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Comment: Re:What I find unbelievable... (Score 3, Informative) 112

by Chris Katko (#49183427) Attached to: New Zealand Spied On Nearly Two Dozen Pacific Countries

>In personal testimonies about their work made available to McClatchy, veterans of the unit described pervasive and unfettered intrusion into the private lives of ordinary Palestinians, including use of information about sexual preferences and medical conditions to coerce people into becoming informers.

Do enjoy being put in your place? Or are you going to backpedal and say, "Oh, that's just Israel. They only work with the NSA. The NSA wouldn't stoop to that level."

Comment: Re:Refactoring done right happens as you go (Score -1) 241

by Chris Katko (#49177035) Attached to: Study: Refactoring Doesn't Improve Code Quality
You are not using logic. You only think you are. In actuality, you are cherry-picking to discredit him to fulfill your own bias. If you actually gave a shit about him, you'd read through his other posts, not just a simple click of his signature.

In short, using someone's religion or other personal choices to detract from their words is the act of a petty, scared individual, incapable of debating in professional terms. You might as well be deriding a programmer for being gay, or a woman. Rewrite your post using one of them, and you clearly come off as a bigot.

Comment: Re:Uh ...wat? (Score 5, Insightful) 422

It's using information to garner a public lynching response. Just because the information exists somewhere public doesn't mean it's not doxxing. My drivers license is public information. But if you put it next to a "guy flips old lady the bird" video on YouTube, you are inciting a public response. You are conveniently linking data to the emotional information that would incite someone to act.

But that's just like, uh, my opinion man. So feel free to disagree.

Comment: Re:Nope..... (Score 1) 93

by Chris Katko (#49169215) Attached to: New Seagate Shingled Hard Drive Teardown
While I pragmatically agree, it is not Seagate's fault nor burden to take care of companies that don't treat their data as important. In the same way, it's not a clothes-washer company's fault if you never change the lint trap and it catches on fire. (causing 15K fires a year in the US)

There are clear, defined, industry standard ways to use a product and if you refuse to do so because you are a cheap and lazy, the ramifications are solely your own.

Can't afford to replace large hard drives? Get smaller ones, or play the game of data roulette.

Comment: It doesn't matter (Score 1) 201

by Chris Katko (#49165157) Attached to: That U2 Apple Stunt Wasn't the Disaster You Might Think It Was
They don't realize that even if they drew some people in, they did PR damage to the rest of the populace. And THOSE future buyers are MORE inclined to never U2 album. They have destroyed part of their possible market place.

This is like in politics where you do something insane to get more die-hard conservatives on your side, but you alienate both the democrats and more importantly, the moderates! You've damaged your ability to attract more sales in the future, by playing dirty to get sales in the present.

Comment: Re: nice, now for the real fight (Score 1) 631

by Chris Katko (#49159445) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules
So a state makes a law that says only whites can open up shops, blacks aren't allowed to compete. Do you think the federal government would step in? Yes. Black people are allowed to compete in business.

A state makes a law saying only conglomerates can upon up shows, locals aren't allowed to compete. Do you think the federal government would step in? Yes. Local businesses are allowed to compete in business.

Comment: Re:how ? (Score 4, Informative) 321

by Chris Katko (#49159293) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Does One Verify Hard Drive Firmware?
>But if you booted a different, known-good machine, then mounted the hard drive in question as a secondary drive, it seems feasible you should be able to read and verify the firmware.

No... no, you're missing it. The firmware isn't some magical OS. The firmware runs whenever it's connected. Not only when its booted from. Do you know what firmware is?

The firmware handles all requests. So clearly, you are requesting data from something that's tampered with, to see if it's tampered with. It's entirely possible that to make their firmware harder to catch, the firmware would only give you the "false" previous firmware data as you talk to it. Given the complexity of all of their groups viruses we've seen so far, and the fact they compress their payloads, this is not far fetched at all.

I mean, have you ever even used a microcontroller before? How do you think data gets off your hard drive?

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