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Comment Hi , this is some random website called (Score 1) 532

"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"Your computer is running outdated software, is actively infected.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.

Comment WTF (Score 2) 95

>Chris Vickery, a security researcher at MacKeeper

Are you fucking kidding me?

An article quotes someone who is a "security researcher" for one of the biggest malware companies plaguing macs, and instead of being told to eat every dick on the planet, they're given a link on slashdot so they look somewhat legitimate??? GREAT FUCKING JOB!

Comment Re:Didn't (Score 1, Flamebait) 286

Apple has said from the start that the security on the phone in question was hackable, and that further generations include things like secure enclave that make the only possible means for hacking this particular phone obsolete.

That's why the case was bullshit from the beginning. The FBI could give a fuck about this particular phone, they wanted a precedent on record that Apple had to write custom big brother software (and digitally sign it so it could be installed without wiping the phone, potentially even over the internet), so that future phones that are unhackable would be open to the government to snoop.

Comment Re:Suggestions anyone? (Score 1) 457

That's the same argument that any company at all could make to sell a new model. All the Apple bashers manage to miss this point completely. New versions of hardware and software = better security (most times). Bug fixes, zero-day resolutions, new ideas in hardware like secure enclave, shit gets better as people have ideas on how to secure stuff better.

But lets just pretend that Apple is the only company that ever wants to sell new models of stuff, and is also the only company that ever improves their stuff. Lets also pretend that Apple actually doesn't want to protect your privacy, that they haven't improved their security before this was ever even an issue.

Also lets continue to pretend that Apple was the company that brought this up publically, and not the FBI. The FBI definitely didn't make this case public, hoping that public opinion would make Apple buckle, after Apple filed a motion to keep it quiet and between the courts and the FBI/Apple.

I'm sure you'll say that isn't a good source, that's fine. The NY Times is the quote they use in that article.

Feel free to hate on Apple all you want, but feel free to go fuck yourself too.

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