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Comment What are the chances? (Score 1) 403

What are the chances that all that org's e-mail is public by tomorrow morning?

Pretty good I'd think. Lots of hacker types around who read. Wouldn't take much to crack that box.

As a SE, if the contract fell my way, I'd have them completely offline for an upgrade on an emergency basis. Let the mail backup on the secondary- assuming his admin is smart enough to have done it right.

I'd bet dinner with a friend they are cracked by morning. If Trump had a decent IT staff they would not be in this condition.

Comment Everyone is dirty.... (Score 3, Insightful) 409

I've got mixed feelings on this.

They are all dirty- Trump, Clinton, and Assange. We all know about Trump and Clinton.

Assange is trying to strike out against a particular candidate, with stolen materials, which are unverified, and seeking some sort of revenge. So has become a defacto participant in the election process- as a foreign actor.

No matter how you dice it, everyone is dirty.

Ecuador on the other hand says: "Assange is trying to influence a foreign election from our embassy and we do not want to engage in that activity".

The only people with principles in this American election- are apparently Ecuador. How sad is that?

Comment Absurd.... (Score 1) 215

The DNS system is not the internet. The Internet works just fine without it- except for those pesky IP4 and IP6 numbers. This is such a smokescreen.

Everything the internet could be transitioned to a separate US controlled DNS system in the event of emergency. Would it be a shock to the system because everyone uses DNS? Of course. But new root servers could be deployed in short order.

Comment Re:That's the problem (Score 1) 241

That's the problem with Tor: Most people aren't brave enough (and, rightfully so) to operate an exit node because of the law enforcement repercussions. So, the only people that can operate exit nodes without repercussions is law enforcement. Which defeats the purpose of Tor.

And criminals. Notably ones in hard to prosecute countries.

Comment Not for me anymore.... (Score 3, Interesting) 241

It's probably not a good idea to use Tor anymore. There was a time when it was very useful, especially as a tool for journalists and dissidents ETC.

My main use for it was as a remote testing platform. Which it excelled at. Heck- I even wrote a small section of the Tor website regarding Tor's use by IT professionals.

Now... there's so much scrutiny on the system that your presence there basically gets you tagged as "suspicious".

My decision to stop using Tor was based on the apparent numbers of pedophiles that were hiding on the darknet. In an effort to not be confused with "them"- I stopped using it.

YMMV- it's a risky proposition. If you've ever run an exit node (not me!!) you are a potential target for misguided law enforcement. Plus the fact you may be unwittingly be aiding illegal activity as a middle man node.

Not for me. Make sure you understand what you are doing if you participate.

Comment Stick a fork in.... (Score 0) 612

This is finished. There's no way she wins the election, and I say that as one of her supporters. Here is clear evidence of trying to hide something. This leaves no room for doubt.

As an aside.... this IT guy is not very skilled if he's going to Reddit for technical advice.

This is a sad revelation- since I'm not a fan of Trump. But she's done.

Comment Re:Pretty simple actually.... (Score 2) 537

So what do black children on the west side of Chicago need to do to get a good education and a decent system to support them? Interpretive dance? How will they please the people around them and get support?

What services do they have to offer? Things only get better for them when someone steps in to make things better- and there isn't much profit in that... Now is there?

That's the case for most education problems....

So I'll tell you what "man", if you can take your snowflaky ass out of the corporate offices at Tivo, and go see the real world, you'd see that your view needs revising.

Elitist Carnage Mellon cake eating loser. Your bankbook is bigger than mine- but everything else you have is smaller.

Comment Re:Pretty simple actually.... (Score 1) 537

It's simple... companies that service education do not have the margin that other tech companies have. The schools have limited resources and limited ability to pay. Everything is done on a razor margin (assuming a competitive bid structure).

It comes back to value. Why was I paid below market? Because schools, as customers, could not support a salary over 150k.

Comment Pretty simple actually.... (Score 4, Insightful) 537

The problem is cultural. We do not champion the production of things that enrich society in general, especially if they have no, or little, profit attached.

Speaking for myself, my whole resume as a Systems Engineer contains nothing organizations who either were directly involved in education, or served that market.. Those have been my sole employers. I've always been paid below market as an employee.

And I've always been looked at as an anomaly. Sometimes even derided. One time there was an offer that was $60,000 above what I was making. It was for a Fortune 10 company- which I turned down. Boy did I earn a high level of scorn from my friends and family who valued the paycheck over the work.

Am I the only one? I highly doubt it.

If you tally up the number of children that were educated by systems I designed- the number is conservatively above 7 million.

Was it worth it? You're goddamned right it was.

Comment Re:Why would I admit a lie is true? (Score 4, Insightful) 99

Actually- it was only two terms of congress. 2 years- which you are referring to.

If you think it's a lie- then you and I have a different understanding of what truth is. That legislation was blocked because of amendments by the Republicans.

Why is your party holding hostage legislation by amending it with items that the Democrats would not pass? That seems obstructionist to me.

I'll answer the question for you: Because they can whine (like you) in the press and on comment sections- about how the Democrats torpedoed Zika legislation.

And why not? It's good for the Republican base- because they really don't care about anything that doesn't fit their agenda. It's good for the party because they can wave the flag about "stopping the evil Democrats".

And whether it's either party doing this- I don't care. Compromise is the core of constitutionality in the United States. THIS obstructionist move is the fault of Republicans.

You've also made the mistake of thinking I'm partisan. I'm not. But you need to call anyone who disagrees with you a Democrat.

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