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  • Oct 26th, 2021 @ 6:30pm

    unsanitized data

    One thing I've seen companies do is to issue cells and laptops that have been wiped, and tell folks "Don't load anything. Once you've left the country, download your work load from your cloud account. When you return to the country upload to the cloud, smash the cell and laptop drive before you get on transportation." The company isn't doing anything illegal, but some customer data is confidential and they don't want any prying eyes on it no matter who those eyes belong to.

  • Oct 25th, 2021 @ 12:28pm

    Re: Re: How they got Trump

    You might say I have. ;>
    Further respondent sayth not.

  • Oct 25th, 2021 @ 12:16pm

    How they got Trump

    is the same as how they got Capone. Big Al didn't go to the big house for running booze, killing people, whores or extortion.

    They don't look to be getting former President Trump for tax evasion, so, maybe for copyright? Jack Daniels didn't die of a blown out liver, he died of an infection when he kicked a safe he couldn't open.

    It's always the little things...

  • Oct 22nd, 2021 @ 5:37pm


    Not exactly right. He said he could shoot anyone in the streets of New York City and not lose any votes. He's correct in that no one in NYC, right mind or not, would vote for him under any circumstances. New Yorkers know him. They've watched him since before Fred Sr. was called to report to Satan in the Head Office. There's a reason Donnie doesn't walk the streets in SoHo without a body guard. He'd be torn limb from limb and the quivering bloody mass defecated upon.
  • Oct 13th, 2021 @ 2:56pm


    What? People PAY for porn on the Internet? Who da thunk it! Humor aside: Republicans seem to want to promulgate sumptuary regulations; Why, I'm not sure unless it's because their personal constitution requires they firmly shove their noses into other people's crotches. For a party that claims personal freedom and responsibility they spend a lot of time passing laws on what other people do in their bedrooms, bathrooms and doctors offices.
  • Jun 12th, 2019 @ 4:17pm

    This is going to piss off a lot of folks

    Mike says the NYT getting no profit from others repackaging their content is bogus. And since the NYT posts it in public, I kinda agree with that. But as a content creator myself, I sorta see the point from the NYT.

    Mike will correctly point out that you have to find ways to monetize your content. The NTY says it's not their job to do that, which I disagree with. They say "In the old days, people paid subscriptions and we got ad money." which is WAY off base. Using that argument, I should set up a buggy whip and whale oil lamp business and demand that Ford and ConEd pay me because people don't use those anymore due to innovations.

    But to give the NYT their due, they do provide a valued resource, the problem is how to monetize that. To be frank, I don't see any news outlet of any kind doing a good job of that. Perhaps I'm just unaware of them. I do see news papers trying to go to a subscription model, but all that seems to do is swiften their demise. Perhaps we should shift the conversation of "X is being dumb" to "X should do THIS".
    Last, if NYT doesn't want google to scrape their web site, it's as simple as adding a robots.txt entry to tell them not to do so. It works.

  • Feb 11th, 2019 @ 9:06pm


    I think that if companies want a "three strikes law", then we should have a "three strikes law" on trademark and copyright abuse. Abuse the system three times, you loose your right to trademark or copyright. On four strikes, you are automatically bankrupted and put out of business, and all officers should be interdicted from ever serving on a board of directors for life, along with disbarring their attorneys for 10 years for a first offense, and for life upon a second conviction.

  • Dec 10th, 2018 @ 3:11pm

    The police are not to be trusted

    If there is one lesson life has taught me in my 50+ years, it's that you cannot, and should not trust police of any stripe. I've only met two persons in LEO that I would trust, Rusty Valentine, of the Corpus Christi Police force (retired now) and -- (redacted to protect him/her), an undercover FBI agent. Every one else I've had to interact with I suspected of being abusive or cooked. A few I knew were cookred and planted drugs or weapons of innocent people. I did what I could when I could with what I could prove.

    I once called an ambulance, and as is usual in my area, a sheriff's deputy was also called. I saw him and have it on video that they pocketed my Colt 1911 pistol and several gold coins.

    Yeah, like I'm going to report that. I don't need a big red bulls eye on the back of my head. I can buy another pistol and more gold, but I can't purchase another life.

    Most LEO are good people. The issue is when the good folks won't turn in the bad ones. It's hard to break loyalty with folks you work with, but it is worse to break the faith for those you work to protect. As long as there is even 5% of bad cops, I'm not going to trust you. So, if you are a cop, part of your job is to git rid of bad cops.

    Bad cops make you less. We respect cops because we hold you to a higher standard. Not everyone is suited to be a cop. Only the best should be. Do not tolerate substandard policing.
  • Apr 24th, 2018 @ 1:36am

    Not sure you can call this Bullshit


    With respect, I don't think one could call BS on this move by In-and-Out. It's the cards they were dealt.

    As for the "Down and out" vs. "In and Out", there I agree. A "moron in a hurry" woulnd't confuse the two.

    That being said, if you live in an area with In-n-Out and What-A-Burger, there's simply no question whose burger is better in my opinion. What-A-Burger is the superior product, and not just because I used to babysit the kids of one of their officers.

    All the best,
  • Apr 4th, 2018 @ 8:18pm

    World to ESPN:

    Dear ESPN,

    Many people like sports but I'm not one of them. I absolutely do not want your channel. In fact, the reason I cut the cord was ... You. I didn't want to keep paying for a sports channel I didn't want, didn't watch, and didn't have the least interest in but was required by the cable company to subscribe to. Net result, not only didn't you gain a customer, the cable company lost one.

    If you want to find the true root of the challenges and falling profits you're experiencing, you have only to look into a mirror.

    A former Cable Subscriber - AKA: CORD CUTTER
  • Jan 30th, 2018 @ 9:58pm

    I actually sort of agree with this.

    A fingerprint is something you are. It's content neutral. What I don't agree with is forcing someone to give up their pin/password, that's something you know.

    The 5th provides we cannot be compelled to testify against ourselves - because that is something we know. Like a pin/password.

    If you can be forced to give up something you know like a pin/password, then it's just a short step to "guilty until proven innocent". Which, some to think of it, is pretty much the system we have now. Note 1

    Crimes were solved way before we had self paid ear tags that our smartphones essentially are. Solve crime the old fashioned way - work for it.

    1. A friend of mine had his checkbook stolen, which was reported to the police. 4 months later, he's arrested for passing bad checks. Upon review of the evidence against him, it was found a fat, short, white man was photographed passing the checks. My friend is a tall, slender black man.
    Didn't matter to the DA. He had a set of plea deals set up to send my friend to jail for 14 years, and was going to press ahead. The judge, however, looked at the evidence, and invited the DA to "reconsider in light of the evidence, police reports, rule 11b, and the court's extreme displeasure." I will add that my friend is possibly one of the smartest people I've every met, holds over two dozen patents (none of which are BS), and earns more money than you can shake a stick at. Had he been poor and unable to afford a good attorney, I'm sure this would have had a different ending.
  • Dec 16th, 2017 @ 3:07am

    Police _lied_ about something!?!

    color me *shocked*.
  • Dec 6th, 2017 @ 6:53pm

    Re: Is this happening in the same country ...

    being forced to resign for sexual harassment because they touched someone's arm two decades ago?

    I don't think "rubbing elbows" means what some think it means. /snark

    And I'm not aware of anyone accused of sexual misconduct for an uninvited touch to the arm. That would be simple assault, not sexual assault. Please give citations and links to news stories where someone was accused of sexual assault and claimed "they just touched their arm" so I can evaluate it for trustworthiness. This sounds like bad deflection, or partisan spin. Let me be very clear here - I do not give one good G.D. what party someone belongs to. If someone is a sexual predator, they need to go.

  • Dec 3rd, 2017 @ 12:18am

    My thoughts on what should happen to Martin Shkreli

    Martin Shkreli should be infected with AIDS and forbidden from having medical help. He should have I'M HIV POSITIVE tatto'ed on his chest, and jailed for 500 years.

    It is outrageous that he can buy a drug priced at 13.50 per dose, and simply mark it up to $750 per dose simply because he can. Free markets? Where are you for out of patent, vital drugs? So much for those that constantly throw "the free market will balance all evil."
  • Nov 21st, 2017 @ 9:30pm

    Re: Re: Re: This smear job has flopped. Dropped off Drudge.

    Or worse for the RNC, he gets elected and they have to deal with a high-profile pedophile senator defining the party in addition to Donald Trump.

    As far as I can tell, the Republican party is perfectly fine with supporting sexual predators, homosexual hypocrites, and pedophiles as long as they are a "solid" Republican.

    Contrast that with how the Democratic party is dealing with Senator Franken on his groping issue, and indeed, Senator Franken's own words.

    My opinion is simple: "Being a Republican means never having to say 'I'm Sorry' for being a pervert.'

  • Nov 21st, 2017 @ 9:14pm

    Pig. Leg. Wrong.

    Extreme Vetting isn't about anything more than finding "something" to exclude those that don't look like you. It has nothing at all to do with "security", nothing at all to do with accurately assessing a security risk, and everything to do with being able to slap "DANGEROUS" label on pure xenophobia.

    This won't make us "safe", all it does is to allow us to exclude those we don't want. Interestingly, when it suited the government to do so, they allowed card carrying nazi's to enter the US, to give them citizenship. (whispers) Werner Von Braun.
  • Nov 20th, 2017 @ 8:00pm

    Rule #1 in security research

    ... Never, not ever, access anything to test if it's secure.
    ... Never, not ever, leave bread crumbs back to yourself.

    For every 1 time a security researcher finds and reports a bug and it's handled well, I would guess they get legal threats 9 more times. It's just not worth the hassle.

    If you want to make money finding vulnerabilities, find them, then sell them on the dark web. If the companies that have vulnerabilities don't like it, then they can stop being asshats to people trying to tell them "Uh, dude, you've got a problem you might want to look at..." and the good companies that treat the researchers like gold can put pressure on the bad ones.
  • Oct 16th, 2017 @ 9:03pm

    Re: Re:

    But if everybody has a felony record, who could we elect as president?

    I'm sure the special interests would find someone. /sarc

  • Oct 5th, 2017 @ 4:11pm

    Not just sex toys

    I was playing around with an SDR and discovered that I could down load quite a lot of information from my pacemaker. Since I'm not suicidal, I didn't try to change anything, but I have (opinion here folks) little confidence that the security to change settings is any more secure than to download everything (EG: No security at all.)

    The frustrating things are:
    1. I researched the model of pacemaker before it was implanted and rejected two options because they were known to be lacking in security.
    2. If I want to have another, more secure pacemaker implanted, it would appear that it will not be covered by my medical insurance since my current one has a battery life of 11 more years. Just for giggles, let me tell you that just the wires used (2 or 3, depending) cost $5,000.00 each. Think about that. Less than 1 meter of copper wire, collect $5,000.00. Sucks to be me. The device itself runs around $80,000.00 USD.

    I don't know about you, but there are only so many moderately priced houses I can buy. In 2015, I paid out of pocket $110,000.00, in 2016, I paid out of pocket $102,000.00, and in 2017 to date I've paid out of pocket $77,500.00. And I have pretty good insurance, and I don't have complex or rare medical conditions.
  • Sep 15th, 2017 @ 10:29pm


    Mike's an OK guy. He can be a bit brusque, but that simply reflects he's got a lot on his plate and no time. Richard Stallman, on the other hand, is a complete - ahem -. But I guess he should be allowed to be, considering his contributions. When my CV can match his, then I guess I can be allowed to criticize.

    I remember this maxim from my childhood: "Always be polite. Being polite is a stock you never run out of, allows people to want to work with you, costs you nothing, and can enrich you through the good will of others."

    In my life, I've never had good luck in money, investments, jobs. The only area I consider I've been blessed with great fortune is other people. And I am very grateful for that. Some are rich in monetary terms, and I guess that's OK. But I am rich with my friends and acquaintances, and I consider that a treasure beyond price.

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