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Comment Re:Necessary, but a waste of time. (Score 1) 38

Unless they are in disposable positions, their manager rightly points out that they're valuable members of the HR/Finance/Sales team, and that if their CEO writes them an email ordering them to give something up, they're going to follow orders.

I mostly agree with you, but I think you might have missed my intent...

Why does a random HR employee have the ability to send an export of all employee data to an external address? Why would the CEO legitimately need to ask anyone to send them data (as in, the data itself, not a link to an internal webpage or file)?

Yes, people will always make mistakes, and non-techies will never keep up with the latest social attacks - Thus my point; not saying someone should lose their job for an offense they don't even understand, but rather, that they shouldn't have the physical capability of accidentally causing such a breach.

Though rare, this counts as one area where we could take a tip from high-security government agencies - No removable media, no direct internet access, no email attachments can leave (or enter) the local network without some form of sign-off by InfoSec, etc. And yes, of course people will always find ways around such technical barriers, but at that point it becomes a lot harder to claim ignorance instead of malice.

Comment Necessary, but a waste of time. (Score 1) 38

I can easily see the theoretical value in this. In practice, this will just scare and confuse 99% of non-IT people.

Corporate cybersecurity must operate in such a way that it doesn't require the end users' cooperation, or it will fail. Sure, you can teach people best practices, how to spot phishing attacks, not to use the same password on every system they use; but as soon as you move beyond that, you've set yourself up for complete failure.

Comment Next up... (Score 1) 152

Coming next: Facebook tests out modal popup windows as a means of delivering the content - aka ads - people really want to see, rather than wasting their time taking them directly to things like profiles, pictures, or their wall.

And as a bonus, pop-under porn ads, so you can enjoy one last bit of joy from Facebook while desperately trying to close out of your browser as the boss approaches.

Comment Re:The game needs more stuff to do (Score 1) 194

That's exactly what would NOT work here as you're supposed to play in a setting that's recognizably your own town/city/island.

Taking things a biiit too literal here, friend. Who says "your own town/country/planet" doesn't belong to "Dainisekai zone"? Or if it offends you that much, call them "leagues" - Up to CP500, you will only see and battle "shojo" league players.

However they frame it, Niantic has a really, really simple way to segregate players by skill, thereby keeping it fun for noobs and old-timers, fun for casuals and hardcore grinders. Hell, under that model, they could even allow "cheaters" (or even rurals) to play in their own league, rather than outright banning them.

Comment Re:The game needs more stuff to do (Score 4, Interesting) 194

A really, really straightforward way around that problem already exists - Segregating players by whatever key stats make them casual-vs-god-like.

In the case of PoGo, that would just mean your highest CP critter, in tiers of around 500-ish. Once you get something over CP1500, you could effectively enter an entirely new world (doesn't need to be explicit, although in keeping with the Pokemon theme, they could call it a new town/island/whatever), with gyms controlled by people in the same ballpark as you.

Comment Re:By some definitions, (Score 1) 348

"Well, I don't use Facebook or Twitter, or even LinkedIn for that matter... But I can give you my handle for Slashdot, Fark, Reddit, Kuro5hin (oh wait, that went down), Metafilter, Digg, Voat, 4chan, Rotten, DeviantArt, Flixter, Diaspora, Stack Exchange, MySpace (never actually used it, but made an account)... Can I have another page to list these? Oh, and should I include game acounts too? This could take a while..."

Comment Re:Developers are at fault (Score 1) 125

You have it both 100% correct, but completely wrong.

Yes, as a dev, I choose to pop up a mostly useless dialog asking the user how to proceed when something seems amiss. I know for a fact that the users almost never actually read them, because when I get a call and ask them what the error said, they invariable need to go try to reproduce the error - And I make a point of writing human-readable error messages like "Your file vanished after I saved it, Dave", nothing like "Error 102, sprongle interface not loaded at 0xDEADBEEF".

But in the example I gave - Do I not tell the user that their file, which the OS reported as successfully written to disk, somehow magically no longer exists? Sure, I could blindly try again a few times (and when safe, I would)... But if it keeps happening?

Comment Don't care != multitasking is hard. (Score 1) 125

This has nothing to do with "dual task interference", it comes from "I just want the damned thing to work".

So my browser tells me something-something-Flash-something, do I really want to watch that YouTube video? That question has only one possible answer: "Kittens". No one, ever, not even the most paranoid of security researchers, has ever intentionally said "no, never mind, I don't really need to see kittens, thanks for the warning, Firefox!".

The real problem here (if any) comes from too damned much crying wolf. People ignore warnings because we see dozens of them every day, and 99.9% of them mean absolutely nothing (and the remaining 0.01% just mean that if the NSA has already infiltrated your ISP, they can use what you want to do to maybe get a bit more access to your home PC).

Even antivirus software has this problem - Yes, I know that netcat can be a "hacking" tool; it's also really fucking useful.

Comment Re:Bashing gives useful information (Score 1) 399

"Discussion" in the absence of facts is gossip. And Hillary has made at least one true statement (not to imply Trump has made more or less than that) - We don't know the "real" Hillary; we don't know the "real" Trump, either - We know the personas their marketing teams have told them to role-play for this election cycle.

Just to keep it "balanced", Trump has also made at least one true statement - It largely is the media's fault. They cover complete nonstop bullshit with no relevance to the fact that the election basically counts as a job interview. They talk about abortion, about racism, about whether black or blue or rainbow lives matter, they talk about transgendered bathrooms, they talk about "tax plans" as though "lower for $my_base!" actually means anything. All complete rubbish designed to sound good in five-second soundbites, with no relevance to the fact that the candidates have applied for a job.

I don't want Trump's tax returns, I want his resume.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2) 86

"Support", "able", "include", and "allow" do not mean "required".

Currently, I have no need or desire for one of the current gen of overpriced headache-inducing 3d headsets; when I finally decide to try one, however... Y'know, I'd kinda like it if the OS natively supports it without needing to hunt down a million and one drivers and registry tweaks.

Comment Re:When I don't want to change my phone (Score 1) 191

My 3YO iPhone runs iOS 9.3.4 just fine. By all accounts, even though Apple is upping the base memory going forward, 10 will still need to support 16GB models, so I should have no problem there, either. I fully expect at least another two years before I can't upgrade it anymore, and should safely have a year or two past that before it becomes dangerously insecure due to lack of patching.

As for Androids, end of "support" has more to do with vendor lock-in than anything else - But fortunately, Androids are largely trivial to root. If you have adequate hardware, you can pretty much load new Android releases until the end of time. Simple example (though a tablet, not a phone), I have a Galaxy Tab 2 (4 years old?) running Marshmallow juuust fine (albeit technically CM13, because fuck Samsung). And again, even if I can't eventually get Nougat to load, I'll still have a year or two running it on an outdated OS before it becomes outright dangerous.

Comment Re:Bashing gives useful information (Score 1) 399

I think it's more right to say that it will help expose unworkable friendships.

I started this reply to disagree with you, but realized, I actually do agree with you, albeit with a twist...

I have no interest in anyone's political opinions. Don't want to hear it, don't want to discuss it, don't want to see memes about Trump's toupee or Hillary's stroke. I sincerely wish the Founding Fathers had thought to ban all political campaigning outside a one-month window leading up to an election. I don't even care if you can practically read my mind and sing praises for my own personal opinions - I just don't want to hear about it, period.

That doesn't mean I don't have my own political views, and make no mistake, I am willing to change those views in the face of new evidence. But you all know exactly the same BS as I do, all generated by the same marketing firms and having as much resemblance to any sort of objective truth as Harry Potter does to accurately portraying the British school system.

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