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Comment: Re:Like everything else M$... (Score 1) 131

by LordLimecat (#49173737) Attached to: What Would Minecraft 2 Look Like Under Microsoft?

How about the fact that we now have 3-4 versions of Java running around because Applets written for J5u10 refuse to run on anything newer than J6u9, several applets refuse to run on anything newer than J6u45, and J7 introduced a number of breaking changes somewhere around update 40.

And for the record these security updates are for the runtime itself, not just the browser plugin. Some of them deal, for example, with certificate handling, sandbox escapes, and buffer overflows. The number of updates truly is staggering-- theres something like 70 in the J7 line, and Java 8 (which has been around for ~11 months) has received 30 updates. Thats 3 per month, if you're keeping track, just for the runtime.

Comment: Re:B0ll0cks... (Score 1) 311

It would be my pleasure to see the whole lot of them have the actual text of the law applied to them as though they were a tattooed black guy with multiple priors.

We often have suitable laws; but they just mysteriously never even get brought up, much less by people in a position to do something about them.

Comment: Re:Split on this. (Score 1) 311

Sorry, but on instances of government, I take an "us vs them" stance.

Us, being the general populace of the US. The people the government is supposed to be accountable to.
Them, being the government, elected and appointed officials and all the aides, toadies, hangers-on, etc that constitute our vastly overgrown federal, state and local apparatus.

But if you want to turn this into Republicrats vs Demoblicans, that's on you.

Comment: Re:Split on this. (Score 1) 311

The whole Snowden debacle showed us that wrongdoing CAN be caught by forcing these people to use accountable services.

Rather than taking things off to private, unaccountable services.

Sure, the release of the Snowden info embarrassed a lot of people. But they were people doing things they shouldn't have been in the first place. Thinking that NOBODY would EVER get to look at government data who wasn't already in on the swindle.

Comment: Re:FDE on Android doesn't work as of yet (Score 1) 95

Who even bothers with FDE if the key will be no stronger than what, six numeric characters?

I do, because I recognize that you dont have to hit "perfect security" to have "worthwhile security". A 7-10-digit pin is going to protect my data pretty well against casual theft, and against attackers who do not have the time or resources to image the flash. It also protects me against casual backdooring; until the code is cracked, no malicious code can be inserted (again without gaining physical access to the flash chips).

Yea, it wont protect me against top-echelon attackers, but then if that was my risk model there are a LOT of other vectors I would be worried about before the length of my PIN.

Comment: Re:B0ll0cks... (Score 3, Insightful) 311

It's either bullshit(fairly likely) or the rules need to be changed yesterday(actually, at least a couple of administrations ago).

Aside from the obvious issues with complying with transparency, discoverability, and archiving requirements that are legally imposed on official business even at much lower levels(heck, I've done penny-ante IT minion stuff for small municipalities that was subject to public records laws that would have made doing things over personal email grossly unprofessional at best and illegal at worst, and she's the fucking Secretary of State...), what about security?

Given the delightful creep of the Top Secret National Security Stuff blob to cover ever larger swaths of DC, surely the Secretary of State does some emailing about stuff that is, at least for little people, probably supposed to not leave the SCIF, much less be handled by who-knows-who at some random email provider or a DNC mailserver admin.

"Who alone has reason to *lie himself out* of actuality? He who *suffers* from it." -- Friedrich Nietzsche