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Comment Re:How (Score 2) 135

They're finding them the same way they find people on normal torrents - Popcorn Time is basically a torrent client with streaming video built in. They have one of those "piracy protection" firms sit on the torrent and gather IPs, then subpoena the ISPs to find out who had the offending IP address at the time they saw it in the swarm for the torrent. From there, all it takes is a few threatening letters and a legal team backed by the deep pockets of Big Media.

Comment Re:All bullshit (Score 4, Informative) 259

It's not plain statutory rape because New Hampshire, like a lot of states, has revised their statutory rape law to prevent people from being charged in cases where both parties involved are minors. There's usually a limit as to how far apart in age the two parties can be, but generally two minors having sex is not statutory rape in states that have revised their laws.

Comment Re:One more reason not to use SSN for healthcare I (Score 1) 122

The problem is, that's not something that could be realistically done. Health insurance has to have your SSN to determine identity and for tax purposes - the insurer needs to make sure they are billing the right people, and they need to make sure that their clients can verify their insurance information because of the way health insurance (especially through an employer) interacts with the tax system. Most employer-provided health insurance is paid for pre-tax, and if the IRS comes along with any questions as to whether the insurance is real or not, there has to be a way to prove it. At the same time, the hospitals and other care providers need SSNs to be able to correctly bill the insurance companies for the right person's care.

Comment Will a tighter economy rein in clickbait? (Score 2, Funny) 109

It's been quite a ride for the clickbait headline writing market this week. In China, headlines cratered; in the U.S., clickbait dove for two days, only to rebound on Wednesday. That made many Slashdot editors nervous, both about the front page of Slashdot (which some of them depend upon) and the continuing flow of money from VCs and investors. While the clickbait jitters don't seem to be affecting some news firms' ability to implode themselves, more than one pundit is wondering whether the clickbait industry will shift into 'fear mode,' which could be bad for the so-called 'ad firms' that need readers to keep clicking like it's 1999. Are we going to see money start drying up for clickbait headlines?

At least Nerval's Lobster is trying harder. A story with two non-Dice sources as opposed to zero is always an improvement.

Comment Re:/facepalm (Score 5, Insightful) 418

I think the problem is that MS isn't being completely clear as to what it is they're collecting or why they're collecting it. Take those seven or eight updates to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 that added forced telemetry collection. No one really knows what it is those things are collecting - MS's own update really doesn't say much other than "It's information needed to ease the transition between Windows 7 or 8.1 and Windows 10" and "It's for customer experience improvements". On top of this, all of the telemetry updates were marked as "Important" in Windows Update, meaning that they'll be automatically installed on most update configurations.

If MS really had some reason to do this, they should have said exactly what it is they were collecting and why from the get-go, and also had a clear opt-out provision. Failing to do this is what's sparking a lot of paranoia - I've heard everything from "MS's telemetry service is logging everything you type and sending it to MS to improve autocorrect functionality" to "MS is actively recording input from attached webcams and microphones and sending it to MS servers".

I think if MS were to put out a well-thought out announcement telling people why it is they're doing this, a lot of the paranoia would go away.

Comment Typical Federal employee (Score 0) 45

Dawn is such a typical Federal employee. From the article: "Dawn reached Ceres on March 6th, 2015". Doesn't it know that we taxpayers pay its salary, and that we're not paying for it to take five months to get within 1,470 km of the planet, and then another two to get within 375 km? I think we should fire Dawn and replace it with someone more competent. Maybe one of those Mars rovers is available for work.

Comment Re:yes (Score 5, Funny) 587

Of course Wifi only exists near hotspots, which is why I plan to sell the parents behind this lawsuit my own unique brand of Wifi that won't trigger their son's sensitivity. As everyone knows, only Wifi routers put out harmful radiation that can trigger such totally real disorders as electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome. Microwaves, on the other hand, contain all their radiation entirely within the steel box using the powers of science.

By putting their Wifi router in the microwave, along with any devices they wish to receive wifi, and turning the microwave on for 12 hours, young G's parents can bake the Wifi right into their devices without any risk of electromagnetic radiation triggering their son's disorder. I like to call it Mi-Fi.

Comment Doesn't explain the "Telemetry Update" to 7 and 8 (Score 2) 318

In June, MS shipped a bunch of now-infamous "Telemetry Services" updates to Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1. I forget what the exact Knowledge Base numbers are, but you can find them pretty easily. These updates were marked as "Important" in Windows Update, and actually have the same general description of "This update fixes some bugs and improves security" that they use for all updates if viewed in the Add/Remove Programs window.

The "Telemetry Update" has been proven to send information to MS, and cannot be controlled short of uninstalling the update and force-stopping the associated services. I was told that the "update" collects all of your keyboard input and ships it to MS for use in "improving" their Auto-Correct and Word Suggestion features, and I have no reason to believe otherwise.

I had to turn off Windows Update entirely on both of my machines in order to stop MS trying to ship this update after I uninstalled it, because it kept trying to push the update even when I specifically said not to install it.

Submission + - Yet another comprimising preinstalled "glitch" with Lenovo laptops

execthis writes: Japanese broadcaster NHK is reporting that yet another privacy/security-compromising "glitch" has been found to exist in preinstalled software on Lenovo laptops. The article states that the glitch was found in Spring and that in late July Lenovo began releasing a program to uninstall the difficult-to-remove software.

Comment Do old Nerval's Lobsters need to keep submitting? (Score 5, Funny) 242

In recent months, it seems as if Nerval's Lobster has evolved into a submitter that lionizes single-source stories based on Dice advertisements. Despite all the press about Nerval's Lobster only posting Dice stories, is there still a significant market for older submitters, especially those who post actual news stories? The answer is "yes," of course, and sites like the comments section of Slashdot suggest that Nerval's Lobster should take steps such as posting something that isn't a single-source story from Dice and spending a lot of time on submitting actual quality stories if they want to not be mocked by commenters. But do they really need to go through all of that? If you have twenty, thirty, or even forty years of Dice link submissions, is it worth jumping through all sorts of new hoops? Or is there a better way to keep working — provided you don't already have a way to bypass the editorial system, that is, or move up to management, or just keep posting Dice links?

Comment Re:Ouch? (Score 1) 301

The Joshua Duggar scenario is certainly one where it is possible to prove he did it, but consider this (hypothetical) scenario:

The person who used my burner email to sign up pays for his Ashley Madison subscription with a pre-paid Visa or Mastercard, the kind you can buy at any Wal-Mart for cash. My (nonexistent) SO knows about my burner email. She Googles and finds any one of the number of sites that allow you to put an email in and see if it's in the leaked database (without showing supporting info such as the payment info or addresses). Of course, mine turns up, but I'm assuming my theoretical SO is smart enough to realize that email alone is not enough to prove anything.

The SO then looks at the full database, and sees that the account was paid for with a pre-paid card with no billing address. At this point, I have no way to prove that I didn't buy that pre-paid card short of opening up my financials and accounting for every single dollar to prove that there's no way I could've bought that pre-paid card. The possibility that I cheated now exists, and the possibility alone can be enough to cause a breakup or divorce for something that I never did in the first place.

Sure, the scenario is a little far-fetched, but it's not outright impossible.

Comment Re:Ouch? (Score 4, Insightful) 301

I hope none. The database can't be trusted, and I can verify this because my email address is in their database despite the fact that I had never heard of Ashley Madison or Avid Life Media until the hack happened. You do not need an email verification to make an account there - again, I know this because whoever signed up my address was able to do so without access to my email account. The mix-up is likely due to the fact that my email address is a shortened version of a common first name and a common Hispanic last name (though I didn't realize this when I made the account, oddly enough). I would post my email address here so people could verify, but I'd rather not so that I don't inadvertently attract people to whoever the poor bastard was that made the account using my email.. and also to avoid spam.

Merely having an email address listed in the leaked database is not proof of anything, and I would hope that any spouses who see their partner's email on that database get independent verification first before accusing them of anything. I know I would hate to have a significant other see that and assume I was trying to cheat on them, even though I'd never attempted anything of the sort.

On top of this, there's the problem of computer-assisted reporters (most of whom are preparing numbers-based stories about things like how many people in the Canadian government had emails in the database) using this database for stories that may not reflect the reality of what's going on.

Comment This can all be disproved. (Score 4, Funny) 186

I have written a paper that conclusively proves that there is absolutely no fraud within the field of academic publishing within the biomedical field. It was peer reviewed by no fewer than sixty of my peers (who definitely aren't me making up names) and is absolutely concrete in its findings... provided you don't look too hard at my evidence. Clearly, anyone who says there is fraud within the biomed field is in fact fraudulent themselves.

Also, I take checks, Visa, and Mastercard, but no Amex.

You might have mail.