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Comment: Parent Post Semantic Content: Null (Score 5, Insightful) 218

by FreeUser (#49354007) Attached to: How Professional Russian Trolls Operate

It's only those damn Russians are doing this, all other countries are saint.

Yeah, because that makes it all OK then.

Your comment is designed to distract from the issue at hand, shut down intelligent conversation on the topic, and imply the wrongdoer is just fine because, by implication, "everybody else does it, too" (no evidence to said implication provided, certainly not proven, and probably not true), all without contributing a single creative or new thought to the discussion at all.

Nice job, (Russian?) troll.

Comment: Re: Linux? OS X? Chrome OS? Nope. OpenBSD! (Score 1) 167

by FreeUser (#49349361) Attached to: NJ School District Hit With Ransomware-For-Bitcoins Scheme

Until systemd is removed from a major Linux distro, I would consider that distro to be less secure than even a Windows system.

Some Poettering apologist will probably mark you as a troll, but for completeness there are a number of distros that default to non-systemd init architectures, including but not limited to

Calculate, Gentoo, Funtoo, Source Mage, Dyson, indeed all kinds of distros either default or support running a systemd-free system.

Comment: Speak for yourself; most of us DO have ethics (Score 2) 90

by FreeUser (#49294921) Attached to: Google: Our New System For Recognizing Faces Is the Best

Scientists and engineers are by definition not supposed to be ethical.

"I just invented the bomb. I didn't drop it."
        --Brice, Max Headroom Episode 1 "Blipverts", 1987

Reference (in particular, the third video clip):

Back then that line was meant as tongue-in-cheek humor, funny because of its ridiculousness Depressing that we've degenerated so far that you've actually said the equivalent with all seriousness. (The same could be said for many things in that once funny, now prophetic series.)

As engineers and scientists we do NOT check our humanity at the door, or our ethics. At least, good engineers and scientists do not.

Comment: Re:Utility vs. freedom (Score 4, Insightful) 114

by AuMatar (#49286987) Attached to: Stanford Study Credits Lack of Non-Competes For Silicon Valley's Success

Great. Then you don't mind if I take a hit out on your life? I mean, its just a contract, the fact its to kill someone doesn't outweigh my liberty to enter into it, does it?

Congratulations, you've just said the stupidest thing I've ever read on the internet. That includes "Where does babby come from".

Comment: Re:Only on some... (Score 1) 155

by AuMatar (#49279781) Attached to: White House Proposal Urges All Federal Websites To Adopt HTTPS

THey have a careers subpage. I would be willing to bet its got a form or two, and that's *very* personal info. I would also be willing to bet there's internal pages hosted on that website with logins.

Besides that, HTTPS would protect what pages you're visiting (even if plaintext knowing you're going to pages on, say worker's comp benefits is private information) allowing packet sniffers to only know what server you're hitting and not the exact page.

Remember- its not always what's on the page, its the fact you went to a specific page too.

There is absolutely no reason to use HTTP for anything. Encrypting the connection costs very little, prevents you from having stupid mistakes by not encrypting things that need to be, and provides enhanced privacy to things you may not realize that person is sensitive on. There's no reason NOT to make HTTPS everywhere.

Comment: Re:Shouldn't that be sign? (Score 1) 93

There's a difference between "reliable technique for script kiddies and Anonymous" and a "reliable technique used by foreign intelligence services who, if they want something bad enough are going to get it one way or another". For them, the "cyber attack" aspect is only one method and if it becomes untenable they'll revert to HUMINT means. Human infiltration or malicious insiders can be used to gain the access necessary to propagate the dylib injection attack and gain a more long-lasting digital foothold.

"Be *excellent* to each other." -- Bill, or Ted, in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure