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Submission + - SPAM: Quicken Bill Pay is No Longer Safe to Use 1

Bruce Perens writes: I don't usually make security calls, but when a company makes egregious and really clueless security mistakes, it's often the case that the only way to attract their attention and get the issue fixed is to publicize it. This one is with Quicken Bill Pay, a product of Metavante (not Intuit). It's from personal observation rather than an expert witness case, and the company has been unresponsive through their customer support channel.
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Comment Abandoning Time-Worn Processes Leads to Atrophy (Score 5, Insightful) 158

Scientists determined that those people who made use of machine washing rather than hand washing had diminished hand strength and neurological motor communication necessary for fine motor control. Seamstresses who bought thread rather than using the spinning jenny were similarly impaired. But worst off were teamsters who used the internal combustion trucks rather than teams of horses and used forklifts and other mechanical devices rather than loading their vehicles by hand. Their overall body strength was much reduced.

Submission + - SPAM: Camada: mafia charges stayed after using Stingray

Pig Hogger writes: Canadian prosecutors have decided to stay charges against 36 mafiosi, after defence laywers challenged evidence obtained through the use of Stingray devices. (Stingray are highly secretive and controversial devices mimic a legitimate cell phone tower in order to intercept communications from nearby cell phones).
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Comment Humans needed but there are some solutions (Score 1) 124

There are some things that will work.
A major provider carries email for a lot of people and can tell if mail is spam if
- the people have no intersecting interests
- they mostly receive it at the same time
- a number of users mark it as spam (nearly all users who regularly mark anything as spam)
Google is obviously doing this and some other for-pay providers too, is my guess. I'd pay for a way to be able to test my email headers against such a service without actually running my email through their servers.

Also, you can hire people to actually read email subject lines and decide whether email is spam. Probably a small number of people could make a huge difference and I'd propose that the cost of such a system could easily be borne by government, or be covered by a very low fee.

As first line of defense, you can make a someone lenient automatic system that blocks out common keywords/patterns in email. This would probably cover 98% of spam and could be tweaked by an end user (for example anything about Trump, CNN, gambling, Gwen Stefani or hot tubs is spam 100% for sure). A central repository for such keywords/patterns could be very useful to end users. Personally I have a number of accounts some of which are old and combined they send me a huge amount of spam, so I am considering what to do about it. The above would be a big help.

Comment Re:So many bad bosses (Score 1) 299

I outlasted him in the company.

I was never “good enough” for my parents. Always short of this, or short of that. So, of course, I got to think that I wasn’t that good

On the first serious, full-time job I had, where I was the first guy hired by that startup, I was pretty amazed to see many people hired after me getting fired not too long after, until I was poached by one of their clients So I guess I'm not that bad, after all

(And the startup closed after one of the owners went to jail for selling nuclear technology to some exotic country full of good-looking, nice brown people who make very good food).

Comment Re:I'm sure we've all seen this one (Score 1) 299

It’s not exactly what you mean, but it reminds me at a place I worked with, as a senior programmer, who would make you do some menial, stupid job like program EPROMs for half a day (this was before the Internet, so you could not occupy your idle mind while the burner churned around). And when we complained, the most infuriated is that the boss replied “don’t complain, you’re paid four times the normal rate for doing that”

Comment Here is when I stopped giving a shit. (Score 1) 299

I was service manager for a 8 employee company, owned by 3 partners, one of which was my boss (but not the founder).

My boss was out, so the founder told me to go to a client’s and bring back their dot-matrix printer (this was long ago) so we can fix it.

So I head to the client’s, 50 km away. Over there, I look at the printer, and diagnosed the problem and fixed it in 10 seconds.

I then test it, show it to the client, who is totally thrilled.

I go back to the office.

— Where is the printer, the big (but not mine) boss asks?

— Oh, I fixed it over there, to the customer’s satisfaction.

— What? I told him we would bring the printer here! Now he’s going to think we can’t keep our word!

And this is the story of when I stopped giving a shit about my job.

When the company folded 2 months later, I did not give a shit either. And I was glad to no longer having a 3 hour commute.

Comment Re:Tried and True (Score 1) 188

There's no good reason to use PHP. There are bad reasons -- like "PHP is all I know", and "they made me use PHP" -- but there are no good reasons.

There's no good reason to use PHP. There are bad reasons -- like "PHP is all I know", and "they made me use PHP" -- but there are no good reasons.

The best reason is “that’s the only thing the host runs”

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