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Comment Re:Borders. (Score 1) 128

And I thought that Chicago, LA, and NYC were the only cities that thought of themselves as being states of their own.

This is more apropos to this discussion than one might think. O’Hare International Airport is only technically in Chicago. It’s physically nestled well within the northwest suburbs, but is connected to Chicago via a very long and ridiculously narrow strip of land that extends the Chicago border just far enough to claim that site.

Comment Re:Java code (Score 1) 60

So can the security researcher do the planet some good by providing a simple Java app which would clean everything or do we really need to buy Malwarebytes to fix this?

RTFM helps. “Apple calls it 'Fruitfly', and has already released an update that will be automatically downloaded behind the scenes to protect against future infections.”

Comment Re:Where did I see this?.... Better Call Saul (Score 1) 503

Henry Rollins' character goes off on a rant about omnipresent consumer electronics and their fields causing all their health problems in Johnny Mnemonic from 1995.

In the world of Johnny Mnemonic, they have wetware (which is pretty much the whole point), so his rant actually made sense. There’s a difference between our current situation and the one in which these electronic devices are physically embedded into the brain.

Comment The enabling technology, itself, is ridiculous. (Score 5, Insightful) 94

Of course the bug is worrisome, but then, I consider the setting that allows it—leaving AirDrop open to everyone—to be a pretty ridiculous personal security flaw. Making one’s phone readily available to connections from random sources for the sole purpose of file drops doesn’t sound like something that should make the least bit of sense to even the average user.

Comment Re:There are good reasons for gvt bureaucracy, rem (Score 1) 275

Wait a second. I don't mind paperwork.

In this case, Sergeant what's-his-name could look up prices for HDDs on Amazon, fill a form asking for 100 dollars to buy a larger HDD and 50 dollars to pay for installation services and be done with it.

Yeah, let that non-IT guy do the procurement process. I mean, how much worse can it get than what they’ve already done (implementing a critical system to run on a desktop) anyway?

Comment Re:For an alternative (Score 2) 581

But when someone wants to kick the soapbox out from under you and sell it for a profit because you have used it to attract a lot of attention there is no problem at all?

If you want your own soapbox, then buy your own soapbox. You seem to be writing about someone else’s soapbox, to which you have no actual right.

Comment Re:On the heels of the recent eBay data breach... (Score 1) 76

It exists. It's called a credit card

Ah, yes, a credit card, which I'll give to yet another vendor, which will then be responsible for securing my account data. That's certainly one idea, but I prefer to make my financial data readily available to as few vendors as possible. I much prefer to allow a trusted third party to take responsibility for assuring that my account data is protected— fewer potential points of risk, not more.

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