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Comment: Re:Computers: They can respond fast -and- slow (Score 1) 181

by Tom (#48228319) Attached to: Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough

or lock out the console/IP entirely, after N failed attempts.

Which opens the door to DOS attacks on target accounts, but there are several smart ways to work around that (send an unlock link to the e-mail address for that user, for example).

I hope security "analysts" catch on to reality soon.

There are two kinds of security people in the business world. Those with a real interest in advancing the field and making computing more secure, and those working for large consulting and IT "Security" companies. I am exaggerating some, of course, and there are great people in those companies as well, but unfortunately the business concept of too many of them is based on solving problems in such ways that you can sell the solution to many other customers, not on finding a solution that takes care of the actual problem.

It's the same with consulting companies and the insource/outsourcing cycles. There are good arguments for both of them, but if you've watched the business world for a decade or two you understand that they are hyped in cycles so the same consultants who sold outsourcing to a company last period can sell insourcing to the same company next period or after the next CTO change.

Comment: not news (Score 1) 181

by Tom (#48228297) Attached to: Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough

Me and other security experts have been saying such things for years.

Basically, our password handling systems and policies are completely broken. It's not just what xkcd pointed out - it's worse. Those policies are based on making brute-force attacks more difficult. But to sum up a complex topic in a soundbite: If your system allows for brute-force attacks, your system is fatally broken.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 1) 232

Then there's another Jihadist who attacked two police officers in NYC with an axe: ... But these two aren't reported as heavily because they didn't use a gun, and the liberal media are against guns.

No, they're not related because they're not related.

This "jihadist" thing is just a hook for a certain slice of the crazies to hang their hat on. We will always have crazies doing antisocial things. Ordinarily they would be called "crimes by crazy people." But as soon as a crazy says "jihad", it's "terrorism" so the government needs to further infringe on liberties.

Just say no to "jihad" as a serious thing - it's popularized to speed along your enslavement. There may be a few actual jihadis operating in the Middle East, but going nuts on some cops with a hatchet is not jihad, it's assault.

Comment: Re:Want Critical Thinking? Fix the Public Schools (Score 1) 450

by roman_mir (#48226817) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

You should apologise, not to me, I have nothing to do with your education system, apologise to the people in your own country for destroying a perfectly fine free market capitalist system that they had in the nineteenth century and in the early twentieth and destroying it with socialist and of course fascist movements that your pathetic society has developed over the last 100 years. It happened to your society in a completely organic fashion, you didn't even need a revolution.

Poor people are poor in your socialist/fascist system and they will stay poor and will get poorer. Poor people were made richer by a free market capitalist system that you decided to destroy in exchange for a promise of security and free bread crumbs and pieces of pork and circuses, that politicians promised to throw your way. Of-course they promised to steal from those, who still produce and to subsidise those, that you are supposedly interested in helping, but of course as per usual, these motions lead to the exact opposite outcomes.

Comment: Re:Want Critical Thinking? Fix the Public Schools (Score 1) 450

by roman_mir (#48226273) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Your freedom to move... on the property of others.

- wrong. I was born in the USSR, I am talking about freedom to move without government impeding on it, which is what we had - government impeding on our ability to move as free people, which we were not.

As to property of others, I am against all public property and so AFAIC all roads should be private and it is between individuals to come and various road providers to come to agreement as to how the roads can be used and it has nothing to do with:

to be secured for you by others (yet without cost)

which only has meaning by dint of the power of the collective to enforce the contract.

- wrong. Freedom to contract means without government interjecting into the terms of contract and setting rules as to how contracts are written and enforced.

you were free to own yourself and your property... unless I understand you to be objecting to eminent domain

sure, eminent domain is a huge problem, but you are still wrong, people are not free to own themselves and property as long as governments can collect income taxes and declare what money is and inflate money supply by printing fiat.

roads, railroads, etc. that the nasty collective forced upon your noble and downtrodden individuals.

- all roads and railroads should be private, as they used to be as well.

Kooks here are the likes of you, not just kooks, socialist/fascist ideologues.

Comment: Re:Want Critical Thinking? Fix the Public Schools (Score 1) 450

by roman_mir (#48224833) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Nonsense, a free society is free from government oppression, which creates the instability in the economy, the inflation (money printing) that keeps politicians afloat, the business regulations and income taxes that destroy productivity and promote theft and murder (and obviously higher prices).

Free market capitalism produces outcomes that are affordable by most productive people and push prices down specifically to gain more market share and to make more money in the process, which is the ultimate moral good: making money by giving the people the choice of giving you their money for the product that they want and reward you for.

The only entities that keep pushing prices up are the governments, who want to bail out the politicians by constantly pushing for more and more inflation (money printing) to give them the free out of jail card to promise shit to the masses of idiots, who want free shit that they do not personally produce and pay for (at least not directly as they understand it).

Comment: Re:Want Critical Thinking? Fix the Public Schools (Score 1) 450

by roman_mir (#48224781) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Your double speak is powerless to hide the reality, there are no rights that are only ensured by denying rights of other people and that is exactly what you have to do to provide your 'civil entitlements', not rights.

A civil entitlement system exists, unfortunately, you are correct. A civil right system does not exist, anything that has to call itself a 'civil right' is based on discrimination, theft and use of force of government and its weapons to steal rights/liberty/property of people to provide the entitlements. The societies that create such is systems are sick, I give you that, most societies are sick. Societies that are based on denial of rights, denial of equal rights of people under law, based on theft and threat of government violence are sick societies.

We have what we have, all we can do is understand what exactly is going on and help these societies to commit suicide, a collapse, which is inevitable and desirable. I would rather have war and destruction than these so called 'civilised societies' that destroy the individual by promising to the majority to steal and redistribute. These societies do not deserve the light of day and they will collapse under that weight and total lack of morality, the morality that matters - morality of respect of the freedom of the individual being more important than any group any collective. Freedom first of all means protection of the individual against the destructive power of the collective, freedom to own and operate his/her own self and his/her property, freedom of movement and freedom of contract.

Sick, paternalistic societies will end themselves so that eventually freer societies can emerge, too bad we are living here today before that happened.

Comment: Re:Want Critical Thinking? Fix the Public Schools (Score 1) 450

by roman_mir (#48224709) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Wrong, poor people could afford education out of pocket, people could work for a summer to pay for the education that they could actually use in the real world. A wealthy society allows parents to pay for their children's education out of pocket specifically because it is a wealthy, productive (producing) society. You are a troglodyte, stuck in a box with no lights that can't even imagine that beyond the box there is an actual world.

Comment: Re:Want Critical Thinking? Fix the Public Schools (Score 1) 450

by roman_mir (#48224661) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

The whackjob here is you, insisting that some people have to be enslaved by the system to provide some other people with a good and a service just because you want to call that particular good/service a 'right'. A right cannot be given, a right is protection against government abuse, it is absence of government abuse and equality under law. People cannot be equal under law if they are forced to provide a good/service to anybody under the guise of 'right'. At best you are confused and cannot see the difference between a right and an entitlement, at worst you are a blood thirsty socialist/fascist monster that will justify any violation of freedom and life as long as it aligns with your ideology of theft and dictatorship.

Comment: Re:Want Critical Thinking? Fix the Public Schools (Score 0) 450

by roman_mir (#48223231) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Correct. Fix the public schools by shutting them the fuck down, stopping the theft of money from the people that they could otherwise channel their resources to where the market needs those resources to go at the time, so it wouldn't be a situation where some stupendous central authority needs to wake up to the realities of the market but instead people would be solving their own problems and offering those solutions at competitive prices. Education systems are not supposed to be something static, they have to change with times to provide the economy / society what it needs and individuals within the economy acting out of their own self interest try to figure out what are the best products / services that the rest of the market participants would prefer at any time and the competition (the invisible hand) creates the necessary pressure and pushes people in the direction that helps others rather than impeding them.

Comment: Re:I can't stand coupons (Score 4, Interesting) 145

by bill_mcgonigle (#48222269) Attached to: How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

that only exist to give housewives/househusbands something to do with their time

Definitely not - they're there to get people to make decisions that they otherwise wouldn't make, usually bad ones.

People love to get something for nothing. "$1 off a "premium" bag of wavy potato chips! Hell yeah!" No matter that the generic wavy potato chips are still fifty cents less and taste the same - it's a DEAL!

Kohls is famous for marking up their goods by 300% and then having a 30% off sale. The lines are out the door for "the savings". JC Penney tried to do away with that scheme and nearly went bankrupt. They went back to it this year and are returning to profitability.

If you don't have a concrete estimate of value for what you're purchasing, you can get wildly abused by the marketeers. That value will be subjective, but you better darn well know what it is if you don't want to get taken. I buy clothes at Kohls, but unless I'm desperate I limit myself to the 70% off clearance rack. That's where I find my valuation meets their prices. YMMV.

Comment: Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (Score 4, Insightful) 509

Except they're only doing this to their USB VID/PID - which IS THEIRS.

No. They're doing it to property that other people own. Just because that property advertises a fraudulent USB ID does not transfer ownership of that property to FTDI. They are intentionally breaking other peoples' property and even crowing about it.

FTDI is taking an end-justifies-the means stance, and implementing a vigilante approach. It's drinking the imaginary property Kool-Aid that gets people drunk on ideas like this, and they seem to lose all judgment.

"If I want to deprive you of your watch, I shall certainly have to fight for it; if I want to buy your watch, I shall have to pay you for it; and if I want a gift, I shall have to plead for it; and, according to the means I employ, the watch is stolen property, my own property, or a donation. Thus we see three different results from three different means. Will you still say that means do not matter?" - MK Gandhi

Comment: Re:I guess you missed Kent State? (Score 1) 139

by DarkOx (#48220977) Attached to: Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

The counter argument though is the non-lethal weapons lower the hurdle for use of weapons at all. Any cop knows the outcome of using his service pistol against someone is likely that someones death. Most cops being decent people don't WANT to kill people.

Most cops however like all people value their own safety if you give them a tool like a taser and tell them it won't likely cause serious injury they become very likely to use it anytime the situation gets "tense" its the safe way out for them. They won't consider the corner case outcomes where the person has a heart condition or something and it could kill, humans don't think way.

Should someone who is shouting during a political event but otherwise not doing anything violent or injurious to others be subject to taser and pepper spray, those microwave pain ray things etc? I don't think that is the right thing for our society.

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.