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Comment Re:Change the banks' definition of authentication (Score 1) 48

Not just banks. Gateway computers shipped millions of dollars worth of computers on credit... credit applied to with an online form. Shipped to addresses that didn't need to match the one on the credit report. Apparently, their attitude was, "We don't care if you use somebody else's identity to buy merchandise, as long as we get paid!"

Comment Re:Change the banks' definition of authentication (Score 1) 48

It's worse than that... anybody that knows your checking account number can do an electronic transfer out of your account, exactly as if you had written them a check, except no signature is required! When I complained about having this done to me, the back insisted they would only refund the fraudulent withdrawal if I closed the account so it wouldn't happen again. Problem was, there were dozens of automatic payments posting to that same account every month... We also need to completely abandon the concept of using social security numbers as proof of identity. Face it, thousands of people know your social security number by now, but it is used essentially as both user id AND password for establishing identity!

Comment And the winner is... (Score 1) 48

People are the weakest link in any security system. No technology can adequately compensate for human stupidity. The poll numbers bear this out, the biggest problem is "individuals". Yes, I do have several dozen online accounts, all using the same password, thank you very much! I also use the same password I started using in 1978 in a few cases... I'm sure none of the people that have seen it in that time remember it! (It's a standard dictionary word, by the way, but unusual in that it contains no vowels!) Wait... did I use that password on this account too?

Comment Re:I have actually filed a DMCA takedown (Score 2) 66

That was proper use of DMCA, somebody was profiting off of someone else's intellectual property. Now imagine someone uploaded one page of the book while downloading the book (this is analogous to what BitTorrent does). You can't issue a take down notice to EVERY seeder, and the laws intended to stop people from selling intellectual property they don't shouldn't really apply to people accidentally distributing a very small part of intellectual property they don't own, should they? The punishment should fit the crime, and the penalties should be much less..

Comment Re:wow 38% of copyright cases, 88% of IP, are Mali (Score 1) 66

I believe the lawsuits are for UPLOADING, not downloading content. Most likely naive users not realizing that all while they are downloading using BitTorrent, they are also uploading (seeding). Correct me if I'm wrong, but you can't be punished for downloading copyrighted material, only for distributing it. Of course, one must wonder if sending someone one block out of a 100MB file is distribution or fair use.

Comment Re:So don't use your real name ... (Score 1) 232

I'm sure they will put just as much effort into checking this as they do into checking that everybody creating an account is actually 13 or over so they don't have to follow COPPA laws.., in others words, no effort at all. Look, Facebook's business model is built around collecting data; data about you is their product. And that data is much more valuable if it can be connected to an actual person. This has nothing to do with security, it has everything to do with profits. Also, Facebook's user count is grossly inflated by people having multiple accounts anyway; they can't use the same real name for every account, can they?

Comment How about just not using Facebook? (Score 1) 232

I would be perfectly happy to have never created a Facebook account. Unfortunately, there are now several websites that require a Facebook login to use, including Tinder (yes, I am that shallow). How about if we stop making Facebook the de facto user identification mechanism for the web, and require ALL sites to provide a user identification mechanism that allows anonymity? I'd also point out that Facebook doesn't follow it's own rules, it encourages those under 13 to lie about their age, then goes ahead and collects data on them, when any human being viewing their profile picture would conclude they are underage. They also only worry about names not being "real" when some other user flags them.

Comment Re:So let me get this straight... (Score 1) 488

Her fiduciary responsibility as CEO of a corporation was to maximize profits, thus maximizing returns to shareholders. CEOs have no fiduciary responsibility to act ethically, they only have a responsibility to not get caught, if getting caught would effect share price. The best thing Fiorini ever did for shareholders was to get fired -- HP share prices jumped 7% the day she left the company.

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