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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.

Comment: Soon to be a felony in Illinois (Score 5, Informative) 515

by Holistic Missile (#48581237) Attached to: Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them
Here in the police state of Illinois, our legislature has passed a bill, which was larded onto another, completely unrelated bill, which makes recording cops and government officials a class 3 felony, with up to 2-4 years in prison. The bill was added as an amendment to the unrelated bill, which passed with over 90% support in both chambers, essentially making it veto-proof.

It uses the word 'eavesdropping' a lot, so it may be argued that it applies only to audio; however, a chance at having a sentence like this would certainly scare off most people who would try to film the cops.

It will be interesting to see how this develops - a similar bill was struck down by the state supreme court in March, and the US supreme court has ruled that police have no expectation of privacy when they're in public, and on duty.

Comment: Re:Not sure who to cheer for (Score 1) 190

by Holistic Missile (#48568957) Attached to: Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

The TV-style bullshit that just leaps for your eyes and blares at you is insufferable; but at least it only watches you at the level of granularity provided by the Neilson lab rats.

Not so much, anymore. With the addressable digital boxes that the TV providers use, there is just as much profiling done when you watch TV, too. Your TV provider knows what you watch, how you watch it, and when you watch it. I think it can, however, be gamed to work to our advantage:

If enough people time-shift live TV by 15-20 minutes per hour (the typical amount of advertising) and skip past all the ads, at least on networks where it isn't disabled, that sends a message that we don't want ads. Or, they'll disable skipping ads on all channels. If enough of us rent on-demand movies like Gia and skip to all of the lesbian scenes, that sends a message that we want more lesbian scenes. :-)

Comment: Re:This lawsuit will be dismissed. (Score 1) 291

by Holistic Missile (#48561625) Attached to: Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots
It's difficult to do with telemarketers, but try being nice to the person who calls you the third or fourth time. Tell them that you have repeatedly said you are not interested, and ask to be added to their internal Do Not Call list. AT&T has one as well. A couple of days later, you will get a robocall to confirm your addition to the DNC list. That is the last call you will get, at least for a while. I haven't gotten a call from either of them in months, but I'm guessing that it times out after a year or so.

Comment: Suing over something that can easily be changed? (Score 2) 291

by Holistic Missile (#48561591) Attached to: Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots
Why sue? For $80 she could buy a Surfboard 6141 at Best Buy, and save the money by not paying modem rental. The modem will pay for itself in 10 months. If she is using Comcast's phone service, she would need to buy an eMTA (Embedded Multimedia Terminal Adapter). Although some cable franchises may not allow them on their network. One of the reasons I did this was to avoid being a node on their public network. Another one is that I have a router with custom firmware that I am quite happy with, and their integrated unit will probably not allow dd-wrt or tomato. I like to be in control of my own network.

I would imagine that the setting could be turned off in the rental eMTA from Comcast. In my subdivision, I have only seen one XfinityHotSpot network, and it was only for a short time, then it disappeared. My guess is that the Comcast customer noticed this brand new XfinityHotSpot had as strong a signal as their own router, and figured out how to disable it in short order.

One of the things that bugs me about America is this mindset that we seem to generally have of, 'sue first, look at other options later, if at all.'

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.