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Submission + - It's Time to Go Nuclear Against DMCA Abuse->

Lauren Weinstein writes: We must make it expensive with a capital "E" to voluntarily file mass DMCA takedowns that are sloppy, haphazard, and likely to negatively impact significant numbers of innocent parties.

It has to cost. It has to cost big time.

Such abuse has to be made so expensive that even the entertainment industry moguls with the gold-plated toilet seats will start to feel the pain.

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Submission + - Windows 10: A Potential Privacy Mess, and Worse->

Lauren Weinstein writes: I had originally been considering accepting Microsoft's offer of a free upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10. After all, reports have suggested that it's a much more usable system than Windows 8/8.1 — but of course in keeping with the "every other MS release of Windows is a dog" history, that's a pretty low bar.

However, it appears that MS has significantly botched their deployment of Windows 10. I suppose we shouldn't be surprised, even though hope springs eternal.

Since there are so many issues involved, and MS is very aggressively pushing this upgrade, I'm going to run through key points here quickly, and reference other sites' pages that can give you more information right now.

But here's my executive summary: You may want to think twice, or three times, or many more times, about whether or not you wish to accept the Windows 10 free upgrade on your existing Windows 7 or 8/8.1 system.

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Submission + - Industrial networks are vulnerable to devastating cyberattack, new research says->

Patrick O'Neill writes: New research into Industrial Ethernet Switches reveals a wide host of vulnerabilities that leave critical infrastructure facilities open to attackers. Many of the vulnerabilities reveal fundamental weaknesses: Widespread use of default passwords, hardcoded encryption keys, a lack of proper authentication for firmware updates, a lack of encrypted connections, and more. Combined with a lack of network monitoring, researchers say the situation showcases "a massive lack of security awareness in the industrial control systems community.”
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Comment gnome (Score 1) 267

i have to disagree

as a VERY LONG time gnome user
gnome1 and 2
gnome3 sucks and DROVE me to KDE

now to be fair
i was using a ton of QT based GUI programs on gnome2
even using KDM to log into Gnome

The current KDE4 on OpenSUSE is very usable
-- a few too many configuration tools and options but that is better than too FEW

Submission + - FBI wants Pirate Bay logs for criminal investigation into copyright trolls.->

the simurgh writes: It has been revealed today that In the past few months, two of the Pirate Bay co-founders have been repeatedly questioned by Swedish authorities, acting on behalf of the FBI. the internet now has clear evidence that Prenda is indeed being investigated by the US Government for uploading their own copyrighted content in torrents placed onto The Pirate Bay, for the sole purpose of creating a honeypot trap to sue over pirated downloads. the full story is included in the link below
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Comment spam (Score 0) 269

I DO NOT!!!! use my isp's email

the LAST time i was using a Comcast mail i was getting 500+ spams EVERY DAY!!!!
and was informed to use Microsoft Outlook to filter them out on my LINUX ( rhel) install

so basically i told Comcast to F-OFF and changed the comcast billing email to a new Gmail

With Gmail i get about 2 spams a month

Any sufficiently advanced bug is indistinguishable from a feature. -- Rich Kulawiec