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Comment: Re:The only reason... (Score 1) 105

The next time you are sexually harassed by a woman, feel free to point it out. If they don't follow the same procedure, sue them into oblivion.

People claiming they're harassed have a lot of power even though most people bringing harassment lawsuits are bogus, because we as a society have decided it's important enough to prevent real harassment that we're willing to pay the price of having lots of spurious lawsuits.

Comment: Re:There is one effect TFA omits ... (Score 1) 105

It is interesting that news stories never mention that Ellen Pao is a lawyer. I don't know what Kleiner Perkins was thinking when they hired her, and made her a junior partner. If you hire a carpenter, that carpenter is going to try to solve every problem with a hammer. If you hire a lawyer, that lawyer is going to try to solve every problem with a lawsuit. That's what they do.

Yes, what a shame it is that they hired someone who knew enough to assert her rights if she faced gender discrimination. Much better to hire someone from inside the tech industry who had acclimated to the gender discrimination properly already.

End Sarcasm.

Yes, a lawyer is more likely to sue you if you do something wrong. It doesn't make it wrong to hire a lawyer.

Comment: Re:Looking inside shopvac (Score 1) 256

by Etherwalk (#49351601) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

Someone's panties are all in a bunch, wouldn'tchaknow. Seriously, nobody's accusing you of anything; but, if it acts as a deterrent, or they happen to catch a thief, it keeps prices lower for you (or profits higher for the shareholders, which could also include you), and if the anti-cheating software happens to catch a cheat, that added proof that you actually did the work makes your degree that much more valuable.

So, where's the problem?

Leaving aside your sexist language, the problem is in the insult. The action assumes you are a thief and launches an investigation without any evidence, just because you bought a shopvac. It is a guilty until proven innocent approach.

Imagine that as you check out, the cashier says "I am going to look inside your shopvac in case you are a thief."

Saying it's because other people are thieves justifies looking in mine is saying that I might be guilty because other people are.

Comment: Re:Risk (Score 1) 190

by AK Marc (#49351379) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess
For all those sites, I use 1234 or similar. Who cares if someone takes over my Slashdot account? It wouldn't help them do anything. So all my "post only" accounts (Medium and such) are easy. Forums get another. Anything with financial info (PayPal, Banks) has a unique password, and email is as secure as the banks.

Comment: Re:Memorizing site-unique passwords isn't possible (Score 2) 190

by arth1 (#49351329) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess

Use a password manager and you:
- Cannot access your accounts without the password manager. Like when you've had everything stolen at an airport and need to transfer some money.
- Lose access to all your passwords in one fell swoop when you lose your password manager, or move to a system where that (by then) old piece of software won't run.
- Lose all your passwords in one fell swoop to any blackhat who manages to brute force or key log your password manager.

Password managers defeat much of the security of having passwords.

Comment: Re:Prepare to restore from backup often (Score 3, Insightful) 190

by AK Marc (#49351057) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess
Yeah, the kids locked my wife out of her iPhone. She put on a password, not thinking it through. The kids kept trying to get in past all the warnings and such, and not reading anything they were doing. It was only after it stopped letting them try to log in that they gave up. I didn't put a password on my phone because the version of Android I'm using makes 911 a 1-click when you are on the login screen. After having to say "sorry misdial" a few times (can't just hang up when you realize what happened, or the police come looking for you), I removed the password, so that 911 isn't a single click away.

Comment: Re:How fucking tasteless (Score 1) 336

by AK Marc (#49351013) Attached to: Feds Attempt To Censor Parts of a New Book About the Hydrogen Bomb

However, if you study the military history, you'll find the reality is that Nagasaki was a major sea port and industrial center (including the Mitsubishi Steel and Arms Works), making it unquestionably a military target.

And it made the torpedoes used in Pearl Harbor. If it were hit in 1942, it would have undoubtedly been a military target. But hitting a civilian manufacturing town (even if the civilians were manufacturing implements of war) just days before a surrender, and after talks of surrender had started makes Nagasaki more a terrorist act than Dresden, which was thought quite poorly of at the time (by both enemies and allies).

Hiroshima nuking killed about 20,000 troops. Nagasaki nuking killed less than 200 troops. Two orders of magnitude. The Nagasaki bomb wasn't intended to weaken the military's ability to fight, but was intended to weaken the public's will to fight. One is a military goal, the other terrorism.

Comment: Re:Looking inside shopvac (Score 1) 256

by Etherwalk (#49350785) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

Having worked at Home Depot in my lesser years, no, the cashier was doing their job and making sure they scanned all of your items. About 20% of the theft in my store was sliding small items under the garden center gate, 10% was walkouts, and 70% was people shoving shit in shop vacs, so yeah, not blaming anyone for checking those.

When their job is to accuse me of stealing, it's an insult to every customer who buys a shopvac. That is the fundamental objection people have to requiring people to sign your receipt when you leave, for example, or to running college essays through anti-cheating software.

Comment: They're the boss. (Score 1) 56

by Etherwalk (#49350707) Attached to: GAO Denied Access To Webb Telescope Workers By Northrop Grumman

I can understand the reluctance to speak to Congress, or their henchmen.

I don't think you understand how federal programs work.

In order to bid on a government project, you have to comply with *a lot* of rules. If you don't want to, you don't have to big on the project. They're just such an awfully big buyer that a lot of people are willing to comply with the rules.

It's like any other moment in life when you're dealing with an annoying and overly demanding client. If you're very lucky you don't have to--but they do put the food on your table.

Comment: Re:Memorizing site-unique passwords isn't possible (Score 2) 190

by Rei (#49350175) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess

Yeah, the suggested method for generating passwords generates needlessly long passwords. The total entropy is good, but the entropy per character is pretty poor. You get much better entropy per character with abbreviation passwords, where you have a sentence or group of random words and you use the first letter from each, or second, or last, or alternating, or whatever suits you. It's still not as much entropy per character as a random pattern, but it's much better than writing out full words - and pops into your head just as fast (because it is, in essence, the same).

Comment: Cross Bronx (Score 1) 210

by Etherwalk (#49349415) Attached to: Russian Official Proposes Road That Could Connect London To NYC

The US would of course have to block the road where it hits NYC to prevent trade with them... leading to a 13-thousand mile traffic jam ?

I see you are not familiar with the Cross Bronx "Expressway". The US would simply need to make the highway end on the Cross Bronx. Formal trade barriers are unnecessary.

Comment: Re: Linux? OS X? Chrome OS? Nope. OpenBSD! (Score 1) 160

by FreeUser (#49349361) Attached to: NJ School District Hit With Ransomware-For-Bitcoins Scheme

Until systemd is removed from a major Linux distro, I would consider that distro to be less secure than even a Windows system.

Some Poettering apologist will probably mark you as a troll, but for completeness there are a number of distros that default to non-systemd init architectures, including but not limited to

Calculate, Gentoo, Funtoo, Source Mage, Dyson, indeed all kinds of distros either default or support running a systemd-free system.

The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."