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Comment: Re:fire them (Score 3, Insightful) 99

by Archangel Michael (#48626661) Attached to: Hackers Compromise ICANN, Access Zone File Data System

If my PM sent me a word doc via email, especially if it was sensitive, I would fire the PM for incompetence. Files should be stored on servers where proper security can be enabled and monitored. Once a doc gets attached to email, you have lost all control over it.

Document control systems need to be in place, and email is not a document control system.

Comment: Re:We have the best form of Democracy in the world (Score 1) 122

There are two kinds of Repbulicans, NeoCons and Libertarians. Neocons are Simply Democrat Lite banded. These are the people who support Amnesty along with the Democrats, Support Government intervention into markets (too big to fail), and so on. The others are the Libertarian, limited government types that are a much smaller crowd, but tend to be louder and better at getting more attention.

The war in the Republican party is over who has more influence at a given time. Right now, you're seeing a large number of Libertarian types coming into the new congress, which is why Boehner (a neocon) quickly passed a budget that gave the (D) just about everything they wanted. A huge number of republicans are pissed off, and seriously thinking about building a credible 3rd party, something you'll never see democrats do.

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 2, Insightful) 507

by Archangel Michael (#48625977) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

I'm not going to Mod up, I am going to expound. The fact that we do not hold the people actually doing harm responsible, but rather go for anyone tangentially related but has deep pockets, in a get rich quick scheme using the legal system as a tool, is what is causing this kind of reaction. The threat of a lawsuit is greater than the threat from actual crime.

And to be honest, the US reaction has been pitiful. Why we put up with NK at all at this point is simply a matter of lack of leadership. However, as long as NK is a pawn of China and acts as their puppet, we cannot do anything to them. Make no mistake, this is China, not NK. But we are too chickenshit, and perhaps more importantly in debt to China, that both NK and China will get away with this shit.

And while I'm tossing blame, Sony itself is to blame for its crappy Security. How the hell does Muti-terabytes of data leave your network, without even a HINT of it. I'm sure that whatever cost savings they were going for when IT budgets came out was well worth it. I hope Sony gets it pants sued off (see first paragraph) by the likes of all the actors, crews and other employees.

What a cluster fuck.

Comment: Re:Man, am I old ... (Score 4, Insightful) 165

by Archangel Michael (#48619739) Attached to: Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

Taking that many pictures of "life" events, unless you're a photographer professionally, is completely void of meaning. The problem is, if your too busy taking pictures, you are NOT participating. Personally, I take a few pictures, to remind me, and then participate, which provides me with way more satisfaction than if I were sitting on the sidelines snapping hundreds of photos.

Comment: Re:Army? (Score 1) 174

by Archangel Michael (#48619181) Attached to: Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

Canada is invading?

Foreign threats capable of reaching the east coast would already be detected, being launched from across the Atlantic. Threats being launched from under water, close to shore, I'm pretty sure this would mostly be useless (sonar would be better suited).

No, this is about controlling the people of the United States. There is no other legitimate purpose.

Comment: Re:Depends... (Score 2) 162

From what little I know, the NSA doesn't actually spy on US citizens en mass. Instead, it has contracted other extra-national agencies to do it, specifically to get around the letter of the law. These are quid pro quo arraignments with agencies like Britain's MI6. We monitor them, they monitor us, and we exchange data.

So technically, they don't spy on us, but the result is the same.

Comment: Re:Durable parts. (Score 2) 171

by Archangel Michael (#48613345) Attached to: 3D Printer?

You're 100% right, but what you don't include is that some (if not most) of the parts created by 3D printer can be engineered to be better than the originals, even when you include lower quality materials. And it often doesn't take much.

The parts I'm talking about, were designed as much for the process of building the product it was a part of as anything, and once you get around THAT limitation (process of manufacturing), you'll have a better part engineered in no time.

Comment: Re:Hot Glue Guns (Score 1) 171

by Archangel Michael (#48613257) Attached to: 3D Printer?

I remember when a high end laser printer, topping out at a whopping 10PPM cost in the neighborhood of $5000 some 30 years ago. Today, you can get the same or better quality, printing 20-30 PPM for under $100.

Saying that $6000 is out of range is what people said 30 years ago about laser printers, after all Dot matrix was sufficient! YET people still bought them, and prices dropped, quality improved, speed improved and now the world is a different place. You can't see a need for a $6000 3D printer, but I sure can.

Comment: Re:In IT, remember to wash your hands (Score 1) 153

by Archangel Michael (#48612585) Attached to: In IT, Beware of Fad Versus Functional

I consider it a sad fact of reality that most tech execs are completely delusional

Any sufficient level of incompetence is indistinguishable from malice.

Are you sure they are incompetent? My guess, is that they don't care about what functions, just as long as they get their toys.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 2) 432

by Archangel Michael (#48610571) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Mexico's Immigration requirements are what we should all aim for. But if we did what Mexico does, we would be labeled "racists" by La Raza (literally "the Race") crowd who want unfettered and open boarders to America, but not the inverse where Americans could invade Mexico. BTW, poor Mexico also has VOTER ID requirements that make America's whining about having to get off their lazy asses so that they can vote. It is pathetic.

The US and Canada, have a much more polite (thanks Canadians!) relationship.

10.0 times 0.1 is hardly ever 1.0.