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Comment Ransomware (Score 1) 229

If your idea of local backup means network attached storage, I've heard multiple stories of ransomware getting on the system and taking out both the main disks and the NAS.

Make sure you always have some form of offline storage, whether it be a local disk or a cloud storage solution.

Comment Re:Where is the government? (Score 1) 110

This is where regulators need to step in. Simple legislation is all we need: if you don't own a domain, you can't track people on it, unless it's something like an OAuth login.

They are stepping in. Their intelligence services will be taking full advantage of it.

Comment Lost opportunity (Score 1) 122

Rather than posting all the kids' embarrassing photos on the internet, the parents should wait until the kids are 13 or 14 and acting like little shits.

Then the parents can threaten to bring the photos out and show them to all the kids' friends when they come around. You've got to think ahead. :-)

Comment Re:That's a funny new definition of "entitlement" (Score 1) 438

I don't understand why businesses believe they have a right to indefinite rent seeking privileges and charge whatever price they feel like they want to charge.

Uh, because they're getting away with it and because the Government (thanks to lots of lobbying dollars) is on their side?

How many other business operate that way? Can a mechanic or a plumber work that way?

Well frequently they do. Many times the poor customer doesn't know what a fair or competitive price for the work is, or it's an emergency and their basement is filling up with water and it's 1 am on a Sunday and they have little choice but tp pay what's asked..

Comment Re: One can only hope (Score 2, Funny) 217

Riiiiiight....and we've all seen how well the "cut taxes to the bone" model has worked in Kansas and Louisiana. Both states are nearly bankrupt, are deeply in debt, and can't afford to pay for basic services like schools, police, roads, and other "socialist" infrastructure.

No one like paying taxes, but they're a necessary thing in a modern society. It's a fact, and no amount of voodoo tax-cutting theory will change that.

Some people complain that everything was great 100 years ago where there was no taxation. Yeah, there were no taxes 100 years ago, and you know what else we didn't have 100 years ago?

A standing army, the FDA, the EPA, clean, drinkable water coming from every faucet, 24-hour emergency rooms, fully-staffed hospitals waiting to give you life-saving care, fire departments, 12 years of public education, child-abuse investigators, controls on what toxic chemicals can be poured into your drinking water, nationwide 911 service, a national highway system, social services, drug treatment centers, Medicaid and Medicare, Social Security, community colleges, public schools, water and sewer systems, parks and recreation services, food inspection, electrical utilities, gas service, a National School Lunch Program, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, foster care services, School Breakfast Programs, State Children's Insurance Programs, Unemployment insurance, Worker's Comp, Senior Community Service Employment Programs, street lights, mass transit, zoning, planning, building permits and inspection, housing and development programs, road maintenance, the State Board of Health, building inspections, building and fire codes, disaster relief, FEMA, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the FBI, flood mitigation, pollution inspections, drug treatment centers, the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), the Library of Congress, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and on and on and on.

What have the Romans ever done for us?

Comment Tor, VPN (Score 3, Interesting) 27

This law changes nothing. If you have something juicy or illegal to disclose, you should ALWAYS do it anonymously, because they will find a way to get back at you sooner or later.

Oh, and of course scrub any signs of the information from your equipment as soon as you've made the disclosure and deny, deny, deny, if asked about it.

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