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Comment: DevOps (Score 1, Insightful) 163

by ShaunC (#46763701) Attached to: How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

Yet another buzzword invented by some CIO/CTO somewhere in an effort to consolidate multiple job roles and eliminate warm chairs. No surprise that its genesis seems to be in the startup world.

"DevOps" is a fucked up amalgam of the developers, the DBAs, the system admins, the mail admins, the storage and backup admins, and sometimes the field techs... All to extract more work from fewer people for less money.

Crime

Evidence Aside, FBI Says Russians Out To Steal Ideas From US Tech Firms 132

Posted by timothy
from the post-bolsheviks-in-the-washroom dept.
v3rgEz (125380) writes "It sounds like a scare from 1970s Cold War propaganda or a subplot from the popular TV series "The Americans," but the FBI says the threat is real: Russian investment firms may be looking to steal high-tech intelligence from Boston-area companies to give to their country's military. Many of the firms under scrutiny are in the Boston area, including those partnered with a number of area biotech companies and with ties to MIT." And while the FBI says this could be happening, as the article points out, this pronouncement seems to be based on plausibility rather than specific incidents of such theft. One relevant excerpt: "The FBI warning comes as the Obama administration has increased pressure on Russia for its annexation of the former Ukrainian territory of Crimea by levying sanctions on some business leaders close to President Vladimir Putin. In March, the US Commerce Department banned new licenses for the export to Russia of defense-related products and “dual-use” technologies that could have military applications."

Comment: Re:Self-policing doesn't work (Score 2) 78

by ShaunC (#46607525) Attached to: FTC Settles With Sites Over SSL Lies

I have a hard time believe the FTC will follow through with reviewing and verifying the contents of these security audits.

They probably aren't planning to, and won't need to. Credit Karma will set up a new corporate entity like "Karma New Holdings LLC," transfer all assets including the domain, customers, and brand, and keep on truckin'. Hell it's probably already been done. Assuming the FTC ever does call them up two years from now, the entity which received sanctions will conveniently no longer exist.

Comment: Who cares (Score 1) 108

by ShaunC (#46596699) Attached to: Did Facebook Buy Oculus To Counter Google Glass?

The bubble has burst, and "being acquired by Facebook" is no longer sexy. In fact after a long string of acquisitions this is the first one I recall having a public backlash. I figure it's all downhill (for them) from here.

I'd still take the money, sure. But advertise on deez nuts. A billion a ball for your tattoo of choice.

Comment: Re:Get rid of the TSA! (Score 4, Insightful) 275

by ShaunC (#46589497) Attached to: TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database

It's also an enormous jobs program, employing 50,000 nut-cuppers and breast-gropers alone, without even getting started on air marshals, behavioral analysts, and of course thousands more management positions. Don't expect TSA disappear anytime soon, no matter who's in the White House.

Comment: Non-Disclosure Agreements (Score 1) 405

by ShaunC (#46559841) Attached to: L.A. Police: <em>All</em> Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

Apparently, all they need to do is tell the Court that they've signed an NDA with the manufacturer of these ANPR cameras. Seems to be working pretty well for police departments all across the US who are sucking up thousands? millions? of completely innocent parties' cellphone connections via "StingRay" devices.

Comment: Re:Is this a joke? (Score 1) 68

by ShaunC (#46554795) Attached to: Mute Witness: Forensic Sketches From Nothing But DNA

Right now DNA often comes in near the end of an investigation; you have to select people to test based on traditional detective work, and then you must legally acquire their DNA to match with your sample. If suspects don't want to give you DNA simply because you asked nicely, you have to be fairly sure of their guilt - and able to convince a judge of why you're sure - before you can get their DNA involuntarily.

So police work is hard. Boo fucking hoo. When someone's freedom (or life) hangs in the balance, it ought to be hard.

Comment: I hope the list itself is leaked (Score 1) 147

by ShaunC (#46546591) Attached to: Inside NSA's Efforts To Hunt Sysadmins

So many attempted lawsuits against the USG over various spying revelations have been refused because the complainant has no "standing," i.e. legal proof that they have been damaged. I imagine that if the list of targets were to leak, that would give those individuals valid standing to sue. As someone who was the DBA at a US$6-7B/yr corporation for more than 7 years I sort of suspect my name is on their list. I will say one thing, there's no fucking way any NSA ratware got into systems under my control using me as a conduit.

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