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Comment Re:Oh great (Score 1) 549

And most banks still consider knowledge of your birthday as an authentication question. Not identification, authentication.

I know of a few big banks that only allow numeric digits! "Between 8 and 12 NUMERIC DIGITS".

Effective MAXIMUM security level -- 6 character password.
Poteltial MINIMUM security level -- 4 character password.

One of those institutions considers the account number itself as some "sup3r secr3t" number that only you are supposed to know, they warn you "don't let anyone know, keep your record of the account number secure".

Comment 'an anonymous government source' (Score 2) 789

The source of the "5000 troops in organized groups" is an 'anonymous government source'. The source of the "they are threatening to nuke us, they claim they will nuke us if necessary" is the Ukrainian government itself, the second least trustworthy source in the region. NOT GOOD ENOUGH. NOT BY FAR.

Without question they've been transferring in armoured equipment, and I wouldn't doubt the number of 1000, and some cross border shelling is believable (something the Russians think they could get away with), but whenever actual media on the ground go looking through "newly won rebel territory", they find nothing but locals. The Ukrainians haven't captured any regular Russian forces in actual combat, just that one small unit out of position near the border weeks ago.

The funniest thing in all of this is that weeks ago when the Ukrainians were making gains, they refused to negotiate while the Russians and Rebels seemed to be willing. Now that the rebels are making gains, guess what? Ukraine wants to negotiate, the rebels not so much.

This "slashdot submission" is dangerously alarmist, and completely unacceptable. The mainstream media needs to be a LOT MORE sensible about what drivel they publish. We cannot allow ourselves to get ourselves hyped up about imaginary dangers.

It would be one hell of a crime if our vaunted "fifth estate" ... normally such a pivotal key part of democratic and free countries ... helps drag us deeper into a pile of crap because they are pursuing advertising dollars.

Comment They've tried everything else.. see details here (Score 1) 248

Some nice detailed info over here:

> In July 2012 Mr. Justice Punnett ordered that the world wide assets of Morgan Jack and Datalink be frozen. The order prohibits Datalink from carrying on business because it prohibits the sale of any inventory.
> ...
> The defendants have effectively disappeared. They have refused to provide any information about where they operate of where they manufacture the GW1000. ... Further, the company appears to be a virtual one.
> ...
> However, Datalink and Morgan Jack continue to sell their products in violation of these and other court orders.

I presume that this website is the seized website of the guy whom the BC court has ordered "all worldwide assets be seized". It looks like the BC court has tried everything underneath the sun to deal with this issue prior to going the google route. But the fact that the other guy has "gone underground" and is likely selling products from foreign jurisdictions ... I think the plaintiff and the court going the google route is totally fair and justified in this case.

If it wasn't for google and the internet, this guy, wherever he is, wouldn't be able to carry on his illegal fraudulent business.

Comment Re:cry of a dying business (Score 1) 210

Sounds like Amazon and Netflix and Apple and others need to get together in a joint venture with Google to really go to town with Google Fiber. Imagine if all the big BIG tech vendors threw together, AND did an IPO to get enough funding to actually do it, AND did pre-sign-ups to get average people to scream blue murder to their elected representatives demanding that the TechFiber Alliance be given the same statutory access to run and bury fiber cables across people's streets and yards like the cable co's were given 50 years ago.

Comment Re:Okay, but... (Score 1) 144

And then she goes to tell the real sky marshal that there is someone back there claiming to be in posession of a gun, and suddenly you're looking down the barrel of a real gun. Don't make any sudden moves!

(All flight staff are introduced to the marshal in person prior to the flight.)

Comment Re:Build another server (Score 1) 983

> rsync hourly.

Noooo no no no no. That's a good way of rsync'ing an empty mount point to your target and wiping all your backup data automatically.

If you want to rsync frequently, make sure you are using --link-dest or something to multiple targets. Thus the day that you have a main array failure and you also discover that last week's rsync was "empty", you've only lost a differential and the prior month's copy is still there.

Comment Re:Crashplan (Score 1) 983

I don't know what page you are looking at, but to use their cloud storage it's $4 to $9 a month (individual/family). Their "free" offering clearly says "backup to other computers and external drives, free" -- maybe they give you a demo period of cloud storage, but clearly the free is not cloud based.

Comment Re:Thoughts (Score 2, Insightful) 142

I was thinking about this yesterday. Doesn't the vast majority of modern aviation tracking radar systems depend pretty heavily, not just for identification but for returns at all at at long distances, on the planes own IFFtransponders for replies?

Could it not "drop off" the long range radar simply by turning off it's transponder? At that distance the radar return might be low enough that without the transponder response, it'd "disappear"...

Comment Re:Yes they did. (Score 1) 572

I wanna be a fly on the wall the day (and it will happen) when a large number of people's bank accounts are drained, and the banks say "it was you, you logged in with your credentials"... then latter on the people hit and/or the banks finally figure out "oh, it was all these employees of company X whose accounts got drained" ... THEN who is up sh*t creek?

Comment browsers part of the problem (Score 1) 164

I have a big enough problem with my stupid browser deciding that when I type "blahblah" into the host bar that if it can't reach "http://blahblah:80/" that it should automatically default to "" or google "blahblah" ... yeah, that's what I need, the internal hostnames leaked to google, thanks idiot browser developer.

Okay, it's good for grandma and everyone else using browsers. There should be a clear UI element that appears when this happens to allow me to disable it.

Comment Re:and next time, (Score 2) 62

They still need to store that massive list of crucial phone numbers somewhere, and also increase communication via other means in order to propogate the phone number changes.

The only thing burner phones is good for is not allowing the cops to easily pull your number from phone company records by name so as to put a trace on your phone.

Instead they have do do actual legwork to figure out what phone you're calling from, and depending on which opponents you are facing and whether they have "high priority" FBI/FSB van-full-of-technology-on-your-ass nearby watching the call metadata from ALL the calls to nearby towers...

Burner phones are also good for people whom the police do not know about nor whom they can physically find ... but that quickly breaks down as they hunt you down from the calls you make to numbers and people they do know about.

Comment Re:Long Term Con? (Score 1) 695

Shadowy japanese developer develops virtual currency.

Years latter japanese "virtual bank" dissolves with a third of a billion dollars missing.

Oh really?

The absolute best comparison would be that Eve Online bank whose founder closed shop and walked away with the ISK, or the Eve Online corporation whose director transferred all the assets and then dissolved it and walked away. Just the knowledge of those alone was enough to predict that this was inevetable with Bitcoin. I just cannot believe so many people were dumb enough to hand their virtual stuff lock stock and key to a virtual company.

If the "company" had been in Nigeria maybe they would have taken pause. But for some reason they think that "oh Japan, that's a modern country with some laws, obviously my untraceable currency will be safe with a company founded by some random nobody".

Comment Govt positions sound like "Freemen on the Land" (Score 1) 572

> It will take years, if not decades, for us to return to the position that we had prior to his disclosures

ALL THE REST OF US believe that "the position" they "held" is and/or should be flat out ***king illegal. We think the morons passing laws that mangae to circumvent and directly violate key attributes of our democracies - are the traitors. It's getting damn close to the time when a "citizen's rights" shouldn't be bound by borders, and a governments "limitations on powers" shouldn't end at the borders nor be different outside the borders.

"Oh look, I'm outside of X, obviously no laws at all apply to me, fuck you and you and you."

Actually, that sounds exactly like the governmental state equivalent of "Freemen on the Land"!

Comment Re:Stay behind the line! (Score 1) 388

Always remember boys and girls, if you've ever been arrested for anything (not convicted, just arrested) - it's very possible that you won't ever in your life be admitted to Canada as a visitor or tourist. And that may someday extend to the rest of the entire world as well.

Same goes in reverse for Canadians who might ever wish to see some of the spectacular natural parks and things in the US.

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