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Comment: Re:Krebs (Score 3, Insightful) 221

Nobody took computer security seriously back in 2001. Things have changed a lot since then. For example, if you were to contact that same bank with the same information today, they would likely know better and would now contact the FBI and have you arrested on charges of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Actually, contacting the FBI might not be a bad choice for the story submitter. They would probably be very interested in working with that bank to shut this problem down quickly.

Comment: Re: The Only Desktop Environment I Use (Score 1) 88

by techno-vampire (#49160701) Attached to: Xfce 4.12 Released
It's probably because many users of XFCE don't need all the extra functions of other DEs and don't realize that other people do.

I use Xfce for a number of reasons. One of them is the fact that it's easy to customize without installing third-party extensions. I also like the fact that if your needs are simple you can get rid of bells, whistles and gongs that you don't need. However, I fully understand that there are people who either need or want those tools (If anybody should understand that it's me; I use Compiz because I like the flashy desktop effects.) and I appreciate the fact that they're there if you need or want them. For me, one of the important traits of Linux is the ability to decide for yourself what tools you need or want instead of being stuck with what the developers think you want and I'll probably stick with Xfce as long as that's what it provides.

Comment: Re: Well, I guess now we know... (Score 1) 242

by plover (#49160403) Attached to: 20-Year-Old Military Weather Satellite Explodes In Orbit

OH MY GOD, THE HYPERBOLIC FUEL IS SO UNSTABLE! It will lead to the explosions of every satellite in orbit! And it's so acidic it will eat through the fuel tanks, dripping killer toxic acid rain onto every surface on earth!! The world will end!

Or, perhaps, your device auto-corrected hypergolic, which is to say a chemical combination that self-ignites when the two substances are brought into contact with each other?

Comment: Re:the layout sucks, thanks Dice ! (Score 1) 387

Only if they prioritize based on content. They can always base the priority on the source or destination of the packet, ignoring the content. Not that I'd approve of that either, but it's not only possible, it's faster and simpler than opening the package.

+ - Patent Trolls On The Run But Not Vanquished Yet

Submitted by snydeq
snydeq (1272828) writes "Strong legislation that will weaken the ability of the trolls to shake down innovators is likely to pass Congress, but more should be done, writes InfoWorld's Bill Snyder. 'The Innovation Act isn't an ideal fix for the program patent system. But provisions in the proposed law, like one that will make trolls pay legal costs if their claims are rejected, will remove a good deal of the risk that smaller companies face when they decide to resist a spurious lawsuit,' Snyder writes. That said, 'You'd have to be wildly optimistic to think that software patents will be abolished. Although the EFF's proposals call for the idea to be studied, [EFF attorney Daniel] Nazer doesn't expect it to happen; he instead advocates several reforms not contained in the Innovation Act.'"

Comment: Re:People don't do this anymore? (Score 1) 36

by petermgreen (#49143835) Attached to: Lizard Squad Claims Attack On Lenovo Days After Superfish

It should be SOP to image off what is on a machine, format [1] it and reload from media

It doesn't help that at various times MS and their OEMS have made this a PITA with many machines not shipping with "clean" windows media, some keys only working with some media, keys printed on the machine that required a phonecall to activate and so-on. At one point they were even threatening companies who used their vlk media/keys to reimage machines running under OEM licenses though they later backed down on that and introduced "reimage rights".

Comment: Re:Good method for improving (Score 1) 347

by Just Some Guy (#49142843) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

If you don't have it, you'll make bad decisions. For example, answer the question, "should I use framework A, or should I write some code myself?" If you can't estimate how long it will take to use the framework and compare it to how long it will take to write the code yourself, then it is impossible to make a realistic decision.

That's a bad example because that's almost never my criteria. I could write my own framework almost as quickly as I could suss out the quirks of someone else's, and that's usually a teensy part of the overall project lifetime anyway. Instead, I judge on things like "do I want to spend the rest of my time here maintaining this thing?" and "who's going to own security updates?" and "will it be easier to hire people with experience on this one or on the one I haven't written yet?". Sometimes there's no good framework A to use, or maybe framework A exists and is popular but is unfit for this specific purpose, so we write something in-house. Either way, notice that "time to get started" is a trivial or nonexistent part of the equation.

Comment: Re:Hard to believe (Score 3, Interesting) 166

by plover (#49142293) Attached to: Microsoft's Goals For Their New Web Rendering Engine

Microsoft is a very different company than they were under Gates or the Sweat-hog. They long ago figured out that their cash cows were kind of fragile, and they more recently figured out that they alienated a lot of developers. They are now trying to find ways to woo developers to any of their product families, not just to Windows. And they've done some great work on a lot of software engineering fronts, including secure development, powerful tools, integrations, and are even dabbling in open source,

Comment: Re:Changes based on the Season (Score 1) 301

by Skater (#49142007) Attached to: I ride a bike ...

He rides outside when the weather is good and uses an indoor solution when the weather is bad, and you say he's likely a danger when he rides outside again? Seems a bit extreme. People don't forget balance and handling when they get outside again; neck problems kept me off bikes for ~10 years and I was able to hop right back into it without a problem.

If you're so tightly wound that a wiggle out of the guy next to you would cause a problem, then you're the danger, not him.

Comment: Re: Fuck it - everyone for themselves. (Score 1) 364

by WindBourne (#49141927) Attached to: The Groups Behind Making Distributed Solar Power Harder To Adopt
The reason why America comes up with such high per capita is because we have such high GDP output, which is where our energy goes into.

The trade imbalance with China is because CHina manipulates their money illegally, along with dumps. What happens if they free their money the way that they were supposed to back in 2005? Well, it would overnight stop the imports.

Greed? You think that America is any more greedy than any other nation or their top ppl? Give me a fucking break. Our top 1% is just as greedy as your top 1%. The real difference is that our top 1% does not have regulations on them to keep the work at home. Nor do they have a gov that helps them keep it at home by manipulating money as well as massive subsidies for them to dump on other nations.

And being the largest consumer of resources? Not even close. Hell, CHina now burns 1/2 of all coal on this planet. They import and burn far more than America does.

It gets old when ppl make up BS about others with nothing to back it up.

And yeah, I think that you know that.

C for yourself.