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Comment: Re:Screen locker == physical access == ... (Score 1) 370

by bobbied (#48931603) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure
I can do that too.... Might take awhile, cost a lot and require disassembly of the device to get to the flash, but if the data is there, there is a way to get access to it. There are devices that "self destruct" when disassembled but I know of no commonly used cell phones with that feature.

Comment: Re: Respect yourself (Score 1) 376

by bobbied (#48931545) Attached to: Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

You are right, we go around the bush again... I'm tired of that so lets just stick to the situation at hand.

If the victim's truly "couldn't help it" then they are going to be victims forever and are not worthy of blame, they can't help it after all. However, that also means they are incapable of NOT being a victim and should be monitored like children to protect them from being victimized again. I have a younger sister who is handicapped and requires constant supervision to keep her from these kinds of dangers. I don't blame her, but we have to monitor her for her safety. But I don't see where these women where disabled in a way where they "couldn't help" doing what they did and I don't see them as helpless enough to require monitoring like my sister.

You see, your view excuses them from any blame and leaves them with a "I'm just a victim, and I'll always be a victim" perspective. Mine says, "You let somebody do a bad thing to you. Next time say NO! because you don't deserve to be treated that way, you don't need to be a victim next time."

Which perspective will lead these women to something better? I think it's mine because I'm encouraging them to recognize that they have control over things like this, they CAN say no. You just tell them they are blameless victims that couldn't help it so when it happens again, they are just as powerless as they where the first time to stop it. To me, that's just SAD.

Comment: Re:Screen locker == physical access == ... (Score 1) 370

by bobbied (#48925921) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

Why is this considered acceptable? Get physical access to my iPhone (for example - Android is probably the same?), good luck getting in.

Sure, with a PC there's a few things that are a lot more difficult to secure (e.g., the boot process) but throwing hands up in the air and giving up because of physical access is a cop out.

Hand me your Iphone, I'll get in... There ARE ways.

Comment: Re: Respect yourself (Score 1) 376

by bobbied (#48924435) Attached to: Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

Not everyone has someone who raised them to be assertive! So this "Oh, just refuse to be a victim!" is complete bullshit.

I don't know what world you live in, but in mine I have a responsibility for a lot of what happens to me. You don't go out on an ice covered lake until the ice is thick enough or you don't get to complain about falling in. You don't speed though school zones and complain when a kid walks in front of your car.

There are times you cannot avoid being a victim because the situation is out of your control, but there ARE times when you CAN avoid it. One should be wary of situations where risks are being taken and protect yourself, slow down in school zones, don't walk on ice covered lakes and in this case don't send nudie pictures to your professor when he tries to pressure you into it.

But instead of empowering women and encouraging them to be assertive we get folks like you who want to claim they couldn't help it and thus are not responsible in anyway for being a victim. Next you will tell me that the shoplifter couldn't help it, or the mass murder isn't responsible for his behavior because of how they where raised. I'm sorry, but this doesn't wash with me. Adults are adults and should be held responsible for their actions and these women victims where in part responsible for allowing themselves to be victims in a situation where they clearly could have avoided it. Be a bit more assertive and don't be a victim all the time.

Don't get me wrong, this professor is largely to blame for his actions in seeking out and manipulating these women, but they wouldn't have been easy targets had they been a bit more assertive and wouldn't have been victims today had they just said no to the pervert.

Comment: Re:Stargate SG-1 (Score 1) 476

by bobbied (#48917999) Attached to: Best 1990s Sci-fi show?
That's because the average /. reader was raised during a time when that family of shows was popular here in the USA. Now that Star Trek and all it's offshoots are relegated to the rerun dust bin, you can bet that some other series of shows will take its place with the younger crowd. Things like "Dr. Who" with it's huge number of seasons will be historically more significant in the long run.

Comment: Online.... (Score 1) 250

by bobbied (#48916549) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

There are a number of services that will store your data for you and it's well encrypted. Unless you are a confirmed cheapskate like me, and don't mind the headache of actually performing backups, encrypted online is the way to go.

If online doesn't float your boat or if you really think somebody will be interested enough to break into your stuff, then do what I do. I first back everything up to my NAS, then I backup the NAS to three hard drives. One drive is stored at the in-laws house and gets swapped every time we visit, One is stored in my file cabinet and gets swapped every weekend with the last one that stays in the server and gets a snapshot backup every few days. The NAS is built on OpenMediaVault and has a Raid 5 array with a hot spare. The NAS has a SATA drive bay that I can just push in a bare drive (2.5 or 3.5).

I use "rsync" to push all my data from the various windows and Linux boxes I'm backing up automatically to the NAS, so I end up with a minimum of three copies of all backed up data (the original on the original host, and two in the RAID array) I'll have four copies once the NAS is backed up, and FIVE copies once we visit the In-laws. Overkill, I know. However, it's worth it given that I happened to loose a few years of pictures once and my wife about came unglued. I'm NOT doing that again.

Comment: Re:F the police (Score 1) 461

by bobbied (#48909711) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

Yea, always a good policy to disrespect the people who are charged with protecting you and your stuff... There are a few officers who abuse their authority, but most really are out to protect and serve. May I suggest you think about being grateful? We really don't pay them all that much considering the risks they take everyday.

Comment: Re:No fuck off (Score 2) 461

by bobbied (#48909589) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

Oh I don't know....

I had every cop on duty in the small town I live in show up at my home once. What where they looking for? Some kids playing with guns during school...

It turned out to be some neighbor who called to complain about my kid playing with the kids across the street (both home schooled) and their arsenal of bright blue and orange nurff guns that shot orange foam darts about 15 feet, the day before.

They showed up with all three squad cars and 5 officers, right after lunch to let us know we where violating a non-existent curfew law.. What a waste of time and resources.

"Well hello there Charlie Brown, you blockhead." -- Lucy Van Pelt