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Comment Narrow fingers of blame? (Score 4, Interesting) 18 18

Interesting that we seem to be overlooking the 'rest of the story':
That the United, Anthem, and OPM breaches are ALL blamed on the same actors.
So we now have a cool name ('Black Vine') to supplant "Chinese State Sponsored Hackers".
I suppose that will make it easier to report without offending our good friend China, right?

Comment Good Luck with that (Score 1) 316 316

"iRights also wants children to be [...] able to make informed and conscious choices."

And then what, magically lose that ability at age 18 like the rest of the plods online?

Actions. Have. Consequences.
A two year old can learn that easily, if the consequences are proximate to the cause.
How about making every post made by a 'child' immediately and publicly available? At least there would be
a clear result from postings, instead of the illusion of privacy that seems to promote irresponsible online behaviour.

Submission + - Why Does Georgia Hire LexisNexis To Summarize Its Laws?->

An anonymous reader writes: Following up on the new lawsuit against Carl Malamud, a lawyer (and author of one of LexisNexis' legal guides) raises troubling questions about the relationship between the State of Georgia and LexisNexis. Why does Georgia hire a private firm to summarize its laws, then grant that firm an exclusive license to sell those summaries?
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Submission + - How to stop Windows 10 installing automatic updates->

Mark Wilson writes: One of the more controversial features of Windows 10 is the automatic, mandatory installation of updates. With launch day now just hours away a problem with NVidia drivers has highlighted just why automatic updates have proved so controversial.

Microsoft has previously said that home users will have no choice but to let Windows 10 take care of updates for them. For those concerned about this, the company has a special tool that be used to block specific updates to Windows and drivers.

Unearthed by ZDNet's Ed Bott, KB3073930 is the tool that many people feel should have been built into Windows 10 as standard.

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Submission + - Cuban traffic has shifted from satellite to undersea cable

lpress writes: Nearly all of Cuba's international traffic is now routed over the ALBA-1 undersea cable, which connects Cuba and Venezula. The cable landing is at the east end of the island, so there must be a backbone connecting major cities to it. Huawei is installing home DSL and WiFi hotspotsi in Cuba — have they also installed an inter-province backbone?

Comment The appeal is in the doing, (Score 4, Insightful) 26 26

Samy has done a great job of documenting / illustrating this project, making it appealing even for those of us who don't particularly care about the benefits of anonymity.

I kinda want to do this, just for kicks.

Yes, my OTHER computer is anonymous, and will never visit any site I've been to.

Comment Re:Stay Grandfathered into your unlimited plan (Score 1) 129 129

How long? You can measure it in negative time. AT&T forced me off 'unlimited' without my knowledge When I discovered it had been done, they insisted that since i had not registered a complaint within 90 days it was irrevocable.

The only thing 'irrevocable' then was my decision to find another carrier. No, it's not unlimited, but at least I'm getting what I agreed to pay for.

Submission + - Crowdsourcing Earth's magnetic field->

katyhuman writes: In a major citizen science effort, geophysicists are asking smart phone users around the world for help mapping Earth’s magnetic field.
CIRES/NOAA's Manoj Nair and his colleagues are asking people around the world to download the CrowdMag application. The app takes advantage of cheap digital magnetometers embedded in smart phones. “Our goal is to see if low-quality but high-frequency magnetic measurements around the world can help us improve navigation systems,” said Nair, who is a scientist with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and works in NOAA’s National Geophysical Data Center.
Earth’s magnetic field shifts continually, rippling as a gust of solar wind arrives from the sun or shifting with the construction of a new underground pipe. For those who want to protect infrastructure from damage by space weather, or those who simply want to make better navigation systems, it’s critical to understand such magnetic field dynamics....

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Submission + - Richard Stallman 'Basically' Fine With NSA Using GNU/Linux->

jfruh writes: GNU project founder Richard Stallman can seem a little (if you'll forgive the turn of phrase) proprietary at times over open source software, to the point of insisting on calling Linux "GNU/Linux." But one thing he'll always admit is that nobody can control how properly licensed open source software can be used — even if it's being used by government agencies for purposes he opposes. That was his take on the recent intra-open source debate that arose upon revelations of the NSA's extensive use of free and open source software.
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Submission + - Office of Personnel Management. Not a hack: a Giveaway!

bbsguru writes: According to ArsTechnica The OPM loss of personal info on 14 million-and-counting US Federal empolyees and contractors wasn't so much a theft as a sharing...

From the article...
Some of the contractors that have helped OPM with managing internal data have had security issues of their own—including potentially giving foreign governments direct access to data long before the recent reported breaches. A consultant who did some work with a company contracted by OPM to manage personnel records for a number of agencies told Ars that he found the Unix systems administrator for the project "was in Argentina and his co-worker was physically located in the [People's Republic of China]. Both had direct access to every row of data in every database: they were root. Another team that worked with these databases had at its head two team members with PRC passports. I know that because I challenged them personally and revoked their privileges. From my perspective, OPM compromised this information more than three years ago and my take on the current breach is 'so what's new?'

Comment Yes, and it's... Great! (Score 1) 340 340

I've been using one for a few months now, and I find myself standing about 90% of the time. Even sitting, it's nice to have a higher-than standard surface (I'm 6'5").Mine is electrically adjustable, and the entire work surface lifts up to 48".

There are some potential problems with other types. I have set up others here in the office that are clamp-on or surface mounted, and they can have trouble with multiple monitors, for example. One worker had to give it up because the lift that was stong enough to support her three monitors was too strong for her to pull back down.(oops!)

There are others in the office are using them with a little "micro-elliptical" device like this, and I would love to try a treadmill. Unfortunately I would have to put the whole desk up on blocks to get the extra height, and that also makes it more of a "standing-only" situation.

Comment Funding Factory works for me (Score 1) 189 189

I've been recycling through Funding Factory for years. The proceeds go to the worthy recipient I designate (a school district, in my case).

FF provides prepaid shipping labels: just tape a few boxes together, slap a label on it, and call UPS.

The school district has garnered more than $10k over the years, which is pretty awesome for them.

Yes, I work in a paperless office, so of course we do a LOT of printing ;-)

Submission + - In Turnabout, Disney Cancels Tech Worker Layoffs-> 2 2

An anonymous reader writes: It was previously reported that Disney made laid-off workers train their foreign replacements. The New York Times reports that Disney has reversed its decision to layoff tech workers after it caused an uproar with the public, two investigations by the Department of Labor into outsourcing firms, complaints to the Justice department and calls for an investigation into the H-1B Visa program by Senator Bill Nelson.
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