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Comment Re:Burn it to the ground (Score 1) 117

The manufacturers don't give a shit, and I bet the people who haven't secured their own devices give even less of a shit as well. They WILL give a shit if their IoT device gets borked however, even if the intention was altruistic the legal response will put you in jail. I don't feel like doing time to stop Krebs, or Trump or Hillary or anyone else from getting DDOS'd. But hey, it's a good idea, go for it.

Comment Re:Headline translation (Score 1) 117

noone who was present at Y2K will be alive

You mean no one who actually worked on the Y2K issue will be alive, and everyone will just think it was media hype.
I worked for a major bank at the time, we had to work night shifts towards the end for testing, we started making changes about 4 years before Y2K, millions was spent on contractors, people came out of fucking retirement to work on Y2K. But ask anyone who wasn't involved (even other programmers) and they all think it was much ado about nothing.

Comment You don't realise (Score 1) 20

I think a lot of people are not really aware of how much data banks are sending back to their collective reserve banks and from there on to the UN for "risk" assessment, ie. trying to track down funding of terrorists and other illegal activity (drugs, smuggling etc). Risk and compliance are a big pain in the ass for lots of banks, there are a few systems which try to handle the pain for them, but each has to tailored to fit the bank, which takes time, so most of the current systems in place are home grown. Also to NOT be compliant involves HUGE fines, so some of these systems are literally thrown together just to meet the deadlines. If IBM comes up with a better way of doing it then I am all for it.

Comment Re:Bricked? (Score 1) 178

Yes but when something is "bricked" it's fucked - you throw it away or take it apart for shits and giggles. It's not "bricked" if it can be brought back to working order by someone - regardless of the level of skill of the person repairing it or the level of skill of the owner.
BRICKED == fucked
can be fixed != BRICKED

Comment Re:Wrong lessons (Score 1) 25

Site D: crappy password manager

OneLogin hacked

My wife has gone old school and keeps a physical notebook with her sites/passwords in it, which she locks in her top drawer.
Can't exactly hack that, and it would require physical access to our study which is generally off limits to everyone (because it's a mess).
Contemplating doing the same actually.

Comment Yawn (Score 1) 163

Big fucking yawn, they trot this shit out every other year or so. These programs are severely limited in their functionality. Also I am not exactly worried about this impacting my job much, since I am in the space where I would be the one writing the fucking things. Anyone who believes you can hand over coding to someone who does not know how to code with a magical piece of software is an idiot. Someone mentioned further up that they can now do their own analysis using a spreadsheet program instead of asking IT. Well welcome to 2016, you are only a decade or so late to the spreadsheet party. Wait until your data exceeds the limits of your spreadsheet program and your PC craps bricks trying to process it, you'll be trotting off to IT. More than likely IT is who set up your worksheet in the first place, so that you can stop bugging them with inane requests for data for you to "analyze".

Comment Re:Widely Used!!!! (Score 1) 446

"widely used by Islamist extremists to plan attacks" where exactly have they proven (and not just stated) that they use encryption. The Paris attackers used burner phones and plain old text messages. No encryption there. There WAS hype shortly afterwards that they had, but in the end they didn't even bother.
"Party starts at 18:30, meet you at Mickeys"
Would slip past all surveillance and monitoring especially if they had no reason to be monitoring that particular phone (which is why they used burner phones).
Stopping encryption on messages is more about them monitoring ALL of us, and not really about stopping attacks.

Comment Why I think we should not have self driving cars (Score 1) 153

This is one of the main reasons I think self driving cars can only lead to the fall of humanity. I mean, he didn't call an ambulance because he knew damn well that when they found out he was a lawyer they would have taken the long way to the hospital and possibly stopped for a long lunch as well. Self driving cars have to be programmed to do this as well, otherwise before we know it we will be neck deep in lawyers and phone sanitizers.

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