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Comment: Re:Where are these photos? (Score 3, Informative) 93

by SternisheFan (#47801063) Attached to: Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos
A brute-force program to hack AppleID passwords was recently uploaded to the software-hosting GitHub. The program, appropriately called iBrute, is designed to flood AppleID logons with possible password combinations. The assumption is that the hacker would know the username, often derived from an email address.

Shortly before the stolen images were announced, the owner of iBrute announced the vulnerability — Find My iPhone did not deny access to brute force methods of figuring out a password. Early this morning, the same iBrute owner announced that the vulnerability has been closed, although there has not yet been confirmation from Apple.

iBrute is now reportedly locked out. But there is also speculation that the Find My iPhone hack was not solely to blame for all the apparently stolen files. For instance, someone could trick a celebrity user — or the celebrity’s assistant — into revealing enough information to gain access to iCloud backups. Additionally, it’s possible other online services were involved, since some of the images reportedly show celebrities using Android mobile devices.

Comment: From the 'Ask Slashdot' submitter... (Score 1) 377

by SternisheFan (#47793425) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?
As the submitter, and before this /. story gets closed out, I wish to extend my sincere thanks to all who posted here.

I laughed at some posts, learned from most. No, this was not meant to be a troll, or a marketing gimmick. It was an honest question from me. I've been greatly helped by everyone's responses. I thank you all. ;^)

Comment: Re:Painkillers, HA! (Score 1) 204

by SternisheFan (#47793345) Attached to: States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths
Keep on doing what you need to do, Rinikusu. The brain does tend to 'max out' on THC, studies show. Over months of use, the brain will only allow itself to get 'so high', and no more. A person needs to stop using to allow the brain to return close to 'normal. Elsewise, it will max out on a person's ability to fully feel it's effects. Like any drug, it has it's limits.

Comment: Re:music streamer (Score 1) 159

by SternisheFan (#47793267) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

Well not all of us 'have' a 64gb expansion or room on it to dedicate to music. And not everybody 'wants' to sycn shit with their phone all the time. These people 'need' a streaming app. Stop 'being' such a twit.

Pardon me, didn't mean to get your panties all up in a bunch. No one needs to stream anything, they want to, 'cause it's easier for them.

Comment: Re:music streamer (Score 2) 159

by SternisheFan (#47792991) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

If you've got more than a few GB of music then get subsonic. You can stream your full collection from home to your phone to listen to at work, in the car, etc. When you're offline or configured to only stream over wifi you can have it stick to playing the last few GB you've configured to cache on your device.

You don't 'need' a straming app for music. My phone accepts a 64gb SD card that doesn't need to 'stream' music, it just plays it.

Comment: Re:Painkillers, HA! (Score 3, Interesting) 204

by SternisheFan (#47792943) Attached to: States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths
Heroin is what all opiate based pain medication is based on. It's all opiates, whether it's a $10 bag of heroin bought on the street, melted on a spoon and transferred to a needle to be injected directly into one's bloodstream, or the painkiller your doctor prescribed. It all has the same effect on the brain. If you are taking a pain killer, you basically are a heroin user. It's all opiates.

20+ years ago, a friend of mine was dieing from stomach cancer. Hospice, home to die. Doctor's gave him 2 months to live, he lasted seven. He had an I.V. drip hooked up to him in his bedroom, a metering device programmed by the R.N. to administer regulated doses of morphine, with a large red button that we could press to give him an extra dose of morphine. The man had bedsores that were excruciating for him to deal with, on top of the stomach cancer pain.

This was in 1992. There was no such thing then as medical marijuana. Whenever that man wanted to smoke pot, we made sure it was there for him, and yes, it eased his pain. There was never a need for discussion of whether it was legal. He needed it, he got it. And pot wasn't as powerful then as todays strains are.

To deny anyone in legitimate legal pain from having access to medical marijuana is a crime against humanity. No politician should have the right to 'decree' that people in pain should be denied easement of their pain, in my opinion.

Legalization of marijuana comes with many caveats. I do not want my bus/cab/train/plane drivers/pilots using marijuana, the THC content of todays marijuana are much stronger than they were back in the 1960's. Someone ingesting THC can 'fade out' while driving, or else we will see more of these type of videos....

To be made broadly legal will involve a learning curve of laws that will need to be enacted. If your job involves transporting people, pot (like alcohol), needs to be used responsibly, and never 'on the job', especially since today's pot potency is much higher than what it was from days past.

+ - Boston Police Grabbed Photos Of Every Person Attending Local Music Festivals->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Once again, the government is experimenting on the public with new surveillance technology and not bothering to inform them until forced to do so. Boston's police department apparently performed a dry run of its facial recognition software on attendees of a local music festival.

        Nobody at either day of last year's debut Boston Calling partied with much expectation of privacy. With an army of media photographers, selfie takers, and videographers recording every angle of the massive concert on Government Center, it was inherently clear that music fans were in the middle of a massive photo opp.

        What Boston Calling attendees (and promoters, for that matter) didn't know, however, was that they were all unwitting test subjects for a sophisticated new event monitoring platform. Namely, the city's software and equipment gave authorities a live and detailed birdseye view of concertgoers, pedestrians, and vehicles in the vicinity of City Hall on May 25 and 26 of 2013 (as well as during the two days of a subsequent Boston Calling in September). We're not talking about old school black and white surveillance cameras. More like technology that analyzes every passerby for height, clothing, and skin color.

While no one expects their public activities to carry an expectation of privacy, there's something a bit disturbing about being scanned and fed into a database maintained by a private contractor and accessible by an unknown number of entities. Then there's the problem with the technology itself which, while improving all the time, is still going to return a fair amount of false positives."

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Comment: Re:OK Another one (Score 1) 88

by SternisheFan (#47786031) Attached to: Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far
How 'bout them?

A few companies, such as Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries, have formed with the goal of mining asteroids. Why asteroids? Because it currently costs several thousand dollars per pound to put anything from Earth into low-earth orbit. Asteroids are probably made of all the ingredients necessary to live in space, including water. These companies intend to supply the raw materials to support an entirely new space economy.

Water will be particularly important. Beyond sustaining human life, water can shield people from harmful radiation and serve as fuel for spacecraft. It can be separated into its two components to generate energy or be heated with focused energy from the sun.

These infant asteroid-mining companies and their investors are taking on enormous risks to develop technologies to extract usable resources in space. The hitch? There is currently no legal guarantee they will be able to profit from the resources they mine. The ownership of resources mined in space is legally murky.

Prototype designs always work. -- Don Vonada