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Comment Re:Microsoft is "igniting" PC sales... (Score 2) 266

Thankfully polling has been done on privacy issues with results freely available to all: http://www.pewinternet.org/201...

Here's the problem with the poll - they ask people about privacy, security and surveillance - but they don't test to see if people understand those topics, or how much they REALLY care about it.

For example, people claim they care about things being made in America - http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/05/01/gallup-60-percent-of-u-s-willing-to-pay-more-for-american-made-products/ - However, one look at how much we import from overseas, and it is obvious how much they (don't) care.

Here's a (bad) car analogy - if I asked, "Do you want cars to be safer?" Most people would probably answer, "Yes." However, if I followed that with, "Do you want cars to be limited to 35 MPH?" Most people would think I'm crazy.

Here's the reality - even people who are aware of their data, how it might be shared, and are actively trying to protect it, are leaking data like a sieve. Most aren't willing to go to the lengths necessary to protect their information properly. Using gmail or any web mail provider? You are leaking information. Buying something online? Name, address, credit card info. Carrying a cell phone? GPS location and contacts. Using iCloud, Dropbox or any online storage service? I hope you have everything encrypted - and I mean your encryption, not their baked in service. I also hope you have never accidentally clicked a link or ad you didn't intend to (or even intended to) - because that info is going all over the place. See the complexity of ad networks here: http://www.lumapartners.com/resource-center/lumascapes-2/

You might claim you care about privacy, security and surveillance; but how much effort are you really putting into protecting it?

Comment Re:Sucked into jet engine, subsequent encounter (Score 2) 232

Just to be a spoil-sport, "subsequent encounter" isn't that they've experienced whatever injury again, it's that a complication popped up after primary treatment, such that they need more medical care.

What you describe is known as sequela which also has a code.

From Wikipedia:
In ordinary language it may be described as a further condition that is different from, but a consequence of, the first condition.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, so I could be mistaken.

Comment Re:Must be Silicon Valley (Score 1) 264

Except a $250k house in the midwest is probably large, with a big yard and close to work. In San Francisco, Alex has a multi-hour commute, higher taxes on his house and not much space if he has children.

I had a 45-minute commute when I lived in Iowa because I lived in a small town about 30 miles out. However, in that town you could get a 5 bedroom, 4 bath house on 2 acres for less than $100k. So, having the same commute as SF, but saving crazy amounts of money, is an option...

Comment Re:Why force her to do something she doesn't want (Score 1) 250

So, yes, I am getting a raw deal because I am raising kids that will contribute to me and to you and you are getting a free ride by having no kids.

Are your kids using public education? Using public playgrounds? Are you getting a tax break for more dependents?

Comment Re:Depends on your perspective and tastes (Score 2) 410

Los Alamos, or Santa Fe is probably where I'd live given the chance though.

I would recommend you give Albuquerque a chance (that's where I live). If you want less crowded, you can live in the east mountains (Tijeras, etc.) I live on the east side of the city, and I am 2 blocks from the foothill trails, and a 5-minute drive from the tram that will take you to the top of the mountain.

The cost of living is far, far cheaper than living in Santa Fe; and the coffee shops don't close at 7:00pm like they do in Los Alamos.

Comment Re:better idea (Score 1) 166

Yes. And everyone is losing money - including the Saudis.

However, in a few months, when the fracking industry has been destroyed, and the tar sands have been shut down, the prices will return to "normal". It will take years for production to ramp up to where it was before the drop in prices, with the Saudis (and OPEC) reaping all of the profits.

Comment Re:better idea (Score 1) 166

While things are a lot better at the moment, let's not forget there was also a Pax Romana where there was a lull in major conflict.

My worry is that we are building towards another major explosion of violence as resources start to run out, threatening our comfortable way of life. While we have plenty of oil in the world, cheap oil is rapidly running out. Also, we are running out of fish stocks in a large number of areas and population growth is still happening - even if it is slowing down - putting further stress on our food supplies. If people lose their "bread and circuses" (and modern toys), an increase in violence is likely to follow.

Comment Mindset (Score 3, Insightful) 205

Probably the most important thing is to have the mindset for penetration testing.

You are no longer trying to keep things up and running, and making systems usable; you are looking for all of the ways to make things break in new and interesting ways. You have to think creatively - you have to think about what the system/network admin missed and/or how "best practices" fail in a given situation/on a specific system.

That's why a deep technical understanding in a lot of areas is very helpful - you learn how things interact, and how failures can occur in different areas. For example, does a software package add a user? Does it open a network port? How does it handle permissions? How is authentication done? How do systems rely on the network? How does the network rely on various systems (like a DNS server)? The more you know about all of the interactions between the system(s) and the network, the more attack vectors you can come up with.

Comment Re:Choose the right diet (Score 3, Informative) 214

The NuSI web site deliberately contains little substantive information. The institute's purpose is to do objective research to determine the truth, and its directors are careful to avoid muddying the waters by publicizing their own views.

Sorry, but this is probably the biggest warning sign there is. If someone isn't willing to publicize their information/data/belief, there is probably a reason. Muddying the waters is the "perfect" excuse for this behavior because there is no way to refute/debate/review/analyze the information/data/belief for yourself.

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