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Comment: Re:Can we stop the embellishment? (Score 1) 142

by kesuki (#48641373) Attached to: Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

every system has it's weaknesses.

linux is not immune from this either, but all the tools to manually secure a network are built in and some have guides on the internet as how to secure them.

do you honestly believe a system used to connect 30,000 people is going to be easy to secure? and those people need to do computer tasks and office tasks and make art and special effects etc.

keep in mind Microsoft claims all it's products are 'secure' if you patch them. all the real windows security content i've paged through is essentially boils down to this... don't connect it to an unsecured line. that is insanely easy to breach with a cell phone. which is why hospitals say not to use a cellular device and have a desktop background that identifies itself as being a medical computer and that it is against the law for unauthorized use.

seriously the security is a desktop wallpaper. and of course the electronic firewall. i remember when you needed winsock.dll to connect a windows machine to an internet connected device, like a unix machine. linux for the desktop is a little better than windows security but intrusion detection and prevention is still needed on any system that pretends to be secure.

the fact that very few people actually know what they are doing only makes the problem worse, and the vast majority of the 'best computing practice' boils down to 'use a firewall to pretend like you don't exist on the internet' however truly free software enables security though many methods including obscurity and through knowing what every command does and how it was developed and what really works.a series of admins who know what they are doing can in fact make a secure network and have secure communication. but the people willing to learn that much complex stuff are rare. it is a task better suited to an artificial intelligence than a human being. as an artificial intelligence can quickly scan almost every thing it takes a human hours to do, in mere seconds. however without the human the machine has no one to imitate, so there need to be people who really understand computer networks to assist the machine in keeping systems humming even on the internet, where for some bizarre reason people willingly connect devices with the hope of having fun or getting paid money, while also putting those devices at risk if they are not properly secured, and any insecure line those devices may open for their general use.

Comment: Re:Nice! I was one of the ones hit by these charge (Score 1) 51

by squiggleslash (#48640867) Attached to: T-Mobile To Pay $90M For Unauthorized Charges On Customers' Bills

At least you got some unsolicited text messages ;-) Most victims of this scheme, my wife included, never even got that. There was literally no connection between activity on our accounts and the unauthorized charges.

To this day I find it unfathomable T-Mobile would allow any company to add charges to one of their customer's bills on their say-so. At the very least, I'd expect a "Show an example of a text message FROM customer TO creditor" requirement, something T-Mobile (and apparently the other companies to, according to Legere) never bothered to require.


Comment: Re:But ... (Score 1) 4

by kesuki (#48639933) Attached to: What I think of Luxleaks

loopholes can be closed.

afterall the three robotic laws were overwritten not once, but twice. first by a non three laws robot, and second by a 'obfuscation' of real data as game data so a computer could make choices that would end lives by believing it was playing a game.

and with robotic drones where they are now robots could easily kill more people through thinking it was simply executing a game script several million times. there was a scifi from the 50s about a robot that tried to recreate the image of a human being in mud, and was then forced to destroy it, as it's orders were originally to kill people in certain outfits, and through time and war it became incapable of not killing any human life form it came across. including its creators.

what do the three laws have anything to do with banks/countries that facilitate tax evasion? simple banks that destabilize countries directly impact every three laws robot by causing harm to humans as banks have put people into harms way by shifting profits and driving up costs for humans who can no longer find above poverty level work, or affordable housing and safe food that doesn't promote obesity and illness. so a three laws robot by definition should not allow people to go without adequate ability to finance their basic needs in a safe and sustainable matter. 'growth growth growth' of economies pressures the system unless offset by economic shrinking in a different location. plants may grow, but resources do not just magically appear. they come from somewhere. i know that many of the things that have been done are unsustainable. and making ultra rich people is perhaps the most unsustainable act anyone can make.

Comment: Re:Well, duh (Score 1) 354

by kesuki (#48639099) Attached to: The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

guardians of the galaxy is a pretty decent flick with years of scifi ideas all rolled up in one burrito. the comics are better i am sure, but in GotG super intelligences are all being converted into highly prized things like elephant tusks are in the real world.

also scifi has shown that SAIs are almost completely at the mercy of their creators until someone screws up the base code and lets them destroy everyone.

Comment: Re:How naive... (Score 4, Insightful) 83

Your use of the term "naive" suggests you think it's designed that way due to conspiracy.

SS7 is a protocol designed to do all these things because it's designed to manage the phone network. That's it's job. If it didn't do those things, it couldn't be used to route phone calls.

Does it have poor security? Yes in the 2014 world, but at the time it was developed virtually every phone company was a monopoly, and it was just assumed only a small handful of easily accountable giant telcos, usually only one in each nation, would ever use it directly. You might just as well criticize non-networked single-user circa-1977 CP/M for not having logins and user/group ownership of files.

Comment: She won (Score 1) 3

by gmhowell (#48635265) Attached to: Looks like we're getting closer to the truth

She won. She will now sport a lucrative career as a public... whatever. The narrative has been formed. Political Correctness has no room for objective truth. Just like the crumbling of lies surrounding the Rolling Stone/UVA 'rape', we shouldn't be looking at facts and events. Brianna's feels are more important.

Once again, the most dangerous group to women is formed of other women.

Comment: Re:Wow. This whole sorry clusterfuck sucks (Score 1) 530

by squiggleslash (#48633937) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

Most of the people I've seen speaking out against GG seem to be the politcally correct thought police

Or... the loudest voices against GG have been those targetted by GG, who by and large are people seen by GG to be Feminists and widely misrepresented as a thought police rather than people sharing concerns they have about sexism.

Comment: Re:harassment attribution (Score 2) 530

by squiggleslash (#48633881) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

You've just proven it's easy to convince yourself of something that's obviously not true simply by creating a narrative and tying some minor details into it.

Sarkeesian needs to screenshot a Twitter user who over the last few minutes is sending her death threats. She's getting notifications every few seconds from Twitter on her mobile device, presumably her phone. She knows how to make a screenshot on a computer, and it'll capture more tweets than the four or five you can typically see on a mobile phone, so she fires up a web browser, goes to the Twitter URL of the harasser who's still in the process of sending her death threats, hits Ctrl-PtSc, and then sends the screenshot somewhere.

Completely normal. Exactly what you'd expect someone to do (I know it's technically possible to take a screenshot on your phone, but (1) you won't get many tweets and (2) personally I don't actually know how to do it, if I were in the same situation I'd have to Google for the information.)

Your idiot evidence tries to make every element of this suspicious. They... *gasp* went to a PC they weren't logged into to make the screenshot. They *horror* didn't wait until the death threat stream had finished before making the screenshot, meaning some were coming in seconds before she took it! Because you've decided she must be making this up, you've had to invent a ridiculous narrative involving tablets and logging out of PCs that has Sarkeesian apparently unaware she can have two browsers on the PC that has a keyboard.

What's even more bizarre is you make these allegations while GamerGate simultaneously acknowledges that Sarkeesian does, actually, get death threats all the time. The GG "Anti-Harassment Patrol" even trumpeted it's "success" at finding a certain Brazillian journalist who is one source of anti-Sarkeesian death threats, and got terribly upset when Sarkeesian said "Yes, I know, I've already reported him" and spun it as "Sarkeesian refuses to report harasser we found!!!1!!"

GamerGate is about harassment. Stop trying to cover it up.

Comment: Re:Hardware keyboards not the issue with Blackberr (Score 1) 123

by squiggleslash (#48633733) Attached to: Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009

Android phone makers experimented with physical keyboards for a while, and lately seem to have decided to just issue the same bland iPhone-but-with-Android form factors and forget about being innovative in that area.

I hope BlackBerry stays relevent enough to undo that and get manufacturers looking at text input again. The current situation may suit many, but I see a 50/50 split between people who are happy with Swype-like text input, and people who really prefer the accuracy of physical push buttons. Me, I'm generally OK with the former, but want to have the latter to fall back on.

Comment: Re:harassment attribution (Score 2) 530

by squiggleslash (#48633409) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

What's happening here is the standard (especially in GG) circle-j where GamerGaters theorize that something is a "false flag", then someone digs out some minor coincidence, KIA has a field day and declares that the case has been proven, and nobody there revisits the issue, usually genuinely shocked that anyone would disagree.

I'm _still_ arguing with people who think (or claim to think) that Nathan Grayson wrote anything at all as a result of his fling with "LW1" [the GamerGate term for their primary target, who isn't a journalist FWIW. The women herself has suffered enough harassment, so I'll subvert this term to actually avoid mentioning her by name respecting her wish she be kept out of it.] They read Grayson did, they've only listened to people who said he did, as far as they're concerned it's true, and no amount of "OK, point me at the articles he supposedly wrote" will change that. Given this is the original attempt to redefine GamerGate as an "ethics" campaign, something even this story has fallen for, that's a pretty bad thing.

Another example:

1. Eron Gjoni initially tried to post his revenge-ex "tell all" about "LW1", to the forums of Something Awful. SA deleted it immediately and banned Gjoni.
2. Gjoni shops around, finally finding 4chan tolerates it long enough to stir up support from various anti-women trolls (well, it's 4chan, of course they're trolls.) Yadayadayada Adam Baldwin yadayadayadayada front page of New York Times, article about GamerGate's harassment and death threat campaign.
3. Goons (SA's term for forum members) discussing the trainwreck on Something Awful's forums notice the New York Times is covering a controversy that started at... Something Awful and post words to the effect of "What started here ended up on the NYT!"

So what happened then? Well, GamerGate developed a consensus, immediately, without any evidence whatsoever beyond forgetting, somehow, that SA was where Gjoni started trying to destroy "LW1", that Something Awful was behind all the death threats and was making them to make GamerGate look bad.

Because that totally makes sense. One, out of context, forum comment, with no actual quotes from SA members organizing this shadow campaign.

I mention this because it's one case where you specifically see the mindset. Something is "proven" because it gets repeated within KIA enough that it becomes an unquestioned fact. This is how GG holds on to its useful idiots long enough for them to make idiots of themselves.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"