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Comment: Parent Post Semantic Content: Null (Score 5, Insightful) 134

by FreeUser (#49354007) Attached to: How Professional Russian Trolls Operate

It's only those damn Russians are doing this, all other countries are saint.

Yeah, because that makes it all OK then.

Your comment is designed to distract from the issue at hand, shut down intelligent conversation on the topic, and imply the wrongdoer is just fine because, by implication, "everybody else does it, too" (no evidence to said implication provided, certainly not proven, and probably not true), all without contributing a single creative or new thought to the discussion at all.

Nice job, (Russian?) troll.

Comment: Re:Why? Because... (Score 1) 513

That's not DSL, it's "Uverse". And it's not "cable" (i.e. coax), it's twisted-pair phone service.

In a nutshell, traditionally there are three types of wire carrying three different services: power (large braided steel/aluminium/copper), phone (24-32awg copper pair), and cable (coax) Thanks to modern technologies, all three can be used to carry data ("the internet".) Thanks to additional technologies, both phone and tv are now "data", and thus, can be fed over any of those common wires. However, the point remains -- You have ONE power utility, ONE phone utility, and ONE cable utility. You don't have 5 power companies, 19 telcos, and 17 cable companies spidering various cables all over creation to millions of consumers. In the "last mile", there is very little competition. If you want to sell me DSL, you WILL be paying AT&T, because they own the local lines.

Comment: Re:Why? Because... (Score 1) 513

Really? How many cable operators are available to your house? VERY few places in the US have more than one. You have "competition" in the form of technology -- one company per: cable, dsl, powerline -- but that's all. And it's very far from any meaningful motivator. Healthy competition means the barriers to entry are not 9000 miles high and dripping with ebola. Wanna build your own Super Awesome Cable Co? Sorry, prohibited by franchise agreement. Wanna run your own fiber/copper network? I hope you've budgeted many millions for lawyers, because you *will* be spending *years* in courts before you get to bury the first foot.

And before you bring up satellite and cellular... Satellite is the internet tech of the ninth level of hell; it's a serious punishment. Cellular is exceedingly expensive.

Comment: Re:Not faultless (Score 1) 513

Comcast isn't a "utility", and they don't give a shit who owns the property. For residential service, you'll get no "contract"; they can (and often do) drop the order. For business service, you can get an actual contract, but read it carefully as there will almost always be wiggle room to get them out of it.

Comment: Re:it could have been an accident (Score 1) 700

by Catbeller (#49350293) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

So can unarmed passengers. And unarmed passengers have swarmed hijackers and taken them down. The hijackers' weapons (knives) are useless if dozens of people jump them. The doors didn't save the planes, the people did. And recall, the one plane on 9-11 that didn't kill people on the ground was the one the passengers fought back on. If they'd done it earlier, they may have lived. Dunno. But sitting still doesn't help at all. And armed passengers would shoot holes in the fuselage and other passengers, and in the melee the plane may crash. Use your hands. Can't blow out the pressure with your hands.

Numbers win against guns, if people know they will die if they don't fight. Best thing to stop a gun-toting idiot menacing a crowd? Crowd jumps him.Works every time. You personally can't, but three dozen of you can. Go for the guns first, grab those lovingly polished killing machines by the barrels and push them up/down and out of line, grab the hands, then his arms, and then pinch his corneas really hard and rip them out. He'll have second thoughts after that. Then kill him at your leisure. Or you can get really a good communal grip and rip his arms off. Or snap his neck. So many ways to make him stop dreaming of killing with his penis enhancing boom stick. Think communist Batman. Batman has the strength of one supremely trained indvidual, but you all have the strength of three dozen fat people who are REALLY scared and TOTALLY pissed.

Comment: Re:homeowner fail (Score 1) 513

Or, perhaps, going to the prospective new home and looking for signs of cable access . If there's no coax cable running into (and to various places within) the house, odds are it's not serviceable. Looking on the poles and along streets for signs of Comcast infrastructure also isn't f'ing difficult. It's as if this guy did the entire transaction "over the internet".

CenturyLink's refusal to provide service should've been disclosed up-front. It's not like they ran out of ports in the time between his call(s) and moving in.

Comment: Re:What, no link to a hoax news site in there? (Score 0) 700

by Catbeller (#49350119) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Damned near every terrorist attack in the US has been end-times or anti-government christian cultists of one sort or another. Or racist cults. Or anti-tax cults. And we don't have anyone assigned to keep track of them. I blame Obama for caving in to the Republicans on this one. Doctor killers, Dominionists, Sovereign Citizens, this-land-is-ours loonies pointing guns at sherriffs from high ground WHILE ON LIVE ON CAMERA, and nothing happens and no one gets arrested, because everyone is afraid of them and their supporters. We don't even report on them.

But if a guy with a beard does it, on the news forever. Hell, the HS guys claiming someone was GOING TO join ISIS because reasons is national news for days. Every damned day it seems.

Comment: Astounding that you didn't know about this. (Score 1) 700

by Catbeller (#49350025) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Astounding that you didn't know about this. If they had been Muslims, it would have been world news.
And, I win.
I correct myself: I am ABSOLUTELY astounded how little coverage this gets. ASTOUNDED. And this is me we're talking about.

Comment: Re:Yes, but.... (Score 3, Interesting) 234

by khasim (#49349791) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess

Let's be a bit more specific about that.

If they're restricting the length to something like 8 or 12 or 16 instead of 128 or 256 then they are PROBABLY not hashing the passwords.

Which means that your password is PROBABLY being stored in plain text (or possibly encrypted). NEITHER of which are acceptable methods today.

Comment: Re:change your username (Score 1) 234

by khasim (#49349671) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess

Seconded on the different email addresses. And you don't have to own your own domain for that. Just make some random'ish gmail account and use that ONCE for more secure requirements (like your bank).

The trick is to prepare them in advance. And write them down in a PHYSICALLY secure location.

If you're using the same email account for your bank as you use on Facebook then your security could be improved.

Comment: Re:Black and White (Score 1) 163

by khasim (#49349595) Attached to: German Auto Firms Face Roadblock In Testing Driverless Car Software

Well because the mass amount of data that would be grabbed in the event of an accident would far overshadow a reasonable amount of capture memory during normal driving, which would utilize a lesser set of sensors and maybe lower grade video, which didn't have to factor into the explanation for the accident.

256GB of flash is just over $100 right now. Storage is not a problem. Even AIRCRAFT do not have a problem with storage and they have a LOT more data to store.

Step 2 would include choices such as hit the breaks if it would work. I just used summary steps to make it easy to understand.

Taking power from the engine is NOT the same a braking.

Taking your foot off the gas is NOT the same as stepping on the brake.

Seriously. Try it on a hill. You might end up going FASTER at the bottom of the hill than at the top.

Your plates store information about your car, hence you know from looking the number up, everything to know about the car via reference lookup.

Make/model/year/VIN/owner/owner's address. And maybe whether it passed inspection or not.

How will knowing the VIN tell you anything about hitting it?

Or the owner's address?

Or the owner's name?

Or any of the other information?

And what happens when the site you're trying to use to look up that useless information is slow?

Comment: Re: Linux? OS X? Chrome OS? Nope. OpenBSD! (Score 1) 166

by FreeUser (#49349361) Attached to: NJ School District Hit With Ransomware-For-Bitcoins Scheme

Until systemd is removed from a major Linux distro, I would consider that distro to be less secure than even a Windows system.

Some Poettering apologist will probably mark you as a troll, but for completeness there are a number of distros that default to non-systemd init architectures, including but not limited to

Calculate, Gentoo, Funtoo, Source Mage, Dyson, indeed all kinds of distros either default or support running a systemd-free system.

Decaffeinated coffee? Just Say No.