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Comment: Re:Yet another on the pile. (Score 1) 54

Of reasons to not use paypal again. On top of them randomly freezing and seizing accounts and continuing to pull money out of your bank accounts for subscriptions you no longer have.

While I do not condone the activities of Paypal here, changing bank accounts is pretty trivial these days to short-circuit this kind of automated bullshit.

Not sure why people think that's an impossible task when millions of consumers are forced to change (hacked) credit cards every 6-12 months...

Comment: The unknown guarantee. (Score 1) 96

...The CEO of Abatis claims, "We can stop zero day malware — the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns."

Well, with claims like this, all I have to say is good luck offering up a viable defense if shit happens one day to your unbreakable solution.

After all, shit never just happens, right?

Comment: Re:Two Words: The Fappening (Score 1) 108

by geekmux (#49829089) Attached to: Tim Cook: "Weakening Encryption Or Taking It Away Harms Good People"

Two Words: The Fappening Imagine Government has access to your private files LEGALLY, such that exposure of your files, your property, your life is completely unprotected by legislation?

Why do you speak of legalities as if that were a constraint around our government today?

Let me be clear. They break the law. And there's not a fucking thing you can do about it.

And no, it doesn't matter what puppet you vote into office.

Comment: Re:From who? (Score 3, Interesting) 139

by geekmux (#49825399) Attached to: FBI Is Behind Mysterious Flights Over US Cities

The planes are registered with fictitious companies to hide their association with the U.S. government.

Hide their association from who, exactly? Air traffic control? It's not like you can see who registered a plane from the ground.

This statement just screams "we are breaking the rules and don't want to get caught"


Let's make one thing clear right now. Our Government doesn't give a shit about being "caught". They haven't cared about this for quite some time now.

They don't give a shit because they know there's not a damn thing you can do about it.

Classified operations staying classified for other reasons? Sure, but I fail to see why they need to hide any unconstitutional/illegal operation anymore. Ever.

Comment: You're doing it wrong (Score 2, Funny) 81

by geekmux (#49824217) Attached to: GameStop Swoops In To Buy ThinkGeek For $140 Million

"The video game retailer has promised synergies, such as in-store pickup..."

Uh, in-store pickup?

You already paid for that massive chain of brick and mortar locations you run already.

Please tell me you're not going to forget that store is an actual store and offer a bit more than just pick-up service for what is now your own product.

Comment: Re:Don't believe them (Score 1) 559

Don't believe them. Don't trust them. Always have an escape plan ready...

I'm curious, if you were given this advice when preparing for the "awesome" job that college promised, would you have wasted four years and thousands of dollars for such an "amazing" opportunity?

I mean seriously...this warning sounds like a North Korean travel brochure.

Comment: Re:HAVE A COPY OF ALL OF YOUR EMAILS (Score 1) 559

therefore, smart managers don't use emails.

Sure they do! They just also happen to run their own email servers.

I'm not sure what her rate is, but Hilliary is likely available to answer any questions you may have. I hear she is rather skilled at setting up data retention policies...

Comment: Re: 1 thing (Score 4, Insightful) 559

Then you lose your offer when you're asked for a recent pay stub.

Then perhaps you short-circuit this from happening altogether, and instead pose the question of relevance when current salary is queried.

It is an odd question. It's like going to buy a new car and the dealer asking you what you paid for your last one.

Comment: Re:A couple of things (Score 1) 559

"keep every email"

That's a good one.

Yeah, it's good for a laugh, when you realize your email policies prohibit any employee from saving any email older than 5 years, and they auto-delete from the system.

Used to keep legal discovery in check. I'll let you decide if it's for your benefit or not...

Comment: Re:No thanks. (Score 1) 94

by geekmux (#49816421) Attached to: The Artificial Pancreas For Diabetics Is Nearly Here

Even forgetting the security issue, going around with a pump and injection line connected all the time is a lot more of a pain in the ass than current methods. Also, it can't make judgements based on future activity - you might want less insulin than normal because you're about to embark an on 3-hour bike ride, which if you take your regular dose, will make you hypoglycemic, pass out, and wake up in an ambulance or the hospital (insulin efficiency increases with activity level, which is why you need less insulin when you're about to be active for any period of time).

I'm rather amazed that you don't believe a computer somehow cannot monitor the "future" in real-time , as was suggested when using the Dexcom continuous glucose sensor in the hardware design.

Remember we're trying to remove the human element here, which can easily be identified as the point of weakness as well as the maintainer.

Comment: Re:Free.. (Score 1) 357

by geekmux (#49816177) Attached to: Windows 10 Release Date: July 29th

$250 is absurd? Since when?

$250 for an operating system is insane when you can buy a decent tablet or a low-end PC for less than that. And, guess what? You get a free operating system, thrown in!

$250 has been the standard price for a full version of Windows Pro OS for quite some time now (like XP era), so cry insane all you want, the price has been the price for as long as you've (not) been paying it.

Comment: Re:Why WOULDN'T you? (Score 1) 82

by geekmux (#49815491) Attached to: Malware Attribution: Should We Identify the Crooks Who Deploy It?

Like Lenovo?? There is no question who pushed it onto YOUR new device. They approved it, they knew what it was, they forced it on you with no way or little way to remove it. Yes call them out in a big way.

You might not have noticed before when I stated a wrongful accusation.

Lenovo was far from being 100% innocent in their actions, as you state.

Someone who is truly wrongfully accused will spend years and tens of thousands of dollars or more repairing their reputation, which most individuals can't even afford to defend the accusation, much less the clean-up efforts.

Comment: Re:Why WOULDN'T you? (Score 1) 82

by geekmux (#49815293) Attached to: Malware Attribution: Should We Identify the Crooks Who Deploy It?

Seriously, if someone is running around breaking windows (pun intended) in your neighborhood, they're outed in the local crime report. If they did it to 1.5 million homes, I'd bloody well expect that yes, they should be identified.

I personally wouldn't object to having them branded, either. Or, if you're more Adam Smithy, just suspend their ability to file civil lawsuits allowing people to do whatever they want to them that doesn't actually rise to criminal activity.

I'm curious, what say you when you are the one spending thousands to try and wipe out Google's search history after you're wrongly accused of said hacking crime and you successfully defend yourself and your reputation in court, but it still lingers for all future employers to search and find, all because you "bloody well expect" such a "criminal" to be branded immediately.

Seems few people really think of the consequences of shit like this, especially if framing professionals for cybercrimes may turn out to be just as popular as committing the crime itself.

Comment: Re:Pain during the winter (Score 1) 128

by geekmux (#49814855) Attached to: China Unveils World's First Facial Recognition ATM

When it's especially cold it would be a pain to undo the bundling just so the ATM can see your face. There's a fine art in layering your clothes (balaclava tucks inside the coat collar, scarf on the outside, etc) to keep the wind out on those -30C days.

So, all of your money is stored outside for the winter?

Wow, that's gotta suck. The rest of us are inside snuggled up next to the common sense ATM location...

Comment: Re:Unintended consequences (Score 1) 128

by geekmux (#49814803) Attached to: China Unveils World's First Facial Recognition ATM

Let's say that I want to loan a trusted friend some money. I give him (or her) my ATM card and PIN. They get the cash they need and bring me back the card and receipt. For some people, that's not at all unusual, if they're right about who to trust. Even so, this facial recognition is going to make this kind of routine transaction impossible.

What you call "routine" the rest of the world pretty much calls "obscure".

In 25+ years of banking, I've never loaned out my PIN or ATM card. Not even to a family member (they have their own card anyway). If someone needs a loan, they get cash or a check. You know, kind of like how everyone else loans money.

Forty two.