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

by breagerey (#48476179) Attached to: Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten
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

by breagerey (#38236322) Attached to: AT&T Issues Scathing Response To FCC Report

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

by breagerey (#35861644) Attached to: Do I give IT a login on our Dept server?
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

by breagerey (#34637780) Attached to: NX Compression Technology To Go Closed Source
I use the free version all the time and it's super easy to setup (less than 5 minutes ... seriously ... go look at

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

by breagerey (#33969826) Attached to: UK-Developed 'DNA Spray' Marks Dutch Thieves With Trackable Water
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.
Social Networks

Meg Whitman Campaign Shows How Not To Use Twitter 147

Posted by samzenpus
from the type-slower dept.
tsamsoniw writes "California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman's campaign team attempted to share with her Twitter followers an endorsement from a police association. Unfortunately, the campaign press secretary entered an incorrect or incomplete URL in the Tweet, which took clickers to a YouTube video featuring a bespectacled, long-haired Japanese man in a tutu and leggings rocking out on a bass guitar. And for whatever reason, the Tweet, which went out on the 18th, has remained active through today."

Comment: Re:Water? (Score 1) 191

by breagerey (#33959666) Attached to: UK-Developed 'DNA Spray' Marks Dutch Thieves With Trackable Water
This is silly.

How likely is is that the police are going to wave UV lights over suspected stolen property?
or that they will wave the light in proper place?
or that they will even know what to do if something fluoresces?

And assuming they *do know about the stuff AND look for it AND find it ... how likely is it that they will take the time (and money) to get a sample and send it off?
Not to mention the legal shakiness of the solution actually being unique ... or that it actually identifies anything as belonging to you.

I can see this as a deterrent but the odds of anybody actually running a PCR on suspected marker on a suspected stolen laptop seem to make it not much more.

Take an astronaut to launch.