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Comment Re:Is it really a war? (Score 1) 126

"I was just reading a Facebook comment from a friend about a hospital basically shutting down... presumably they had a dependency on something "in the cloud".

Now, I'll certainly grant that said hospital fucked up beyond belief by having that dependency, and I'd hope that heads will roll over it, but the impact seems to go beyond mere entertainment."

Wont' happen. Executives *love* "the cloud" because, among other things, it can very effectively deflect blame. It was not me, it's been DynDNS, a reputable actor in the industry, who would have expected it! (by "who" being other executives, of course, not somebody with actual technical acumen). So the most that will happen is that they'll go from this sole provider for that service to another one with even higher "corporate image".

Comment Re:What's the Solution? (Score 1) 126

"The proper way to thwart these kinds of attacks is to have a method of detecting them and then cutting off people who are making an inordinate amount of those kinds of packets"

Unless there're no inordinate amount of those kinds of packets but an inordinate amount of clients requesting usual amounts of packets each. That's the first D on DDoS, after all. How can you distinguish a malicious DDoS from the Slashdot-effect of yold?

On the other hand, this was not a DDoS attack targeted against the servers themselves but against the DNS that allow clients to find them.

"The solution to a coordinated attack is a coordinated response."

It really depends on the nature of the attack. History shows that against a coordinate attack just entrenching may very well be the proper counter.

Comment Re:Or how about recruiting people that we have? (Score 2) 884

"I'm not really sure you can legitimately classify providing the necessities of life (which is the goal of a UBI) as a "reward"."

No. The goal of UBI is to provide INCOME. That is, money.

If they wanted to provide for the necessities of life (namely education, healthcare, food and shelter) they would be proposing so.

Except they don't. Think deeply about why.

Comment Re:Holy flamebait batman! (Score 1) 884

"I abhor any form of collectivism, socialism, fascism, communism or government in general."

Yes we know.

Still, it was "government oppression to steal from anybody" what took fascism away last time it seriously rose in the forties as it was "government oppression to steal from anybody" what sustained the cold war which avoided you from being oppressed by communism, and it was "government oppression to steal from anybody" what founded the basis of the Internet you use to air your rants.

Comment Re:Holy flamebait batman! (Score 4, Insightful) 884

"If it's not implemented that way, then the inevitable result of UBI is simply inflation."

Exactly that. Money, when working properly is equivalent to some sum of goods and services. Money without that backing of good and services is just inflation.

But USA is so afraid of anything resembling "communism" even in the slightest that something as obvious as that simply can't go through their skulls. You can tell that quite a lot of countries are half way there, as they already have socialized education and healthcare, with the result of lower social and economic inequalities and a healthier population with longer live expectancies (on top of all that which is already socialized everywhere so they don't even notice like defense, social peace, justice, etc.), so it's "only" a matter of adding food and shelter to the equation -they still will say something like that is utterly impossible.

In other words:

"Do We Need To Plan For a Future Without Jobs"

Maybe yes.

"And Should We Resort To Universal Basic Income?"

Surely not.

Comment Re:The only way this will get fixed (Score 1) 164

"The only way this will get fixed is when internet providers get serious about IPv6 security and migration"

So, the problem is stated as being no motivation for the IoT producer to spend on securing their devices and then your proposed solution is for a third party to do something it is even less motivated to do?


Comment Re:Isn't it easier... (Score 1) 88

"The shifting addresses could only apply to internal systems. Externally available systems (like, say, web servers) have to have known addresses for access"

Internally available systems have to have known addresses for access too: "a specific IP address may be a Windows box one moment, a Linux box another, a mainframe another." funny if you try to get a CIFS mount point out of your mainframe instead of your Windows server.

Comment Re: Reading too much /. (Score 1) 111

"You can't trademark sound or lyric because they belong to copyright category."

Of course you can trade mark a song or lyric. All the requirement is for them being part of your Trade Mark. See how easy is it?

On the other hand, what I don't understand is the justification of this rule -unless it has been misrepresented in the summary: the problem for the ring-ring sound to be trademarked by this company cannot be that it is "too boring" (or even commonplace) but that it -by being both common place and previous *related* art, can't in any way or form be related to the trade mark requestor. I.e.: you see the Nike "smiling" logo and you think "Nike", even "just do it", despite being a common phrase, was context-less before Nike trademarked it but the standard ring tone is both common *and* bound to a known specific circumstance (a phone call) and, to add insult to injury, this company tried to tie it to its own corporate branding *in that very same realm*.

The question is, who's the stupid executive officer that even tried it? -and who's the brilliant (but sociopathically cynic) attorney that found the way to get apart said executive from his company's money that easy?

Comment Re:Requires a knowledge of the job (Score 1) 205

"So how to "ordinary" employees (even ones from a recruitment company) know what qualities to look for in a C-level? Do they understand the legal obligations that C-levelship brings."

Probably not. But looking at the aftermath of last economical crash, it seems neither do the judicial system up to the supreme court.

Comment Re:What's the point? (Score 1) 205

"The main job of the CEO isn't the administrative details [...] The CEO's main job is leadership."

And that's the basis for the abhorrent situation of most business. No, sir, it's not all about "leadership" (a word so vacuous that takes any real responsibility out). The E in CEO stands for Executive.

Comment Re:What's the point? (Score 1) 205

"Clearly not all CxOs are utter mongs or there'd be no companies left."

Think for a moment about what you said.

Get it?

Not yet?

Ok, I'll write down for you: If all (or a vast majority) CxOs were utter mongs, there would be exactly the same companies that there are now. It is if only a reduced percentage of CxOs were utter mongs that they would be crushed away by their rivals but then, we see evidence that there're at least a reduced percentage of CxOs being utter mongs. See now what does that mean?

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