* Posts by Rob

16 posts • joined 12 Aug 2007

Student charged after alerting principal to server hack


Dear God

Whatever happened to discovering the vulnerability then notifying whomever can address it? If you feel the need to attach "evidence" of your discovery it would be wise to ensure such evidence is not illegal to transmit or would otherwise lead to criminal charges or disciplinary actions.


You wouldn't bomb your neighbor's house to prove it's vulnerable to bombings.... or would you?

Scientists ponder future Moon mission activities


if at first you don't succeed..

..move to another moon/planet and see if you don't destroy it in the process?

US court sides with Janet Jackson's breast

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covered nipple?

I beg to differ that the nipple was in fact covered. Strangely pierced, yes... but covered? Not quite.

San Francisco's 'rogue' sysadmin still being paid while in jail



They essentially said, "We can do it without you, goodbye." To which he replied, "OK, I'd like to see you try!" Behold! They are having great difficulty doing it without him.

You harass the sysadmins and you get bent over a barrel.

You harass kids in school and they show up with guns for a massacre.

It seems the message being sent is a confusing one in regards to "When is it OK to seek revenge for being wronged?"

This is what happens when people do not respect each other. While John has the capability to fire Jack, John is also at the mercy of Jack because John (and in some cases John's company) is at the mercy of Jack. The people who make sure things work deserve much respect, just as anyone else who is correctly doing their job deserves respect.

It isn't wise to hit someone who can hit you back harder, especially if you don't know if they are likely to even hit you back at all.

MS takes Windows 3.11 out of embed to put to bed

Gates Halo

leave it to the military

The computer system that is used to diagnose the Patriot Missile systems made use of Windows 3.1 as of 2003 when I finished my contract with the US Army. I guess it sort of goes along with the Stealth Bomber upgrades.... Maybe they were trying out the "security through obscurity" approach.

Pentagon: Electromagnetic pulse bombs from 2012


RE: Modern Russian AA systems

"This wasn't just a little over-the-border excursion, they came in over the Mediterranean and flew over most of the country to get to the installation, then returned out to the Med."

The BBC Reported:

"In the early hours of 6 September a number of Israeli jets appeared to enter Syrian airspace from the Mediterranean Sea.

Later, unidentified drop tanks, which may have contained fuel from the planes, were found on Turkish soil near the Syrian border, indicating a possible exit route.

Witnesses said the Israeli jets had been engaged by Syrian air defences in Tall al-Abyad, north of Raqqa and near the border with Turkey."

Was it ever found out that they flew out through Turkey or not? Nonetheless it still makes me laugh at the air defense.

RIAA hits paydirt: wins first music-sharing jury trial


Burden of proof

This was not a CRIMINAL trial it was a CIVIL trial with much less of a burden of proof on the prosecution. That probably has a lot to do with how such an atrocity was allowed to happen. Today I am ashamed (more than usual) to be an American.

From what I understand the defendant had been using a rather unique username online for a few years. The RIAA's snoop squad found that username on KaZaA and browsed the host, saw the files available for download, recorded the IP, and eventually filed suit. They might have even downloaded a few to verify the content, who knows. *shrug* Add that with the hard drive being conveniently replaced it creates reasonable suspicion of guilt and that's all the jury seemed to need. The thing that disgusts me is the fine.

Sysadmin admits planting 'logic bomb' in drug firm database


ballooned recovery costs

They always floor me when I read them. Someone I know was charged under the same law for unauthorized access to a Cisco router. He used the default password to log in *and* enable on the system. He changed the password to something a bit more secure and put a login banner describing what happened and who to contact for the password. He was getting hammered by Cisco ICMP floods that null routed his IP addresses from his provider and decided to go vigilante and secure some routers on his own.

Anyway, the one single event in question blew my mind. The defendant stated it took 29 hours (at some insane rate/hr) to repair the damages (remove the banner, change the password). In total it was estimated at over $11,000.

While I do have some choice words to describe my friend's actions, two words come to mind to describe the defendant: incompetent, negligent.

I guess it pays to be stupid.

ICANN dukes it out with the USSR in cold war rematch smackdown


Problem with Americans?

The United States created the Advanced Research Projects Agency, known as ARPA, in February 1958. The ARPANET developed by DARPA of the United States Department of Defense was the world's first operational packet switching network, and the predecessor of the global Internet.

On August 6, 1991, CERN publicized the new World Wide Web project, two years after British scientist Tim Berners-Lee had begun creating HTML, HTTP and the first few Web pages at CERN.

Pentagon: Chinese military hacked us


not exactly true

"all DoD personnel undergo random drug testing. Most people get popped for a test twice a year or so. Failure = dishonorable discharge, do not pass go, do not collect $200."

It depends on quite a few things. For example what drug shows up in your urinalysis, if you gave a statement (confession) before the results were back indicating you had drugs in your system, the current drug policy atmosphere where you are stationed, and yes unfortunately it depends on who you are.

I have seen many people simply get sent to a rehab program when they "piss hot" showing cocaine or marijuana in their system. A few had been doing extacy and got pulled for a urinalysis and subsequently dishonorably discharged.

It's not as easy to get kicked out as it may have been in the past. I myself had somewhat of an experience with this. It's regarding how I found this website to begin with. ;)


http://ww2.pstripes.osd.mil/01/jul01/ed072701g.html <-- by this time i had been relieved of some rank heh

I continued to serve my country until 2003 and received an Honorable discharge.

Movie pirate forced to ditch Linux


"two felonies that they gave me"

He violated the law apparently, but it was the legal system (not him) that attached the felony convictions to his record. Yes he was rewarded the felonies for his actions but by no means did he give them to himself no more than a powerball lottery winner gives himself $500,000,000.

The young lad is correct in his choice of words while some of the Internet crusaders are left with the taste of footwear in their mouths.

It boggles the mind how copyright infringement is a felony while other crimes (such as DUI) that put lives at risk are not. Why is this you ask? Look at the people who make the laws in the United States. I can guarantee you quite a few of them have at least one DUI, maybe more, on their criminal record.

I received this in an email a few years ago and it's quite amusing. Of course I cannot verify any of it but nonetheless here it is:

"Can you imagine working for a company that has a little more than 500 employees, and has the following statistics:

* 29 have been accused of spousal abuse

* 7 have been arrested for fraud

* 19 have been accused of writing bad checks

* 117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses

* 3 have done time for assault

* 71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit

* 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges

* 8 have been arrested for shoplifting

* 21 are currently defendants in lawsuits

* 84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year...

Can you guess which organization this is? Give up yet? It's the 435 members of the United States Congress. The same group that cranks out hundreds of new laws each year designed to keep the rest of us in line."

No data protection exemption for YouTube baby battle video


RE: Consent

"Likewise telephone companies keep recordings for "customer service purposes", but recording the conversation yourself without consent is illegal."

Eh... I don't know about where you are from but recording it without the customers' consent is also illegal around these parts. We as customers have the right to request the call to not be recorded. Having worked in a call center at Citi's Transaction Fraud department I can tell you that it does happen and we do stop recording *audio* of the conversation at that point. The call still has a record kept of audio and video (capture of the representative's pc screen) but the audio stops when the customer requests it.

When I receive calls I want to record for my records I ask the other person if I may (I am already recording by default) and if they say no I thank them for their time and hang up.

Broadbandit nabbed in Wi-Fi bust


RE: Daft law & Trespassing & Muddy waters

"It's a daft law... If someone leaves a front door open, and you walk in, can you be charge with breaking in? No you can't. Maybe criminal damage if you didn't wipe your muddy feet."

You could be charged with criminal trespassing. Contrary to some places it is not always a civil offense.

" 635:2 Criminal Trespass. –

I. A person is guilty of criminal trespass if, knowing that he is not licensed or privileged to do so, he enters or remains in any place.

II. Criminal trespass is a misdemeanor for the first offense and a class B felony for any subsequent offense if the person knowingly or recklessly causes damage in excess of $1,000 to the value of the property of another. "

Also regarding this:

"Wasn't there a case in the US a while back where a guy was charged with sitting outside a coffee shop and plugging in to their "free" network. IIRC the coffee shop owner did not want to press charges, but the guy was done anyway."

Here in the United States not every state is just a 'state' meaning some are commonwealth states. In the commonwealth state of Pennsylvania the state has the right to charge offenders regardless if the victims do not wish to press charges. I believe the other few commonwealth states are the same in that aspect.

Dolphins abandon Bay of Biscay



I do not see anything stating this is an "IT" only website. The category of Science with the subcategory of Biology sure seems to support my suspicions. Oo

BAE demos DSL-esque military radio protocol


@ FAST seeking missile

It wouldn't surprise me. This somewhat reminds me of how the US stealth fighters were able to be traced using cell phone towers/signals. Somewhat low-tech hacks to detect high tech military stuff always worries me a bit.

ATI driver flaw exposes Vista kernel



"There's no need for a 40Mb 'Driverware' or 'Megaforce' package."

Indeed! Nothing says WTF like an 84Mb Logitech webcam driver download. Oo


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