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Comment This story happens all the time (Score 4, Interesting) 164

I'm sorry, but after all the tech support jobs I've been at, someone is going to search for *.jpg/gif/png/whatever.

I never have myself, but at every job I've been at, a bored nerd is going to do a random search for pics/porn. It takes 30 seconds when they are spending hours on a computer.

These days, I work for a company that has a long disclosure that people ignore while I read it to them, but the big thing is "if you have shit you don't want us seeing, make a second account with a password that we can use to fix your shit."

Again, I have never done it myself, but I have seen so many colleagues do it that I can only assume it's common over all areas.

Comment Hi , this is some random website called (Score 1) 588

"Hi , this is some random website called The Intercept (fair warning, if this is a legit site, I personally have never heard of it, ever)

Would you ever sell your services to make a registry for muslims? We need a response in 24 hours."

Every single legitimate company: "uh... this is the media department, we can pass this up the chain, but this is a legitimately open-ended and confusing question with a lot of "what-if's" that haven't been defined yet. I'll pass this up to my higher ups, but I can't say when I'll have a response. If you want a sound-bite... I can't give one immediately."

The Intercept: didn't immediately respond.

Comment Start filtering entire internet accounts like spam (Score 4, Interesting) 351

There already is a solution to this. We've done it already with email and with the increasing compromised accounts/junk message spam on iMessage getting throttled.

If someone is part of a botnet, then when someone reports being DDoS'd, they report it and the higher level ISP's should be notified. Cut them off temporarily, give them the same message that violators of MPAA/RIAA are given on their ISP's where they get a standard message that they are a shithead instead of loading normal pages and have to call in to an ISP to get the ban lifted.

"Your computer is running outdated software, is actively infected. We'll lift the ban for a few hours, but if you're still part of the botnet after 3 hours, you're banned again until you call us again."

Something along those lines. If you're running an infected system and get reported, then fuck off and either call a family member that knows computers or take it to a shop and have it cleaned.

Comment Re:Refunds? (Score 2) 126

The exchanges being stopped are the "bad" 7's for the "safe" 7's.

Refunds are issued by the store the device was purchased from. I've seen at least one major retailer state that you could exchange a Note 7 for a different model phone without any restocking fee. I'm not sure how the price difference matters in, but I'd imagine the store would do something for you, and you can be sure that the store will get their money back from Samsung.

Comment Re:crowdsourcing moderation.... (Score 1) 124

It's not even lulz, it's that some people are so desperate to cling on to ANY bit of power whatsoever that they'll push for the title. Look at wikipedia, the people that are... I don't even know the phrase, but the ones that sit on pages and deny any updates that aren't their own, or any update that makes their information look wrong.

People will spend 20 hours a day earning points just so they can get the "hero" title and get whatever mod power that grants, and they will base their entire lives around it. Because that's their peak in life.

And that's so fucking sad.

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