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Comment: Re:So they're gonna crack down (Score 1) 101

From a business point of view it's cheaper to chase down bot nets than to secure windows. Clearly someone (at Microsoft) has made a business case for offloading the work of chasing down bot nets to someone else, and everyone agreed that would improve the cost-benefit analysis (for Microsoft).

Comment: How about an anti-NSA? (Score 1) 101

What we need is a government organization dedicated to keeping our networks safe. I'm thinking the exact opposite of the NSA, where instead of weakening our security and pushing to get back doors installed in everything they actually worked to protect us and promote national security.

Comment: Re:Have you actually tried hiring these days? (Score 1) 397

by currently_awake (#47402201) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say
The H1B program is causing the skills shortage. They hire imports because it's cheaper. They won't hire and train local talent because the job is now filled. Locals won't train for that job because it's filled. The import will eventually go home leaving a hole, and the cycle repeats. So long as you have H1B visas the skills shortage will NEVER go away.

Comment: Re:Uh... Yeah? (Score 2) 242

by currently_awake (#47360705) Attached to: Court Allowed NSA To Spy On All But 4 Countries
It is in our best interest for Russia to spy on the USA. That way they know that the US isn't planning to invade them, they know the US isn't bluffing on their threats, and they know what will happen if they invade the Ukraine. Wars happen because those in charge don't know what is happening (not spying).

Comment: Re:My stuff got hit by this. (Score 1) 495

by currently_awake (#47360539) Attached to: Microsoft Takes Down Domains
If No-IP was actively helping the malware guys then giving them notice would mean all the bot-nets would have been re-hosted instead of getting cut off from their control servers like they are now. Microsoft is getting a name for actively hunting down bot-net networks and shutting them down. It actually makes a (small) dent in all the harm they caused by not securing Windows in the first place. They could make a huge dent in that harm by swapping Free-BSD for the OS that lurks under Windows, but I'm not hopeful.

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