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Comment Re:no solution (Score 1) 538

People already write passwords down, and re-use passwords.

I know. Less than a year ago I've given a keynote on this topic.

But do you want to push this undesired behaviour even more, or blame the user, or realize that humans behave in certain ways for certain reasons, and eliminate the root cause (free buzzword to sell this idea to management included).

Comment Re:no solution (Score 1) 538

Of course it matters what my system allows. Just because there is a theoretical possibility of a different attack vector does not mean I should leave the front door unlocked.

If it solely relies on passwords, it is insecure.

Nonsense, like all blanket statements in IT Security. It depends on your thread model, the required protection level and the external factors.

Comment no solution (Score 4, Insightful) 538

Password length matters to brute force attacks - and if your application allows a brute force attack to happen, it is broken already, insecure by design.

Enforcing longer passwords will not improve security for real-life cases. Enforcing more cryptic passwords will actually reduce security for real-life cases. Why? Because people will need to type slower, making shoulder-surfing easier. People will start to write passwords down, and they will re-use passwords more often.

You can't solve this issue with simple solutions like "use longer passwords". The only thing that will do is make "password1234" the new standard instead of just "password".

Comment Re:Smear campaign or missing job qualification? (Score 2) 123

Whether she's doing a good job has relatively little to do with any titles she might now not hold any more.

Oh yes, it does. She's the minister for education and science.

I could accept someone in that position who doesn't have an academic title. It would be a bit odd, but hey, we've had defense ministers who didn't go to the army (back when military service was still compulsory).

But one who had acquired an undeserved academic title through intentional deceit? Sorry, that's a slap in the face for everyone who worked hard on their titles, and such a person can not be the one in charge of the educational system and academia.

Comment Re:She wouldn't be the first (Score 2) 123

No, if you actually follow the university announcement and the evidence, it turns out that her actions are considerably worse than Guttenbergs.

He was lousy even in his plagiarism. She intentionally rephrased and covered up where the copied from. Guttenberg did a copy&paste job - Schavan copied and then rephrased so if you would put the phrase into a search engine, it would come up empty. But she only changed words, she didn't add any original thoughts.

That's plagiarism at its worst - intentional and deceitful.

Comment trash (Score 2) 320

Ok, so basically the reviews are ripping it to shreds. Just re-read the last few sentences of the summary. That's the nice way of saying "This is total trash, stay away from it. I don't know who would want one, because either you need a tablet, or a notebook, and this one tries to be both and fails at both."

Comment Re:simple solutions (Score 2) 649

You also missed a 2nd part.

The real-world problem with the simple solutions is that a corporation will spend a few millions on lawyers and other professionals to find a perfectly legal loophole.

No problem, you say, we'll close it.

They will find the next one. We will close it. Repeat a few hundred times. And then you end up with the exact kind of complicated stuff that you wanted to do away with with your simple solution.

I know what I'm talking about, I've spent 6 years of my life negotiating and writing contracts for partners with opposed interests. You end up discussing individual words for ten minutes.

Comment Re:wtf (Score 1) 270

You seem to be living in a different world. :-)

I would be very, very surprised if Surface really works the easy way you hint at. Nothing MS manufactured has ever really worked that way, despite them advertising same for 20+ years. The real world doesn't. Not that the decision makers care, for them it's simply something the IT department has to solve, they'll be handed a device that has already been configured and set up.

Apple's game is a different one. If they allow an exception for MS, the next 10 tech giants will be knocking on their door before the first office apps is sold. Now look at Apple's revenue breakdown and you realize that iTunes sales are a pretty impressive part of it. In fact, iTunes revenue alone dwarves most other tech companies.

As for hacks and apps. Let me sum up with a simple fact. I happen to be the CEO of a small company. The CRM and ERP software my company uses does have an iOS app.

Comment simple solutions (Score 1) 649

I didn't remember who said it, but it is an excellent piece of wisdom:

All the simple solutions have been found.

If someone comes up with a solution to a current-world problem that can be explained in a few sentences, I tend to become very, very sceptical. The world largely isn't that simple anymore, and we have entire professions whose jobs basically is to find loopholes.

Comment Re:wtf (Score 1) 270

but I will never get passed the fact it was consumer based tech they have thrived on and not enterprise./quote


MS has risen on three factors: Games, Office and OEM lock-in. People bought windows PCs because there wasn't really anything else available unless you were a geek, they wanted to play games and it was what they were used to from work.

Apple thinks the world will shortly work the other way around. Almost everyone in the west now grows up with a computer in the home, and a smartphone and maybe a tablet. Games are on mobile now. The next generation will enter the business world being used to smartphones and tablets - Android and iOS. And they will notice just how much windows sucks and demand something better.

It's not going to be a quick change. But I do agree with the idea that whatever the enterprise runs won't be running the market anymore. It'll be many years until the corporate behemoths shift, but Apple has enough money in the bank to simply wait, keeping up the soft but persistent pushing.

And Google never wanted to displace windows, just make it a commodity. Sure, MS might go on making an OS and selling it, for all Google cares. They just want the revenue coming from elsewhere - that they are giving away Android is a clear message saying: We think the market value of an OS is roughly zero.

If I were MS, that would have me a lot more afraid than Apple, which is still selling its OS.

Comment Re:wtf (Score 1) 270

Windows 8 has a real chance at beating iOS/Android in the enterprise,

Bwuahahahaha.... that was ... oh... wait... you are serious?

Windows 8 will succeed not because it's any good, but because it has to - MS has a lot riding on this one, more than on ME or Vista or the other dogs. They will spend billions to make it successful, but it doesn't stand a chance at beating competition that is actually somewhat good.

You can buy market share. But you can't buy being good.

Comment US problem (Score 1) 281

Another US problem I don't understand. Over here in Germany, it's not a problem and never has been. The only calls of this kind I sometimes get are for surveys, and by "sometimes" I mean on the order of one or two a year.

So, just an idea, maybe look at what you guys do differently from everyone else in the world and then, just this once, drop the "not invented here" blinders and do what works?

Comment Re:WTO is Full of.... (Score 2) 225

Btw I don't like copywright but this is just wrong

Complain to the US, they broke the rules first.

You see, this is how a legal and punishment system actually works. If I break your arm, the punishment will be a fine and/or jail time - neither of which have anything to do with broken arms. My wallet didn't do anything to you and neither did my bank account.

Same thing on the country level. The punishment is not identical to the crime. It's been like that in civilized societies ever since we grew old enough to realize that "an eye for an eye", even though it might have been a step forward at its time, is still pretty damn stupid.

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