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Comment: Re:On the other hand (Score 3, Funny) 42

Drug smugglers in Europe managed to deliver 400kg of cocaine to the Aldi supermarket chain in Berlin. So apparently not all drug smugglers are good at moving their contraband.

Aldi supermarket workers find record cocaine stash in banana boxes

'Allo? Polizei? Ve bin finden der... four... five... six... er, FOUR hundred kilos von der cocaine!'

Comment: Re:Sort of dumb. (Score 1) 453

by grcumb (#49616511) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

Not only that... I'm 43 and I consider myself a "Digital Native".

When you've been Digital Resident longer than many of these so-called Digital Natives have been alive, it's hard to take the term very seriously.

It's also easy to imagine how a 50-something might bridle under the 'tutelage' of a 25 year old. There's a lot to be said for a society that rewards innovation and youthful energy, but that doesn't mean there's no longer any reason whatsoever to venerate our elders. And I, for one, would not hesitate to remind any youngster of that, should circumstances require.

But it's true that we oldsters shouldn't just assume that we deserve respect by default. Not at all. I should earn it, by reminding these callow youths that hipster used to actually mean something, and that I knew Mick Jagger back when he wrote music, and not only did I have an Apple ][, but I rebuilt it on Saturdays just for fun, and that was a time when cars had exhaust and tires actually squealed, and the TV had channels, and a real man earned his stripes by dismantling one of those cathode ray tubes without dying in the explosion. And THAT was being a geek back then, so fuck you, you sniveling little runt, go climb back up your mother's vagina for a few more years until you're ready for this world. Fuck.

Or something like that. :-)

Comment: Re:It took 5 years? (Score 5, Interesting) 179

Yeah, I can't wait to hear how this is spun I to a tale of how great OSS is.

Wait no more!

The article states that the analysts have identified 8,867 infected IP addresses. In April 2014, Netcraft confirmed that there were roughly 958,919,789 sites on the web at that time. Independently of them, W3Techs state that nearly 68% of servers are running some form of Unix, and the vast majority of those can be safely assumed to be running Linux.

So let's say, then, that better than half a billion sites are potentially vulnerable to this exploit, but in practical terms, over the course of years, a mere 8,867 of them actually were infected by this exploit. That means that, uh... carry the 9... somewhere around, oh... 0.0017734% of all vulnerable Linux sites have been compromised by a hitherto unknown and unmitigated active exploit.

Clearly this debacle is indisputable proof that Linux security is a shambolic, shameful charade that needs to be stopped before the world collapses into chaos.

Comment: Re:so....why? (Score 4, Informative) 94

by grcumb (#49542027) Attached to: Gen. Petraeus To Be Sentenced To Two Years Probation and Fine

We get a lot of articles here that people say don't belong on Slashdot, but I usually side with them being good articles. "Stuff that matters" and all that, personal freedoms, general interest to nerds, etc. But this one...no, I'm just not seeing it. Nothing to do with personal freedoms, nothing to do with computers, nothing to do with public policy, absolutely zero effect on any of us, even those of us in the USA. It's just political celebrity news.

Except that his indiscretions were discovered because his electronic cloak-and-dagger skills weren't what he thought they were, and that the FBI discovered this in an electronic dragnet, and that he, the director of the CIA, disclosed state secrets to his soon-to-be-jealous lover, which constitutes a greater potential breach of security than Snowden and Assange combined....

But aside from that, yeah, no relevance to the life of the average geek. None whatsoever.

Comment: Re:destroy the cell phone? (Score 1) 42

by grcumb (#49402263) Attached to: The Unlikely Effort To Build a Clandestine Cell Phone Network

Wouldn't it be easier to change the SIM card? Destroy the old SIM card instead? Destroying the cell phone seems like a waste. Just delete the incoming call log.

Most phones have a unique handset (i.e. hardware) identifier which is accessible during a telephone or internet session. It's in firmware, but you may or may not be able to change it on demand.

Comment: time for a choice of OS then? (Score 1) 362

by dwater (#49314029) Attached to: OEMs Allowed To Lock Secure Boot In Windows 10 Computers

Up until now, there have been few vendors to choose pre-installed Linux. IMO, the most usual thing is for people wanting to run Linux is to buy it with Windows pre-installed, boot it straight into a Linux install disk, and wipe off Windows - perhaps with the additional step of reclaiming the cost of Windows included with the purchase.

IINM, that won't be possible, so we need a 'none' option on the OS choice list before we buy it, then they don't install anything and just ship it directly to us.

In some ways, that seems a lot simpler, if we can get the likes of Dell, Lenovo/etc to do that. Maybe they will start selling more pre-installed Linux desktops - there have been some, but the choice was limited and there was always the 'wipe Windows' option.

Comment: Re:You don't say... (Score 5, Insightful) 606

by grcumb (#49220069) Attached to: YouTube Video of Racist Chant Results In Fraternity Closure

On the other hand, EVERY area on earth with a predominately black population is a poor violent ghetto.

In the Jamaican neighbourhoods in Toronto to Haitian enclaves in Montreal, the greatest danger you face is burning your tongue on some jerk chicken. In the Muslim banlieues in Paris, you're no more likely to face violence than anywhere else. In most of Africa—the vast majority of the 'black' world—you're safer than in any American city.

I live in a town that's 95% black. I don't even close the windows or lock the doors on my car at night. I can walk away from my bag containing $10K in photographic gear, and not even turn my head. The only thing I get tired of is people's friendliness and desire to chat all the time. True story: A young man stole a tourist's hand bag a while ago. The story made the front page of the newspaper. That's how rare crime is here.

In fact, you can pretty much trace violence in black American (North, Central and South) communities to the legacy of the slave trade, to racial inequality that has led to economic inequality and chronic injustice. There's a strong correlation there. In countries such as Brasil, where the economic inequality was not necessarily race-based, you find more equal-opportunity crime and predation. In Mexico and elsewhere, you find the problems exist primarily where indigenous people are clustered.

TL;DR: You don't have a clue what you're talking about, you ignorant fuckwit. Wilful ignorance such as yours only perpetuates the problem.

Comment: Re:Science vs Belief. (Score 1) 517

by grcumb (#49186355) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills

Sez you.

I have a feeling I'm going to have to repeat this several times to different people: Elsewhere in this topic I've posted the actual language of the bill. Given what it really says, these scenarios are completely unrealistic stretches of the imagination.

Once again: Sez you.

Perhaps you could explain why you think that these scenarios are not likely to happen? I think that the language of the Bill is pretty much designed to stop the application of the Precautionary Principle as a method of environmental protection. By insisting on measurability and replicability of results as the only means of determining policy, you're pretty much throwing any preventive approaches away.

Given the time it's taken in the past to get measures such as, for example, the moratorium on the use of CFCs in consumer goods into place, why would you support anything that makes this task even more difficult and, as others have pointed out, creates an additional burden on the Agency while at the same time limiting its budget to a mere pittance for the actual implementation?

This is a subversive piece of legislation wrapped up in obsequious language. It's disingenuous in the extreme, designed to incapacitate a key agency. And I'm saddened that someone like you, who is otherwise very intelligent, can't see the problem.

Comment: Re:What I find unbelievable... (Score 1) 129

by grcumb (#49185749) Attached to: New Zealand Spied On Nearly Two Dozen Pacific Countries

Have you failed to see how often a preferred ally of the US, suddenly becomes a distant ally, than a country of concern and finally a supporter of terrorism, as they refuse to obey US government dictates.

No, I agree that this would be a concern to some nations. But as I said, based on what I've seen—and that includes anecdotes from some people directly involved in policy making—this particular fear just doesn't come into it. There is such care taken to please the US that Australia often offers more than is necessary to secure a deal.

Comment: Re:Science vs Belief. (Score 2) 517

by grcumb (#49185699) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills

Just as Morganstein says, simply stripping names is not always enough to de-personalize data. But other methods are easily available.

This is a non-issue.

Sez you.

Scenario: Scientific study of infant mortality and birth defect rates in a specific neighbourhood (e.g. Love Canal) is used to justify an EPA order shutting down a major manufacturing facility until such time as it ceases to pollute. The data correlates proximity to pollution sources with health data. Using the now-publicly-available data, the manufacturer identifies every family likely to be involved in a class action suit, applies divide-and-conquer techniques. Lobbyists for the industry hire a quack medical expert who claims the results can't be reliably reproduced. Insurance companies refuse to pay out because they think they can lay the blame on the manufacturer. The company, meanwhile, continues polluting, possibly forever.

Scenario: Scientific study of environmental effects of Chemical A are troubling, but inconclusive. The EPA issues a ruling applying the Precautionary Principle, stopping use of Chemical A until further studies have been completed. Industry lobbyists challenge the ruling, stating that the science is neither well-established nor reproducible. Chemical A is put into widespread use. Further study determines the fears were justified, but it's too late—hundreds or thousands of people are already suffering adverse effects.

In Nature there are neither rewards nor punishments, there are consequences. -- R.G. Ingersoll