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Comment It's only a matter of time (Score 1, Interesting) 215 215

I can see annoying tools being banned in North America at some point. Maybe not personal and business VPNs, but anonymizing services in general. I don't agree with it but we see our online rights being chipped aways slowly but surely, especially in Canada.

Comment Re:CryptoWall (Score 1) 463 463

Question... If the ransomware encrypts the entire drive it must leave the system bootable. Hoe else does one apply the decryption key? And if it does leave the OS in tact, would that be a place you could store some files, in theory? I know that's not advised but would (some) system folders be skipped in the encryption?

Comment Re:technology! (Score 2) 67 67

I wouldn't call those jackasses bandwidth hogs (or jackasses). They are paying a rate set by the VPN provider and that's that. If the VPN provider wasn't making money they would up the rates, or cap bandwidth. They're doing neither. Bandwidth usage is not as expensive as the providers would like you to think. In Canada the the big ISPs (Rogers, Bell..) are mandated to provide wholesale service to smaller resellers (e.g. to increase competition and choice. Resellers are able to resell the exact same services the big guys offer, at 2-4 times the cap and at 2/3 the price. In some cases they offer true unlimited still cheaper than the paltry caps the incumbents sell for. Small to medium size businesses generally get unlimited data and in most cases don't pay much more than residential for compatible speeds. The way it's supposed to be.

Comment Re:Uber's in a completely different market (Score 1) 183 183

I agree. I never understood tipping someone for just doing their job. I sort of understand tipping in restaurants, because the staff are underpaid and minimum wage for wait staff is less than the regular minimum wage (at least here in Ontario). But for taxis? It's $4.25 just to get in a taxi in Toronto, then often you have to explain how to get to where you're going. Forget it. I will often round to the nearest dollar for efficiency sake but people that tip 15% or more are out of their minds.

Submission + - Syrian Electronic Army claims responsibility for hacking of multiple websites

ddtmm writes: The Syrian Electronic Army [wikipedia] is claiming responsibility for the hacking of multiple news websites, including CBC News. Some users trying to access the CBC website reported seeing a pop-up message reading: "You've been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA)." It appears the hack targeted a network used by many news organizations and businesses.

A tweet from an account appearing to belong to the Syrian Electronic Army suggested the attacks were meant to coincide with the U.S. Thanksgiving on Thursday. The group claimed to have used the domain, a company that offers businesses a customer identity management platform, to hack into other sites via GoDaddy, its domain registrar. Gigya is "trusted by more than 700 leading brands," according to its website. The hacker or hackers redirected sites to the Syrian Electronic Army image that users saw. Gigya's operations team released a statement Thursday morning saying that it identified an issue with its domain registrar at 6:45 a.m. ET. The breach "resulted in the redirect of the domain for a subset of users," the company said.

Among the websites known to be hacked so far are New York Times, Chicago Tribune, CNBC, PC World, Forbes, The Telegrapgh, Walmart and Facebook.

Comment Re:Mac Pro 2013? (Score 1) 111 111

I've looked into the Macs and it's similar in that it's coil whine but from the coils in the power supply and not the graphics. Most switching power supplies work at higher frequencies (that is, much higher than 50/60 hz) and produce that sound when the right amount of current passes through them. Many devices using switching supplies (which is most electronics devices) make that sound. All the NEC lcd monitors in our office have a faint whine to them as well, and also power supply related.

Comment better able to endure drought, disease and pests. (Score 0) 167 167

"help in the development of new coffee varieties better able to endure drought, disease and pests," Sounds a lot like Monsanto. GMO to fight against pests will certainly backfire at some point in the future. It sounds more like, let's do it because we can, and not because there's good reason.

Comment Re:Defeats the purpose (Score 1) 232 232

What's the difference between receiving 100 emails over the course of a week while you're away, and getting 100 emails on the first day back? You still have to go through the messages either way. Either way, the employee has the option of reviewing the messages periodically through the week or dealing with them when they get back to the office anyway. It's kind of a non-issue. I agree with Jason Levine's comment above, "Proper out of office messages will also give you the name and number or e-mail address of the person to contact if this is an urgent matter."

A slow pup is a lazy dog. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"