evil" motto, but I guess "Think of the Children!" is more important.

Good thing I only use my gmail as backup. My real mail is handled by my very own private mailserver. Of course a MITM attack is possible against traffic to and from the server but then they need to be explicitly investigating me and then I guess it's okay.

about 2 months ago
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Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

xenobyte No regular backups? (387 comments)

Nothing copied elsewhere or onto tape? - Guess not. The cloud is SOOOO secure...

about 3 months ago
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AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud

xenobyte Why? (228 comments)

A decade ago I was part of as team coding a fraud detection module for a payment system that looked up where the credit card had been used before and compared it with the current usage location and calculated a travel speed between the two. If the speed was reasonable and feasible all was well, but no consumer travels a warp speed between remote locations on our planet so that would raise a red flag. For online transactions it used the customer IP to geolocate the card user, not the location of the shop - of course.

Why reinvent a similar technology and add unnecessary complications like a cellphone, which may even be lent out during the vacation to avoid obscene roaming charges?

about 4 months ago
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Why Lavabit Shut Down

xenobyte Re:USA, the land of freedom (304 comments)

You'll probably want to drop Sweden from the list; considering they're acting as the bagman for DC's efforts to get their hands on Julian Assange.

Please look at the facts before spouting (off topic) bullshit.

What facts? - The facts I know supports what SvnLyrBrto is saying.

Both Sweden and the UK are going above and beyond to get their hands on Julian Assange in connection with an insignificant charge of alleged rape of two women who both had consensual sex with him and later changed their minds. This screams bullshit, scam, and 'bad excuse' to get their hands on him, as none of these countries have ever made an effort like this to get at a real rapist - one of those that grab people on the street and rapes them - so it makes no sense not to just have a warrant issued at Interpol and then have him arrested the next time he crosses a border.

No, the UK police actually sits 24/7 outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London waiting for him to leave the building, and have done so for years now, and the Swedish police insists that they want to question him on Swedish ground, not using a video link or face to face at the embassy where he stays. This also makes no sense and is totally out of character. People appear in Swedish courts using video feeds from hospital beds and similar all the time, and they travel often to interview witnesses or similar outside Sweden. Even mass murderers get less attention than Julian Assange.

about 4 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

xenobyte Re:If not... (865 comments)

Most cars I've seen here in Denmark (in Europe for those with impaired geography skills) use only one key, from the old purely mechanical keys to the new ones with various electronics added.

about 5 months ago
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Federal Bill Would Criminalize Revenge Porn Websites

xenobyte Two situations (328 comments)

1) Your girlfriend sends you naked pics and later you break up.

2) You break up and then you hack into her accounts and steal naked pics.

In the first you actually have the right to share the pics she sent to you.
In the second it's obvious the pics are stolen property and you have no rights to them at all.

about 6 months ago
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Federal Bill Would Criminalize Revenge Porn Websites

xenobyte Re:Freedom of Speech? (328 comments)

The copyright belongs to the photographer not the "model".

Actually no. It is shared unless a signed contract says otherwise. Most models sign away their rights for money upfront.

about 6 months ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

xenobyte A Bad thing? - NO. (1037 comments)

It is actually a good thing if people are 'losing their religion'. It simply means they've started thinking for themselves and questioning things.

about 6 months ago
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Controversial Torrent Streaming App 'Popcorn Time' Shuts Down, Then Gets Reborn

xenobyte Re:Entitled Asshole (199 comments)

As long as we don't have to pay for the same product again and again and again... Today we pay when a movie hits the cinemas, then again when it hits pay-per-view movie channels, then again via advertising when it hits the general networks and then again when the DVD or blu-ray is out so we finally can take it home to view when we please... That's just insane.

It should be possible even at the very first premiere of a movie to decide not to go to the cinema and just take the movie home right away on blu-ray. The waiting (and exclusion) game is exactly what created the piracy culture.

about 6 months ago
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Cameras On Cops: Coming To a Town Near You

xenobyte The idea is good.... (264 comments)

But of course all parties should have equal access to the recording which hopefully includes audio so defamatory speech on both sides can be prosecuted.

The cameras should run continuously and the footage stored and handled by an independent third party. This way it can be trusted and used in court.

about 6 months ago
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Mozilla Scraps Firefox For Windows 8, Citing Low Adoption of Metro

xenobyte Good idea! (200 comments)

Nobody's using that crappy interface anyway. I use Windows 8.1 myself and it's fairly easy to completely hide almost all elements of that awful thing and stay completely in the classic desktop environment. With the addition of Start 8 you can have the START button back and disable all those useless 'charms' (stupid name too) and other 'modern' crap.

The classic Firefox works just fine on the desktop where it belongs, as do the other browsers by the way.

about 6 months ago
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Hungarian Law Says Photogs Must Ask Permission To Take Pictures

xenobyte Stupid beyond words (149 comments)

The idea might seem good until you realize that unless you have an army of thousands you cannot possibly manage to ask everyone in a wide shot for permissions and in wide shots it's hard to recognize anyone anyway... And if you take it literary a picture from inside a restaurant might include a window and people outside, including people in cars driving by... Good luck obtaining permission from them.

about 6 months ago
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Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

xenobyte Re:Stop (349 comments)

No it will try them in the order listed until it gets a 'response'; I think if it gets a response like SRVFAIL it will also continue trying the remaining servers, but if gets a incorrect NXDOMAIN it will trust that value and not try the remaining servers.

Not correct. It will trust the response if the Auth-flag is set. According to RFC1035 the Auth-flag must not be set with a NXDOMAIN response, but bind and others allow this to be configured.

about 7 months ago
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Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

xenobyte Re:Quick change needed [Re:Stop] (349 comments)

If you get a 404 not found, then you aren't having a DNS problem.

That is actually false - very much so actually.

Let's say you want to access http://www.site.com/page and someone messes with the DNS and redirects the domain elsewhere where only a rudimentary webserver exists, one without the /page you requested. This will return a 404 and it is due to the altered DNS.

There is of course many other possible reasons for a 404, from the obvious removed page, over misconfigured webservers (wrong virtualhost answering, mod_rewrite errors, cache issues etc.) to proxy issues at both ends of the connection.

about 7 months ago
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Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

xenobyte Re:Stop (349 comments)

Stop using your ISP's DNS

Exactly.

I did that when a stupid court here in Denmark decided that our constitution and its absolute ban on censorship ("Grundloven", paragraph 77 to be precise) was less important than commercial interests and ordered ISP to set up DNS-bans on first allofmp3.com, then The Pirate Bay and most recently sites selling pharmaceuticals from danish language shops located outside Denmark.

Not that I use any of these sites but when you start messing with stuff like this, it's far too easy to slide further down the slippery slope and remap other sites and similar. There's a reason the founders included a ban on censorship! - It's just too bad that modern courts seem to ignore the constitution when they issue rulings.

about 7 months ago
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School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

xenobyte Re:one simple question (417 comments)

It is simply unbelievable that the myth of sex being dangerous to children still persists!

The reality is, that if the children are too young, they neither understand nor care about sexual imagery in any form. If they're old enough, they're probably already seeking it out on their own. Massive studies in countries where hardcore porn has been available in shop windows and magazine racks in supermarkets for decades have shown that is has almost no effect what so ever on children and young adults - the only possible related effect seems to be a decrease in teenage pregnancy but it can be completely unrelated.

I think the danger posed by children having access to sexual imagery is that it can help de-tabuify sex, in particular the deviations that can scare teenagers into various closets. They need to find - as early as possible - that they're not alone. If they are able to look it up, they'll find that there are many others with the same kinks and desires as themselves, and they'll be able to find a local group where they can enjoy being like everybody else and feel normal.

Unfortunately almost all religions insists on strictly regulating everything relating to sex, and especially children and sex. The fact is that most people (both sexes) will tell you that their first sexual fantasy occurred as early as in in their preteens and the natural curiosity about this usually led them to seek out books and pictures, but for perhaps all their teens, access was hard, especially if the taste deviated from the mainstream. Even harder was access to knowledge about their brand of sex and sexual shame - a mainstay of many religions - can become fuel for runaway perversions and lay the foundation of abuse of the next generation.

The best solution is of course to rid of all the religious junk thought and to move on with a life of knowledge and reason, free from the scourge of religion.

about 7 months ago
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School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

xenobyte Re:In their defence. (417 comments)

Don't be quite so complacent in what you think students CAN'T do, especially saying "far beyond what students can do". When I was 16 I was writing assembly language competently, if I were 16 now, I would be (successfully) finding ways to tunnel stuff through normal HTTP traffic via a machine outside the network (it's not hard, certainly easier than learning asm). In a school of any appreciable size you'll have at least one student with the capability to do this.

Ditto. I was also around 15-16 (1981-82) when a friend and I disassembled CP/M completely, removed some stuff we didn't need (mostly related to harddrives), added a simple switcher and turned it into a primitive multitasking system able to run two programs at once (plus some common stuff), all within the 64KB limit on a Z80 processor. So please don't assume anything about students abilities. If you do, they'll end up biting you in the ass - hard.

about 7 months ago
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Facebook Wants To Block Illegal Gun Sales

xenobyte Re:Simply put... (310 comments)

Much more interesting is the discussion on the whole 'perpetual felon' idea. In my book you are a felon while serving your punishment or on parole, but once your debt is paid, you're a free man and should have all the same rights as anyone else, which include the right to vote and the right to own firearms. Only exception to this rule should be sex offenders who should be registered and pedophiles should be banned from working with children and living near schools and similar child-dense areas.

The felon restrictions doesn't make sense in themselves. If you drive drunk and kill someone, you're still allowed to buy new cars and to re-acquire your drivers license, but a felon cannot own firearms or vote for life even when all they did were fraud, counterfeiting or similar non-violent while-collar crime.

about 7 months ago
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Google Ordered To Remove Anti-Islamic Film From YouTube

xenobyte Re:In before... (321 comments)

Wow. Copyright on my appearance. So, the next time I commit a burglary, and some surveillance cameras actually record me in the act, I can claim copyright on my appearance to have the evidence quashed. Sounds good to me!

Except you were filmed committing a crime and while trespassing will make your rights null and void.

People filmed with hidden camera and the recording used for entertainment - this requires a signed release from all recognizable persons, and is they don't have that, you can sue - and win big. This has happened several times and now nobody plays the odds and they all get the releases they need. Not always easy which is why you don't see that many hidden camera shows anymore.

about 7 months ago
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Google Ordered To Remove Anti-Islamic Film From YouTube

xenobyte Re:In before... (321 comments)

Actually - and this is important - the movie offends Muslims but obviously not as primary intent. As it is historically accurate it primarily offends due to it revealing some pretty painful truths, and the fact that some Muslims takes offense to pictures of Muhammad. Both of these reasons are exactly why movies like this *must* be available out there. People needs to know about the pedophile prophet and we must erode and tear down the idea about Muhammad not being pictured. That's what the Danish cartoons did, or tried to do. But we must repeat and repeat until they get desensitized enough to just accept it because it is all part of an elaborate smoke screen designed to hide core aspects of the religion from public review and debate. They insist on calling it a religion of peace but the middle east have been at war for a thousand years because of it, and now several areas in Africa has followed into the pit of completely stupid ethnic wars over religion with Islam as the prominent primary aggressor.

about 7 months ago

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