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Comment: Re:Talking Point (Score 1) 427

by Tharkkun (#47864193) Attached to: UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

the deniers are saying "its not happening" when every piece of evidence in the world (literally, the world) says "yes it is".

in scientific debate, there are many places to have disagreement and debate. but reality itself isnt one of them.

No one denies it's not happening. What's being denied is whether humans are playing a part in it. We actually don't know regardless of how many times you take measurements and record data. We have no idea what the temperature was one thousand or a million years ago. Dinosaurs were thought to have lived in much hotter climate so post ice age (asteroid theory) we could very well be returning to the original climate of our planet. The only thing we can tell is the earth is slowly warming.

Comment: Re:No surprise here (Score 1) 311

by Tharkkun (#47819279) Attached to: Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

Apple always deny there is a problem, even after they fixed it. They denied the iPhone 4 antenna problems, but offered customers a free rubber bumper anyway. They denied problems with overheating MacBook Pros, but replaced the CPU boards anyway. They denied problems with moisture sensors but added exceptions to their warranty policies anyway. They denied iPod battery problems but reduced the replacement price from $250 to $50 anyway. They denied retina screen problems with their laptops but replaced ghosting ones anyway.

I imagine they will just quietly fix the problem and pretend it never existed. Probably their lawyers telling them to admit nothing, since most of these issues end up as lawsuits.

You forget Apple maps. :)

Comment: Re: Solution lies with users, not Apple (Score 1) 311

by Tharkkun (#47819261) Attached to: Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

so only the stupidest dolts continue to 'sync to the cloud.'

And then your phone breaks and you lose all your data.

Because there's no other options than "lose everything" or "put it all on someone else's computer?"

I expect that sort of non-thinking response from the crowd over at Yahoo, but c'mon man - this is /., we expect more thinky from our community.

By storing it digitally there's a chance it be accessed either remotely or by having your property stolen. So the cloud is as good of a solution as any.

Comment: Re:At the risk of blaming the victim... (Score 1) 311

by Tharkkun (#47819219) Attached to: Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

What does this have to do with a secure method of log-in? If I make my password "password", then it's my own fault, not the login system's fault. You could say that they could require a strong password, which is great. Require it to be 10 characters, including at least 1 upper-case, 1 lower-case, 1 number, and one symbol. You know what the password will be then?


If you want to do better than that, we need to be using a public key system, and create a secure, reliable, easy method of managing keys. Otherwise, if you're letting people set their own password, they're going to choose bad passwords.

The fact that you can successfully brute force their password system is completely Apple's fault. You should be locked out and be required to reset via email or call Apple after say 5 or more attempts. But this would also require Apple spending more money on tech support for password resets.

Comment: Re:Seemed pretty obvious this was the case (Score 1) 311

by Tharkkun (#47819173) Attached to: Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

Having hundreds of different (auto-generated) passwords means you're screwed if you don't have access to the manager or the database is lost. Backing it up to "the cloud" means you're only a key logger away from being completely compromised. Passwords that stay in your head can't be stolen.

Your auto generated passwords can be victim of a keylogger as it records input as well as keystrokes.

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 230

by Tharkkun (#47819141) Attached to: Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

The people that have their servers compromised in this way are amateurs and shouldn't have put their servers on the web, EVER. This is roughly equivalent to fielding IIS from 2001 on windows XP and not keeping your patch set up to date. You are going to be hacked.

Any sysadmin who is thinking about it, would put a web server and all it's components in a chroot jail and force it to run in user space and set up to refuse interactive logins for this user.. That way any "escalations" of privilege won't get you much more than the web server. It's easy, quick and effective.

So this isn't a really fair comparison you are making. Linux is BY DEFAULT more secure than Windows, mainly by design. Microsoft has made great strides of late, but fundamentally they are starting from a weak position (remember Windows 3.1?) and you have to install components to make it more secure, where Linux starts secure and gets security downgrades when you install and configure stuff. Either way, if you don't manage your server, you will have problems.

Neither OS is secure unless it's behind a firewall.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 561

by Tharkkun (#47664321) Attached to: Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Anyone else think that 55% white is an incredibly low number for a top tier tech company and not high, as everyone seems to indicate? I would have thought the numbers would like more like 60% white, 30% asian, 10% everything else.

Top tier tech are being populated by more Indians and Chinese than Caucasians now.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 561

by Tharkkun (#47664275) Attached to: Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Gotta agree that's stupid. First, you can only hire people that are available with the skills you're looking for. So if you don't have "diverse applicants", you'll never get "higher numbers". Second, I hope he doesn't mean it, but it sounds like Cook want to be more diverse to look more politically correct. If I were a stock holder, I'd be upset. I wouldn't want him be "diverse" so he can look good; I'd want him to hire the best qualified people in a completely "blind" way. If that means 90% are male, or 80% white, or 85% female, or whatever the numbers work out to be because those were the best people to get the job done, then so be it. If the PC-crowd doesn't like it, then they need to encourage more minorities to get the required education and get qualified.

Well that's probably the only angle they have left in the public eye right now. They are sitting at top of the anti-american list with the way they manufacture their products.

Comment: Re:Snowden's comments at odds with his actions (Score 1) 194

by Tharkkun (#47664225) Attached to: Snowden: NSA Working On Autonomous Cyberwarfare Bot

I find Snowden to be a typical pampered, ego-centric product of his generation. If he actually surrendered himself to US authorities unconditionally, I'd think he just might be insane. So I totally get why he is in Russia. I'm not saying I approve of what he did as I don't, but I get why he felt the need to hide under protection to do what he did. But he undermines his credibility with statements in the article like this: I told the government I'd volunteer for prison, as long as it served the right purpose,” he says. “I care more about the country than what happens to me." Yeah. Right.

He's now a puppet for Russia who is playing a cyberwarfare game on the US in the media.

Comment: Re:On come on now Edward (Score 2) 194

by Tharkkun (#47664205) Attached to: Snowden: NSA Working On Autonomous Cyberwarfare Bot

or he knows what hes talking about. Treason is what the NSA is currently doing by failing to uphold the constitution, specifically the 4th amendment

The NSA has blanket authority to do what they want. You do know they haven't stopped doing a thing. All these investigations are nothing more than a dog and pony show. The NSA is business as usual.

Comment: Re:The problem of Microsoft (Score 1) 337

by Tharkkun (#47649495) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Drowning?

I doubt there are that many people outside of the stereotypical Slashdot demographic who view Microsoft the way you are describing them. Most people I know of know Microsoft as simply the company who makes the software they are familiar with.

Most of the non-techie people I know despise Windows and Microsoft because they can't keep their computers running for six months without having to take it to the "Geek Squad" and have it disinfected. They could give a shit about openness, but they just don't understand why Microsoft can't make Windows work. The Techie people I know hate Microsoft because their past behavior. The president of one company I consult for hates Microsoft and wishes they could switch to something else, but their very expensive modelling and accounting software only runs on Windows. That's just ignorance on the users part. It's just like people who refuse to change their oil regularly or put air in their tires. Regular maintenance and attentiveness comes with owning a computer. When you're told what to do over and over and yet you never change, how does it become Microsoft's fault? They dummy proof their OS and people disable these features because they are inconvenient. When most of your customers hate you, it's not usually a very good long term prospect.

Comment: Re:Confusing the issue (Score 1) 337

by Tharkkun (#47649457) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Drowning?

What we can notice is the conspicuous absence of a Surface RT 3 -- it appears like the RT line was a big anchor and is being cut loose, and the Pro line may be legitimately successful. The Pro line was generally praised by reviewers. The RT line...not so much.

The problem as I see it is that Microsoft has a mammoth credibility issue. They've used up their allotment of fuckup forgiveness. Starting largely with Vista, then throw in some other botched up stuff like Zune, Surface RT, The entire Windows 8 debacle,Windows phone - and it's not terribly surprising that people might be resistant to what might otherwise be a fine instrument.

Vista's botched launch was primarily Intel's fault. Unfortunately Microsoft caved and took the blame. It was Intel who forced them to make specific chipsets rated as compatible months before launch along with changed the standard for driver certification. This put manufacturer's nearly a year behind and by then it was too late.

It is not best to swap horses while crossing the river. -- Abraham Lincoln