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Comment Unauthorized Access (Score 1) 170

By ignoring robots.txt, archive.org would be gaining unauthorized access to a computer system as access was expressly denied as per the Robots Exclusion Standard.

To further disseminate the archived pages would be added infringements.

I think that they need to campaign site owners to modify their robots.txt and if need be, lobby for exclusions to the Computer Misuse Act.

Comment Medical Malpractice (Score 1) 19

Suing for medical malpractice requires time and deep pockets. A medical practitioner can never admit wrong if they wish to be covered by their malpractice insurance.

What you are describing isn't uncommon. Some doctors will go off-protocol because they are following a study that is looking like it has better results. Other times, they don't agree with the treatment at all.

We have had a similar case in Australia recently involving chemo under-dosing.

If this example is anything to go by, the under-dosing was systematic and affected many people. Further, it was found that a number of doctors in this circle had engaged in similar practices.

If you are part of a community where you are able to track down other patients of this doctor, you may find one or more of them with deep pockets or may have the numbers to look at a class action.

I have been involved with a number of medical crowd-funding campaigns and also a number of legal crowd-funding campaigns and I do feel that crowd-funding legal fees for medical malpractice will be quite difficult as your audience is small. People are much more likely to donate to save a life, or to defend against an injustice. Having said that, crowd-funding exists for exactly this reason and I do believe that you should attempt a campaign on multiple platforms.

I would look at some of the more well known platforms plus some of the specialty platforms. I would also Google search for any successful campaigns for lawsuits and/or medical malpractice.

I would suggest GoFundMe, Funded Justice, and CrowdDefend for a start.

If you haven't done a crowd-funding campaign before, I would suggest engaging someone who has. Many people skilled in campaigns may do it for a share, an upfront fee, or publicity. The amount of funds you will need to raise will be unlikely without wider media and community involvement. Get in touch with advocacy groups.

Before starting the campaign, I would suggest a legal consultation and also a 2nd or 3rd medical opinion. I would even ask the doctor if they would be willing to testify in court on standard dosages (and range of doses). I would document any reasoning from your doctor WHY they are giving you these doses, if they are standard, if this dose is given to all patients or a personalized dose based on other medical factors. I would also make a list of anything you may have conveyed or any behavior that could be used in a defense. This includes not following guidelines on diet or drug/medication use. I would make sure that the alternative doctor(s) and legal counsel are well aware of these.

The path of least resistance is to simply change doctors. The two motivators for a lawsuit are: a) Justice through doctor's possible loss of license, income, or wealth; and b) a pay day. If you were not permanently harmed, winning a large amount of damages (large enough to cover legal and the years in court) will be unlikely without the best legal representation.

Our medical, legal, and crowd-funding systems all have room for improvement.

Submission + - SPAM: How often is Linux really used in Linux-related jobs? 3

jumpingjack1 writes: Long story short, my employer got upset because I was doing my development work through Linux rather than Windows. He claims it's because everyone else in this company uses Windows and that most corporations do Linux development through Windows terminals. This is only my second Linux job (first one didn't mind at all) and needless to say, I'm not sure what the real world looks like.
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Comment Re:Maybe this will be modded 'troll' but... (Score 2) 347

We allow self driving cars on the road that may kill people and look the other way every time there is an accident, yet nail Microsoft to the wall for making a bad software design choice.

People aren't being forced to immediately forego their use of a more traditional motor vehicle in favour of an under-tested self-driving alternative.

Comment Symbolism (Score 1) 7

I reside in the city that started Earth Hour - Sydney.

Having said that, there are years that I have embraced it and years that I have supported "Human Achievement Hour" (which occur simultaneously).

I have recently come to the realisation that while Earth Hour itself has little benefit for the planet, the symbolism itself is a marker for the brain. It brings to consciousness, the affect humans have on the planet. This could (but probably won't) change behaviours.

The original focus of Earth Hour was to have offices turn off their lights to demonstrate the waste of energy. While the offices claim that security is the reason for leaving on lights, the true reason is energy pricing and the discounts that come with higher usage.

While it may not be in the best interest of a business to reduce energy consumption, I do believe, whether or not one supports the concept of climate change, that the reduction in energy usage through minimal behavioral changes while retaining functionality should be often brought to the forefront of thought.

As such, I now observe Earth Hour like I would a moment of silence.

Submission + - Google Reducing Trust in Symantec Certificates Following Numerous Slip-Ups (bleepingcomputer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Google Chrome engineers announced plans to gradually remove trust in old Symantec SSL certificates and intent to reduce the accepted validity period of newly issued Symantec certificates, following repeated slip-ups on the part of Symantec. Google's decision comes after the conclusion of an investigation that started on January 19, and which unearthed several problems with Symantec's certificate issuance process, such as 30,000 misissued certificates. In September 2015, Google also discovered that Symantec issued SSL certificates for Google.com without authorization. Symantec blamed the incident on three rogue employees, who it later fired. This move from Google will force all owners of older Symantec certificates to request a new one. Google hopes that by that point, Symantec would have revamped its infrastructure and will be following the rules agreed upon by all the other CAs and browser makers.

Comment Re: Full Spectrum Problem (Score 2) 151

Usb devices? The os, and therefore you, decides what happens when usb devices connect.

Nope. USB operates at a lower level than the OS. USB is capable of talking to other pieces of hardware without the OS's involvement (or knowledge). USB even has Direct Memory Access.

Usb is not a magic backdoor, unless your os is seriously flawed.

Yes it is. Many OSes even cooperate by providing APIs for forensic/diagnostic/recovery tools that operate via USB.

Most oses will not autoexec something on an usb stick, for example.

Most oses will not autoexec something on a valid USB stick. The BIOS will though. And just because something is connected via USB doesn't mean it has to tell the truth about what it is. The stick could present as a drive AND a keyboard, with the keyboard inputting commands to run a file on the drive.

The USB can be used to dump memory (and keys) using various methods, the simplest but least effective method is the Cold Boot Attack. DMA Attacks have become more straightforward with USB 3.1 as the controller now has DMA instead of just the PCI it is connected to.

Submission + - Your Hotel Room Photos Could Help Catch Sex Traffickers (cnn.com)

dryriver writes: CNN reports: Police find an advert for paid sex online. Its an illegally trafficked underage girl posing provocatively in a Hotel room. But police doesn't know where this hotel room is — what city, what neighborhood, what hotel or hotel room. This is where the TraffickCam phone app comes in. When you are staying at a hotel, you take pictures of your room with it. The app logs the GPS data (location of the hotel) and also analyzes what is in the picture — the furniture, bedsheets, carpet and other visual features. This makes the hotel room identifiable. Now when Police come across a sex trafficking picture online, there is a database of images that may reveal which hotel room the picture was taken in. About 100,000 people have downloaded TraffickCam so far.

Submission + - Work-life balance: Cryptographer fired by BAE for having dying wife 2

mdecerbo writes: A new lawsuit by cryptographer Don Davis against multinational defense giant BAE Systems highlights the fact that companies are free to have their boasts about "work-life balance" amount to nothing but idle talk.

The Boston Globe reports that his first day on the job, Davis explained that his wife had late-stage cancer. We would work his full work day in the office, but if he was needed nights or weekends, he'd want to work from home. His supervisor was fine with it, but Human Resources fired him on the spot after four hours of employment.

The lawsuit raises interesting questions, such as whether employment law requires corporations to have the sort of common decency we expect from individuals. But what I want to know is, if BAE Systems loses this lawsuit, will they prevent future ones by making their "work-life balance" policy say simply: We own you, body and soul?

Submission + - Filmmakers Take Dutch State to Court Over Lost Piracy Revenue (torrentfreak.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A coalition of Dutch film and TV producers is following through on their threat to file a lawsuit against the local Government. The filmmakers hold the authorities responsible for the country's high piracy rates. They claim the government tolerated and even encouraged unauthorized downloading for years and want to see compensation as a result. Last year the Dutch Government denied these allegations, noting that the filmmakers could go after downloaders directly if they want to recoup their losses. However, they are not backing down.

Comment Cue denial (Score 1) 447

How long before Zeynep comes out and says that the leaks are fake / inaccurate / technically void and urges the public to keep using WhatsApp; Calling those who stop using it idiots, fools, traitors, and scum.

Will she denounce Fox for reporting on it like she denounced The Guardian. You betcha.

A spook in geeks clothing.

Submission + - Prenda Saga Update: John Steele Pleads Guilty, Admits Entire Scheme

Freshly Exhumed writes: Ken White at Popehat has updated the Prenda Law saga today with news of the downfall of one of the principals: 'Back in December the feds charged Steele and Hansmeier with an array of federal crimes arising from a scheme that has now been identified and decried by federal courts across the country. And today John Steele pleaded guilty in federal court to two counts of that indictment — mail fraud in violation of 18 USC 1341 and money laundering in violation of 18 USC 1956(h). Upon entry of judgment after his sentencing, John Steele will be a convicted felon with a federal fraud conviction. His career as a lawyer — or, more generally, as a gainfully employed person — is over.' Still to come is the case of Steele's colleague and partner, Paul Hansmeier.

Comment Good luck (Score 1) 6

You are completely on point.

Tech needs a lot more old-schoolers. I hope that your recovery goes well and they you are able to contribute more.

Please never give up your oft insightful and occasionally controversial commentary as it adds a lot to Slashdot and helps drown out the fanbois and zealots.

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