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Computer Specialist Who Deleted Clinton Emails May Have Asked Reddit For Tips ( 612

An anonymous reader quotes a report from U.S. News and World Report: An army of reddit users believes it has found evidence that former Hillary Clinton computer specialist Paul Combetta solicited free advice regarding Clinton's private email server from users of the popular web forum. A collaborative investigation showed a reddit user with the username stonetear requested help in relation to retaining and purging email messages after 60 days, and requested advice on how to remove a "VERY VIP" individual's email address from archived content. The requests match neatly with publicly known dates related to Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state. Stonetear has deleted the posts, but before doing so, the pages were archived by other individuals. "ARCHIVE EVERYTHING YOU CAN!!!!" a person wrote on a popular thread on the Donald Trump-supporting subreddit r/The_Donald, as the entries disappeared. There are several reasons to believe the reddit user is indeed Combetta, who was granted immunity by the Justice Department during its investigation of Clinton's private server after he deleted a large number of emails. The evidence connecting Combetta to the account is circumstantial, but also voluminous. The inactive website is registered to the email address, a search of domain registration information using the service indicates. An account for a person named Paul Combetta on the web bazaar Etsy also has the username stonetear. And, perhaps most damningly, there are the dates. Stonetear posted to reddit on July 24, 2014: "Hello all- I may be facing a very interesting situation where I need to strip out a VIP's (VERY VIP) email address from a bunch of archived email that I have both in a live Exchange mailbox, as well as a PST file. Basically, they don't want the VIP's email address exposed to anyone, and want to be able to either strip out or replace the email address in the to/from fields in all of the emails we want to send out..." U.S. News and World Reports adds: "On July 23, 2014, the House Select Committee on Benghazi had reached an agreement with the State Department on the production of records, according to an FBI report released earlier this month on the bureau's probe of her email use." Stonetear submitted an additional post to reddit on Dec. 10, 2014 that reads: "Hello- I have a client who wants to push out a 60 day email retention policy for certain users. However, they also want these users to have a 'Save Folder' in their Exchange folder list where the users can drop items that they want to hang onto longer than the 60 day window. All email in any other folder in the mailbox should purge anything older than 60 days (should not apply to calendar or contact items of course). How would I go about this? Some combination of retention and managed folder policy?"

UPDATE 9/19/2016: Slashdot reader NotInHere points out that there is a Slashdot user named "StoneTear" as well.

Comment Bread? (Score 1) 367

What about loaves of bread? How many loaves of bread have been sold?

I'd call bread a product, certainly sold more than 1 billion loaves over the years. In fact, I'd bet quite a large sum of money far more than 1 billion loaves of bread have been made over the years and sold.

This seems like a desperate attempt to take a big number and wack off to it while claiming Apple is the greatest ever.

Comment I may be a conspiracy theorist... (Score 2) 212

Anyone else notice that the "12 month" window to 'upgrade to Windows 10 free' is closing (tomorrow in fact) and so they can now change the behavior and try to act like a poor victim while perhaps posting "1 year adoption rates" much higher than would have been otherwise.

When this crap started I told myself that this will be "rectified" once they have 1 year of Windows 10 being out. Then they can post "their great numbers" which will, naturally include, a lot of accidental upgrades and other people that didn't even want to upgrade.

It really sickens me, and is why I'm still on Windows 7, and dual boot with Linux and FreeBSD. Microsoft's behavior is totally unacceptable.

Comment Re:Memory (Score 1) 68

It's not "reportedly". I can tell you that my M9 that is happily running with Marshmallow works great with my 128GB SD card "formatted as internal storage". Works great. I've had zero problems.

The only downside I can think of is that the SD card is effectively unformatted storage if the phone breaks. Most people store backups and things on their SD card so that if/when their phone breaks they can pop the SD card in the next phone and do a restore. You can't do that when the SD card is formatted as internal storage. :D

If cell phone manufacturers are disabling the feature, that's screwed up and I'd be returning my phone that day. The feature is so useful that I can't imagine not having it now.

Comment Re: Not about fear (Score 1) 485

I'm not sure how valid your argument is about. Olkiluoto Unit 3 is not in the USA, and the post is clearly discussing issues involving the opinion of Americans. Sure, I won't try to argue that your points about Olkiluoto aren't true (in fact, I haven't tried to verify them) but I can tell you that the issues at Vogtle 3 and 4 are nothing like Olkiluoto's issues.

As someone who may or may not have proprietary knowledge of Vogtle 3's construction and status, I'm inclined not to comment much further. I'll let the reader make their own opinions based on available information on the internet.

But... I am excited to see how Vogtle 3 and 4 are doing.

Comment pfsense for the win (Score 1) 70

Still glad I'm using my pfsense router.

I have no doubt that there are plenty of devices that suffer from this vulnerability and will never see a firmware update because they'd rather you "buy some shiny new hardware that will not have this vulnerability". Well, guess what? I bought my last 2 routers for that reason, and I shouldn't have to buy a new one every 2 years because the manufacturer went cheap-and-dirty.

Comment Hidden agenda that might bite us? (Score 3, Insightful) 379

This sounds too good to be true. And we all know what that means...

So I've got this suspicious feeling that there's some devil in the details that is gonna be a major drawback to this. Anyone got any insight into some key word or tricky phrase that might indicate an ulterior motive?

Submission + - FreeNAS 9.3 hits release status (

An anonymous reader writes: Here’s an early Christmas present for you all: FreeNAS 9.3!

This FreeNAS update is a significant evolutionary step from previous FreeNAS releases, featuring a simplified and reorganized Web User Interface, support for Microsoft ODX and Windows 2012 clustering, better VMWare integration, including VAAI support, a new and more secure update system with roll-back functionality, and hundreds of other technology enhancements. We’re quite proud of it and excited to make it publicly available.

Submission + - Man gets caught try to sell nuclear secrets to new US Carrier (Ford) ( 2

cyberjock1980 writes: A civilian engineer working for the Navy was arrested Friday on charges that he tried to give schematics for the new $12.9 billion Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier to the Egyptian government.

The Saudi-born Yorktown resident was indicted earlier this week on two counts of attempted exportation of defense articles and technical data. Each count carries a possible 20-year sentence.

Awwad worked for the Navy's Nuclear Engineering and Planning Department at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, according to an affidavit drafted by FBI Special Agent James Blitzer. Awwad was hired in February and issued a Navy security clearance in August.

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