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Comment: Re:What in the hell was he thinking? (Score 1) 388

by Shompol (#48541239) Attached to: Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

bait someone into hiring a hit man to kill their wife

While I agree that safeguarding national secrets is not entrapment, your example is. If you are really good at convincing and the person you are stalking is of low intellect/poor mental health -- you will always find some poor shlobs to agree to that -- a crime they would otherwise never commit. That IS entrapment. ...not to mention that some wives had it coming.


Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals 239

Posted by Soulskill
from the do-that-with-linkedin-like-everyone-else dept.
HughPickens.com writes: CNNMoney reports that Facebook has sent a letter to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration demanding that agents stop impersonating users on the social network. "The DEA's deceptive actions... threaten the integrity of our community," Facebook chief security officer Joe Sullivan wrote to DEA head Michele Leonhart. "Using Facebook to impersonate others abuses that trust and makes people feel less safe and secure when using our service." Facebook's letter comes on the heels of reports that the DEA impersonated a young woman on Facebook to communicate with suspected criminals, and the Department of Justice argued that they had the right to do so. Facebook contends that their terms and Community Standards — which the DEA agent had to acknowledge and agree to when registering for a Facebook account — expressly prohibit the creation and use of fake accounts. "Isn't this the definition of identity theft?" says privacy researcher Runa Sandvik. The DEA has declined to comment and referred all questions to the Justice Department, which has not returned CNNMoney's calls.

Comment: Re:And they wonder why I block ads... (Score 1) 226

by Shompol (#47952187) Attached to: Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

there would be a serious web monetization problem

We had the same problem before web for millenia. We did fine. 99% of low grade websites that would dissapear due to lack of ad sales should not have existed in the first place. Anything of value will find means to stay afloat.

Comment: Re: And they wonder why I block ads... (Score 1) 226

by Shompol (#47952157) Attached to: Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

The whole point is to serve ads ... think television ...

Do not want. Neither television nor web becoming like television.

unless you are willing to pay for content directly.

Find a way to monetise it, post it free, or charge for it. No awesome works of art will be lost if some "content" posters quit to do something useful instead.

Comment: Ubuntu + Gnome2 (Score 1) 334

by Shompol (#47934191) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives
Ubuntu with Gnome2 worked for my computer-challenged familty members for years.

- No annoying pop-ups that normally plague Windows.

- No trojans and self-installing crap to speak of

- Adblock? (or his stricter brother Noscript)

- I still grant admin access because there are some cases where a simple command needs to be run

- Remote SSH admin access can be routed through any unblocked port

Comment: Re:no, dickhead (Score 1) 180

by Shompol (#47914507) Attached to: How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons
I would hold very little faith in tales told by military brass at a boot camp. They are too far and remote from actual military decision makers, and impossibly far from military historians. Being a boot camp they are also not very accountable for the shit they make up. Try to pull your head from your arse from time to time.

Comment: Re:Here in Massachusetts (Score 1) 155

by Shompol (#47914409) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts
It will take more effort to squelch consumption than screwing free market: Once upon a time a Russian Tzar passed a law of selling vodka exclusiely in large bottles to prevent people getting drunk and passing out on the street. This gave birth to a tradition of buying a bottle for a group of three and passing out collectively. This tradition is still alive today.

Hold on to the root.