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Comment Re:Grandma's on Ubuntu... Confusion ensued... (Score 1) 110

But this is where the Linux desktop confusion and social enginering breaks down. KDE, Gnome, LXDE, XFCE, Unity, Enlightenment, and on and on and on... There would not be a 'one size fits most' way of perpetuating this scam. Even if the user could be led to a website to download something, would it be .deb, .rpm, Idiot users wouldn't know, and idiot scammers wouldn't be able to make money doing this sort of thing. As far as Phishing goes, Grandma has no idea that I update her computer remotely every week. Go ahead and ask her what SSH is, she couldn't tell you. Nor could she tell you her 'root' password. All she knows is that she is a nice old lady who is trying to help and her machine 'just works'.

Comment Grandma's on Ubuntu... Confusion ensued... (Score 5, Interesting) 110

I switched my elderly mother to Ubuntu a few years back and she recieved one of these calls. Acording to her it went something like this.

Caller: This is *** from *** we noticed that there is somthing wrong with your computer and we are calling to help you fix it.
Her: Okay, let me get on my computer. What's wrong with it?
Caller: We have recieved notification from your computer that it has spyware on it. It has notified us and we are calling to help.
Her: Okay, I'm in front of my computer. What do I do?
Caller: First, click on the start button.
Her: I don't have a start button.
Caller: It's the icon on the lower left that says start.
Her: I don't have one of those. I have Yoobunto, Ewebantoo, I don't know, my son put it on here...
Caller: Please just click the button that says "Start".
Her: But I don't have one of those.

This apparently went on for several minutes. Finally she hung up and called me. If she was running Windows, she probably would have gone along with the scam. This is not to say that the problem is with Windows, but rather that, as long as MOST people use Windows, there will always be an idiot to be found and these scams will occur.

But imagine the problems these callers would have if Debian, (or Debian based), systems were the norm...

Caller: Okay, which desktop do you have installed?
Her: Desktop? What do you mean?
Caller: What does your screen look like?
Her: Flowers. I found I nice picture of lilacs.
Caller: Umm... Can you open a terminal?
Her: What's a terminal?

I don't think these scammers would even gotten started.

Comment Nothng but Hate (Score 5, Insightful) 231

It's amazing to me that there is so much flame out there for this. None of you could do this, Not a single one of you have tried, and yet, this small group of dedicated people have actually figured out a piece of proprietary hardware to the point of having their code included in the Linux kernel? Way to go guys.


Submission + - Chimps recognize others' ignorance and act

RogerRoast writes: Don't think that only humans can recognize ignorance in others and act to remediate it. According to a new research report, chimpanzees consider the knowledge of others before sounding an alarm. The study shows that chimpanzees produce a specific 'alert' call to threats, such as a deadly snake. They produce these calls more when audience members are ignorant, rather than knowledgeable, about the presence of the snake. The research suggests that chimpanzees keep track of the information available to other chimpanzees and make selective decisions about the messages they convey based on that understanding. "Chimpanzees really seem to take another’s knowledge state into account," said Catherine Crockford of the University of St Andrews, UK, the first author of the study. The study conducted in the Budongo Forest, Uganda was published in a recent issue of the journal Current Biology.
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Submission + - Is Twitter aiding and abetting terrorism? (

wiredmikey writes: The director of an Israeli legal outfit says yes, and is threatening to sue the micro-blogging site if it doesn't change its policies.

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of the Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center, sent a letter to Twitter on Thursday asserting that the company is violating U.S. law by allowing groups such as Hezbollah and al Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab to use its popular online network.

"It has come to our attention that Twitter Inc. provides social media and associated services to such foreign terrorist organizations," Darshan-Leitner wrote. In her letter, Darshan-Leitner noted that Hezbollah and al-Shabaab are officially designated as terrorist organizations under U.S. law. She also cited a 2010 Supreme Court case — Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project — which upheld a key provision of the Patriot Act prohibiting material support to groups designated as terrorist outfits.

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