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Comment: Re:Convenience vs. Security (Score 1) 119

48. I guess I used an out-dated term! Of course, I have direct deposit, and we can access our pay stubs through our portal to ADP. They are PDF files that look exactly like they did when we received paper ones each week, years ago. They keep 3 years' worth of them (and W-2's) online for the employees to access directly. Older ones have to be requested via a rep. We get W-2's mailed to us, but that's it. Everything else is available online. We also schedule PTO and vacation days online through the portal.

The point of my original post was that we have the convenience of not needing to enter our W-2 information (or even have the document in hand), at the expense of a security hole that can be exploited if someone has the right information, which is just run-of-the-mill personal identification information that we all give to many institutions, some of which have been or will be breached.

Comment: Convenience vs. Security (Score 2) 119

I've been using H&R Block's TaxCut software for years, and in the last couple of years or so, I noticed a new option to retrieve your W-2 information for you. Since most companies use a payroll service, the software can actually find and retrieve your W-2 information and fill it in for you. I didn't even have to know who my employer's payroll service is, which is stupid for them not to require - it's on every check stub. I don't remember if it did any authentication offhand (it was a year ago!). If, through ID theft, someone has your name, SSN, etc., they could easily fill this information in on a bogus return they are filing. Then, as mentioned in another post, no attempt is made to verify that the bank account the refund is being deposited in actually belongs to the taxpayer. On second thought, I guess the ID thief could just open an account in your name to receive the refund in.

Comment: Were they hacked? (Score 2) 114

by Holistic Missile (#48751189) Attached to: Hackers Steal $5M In Bitcoin During Bitstamp Exchange Attack
Given law enforcement's inability and unwillingness to investigate any online crime, combined with the complete lack of government regulation or even recognition as a legal tender, what is stopping the exchange operators from simply stealing the bitcoins and then saying they were hacked?

"Sorry, we got hacked and all your coins are gone. It was probably criminals in Russia / North Korea / Elbonia. Look! They covered their tracks so well, they made it look like the attack came from the Starbucks across town. We lost all our money, too, so we're shutting down and filing bankruptcy. Better luck next time."

Is there any way to track the stolen coins and void them? I wouldn't think people would steal them if they couldn't spend / cash them...

Comment: Re:All of them (Score 1) 119

My thought, exactly. However, it will be difficult to do when we have a voter turnout of 36.3%.

When the polling places are empty, and the line is several blocks long at the 'Pawn Stars' store, we are seriously fucked. This picture was taken on election day, 2012, a presidential election. It was posted by Ross Miller, the Nevada candidate for attorney general.

Comment: Re:We should have done this decades ago (Score 2) 75

by Holistic Missile (#48643893) Attached to: Boeing and BlackBerry Making a Self-Destructing Phone
Not all of us are 'proud to be American' this last decade or so.

For the record, I've never personally profited from any of our government's shenanigans, nor have I ever worked a defense-related or government-generated job. Like most people that I know, I have gained nothing from the government's imperialistic activities except more disdain for them.

I have actually communicated directly with my congressman and both of my senators in person and via email numerous times about the subject of making so many surplus weapons and selling them to those countries (or anyone, for that matter). I included the remote self-destruct idea in the event of them being used on a tyrant's own people, or against us or any of our allies. It was like talking to a rock (three of them, actually). Apparently, a big sack of money always wins...

My lifestyle is actually based on designing and manufacturing medical research and surgical/pharmaceutical products which actually benefit people worldwide. The products I design and make are used in genetic research, blood collection and component separation, heart pumps, stent systems, many laproscopic surgery products, and hundreds of various drugs. While the corporations that I work with are in some ways corporate douchebags, much like the 'defense' contractors, they at least contribute to the well-being of the people of the world in the end. How many lives did your work save today? :-)

Comment: Goatse (Score 2) 246

I'm exhuming a Slashdot meme from long ago, but if you have a spare VM, fire it up and string them along to the Team Viewer/WebEx part of the call, and give 'em a full screen goatse! ;-)

For those who are fairly new around here, it was an old meme - a picture of ... well, never mind. You don't want to know. I'll just say you cant unsee it.

Comment: We should have done this decades ago (Score 1) 75

by Holistic Missile (#48642081) Attached to: Boeing and BlackBerry Making a Self-Destructing Phone
The self-destruct feature should have been included in every plane, tank, APC, rocket launcher, mortar, rifle, and any other weapons we have been selling to unstable, neurotic dictators in the middle east for decades. Set up to be remotely activated by the U.S., of course. Instead, we have our troops facing down our own weapons.

Comment: Re:Use Windows Explorer (Score 1) 259

by Holistic Missile (#48596859) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?
The beauty of using the integrated metadata is that you can organize the photos by creating search folders, or just doing searches. A search folder searching for 'Vacation' will always have all of your vacation files in it, and will automatically include new photos with 'vacation' in the tags. You can then narrow down by year, location, or whatever else you've included in your files.

Comment: Use Windows Explorer (Score 2) 259

by Holistic Missile (#48596529) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?
If you are tagging jpeg files, just use Windows explorer.

Right-click on the file, and select 'Details'. The EXIF tags are shown and can be edited here. Title, subject, rating, tags, comments, etc.

You can ctrl-select multiple files and edit the data that will be the same on all of them at once. For example, select all 50 photos from your vacation, and give them the subject 'Vacation 2014'. These tags are part of each file, and are indexed and searchable on Windows and OSX. I haven't tried it on Linux or FreeBSD yet, but I would imagine one of the various desktops' search functions will search (and index?) the tags.

Comment: Re:Soon to be a felony in Illinois (Score 1) 515

by Holistic Missile (#48581619) Attached to: Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them
That's one reason I don't understand why this was even voted on. Illinois was the state involved in the case that prompted the US supreme court ruling.

Maybe they're laying the groundwork for something they can use to fight against the push for police body-cams.

This is the state that should have a 'governor's wing' on its prisons.

The next person to mention spaghetti stacks to me is going to have his head knocked off. -- Bill Conrad