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Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 397

I sorta second the "marketing purposes" asking for ZIP.

You can usually refuse this, and besides that, about 50% of the time they ask you for zip after the transaction has gone through anyway. They can read Track 1 of your card, which includes your name. Name + zip is a decent proxy for unique ID, and Axciom probably has your name anyway.

Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 100

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#47552829) Attached to: Private Data On iOS Devices Not So Private After All

Also, turning off this behavior - plugging a phone into a computer, pressing "OK" without any authentication allows siphoning - is pretty hard to do. You need to download a wonky piece of software called Apple Configurator to do this. It's usually for corporate/educational bulk deployments, and the UI shows this.

Comment: Re:Article got it wrong (Score 1) 100

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#47549969) Attached to: Private Data On iOS Devices Not So Private After All

Hmm, like the AC joke below, I'm a bit torn when you said "Security Expert" for Steve Gibson. Aside from prodigious self promotion, as far as actual security talent, Steve's both good and bad. I may listen to this one, because this one is more in his wheelhouse - specifically describe in easier terms a complicated subject previously researched and digested by someone else.

He's much less useful when making declarations of what to do - he's too enamored of assembly (which can lead to more security holes - there are no checks or restrictions in Assembly as in say, C#, Java, or even C++), he keeps on talking about that he won't move off of XP (and implies that it's safe for others to do so).

Comment: Re:Stallman was right (Score 1) 100

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#47549785) Attached to: Private Data On iOS Devices Not So Private After All

Stallman is crazy. Even crazy people can be right about a few things here and there, but overall he's a zealot. The jokes goes "even a stopped watch is right a couple times a day - though you need a second working watch to see when."

The Hurd has been under development since 1983. Three decades, and still not a stable version? When he started the HURD we didn't have the web, nor the Internet. If we waited for Stallman to actually ship, we would have lost out on a lot (both good and bad, but mostly good).

The issue with Stallman is where do you stop? OK, so now you have an OS totally under your control (well maybe, but lets pretend yes). Now, the hardware! OK, rewrite the BIOS/OpenFirmware. Now you're under control! No, there may be stuff in the chips.... lets go grab some sand.

Soon enough, you either have to say you write everything (and this is the mess you get from making your own toaster) or just realize you need to have faith in some companies you may or may not want to trust.

Comment: Re:Zero Days? Updates? (Score 1) 132

My point is - part of the security of a LiveCD is the fact it's a Read Only medium. Malware can't write to it.. But it also means you can't update buggy code. What if my LiveCD has Heartbleed?

The AC who commented "burn a new one" doesn't know how most distros do things, which is not to create a new CD image every time a package changes. The CD image is current on Day 1, and deviates from the true distro starting possibly on Day 2. Unless you only use the CD Image on release days, you'll always be slightly behind on (at least some) packages.

Yes yes, i know part of the point of a USB stick is a controlled Distro where you know the current state of all things on it. But, it still has issues with Zero Days. Lets say there's a Zero day, and I write to your USB stick. Now you're compromised, with a false sense of security. Do people drop to "single user with networking" on their USB sticks, do updates, then run in multi-user with parts of the file system read-only?

Comment: Re:Code the way you want... (Score 1) 368

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#47518769) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

When I heard the Learn’d Astronomer

WHEN I heard the learn’d astronomer;
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me;
When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them;
When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;
Till rising and gliding out, I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.

Sometimes it sucks when your hobby becomes your profession. But it doesn't have to stop being your hobby.

Comment: Commodore 64 (Score 1) 368

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#47518731) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

part of my nostalgia for coding on the C64 is how you felt you could know everything about the box. There was a book, Mapping the C64 and C64C. that told you about every single address on the computer. You felt you could get everything done with some pokes and peeks, or some machine language. (LDA anyone?).

Now, you can do more, but you don't feel you can push to the envelope of the hardware. How many classes does java add every release cycle? How often does CPAN turn over?

I think im not the only one with that nostalgia.. there's an offer on that book for >700 dollars. I lost mine over the course of several moves during College days.

Comment: Law Enforcement should cost (Score 1) 98

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#47507871) Attached to: Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

Process is now taking about four months on average, and costs
about $1,000, so LE is looking for streamlined / inexpensive
tools to collect evidence.

Part of the protection against tyranny isn't the gun, but simply that certain law enforcement has certain costs. Part of it is red tape - a warrant sticks some glue in the process, slows it down. Part of it is monetary costs. In the 1970's wire taps cost a lot.

These costs force some filtering of resources. You can't just go after everyone, you need to be somewhat efficient with resources. It doesn't eliminate bad actors, but it makes the consequences more intense.

Part of what the NSA is doing, they can do because the surveillance is so cheap. If it cost them 1000 a person, then just in America it would cost them 350 Billion a year to spy. The world would cost 7 Trillion. We can't afford that, only that surveillance is (too) cheap does mass surveillance make sense.

Comment: Re:Texas! (Score 1) 172

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#47502659) Attached to: California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

Troll feeding time...

Why is it that government can never do anything right, well, unless it's the army, then it can do no wrong. Somehow if there's a bullet involved, government becomes perfect. Try to feed a kid, whoa, that can never work.

Oh, and if the government tries something and doesn't work, that's proof that government sucks. But if it does something, and can compete with private business, hey that's government being mean, and there's some law to prevent it. Government sucks by attrition - anything that works that works better than private industry is killed and all you see are the things that don't work.

Anyways, Google started using the university network, using students educated at Stanford, using an operating system partially developed at a University, using a networking protocol developed at a University from ideas originally from a government institution. The original hardware included a Sun, again developed at Stanford. They used the web, which was started as a non-business thing, a bunch of CERN guys wanted to push physics research papers around. The first web didn't have much commerce on it, it was the NCSA webserver (NCSA from the University of Illinois - a public land grant institution) and NCSA Mosaic that popularized it before any company went on.

Yet, you'd say none of that matters. It's very easy to win arguments by definition. Im sure you'd say "but none of that HELPED them" and just dismiss it.

Comment: Re:Texas! (Score 4, Insightful) 172

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#47500417) Attached to: California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

What made the oil industry successful is oil. Whatever regulations or non-regulations you want to give, if there's no oil, there's no oil industry.

It can be argued that silicon valley grew because of California University school system. A good chunk of which is publicly funded. Remember Sun stood for Stanford Univeristy Network. Google started at Stanford. A good chunk of Apple Mac OSX and iOS is BSD, developed at University of California, Berkeley. The Internet as we know it started at Berkeley - one of the first TCP/IP stacks was just known as Berkeley Sockets. The Internet was at first a DARPA project (government funded) for distributed command and control. The work then went to California universities, trying to share scarce computing resources.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 509

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#47460839) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Whether or not you believe Kurzweil's specific predictions (and I don't) planning for a radically different job future is worth it. I didn't see the poster asking about Kurzweil's specific prediction, as much as "hmm, I kind of agree from this guy that the world will change, lets ask Slashdot for some ideas on where this is going".

Want to be a UPS driver? Or a taxi driver? Or Truck Driver? Thank Google - that's gonna go away. Want to be a waiter? We're already moving to a "tablet for orders, fewer servers for food delivery" model. "Hey, lets screw over people who don't even make minimum wage!!" Good luck being a Travel Agent now. Are you a lit geek and you have a romantic image of working in a bookstore? Nahh, Amazon. When I was in college, I was a cashier to make school money. Nahh, Self-Checkout. We can't quite predict how many jobs Watson is going to knock out. Even law is seeing a glut. A career where you need years of expensive schooling and then have a barrier of a certification is having a hard time finding jobs for all the graduates. All these are current, or in a few years. F**k the singularity, this is now.

I know I'm mangling the Eisenhower quote but: Plans are worthless. The act of planning is essential.

Nothing ever becomes real until it is experienced. - John Keats