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Comment Re:Wrong (Score 1) 579

And when you can be sued for the mistakes of the corporations you 'own' then come back and talk about how the government enforcing safety standards is nannyism.

Till then, special protections = special restrictions.

Comment Re:Quick Hitsory Lesson (Score 1) 944

Another quick history lesson - - Sometimes this shit just means shit.

People get pissed, they make noise. That doesn't make change, having leaders who has the ability and will to get pissed people to follow them makes change. As much as OWS is something I enjoy seeing, I'm not pretending it's the fall of Rome.

Comment Re:Even if he's right (Score 1) 186

[[Citation Needed]]

I have seen companies completely change over from Linux embedded systems to Windows CE or other commercial products because the GPL v3 could be used as a sledgehammer to have all trade secrets handed over. For example, if I have an appliance that has a signed BIOS for tamper resistance, I cannot use GNU Privacy Guard unless I want to have anyone off the street have a judge give them any and all private keys, up to and including a domain root cert.

The GPL v3 has hamstrung Linux development incredibly.

Florian? Is that you?

Comment Re:Is the gold rush over? (Score 1) 768

Bitcoin mining is the manner in which bitcoin transactions are processed. Therefore there is no 'wastage' involved. What is being created is of value within the system itself. So long as people trade in it, it is valuable.

The problem most of the people I see decrying Bitcoin seem to have is the irrational and fallacious belief that 'their money' is somehow more intrinsically valuable than Bitcoin.

You can't eat dollar bills. You can't eat gold. You can't eat stock certificates or bearer bonds. Intrinsic value means that in and of itself, the item is valuable. Not: "Because this has had 200 years to build the confidence of people in it's value, people value it."

Should the zombie apocalypse happen, your dollars are going to be worthless. Your gold is going to be worthless. Your knotted cords are going to be useless. Your shells on a string are going to be useless. And yes, your bitcoins are going to be useless. The only people who will accept any of them are people hanging on to the 'old system'.

Currency never had value in and of itself. EVER. It has always been a means of stockpiling imaginary 'value' based on the hope that everyone you deal with will agree to it's value so you don't have to go around trying to pretend to be trapped in an old school adventure game where you have to find a chicken to give to the witch doctor so he'll give you his cure for poison ivy so you can give it to the lady with a clay pot so she'll give you...


Submission + - DHS Wants Mozilla To Disable Mafiaafire Plugin (

Davis Freeberg writes: "The Department of Homeland Security is hard at work again, protecting the industry from websites that the big studios don't want you to see. This time they're targeting the Mafiaafire plugin by asking Mozilla to disable the addon at the root level. Instead of blindly complying with the government's request, Mozilla has decieded to ask some tough questions instead. Unsurprisingly, when faced with legitimate concerns about the legality of their domain seizure program, the DHS has decided to clam up."

Submission + - PlayStation Network user data stolen (

EthanV2 writes: In his latest report on the situation, Sony senior director corporate communications and social media Patrick Seybold revealed the sobering truth that user data had indeed been compromised. The following email will be going out to all PlayStation Network subscribers:

We have discovered that between April 17 and April 19, 2011, certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account information was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network.

Comment Re:And everyone was saying hacking their ps3 was o (Score 4, Insightful) 404

Or we are seeing what happens when a company become so arrogant that they don't bother actually locking down this info despite the fact that it would be inevitable that someone would come along and find a backdoor.

Seriously, a 'hacked PS3' being able to do this is pretty much the definition of "Security Design Failure".

Comment Re:Kotaku: "Sony Comes Clean" Data Stolen (Score 1) 404

Not that I begrudge Kotaku the clicks, but if you are going to post it, post the one that comes from the horses mouth.

Update on PlayStation Network and Qriocity

+ Posted by Patrick Seybold // Sr. Director, Corporate Communications & Social Media

Thank you for your patience while we work to resolve the current outage of PlayStation Network & Qriocity services. We are currently working to send a similar message to the one below via email to all of our registered account holders regarding a compromise of personal information as a result of an illegal intrusion on our systems. These malicious actions have also had an impact on your ability to enjoy the services provided by PlayStation Network and Qriocity including online gaming and online access to music, movies, sports and TV shows. We have a clear path to have PlayStation Network and Qriocity systems back online, and expect to restore some services within a week.

We’re working day and night to ensure it is done as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience and feedback.

        Valued PlayStation Network/Qriocity Customer:
        We have discovered that between April 17 and April 19, 2011, certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account information was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network. In response to this intrusion, we have:

                Temporarily turned off PlayStation Network and Qriocity services;
                Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full and complete investigation into what happened; and
                Quickly taken steps to enhance security and strengthen our network infrastructure by re-building our system to provide you with greater protection of your personal information.

        We greatly appreciate your patience, understanding and goodwill as we do whatever it takes to resolve these issues as quickly and efficiently as practicable.

        Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained. If you have authorized a sub-account for your dependent, the same data with respect to your dependent may have been obtained. While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained.

        For your security, we encourage you to be especially aware of email, telephone, and postal mail scams that ask for personal or sensitive information. Sony will not contact you in any way, including by email, asking for your credit card number, social security number or other personally identifiable information. If you are asked for this information, you can be confident Sony is not the entity asking. When the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services are fully restored, we strongly recommend that you log on and change your password. Additionally, if you use your PlayStation Network or Qriocity user name or password for other unrelated services or accounts, we strongly recommend that you change them, as well.

        To protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss, we encourage you to remain vigilant, to review your account statements and to monitor your credit reports. We are providing the following information for those who wish to consider it:

        U.S. residents are entitled under U.S. law to one free credit report annually from each of the three major credit bureaus. To order your free credit report, visit or call toll-free (877) 322-8228.

        We have also provided names and contact information for the three major U.S. credit bureaus below. At no charge, U.S. residents can have these credit bureaus place a “fraud alert” on your file that alerts creditors to take additional steps to verify your identity prior to granting credit in your name. This service can make it more difficult for someone to get credit in your name. Note, however, that because it tells creditors to follow certain procedures to protect you, it also may delay your ability to obtain credit while the agency verifies your identity. As soon as one credit bureau confirms your fraud alert, the others are notified to place fraud alerts on your file. Should you wish to place a fraud alert, or should you have any questions regarding your credit report, please contact any one of the agencies listed below.

        Experian: 888-397-3742;; P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013
        Equifax: 800-525-6285;; P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
        TransUnion: 800-680-7289;; Fraud Victim Assistance Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790

        You may wish to visit the web site of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission at or reach the FTC at 1-877-382-4357 or 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580 for further information about how to protect yourself from identity theft. Your state Attorney General may also have advice on preventing identity theft, and you should report instances of known or suspected identity theft to law enforcement, your State Attorney General, and the FTC. For North Carolina residents, the Attorney General can be contacted at 9001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-9001; telephone (877) 566-7226; or For Maryland residents, the Attorney General can be contacted at 200 St. Paul Place, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202; telephone: (888) 743-0023; or

        We thank you for your patience as we complete our investigation of this incident, and we regret any inconvenience. Our teams are working around the clock on this, and services will be restored as soon as possible. Sony takes information protection very seriously and will continue to work to ensure that additional measures are taken to protect personally identifiable information. Providing quality and secure entertainment services to our customers is our utmost priority. Please contact us at 1-800-345-7669 should you have any additional questions.

        Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment

Comment Re:Obvious question from their perspective (Score 1) 1307

Google Apps would not require access to your internal network, allowing anyone who exploited that vulnerability in that homespun system you created that you, not being a full-time IT working and spending your entire day mothering over didn't close fast enough when the zero-day notice was published, to have access to your other servers on the network and steal patient information.

That makes it inherently more trustworthy than the stated solution.

Disregard the fact that the reason such a server wasn't implemented by his IT on their network was probably 100% centered on the fact that they didn't have the resources available to do so and still maintained HIPAA compliance.

Submission + - Passerby Arrested For Cracking Joke (

cobracommand0 writes: We all know that sarcasm is the lowest form of humor, but who knew it could land you a "move directly to jail without passing go" roll in the game of life? New York City's War on Bikes results in some collateral damage as a sarcastic passerby gets the attention of an alpha male cop, who promptly calls in the cavalry and arrests him for "harassment, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest."

Submission + - Piracy is a Market Failure - Not a Legal One ( 1

Mr.Fork writes: "Michael Geist, Canada's copyright law guru and law prof at the University of Ottawa, posted an interesting observation about the copyright issue of piracy. Canada's International Development Research Centre, came to a conclusion that "piracy is chiefly a product of a market failure, not a legal one" after a multi-year study of six relevant economies."

Comment Re:Yeah,. right (Score 1) 255

Ok, here's one. WTF does SCEA have any jurisdiction to bring this mater forward? What legal standing do they have?

The console is made in Japan. The rights are own by the Japanese company. The business agreement they tried to fuck Geohot over indicate clearly that SCEA knows this. The SDK that they were trying to prove was on Geohot's hard drive doesn't even contain any information concerning the SCEA. So what is their legal standing here?

Forget whether or not it's reasonable to assume that everyone knows that the SCEA even exists, lets start with the basics. Can it even be shown that they have the right to bring this civil suit?

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