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Comment: Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (Score 1) 341

by alphatel (#48229607) Attached to: Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

How does that follow from what you are responding to?

The fact that I have to spell this out frightens me. Maybe this isn't the place to discus it. But I will try:

You based your original computer on a Xerox PC, but you are 'something else'.
You license your hardware as specialty, but build with the same components as PCs.
You bundle your OS and hardware, but only "sell" hardware.
You give the software away for "free" but bundle the license saying it can only be installed on your hardware.

Calling Apple excluded from any such ruling of a court as above, is contraindicated. The OS is clearly not in any way free at this time.

Comment: Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (Score 1, Interesting) 341

by alphatel (#48229297) Attached to: Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

DOES it follow when the hardware and OS are made by the same company and tied together?

Probably not now, but eventually if this ruling is enforced, it would follow that the shenanigans associated with "I gave you that software for free you insensitive clod!" isn't going to work when you're buying Intel chips and marking up your own boards by 500%

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 2) 271

by alphatel (#48228811) Attached to: CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

This is so twisted. It bothers me greatly that they could be so despicable and twisted. What the hell is wrong with these cops? Pervs in uniform and I wonder if they'll still be out there on duty next year? I hate the thought these sickos will still be pulling women over after they get a slap on the wrist for this. Fire them.

Unbelievable, And to think those 4chan nude celebrity posts did the same thing. Let's violate everyone's rights because it's okay to spy now in any form (although doing it anonymously seems much more rewarding and easier to escape punishment from).

Seriously, who's considering causing pain and suffering on the US Govt for spying on it's children? The entire concept of privacy is completely obliterated in this country, and we started it to protect pictures of 1970's nude children from being distributed through the internet. It's still happening. Then we did it to stop those that steal planes from driving them into buildings. They're just throwing axes and shooting policemen now. Useless again. We keep surrendering privacy, laughing about it the whole way no matter who gets hurt, and hoping some little angel will protect us.

You can't start fixing it until you give up your right, and execute with diligence your unwillingness to violate other people's privacy. Right now no such attitude exists, and a "no privacy for you" clause is in full effect. And you love it. And until you stop loving it, embracing it, suffering it, you will only exacerbate it.

Comment: Re:Not at all accurate (Score 1) 39

by alphatel (#48173645) Attached to: How Whisper Tracks Users Who Don't Share Their Location

My connection is on a dynamic IP address. The best any of those services can do is tell you what city my ISP's router is in, and one of the three services tested by (the service pointed to by TFA) managed to get it wrong. And, I'm not the least bit impressed by the claim that the author's location was correct withing 5 miles, as that still leaves anybody looking for you with just over 78.5 square miles to search.

So how inaccurate is something if you are generating this data all the time, wherever you travel, from one ISP to another, and post your subliminal text images all over the place. Suddenly a fuzzy picture starts to look much clearer, and you can be pinpointed with reasonable accuracy.

Comment: Re:Well (Score 1) 180

by alphatel (#48167237) Attached to: The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

This is almost not certainly the app you have been curious about. The company called Whisper Systems was started by Moxie Marlinspike, a highly respected cypherphunk. Their app is called redphone. The "whisper" app, though, is made by a company called Whisper, which has close DoD ties and all sorts of red flags.

The similarity in names is no coincidence. I think this is actually a deliberate attempt to spread distrust about phone crypto apps.

Perhaps you've read into it too much. Storing everyone's data is certainly a truth of the app, and whisper already says they will hand over data when requested.

Comment: Re:Some content should be avoided... (Score 1) 171

by alphatel (#48030489) Attached to: Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

You have admitted to a copyright violation that, according to the precedent set in Sony BMG v. Tenenbaum, carries a penalty of $21,774 per song shared. Please stand against the wall over there along with 50% of the population of the planet that has violated IP enough IP laws to generate more money in fines than they will ever make in their lifetime.

You mean generated more money in fines than the corporations would ever earn in their lifetime.

+ - Linux Bash Bug: A Bigger Threat Than Heartbleed->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The bash exploit, a simple piece of code that exploits a bug in the bash command line, gives the attacker complete access to the victim’s computer, unlike the Heartbleed that only provided spying capabilities to the attacker without any access permissions."
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+ - Bug in Bash shell creates big security hole on anything with *nix in it->

Submitted by Dupple
Dupple (1016592) writes "A security vulnerability in the GNU Bourne Again Shell (Bash), the command-line shell used in many Linux and Unix operating systems, could leave systems running those operating systems open to exploitation by specially crafted attacks. “This issue is especially dangerous as there are many possible ways Bash can be called by an application,” a Red Hat security advisory warned."
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Comment: Re:Wager (Score 5, Funny) 308

by alphatel (#47987571) Attached to: Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

Five bucks says that before the end of the month, Monsantos' legal department sends them a cease-and-desist order and claims prior art on their accomplishment.

Monsanto Letter to USPTO ...infringing on our mark [see attached]...
Patent "Employee" (working from unknown location on Sept 30th at 11:59 PM): Opens prior art. Enclosed is ASCII drawing of a farmer.
USPTO Response to Monsanto: Seems Legit.

You can do this in a number of ways. IBM chose to do all of them. Why do you find that funny? -- D. Taylor, Computer Science 350