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Comment Use This Thunderbird Plugin (Score 4, Informative) 247

This does not directly address the question, but it is topical.

I do the same thing with my domain and it was always a hassle to make sure I filled in the correct From: address on each email I sent. Then I found the Virtual Identity Plugin for thunderbird.

It automagically remembers what From: address to use with what To: address. It also makes the From: line fully editable on the fly and remembers what you used for the next time. It makes it dead simple to make sure that you never accidentally leak one of your unique addresses to the wrong person/company.

Comment Re:Is it fixed? (Score 4, Insightful) 247

They need to at least confirm to him that they took him seriously and are at least attempting to track down the leak so that no more addresses leak out. Chances are they've got at least one PC with malware harvesting email addresses. If that's the case, they probably have other malware too.

Comment Public Shaming (Score 4, Interesting) 247

It's practically impossible to get anyone to acknowledge something like that. From their perspective they just think you are yet another ass who thinks they know more about the internet than they really do.

I don't even bother any more. I get spam/malware it goes into the block list and I don't do business with the company anymore. If you really care about it, make it public. If you have a blog make an entry about it and hope it shows up in google. Or post the info here, if it gets modded up google will probably index it.

Comment Re:Sound familiar? (Score 1) 243

Maybe you can't charge people to listen to it, but you can legally charge people to rent the CD from you.

Not in the USA.

See 17 U.S.C. Â109(b)(1)(A)

Also, if I grab random people off the street and ask them if the want to come to my house to listen to the latest insert artist name here CD, it's perfectly legal. Even though once I get enough people, they are a crowd, and they are strangers, it's not a public performance.

The operative term here is "my house." Do it basically anywhere besides that and it is a public performance.

Comment Re:Sound familiar? (Score 1) 243

You can haul as many strangers around in your Honda as you want and charge them as much money as you can convince them to pay for the privilege. You can't legally charge anyone to listen to your CD and you certainly can't play it for a crowd of strangers even if they don't pay you a dime.

Comment Re:No damage? (Score 4, Insightful) 214

There seems to be this common misconception that a network can be broken into without causing any damage. Tell that to the IT department that has to re-flash and re-image every damn machine on the network to make sure no backdoors were left behind.

Those actions and associated costs are not the result of having your network broken into. They are the result of being told your network is vulnerable - even if you have no knowledge that the network was actually broken into.

Comment Re:Next - SE for houses without security systems (Score 0) 85

So by that logic, I assume you rape every woman you pass on a dark street, mug the elderly who don't go out in groups, and commit every other crime of opportunity to shame people into what *you* consider proper, minimum safe behavior. How brave and noble of you.

Yes, in fact I make suire to rape and mug every chance I get!!

The fact that you have to make such an absurd argument ought to be a clue that you have misunderstood the original point.

Comment Re:Industrial revolution standard procedure (Score 1) 174

To you, "education" doesn't means people who are educated to do tasks, such as engineers, teachers and so on. It means being indoctrinated to think the way you do.

Really? That is such baloney. Total cop-out. Education means an increase in knowledge and skills and that universally means more than just technical school.

Because there are numerically more educated (as in high education) people in China now then in any other country in the world.

And yet as a proportion of the population, they are still quite small and quite new. You don't get political change until you get at least a sizable minority interested in change. Come back in 2 generations and you will be eating crow, and I don't mean chicken feet.

Comment Re:Next - SE for houses without security systems (Score 3, Insightful) 85

Well, at least one difference is that when a website gets hacked it is almost always the people visiting the website who are the target because the goal of the hacker is either to grab information about those users from the hacked system or to use the hacked system to distribute exploits to anyone that browses there.

While when a house is broken into, it is basically a problem for the owners of the house and not really anyone else.

So publishing a list of vulnerabilities on websites serves the purpose of shaming the website operators into better protecting their users.

Comment Re:Industrial revolution standard procedure (Score 1) 174

1. Not "overborrowing" but "borrowing". In general. Chinese SAVE money.

Still not applicable to the topic at hand.

2. These laws are not seen as important even when they are enacted. Locals simply do not care for them.

Ah, now at least you have a relevant point. I disagree though. I'd say that sort of problem goes away as the general population becomes more educated. When everybody is a starving, illiterate peasant then there isn't much ability to take a larger view. Fortunately, most of the people affected are no longer starving and education has become exceptionally important in China over the last decade+. Even if it is more of a technical nature than most western educations it is still a huge step forward in the average citizen's ability to comprehend cause and effect and their place in the larger world. I don't expect change to happen over night (it didn't happen overnight in the west either), at a minimum the majority of the last generation still has to die off or otherwise get out of the way.

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