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Comment: Carmen Ortiz and Stephen Heymann are the criminals (Score 2) 430

by phunster (#42611517) Attached to: After Aaron Swartz's Death, the Focus Now Falls On the Prosecutors

Carmen Ortiz and Stephen Heymann should at the very least be prosecuted for misconduct. If in fact the evidence points to that they piled on the charges to enhance their own political careers, after they are dis-barred, they should be prosecuted for murder.

Comment: How I stopped the calls from Rachel & her coho (Score 1) 289

by phunster (#41844693) Attached to: FTC Whacks "Rachel From Card Holder Services"

I would always press one. Get a telemarketer on the phone, tell them I'm drowning in credit Card debt and don't see a way out. Let them give their rap, and give them a generated fake CC number. Of course the CC number would check out but the expiration date would not. I would tell them that I had the card in front of me and everything I had given them was correct. All of this of course waisted time they could have spent ripping someone off. It didn't take long before the calls stopped coming.

The other thing I like to do with telespammers is answer "Name of Town, Police Department, Officer Smith, How may I help you." That never fails to get you off a list. Of course it's a bit discombobulating when it turns out to be a legitimate call.

Australia

+ - Woz says Australia/NBN story "faulty reporting" ->

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Daveberstein
Daveberstein writes "One misleading story was picked up by 30 other reporters, none of whom bothered to check with Steve Wozniak. When I did, he emailed. “I am taking the first steps toward my goal of Australian citizenship, which is to apply for an extended visa so that I can reside here. I have desired to find the path to accomplish this for decades. It has nothing to do with NBN (faulty reporting) although I'm always a staunch advocate for technology and bandwidth and sharing and internet freedom. But the two things are not connected. NBN is good in my mind and is a side benefit but that's all.” http://fastnetnews.com/fiber-news/175-d/4856-woz-nbn-is-not-why-im-going-australian [fastnetnews.com]"
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Security

+ - Appeals Court Caves to TSA Over Nude Body Scanners->

Submitted by OverTheGeicoE
OverTheGeicoE (1743174) writes "The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) recently filed a petition to force the Department of Homeland Security to start its public comment period on body scanners within 60 days or stop using them entirely. The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has issued its ruling (PDF), and has refused EPIC's petition. DHS told the court earlier that it expected to have a formal rule proposal on body scanners by the end of February, so the court denied EPIC's motion on the expectation that public comment period would start by late March. TFA and this submission have a pessimistic headline on this ruling, but other sources seem to think the glass is half-full, and that EPIC in effect got what it wanted. Is this a victory or a defeat? Will the rulemaking process start on time, or will a TSA dog eat the proposed rule in late March and force further delay?"
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NASA

+ - Air Force sets first post in ambitious Space Fence project->

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coondoggie writes "The US Air Force this week said it will base the first Space Fence radar post on Kwajalein Island in the Republic of the Marshall Islands with the site planned to be operational by 2017. The Space Fence is part of the Department of Defense's effort to better track and detect space objects which can consist of thousands of pieces of space debris as well as commercial and military satellite parts."
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Comment: Re:You need different kinds of people (Score 1) 487

by phunster (#36711246) Attached to: Have American Businesses Been Stranded By the MBAs?

The original post is about how the bean counters have taken over businesses and are doing a bad job. Linux is not a business, Linux is the kernel, everything else is an add on, INCLUDING the GUI. Your comparison of businesses with employees to a project built by volunteers doesn't hold water. You then bring up game players, huh?

Bill Gates (geek) started and built Microsoft into what it was when Steve Ballmer ( bean counter) was handed the reins. That is more to the point of the article.

Larry Ellison (geek) whatever else you might think about Oracle, he has built it into quite a business.

Let's compare apples to apples.

Comment: Re:TL;DR Version (Score 3, Informative) 391

by phunster (#35290310) Attached to: Why Google Wants Your Kid's SSN

You are wrong, the 14th amendment grants citizenship to those born in the U.S. From the Wikipedia article:

In the case of United States v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649 (1898), the Supreme Court ruled that a person becomes a citizen of the United States at the time of birth, by virtue of the first clause of the 14th Amendment, if that person is:

        * Born in the United States
        * Has parents that are subjects of a foreign power, but not in any diplomatic or official capacity of that foreign power
        * Has parents that have permanent domicile and residence in the United States
        * Has parents that are in the United States for business

The Supreme Court has never explicitly ruled on whether children born in the United States to illegal immigrant parents are entitled to birthright citizenship via the 14th Amendment,[5] although it has generally been assumed that they are.[6] A birth certificate (a.k.a Certificate of Live Birth for children born in certain states) issued by a U.S. state or territorial government is evidence of citizenship, and is usually accepted as proof of citizenship.

Comment: Re:Black hat not White (Score 5, Insightful) 146

by phunster (#35259876) Attached to: The Inner World of Gov-Sponsored White-Hat Hacking

Richard Nixon said "If the President does it, it is legal." We all know how that worked out for him. It sounds like you are substituting "government agency" for "President." No one is above the law, not a President, and not a government agency. Black Hat is Black Hat no matter who is doing it, or who they are doing it for.

Comment: Re:So now our jobs go to Georgia? (Score 1) 153

by phunster (#32637104) Attached to: Former Soviet Republic of Georgia To Become IT Tax Haven

Thats basically what happens when countries lower their taxes corporations go there. It seems to be something that the current administration doesn't seem to understand, if we're charging higher taxes, higher labor costs, for essentially the same service why not move elsewhere? Most businesses would want to stay in the US but when the US seems to be raising taxes for successful businesses, is there any reason not to move?

Whether we like it or not we live in a global economy. We know that When other countries give breaks like that, in the current system, it is at the expense of one or many countries. And is especially egregious to the employees.

Countries develop embryonic industries by giving them extraordinary breaks, they all do it. When other countries respond with equal or better breaks, we get trade wars.

Regrettably, as important as IT is, it is but one of thousands of industries. It gets lost in the cloud, while other segments get help.

This has nothing to do with administrations and everything to do with those who've got the most money to spend on politicians.

It isn't any administration, the current global economic system is brutal on employees everywhere. Our politicians are like the morons who do the same thing over and over again and expect different results when it comes to economic theories. And it's really hurting millions perhaps billions of people.

 

Comment: Re:Can't Lock Linux Down (Score 3, Insightful) 863

by phunster (#29817111) Attached to: IBM's Answer To Windows 7 Is Ubuntu Linux

There are indeed a lack of external programs to lock down the desktop. That's because that kind of thing is built into Linux. ACLs, permissions, SELINUX and on and on.

If you favour Windows, that's fine, to each his own. But please don't spread the MS cool-aid without actually knowing what you are talking about.

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