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Comment: Re:WTF??? (Score 1) 141

by admdrew (#44746777) Attached to: AT&T Maintains Call Database For the DEA Going Back To 1987

The scary thing about this is AT&T never deletes your call data. EVER.

I used to work for MCI (and briefly Verizon Business after they bought us), and they did this as well. We had access to these archaic DB2 systems with a bazillion records going back to the 80s, with all the standard telco metadata. Our team used the recent data for calls through our IP relay (voice to text/text to voice service primarily intended for deaf people) system to help identify fraud users (the same Nigerian 419 scammers).

Comment: Re:mitigate the threat vs "shut it down" (Score 1) 87

by admdrew (#44571839) Attached to: DARPA Fears Big Data Could Become Big Threat

If they are looking a way to "shut it down" then they're being way naive.

I also didn't RTFA, but I think (hope?) DARPA is interested primarily to mitigate any threat. The summary's quote referencing "the threat of active data spills and breaches of corporate and government information systems" IS something our country should be concerned about (excluding situations involving corporate/governmental misbehavior), and the optimist in me hopes that our government is acting toward the greater good

Comment: Re:that is a massive rip-off of my data allotment (Score 4, Insightful) 180

by admdrew (#43658549) Attached to: Facebook To Introduce Video Ads

For some it's really not that easy. Paul Miller's article about leaving the internet for a full year is pretty interesting, and touches on some important aspects of social networking. Facebook enables casual long distance relationships that are often not realistic for many of us. I rarely talk to my best friend from high school on the phone or via text, but we do interact via Facebook pretty frequently. Without that social network link, we would've fallen out of touch over the years - with it, we're able to stay relatively up to date with minimal effort.

Now, do my friends deserve *more* than minimal effort? Of course. But the reality of leaving one's hometown (or college town or longtime employer) makes it unlikely that I'm going to see/call/write those friends of mine on a regular enough basis to keep close connections going, something Facebook has made possible for me.

For those of us with (even mildly) busy lives who have met many wonderful people over the years, social networking has been terribly useful.

Comment: Re:that is a massive rip-off of my data allotment (Score 4, Interesting) 180

by admdrew (#43658405) Attached to: Facebook To Introduce Video Ads

Anyone who sat through previous Facebook abuse will sit through this.

It's reaching a breaking point, even among those who use Facebook heavily. I'm a self-described heavy user of Facebook, but recently removed it from my phone to avoid ads (and the stupid bullshit where the app would still try to pull my GPS location even with 'location' turned off - but I digress).

Not having access to mobile Facebook has been a big personal change, but one I'm generally happy with. I do miss being a "part" of some friend interactions (typically sporting events or other immediately-topical events), but I also feel my smartphone usage is far less compulsive - no longer am I idly checking Facebook on my phone during my commute, "forcing" me to read my book, for example - and it's definitely reduced my "need" to know what's going on immediately at all times. I may have a little easier than others because I never got into Twitter, so my Facebook feed is the 'fastest' social networking I do.

Comment: Re:Phone troubles? (Score 1) 435

by admdrew (#43657907) Attached to: It's 2013, and Windows Activation Is Still Frustrating

Yeah, I lost all confidence in the article and writer as soon as he mentioned "despite having a 3/4 bar connection". I get that he had a tough night, but his litany of frustrations directed solely at Microsoft are kind of absurd. Why didn't he activate earlier? Why didn't he try the "silly" steps of calling in before attempting cracks? Why did he so immediately resort to reformat/reinstall?

Comment: Re:proof not speculation (Score 5, Informative) 151

by admdrew (#43656883) Attached to: Pentagon Ups Hacking Accusations Against China

why does it *have* to be china that's doing the attacking?

The type of analysis used to reach this conclusion includes far more information than source IPs. Based on the wealth of attack data available to even some of the smallest security providers, it's not tough to eventually paint a pretty good picture of China (their military, especially) as a core of generally nefarious network activity. A single IP isn't enough to place blame, but billions of packets over years of activity are definitely enough to attribute a significant volume of the world's hacking directly to the Chinese.

Source: I do a significant amount of network traffic analysis specifically for security.

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