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Comment: Re:thank God they didn't have computers.... (Score 1) 626


It's a crime. It's a computer crime, and you're supposed to know that.

By the letter of the law it is a computer crime, but by intention it is an act of vandalizing a computer. Those are two very different things. If he looked up test answers, changed grades, or altered attendance records, then I would accept it as a computer crime. This is an instance of blind application of a law.

Comment: Re:thank God they didn't have computers.... (Score 1) 626

'hacking' needs to have some lower bounds, and this sounds more like a case of simple vandalism then any kind of intrusion.

This isn't even close to hacking or any kind of computer crime. I'm surprised they didn't throw in hate crime charges for good measure.

Comment: Re:Oh the humanity! (Score 3, Insightful) 397

by thedonger (#49380027) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

I started programming at age 10 on a Vic-20. By high school (1987) I wanted nothing to do with literature classes, but I had it crammed down my throat that one needed to be well rounded, and science and mathematics just weren't enough (I didn't go to Catholic school, so that isn't a literal cramming down my throat). Then came the magnet schools, and their more targeted programs; but alas, it was too late for me.

My opinion: Kids need to be well rounded coming out of high school. Writing should be emphasized more, based on the writing quality of my peers and those younger than me. What we need to change is the idea that we must go to college, and that trade jobs are for blue collar people.

I fear we have created a chasm between the college and no-college crowd, and a strict division of college and no-college jobs. College people largely end up with high-level skills; no-college people end up with practical skills that used to be viewed as essential. We college people have divested ourselves of having to truly know that world. We consume at a level that allows us -- and sometimes even requires us -- to live in blissful ignorance.

In conclusion: Take your college degree and learn how to make your own sausage. Or bread (without a machine). Or soap. Or operating system.

Comment: Re:Cock lube and genital electrocution? (Score 4, Funny) 175

Why don't they just put up a normal sized fence, but cover it in cock lube so that it's really slippery and anyone who tries to climb it will just fall off?

To prevent people from jumping over, they should put tasers along the top, with computer-guided targeting systems that will shoot the tasers into the genitalia of anyone jumping the fence.

If somebody does make it over, they can just beat the person in the groin with sticks.

Sure, then the White House grounds would be inundated with masochists getting their jollies by scaling the fence; soon, as the prisons fill with them the ACLU gets involved, declaring the security practice "discriminatory," and our courts are clogged with lawsuits declaring the right to have one's testicles electrocuted is guaranteed in the Constitution. The Department of Health and Human Services will find some US code that can be interpreted loosely to agree with that assertion and circumvent Congress, forcing states to provide Testicle Electrocution centers. Due to cost concerns the states will be allowed to make electric car charging stations dual purpose ("charge your electric car...or your nuts"), but soon angry parents will protest because charging stations near schools will have to allow guys to pull out their nuts in public. The teachers' unions won't allow the government to move the charging stations because they are in bed with the "green" movement, so now regular old perverts will hang out at the stations and pretend they are electrocuting their nuts.

In conclusion, your idea will lead to perverts showing their balls to school girls, you insensitive clod.

+ - Hoax-detecting software spots fake papers->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "In 2005, three computer science Ph.D. students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created a program to generate nonsensical computer science research papers. The goal was “to expose the lack of peer review at low-quality conferences that essentially scam researchers with publication and conference fees.” The program—dubbed SCIgen—soon found users across the globe, and before long its automatically generated creations were being accepted by scientific conferences and published in purportedly peer-reviewed journals. But SCIgen may have finally met its match. Academic publisher Springer this week is releasing SciDetect, an open-source program to automatically detect automatically generated papers. SCIgen uses a “context-free grammar” to create word salad that looks like reasonable text from a distance but is easily spotted as nonsense by a human reader"
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Comment: Re:Ummmm ... duh? (Score 2) 385

by thedonger (#49355757) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

The difference between "depressed narcissistic arsehole" and "perfectly normal narcissistic arsehole" isn't as far as you'd think.

I think if one is a depressed anything at all they should not be allowed to control the fate of hundreds of people. If a doctor finds any hint of depression then the airline and maybe FAA should be notified. Fuck doctor patient confidentiality when peoples' lives are directly at stake.

Comment: Re:is this good? (Score 1) 159

by thedonger (#49348799) Attached to: Many Password Strength Meters Are Downright Weak, Researchers Say

I think the greatest threat is not that passwords are too simple, but passwords are re-used.

Yes, that is a huge issue, led to, in part, by complex rules.

I once queried one of my client's security tables to find the instances where multiple users had the same password (stored as a hash). Even though I expected some repetition, I was shocked at how many people had the same passwords.

And one more gripe: When I am limited to between 8 and 12 characters. WTF!? My passwords are dead easy to remember, but impossible to guess. And over 12 characters. Needless to say, I never remember that 8-12 char password.

Comment: Re:New boss - same as the old boss (Score 2) 79

by thedonger (#49347097) Attached to: NY Times: "All the News That Mark Zuckerberg Sees Fit To Print"?

It was dead either way. Either ISPs were going to go all cowboy or the gov was. I would rather have the gov do it after seeing how long and hard the ISPs fucked us. At least the you can get the gov to tie its own hands once in a while.

On the other hand, when the government goes "all coqboy" they can literally tie our hands as they wield the full weight of the law.

Comment: Re:is this good? (Score 2) 159

by thedonger (#49346937) Attached to: Many Password Strength Meters Are Downright Weak, Researchers Say

Companies and online entities need to learn that when you force people to use a capital letter, a number, and a symbol, that most likely the first letter will be the capital letter, the number will be 1, and the symbol will be !. Or maybe @. If they foist a wacky password or require one based on complex rules, it will either be written down, or be the most simple implementation of the rules.

Enforce minimum length. Allow spaces. Make a comparatively small alphabet have sufficient entropy to withstand brute force.

Behind every great computer sits a skinny little geek.