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Comment: Re:That'll teach them (Score 1) 50

by onproton (#47821443) Attached to: Verizon Pays $7.4 Million To Settle FCC Privacy Investigation

Also, how much compensation did the affected customers receive? Even if the punishment were painful, why does FCC get all of it?

I was going to say, that doesn't really make sense. It is the customers that were harmed, they should get some sort of compensation for the breech of their privacy, shouldn't they?

+ - Welcome to Laniakea, Our New Cosmic Home->

Submitted by astroengine
astroengine (1577233) writes "Using a new mapping technique that takes into account the motions — and not just the distances — of nearby galaxies, astronomers discovered that the Milky Way is located in the suburb of a massive, previously unknown super-cluster they named Laniakea, a term from Hawaiian words meaning “immeasurable heaven.” Actually, Laniakea’s girth is measurable, though difficult to conceptualize. The super-cluster spans 520 million light-years in diameter, more than five times larger than the cluster previously believed to be the Milky Way’s cosmic home."
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+ - Did Sundance Vacations Forge A Court Order To Suppress Online Criticism?->

Submitted by IonOtter
IonOtter (629215) writes "Matt Haughey, founder of MetaFilter, has challenged a Cease & Desist letter from Sundance Vacations, a seller of time-shares with a reputation for aggressive sales tactics and suppression of criticism. Only this time, it seems that the plaintiff may have forged court documents ordering Mr. Haughey, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines to remove any and all mentions of the links and posts in question. Legal blog, Popehat has picked this up as well, prompting Ken White to wryly note, "...Sundance Vacations is about to learn about the Streisand Effect." The story is gaining traction, and being picked up by Boing-Boing, as well as hitting the first page of search results on Google."
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Comment: Re:Change your password and enable 2 factor auth.. (Score 2) 107

by onproton (#47803587) Attached to: Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks
My suggestion to Namecheap (and other domain registrars or hosting companies) would be to lock them all down if possible, force all users to change the passwords from e-mail or other contact method before they can login again. We don't know what they have and we don't know what their plans are. This is a gaping security hole in the internet.

Comment: Larger Implications? (Score 1) 107

by onproton (#47803547) Attached to: Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks
Reports at the time were that they stole billions of passwords, so why only target the domain registrar? This could be a sign of worse things to come, how many accounts have they accessed without alerting an IDS, and what are they doing once they gain entry. By starting with the domain registrars, they could gain much more information than even their previous massive trove of user data. This is highly troubling.

+ - Geography Can Be Tough': Canada Trolls Russia For Ukraine Action->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Tensions may be rising between Russian and Canada on the political front, but when it comes to Twitter, the two countries are already engaged in an all-out flame war.

On Wednesday, the Canadian Joint Delegation to NATO lobbed a cheeky tweet in Russia's direction following a Russian military spokesperson's claims that the country's soldiers had "accidentally" crossed the Ukranian border earlier this week.

"Geography can be tough," wrote the Canadian government agency's official Twitter account. "Here's a guide for Russian soldiers who keep getting lost & 'accidentally' entering #Ukraine.""

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+ - Microsoft Ships Replacement Patch With Two Known Bugs 1

Submitted by snydeq
snydeq (1272828) writes "Microsoft has re-released its botched MS14-045/KB 2982791 'Blue Screen 0x50' patch, only to introduce more problems, InfoWorld's Woody Leonhard reports. 'Even by Microsoft standards, this month's botched Black Tuesday Windows 7/8/8.1 MS14-045 patch hit a new low. The original patch (KB 2982791) is now officially "expired" and a completely different patch (KB 2993651) offered in its stead; there are barely documented revelations of new problems with old patches; patches that have disappeared; a "strong" recommendation to manually uninstall a patch that went out via Automatic Update for several days; and an infuriating official explanation that raises serious doubts about Microsoft's ability to support Windows 9's expected rapid update pace.'"

+ - IBM opens up its Watson supercomputer to researchers

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "IBM has announced the "Watson Discovery Advisor" a cloud-based tool that will let researchers comb through massive troves of data, looking for insights and connections. The company says it's a major expansion in capabilities for the Watson Group, which IBM seeded with a $1 billion investment. "Scientific discovery takes us to a different level as a learning system," said Steve Gold, vice president of the Watson Group. "Watson can provide insights into the information independent of the question. The ability to connect the dots opens up a new world of possibilities.""

+ - Comcast allegedly trying to block CenturyLink from entering its territory->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "CenturyLink has accused Comcast of trying to prevent competition in cities and towns by making it difficult for the company to obtain reasonable franchise agreements from local authorities.

CenturyLink made the claim yesterday in a filing that asks the Federal Communications Commission to block Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) or impose conditions that prevent Comcast from using its market power to harm competitors.

Comcast has a different view on the matter, saying that CenturyLink shouldn’t be able to enter Comcast cities unless CenturyLink promises to build out its network to all residents. Without such conditions, poor people might not be offered service, Comcast argues."

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+ - The DOT wants to know where you are 1

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "What could go wrong? The DOT has proposed that all new cars be required to broadcast their location and speed.

They claim that this data could be used to provide drivers with a warning if their vehicle might be getting too close to another vehicle. It will also be necessary to make driverless cars more reliable.

I wonder what other uses this information could have."

Comment: Re:admission of guilt? (Score 1) 207

My opinion? In short - because we as a society have completely lost touch with reality. Many either 1. don't care, 2. don't know, or 3. are complicit. The conversation is going on, but not everyone wants to get up off the couch to come to the table. It's a complex issue that requires more than 140 characters; it requires thought about consequences and compromise - I've found that not many people are really interested in thinking deeply about these things.

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