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Comment Re:Wanna earn $200K+? Two words... (Score 5, Insightful) 473

Lol, no, I don't think so. I took a job that pays $20K/yr less because there weren't assholes in the office. Having actually worked somewhere that was devastatingly dehumanizing* I realized the value of happiness.
-nbr

You know it's time to quit when you're in the dentist office, getting a root canal, not numbed because it's infected so badly the *caine's don't work, and that is preferable to being in the office. Moment of clarity.

Comment Re:Automatic authentication by contact sounds bad (Score 1) 194

My bank has it.
Something I have, something I know.

If I am on a trusted computer I can store the something I have portion and only need to provide the something I know.
If I am at an untrusted computer (or just got a new computer I want to trust) I get a PIN texted to my phone (trusted) that I can enter along with my normal passphrase. the PIN is from a OTP, so is useless after one use or 5 min, whichever comes first.

If I lose my phone I can notify the bank (same as lost card) and both the phone number and stored token are invalidated.

To validate a new phone I take it to the bank.

Comment Re:He's right (Score 1) 368

Actually I think that the first 2 years of high school should focus on things you will need to survive: money management, how financing works and why revolving credit is not a good thing; reading and writing.
The second 2 years should allow either continued academic *or* tradescraft. fo you go the tradescraft route you'll get two years focused on only the stuff you need for a particular field. Plumbing: math and geometry (drain slopes), chemistry (solvents and glues, interaction with metals), and of course hands on.
-nbr

Comment Re:Security (Score 1) 114

There is a crypto system for that. Schneier explained it in Applied Crypto.

Basically the trick is that of 7 keyholders you need at least 5 (or some other number) that will all enter their key to sign or authenticate data. This can be extended to the signature applied to null (or any other chosen value) being used as the key for an encrypted volume.

It is the system we use at my work to sign software. There are M keyholders with a minimum number of N required to sign the software.

Comment Re:Fraud is fraud (Score 1) 312

I got a free plant.
I tried to tell the drone at the register that the plant did not ring up.
they said it did.
-meh.

At that point I don't think it's unethical.

But: if you say nothing, yes it's unethical, though not criminal. If you exploit it then it *should* be criminal.

I temper this with the following:
We are supposed to have judges to *JUDGE THE LAW* not the people (that's what juries are for). As long as judges blindly go with laws that are unjust, then folks should not be charged for violating the spirit, but not letter of the law. It should work *both* ways equally. /rant (sorry)

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