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Submission + - How are all these IoT devices on public address space to be hacked?

ChesterRafoon writes: Nearly all of these IoT devices mentioned in the latest internet bot attacks are consumer devices — webcams, thermostats, DVRs, things like that. Most consumer (home) network setups would host these kinds of devices on private address space behind a NAT box of some type. So how on earth where all these devices exposed to the WAN so that telnet (of all things) could attempt to connect and hijack them?

Submission + - AT&T Buys Time Warner in $86 Billion Deal (

dos4who writes: AT&T Inc. has reached an agreement to buy Time Warner Inc. for $86 billion, according to a person familiar with the plans, in a deal that would transform the phone company into a media giant.

Submission + - 'Calibration error' changes GOP votes to Dem in Illinois (

Okian Warrior writes: Early voting in Illinois got off to a rocky start Monday, as votes being cast for Republican candidates were transformed into votes for Democrats.

Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan: “I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” Moynihan said. “You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.”

The conservative website Illinois Review reported that “While using a touch screen voting machine in Schaumburg, Moynihan voted for several races on the ballot, only to find that whenever he voted for a Republican candidate, the machine registered the vote for a Democrat in the same race. He notified the election judge at his polling place and demonstrated that it continued to cast a vote for the opposing candidate’s party. Moynihan was eventually allowed to vote for Republican candidates, including his own race.

Submission + - Google Has Quietly Dropped Ban on Personally Identifiable Web Tracking 1

Fudge Factor 3000 writes: Google has recently quietly changed its privacy policy to allow it to associate web tracking, which is supposed to remain anonymous, with personally identifiable user data:

This completely reneges its promise to keep a wall between ad tracking and personally identifiable user data, further eroding one's anonymity on the internet. Google's priorities are clear. All they care about is monetizing user information to rake in the big dollars from ad revenue.

Think twice before you purchase the premium priced Google Pixel. Google is getting added value from you as its product without giving you part of the revenue it is generating through tracking through lower prices.

Comment Re:... because people are cheap (Score 1) 190

Because Amazon makes money every time something is sold, regardless of whether it's a knockoff or not.
People go to Amazon because they want cheap and fast. If Amazon sell a knockoff and pretend they didn't know it was a knockoff, they will. (And let's be honest - Amazon is ultimately the seller from the customer's perspective, even when the order isn't "fulfilled by Amazon". Amazon is the one who takes your money.)

Comment Re:Why Use Linux? (Score 0) 106

Security is binary.
You're either secure or you're not.
There's no "less secure" or "more secure".

The scope/impact of specific vulnerabilities may differ, but the fact that you have vulnerabilities means you're not secure.

So no, finding a security bug in the linux kernel doesn't mean that linux is any less secure.

Even if you believe security is a spectrum, you're wrong here. Discovering a previously unknown vulnerability means you know the system to be less secure than you thought it to be.

Comment Re:Dns (Score 1) 260

Why aren't they:

1) Running an internal DNS server for their internal shit.
2) Pointing that DNS server to a public DNS server.
3) Pointing the public DNS server point to the root DNS servers.

1 shouldn't be hit by a DDoS as it should be entirely limited to access within your network (or VPN).
2 can be as distributed as you need it to be.
If 3 goes down, no one will blame you.

If this is what they're doing then dyn is failing hard at step 2.

Comment Re:About time. (Score 1) 567

2) You cannot yell 'Fire!' in a crowded theater regardless of your 'rights'. This is the canonical example of limits on freedom of speech. You can't do that thing because it ENDANGERS OTHERS. This is the exact reason Australian nurses cannot tell patients to avoid vaccination -- the act endangers others.

You're wrong.
You absolutely can do this, though you can be held responsible for the direct result of your actions.
The government can never legally prevent you from saying what you want.

Read the fucking amendment. It's short and simple. There's no "interpretation" necessary unless you want to shit all over it.

Comment Re:About time. (Score 1) 567

I'm all for freedom of expression and the right to an opinion but when people spread bad advice that isn't backed by science and it hurts other people thats where I draw the line.

If you "draw the line" then you're not "all for freedom of expression".
It doesn't matter where you "draw the line".

Comment Re:Clever design (Score 1) 259

The N64 was more powerful than its competition. It typically had lower res textures and no FMV because of the storage limitations compared to CDs. In terms of graphical power it was superior.

The GC was superior to the PS2 and DC, and was fairly evenly matched with the Xbox. They had very different configurations, and each were better at certain things than the other. That's quite a feat considering the sheer size difference between the units. A big part of this was due to the GC's memory configuration. That 1T SRAM was a big deal when dealing with the lower clock speeds of the day.

You can find good and bad looking games on all of the consoles. If you want to talk about the hardware talk about the hardware.

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