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Comment: Re:They're only stealing from banks? (Score 1) 47

by guruevi (#48672721) Attached to: Russian Hackers Stole Millions From Banks, ATMs

Because that's where your taxes will go. How much of your taxes go to people being the victim of identity theft? None. How many times does the FBI/NSA/CIA get involved when one of our citizens' bank account is emptied by hackers? Never.

But if a corporation like Sony gets hacked or the banks get stolen from (even though they can simply restore their databases back to reflect the original amounts afterwards) then there will be a large investigation and the POTUS will get involved etc etc.

Comment: Re:Sounds like an awsome place to work (Score 1) 131

by guruevi (#48672703) Attached to: North Korean Defector Spills Details On the Country's Elite Hacking Force

From the articles (if they're true), they are treated like rock stars in their country and make more than most people in their country. It doesn't matter how much you make on a world-scale, if I move to Africa with my 'wealth' even though I wouldn't survive more than a few months in the West before being broke, I could probably live there for a decade without working.

Comment: Re:I'm an expert on cybersecurity as well (Score 1) 579

by guruevi (#48657849) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

What's the difference between security that a single hacker can't breach and a nation state can? Governments don't have magical (technical) powers (on the Internet) that others don't possess, they only have more time and resources than your average hacker but not necessarily more than your average crime syndicate. Also, large movements would be noticed. You can social engineer a few people as a single hacker, and you have to limit who you'll be calling in order not to be noticed, but a government would have to take the same route. Suddenly calling everyone in the office with social engineering attempts simply because you have the forces available is bound to get noticed (if you have proper security that is).

To go with your example of the depositors, even if you have an entire army at the ready, that doesn't mean small buildings and moving targets can't be defended by small forces and in many cases these small forces are way more effective, by the time you get a battalion to parse and execute an order a specialized force will already have come and gone (see Iraq and Vietnam)

Comment: I'm an expert on cybersecurity as well (Score 3, Interesting) 579

by guruevi (#48625833) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

I've been saying this from the get-go, Sony should not be coddled like they are the victim. This hack went on for months and probably for years they've been hiring the cheapest sysadmins overseas and buying 'solutions' from companies "well reviewed" in NetworkWorld (or whatever sponsored magazines middle management gets) to implement on their network that in the end didn't do squat.

Instead of being coddled, they should be fined for aiding and abetting and breaking privacy laws.

Comment: Re:Does the job still get done? (Score 1) 677

by guruevi (#48621947) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

As the article suggests, during the industrial revolution there was not a true loss of employment opportunities. Employment shifted, weavers became machine technicians, horse buggy drivers became taxi drivers and car mechanics. Government regulations on mass production created an entire workforce artificially (inspectors and enforcement). In more recent times you have seen how farmers' children didn't remain farmers once industrial farms came about, they became agricultural and machine engineers, programmers etc.

Both the industrial agricultural growth in the West and reduced work week experiments In Europe caused a great deal of benefit. Farmers no longer had to work 16h days for 7 days/week and the children no longer had to help. All of a sudden there was a greater need for entertainment; the movie, music and video game industry exploded in the 90's (contrary to their own statements).

As AI grows (and it hasn't, AI is currently very rudimentary and task specific), the same effect will have to happen. People will be able to work less (30h/week, 20h/week) but people will have to understand the AI's and the ways it can fail which means more programmers, engineers and researchers. Also the entertainment industry will grow and as it grows, so do employment opportunities. People will always want to see people perform whether that is in sports, video games, music or movies, you will not be able to replace those for at least another century and at that point, current economies will have adapted or failed.

Comment: Re:Out with the old... or not? (Score 1) 295

by guruevi (#48609225) Attached to: French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

Some regulation is necessary but the regulation should be effective. The FDA and similar agencies are doing a relatively good job in most instances but they are corrupted to the core. So are the BBB, Consumer Reports and UL. Anywhere regulation or oversight is being paid for by the inspected is just a plain bad idea but few consumers would voluntarily pay a 'tax' on everything they buy to the BBB/UL/FDA.

Comment: Re:Out with the old... or not? (Score 1) 295

by guruevi (#48596029) Attached to: French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

None of your first arguments are true for most cabbies. I worry about getting robbed by the drivers just looking at some taxis in my town, the only thing that makes a taxi a taxi is a tag and a light on the roof. A rusted 1970s Chevy that looks like it could break down anytime and a murky looking non-English speaking guy trying to convince me to take a ride in his car?

And who do you complain to when your cabbie rips you off? The taxi company doesn't care. Hired a taxi once in Miami, prepaid days in advance and everything for a small group from the airport to a hotel. The guy didn't show up, called the company, they had 'forgotten' to schedule us in and it would take a few hours to get someone. They were upset that I didn't want to wait or pay them for the service, I had to take it up with my CC company to get my money back.

GPS these days has gotten to the point anyone can get you to point A to point B in the fastest, least amount of traffic way and anyone can check what you're doing. Uber basically allows for crowd-sourcing the reputation of individual cab drivers, not a large cab company with 100's of drivers where complaints get drowned out by "like us for a 10% discount on your next fare"

Comment: Re:Please . . . (Score 1) 114

by guruevi (#48518965) Attached to: Comcast Forgets To Delete Revealing Note From Blog Post

Comcast and TWC never competed. Neither does Verizon or AT&T. The 'big names' all have non-compete agreements. There is no reason for the merger other than to fuck over their customers by having more lobbying done to deny Netflix and others fair access.

In my town, Verizon was coming with FiOS. TWC and Verizon agreed not to compete here by splitting up some other markets and thus Verizon disappeared, leaving TWC the only choice. The local DSL provider has a 100-year agreement with the city over the government-built phone lines so they're only giving 2Mbps, TWC gives 10Mbps (without TV) at the low price of $70/month.

Comment: Re:There is only one way to do this (Score 1) 80

by guruevi (#48518901) Attached to: What Canada Can Teach the US About Net Neutrality

The governments already built the pipe, the taxpayers paid for it several times over. Wireless is a boondoggle because of the bandwidth limitations and losses. Copper and fiber both have bandwidth well beyond the current necessities. What needs to happen is that our governments need to ask where our money went and mandate the last decade of profits to be spent in the network. This needs to happen for all utilities that have been privatized. Foreign corporations are profiting while the entire US electric, gas, water and digital utilities lie in shambles.

Comment: Re:Um yea no... (Score 1) 62

by guruevi (#48518863) Attached to: 'Mirage Earth' Exoplanets May Have Burned Away Chances For Life

My point was that all that stuff we are made out of is abundant in the Universe. Silicon isn't nearly as abundant therefore the likelihood of stuff happening with it is less likely. How would we even know what to look for with "standing waves of energy"? If what we are has happened elsewhere in the Universe, it would've happened a lot. Perhaps with silicon, perhaps with energy but it's more likely to have happened with carbon and hydrogen.

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