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Comment Re:Durability concerns valid, but... Tampering? (Score 1) 88 88

If you're using it with a one time password to add 2 factor auth it doesn't matter if somebody gets the yubikey and/or pc.
Something you have and something you know... you need both.

not that many of us could resist a $5 decryption device for very long

Comment just get a chromebook (Score 2) 99 99

You can get an HP 14" with 4gb RAM and 16GB ssd for around $200. Like others have said, cobbling together a homebrew chromebook is probably going to result in something with worse battery life and a raft of other issues.
Considering what they cost it's not worth screwing around with it.

I picked up an HP 14" Chromebook refurb for ~ $200 and it's great; it replaced a Samsung 11" and switching to the new box was as simple as logging in.

get a new u2f yubikey and make your google login 2 factor

Comment economic stratification of the internet (Score 1) 193 193

The actual articles, records, whatever, aren't being removed and instead this whole 'right to be forgotten' goes after indexers of information.
Proponents keep pointing out that somebody can still find the information if they dig for it - or hire somebody to dig for it - and rather than removing information this just makes it harder for *regular people to find.

So people who can't afford it don't have access to that information and the internet becomes a less useful tool for those that can't afford to pay for LexisNexis (or whatever service it happens to be).
Not only a benefit for the pedos that get to have their records essentially expunged but a *huge blow to the economic viability of small businesses.
The wealthy get to use the internet - the poor not so much.

This is one of the most short sighted, and potentially destructive, things I've seen regarding internet regulation.

Comment Re:Two megers away from "The" Cell Phone Company (Score 1, Insightful) 215 215

Look, I'm not going to argue that we shouldn't prevent a cell phone service monopoly, but using the cost of cellphones in the early 1990s as an argument against it isn't even remotely valid.

Computers cost upwards of $2k for a typical desktop in the early 1990s and there were *way* more PC manufacturers back then (remember Computer Shopper magazine?). One could just as easily say "More competitors lead to higher prices. Anybody remember what PCs cost in the early 1990s?" and be equally wrong.


I just put another machine together and it was ~ $1.5k
The first machine I bought was a 486dx2 an it was ~ $1.5k

There are definitely more low end options out there now - but the price of putting a decent machine together really hasn't change that much.

Comment you need to think about this more (Score 1) 7 7

You're setting yourself up for very significant liability if the machine ends up being used as a launching point for other attacks.
Our last compromise ran into the millions before HIPAA fines had even been levied.

Hospital IT should have complete control over any box wired to the hospital's network.
How IT delegates rights within their group is another issue entirely.

If there's absolutely no PHI and you absolutely don't want hospital IT to have control you should find a home for it on another network.
There's no way the box you describe would be allowed on our hospital’s network.

Comment Re:The more reason to use something else. (Score 1) 286 286

I use the free version all the time and it's super easy to setup (less than 5 minutes ... seriously ... go look at nomachine.org).

It's *way faster than VNC and runs my session silently while another user is logged into the remote box.
(maybe I can do that with VNC as well and I just don't know how to ... I just never bothered trying since NX seems so much faster)

Comment Re:Water? (Score 1) 191 191

I'm glad to hear that the London police are so on top of things.

My experience is with the LAPD and various smaller LEAs around the US... and I can tell you the likelihood of anything besides deterrence coming of that here is slight at best.
Most of them are understaffed, underfunded, and overworked... CSI is a TV show and nothing more.

When some people discover the truth, they just can't understand why everybody isn't eager to hear it.