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Comment: Re:The only unlimited credit line you can get (Score 1) 203

don't just set a max for your bill and then shut you off if it goes over that, at least for billable items like long distanc

They can contact you, but POTS service and LD service are regulated by the FCC, and they can't turn off your service, until certain legally mandated requirements are met. It seems that turning off your LD service before a big bill can be incurred is not an option the telco is allowed to take, even if they wanted to.

Comment: Re:"If you have nothing to hide..." (Score 1) 143

by mysidia (#49603201) Attached to: Inside the Military-Police Center That Spies On Baltimore's Rioters

"and whenever these great objects are not obtained, the people have a right to alter the government, and to take measures necessary for their safety, prosperity and happiness."

This is an acknowledgement of a right that people as a whole have.

Individuals do not have this right, neither do small groups of people supporting a common cause.

And the moment a group of people begins to infringe upon someone else's rights, by causing harm to other people's safety, prosperity, or happiness, in a violent manner, their group changes from being a "protest" into an "illegal assembly", And every person participating in that illegal assembly is essentially aiding and abetting the terrorist acts against the public and the business owners.

Comment: Re:/.er bitcoin comments are the best! (Score 1) 247

by mysidia (#49587763) Attached to: Bitcoin Is Disrupting the Argentine Economy

Then either the price goes up a bunch or Bitcoin isn't actually being all that disruptive.

You missed a third alternative.... The price of Argentinian Pesos crashes utterly. So that amount of pesos officially worth "$50B USD" crashes down and becomes worth "$1B USD"

Argentenians buying Bitcoins doesn't necessarily elevate the value of Bitcoins ----- it can equally devaluate Pesos, resulting in more and more Pesos sold for fewer and fewer BTC per Peso.

Comment: Bias is not an absolute (Score 1) 85

A person in the FCC with past in the industry can be biased in favor of their previous employers in some ways, and not so biased in others.

In other words: the bias can be unintentional or subconcious and systemic ---- For example, it can lead to certain ways of thinking about certain policies ; However, in extreme situations, they will not overtly side with their past employer when it would be obviously to unfair degree against the interests of whom you are supposed to serve.

A good outcome out of a few policy definitions cannot definitely affect this for the positive.

It can be very easy to prove bias exists, if you have an extreme enough pattern.

Proving no bias or "fair treatment" not counting more than fair weight to the corporate position of previous employers, in policymaking consideration; would be extremely difficulty (if impossible) to ever establish.

Comment: Re:Sell it to black hats then... (Score 1) 148

So they're trying to protect the site's reputation AND their users' security.

Sure, they take the notification seriously and are patching by all apparent counts --- i'm not doubting that they are concerned about their site's security as well.

That doesn't fully speak to the purpose of the "responsible disclosure" policy, and why they've decided to smite the researcher, however.

Comment: Re:Sell it to black hats then... (Score 3, Insightful) 148

by mysidia (#49542317) Attached to: Groupon Refuses To Pay Security Expert Who Found Serious XSS Site Bugs

Groupon doesn't fear bad PR. If it was afraid of bad press, it would have folded long ago.

Possibly they don't mind bad press, but i'll bet they mind press that says their site is insecure, or that if you do businesses with them, "Your identity/credit card number might get stolen"

That's probably why they got fussy and denied the researcher's bounty, when a note that a XSS bug (without substantive details) had been published.

Sounds like maybe the "responsible disclosure" policy was about protecting the site's reputation, not their users' security.

Comment: Re:...and adults too. (Score 1) 615

by mysidia (#49542237) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

Can you explain why?

Because there are too few of them to pose a significant risk. There is an acceptable margin of non-vaccinated people.

And the number of people who are immunocompromised, or cannot have vaccination due to legitimate medical reasons is such a small number, that they fall within the margin of acceptable risk.

The number of people attempting to avoid vaccination for the sake of convenience, Or based on unqualified hearsay or personal opinion, far exceeds the acceptable margin.

Therefore, yes, as a whole: this group of people is more infectious and a much more serious public health danger.

Comment: Re:Good for them (Score 4, Insightful) 148

by mysidia (#49542043) Attached to: Groupon Refuses To Pay Security Expert Who Found Serious XSS Site Bugs

They should disclose these vulnerabilities to build a safer Internet, not to line their pockets.

A safer internet doesn't put food on their table.

It's Groupon who is lining their pockets, when they could be building a safer internet by actually paying money for security. It's the reluctants of companies to take security seriously and spend time and money on it that leads to an unsafe internet.

And then we get dumb things like this "responsible disclosure program," which is really not about protecting users, but protecting Groupon's reputation. That is to say... it's a PR-protecting policy, not a policy for protecting users' safety. The unintentional disclosure they referenced regarding ONE of the 30 vulnerabilities didn't even reveal meaningful information about the vulnerability, therefore: Groupon was not concerned about exploit details being disclosed, but ONLY the fact that there was publicity being generated that said their site was insecure.

The researchers need the bounty proceeds to justify spending the time researching to discover them. It's the companies that are lining their pockets, by avoiding hiring people like these folks and other security professionals to do this ----- instead offering small bounties, only available if they DO discover something wrong after spending possibly thousands of hours beating around looking for something wrong.

Comment: Re:...and adults too. (Score 2) 615

by mysidia (#49538215) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

Not being vaccinated is more like not digging a fire break around my house.

Your living spaces are right by each other, but you don't want to install the fire barrier required by the building code to stop rapid spread of fire, because you heard it through the grape vine that fire barriers fail catastrophically and cause cancer.

It doesn't matter what your opinion is; the authority having jurisdiction can deny you the right to occupy that structure, and issue an order that it be remediated into compliance within 10 days or will be demolished.

Comment: Re:...and adults too. (Score 2) 615

by mysidia (#49534229) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

It isn't the community's job because it is no job at all. Property rights, living rights, trading rights, and travel rights are all pretty fundamental and it requires no effort to not interfere in them.

Wrong. It does require efforts to support these legal rights. Property rights require assignment of rights to a scarce public resource (land). Property rights require ownership records, police and courts to protect, and support infrastructure. Travel requires maintenance of roads.

They are not human rights; or more specifically, they are not among the inalienable rights. They are rights that can be and are withheld, not given to, or taken away from people.

Property/travel/trade rights are frequently withheld from people who fail to pay taxes, fail to appear when summoned by the court to appear, or who fail to meet other standards or fulfill other duties that have been imposed upon them; Even people travelling in a dangerous manner, can lose travel rights due to DUI, can get fines for speeding --- ultimately resulting in restriction of travel (loss of license), or jail time, in some cases.

Refusing to take vaccinations is really no different fundamentally from refusing to do other thinks required.

Seen on a button at an SF Convention: Veteran of the Bermuda Triangle Expeditionary Force. 1990-1951.