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Comment Re:Why not? (Score 2, Insightful) 133

Hmmm - prison = food, clothing, shelter, in some cases a good gym membership and now your own tablet with internet and skype and probably easy access to porn.

What's the deterrent to crime then?

First, you need to give up your freedom. Be denied all contact with all other humans, and be cut off from the world. You'd need to accept spending years like that. For years, you will not see a sunrise, or a rolling ocean. For years, you cannot join a motorcycle club. For years, even the possibility of a pleasant walk will elude you. You'll miss the spring flowers, the greens of summer, and the spectacle of autumn - for years. And for years, you will not feel wind in your hair or the sun on your face.

If you're willing to give up all that in exchange for a tablet, a treadmill, and three square a day, well sir, kudos to you. I wouldn't.

For the slow of mind - prison, in a modern society, is not meant to be a deterrent - that's why we call it corrections. Modern civil societies have rehabilitative prisons, not punitive prisons. (Almost) everyone in prison is getting out eventually. You'd better plan for that.

Comment Re:When people are dumb enough to rely on the clou (Score 5, Insightful) 122

I can't believe shit like this gets modded up. People like you - the ones who blame the user - give people like me a bad name.

They put it on iCloud - as far as they know, THAT IS A FUCKING BACKUP. They have independently set up an iCloud backup, as far as they are aware. Calling them stupid does nothing to address the cause, which in your example, is a shitty user interface provided by Apple that did not adequately inform the user of the effects of the action in question.

No, they do not "deserve" this. They made a simple mistake. We all do. Believing an iCloud copy is a reliable backup is a perfectly reasonable assumption to a layperson. They have a copy on their iPhone, and a backup copy in an iCloud account. Or conversely, they have a copy in an iCloud account, and a backup stored on their iPhone - THEIR OWN FUCKING MEDIA.

You seem to not understand that not everyone should be expected to maintain the level of knowledge you have on this matter. They don't understand it - so they place their trust in Apple - who, by all accounts, should know a hell of a lot more about this matter than they do.

Comment Re:Not "eternally useless" once compromised (Score 1) 54

Yes, exactly. And passwords are no different. Any credentials stored with a third party are at a risk level determined by the security measures in place there. Passwords are dependent on proper hashing and salting, and the current level of computational power available to crack them (among other things), and fingerprint records are only as secure as current technological sophistication will permit. We've always needed to have some level of trust in authentication providers, and I don't think biometric records are any different in that regard.

The difference, of course, is that you can't change your fingerprint, and you're dependent on the advancing state of technology. Still though, they are a useful additional factor when employed with full knowledge of their weaknesses.

Comment Not "eternally useless" once compromised (Score 1) 54

Other biometric solutions, such as fingerprints, iris scans, and facial features, become eternally useless once compromised.

No. They do not. This is a rather common misconception. Granted, you can never change these things - which is an inherent weakness, but they do not become "eternally useless". I may have your fingerprint - but I can not fool every fingerprint reader on Earth. Better fingerprint readers are invented - each successive generation being harder to fool. Iris scans and facial recognition are much the same. You may be able to fool the scanners of today, but not necessarily the scanners of tomorrow. You may be able to fool some scanners, but not all scanners.

I can place a security guard at the scanner - thus ensuring that a rubber finger (or a gummy bear), or a picture of your face, is not being used, much like an extremely cheap lock can be very effective if someone can monitor it to ensure it is not picked. They do not become eternally useless. They are still, and always will be, an additional measure, not to be used in isolation.

Comment This really proves nothing (Score 1) 190

The highest stress levels, it should be noted, are reserved for those who constantly check their work e-mail on days off. Their average stress level is 6.0. So those of you who think it's somehow pleasant to work from home on a Saturday afternoon, you're actually fooling yourself.

That's on a scale of 1 to 10, and the average across America is 4.4 for those who didn't RTFA. (Extremely sloppy summarizing. Way to go, msmash!)

And besides, this is only a correlation - the article does not identify whether constant email checking causes stress, or if people who are already stresses are more likely to check emails. It further goes on to state:

About 42 percent of constant checkers specifically point to political and cultural discussions as causing stress. And the impacts play out in real life—35 percent of constant checkers say they are less likely to spend time with family and friends because of social media.

Suggesting (at least to me) that constant email checking and high stress levels simply have a common precursor, not that one causes the other.

Comment Travel Mode Won't Help (Score 1) 144

The problem isn't just that the ask for passwords. The problem is also that they save them for later use.


A month later, André attempted to fly to New Orleans again. This time, he brought what he thought was ample proof that he was not a sex worker: letters from his employer, pay stubs, bank statements, a lease agreement and phone contracts to prove he intended to return to Canada.

When he went through secondary inspection at Vancouver airport, US Customs officers didn’t even need to ask for his passwords — they were saved in their own system. But André had wiped his phone of sex apps, browser history and messages, thinking that would dispel any suggestion he was looking for sex work. Instead, the border officers took that as suspicious.

All the "travel mode" protections we can think of will be useless, unless it also forces a password change. And we all know how often that happens.

As so many other commenters have pointed out, technology is not the problem here. The laws allowing it (or the lack of laws prohibiting it) are the problem.

Submission + - Overwatch director speaks out against console mouse/keyboard adapters (arstechnica.com)

Striek writes:

Regardless of where you fall in the long-running debate between keyboard/mouse and analog stick controls, you could historically be relatively sure that everyone on a single platform would be playing with the same control scheme. Recently, though, third-party adapters have started allowing console players to use a mouse and keyboard effectively on dedicated consoles, throwing off the competitive balance in a way that Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan doesn't appreciate.

"The Overwatch team objects to the use of mouse and keyboard on console," Kaplan wrote on the Battle.net forums. "We have contacted both first-party console manufacturers and expressed our concern about the use of mouse and keyboard and input conversion devices.

Submission + - Trump Fires Attorney General (politico.com) 3

Humbubba writes: President Donald Trump fired the nation's acting attorney general Monday night after she refused to defend an executive order he issued last week restricting immigration in the name of national security.

In an act of high political drama just ten days after taking office, Trump replaced Obama administration appointee Sally Yates with the U.S. Attorney in Alexandria, Va., Dana Boente.

"The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States. This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel," a White House statement said. "Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration."

Submission + - 'Can you hear me?' scam has police urging people to hang up immediately (nydailynews.com)

An anonymous reader writes: "Can you hear me?" Police in several states are urging people to avoid answering this simple question from a phone number they do not know.

Authorities in Virginia say the question is aimed at getting unsuspecting victims to say "yes" — an answer the frauster then records as a way to authorize charges on a phone, utility or credit card bill.

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