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Comment: This is BIGGER than Filezilla (Score 2) 197

by gooman (#46089459) Attached to: FileZilla Has an Evil Twin That Steals FTP Logins

Without a doubt this will be used as propaganda against the entire Open Source community. Everything OSS.
I'd bet the Sales & Marketing Dept. at Microsoft and the all the rest will have talking points in their sales peoples hands before the end of the day.

At this moment, there is nothing about this on the Filezilla project's website. GET ON IT people!
An accurate explanation should be front page before the scare tactics have a chance to work.
Plus, users need an instant & easy way to identify if their version is legit to ease their minds.

Now concerning the bad guys... I'd suggest some sort of vigilante justice is in order.
Perhaps identifying the rogue servers and uploading something the local authorities might be interested in.

Comment: Think of the Possibilities! (Score 1) 607

by gooman (#44769691) Attached to: NSA Foils Much Internet Encryption

I'm a bit off topic but... Just as information is shared with the DEA, it will probably also be shared with major media companies and the **AAs. They spend a lot of money in D.C. and "piracy" is on an equal footing according to them. The media companies say it is illegal to break their encryption or bypass DRM, explain to me again why its OK to break mine? Seems like fair game when the authority engages in the same behavior they would punish you for (see Parenting 101).

Comment: Re:Too little, too late... (Score 3) 115

by gooman (#44721223) Attached to: Microsoft and Google Challenge US Government Gag Orders

I understand your frustration, but I don't agree with your conclusion; It's not too little too late.

The subject needed to be burned into the global public consciousness before any effective action could be taken.
Granted they are mostly acting in self interest (protecting in their bottom line), they are corporations after all. Regardless, the battle against big government overreach will be very expensive, MS and Google have the funds, but they aren't going to spend it if they don't see the need or have the support.

My fear is that they will allow themselves to be bought off through some sort of government contract or protectionism (See, I'm cynical too).
However, both companies are global players and have seen push-back from foreign governments, so any sort of payoff would have to outweigh that.

This is a great development. Let's hope it reigns in some of this nonsense.

Comment: Re:I've walked out with no notice... (Score 3, Interesting) 892

by gooman (#44578911) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?

I was once called into a meeting and told directly to lie to my clients.
I politely explained I could not do that and watched my manager's face turn red as he raised his voice and insisted I would.
The next day I walked out. The company had already bounced a few paychecks so I felt there was no obligation on my part to offer a two week notice.

After I walked out, my (former) manager began calling my client list and started bad mouthing me for my "unprofessional" conduct.
I found this out because later that day I received several calls at home from clients asking me to keep them in mind when I landed my next job.
Two clients even offered me employment. Most of my clients followed me to the next company I went to work for.

Years later, my former manager found me at a trade show where he walked up and directed a few insults my way.
After he walked away someone else remarked, "What a douchebag!" I just smiled and changed the topic.

I've regretted a few choices I've made in my career, but I've never once regretted my decision to walk out.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 4, Funny) 125

And the person with the cookie can still use your account after you log off.

So the "Log off" feature is the opposite of security--blocking the authorized user but not blocking the attacker.

So if I login to GMail with my phone and my desktop, if I log off on my desktop it should kill my phone too? How the hell is that better?

Please DO NOT log out of your Gmail account.

It makes you more difficult to track.


Your Government

Comment: Qiuck Everyone Panic!!! (Score 4, Funny) 236

by gooman (#43539553) Attached to: Smartphone Used To Scan Data From Chip-Enabled Credit Cards

This NFC technology must be stopped. Why should anyone's life be any more convenient than it already is.
Why back in my day a phone was attached to the wall with wires. It made phone calls and only phone calls and we liked it.
You youngsters and all your fancy gewgaws. Get off my lawn!

Yes, we will be going to OSI, Mars, and Pluto, but not necessarily in that order. -- Jeffrey Honig