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Comment Re:The author has a certain level of understanding (Score 1) 210

the majority of respondents understanding that passwords should contain uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols

Yup. A password under 8-12 characters in length, consisting of a simple dictionary word (with simple digit substitution of a = 4, e = 3, i = !, random capitalization, etc) can be solved by a GPU in less than a second or two. Combine several non-related words together and you might have a fighting chance. Don't even get me started about how many friends and relatives don't use 2-factor auth.

Comment Oh my. (Score 1) 469

"helps government agencies track down terrorists and uncover financial fraud,"

Other ethnic backgrounds not hired Palantir:
- North Korean
- Russians
- Iranians
- Cubans
- Chechens
- Former/current ISIS members

"Asians" may be a tad too broad. Chinese nationals? Hell, yes. I know of quite a few places that do something similar. The problem is that the idiots doing the screening cannot differentiate between a 2nd generation US citizen from Vietnamese or Hong Kong families, and someone who only a little while ago carried a nice red book and quoted the chairman.

What are the other 17 non-Asians? White, black, hispanic, pakistani, japanese, egyptian, etc?

Comment Encryption was expensive (Score 1) 125

Computationally that is, I don't think it would have flown in the early 90s and the adoption rate would have been the same it was with SSL (and TLS). It wasn't not so long ago that I actually had to provide resource impact reports on servers where everything would be encrypted. Nowadays (unless you deal with extreme large volumes), encrypting (using an symmetric key that is) doesn't have a significant impact. Web servers, load-balancers, etc can support it without breaking a sweat.

Comment Self-righterous bullshit; the "company" is pissed (Score 1) 80

If I was that Ziegler fellow I'd be consulting a lawyer. Spouting that shit publicly, verges (ha!) on defamation.

I'm not saying what Ziegler was right, although in this day and age, one should show very little loyalty to any corporation because they basically claim "people are our most precious resource" but treat employees like shit.

I've seen staff where I worked, take a few weeks off or take a leave of absence. What they do, is try another job and see if it suits them. They quit the original job, or they quit the new job. I'm not going to judge people too much when they do this, hell, the company is always evaluating if they should terminate you.

At this moment I have two contracts. Place A does not know of place B, but place B knows of me working at place A and they don't care. The type of work is very different and they're not in the same sector. Sure place A could claim some crap, but if they do, I just have to walk and move on to the next gig. They can claim some BS excuse anyways, doesn't matter.

Comment Re:Windows Phone (Score 1) 191

I have a 640XL. Win10 upgrade was crap; drained battery twice as fast, SMS is a mess, sluggish response. This past weekend, got a BITLOCKER blue screen and had to re-image it. Went back to 8.1. I should have never upgraded it.

I'm using my other Win10 (one I take for traveling) and seriously thinking of ditching my Windows phones. In all my years with an iPhone, never had it crash on me. Just hate spending $1000 on an unlocked phone though.

Windows 10 Mobile is such a mess. I wouldn't recommend it at all. It feels like Windows 3.11 in an era of OS/2, MacOS, and AmigaOS.

Comment Re:Maintenance (Score 2) 239

Absolutely. Cisco has not kept up with the times. The Smartnet and overall licensing costs are ridiculous. There have been a lot of places that were Cisco only who have started replacing the 29xx series switches or 65xx series concentrators to much cheaper alternatives. In fact, I'm working on a proposal for a client to do just that and get quotes from other vendors to replace their core gear from Cisco to something else.

Comment Re:Idiotic (Score 4, Informative) 131

Ah, from the TFA:

What's more, Reddit suggests that Atlantic is targeting the wrong website. "Notably, Atlantic has failed to describe its efforts, if any, to obtain such information from, the website to which the song was uploaded," Reddit's brief said. It also said that "a petition for pre-action discovery should be granted only if a petitioner demonstrates that he has a meritorious cause of action and the information sought is material and necessary to an existing and actionable wrong."

At least someone at Reddit is on the ball.

Comment Re:I'd be more worried about outsourcing of helpde (Score 1) 104

The people in Mumbai won't have the security clearance to access the data in the first place.

They do tend to have the ability to manage the credentials to grant you access to the applications that consume the data. I've seen this approach leave massive holes in healthcare and outsourcing; where there are stipulations about keeping data in the country.

The GP's point is that physical storage/location is only one piece of the puzzle. Separation of duty as you describe is another, regular audits and monitoring, management of encryption keys, securing the network paths (there a lot of hops that bounce back and forth between the US and Canada), etc

Comment Sad news (Score 2) 156

My favourite show of all time. He was perfect for the role and he played it well. Similar to JMS, can't speak much for his political leanings, but he was a genuine and authentic person from any interviews I've seen of him and snippets of his show.

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