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Comment: Re:So to cicumvent the screen locker... (Score 1) 255

by HiThere (#48926901) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

So what you're saying is that there is old hardware that will only work if you make your system insecure. OK.

FWIW, I don't consider any system that allows remote sessions to be secure. Period. So you need to isolate such systems. (This isn't an argument that you shouldn't run such systems. Just that you should take precautions.)

As an aside, I think that allowing compressed files to be expanded with the execute bit set is also a security hazard...just one that's probably worth the cost. In most circumstances. (And hazard isn't the same as hole. Not quite.)

Comment: Re:A quote (Score 1) 341

by HiThere (#48926793) Attached to: Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

You are making the assumption that they didn't intend this result. Or at least that they weren't aware that this would be the result. I find that quite dubious. As you say, it was obvious by inspection

OTOH, what would have been the result of disbanding the Iraqi army? You've created a bunch of people trained in violence suddenly out of work. I'm not convinced that it would have resulted in a better situation, though clearly it would be a different situation. And long term occupation would also have tremendous probabilities for disaster.

The real mistake was deciding to invade. After that I don't think there was a decent exit strategy...not if you are counting human cost. But this *must* have been obvious ahead of time, so clearly that wasn't their consideration. Who benefited? Who expected to benefit? How? It strikes me as a clearly political decision with only political gains.

Comment: Re:When everyone is guilty... (Score 1) 341

by HiThere (#48926679) Attached to: Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

True, there also needs to be a maximum length of any given law which includes in the length all other laws cited by reference.

I also think there needs to be a reasonable test for intelligibility. It's not right that everyone should understand every law, that's an impossibily high bar, but an average high school senior should. And at minimum should be able to. I can't think of a simple way of phrasing that test though that isn't of the form "Take a bunch of average high school seniors and have them write an essay about what the law means, and what it means is the intersection of what they claim it means", and that's also a poor idea, because it would eliminate everything...but I can't think of an objective "average understanding" evaluator.

Comment: Re: I am mad if I cant unplug my employee hotspots (Score 1) 112

by drinkypoo (#48926463) Attached to: FCC Prohibits Blocking of Personal Wi-Fi Hotspots

If they connect anything that lives inside your network, at any time, or that even has a VPN connection your internal networks at any time, you have a security problem.

If they can physically do that, then you have a problem. I hear even Windows comes with IPSEC, maybe you could do something about that.

Comment: Re:Tax (Score 1) 439

by drinkypoo (#48926385) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

I'm gonna insert my reply to an earlier comment of yours here to save me time and space, and because it's a good preface to my reply to this comment anyway:

in other words, they are taxed on the stuff they should be taxed on,

No, these dodges should not exist.

and they are smart enough to not pay taxes they dont have to

Yes, you have this part right.

And now, my reply to this comment:

and if you burden corporations with higher taxes, the consumer pays more as the costs are passed down to the consumer
in the end, the people pay the taxes one way or another

No, you have this badly wrong. If you make corporations pay their taxes, then the costs are passed down to the consumers of their products. But if you don't, then the costs are passed down to every citizen.

Comment: Re: You probably have one, though... (Score 1) 224

by Penguinisto (#48924991) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Agreed - parts of downtown Portland were a huge clusterfsck for months after the first protests.

It started with somewhat of a goal - a protest against "the rich", and against a laundry list of financial predations against the masses. Then, it quickly devolved into one massive slack-fest/camp-out, with the last holdouts finally leaving months later.

Comment: Re:iPad is a luxury? (Score 1) 224

by Cereal Box (#48924317) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Two things:

First, that's a helluva wireless plan you've got if it costs you $200 per month per person.

Second, none of the US carriers (other than T-Mobile) will cut your rate if you bring your own phone. So in that regard, the phone really does cost you $200. Honestly, the way it's structured, you're a fool to bring your own phone since you're paying a subsidy regardless.

Comment: Re:Great link to a 1912 test for 8th graders! (Score 1) 199

by s.petry (#48920701) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy
I was in particular referring to John Taylor Gatto, and I forget the lady who was the original secretary for the original department who wrote a great book on the corruption and nature of the original program. That people believe it accidental that all of these extreme liberals have been running the department since it's advent is remarkable in my opinion.

Gravity is a myth, the Earth sucks.