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Comment: Re:Better safe than sorry (Score 1) 49

If it emerges again t won't be exactly the same. Best to be prepared ahead of time instead of spending months, or years after it emerges trying to figure it out.
. Meaning we will \have learned more techniques to help us respond to different vectors, not that it will reemerge exactly like something we have in a lab.
plus, there is still a lot to learn fro it that applies to may viruses.

Comment: It's a great weapon. (Score 1) 49

Honestly, what a fantastic way of completely screwing your enemy. smallpox bombs are a fantastic weapon that will make the people turn on their local government and military as soon as their children start dying.

Biological and Chemical warfare is worse than nuclear warfare, and it's heinous to it's core.

Comment: Social problem, social solution (Score 1) 60

by Minwee (#47510069) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

Post a short, general list of rules in several obvious places. Make them reasonable enough to cover most possible user needs but flexible enough to cover things that you haven't thought of yet. Any user who is stupid enough to break the rules by running fork bombs, torrents, mining, hiding stashes of lemur porn or anything else which a child of six could tell you was a bad idea, will have their accounts disabled as soon as they are discovered.

If they have a good excuse for abusing the systems then discuss it with them, suggest alternatives to running rendering jobs on the lab servers and keeping passwords on sticky notes or whatever else it is that they are doing wrong and then restore their access, trusting that they will know better. If you do it right, they may even decide that it is better to ask for permission than forgiveness next time.

If they don't, send a memo to their department head briefly outlining what they did, how it was detected, what action you have taken, and that you won't be reversing this decision until you see a presidential pardon come down from an appropriately high authority. It doesn't matter if they have Really Important Work which needs to be done by the end of the week or not, just cut them off until the proper User Apology and Restoration procedure has been completed.

There you go. This solution is licensed under the WTFPL which is compatible with the Open Source Definition and the Debian Free Software Guidelines so you can use it any way you want. You can even supply your own LART and display it prominently by the door of your office if that helps get the message across.

Comment: Re:More inconvienient than the average filter. (Score 3, Insightful) 45

by ledow (#47509837) Attached to: UK Users Overwhelmingly Spurn Broadband Filters

I work in schools.

What you describe is standard practice in every school I've ever worked in.

Google Images, especially, is one of those "block all or block nothing" sites that policy ALWAYS ends up blocking all. It's just to easy to google something innocent (e.g. "little red riding hood", etc.) and end up with page full of quite obvious porn, even with enforced SafeSearch, a religiously-updated web filter, and custom blocks.

"Virtually impossible" to use the school's computers for schoolwork? How did we live before Google Images? And also, let me tell you, copyright infringement is rife in schools and overlooked right up until the school gets sued for letting you "google image" something, stick it in a document and print it out.

Welcome to real life, where education is more than Google Imaging something, where laws take precedence over your (or my, or the school's) personal choices, and where child protection and "eSafety" policies are mandatory by government inspection.

No system filters perfectly. And you can be sure I get twenty emails every time the system doesn't. But we can't just switch them off without breaking several laws (even if we know that we can only show we tried).

P.S. Stop Google Image'ing. Get licensed clipart. Because when you're older and you "just Google Image" something for your boss, you're setting them up for a lawsuit from the copyright holder.

Comment: Re:So (Score 1) 157

by Arker (#47509615) Attached to: A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting
"There are those who say you need to use RequestPolicy and Ghostery and AdBlock and NoScript (and some other stuff, like a cookie blocker) to catch everything...."

It's a sign of utter insanity among the browser maintainers.

All this crap should be guaranteed off by default, and require an extension to enable, rather than the reverse.

Comment: Re:Logically (Score 3, Interesting) 45

by SuricouRaven (#47509577) Attached to: UK Users Overwhelmingly Spurn Broadband Filters

The usual approach of the anti-porn brigade is selection bias. They just have to pick out a couple of people who really did get messed up by porn (Easily done: If you've got a billion people looking at it, of course someone is going to get carried away). Then make these the examples, and show off how terrible porn is. Of course, I could show church to be equally damaging by the same approach.

Optimization hinders evolution.