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Comment: There's more to Encryption than SSL/SSH (Score 1) 292

by BuckB (#44746941) Attached to: Lockbox Aims To NSA-Proof the Cloud
Relying on SSL/SSH only protects the socket between you and the server that you're talking to - which may not be the server that you think you're talking to. You are including a whole lot of stuff in your trust circle. Now if you meant use OpenSSL or similar libraries for your encryption core, then I agree.

+ - Lawyer Threatens Suit Over Coat->

Submitted by BuckB
BuckB (1340061) writes "The Smoking Gun exposes what a lawyer thinks should happen when that lawyer loses a coat. The best part of the letter is the ending offer, and that if the offer isn't accepted in 10 days, the cost will continue to rise.
"MARCH 4--If you've forgotten why lawyers have approval ratings as low as politicians and journalists, take a look at this letter written recently by William Ogletree, a Texas lawyer.""

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+ - US NOT Blocking Costa Rican Sugar Trade for IP Law-> 1

Submitted by BuckB
BuckB (1340061) writes "In an amazing case of "read only the headline and draw your own conclusion," a 300 word article from TicoTimes.net was grabbed and changed and morphed into an Anti-US, Anti-Intellectual Property slam of how CAFTA was bankrupting poor Costa Rican farmers when posted here on slashdot. Even back then, a quick read of the original article and a couple google queries caused reasonable persons to ask "How did Mike Masnick draw that conclusion?" Well, Masnick got his interpretation from Michael Geist, who apparently got the story from TicoTimes and twisted it to suit his views. Please read the original article, the article below, and the follow up here http://www.technollama.co.uk/update-on-costa-rican-sugar-trade-rowand to see the modern game of "telephone" as bloggers added "me too" just to get more AdSense revenue."
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Comment: Amazing (Score 1) 441

by BuckB (#30814332) Attached to: US Blocking Costa Rican Sugar Trade To Force IP Laws
From the original article that spurned all of this anti-U.S. tirade "Arguedas said another issue stalling passage of the 14th amendment is the fact that legislators are looking to pass a law that is more extensive than the requirements of the agreement." So, after all of this, it's the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly that's the evil guy and there are 322 (and counting) posts from people that never read the 300 word original article (including me until just now).

Comment: Why a link to a link to a link? (Score 1) 441

by BuckB (#30811948) Attached to: US Blocking Costa Rican Sugar Trade To Force IP Laws
Shouldn't the generator of the original story (Adam Williams/TicoTimes.net) be slashdotted directly? Wouldn't giving the originator credit for their story be correct? Does the original author deserve the AdSense revenue for writing something interesting? Isn't this a bit ironic for a story on IP?

Comment: Re:Ok Lets try this... (Score 1) 235

by BuckB (#24505409) Attached to: Comcast Is Reading Your Blog
Dear Comcast, I can't believe you terminated my account. Ok - maybe I can believe that you terminated my account, but I can't believe that you didn't tell me you terminated my account for over a week, and in the mean time told me that the reason that the internet was down was due to my faulty modem. I can't believe you sent out two crews to diagnose the problem, and were about to send out a third (and probably would have had I not found your crew-sending-out routine a waste of my time) when you "discovered" that my account was terminated due to excessive bandwidth. I also can't believe that, being the last one on cable in my FIOS-infected neighborhood, I was really hurting your performance. Really - there was only one other cable connected to your pedistal and one of your crews disconnected that thinking it was the problem with my service. Then, I couldn't believe that you re-enabled my account saying all was forgiven only to terminate it again after just a couple days. The biggest thing I can't believe is that your "security" department said that I violated a network cap that he wouldn't tell me what it was. I can't believe what a jerk he was in saying that he didn't care how many crews came out to my house since it didn't matter to him. Finally, I can't believe that it took me so long to switch to FIOS.

In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982