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Comment: Re:Scare quotes? (Score 1) 141 141

by penix1 (#49951995) Attached to: School Lunch Program Scans Student Thumbprints For 'Tracking Purposes'

Seriously, people don't want accountability for anything, and they're probably in the right of it judging by human history. But they sound hilarious when they get all ranty about it.

Quite the opposite actually. The stated purpose of doing this is for "transparency". That is also the reason for most government breeches in security. The rush to put everything on the Internet to be more transparent will be the cry for the foreseeable future.

Comment: Re:It doesn't matter matter who did it (Score 2) 144 144

by penix1 (#49859175) Attached to: China Denies Responsibility For US Government Data Breach

First off let me start this by saying I work in Homeland Security for my state and used to work for the feds doing the same thing. I received my notice about the breach at a staff meeting. The word is it wasn't a hack into the computer but it was malware installed on a computer at OPM. It was installed in December and wasn't noticed until April.

Now the question I have is was the individual that brought it in disciplined?

Comment: Re:Surprise, Surprise! (Score 5, Interesting) 144 144

by penix1 (#49858691) Attached to: China Denies Responsibility For US Government Data Breach

I tend to agree with your evaluation but want to add...

Why on Earth doesn't the government simply drop all packets coming form or going to their infamous lists? What is the reason to allow an IP originating from China to access OPM? Don't get me wrong. From what I read earlier this thing was malware installed in December and not found until April. Still, any packets coming or going to a Chinese IP address should be dropped at the router. Black hole them in other words.

Comment: Re:I am shocked, shocked. (Score 2) 235 235

Red Cross blood services has been separated from the National Red Cross Disaster Services for many years. I remember when it happened. It caused the closure of many Red Cross offices because it was Blood Services that was supporting the Disaster side. They have a separate management tree, budget and facilities. A big part of the cost associated with blood is in the testing for blood diseases and processing such as blood separation processes. The testing alone costs a small fortune.

So please keep in mind that although Blood Services carries the Red Cross name it really is a separate entity.

Comment: Re: Damn, I trusted them (Score 2) 145 145

by penix1 (#49830891) Attached to: nmap Maintainer Warns He Doesn't Control nmap SourceForge Mirror

They alter the Eula, your selections in the installer are overriden, and malware installs.

I wonder if the authors can bring a violation against their license if SF doesn't release the source code for an open source project they abscond with for those licenses that require reciprocity such as the GPL? Or a copyright violation for derivative works? Would be interesting to see if it happened.

Comment: Re:Private Profiles (Score 1) 166 166

by penix1 (#49808761) Attached to: Orange County Public Schools To Monitor Students On Social Media

It's right there in their privacy policy:

https://www.facebook.com/polic...

We collect the content and other information you provide when you use our Services, including when you sign up for an account, create or share, and message or communicate with others. This can include information in or about the content you provide, such as the location of a photo or the date a file was created. We also collect information about how you use our Services, such as the types of content you view or engage with or the frequency and duration of your activities.

and...

We also collect content and information that other people provide when they use our Services, including information about you, such as when they share a photo of you, send a message to you, or upload, sync or import your contact information.

The list goes on and on. Most troubling is this is how they descrie their "anonymous" data:

For example, we may tell an advertiser how its ads performed, or how many people viewed their ads or installed an app after seeing an ad, or provide non-personally identifying demographic information (such as 25 year old female, in Madrid, who likes software engineering)...

It has already been proven that anonymized data can be unraveled and associated with an individual again. Facebook makes it even easier to unravel by providing the sex, age, likes and city of the victim. (Search /. for the multitude of stories on this). So don't feed me that pap on it being "anonymous".

Even given the policy, Facebook doesn't come right out and say EXACTLY what and with whom they are sharing information BEFORE THEY SHARE IT. It is intentionally nebulous.

Lastly, the default settings in the Privacy Center is to share as much as they can without triggering aggressive privacy concerns generating bad PR. Admittedly, that is the whole purpose of the site. So the idea to not use social media or at most provide as little private information as possible (or fake it when not avoidable) is sound advice.

Comment: Re: Sounds cheap if it works (Score 1) 166 166

by penix1 (#49808633) Attached to: Orange County Public Schools To Monitor Students On Social Media

Schools have guardian rights. So legally its no different than your parents checking Facebook.

[Citation needed]

Nowhere in state or federal law is guardianship granted to schools. The parents do not relinquish their parental responsibilities or rights while the kids are in school. State and federal law does require a safe, sanitary and healthy learning environment. That is the extent of their authority. We have stretched the definitions of those three directives to the breaking point with crap policies like this.

Comment: Re:Preserving is not the right word (Score 1) 73 73

by penix1 (#49807399) Attached to: Artist Uses 3D Printing To Preserve Artifacts Destroyed By ISIS

Don't underestimate the importance of copies.

Absolutely right especially given that the ones they are copying were copies to begin with!

http://rt.com/news/240801-isis...

The ancient statues that Islamic State militants smashed in Mosul on camera last month have been proved to be exact replicas of precious artifacts of Iraqi heritage. The real masterpieces of antiquity are said to be in Baghdad.

"They were copies. The originals are all here," Baghdad's museum director told Germany's Deutsche Welle.

Comment: Re:Sounds cheap if it works (Score 3, Insightful) 166 166

by penix1 (#49806887) Attached to: Orange County Public Schools To Monitor Students On Social Media

Of course, this WILL rapidly degenerate into "Deidre got detention because she posted a selfie on Instagram with a really revealing outfit."

FTFY....

So the school officials need to have plenty of common sense.

No... The schools need to be treated like the government entities they are and get the shit sued out of them for violating the Constitution's 4th and 5th Amendment rights. Think of the children only goes so far. But given the shithead fossils we got for a Supreme Court, it wouldn't surprise me if they uphold this shit.

Comment: Re:View from a patent holder ... (Score 4, Interesting) 87 87

by penix1 (#49780759) Attached to: Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Patent Troll

To me there is a much easier fix. Remove the assumption that patents reviewed by the USPTO are valid since a vast number have been proven to not be. That will shift the burden of proving validity to the patent holder making it less profitable for patent trolls.

Comment: Re:Germany should pay war reparations for WWII (Score 4, Insightful) 743 743

by penix1 (#49767119) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

I agree with everything you said but will add this....

I have yet to see any country taking IMF funds come out any better in the end. The demands of the IMF are too extreme for any country it goes into to "rescue". Not to long ago the IMF went into South American countries and now they are in serious financial trouble I argue because of the IMF.

In my opinion, it would be better for Greece to declare insolvency, pull out of the Eurozone and begin again. It will be less torture than dealing with the IMF.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 122 122

by penix1 (#49763575) Attached to: Oculus Founder Hit With Lawsuit

No it doesn't dumbass... It starts from the violation of contract. Otherwise you have nothing to sue over.

From Wikipedia:

Statutes of limitations are written laws passed by a legislative body in common law systems to set the maximum time after an event when legal proceedings may be initiated.

Emphasis added.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

Comment: Re:Transparency (Score 2) 103 103

There are many factors that play in low voter turnout but to name the worst offenders here we go:

1. The two party system itself. Having only two nationally recognized parties by the media ignores a very large part of the population that doesn't agree with either of them. This is the primary reason gerrymandering works too.
2. Primaries. Having primaries in the two party system means those that support a candidate that doesn't win the primary feels left out and doesn't see a need to vote in the general election.
3. Winner takes all in national elections. This means that electoral votes get ignored once a majority is achieved. This is how President Obama won.
4. Using an electoral college. The electoral college made sense when communicating voter wishes meant paper delivered by horse to the capitol. It makes no sense in the age of computers and high speed communications. Also, because there is no real assurance that an elector will vote they way the voters want, you wind up with messes like the 2000 election where the electoral vote did not match the popular vote.
5. No holiday for election days. Nobody wants to work all day just to have to stand in long lines all night to vote. Let's face it, if a person had all day to vote those lines would be considerably shorter with only the procrastinators being punished.

Those are just a few off the top of my head. I know there are many more.

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