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Comment: Re: Again... (Score 1) 193

by whoever57 (#48686177) Attached to: Snowden Documents Show How Well NSA Codebreakers Can Pry

Article talks about VPN being no problem ... surveil 20,000 vpn connections per hour in 2011.

The article contradicts itself. It states that

The most widely used ones are called Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) and Internet Protocol Security (Ipsec). Both seem to pose few problems for the NSA spies if they really want to crack a connection.

But, later, explains that for IPSEC:

Ipsec (sic) as a protocol seems to create slightly more trouble for the spies. But the NSA has the resources to actively attack routers involved in the communication process to get to the keys to unlock the encryption rather than trying to break it, courtesy of the unit called Tailored Access Operations

So, for IPSEC, they break into the router, rather than the tunnel itself. Can they break into a properly secured Linux (or *BSD) box that acts as the endpoint for the tunnel? Or is this really only a danger of using closed-source technologies for the VPNs?

PPTP seems to present no problems for the NSA.

Comment: Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 1) 319

by whoever57 (#48683007) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

Yes, drive when drunk and get your life ruined. Why would you have a problem with that?

That depends on how drunk. Studies have shown that people using cellphones are just as likely to cause an accident as people who are just over the limit of blood alcohol, yet what the cellphone users do is legal. Then, there is the problem that different people are affected by alcohol differently.

Then again, most jurisdictions allow for people to not be convicted when they are mentally ill and not in control of their actions. How good are the decision making faculties of drunk people?

So, in summary, IMHO, ruining the life of every person found drunk driving, even on a first offense, is problematic.

Comment: Re: This is MY suggestion on how to start to fix t (Score 0) 139

by whoever57 (#48681111) Attached to: 13,000 Passwords, Usernames Leaked For Major Commerce, Porn Sites

And ya im pissed, i have had my debit card used 3 times in the last 2 years no don't tell me i should be using a CC i don't want to pay the extortion fees they charge not going to happen.

There is stupid and then, there is aggressively stupid. There are only 3 reasons to use debit cards in preference to credit cards:

1. Lower pricing (ARCO gas stations).

2. Can't get a credit card because of bad or non-existent credit history.

3. Stupidity.

Which are you?

Comment: Re: I doubt it. (Score 1) 87

by whoever57 (#48678981) Attached to: Prosecutors Raid LG Offices Over Alleged Vandalism of Samsung Dishwashers

Replaced the Bosch with a Maytag, a model with a grinder, and it's the first dishwasher I've bought that I haven't hated in two decades. Not sure where it's made.

Good luck with that Maytag. I replaced a 20+ year old Whirlpool washer with a Maytag (the Whirlpool was working, but the tub was rusting out). The Maytag failed about 5 years later, and was not economically repairable.

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 1) 291

by whoever57 (#48665705) Attached to: Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

You or your employer has almost certainly spent over $40,000 in airline fees for you to get lifetime gold status. Someone who travels as much as you probably would have gotten status (though not lifetime) on multiple airlines without trying.

Although I have been Platinum some years and was Gold some years before getting Lifetime Gold, most of the creidt for Lifetime Gold actually came from using a single credit card for my own purchases (which no longer provides the same credit towards Lifetime Gold).

But you are crazy if you think that spreading my flying across multiple airlines would have got me enhanced status -- it would not.

There's no such thing as Motel 8; you mean either Super 8 or Motel 6. I see no reason why an employee, CEO or otherwise, should not stay in such a motel if it is convenient to the venue and provides enough space to work in the evenings, if that is a concern.

So why don't CEO's stay in such hotels? You know they don't, right? Why should they get the benefit of a nice hotel, yet employees lower down the pole, travelling in their own time, get no benefit from it? It's very easy to say "I see no reason why an employee, CEO or otherwise, should not stay in such a motel if it is convenient to the venue", but, the simple fact is that they don't. Are the CEOs embezzling the company? Please explain why CEOs stay in fancy hotels without embezzling the company, while lower down the pole, people who travel on a flight that is not quite the cheapest are embezzling the company?

Also, I have worked in departments of large companies that insisted I travel in economy when the company policy clearly stated that I was entitled to business class travel.

Another trick by senior management is to say that they travel in economy, while the truth is that they buy economy tickets, but travel in business class because there is a deal with a travel agency or airline that provides a certain number of upgrades to executives.

The bottom line is that in many companies, there is masses of hypocrisy surrounding travel, all the way to the top.

Comment: Re:Additional background (Score 1) 291

by whoever57 (#48665073) Attached to: Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

The real answer is get Marriott's in-house wi-fi to DDoS the ever-lovin' shit out of itself. There has to be a tipping point where the amount of disruptive attack packets they're sending basically floods their network

How many people have been prosecuted under criminal statutes for DDoS-ing websites? Surely this is just the same?

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 1) 291

by whoever57 (#48665055) Attached to: Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

There's no "long game" with airline perks. Sure, get an account; there's no downside. But, once you have an account, try to get rid of your miles as quickly and efficiently as possible. Don't hold onto them; the airline can and will devalue them eventually if you do that.

Tell that to my Lifetime Gold frequent flyer membership. It's saved me hundreds of dollars in baggage fees and in upgraded seat fees (I almost always get an exit row, with more room). I get miles through my credit card and, as long as there is activity on my account once every 18 months, I don't lose the miles.

As for embezzeling, if any careful emplyer won't allow you to take a more expensive flight just so that you can get the miles. Travelling on business means time away from home, often weekends. Most employers don't provide extra pay for time away from home to salaried employees, so the miles are a small compensation fro this additional burden on the employees' private lives.

Here is another way to look at it. Why doesn't the CEO stay in a Motel 8 or equivalent?

Comment: Re:Story is BS. Make it Right cards aren't that bi (Score 1) 130

by whoever57 (#48660427) Attached to: Comcast's Lobbyists Hand Out VIP Cards To Skip the Customer Service Wait

The story is BS. Every employee at Comcast gets 3 cards a year. The idea is that if you see or hear someone who's having a problem, you can give them a card and they get a better experience.

You assume that there is only one type of card. Perhaps certain employees get a different type of card, to be given only to political influencers.

Comment: Re:Can you say... (Score 1) 266

by whoever57 (#48648951) Attached to: Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

The customer, his doctors and insurance companies would be free to look at the FDA data and decide for themselves what to medicate with.

All this does is move liability for bad drugs to entities less able to defend against bogus claims. No doctor would prescribe anything with a scintilla of risk.

Comment: Re:here's a real-life case to explain criminal int (Score 1) 205

by whoever57 (#48648925) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

Not all 4 legged animals are dogs and I don't think that your reversal of the scenario proves the point.

Can a court really throw out a document, signed by a genuine cop authorizing the person to commit a crime? The cop knowingly signed the document. Isn't this more important than the beliefs of the thief? The thief could explain his belief as "I thought that I was authorized if any one of us was a cop". So, his belief is premised on a factual basis that happened to be unlikely, but true.

Niether your opinion, nor mine matters -- all that matters is what a competant court decides. I wonder if there are any cases where this has actually happened?

Comment: Re:interesting idea. Legally, cops can't generally (Score 1) 205

by whoever57 (#48648115) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

Having a habit of asking all of your criminal buddies to sign such a statement, and signing it yourself claiming that you are a cop, would tend to show that you know it's a sham.

But it's not a sham for the hypothetical real cop. The fact that all the documents signed by non-cops were sham documents isn't important.

Note: don't get your legal advice from /. -- it's likely to be wrong.

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