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Comment Re:The attackers (Score 1) 183

> This wouldn't involve the ISP, it'd be entirely within the router. The router could access any DNS server,

Until that individual router device fails DNS, as occurs quite frequently, and then _every_ device behind the router becomes quite useless. This happened to various AWS services when their internal DNS for their private customer VLAN's, their "VPC", failed. Running customized DNS from a router is a popular practice and is often done _extremely_ badly, often because the creators of the routers do not really understand DNS.

Comment Re:Was Already Approved For "Generic" Tier Rebates (Score 1) 198

> And responsible, ethical doctors would never write a name brand on a prescription.

There can often be subtle differences, including quality, packaging, and filler components, that make one version more effective for a specific patient. So yes, sometimes doctors do name a specific version of a medication for good medical reasons. "Generic" does not mean identical.

Comment Re: There's a bigger issue here (Score 1) 249

> It's right and proper that people be given the freedom to act in manners injurious to society.

Then it is right and proper that all people can freely inhibit other people's freedoms, including members of a society banding together for protection from from people who injure or endanger other members of that society. Anarchy s a philosophically attractive ideal. But it breaks down _very quickly_ when people willing to interfere even more grossly with the freedom of others are free to apply that interference against less armed or less organized others.

Comment Re:guess again (Score 1) 249

> was in the text obviously a physical manifestation of a persons spiritual status;

I'm afraid to say that I'm stunned by the foolishness of this answer. The earliest proof of leprosy is over 4000 years old ( It's certainly existed for millennia.

We hear the like of this "it's a spiritual problem, not a physical one" today in claiming that AIDS is God's punishment of homosexuality, and that the millions of cases suffered by infants and blood transfusion recipients were judgments of their spiritual state. Just because a disease is spread mostly by human behavior does not make it unreal. Similar claims were made for the 1917 flu epidemic, which was spread by soldiers returning from World War I battles overseas, and for the Black Plague which ravaged Europe in the middle ages. Behaviorally aggravated plagues does _not_ mean the plague did not happen.

And "Leprosy cannot affect stone houses", "the Talmud had mostly stone houses", and therefore the disease was not real? I'm looking at the text in Leviticus 13, of the Christian Bible, and that describes very clear physical examination for an infectious physical illness. There are many interesting and _much better_ analysis suggesting that what is called leprosy in Hebraic documents is other medical issues, such as t But they make _no_ claim that it was purely a sullied spiritual state.

Comment Re:And there was much rejoicing! (Score 1) 249

Ebola is nastier thatn that. People profoundly ill with it _bleed_, and get it on the medical personnel and even the caregivers who who try to wash the housing and bedding of the sufferers. The time and resources to apply and keep applying the soap, antiseptics, and sterilization of instruments can consume any hospital's budget and supplies in a very short local outbreak.

Comment But we do know what secure passwords (Score 4, Insightful) 210

> Only five percent of respondents didn't know the characteristics of a secure password, with the majority of respondents understanding that passwords should contain uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.

These requirements profoundly _discourage_ secure passwords. The difficulty of remembering them, and typing them well at a hidden password field, strongly encourage storage of passwords locally in cut&paste text windows or in local plaintext password storage. The current champion application for this security failure is AWS, which stores complex randomized alphanumeric strings which _no one_ can remember, forcing their default inclusion in plaintext local user fules or even hardcoded in saved wrapper scripts.

I'm afraid that robust password generation was much better explained and documented in an old XKCD cartoon,

Comment Private Security Contractors in Boston helped 9/11 (Score 1) 260

Note that the 9/11 terrorists selected their departure airport carefully. Boston was already _infamous_ among American airports for having untrained, overworked, underpaid, incompetent airport security personnel.

This is not to support the TSA's expensive and fraudulently advertised radiation based scanning, nor to support the genuinely physically invasive searches and abuse of passengers that has occurred under their more rigorous searches. But the handling of private contractors is rife with opportunities to let security systems fail very badly indeed.

Comment Completely correct but too expensive (Score 1, Interesting) 160

"rms" as he's preferred to be called for decades, has repeatedly proven quite correct about technology freedoms. This seems to be another case where he is correct, but will mostly be tuned out becuase publishers think that they, individually, will benefit from reducing their client's freedom and protection.

The individual data of purchases and of personal interests and subscriptions, and even data on interest in particular articles, is being collected and analyzed to tune advertising and to provide links to content the publishers wish to highlight and wish to ease the reader's access to. The data is also being resold, allegedly as metadata but far too often as raw data, to anyone who can pay for or _trade data_ for it. The result is a quite amazing loss of privacy due to this data harvesting. This loss of privacy is _dangerous_. Government interest in political speech and membership always has to be balanced between a good government's desire to know the citizen's real needs and desire's, and a dictator's need to strangle opposition of any form.

Unfortunately for what rms proposes, targeted advertising _is_ effective for increasing advertising effectiveness for the businesses that provide it. It does not necessarily increase _profit_. Many such schemes are done quite poorly, so poorly that subscribers leave the site. Slashdot almost fell prey to this kind of advertising over content approach to publication, when they tried the new layout and it was roundly rejected. But there are _many_ jobs of advertisers, and a _lot_ of marketing money, tied to targeted advertising. Buyer anonymity interferes profoundly with that and will be battled in the boardroom and in the courtroom. If it goes to court, it will be battled with "think of the children" and "war against terror" claims that genuine reader anonymity cannot be permitted.

Comment Re:The whole idea is stupid (Score 2) 220

Three are actually some good reasons for providing a real ID and paper trail for hazmat truck drivers. Hamat disposal has often been simply _discarded_, dumped in open sewer drains or in inappropriate landfill, or dumped out at sea. The results have included medical refuse washing up on beaches and mercury in water supplies. Other hazmat materials have crashed and _leaked_ in residential areas where they were legally forbidden from travel. A basic ID and criminal check for handling such materials may exist for anti-terrorism reasons, but it has sensible use to prevent truck drivers who've been convicted of mishandling hazardous material in one state from being re-employed in another state.

Because of the money involved, and the opportunity to increase profits by cutting corners, hazmat _needs_ to be carefully regulated. Even if it's promoted for "security theater" reasons, it's a field where safety and verifying the source and delivery of material is important to commerce and safety.

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