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Comment Re:Then UNLOCK OUR BOOTLOADERS! (Score 3, Insightful) 75

if we had ralph nader types working for us, it would be a law that any series of skipped or delayed security patches (some threshold in a row) would mandate that you unlock bootloaders and let people do the patching themselves.

man, I wish we had people working FOR THE PEOPLE as our government. the fact that they sold all of us out and stopped caring, that's going to be part of our total demise as a nation. not the main part, but a huge part.

there were short periods in time (sorry to say, usually under D control) where our congress and senate worked to make things better for regular people. I can't remember the last time this happened, though.

too bad our lawmakers have no balls to stand up to the power of money and bribes and 'election campain money'.

we surely deserve better than this.

Comment cheap bastards, that's all (Score 1) 75

However, because of the amount of testing and approvals that are necessary to deploy them, it's difficult to do this on a monthly basis for all our devices.

no one disagrees that it takes manpower to do full regression tests after patches. but the thing is, for most of the time you are NOT writing the patches, just integrating it!

now, that aside, we all know that world labor is less than dirt-cheap. YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE TO AVOID GETTING THINGS DONE in this cheap-as-chips world labor market.

fuck you. you claim you are poor? double fuck you for lying about it and we all can see that, too.

Comment Re:If you think Twitter is bad... (Score 1) 96

Well, all this IT tech has done is forced the user to come up with a new password and WRITE IT DOWN ON ANOTHER POST-IT. He may think he is being clever, but what he has done is ensure that they will just do it again because it's a new password.

What he should do is come up with a method by which they can create a secure password and write down the hint to remember it, and distribute that process to everyone. In other words, TEACH them how to do good passwords.

1. Think of a very memorable event in your life.
2. Come up with a password based on that event.
3. Make it follow convention. (e.g. capitals, letters, length, etc)
4. Make it able to be changed easily without changing the event.

Example: My dog Daisy died in 1998
password: DaisyRIPxx98

Now when you have to change it in the future, you could "increment" the xx to yy, then zz, etc.
Or you could increment the 98 to 99, 100, etc. Or better yet both.

So next password is DaisyRIPyy99, then DaisyRIPzz00, then DaisyRIPaa01, ......
The user can write down a hint "puppy c3" in plain sight, and without knowing the scheme, nobody would ever be able to guess it. (in this case, DaisyRIPcc03)

Comment They did it before, and they are doing it again. (Score 1) 323

As a young person studying computer science, I watched Microsoft use crooked business practices to foist its empirically inferior software on the masses. In many cases, they wrote their OS to cause competing software to crash or perform poorly. I did work on Windows 95, 97, and 2000, so I know first hand how bad they were. And yet MS became dominant. Why? Largely because they wouldn't allow any computer makers to sell Windows and any competing software at the same time. In the end, you were either an MS shop or an Apple retailer. The end result was that the computing industry was held back approximately a decade in terms of OS technology. As direct evidence for this, I present the fact that NeXT existed in 1987, almost a decade before Windows 95. NeXT was already a full and modern OS, and indeed forms the basis for Mac OSX. Think about that: The important parts of OSX, a fairly decent modern OS existed nearly a decade before the turd that is Windows 95.

I am not a fanboy. I use Linux and OSX, and I freely admit that neither are perfect. OSX is retreating back to being an iOS black box, while Linux is sometimes irritating. But I will never move back to Microsoft. I saw what they did. I know that they have made the quality of the technology we all use poorer through their monopolistic practices. The parent article only confirms for me that Microsoft has not changed.

Comment Re:Try again. (Score 5, Insightful) 79

how do you KNOW apple is more secure?

have you seen all the files in the source build chain, along with auditing the silicon used in all data paths?

of course not.

we have apples' WORD that its secure.

maybe its true, maybe its all a PR stunt and they cooperate with LEOs just as much as BB does.

you and I and 99.9% of the world have zero insight into this. lets be honest, shall we?

Comment Re:Facebook is in the tank for the DNC (Score 2, Interesting) 256

To add to the horror of their Turkey leak: the information about female voters doesn't just include their names, addresses, phone numbers, and equivalents of social security numbers. It also includes whether they are members or not of Erdogan's AKP party. At a time when the country is in the middle of a bloody post-coup purge.


Facebook Admits Blocking WikiLeaks' DNC Email Links, But Won't Say Why ( 256

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has admitted it blocked links to WikiLeaks' DNC email dump, but the company has yet to explain why. WikiLeaks has responded to the censorship via Twitter, writing: "For those facing censorship on Facebook etc when trying to post links directly to WikiLeaks #DNCLeak try using" When SwiftOnSecurity tweeted, "Facebook has an automated system for detecting spam/malicious links, that sometimes have false positives. /cc," Facebook's Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos replied with, "It's been fixed." As for why there was a problem in the first place, we don't know. Nate Swanner from The Next Web writes, "It's possible its algorithm incorrectly identified them as malicious, but it's another negative mark on the company's record nonetheless. WikiLeaks is a known entity, not some torrent dumping ground. The WikiLeaks link issue has reportedly been fixed, which is great -- but also not really the point. The fact links to the archive was blocked at all suggests there's a very tight reign on what's allowed on Facebook across the board, and that's a problem." A Facebook representative provided a statement to Gizmodo: "Like other services, our anti-spam systems briefly flagged links to these documents as unsafe. We quickly corrected this error on Saturday evening."

Comment THey're called hobbies (Score 4, Interesting) 327

And most of us have them. We leave work and work on something we're passionate about, but might not pay enough. Or might not pay at all. Or we volunteer at a charity. Or at our kid's school. This is nothing new, the number of people looking to make money from them is just increasing. Maybe. Its not like doing side jobs was ever that rare.

Comment Re: They'll say anything (Score 1) 759

Yeah, seems everyone took out their camera that night to film either the rising fireball or the celebrations about it ;) The rebels have tried several times to assault it in the past but always been beaten back. Reports on why it exploded are conflicting; one early report suggested that a helicopter full of explosives crashed on a warehouse in the complex. Firefighters from Assad-controlled areas all over Aleppo were called in because the al-Safirah fire department was overwhelmed, but they couldn't get close due to the intensity of the flames and risk of further explosions. A number of people living in the vicinity of the factories were admitted to the hospital on poisoning symptoms from the fumes.

It's now an open question as to how much they're going to be able to salvage and get back in operation; no question that's going to be top priority for them at this point.

Comment Re: They'll say anything (Score 1) 759

Oh, and I don't want to sound like the coalition hasn't done anything bad. They've actually had their worst incident in quite some time (perhaps the worst during this entire conflict) during the SDF siege of Manbij, after misidentifying a crowd as fleeing Daesh fighters; they killed dozens of civilians (including a number of children), with some reports over 80. That was about a week ago. Much of the Syrian opposition issued a unified demand that they stop the bombing (even though they're also fighting Daesh). They've long been very uncomfortable with how close the coalition is working with the SDF (Kurds, primarily) - they accuse the Kurds of ethnic cleansing arab villages in order to build "Rojava" (their Kurdish state in Syria)

I'm trying to think of the last time they specifically hit a hospital however. They recently captured the hospital in Manbij, but it wasn't bombed in the process.

(Honestly, if you asked the opposition the worst thing they'd done, the NySA would probably argue that it was abandoning them right as the assault on Al-Bukamal began, in order to pursue the Daesh convoy fleeing from Fallujah... they and their sleeper cells really got slaughtered because of that one)

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