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Comment to hell with devs (Score 4, Insightful) 91

Immediately tie up anyone who creates a method to distribute material over the internet in lawsuits.
Force them to consume all of their time and income in legal fees
Guarantee that after they are decimated, several hundred anonymous, hidden services with the same agenda will surface with far greater impact.

Comment Re:Roll-back as in play-back? (Score 1) 72

References please because I don't believe it. Up until your money was secured by the bank or the government itself, very few appreciated bank robbers because it meant they lost money.

If you haven't heard of these people, or how legendary they were, I can't really help you any further.

Comment Re:Roll-back as in play-back? (Score 3, Interesting) 72

I read it as they rollback in the database sense, so that the account still has money and they just make repeat withdrawals until the machine is empty.

Exactly correct. With good accounting measures this would be noticed much faster as deficits start to mount. But with criminals hiding in the bank's systems for months, it's easy to plan this during system maintenance or on days when tallies on bankrolls aren't being performed.

A little OT: This reminds me though of how Bank Robbers always shared this mythical celebrity status with a big portion of the population. In the 20's people blamed banks for everything and were happy to see them suffer. In 2016 the banks are still screwing the population over at a much faster rate, yet you never hear of hackers being heroes to any but a select few.

Submission + - Slashdot Media sold to BIZX, LCC

An anonymous reader writes: DHI (formerly Dice Holdings) has finalized the sale of Slashdot Media (consisting of Slashdot and SoureForge) to BIZX, LLC on January 27th, 2016, according to a press release on Thursday morning. No financial details were given in the press release, nor any details about how Slashdot or SourceForge will be handled by their new owners.

Comment Re:Email is almost useless now (Score 1) 68

Google does a pretty damned good job of getting rid of spam. I rarely see spam on my Gmail accounts these days, maybe once or twice a month. The problem is that Google has huge resources to manage filters, so it's success rate is going to be a lot higher than even most corporate mail systems. That's probably why a lot corporate servers are farmed out to Google and Microsoft. When our Exchange 2010 infrastructure finally reaches the end of the road in a few years, I imagine we will probably go to one of those services and bid a not-so-fond farewell to hosting our own email.

I am compelled to point out two glaring omissions which could help you discover meaning in life.

Google acquired Postini in 2007, at the time the best cloud-based anti-spam solution in the world, used by everyone from NYT to IBM. Hence why Gmail is so good (because someone else created methods that were good enough for everyone).

Email hosting is only as good as the person running it. It is not "magically better" somewhere else. Going to the cloud for mail storage and retrieval is both more expensive and less secure than your own infrastructure. I can verify this having migrated several enterprise customers to Azure/AWS/O365 despite the drawbacks. One of them is already considering spending another vast bundle of money to migrate back.

Comment Re:Seems really stupid (Score 2) 208

It seems quite stupid to me to keep anyone off the "open web" (whatever that is), because you gain a lot more from operational slips as to what they are up to, than you lose from recruiting value the group in question gains from running a website.

People can slip up in the dark web too. "Hiding" them from the open web just means that you can't find their media so easily in a search. You have to get smart to locate their public conversations and since so many younger readers are inherently dumb, this would exclude the majority of their recruits.

Comment Re:Not that I like Trump, but... (Score 1) 875

OK, but what's the purpose of the 35% tax? Is it simply a cash grab? If so, fine, but then just be honest about it. But my impression was that the tax was supposed to be an incentive to bring the manufacturing back to the US. But does the necessary manufacturing base even exist here in the US? Could apple even build their stuff in the US if they wanted to?

Don't forget to raise H-1B visa quotas so we can argue about which nationality/religion we'll allow to boost the US Manufacturing sector (cause lord knows ain't no uneducated white peeples gonna take dem dirty jobs).

Comment Re:I don't think this applies to me... (Score 4, Interesting) 94

I don't think this applies when the thing you are supposed to be doing but aren't doing is not something creative (like writing code) but instead something simple (like when you are playing Fallout 4 instead of dealing with dirty dishes, dirty clothes and a dirty apartment :)

I bet the guy who invented those fancy disposable plates had a week's worth of dishes waiting for him.

Submission + - Meltdown at Wikipedia (

Andreas Kolbe writes: As Wikipedia is about to turn 15 years old, relations between the volunteer community and the Wikimedia Foundation board have reached a new nadir. First, Dr James Heilman, an immensely popular volunteer noted for his energetic efforts to make Wikipedia's medical articles more trustworthy, was expelled from the board, causing wide-spread protests. Then it transpired that Wikimedia is working on a secretive "Knowledge Engine" project funded by a restricted grant from the Knight Foundation, leading to calls for more transparency about the project. Lastly, a few days ago the board announced the appointment of Arnnon Geshuri, former Senior Director of HR and Staffing at Google, to the Wikimedia board, provoking a further loss of confidence. The volunteers are pointing to Geshuri's past involvement in anticompetitive hiring agreements at Google, which led to a class-action lawsuit resulting in a $415 million settlement. They want Geshuri gone.

Comment Re:LOL (Score 1) 267

No. According to the Supreme Court, only the President is authorized to actually negotiate with foreign leaders. The Senate may advise him and ultimately must approve any proposed treaty, but they may only negotiate it through the President.

But did you know that Nixon did this while he was running for president (bargaining with South Vietnam), and Lyndon Johnson found out the night before the election, but couldn't reveal it because his source was the NSA, and therefore classified? Committing a felony, and protecting the felons - we're quite good at that!

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