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Comment: Even more hazardous linking... (Score 4, Informative) 308

by Munden (#35470784) Attached to: Man Arrested For Linking To Online Videos

...is linking to an article that fails to mention how McCarthy has made made over $90,000 in ad revenue from his website.


His website was dedicated solely for the purpose of copyright infringement

Why is copyright infringement an issue of homeland security? It is a federal law, it has to be assigned to someone, and The United States district courts has exclusive subject-matter jurisdiction over copyright cases. IMO, you should learn about copyright law and history - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_copyright_law

Comment: Re:Special situations (Score 1) 1049

by Munden (#35320840) Attached to: Activists Seek Repeal of Ban On Incandescent Bulbs

Google "Heat Tape".

Let the consumers decide... well, let them decide so long as the government stops subsidizing energy....

Joe Barton (R-Texas), "Voters sent a message in November that it is time for politicians and activists in Washington to stop interfering in Americans’ lives and manipulating the free market. The light bulb ban is a glaring example of that frustration."

Comment: NPR reported on this, not a huge threat (Score 3, Informative) 414

by Munden (#33180420) Attached to: Genetically Modified Canola Spreads To Wild Plants

Here is the story NPR did on this a few days ago - http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129010499

"Wilkinson says that just because the plants are genetically modified, doesn't mean they'll be more successful than wild plants. In this particular case, herbicide resistance will provide little edge to plants growing in areas that, almost by definition, don't receive many herbicides. "It's very difficult for either of these transgene types to give much of an advantage, if any, in the habitats that they're in," he says, referring to the genetically modified canola."

I hate Monsanto and GM because of their legal views and actions on DNA patents. I also hate how their products require tons of chemicals to grow and how it gets into the environment. I hate it how it promotes growing "all one type of plant" which turns niche problems and pests into giant clusterfucks because of the lack of biodiversity that would have naturally kept the problem in check. Google "pig weed" which is now ultra resistant to all known herbacides thanks to GM/Monsanto. The list goes on and on.

Comment: Re:Place them "elsewhere" (Score 1) 539

by Munden (#32831160) Attached to: Sidestepping A-to-D Convertors For Town Government's Cable TV?

I just checked 4 of the boxes we have using KillAWatt and they are each 7 to 8 watts while on. I put all 4 together on a power splitter and it totaled 31 watts or 7.5 each on avg.

So if you're using 32 at 8 watts each (256 watts/hr) and lets assume they are left on 24/7/365 (8760 hours*0.256kw/hr = 2242.56 kw/hr a year) and you're paying 7.97 cents per kw/h in Indiana ( As a municipality you probably pay less) ( http://www.eia.doe.gov/electricity/epm/table5_6_b.html ) - that should equal .... 2242.56 * $0.0798 = $178.9116 a year - or about $5.59 each. And then $3 * 32 units * 12 months = $1152 a year. Or about $1330.91 for 32 units each year ($41.59 each per year).

No solution I can think of that will cover the distances you specify will cost less than paying for the units. This is especially true when you factor in the cost of your time and effort and whatever technology you implement will not be replaced for free if it breaks.

Comment: Frustration (Score 5, Interesting) 370

by Munden (#32632558) Attached to: Verizon Makes Offering Service Blocks a Fireable Offense

I was given the task of overseeing our company's 102 user Verizon phone bill each month back in Oct. 09. Each month I downloaded the new bill Verizon they put up in an XML format and I threw it into my database. I reduced the bill from about $6000 to $5000 in simple waste and no reduction in service - I could easily drop another $750 with minimal impact affecting only the abusers. Anyways, I noticed in April Verizon started to charge about 60% of the users with a new $1.99 for 1MB usage charge. Now I've seen this 1MB usage charge before, but it was always with one of our users that downloaded a ringtone or had access to the mobile web - it was always attached to something they did. When I called Verizon and spoke with their CSR I asked what the 1MB charge and have they changed anything because there were all these new $1.99 fees. I was told there had been no changes and when I gave them specific examples of users with these fees they said it was for this or that. I had at this point almost 6 months of data and I gave counter-examples for each explanation of what these new 1MB charges were for.

The rep was quickly overwhelmed by my examples and they said they would escalate my case to a tier 2 technical representative. Days go by and I finally get the explanation that the 1MB was for connecting to Verizon's Mobile Web - which was total crap because it's blocked and you can't actually connect. When I asked for clarification they said it was for "trying to connect" even though it is blocked on our plan. I was not satisfied because we went from 2 explainable $1.99 1MB charges a month up to 60+ the next and so the representative requested all of my examples. Two weeks go by and I start to get complaints from our users that they can't text even though they personally pay for text plans. I found out that all of my examples were given full data blocks by the CSR. I had to call and make them reverse all their unauthorized changes but we are still up about $120 each month due to these new charges. It pisses me off to no end and I requested to personally meet with our Verizon rep but that was denied by management and I was told to just let the $120/mo go.

Comment: Re:a world without copyright (Score 1) 215

by Munden (#30454432) Attached to: Microsoft Acknowledges Theft of Code From Plurk

Copyright drives innovation. You have to take chances. You have no protection unless you have produced a substantially original work.

Copyright drives innovation. Then copyright becomes a hindrance to advancement in that particular innovation for Life + 70 years, more or less depending on country and field of copyright.

Comment: Re:Hah! Their timing couldn't be better (Score 5, Informative) 241

by Munden (#29086441) Attached to: Comcast Seeking Control of Both Pipes and Content?
I believe nearly everything he said, perhaps you never listened. Track them yourself. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/ While Obama made some overly optimistic promises it's pretty clear that congress and political fear mongering are limiting factors. Obama is not a genie. He has no magic wand. Real progress takes time.

Comment: Re:Lets look at this (Score 1) 398

by Munden (#28976179) Attached to: Twitter Offline Due To DDoS
I'm sorry - but knowing that Firefox just updated from 3.5.1 to 3.5.2 via your phone is total nonsense. Instantly knowing the CDC just arbitrarily raised it's threat level from 2 to 3 and then 3 to 4 is of no social value. However, I'll concede that whatever Sarah Palin tweats is usually valued at least a chuckle or /boggle.

Comment: Re:No, even worse. (Score 0) 328

by Munden (#28656983) Attached to: Researchers Enable Mice To Exhale Fat

Whine all you want about how New York having a cool day means the world isn't getting warmer; when the corn crops start dying from the longer (and hotter) growing season, you'll be more than "a bit thinner".

Markets don't lie.

Food prices falling across the board

Says to me that there's not a corn shortage.

::wakes up from cryofreeze from 2007::

Hey Guys what's up! Looks like my Cryofreeze is a complete success!

Now to pay back the bank for the loan to build my cryofreeze using the money I made off of all my estate investments.

Yup, I love that dependable -never go down- real estate market...

You see kids, all of the major markets today are completely transparent, never misleading and strictly regulated. I personally only picked AAA ra....


Major Spike in Security Threats To Online Games 48

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-blame-world-of-warcraft dept.
Gamasutra reports on data from security software firm ESET, which shows a major increase in the number of gaming-related security threats over the last year. They attribute the rise in attacks to the amount of money involved in the games industry these days. ESET's full report (PDF) is also available. "[ESET's research director, Jeff Debrosse] explains: 'It's a two-phase attack. If someone's account was compromised, then someone else can actually [using their avatar] during a chat session, or through in-game communication... they could leverage that people trust this person and point them at various URLs, and those URLs will either have drive-by malware or a specific [malware] executable. What ends up happening is that folks may end up downloading and using it. This is just one methodology.' These attackers also target gamers in external community sites, says Debrosse, through 'banners on websites or URLs in chat rooms or forums' — which can lead to unsafe URLs. 'If [users] don't have adequate protection, they could very well be downloading malware without their knowledge.'"

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