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Comment Re:Not on the internet (Score 1) 65

Well, that was more or less my (badly expressed) point.

Let's say this computer is connected to another computer via NetBEUI. If that other computer is exposed to the Internet, then this one is potentially exploitable too.

If there is an Internet connection anywhere within a group of devices using some sort of shared communication protocol (or group of protocols), then all the devices in the group are vulnerable. Sure, an attacker would likely need reasonably detailed knowledge of how the devices communicate, along with knowledge regarding how to exploit each step of the chain... but we're talking about targets in the Pentagon. A foreign state actor would have the resources to throw at the problem.

Comment The police did what I would want them to do (Score 1) 88

They had a specifically targeted phone, they used "human and technical intelligence" to get into it. No broad request (specifically from them, anyway, in this case) to compromise everyone else's personal privacy and financial security in pursuit of their goal.

On the face of it, at least, this seems to be what I would want them to do.

Comment Re:Cry me a river (Score 1) 286

Just because it's "driven" by chemical "imbalances" in the brain doesn't mean it can't be caused by working conditions.

Yeah, the fact that stress can affect one's health is pretty well established... except with certain Slashdotters, apparently. I have little doubt this guy had a predisposition to depression; but I've seen first-hand how stress can affect people who were previously managing their clinical depression well.

Heck, so much about how our bodies work is not binary. You can have a predisposition to type 2 diabetes, but keep it in check with diet and exercise. You can have a family history of heart disease, but (at least somewhat) control its effects with diet.

Comment Re:Fortran (Score 1) 630

BASIC on my own, a little bit of machine language which I did not have the patience for, then FORTRAN for school.

I would find it instructive to have people post their ages along with their first languages... but some people might balk at that. Anyway, I'm 56.

My first language was actually assembly - I had a high school electronics course where we put together a simple circuit board around some Motorola processor (IIRC). We had to write some simple program for the thing and be able to save (and recover) that program to/from a cassette tape. As I recall, we'd write the assembly language on paper, then convert it to octal and key that in... maybe it was hex, but I believe it was octal.

I learned BASIC on my own, followed by FORTRAN via an advance placement program at a local university. That came in handy in college, since a lot of my engineering courses required FORTRAN (a lot of people were more or less piecing the language together in the course).

Being able to program helped me in my first internship, since at that time it was rare for engineers to how to code - towards the end of it, coding was most of what I was doing. And, since I figured out I didn't particularly like engineering anyway, being able to code made it much easier to switch career paths early.

Comment Re:Email tie-in (Score 1) 72

The big problem is that for years, like, a LOT of years, you built your entire online existence on a single email address - and for many people that address was the one they got from their ISP.

Having been through a lot of ISP changes from the early 90s onward, I learned this lesson early. Fortunately, I have a permanent alumni address from one of the universities I attended. I've been forwarding that to whatever ISP or email provider I am currently using for 20-25 years now.

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