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Comment Tackling Mirai (Score 4, Insightful) 120

Now that the source code for Mirai is out there being used, is there something that can be done to tackle the spread? Call me crazy, but perhaps a modified version could go out and actually change the passwords on these insecure IoT devices to random strings? Sure, the owner would lose access to the device.. But it would alert them that something was wrong, and stop the spread of Mirai.

Comment Wake up a smell the coffee (Score 1) 367

It's about time people realized cab drivers are going to be out of work when self driving cars arrive. With more and more people leasing new cars instead of buying, I think in the large urban centers, we will see not only the replacement of human taxi operators but also a shift from leasing cars to leasing rides from a large fleet. It just makes the most sense logistically.

Comment Re:Accidental? (Score 5, Insightful) 43

What about the other guy who spent $19k and didn't win shit?

Put the pipe down, AC. It wasn't $18,000 worth of lottery tickets, the winner was chosen based on performance (amount of referrals).. $18,000 was the cost of implementing his strategy. Which happened to be the best one. If someone else spent $19,000 on a less successful strategy, well that's the way the cookie crumbles.

You can call the boosted post-acquisition stock value a windfall, but I find no reasonable way of calling it an "accident".

Comment Re:Null means Null (Score 1, Interesting) 175

They still should not be returning coordinates if the location is unknown. We wouldn't be having this discussion--and there would be no lawsuit to worry about--if the database said "Sorry. I don't know where that is. But if you kindly look to the Country record, you will see that it is in an IP block used in USA"

Comment Null means Null (Score 2) 175

When there is no record, they should return no result at all. If that is not an option, at least return an obviously bogus location like, gee, I dunno.. 0,0. Which happens to be in the middle of an ocean. Choosing an arbitrary spot in the country is just plain idiotic. I hope they have to fork out the max in punitive damages for being such morons.

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