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Comment: Re: I should think so! (Score 1) 57

by AvitarX (#49155559) Attached to: Blu-Ray Players Hackable Via Malicious Discs

I tend to agree, the people I know that use blue ray don't have Internet. There's plenty of cheap boot legs next to the red box in the shadier parts, but the people buying them don t have Internet. For the rest of the people I know, a few dollar rental online here and there covers the gap of Netflix.

Comment: Re: Kinda like systemd / debian (Score 1) 95

by AvitarX (#49155539) Attached to: One Astronomer's Quest To Reinstate Pluto As a Planet

I can't tell of this is serious, or satire.

One of the issues discussed doesn't seem to match the others. Primarily, I know best in this area, make me all powerful is exactly the type I would expect to with a minority be pro systems and pro marrying children (because you know who is best for them).

Most excellent Poe style post!

Comment: Re:All the more reason (Score 3, Insightful) 138

by msobkow (#49155291) Attached to: Google Taking Over New TLDs

The new TLDs are a cash grab and nothing more. Not only for ICANN, but for every company that manages to buy up a gTLD.

Basically, the people buying up these gTLDs are hoping to cash in on companies wanting to register .searchterm domains. Which, in my books, is nonsense. I don't trust any of these new domains to be anything but spam traps and phishing expeditions. Given the options in search results, I would always go to the .com, .org, or .net address over a gTLD.

Comment: Pen/stylus tablets? (Score 1) 112

by msobkow (#49155237) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Whiteboard Substitutes For Distributed Teams?

I'd think using pen/stylus tablets to scribble diagrams and then emailing or messaging those amongst the team members would be about as good as you can get, unless you can find a software package that would let the people share a drawing space using individual tablets. I've long wanted to get one of the Samsung tablets just for that purpose.

Comment: Summary: Poor management, dishonesty (Score 1) 340

by Futurepower(R) (#49153927) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates
Interesting.

You said, "... poor program management, lack of requirements management, and often also marketing-driven decision-making."

Overall, that is poor management of technical projects. The biggest single problem? Dishonesty, on several levels.

The first step in improving management is to get everyone to understand that there is poor management.

+ - Ask SD: How do you handle the discovery of a web site disclosing private data?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I recently discovered that a partner web site of a financial institution I do business with makes it trivially easy to view documents that do not belong to me. As in, change the document ID in a URL and view someone else's financial documents. This requires no authentication, only a document URL. (Think along the lines of an online rebate center where you upload documents including credit card statements.) I immediately called customer service and spoke with a perplexed agent who unsurprisingly didn't know what to do with my call. I asked to speak with a supervisor who took good notes and promised a follow-up internally. I asked for a return call but have not yet heard back. In the meantime, I still have private financial information I consider to be publicly available. I'm trying to be responsible and patient in my handling of this, but I am second guessing how to move forward if not quickly resolved. So, Slashdot, how would you handle this situation?"

Comment: What *is* their market? (Score 3, Insightful) 52

by msobkow (#49152793) Attached to: BlackPhone, In Wake of Gemalto Fallout, Receives $50 Million In Funding

Given that iOS and Android can and do encrypt user data now, and that web device communications encryption is largely a question of whether a site uses SSL/HTTPS, what is the distinguishing feature of these phones that would make them marketable?

To me it looks like pure marketing hype, not a real benefit compared to other devices now that they've started using encryption.

+ - Oracle Sues 5 Oregon Officials for "improper influence"

Submitted by SpzToid
SpzToid (869795) writes "Following up on an earlier Slashdot story, the Oracle Corporation has filed a rather timely suit against five of former governor John Kitzhaber's staff for their "improper influence" in the decision to shutter the Cover Oregon healthcare website, while blaming Oracle to defuse the political consequences. Oracle argues the website was ready to go before the state decided to switch to the federal exchange in April.

"The work on the exchange was complete by February 2014, but going live with the website and providing a means for all Oregonians to sign up for health insurance coverage didn’t match the former-Governor's re-election strategy to 'go after' Oracle,” Oracle spokeswoman Deborah Hellinger said in a statement.

Kitzhaber resigned last week amid criminal probes into an influence-peddling scandal involving allegations that his fiancée used her position in his office for personal gain."

+ - UNDER U.S. PRESSURE, PAYPAL NUKES MEGA FOR ENCRYPTING FILES->

Submitted by seoras
seoras (147590) writes "After coming under intense pressure PayPal has closed the account of cloud-storage service Mega. According to the company, SOPA proponent Senator Patrick Leahy personally pressured Visa and Mastercard who in turn called on PayPal to terminate the account. Bizarrely, Mega's encryption is being cited as a key problem.... ... What makes the situation more unusual is that PayPal reportedly apologized to Mega for its withdrawal while acknowledging that company’s business is indeed legitimate.
However, PayPal also advised that Mega’s unique selling point – it’s end-to-end-encryption – was a key concern for the processor.""

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+ - NSA Spying Wins Another Rubber Stamp->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "The FISA court has again renewed an order allowing the NSA to continue its illegal bulk collection of Americans' phone records, at least until June 1 when it is set to expire in Congress. President Obama pledged to end the controversial program more than a year ago.

The extension is the fifth of its kind since Obama said he would effectively end the Snowden-exposed program as it currently exists during a major policy speech in January 2014. Obama and senior administration officials have repeatedly insisted that they will not act alone to end the program without Congress.

After all the other things he's done against or without congressional approval and he balks at this one?"

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