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Comment: Re:link (Score 1) 164

by zaren (#46840345) Attached to: Facebook Data Miner Will Shock You

The "password hacking attempt" at the bottom of the page had me concerned for a moment, but after seeing that it was just iterating common words found on my FB page with random l33tsp34k, I stopped worrying. I liked how they labeled one of my best friends (best man at my wedding) and my god daughter as stalking targets. I wasn't that impressed with the site.

Comment: Re:but it's never been seen in the wild (Score 1) 300

by zaren (#40781169) Attached to: New Mac Trojan Installs Silently, No Password Required

Maybe you should look closer at the part about it being a proof of concept bug created by the antivirus company that's reporting it? This makes at least the second time in recent time that this company has done this - go out of their way to come up with an exploit, and then dump a press release to warn everyone about it and brag about how they were the first to update their antivirus software to combat it.

Actually, this company's been sending up false flags on the Mac side since at least 2004 - see http://daringfireball.net/2004/04/crying_wolf - so I wouldn't trust them any farther than I could comfortably spit out a rat.

Comment: Re:eMacs? (Score 1) 248

Wow. I was part of the team that installed these machines back in 2005. I'm shocked that they're still in service. They were dinosaurs years ago. Obsolete hardware, no way to run current software, like web browsers - yes, I said browsers. This is PowerPC hardware in those eMacs. Nobody writes plug-in or browsers to support that architecture any more. And if they're doing any sort of networked storage, they have to pull the PowerPC-based (and no longer supported) XServes as well... gonna be spendy.

Comment: Re:25 years is permanent? (Score 3, Informative) 241

by zaren (#33787808) Attached to: 15-Year-Old Boy Fitted With Robotic Heart

Yes, I believe you missed the part where the disease he has causes the muscles in his body to stop working. It's a fairly safe bet the muscles that work his lungs or digestive system... or pretty much any other part of his body... will stop working before this heart fails. Someone with this disease is "lucky" to make it to twenty.

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Game Reviewers Face Odd Bribery From Publishers 148

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the stranger-than-fiction dept.
eldavojohn writes "You might be used to the idea that game reviewers receive games free and ahead of time, but Ars opens up a darker side to the mystery box. Like a $200 check from Dante's Inferno, reading, 'by cashing this check you succumb to avarice by hoarding filthy lucre, but by not cashing it, you waste it, and thereby surrender to prodigality.' Or how about a huge-ass sword from Darksiders. Or brass knuckles (illegal in some states) from the makers of Mafia II. Or rancid, rotting meat mixed with spent shell casings, teeth, broken glasses and dog tags from Bulletstorm. NCSoft gave out flight suits and trips to weightlessness. Nintendo apparently likes to send all manner of food, including elaborate cakes shaped as their consoles and games. Squeeballs sent a crate of stuffed animals. iPods from Activision and Zunes from Microsoft seem to be pretty tame bait for reviewers ... but there's one reason why this continues to happen: more news-starved review sites and blogs report on the extras and the publisher's game gets spread around just a wee bit more. Even if it is as freakish as bracelets from an insane asylum spattered with blood." I think we must be doing it wrong around here... we usually can't even get games before the release date, much less get free rotting meat.
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Countering a DMCA Takedown In the Magnet Wars 475

Posted by kdawson
from the not-attractive dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Zen Magnets, a maker of neodymium magnet toys, has been under assault by the much larger and better distributed Buckyballs, maker of a nearly identical toy. After Zen Magnets listed a couple of eBay auctions with a set of Buckyballs and a set of their own, asking customers to decide which was of higher quality, Buckyballs replied with a legal threat. Zen Magnets countered with an open video response, in which they presented the voicemail from Buckyballs and demonstrated their claims of quality through repeatable, factual tests, providing quantitative data to back up their assertions. Soon after, Buckyballs CEO Jake Bronstein got the video taken down from YouTube via a DMCA takedown, despite the fact that the only elements not made by Zen Magnets are the voicemail he left and some images of himself, which are low-resolution and publicly available online. Zen Magnets has decided to file a counter-takedown notice — not effective yet apparently, since the video is still marked as taken down." Slashdot's sister company ThinkGeek sells Buckyballs. No, we don't get kickbacks, but we totally should.
Update: 09/23 13:23 GMT by KD : Reader Coopjust (872796) points out one place where the disputed video has been mirrored.

Comment: Re:Fuck the doomed (Score 1) 591

by zaren (#33162580) Attached to: Google CEO Schmidt Predicts End of Online Anonymity

"You can't expect everyone to have working technical knowledge in cryptographic systems and anonymity."

At this stage of the game, why would they have to have that knowledge? PGP was almost point-and-click easy ten years ago. With all the captchas and logins and general interface fluffery folks have to deal with these days online, how much more troublesome would it be to incorporate a key generator into the process of creating a new account somewhere?

Comment: Re:Worst environmental accident EVER (Score 1) 593

by zaren (#32301360) Attached to: BP's Final "Top Kill" Procedure For Gulf Oil Spill

Localized problem? Maybe now, long after the fact, but at the time...

"Four hundred times more radioactive material was released than had been by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The fallout was detected over all of Europe except for the Iberian Peninsula"

-- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_disaster

And as for the worst disaster ever...

"The suck-and-salvage technique was developed in desperation across the Arabian Gulf following a spill of mammoth proportions -- 700 million gallons -- that has until now gone unreported, as Saudi Arabia is a closed society, and its oil company, Saudi Aramco, remains owned by the House of Saud. But in 1993 and into '94, with four leaking tankers and two gushing wells, the royal family had an environmental disaster nearly sixty-five times the size of Exxon Valdez on its hands..."

-- http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/gulf-oil-spill-supertankers-051310

Which doesn't mean this isn't the worst disaster the Western Hemisphere has seen, which is very likely will be by the time it's done.

Comment: "other" readers (Score 1) 503

by zaren (#29398683) Attached to: E-book readers ...

Earlier this year, i was using an old greyscale Palm PIlot I borrowed from work as a reader. I got through several Cory Doctorow books on it, as well as several other books. I think I broke the down button on the thing, in fact.

Now, I have an iPod Touch, with four different book and pdf readers on it... and I haven't really read anything on it yet. Too busy with the videos and the email and the games and stuff. The Palm was really useless to me for anything except book reading. There's something to be aid for specialized devices, after all.

Comment: Re:And what could be more pointless than Twitter? (Score 1) 88

by zaren (#28549841) Attached to: The Twitter Book

The people you DON'T follow make it interesting, too. Thanks to my mindless personal ramblings on Twitter that other people found, I have learned about, among other things:

o Where to buy a good digeridoo
o Modern-day old-school radio plays being performed in Britain
o The benefits of acupuncture over chiropracters

I have also won a $25 Amazon gift card thanks to Twitter, and gotten a free cell phone upgrade (from my provider's support contact) as well!

I used to have the same complaints about Facebook that others have about Twitter. Just like any other service on the Internet, Twitter is what you make of it.

The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination -- but the combination is locked up in the safe. -- Peter DeVries

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