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Comment: Re:This product reminds me of... (Score 2) 147

by Just Some Guy (#49547609) Attached to: Apple Watch Launches

You know the famous quote.

This one?

"As a general thing, I have not 'duped the world' nor attempted to do so... I have generally given people the worth of their money twice told."

The one you're likely thinking of is irrelevant here, because I've spent more on dinners than I did on my Sport watch that's due for delivery today. You say "suckers", I say "people who don't mind spending $350 on a watch they'll be using every day and that's easily worth the money in sheer entertainment value".

Comment: Re:Here's to hoping they don't find oil (Score 1) 150

by Andy Dodd (#49545047) Attached to: Yellowstone Supervolcano Even Bigger Than We Realized

Cooling the magma into stone could have long-term negative effects - a lot of this magma has quite a bit of dissolved gases.

The end result is that when it erupts, the gases come out of solution and frequently drive the eruption (think shaken-up soda bottle)

Cooling the magma will stop progression initially, but will cause the gases to accumulate - this could lead eventually to an even more catastrophic BOOM.

Comment: Re:root = same process (Score 4, Insightful) 126

Gatekeeper also isn't "all MacOS X security". There's separate malware detection, and in order to do much of anything the user has to enter their computer account password.

It's a minor part of OS X security, mostly designed to keep casual users from installing stuff outside the apple store.

Comment: Re:Not a Piece of Shit (Score 3, Insightful) 127

by Just Some Guy (#49540307) Attached to: POS Vendor Uses Same Short, Numeric Password Non-Stop Since 1990

People are stupid if they don't realize a password is like a key.

They do, and the problem is that they treat it exactly like one. When you buy a lock, do you immediately re-key it? No: you use it as-is. Now maybe if the key looked very suspicious, like say it was a perfect sine or square wave or it was completely smooth, then you might ask the blacksmith whether that's normal. I bet those shopkeepers would be asking the same of their POS installer if the password was "123456" or "111111".

But to their (and my) untrained eye, "166816" looks reasonably random. It looks as random as my Schlage house key does. Maybe there's a locksmith forum where experts are making fun of me for not changing my obviously default lock. After all, they can tell at a glance that I have the standard factory issue! How stupid am I for using it without making my own pattern!

No, I think you're exactly wrong. People think of these passwords as keys. They use the ones manufacturers give them. They hand them out to the same staff that have keys to the front door and cash drawers. They don't routinely change them when people quit. They don't audit their usage. They treat them just like the little medal danglies on the ring in their pocket, no more, no less. We've done a very poor job of telling them why they should think otherwise.

Comment: Re:Not a Piece of Shit (Score 4, Insightful) 127

by Just Some Guy (#49537537) Attached to: POS Vendor Uses Same Short, Numeric Password Non-Stop Since 1990

provide a secure configuration guide so that customers are aware of everything they need to do in order to properly configure their stuff

So much this. In the Slashdot echo chamber we presume that everyone in the world should be the security experts we are. No one outside forums like this thinks the way we do. Your average mom & pop grocer doesn't know about security, can't imagine what a "default password" is or why it would be bad, and sees a POS as an appliance much like a refrigerator or stove.

Tell a restaurateur that they're stupid for not changing the default password, and they're likely to tell you how your stupid home food storage and cooking methods are likely to give you listeriosis. We are experts in our domain, and expecting everyone else to care about it (especially while remaining ignorant of their specialties) is a major failing on our part, not theirs.

Comment: Re:A very good idea... (Score 1) 74

by Just Some Guy (#49537437) Attached to: Apple Offers Expedited Apple Watch Order Lottery To Developers

"useful apps that work well" is way down an Apple fan's list of reasons to buy something by Apple

I bought a MacBook Pro because it gave me hipster cred, not because it runs all the Unix software I need for work better than Windows ever could or because it runs all the desktop software I like that's not available for Linux. I have a daily OmniFocus reminder to use Emacs to write a love letter to Tim Cook.

I certainly didn't buy an iPhone because it's a nice phone that integrates well with my Mac software, and I only bought an Apple Watch because the brain implanted kool aid told me to and not because I think it's an attractive watch with tier-one support from a highly rated electronics manufacturer.

I love only shiny things and I'm a sheeperson with an IQ of 43. Baaah. I'm not influenced by things like "build quality", "enormous ecosystem", or "meets all my requirements better than the alternatives that I've used extensively at work". Those things are crazy talk.

Comment: Re:Like 'sunset' (Score 1) 192

by Andy Dodd (#49536241) Attached to: Yahoo Called Its Layoffs a "Remix." Don't Do That.

No, "sunsetted" has been around for a long time. Although historically it's been used to describe systems that are old and obsolete and getting replaced with new ones.

You'll hear "sunsetted" frequently in the military to describe systems being retired, usually after decades of service because they're falling apart and their replacement has been in production for nearly a decade.

Comment: maximum, not "street value" (Score 1) 202

35 years was the combined maximum possible sentence. There is no such thing as "street value" of sentences.

During sentencing (if he was found guilty and accountable) is when the judge or jury decides on what punishment is dealt, CAPPED by the maximum. In white collar crimes, it is rarely if ever give the maximum sentence.

He was caught doing a similar stunt prior to the JSTOR incident, warned that what he was doing was illegal.

He trespassed onto MIT campus (he was not a member of the MIT community), trespassed into a building, trespassed into a network closet, installed unauthorized equipment on the network, subverted their access systems, subverted blocking/tracking attempts by MIT network operations, downloaded documents at a rate so great it made JSTOR servers inaccessible, subverted JSTOR's attempts to block him to the extent that JSTOR had to block large sections of the MIT campus, and then installed a second laptop when he wasn't getting documents as fast as he wanted.

JSTOR's fee pays for archiving, indexing, and data transmission. Bandwidth, power, servers, and administrators do not grow on trees. They are not "paywalling free research."

He killed himself because he had a history of mental health issues, proven by among other things publicly discussing the appeal of suicide.

Comment: Re:The antivaxers will ignore this... (Score 1) 338

by Just Some Guy (#49525247) Attached to: Study Confirms No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

...he says, quoting a malpractice lawyer of all things. By that ludicrous number, one in 680 Americans are killed by doctors each year. If you live to the age of 75, your odds of dying this way would be 1 in 9.

Plenty of people get bad treatment, sure, but you can't make me believe that one in 9 will actually die of it. That would make malpractice nearly as deadly as cancer, and that's just not plausible.

Comment: Re:The antivaxers will ignore this... (Score 4, Insightful) 338

by Just Some Guy (#49524225) Attached to: Study Confirms No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

The people you're describing drive me insane. We have a pediatrician who said what you did: either you trust her to recommend vaccinations, or you find someone else to work with. She doesn't want patients who continually argue against everything she says.

Here's a test. You know all those godless communist governments that want to take over America and sap our precious bodily fluids? They don't have profits, right, because they hate our freedoms. They also don't care about their disposable citizens. Right? OK. So why is it that those countries vaccinate their citizens? It's not for the profit motive of drug companies, because those are owned by the evil socialists. It's because they cheap out and practice preventative medicine so that they can keep working the proles 112 hours a week, and you can't do that when they're sick.

But tossing aside the Fox-news-watcher-ready wrapper, it's true: absent a profit motive, every organized country in the world immunizes their citizens so that they don't get sick as much. Do you really think China gives a crap about GlaxoSmithKline's margins? Hell no. They use vaccines because it's far and away the best possible investment into keeping people healthy.

There is literally no valid greed-based explanation for vaccinations. It's dumb when you consider the American health system, and utterly braindead when you look at the other 95% of the world's population.

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