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Comment Re:remember it well (Score 1) 116

Impossible to live there without driving. No planning and zoning, crime, one party theocratic rule to name just a few things.

Well, yeah. ...mostly. You are absolutely right on the no planning or zoning, the crime, and yeah Houston has more than it's share of evangelical fascists, but with an out lesbian mayor, it's pretty tough to call that "one party theocratic".

Comment Re:What drival. (Score 1) 154

I am lucky to have worked for some darn good companies when it comes to security.

Ditto. I give thanks regularly that the business principals who run the company I work for get it, generally.

Combine that with the fact that a single cloud provider has yet to have been breached, usually makes the CEO/CTO push for a cloud solution, stat.

[1]: When I ask about the intrusion scenario, the business I was interviewing at said, "we just call Tata or Infosys, and they will fix it."

There may not have been any breaches of a "cloud provider", yet, but that's not really surprising. Honestly, the security posture of most cloud operations I've considered is superior to that of a damn lot of businesses who run their own stuff. So, in a cloud scenario, a breach from the host side of things is far less likely than from something on the guest/client side. There's a reason that AWS makes it extremely hard to get them to sign a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement, for example. They'll do it, because they know that their stack is solid, but not before you've satisfied them that what you plan on deploying on their stack is just as solid. Most things thrown up to the cloud don't get that kind of vetting, and not at all surprisingly, those same things get pwned with pretty much the same regularity as their non-cloud counterparts.

I swear if I ever meet the guy who decided that "the cloud" was something magical instead just another term for "someone else's servers", I'm going to... to... uh... pain! Lots of pain.

Comment Re: Very sad - but let's get legislation in place (Score 2) 705

You are absolutely right. The already extant laws that make the Ashley Madison hack a crime clearly did not stop perpetrators. Unfortunately, for you, GP was talking about laws that would punish those responsible for the security of sensitive personal information when they clearly do not take adequate precautions to protect that data from the lawless hackers. Get it now?
FWIW, negligence is tough to prove. Criminal negligence, even more so, but I'll wager that what those responsible for security at Ashley Madison failed to do, or more likely, what they were prevented from doing by their superiors, is as clear a case as there has ever been. We all know the story. The security team warned the developers, then the operations guys, who warned the CISO (if they had one) who damn-well better have warned the Board. Somewhere along the way, operations/profit won out over security. It's probably going to ruin Ashley Madison. It is clearly going to ruin thousands of lives of people who had a reasonable expectation of privacy. That is nothing, if not a crime. Why is it not being treated as such? Why is it not treated as such every time it happens?

Comment No shit, Sherlock (Score 5, Insightful) 393

Where was Captain Obvious ten years ago? Why is there no outrage over "trivial to hack" and "we can never know"? Little else is as sacrosanct to our system of law and government as the integrity of the electoral process. That those who knew better were unable to get attention focused on this problem until now is deeply troubling.

Comment Re:Won't do a thing. (Score 1) 167

Oh, she gets a lot of things right. She brings with her a lot of valid observations from her time in a totalitarian state, and she sees how many of them are applied in her new home country. There is a lot of commentary she gets right.

Where she goes wrong is in assuming this means that only selfish people should lead the world and then everything will be all right. In fact, it is amazing that she misses that observation from the totalitarian state. Her perception was selective indeed.

As was her writing on that point; it's hard to find more selfish people than the ones she so strongly despise in her stories. They just happen to not be written as heroes, and therefore their selfishness is bad, while that of the heroes is good. Simply because her stories make it so.

Ow! Man that whooshing sound (as your observation passed over the heads of the Rand fanboys here) was so loud it hurt my ears. Well said, sir.

Comment Re:That's stupid (Score 0) 417

Man's 3% of emissions seems to matter more than nature's 97%.

Anyone who believes the climate change crap is not using their brain.

Anyone who believes that that ratio is all there is to it is, well, plain fucking stupid. Climate science (like most science) can not be reduced to sound bites like that.

Comment Re:Buy a battery case (Score 1) 208

Yeah, and what good is your phone? The only thing you can do on it well is talk. That's one of the rarest things I do on my phone, and I avoid it whenever possible. For texting, navigation, web browsing, dating apps, voice mail, etc., your phone is useless. You need all those sensors and a big touchscreen to do those things (yes, including texting; texting on a 0-9 keypad is idiotic and unusable) (and yes, including voice mail too; listening to voice mail is so 1990s, these days I read my voice mail with Google Voice).

Texting on a touch screen keypad is idiotic. Yes, it's an improvement over a 10-key, but just barely, i.e. it still sucks compared to more useful input devices. Useful? I can convey far more information with my smartphone's antiquated talky thing than I can with that shitty keyboard, meaning that "app" is still the most useful thing on my smart phone. Don't get my wrong. Having a browser and a GPS in my pocket is useful, from time to time, but when it comes to actual effective communication, the platform has a long way to go before it can supplant telephony.

Comment Re:dump trump (Score 1) 686

although /. does lean left, because, you know, we are smart

"Smart" does not mean "agrees with my politics", and only someone who's deeply insecure about the validity of his own beliefs would suggest that it does

Nevertheless, there are a number of studies that show a clearly observable correlation between a subject's education or intelligence and his/her political leanings. Granted, there's a fair amount of fuzziness around what constitutes a particular leaning, and the debate rages around which metrics are the most useful when quantifying intelligence, but the evidence is clear and consistent - smart people tend to be more liberal in their views. Why is that, do you think?

Comment Re:Finally ... (Score 2) 55

I've been saying for years software companies should be taking the lead of the UIs we see in the movies.

They often look better designed and convey more information than some of real GUIs I see.

That's a really clean looking dashboard in my opinion.

Yeah, because shiny beats the hell out of "works", right? Look, I'm a big fan of good UI design, and most products leave a lot to be desired, but please do not make the mistake of thinking that looks makes up for function or performance.

Comment Re:So, what is the point? (Score 1) 109

Summary sucks, so I went to the article to see what it was about... Basically it is a prebuilt penetration testing system. Now they're using the latest packages instead of older stale packages often associated with Debian, I guess?

Well, yes. If you don't know what Kali Linux is all about, the summary will certainly leave you wanting. Assuming that everyone here on /. is already familiar with this or that piece of tech, no matter how obscure or specialized, is something of a pattern with the editors here.

Comment Re:What a clusterfuck (Score 1) 676

Agree. Storing national secrets alongside Bubba's sexy late night e-mails on a private server should be punishable by life in prison.

Well, yes, but why is Hillary the only one who's being taken to task for this? If want to stand on the policy high-ground, fine, but you don't get to play politics with what you see from there. You either hand out sanctions and punishment with an even hand or you STFU.

Comment Re:Can we quit pretending that it's car "sharing"? (Score 5, Insightful) 231

I don't argue the point that Uber drivers and/or Uber itself is breaking laws in many jurisdictions.

The point is that while some of those laws seem to serve a legitimate purpose (providing insurance protection for passengers, etc.) others are intended to protect the profits and often poor service of the taxi monopoly.

Perhaps, but before the taxi industry was regulated it was a fucking nightmare. Trust me, you don't want that. No. Really. All the coolness of Uber is going to look like so much dumb-ass naivete if they succeed in making their unregulated service "legal". History... doomed to repeat it, and all that.

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