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Comment Re:during the first six months of 2016 (Score 4, Interesting) 50

Six months is probably from the oldest infected file date. Given that it was at every location, there is a good chance they didn't do anything with the information obtained until it has spread across the network. And even then, they may have let it sit and gather data for a while before they sold anything on the assumption that once they started to act it wouldn't take long to be shut down.

Comment Re:Good thing you have a choice (Score 1) 537

I actually read the article, so I expect to be modded down for this, but it clearly states:

Although electric jamming devices are illegal a Faraday cage is not. "Unlike jammers, Faraday cages don’t proactively cause interference, although they do interfere with mobile reception,’ An Ofcom spokesman said.

So he's legal by UK standards and I'd have to think the US as well.

Comment Re:My immunity deal . . . (Score 1) 592

2. When Clinton was using the private email server, there was no law or policy that required her to use the government email server.

There were legal requirements. Per the National Archives and Records Administration's Code of Federal Regulations Hillary would have had to cc her official government email every time in order to maintain an official archive. Clearly she did not. This would fall under the section requiring all federal agencies to preserve records and assure the were readily available.

Comment Re:Somewhat off topic but (Score 1) 172

Kind of... The acceptance of openly gay members is left to each council to decide themselves, many of which have not. One of the major problems is the fact that the Boy Scouts is a religious organization and a large number of troops meet in churches. If they allow gay members they would need to find a new meeting place. Oddly enough, some Scout councils also allow girls to join...

Submission + - Second Root Cert-Private Key Pair Found on Dell Computer (

msm1267 writes: A second root certificate and private key, similar to eDellRoot, along with an expired Atheros Authenticode cert and private key used to sign Bluetooth drivers has been found on a Dell Inspiron laptop.
The impact of these two certs is limited compared to the original eDellRoot cert. The related eDellRoot cert is also self-signed but has a different fingerprint than the first one. It has been found only on two dozen machines according to the results of a scan conducted by researchers at Duo Security.
Dell, meanwhile, late on Monday said that it was going to remove the eDellroot certificate from all Dell systems moving forward, and for existing affected customers, it has provided permanent removal instructions, and starting today will push a software update that checks for the eDellroot cert and removes it.

Submission + - Why Black Friday and Cyber Monday Are Pretty Much Meaningless Now writes: Brad Tuttle writes at Money Magazine that while the terms “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” are more ubiquitous than ever, the importance of the can’t-miss shopping days is undeniably fading. “I think what you’re seeing now is the start or middle of a trend where Black Friday decreases in importance,” says analyst Yory Wurmser. “It’s probably still going to be a significant shopping day, but at the same time it’s probably going to lose its singular significance in the season.” Retailers seem to want it both ways: They want shoppers to spend money long before these key shopping events, and yet they also want shoppers to turn out in full force to make purchases over the epic Black Friday weekend. When they use the “Cheap Stuff!” card day after day and week after week, the deals on any single day stop seeming special. The bottom line is that shifting spending patterns means that holiday sales are now dispersed over a longer period. “You can try to get the consumer to spend earlier," says Marshal Cohen. "But that doesn’t mean there’s more money in their pockets."

The true story behind Black Friday is not as sunny as retailers might have you believe. Back in the 1950s, police in the city of Philadelphia used the term to describe the chaos that ensued on the day after Thanksgiving, when hordes of suburban shoppers and tourists flooded into the city in advance of the big Army-Navy football game held on that Saturday every year. Not only would Philly cops not be able to take the day off, but they would have to work extra-long shifts dealing with the additional crowds and traffic. Shoplifters would also take advantage of the bedlam in stores to make off with merchandise, adding to the law enforcement headache. Sometime in the late 1980s, however, retailers found a way to reinvent Black Friday and turn it into something that reflected positively, rather than negatively, on them and their customers. The result was the “red to black” concept of the holiday mentioned earlier, and the notion that the day after Thanksgiving marked the occasion when America’s stores finally turned a profit.

Submission + - Microsoft Blames Layoffs for Drop In Gender Diversity (

itwbennett writes: This year, women made up 26.8 percent of Microsoft's total workforce, down from 29 percent in 2014, the company reported Monday. In a blog post discussing the numbers, Gwen Houston, Microsoft's general manager of diversity and inclusion, pointed the finger at the thousands of layoffs the company made to restructure its phone hardware business: 'The workforce reductions resulting from the restructure of our phone hardware business ... impacted factory and production facilities outside the U.S. that produce handsets and hardware, and a higher percentage of those jobs were held by women,' she said.

Submission + - Dell admits installing security hole on laptops, apologizes, offers fix (

alphadogg writes: Dell acknowledges a root certificate it installed on its laptops was a bad idea and is pushing a patch to permanently remove it. In a blog post company spokesperson Laura Thomas says eDellRoot was installed as a support tool to make it faster and easier for customers to service the devices. But some of those customers discovered the certificate and recognized it as a serious security threat.

Comment Troll far from out of business (Score 1) 153

Yes, I read the article, sorry. This was a shell company, that already made money. These companies are designed to live for a short period, make a lot of money, then go down in flames. The 'troll' is actually Austin Hansley, the lawyer representing eDekka. Amazingly, he also represents the #2 and #3 patent troll companies of 2014...

Comment Re:one person != some developers (Score 5, Insightful) 131

I can see several instances where people can benefit from this. Most people have no first hand experience with programming. Watching a bit of something like this might open their eyes into what it takes. Perhaps it's a kid that thinks she wants to grow up to be a programmer, or a mother wondering what in the world her son does at work all day long, or a novice in the language wanting to see what methods are being used. I'm not saying it's going to have a huge audience, but it's hardly worthless.

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