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Comment: Re:I asked for a refund (Score 2) 44

by vilain (#47647989) Attached to: Memo to Users: SpamCop Winding Down Webmail Service
As a follow up, Slashdot got back to me. "we're not offering refunds." It's only $23 but that sucks. Anyone else out there burned by this decision? Care to join forces and maybe find an attorney who'll rub their hands avariciously at going after these guys. They're owned by DICE who've got deeper pockets than just a bunch of guys in a garage.

Comment: Microsoft US != Microsoft Ireland (Score 1) 226

by vilain (#46849139) Attached to: American Judge Claims Jurisdiction Over Data Stored In Other Countries
As far as I know, multinational companies are really a collection of separate companies, all incorporated in the countries they are physically located in and pay taxes in that country. It's the reason why much of Apple's income is held by foreign versions of Apple. Yes, they all report to the mothership, but that mothership doesn't have sovereignty or jurisdiction over it. I'd love for some Irish barrister to send a letter telling this Judge to go feck-off along with a subpoena the Judge's phone records because he's "being investigated" for child trafficking. Then hijinks ensue.

Comment: Re:Dangerous... (Score 1) 399

by vilain (#46076721) Attached to: California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules
I agree that I would not want someone like this guy standing in front of a classroom teaching anything, either in public school or even junior college. He's really not temperamentally suited to do more than babysit, based on what he posted. I a couple incompetent teachers in my high school in the 70s. They ended up retiring the next semester. I ended up teaching myself geometry because of it. But this guy may be posting while off his meds, so I'll cut him some slack. When my sister graduated from high school without the ability to write a college paper, mom had to help her and sis ended up graduating cum laude. That was 10 years after I graduated and I can't imagine how much the school eroded 30 since then. I still think that students and other teachers know who the deadwood is. Having an admistrative tool to replace it with better teachers is a good thing. And I'm not talking about test scores. I'm talking about teachers like the parent who obviously is so burned out, he's carbon coating on a skillet. In contrast, in community college all the instructors were great. They were all motivated to teach the material, new it inside and out, and could get it across to the students.

Comment: Re:choice (Score 4, Insightful) 1034

by vilain (#46022783) Attached to: AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer
Yeah, first question would have been "Am I being detained?" followed by "I want to call my attorney and I don't consent to a search", all while recording audio at a minimum to his Google Drive. They have to stop questioning him until an attorney arrives or anything they get is inadmissible. Of course, "cooperating" with the FBI, while really stupid, won't necessarily stop the interview process. Why didn't he just invoke his rights and wait for an attorney. Yes, he did nothing wrong. But the FBI doesn't know that and would have held him anyway.

Comment: I'll stick to my Roku (Score 3, Informative) 329

by vilain (#44673029) Attached to: Google Breaks ChromeCast's Ability To Play Local Content
While it was $99, it can play movies from a USB stick OR a NAS. Plus stream from my Netflix and AmazonPrime accounts. Not all that interested in the 100 other streaming services they offer. I bought it because I could plug in a USB stick and watch whatever. They added the NAS feature recently.

Comment: Re:Which is the most counterproductive act of all. (Score 1) 572

by vilain (#44077719) Attached to: Why Your Sysadmin Hates You
Perhaps this guy is in marketing and asked to "borrow" a manual for a 'customer'. Or this person works for the CEO and wanted their presentation print job moved ahead of accounting's month-end report. In either case, maybe the sysadmins this person interacted with were just reacting to this person's aloof and patronizing and condescending attitude, sorta like a mirror. I tended to treat people with respect until I get attitude or disrespect. Or maybe the sysadmin just didn't like your shoes.

+ - Credit Card provider says "Pay no attention to that warning" 1

Submitted by vilain
vilain (127070) writes "I recently went to my credit card provider's site to login and check if a credit had been applied against my account yet. When I went to the page to login, Chrome said the security certificate was not to be trusted. Safari didn't like the site's certificate either. It says the certificate is signed by an unknown authority.

https://www.citi.com/credit-cards/c...

I sent an email to Citibank complaining about this and got a reply saying that myciti.com is protected with a 128-bit certificate that's just fine. Some MacOS browsers don't like the certificate they're using and I should just ignore it.

Accept that www.myciti.com isn't www.citi.com, which is their 'front door' for account authentication. Once I logged in (yes, I ignored the error so I could complain), I was using a third site accountonline.com to navigate around.

I still think with this invalid certificate that there is a chance for a "man in the middle" attack, but the credit card company's support people are saying it all good. This problem is totally different from my web provider who uses a wildcard certificate that MacOS 10.6 didn't seem to like. I'm currently running 10.8.3.

Should I be worried?"

Comment: Re:In reply to alot of the posters (Score 1) 338

by vilain (#40065807) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Monitor Traffic?

My brother did something simple in his house. There was no wifi, only hardwired network connections. His kids had computers in there rooms but they didn't route to the Internet only the local LAN. The Internet-accessible computer was in the 'great room' where everyone could see what was being run on it. He's the only one with administrator privilege on the local LAN. He trained his kids to be aware of internet scammers, SPAM, etc. since they wouldn't be on the home network forever.

The shared phones didn't have a data plan but had unlimited texting, so the kids couldn't browse the internet on their phones. No, they didn't get smart phones until they went off to college.

This seems entirely workable so long as you don't have someone trying to subvert security in the house. It's much the same challenge that most IT departments face with a company LAN and the employee's phones/iPads/MacBooks/etc. being brought into the company's network. All it takes is some idiot marketing person to open a macro-virus on a Windows box with non-current virus scanning software, and the fun will begin. This "client" will have to nail down the home systems making sure they're all hardened and stay that way.

Smart phones are not currently part of this unless they are confined to the local LAN while in the house but I don't know of a way of enforcing that short of making the house a Faraday cage.

If the kids are running Windows laptops that leave the secure home LAN, this gets much harder.

Comment: As in many things "It depends" is often the answer (Score 1) 247

by vilain (#39645599) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: At What Point Has a Kickstarter Project Failed?
Someone posted that they used Kickstarter to publish a book. I funded that sort of project to get a color copy of a web-comic. It's not due to go to press until later this year but I don't feel my $25 are ill-spent if I never see the actual book. The creator is taking some very good material, great art, and making a kickass comic for a specific audience (GLBT SciFi fans). What's on the web was well worth encouraging this guy to keep going, so funding an actual publish project or tipping him to do more doesn't seem like a scam to me. A youtube based musician wants to tour (getting out of his well-equipt basement) and funded his current east coast tour with Kickstarter. I didn't fund that but I would have funded a CD press if only to encourage him to keep recording stuff. He's quite good. So, it some sense to fund something like the original topic's VR glasses it doesn't make sense. To fund the next phase of manufacturing for cool stuff like 'Sugru', maybe. Small stuff that feels like stuffing $5-20 into a guitar case or tip jar, I think this works fine. If it encourages people to get stuff done rather than asking their parents for money to do something, I'm all for it. I don't think there are microloans here in the US like I hear mentioned in Europe on NPR.

Comment: This already happened (Score 2) 504

by vilain (#39454049) Attached to: Facebook: Legal Action Against Employers Asking For Your Password

A college senior graduating from a teaching credential program applied for a job in a school system. The school system saw her MySpace page which had a picture of her obviously at a part with a red Solo cup in hand. She wasn't underage as the picture was current. She was just smiling, having a good time. They withdrew their job offer. AFAIK, no action was taken by the applicant (I'd sue).

I asked a client who is an attorney but practices a different, specialized type of law. While it's OK for some places like Home Depot to require a drug test prior to employment, that still happens farther down the interview chain. I don't want some person in the store driving a forklift when they're intoxicated or impaired.

I can't see asking for FB or MySpace or any of the other social media site access as acceptable. LinkEdIn, as much as I hate them and how they work, is different. I don't think you'll see party pictures or any of my LOLcat pictures on a LinkEdIn profile. Just doing a Google search of myself shows my name in various news group posts even though I post with no-archive. While it's almost impossible to exclude 'the stuff on the Internet' from an employer's background search, omitting stuff like what's in your FB (I'm gay, jewish and my politics are none of your business) cross the line.

I wonder what would happen if the first thing they saw is "Thanks for logging access to my FB page. I now own your house and the assets of your company. Have a great day. And good luck finding a new job."

Comment: Re:New Sign in the Doctors Office... (Score 5, Interesting) 1271

by vilain (#39051455) Attached to: Doctors "Fire" Vaccine Refusers
PRIVATE PRACTICE, a tv show about a complementary medical practice in L.A. had an episode about a family of 'non-vaccinators' who returned from a trip overseas (India or Malaysia) with one of their kids very sick. The family sat in the waiting room for 5 minutes as the sick child eventually convulsed and died from measles. The pediatrician in the practice had delivered both of the kids and knew the mom didn't believe to vaccinations. The mom was in full-grief denial mode as only a sudden death can do. Meanwhile the staff is jump around canceling all the appointments for the next 48 hours and contacting all the patients that were in that day to make sure they and their kids were up-to-date for measles vaccine. The big issue of that show was that the mom didn't want to vaccinate the remaining child even though there was a very strong chance he would come down with Measles and it might kill him. Meanwhile these people are carriers and should have been quarantined. Why the LA Health department didn't swoop in and take over is beyond me, but I didn't write the show. The moral issue of the show was "when are the parent's beliefs about what's right for their child get overridden by what's medically advised. In the case of blood transfusion and 7th Day Adventists and other religious cults, the courts will intervene. In this case, the doctor risked their medical license by forcibly vaccinating the remaining child against the mom's wishes. If that case ever came to court, I wonder what a jury would do. The California AMA would probably award the doctor a medal for averting a cluster outbreak of measles. In any case, not having these kinds of patients in your medical practice makes life a lot easier. It's also why lots of doctors don't accept Medicare patients if they don't have to. Billing is a major headache.

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