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Comment Social Holes (Score 3, Interesting) 75

VeraCrypt/True were already secure -enough-. Cracking through the holes is usually more effort than local law enforcement, your boss or the local mob will care about. If you're on the radar of worse people, they can toss you in jail or threaten your family. So while I consider better security a good thing when it doesn't increase cost or inconvenience, it's not really an essential move forward.

The bigger problem is common passwords, leaving the volume open, having open drives automatically backed up to "the cloud", emailing documents... things these security code fixes cannot address. We don't hear often that the Feds have used a security hole to extract data from a user's system.

Comment Re:Mostly... (Score 1) 178

Umm... no. The real number is about 25%. Real world tests. But you have to do REAL world tests.

A few years ago I was at the VP8 conference. Google was touting how much bandwidth VP8 could save over H.264. They said they could give identical quality with a 5Mbps VP8 1080p stream as with a 10Mbps H.264 stream. Well, yes... you get about the same quality with a 4Mbps H.264 stream at 1080p as with the 10Mbps. But they did freeze when asked if they would pit the quality of VP8 doing a 1.2Mbps stream against H.264 doing a 2.4Mbps stream.

You've got to know the context. For our tested real world content, same quality, against optimized H.264, it's about 25%, pretty consistently.

Comment Code Style for Effectiveness vs Purity (Score 1) 239

I've seen a lot of style wars - tabs vs spaces, braces starting same line vs next line vs omitted when possible, commented enums required (especially by European companies using StyleCop), etc.

All of that is unnecessary from a compiler perspective. But the style you are accustomed to aids your efficiency and effectiveness. Code doesn't care if it's consistently indented, but finding that unbalanced loop is much easier with it.

For me personally, since I'm in C++, Java, JavaScript/Node (never by choice), Groovy, C# and Python every week, style consistency for me, rather than optimizing for what zealots for a particular language want, is highly beneficial. So the Groovy gets semicolons. The inability of JavaScript to handle certain brace formattings resulted in me modifying my default across all the languages, because they other (real) languages don't care.

Use what makes you personally across all your development, and more importantly your entire team, faster and better.

Comment Cluelessly Bad Analysis (Score 4, Insightful) 153

There is so much wrong with that as to be comical.

When do you ever hear about insecure passwords being compromised? That doesn't happen. They get leaked. Constantly. But not guessed, not when they can be leaked or stolen.

So how does a super-ultra-secure password help?

And then we have this odd bit of math, that 18% of the >51 age range had compromised accounts, while less than double that, 35%, of the youngest range had. Probably, but unclear because the report requires providing PII, while having four times more accounts. I'd certainly bet that the 18-to-34 age bracket has more than double the account count of the compu-geysers. (I say as someone just squeaking below that bar.)

Which would imply that, mathematically, insecure passwords are more secure. Go figure.

Comment One not-so-minor detail... (Score 1) 350

The on-chip FM radio requires a WIRED headset. Not bluetooth, not using the phone speaker or earpiece. The headset lead is used as an antenna. Without it, the radio doesn't work. Generally won't even turn on, just gives a warning.

So it won't work for most users. And was probably costing too much in support calls about why it wasn't working.

Comment Re:This is one reason why IT doesn't get respect (Score 1) 765

"For everyone who is going to respond to this in a "Fuck you, I can say and do whatever I want" fashion, can you please explain why it is so difficult to refrain from inappropriate jokes in an office environment?"
Did you even READ the OP? This wasn't about an office environment. And, if you really have been around that long, you know that the definition of "appropriate" changed a lot in 25 years. You could claim that we should have been this sensitive, this advanced, 25 years ago, but that was then and, for then, it was pretty advanced. More so than 25 years before that.
All of which makes you sound a bit immature.

Comment Re:What a load of FUD! (Score 1) 150

That's not entirely fair. That's still a pretty recent version - if you purchase from Amazon or NewEgg you have a good bet of getting it even on an x14 model, and certainly will get that or older on any other model - and there's no "Automatic Update" mechanism on Synology systems. Plus they're essentially storage appliances; users aren't expected to log into and manage them frequently. And the feature that seems to put people at risk is a selling point of the device.

I'm not bashing Synology; I have two Syns running in my system (both current, both firewalled, neither has the rumored susceptible port open, neither infected.) But you're not spending enough time around regular people if you think people expect to be logging into the admin screen of their external hard drive - or their fridge, toaster oven or coffee maker - frequently to check for updates. ;)

Comment Farmers may not trust the researchers. (Score -1) 567

She starts with claiming the researchers are almost unanimous. That's simply not true; more accurately, any who are not in agreement are drummed out of the committees. It's a selection problem, a bit like asking an lgbt studies group whether sexual orientation is nature or nurture. The farmers, though, play the long game. They see political fads come and go. If their families have been on these plots for just two centuries, they've seen parts of the Little Ice Age, the recovery from that and the Global Cooling hysteria of the late 1970s-early 1980s. If the researchers are wrong, they write follow-up papers and continue with their careers. But if the farmers make bad decisions, they lose their livelihoods and the historical homestead. The researchers may be right, but the farmers have more at stake and have a better long-term success rate.

Comment Re:It's only "settled" in the minds of zealots... (Score 0) 661

I'm really sick of people who use attack words constantly, as you are, and yet don't pay any attention to the content.

I suspect I far out-credential you on both science and climate studies, but the internet has no respect for that.  To that degree, I would agree with your objection to the rejection of expertise, but I take it a step further than you... I don't consider many of the "experts" experts because they aren't - they are preachers.  To be an expert, you have to have studied the alternatives, gone into the lions den, and be able to defend your hypothesis rather than shouting down what you consider unbelievers.  But the alarmists have a history of treating it as a religion.

Your inability to discuss this civilly suggests you have the same problem.  All these invectives and so little content.  Bravo for you!

Comment It's only "settled" in the minds of zealots... (Score 0) 661

Wyoming may not be "politically correct" on the issue, but they are correct that "global warming" being caused primarily by man-made emissions isn't settled science. (And no, computer scientists are not the correct scientists. ;) )

Regardless of local effects, the basic problem is that we should be warming right now, and we aren't.

Why should we be warming right now? The Medieval Warm Period (950-1250) was much warmer than the period that followed - and warmer than now. Wine grape grew in England back then. This was followed by the Little Ice Age (1350-1850). These are considered cyclical, so we should be getting warmer for a few hundred years, starting around 1950. Regardless of human-sourced emissions.

But the other problem is, we're not really, at least not on the activists' schedules. The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report concedes for the first time that global temperatures have not risen since 1998, despite a 7 percent rise in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Despite global human CO2 emissions in the last 15 years representing about one-third of all human CO2 emissions since the start of the Industrial Revolution, temperatures didn’t budge.

If man-made global warming is your religion, it looks like settled science despite the actual results. If science is your religion (rather than your credential), there's no enough evidence to support the hysteria yet, and a growing amount calling it into question. So why should it be considered "fact" in a kid's textbook? Are we trying to teach them to think or are we trying to indoctrinate them?

Comment Re:Funding (Score 4, Insightful) 664

No, it really comes down to risk and reward. Not funding. Cops are widely believed (there are some naysayers) to get promotions and plumb assignments based on ticket revenue. Recovering stolen items involves getting a warrant - they can't just go to the house - and then risking being shot at or accused of racism. What's the up-side?

Better law enforcement would come from using the same tools those capitalists you revile used to get the riches you covet... merit rewards rather than union protection.

Comment Re:A firearm that depends on a battery? (Score 2) 1374

No, not ignore them. Just battle their attempts towards goals we disagree with even before they get to the ballot box.

Your initial statement, summarized, was that 2nd Amendment supporters shouldn't worry about devices that almost certainly would lead weak politicians to pander by endorsing and then requiring... until the ballot box time of supporting those politicians. My rebuttal is that if you don't respond when you see the danger coming, beating it back later is far harder. Just as anti-freedom gun-ban advocates see no "legitimate" use for a gun, Constitution-supporters may see no "legitimate" use for a technology that provides a clear path to the NSA disabling all the guns.

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