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Comment Re:Why (Score 1) 333

I'm with you on this one. Considering that every copy of XP that I have seen since 2001 has been a pirated copy, I see a lack of common sense in this argument. In addition, while XP was a great OS at the time, in comparison, it Blue Screens left and right. I have yet to see a Blue Screen in Windows 7 or Windows 8, and I have owned both since they were released. They have come a long way, dealing with horribly written code from vendors that would crash the OS. XP also leaves the system vulnerable to so many attacks that are difficult to remediate due to updates in technology. Perhaps that is why China wants people using it though. Easy to backdoor it.

Comment Hackitivsts are not dangerous? (Score 1) 337

This year alone: Hacking has cost the US over 500,000 jobs (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/25/hackers-jobs_n_3652893.html) Personal details of US soldiers released (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jun/26/hackers-post-us-troops-personal-details-collateral/?page=all) Have proven hacking Infrastructure (power,water,etc) is easy (http://www.technologyreview.com/news/517731/hacking-industrial-systems-turns-out-to-be-easy/) Hackers have the capability to do everything from finanical destruction of a person, preventing them from ever even being able to rent a home, to hacking into personal vehicles and causing them to wreck while they drive. Should those people not be considered dangerous?

Comment Re:Security professionals generally missing the po (Score 1) 341

The term Users does not mean Educated Users. Most people using a computer don't understand the magic that makes everything work past hitting the power button. That said, the idea that someone is asking people to stop using Windows because of an application with holes in the code is like asking people to stop driving automobiles because a specific brand of tires is unsafe. Get different tires.

Comment Re:Med students (Score 1) 446

And they run with scissors. You hit the nail on the head. People who are overweight or underweight are not necessarily that way simply due to eating. There may be a pre-existing condition other than too much or too little food. Genetic disposition, mental condition and the individual's overall environment come into play with each and every person. I am lucky enough to have been blessed with great health when it comes to my weight, and I don't even have to work at it. My sister, on the other hand, has to be very strict about her diet and exercise or will quickly gain weight. If the Jiro's comments were true, my sister would be regarded as fat and lazy, while I would be seen as restrained and responsible. I assure you that is simply not the case (as I am eating a pizza by myself right now).

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 220

ARRRRGG!!! Not really sure how big a deal Pakistan boycotting would be to begin with. Does anyone have the numbers on PC consumerism for video game sales in Pakistan? I'd be interested if this was even a percentage, although I don't know and it could, in fact, be significant. I doubt it though. Note: Legal consumerism. Not just pirated copies.
Star Wars Prequels

The Empire Strikes Back Vader Costume For Sale 167

Now is your chance to own an original Darth Vader costume from the best of the Star Wars movies. Christie's auction house plans on putting it up for sale on Nov. 25 and it would be unwise to underestimate the value of this costume. From the article: "The jet-black helmet, mask and armor worn by the intergalactic villain are expected to sell for between 160,000 pounds and 230,000 pounds ($250,000 and $365,000) at a sale of pop culture memorabilia next month."
Book Reviews

CyberForensics 58

brothke writes "CyberForensics: Understanding Information Security Investigations is a new book written by a cast of industry all-stars. The book takes a broad look at cyberforensics with various case studies. Each of the book's 10 chapters takes a different approach to the topic. The book is meant to be a source guide to the core ideas on cyberforensics." Read on for the rest of Ben's review.
The Internet

Information Rage Coming Soon To an Office Near You 201

digitaldc submitted the latest excuse to get a few days off: "A survey released this week revealed the latest affliction to hit white-collar workers. It's called 'information rage,' and almost one in two employees is affected by it. Overwhelmed by the torrent of data flooding corporate workplaces, many are near the breaking point. The aftermath of all this is the deterioration in quality that occurs when flustered employees — unable to sort through a pile of information fast enough — end up submitting work that's substandard. Almost three quarters of the survey's respondents declared their work has suffered as a result."

Greg 'Ghostcrawler' Street, Lead Systems Designer For World of Warcraft 175

As World of Warcraft prepares for the launch of its third expansion, Cataclysm, on December 7th, the design team is busily trying to finish all the new high level content, the destruction and rebuilding of Azeroth, and major changes to many of the game's systems and classes. At Blizzcon we spoke with Greg Street (a.k.a. Ghostcrawler), Lead Systems Designer for WoW, about Blizzard's goals for this expansion, the problems they're trying to solve, reasoning for the creation of a few new features, and why they aren't willing to simply throw more people at complicated projects. Read on for our discussion about World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.
Lord of the Rings

The Hobbit To Be Filmed In New Zealand After All 123

An anonymous reader writes "John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand, has confirmed this afternoon that The Hobbit will be filmed in NZ, after weeks of uncertainty. From the article: 'The future of the $670m production hung in the balance after an actors union issued a no-work order on the films last month. Talks were held overnight with studio executives from Warner Brothers to resolve concerns about industrial laws in New Zealand.'"

Comment Re:Open Source Terrorism? (Score 1) 361

Hard to believe that I am actually going to respond to this, but what the hell...

I would have to say that Nelson Mandela was not exactly viewed as the Osama Bin Laden of his time. Yes, his country's government did label him as a terrorist, and there are a few others that define him as a terrorist because the movement he was associated with did use violence as a means for political change...But that is about as far as the comparison goes. The slamming of airliners into buildings full of civilians is a little different or even slamming an airliner full of civilians into a military building. And more to the point, the World Trade Center which was full of Jews in the opinion of a few Muslim extremist groups...quite a bit different from Nelson Mandela's approach.

While I am at it, let me be very clear when I point out that although Americans were effected by Al-Qaeda attacks on Sept. 11th, there are MANY countries that have come under attack from these terrorists, both before and since that incident. It is unfortunate that when many around the world today hear Muslim or Islamist, that people do tend to view a violent image of a suicide bomb-wearing Arab. However, it is not just Americans that think this way. Perhaps you should try and see what is going on in the world around you and notice how the people of other countries view subway bombs, car bombs, passenger train derailments, sex slavery, opium trade, enforcement of children into a warlord's personal military, slaughtering villages for political gain...I really could go on for quite some time. When you get the opportunity to see a marketplace blown up and see the horrors of blood streaming down a 3-year old girl, who is clinging on to her dead mother; driving up next to a pack of wild dogs gnawing on the carcass of a dead child who was shot in the head for learning in a school sponsored by Western government; seeing women mutilated after being raped and the men of their village killed, then six months later, the same attackers come through to kill the pregnant women because it would be shameful for those women to carry the children of the men who raped them...then you can start to pretend to have enough worldly experience to make generalizations like you do. Until then, don't downplay terrorism from behind your computer screen as a mythical beast dreamt up by governments. While it is true that many of you will never see terrorism yourself firsthand, don't dishonor or disregard those of us who have, or the families of those who have.

As for the OP, it's a movie. I doubt the general public will EVER link Open Source and terrorism...simply because the majority of the general public doesn't even know what Open Source is.

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