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Comment: Somewhat Related (Score 2) 320

by valdezjuan (#40357811) Attached to: Hacked Companies Fight Back With Controversial Steps

Say you work for company, which gets compromised and data is exfiltrated out of the network to a known source (the attacker used scp so the ip address, username and password are left within bash history or some other bash log). You find it within minutes or before the scp is completed. How do people feel about logging into the machine the data is being exfiltrated to and erasing it from the remote server?
Even if the 3rd party box is one they popped and not the attackers true machine, your not damaging the machine, network, etc., you are just removing 'unauthorized data' (granted, it may be a very fine line).

Comment: Perhaps it would have been useful (Score 1) 574

by valdezjuan (#37758308) Attached to: No Tab Relocation Coming For Chrome

We have other venues such as the chromium-discuss mailing list and our feedback forums where it is appropriate to share your opinions. The forums are a place where we are set up to track user feedback and surface the most critical issues to the team without impacting the productivity of us developers who are busy trying to make Chrome work better.

Maybe it would have been useful for pkasting@chromium.org to actual link to the forums (perhaps one specifically for UI/Design issues...) or the mailing list instead of just the slightly snarky comments.

Comment: Re:It's legal for foreign money to be spent lobbyi (Score 2, Interesting) 183

by valdezjuan (#32480506) Attached to: Plotting a Coup In the Internet Age

I think the greater point is that corruption doesn't always look like corruption. Other countries have helped mitigate this problem, but I seriously doubt the public knows about even a fraction of how often this happens on a global scale. Especially given how many countries are not open books when it comes to these sort of things. Not to mention the rampant corruption organized crime helps create. While a bribe is always a bribe, a bride doesn't always look like one.

The companies that offer bribes also need to be punished for doing so. The US enacted the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (http://www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/fcpa/) to combat this problem but few companies ever get more than a slap on the wrist and a wink & nod. Both sides need to realize that offering or accepting a bribe is something that can cost them more than just a few dollars (or whatever the currency).

Now for the obligatory wiki link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_corruption
The global costs are quite large.

Comment: Re:Since customers can override the system.... (Score 2, Interesting) 393

by valdezjuan (#31964640) Attached to: Arizona Trialing System That Lets Utility System Control Home A/Cs

Just thinking about this briefly, I can think of at least one concern (though not directly related to privacy). Power companies (at least in the US) have shown that they are unable to secure their infrastructure. So allowing them to 'control' your settings *might* be allowing an attacker to do the same (or worse).

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plasmacutter writes "The Video Lan dev team has recently come forward with a notice that the number of active developers for the project's MacOS X releases has dropped to zero, prompting a halt in the release schedule. There is now a disturbing possibility that support for Mac will be dropped as of 1.1.0. As the most versatile and user-friendly solution for bridging the video compatibility gap between OS X and windows, this will be a terrible loss for the Mac community. There is still hope, however, if the right volunteers come forward."

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