Does anyone actually use Google+? I signed up and then immediately stopped using it. Let them drop my account if they can't verify my identity. Google+ just isn't something I'm interested in, and if they want to enforce rules that I don't want to obey, I just won't use it. If they do that with my email, then I will just move to another service.
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*Hint* When someone changes their initial theory from something that can be quantified (ie. "global temperature will increase because of man-made greenhouse gases") to something that can't be quantified ("ie. global temperature will get both hotter and colder in different parts of the world") it means they have realized their initial theory was incorrect and they are scrambling to find another theory.
Basically, if you're telling me that the theory of climate change is now "Some places will get hotter and some places will get colder", then there is nothing that can disprove the theory, since, yes, there will be parts of the world that will get hotter and parts that will get colder. It's a meaningless, nonsensical theory at that point.
That's like saying "Greenhouse gasses will cause more humans to die in some locations, and more humans to be born in other locations." I will always be able to point to some areas of the world where the birth rate has increased, and others where the death rate has increased.
Most illegal mp3s have comments in the ID3 tags. Write a program that goes through and strips all the ID3 tags and replace then with your own. This will also do the trick of modify any MD5 checksums. After that it would be hard to prove anything, unless they isolated the audio data and used that specifically to try to detect exact matches. But then it would be hard to prove anything from that.
Lulzsec is funny and clever, but they haven't attacked a really big name site. But if they were real hackers, they would have tried to take down Facebook, E-trade, WoW, etc, something to generate an enormous amount of press. Instead, they've attacked small sites, security companies that didn't exist until a few months previous, and they attacked the CIA website. They've generated a lot of light, but not a lot of heat. For someone with their level of coordination, they certainly are trying to get themselves caught by posting on Twitter, going on IRC, leaving voice traces, etc. I don't buy the idea that they are complete nihilists, it's too exhausting.
The only thing I can think of is that these guys really are CIA, and they're trying to get blackhat credibility, in order to infilitrate and take down Anonymous. Sure, there's some collateral damage, but it's for the "greater good", right? My only hope is that I'm wrong, but I doubt it. The fact that they've teamed up with Anonymous after only a couple of months in existence makes me think I'm right.
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"So how did the hackers do it? It's been speculated that hackers obtained master key files during the March RSA attacks—as implied, a hacker then would be able to penetrate a SecurID-protected network by replicating an individual's exact keys generated by the particular device.""
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"We are (un)happy to announce that we have officially Pwnd Google Chrome and its sandbox.
While Chrome has one of the most secure sandboxes and has always survived the Pwn2Own contest during the last three years, we have now uncovered a reliable way to execute arbitrary code on any installation of Chrome despite its sandbox, ASLR and DEP.""
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All it's supposed to be is a way to format a document. Anything more than that, adding all this fucking unnecessary infrastructure/bloatware onto desktop just makes me crazy! The additional fact that it causes viruses makes me really, really close to saying fuck off to acrobat completely.
It's as if the reading light switch on your car all of a sudden tried to get fancy, by adding motion detection, but then it needed additional layers to prevent it from draining your batteries it turns on because it detects motion on your car, so you're forced to buy tinted windows, etc, and oh yeah, it can somehow unlock the doors and start your car. It's a fucking utility that has taken on a life of it's own and I've really had to at this point.
Actually, after this rant I've decided I'm going to uninstall Acrobat immediately.
It sounds instructive, but you will probably get fired for lacking good judgement.
There are plenty of stories where teachers do similar things that end up getting them fired. Teaching students how to write viruses, faking a classroom kidnapping, how to plan a terrorist attack, etc.
Teaching your students how to write a virus is a classic case of bad judgement. Your superiors will tell you "What were you thinking?" and you will get let go.
Teach them verbally how viruses are created, but don't assign anything as homework.
If everyone is called John Smith from New York City, then they won't be able to find anyone. That's likely the best solution, because a cursory search won't come up with your name, or will find duplicate information, and they won't be able to tell one from the other.