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+ - Paypal, Symantec fall as part of hackathon->

Submitted by vesuvana
vesuvana (1166821) writes "According to @SAI on Twitter this morning http://www.businessinsider.com/10-things-you-need-to-know-this-morning-2012-11, Paypal and Symantec have been hacked by Anonymous today, with customer and employee passwords and data "dumped" in open files on the web. I called Paypal customer service a few minutes ago and "Kelly" with a very thick Indian accent told me directly that it was not true. But I think she has no idea what I'm talking about and just baldfaced lied to me. Better to be safe and take steps to protect your online privacy. And if this is a hackathon, be prepared to change other passwords as they get exposed too. Does anyone benefit from the actions of Anonymous except criminals who exploit our data that they get for free this way?"
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+ - NASA's Own Video of Curiosity Landing Was Blocked by YouTube 1

Submitted by derekmead
derekmead (2466858) writes "NASA’s livestream coverage of the Curiosity rover’s landing on Mars was was practically as flawless as the landing itself. But NASA couldn’t prepare for everything. An hour or so after Curiosity’s 1.31 a.m. EST landing in Gale Crater,the space agency’s main YouTube channel had posted a 13-minute excerpt of the stream.

Ten minutes later, the video was gone, replaced with an alien message: “This video contains content from Scripps Local News, who has blocked it on copyright grounds. Sorry about that.” That is to say, a NASA-made video posted on NASA’s official YouTube channel, documenting the landing of a $2.5 billion Mars rover mission paid for with public taxpayer money, was blocked by YouTube because of a copyright claim by a private news service."

Comment: Re:Sad day (Score 1) 148

by vesuvana (#40268125) Attached to: NPR's "Car Talk" Glides To a Halt
I agree. When I had to drive anywhere early on Sat mornings, listening and laughing aloud to their show made the drive more pleasant. Gone will be a corny kind of innocent humor that is still sorely needed these days, plus their formidable car knowledge. I often was amazed at how they could diagnose something based on a caller's illogical blabberings. It added to their mystique. Sometimes the passage of time just sucks.

Comment: Re:Child? (Score 1) 948

by vesuvana (#37980942) Attached to: No Charges For Child-Whipping Judge Caught On YouTube
If he really is a serial abuser, then there's no excuse and I agree with you. Would I have spanked her? No, not at 16 and not for downloading music. Though I really do think discipline is lacking in parenting today and I do have some compassion for parents who get pushed by their kids into craziness. Everyone looks scary and awful when we lose our tempers. Most of us just don't put it on video. :-) Mostly I think we need to be careful not to just reflexively play into her obvious manipulation of the situation. Youtube? really? That's not how real victims heal. That's how clever vindictive people get public opinion on their side. It's easy to jump on the bandwagon of defenseless female, but her current actions really speak loudly to how calculating she is. I'd be surprised if she doesn't make money off this. It's a sad situation all around. I hope they all get the help they need.

Comment: Re:Child? (Score 1) 948

by vesuvana (#37963964) Attached to: No Charges For Child-Whipping Judge Caught On YouTube
The truth lies somewhere between the extremes. My father beat me with a belt too a few times, and a) I never did those things again and b) they were things of serious enough consequence that a "talking to" or "time out" were not sufficient punishment. Today I am a respectful productive member of society able to form full meaningful relationships with others. So I'd argue that it didn't leave me with the severe psychological scars that so many non-spanking proponents wave around. I have to work daily with "millenials" who have never been punished more severely than a time out and are members of the generation where all participants "win" just for showing up. They are a nightmare to work beside: egotistical to the point of being rude, whiney, and demanding praise for even the slightest effort. They are also the most intolerant and disrespectful bunch I've ever encountered anywhere in the US and have the worst impulse control of all generations in the workforce. So I'd say our recent generation's experiment with permissive child rearing was a total failure. I dread having these people become our leaders. Would I beat my child with a belt? No. But would I spank them when it's something that deserves swift high-level punishment? Absolutely, and without a bit of guilt or worry about scarring them emotionally. And I really do think the daughter in this case is a little sh*t for petulantly getting even with her father in this manipulative manner that's (imho) completely out of scale with the incident. I think her current actions show that she was a trouble maker as a child too and probably didn't get spanked nearly as often as she deserved.

Comment: Re:Lots of reasons... (Score 1) 445

by vesuvana (#33920506) Attached to: How to Heartlessly Arbitrage Used Books With a PDA
Haha, yes that would be whining. However what I was getting at is that the intent of a bookstore is to sell books to people who love to read, ie for personal use or perhaps as a gift. This is similar to the situation of a garage sale whose general purpose is to sell items that one doesn't need any longer to someone who has a use for them; again the intent is for personal use.

I don't think that anyone would say the primary purpose of a bookseller or a garage sale is to provide items to dealers/resellers looking solely for the most valuable items. And many would agree that those sorts of vultures reduce the enjoyability of both bookstores and garage sales. So imho, if there is a way to limit that sort of patron, eg via banning barcode scanners, so much the better.

Comment: Re:Lots of reasons... (Score 1) 445

by vesuvana (#33917700) Attached to: How to Heartlessly Arbitrage Used Books With a PDA
I completely agree. The ban is a good thing and should be universal. People take useful technologies and twist them to unintended, nefarious, and clearly selfish, uses. To me, intent is an important aspect to consider. I am tired of being forced to be either a wolf or a sheep because some people insist on bending or breaking the spirit of the place or event. Bookstores--especially used bookstores--exist to benefit devoted readers of books! They are not in business to fall prey to vultures looking to make a quick buck. Apps that allow barcode scanning were developed to help end consumers decide whether to purchase an item for personal consumption, for that price, in that store. A tool for empowering personal fiscal responsibility doesn't belong in the hands of resellers.

Reminds me of the problems with resellers attending garage sales: it takes all pleasure out of leisurely perusing sales, and perhaps finding something you'll take home and actually give new life to, to fight shoulder-to-shoulder with dealers looking for items they can turn a profit on. And from the one garage sale I have held, I can tell you dealers drive hard bargains in the most unpleasant way to get you to sell to them at ridiculous, disrespectfully low prices. They are selfish leeches and shouldn't be allowed at garage sales either.

Government

+ - FCC broadband tool collects private data->

Submitted by vesuvana
vesuvana (1166821) writes "In its public push to seem competent about eventually controlling US broadband access, FCC announced tool to test home Internet speed. It uses the speedtest.net tool but adds overlay of requiring private data be entered and then a java download to see results. So is this for our benefit or the government's?"
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Comment: Re:some really do get zero care (Score 1) 452

by vesuvana (#31324930) Attached to: US Gov't. Ending Its Hands-Off-the-Internet Stance
Both good points.

It was some years ago and honestly, I think it was legal at the time. "Patient dumping" became a cause celeb shortly after, but the practice continues still today, especially when they think the uninsured patient isn't in a position to know they can sue.

Berkeley is beyond mecca for the pathologically politically correct. I found that out quickly when, soon after moving there, I was chastised by fellow restaurant patrons for politely saying no to a mentally deranged homeless man who had walked in, sat down at my table and demanded that I feed him. I've even been spit on for nicely saying no. But the private hospitals are for the elite rich who can afford to behave like benevolent messiahs to those "beneath them" when it suits them. They are definitely not for those unwashed masses, or even middle class uninsured college students.

which is why I live in Colorado now :-)

Comment: Re:Let me translate... (Score 1) 452

by vesuvana (#31309400) Attached to: US Gov't. Ending Its Hands-Off-the-Internet Stance
I think you translate well; these are all the catch phrases that Democrats routinely trot out to show how much they care about protecting the poor little citizen. Of course really what they want is to control and tax every interaction they can.

It's peeved them ever since www and graphical browsers came along that they weren't controlling or making money off all this human interaction. The technology (and their lack of understanding of it) cut government out of the loop from the start.

I really think the Wachowski brothers had it right with The Matrix imagery. Our government sees us as nothing more than perpetual energy sources for its own sustanence and immortality. So I'm all for limiting their power while we still can.

Comment: some really do get zero care (Score 3, Informative) 452

by vesuvana (#31309318) Attached to: US Gov't. Ending Its Hands-Off-the-Internet Stance
Sorry but I need to throw in my two cents: as a college student I started to miscarry my baby, so I showed up at the local hospital in Berkeley. I wasn't even allowed in to see a doctor to be stabilized or sent by ambulance to the county hospital in Oakland. They literally couldn't hurry me off their property fast enough. I had to have someone drive me the half hour to Highland. It was shocking and awful.

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