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Comment Re:What's the big problem? (Score 1) 394

It's pretty much useless in any event. A handwriting expert sufficiently qualified to decide who wrote the signature is going to cost at least $10,000 per analysis. That is, more then 10 times the amount of the transaction. Through no fault of their own, they aren't 100% accurate. They are going to be far less accurate when all they have is a digital capture of a signature to work with.

In other words, the signature thing is mostly theater.

Submission + - Has Debian updates server DDOS'ed itself? 1

Hemlock Stones writes: I am seeing a 35 program security update for 64 bit Wheezy bring my Update Manager to a total halt while it waits for data/responses from the official North American update server mirror. I have let Update Manager run for over an hour on two different computers for three consecutive days, including today, to no avail. I prefer to stick with the official mirror because I believe (hope) that it is the least likely to be compromised.

I have been having problems with large security updates over the last year or so like completely cutting off downloads in progress sometimes with only seconds remaining to complete and never restart them (OK I only waited 10 minutes a couple of time mainly because I found the best strategy was to cancel the current update attempt and start a new one whereupon the transfer would start back up in fairly quickly and always complete). Or taking minutes to get to start downloading updates and then minutes more to start to install them while sometimes only taking a few 10's of seconds to download and install them. I used the display in terminal option to determine that the delays were always at points where Update Manager was waiting for server data/responses.

The fact that nothing has appeared yet on /. is making me wonder if anybody else is seeing this ?

Submission + - Malvertising Campaign Infected Thousands of Users per Day for More than a Year (

An anonymous reader writes: Since the summer of 2015, users that surfed 113 major, legitimate websites were subjected to one of the most advanced malvertising campaign ever discovered, with signs that this might have actually be happening since 2013.

Infecting a whopping 22 advertising platforms, the criminal gang behind this campaign used complicated traffic filtering systems to select users ripe for infection, usually with banking trojans. The campaign constantly pulled between 1 and 5 million users per day, infecting thousands, and netting the crooks millions each month.

The malicious ads, according to this list, were shown on sites like The New York Times, Le Figaro, The Verge, PCMag, IBTimes, ArsTechnica, Daily Mail, Telegraaf, La Gazetta dello Sport, CBS Sports, Top Gear, Urban Dictionary, Playboy,,, and more.

Comment Re: This is why we shouldn't work with women (Score 1) 405

There was that one time... I was at a party and joked to my buddies "Why do people always say they're going to pick up a woman, but they never do? This is how you pick up a woman.", then turned around, grabbed the nearest cutie and thew her over my shoulder.

Then I carried her out of the apartment, down the street to my apartment building, up the stairs and through the apartment, threw her on the bed, tore her clothes off and fucked her brains out.

I never actually asked her for consent, but she was giggling the whole way there, so, I dunno... does that count?

Comment Analysis of the study (Score 1) 304

One, they must have been using ancient devices. They are talking about variable voltage settings on the devices. Modern ecigs are set in terms of wattage (they measure resistance and compute the voltage setting). It would be more helpful if they would report on coil temperature directly since that appears to be the actual significant factor. The voltage tells us practically nothing about the actual temperature (that would vary GREATLY based on the coil).

Since most good e-cigs (read, not the ones produced by the tobacco companies or advertised on TV) have temperature control, knowing the temperatures involved would obviously be useful.

Note that while 'cloud chasers' inhale for 5 seconds, others are closer to 3 or less. I observed myself today and found I inhale for about 3 seconds for the first puff (and sometimes the second) after letting it sit for a while and then take a few additional puffs of a bit less than a second each. Sometimes the followup puffs don't reach my lungs at all.

Next, they show that the worst case was 1/4th the level of a cigarette. That certainly sounds safer to me. Nobody I know of has claimed e-cigs to be perfectly safe, just significantly safer than smoking. It is known that many far more potent carcinogens in cigarette smoke are absent from e-cigs.

It would be useful to know the levels emitted by other common activities likely to involve decomposition, such as cooking or exposure to auto exhaust.

Comment Re:Pogolobotog monkeys win the slig?! (Score 4, Insightful) 109

Parent post and TFA made equal amount of sense.

After all, there is a vast difference between a shipment (sending the product to a warehouse or store) and a sale (customer actually purchasing the product).

It's nice that Samsung shipped more phones than Apple, but how many of them are sitting in a stuffed channel, as opposed to sitting in customer hands as a sold item?

Apple only reports actual sales, so until/unless Samsung reports actual sales, TFA means absolutely nothing at all, and looks awfully the same as Microsoft's old Xbox channel-stuffing antics.

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