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Comment: ripoffreport.com is part of the problem (Score 3, Informative) 519

by wwalker (#45437581) Attached to: Woman Facing $3,500 Fine For Posting Online Review

While I have absolutely no sympathy for all the hate that the keangear asshats will get from this, I just wish that ripoffreport.com would get their share of it. Did you know that if you pay them money, they will happily turn all the negative reports about your business into positive? They call it "Corporate Advocacy Program", but the real name of it should be "blackmail and extortion". Absolutely anyone can post anything about any business, be it true or a complete lie, and the business owner has absolutely no way for defending themselves. Except if you pay ripoffreport.com a few hundred bucks and then all negative reports go away. And they even claim that they will help place the newly positive reviews "at the top of search engines", whatever the hell that means. See, they do it to benefit the consumer and to assure the complete satisfaction, and not at all to blackmail small businesses and extort money from them:
http://www.ripoffreport.com/CorporateAdvocacyProgram/Change-Report-From-Negative-To-Positive.aspx

Comment: Re:IMO, it is not going to work (Score 3, Insightful) 166

by wwalker (#45387961) Attached to: Why Project Flare Might Just End the Console War

Sniper rifle should be the *least* latency-sensitive weapon. In real life, no sniper can hit a running target at any reasonable distance (unless they are running directly towards, or away). More so if the target is passing by a window and is only visible for a fraction of a second, which makes any sort of leading practically impossible.

Comment: Re:Here is a thought.. (Score 1) 400

by wwalker (#45314115) Attached to: HealthCare.gov: What Went Wrong?

Sigh... How is this relevant that they were not "even" American citizens?! Are non-American citizens somehow less capable of feeling compassion for other human beings and thus are less capable of being motivated when working on a *healthcare* related website? Or are they not as smart? At least I hope they were all white, right?

Comment: What am I missing? (Score 5, Funny) 431

by wwalker (#45265975) Attached to: UK Prime Minister Threatens To Block Further Snowden Revelations

Can someone explain it to me, why US/UK/etc. governments are so freaking afraid of leaks, when apparently it's such a common knowledge that everyone spies on everyone, including their friends and allies?!

Shouldn't it be, if you haven't done anything wrong, you shouldn't be afraid of the truth? Since enemies of any state already assume they are being spied on anyway?

I mean, I can understand if the leaks included real names of agents and informants, or were putting real people in real danger of being killed in some other way. But at this point it's all just about governments lying to the people and each other, and about politicians losing all credibility. Oh, wait, I think I just answered my own question...

Comment: Re:Can't do without excellent coders (Score 2) 453

The guy with charming ideas is nothing without a genius coder to implement them. And the coder indeed needs the ideas guy to suggest what he's going to code, and how it's going to look like. One can't do without the other, and so it goes in so many fields of work.

Um, no. Ideas are dime a dozen. The key word there is "charming". You need a schmoozer/promoter to make an idea popular, and being a charismatic leader does help. Plus, most "tech geniuses" are antisocial, often because they find it mind-numbingly boring to do the necessary steps to make any venture successful past implementing an idea. But tech people can be as creative and full of ideas as anyone else. We just lose interest right after we get it up and running, and move on to the next idea. :)

Comment: Re:Feds ACTUALLY sold a kilo of coke (Score 1) 294

There is a lot more that doesn't quite add up in this story.

For example:

In December 2012, an undercover federal agent began to ask Dread Pirate Roberts about smuggling large quantities of drugs over borders. According to the indictment, the agent asked for DPR's help in finding customers because, he said, "Silk Road sellers only want very small amounts."

Isn't this entrapment? And wouldn't the rest not be admissible in court because you know, the fruit of a poisonous tree? Or have I been watching too much Law&Order?

Networking

Misconfigured Open DNS Resolvers Key To Massive DDoS Attacks 179

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the check-your-sources dept.
msm1267 writes with an excerpt From Threat Post: "While the big traffic numbers and the spat between Spamhaus and illicit webhost Cyberbunker are grabbing big headlines, the underlying and percolating issue at play here has to do with the open DNS resolvers being used to DDoS the spam-fighters from Switzerland. Open resolvers do not authenticate a packet-sender's IP address before a DNS reply is sent back. Therefore, an attacker that is able to spoof a victim's IP address can have a DNS request bombard the victim with a 100-to-1 ratio of traffic coming back to them versus what was requested. DNS amplification attacks such as these have been used lately by hacktivists, extortionists and blacklisted webhosts to great success." Running an open DNS resolver isn't itself always a problem, but it looks like people are enabling neither source address verification nor rate limiting.

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