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Comment: Okaaaaay.... Lemme take a couple guesses here... (Score 3, Interesting) 86

by Narcocide (#49098001) Attached to: US State Department Can't Get Rid of Email Hackers

Assuming its not actually one of their own employees/consultants helping re-infect the systems maybe one or more of these fairly common situations applies:

* Using Cisco routers with default configurations and firmware that hasn't been updated in years...
* Using unencrypted, plain text authentication for systems instead of public key auth...
* No password strength standards (some employees predictably using "911" or "123456" for their passwords)
* Employees allowed to re-use the same passwords after the supposed "clean sweep"
* Windows filesharing services
* Wireless networking at all, or possibly using WEP or even completely open
* Microsoft office documents from outside sources
* HP printers, or really any network/wifi enabled printers
* That one old Windows XP box nobody is allowed to reformat clean because its "mission critical"
* Employees are allowed to bring in their own laptops/cellphones and other usb/bluetooth/wifi enabled devices

Did I miss anything? Anyone else seen this crap enough times to know the intrusion vector is probably nothing highly advanced or original?

Comment: Re:Net Neutrality (Score 2) 112

by Narcocide (#49091723) Attached to: AT&T Patents System To "Fast-Lane" File-Sharing Traffic

Yep, violates net neutrality. What is *harder* to swallow though is that they seem to already be doing this for U-Verse; and patenting it is probably just a ploy to force other ISPs to pay them licensing fees for what largely amounts to slightly more clever proxies configurations and a change to default router settings.

Comment: Re:Wealthy U.S. (Score 1) 125

by Narcocide (#49022213) Attached to: Netflix Now Available In Cuba

I'm not your brother —

Yea well I know that but I meant it sarcastically.

You forgot to provide evidence of the average income in each — choosing to talk instead about availability of Internet service there instead.

You can pretend all you want that the fact of the differences in base costs of living and the lack of availability of network infrastructure that is Netflix-capable across the vast majority of the geographic area of the continental USA is as irrelevant to my initial statement and the relative economic status of Cuba vs places in the USA you can only get to after driving for hours down unpaved dirt/gravel roads, but I doubt most the rest of the readers of this now rather tiresome and pedantic thread (though I pity them) will miss your lame attempt at astro-turfing over the actual problem.

I have an Idea! How about you dig up the wikipedia page and do the math yourself for the adjustments for inflation and commodities costs and subtract stuff paid for implicitly by their socialized health care and food and housing systems? Also, maybe get a second opinion on that 20$ figure; Fox News isn't really known for their super accurate accounting of facts on numbers like this. I heard somewhere that the actual number for Cuban monthly household incomes is over 20 times what you cited.

Comment: Re:Poor U.S. (Score 1) 125

by Narcocide (#49020335) Attached to: Netflix Now Available In Cuba

You should visit the back woods of Montana or Arkansas some time, it'll enlighten you. Also, we still have "Indian Reservations" and the tribes don't *all* own casinos. Adjust for inflation and lack of demand due to how sparse the population is in some areas and you'll find that its really easy to get out-of-range of modern cable/dsl/fiber internet once you're in a place where the ratio of Deer per square mile is 5x that of humans. I know someone who lived about a mile outside of a town of about 4,000 people who just finally got high-speed DSL LAST YEAR.

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made. -- Jean Giraudoux