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+ - PayPal will robo-text/call you with no opt-out starting July 1->

Submitted by OutOnARock
OutOnARock writes: When eBay cuts PayPal loose this summer, users of the new digital money giant will find they've agreed to new terms of service that take effect July 1. Those terms include PayPal giving itself the right to robocall or robo-text members at any phone number the firm can find, for just about any reason — from debt collecting to advertisements to opinion polling.

The fine print also says PayPal can pass along the same rights to its affiliates. Here's the language, in black and white, from the company's website:

You consent to receive autodialed or prerecorded calls and text messages from PayPal at any telephone number that you have provided us or that we have otherwise obtained . . . . (PayPal) may share your phone numbers with our Affiliates or with our service providers, such as billing or collections companies, who we have contracted with to assist us in pursuing our rights.

If I can only use PayPal on eBay, it'll probably mean an end of eBay for me, what about you?

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Comment: Re:Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes (Score 1) 170

by mi (#49826939) Attached to: Microsoft To Support SSH In Windows and Contribute To OpenSSH

In which case people would just use putty or cygwin or openssh instead

Or they'll expect remote servers to implement whatever changes Microsoft will require for interoperatibility. We've been through this in the 1990-ies, when Microsoft's Internet Explorer was introduced with subtle incompatibilities in HTML-rendering...

Firstly I can see why you had to write "attempts", because it seems none of those actually killed anything

Well, a successful attempt is still an attempt: Netscape died. Kerberos survived because the world wised up by then — this very site had helped by hosting an anonymous coward's post documenting Microsoft's "extensions" to Kerberos so developers world-wide could implement them without signing an NDA of their own.

if they create an incompatibility here it is going to completely break their system making it such that Linux, BSD, iOS, Android, etc... can no longer connect to it.

Or not — depending on the nature of incompatibilities and the marketing/advertising... For example, the regular connections will work, but compressed ones will not (either at all, or requiring client to support some new compression algorithm). Or port-forwarding will be disabled (or not working at all). Or WINCH will not be sent to the remote servers, when the local window is resized — or, in the other direction, arriving WINCH will be ignored or misinterpreted. The possibilities for both honest errors and deliberate breakage are immense...

Comment: Re:US' domestic propaganda ban was lifted in 2013 (Score 1) 228

by mi (#49826777) Attached to: Professional Russian Trolling Exposed

But let's not kid ourselves: the domestic propaganda has been going on since before 2013.

Citations? Given how enthusiastically US media supports the party currently in power, I doubt, you'll find any.

Not until there is another regime-change and dissent becomes patriotic (rather than racist) again.

Comment: Re:Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes (Score 1) 170

by mi (#49826761) Attached to: Microsoft To Support SSH In Windows and Contribute To OpenSSH

PuTTy is already an incompatible mess all of it's own. It even has it's own special format for keys

The second sentence implies some other incompatibilities, in addition to special format for keys. I'm not aware of anything else — could you list examples?

Well fuck me, time to look up the command to convert that stupid shit again

PuTTY's entire source-code is , whereas Microsoft's own implementation of Kerberos was binary-only and developers had to sign an NDA to learn, how to interoperate with it. I linked to that above — the story was all the rage right here on /. 15 years ago...

I have no idea why no one bothered porting OpenSSH to Windows before

Probably, because, PuTTY provided a perfectly satisfactory solution...

Comment: Re:Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes (Score 1) 170

by mi (#49826629) Attached to: Microsoft To Support SSH In Windows and Contribute To OpenSSH

What exactly are you scared about?

That, for example, in order to ssh into a remote Windows system you'll have to use Microsoft's ssh-client — because they'll use some funky cipher/digest combination or some other "extension". They did it to Kerberos before...

Or that interactive logins will only work on certain terminal emulators — because nothing else will be able to properly emulate powershell's window — just imagine the termcaps entry...

In the link I gave there is a large list of Microsoft's earlier attempts to kill a standard by first adopting it — read it up...

Comment: Re:Blame America first (Score 1) 228

by mi (#49826475) Attached to: Professional Russian Trolling Exposed

For a job as an Internet Troll that would probably be counted as a benefit.

Huh? You must be thinking of sincere volunteer trolls trolling for fun. That's not, whom we are discussing here. These folks are hired to spread the "party line". And to a recipient any message seems more convincing, when expressed well and by someone, perceived to be a person of quality.

The article I read (itself in Russian) mentioned a older man hired by the "troll-factory" to help improve the language and grammar of rank-and-file workers — and how depressingly difficult he found his job to be.

+ - Why Is It a Crime for Dennis Hastert to Evade Government Scrutiny?

Submitted by writes: Dennis Hastert is about the least sympathetic figure one can imagine. The former House Speaker got filthy rich as a lobbyist trading on contacts he gained in office, his leadership coincided with Congress's abject failure to exercise oversight or protect civil liberties after the September 11 terrorist attacks, and now Hastert stands accused of improper sexual contact with a boy he knew years ago while teaching high school and trying to hide that sordid history by paying the young man to keep quiet. If federal prosecutors could meet the legal thresholds for charging and convicting Hastert of a sex crime, they would be fully justified in aggressively pursuing the matter.

Yet, as Conor Friedersdorf writes in The Atlantic, the Hastert indictment doesn’t charge him for, or even accuse him of, sexual misconduct. Rather, as Glenn Greenwald notes, “Hastert was indicted for two alleged felonies: 1) withdrawing cash from his bank accounts in amounts and patterns designed to hide the payments; and 2) lying to the FBI about the purpose of those withdrawals once they detected them and then inquired with him.” It isn’t illegal to withdraw money from the bank, nor to compensate someone in recognition of past harms, nor to be the victim of a blackmail scheme. So why should it be a crime to hide those actions from the U.S. government? The current charges could be motivated by a desire to prosecute Hastert for sex crimes. But that dodges the issue. “In order to punish him for that crime, the government should charge him with it, then prosecute him with due process and convict him in front of a jury of his peers,” says Greenwald. “What over-criminalization does is allow the government to turn anyone it wants into a felon, and thus punish them without having to overcome those vital burdens. Regardless of one’s views of Hastert or his alleged misconduct here, it should take little effort to see why nobody should want that.”

Comment: Re:Blame America first (Score 1) 228

by mi (#49825271) Attached to: Professional Russian Trolling Exposed

Gentlemen, we've given the prototype the codename 'Bennett Haselton.' At present it is capable of trolling up to 3.5 pbps across over a million sites at once.

+1 Funny, but Bennett is posting in English, whereas the article linked to by the AC above mentions, that the military's 2011 plans explicitly excluded English because that could violate the ban on government propaganda used on Americans: "none of the interventions would be in English, as it would be unlawful to "address US audiences" with such technology".

Russia, of course, has no such inhibitions and most of its trolls post in Russian — to be read by Russian-speakers inside and outside the country. Finding Russians capable of properly posting in English is about as difficult as finding Americans to post in Russian. Worse, Russians who have the sufficient command of a foreign language tend to be able to find better employment. In fact, the article about these trolls, that I read earlier, contained lamentations about how bad their Russian is too...

Comment: Re:Debian-women agenda: infrastructure control to (Score 1) 193

by mr_mischief (#49825207) Attached to: Ross Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison, and ...

This is actually somewhat topical, albeit apparently by chance.

If Silk Road specifically allowed users of its infrastructure to break laws using it, then they are culpable at least as accessories if not as conspirators. Apparently the jury was convinced this fellow was in charge of that, and he's getting punished. I would say "duly punished", but I do think life in prison for what he was convicted of doing is harsh.

"The number of Unix installations has grown to 10, with more expected." -- The Unix Programmer's Manual, 2nd Edition, June, 1972