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Comment Re:By Design (Score 1) 178

Clearly the NSA leaked these tools with built-in weaknesses so they could get others to install them, then they get to use them.

Or, perhaps they were copied directly from some guys computer from a folder titled "dev".

If you look on my computer, you'll see a folder named "scripts" with many megabytes of scripts in there. It's all historical stuff as I worked on various things or attempted to try something different. Dead ends and so on. Almost none of these were actually used. The things I actually used are elsewhere. I don't know why we would assume that these were examples of programs actually in use.

Comment Re:crap shilling article is crap (Score 1) 290

>Dear Cthulhu, take me now!
>One of the main reasons I LIKE email is that it gives the sender time to organize their thoughts. Much better than listening to some user or boss hem and haw and backtrack and contradict themselves wasting endless minutes of my life.

And if my mod points hadn't just expired I'd mod you up.

Instead - +1000

Don't bother. Cthulhu fhtagn.

Comment Re:Reading is faster (Score 2) 290

Sounds great, but you can read faster than you can listen to someone talking. Do you really want to have to listen to dozens, or even hundreds, of messages every day? Isn't this why people hate their voicemail?

Maybe it's not about our reading speed.
I suspect the reason she likes the voicemail so much is that she types like 3 words a minute using one finger.

Some time ago I had clumsily managed to burn most of my fingertips so typing was painful. I wrote messages by mostly doing copy-n-paste from other messages.
90% all messages are the some old shit anyway, which is why you can decode an email in less than a second.

Comment Re:Why does nobody get second factor right? (Score 2) 37

As for hardware tokens, they would offer optimal security compared to SMS messaging. But people with SSA accounts setup likely may go for years, if not decades, without needing to logon until they're senior citizens.
I cannot imagine hardware tokens being a good idea for a group of people of whom many may not even know where their teeth are.

Comment Re:"I'm told" ??? (Score 4, Informative) 37

There is a message on the SocialSecurity web site that states the SMS requirement has been removed.

I agree with Krebs that the weak place in this is the initial setup, but there's no good answer for that. The SSA is better than most, though.

To setup an account, SSA does a soft inquiry against your Experian credit report and asks your some multiple choice questions based on that. to verify that it's really you. This is easy for relatives (or pretty much anyone) to hack if you happen to be an old person that's lived in the same place for decades and only had one job.
The questions they ask are taken from the same database as are the same questions you have to answer to get a copy of the credit report (or online IRS account, etc), so a total stranger can do testing against other agencies without setting off the wrong-answer lockout on SSA.

If your Experian report has incorrect info (such as your current address or work history), you may need to have a copy of the report to answer the questions the way they want.

The online account cannot be setup by you or anyone else if you have a credit freeze on your Experian credit report.
Everyone should have a freeze on their credit report.

Comment Re:GPL: Intellectual Theft (Score 4, Interesting) 37

As a consultant for several large companies, I'd always done my work on
Windows. Recently however, a top online investment firm asked us to do
some work using Linux. The concept of having access to source code was
very appealing to us, as we'd be able to modify the kernel to meet our
exacting standards which we're unable to do with Microsoft's products.

You've made a verbatim copy of a post is at least 14 years old. It may even be older than you are.

Comment There was no threat of a weapons launch (Score 1) 66

The launch system, on both the USA and Soviet sides, was designed in anticipation of events such as this one. That is to say, the system balanced the need for a quick response to detection events to the need to prevent false/rogue launches.
The launch system had several levels of decisions and coordination among people that had to be met before an attack would be launched, and people and protocols were placed with the authority to prevent launches at every level.
There were several such events like this one during the cold war, and what appears to have been some individual person acting to prevent a launch was part of the system's design.

The downside to total nuclear war is that we have no backups for Earth.

Comment Re:Online Voting (Score 1) 182

Elected officials are paid to sit and read lengthy documents that get passed into law, and even they don't do it.
How many of the direct public do you think are going to read a multi-hundred page document and have the understanding of the legalese to cast an informed vote on it?

Direct democracy works if you're in a small village. Hell just look at Brexit and the number of Google searches from within the UK on "what is the EU" AFTER the voting deadline had finished.

Good point.
A good example of this is the so-called "Obamacare".
Most people have no idea what is in that bill. They don't even know the name of the actual bill.
(it's not "The Affordable Care Act", it's the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act")
It is unreasonable to expect the any person of any social class to spend the week or month necessary to read and understand just this one bill before voting on it.
And the PPACA is pretty much jargon-free; it's just that there's a lot in it.

Now imagine people trying to read and understand Dodd-Frank (DODD-FRANK WALL STREET REFORM AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT) before voting on it. And we sure as taxes cannot depend upon the media to explain these things.

Comment So we've been upgraded? (Score 1) 136

This Internet thing ... is it some kind of upgrade of the Fidonet they didn't tell us about?

Enough stalling. I've been trying to recall exactly when I moved from BBS systems to Internet access at home, and it kind of runs together in my mind. I first got AT&T worldnet in 1995. There wasn't that much difference in content available between BBS in a large city and the internet, or at least for what I wanted to see. I downloaded slackware onto a bunch of floppies around 1995, but I think that was from a BBS. Buzz on ZMODEM, buzz on.

The earliest web site I accessed that I remember the name of was AltaVista, and the second that I remember was, which wasn't all that early. It's just what I remember. In between those two were all the various universities that had some presence online.
That was back when Lynx was still useful.

Comment A free market solution awaits. (Score 2, Funny) 236

No, the government should not interfere in the telemarketing industry.
Free market theory tells us that bad actors will go out of business on their own because people will refuse to purchase the services they are selling.
So there is no need for the government to interfere. The problem will solve itself.

Comment explains why they're all driving on the wrong side (Score 1) 134

So Australia moved a metre and a half, and their gps wasn't updated.
That explains how they came to be all driving on the wrong side of the road.

Does that also explain why they've got a whole continent to themselves, but there are only 24 million people there?
It must be they're the survivors of the switchover to wrong-side driving.

Comment Re:Question (Score 1) 519

But slave economies produce much less than free economies. He is confusing enriching the ruling class with maximizing productivity.

No, Marx wasn't confusing those things. My brief synopsis was inadequate.
He was saying there is more to consider than just productivity by comparing immorality of the 19th century factory worker system to immorality of 19th century slavery.

The tradeoff is for the market to decide.

The market doesn't decide anything. People who seek power make the decisions. The market does not determine who those people may be.

What you said after that is babbling. It makes me wonder if you're trying to make fun of anti-socialists such as myself.

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