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  • Feb 8th, 2014 @ 7:32am

    Re: Re:

    If you click on such links, then you are a fool. I never do and that is the main reason that I have never been hacked. In fact, if your *only* security measure were to not click on links to well-known sites sent to you via email, then you probably would not even need an antivirus (although you should install one, anyway).

    Blame the user is absolutely the correct mantra here, since it is the ONE PHILOSOPHY that will result in NO INFECTIONS FOR THE USER once that user realises that he/she is at fault for putting faith in a plaintext medium with zero security.

  • Feb 4th, 2014 @ 9:46am

    (untitled comment)

    What kind of a cryptographer clicks links to a well-known site received via *email* instead of opening a browser and typing the address in manually? The fact that he fell prey to the simplest and most easily avoided attack in the world does not speak very well for Mr. Quisquater. I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt by speculating that maybe his expertise is not in the area of malware, and advise him to take the most basic, remedial course on how remain secure, online.

  • Sep 12th, 2013 @ 7:06am

    (untitled comment)

    So let me get this straight. Canada, which recently passed a new copyright law OUTLAWING the public from cracking DRM encryption for ANY purpose on penalty of IMPRISONMENT -- at the direct behest (according to leaked docs) OF the U.S. governemt -- has been secretly cracking the public's encryption FOR the U.S. government.

    Maybe Canadians should just put DRM on all their online communications -- maybe then finally some spooks would go to jail. (Sorry, I was briefly indulging in the old school fantasy that the laws in a democracy apply to everyone. Forgive me naivete but I am, after all, over 40...)

  • Aug 4th, 2013 @ 3:13am

    (untitled comment)

    This article would be a lot better if it actually stated what is the length of time that EA currently keeps their servers alive before shutting them down. Seeing as the alleged shortness of that window is the entire reason I am supposed to read this and get angry, it would be good to have been given that information in the actual article, instead of by a random (and possibly mistaken) commenter.

    I don't perceive Techdirt as a soap opera, so I don't expect understanding each article to depend on having kept up and read the articles before. That's not what I want in a news site; I doubt that's what anybody wants in a news site.

  • Jul 27th, 2013 @ 5:59am


    " how is it that these people are blind sided by the incompetent and or corrupt banksters?"

    What the hell are you talking about? The clean-out crew went to the wrong address. All of that paperwork you were talking about presumably went to the right address, so how are the victims supposed to have not been blindsided? Somehow be aware that their *neighbours* were getting mail warning of foreclosure? And even if they had broken the law to read their neighbours' mail, why would they ever imagine that this would endanger their own property?

    Some people will defend anything.

  • Jun 20th, 2013 @ 5:25am

    Re: Linux on PS3

    So to summarise your argument, John Nemesh, almost nobody actually took advantage of Linux support on the PS3, but Sony HAD to drop support because these almost nobodies were apparently still numerous enough to kill profits by not buying games. Contradict yourself much?

    Sony's excuses are full of shit and you embarrass yourself by parrotting them thoughtlessly.

  • May 26th, 2013 @ 8:49am

    Great plan, Mr. President

    "Either Eric Holder and the DOJ have 'gone rogue' or the President is hastily pretending that his administration is not doing what it clearly has been doing for years."

    Luckily we won't have to wonder about this for long, because the President has promised to get us answers. He's put his best people on it: Eric Holder and the DOJ!

    One caveat though: who will the President appoint to keep watch on Mr. Holder and make sure he does not torture or detain himself indefinitely? Is John Yoo available?

  • May 23rd, 2013 @ 4:53pm

    Not even a little Swiftian

    When one dubs something a 'Modest Proposal' in the Swiftian sense, it means that one is making fun of the kind of person who would make this proposal. Is that what this video is doing, mocking the sort of person/filmmaker who would propose we be 'Piracy Neutral'? I think not, or else it is doing a very muddled job of it, too meek to actually make a satirical point and too genuinely tickled by its own absurd concept to bother biting hard enough to be called 'satire'.

  • May 16th, 2013 @ 7:43am

    Salt Marsh

    "I'm not sure if this means he "signed" the name Salt Marsh or he signed his own name on behalf of Salt Marsh, or if nobody signed a damn thing and a document was sloppily submitted with a claimed signature of Salt Marsh."

    Sounds like there may be some sinister secret at play here!

  • Apr 11th, 2013 @ 7:20pm

    Neverending Soap Opera

    Tune in again tomorrow on 'Days of Our Lawyers' for the trials and tribulations of the corrupt 'Prenda' crime family... you can't keep track of the characters anymore, but who cares? Because any of them could be replaced by another actor at any time.

  • Apr 5th, 2013 @ 10:04am

    Stop embarrassing yourselves

    Seriously Anonymous Coward? The world must be a very frightening place for you full of evil pixel-based dangers you do not wish to violate your precious, precious eyes.

    I watched it. It was no big deal. You all have some weak-ass stomachs, and for you to stand up on some moral soapbox as if the one with the problem isn't *you*, as if it's somewhoe *normal* and *acceptable* to get all offended that somebody has had quite an ordinary injury and that *shock* other people are looking at it. It's just laughable.

    It's not normal. You have a propblem. Get some psychoogical help. People break their legs all the time. Very often, they look funny and shinbones stick out. If you know the person, you console them. If you don't the person, you point and laugh. That's just life.

  • Jan 6th, 2013 @ 10:46am

    (untitled comment)

    "Ars Technica reports that Sony seems to have found a way to prevent secondhand sales without..."

    Um... no. They have not found that way. Need I say more? Obviously false statement is obvious?

  • Jan 6th, 2013 @ 10:22am

    Re: Re: US Constitution

    Precisely so. The time in history in which government shows absolute disrespect for the rule of law, is exactly that time in which you don't want it rewriting those laws. The fundamental byword of our time is *disrespect*, and it will be wielded with extreme prejudice by the current powers that be, whatever their attempted works. Let us all hope those works will not include rewriting America's basic DNA. Let's save that for after the apocalypse because there will probably be a few decades after our so-called 'civilisation' has collapsed when disrespect for democratic institutions becomes extremely *extremely* unpopular due to half the planet dying as the result of corporate-captured government. *That* will be the correct time to rewrite the Constitution from scratch. At the height of the Era of Enron and the Long Financial Con -- this is the worst possible time to build or rewrite *anything*.

  • Jan 4th, 2013 @ 7:46am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: These people aren't even guilty

    Yeah basically if you have no notification within MyWorld then you are not on the list, is my understanding. I was talked through this over the phone with a TekSavvy Service Representative, and that is what he said so I am relying on that phone-based authority, for what it's worth.

  • Jan 3rd, 2013 @ 12:03pm

    Re: Re: These people aren't even guilty

    John, check the email from TekSavvy again. I found it rather confusing; I thought it was telling me I was on the list. On closer reading, it turns out that it was telling me that I *may* be on the list and that I was supposed to log into the TekSavvy site under 'My World' in order to find out whether I am actually on the list. When I did that, turns out I was in the clear. I should have read more carefully, but maybe TekSavvy's communication policy in this regard wasn't the best way to go about it.

    I hope you are not on the list either but even if you are, you still are probably innocent and don't deserve to be exposed, IMO.

  • Jan 3rd, 2013 @ 12:00pm

    Re: These people aren't even guilty

    Turns out that I am not on the list of those accused. TekSavvy sent out a rather blanket information email about the lawsuit which I misinterpreted as an inclusion of my user account in the danger zone. I complained and their customer service notifying me that I am not on the list was fairly prompt -- however, the fact that I don't feel personally in jeopardy any longer does not change at all my concern over how TekSavvy is handling this because I am still their customer (for now) and as a personal with a dynamically rotating IP address that *frequently* dynamically rotates (sometimes every 10 minutes!), I could still end up innocently on the wrong list and therefore this is still highly relevant to my interests and the interests of all TekSavvy users.

  • Jan 3rd, 2013 @ 10:13am

    These people aren't even guilty

    For the record, I am among those accused and I am totally innocent. I have not downloaded any of the films on Voltage's list nor would -- they all sound perfectly awful or I had already heard they were awful. Nobody else I know who visits would have any visits in those movies either. Nobody torrented any of those movies in this house -- it just simply never happened.

    And now I may have to try to prove this in court, because there are roving extortionists in the world and TekSavvy refuses to stand up to them?? Excuse me THIS BLOWS and this'll be the absolute end for me and TekSavvy if they do not eventually step up here and do the right thing for their customers.

  • Nov 20th, 2012 @ 7:24pm


    Careful there, Julian Huxley's estate probably still owns the copyright on the phrase 'tinfoil hat'. The keyword filter nanites that have entered your bloodstream via "fluoridated" water will edit that phrase from your memory, and put your name on the no-fly list, unless you pay a modest settlement fee of say, $3000.

  • Nov 20th, 2012 @ 7:13pm

    Re: Re: Not a new argument

    Unfortunately with most everybody corrupt there is plenty of evil to go around nowadays.

  • Nov 20th, 2012 @ 7:10pm

    Re: Re: Re: No harm done elsewhere

    That's only a 'positive' if it leads to impenetrable security. I'd say the chances of that are about zero, especially when faced with malware as sophisticated as this.

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