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Comment: Re:Get Out of Your Bubble (Score 1) 196

by houghi (#48646953) Attached to: Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

You need jourmalism to keep them both accountable, not just one, because all too often BOTH are at fault.

Further I think that journalism is there to bring you facts, not to 'hold acountable' anything, because if they start doing that, they are not just the messanger anymore (and you can shoot them for all I care). They are propaganda. That will then lead to censorship (Don't tell anything bad about our side and hope that nobody else finds out)

What you have now is the choise of being shot in the left or the right kneecap and the media telling how bad the others are to shoot you in THAT specific kneecap.

Who is bringing up that being shot in the kneecap is just not a good idea altogether? That is what journalism should be about.

Comment: Re:Why Steam? Why? (Score 1) 158

by houghi (#48628373) Attached to: To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

So are they selling at a loss in Russia? Then why sell at all? Or are they selling as at an unreasonable profit everywhere else?

Most likely this is just to make the highest profits possible and has nothing to do with being "gamer friendly". It nicely shows that the lowest price is not the result, but the highest price possible is.

Comment: Re:Backups solve much of the problem: (Score 1) 83

by houghi (#48627399) Attached to: Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

Most users don't do backups. They take copies. Not the same. Sure, I have had hardware issues and lost a drive. However what happens much more is that I do something stoopid and delete or edit something that I shouldn't have deleted or edited. Obviously I only notice it after a copy of the data. So now I have two broken files.

Incremential backups resolve this.

I have two systems:
1) copies. These are basically larger files. Music, images and movies. They are in mostly read-only directories on read-only drives. (1 RW directory for current downloads). I use a scipt that mounts the backup drive, runs rsync and unmounts it again.
2) Icremential copies. These are from my working directories. Mostly smaller files and /etc and what not. For that I use StoreBackup

Comment: Re:Under US Jurisdiction? (Score 1) 281

by houghi (#48601859) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

Good that there are privacy laws, because we know how much the US Agencies and especially the NSA respect the law.

The time of paranoia is over. You don't have to THINK that your could be cvomprimised. You must act as if it IS compromised. Almost all companies are stillin the 'let's protect our data' but have NO clue what to do if that fails. "Yeah, but the IT guy said that if we change the password every 30 minutes, it would be safe."

Comment: Itr should not be an issue (Score 4, Interesting) 184

The issue is that the SSN is used for identification. In Belgium we also have a national number. Pretty easy. in Dutch yet this only links to you and does not identify you as such.

Everybody above 12 needs to have an ID. Checking vadility is free and the chip on it is opensource

Oh and if you are a financial company, you can do verification at the national bank where you can check if you are allowed to give people a credit or not and add that you gave people a credit.

With just the number, you can do nothing. You would at least have the (valid) ID card as well.

Comment: Re:Hard to say (Score 1) 346

Panic. I have seen it many times. People quit after a takeover because of panic. The best you can do (at least in Belgium) is wait it out and see if they pay you to leave or if there are options in the future.

I mean, why quit now? You can quit in a week or a month or anytime you want, yet still people panic and think thye will have some advantage by leaving now.

Comment: Re:As a parent... (Score 1) 39

by houghi (#48537233) Attached to: Make a Kids' Power Wheel Toy Awesome for $500 (Video)

Well, why would this be a bad thing? Just hear me out.
For the religious people it is Gods wil. For the Atheists, it is darwin and evolution. So everybody wins.

This is also why I am against any trafic rules. If we would get rid of them, in only a few hundred generations, we would have drivers who have extremely fast refelxions on avoiding accidents as well as pedestrians who can jump out of the way with enourmous speed. (and with a bit of luck, we gfot rid of the cyclists in the process)

This is already happening as driving has become safer and safer over the years Less accidents per mile.
So as it is already clearly proven, people are already adapting to cars.

Comment: Re:Every 30 days. (Score 1) 247

by houghi (#48531931) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

You laugh, but I once advised a friend to write (most of) her passwords down on a slip of paper and carry it in her wallet

I once had to change my password every week for a project. I wrote it down.

My father writes his pincodes down as part of a phonenumber. e.g. have it as "John Doe 1-212-555-1234" where John Doe is a real sounding name and the phonenumber looks real. The last 4 are the pincode. (Could be any of them in any order. Also will depend on the country. e.g. the real pincode here could be 3215)
He has done that for number codes since at least 60 years.

He uses some sort of Monoalphabetic encryption which uses only one word and is even simpler as VigenÃre cipher as he can do it without any paper. And no, it is not Caesar cipher or anything like it. It is based on one word. Not sure what it is. He explained it to me when I was a kid and I forgot most of it.

This all from a time where he used (and still uses) paper agenda's and no access to anything electronic.

I personaly have 5 passwords. Work, Bank, Personal machines, Unsafe Internet, Safe Internet. The issue is that I often need can't remember my login as often you can not select your own login.

At one company I had 17 different logins with variations of my name, company or combination because the systems were handled by different companies. (Also had 3 digipasses.)

One had such a 'secure' system that we had the process (including the 3 differnt logins and passwords that were send to us each month) printed out and hanging next to the dedicated PC for all to see.
Yes, they were stupid enough not to give individual logins and/or digipasses, but insisten on a group password.

Comment: Re:5th Admendment? (Score 1) 446

by houghi (#48510423) Attached to: 18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices

Yeah. So?

Seriously, I keep seeing people quoting the constitution, the amendments and other stuff as if it means something outside of discussions.
As long as nobody takes any action, it is just words and utter meaningless. Just like the North Korean constituations claims it is a democracy.

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