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Comment Re:The IRS ? (Score 1) 105

I went so far as to look into the IRS Criminal Investigation manual, and I will admit it was a challenge to take it all in. But I found it quite curious that the IRS were the ones who initiated this investigation. (see page 21 of ) Not much more is said about it, but I have to question why was the IRS investigating a torrent site? Is it because someone running it may have been in the US, and may have been profiting from it? That is the only thing I can think of, but that leads to all kinds of other questions.

Apparently one of the charges against him is money laundering and that falls under the purview of the IRS. Remember, they put Al Capone away for tax evasion.

Comment Re:Where did the money come from? (Score 2) 159

OK, but what made them illegal?

The original source of the money doesn't have to be illegal to trigger money laundering laws. It's the act of hiding transactions from the government (which may be otherwise legal or illegal) which is illegal. Even making repeated deposits or withdrawals in amounts just under $10,000 to avoid reporting requirements counts as money laundering even if there was no illegal activity involved in procuring the money.

Comment Maybe Slashdot should change the category/icon. (Score 2) 66

If Slashdot doesn't condone piracy, maybe Slashdot shouldn't categorize stories involving Torrent sites (which host both legal as well as infringing material) under the "piracy" category and show the skull and crossbones icon. It made sense for the original story since copyright charges were filed by the U.S. government and so there was a connection to copyright infringement, but simply alerting users to the availability of torrent sites should not be tagged under piracy, at least if Slashdot doesn't want to give the appearance of condoning piracy.

Comment Re:Some thoughts (Score 4, Informative) 299

We just saw an article explaining how China had just outlawed ad-blockers.

Does this mean China can accuse the maker of ad-blocking software with a major crime, and require that person to be extradited to China for trial?

Only if he's arrested in another country where ad blockers are illegal. Presumably aiding and abetting copyright infringement is illegal in Poland as well as in the United States.

Submission + - Pokemon Go Doubles Nintendo's Stock Price (

An anonymous reader writes: Shares of Japan's Nintendo Co soared another 14 percent on Tuesday, more than doubling the firm's market capitalization to 4.5 trillion yen ($42.5 billion) in just seven sessions since the mobile game Pokemon GO was launched in the United States. The phenomenal success of Pokemon GO — now available in 35 countries, the majority in Europe, and most recently in Canada — has triggered massive buying in Nintendo shares, surprising even some seasoned market players. Nintendo shares ended Tuesday up 14.4 percent at 31,770 yen, bringing its gains to more than 100 percent since the launch of the game on July 6. Turnover in Nintendo shares hit 703.6 billion yen, surpassing the record for trading turnover in individual shares it set on Friday, of 476 billion yen. Trading in Nintendo shares roughly accounted for a quarter of the entire trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's main board. The success of Pokemon GO, unforeseen even by its creators, has boosted hopes that Nintendo could capitalize on a line-up of popular characters ranging from Zelda to Super Mario to strengthen its new foray into augmented reality.

Comment Re:Unfair System (Score 2) 42

In a fair economic situation every company would have total access to a competitor's data. That way they can price compete while both having all the information. In an unfair system what does it mean to cheat? Is it to the players' benefit that all the data is kept secret? After all if all know the truth the pay might be much higher.

The problem with your argument is there is a often a monetary value to information. Man hours have to be spent to collect and analyze this data. If it all has to be shared with competitors, there'd be no incentive for businesses to spend the resources to create that information in the first place.

Comment Re:Another Day Another Mass Shooting (Score 2) 60

How many people in the US have to die before we realize that private ownership of guns is terrible idea?

You don't need a gun. If you have one, you can dispose of it at any police station, no questions asked.

Although there may be some merit to what you say, I fail to see what it has to do with a password reuse tool.

Comment Re:No, we need to stop doing illicit things online (Score 5, Insightful) 126

This may be good advice in a relatively free country where people are allowed to criticize their government as well as investigate bad behavior by those in power, but in many countries in the world people don't have those freedoms which we take for granted. People living in oppressive regimes may need to rely more on technological means to protect their rights to organize and to criticize their government. An essential part of a participatory democracy is that people can be critical of their government, and if we want more countries to follow that model, people need to be free to exchange ideas without fear of reprisal.

Comment That's why we wear watches on our left hands. (Score 3, Funny) 105

People don't realize this, but about a hundred years ago when people switched from pocket watches to wrist watches, they were clever enough to realize that future models would feature motion sensors and people would do their banking at electronic cash dispensing machines. Hence the tradition of wearing watches on the left hand.

Comment Re:median vs average (Score 1) 622

You should never spend more than 20% of you annual income on a car. Median income in the US is ~$50,000 per year. So half the US population can only afford a are of $10,000. Good luck finding a new car at that price.

Where did you get the 20% figure? I typically spend about half my annual income on a new car. I start saving for my next car shortly after I buy one.

Comment Re: Maybe they should work harder at cheat-proofin (Score 1) 250

Or maybe anti social dorks shouldn't make it so that entertainment requires banking level security to keep these losers from ruining the fun for everyone else. The fault lies with the cheats not the manufacturers.

That would be a perfectly valid philosophy in a situation with a small population of people that know each other. Most people are honest, and most people don't want to be the jerk that screws things up for everybody. But that kind of thinking doesn't scale to large populations, especially where the "anonymity" of the Internet is concerned. There are people in the world, admittedly a small minority, that actually enjoy making life miserable for others. And if you have a sufficiently large population, it will include some of the those people. So building software with proper security shouldn't be limited just to banks.

Comment Maybe they should work harder at cheat-proofing (Score 2, Interesting) 250

Maybe they should work harder at cheat-proofing their games. If cheaters can so easily ruin the game for others, then they should perhaps design their games more robustly. Imagine if banking systems worked this way: they only way your bank can protect money in your account is to launch lawsuits at "cheat sites" which tell people how to steal money from other people's accounts. If their systems were designed that poorly, no one would have any money left in their bank accounts. Perhaps similar security practices should be applied to game design.

Comment Not feasible against a good password. (Score 4, Interesting) 84

I read the article and it looks like this exploit merely allows offline brute forcing of the password. Now, of course, many people choose short passwords on their portable devices, but if you choose a password with sufficient entropy (at least 100 bits, or better yet, 128) you should be safe from this attack. Note: that would require a fairly long and random alphanumeric password.

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