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Comment Re:Garbage collection - less than 1% female (Score 3, Insightful) 446

That's a fair point. I don't know if there is much research into women in refuse collection, but it is worth identifying why so few want reasonably well paid jobs. It's not like they are averse to getting dirty - cleaning and various forms of nursing/care are dominated by women, literally cleaning up other people's shit.

Could be an image thing (like with men in nursing), could be a cultural thing.

The thing is though, it's a tough nut to crack. The starting percentage is low, historically there was little interest (women used to make up 38% of the CS workforce as recently as the 1980s) and it's typically not a field that attracts intellectuals who see the benefit of correcting the situation. Not that we should give up, I'm just suggesting why there is more effort being put into tech and science.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 446

If women choose not to go into computing fields, why should they be forced (or even encouraged) to do so?

No one is being forced. We know that they want to are interested in tech, but they tell us that there are barriers.

Why isn't there a similar push to get men into kindergarten education or nursing?

There is. It was identified as a major problem in the UK and incentives, like grants to cover the cost of education, were put in place.

How about letting people pick the field(s) they want to go into without telling them what they "ought" to do based on a pointless metric or percentage?

That's the goal. Remove the barriers, allow a truly free choice.

Comment Re:These vulnerable IoT devices are here to stay (Score 3, Insightful) 67

The problem is how do you get users to apply updates?

You could have an update server, but then it too is vulnerable and you would have to force manufacturers to hand over control to... someone when they end support and open source the firmware.

Relying on users to manually seek out and install updates is obviously never going to work, if they can't even change the default password.

Comment Re:Technical OR legislative? (Score 2) 327

The only solution I can see is regulation, like we have for radio transmitters. Everything has to be certified to meet minimum security requirements before it can be sold. The problem is that for radios it is fairly easy to test the output, but to check firmware for security you need access to source code and time to understand and evaluate it.

Submission + - GlobalSign accidentally revokes root certificate, affecting 1000s of websites (

AmiMoJo writes: If you can't get to some of your favorite websites today, it's may not have a thing to do with your browser or ISP. The blame likely goes to GlobalSign, a Belgium-based security certificate provider. The company fouled up a clean-up of some of their root certificates links. This resulted in many "secure" websites showing up as being insecure and, depending on your web browser, unavailable.

The bad news is GlobalSign customers need to replace their SSL certificates. The really bad news is those same corrupt certificates are now on end-user systems. There they will block the affected sites for as long as week.

Comment Re: The worst? (Score 1) 174

Might be better to just patch the damn thing if you have access to it, or at the very least change the settings so that it can't be hacked by anyone else.

I seem to recall an ISP doing this some years back. They realized that the shitty Netgear mode/routers they had bought all had insecure wifi passwords. The password was a hash of the wifi MAC address, the thing that gets broadcast constantly in the clear. Anyway, they sent out updates to all devices to reset the wifi password to something really random and emailed users. They probably had a lot of support calls anyway.

Comment Re:Who should we blame? (Score 1) 174

Sounds like you want to ban real life protests as well. As all, what is a protest if not a DDoS on a particular location? The whole point is to block and area / road and make lots of noise so people can't ignore you.

Of course, most DDoS attacks are not protests, but you have to draw the line somewhere. Is manually submitting hundreds of bogus web forms censorship? What about sending thousands of letters to a TV company because a show was cancelled? That might make it hard for them to respond to other mail they are getting.

Personally I don't think a DDoS is a very effective form of protest, but at times it is a legitimate one.

Comment Re:Why bother with cops at all? (Score 2) 148

On-board AI might be preferable to a hackable radio. If someone breaks either the radio protocol or gets into the control system computers, they would have a read-made army of stun-gun equipped drones.

Could be a great way for Russia to turn the protests when Trump loses into riots, making out that the police started stunning people at random. Or just a toy for some 14 year old kid in Bulgaria.

Comment Re:Technical OR legislative? (Score 4, Insightful) 327

The problem is that people buy stuff on eBay from China. It will be nearly impossible to block all those sales or hold the manufacturers to account.

In the EU at least the onus would be on the vendor, i.e. the shop that sold the thing, to ensure updates were available. Again, not that helpful for imports but perhaps eBay or Amazon could be made liable to encourage them to vet sellers. If that IoT toaster they sold 3 years ago was discovered to be vulnerable and no fix was available, the customer could return it for a partial refund. eBay and Amazon would have to be required to notify buyers too.

Comment Re:Who should we blame? (Score 4, Insightful) 174

Also the people who didn't change the default passwords. Looking at the list, most of the devices are not particularly insecure or anything, it's just that their owners did not change the default login credentials but did manage to expose them to the internet.

Also blame the engineers who didn't put in some interlocks, e.g. no requests from outside the LAN until the default password has been changed or simply force the user to change the password the first time they log in.

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