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Comment WTF is telnet enabled, and default passwords? (Score 1) 109

The real problem is that IDIOT (Insecurely Designed Internet Of Things) devices can be accessed from the net via telnet, with default passwords, or even no passwords. I don't care if you're running linux, Windows, BSD, OS/2, or whatever; using telnet is begging to be owned.

Telnet is an ancient, insecure protocol, from "a kinder/gentler time". When DARPAnet was started as a US-only project, you needed security clearance to access a mainframe or mini computer that could access the net. Every April 1st, there would be spoofed messages from "KREMVAX" (Kremlin minicomputer); that was fun, and nobody seriously believed it would happen. Telnet was appropriate for the conditions at that time.

The authors of telnet had no way of knowing that DARPAnet would become accessable by the average person worldwide, and cheaply made crap devices, and organized criminals in 2nd and 3rd world countries.

Comment Old news: New Orleans is artificial and a mistake (Score 5, Informative) 307

From a 2005 post

Summary... the City of New Orleans is sinking, and sliding off the continental shelf. It's doomed even if sea levels did *NOT* rise.

> The river is moving away from the city. The city is sinking because of its
> weight, because no upbuilding by new muck for many decades, because of
> being cut off from the fresh water, because it is sliding off a cliff (the Continental Shelf),
> and because the Oil and Gas Industry is extracting oil out from under it.
> It is a city that for all intents and purposes is now Sea domain.

And, oh yeah, the very fact that ships can navigate from the Gulf of Mexico, up the Mississippi River is an anthropogenic artifact.

> To understand the City of New Orleans one must first understand the
> massive Mississippi River delta. New Orleans was built at the site of the old
> "French Quarter" on the high ground adjacent to the Mississippi river.
> This location was picked because the Mississippi River didn't have a mouth
> into the ocean. The river simply went into the "Black Swamp" and disappeared.
> This was where ships headed down river had to stop and unload their
> goods to be transshipped across Lake Pontchartrain to the sea. This was
> done by unloading the goods at the docks and then hauling them to the
> lake where shallow draft boats would take the goods to the seagoing ships.
> By using some ingenious methods, Henry Shreve -- after whom
> Shreveport, La., is named -- forced the river to dig its own channel out to
> the sea where it now goes. This allowed the ocean-going boats access to
> the enormous Mississippi river. This, together with the work of the US Army
> Corps of Engineers, produced what is functionally the largest ocean port on earth.

Comment Beanfield is a rather small fibre ISP for condos (Score 1) 65

They pluck the low-hanging fruit. A quote from their own website...

> Beanfield is condos. We are primarily focused on servicing condominiums
> in high density areas at the moment. We are working as fast as
> we can to hook up as many buildings each month as possible.

The concept works great in downtown Toronto in a highrise condo. An average residence... not so much.

Comment People versus corporations (Score 5, Insightful) 448

Kevin Mitnick spent 5 years in jail and Aaron Swartz was prosecuted/persecuted to the point that he committed suicide

Meanwhile, Sony pulls off their rootkit exploit and now Burger King with "OK, Google", and nobody goes to prison. The takeaway lesson for cybercriminals... don't do anything as an individual; instead, incorporate as a multinational, and have the corporation do the dirty work, without risk of anyone going to jail.

Comment Supply and demand (Score 1) 273

> Not at all. What you are not taking into account is that electric vehicles
> requires significantly less maintenance and electricity is cheap.

Electricity is cheap *TODAY*. Diesel fuel used to be a lot cheaper than gasoline. Then diesel cars became common, and the resulting demand pushed up diesel fuel prices. A big switchover from diesel fiel to electricity for trucks will push up electricity prices, and possibly lower diesel fuel prices. It's the demand side of supply and demand.

Comment Google/Facebook/Twitter/etc neutrality in 2016... (Score 0) 126

...election campaign would've done a lot more for their cause than millions of dollars in lobbying. Instead, they went all in for Hillary, and fought tooth and nail for her. Don't be surprised if the current administration is rather pissed off at them. Elections have consequences. Backing the wrong side in elections has bad consequences.

Comment Jim Bakker went to jail for stuff like this (Score 0) 575

> The PTL Club's fund-raising activities between 1984â"1987 underwent scrutiny
> by The Charlotte Observer newspaper, eventually leading to criminal charges
> against Jim Bakker. From 1984 to 1987, Bakker and his PTL associates sold
> $1,000 "lifetime memberships," which entitled buyers to a three-night stay
> annually at a luxury hotel at Heritage USA. According to the prosecution at
> Bakker's later fraud trial, tens of thousands of memberships had been sold,
> but only one 500-room hotel was ever completed. Bakker sold more
> "exclusive partnerships" than could be accommodated, while raising more
> than twice the money needed to build the actual hotel.

Comment People hate crappy change for the sake of change (Score 1) 374

I don't hate "mainstream" per se. I dislike crap. I *HATE* "new and improved" crap that becomes "mainstream" enough to force its way onto my machine.

1) I started using ICEWM on my home machine in January or February 2010. Since then my "desktop" has remained basically unchanged. System configuration on my machine has remained basically similar, with text files in /etc.

At work, before I retired, I went through Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, and Windows XP. Every few years, even power users were reduced to noobs who had to go through basic training on the "new and improved" UI. System settings were even worse. It was basically "everything you know is wrong" after each "new and improved" system. Apparently, GNOME and KDE users go through a similar nightmare every year or two. I use my computer to do stuff, not to be constantly learning new interfaces.

2) Firefox *USED TO BE* a great little browser. I used it from day 1, back when I had to build "Phoenix" as a subset of "Mozilla", back around the time of "Mozilla 1.0". Remember how AOL destroyed Netscape by trying to turn it into an abstraction-layer/pseudo-OS that would run on top of Windows or linux? Mozilla foundation similarly destroyed Firefox by turning it into a an emacs-like pseudo-OS... that lacked a lightweight web-browser. WebRTC, Hello, Pocket, etc, etc, were piled on.

The last straw for me was the Atrocious^H^H^H^H^H^H Austraulis interface. I heard rumblings that there was a new interface that many people didn't like. I wasn't concerned, because I always set up a customized version to my liking anyways. I was shocked when it it hit the release version, and I found I could not customize it away. The UI-hipsters knew that people would hate it, so they went out of their way to remove the ability for a regular user to customize it away. For several months, the most popular Firefox extension was a "classic-UI restorer". It accessed stuff deeper down "under the hood" and restored the classic interface. But that was too late. I had left for SeaMonkey, and then eventually Pale Moon when it got a linux version.

3) PulseAudio and systemd may work OK *TODAY*. But they were beta-quality when they were first released. I avoided them, and the pain of being the linux equivalant of a Windows user, acting as a guinea-pig for beta quality software.

Comment Data Brokers are the problem (Score 3, Insightful) 44

This is part of a bigger problem. See It's possible to *BUY* lists of rape victims, HIV sufferers, police officers, etc, etc. This data shouldn't be available in the first place.

The problem is that this data is sometimes used to determine whether you get a loand or a job, etc, etc. It's bad enough that you can be denied a loan or a job for something irrelavant. What's horrifying is that these lists often have major errors which may play a part in denying you loans or jobs.

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