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Comment: MT already is a favorite place for the wealthy too (Score 1) 164

by Facekhan (#46922157) Attached to: Is Montana the Next Big Data Hub?

The Big Sky area of Montana is already full of vacation homes and ranches of wealthy VC types so its not a big stretch that they might choose to plop a Data Center there. Still I think it is far more likely that you will see more data centers copping up in SLC because of the NSA. All the big government contractors will be putting boots on the ground in SLC and they can't co-locate at the NSA facility.

SF, NYC, and DC are just so expensive.

Comment: Lousy argument (Score 1) 235

It would seem like the victim can consent to the location tracking of her stolen cell phone. No warrant necessary or certainly an easily obtained one.

Now if they tracked the perpetrators cell phone, that would require a warrant under SCOTUS rulings I've seen.

I don't think a civil NDA between the state and a government contractor has any power over a criminal case and it certainly does not override the 4th amendment.

Comment: Pre-dispute binding arbitration should be banned (Score 2) 147

by Facekhan (#41995893) Attached to: Amazon Payment Adds "No Class Action" Language To Terms of Service

Congress never intended pre-dispute binding arbitration clauses to apply to consumer contracts under the FAA but business-friendly courts have interpreted the law that way. Congress just needs to amend the FAA so that pre-dispute binding arbitration is not binding in consumer contracts, as well as prohibiting the requirement that consumers waive their right to class-action and jury trial pre-dispute.

It would also help if Congress gave the CFPA or some other pro-consumer leaning agency oversight of private arbitration companies because right now they have a massive conflict of interest since their customers are the big businesses that count on them ruling in their favor more often than courts would in consumer cases.

Comment: Re:When is a bank not a bank (Score 1) 775

by Facekhan (#33537998) Attached to: PayPal Withholding Indie Game Dev's €600,000 Account

Yep, I bought some merchandise on Ebay that turned out to be counterfeit and Ebay/Paypals dispute solution was for me to pay to ship it back to the seller and then I would get my money back. When I explained that:

1. It is nearly as expensive to ship it back as it cost to buy it.
2. It would be illegal for me to ship counterfeit merchandise back out of the country.
3. I can prove it is counterfeit.

They would not change their minds and refund me under their protection policy so with about 1 exception I have never used paypal or ebay since then. I pretty much won't use either service unless I absolutely have to and would rather pay more than use them.

Basically the only fraud protection policy Paypal/Ebay honors is when it protects them from ever having to pay out.

Comment: The right-of-ways are takings too! Where is my $$$ (Score 1) 341

by Facekhan (#33115222) Attached to: Does Net Neutrality Violate the Fifth Amendment?

First off the guy is clearly incorrect since this theory of his would invalidate virtually all regulation of say railways or power lines or gas lines.

More importantly, the guy is wrong because the property in question, not the cables/towers themselves but rather the right-of-way and the licensed spectrum that does not truly belong to those cable/telco companies. Those right-of-ways along public roads and along people's property underground are takings in and of themselves. The cable/telco cannot claim that regulating or placing conditions on the takings that they benefit from are themselves takings.

Comment: Re:Fines... (Score 2, Insightful) 876

by Facekhan (#26867285) Attached to: High Tech Misery In China

Seeing as 111.1 seconds to put a 101 key keyboard together has a labor cost of just 1.2 cents and will sell for anywhere from $3-$100 depending on the brand, model, and store it is sold in the labor cost is a tiny piece of the price.

You could easily pay the same workers $7 per hour and the labor cost per keyboard would only go up by about 20.4 cents a unit. I would be willing to pay an extra quarter for a keyboard knowing the work was done in humane conditions and the guy making them got a 1700% raise.

Biotech

Bringing Giant Tortoises Back From Extinction 125

Posted by timothy
from the reviving-the-turtle-hegemony dept.
fizzysister writes "The BBC reports that scientists at Yale are intending to resurrect an extinct species of Galapagos tortoise, the Geochelone elephantopus. Unfortunately, not in the style of Jurassic Park, so no tortoise-based theme parks just yet. They will, however, be using genetic profiling of living tortoises that carry some of the elephantopus genes, to select the most appropriate of these to mate and thus eventually (after a century or more) create a generation of 'pure' Geochelone elephantopus individuals."
Security

PDF Exploits On the Rise 183

Posted by timothy
from the worse-than-a-bad-moon- dept.
An anonymous reader writes "According to the TrustedSource Blog, malware authors increasingly target PDF files as an infection vector. Keep your browser plugins updated. From the article: 'The Portable Document Format (PDF) is one of the file formats of choice commonly used in today's enterprises, since it's widely deployed across different operating systems. But on a down-side this format has also known vulnerabilites which are exploited in the wild. Secure Computing's Anti-Malware Research Labs spotted a new and yet unknown exploit toolkit which exclusively targets Adobe's PDF format.'"

Comment: The Network guides are nice (Score 4, Interesting) 154

by Facekhan (#23390474) Attached to: Just How Effective is System Hardening?
I've used the network equipment guides to harden routers and switches before and they are very handy.

I can't speak to how well they withstand attacks after that but if you follow their instructions an nmap scan basically reveals no open services (ssh ports have their own access lists)

I prefer the guides to tools like RAT because auditors get so out of date that you end up chasing down their rules to find out they don't even know about the last few years of security enhancements. Cisco's Output Interpreter is also good for advice on hardening your devices.

Almost anything derogatory you could say about today's software design would be accurate. -- K.E. Iverson

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