* Posts by ZenCoder

327 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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US cops can't keep license plate data scans secret without reason

ZenCoder

It should be illegal.

The system should immediately purge any and all license plates that are not part of a current investigation. Otherwise they are placing millions of people under illegal surveillance.

If they want to make it legal to spy on everyone all the time just in case it proves useful 5 years latter then they need to do so by passing legislation that clearly and explicitly authorizes them to do that.

If that fails on constitutional grounds push for a constitutional amendment.

Although good luck trying to do that without committing political suicide.

I'm surprised frankly I'm surprised that there isn't widespread use of State Ballot Measure as a backlash against this kind of thing.

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Prejudiced humans = prejudiced algorithms, and it's not an easy fix

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Re: Software is now giving sentence recommendations in the USA.

"Unless the people who approved it are dumber than dirt. which is possible..." not just possible but a proven fact in multiple states.

However other States are being sensible and disclosing to the public exactly how their risk assesment algorithms work.

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ZenCoder

Software is now giving sentence recommendations in the USA.

Research Compas from a company called Northpointe. Based undisclosed methods it spits out a pie chart that allegedly represents a convicted criminals likelihood of reoffending and is used to determine the severity of sentencing. The convict has no ability to examine or refuse any part of the system as it involves secret algorithms and proprietary data.

It is allegedly it tends to give too little weight to an individual's actual offenses and instead focuses heavily on the neighborhood they are from and their education. So you are literally being punished for the crimes of your neighbors or rewarded for growing up in an affluent area.

True or not there should be no place "for profit" agencies or activities or secret evidence and procedures in criminal justice.

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CrashPlan crashes out of cloudy consumer backup caper

ZenCoder

I'm only on their free plan.

My laptop syncs specific folders once a day to my desktop and vice versa. And that's in addition to important files being stored in dropbox, and photo's being synced automatically to google photo's and amazon photo's.

All of which is really just a fail safe in case fails before I connect and sync changes to an external hard drive.

Yeah I got hardware/software trust issues. I want at least 3 things to go very wrong before I lose anything I care about.

I guess I'll have to revisit software that will let me backup files between two computers for free. Any suggestions?

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No, the cops can't get a search warrant to just seize all devices in sight – US appeals court

ZenCoder

The blame lies with the judge who signed the warrant.

Surely it is the judge who signed the warrant who was responsible for assuring that it was proper? It's only the blame of the law enforcement officer when they lie about the facts to get a warrant.

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Hackers could exploit solar power equipment flaws to cripple green grids, claims researcher

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Nonexistent penalties for gross negligence.

Quick analogy ... imagine if all building codes, regulations and liability for bridges were abolished overnight.

The free market would eliminate all bridge builders that didn't immediately perform a race to the bottom in terms of quality.

That's basically how IT infrastructure works. Security is a business/regulatory problem not a technical one.

If everyone providing vital IT infrastructure were required to adhere to strict quality control and quality assurance (testing) guidelines, all products subjected to random code quality spot checks, and held financially liable both before and after product delivery for any failure to meet these standards .... then all software projects would cost a lot more and take a lot longer ... but there would be a lot more security and reliability.

Anyway given my analogy, if bridges were collapsing every day, would you blame the construction workers, the engineers, the businessmen, the shareholders or the government for not providing and properly enforcing the proper regulatory framework?

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Google tracks what you spend offline to prove its online ads work. And privacy folks are furious

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Facepalm

It's quite simple don't blame the player, vote to change the game.

Government regulation sets the rules and game theory does the rest.

If it's either unpopular but legal or the cost of breaking the law < the profit then a for profit company must do it to maximize shareholder value or they risk a minority shareholder lawsuit.

Any citizen complaining against Google is complaining to the wrong entity, if you want privacy to be a right you need to let your politicians know that not protecting your privacy via legislation and regulation will cost them your votes.

Any company complaining without avodovating real consumer protection should simply be ignored as they have zero desire to stop your privacy being violated, they just wish it was them that was doing it.

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The Italian Jobs: Bloke thrown in the cooler for touting Apple knockoffs

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Re: I hope...

"law abiding people aren't worried about the feds knowing, or even aware of the $10,000 line."

Law abiding businesses that handle cash have every reason to worry, because if the IRS decides your cash deposits look suspicious they can and will seize your assets without any warning or due process and they can and will maintain a death grip on those assets without filing legal charges.

Here is one of the more recent cases, but you could easily identify hundreds more.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/2017/07/10/irs-shuts-down-mom-and-pop-dress-shop-sells-entire-inventory-within-hours.html

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Forgotten your Myspace password? Just a name, username, DoB will get you in – and into anyone else's, too

ZenCoder
Boffin

Schrödinger's Account ...

I never deleted mine, just logged in with decreasing frequency. Now after 7 years I guess my account is both alive and dead at the same time until I actually attempt to log in.

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'Nobody's got to use the internet,' argues idiot congressman in row over ISP privacy rules

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Big Brother

You can same the same thing about toilet paper.

You don't NEED internet privacy and you don't NEED toilet paper but when you are deprived of either eventually things tend to get real nasty real quick.

How many years has it been since a president used national security as an excuse to unjustly persecute detractors?

Your answer may vary based on confirmation bias and political leanings but can we at least agree that it's not been long enough?

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One in five mobile phones shipped abroad are phoney – report

ZenCoder

Try searching on youtube for fake phone reviews.

Some of the video's comparing real to fake phones are rather dull, but they do show that a level of sophistication that indicates that somewhere out there there is an actual market for these things. I also spotted an actual fake iPhone in the wild. At the time I found it to be surprising, but that was before I learned about the counterfeit egg industry.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0US7JEfhsrA

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Germany to Facebook, Twitter: We are *this* close to fining you €50m unless you delete fake news within 24 hours

ZenCoder
FAIL

Hasn't history taught us to think twice before appeases the Germans?

Seriously?

If Germany demands the right to censor the internet due to German law ... then there are 190+ countries ready to line up to follow suit. You know how many crazy censorship laws there are out there?

Second point, define obvious. I'd like to see someone try to give a simple but accurate definition of what does and does not constitute obvious "defamation, slander, public prosecution, crimes, and threats" under German law. Shouldn't take more than a few pages to define, nor more than a few seconds for a support center drone to determine.

So who is next? China, Turkey, Thailand?

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Dell kills off standalone DSSD D5, scatters remains into other gear

ZenCoder

Doublespeak and Euphemisms in Business English?

Is it me or does the phrase "Any DSSD people leaving EMC will be treated respectfully" need additional translation?

Is this communication of pending synergy-related headcount adjustment goal?

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IBM UK: Oh, remote workers. We want to be colocated with you again

ZenCoder
Happy

Stand up Design Thinking.

"A rabbi, a priest, and a Lutheran minister want to deliver services and products that empower better human outcomes and client success ... "

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Two million recordings of families imperiled by cloud-connected toys' crappy MongoDB

ZenCoder
Joke

Easy Way to Have the Problem Addressed

Hack it to have the Teddy Bear repeat offensive statements about powerful but thin skinned US politicians and maybe also Erdoğan, Putin, Kim Jong-un, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, etc.

Then again maybe someone already has explaining the lack of response to such an easily fixed problem.

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Mysterious Gmail account lockouts prompt hack fears

ZenCoder

What's wrong with gmail and security?

I understand why many might have serious PRIVACY concerns about gmail, but what exactly are the security concerns?

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Cloudbleed: Big web brands 'leaked crypto keys, personal secrets' thanks to Cloudflare bug

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Coat

Conceptual Commentary.

<Insert standard rant in response to trigger phrase "machine-generated code">

<Give semi-concise real world personal example>

<Resist urge to correct factual errors made by previous posters>

<Choose not make expert statements because due to 50% coming from a textbook, 15% coming from limited real life experience and the rest from Wikipedia. >

<Add an Icon>

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Google agrees to break pirates' domination over music searches

ZenCoder
Facepalm

Apparences over Reality

This kind of BS is the end result of someone being paid to look busy and pretend to be doing something useful about a problem.

There will be no penalty for false positives so they will probably do something stupid like a broad keyword search for all sites having audio files for download without logging in.

However somewhere will be able BS at length when asked what they are doing about music piracy.

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Microsoft foists fake file system for fat Git repos

ZenCoder
Terminator

Wow ... they must have a record of every change to every file that ever existed.

Maybe someday machines archaeologists can study how they achieved intelligence partly by adapting a misplaced, badly malformed, and dyspeptic Microsoft Bob into a brain.

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Man jailed for 3 days after Texas cops confuse cat litter for meth

ZenCoder

Combine this with the lack of access to a public defense.

Been using the same tests for decades, this happens to tens of thousands of Americans a year. Many lacking the funds for private representation have no choice but to plead guilty.

I'd post some links but I'm assuming everyone on this site knows how to use a search engine.

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Is your Windows 10, 8 PC falling off the 'net? Microsoft doesn't care

ZenCoder
Joke

See no evil, hear no evil.

Obviously Microsoft has checked its telemetry and found that there are zero Windows 10 devices currently reporting network problems.

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Physicists confirm X(4140)

ZenCoder

Clicked through the the main article read it TOP to BOTTOM.

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175-year-old in storage deal

ZenCoder

I found it newsworthy.

The company is offering something that I found interesting to learn about. Considering how much in IT is "use at your own risk" it's refreshing to learn that they are "backed up by indemnity insurance". Meaning that data loss will be backed up with financial penalties.

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Who's to blame for the NHS drug prices ripoff?

ZenCoder

Elasticity of demand matters.

Drug A is a produced in large volume by multiple suppliers, treats a minor condition and have multiple alternatives that are "good enough" substitutes for most patients. Demand is highly elastic.

Drug B is produced in low volume by 1-3 suppliers, treats a life threatening conditions and there are no effective alternatives. Demand is high inelastic.

A company could easily buy every manufacturer of drug B then raise the price by 5000%. That price is paid or people suffer and die. It takes 48 months for a new manufacturer to get a generic to be approved. Human clinical trials are still required.

Its a generic, so the high prices do not reward, encourage or fund research and development.

Generic drugs like A don't really require any price regulation at all. Generic drugs that are more like B will cripple any nations health care system if left unregulated.

That's the point of government, to interfere in useful ways.

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Coders crack Oculus DRM in 24 hours, open door to mass piracy

ZenCoder
FAIL

"Our goal is not to profit by locking people to only our hardware.”

“If customers buy a game from us, I don’t care if they mod it to run on whatever they want... Our goal is not to profit by locking people to only our hardware.” —Palmer Luckey, January 2016

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LinkedIn plays down '117 million users' breach data sale

ZenCoder

Re: I always want salt on my hash

I agree ... they make it too hard to change your password ... easier just to Google it and find the page that way.

Also I should be informed of any data breach the first time I log in after one happens, with a link to change my password and another giving a open and honest account of what they know happened. That give me the impression that they treat their users with respect and take their security seriously.

When I find out 4 years latter by reading a news article ... that sends an entirely different message.

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Hacker flogs '42.5m freshly stolen logins' for seventy-five cents

ZenCoder
Unhappy

PR stunt

Sell your goods at $.75, get publicity, get your good verified as legitimate by security professionals ... I imagine if your a cyber criminal that's just good marketing.

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Half of people plug in USB drives they find in the parking lot

ZenCoder

Its never 100% safe ....

http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/10/usb-killer-flash-drive-can-fry-your-computers-innards-in-seconds/

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Show us the code! You should be able to peek inside the gadgets you buy – FTC commish

ZenCoder

Shared VS Open Source

They can share the source code for public inspection without granting any other rights traditionally associated with open source projects. I've heard that called shared source by some.

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LastPass in 2FA lock down after 'fessing up to phishing attack

ZenCoder

Last pass didn't remove the export option.

I export weekly to .cvs, put that into an strongly encrypted archive then drop in into my dropbox and google drive accounts. I'd have noticed if they dropped the export option.

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Forget anonymity, we can remember you wholesale with machine intel, hackers warned

ZenCoder

These detection methods don't scale.

With statistical detection methods the number of false positives and false negatives increases geometrically with sample size.

Increase the sample size to 1000, then 10,000, and you will see its pointless except to conjure up some grant money.

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Facebook 'Free Basics' service frozen in Egypt

ZenCoder

No Ad's?

If you have a group on facebook, your content doesn't just pop up in people who like/belong to your groups timeline, you get to pay money "boost" the number of people who are exposed to your content.

The same with promotional product placement in movies and video games.

While you could very well argue these are not "ads", they are definitely advertising.

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Chat messages in Skype for Windows are bang out of order – so here's how to 'fix' it for now

ZenCoder

Alternatively you can also just not use skype.

There is this radical idea call "testing" ... I read about it in software engineering classes when I was getting my degrees. The deal is before you release your software you test it on various platforms and OS'es and what not and only when it works properly do you release it.

Because if the latest isn't your greatest it means that you really don't care about me as a customer. You are not even PRETENDING to care about me as a customer.

I'm not going to be your alpha tester or beta tester, I'll just conclude SKYPE equals crap and future releases will be crap and I should look elsewhere.

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Google Images: EU Commish opens new front against Chocolate Factory

ZenCoder

robots.txt

User-agent: Googlebot-Image

Disallow: /images/HR/*.png$

User-agent: Googlebot-Image

Disallow: /

...

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Slippery, slimy find: LEGGY, WRIGGLY fossil shows SNAKES weren't legless. Or ARMLESS

ZenCoder

Code Conjurer's ...

Code Conjurers

Text Tweakers

Bit Bunglers

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SourceForge staggers to feet after lengthy STORAGE FAIL outage

ZenCoder

I'm shocked.

Until recently I didn't realize how far Sourceforge had fallen since it was last sold.

Seems like they are as trustworthy as that guy who keeps emailing me from Nigeria.

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Having been slammed and embarrassed, ICANN tells the world: We've done nowt wrong

ZenCoder

Are they arrogant or is this a legal tactic.

The right thing to to is to perform an honest assessment, and identify what should have been done better. You apologize for what you should have done better (and since no one and no entity is perfect there is always room for a little humility). You talk about what ACTIONS you are talking to change for the better.

This is just going to be a huge PR nightmare for them, and the only way it makes any sense is if they are afraid that anything they say will be used against them unfairly in a lawsuit.

Then you do the right thing, after the lawyers have sufficiently mangled it. Even then maybe that's a bad idea since it will encourage a business culture that encourages more lawsuits and more bad PR.

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Dive deep into our liquid cooling chat. Just the thing for sticky summers

ZenCoder

Huh?

That's an easy one. Its completely impossible to operate equipment well outside its design specs while keeping it well within its design specs.

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How a Cali court ruling could force a complete rethink of search results

ZenCoder

I know many of you claim to be confused but lets play guess the brand.

"Luminox Evo Navy Seal Blackout Mens Watch 3051.BLACKOUT

by Luminox"

"DETOMASO Siena Chronograph Black Men's Quartz Watch with Black Stainless Steel Bracelet

by DETOMASO Watches"

"Invicta Men's 6582 "Subaqua Noma IV" Stainless Steel and Black Polyurethane Watch

by Invicta"

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Palaeoboffins discover 500 MILLION year old ARMOURED WORM

ZenCoder
Joke

Worms's snappy comeback.

"Modern velvet worms are all pretty similar in terms of their general body organisation and not that exciting in terms of their lifestyle," said Dr Javier Ortega-Hernández to which the worms replied "Bitch please. You might have a pretty face, but you will have to put a bag over that personality!"

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Microsoft's curious Sway comes to iPad and iPhone

ZenCoder

Clearly you are not optimally leveraging your cloudsourced assets.

@Not Spartacus.

You lack of emotional business intelligence and failure to embrace dynamic paradigm shift with synergistic skill set agility clearly shows that you are still thinking outside the box while your competitors are clearly focusing on the corners of the cube.

You will definitely not going to to be nominated for this years award for outstanding achievement in the field of excellence.

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Hi-res audio folk to introduce new rules and weed out impure noises

ZenCoder

Listening to Louie Louie by the Kingsmen right now ....

A recording so ineptly mastered that the FBI supposedly spent years trying to figure out if the muffled lyrics were obscene or not.

And yet somehow I still enjoy listening to it. I'm going to have to have my hearing checked.

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Hacker 3D prints device that can crack a combo lock in 30 seconds

ZenCoder

Its always important to know how much security your getting.

You always have to decide upon the correct balance between cost, effectiveness, and convenience when dealing with security.

As a consumer I have a need to know whether a $200 lock is any better more secure than a $5 lock, and have a rough idea of the tools, skills, and time required to defeat each so I can make good decisions.

And you simply cannot trust the creators of security products and services to seek out and make you aware of the limitations of their products.

I go to a manufacturer's site and it has a video of someone spending an hour clumsily smashing a lock with a sledge hammer. I go to you tube and I see that a random 11 year old girl with two simple tools needs about 5 minutes to learn how to defeat the lock in 11 seconds.

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