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Comment: Re:Poster sounds sympathetic, but sounds like thre (Score 1) 250

by Shoten (#49610903) Attached to: VA Tech Student Arrested For Posting Perceived Threat Via Yik Yak

It may seem to you. I asked real students on campus, who had no idea what 4/16 was. Yet a student has lost their educational opportunities here, and likely life ruined.

I'm betting a lot of people don't know the date of the Boston Marathon bombing. But threats are meant for people who DO recognize the significance, and the people who watch for threats do know what these dates are. The key point here is: did what he post actually look like it might be a threat? I say yes, and the fact that the people you asked didn't know the date doesn't have any effect on the situation.

Comment: It's Just a Euphemism... (Score 5, Funny) 194

by Shoten (#49531287) Attached to: Yahoo Called Its Layoffs a "Remix." Don't Do That.

It's just a euphemism. I remember working for a company that started embracing offshoring, which they called "right-shoring." Layoffs were called "right-sizing." And the executives were called "cunts." Amazing how just a little "word-smithing" can make things sound better than they really are, huh?

Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 653

by Shoten (#49435079) Attached to: Carly Fiorina Calls Apple's Tim Cook a 'Hypocrite' On Gay Rights

Does this mean that President Fiorina will cut off ties to Saudi Arabia once elected? Didn't think so....

No, no, no...you see, she's not criticizing Tim or Hilary for their stances. She's criticizing them for doing business with people that don't share their stances.

Fiorina, on the other hand, hates both fags and women. Hence, she's not a hypocrite herself for being FROM Silicon Valley or having done just as much business with China. So it's all good!

Well, then she is a hypocrite for having done business with countries where gay people have rights.

Ah, hell...I hadn't thought of that. Well played, sir!

Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 653

by Shoten (#49413745) Attached to: Carly Fiorina Calls Apple's Tim Cook a 'Hypocrite' On Gay Rights

Does this mean that President Fiorina will cut off ties to Saudi Arabia once elected? Didn't think so....

No, no, no...you see, she's not criticizing Tim or Hilary for their stances. She's criticizing them for doing business with people that don't share their stances.

Fiorina, on the other hand, hates both fags and women. Hence, she's not a hypocrite herself for being FROM Silicon Valley or having done just as much business with China. So it's all good!

Comment: Re:Cookie authenticated or open WiFi is insecure? (Score 5, Informative) 40

by Shoten (#49353537) Attached to: Big Vulnerability In Hotel Wi-Fi Router Puts Guests At Risk

Isn't it sort of obvious that hotel networks are a free-for-all security wise?

Use a VPN and SSL.

RTFA; that won't help.

The problem is that before you can connect out to use your VPN, you first have to get provisioned by the hotel's wifi. This involves at a minimum checking a box that says "I won't try to hack or do bad things," along with either authorizing a charge, giving the webpage your hotel frequent traveler info/name and room number, or authorizing a charge for the Internet access. Those pages are what put you at risk; the attacker hacks the router that serves up the page, adds a nice little bit of extra code to serve up malware (that he also uploads to the router itself, so no need for outside Internet to get it), and boom...everyone with a vulnerable system that connects in that hotel gets pwned.

And that's beyond the risk of the machine serving as a jump-point for deeper penetration into the hotel itself. How is your using a VPN going to protect the hotel's keycard system from being hacked? Or protect your private information that resides in the reservation system?

Comment: Re:Cooling (Score 1, Insightful) 148

by Shoten (#49339873) Attached to: First Nuclear Power Plant Planned In Jordan

Seems to me cooling might be an issue in an already water poor area of the world.

Jordan has access to enough water. Just because it's in the middle east doesn't mean it's a desert. Power plants go near population centers, and population centers exist near water. Even more importantly, there's a difference between "drinking water," with all of its sanitation, distribution, and monitoring needs, and just plain "water," which can be found in any lake. Heck, lots of power plants have man-made lakes to supply that water.

But you're missing the real point. Modern nuclear plants don't need that much water. The Fukushima reactor is the oldest design there is, and its dependency on water is one of the reasons it's no longer used. Passive cooling towers (the big bong-looking cement things that we associate with nuclear plants, but which can also be used on other non-nuclear plants) massively reduce the water requirements of a nuclear plant, and are almost certainly what would be used.

Comment: Re:Google wants a monopoly... (Score 2) 139

by Shoten (#49330915) Attached to: Chinese CA Issues Certificates To Impersonate Google

Nothing wrong in pointing out that an advertising company whose sole business is spying on their users would make sure that any competition is eliminated.

It is possible to dislike both. Please do try to use your brain.

There is when it's totally off-topic and entirely irrelevant. It doesn't matter that Google is involved; this is about China and spying on their own citizens. Google's business model has nothing to do with it. Disliking Google has even less to do with it...because Google is, to date, the only tech company that has ever stood up to China over things like this. In this situation Google is actually the good guys.

And, for the record, every company wants a monopoly. That's why monopolies were outlawed. I think it's you that should use your brain.

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