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Comment Not so great (Score 3, Interesting) 518

The saddest thing is that probably each and every citizen -- be them old, young, children, ill, healthy -- will have (as in obliged) to pay his or her visit to the funeral in order to say a last good bye, in a country with a terrible winter and where artificial heating is a luxury only available to the great members of the party. Perhaps even a little sadder is knowing that absolutely nothing will change, for his son has been trained since his early years to take on daddy's position and keep up with the realm of terror, not to mention that the old military leaders who were by KJI's side the whole time still remain.

The positive thing about his death to the citizens of North Korea is to show them that despite of what their government have been saying, their leaders are not deities nor special in any way, and are prone to die just like any other human. I wonder how his death is being explained to citizens -- perhaps they are being taught that the dearest leader ascended to the skies after fulfilling his role as a guide to humanity.

Comment Re:Only two remote holes... (Score 1) 536

What really gets me worried is that even the audit freaks who develop OpenBSD weren't able to see this. If it turns out to be true then what about other projects which less savvy developers? What about Linux? Not long ago it was reported that the workhorse of Linux development are mostly paid developers, of which most are employed in private companies. What's the chance of FBI having some of them in their payroll?

Other than that, I imagine the "backdoor" is probably a very well hidden bug that allows key leaking of some sort and for which only the FBI has the exploit.

Comment Re:Come on, you can do better than that! (Score 1) 334

They don't need to dig up any dirt on the man. They could, but it would be a worthless effort. Unless he has raped children before eating their fleshes while they were still alive or has been the central figure of some major economical scandal, they know they can't make him look bad to his followers and to the whole lot of people supporting WikiLeaks. The kind of support and supporters he has attracted are quite hard to get, and once gathered they are quite hard to get rid of as well. Besides finding a way to put him behind bars (be it legal or not) and perhaps shutting down his whole operation in order to avoid the disclose of the rest of the cables, there isn't much they can do about what has happened already.

Comment Group? (Score 1) 390

Seriously, why the heck someone would post such stupidity on Slashdot? Everyone knows there isn't a group called "Anonymous". It's just a bunch of perverts with nothing better to do, doing it for the lulz. Most of them can't tell the difference between TCP and UDP, but one doesn't need to know that to install LOIC and fire up a load of nasty packets to a predesignated target. They don't know what the fuck they are doing, they just got a informational image on 4chan describing where to download LOIC, what goes where, and they are all set. It is like this incredible stupid hive with no one leading, one just follows the neighbour without asking questions.

And regarding the traceability of such people, seriously? People are actually doing studies on this? Give me a fucking break. They are anonymous in the sense that one doesn't need to sing up on 4chan to post, nor identify oneself. That's all there's to it. 4chan keep all their IP address logged, they know it and they can't care enough to use proxies.

They are trolling the world, and it is sad that timothy has taken the bait.

Comment Re:DDoS Attacks, or Rightful Protest? (Score 1) 703

The goal of a DDoS attack is to make the site unavailable to those who want to access it.

You can make a picket and you are not in the wrong if people decide to buy somewhere else just to avoid it, there's no problem with that. What you can't do is to chain the doors of the store and make it impossible for people to go in even if they want to.

It should be clear that those are completely different things. The on-line equivalent of a picket is getting ad space on public sites willing to provide it and promoting "XYZ Corp. is evil" campaigns.

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