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Comment I don't know it's a fact, I just know it's true... (Score 1) 92

David Hannum is quoted as saying "There's a sucker born every minute" (In reference to a P.T. Barnum hoax)

People in the know will quickly repair this huge hole, unfortunately the masses aka "suckers" will leave this vulnerability open to the world.

Mission accomplished.

Comment Re:Same old, same old. (Score 1) 488


If a population is artificially supported by a form of civilization and industrialization the number of people increases above the natural subsistence capacity for the region. Just add a major disruption (over a long enough time) and the population cannot survive. This naturally leads to migration, always has, always will.

Simply put: Subsistence is the lowest common denominator.

Comment Re:Whatever happend to millimeter wave? (Score 1) 712

If this is an exercise in blue sky thinking. I envision a day where this type of non-lethal device could replace the 16th century technology that is today's firearm. Taser and similar electrical / neural-electrical disruptive technologies are limited in that they require a conductive media (wires) to deliver the shock. I also believe that sonic cannons have an undisclosed liability. (if you use it and bystanders suffer permanent hearing loss) The same can be said for chemical agents, no single chemical agent is 100% safe. Flash bang grenades can blow up infants... and so on...

Incapacitating agents are a possibility, vomiting definitely will spoil the mood for any riotous activity... I just don't want to have to finger-swipe and do mouth to mouth on anybody that aspirates (yuck)

Comment Re:Has anybody ever heard of a firewall? (Score 1) 78

I agree that the evolution/purpose of the internet (and all wide area networks) can be exploited for nefarious purposes.

But, to not have a firewall is STUPIDITY!

Tea Leaves show that people/businesses/government entities can and will be sued for cyber security breaches. I'm just asking our government to do the most basic of functions that "a government" is created for, wielding the collective power of it's people. If a government can't protect it's own its not really fulfilling its purpose.

Comment Has anybody ever heard of a firewall? (Score 1) 78

Just wondering.. we already monitor 100% of traffic leaving our shores, why can't we use that deep packet inspection to build a firewall?

Plus, we could whitelist packets from known addresses and charge a penny per packet for "trusted" delivery. That sucking sound you would hear is all of the call centers and offshore support organizations being sucked back to our shores....

Comment Why the reward and aggressive prosecution bluster? (Score 1) 372

What I notice about this security fail is the company response. A bounty for information leading to the hackers, interesting? I don't remember reading about any of the many other recent breaches this year offering a cash reward... Who did they believe hacked them? Prosecutors are saber rattling too...

So, why would a "Canadian" dating service warrant this level of response in terms of bounty and threats of prosecution... Just feels a little disproportionate to me.

My wife had her data stollen with the US OPM breach... other than a form letter offering identity theft protection we haven't heard anything since. No congressional investigation, no threats of prosecution, no holding the people (Employees or Contractors) at OPM accountable. The OPM breach was way more intimate than a dating site when you include the extensive personal data divulged when you apply for a security clearance.

Comment Re:Double Speak 101 (Score 1) 55

I am in 100% agreement.

I was just stirring the pot, because I see the human element as the point of failure in most scenarios. (had to laugh about Cardinals v. Astros in the news yesterday) If the human involved had changed his (default/typical) password after moving to a competing company, the unauthorized access wouldn't have been practical. --it's likely the same password on social media, email, banking, etc..

Most (I'm talking non-programmers) people don't realize that an unscrupulous web site or service can store your password in clear text. Just because it isn't displayed doesn't imply that it hasn't been saved someplace in the cloud with enough information to attempt similar credentials against other sites and services.

Comment Re:Double Speak 101 (Score 1) 55

I have to agree, and if they weren't expecting Cherry and tested against Tropical Punch (ok, too much Kool-Aid metaphor )

Unfortunately we get legal departments involved and everybody becomes "risk averse" so nobody will take ownership of the truth. (flashback to Cruise / Nicholson, and another Kool-Aid tie in) Truth, you can't handle the Truth!

Here is my shot at Truth: Strong biometric authentication is the only solid machine / human authentication available today.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long