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Comment: examples of the danger? (Score 1) 75

by rst123 (#46330389) Attached to: DARPA Looks To End the Scourge of Counterfeit Computer Gear

The summary and the article state that these counterfeit parts are so dangerous. Can anybody provide examples of harm done? And not just to somebody's bank account? I'm not saying I disagree, but if you tell me I should be afraid, at least point to examples of why I should be afraid.

Comment: Re:one more thing.. (Score 1) 435

by rst123 (#45285465) Attached to: The Case Against Gmail

you forgot the US Government spying. until our IT giants tell the US government that they are leaving the united states if they don't stop, there is no reason to continue to freely use their service when an alternative is available.

What alternative? You have to assume any US based email provider is the same when it comes to spying. The big guys in other countries may be safer if:
1) their NSA equivalent isn't doing the same thing.
2) Their spy agency isn't cooperating with/owned by the NSA.
3) the NSA ( and their spy agencies.) can't just tap into the lines that all your email go over.

The small players (in any country) might be safer if they can stay under the radar, but they will *probably* give in faster. I would imagine that Google/Microsoft etc. have bigger legal departments than many small to medium businesses have staff.

I suspect your only option is end to end encryption with the server running on your hardware in your home or office. And hope that you stay unnoticed so that no one sends out the cops on a trumped up weapons warrant, who just happen to decide that your email server looks interesting.

Paranoid, maybe, but a $3 wrench trumps most kinds of security. (allusions intenionaly not linked)

Comment: Re:The real idiots... (Score 1) 303

by rst123 (#44203785) Attached to: Why Protesters In Cairo Use Laser Pointers

The 30 people do matter, but statistics doesn't care about individuals. Having said that, how many people have died in Black Friday (U.S.) / Boxing Day (British) stampedes or riots associated with contentious football matches in Europe/Africa. 14 million excited people in a relatively confined space without guns and other weapons involved and 30 deaths. Not great, but not _that_ bad. Throw in weapons, and the stats sure look a lot better now.

Comment: Re:"Exactly like" (Score 1) 215

by rst123 (#43610983) Attached to: Alaskan Middle Schoolers Phish Their Teachers

I read TFA, and it sounds like teachers often type in passwords for updates and the computers already had remote control software installed, so some kid(s) started the remote control software, told the teacher, "It needs a password to update", and away we go. Not really all that clever, just a little Pavlov [] at work, combined with kids who can lie with a straight face.

"What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite." -- Bertrand Russell, _Sceptical_Essays_, 1928