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Comment Re: Dangerous comment (Score 1) 100

open ports are necessary for communication. Open ports are ideal for phones. Apps that open ports are expecting communications of some sort and as long as they are updated and not full of bugs, it is not a problem.

In a server environment when the entire role of the system is to act as a server, you close all unneeded open ports not pertaining to that role because what is important is what is listening on the open port. When you have something not needed listening, you are not only chewing up resources the system could be using to serve should the need arise, but allow attack vectors that are not monitored as closely as the processes critical to the serving and it is easier to overlook security flaws. However, this is a different situation than what is essentially a multi purpose desktop computer where you install software and expect it to do different things at different times. If what you install needs a port open, it isn't a bad thing unless what you install is insecure or malicious.... That is where the problem is- not the open port.

Comment Re:Open ports (Score 1) 100

Probably the same reason why an app to connect to your blood pressure machine via blue tooth to retrieve readings needs access to your images, contacts, email, and account information. If you can figure that out, let me know too. But my best guess would be to update or change the advertising and track you (and the ads displayed) should you disable internet access for the app itself (say a card game that only needs internet for advertising).

Comment Re: List of Problematic Apps? (Score 1) 100

Presumably, you would know because it would be listed in the open ports. I suppose it could filter it's own results though.

You could just install a terminal app and run the built in netstat command? I like termux but choose whatever. You should be able to pipe the output into a text document that you can move to a computer with a full screen to inspect. The thing about using a native OS command in a terminal window instead of a utility app to run the command is that it will not or will be unlikely to be able to censor out its own vulnerabilities (open ports). This is especially true if you vary the command and look for discrepancies like using the -lt switch or -tp or -ac and watching for changed information over time.

Comment Re:You were hired to work for THEM (Score 1) 379

Every salaried position I have taken stated it was for an expected 50 or 60 hours per week. I based my consideration on the job by dividing the pay by the hours to see a somewhat rough estimate of an hourly expectation. I say rough because I never expect to work the prescribed 50 or 60 hour base. One week it might be spot on, another it might be over. When it is over, I take off early the amount that was over to keep the average close to the stated amount. Sometimes the gap is too wide and productivity would be hit too hard to take all of it off. (all the salaried positions I have held were for a specific amount of time discussed before hand)

But regardless of what the stated expected hours actually are for a salaried employee, the amount of pay must be greater than or equal to minimum wage in your area and by checking your actual hourly rate (pay divided by the actual time per pay cycle) and verifying it against industry averages, you have the opportunity to decide for yourself if you wish to remain employed there or seek employment where the grass is greener. I understand that choice is not always easy, but you have it as well as all the tools necessary to make an informed decision concerning it. On my current gig, I'm averaging about $5 per hour over the industry average so I'm not concerned about working over from time to time.

Comment Re: Does it apply? Is it useful? (Score 1) 379

Wow.. I thought Linux Journal went out of business a decade ago. Judging from the number of comments on some of the articles I saw, I'm probably not alone. Good to see that both- I was wrong and the articles are still feature rich and easily understandable (at least the ones I glanced at). Maybe someone from there needs to submit stories to slashdot and whatever and get the word out. I used to purchase linux jounal off the news stand until it disappeared in my local area. This was before I had a regular reliable internet connection though.

Comment Re:Next item on News at 10 (Score 1) 85

There used to be a movie about prisoners of war unknowingly giving out information. IT was shown to enlisted recruits during the cold war but I do not know if it or something like it is still in use. Anyways, its entire premise was about what seems like innocent chatter with POWs and the interviewer was able to piece bits and pieces of things together and determine the troop strength of an air field, the location of a fuel depot and crap like that. You watched the interviews in real time as if ti was a movie then at the end, it told you how the interviewer pieced everything together to warn GIs about not giving information up if they were captured by the enemy.

I guess the point I'm trying to make is that given enough people and a hint about what you are looking for, a good spy or investigator could likely cause people to leak information without even realizing they are leaking information. The outing of Valery Plame was supposedly because of some drunk dude
(Richard Armatage) casually answering a question by someone completely unrelated to Plame's identity or role in the government. The reporter took what he already knew and filled the information in enough to make it dangerous.

Comment Re: No brainer (Score 1) 174

Nobody cares if the vessel that you pillage is carrying copyright assignments, gold dust, or toilet paper. The definition of piracy does not change.

lol.. As if the internet is a vessel on the high seas.

Are fucking idiots who don't understand the difference between propagandized hyperbole, and whatever other options for communication there are.

I'm assuming either you are including yourself or this was just an exercise to illustrate that. Either way, it is annoyingly silly due to the obvious nature of the comment.

Comment Re: No brainer (Score 1) 174

Ok, so I should have said there is no legal definition of pirating concerning copyright.

Most people would have read that into the comment seeing how the entire discussion being replied to was about copyright. But I guess I should admit that I did not account for the one interpretation by someone not following along.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 174

Check out section 108 of the US copyright law. It provides exceptions for libraries and archival libraries. You really have no "copyright" say in the matter with Internet Archive is a bonafide library and your legal rights granted by copyright do not apply to them.

Other sites, yes. But not for the internet archive.

Comment Re: No brainer (Score 2) 174

Internet Archive is recognized as a bona-fide library organization recognized by the library of congress and US copyright office and as such is immune from most copyright laws in their pursuit of archiving and allowing access- with some restrictions of course.

Section 108 lays out the framework but US regulations provide more specifics in the exemptions and uses. As far as I know, they fall completely within the scope of the laws and limitations even if they ignore the robots.txt because the copyright law creates an exception to the rights imposed by law concerning libraries.

Even though there is no legal definition of pirating, I don't think they apply to even the common definition if translated to legal means as they are exempt from the restrictions normal people and organizations are subject to.

Comment Re:Just like finding a crashed airliner under the (Score 1) 296

Subs are found by the noises they make, not looking for debris in their wake. The US has a vast network of underwater listening microphones stretched out across the Atlantic and the pacific which would be the first indication of a sub of the type NK has. Not to mention that passive sonar is likely already employed (given the nature of the NK threats and US banter) and any NK sub is likely already being tracked so if it moves it would be a lot easier to detect than a crashed airliner.

I'm not going to say it would be easy, but it would be a lot easier to detect than a crashed airliner that went off radar in an area known for strong and unpredictable currents.

Comment Re:/. won't either (Score 1) 448

Maybe the Burger King restaurants in your area operate differently, but in my area, it seems like every sandwich and side has been sitting around long enough to make it luke warm and barely palatable. Even slices of cheese do not melt. It is awful. The only chance at getting something hot and fresh is if you find a bunch of cars going through the drive through during the dinner rush or something and even then, you need to be at the tail end of it.

It is a shame too. Because if you do get a fresh sandwich and fresh french fries or onion rings, they are quite good. IT is almost worth chancing it every once in a while when the lines for the neighboring restaurants are full and there are only a couple cars at the BK drive thru. (a side note, the Wendy's in my area seem to be like that too.) Everywhere else seems to get enough business to either keep the food in the warmers fresh or to be made to order or something.

This stunt by BK- regardless of how stupid it seems, will not impact if or when I go to Burger King in the future. Other factors get in the way first.

Comment Re:Uhm... (Score 1) 566

I find it highly strange that of all the things to be thankful or positive about in this country with its currently divided politicking, you pick sexual behaviors and killing unborn children (fetus if you must but it is the same). I can understand people wanting to get their jollies however they can but killing kids doesn't seem to fit unless you are one of those crazy idiots who think the world is over populated or that certain people are too stupid to practice birth control and need a second chance and not reproducing after the fact. Perhaps I'm wrong and it is just a sexual fetish for you.

Oh well, I think you are wrong about Denmark and Uganda but I guess since I simply do not understand the killing kids thing, I'm probably missing something in your logic.

Comment Re:Brilliant! (Score 1) 360

It wouldn't be an arrest and detainment, it would be an arrest and conviction of using unlicensed encrypted communications or something similar. You see, if they make it illegal to have encryption without a back door, a crime is already committed when they discover it. No need to wait for him to follow through with another crime or anything. When he pops onto the law's radar, they try to monitor him, if they find they cannot because his encryption has no back door, whether he was planning something or not, he has already broken a law (if they get their way).

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