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Comment: Hidden Files section? (Score 3, Insightful) 359

by ShaunC (#47788165) Attached to: Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

Buried in the "hidden files" section of the computer were 146 gigabytes of material, containing a total of 35,347 files in 2,367 folders.

WTF is the "hidden files" section of a computer? From their screenshot, it appears the guy just made a directory called "Videoooooo" and stuffed it full of New Folder, New Folder 2, Copy (3) of New Folder, etc. My cat can hide stuff better than that.

Most of the things they're describing are absolutely nothing to worry about. Instructions for stealing cars? How to use disguises? This is the kind of shit that was all over every BBS file door 20 years ago. You can download torrents chock full of gigs of this "extremist literature" or "terrorist training materials" now. ISIS are surely a bunch of cunts and I imagine they do pose some threat, but the value of this laptop and its contents is highly exaggerated.

Comment: Re:DSL paload + ATM = 16% (Score 4, Insightful) 353

by ShaunC (#47771201) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

The point of TFA is that comcast's network metering methods are hidden from customer scrutiny and nobody at weights and measures seems to give a damn.

The best part of your comment is that TFA is regarding ATT's practices, and has nothing to do with Comcast. Yet even someone in Australia knows how fucked up Comcast is, and has mistaken another carrier for Comcast because the story is about ripping off a customer. If that doesn't show the incredibly awful nature and reputation of Comcast, I'm not sure what does. It's too bad the FCC won't see this thread.

Comment: But, but.. (Score 0) 207

I thought they only collected tiny bits of metadata of little concern to the average citizen, only when foreigners are involved, and that it was only ever used for superduper terrorist investigations. Oh, the local sheriff has access, too? Drug enforcement and all that?

Quelle surprise.

Comment: Re:Aaaand there goes the lizard squad (Score 3, Interesting) 131

by ShaunC (#47751565) Attached to: Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix

as gullible and dumb as most of the population is, Uncle Sam hardly has "tremendous credibility with most of them."

Sure he does. You think people don't worship federal law enforcement? Look at the coverage of, say, the Boston bombing; the media and the general public were all lining up to praise any officer who was involved in that situation. Same with Sandy Hook, same with "sabu" and Anonymous, same with every story that gets publicized.

Police abuses are currently part of the national dialogue thanks to what happened in Ferguson, MO. But it took that event, a racially charged shooting, to get national attention and wake people up. Eric Garner being choked to death by NYPD didn't really get much press. The poor child who was disfigured by a SWAT flash-bang in Georgia didn't really get much press. It's just now coming out today that LAPD left an asthmatic man to die while he begged for help, that was almost a year ago and didn't get much press.

The population adores the federal government. The population thinks the NSA spying is all well and good and that Snowden is a traitor.

Congress has one of the lowest approval ratings in history, and yet incumbents continue to be re-elected over and over. Yes, the population is surely gullible and dumb, but to say that Uncle Sam hardly has credibility with them is a farce. The people love their Uncle.

Comment: Re:I'm looking now (Score 3, Interesting) 134

by ShaunC (#47734417) Attached to: Finding an ISIS Training Camp Using Google Earth

The Kurds helped those people on the mountain escape to Turkey (likely with clandestine US involvement as well). ISIS was actually using Turkey's old embassy in Mosul to hold some Turks hostage for awhile, so it's no surprise that this training camp turned up in Mosul. Neat detective work tracking it down, though.

Comment: Re:Not much of a fix (Score 1) 101

by ShaunC (#47697549) Attached to: ICANN Offers Fix For Domain Name Collisions

Something like protocol://

But no one is going to put up with typing in any more than they'd put up with typing in Plus, it's a burden on users to assume that they'll know (or care, or remember) on which continent and in which country each site lives. So we'd need some system to translate your well-executed hierarchical taxonomy into something that users could more easily remember. I wonder what we could call it...

Comment: Re:Mosaic (Score 5, Informative) 426

Don't forget fucking over the original developers in the process. Microsoft negotiated the price down to $2 million by agreeing to pay royalties to Spyglass for each copy sold... Then turned around and gave the product away for free. Spyglass should have worked a better deal, sure, but it was a dick move by Microsoft.

Comment: Re:Too much surplus (Score 0) 264

Now that we have given away this surplus equipment.

And are looking at the possibility of reentering the Iraq area of conflict.

Are we going to need all new equipment to put boots on the ground ?

Yes, yes, now you understand. Now get back to work! We can't meet our quarterly targets if you aren't paying taxes.


Comment: Re:I'm not sure these buttons belong to the Wash P (Score 1) 136

by ShaunC (#47686703) Attached to: Bezos-Owned Washington Post Embeds Amazon Buy-It-Now Buttons Mid-sentence

Per Wikipedia,

Slate is a United States English language online current affairs and culture magazine created in 1996 by former New Republic editor Michael Kinsley, initially under the ownership of Microsoft as part of MSN. On 21 December 2004 it was purchased by The Washington Post Company.

So, if Bezos owns the Washington Post and the Washington Post owns Slate, well, there we have it. WaPo's using the "slatmag-20" affiliate ID to simplify things for accounting purposes, I guess.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.