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Comment: Website is hosted in a different jurisdiction! (Score 1) 515

by alphacharliezero (#39783721) Attached to: North Carolina Threatens To Shut Down Nutrition Blogger

I couldn't help but notice that his site (diabetes-warrior.net) is hosted by Bluehost in Provo, Utah. Not really having a legal background I wonder how this changes the landscape... i.e.-
What if he were living in Utah but the site was hosted in North Carolina? Could they go after him then? What if he just registered the site under a business in a different state and continued to host the site in Utah? Could they still get him for writing it in N.C.?

Don't get me wrong. It does appear he crossed the line by offering 'coaching' services which is forbidden by the law. But the blog itself describing his battle against diabetes and the steps that he has found useful is likely protected free speech. It's going to be hard to convince a judge that a blog is illegal when the same information could be printed and bound in a book and sold at the Barnes & Noble in Raleigh legally.

Reading the lawthough, pretty much every mother in North Carolina is likely a criminal. From the statute-

Nutrition care services means any part or all of the following:
a. Assessing the nutritional needs of individuals and groups, and determining resources and constraints in the practice setting
b. Establishing priorities, goals, and objectives that meet nutritional needs and are consistent with available resources and constraints
c. Providing nutrition counseling in health and disease
d. Developing, implementing, and managing nutrition care systems
e. Evaluating, making changes in, and maintaining appropriate standards of quality in food and nutrition services.

Seriously, any parent worth their salt does this for their children from an early age. Friends do it for each other. Adults do it for their aging parents. 'Dad! Why are you eating that? You know it'll set off your gout/blood sugar/.' It takes support and encouragement to make lifestyle changes. Some people find that support in their family or friends. Some find it online. The best solution would be to slap his wrist for offering coaching and let the rest go.

Technology

+ - SPAM: E-Cigarette explodes in man's mouth!

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alphacharliezero
alphacharliezero writes "CBS news is reporting that a man in Alabama has been hospitalized because an e-cigarette exploded in his mouth. Apparently he was sucking on it when the lithium battery inside exploded shooting out the end of the device and lighting the man and room on fire.

From the Article-
"The best analogy is like it was trying to hold a bottle rocket in your mouth when it went off," said Joseph Parker, division chief for the North Bay Fire Department. "The battery flew out of the tube and set the closet on fire."

So much for a 'safe' alternative to smoking..."

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+ - SPAM: E-cigarette explodes in man'a mouth!

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alphacharliezero
alphacharliezero writes "CBS news is reporting that an e-cigarette exploded in a man's mouth when the Lithium battery failed.

From the article-
"The best analogy is like it was trying to hold a bottle rocket in your mouth when it went off," said Joseph Parker, division chief for the North Bay Fire Department. "The battery flew out of the tube and set the closet on fire."

So much for a 'safer' alternative to smoking..."

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Android

+ - Southwest Airlines Android app transmits your data in plain text!->

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alphacharliezero
alphacharliezero writes "Computer security researcher David Stites in Colorado has discovered a major flaw in the Southwest Airlines Android App.
Apparently it uses http instead of https to send and receive data including sensitive user information. Which leaves it vulnerable to packet-sniffing on un-encrypted networks. From the article-

'The information that goes from your phone to Southwest in not encrypted, and, Stites says, that is hackers dream.
"They would have access to anything you have access to, such as address, e-mail, phone, credit cards. They could even book a flight in your name," says Stites.'

How can such a large company make such a basic and obvious mistake? If the above is true Southwest is in violation of PCI-DSS and is setting itself up for some massive fines and penalties.
More importantly- How can we as consumers know which mobile apps are secure and which are not?"

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Comment: Hypocrisy or Nepotism? (Score 1) 321

by alphacharliezero (#38792437) Attached to: Google Updates Algorithm To Punish Websites With Excessive Ads
Read this article then immediately saw this @ Huffington Post- http://imgur.com/VBhqr/ (Which made me laugh!)

Seems a bit dodgy to punish websites for hosting banner ads when your company takes out banner ads. It's entirely possible they are filtering based upon the source of ads as well and placing their 'paying' ad customers higher than sites which utilize competing services...

Comment: Re:Move forward with what? (Score 1) 116

by alphacharliezero (#38712168) Attached to: NASA Open Sources Aircraft Design Software

What do you think the engineers who design aircraft are doing already? As others here have pointed out, the biggest killer in a plane crash is fire. So the biggest priority is to get passengers off the plane AFTER it lands. Modern passenger aircraft are already well designed in this respect. As an example the Airbus 320 has one entrance, but no less than 8 exits! That's not bad for 150 seats.

Bottom line, I fly a lot. I am simply disputing your assertion that airplanes are unsafe. You can call me closed-minded if you like, I will call you irrational. Statistically, your own choices will kill you long before any pilot's choices figure into it. I simply do not understand how people can fear plane crashes or crime or terrorism and yet have absolutely no fear of the the things that will actually kill them. If the goal is to save people from needless death, perhaps you should start by looking at what ACTUALLY kills people and pick something with better numbers: Cancer, heart disease, automobiles, alcohol, tobacco, stroke, suicide. murder, drowning, electrocution... All are far more likely to kill you than air travel. You have more of a chance of dying from injuries sustained falling down(1 in 246) than of dying in a plane(1 in 20000).

Do not taunt Happy-Fun-Ball!

Comment: Move forward with what? (Score 0) 116

by alphacharliezero (#38706930) Attached to: NASA Open Sources Aircraft Design Software

Dude, no offense but passenger planes are already extremely safe. Your lifetime odds of dying in an auto wreck are around 200 times greater than your chances of dying in a plane crash.

And what do you suggest anyway? Perhaps we can ALL get ejection seats! In an emergency the ENTIRE CEILING of the passenger cabin will blow off. Then row by row we can all watch our fellow passengers shoot into the air as the explosive bolts in their chairs go off. Or perhaps they can just hand you a chute and open the door if things go South?

The truth of it is that in most any scenario where the plane is going to crash, there is not going to be a realistic way to exit the aircraft in mid-air. For that reason I'll say-

NO THANKS.

Comment: Foamies Anyone? (Score 5, Interesting) 116

by alphacharliezero (#38706700) Attached to: NASA Open Sources Aircraft Design Software

As someone who is into foam-built RC aircraft I am excited by the possibilities of this software. Electronics not included, a plane costs me about $10 to build. While I've built enough planes that I can just 'wing it' (See what I did there?), It would be fun to use this software to design RC planes...

Comment: Re:Drop leg gas mask pouch (Score 1) 514

by alphacharliezero (#38385258) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Protecting Tech Gear From Smash-and-Grab Theft?

"But no one's going to give me grief if I'm wearing a gas mask pouch."

I will happily laugh at you if I see you wearing one of those. Especially if it's at the Airport...
My personal preference is a bike messenger bag. It's a man-purse of course and many will laugh at me for that. But at least I don't look like I'm geared up for the zombie apocalypse.

Cheers!

Comment: Paranoia anyone??? (Score 1) 517

by alphacharliezero (#38249486) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: To Hack Or Not To Hack?

I can't help notice how many posts on this thread have encouraged the poster to 'run and hide' since he's OBVIOUSLY broken the law.
I'm not so sure that's the case. Many vulnerabilities such as this (especially SQL injections) can be discovered using nothing more than Google dorks. In that scenario, It is Google that has (unintentionally) breached the company's security. The poster is simply accessing information that has been indexed by a search engine. Even if he found it directly, that doesn't mean he broke the law. I've found SQL injections on accident before simply by typing "O'Donnell" into a text box. (That single quote is a Bit**!)
I'm not saying that is what happened here. But don't assume that one has to break the law in order to discover a vulnerability. Google has indexed credit card numbers and other sensitive data in the past. And it's not Google's fault either. If their web spiders are able to scrape it, some web developer screwed up BIG-TIME...

As for advice, I'd say-
1. Document all communications with the company in question. It'll be harder for them to accuse you of wrongdoing if your first action was to inform them of the problem.
2. DO NOT EXPLOIT THIS VULNERABILITY! Or you actually are breaking the law.
3. Report the company in question to VISA, MC, AMEX, etc. You might have broken the law. But they are in violation of PCI-DSS. The company might not listen to you, but once they've got the card companies breathing down their neck they'll correct the issue. (Or they'll get shut down by their payment processor.)
4. Consult an attorney. You are in jeopardy of being blamed if the company does lose data, regardless of the facts. Regardless of legality, it doesn't sound like you have done anything immoral. Don't be their scapegoat.
5. If they do come after you, BE LOUD! The company in question has through their incompetence, screwed their customers. At some point they will have to weigh their options. The person who said 'There's no such thing as bad publicity.' did so before there was such a thing as the Internet. If coming after you means losing customers?

In any case, Good Luck! I've been where you are and it's not a comfortable position...
 

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