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Comment: Re:Good operating systems Dont. (Score 1) 528

by St.Creed (#49174653) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

some meta-information that's probably hidden by default.

Who says it's hidden? There's nothing special about a a filename that means it is visible in the UI. As this very story shows.

You're thinking is being limited by what you are used to. You're lacking imagination to envisage better alternatives.

No, I just envisage what will happen when this is introduced on Windows, with its huge established software pool that doesnt understand that metadata.

Personally, I'm still rather fond of a capability based OS, instead of a rights based one. And the idea that executables can access ANYTHING outside their own directory without explicit permission was stupid from day one. I can imagine quite a view changes that would make an OS much safer.

But adding metadata to files that is not "in your face" is not the best suggestion I've seen for that. And yes, the Explorer could be changed to show status. And a gazillion older programs would not. Because it could have been done already, and it hasn't.

Comment: Re:Insurance (Score 4, Informative) 211

Actually, kickstarter is not allowed to give out equity under US law *yet*, but that may change soon. ANd if they want to stay relevant, they should, because the kickstarter model is starting to show cracks.

A company called Symbid ( has been doing this for quite some time now because they're not in the US and under Dutch law they can already do this. You can invest small sums of money (20 euro and upwards) and in exchange you get equity. That sounds simpler than it is, but it seems to be working for them. They take over all the hassle of the process of issuing shares, the lawyer part of it etc. and make things cheap and easy enough to work for small sums.

If I ever invest money, it will be through something similar. But not through kickstarter. Kickstarter is where you give donations. Investors go elsewhere.

Comment: Re:Patent reform will never happen (Score 4, Interesting) 186

by St.Creed (#49130075) Attached to: Jury Tells Apple To Pay $532.9 Million In Patent Suit

The real mark of the brokenness of our patent system is not patent trolls, but rather that most engineers are forbidden from looking at patents.

Sad but true. The patent system works so much against the original idea behind it, it needs to be taken behind the barn and shot.

On another note, I find it even more offensive that the best way to write the most patents the quickest is to sit on standardization committees. That's a well-known abuse that's completely ignored by ISO and other organizations. Because getting the big organizations onboard means a viable standard, and they won't come on-board unless they can kill off the competitors who weren't in the room.

Comment: Re:Soo soo tired.... (Score 1) 144

I have rethought them, in that light. I know of at least one government agency and one very large company whose core systems would not have been vulnerable to those attacks, because they expect zero-day vulnerabilities to exist in all of their software, as well as bugs planted by state actors, and deal with security accordingly.

It's bloody expensive if you have to implement that later on, but if you build your IT infrastructure from the ground up it can be done quite effectively.

Comment: Re:who uses stock os? (Score 1) 144

I bought an HP 8510W (Business workstation) Laptop. It came with a DVD with Windows 7, full install. When I re-installed it (bought the Samsung EVO850 SSD - teehee :) ), it was a clean install, with much less hassle. My previous HP gave you the option to burn a Windows Image to DVD.

I'm pretty happy with HP in this area, and for the last 6 years my laptops have been HP's.

Comment: Re:Soo soo tired..... (Score 1) 144

On the other hand I've worked for several agencies that were protected quite adequately. And some companies too. But I agree that the majority was leaking like a sieve.

But you get what you pay for. Sony has always been horrible when it comes to IT, so I was not surprised there. Especially as they made themselves big targets for hackers worldwide. Apple and Microsoft are more surprising.

Comment: Re:LOL (Score 1) 144

Personally I couldn't care less about this story - I'm guessing a lot of people that took the time to find and read the original Kaspersky articles will think the same. It's extremely rare to find that malware in the wild, and of those were it was found, Kaspersky only ever found 3 instances were it had been used.

TL;DR: your harddisk is vulnerable when your machine has already been taken over. I think we already knew that. It sucks that you have to buy a new disk, but since it's still incredibly rare to be a victim of it, I'll save my anxiety for something more pressing, like... climate change. Or neutron stars that may implode while aimed straight at us, killing everything for thousands of lightyears in that path.

Comment: Re:Expanding jurisdictions (Score 3, Interesting) 88

by St.Creed (#49078917) Attached to: Russian Man Extradited To US For Heartland, Dow Jones Cyberattacks

I misclicked and mismoderated your comment. Undo.

On-topic: not only that, but in this specific case there was also an extradition request from Russia which was quite strange, which ensured that the entire case was covered in the national media. There was a lot of suspicion that the extradition request from Russia was just to ensure he could get out of jail, using his ill-gotten profits to buy himself off.

Comment: Re:Cover locations. (Score 3, Insightful) 115

It's probably more a service for running associations.

Suppose you're a grocery and you would like to implement a membership card. Now you have to deal with lost cards, signups, people wanting to know how many loyality points they have, decide how many points to give for which purchase, what to give as a reward for points spent, etc. etc.

This type of company takes it all out of your hands, provides a pre-packaged membership club with set rewards, tiers, perks, whatever, and puts your brandname on top of the website, the loyalty card, and the brochures. The grocery probably pays a price per customer that's lower than when they would run it themselves, and the affiliate organisation has scale, so can run things cheaper while providing better service than a single company can do.

Comment: There's a reason the REAL gear is expensive (Score 3, Interesting) 248

by St.Creed (#49050535) Attached to: Smart Homes Often Dumb, Never Simple

You buy cheap stuff, you get in trouble, You can't get decent quality from those new market entries, because the market has been in place for decades, there's a lot of established and well-supported hardware out there, but... it's industry standard, and expensive. So the new entries try to bring their own standard in the home-market but with cheap gear that doesn't work well.

A colleague of mine, who is an IT architect, has designed his house from the ground up with the industry-standard switches, controllers, light, shutters etcetera. And even after 20 years the stuff he bought then is still supported and he can get upgrades and replacements for everything and it all works - all the time.

Information is the inverse of entropy.