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My United Airlines Website Hack Gets Snubbed 187 187

Bennett Haselton writes: United Airlines announced that they will offer up to 1 million air miles to users who can find security holes in their website. I demonstrated a way to brute-force a user's 4-digit PIN number and submitted it to them for review, emailing their Bugs Bounty contact address on three occasions, but I never heard back from them. Read on for the rest. If you've had a different experience with the program, please chime in below.

Comment: Re:Only "rented" books--headline/summary misleadin (Score 2) 172 172

Indeed, the article explains that the per-page metric will be used to divide the pool of cash that Amazon sets aside to pay authors of self-published books that are part of Amazon's lending library. This doesn't affect books that customers buy.

Comment: Re:Try GoodGopher (Score 4, Informative) 424 424

You are attacking a person's search engine based on something that has nothing to do with their search engine.

From the site's front page:

Submit your site to the world's first search engine that filters out corporate propaganda and government disinfo!

With your help, we are building the internet's largest search engine for those searching for information and news on liberty, natural healing, central banks, food freedom, advanced science and a multitude of other topics no longer allowed in NSA-controlled search engines.

Comment: Re:Snowden... (Score 4, Informative) 142 142

I believe (from a quick Google search) that to be pardoned for a crime you first have to be convicted of that crime.

Nope. See U.S. Proclamation 4311, for example:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GERALD R. FORD, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, pursuant to the pardon power conferred upon me by Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, have granted and by these presents do grant a full, free, and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from January 20, 1969 through August 9, 1974.

Comment: Why not use Comcast's excess customer calls? (Score 4, Insightful) 150 150

Since Comcast can't seem to service their customer service lines in a timely, intelligent or helpful manner, and nearly all of the callers end up angry, why not just use the excess calls for training? It's not like these callers will be any more frustrated by operators who know nothing about Comcast than they are by actual Comcast customer service agents.

Comment: Re:Correction (Score 1) 182 182

All they need to do is price their offering at $50 or so for a year or two to kill off the municipal service...

You're probably right, but I'd keep paying $100/month to the local utility for the privilege of not dealing with Comcast. I would rather crumple fifty dollar bills and throw them in the gutter than have to deal with Comcast's worst-ever customer service.

One of the chief duties of the mathematician in acting as an advisor... is to discourage... from expecting too much from mathematics. -- N. Wiener

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