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Comment: Re:give us your data (Score 1) 45

by MrKaos (#49748411) Attached to: Rate These 53 Sub-$200 Hacker SBCs, Win 1 of 20

There was no backpeddling. Nothing you've said or pointed out changes that using a throwaway email address makes the information they get useless for identity theft.

A throwaway email address has no impact on the value of the physical, real world address data, it is irrelevant because the real world data does not change often.

The physical address remains the same and it remains a vector for ID theft to anyone creative enough to exploit it. Notice I said "vector" as in one piece of information, not everything. You say you should mock me but your lack of imagination to figure out how it is done is mockable.

Caution isn't paranoia and my point is that you are giving away your address details because you might win a prize. That doesn't change the fact that that information remains a vector for id theft when your original point was about email addresses.

If you don't think it's that bad releasing that information then include your real name, address and the other details in your response with a disposable email address and I'll show you what I can do with that information. I'll guarantee you might win a prize from supplying me with your real name and address.

Comment: Re:give us your data (Score 1) 45

by MrKaos (#49743441) Attached to: Rate These 53 Sub-$200 Hacker SBCs, Win 1 of 20

Knowing a particular email address is associated with a particular interest (e.g. SBCs) on the other hand is not part of public record and something worth a small amount to advertisers for actually knowing, but isn't a slippery slope to identity theft.

My point is every puzzle has a entry point.

Your point Mr A.C was that it was an email address when, in fact, it was a whole lot more. So just stop back-peddling because you are just wasting everybody's time, including your own.

Comment: Re:give us your data (Score 4, Informative) 45

by MrKaos (#49741819) Attached to: Rate These 53 Sub-$200 Hacker SBCs, Win 1 of 20

I would mock your inability to come up with the idea of creating a one-time-use email address but based on your post I probably couldn't make it pedestrian enough for you to understand.

It took me less than 30 seconds to uncover that the survey is asking for the following data:

  • Name
  • Company
  • Address
  • Address 2
  • City/Town
  • State/Province
  • ZIP/Postal Code
  • Country
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number

I would mock your inability to click a link and *read* it, your inability to understand that you can only claim a prize by providing the correct information to these question but it is clear that you are ignorant.

As for being 'one of those people' the answer is yes. I am 'one of those people who avoid creating vectors for identity theft'. Perhaps, one day, you'll be one of those people who whine and moan about the problems being a victim of ID theft has brought you however since you are ignorant the thinking would probably hurt you.

Comment: Re:Private sector's no better, probably worse (Score 1) 150

by MrKaos (#49735361) Attached to: Survey: 2/3 of Public Sector Workers Wouldn't Report a Security Breach

This technique is practiced by all public servants and it is called "Tosspottery".

all? really? (How would you even be able to pick up such a brush?)

Well as a practicing tosspot myself I have to maintain my tosspottery skills if I ever need them for the public service.

Actually its my mistake, I meant to edit "all" out of that sentence. Thanks for pointing that out, it seems right that 2/3 of the public service are covering their asses from the practicing tosspots.

Comment: Re:It's an accidentally-on-purpose. (Score 2) 204

by MrKaos (#49734633) Attached to: Australian Law Could Criminalize the Teaching of Encryption

Will they nail you for communicating with someone they consider "undesirable"? You bet your arse they will.

The provisions for doing this were passed and exist in Section 187 of the 2015 Data Retention act. Provisions to collect your information without the use of an interception warrant (email, sms, voicemail) passed in the 2004 Anti terrorism act.

The defense trade control act will probably used to make sure they can keep reading them.

Comment: Re:Private sector's no better, probably worse (Score 1) 150

by MrKaos (#49733559) Attached to: Survey: 2/3 of Public Sector Workers Wouldn't Report a Security Breach

Sticking your neck out to report a breach won't win you any friends, doesn't gain you anything, and if it get someone who's politically savvy in trouble it could blow back on you. Safer and easier to keep quiet and keep your job.

This technique is practiced by all public servants and it is called "Tosspottery".

Comment: Cygwin appreciation society! (Score 4, Interesting) 215

by MrKaos (#49725929) Attached to: Trojanized, Info-Stealing PuTTY Version Lurking Online

I've never really be that fond of putty, although I see where it is useful. Cygwin offers so much more having use of the shell on windows and ssh if you need to get into a system. Cygwin/X is even better when I need to get a gui. Add windowspager and Windows becomes a great presentation layer!

Thank you Cygwin people!

Comment: Re:Yeah, disappointing (Score 1) 774

Family law is still the 900 pound gorilla in the room.

I had a female lawyer friend who said that the court system favors women, that basically a man will get slapped down once something ends up in court. In the court of the street a women doesn't stand a chance so whether that is right or wrong is up to the individual to decide. Men get the strength and women get the sexy, it's just life. You have to find a balance in the mess otherwise you will just go loopy from loneliness!

I'm mindful of this as male and female rights are all *human* rights and a division of the sexes is just another way the power elite maintains control over the population. That's why prejudices are so prevalent because it controls the masses through ideals touted in movies.

We are not going to evolve much as a race while we are being controlled by the vested interests we have made ourselves depend on.

Comment: Re: Of course it's getting more stressful (Score 1) 405

by MrKaos (#49681835) Attached to: Is IT Work Getting More Stressful, Or Is It the Millennials?

You forget the most stressful ones.

The ones not in IT but pms, vps, management, and users who view you as a peon cost center and are happy to file a complaint the second you push back at unreasonable requests. After all they pay your salary! We need results and not complainers and if you won't do it due to my lack of planning then I will find someone who will!

So true, I know exactly the type you are talking about!

Twice I was so angry I almost quit my job. However, during the great recession I took several month contract jobs so HR views me as a job hopper. Last thing I need is quit less than a year on my resume. Grrrh!

You may of noticed places aren't very well in control of their business processes, which offers a ripe opportunity to improve things which improve control when things fall apart. If they leave you alone, improve it so they pay you begrudging respect or at least leave you alone. If they continue to be assholes, two words : Manual Procedure, after all they need to protect the business data.

I think its a good way to say "Fuck off" in geek.

If I did not have bills or could move on due to that several year gap I would in such environments.

It does suck, I've always tried to frame it in the context of 'what can I get out of this' because sometimes you have to put up with it. I hope I'm past that now!

In time I will after my 3 years. Lesson for assholes in management are do not be surprised to see a mass exodus during boom times.

The morally superior ones who kind of make you feel a little ill. Like eating super greasy food and regretting every moment of the encounter.

No one owes me a job yes but no one owes you service either. Works both ways

Yes, strategic foot dragging has great uses. It would seem we have had some very similar circumstances!!

The degree of technical confidence is inversely proportional to the level of management.