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Comment Re:WTF (Score 5, Informative) 119

This and a comment a few notches below reminds me of a story an old professor at my university told in an ethics class. He was an expert witness at trial where a state inspector was run over by a 'modern' paving machine. The defense lawyers requested a copy of the source code for the firmware in the machine. They came into the office one day to find on their fax machine pages and pages of printouts of the crap produced from opening the executable in Word. The executable, not the source code! Bottom line, when it comes to lawyers do not assume they have an ounce of common sense and depend upon them to charge you for their own mistakes.

Submission + - FBI: shut down, workers jailed (

coondoggie writes: "The US Department of Justice today said it charged seven people and two corporations with running what it called an international organized criminal enterprise allegedly responsible for massive worldwide online piracy of numerous types of copyrighted works. The DoJ stated that through the company known as and other related sites, the group has generated more than $175 million in criminal proceeds and cost copyright holders more than half a billion dollars."

Submission + - Relief: IE users not stupid after all (

TreyGeek writes: Recently there was a lot of hoopla over a study that examined the IQ levels of people and their preferred web browser. There were stories about the study all over the Internet, including here on Slashdot and in mainstream media. But now, the BBC says that there are severe doubts about its authenticity. It seems that AptiQuant, the folks who announced the study, only registered its Web site a month ago and that the images of staff members posted there are those of a proper and decent business in Paris called Central Test. So take heart IE users, you may not be so dumb afterall!

Comment Re:Bad idea (Score 1) 174

Free textbooks to professors isn't a kickback? I recently worked in a departmental office at a University. A professor could walk up to me with a list of textbooks and ask me to contact the publisher for copies. A phone call later, the publisher is sending free copies to the professor. While it's not cash, it can still be a kickback. Looking at it another way, some professors will require a book for their class because they like the book (that was given to them for free). They don't consider the fact that their free book will cost me $100-$200.

Comment Re:One Outrage I agree on... (Score 1) 489

My thought to his "avoid the pat down" by taking the train was that will only work until trains/high-speed rail become a popular method of transportation. Then the government and the TSA will see fit to put themselves between the terrorists and the train terminals, resulting in pat downs for everyone taking the train as well as the plane.

Comment Re:Beat them to the punch (Score 1) 280

I was a customer of their's last year before I moved. They were the only true broadband provider in the rural area I was living in. So moving to a "better" provider was practically impossible. Back then they were already running their service in fear of what their providers or the government would do to them (IMO). They were automatically blocking several ports (port 22 among others) because they are used for spam and hacking. I find it a shame really when ISPs are more afraid of their customers than they are afraid of threats from the outside.

Comment They want full school account access. (Score 1) 204

From their Terms and Conditions:

Access to School Account. By providing Ultrinsic with your username and password for your online school account, you authorize Ultrinsic to access the account and to view and record any information in your account.

There's a lot they can potentially access beyond a simple transcript and course schedule. At least at my school, computer lab logins, library account, tuition and fees, financial aid, even purchasing a parking permit is all done through the same UN/PW pair.

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 425

I encountered a problem related to this recently. Back in Februrary I purchased tickets to see a special screening of Weird Al's movie "UHF". Between the time I purchased the tickets and the time I picked them up at WillCall, my bank had canceled the card I used and issued a due one due to a possible security breach. The conditions of being able to pick up my ticket was to have the credit card that I used for the purchase; that was no longer possible. (I also didn't realize there was this condition and failed to save the old CC to use as proof).

Thankfully the girl at WillCall didn't ask to see my CC and I got my tickets. But there are little things like this that could prove troublesome.

Comment Re:And? (Score 1) 263

Would text messages be equivalent to e-mails? Government agencies are required to retain copies of all e-mails, IIRC. If texts are equivalent to e-mails then they would need to be saved. It may be easier for the phone provider to archive the texts than for the government agency to intercept them to archive them.

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