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Comment Re:Perspective... (Score 1) 180

If someone was going to die as a result of a malfunction or breach of a system, we'd demand it be air-gapped and have robust CM. There would be hell to pay as a result of failure - think hospital systems. Or military systems.

Yes, these systems never get hacked. And people never die because of the hacks...

The thing is, most of the systems businesses use aren't all that important in the grand scheme of things. No one is going to die if Twitter or Walgreens has a breach.

Nonsense. It's entirely possible to have a company let your data get stolen and then not learn about that breach until years later (Yahoo). That information leak could lead to all sorts of things (particularly, credit reports) that would genuinely and profoundly affect your life. This isn't "Oh noez, hackers know my home address", this is, "Fuck, they know enough about me to open credit cards in my name".

Cue "assumed breach"...we must assume that systems like Twitter and Walgreens are breached and are leaking data. Therefore, conduct any business with them while insulating yourself from the consequences of said breach.

Agreed. And, as it turns out, my tinfoil hat is starting to come into fashion these days.

Comment Re:Then they need an incentive (Score 1) 180

Are you saying you want an internet version of osha?

Not quite but, kinda. I think data breaches should be very expensive to a company. Expensive enough that it's worth protecting against them. It's obvious that the market isn't going to go out of its way to prevent these breaches because, frankly, the costs are externalized (onto the people who have had their data breached). If the costs were internalized, you can bet your ass that companies would take security more seriously.

If, on average, a data breach costs each breached customer like $5, then fine the company $10 per breached record. In the case of Yahoo, that would be 5 *billion* dollars. That's a number that companies can understand and will bend over backwards to not let it happen again.

Comment Then they need an incentive (Score 5, Insightful) 180

If it's truly the case that it's cheaper to let data breaches happen than to protect against them, then some sort of incentive (or, punishment) needs to be put into place to change that situation. This is one of the few areas where government intervention is actually warranted: When something is not in the best interest of corporations but is very much in the best interest of citizens.

It's probably cheaper to let factory workers die on the job than it is to put all the safety measures in place to ensure they don't. Yet corporations put those safety measures in place anyway. They don't do it out of fondness of the workers, they do it because the government will shut them down if they don't.

Comment Re:No no no. (Score 1) 270

You don't need vacuum tubes. That's such a horrible audio myth

The summary doesn't say anything about sound quality. My guess is that he's using vacuum tubes because it's possible to 100% DIY a vacuum tube amplifier from off the shelf parts. If you try to build a solid state amp from scratch, you are probably going to need to get custom PCBs built and you'll get to test the steadiness of your hands as you try to solder tiny SMD chips.

Now, making the actual tubes seems a little overkill (is he also making his own transformers, resistors, wiring, etc?) but, if you want to build your own amplifier from scratch, tubes is the way to go.

Comment Re:For years now... (Score 1) 386

I think all printers are purposely designed to fail these days. I have an Epson that I use once or twice a year. I can't recall the last time I tried to use it and didn't spend an hour trying to clean the print heads only to order a new cartridge. It's not worth owning a printer if you are just a casual user. I spend like $30 a year to print 5 pages every 6 months. It's much cheaper to just take your print job to a store.

Comment Re:Very cruel (Score 4, Funny) 429

What if there's fifty bugs? What if there's a hundred bugs and a dozen mice? Someone is keeping your apartment free of bullshit parasitic creatures that spread disease and filth. It's not you, apparently, but someone is doing the fucking job out of your sight.

And, it's probably a cat. Which directly answers one of the questions posed in the summary.

Comment Bundling is monopolistic (Score 4, Insightful) 92

So, basically, you have a physical monopoly (the connection coming into your house), that we, the taxpayers subsided, that is now being abused as a content monopoly. "Sure, you can have just an internet connection. But, it will cost you the same as getting internet/phone/tv. Oh, and we are going to cap your internet connection so, I highly recommend you take the bundle." I really can't wait until these fuckers finally generate enough hate among their users that it becomes a re-election issue for congress critters. The *only* way this problem will be solved is if the outrage of the voters outweighs the lobby money from the monopolies.

Comment Re:Can't be that great a tool (Score 2) 53

Sure, I understand that. And, presumably, what law enforcement is worried about is IMSI catcher catchers. Basically, a device that can detect when a spoofed cell phone tower is in play. If such a device were reliable enough that it could be presented as evidence, it could potentially stop stingray based parallel construction in its tracks.

Comment Re:And this was needed because? (Score 1) 248

I recently worked on a project where knowing the height of an object within 1ft was critical to the project. It failed because it wasn't possible to accurately determine that height with any barometer we could find (at least not one that could be affixed to a drone). The barometer excuse is utter bullshit. The best that a barometer that can fit on a phone can do is determine a general trend in elevation change. And any basic one will do that just fine.

Comment What mail servers? (Score 1) 248

I'd be interested to know what mail servers all these hacks have been against. Are they all private servers that someone has left unmaintained in a basement for years? Are they big online servers? Are they well maintained private servers? I know some of the e-mail leaks have been social engineered but, if any weren't, it would be interesting to know how they were hacked.

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