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Comment: Re:As expected from google (Score 1) 113

by PopeRatzo (#48228847) Attached to: BBC Takes a Stand For the Public's Right To Remember Redacted Links

it is stupid that a small error without much consequence ruin your life.

Come on. Tell us. What did you do?

Seriously though. I'm not sure how you think life works, but small errors without consequence ruin lives all the time. "I only had three beers" or "I forgot to wear a rubber" are small errors.

The only question I have about this law is how in the world could it NOT end up being abused? This law is designed to be abused.

Comment: Re:Put yourself in your manager's shoes. (Score 1) 462

by itsdapead (#48228387) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Your managers are protecting _your_ interests by not letting you use that drive. Show a little goddamn respect.

How about the management show the employee a little respect and let him order whatever bits of sundry equipment he needs to do his job?

I think the sort or critical thinking that bosses don't want is the sort that asks "how many hours of my time do I need to save to justify the cost of a $100 hard drive?" or "if it really costs the company $500 and takes 3 weeks to procure something that Amazon could have on my desk in 24 hours for $100, maybe its not me that should be under pressure to make efficiency savings?" or even "If its all because of legal compliance issues, why doesn't big business club together, rent a few senators and get the legislation quietly fixed in a rider to the next fisheries bill?"

Comment: Re:Computers: They can respond fast -and- slow (Score 1) 188

by Tom (#48228319) Attached to: Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough

or lock out the console/IP entirely, after N failed attempts.

Which opens the door to DOS attacks on target accounts, but there are several smart ways to work around that (send an unlock link to the e-mail address for that user, for example).

I hope security "analysts" catch on to reality soon.

There are two kinds of security people in the business world. Those with a real interest in advancing the field and making computing more secure, and those working for large consulting and IT "Security" companies. I am exaggerating some, of course, and there are great people in those companies as well, but unfortunately the business concept of too many of them is based on solving problems in such ways that you can sell the solution to many other customers, not on finding a solution that takes care of the actual problem.

It's the same with consulting companies and the insource/outsourcing cycles. There are good arguments for both of them, but if you've watched the business world for a decade or two you understand that they are hyped in cycles so the same consultants who sold outsourcing to a company last period can sell insourcing to the same company next period or after the next CTO change.

Comment: not news (Score 1) 188

by Tom (#48228297) Attached to: Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough

Me and other security experts have been saying such things for years.

Basically, our password handling systems and policies are completely broken. It's not just what xkcd pointed out - it's worse. Those policies are based on making brute-force attacks more difficult. But to sum up a complex topic in a soundbite: If your system allows for brute-force attacks, your system is fatally broken.

Comment: Re:One man (Score 1) 241

by PopeRatzo (#48227433) Attached to: Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

A perfect chance to tighten the fences keeping the citizens in check.

I'm not disagreeing with you, but the idea that you have to keep Canadians "in check" is pretty funny. I've lived in Canada and have never met a people who were less "out of check".

I mean, what are there, about four homicides a year in Ottawa? And three of those are probably mercy killings. The other was a guy who wore a Marian Hossa jersey to an Ottawa Senators' game. Even criminals in Canada are polite.

Comment: Re: Did they make money on Surface? (Score 3, Interesting) 92

I own a Surface Pro 2 and a Surface Pro 3, and use them for portable music production, live performance and field recording. They are by far the best system for such use. It's a tablet, with the touch screen (or stylus) except it can run a full version of ProTools with all the plug-ins and VSTi's you could possibly want. Full USB connectivity for audio interfaces, MIDI controllers and peripherals.

If they made a Macbook with a removable touchscreen, it would be close, but Apple seems more intent on having every pixel in the world. I remember when Apple really catered to musicians (except for their slow adoption of audio driver standards). Now, they cater to people watching cat videos. At the moment, there is no device close to the Surface Pro for this purpose. I don't believe this niche is enough to sustain the Surface Pro by itself, but I'm glad to have them right now. And I hope someone else out there is paying attention, which is why I post a comment just like this every time the Surface comes up on Slashdot.

Not that there's anything wrong with cat videos.

Comment: Re: Did they make money on Surface? (Score 3, Interesting) 92

Of course he's looking for bad news. Have you read the comments for any Slashdot article that mentions the Surface or Surface Pro? A brigade of people come out who are basically upset that it even exists. It's like the Surface Pro scared their mothers when they were in the womb.

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