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Submission + - Anonabox Accused Of Lying About Its Product Being Open-Source On Kickstarter

blottsie writes: The 'anonabox' has raised more than $550,000 on Kickstarter in only three days. But some believe the company's claims that the router-like device, which is said to automatically route users' Internet traffic through Tor, is entirely open-source are false.

Anonabox developer August Germar tells the Daily Dot, however, that the device was commissioned specifically to run their code.

Comment It's not about the show! (Score 3) 193

For everyone saying "it's just a show": that's not the problem. Walter O'Brien is using his credibility from his show to promote himself as a real super-genius consultant. He has news programs touting him as the person who solved the Boston marathon bombings. He spent two hours on the radio last night promoting his "concierge" service. It's not just a bad TV show; the guy is perpetrating a real-life fraud.

Comment Re:Then, he's the writer of the series? (Score 1) 193

I don't understand why it'd matter. Just look at him as the writer of the series.

He's been all over the media promoting his super-genius consulting company, and CBS has been running news stories proclaiming his "achievements":


Comment Accidentally submitted (Score 1) 2

I was editing the title, must have hit enter in the wrong field, and next thing I knew the story was submitted. So two corrections:

1) Title should finish "...behind CBS's Scorpion TV drama"

2) Beginning ("Back in August") should link to previous slashdot story: http://entertainment.slashdot....

Submission + - Another look at Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien, the "genius hacker" behind CBS 2

1729 writes: Back in August, there was speculation that the "real life" Walter O'Brien (alleged inspiration for CBS's new drama Scorpion) might be a fraud. Mike Masnick from techdirt follows up on the story:

The more you dig, the more of the same you find. Former co-workers of O'Brien's have shown up in comments or reached out to me and others directly — and they all say the same thing. Walter is a nice enough guy, works hard, does a decent job (though it didn't stop him from getting laid off from The Capital Group), but has a penchant for telling absolutely unbelievable stories about his life. It appears that in just repeating those stories enough, some gullible Hollywood folks took him at his word (and the press did too), and now there's a mediocre TV show about those made up stories.

Masnick's article is a fascinating look at a man who appears to have conned both TV executives and journalists into believing his far-fetched Walter Mitty fantasies.

Submission + - The mythical made up legend of Walter O'Brien .. (techdirt.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A few weeks ago, we wrote about "Walter O'Brien," the guy who is supposed to be the basis of the CBS TV show Scorpion. The problem we had was that O'Brien made a ton of absolutely fantastical claims and, after doing a little fact checking, none of them seemed to check ou

Comment Fact check: LLNL isn't shut down (yet) (Score 1) 118

Because the staff and management are contractors, not Fed employees, LLNL is not shut down. The Lab will begin shutting down next week (assuming the budget boondoggle continues), but until now has been fully staffed with the exception of a very small number of people directly employed by DOE.

Comment Re:Private browsing (Score 1) 382

Google searches can be made over SSL. You could also tunnel to your home proxy server.

Unfortunately, a lot of employers perform MITM attacks to defeat SSL. I know my employer does. This creates a significant security risk, not the least because it trains employees to ignore certificate errors, but it's increasingly common.

Comment Re:Rubbish (Score 1) 496

You really have no idea how bullets work, do you? The metal casings are for the bullets, not the guns. If you attempt to make a bullet with a plastic casing (you can't buy them), it will fail on the first shot. Not the second shot, not the third, the first. If you use plastic casings on a bullet, it will explode and you will fail. No debate.

Caseless ammunition already exists.

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