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Comment Re:Nobody is asking the right questions... (Score 1) 290

But this isn't communication with your lawyer or your doctor. This is what one government tells another government about its own people as a form of exchange of intelligence (backchanneling). You can bet your buttocks that each and everyone of these "individuals' records" are there either in order to discredit a leak like this or those people have some role to play in the bigger scheme of things. These are not going to be ordinary rape victims but Prince Abdullah's rape victims, these are the medical records of an intelligence agency's agent or some local warlord.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 2) 50

Real servers in real datacenters have no data counters. You pay for your peering and perhaps a minimum bandwidth and a burstable bandwidth. The "cloud" and consumer data services use the metric of data transfer limits and they are purely artificial intended to milk the consumer. You can't buy a 50GB/mo line because that's just not how the hardware works, you buy a line with a bandwidth measured in Mbps and most providers will then oversell that to their customers and if they run out, they buy more lines (or upgrade the hardware). You can't just upgrade a line from 500TB/mo to 1000TB/mo simply by giving money.

Comment Re:Management is the biggest vulnerability (Score 3, Informative) 56

All of those are perfectly good questions to ask your IT department.
- Requiring more complicated passwords does not improve security significantly as people start using simpler (to crack) passwords and writing them down (or worse putting them on a cloud-based notepad app)
- Requiring 3 month changes is likewise going to result in simpler passwords
- Allowing user domain accounts to have any credentials on any servers unnecessarily results in issues like having a single credential login to SSH on any server. You should only need your accounts authenticate against specific applications and do proper filtering (eg. only authenticate against cn=managers,ou=sales, not your entire LDAP tree).
- A 2007 IBM server should be able to handle plenty of directory services. LDAP is almost as old as the Internet, it's "light weight" and a single set of servers should be able to handle thousands if not millions of queries per minute. Off course, if you're tied into a single vendor *cough*Microsoft*cough*, you should've calculated the true cost in 2007.

Comment Re:Seems stupid... (Score 2, Insightful) 191

How is that possible - if 50% of all crimes are committed by black people, less than 50% remains for each of the dozen or so other ethnic minority groups or whites in the US. Additionally 100%? Look at a map of convicted sex offenders and they're pretty evenly spread between black, white, Hispanic and other neighborhoods. Sex offenses are pretty evenly spread across populations because pretty much all men are attracted to pubescent females, it's a rather primitive reflex.

Comment Re:Intentional MITM / Reverse Proxy (Score 1) 87

Obviously it would.

On the other hand, blindly trusting a single SSL chain for an entire corporate network is just as bad, you only have to compromise a single system within IT to be able to infiltrate the entire network. If you're a "customer" on the network, do you trust your central IT department to not be complete idiots?

In smaller corporations that might not be a problem but in larger networks such as Universities and metropolitan-sized networks this quickly becomes a major problem especially when you know the network core is already co-opted by the NSA.

So you're (slightly?) better protected against common threats at the cost of being easily compromised by a targeted attack. I personally think your network is only as protected as the weakest machine. Network security is a bit of an oxymoron, treat all devices on your network as hostile and protect them from each other, the network is just an extension of the Internet.

Comment Re:14,000 ABANDONED WIND TURBINES LITTER THE USA (Score 2, Informative) 215

The core of the argument is sound though. It costs ~$500k to put up a 100kW wind turbine. With energy at about 12c/kWh, each hour at full power would generate only $12 and would thus break even after 5 years of full-time, full-power wind however the largest turbines catch wind only 20% of the time and are only 30-45% efficient, smaller ones even less. So you're looking at 50 years before they break even. That is off course if they never needed maintenance, these turbines are specced for 20-30years of service WITH maintenance but most of them last only half that long.

Wind power is a loss at this point in time unless we jack the price of energy like Germany does, we need way lower costs and way higher efficiencies but for that we need rare earth magnets and the like. Solar is better (less maintenance) but it still doesn't compare to a well-maintained nuclear plant or other forms of clean energy.

Comment Re:Points based systems are inherently racist. (Score 1) 414

The civil rights movement was about racism and segregation in public places (eg. public transportation, governments etc). It's STILL legal for non-public private business to deny you services because you're black (or more likely because you're gay which happens to be the case in some southern states) - the civil rights acts only cover privately owned places of public accommodation although some states have wider and prior definitions it wouldn't cover facilities like Facebook or Amazon.

Yes the civil movement helped put an end to ALL businesses segregating but that was just a byproduct of public opinion, businesses that continued segregating eventually went out of business (although many churches and social clubs still exist that explicitly deny services based on race)

Comment Re:Points based systems are inherently racist. (Score 2) 414

If you have institutional discrimination, don't support the institutions that discriminate. If a shop keeper doesn't want you to buy in his store because you're black, don't go there and tell others so they don't go there either, eventually they close shop.

If Facebook doesn't WANT black people in their workforce and has a policy to discriminate against blacks (which would be illegal but that's besides the point), don't support them.

Institutional racism has largely been outlawed and is otherwise untenable for any business. The problem here is that certain minorities have communities that actively denigrate STEM fields and science in general. This is done primarily by black churches and communities that rather focus on "their own" than working towards a homogenous society. Talk to ANY successful black person (Neil DeGrasse, Bill Cosby, Morgan Freeman...) and they ALL say how difficult it was to work against their own community to get where they wanted to be.

If you want to say Facebook and Apple etc have a low percentage of black people or the entire business world has instituted racism, you should also be pointing out they have a low percentage of Amish, Fundamental LDS or Jehovah's Witnesses and the business world has institutional bigotry against late 19th century religions. The fact is those religious groups have an active ban against higher education, have poor integration in society and science does not align with their world view.

Comment grass "roots" effort to stop this (Score 1) 198

I think if consumers were aware they had more options, this wouldn't happen. I would like to see some consumer friendly web sites that let people know what options are available for each model phone and carrier in terms of controlling apps and bloat. I find it very frustrating Verizon has a bunch of stuff bundled on my phone that I can't un-install, but I'm not sure what my options are if I want to take matters into my own hands?

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