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Comment: Re:Skydrive? (Score 1) 64

by smooth wombat (#47703179) Attached to: Nuclear Regulator Hacked 3 Times In 3 Years

You would think such stuff would be blocked but there are those in government (our current CIO one of them) who think, "The Cloud! The Cloud! It's wonderful!" without any concept of how insecure the Cloud really is.

People at the top read magazines and are told how wonderful such things are without taking a moment to think things through.

This applies to the private sector as well except you don't normally hear about their missteps.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 3, Interesting) 390

by smooth wombat (#47657305) Attached to: 3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX
This is just ULA being afraid they will lose their iron rice bowl.

Well duh! Wouldn't you do the same thing? I mean, it's not like the government creates jobs or anything.

For those not getting the sarcasm, one side of the political spectrum repeatedly trots out the mantra that the government does not create jobs, yet, using this situation, quite clearly the government does create jobs or these Congressman wouldn't be trying to prevent layoffs at these companies if they were to lose government business from the space program.

Comment: Easy explanation (Score 1) 274

by smooth wombat (#47656459) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

It's because the company broke one of three rules you should never break. Specifically, they let a web designer design their web site or in this case, their job application form.

In an effort to show how relevant they are, how edgy and cool they can be, web designers will throw everything they have at what should be simple projects when in reality, all they need is the kitchen sink.

No point having something simple when you can make it as complex and convoluted as possible. After all, this form isn't about the person who has to fill out the form, it's for web designers to show how much cruft they can throw at the system.

Comment: Re:Where do I sign up? (Score -1, Troll) 326

their revenue is collected for them at gun point by the IRS.

Really? I'm sorry, but when was the last time any IRS official pulled a gun on someone and told them to hand over their money.

Oh, I see. You mean like Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, AIG and a whole host of other private companies who told the American taxpayers they will hand over their money so the people who nearly brought down the country's financial institution can still get their bonuses.

Maybe the Federal government is different, but I know for a fact people in state government fired all the time for not doing their job. The only thing it takes is for their non-work to be documented. Once that happens, there is nothing any Union can say about their firing.

But please, continue your rant of how evil government is. After all, the benevolence of the private sector is so well known we sing their praises every day because they never, EVER take advantage of people or stick it to us in their quest for profits.

Comment: I'd like to explore as much as possible, but . . . (Score 1) 246

by smooth wombat (#47646983) Attached to: I'd most like to (personally) explore:

the U.S. government considers me a criminal so I don't.

When I have to worry more about being put on some "subversive" flight list for no known reason, with no way to get off the list unless filing court papers, the investigations and groping just to get on a plane, than I do about getting some disease or being eaten by an animal, things are completely messed up.

Comment: Re:Please also stop supporting newer versions. (Score 1) 138

Thanks to this idea, Microsoft has to spend most of it's resources patching old systems,

If MS is spending most of its resources patching old systems, they're doing something wrong. Most of their resources should be spent on trying to develop new products.

I don't hear car manufacturers whining they have to have parts available for 20 year old cars, and cars cost significantly more than any piece of software (excluding the crap from Oracle and SAP).

And for the record, I do support as well as minor projects (hardware and software) so I'm well aware of what it takes to support products. Considering the amount of time I spend fixing the problems people have with the "latest and greatest", maybe companies should be spending most of their resources on patching and maintaining because they sure aren't getting the shiny new stuff right.

Going back to the car analogy, if car companies said they would no longer support your vehicle AND not allow anyone to provide support, that you MUST buy a new vehicle every 1o years, I can guarantee you wouldn't have the same opinion.

Comment: As I said yesterday. . . (Score 1) 138

in the discussion about Skype being made to stop working with older versions of OS X and comparing it, Skype, to phone usage, when you can get Microsoft or Apple to have its software work for thirty or forty years like one can with a telephone, you let me know.

Microsoft can stop support all it wants but that doesn't mean people aren't gong to stop using these older versions. People, particularly corporations, will tell them they're sick of constantly being forced to "upgrade" when there is nothing wrong physically or security wise with the browser they have, and have every new iteration be worse than the last as far as functionality is concerned.

If you can't make security updates for a product which is more simple than the current version, you shouldn't be in the business of making software.

Comment: Re:He didn't hack (Score 1) 134

by smooth wombat (#47615547) Attached to: Aaron's Law Is Doomed and the CFAA Is Still Broken
But he had every right to attach his computer to that network. MIT has (or had?) a free and open network.

No he, nor anyone, does not. This was a specific network closet which he entered at night, in dark clothes and then attempted to hide the laptop under a box. That is not something anyone who has rights to a network would do. Ever.

Aaron, however, wrote a script that would download all 4 million in rapid succession.

So then you're admitting he deliberately violated the terms of agreement he signed.

The only thing "wrong" that he did was violate JSTOR's terms of service. Yes, if everyone did that the system would collapse. What he did amounts to bad manners.

Putting quotes around the word wrong doesn't make the word somehow less important. He was wrong, period, in what he did. The reason for the TOS is exactly what you said, the system would collapse. In fact, that is exactly what JSTOR was seeing. In his attempt to "free information" he was destroying the very thing he was using.

As someone further up said, those high number of years was bogus. It would never have happened. But then this whole thing would be moot if Aaron didn't break the law, now wouldn't it? Or are we once again to completely ignore one's personal responsibility in all this?

Comment: He didn't hack (Score 1, Flamebait) 134

by smooth wombat (#47614717) Attached to: Aaron's Law Is Doomed and the CFAA Is Still Broken

Aaron Scwartz deliberately installed his own equipment, deliberately hidden under a cardboard box, in a place he had no right to be in.

The fact he had a JSTOR account is irrelevant. He put his equipment on someone else's network in an attempt to bypass the normal JSTOR requirements.

Stop making him out to be a hero. If you think what he did was fine, I'll be sure to do the same thing to the company you work for.

You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred. -- Superchicken