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Comment Re:"Hoarding" is investment (Score 1) 1026

If pencil and paper are okay, why not fabrication plants and computers? If you're going to use any technology at all, you may as well go whole hog.
I've got no problem with tech- I have a problem with PROFIT.
  No. The cookies are worth whatever price the buyer and seller agree to, regardless of the cost of the constituent parts.
Why? Religious reasons?
  If you won't pay what the seller wants (a price which includes a profit), then make your own cookies.
Exactly my point- there should NEVER be any reason not to "make your own cookies".
  But then, you probably should be growing your own wheat, milling the flour, raising the cows and chickens, and refining sugar from the cane; the price of each of those materials include a profit for the seller.
Which I've done in the past, until Pastor Revere was arrested for it, at which point I realized that there is, after all, a reason to be social.
  Oh, and the fact that you went to the trouble of making the cookies means that they are worth more to you than the constituent parts that went into them. Otherwise you wouldn't have gone to the trouble; you'd have just eaten the raw ingredients. So... That pretty much shoots down your whole argument right there.
How so? You consider time to be valuable, and yet every single man on this planet is allocated 24 hours a day, no more, no less- and it's renewed EVERY day. If Time is Money- then Money is also Time, and there is NO reason not to be entirely egalitarian with both.

Comment Re:Out of Print (Score 1) 398

I'm pretty sure that the in the USA, it's illegal to do that because of the anti-circumvention clause of the DMCA.

That's bullshit, then. If I could buy a portable DVD player and some headphones and use it to listen to the audio from the DVD while I'm out and about, fair use dictates that I should be able to copy it to my MP3 player to do so more conveniently.


Malware vs. Anti-Malware, 20 Years Into The Fray 62

jcatcw writes "Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols considers the dissimilarities between malware of yore and current infiltrations as we approach the 20th anniversary of the Robert Morris worm. Modern malware apps curl up and make themselves at home in your system, where they wait for a chance to snatch an important password or a credit card number. Welcome to the era of capitalist hacking. Any self-respecting malware program today is polymorphic, making signature-based antivirus approaches difficult. Heuristics and virtual sandboxes offer alternatives, but all such methods are reactive. Unfortunately, monitoring lists and networks is about the only current alternative."

Do Zebra Stripes Actually Help? 234

RyoShin writes "A List Apart, an excellent resource for web development and related aesthetics, has put together an article based on original research by Jessica Enders into 'zebra striping.' From the article: 'Zebra striping [coloring alternate rows] is used when data is presented in an essentially tabular form. The user of that table will be looking for one or more data points. Their aim is to get the right points and get them as quickly as possible. Therefore, if we set a task that uses a table, and zebra striping does make things easier, then we would expect to see improvements in two things: accuracy and speed.' The conclusion of the peer reviewed paper? It's a wash. Striped tables offered only a slight increase in accuracy and speed overall. The article notes a few other benefits to using Zebra striping, so it's all up to the individual."

Stupid Hacker Tricks - The Folly of Youth 226

N_burnsy points out an article in Computerworld which "profiles several youthful hackers, some still serving prison time, some free, who have been caught indulging in some fairly serious cybercrime, and looks at their crimes and the lessons they have (or have not yet) learned. Starting with Farid 'Diab10' Essebar, currently a guest of the Moroccan prison system, who wrote and distributed the Mytob, Rbot, and Zotob botnet Trojans. There's Ivan Maksakov, Alexander Petrov, and Denis Stepanov, all guests of the Russian penal system, sentenced to eight years at hard labor for creating a botnet to engage in DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks to blackmail online gambling sites based in the UK, threatening to take the sites down during major sporting events. Then there's Shawn Nematbakhsh who was a little too eager to prove a point about the electronic balloting system that the University of California employed to hold student council elections, by writing a script that cast 800 votes for a fictitious candidate named American Ninja." Not everyone on the list is exactly youthful, and the range of offenses shows how lumpy this area is both to the law and in public perception.

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