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Comment: Full Disclosure is the only way... (Score 2) 94

I've reported serious vulnerabilities to a number of companies in the past. Generally, they acknowledge receipt of the information but do nothing to fix the problem -- e.g. a race condition, a SQL injection vulnerability, etc etc. However, when I've posted information on reddit or other internet forums, the bugs tend to get fixed rather quickly.

Full disclosure may well be a necessary evil -- sure, it allows anyone for some period of time to exploit the vulnerability; but it sure ends up getting fixed. Companies will wait months and years to fix security bugs if there is no clear and present danger.

Any time I disclose a bug to a vendor, I now tell them in the e-mail they have five days to fix it; after that it will be publicly disclosed. And I always make good on the disclosure.

Comment: Re:Cause of Death (Score 2) 176

Taking some time to google this, many others have the same question. The internet's working theory: It was suicide.

While this is pure speculation, it makes a lot of sense in the context of how shady the revelation of his death has been. Had it really been suicide, it completely discredits Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" book and much of her preaching. In addition, it shows a lot of the propaganda about him being such a nice guy and caring for the kids wasn't on loving father offs himself for selfish reasons before his children are of age.

There's also a deleted tweet that seems to indicate the couple was in DC, not in some undisclosed location "abroad," at the time of death. It makes sense to lie about this so people don't go getting records from DC about cause of death, autopsy, etc.

Comment: Re:Cause of Death (Score 2) 176

I've been asking this question since seeing his death announcement -- coverage in the NYTimes and elsewhere has been nothing short of propaganda for him with zero mention of the reason for his death. Honestly, SurveyMonkey needs to go away..consumers are over-surveyed already; and it is the poster child for annoying, spammy messages for surveys that require a lot of time; I don't think this guy needs a state funeral.

So what happened? Extremely mega-rich (we're talking top percentile of the 1% here) people don't tend to just die suddenly in their mid-40s for no reason. Drugs? Murder? No one is saying anything; and I find this quite strange.

Comment: Clickbait-ish Headline (Score 5, Insightful) 121

by Midnight_Falcon (#49443815) Attached to: Has Google Indexed Your Backup Drive?
When I read this, I immediately thought "Has Google Indexed the Contents of your Google Drive?", in the context of those automatic backups you might have enabled for photos, etc on your Android device. In fact, you're only at risk here if you have configured some type of FTP server or WebDAV (like a QNAP, etc) to have a public IP and have no security whatsoever. So that means having enough technical prowess to accomplish that much, only to leave all your stuff open on the internet for "ease"?!?

I think much of Slashdot might agree with me that if you're silly enough to deploy a public-facing server with no or default authentication, yeah, you'll probably deserved get indexed by Google.

Comment: Re:Waiting for Republicans to come in and defend t (Score 1) 316

by Midnight_Falcon (#48839145) Attached to: Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture
Can you support your claims about the French "6th Republic" with any sources citing movements for creating a new constitution or dissolving the French state in favor of a new republic? Really, the DeGaulle Constitution is a staple of comparative politics and is the foundation of much of what Samuel Huntington terms the "Third Wave of Democratization."

Comment: Re:Waiting for Republicans to come in and defend t (Score 1) 316

by Midnight_Falcon (#48839115) Attached to: Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture
The subject as to whether the U.S. is a democracy has also been beaten to death in every university in the nation, however, it tends to be more of a bar conversation than a serious conversation in political theory.

Sure, U.S. democracy became more democratic over the time, starting with the expansion of the franchise to non-land owning males under Andrew Jackson. However, to say it was never a "democracy" is really a semantic question where you redefine democracy to be "direct democracy;" or have to include institutions which are uncommonly present in the world's democracies.

This redefinition of democracy really falls apart when you look at literature using democracy in a scientific sense, e.g. Democratic Peace Theory, "the closest thing we have to a law in political science."

Comment: Re:Waiting for Republicans to come in and defend t (Score 4, Insightful) 316

by Midnight_Falcon (#48836305) Attached to: Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture
Your sentiment has already been beaten to death in pretty much every collegiate Comparative Politics class in the USA. Of course, we can blame folks like Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, FDR, Bush/Cheney for expanding the powers of the presidency; but really the system in and of itself is flawed.

There is a school of thought in comparative politics called "American Exceptionalism" -- in this case, meaning that the U.S. Constitution is exceptional in that it only works in the US -- other places that have tried using the American model, with the strong executive; end up devolving into dictatorships. See Dahl, Robert Polyarchy .

Believe it or not, is it actually the 5th Republic French Constitution (the DeGaulle constitution) that has proven the most successful in bringing democracy to democratizing nations.

Reforms like proportional representation, abolishment of the electoral college, and institutions to do away with the two-party system have been long in coming to the American political system to keep it in line with the modern conception of democracy. Instead, it keeps slipping into this vaguely democratic polyarchy.

Comment: Re:They said that about cell phones (Score 2) 386

by Midnight_Falcon (#48699303) Attached to: The One Mistake Google Keeps Making
Limit of 20 years in the United States -- notably, Chinese patents are issued for 13 years (apparently, 13 is a "Lucky number" in Chinese culture). Patents are usually filed with WIPO with priority dates (meaning, date the clock started ticking) dating to the original patent application in the U.S. (or the provisional patent application). This gives them 7 years of a headstart to legally, under Chinese law, start making knockoffs and selling them in states where either the patent hasn't been registered through WIPO, or within China.

Elegance and truth are inversely related. -- Becker's Razor