* Posts by mrobaer

39 posts • joined 25 Mar 2010

Lauri Love and Gary McKinnon's lawyer, UK supporters rally around Marcus Hutchins

mrobaer

Re: plea dealing before evidence is shown

It's not that hard to realize the truth of this. What attorney is going to offer a plea deal without having seen any evidence at all? What attorney is going to advise their client to accept a plea deal without some idea of the evidence involved?

Looking back, I can see how those two sentences I wrote about plea deals and hearings could be construed as one single line of thought, that is my mistake. They are not really related to each other in what I was trying to convey and perhaps I should have worded it better.

My point was if formal charges were brought on, the evidence was seen by either a judge or a jury. If there are any talks of plea agreements, at the very least, the attorneys would go over the evidence.

I certainly hope that a prosecutor would not offer a plea before sufficient evidence is collected, possibly allowing an offender to use the "double jeopardy" defense to escape prosecution of a crime later discovered to have taken place during the act of the crime they already plead guilty to.

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FAIL

Re: Police shooting black folks? Really?

@Uffish

Do you know that the police shoot more white people than they do black people? In fact, nearly twice as many so far this year. And guess what else, out of the several thousand homicide victims that were black, less than 200 of them were killed by police. Where is your outrage for the rest of the black victims?

All I have understood from you is utter disdain for my point of view and then an insult upon my intelligence. You did not provide any counter argument at all.

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mrobaer

Re: The ignorant run amok

@Justicesays

"Care to show the evidence of this? Oh, there wouldn't be any because a plea deal means the bit where the evidence is shown is skipped."

There is no plea dealing before evidence is shown. Either at a preliminary hearing or a Grand Jury hearing, the evidence is provided that proves reasonable 'suspicion' enough to formally bring the charges.

There is a fine line between being innocent and not guilty. You can be innocent and found guilty, and you can be guilty and found not guilty. It's messy, that's for sure. But don't imagine for a moment that there is not evidence involved.

Plea agreements are usually taken to 1) get a favorable sentence/outcome because you know they have evidence that would create a significant chance of you being found guilty, or less often 2) just to get it over with and get out of the system asap, counting on the conviction not hampering your future. Very seldom does an innocent person plead guilty, it's possible, but unlikely.

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Flame

Re: The US 'justice' system is corrupt

Police shooting black folks? Really?

Whites make up the majority of the population (75% roughly) and Blacks are making up about 13% of the population. Each murder victim in the US was killed by someone of their own race 90% of the time. That being said, there is a much larger percentage of murder within the black population than there is any other.

In 2015 there were 5,600 Black murder offenders, while there were 4,600 White murder offenders. Granted there were 4,800 "unknown" murder offenders, this still paints a grim picture of violence among the black population.*

The rest of your points are pretty good ones. The rich might not always go free, but they certainly fair better than the poor. It makes me wonder why you threw the "police killing blacks" in there at all. If anyone is concerned about Black Lives Mattering, it should be a movement that starts in Black homes.

* https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2015/crime-in-the-u.s.-2015/tables/expanded_homicide_data_table_3_murder_offenders_by_age_sex_and_race_2015.xls

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Disgraced US Secret Service agent coughs to second Bitcoin heist

mrobaer

Legal Currency in the US

There are no federal laws here that require any privately owned business to accept only US currency, or any currency for that matter. Local laws may specify it in some places, but afaik there's nothing here that says you can't accept Bitcoin or shiny red buttons for currency if you wanted to.

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Cancel the farewell party. Get back to work. That asteroid isn't going to hit Earth in October

mrobaer
WTF?

RE: Norks shooting space

Haven't they already done that?

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If we're in a simulation, someone hit it with a hammer, please: Milky Way spews up to 100 MEELLLION black holes

mrobaer
Terminator

Re: If we're in a simulation...

This seems to be a better simulation than the one created in The Thirteenth Floor.

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WannaCry-slayer Marcus Hutchins 'built Kronos banking trojan' – FBI

mrobaer

Re: Also Wannacry?

The indictment is just the final result, you know, what happened *after* the jurors heard testimony and were presented with (apparently) sufficient evidence to indict on those charges.

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Scary news: Asteroid may pass Earth by just 6,880km in October

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But can we afford it?

I remember reading that NASA/ESA were scheduling a mission to attempt to redirect asteroids. I'm too lazy to find out the original article but did find this: https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/01/19/future-of-asteroid-deflection-mission-to-be-decided-soon/

Will we really die because our fearless leaders couldn't afford to protect us? Or is it cheaper to build bunkers/arks for the elite a la Deep Impact & 2012?

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AlphaBay and Hansa: About those dark web marketplaces takedowns

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Black Helicopters

Why don't governments muscle in on the action?

When it's legal, the prices would drop. When it's illegal, those in the business make more money off of the higher prices. Look at how prohibition of alcohol went over in the USA.

I ask myself, "Why would my government desire to keep recreational drugs illegal?" Considering the obvious fact that the production of said drugs is unregulated, the product can be abnormally dangerous. If the government wanted us to be safer, and also take money away from the criminal empires living off the drug trade, they would certainly legalize it, regulate it, and profit from it. The fact that they're not doing that, leads me to believe they are involved in the criminal empire making lucrative profits. There is no desire for our covert government to be chopping off it's own hands.

You also have the pharmaceutical player in the game. Here in the USA, I believe a drug patent has a significant amount of time given before other companies are allowed to compete as generics. There is no question that prescribed medicines are used recreationally. In the town I live in (population 23,000) we have had several physicians busted for over-prescribing medication (usually opioids) who received either a kickback from the pharmaceutical company or the 'patient' who was profiting from selling the pills on the street.

The "War on Drugs" is a competition eliminating venture, not a public safety venture.

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Cops harpoon two dark net whales in megabust: AlphaBay and Hansa

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Big Brother

Just as I suspected

"Europol revealed today that the market had been under the covert control of cops for the last month"

When the AlphaBay story came out, this is just what I suspected was going on there. Only the man behind the curtain was apparently not happy with the arrangement and the Cazes guy had to be eliminated.

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Alphabay shutdown: Bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna do? Not use your Hotmail...

mrobaer
Big Brother

Overstayed his welcome

I suspect this venture was quickly sniffed out by law enforcement agencies, who then proceeded to use this site as an unwilling informant. It may also be very likely Cazes was in-the-know about this, or found out about it, and had to be silenced before the customers found out. I wonder how many of those customers were arrested before this guy went down?

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While USA is distracted by its President's antics, China is busy breaking another fusion record

mrobaer
Stop

"While USA is distracted by its President's antics..."

I think only the media (and those who rely on it) are the only ones who are distracted by our President's antics. The rest of us are just going about our merry way. What our Presidents do (or don't do) seldom affects the people's way of life.

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Hotel guest goes broke after booking software gremlin makes her pay for strangers' rooms

mrobaer

I trust my bank

Recently I received a letter in the mail alerting me that my debit card information was potentially compromised from a merchant who had their system itself compromised. As I would expect, they set a date that my card will be canceled and a new card should arrive before then. Also, they gave me the option of doing such a transaction at my earliest convenience.

Our debit cards are of the Mastercard brand with Zero Liability protection and Mastercard ID Theft Protection™. Had anything unusual appear on my account I'm certain they would close the card, issue me a new one, and mail me an affidavit to go on their record that I swear those were not my charges.

About 20 years ago when banks would mail you your new PIN number before mailing you the new debit card, I fell victim to fraud where my pin then card were stolen from my mail, while on a military installation no less. I had to go through similar steps then. It wasn't much of a hassle and I was reimbursed within 12 hours.

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Class clowns literally classless: Harvard axes meme-flinging morons

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Childcatcher

Student Code of Conduct

Wouldn't there be a code of conduct that these students-to-be would have agreed to? Either way, free speech can be costly. I'll consider it a lesson for all to learn from. But I doubt much will be learned. It seems like every week there's news of people getting let go for social media antics.

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CIA rendition jet was waiting in Europe to SNATCH SNOWDEN

mrobaer
Joke

Re: Dontcherknew?

Orange is the new black.

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US Army loses 16,000 personnel records in South Korea

mrobaer
FAIL

No Surprise

Having seen first hand some of the network infrastructure over there, I am not surprised this has happened. I am actually curious as to how many times it probably has happened before and never noticed!

I did some really dumb things in my past, quite a few of them in South Korea while serving in the US Army. One of them, was being a script kiddie¹. I got busted by the National Police Agency of S. Korea. Even after this, the US Army was foolish in allowing me local access to protected computer systems. To make it even more interesting, I also was able to obtain employment stateside at Citibank in their Fraud Early Warning department. They trusted me with quite a lot of information and access, knowing what had happened in S. Korea, and locally².

1) http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/05/08/us_airman_charged_in_korean/ (That was me)

2) http://www.justice.gov/usao/pae/News/2007/jul/baer.html (Me again...)

As long as folks let dummies like I used to be slip into their network, problems like this will continue.

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Myspace: Where are you going? We still have all your HUMILIATING PICS

mrobaer
Big Brother

Re: Just nuke it from orbit

Is it possible to stop others from posting pictures of you on the internet? I really don't see how... unless you just don't do anything at all that you wouldn't want the WHOLE WORLD to see or know about. That probably would make for a boring use of the time of your life.

What somewhat creeps me out is that I have taken pictures of friends with my "smart phone" and it prompts me with questions like, "Is this John Smith?" Well, no. But the person does slightly resemble "John Smith" which is odd, because "John Smith" is not on social media at all. The only way I could conceive of my phone knowing what "John Smith" looks like is because of the photo I have set up on "John Smith's" contact information. This sort of facial recognition stuff is neat, but I sometimes wonder what would happen if it mined key parts of the web to find all images of someone.*

* This may already exist and have a friendly Windows XP (or iOS) interface on the web for people to use. I'm trying to withdraw from much of this intrusive tech, so I'm unaware of such things these days.

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MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

mrobaer
Unhappy

actually...

This representative democracy we're subject to has taken quite a lot of power out of our hands. And because there are so many of us, it would have to be a very serious uprising of united citizens to even make a change. We seem to not even be able to agree that we're disagreeing in this country.

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New nuke could POWER WORLD UNTIL 2083

mrobaer
WTF?

low carbon energy source?

I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed by any means, but was that just an attempt to convince me to go nuclear based on a carbon footprint?

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US Department of Energy: Which bright spark just hacked us?

mrobaer
Black Helicopters

fanning the flame

I suppose this could be the fan to the flame that may sweep through the political offices later on to try and establish more legislation on all things internet.

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If Hotmail was a person it could have kids now. But it would be a crime

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Thumb Up

Re: My bride uses hotmail...

My Hotmail account is my primary email also. I'm not even sure why I signed up back in '97 for email with Hotmail instead of somewhere else, but I know for sure it wasn't for Messenger.

I've had "throwaway" accounts at Lycos, yahoo, mail.com, and a few other places. I have found Hotmail to actually keep the most spam out of my inbox.

I've been using it for so long because I move around a lot and I changes internet providers almost yearly, making the Hotmail account the most stable email I have.

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Russian upstart claims BitTorrent-killer

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Facepalm

This reminds me of Comcast

http://torrentfreak.com/comcast-throttles-bittorrent-traffic-seeding-impossible/

IIRC this did not go over to well and was forced to stop.

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

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Thumb Up

Re: best worst films

Yes indeed, Troll 2 is horrendous.

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Pr0n stars to demo against .xxx

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Thumb Up

@ AC 18:19

"You'd think that they might notice that they are protesting alongside the porn industry and start thinking that if the porn industry is trying to stop this they should be arguing in the opposite direction, but hey. Only in America."

That would be logical. As a Christian myself, I really don't care about the .xxx domain or porn itself. I figure it doesn't pertain to me or mess with anyone's rights, so just leave it be. Removing the object of an addiction from the person who is addicted does not cure the addiction. Instead more time should be spent helping to remove the desire for the addictive object in a healthy way. It doesn't matter if there are 100 or 100,000,000 porn sites out there to someone who isn't interested in it. Just try to count the amount of twitter feeds, blogs, youtube channels, etc, that are not followed. :)

I used "Christian" earlier in that format alluding to the crazies out there who always go too far, so far that they'd be hard pressed to even be called Christians at all (ie; Westboro Baptist Church).

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WTF?

Why?

"Resistance to .xxx has been so fierce, from Christian groups as well as the porn business, "

I don't understand why "Christians" would oppose this. I'm wondering why they aren't taking it further and requesting that after the passage of .xxx that ALL 'adult entertainment' be migrated to .xxx or shut down. That would make it so much easier to block/filter.

It seems the porn industry has it's lobbyists out in full force.

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Cute download Firefox, 'treat a cub' vid downed by IE glitch

mrobaer
Go

I agree

I wonder if this can be somehow spun to show why the Zoo should have been using a superior product in the first place.

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PlayStation hacker defiantly posts 'bible' following police raid

mrobaer
Coat

I find it amusing

"Mr. Egorenkov willingly ignored a judge's order."

Why would this be of any surprise, even if it were true?

The prosecution sated that "while fleeing the scene of the triple homicide, the defendant was speeding, and didn't even use his turn signal!"

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Man admits hacking into NASA, e-commerce servers

mrobaer
WTF?

@ Havin_it

"Now let's see how easily them damn Yankees get him extradited across the Mason-Dixon..."

Why would he need to cross the Mason-Dixon line?

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Yet another delay hangs over release of Firefox 4

mrobaer
Gates Horns

hrm.... really?

"The problem begins after clicking on an email to preview it or going into a different folder. When I do this, the page continually reloads," wrote one tester.

Well that's been happening with me for ages using version Firefox 3.6.13 while checking Hotmail. I don't remember exactly when it started, but I do remember it didn't happen immediately after a Firefox upgrade. I just took it for what it's worth, Microsoft messing more code up.

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With net unplugged, Egypt cracks down on journos

mrobaer
Black Helicopters

indeed

I was watching various news channels Friday night and one said the egyptians were using "old fashioned" techniques to access the internet, then said they were using dial-up. Having finally ditched dial-up myself in 2005, I wondered about their choice of words and my choices of technology.

It certainly is likely that the government there has squashed this as well...

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Facebook riddled by 'my first ever status message' scam app

mrobaer
Go

lol

I love reading the comments on facebook articles. If I am to believe the statistics* that about 29% of the people on the internet have facebook, I wonder what the odds are that a facebook hater-troll has a facebook account?

* http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats25.htm

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Ubuntu 'more secure' than Windows, says Dell

mrobaer
Welcome

Re: Bows & Arrows

Interesting logic, but I think you're off a little bit. You are comparing weapons with targets. Nonetheless, I'm sure that should WAL*MART have Ubuntu systems sprouting up on it's shelves and the masses partaking of this trend, that more weapons would be aimed at Ubuntu and probably Linux in general. How much more? Who knows... but it sure would be a breath of fresh air to see Linux systems sold in more stores.

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Man accused of DDoSing conservative talking heads

mrobaer
FAIL

@AC - Defending against DDOS

Clearly this will work against millions of spoofed source ip addresses, will it not? How does this deal with the overwhelming amount of data that would be directed to the target that the target's link to the internet cannot withstand?

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MS kernel patch skirts infected machines

mrobaer
FAIL

or ...

You could do this perhaps:

C:\>tasklist | find "firefox"

firefox.exe 2960 Console 0 78,188 K

C:\>taskkill /pid 2960

SUCCESS: The process with PID 2960 has been terminated.

C:\>

And it dies. Period. I do understand it's a lot different than what you may be used to in *nix systems. Maybe you overlooked this due to being "conversant" or something?

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Hacker's record credit card theft fetches 20-year sentence

mrobaer
FAIL

the devil made me do it

Competent enough to be a snitch for the US Secret Service to a tune of 75k a year, but not enough to know right from wrong? Give me a break!

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Nicole Richie turns Twitter hacker on celeb chums

mrobaer
Stop

down with slang

There appears to be other definitions of the word rape that may be being used in this manner. For example:

(n) an act of plunder, violent seizure, or abuse; despoliation; violation

(v) to plunder (a place); despoil.

(v) to seize, take, or carry off by force.

I think the word rape used in this context of frape and facerape is along the lines of raping and pillaging, not forced sexual action.

In response to the other response about the use of the word killer, I'm not a fan of slang. It gets out of control to the point where some people appear to be speaking an entirely new language rather than English. Let me know if you find a victim of a killer complaining about the slang use of the word killer then we'll discuss it further.

(You may keep any spelling or grammatical errors you find as I do not want them.)

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MS to release emergency IE fix on Tuesday

mrobaer
FAIL

emergency fix?

Shouldn't all 0day vulnerabilities that allow remote code execution be fixed in an emergency type of attitude? I hope for a day that fixes and patches begin to be developed when their need is made aware, and that once completed* they be released to the public immediately.

* By completed I mean the bugs have been worked out due to proper testing in an expedient manner, not on a set date when all updates are released.

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Free anti-virus scanner hits the cloud

mrobaer

Why not?

In the recent article about the Energizer website pimping malware you guys (The Reg) had mentioned Immunet, which seems to incorporate could technology. I'm wondering why it wasn't mentioned here?

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