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Comment Re:FTFY (Score 1) 190

Well, yes. I don't want my kids installing stuff on any of the other computers in the house. I was going to qualify that statement, but maybe it should stand as is. I don't want them installing anything at all without my knowledge.

I guess it's okay as long as it is sufficiently configurable. I know what I'm doing, and I need to do things that I don't expect my wife or kids to need to do. I'm also pretty careful about protecting myself, but they are more interested in their forums or facebook or tumbler or youtube or whatever, and they wouldn't even notice a restriction on what can be installed.

We had an issue like this at work a few years ago. Various protections, which were ABSOLUTELY necessary to protect the marketing people from themselves, were very inconvenient for developers, who were very frequently running builds that opened and read hundreds if not thousands of files. I KNOW that my header file is a text file and is NOT infected with a virus and doesn't need to be scanned each time it is opened (or ever), and especially not if it was just read a fraction of a second ago when it was #included from a different file than the one that is #including it now.

Comment What about software developers? (Score 1) 190

I'm a software developer. I am constantly recompiling new versions of the code I'm working on.

It's bad enough that I have to keep reconfiguring my firewall (yes, all link-local addresses should be whitelisted; yes, all addresses given out by my own DHCP server should be whitelisted; yes, our server in the "cloud" should be whitelisted; yes, all address in a VM should be whitelisted; etc.).

Will I now have to include some sort of signing step in my build process? What about when I download and install a new tool? Currently, I do get asked to verify this, which is okay, because I don't install new tools every day, so having to occasionally click "ok" is worth the benefit of knowing that something won't get installed without my knowledge.

Comment Not for Windows 8 or 8.1 (Score 5, Informative) 178

For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, the Windows Update web site says "Severity ratings do not apply for this operating system because the vulnerability addressed in this bulletin is not present. This update provides additional defense-in-depth hardening that does not fix any known vulnerability." For all the other systems, the update is rated Critical.

Am I looking at the wrong thing?

Comment Re:WTF??? Was "Re:Need to Do More" (Score 1) 321

Fair enough. One should use resources efficiently, giving more attention to the ones that are more important. Or, at least, we should be putting our resources into efforts which save the most people per whatever unit you want to measure effort in.

For that matter, as you point out, there are probably more effective ways of fighting terrorism. Helping to ensure that everyone has a future, instead of being driven by desperation to suicidal acts, is probably a very important one.

And there are issues of the methods used -- some methods may cause worse problems than the problems they are trying to solve.

But I still completely disagree that it should be anybody's goal to ensure that "the authorities have no hope of finding the actual terrorists." That was my point.

Comment Re: Watch for the next FALSE FLAG ATTACK after thi (Score 1) 321

Not sure why you guys are calling each other names.

"[E]liminating the suffering caused by diarrhea would go a long way towards improving quality of life which has been proven to decrease or eliminate mass murder." Absolutely right!

But you also can't "consider the existence of diarrhea deaths ... to be a license for mass murder anywhere in the world"!!

And, unfortunately, it's also true that "the same sort of people that engage in terrorism are often the very ones that also block relief efforts and kill relief workers that would work to help reduce or end local problems with disease such as diarrhea deaths."

Two wrongs don't make a right. (Although, as is often pointed out, three lefts do make a right, at least in a city that's laid out in a grid and not with roads following rivers and cow paths, like the one I'm in seems to have been :-) )

Comment WTF??? Was "Re:Need to Do More" (Score 5, Insightful) 321

Okay, maybe this is just whooshing over my head, but ... "so the authorities have no hope of finding the actual terrorists"?

But, but, I WANT them to find the "actual terrorists".

I DON'T want them to accuse innocent people of being terrorists. I don't want them to break down doors with guns blazing because someone didn't answer the door fast enough. I don't want them to frighten young children (or adults that have the mental capacity of young children) at airports. I don't want the police to pay a visit to people just because someone Googled "pressure cookers" while his wife Googled "backpacks". I don't want them to arrest people for wearing suspicious T-shirts, or kick people off of airplanes because they are speaking Russian (or Arabic, or Spanish) to each other. I don't want them to shoot to kill because someone dark-skinned is running for the train. I do not want the police to act on false positives.

But I definitely DO want them to catch the "actual terrorists" before they can commit their acts of terrorism!

Comment Re:Wireless has been 'the future' for 20 years (Score 1) 347

I have no idea if the numbers you are quoting are accurate, but I'm confused by your mixture of different units.

Trying to compare similar units:

Wireless: 2 MB/s to 108 MB/s is an increase by a factor of 54.

LAN: 10 Mb/s (1.25 MB/s, disregarding whatever the framing overhead is) to 1000 Mb (presumably per second, 125 MB/s) is an increase by a factor of 100.

Telco: 1200 bps (120 B/s, assuming 1 start bit and one stop bit, or 0.000120 MB/s) to 24,000,000 bps (24 Mbps, or 2 MB/s) is an increase by a factor of 20,000.

So what conclusions are we supposed to draw?

1) Communications speeds on copper wire via telco have increased way more in the last 10 years than either LAN or wireless technology, and telco is now at the point where wireless was 10 years ago. LAN has gone from being 63% as fast as wireless to being 16% faster.

My reaction to this claim: Frankly, I have trouble believing those numbers, and I think I would want to double-check them.

2) If we assume that all 3 keep up their rates of increase, we should expect to see, in 10 more years:
Wireless: 108 MB/s x 54 = 5.8 GB/s
LAN: 125 MB/s x 100 = 12.5 GB/s
Telco: 2 MB/s x 20k = 40.0 GB/s

My reaction to this claim: I don't think the assumption is valid that all 3 technologies will continue at their present rates of increase. Specifically, I find the conclusion that, 10 years from now, telco will be more than 3 times faster than LAN, to be incredible.

Did you want to back up those numbers, maybe put everything in the same units to make it easier to do comparisons, and/or explain what conclusions you ARE trying to draw from these numbers?

Comment Re:Why wouldn't the people support them? (Score 2) 174

I'm not sure that that accurately describes the situation in Lithuania.

Many of the people who are rich there are perceived, rightly or wrongly, of having made their money, not by working hard, but by having influence. When Lithuania privatized large sections of the economy, state assets were often bought at a bargain price by those who were friends of the officials handling the privatization. These may have been former communist officials, kingpins of organized crime, or both (assuming that there's a difference). Or so the perception is.

Some of this "if I can't have it then nobody can" mentality and suspicion of neighbors may have been there for centuries, but Soviet communism added its own twist. Under the communist system, it was almost impossible for someone to lose their job. They would get paid, no matter what they did. On the other hand, the work that they did was often useless, in the sense that if the farmer harvested his potatoes, they might end up rotting in a warehouse somewhere anyway, so why bother working hard to harvest the potatoes? Especially because you wouldn't be paid any less, since they were not YOUR potatoes anyway. The only way to get ahead, in those days, was by stealing from your employer (and boy, do I have a lot of stories, but that's for another time). But the ordinary person would only have a limited ability to steal without getting caught. The big shots, however, could get away with a whole lot, and they were resented by the ordinary people. Even people who may have made their wealth legitimately were suspected of doing so by theft and fraud, because that was just the way the system worked.

People who were not in positions of influence (i.e. the Party) didn't have much hope at all of EVER bettering their situation through any legitimate means.

Keep that in mind when you read about politics in any of the ex-Soviet states. It explains a lot.

So, in Lithuania (and also presumably Russia and any of the other countries that haven't fully recovered from sovietism yet), it seems perfectly understandable to me that "ordinary" people would be glad to see rich people get caught and punished for any kind of cheating. It's not the same dynamic as one might expect here.

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