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Comment This is my job so... yes (Score 1) 246

It's my job to trace IPs back to customer's accounts.
Big ISPs have nice record keeping and database systems setup to make it easy, but even the little guys can track you down with very little trouble.

It's not hard to trace an IP address back to a customer's internet account and (in many cases) a physical address.

Sure you can't tell exactly who was at the keyboard, but as far your ISP is concerned, who you allow to access your account is your problem. The account holder is responsible for what takes place over the service they signed up for.

When it comes to major legal issues, we are able to give police a very firm places to start looking (a physical address, a hostname, access logs etc) and from there they can check your hard drives, network, home router config, and decide how likely a suspect you are from that.


Submission + - Sony official statement regarding PS3 hacking (

tekgoblin writes: Sony has stepped up it's stance on anyone circumventing protection of any kind on the PlayStation 3 and released a statement today. Most recently Sony had barred George Hotz (Geohot) from releasing any more information about the console what soever. Now, Sony has their eyes set on other users that may be trying to use pirated software or modded PlayStation consoles on their network. The statement reads:

Notice: Unauthorized circumvention devices for the PlayStation 3 system have been recently released by hackers. These devices permit the use of unauthorized or pirated software. Use of such devices or software violates the terms of the “System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System” and the “Terms of Services and User Agreement” for the PlayStation Network/Qriocity and its Community Code of Conduct provisions. Violation of the System Software Licence Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System invalidates the consumer guarantee for that system. In addition, copying or playing pirated software is a violation of International Copyright Laws. Consumers using circumvention devices or running unauthorized or pirated software will have access to the PlayStation Network and access to Qriocity services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently.


Submission + - Wanted: 15 Billion CDs (

An anonymous reader writes: is one of the coolest ways I have seen to sell, buy and trade music online. I am sure that, like me, you have a box full of CDs sitting in your closet that you haven't touched in years. Murfie will pay for you to send them in (they even provide a box) and then give you the ability to trade and sell your music online. The site seems very well done and dead simple to use. Already bought a few albums and traded some away. The best part is that you can download the music later. Thank god. Never have to see those CDs again, but still get to enjoy the music. They even let you download in FLAC for you audiophiles out there.

Submission + - DHS Screws Up Domain Seizures Again (

An anonymous reader writes: Once again, it appears that Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) group has screwed up seizing domains. This time it took a dynamic DNS provider, because apparently a few people who used it may have done something involving child porn. In doing so, however, ICE turned every one of the over 84,000 websites that use into an image claiming they were taken down for child porn. Perhaps some of those website owners will decide to file defamation charges against the US government for falsely claiming they were involved in child porn.

Comment Re:how (Score 1) 266

and just make it an option instead of forcing it on people

This is exactly what Mozilla needs to lean to start doing. I don't even care if they bury those options in about:config but major changes to basic things like address bars, title bars, status bars, tabs, etc should all be 100% optional not need yet another add-on. I prefer using add-ons to extend the browser, not restore functionality. Far too many of the add-ons I have already installed were only added to bring back some feature that was taken out of the browser or changed.

Comment Desktop yes, servers no (Score 1) 440

workstations should have a desktop firewall mostly to monitor outbound connections. (good for keeping apps from phoneing home etc).
most nasty inbound traffic should be blocked at the router but it's nice to be able to block an extra port or random IP when needed on a per machine level.

For servers where you are expecting random incoming traffic it's better to block all unwanted inbound traffic before it ever gets the sever (ACLs work fine here). You don't need to worry about outbound traffic as much, as long as you are doing reasonable things like blocking outbound port 25 for your web server, port 80 for your mail server etc.

Comment Re:Is someone working on fixing this? (Score 1) 77

Anytime someone registers something like it should be setting off red flags everywhere.
I'm not saying these domains should be shutdown automatically or anything, but they should be flagged for review every few weeks and it might not be a bad idea to ask a few questions either.

The fact is that many registrars have worked so hard to lower costs that they cut out the basic checks that would have caught these kinds of domains.

Sure it would never stop someone from setting up a phishing site with a domain like but that domain sure would make it easier for people to detect something wasn't quite right.

In many cases lazy irresponsible registrars are making things too easy for criminals.

Comment Re:Culprit ? (Score 1) 376

Word of mouth sunk the movie first.

Reviews of the movie were good.
I'm guessing that maybe many others (like myself) were well past starting to get sick of war in general and the war in iraq in particular. There has been a huge number of war movies set in the middle east over the last several years and maybe people who still bothered to go to a theater wanted something a little different.

Comment Re:Multiple software produces the best result (Score 2, Informative) 215

Not at all, only that you aren't likely to find something that will give you output exactly like what you'd want to present it to a non-tech (in some cases very non-tech) crowd. Benchmarking software is pretty much all designed for techs, as techs are the only ones who generally want to know a machines benchmarks.

The results you'll get from benchmarking software will give way more detail than "C level execs" are going to want to look at and will present it in ways that will be hard for them to grasp.

A presenter (tech translator) who gets the results that he/she understands best and then combines/reformats that info more or less by hand into something to show to the suits will have the best chance of getting the point across clearly and quickly.

My point was just that when you're shopping around for and trying out benchmarking software for this purpose, don't spend time worrying about if the app gives you pretty graphs for anyone else. Get whatever works best for you and be ready to spend a few minutes creating something pretty from that data on your own.

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