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  • Will Obama use the unratified Arms Trade Treaty to undermine the 2nd Amendment?

    12/28/2014 6:58:49 AM PST · 45 of 67
    rarestia to scrabblehack

    As per the article, SCOTUS has ruled in the past that no treaty may usurp the laws and protections on the books in the US. That’s not stopped people like Obama in the past though.

  • Will Obama use the unratified Arms Trade Treaty to undermine the 2nd Amendment?

    12/28/2014 3:37:51 AM PST · 2 of 67
    rarestia to HomerBohn

    I will die defending my right and the right of every man and woman in this world to defend themselves. If Obama signs this and tries to enforce it, the world’s largest standing citizen army will rumble to life in a way never seen before in human history.

    Just try it Barack.

  • Navy discriminated against Muslim over beard, suit says

    12/28/2014 3:23:13 AM PST · 109 of 109
    rarestia to Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
    he does make his wife walk 10 steps behind him.

    The subjugation of women has been a social norm for centuries, unfortunately. Prior to the 1920s, women were not considered on-par with men even in the United States. I am by no means making an excuse for this behavior, but I think it's important to distinguish when women are considered part of a faith, as with Christianity, versus when they're considered property as with Islam.

  • Navy discriminated against Muslim over beard, suit says

    12/27/2014 2:05:21 PM PST · 11 of 109
    rarestia to mylife

    Agreed. The Sikhs tend to be pro-America. If nothing else, they’re anti-Muslim. This is speaking from personal experience with a handful of Sikh men with whom I worked. I don’t know if this is an overly-broad generalization.

  • Historic 7ft Crucifix Cut Down After it Offends New Muslim Neighbour

    12/26/2014 2:34:39 AM PST · 37 of 57
    rarestia to Nachum
    The act of vandalism has also drawn criticisms from fellow Muslims

    No it hasn't! This is what they want!

  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Cliffs of Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko

    12/24/2014 7:30:47 AM PST · 11 of 15
    rarestia to SunkenCiv

    Is this one of the pictures it took prior to losing power, or did they manage to get the solar panels configured to recharge the battery? I’ve not been keeping up on it.

  • New surgeon general to focus on expanding prohibited persons?

    12/23/2014 8:26:15 AM PST · 5 of 13
    rarestia to Gaffer

    You’ve got my vote!

  • Behold, atheists' new Ten Commandments

    12/23/2014 5:04:30 AM PST · 6 of 35
    rarestia to C19fan

    This list is promoting nothing but a morality-free lifestyle. This is disgusting. Without a moral compass, we are all adrift in the sea.

  • The Rape on Campus Epidemic

    12/23/2014 4:52:17 AM PST · 2 of 15
    rarestia to Kaslin

    I was subject to a kangaroo court when I was a freshman at Florida State. The charge was for hacking because I logged into an unsecured switch interface and changed the login banner to read “This switch is not properly configured or secured and may be susceptible to breach.” They took that to mean I was threatening them and proceeded to put me in front of a panel of “educators” who knew nothing about IT security. It was a “preponderance of evidence” court vs. “innocent until proven guilty.”

    In the end, I had some sanctions passed on me and my record was marked as such, but I was hired by the university IT department months later to work in their security department. Go figure.

    The point here is that universities have ALWAYS worked by their own set of rules. They’re big enough that they have their own police departments and court systems. They’re as bloated with bureaucracy as the federal government.

    And the “rape” culture? Listen, rape has been going on for millenia. No amount of “awareness” is going to stop it. Some men (AND women) are going to be assholes and think they can force someone into sex. You know what WOULD severely curtail them? Let everyone carry a weapon on university property, concealed or otherwise. An ounce of prevention... oh, but that idea... no, no, no, we can’t have that. Weapons on school grounds would interrupt the learning process.

    But rape won’t?

  • I Am The Type Of American They Want To See Disappear (Must Read Article)

    12/23/2014 4:46:08 AM PST · 3 of 60
    rarestia to Kaslin

    One very hearty “Huzzah” to this author and may God Bless every one of us this Christmas season. This article couldn’t be more spot on. God Bless America!

  • Word for the Day, Tuesday December 23, 2014

    12/23/2014 4:40:42 AM PST · 7 of 78
    rarestia to SoothingDave

    Tautologies are meant to be more generalized, but climate change is a perfect tautology to use as an example.

    My post had an exceptional amount of snark in it. It’s meant to be read more than one way.

  • Levin: "War On Cops", Effort To "Nationalize" Local Police Underway

    12/23/2014 4:39:27 AM PST · 15 of 48
    rarestia to DaveA37

    Just remember: MRAPs do not do well on uneven terrain.

  • Islamic convert, 40, facing terrorism charges after he mows down 13 people in his car

    12/23/2014 4:38:38 AM PST · 9 of 12
    rarestia to CorporateStepsister

    The French from the 18th century and early 20th century fled for greener pastures long ago, I fear. Much of western Europe is a socialist wasteland.


    12/23/2014 4:37:02 AM PST · 5 of 31
    rarestia to C19fan

    This is all fanning the flames for something bigger. I’m praying everyone keeps a level head, but I know that’s a fool’s gambit with leftists.

  • Word for the Day, Tuesday December 23, 2014

    12/23/2014 4:29:44 AM PST · 3 of 78
    rarestia to SoothingDave

    The liberal tautology: women and minorities first: in life and death.

  • Crystal Ball 2015

    12/22/2014 9:39:41 AM PST · 17 of 28
    rarestia to SeekAndFind

    Many insider cybersecurity firms are predicting the mother of all hacks sometime during 2015, possibly against the American government, and most likely sponsored by nation-state actors in China, Iran, and/or Russia through proxies like NorK or Venezuela.

  • Did China Help North Korea Hack Sony?

    12/22/2014 6:44:25 AM PST · 12 of 12
    rarestia to palmer

    If you’re a Microsoft OS user, you’re using SMB. However, the revision of the protocol in use on your network depends on the level of the domain and file system. Server 2012 R2 uses SMB 3.0 which is the most secure revision of the protocol available.

    That said, remember that this happened by brute force. Something programmatically tried to access an SMB share over and over and over again until it guessed the right password. SMB, NFS, CIFS, iSCSI, it doesn’t matter what protocol is in use, they would’ve gained access eventually. Spouting off about Microsoft in the opening of the article was irresponsible.

    The fact that this was a brute force attack also tells me that they either don’t have a maximum number of failed logins lockout policy or they ignored those alerts and re-enabled the affected account. Otherwise, if it was a system account, they likely brute forced the storage administration account and not an Active Directory domain account.

    Further, shame on Sony for not having audit logging turned on for failed audit events. If we get a large number of failed audit attempts against a share, we get alerts all over the place.

  • Word for the Day, Monday, December 22, 2014-- portend

    12/22/2014 5:17:38 AM PST · 3 of 58
    rarestia to xsmommy

    What chaos doth this Christmas week portend? Seems there are all varieties of threats on our holiest week. May God bless every Freeper and their family.

  • Don’t Blame Sony – Blame Obama and the Tort System

    12/22/2014 5:10:37 AM PST · 6 of 9
    rarestia to Kaslin

    Based on this massive breach and their security issues with their Playstation platform networks, I would never give Sony a dime of my money for something that’s remotely addressable.

  • Did China Help North Korea Hack Sony?

    12/22/2014 5:07:48 AM PST · 10 of 12
    rarestia to palmer

    A few things on this:

    First, SMB is a Microsoft revision of CIFS. I guarantee you that Sony is not using Microsoft for storage in their environment. They might have DFS namespace providers setup for their domain, but they’re on EMC or IBM enterprise-class storage systems. You can take that to the bank.

    Second, if you’re attacked and impacted by a brute force attack, that means your corporate password policy is a joke. I’m sorry that the secretary to the CEO doesn’t like to change her password every 90 days and wants to use the same combination of characters every time: this is a business, not a home network. Get over yourself and stop putting the company at risk with passwords that include your name, your wife’s name, your dog’s name, your kid’s name, and/or your wedding date. Those are publicly-accessible pieces of information that could very easily be found and used against you.

    Third, if you have UPNP enabled and permitted on your corporate network, shame on you! UPNP is one of the worst ideas to come out of networking in a long time. It’s been proven time and time again to be an exceptional vector for attack on user networks due to its high-level read rights in the network stack. Every single user, whether you’re a home, retail owner of a NetGear or Linksys router or an enterprise admin with Cisco gear, you should be blocking any and all traffic on UDP 1900 among others and turning off UPNP altogether.

    Finally, the hard drive tool used in this hack took advantage of unsecured master boot record (MBR) sectors across an enterprise. We try to configure all of our mobile and workstation devices with UEFI secure boot and TPMs to ensure that the MBR and critical POST subsystems are protected from this sort of destructive software. It’s not foolproof, and in a company the size of Sony, I’m sure they made exceptions, but MBR vulnerabilities are easily avoidable nowadays with newer technologies.

    Bottom-line, it sounds like Sony was negligent in their security practices, and by the sounds of it, they ignored PWC’s warnings about vulnerabilities in their public networks. I’m not downplaying this attack by any stretch, but to paraphrase Pasteur, “Fortune favors the prepared...”

  • Using the Law to Stop the IRS

    12/22/2014 4:51:52 AM PST · 3 of 4
    rarestia to Kaslin

    All legislative committees should be prohibited from any sort of jurisdictional severability clause wherein they can claim that one member of the committee has done wrong, they purged that member, all is well.

    Franklin’s idea that, “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately” should apply to EVERY ASPECT of government that is not otherwise governed by the constitution. If an executive agency like the ATF is found complicit in corruption from anywhere in its ranks, it should be purged from the top-down and assessed by Congress for its legality.

  • Data recovery from External HD: Please help

    12/19/2014 3:51:49 AM PST · 49 of 53
    rarestia to don-o

    It’s just

  • Come on, man: Paramount bans showings of Team America: World Police in place of The Interview

    12/18/2014 1:53:11 PM PST · 60 of 86
    rarestia to SeekAndFind

    It’s one thing to not play a movie because Islamists are threatening to burn down every movie theater in America. It’s another thing entirely when a rogue despot in a country where 95% of the country doesn’t even have running water threatens action and you capitulate.

    Mark my words, this is the start of something bigger. I don’t know what, but this isn’t over.

  • Data recovery from External HD: Please help

    12/18/2014 1:51:26 PM PST · 41 of 53
    rarestia to don-o

    It doesn’t have to. UBCD is the operating system. You would boot to that after installing it on a thumb/flash drive. The external HDD would be recognized and you can tell from there if it’s partitioned and formatted. If it’s not, something happened to wipe the partition and you’re not going to have an easy time of recovery.

    Just remember, data is never lost unless the disk is physically destroyed or degaussed. There are always ways to retrieve data.

  • Data recovery from External HD: Please help

    12/18/2014 10:07:21 AM PST · 22 of 53
    rarestia to don-o

    UBCD (Ultimate Boot CD). Install it to a thumb drive, plug in your external HDD, boot to the thumb drive, and you should be able to get additional information about the drive.

    If it shows as formatted in NTFS and you can see data, then the data is recoverable. If you lost the master boot record, you might be able to recover it with the Windows install CD and booting to a recovery console.

  • ObamaCare fines loom for uninsured

    12/17/2014 1:36:21 PM PST · 6 of 49
    rarestia to TBP

    I cannot be collected except through liens on tax returns. If you work out your taxes to where you owe, they can’t levy the tax against you.

  • The Trouble with Tor

    12/17/2014 7:55:52 AM PST · 8 of 8
    rarestia to Bloody Sam Roberts

    There are Tor-specific plugins for FF and other browsers. Go to TorProject and DL their browser. And yes, it’s going to be slow, it’s deliberately obfuscating your connections, so it’s not a direct connection like usual.

  • Jeb Bush is NEVER Going to Be President

    12/17/2014 5:40:30 AM PST · 5 of 52
    rarestia to cotton1706

    The name is tainted for people on both sides of the political spectrum. The Liberals reflexively gag at the name “Bush” and conservatives back away slowly from the socially-liberal snake rattling at their feet.

    Jeb Bush is bad juju, and I pray this author is right in their assessment.

  • The Trouble with Tor

    12/17/2014 5:37:57 AM PST · 6 of 8
    rarestia to ShadowAce
    I think two sections of the article highlight the fact that Tor is STILL worth using:

    It's believed that Silk Road 2.0 was compromised by a Homeland Security Investigations undercover agent rather than a technical weakness in the Tor system

    Moral of the story: if you think you're invulnerable and act like you're invulnerable, you're not.

    Another problem with using Tor is that if the user's machine is compromised by malware

    First: see my previous comment. Second: if the Feds are injecting malware into computers on your network, you're gonna have a bad time.

    Tor is an amazing tool, and you can bet that the Feds are not going to usurp a tool that they still use for secure communications until there's a better option. With all of the vulnerability announcements with SSL and TLS, it's only a matter of time before some university compsci lab comes out with new security standards that the Feds want to snoop into.

    Fact is, guys, the Internet is a dangerous place. If you're not using a VPN, Tor, or, at a minimum, SSL, you can guarantee that you're being watched, tracked, and your behavior cataloged.

  • The U.S. Government Is Practically Begging for Global War

    12/16/2014 5:09:05 AM PST · 5 of 44
    rarestia to HomerBohn

    This eight-year mistake is part of the reason why the world is in the position it is.

    When the United States projects a position of weakness on the world stage, aggressive political actors feel emboldened and step up to fill the power vacuum. We should’ve continued to build missile defense sites in eastern Europe despite the protestations of Russia, but we instead capitulated and gave Russia the Crimea and an increasing foothold in the sociocultural sphere of influence in eastern Europe.

    Meanwhile, we’re projecting hostility toward the Israelis who are being battered by Islamists, and we’re losing key strategic political allies in much of the middle East.

    This president is more than an abject failure, he’s an enemy of the state who no one will oppose. Obama is the reincarnation of Caesar Augustus sans the military.

  • NOW pres: It’s ok, Margaret Sanger didn’t just hate Blacks

    12/16/2014 5:01:14 AM PST · 20 of 22
    rarestia to Morgana

    Has science evolved to the point that they can help us jump to different universes or dimensions? This world is getting to the point of being completely unpalatable.

  • Est. 15K join ‘pinstriped Nazis’ march in Dresden (Patriotic Euros Against Islamisation of West)

    12/16/2014 4:59:59 AM PST · 22 of 25
    rarestia to LeoWindhorse
    I don’t buy this Nazi BS

    You shouldn't. It's nationalism under another banner, but they're equating nationalism to national socialism which was Germany's downfall last century.

    This nationalist movement is one I can get behind, and I hope the Germans step up to act as a bulwark against the oppressive tide of Islamism. They're one of the first big western countries in the path of the Islamic spread that's going to come up from Turkey and from the south through Greece and Italy. We need big guns in this fight, because the Islamists are Hell-bent on total domination of the west by cultural overthrow.

  • ART PROJECT: Group calling themselves 'queer, black and people of color' claim they hung effigies

    12/16/2014 4:48:01 AM PST · 14 of 18
    rarestia to Bon mots
    So it’s okay for some people do do it, but not others. You see, it depends upon the color of your skin or your sexual orientation

    That is correct! If you are a "differently-abled, handicapable, big-boned, left-handed, albino, transgendered, lesbian, African-American, community organizer, art student," then you are the pinnacle of protected and permitted to do whatever you want, whenever you want, and anyone who stops you is a racist, bigoted, homophobic, queer-hater.

  • Folks, You Just Gotta Hear This

    12/16/2014 4:45:31 AM PST · 13 of 21
    rarestia to ObamahatesPACoal

    The Democrats have perfected the art of implicating children in their plans. For decades now the left has indoctrinated our children to the point that they cannot think for themselves and only think about the government.

    50 years ago, children wouldn’t utter this nonsense. They’d be too concerned about the status of their toy soldiers and Barbie dolls to care one whit about government. Such is the state of our nation now where it is reasonable to assume that yes, it is possible that children are concerned more about the government teat than their own innocence.

  • Word for the Day, tuesday December 16, 2014

    12/16/2014 4:40:49 AM PST · 6 of 98
    rarestia to SoothingDave

    I wonder what level of behind-closed-doors doxxing has been going on with Boehner.

  • Word for the Day, Monday, December 15, 2014-- quale

    12/15/2014 5:33:51 AM PST · 15 of 56
    rarestia to xsmommy

    My wife and I spent dinner on Friday evening talking about how we’re always hearing the media bray about how the poor are so poor and the rich are so rich. We’re neither, but we’re blessed to have what we have. It’s just hard to understand, and I volunteer at local food pantries a few times a month. I’ve seen the homeless and destitute.

  • Flu shot or not?

    12/15/2014 5:32:15 AM PST · 25 of 118
    rarestia to 1raider1

    This year’s batch has been proven to be ineffective against the strain that’s been most common this season.

    I’ve not had a flu shot in my life and never once have I had to the flu. Unless you’re a woman who plans to get pregnant, elderly, or in a field where you have a higher potential to be expose, I don’t recommend it.

    Full disclosure: I’m not a doctor or professional in virology in any way.

  • Word for the Day, Monday, December 15, 2014-- quale

    12/15/2014 5:30:06 AM PST · 11 of 56
    rarestia to xsmommy

    The qualia of daily life for the poor is often difficult to comprehend for those of us who are blessed to be employed.

  • Sony Hackers Leak New Data, Threaten ‘Christmas Gift’ To Put Studio In ‘Worst State’

    12/14/2014 3:27:05 AM PST · 20 of 40
    rarestia to a fool in paradise

    Malware and viruses are not the same. Viruses are intended to be very difficult to remove and tend to be destructive of their hosts. Malware is intended to be difficult to detect and provides vectors for attack through known open ports on a machine.

    What happened to Sony started off by someone opening an email attachment or being redirected to a malware-laden website. Once the infection was established, it starts to scan its network for other vulnerable machines. For instance, one of the big vectors for infection now are XP machines due to their lack of patching and relative ubiquity in some workplaces for legacy applications. If those XP machines are connected to a non-sequestered VLAN or otherwise permitted full access to the Internet, they become prime candidates for trojan horses.

    Fact is that viruses are becoming less popular. Almost everyone makes some sort of virus scanning and heuristics engine to spot the telltale signs of a virus. To circumvent that, malware is now a voluntarily-installed piece of software that purports to be a necessary plugin for a website or otherwise takes advantage of a user’s ignorance. Once the malware is established, it spreads quickly because virus scanners are not searching for malware, they’re searching for viruses. Malware is being used everywhere for espionage and acts as the raft upon which the bad guys float into most organization’s well-guarded systems.

  • We need more babies! Seriously, this is a problem

    12/12/2014 5:02:10 AM PST · 49 of 57
    rarestia to Salvation

    Wife and I have been trying for years with no luck. We’ve both been tested and are certified fertile. Not sure if it’s a frequency thing or what, but it’s just not happening. Wife will be 41 next year. I fear time is running out.

  • 9 Kissing Pets Demonstrating How To Smooch [images]

    12/12/2014 4:59:15 AM PST · 38 of 44
    rarestia to EnigmaticAnomaly
    Honestly, these gifs and pics are refreshing after the deluge of depressing stories about racism, people killing their stepdaughters to rape their corpses, black people angry at the cause du jour of the day, etc...

    Ain't that the truth!

  • Millennials

    12/10/2014 11:01:00 AM PST · 25 of 28
    rarestia to Svartalfiar

    Had too many bad experiences with the bloodsuckers at Capital One when I was in college. I vowed to never have another card, and I’ve stuck to it. You don’t miss it after a while and never have to worry about overspending.

  • Millennials

    12/10/2014 7:07:25 AM PST · 23 of 28
    rarestia to Svartalfiar

    Been debt-free for almost 10 years, and I’ll never look back. I have more liquid income than I can use, and my investments look quite purdy. I’m only in my mid-30s.

  • Millennials

    12/10/2014 5:39:59 AM PST · 2 of 28
    rarestia to Kaslin

    One thing I’ve noticed among professional Millenials in my office is that they’re loading up their credit cards to “earn points” on other things. It’s the old “I have to spend money to make money” mentality, and it’s getting worse.

    I had one co-worker spend $2500 on an Apple laptop which he didn’t need (he has a corporate-issued Mac Book) so that he could get points to fly to Vegas “for free.” I was dumbfounded by the logic, but this is how they think.

  • Lawmakers Agree on $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

    12/09/2014 3:53:11 PM PST · 15 of 76
    rarestia to Oldeconomybuyer





  • “She Couldn’t Breathe” – The Brutal Murder of 19 Year Old Jessica Lane Chambers

    12/09/2014 3:50:41 PM PST · 27 of 64
    rarestia to armydawg505
    A race war is coming

    Agreed. The left and liberal society has whitewashed (no pun intended) the idea of racism and its true meaning. When one believes their race is superior to all others, they are racist. Disagreeing with another race, generalizing about another race, pointing out cold, hard facts about another race, distributing facts about another race: those are NOT racist.

    A black man getting his feelings hurt by a white man does not make the white man racist, it makes the black man a mollycoddled crybaby. Used to be a time in this country when black men were hanged for even so much as looking at a white woman. Used to be a time in this country when a black man was shot execution style for trying to get an education. Used to be a time in this country when a black man wouldn't be served in a certain part of a restaurant or allowed at the front of a bus. Those were times when a plurality of a local white society felt that blacks were subhuman or lacking any level of respect. That made those communities racist, yes. THAT was racism.

    Disagreeing with a man who's biracial and happens to occupy the highest elected office in the United States does NOT make me or any other white man or woman racist. A race war is indeed coming, fanned by the rhetoric being spewed by this White House. Last I checked, blacks only count for 13% - 15% of the population in this country. They might want to choose their targets wisely. I'm not a violent man, but if you come at me unprovoked, you're going to meet your maker. If you start burning down my neighborhood, my community, you and your ilk will be met with force, and I will NOT be judicious in dispensation; I'll be damn near indiscriminate.

    This shit has GOT to stop. The black community in this country will quickly see, like Yamamoto said after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."

  • Cruz: School choice is 'most compelling civil rights issue' of the century

    12/09/2014 3:37:49 PM PST · 4 of 21
    rarestia to 2ndDivisionVet

    This isn’t directed at Cruz specifically, but I abhor when politicians use superlatives and hyperbole to discuss matters of opinion and weight on political issues. You just make yourself look a fool.

  • U.S. agency offers legal immunity to Ebola vaccine makers

    12/09/2014 8:19:06 AM PST · 3 of 16
    rarestia to wtd

    There’s enough of a public trust debt with pharmaceutical companies now that this sort of thing isn’t going to help.

  • Republicans clash on reversing nuclear option in Senate

    12/09/2014 5:29:46 AM PST · 3 of 39
    rarestia to Oldeconomybuyer
    “I think it’s rank hypocrisy if we don’t,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said

    Sit down and shut up, McStain. You're a has-been and need to go retire somewhere in a desert.

  • Boehner tricks House into legalizing Obama’s Amnesty

    12/09/2014 5:25:34 AM PST · 4 of 24
    rarestia to cotton1706

    I was completely lit up over Obamacare, but this, this is...

    In centuries past, this sort of behavior out of an elected official would’ve ended with a barrel of the finest tar from the local wharf and a large burlap sack full of feathers plucked from the local chicken coops.

    Boehner needs to be run out of DC like the crybaby coward he is. This is truly unforgivable. This is Nixon-level stuff.