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Comment Hello... users. (Score 1) 340

Users are a big part of this problem. Yes, the whole user/pass auth mechanism is past it's prime, but in most cases, it's all we have. For that reason, users/administrators must take a large share of the blame for recent events. Deploying anything with the default auth credentials in place in an Internet-facing location is, to say the least, irresponsible. When this much damage can be cause by such actions, it should hurt.

Comment Re:But . . . (Score 0) 435

Well, no. The article points up the (most recent example of) rank hypocrisy on the part of the Trump campaign. I would argue that it also illustrates incompetent leadership. Whoever is in charge of security in that camp is doing a bad job and not carrying out the most fundamental best practices. Why would we trust a "leader" who allows such failings to exist?

Comment What did you expect? (Score 1) 435

"...a point lost on Trump supporters who have reported him to the Feds."
Oh, please. You're not being fair to Trump's supporters. Do you really expect them to understand things like information security, much less those "subtle" nuances like the role of white hat researchers?

"You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know... morons."

Comment Re: AT&T (Score 1) 151

The problem here is that words mean things. And when the carriers throw out words like "unlimited", when what they're selling is not in fact unlimited; they are being duplicitous. .

Oh, just shut up, you whiny liberal bitches. We paid for our monopoly, fair and square. How we choose to exploit it is our business. Besides, "free market". Right?
Your Friends at Big Telco

Comment Re:What have they got to show for it? (Score 1) 403

How does retiring at age 50 sound? House paid off, Cars paid off, kids in college, $1.2M in bank. Of course it wasn't easy, working a minimum 65 hours per week and going home tired as death.

Sounds great. Now stop suggesting that your realization of "the American Dream" is accessible to anyone. It's not. You worked hard, but you also got lucky. Yes, I am perfectly willing to stipulate that "luck" is defined as "preparation meeting opportunity". The timing and scarcity of opportunities are such that most couldn't capitalize on them even if they were prepared. And yet the Republicans are still able to hoodwink the average American into thinking that things that would make an immediate difference in his life mean giving up his shot at wealth and fame.

Comment Oh, christ... (Score 1) 365

...can we back up and talk about the almost innumerable variables that would have to go into the decision here? One passenger - one pedestrian = relatively short lost of things to consider. One passenger and ten pedestrians = not so much. How is the priority weighed? Is kinetic energy transfer factored into the decision? I will wager that it is not, nor are most of the variables that would affect outcomes. So just what is Mercedes talking about?

Comment Re:Still Confused .... (Score 1) 435

I'm still not sure how this points to the Russians....

Then you have not been paying attention. Security researchers know who they're looking at most of the time. No, it's not just based on geo location of an IP. In this case all the signs point to a handful of groups that have long been identified with state-sponsored activity in Russia.

Comment This suprises me not at all (Score 3, Informative) 34

We're encumbered by industry and government regulations when it comes to security. Many (most, actually) of our similarly encumbered peers have no idea how the rules apply when it comes to cloud services. If the vendor says "Yeah, it's compliant", that's all they need to hear. So it is absolutely no surprise that most cloud customers do not vet the security of the things they're buying. What was it, barely a year ago? When it was discovered that "big data" vendors had exposed entire databases to the world with exactly zero security? That's not a little screw up. It's a fundamental fail. How did the customers not know this going in? Answer: They did not look.

Comment Re:Of course (Score 1) 78

The options are A) Spend $600 million to upgrade the infrastructure so there is enough bandwidth. B) Gain $600 million by not upgrading the infrastructure and just charge more for people who try to use it. This seems like a pretty easy decision for a business and, as long as all competitors choose option "B", there is no real risk of losing customers.

But, but the free market... (insert dipshit Rand fan-boy whine here). I think we can all agree that consumers are getting screwed here. The question is what are we going to do about it? Churn is part of their business model. We could all switch carriers and nothing would change, so STFU about competition. It doesn't exist. Next suggestion?

Comment Dude! (Score 1) 523

"The essay concludes, "You might enjoy my book because you're not sure if I'm really endorsing Gary Johnson or just saying so to protect my brand."

You had them going. They were totally buying it - you had just whooshed ...almost everybody. And then you go and let the cat out of the bag like that. Now, only half of them are going to believe you're serious.

Comment Re:Movie theaters (Score 1) 342

Movie theaters had their reason to exist when they offered an added value over what you could have at home. That ceased to exist. Big screen? Have it. Dolby 7.1? Have it. 3D? Glad I don't have it. What else is there?

Arguably, ambiance. Even a big TV is not quite the same as that big screen, though I'll grant you that it's a trivial difference when compared to the other things one gets in the traditional theater "experience". You know, the talking, texting, seat-kicking and vaping assholes that one can't get away from outside of the boutique theaters which recognize the value of "the experience" (McMenamins and Alamo Drafthouse, to name two) and actually enforce basic rules of decorum. Call me an effete cinema snob, but I'll happily pay for that quality experience, on occasion. Sure, the beer costs more but I don't even have to get out of my seat for a refill.

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