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Comment Re:On the heels of the recent eBay data breach... (Score 2) 76

It exists. It's called a credit card, underwritten by a real bank, which will adhere to actual banking laws instead of "whatever we decide we want to do" (emphasis mine)

PayPal has been a very bad player in this area, apparently closing accounts on a whim, locking up the monies in those accounts, etc., etc., etc.

For that reason, I've never given PayPal direct access to my bank accounts, in spite of PayPal's constant hounding to do so.

PayPal just has not been behaving well in this space. For me, PayPal is a payment service of last resort, not of first choice.

Submission + - Where Have You Gone, Peter Norton? (

harrymcc writes: If you used an PC in the 1980s and 1990s, the chances were very good that you used utility software which came in a box with a picture of Peter Norton on it. The Norton brand still exists, but those packaging photos of Norton himself are long gone--along with the whole classic era of utility software they represented. Over at Technologizer, I paid tribute to this one-time icon of the PC industry.

Comment Re:Basic programming principles what? (Score 4, Insightful) 127

I don't understand what the programmers of all these crypto libraries were thinking here. Even for the most basic and unimportant program, the rule is "if the data comes from outside, verify!" This is vastly more important when cryptography is involved, so why is it that all these crypto libraries seem to blindly trust whatever the Internet is sending them?!

From what I read of the OpenSSL source code, it would be an insult to programmers everywhere to call the people who barfed up the OpenSSL code "programmers".

Comment False comparison (Score 5, Insightful) 339

Apples and oranges comparison.

When I buy a DVD, I own that DVD. That is why I buy DVDs. I don't want some DRM server somewhere suddenly saying that I cannot stream a movie I purchased.

Now if streaming allowed me to purchase and keep a copy free of DRM, then I'd be interested.

But so long as there is DRM, I'll continue buying DVDs.

Comment Re:"Audit"? Try massive rewrite. (Score 4, Insightful) 132

...Humans make mistakes. Clever people make just as many mistakes....

You left out the part about clever people not continuing to make the same mistakes over and over.

The problem with OpenSSL is not that mistakes were made.

The problem is that mistakes were made and the developers did not learn from those mistakes, did not seem to care about fixing those mistakes, and did not care about preventing similar mistakes from recurring.

Comment Re:NO. (Score 5, Insightful) 493

The government has NO RIGHT to know what will and won't make me sick.

On the contrary, the government has every right to assure you are vaccinated. Your ignorant and paranoid refusal to be vaccinated threatens the health of others. The threat you pose if you are not vaccinated is not some misguided rant of a paranoid, but a real and present medical danger.

If you do not want to get vaccinated, then go live in complete isolation, far, far away from those who want their children to be healthy. The moment you choose to interact with society, then you have a responsibility not to make that society sick.

Comment Re:It's not just medical information.... (Score 1) 200

According to the results of that Nature study, Wikipedia had, on average, 32% more errors per article than the Encyclopedia Britannica. How translates that into "as accurate as" is beyond me. The Nature summary even acknowledges that Wikipedia is not as accurate as Encyclopedia Britannica.

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