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Comment overreaction abounds. (Score 2) 76

Among the more serious exploits ive encountered, i must protest that "dirty cow" is not a sufficiently spooky enough name for this one. We all know Halloween approaches, so why not call it haunted cow? or zombie cow?

in addition, this exploit is far less severe than the shoulder surfing exploit of 2005 which resulted in direct root privilege access and a broken friendship, Margaret, that led me to conclude I could no longer trust you to use either the mini fridge or my Sriracha sauce anymore because friends dont just log in to anyones workstation Margaret, i trusted you and you deceived me.

Comment thew most important detail left out. (Score 4, Funny) 58

Here in the UK we've taken into account internet for those unfortunate souls who may have had such access terminated in their home or residence unexpectedly. If you've recently experienced this issue, say, at the hands of an embassy or rather during, say, a political asylum against a rather simple investigation that is in no way a witch hunt with the potential to result in extradition to an island torture camp, the UK government has a solution.

simply leave the embassy, and walk directly toward the van marked "Internet." We're also offering free stainless steel bracelets to the first customers.

Comment easily made up in peripherals. (Score 3, Insightful) 335

Speaking as an admin, the number of mac users that request elegant peripherals is not trivial. Magic mouse? if one guy on the floor got one, youre dropping $80 a piece to make sure all your mac users get one. wireless headphones? sure hes the only guy in the office with Beats by Dre but pad your budget because everyone will want them at $300. add up all the magic trackpads magic keyboards and magic fuzzy accessories the average user wants and it starts to rival what you paid to buy and image a Dell. and if things ever get too hairy for a dell, your restore process is entirely automated in windows or linux. restoring a mac is nothing short of corporate witchcraft.

and remember, your fanboi doesnt want a used magic tracpad...he wants a new one.

Comment nothing new with DMCA (Score 2) 214

using copyright as a friendly kudgel to silence "creative" speech online is a time honored tradition embraced by some of the largest multinational media companies in the world (AKA your friends.) But remember, its only successful when youtube posters remember to cower in fear, recoil in shame, and sink into remorseful consumption of approved content and products offered through their favourite online vendors and endorsed by their favourite super celebrities and brand icons!

Never use the tools provided by Youtube to challenge your DMCA takedown, and whatever you do, try to ignore the crushing blowback of the Streisand effect that inevitably comes surging through online media outlets --seemingly unstoppable in its pervasiveness-- in response to friendly DMCA takedown notification. Surely a nasty review or, heaven forbid, inventive online gaming content, wouldnt be instantaneously copied, shared, and disseminated endlessly online as a response to whats widely perceived as an "abusive cabal" of "predatory media conglomerates"

Comment sure, but other researchers? not so glorious (Score 1) 83

When stanford does it theyre being progressive and advanced, with newspapers calling them "brilliant" but when i do it im being "unprofessional" and "dangerously irresponsible" with nothing more than a bystander or two remarking that ive "flooded the bathroom" with a "wad of paper towels in the sink." Some appreciation for showing you the ocean of the future on the fourth floor near the copier.

Comment thanks for nothing (Score 1, Interesting) 25

PC Magazine, PC World, Macworld, and Macworld Expo.

thanks for 40 years of shilling some of the most unaccountable garbage in computing history, and for spearheading a magazine that had a well established policy of avoiding even remotely damning criticism of advertisers or industry leaders. thanks for not only refusing to challenge, but actively pushing the insufferable fanboy culture that apple subsists on while conveniently ignoring stories of labor abuse and exploit denial at Apple.

Yours was truly the mcdonalds of tech literature shovelled onto the desk of the CIO and into the gaping maw of the road warriors carry-on luggage. so many shops are indelibly littered with your fly-by-night huckster hardware and bloatware its a miracle modern computing hasnt come to some shuttering halt in the wake of a publication that did everything in its power to keep the playing field "windows or mac."

Comment other options in the emails (Score 4, Funny) 171

1. former stockbroker, investment advisor, and financier Bernie Madoff
2. owner of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant Charles Montgomery Burns
3. elderly Scottish anthropomorphic Pekin Scrooge McDuck
4. A large slightly moist burlap sack of cash marked "campaign finance reform or whatever"

Comment its difficult to dispute the position of Apple. (Score 4, Insightful) 283

There are more than four-thousand banking corporations in the Uniited States alone.
1. Does the aggregate of Australias banking industry authentically believe each corporation should be permitted their own programmatic implementation of contactless banking?
2. who or what will be liable for breeches in security? as of this foul year of our lord 2016 banks are often furiously reticent in disclosing security breeches let alone taking responsibility for them.
3. what if any qualifications does a banking institution have that define it as a cogent source for software? Apple has been developing quality hardware and software for a generation now.

Comment the real reasons for this (Score 5, Interesting) 401

1. no real work week. a plurality of americans work in the service sector, which is far different than an office job. theyre intentionally scheduled to work 39 hours, or some subset below 40, to avoid insurance from their employer which is mandated by law. This has become less of an issue lately due to the affordable care act, however it doesnt excuse the fact that most service sector does not have a set schedule.
2. no schedules. service sector and manufacturing often have mandatory overtime requirements. You cant be fired, by law, for refusing overtime however in almost all states you can simply fire the worker for no reason at all. Hence, it pays to work overtimes to stay in the good grace of the employer. finally
3. low wages. if youre only working for ten dollars an hour at 20 hours a week, youre working 2-3 jobs to maintain an apartment and a car (a car is generally required in america.) if you have kids or a family, or are a single parent, the burden requires you to pick up far more than 40 hours of work at a low pay grade. this isnt likely to change as the united states has the unique approach of using children as punishment for sex. contraception, abortion, and even simple reproductive education in the United states are inconsistent and wraught with urban legends, religious overtones, and outright pseudoscience.
4. predatory culture of consumption. everything here is offered on credit, with unlimited financing and relatively lax regulation (especially in subprime markets) of terms. In the US its not uncommon for a security guard making $13 an hour to drive a Lexus or Acura luxury sedan, because the terms and conditions of her credit never take into account the fact that a $48,000 touring sedan isnt in their budget. US check caching companies can charge more than 50% interest with impunity, and many do. The average US citizen carries more than ten thousand dollars in debt at any given time.

Comment clarification (Score 5, Insightful) 208

Americans can be forgiven for being remiss about this, as this was nuclear and defense research in arctic climates related to the US ability to ward off an impending attack over alaska. We learned we could indeed install nuclear reactors and war bases in the tundra, however we unfortunately learned that cooling these reactors and ensuring they stayed in one place was a completely untenable matter.

the most damning part of this research was that it took place without Greenlands consent. these were secret bases established on remote areas of Greenland that existed for only three to six months before disappearing entirely. The cleanup is nontrivial amounts of chemical and nuclear material. As an american i feel we have a duty to clean this up, but as an american I also understand there isnt much impetus to get us to do anything responsible after the fact.

Comment in other words (Score 1) 221

the New York Times --your officially sanctioned regime mouthpiece-- has instructed you to discontinue your intolerable dissent against drone regulation and registration now that $CURRENT_TERROR_TARGET has begun using $CURRENT_FUN_THING to attack (freedom || liberty || children || values)

so remember, terrorism is everywhere and given that you are of course incapable of accepting even a modicum of inconvenience or risk, the state must take its rightful place as the teat from which we all collectively suckle our valium.

Comment so goes the same in meatspace. (Score 3, Insightful) 131

The same thing that happens when I visit youtube will invariably begin to happen when I pass this billboard. Rolling along in my 1993 Lincoln town car, with my cellphone switched off for the evening commute as its both safer and avoids targeted advertising, ill glance at the horizon. Ahead, I'll see the new Yahoo billboard, and just as I approach, it will hesitate for a second before displaying the same Kardashian/Dr Phil/clickbait/pop topic trending at the national level and sponsored accordingly to do so.

and in the midst of a 5 lane highway, im certain this billboard will get exciting.

Comment simple solution (Score 4, Insightful) 146

online "reputation protection" firms that guarantee their ability to take down negative reviews and content were pretty lucrative 10 years ago, until hosting companies started pushing back against what was widely understood to be strong arm tactics designed to silence dissent. hosting companies began requiring a legal order. for content, they had the DMCA. for negative reviews, reputation protection firms quietly took ghosts to court hoping no one would notice, and with good reason. frankly its easy to get a contempt charge in court for pulling this sort of stunt.

Kudos to Giles for exposing this practice. now lets hope Yelp and others are keen to push back against what is clearly an abuse of the courts.

Comment this is a cultural issue, not a technology issue. (Score 2, Insightful) 213

I think its terrible and I dont think he deserves it

which is a pretty reasonable response, but what most Americans don't understand or for that matter tend to respect are cultural differences. Theyre quick to point out the injustice of the Saudi criminal code yet conveniently overlook the fact that it is a criminal offence to dance at the Jefferson Memorial, or that until 1967 interracial marriages were illegal in a plurality of states. Transgender Americans can still face prosecution for simply using the toilet in 5 states, and it wasnt until 2015 that gays could be married in the land of the free.

Abu Sin knew what he was doing. Sometimes incarceration is a risk you take to try and make a cultural change or statement.

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