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benjamin melançon

Fight for everyone's right to party http://notesfrombelow.org/article/perks-of-the-job

benjamin melançon

Innocent person found not guilty— big news because she's a Muslim who was prosecuted by the US gov't https://theintercept.com/2018/03/30/noor-salman-widow-of-pulse-killer-omar-mateen-is-found-not-guilt...

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"All day long on TV ... Trouble in Iraq ... Trouble in North Korea. I'm sick of reruns."
http://www.gocomics.com/boondocks/2018/03/20
This cartoon is a rerun. It's from 2003.

Of course, the TV isn't showing much of the trouble in Iraq, which helps the vile, cruel, emotionally and intellectually stunted men who helped make the 2003 invasion possible remain posing as patriots still today.

benjamin melançon

Direct U.S. military support for a country's invasion of another country—that is, engaging in an act of war—should have required a vote to start. At least there's been a vote (Senate only). Unfortunately Republicans and 10 Democrats voted for war crimes. https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/03/20/blood-thousands-their-hands-55-senators-vote-continue-u...

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benjamin melançon

Demand Alejandra's release because it's wrong for any human being of no conceivable harm to others to be in a cage, because when any group of people are denied any rights as immigrants are now this is the sort of political repression that inevitably follows https://action.mijente.net/petitions/release-immigrant-rights-activist-alejandra-pablos-from-detenti...

benjamin melançon

Any lawyers want to sue PayPal? They insist on sending out e-mails that could just as easily be spoofed e-mails, thereby making it impossible for their hundreds of millions of users to exercise basic best practices in avoiding phishing attempts. (You should never follow a link claiming to be from your bank or anywhere likely to ask for your log in or payment information unless it is definitely the official domain of the institution claiming to be e-mailing you. When in any doubt, and best practice anyway, is to type in the domain of the institution into your browser yourself, or search for it if necessary. E-mail reply addresses mean nothing; anyone can fake them easily.)

PayPal has been called out on this before - https://myonlinesecurity.co.uk/paypal-get-your-act-together/

Many have simply reported it to spoof@paypal.com and told others it's a fraud - https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/626347/warning-paypal-spoofphishing-emails/

And one intrepid English IT professional communicated with PayPal exhaustively by every possible means in every possible way explaining this is unacceptable - https://cantoriscomputing.wordpress.com/2017/03/04/paypals-emails-encourage-dangerous-habits/

Surely someone can come up with a good legal case could be made that PayPal is exercising negligence or willful disregard of some responsibility to protect PayPal users from spammers claiming to be PayPal? If i run a local store and request customers to shout their credit card numbers to me from across the street, and someone takes the opportunity to steal the credit card numbers, i'd think i'd have some liability.

PayPal's official response now, still, after years of being called out on this intolerably irresponsible behavior, simply encourages people to check that domains follow a paypal-something dot com scheme, which of course is no protection at all, as any scammer or phisher can register paypal-totallynotaphishingattempt.com right now— as they acknowledge - https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/security/suspicious-activity

That is wildly irresponsible, and for a modest consulting fee of a few million dollars i'll introduce to them PayPal, Inc. to the concept of subdomains.

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The Internet fights back: https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/ajit-pai-tried-kill-net-neutrality-internet-fighting-back-ncna...

Love that Evan Greer got this on NBC, which is owned by Comcast, but probably rely on https://www.fightforthefuture.org/ for updates.

benjamin melançon

benjamin melançon

@Dell fantastic that you sell laptops free of Microsoft like http://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/cty/pdp/spd/xps-13-9370-laptop/cax13w10p2c601ubuntu — but could you make that a little easier for people to find? Filter for OS at https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/scc/sc/laptops has "Windows 10" only.