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Comment: Re:So-to-speak legal (Score 1) 417

by Jawnn (#47910251) Attached to: Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Users who try to use anonymity, or cover themselves up on the internet, are usually doing things that aren’t so-to-speak legal.

They have no evidence of you doing anything illegal, they cannot prove that everyone using Tor is a criminal, but even the hint of suspicion is apparently enough for them to cancel your subscription. I must ask, however, if such behaviour is "so-to-speak legal?"

Legal? Yes. Ethical? Arguable. Should this industry be regulated as a common carrier so such bullshit tactics are ended? Absolutely.

Comment: Re:It's getting hotter still! (Score 2) 605

by Jawnn (#47909899) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Well given that 5 years ago Al Gore said in 5 years time the Arctic will be completely ice free and it's completely covered in ice still, I would say they have a point. Back to the drawing board with the models at least. If there is one. Which I doubt.

So let me get this straight. Some grandstanding politician makes some dumb-ass statement about climate change and, by your logic, all climate change science is broken. Have I got that right? Or did you have a point that was supported by some kind of actual logic?

Comment: Re:Maybe driver vs passenger doesn't matter (Score 1) 363

by Jawnn (#47872285) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

While having to wait for text messages on a road is a tad irritating, it might be worth it if it saves some lives. Kind of the very definition of a first world problem...

"Might?" As someone who has been injured and had a vehicle totalled by by some fuckhead who was texting at the wheel (never even hit the brakes before plowing into me) I am here to tell you that we need much harsher penalties for this supremely irresponsible behavior.

Comment: Re:Damn it, hire hackers as security professionals (Score 1) 111

by Jawnn (#47861267) Attached to: Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

It seems to me that the core problem is that companies won't hire actual experienced hackers

Most likely the problem was the exact opposite: They did hire a black hat, and this was an inside job.

No. If history is any indicator, and it usually is, this is just another case of system admin ass-hattery. In other words, bad practices; giving LAN access to the HVAC contractor, allowing remote desktop access by the POS system contractor, etc. All things we've seen before in other high-profile breaches.

Comment: Re:Switching is too hard? (Score 2) 145

by Jawnn (#47828611) Attached to: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard
Sarcasm is so hard to convey in text. Oh, wait. You were serious? Then you're an idiot. I've lived in metro and suburban areas for the last 20+ years. The vast majority of that time, I had one choice for broadband to my home. One. Yes, I could get DSL instead of Comcast, and I did just that for several years, until the carrier oversold the backhaul so badly the entire neighborhood stopped working. They were quite clear, "Piss off. Upgrades cost more than your business is worth." That, my friend, does not count as a choice.

Comment: Re:Why? Simple bullshit is why. (Score 1) 107

by Jawnn (#47806483) Attached to: Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks
I would agree that brute-force attacks are hardly news. The door-rattlers have always been there, but the news that over a billion user accounts, that is working credentials that grant access to something, are in the hands of organized criminals, is something else again. The wave of snowshoe spam we've seen over the last few weeks lines up nicely with that news, and our analysis is that compromised user accounts on a widespread assortment of services/hosts appears to be a fundamental part of the campaign. That is news. If we use our imagination a bit, that same trove of credentials could be used for other purposes as well. Owning some accounts with one or more services like namecheap.com would be a a very useful tool. I'm glad that namecheap has been as forthcoming as they have been vigilant.

Comment: Re:I can't believe we're afraid of these assholes (Score 1) 542

by Jawnn (#47800755) Attached to: Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

Actually, it is very difficult to believe atheism would lead to anything, positive or negative. Atheism is the absence of belief...

Captain Pedantic here..., and I am going to stop you right there. Atheism is not the absence of belief. It is the absence of any theistic belief. In a case where "the truth" is pretty much unknowable, that position is itself a belief. While the atheists I know are largely reasonable and intelligent people, an awful lot of them arrogantly refuse to acknowledge that inconvenient fact.

Comment: Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (Score 2) 542

by Jawnn (#47800675) Attached to: Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

The pope essentially said the same thing recently when he said that young people spend too much time on the Internet.

Religious leaders know that the survival of religion is being threatened by knowledge sharing on the internet, so it shouldn't be any surprise that they would speak out against it.

Not that I feel any need to defend His Holiness, but there's a bit of a difference, don't you think, between calling the Internet "immoral" and observing that young people might have better things to do with some of their time?

Comment: Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (Score 3, Insightful) 542

by Jawnn (#47800653) Attached to: Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

Why don't we ask the atheist communists that imprisoned, tortured, and murdered people for going to church?

You mean like the righteous Christians who have done the same thing to tens of thousands for going to the wrong church? Try not to lead with your chin like that. It takes all the sport out of it.

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