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Comment: Re:The fine wasn't all of the punishment (Score 3, Informative) 192

by Software (#45222289) Attached to: Knight Capital Fined $12M For a Software Bug That Cost $460M
If Knight had put the $460 million in a pile and burned it, there would be no fine. The problem was that their algorithm was wildly buying and selling shares in the open market, and thus distorting that market. See the graph at http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-06-06/the-knightmare for an example of a stock that was affected. What if you were an investor in that stock who had set a stop-loss at $10? Knight's wild selling would have triggered the stop-loss, and you'd lose money because of Knight's actions. This gross market distortion is what the fine was meant to punish.

Comment: Use standard software and keep it up to date (Score 4, Insightful) 116

by quinto2000 (#43282477) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do-It-Yourself Security Auditing Tools?
From the way you describe your goal, you are building mostly one-off websites. For small companies and the like? You'll be best off just using popular open source products like Drupal, WordPress, or ModX and keeping up to date with security updates. Many of these will automatically notify you of security updates and you can apply them right away. Don't try to host the websites on your own server either. Get a hosting product from a company that will keep the underlying OS, Apache, and PHP up to date and secure. This will reduce your exposure quite a bit. You still need to make sure to choose good passwords. Nessus or OpenVAS are also an option.

Comment: Re:This case is a joke. (Score 2) 383

by Wakko Warner (#40609981) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Offers the DoJ a Deal

Huh?

I missed the part where Kim Dotcom was uploading his own personal BluRay rips to MU.

I *remember* the part where his users did.

I don't give a shit how he made his money or whether or not you consider it "ill-gotten" simply because MU hosted some copyrighted material uploaded by users. It's an absurd contortion of logic and reason to say that he deserves none of his money because some of his users misbehaved.

$100m is the equivalent of one mid-tier movie budget. If you think Hollywood actually felt that tiny financial "hit", you're the one who's hopelessly naive.

Comment: Re:Negligence (Score 1) 108

by Wakko Warner (#40609145) Attached to: No, You Can't Claim 'Negligence' In a Copyright Case

So there would be two big hurdles for a plaintiff here: (1) a duty to keep one's internet connection secure and (2) the idea that there has actually been harm.

#1 fails because there's no requirement, either written or implied, that a user's internet connection be secured.

#2 fails because common sense.

A modem is a baudy house.

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