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Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 47

by Jahta (#48553761) Attached to: Bluetooth Gains Direct Internet Access, Security Enhancements

Reading comprehension.

They have made updates to the spec. Those updates make devices following that spec harder to hack and allow internet access.

Except that nothing is "harder to hack" than a device with no network connectivity; something that gets forgotten in the Internet of Things hype. Your toaster really doesn't need to be online, no matter how good the spec is.

Comment: Re:The real question is (Score 4, Interesting) 52

by Jahta (#48521927) Attached to: Google Confirms That It's Designing Kid-Friendly Versions of Its Services

besides the obvious filtering of content, will Google also be limiting advertisements and tracking of kids searches?

I would imagine it will be targeting adverts at kids, and tracking just as much.

A more interesting question is "how will Google determine who is a kid?". Will adults have to login to get the grown-up version, and prove that their login really belongs to an adult by providing, for example, credit card details?

Now you have tracking that's worth big money to marketeers.

Comment: Re:I agree (Score 1) 111

by Jahta (#48513197) Attached to: MasterCard Rails Against Bitcoin's (Semi-)Anonymity

Money Laundering Laws... pretty much EVERYWHERE

Mod parent up! In fact, in many jurisdictions payment processors are required by law to monitor for and report "suspicious" payments. Individual staff can be held liable, and go to jail, for not doing it.

And cash is no answer. Large cash withdrawals count as "suspicious".

Comment: Re:we ARE different (Score 1) 355

by Jahta (#48506137) Attached to: James Watson's Nobel Prize Goes On Auction This Week

The "Race and Intelligence" article has the following cautions at the top:

This article's factual accuracy is disputed.
The neutrality of this article is disputed.
This article may be unbalanced towards certain viewpoints.

Not exactly a convincing support for your argument

Comment: Re:512-bit self-signed certs (e.g. DD-WRT) (Score 5, Insightful) 237

by Jahta (#48504907) Attached to: Firefox 34 Arrives With Video Chat, Yahoo Search As Default

Not only that, but they fucking maintain their own DB of certs instead of relying on the OS. So I can install and trust a cert on my machine (or everyone's machine by policy) but Firefox won't fucking play by the rules. You have to find and use an obscure tool just to manage certs for Firefox. No thanks, assholes.

IMO Firefox are doing this right. Having known good copies of the major root certs bundled with the browser is a strong defense against MITM attacks. I've worked in more than one organisation that was doing MITM on their staff's SSL sessions (unknown to the staff) by silently pushing "trusted" DIY certs to the workstations by policy. Chrome and IE swallowed this without complaint. Only Firefox complained that I didn't in fact have a secure session with, for example,

Comment: Re:Keys to the kingdom ... (Score 5, Interesting) 183

by Jahta (#48458465) Attached to: Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

The scary thing is these guys either don't understand, or don't care, about how much they're undermining the rest of the law and society.

Sure they care. They care a lot. They just don't care in the way that you care. They care about whether their efforts to maintain the status quo succeed. That's it. But undermining the law is very much part and parcel of that maintenance. The people running our countries are career criminals and if the law were to catch up with them, they would be in trouble. They must continually erode the law, or they will be labeled as what they are. Thieves, crooks, con artists, frauds.

This article tells you all you need you know about the establishment's reaction. From TFA:

"The report also reveals that the two killers had been investigated seven times by different agencies and that MI5 cancelled surveillance of one of the murderers, Michael Adebolajo, just a month before the attack."

But the report then concludes that MI5 (and the other security services) are blameless and it's all the fault of some Internet company. Simultaneously whitewashing the security services failure and justifying (in their minds) further cranking up of mass surveillance.

Comment: Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (Score 1) 197

by Jahta (#48425353) Attached to: Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

Capitalism (private ownership and operation of property) in a free market system (system free of government intervention) has proven to be the best system for generating profits while improving the overall economy for all people involved. People tossed out the free market and they are trying really hard to toss out capitalism as well, they saw all the wealth generated in a free market capitalist system and believe that that wealth is gained somehow immorally, however I argue that making profits in a capitalist free market system is the most moral way to run an economy.

Except that isn't the case at all. As eloquently demonstrated by Ha-Joon Chang (economics professor at Cambridge University), the "free market" is a myth. Every market has its rules, it just depends which set you are playing by.

There is ample evidence that the rule set favoured by "free market" proponents enriches a small minority at the expense of everybody else. That doesn't make for a healthy (or moral) society.

Comment: Re:Monsanto (Score 1) 100

by Jahta (#48409405) Attached to: Group Tries To Open Source Seeds

Hell, Monsanto NEVER sold Terminator seeds. I find that people who rant about them as an example of the evils of Monsanto invariably don't know what the hell they are talking about. It is a nice bellwether.

True. They've just patented Terminator seeds. But they've promised never to use the patent. So nothing to worry about there then.

Comment: Re:That's true, but... (Score 1) 212

by Jahta (#48358447) Attached to: New Book Argues Automation Is Making Software Developers Less Capable

A better example is aircraft automation. Some fly-by-wire systems automated the routine stuff, of controlling and stabilizing the aircraft, but would drop out to manual control if the situation went outside the programmed parameters. This led to the crash of Air France 296 when the autopilot was disabled because of the low altitude during an air show flyover, and it turned out that the pilot didn't know how to fly the plane because he had relied on the computer far more than even he had realized. When the computer shut down, the pilot was unable to perform the "low level" task of keeping the plane in controlled wing-level flight.

Not to be pedantic, but the linked article doesn't say that at all. The pilot and co-pilot both had 20+ years experience. In fact the Captain was an Air France test pilot and "he had been heavily involved in test flying the A320 type and had carried out manoeuvres beyond normal operational limitations". The crash investigation found that the cause was flying too low (30 feet, instead of the designated minimum 100 feet) and too slow (running the engines at Flight Idle - minimum thrust), and consequently not being able to pull up in time to avoid hitting a stand of trees. As the linked article says, "The Captain's previous experience flying the aircraft type at the edge of its limits may have led to overconfidence and complacency".

Comment: Re:MS Azure AD should do this. (Score 1) 168

by Jahta (#48316019) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Single Sign-On To Link Google Apps and Active Directory?

Off topic. Only applies to azure.

Actually no. You can use Azure AD as an extension of your own AD, and it does support 3rd party SSO against Google and other SaaS apps. This can be a good solution for organisations that can't (or don't want to) expose their own internal AD on the internet.

Comment: Re:Just like "free" housing solved poverty! (Score 1) 262

by Jahta (#48267603) Attached to: Power and Free Broadband To the People

You're conflating a specific unspecified job with a job in general.

No he's not. The same thing is happening more and more in the UK; people with jobs who are not paid enough to live on.

It is indeed ironic that the free market types, who say they don't want government interference (or a welfare system), are quite happy to pay their workers below the poverty line and let the government (by way of welfare) take up the slack.

Comment: Re:Now we can see (Score 1) 71

by Jahta (#48267593) Attached to: Check Out the Source Code For the Xerox Alto

where Gates & Jobs got all their ideas from.

Actually, Jobs just brought people over to see the demo. No one actually saw any code.

Actually, according to Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age, Xerox management instructed their developers to give Jobs a copy of the code. Which they did under protest, pointing out that Xerox were basically handing over the "crown jewels".

Comment: Re:Research (Score 1) 165

by Jahta (#48128917) Attached to: How Spurious Wikipedia Edits Can Attach a Name To a Scandal, 35 Years On

to find that the audience prefers misinfotainment over news. They demand entertainment over learning. Illusion over reality.

I am old enough to remember a day when the news was actually just that... News.... No opinion mixed in. Just the facts. When opinion was offered, usually after the real news, it was labeled as such.

Then media consolidation happened, the fairness doctrine was tossed and newsrooms nationwide were expected to turn a profit.

You've hit the nail on the head. If you haven't already, I'd recommend reading Flat Earth News. It covers how the new owners of news organisations increasingly cared more about sales (and advertising) than real news, cut their journalist head count (especially serious investigative journalists), and now get most of their content from a handful of agencies (which is why you see the same stories, often word-for-word, in multiple outlets).

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