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Comment Re:I'm not ashamed to admit (Score 5, Funny) 274

Actually, the guy being stung knew PRECISELY how far it was, 656 feet, and he counted every step of the way. 153 feet to the lake... fuck fuck fuck 117 feet to the lake... 98 feet to the lake... fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck 45 feet to the lake fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck FUCK FUCK FUCK splash

It was the media that converted to 200m due to the international audience. I think it loses something in the SI translation.

Comment Re:Tor compromised (Score 1) 620

In fact- if I were doing something illegal- when regular articles about the silk road started being posted, I'd shut things down and take my profits.

Or sell it off for legit cash and move somewhere offshore. But yeah, once /. started talking about it, it was clear that they were going to get busted at some point. I guess he thought he could keep it going.

I don't know why you couldn't run this operation from outside the US. Just FedEx the packages to the US, and anything that gets stopped at the border is part of the cost of doing business.

Comment Re:Tor compromised (Score 5, Informative) 620

It's not a "lucky coincidence". I'm Canadian and I buy some stuff online. Here's why they tend to open packages:

1. Canadian Border Services gets $5 for every package they open. (I call this the "putting their dick in it" fee.) You can not appeal this fee.
2. As you have more stuff sent to you, they tend to open more of your packages. My ex-wife ordered lots of stuff online (mostly knitting supplies) and towards the end of her interest in her hobby, they were opening 90% of her packages. Mine were rarely opened.
3. They get a little more openy when you're doing your own brokerage. FedEx and UPS charge about $40 for brokerage, so some people do it themselves for $10. This requires you to go down to the border (or quasi-border), which in my city is the airport.

So it wasn't a tip-off, it was just CBS looking for extra cash.

Comment Re:Uhmm...BlewBerry? (Score 1) 278

I guess the US phone network infrastructure was just simply so bad back in the day that special solutions were required?

Back in 2000, it was an incredible idea to get your phones to connect to servers or desktops. One of my first co-op jobs used a pile o' kludges to connect to Outlook (including a hilarious GUI hack), and we used some preset commands to get a pseudo-CLI on a Nokia.

The phones we have today are significantly more powerful than the desktops we had back when RIM was at the top of their game. Connectivity is remarkable -- I can connect my phone to my thermostat and stream music to my bicycle.

Comment Re:Uhmm...BlewBerry? (Score 2, Insightful) 278

Blackberry was killed by their failure to upgrade their infrastructure.

Do you guys remember when they lost all emails, not once but TWICE in a matter of a week? That was what got businesses to say "oh shit, this isn't something we can depend on" and get other phones working. I'll bet that they're still running all their services through that same fucked up server in Ontario, despite the failure they've had on the unit.

Once that seed of doubt got planted, compounded by the fact that people could start using their personal phones (i.e. free to corporate) for business, that was it. Stick a fork in them, they're done. The one thing they said they were good for they couldn't do anymore.

Of course, given that they were hilariously spied-on and infiltrated (not as much, but almost as badly as Nortel), who's to say if those failures were accidents or if they were pushed?

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