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Comment: Re:moving vs. stationary (Score 1) 141

by Tom (#47719265) Attached to: Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

Microsoft were the ones who brought desktop computing into the mainstream.

But they did neither invent it nor made they any innovative progress. They are a marketing company - good at repacking other peoples inventions and selling them to a mainstream market.

What are the alternatives?

Thanks to over 20 years of monopoly practices and systematical destruction of potential rivals, indeed there aren't very many. But that's like saying that you don't have any alternatives to being a muslim in Iraq. Just because someone has taken away all your other choices doesn't mean the remaining choice is any good.

and alot slower than Microsoft Office.

True, but let's be honest here: We are comparing different flavors of shit. Office, in any of its incarnations, is an abomination.

Comment: Re:I do not (Score 1) 115

by flyneye (#47718979) Attached to: 51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

Yes, I want to live in a world where I can leave my keys in the car. Amputee ex-car thieves are a good idea.

I'm willing to let competitiveness between companies decide the quality of any product. Amputee criminal hackers are a good idea.

Bugs ARE found and exploited privately with/without disclosure. These zero day groups could easily be providing support for each other in an amputee support group.

Security exists to protect the interests of the customer, who, is always right. No sacrifice except the offending limbs of the guilty is necessary for this scenario.
The only way to maximize security and therefore convenience is to remove the problem from our midst. Let starvation do the rest.

Comment: Re:I do not (Score 1) 115

by flyneye (#47715909) Attached to: 51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

I am one of the 51%. I don't see things changing, the computer is a convenience device for most of the world. It needs to be convenient. As per usual, attention must be called to the fact that stolen and misused passwords constitute a crime and examples should be made. I would recommend cutting off the arms of computer criminals at the elbow, so they still have something to scratch their ass with. Enforcement is the answer, failing that, vigilance. Too much money has been spent for personal computers/devices to have every Tom , Dick or Harry trying to make a name for themselves finding and publishing weaknesses. Yes, I am glad bugs are worked out, but, publishing them causes more crime than it prevents and puts black hats on to the right trail. Simply remove the human designation, mistakenly given to the scrubby bastards and open a trophy hunting season.

Comment: moving vs. stationary (Score 3, Insightful) 141

by Tom (#47710335) Attached to: Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

"the mobile-first, cloud-first world."

This sums up the core MS issue better than anything else I've ever read. MS has never been innovative, but worse: It has never been a company that likes change. Their world-view is static and stationary. While they acknowledge the world is changing (reality can be quite persuasive), they don't see movement, they see a succession of stationary status quos.

They will now throw everything at becoming the perfect company for the picture of the world they have. And in five years look out the window and see that the world has changed - again.

It's also the reason we all hate MS - due to their still existing stranglehold on computing, they keep much of the rest of the world static with them. The damage done by preventing innovation and progress is easily ten times MS net worth.

All because some people don't understand that life is dynamic.

Comment: victory of stupidity (Score 1) 246

by Tom (#47701133) Attached to: The Cost of Caring For Elderly Nuclear Plants Expected To Rise

TFA is factually wrong on many counts.

The main reason we don't get new reactors in most european countries are political, not economical. In fact, power companies are doing fine and nuclear power is highly subsidized, mostly indirectly. New plants are expensive only on paper.

But the political culture has moved many countries into a very strange corner. Because the public dislikes nuclear power and wants it gone, but politicians don't (bribery, lobbyism, desire for energy-independence or wisdom in planning the future carefully - make your pick), you cannot get permission to build a new plant in many countries, but you can keep your old one running and extend its lifetime.

The second reason is economic, but of a different kind: Since these plants were originally designed for 20-30 years, which are long past, their value in the financial statement is 1 Euro. Which gives them incredibly cute key figures - they look really good in financial analysis. Actually, in reality too, because due to stupid/bought laws, the government will pay for large parts of the waste disposal, and the amount companies need to pay into a fund to pay for deconstruction is, by many experts opinion, only a fraction of what is needed. But once they actually deconstruct most of the plants, the game is up. Like any good scam, you need to keep it going as long as possible.

So thanks to management-think in both politics and business, we have some of the oldest nuclear power plants in the world, right next to some very large cities.

And, btw., I like nuclear power. I wouldn't mind having the old plants replaced by modern ones. But I agree with the anti-nuclear-power people that right now, we have the worst possible solution.

Comment: Re:Duh. (Score 1) 235

by Anonymous Brave Guy (#47700029) Attached to: Email Is Not Going Anywhere

Ah, I see. I had intended the IPS/DLP example to demonstrate both the fact that it was technically possible to MITM SSL traffic if you have control of the client and the fact that this is actually done in practice. I didn't mean to imply that routine logging was necessarily going on in any particular organisation; I don't expect that it is in most places, at least not intentionally, for all the reasons we've talked about. Apologies if that wasn't clear.

Thanks for the courteous dialogue!!


Comment: Re:Duh. (Score 1) 235

by Anonymous Brave Guy (#47699405) Attached to: Email Is Not Going Anywhere

You can post credentials as much as you like. I've worked in the industry, and I know who some of the big customers are. (Given your background and the nature of the discussion, I hope you'll take my word for that and understand why I'm not going to post a list similar to yours here.)

I said before but will repeat: your liability concerns are fair and valid. In fact, there is a significant side market in devices that can pick out parts of the network traffic that might be sensitive one way or another and mask out or truncate the unwanted details, and that market is driven in party by exactly the kinds of liability concerns you mentioned.

The fact remains that from a technical point of view, if corporate IT want to log your traffic and if you're working on a company machine and talking over the company network, there are tools available that will do that for them and you would never know it was happening without inside information. Everything else is down to legal issues and how much you trust your employer to behave responsibly.

I get the feeling that we would agree about the fundamental ethics of the situation anyway. This little discussion started when BitZtream argued that a good sysadmin can control "what his company does and doesn't see on company time, company equipment, and company networks". Zero__Kelvin seemed to think SSL would be a barrier to that. It is not.

Comment: Re:Duh. (Score 1) 235

by Anonymous Brave Guy (#47696923) Attached to: Email Is Not Going Anywhere

Just to be clear, I'm not talking about small companies. IME, the smaller companies I've worked with have been far less likely to do this kind of thing, because the level of trust is greater when "everyone knows everyone".

The liability issue you raise with regulated external sites is a fair point, and so are your comments about internal segregation in some contexts. However, please remember that not everywhere has the same legal rules and precedents as the US.

This whole field is rather young to make too many general claims about what is and isn't considered acceptable, particularly if an employee has been explicitly told that company equipment and networks are monitored and use may be recorded. How much employees should be explicitly warned about -- for example, whether this kind of SSL-defeating technique should be highlighted even if you're already saying you might read communications -- is something of an open question at least ethically and possibly legally as well. Heck, workplace surveillance generally is a very two-sided issue, and even where the law is relatively settled already, it can be a source of serious problems and disagreements.

But the general principle we were discussing was that sysadmins can have a lot of control about what happens on company networks, and that stands. Even if, for legal, moral or ethical reasons, an organisation chooses not to log the content of things like IM and e-mail communications, the technical tools to do so exist right now. And while you (and I, for the record) might choose to avoid working for an employer who we knew to use such monitoring, the reality is that unless you actually work in their IT department, you're never going to be able to determine reliably what is actually being done and it's all a matter of trust.

Comment: Re:corporations are always right (Score 1) 340

by Tom (#47693507) Attached to: Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

Well, you shouldn't get your bread in Germany if you say that...

Actually, Germany has some of the best bread in the world, with some of the highest variety. But if you appreciate bread, you should always cut it just before eating. Pre-sliced bread is dried out and loses much of its flavour and smell. Freshly baked bread, cut into thick slices just before you eat it, that's how you do it.

Typical american white bread doesn't even register as "bread" in Germany. In the supermarket, it is sold in a seperate shelf, because toast and sandwich is the only thing it's good for.

Organic chemistry is the chemistry of carbon compounds. Biochemistry is the study of carbon compounds that crawl. -- Mike Adams