* Posts by Tom 13

7611 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Anonymous smacks Panda in revenge attack

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Re: Sabu

According to reports I've read, there wasn't much interrogating. Police knocked on his door, he realized the jig was up and just how badly he was screwed and started chattering away before they even took him down to be booked. After he'd been booked, he was pretty much a sock puppet for the FBI. Which means the other arrests that have just been made are likely to hold up well in court. The question for LULZ and anon is: How much do you trust those people not to turn just as quickly as Sabu did?

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@Doug Glass: Not at all.

The internals, where Panda product are deployed, were unaffected by the hack. The marketing sites, controlled by the clueless drones and bean counters who ignored our security advice for ease of use and cost control, were hacked. So their product is good, AND they've provided evidence of what happens when it's ignored.

See how easy that is? And I don't even work for or use their product.

SOPA poked an angry bear and set it loose on the net

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Re: Nothing is obvious in Copyrightland

Actually Coca-Cola protects their stuff via Trade Secret, which is different than copyright. If you want to attack the "recipes aren't copyrightable" you want to take on Betty Crocker, Martha Stewart, and that Blam! (Bam! ?) guy from down south.

Anonymous takes down Vatican website

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Never when it is used

to justify prejudice, slander, libel, and the pogroms that result against anyone of a particular belief system.

Sun belches wonking solar flare

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@Grease Monkey

With any significant solar flare, there is ALWAYS a chance that some part of the power grid will go down. I don't actually have a problem with them mentioning that as it is better to be prepared and not need it, than unprepared and need it. What bothers me is that instead of reporting it as 5%, 1%, or 0.1%, the articles read like it is a 50% chance of mass blackouts across the [insert your locality here].

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Black Helicopters

Re: It's a clock, not a detonator.

Are you sure? You know some detonators include a clock in their overly complex mechanism.

Sony exec: quad-core CPUs bad for today's phones

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Sony's right

And nothing in a PC after the 386 has been worth it. Well other than maybe graphics cards, but even then that's only for people who play first person shooters.

/end sarc

EFF accuses Warner of spamming DMCA takedown notices

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@AC 09:36 GMT, Re: I always wondered.

I suspect you have no idea what 'copyright' means.

Katie Price's teasing 'strapline reveal' avoids bust

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I snickers every time

I see a post about the ASA. I think they have a lot in common with Adams' telephone handset sanitizers.

Facebook IPO to stuff $2.5bn in California tax coffers

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No windfall here.

Kalifornia has already spent the money, and for all the cash Zuckerberger will flush into their coffers, they still have a deficit at least twice as large for next year. It's like Greece on steroids.

Top Republican publishes full ACTA text for public look-see

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Re: You are forgetting something

You need to replace your tinfoil hat with tinfoil hat 2.0. The old one's been hacked.

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Re: You are forgetting something

So then we were wrong to write and approve that Constitution thingie way back in 1789?

Because it was drawn up by vested interests in secret back when it was way easier to keep secrets. Hell, even the public debates were conducted under false names, Publius being the most famous and which apparently was handed back and forth amongst several of the co-conspirators.

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Re: Motivations mean nothing.

Motivations are always relevant. Motivations are always present. The best the people can hope for is for the Motivations to be transparent. I think it is fair to say that Issa has a motivation to be re-elected. I am personally of the opinion he also has a motivation to be fair and protect liberty. These two motivations need not conflict with each other or detract from the correctness of releasing the full details of the agreement.

Oddly enough, if even if it were a treaty, Issa doesn't actually get a say on whether or not it is approved. He sits in the House and approval of Treaties is strictly a Senate function. That may play into the motivational factors too.

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Re: I can't wait until this hits Reddit

There aren't many good pols out there. Appreciate them when you can.

LulzSec SMACKDOWN: Leader Sabu turned by feds last summer

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Re: Proportionality

If you knock over 124 liquor stores and each offense carries a 6 month penalty, that's a maximum of 62 years in prison. Hacking is no different except it's a heck of a lot easier to knock of 124 liquor stores in a couple of sessions. Real world, real consequences. The sooner idjits learn that, the better off we will all be.

Mutant bird flu won't slay ferrets, people

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Re: World has changed

So you can't do it in a garage.

1) You need a clean room.

2) You probably need some centrifuges.

3) You certainly need some people who are trained in a variety of related areas.

4) You need media on which to grow the cultures, even if it is a RPITA.

5) You need a method of weaponizing it once done, even if it is a RPITA.

You are a state sponsor of international terrorism: 1 check, 2 check, 3 check, 4 check, 5 check.

The reason we've never experience biological warfare is because while there have been mad men in charge, they've usually been surrounded by a sufficient number of rational people to check insane ideas that were likely to come back on themselves. <B>IF</B> I were sure that existed with state sponsors of terrorism, I wouldn't be worried about it. However, I am not sure of that.

NASA lost 'full control' to hackers, pwned 13 times last year

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@AdrianG: We agree that's they way it OUGHT to be configured,

but according to the IG report, it isn't.

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I seriously doubt anyone

can secure their network with less than 0.5% of the total IT budget, and that's before you get to the downstream prima donna note.

Space FIREBALL over Blighty sparks hunt for rich meteorite

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Re: Has anyone....

Better count the blue police boxes too. If there's an extra one you know what that means....

Senator demands FTC iPhone, Android photo privacy probe

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Re: Chucky

I thought it was between McCain and a TV camera.

Though honestly, I wouldn't want to be caught between a TV camera and any pol or staffers pol in DC.

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Answer: It's Schmuckie Schumer,publicity hog, D, NY

He's more than happy to support actual wiretapping if it's Republicans planning strategy with cell phones, not so much when his petard is at risk for an app he installs.

Unlawful tweets could land Twitter in Blighty's dock

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Re: Assets in country where the offence takes place

Given the interconnected nature of so much business these days, my guess is that even without assets in [insert your country here] lawyers from [insert any other country here] can probably make life more difficult for you if they put their minds to it. I mean, freetards once thought The Pirate Bay had safe haven. Turned out, not so much.

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Re: Tweet on...

Unless Twitter are shielding the person who posted the libel/slander they should not be held accountable. If they are shielding, all bets are off.

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Re: Surely Twitter is not an editor/publisher

Not a wall, but a memo pad with more pages underneath that anyone can tear off when the top page becomes to filled with notes etc.

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Re: The E-Commerce Regulations

As soon as you act as editor, which includes not publishing selected posts, you are liable.

Warp drives are PLANET KILLERS, Sydney Uni students find

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Re: re: obvious solution

It's a Farscape thing...

Top Gun 2: It's happening - and the choice of star is stirring controversy

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And I hated the first movie.

FBI boss warns online threats will outpace terrorism

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@Paul Crawford Re: Bruce Schneier is a twit

Taking down the phones these day means a bit more than just not being able to call your mother or spouse for a chat. When they say "down" you have to assume that means more than a couple of hours, and "down" also means you've lost all or most of your cell coverage. Given the current integration into the internet, it's also going to take down a fair chunk of that as well. Now you are into the territory where problems start to arise. Couple it with a little coordinated direct action and it is a recipe for riots.

Is it as bad as setting of a nuke in downtown old Detroit? No, but it's not exactly only an annoyance either. The problem is, on one side we have the pols going all Chicken Little to pump up their funding, and on the other side they go all Little Orphan Annie about the real threat to compensate.

It seems reasonable to me for the FBI (or their local equivalent for your country) need to increase the number of people dedicated to fighting cyber-terrorists, possibly with an increase in overall funding as well. Whether it is some sort of attack on infrastructure or just as a recruiting tool, it is an environment that is too easy for them to access and leverage for them to ignore. So we shouldn't either.

And yeah, they need to do that at the same time they need to address the SCADA issues too.

Election hacked, drunken robot elected to school board

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Re: Hate to tell you, but

Yep, and after he put in a competent Super, test scores started going up and even more surprisingly, getting students back from private schools, even some of the affluent white ones. First thing the new mayor did was fire the competent person. Fortunately for citizens in DC, the changes wrought meant he had to at least keep someone who would keep the process going forward instead of completely reversing like he was supposed to do to line the pockets of his union masters.

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Re: Easy fix.

For the last line I'd love to give you 10 up votes.

First line, not so much. Some of the most obvious fixes have never been challenged because the areas from which they have been run were too corrupt to prove otherwise. The most famous of which would be Nixon vs. Kennedy in which Cook county at the very last minute delivered just enough "previous unfound" ballots to hand the state to JFK. Of course, since that outcome is approved of by the LSM as opposed to the Bush vs Gore recount, you never hear about it.

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@streaky, Re: Easy fix.

Perfection is not required. What is required is the system which is most easy for honest auditors to check. To date, his proposal has the best fit to the requirements.

And yes, I'm stuck using one of those new-fangled electronic devices when I vote.

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@AC 04:05, Re: Easy fix.


Nope, that system didn't work so well in the Iowa caucuses, where you nominally have similarly oriented partisans working to select their nominee (that is, reduced inducement to corruption of the process). On the night of the election all the LSM outlets announced Romney was the winner. A week later it turned out to be Santorum because some of the trusted counters couldn't be arsed to turn in their paperwork.

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@Pete H, Re: Decades away?

Well, the first and most obvious thing missed is the one skipped over by the author of the article: of all the voting areas in the entire USA, the most corrupt and most incompetent is the District of Columbia. It almost doesn't matter who is running, the fix is in long before the first ballot is cast. They just threw out the moderately competent Adrian Fenty for a machine politician who paid cash to another candidate so the other candidate could keep attacking Fenty without the machine guy getting obvious shit on his suit. Said other candidate is now in the pokey, but no charges filed against the sitting mayor.

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Re: Secure?

That assumes you have all parties properly represented at the polling booth - a situation that all too frequently doesn't occur in the states. I work as a partisan observer at my local polling location during elections. I'm authorized to challenge voters whom I think are ringers, but that's it. They were actually quite surprised when I showed up. Seems my party hasn't had a rep there in forever (being as I represent the minority party and we'll never win an election in my precinct). Oddly enough, since they are assured of victory I've never seen my partisan counterpart either.

Having observed from the inside, the one thing of which I am certain is that the only thing keeping the election honest is that the people doing the work at the station are also trustworthy. I can't be there the whole time, so there's plenty of opportunity both before and after, that if one of those folks was properly equipped and intent on doing so, the election results could be altered.

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Re: Secure?

As with security in all systems, paper and pencil alone is not the answer. Paper and pencil alone are easily duplicated and easier for BOFPH to manipulate. Despite the hanging chads from a certain incompetent Democrat district in Florida, The old IBM punch systems are probably the most secure given proper maintenance of the systems, and a known secure system of first transporting tested and certified machines from the certification location to the voting place, and then transporting them from the voting place to the vote counting certification location. It also requires a known secure means of counting the ballots after they arrive at that location. Compromise any of those links and you're frelled. For purposes of this exercise, I have assume horses are frictionless perfect spheres, I mean the voting process itself was not compromised via multiple voting techniques.

In short, only significant involvement of trustworthy people in the entire voting process assures proper elections. Which is frequently a hurdle too high for even the simplest systems.

Ethics profs fret over cyborg brains, mind-controlled missiles

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Re: Interesting

No, no! Not that! Never that!

It's best to let them stay in the basement arguing over how many angels can dance on the head of a pin and patting their heads on the rare occasion they come up to tell you about their deliberations. If you send down somebody who actually KNOWS something about the real world... Well, let's just say it's best this way and leave it at that.

Dotcom bail survives appeal, extradition hearing in August

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Re: Baffoolment

Absolutely. That's why absolutely no one knows about Joran Van der Sloot, Drew Peterson, Gabe Watson, or half a dozen names I've already forgotten.

'Kill yourself now' - Torvalds throws openSUSE security tantrum

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News Flash for Andreas Jaeger

Re: "I agree with Linus saying that there are bugs but it's not as simple as he states,"

It might not be for you and your distro assemblers/programmers, but for the end user it is. Cause if yours don't work as expected, they'll "buy" somewhere else, even if that means paying actual cash for the badly hacked copy CableMonopoliesUnlimited has licensed from OSMonopoliesUnlimited and makes all users admins.

Stop snubbing top scientists' advice, Lords tell MPs

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Re: Placebo != Homeopathy

Pharma are probably the biggest opponents of homeo out there.

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@Captain Underpants: Or you could try some original thinking:

The problem in both instances is centralised government, and therefore ought to be avoided except where absolutely required.

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@Just Thinking

One of the key points proponents of so called Alternative Medicines make is that while pharma knows this, they can't make money at it. If the cure is just eating a mash of three plants found in the jungle, you can't put IP restrictions on its mass production. Which means whoever researches and proves the treatment looses billions and everybody else profits from it.

I'll still take traditional medicine over Alternative myself, but that doesn't mean I don't recognize the validity of their argument. It's just that like everybody else out there, I haven't figured out a way to make money from it either.

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Re: The alternative to actually working

Surprisingly, I'm with the Libertarians on this one.

I don't object to the government providing two labels/certificates for a given treatment (proven safe OR proven safe + effective), and then letting consumers make their own choices on how to spend their money.

Of course I suppose this does present a problem when all your healthcare comes from the government.

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@Steve Knox: So that means any credible polling firm

would toss the survey for pre-selection bias.

The cyber-weapons paradox: 'They're not that dangerous'

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Re: awful idea in practice.

I'd say that depends on:

1) who you are

2) who your target is

3) who is available to be the patsy

4) how good you are at covering your tracks

5) whether or not you give a crap about the consequences

That last one is particularly important when dealing with irrational maniacs.

Molesworth and the New Latin

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Re: Re: Excellent!

Wowsers! And me and my redneck friends routinely get called racists? Incredible.

Death to Office or to Windows - choose wisely, Microsoft

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@Christian Berger: Stop being so dense

The whole point here is that drones aren't allowed to be programmers, hence no access to real programming tools. And once you cross the real programming tool boundary, you are into IT Change Control Management territory, which gets in the way of the drone finishing that report by 5:00 today which was the directive the PHB gave him at 4:30.

Look, I understand the point of CCM, and on the whole I think it is a better solution than most of the MacGyvering that goes on today. The problem is management always presents the problem in a way that doesn't allow CCM and requires MacGyvering. And I'm stuck in the real world instead a cool tv show.

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Re: The truth is iPad showed us

Meh. MS shows us a new and unfamiliar GUI about once every 6 years. They're still most of the market in spite of it.

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Re: represents a massive change in direction for MS

Not really. At least once every 7 years MS has to fake interest in supporting Apple to keep the DoJ anti-trust people at bay.

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Re: @boltar

Big iron companies, yes that's true. Small to mid-sized, not so much. Ages ago when I worked for a screwdriver shop, we supported two bank chains with multiple offices. None of them had a unix/linux server in any of their offices. Big iron companies may drop big wads of cash in one shot, but the simple fact of the matter is it's the Smalls and the Middies that drop most of the cash in the market.

Cloud altitude changing with climate: NZ study

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Re: I'm impressed!

No, it's not. Given that the authors themselves say there is insufficient data in their study to say anything about climate. Ten years is more on the order of weather.

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