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Comment: Some encouraging changes as a result of ES (Score 1) 113 113

by kdataman (#49772271) Attached to: Privacy Behaviors Changed Little After Snowden

1) Technology companies are pushing back, and it is enough to get the Intel folks to complain. This gives the average Joe more tools to work with.
2) Congress is also pushing back. I am amazed at how the Intel folks can say (with a straight face) "congress approved all this and was fully briefed and should have known". Because many in congress don't feel like they were appropriately briefed. I think that is behind the recent stalemate in congress.

Comment: negative reinforcement (Score 5, Insightful) 509 509

by kdataman (#48780569) Attached to: Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

I read that some small towns around Paris had their Websites defaced with the ISIS flag. I am surprised the Anons haven't thought of defacing a few ISIS leaning web sites with images of the cartoons in question or something similar. That way, instead of the terrorists feeling like they reduced the distribution of the images they will actually be faced with more of the images right on the sites they use. And this gets the images out there without giving ISIS any new targets. OTOH if the Anons take-down an ISIS site it would probably just deprive the NSA and MI5 of some valuable intelligence. This is something more within their skillset.

Comment: negative reinforcement (Score 1) 1 1

by kdataman (#48779551) Attached to: Anonymous Declares War on Al-Qaeda ISIS

I read that some small towns around Paris had their Websites defaced with the ISIS flag. I am surprised the Anons haven't thought of defacing a few ISIS leaning web sites with images of the cartoons in question or something similar. That way, instead of the terrorists feeling like they reduced the distribution of the images they will actually be faced with more of the images right on the sites they use. And this gets the images out there without giving ISIS any new targets. If the Anons take-down an ISIS site it would probably just deprive the NSA and MI5 of some valuable intelligence.

+ - Anonymous Declares War on Al-Qaeda ISIS-> 1 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: In a video release today showing an anonymous member from the Belgian branch wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, Anonymous says "We will track you down — every last one — and will kill you. You allowed yourselves to kill innocent people, we will therefore avenge their deaths."

Considering that the various governments in the world have more-or-less failed to stop ISIS and Al-Qaeda, perhaps it is time for a more vigilante brand of justice.

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+ - Anonymous declares war over Charlie Hebdo attack-> 2 2

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp writes: Anonymous declared war on Islamic extremists Friday and promised to take revenge for the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hedbo.
In a video posted on YouTube, the group of hackers said they would track down websites and social media networks linked to terrorists, and take them down.

"We, Anonymous around the world, have decided to declare war on you the terrorists," it said.

The video is described as a message for "al Qaeda, the Islamic State and other terrorists," and promises to avenge the killing of 12 people in Wednesday's attack.
"We intend to take revenge in their name, we are going to survey your activities on the net, we are going to shut down your accounts on all social networks," Anonymous said.

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+ - The Empire Strikes Back Uncut (Fan Movie)->

Submitted by kdataman
kdataman writes: Live Action and Legos, MineCraft and Muppets, Pets and Produce. 480 fan-created 15-second clips have been assembled to remake the entire movie, scene for scene (but not always word for word). The variations swing from professional production values to cardboard cutouts, but they are all creative and many are hilarious. Hard to pick a favorite scene but the guys at MTV selected a few highlights: http://www.mtv.com/news/196080...
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+ - $75K prosthetic arm is bricked when paired Ipod is stolen.-> 2 2

Submitted by kdataman
kdataman writes: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ben Eberle, who lost an arm and both legs in Afghanistan, had his Ipod Touch stolen on Friday. This particular Ipod Touch has an app on it that controls his $75,000 prosthetic arm. The robbery bricked his prosthesis:

"That is because Eberle's prosthetic hand is programmed to only work with the stolen iPod, and vice versa. Now that the iPod is gone, he said he has to get a new hand and get it reprogrammed with his prosthesis."

I see three possibilities.
1) The article is wrong, possibly to guilt the thief into returning the Ipod.
2) This is an incredibly bad design by Touch Bionics [http://www.touchbionics.com]. Why would you make a $70,000 piece of equipment permanently dependent on a specific Ipod Touch? Ipods do fail or go missing.
3) This is an intentionally bad design to generate revenue. Maybe GM should do this with car keys? "Oops, lost the keys to the corvette. Better buy a new one."

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