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+ - WordPress Defaults Preserve Avenue For Denial of Service Attacks->

Submitted by MrBingoBoingo
MrBingoBoingo (3481277) writes "As bad as the Bash shell behavior was, giving attackers a shell on your server This WordPress XMLRPC Pingback hole is just as bad to your fellow internet residents. Sure Shell Shock was worse for you since it offered a shell on your machine, but to your friendly Internet neighbors the WordPress bullshit is just as bad. And much like WordPress there were Bash scripts that had been functional since 1992 which no longer work on patched versions of Bash, but for WordPress Backwards compatibility is still more important."
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Comment: Legacy Software Limitations (Score 3, Interesting) 245

by nickberry (#46679255) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?
My business uses software that was written for serial communication that simply doesn't work on windows 7, nor 8. The cost of replacing the software is more than having a couple dozen thinkpads with windows xp installed handy in case one goes down and we can't get support. At that we've even tried to have new software written and the vendors who took on the task simply couldn't get it to work. Then we run into the damn hardware problem I still can't find a serial to usb adapter that runs across at 1200 baud.

Comment: Re:No place for 'almost', 'not quite' and 'nearly' (Score 1) 423

by nickberry (#46404235) Attached to: RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores
The local store has a lot of the stuff "makers" are looking for, but the staff has no clue, and that I think is an even bigger problem. Who with any sort of technical background besides maybe a college student is going to work full time at a Radio Shack. I remember growing up in the 80's the local radio shack had people working behind the counter that could actually help you with the parts or problem you where trying to fix.

+ - MtGox Collapse should come as no suprise->

Submitted by MrBingoBoingo
MrBingoBoingo (3481277) writes "The recent closure of the famous Bitcoin exchange MtGox has grabbed a lot of media attention lately, but people involved heavily in bitcoin have been raising alarms about business practices at MtGox for quite some time now. With the MtGox failure being Bitcoin's biggest since the collapse of the ponzi run by Trendon Shavers, also known as Pirateat40, it might be time to revisit the idea of counterparty risk in the world of irreversible cryptocurrency."
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Comment: Re:Everyone loves a winner. (Score 2) 881

by nickberry (#41883187) Attached to: Nate Silver's Numbers Indicate Probable Obama Win, World Agrees
The restructuring of General Motors would have happened had the government stepped in or not. Plenty of corporations have went through a restructuring bankruptcy plenty of times and came out stronger on the other side. Ever flown on an Airline? Every major US carrier except southwest has gone through bankruptcy proceedings and kept operating, and rarely do employees lose their jobs. When I left the Air Force and went to work for American Eagle they had just filed bankruptcy and everyone I worked with had years of seniority... hmm. Somehow had General Motors gone through a chapter 7 restructuring they would be better off today than they would be under their current situation, especially considering they owe the U.S. Treasury billions still, and the Treasury is sitting on millions of shares....

Comment: Just Exclude California (Score 3, Insightful) 108

by nickberry (#41829575) Attached to: California AG Gives App Developers 30 Days To Post Privacy Notice
This just sounds like a really good reason to put in a data field for state when signing up for an app, and exclude Californians from use of the app, and explain to them because over burdening regulations our App is not available in your state, please contact the California Attorney Generals office for more information regarding these regulations. While there a lot of people in California, sometimes it's best to just avoid states or places where your work is not appreciated.

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