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Comment Worthless statement (Score 3, Informative) 448

"As the ocean gets warmer, which it is getting, it expands..." is just an example of Bill Nye trying to impress his audience with his knowledge of the physical properties of water, and therefore he should be trusted as part of the Priestly Order of the Science Illuminati.

Of course the flooding in Louisiana has noting to do with the fact that the southern arch of the Jet Stream has been cycling over Nevada instead of Missouri for the past few weeks. In no way could this have been caused by cyclic El Niño warming in the Pacific causing an early breakdown of the Polar Vortex, enhanced by seasonal Atlantic low-pressure zones, which cause North America to experience increased hydraulic activity overall.

Nope, it's due to oceanic surface water expansion.

Comment Re: This isn't a big deal, it's fucking huge. (Score 1) 86

That's an important point, and allows for the server to be spoofed. But I think that the intent here is that active communications between server and client can be eaves dropped on. During the handshake, a symmetric cipher is selected and a key exchanged. It's this second key that normally cannot be accessed. Once a third party has access to this, they can see everything.

Submission + - My employer suffers major phishing identity theft: What do I do? ( 3

An anonymous reader writes: The US Internal Revenue Service put out a warning to HR professionals, saying that fraudsters are spear phishing, forging an email from the "CEO" demanding that all W-2's for 2015, or a list of employee names and SSN's be sent in a return email.

My company got hit by this exact attack last week, and already someone has filed a return using my details. Our company is providing Identity Theft protection now, but it's already ocured and the genie is already out of the bottle. What do Slashdoters think? In light of recent legislation, should I put comments on Glass Door or maybe the NYT? If our customers found out that we're this sloppy with records would they do business with any more? What are my chances I'd get fired, if I did?

Submission + - Email inventor Ray Tomlinson dies at 74 (

vikingpower writes: ARPAnet pioneer and networking legend Ray Tomlinson, who is best known for his contributions in developing email standards, has died, as reported by TechRepublic..
Tomlinson is supposed to have told a colleague, shortly after showing him his invention: "Don't tell anyone! This isn't what we're supposed to be working on.", according to Sasha Cavender quoting Tomlinson in a Forbes article titled "Legends". May Ray rest in peace in /dev/null.

Comment Re:Rightscorp caused a need for interpretation of (Score 3, Interesting) 166

IMHO, it's really about a dying industry attempting to extract all of the liquidity from a market before it takes its last breath. Or if its anything like the BSA, its about a company that is "hired" as an enforcer that gets to keep anything it kills.

Riddle me this, if Rightscorp is setup like the BSA, then it may keep 100% of any claims it is able to prosecute. In the case of the BSA, they were initially funded by a consortium of software houses. But their business model is now funded 100% by their ability to prosecute incorrect licensing. The BSA is not required to turn over any of it's winnings to the partners. That means that if you installed Adobe Acrobat too many times, the BSA profits but Adobe does not.

Is Rightscorp setup the same way? A tool of the music industry that can hound it's own income with out paying those who stand to loose?

Comment Re:Your move, Cox (Score 2) 166

That's right.

It will now be up to Cox to decide whether to pay up or try and get the case to the US Supreme Court (through the appellate process first). If and only, then it will be decided whether what Congress wrote into law actually means what it says as written in the law.

Gotta love these justices who add their own interpretation into statutory law.

Comment So how is this different from the promises of 1994 (Score 2) 289

Anybody remember CASE and the drag & drop promises of graphical programming of the 1990's? The at a high level these were great opportunities to both manage software development staff and supposedly increase productivity.

CASE failed because many assigned to the "design" role didn't have a deep enough understanding of the necessary components to produce a system, so many CASE tasks assigned were woefully under specified, and systems had so many gaps they weren't even functional.

Similarly the GUI drag & drop programming has only been successful in structural applications like designing entity relationship models. Anything past a simple loop and these technologies just don't support the complexity necessary to develop the applications of the time.

Comment Re:Thank the Feds (Score 1) 392

I think it was as much that stolen smart phones, especially with the ability to iPay, gWallet, Pay Pal, or what ever technology potentially opened up smart phone manufactures and application developers to new financial liabilities.

For this reason alone, a prudent smart phone manufacturer would want to ensure his/her customers were able to store sensitive financial information on the device and greatly limit the exposure to financial crime carried out by your average everyday pickpocket. Just think about how all of the credit card payment system are moving to "chip cards" that produce a one-time hash for the transaction instead of simply supplying 20 digits to identify a given card and expiration (and up to 24 with CVV).

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