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Comment Re:from the five-days-too-late dept (Score 2) 41

Unfortunately it's the only two factor authentication system that's going to work for the public at large. It's a simple system that works with any and every cell phone on the market, with no need to (re)develop applications for multiple OSes, manage syncing those applications to a master server, and then handle user support issues when those applications break.

The problem with "proper" security is that it works against the user. Long passwords that you can't remember, SecurID tokens that you never have when you need them, and finicky fingerprint readers that are too easily fooled by fakes. And in the end, all of this just gets subverted by social engineering, calling the help desk and convincing the rube on the other end to reset the account password. Unbreakable security fails at being friendly when faced with the fallibility of users, and at the same time it's only as strong as the weakest human who has control over it.

The fact of the matter is that the only real threat to PSN users is going to be criminal gangs harvesting accounts en masse. A token two factor system, properly implemented, is going to be enough to stop that. It's security that's good enough. Otherwise you'll quickly discover first-hand how perfect can be the enemy of good.

Which is not to say I advocate poor security. But so far no one has come up with a better way to do it. It has to be universally compatible and it has to handle user failures gracefully, and there are very few ways to do that.

Comment Re:Conspicuous Silence (Score 1) 93

It's a pathetic 35 magabits per second.

Unfortunately you're not going to get much better on cable, even with DOCSIS 3.1. Upstream requires valuable low-frequency spectrum, which there's only a limited amount of and there's contention with other services (cable boxes, VoIP, etc). Meanwhile it's a nosier shared environment, so you also can't use as high of a bitrate as you can on the downstream.

Fiber is clearly better in this respect. But it's the tradeoff of using the copper already in the ground as opposed to having to dig up streets to lay down new fiber.

Comment Re:The cost of fiber optics is growing? (Score 2) 31

You are kidding right?

This isn't a telco play (2km doesn't get you anywhere... Plus who needs 100G to the home today - I would settle for 1G) - it is a data center play. 2km is a data center distance, large clusters are easily hosted in rooms of this size - and even inter rack distances can get into the 10's of meters. Frankly others have had 100G silicon photonics out for a while (read about a year).

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Hackers Claim To Be Selling NSA Cyberweapons In Online Auction (dailydot.com) 88

Reader blottsie writes: A group of hackers identifying themselves as theShadow Brokers claims to have hacked the NSA's Equation Group, a team of American hackers that have been described as both "omnipotent" and "the most advanced" threat cyberspace has ever seen. On the Shadow Brokers' website, the group has shared a sample of data that some cybersecurity experts say lends credibility to the breach. The the hackers' asking price for what they claim is a cache of NSA-built cyberweapons. Motherboard's take on this is here.

Comment MOD PARENT UP (Score 1) 145

The parent is spot on.

And just to add to that, until their recent run of profitability, the last time the airlines as a whole were consistently profitable was in the 1990s, before the dot-com bubble popped. Between roughly 2001 and 2011, they cumulatively lost money (the one bright spot was 2006, but of course the Great Recession hit).

http://web.mit.edu/airlines/analysis/analysis_airline_industry.html (apologies for the tiny image, but historical data more than 5 years out is typically paywalled).

It wasn't until we exited the Great Recession, airlines started charging for food and bags, and airlines did more to increase the passenger load factor (percentage of seats that are filled) to historically crazy levels that they finally became profitable as they have been in the past few years. Until then, even in decently good times, the underlying costs were pulling them down. Too many pilots and attendants drawing too high of a salary, too many flights going out less than full (i.e. too much spare capacity), etc.

So you can imagine why airlines weren't in any rush to invest in high cost, risky IT upgrade projects. When you're trying to just stay in the black, any optional cost not part of the core business (flying) is a risk.

Comment Re:$78,000,000,000 (Score 1, Interesting) 102

You don't plan on retiring?

A 5% return on 1,000,000 is 50K a year. That doesn't go very far when you have to cover your medical expenses, housing, food, and hopefully seeing your grandkids.

1,000,000 dollars isn't really all that much. Take an average 40 year working life, invest/save 25K a year - 40 years later... magic 1,000,000. Rather than complain about someone who provided value to millions of customers - why don't you go after the football/basketball/baseball players that get paid millions a year to play a game.

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