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  • Oct 4th, 2018 @ 9:08am

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    Hooray we're all criminals now!

    Backup device. Factory Reset. Load 'empty' Apple ID or Google Account or Microsoft Account. Cross border. Give password to empty phone. Change password upon immediately exiting customs. Continue to destination. Reset and restore or continue to use dummy account until you return home. Repeat when you cross the border again.

    Use something obnoxious, like KIMDOTCOMISAWESOME or NOPASSWORD as your actual password.

    When you get home, call your cellular provider, advise that the Home or Power button no longer works (assuming no damage and under warranty) and they will send you a warranty replacement. Now you have a new Device ID/MEID!

    Also, carry spare dead SIM and use that instead so they don't have your SIM number and leave your memory card at home.

    After it's all said and done all they will have is an old MEID number, useless account information and the wrong SIM number.

  • Sep 7th, 2018 @ 12:45pm

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    You wouldn't produce your own content, would you?

  • Aug 1st, 2018 @ 11:04am

    LOL at PINs

    PINs are useless in this scam. The 'hacker' is switching the targets phone number to a device they control. This can be done within a few minutes. They either already have access to the PIN, have someone on the inside, or are using social engineering to gain access to the targets phone number. Once they have local access to a phone number, they change the PIN to something else and do whatever it is they want to do.

    A 'Port Out' pin is similarly worthless if the scammer gains control of the phone number.

    Usually, by the time the target realizes there is something wrong it is too late, the damage has been done. When they call their carrier they will not be able to gain access to their account because they do not know the new PIN. Best case scenario will be for them to go to a retail location to show their ID as proof of ownership. But if the number was ported out to another carrier they are fucked. There is no easy way to prove to another carrier that they are the legitimate owner of a particular phone number. Meanwhile the person that now has the phone number is changing passwords on all kinds of accounts and setting up Two-Factor Authentication, locking the target out of their own accounts, banks, social media, whatever. All this can be done in a few hours. You could wake up tomorrow and be locked out of everything.

    You won't notice anything is wrong because you won't be getting any email notifications because all your passwords have been changed.

    What's worse is there are many 2FA apps out there that rely on an email or phone number for their own authentication. So if the scammer has access to their phone number, there is no service that they will not be able to change the authentication on.

    This is a pandora's box that the carriers need to address. It is mandated that customers can take their phone numbers with them. We need to figure out a process that can reliably authenticate the person requesting the port instead of using a 4-digit code.

  • Jul 13th, 2018 @ 12:59pm

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    Bigger threat? That depends. Masks, like guns, have never hurt anyone. It's the person behind the mask/gun that is potential threat. That depends on their intentions.

  • Jul 13th, 2018 @ 12:56pm

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    They aren't afraid of people with masks. The mask is used to avoid potential prosecution. It won't help prevent you getting shot at. Both sides know this.

  • Jul 13th, 2018 @ 12:53pm

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    The best thing that can happen to any white-supremacist, Neo-Nazi or any racial rally is for no one to show up to counter protest. Nothing more pathetic than being ignored while trying to make what they think is an important point. They have a right to say it, but it would be funny if no one showed up to hear or oppose it.

  • Jul 13th, 2018 @ 12:46pm

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    I agree with you on the mask part. As for the 2A part, how many 2A people have shot anyone at a protest?

  • Jul 13th, 2018 @ 12:44pm

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    Let me restate.

    "Get what's coming to them = jail, not physical harm.

    No one should be attacked, on either side.

  • Jul 13th, 2018 @ 11:53am

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    Well, we wouldn't have this bill in the first place if Eric Clanton hadn't started attacking people with a bike lock, while wearing a mask.

    Antifa has done a fine job of making asses out of themselves and they deserve no less. They deserve all the ridicule and mockery they get.

    If you want to protest something wearing a mask or a bandana, go right ahead. But if you show up to that same protest with a mask AND a shield, baton or whatever, you get what's coming to you, regardless of which side you are on.

    People used to protest with flowers, signs and loud speakers. Now they also show up with masks and weapons. Don't blame the cops or the lawmakers, blame the idiots showing up armed.

  • Jun 9th, 2018 @ 8:26am

    Is this the beginning of the end for Drumpf?

    Oh wait, no, it isn't. Obama clearly was better at going after reporters than Trump.

    https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140918/16364028566/journalists-attack-obama-administration-being -ridiculously-secretive-vindictive.shtml

  • Mar 24th, 2016 @ 4:49am

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    Trolls have to start somewhere.

    Going after a guy that sells foam arrows for patent infringement is trollish behavior when you didn't invent foam-tipped arrows. I was shooting home-made foam-tipped arrows 30 years ago. These guys do not own the idea of foam-tipped arrows.

    If anyone should be trolling it's Nerf with all the foam product they sell.

  • Nov 17th, 2015 @ 5:37am

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    The world is full of hypocrites. This is not new. My Anti-American comment was directed at you because of your use of 'Your government', which I take to mean that you are not a US citizen.

    Under that assumption, it's a bit odd to call out the US Government for merely arresting a guy for posting pro-ISIS material when ISIS itself would have killed the guy outright if he had posted US-propaganda. This guy will get his day in court, and if it turns out he is pro-ISIS then he gets what's coming to him. We don't need people like that. It's okay to hold a different point of view unless that point of view means you killing me. That changes things.

  • Nov 16th, 2015 @ 10:09am

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    I do disagree with them. They are murderers and rapists and all-around shitty guys to hang around, what with the beheadings and all. I have lots of people I don't agree with on many things, and not once have I tried to kill any of them.

    I don't want their destruction. I want them to stop. There is a difference. If it turns out the only way to prevent them from killing innocents is to destroy them, then by all means let's destroy them. The world will be a better place without theme and they can all enjoy their 72 virgins in paradise. Win-win.

    Anyone is entitled to their political/religious/personal belief system until it comes to the point that it is impacting others in a negative way, like raping children.

    So, come out and say it. Are you Pro- or Anti-ISIS? Do you disagree with me because I pointed out the flaw in your anti-American post or do you really support ISIS?

  • Nov 16th, 2015 @ 9:58am

    Re: Re: Re: Did he hurt anyone?

    Yes, anyone that is pro-ISIS I do in fact hate. Doesn't mean I'm going to kill him, but yes, I do hate him. See, the difference between me and him is I don't want him dead, just gone where he can't hurt anyone. ISIS wants non believers dead.

  • Nov 15th, 2015 @ 7:42am

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    You mean like how ISIS kills anyone that doesn't agree with them? Are you really trying to say that The US government is silencing dissent when ISIS is out there killing people that don't agree with Islam?

    This isn't dissent. This person has aligned themselves with an openly hostile terrorist organization that is responsible for the killing of tens of thousands of innocent people, including children. They want nothing less than the destruction of anyone that does not agree with them.

  • Nov 15th, 2015 @ 7:36am

    Re: Did he hurt anyone?

    It doesn't matter if his speech hurt anyone. He posted names, pictures and locations of private individuals who are in the military and advocated killing them. This isn't free speech, this is hate speech and should be addressed as such.

    If he made a general statement or retweeted a general statement like, "the military should die lollll1l1l", then no harm done. Posting private information like this is wrong. Assuming he knows right from wrong (not mentally impaired), this makes him an ISIS sympathizer. He gets what he deserves.

  • Aug 30th, 2015 @ 5:24pm

    Re: Re: "What are you going to do, stop buying? Don't make us laugh."

    They broke no law. Just look at all the porn parodies out there....Schindler's Fist, Men in Blacks, Star Wars XXX: A porn parody, Bone in 60 seconds and so on.

    Not that I've watched any of these...

  • Dec 16th, 2014 @ 1:24pm

    Re: Re: Re: Let me see if I got this right:

    I thought this was a link to the restaurants website.

  • Oct 10th, 2014 @ 7:44am

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    Maybe the student was comfortable with the image and herself until a teacher decided that she didn't fit in and there was something wrong with her. When the teacher selected her picture she passed judgement on the girl.

  • Sep 5th, 2014 @ 9:12pm

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    Or maybe they don't give a shit.

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