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Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

Jawnn Re:calling it (173 comments)

Until it's proven otherwise, I'm going to assume that these guys are the same ones that did the hack and that the North Korea link is bullshit.

So you're going with "no evidence" to support your conclusions over "some evidence". Yep, that's some sound reasoning there. Look, I have my doubts about the Norks' ability to pull this off on their own, but then again, that is a part of the world where governments (not beholden to Wall Street and priorities that rarely stretch beyond the current fiscal year) are willing to play long-ball. They may well have been auditioning players and laying plans for a long time, or they may have outsourced the work. In any case, we have some evidence implicating the Norks in an action that is entirely in keeping with their global "character". Guilty until proven otherwise.

10 hours ago
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Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

Jawnn Re: Marketing? (173 comments)

Hard perimeter? Please. It's a question of when, not if, those get breached.

Defense in depth -- including detection, response and remediation -- is the only way to play.

This. Perimeter defenses are necessary, of course, but they don't do a damn thing when some exec gets his machine owned by clicking that spear phishing link. So you'd better have something that alerts you when that happens.

10 hours ago
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Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

Jawnn Re: Marketing? (173 comments)

Wrong. Internally the security could be a shitshow, but you lock down the security of any connection going outside the company.

Any connection? Really? Granted, not allowing outbound connections to the Internet is a pretty good way to tighten up security, but it also an unrealistic approach in many cases. To suggest that nobody on Sony's Internal network had any reason to connect to the Internet is absurd. Again, it seems clear that they were doing a poor job of securing things, but suggesting a "no Internet" policy is just too simplistic to be considered seriously here.

10 hours ago
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Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

Jawnn Re:Threatpost, professional, processes (167 comments)

...every single time I've seen an environment like that has been because of incompetent IT.

That might be said in this case, but GP is not to blame for the fact that there was no policy spelling on the proper way to do things. If such a policy had been in place, users would not have been able to "solve problems" by creating file shares on their own PC's. His predecessors neglected their responsibility and allowed a mess to be made. GP came in, found the mess, cleaned it up, and provided a useful alternative to the insane "solution" the users were allowed to create.

2 days ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Jawnn Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (649 comments)

Funny, because the science that I learned about in college was ALL ABOUT being constantly questioned.

Hence the desire to honor true skepticism. Science deniers are nothing of the sort. No, they are not.

2 days ago
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Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

Jawnn Re:Why Apple? (193 comments)

Why is it Apple's fault or Apple's problem? First of all these are Foxconn workers. Secondly Foxconn manufactures hardware for a lot of companies, not just Apple.

You are deliberately missing the point or you didn't even read TFS. Then again, this is /., so both are possibilities. Here, let me spell it out for you, again. Apple didn't commit the labor offenses, but they did promise to not do business with companies who do commit those offenses. Now it is clear that they are breaking those promises because it's still profitable to do so, because for Apple fan-boys, cool requires sacrifice. And conscience is an easy thing to offer up.

3 days ago
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NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

Jawnn There's only one answer... (200 comments)

...to bloated and ineffective government bureaucracies, the private sector. Everyone knows that the private sector is more efficient than any government operation, right? And corruption surrounding fat government contracts granted to political cronies is hardly ever a problem, right?

5 days ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

Jawnn Re:Despicable Greenpeace (465 comments)

Memberships and influence. Greenpeace have repeatedly shown to put those before their stated goals, before simple integrity and truth, and before their own volunteers. Greenpeace's real mission is Greenpeace.

[citation needed]

about a week ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

Jawnn Re:Despicable Greenpeace (465 comments)

Were they planting trees on the Nazca plains? No? Were they advertising themselves? Yes!

So, in your mind, that single stupid act equates to "...has been, for quite some time now, nothing but a group lobbying for its self-interest..."
OK, then. Riiiiiiight.

about a week ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

Jawnn Re:Despicable Greenpeace (465 comments)

Greenpeace has been, for quite some time now, nothing but a group lobbying for its self-interest...

Really? What interest is that? Please be specific. You really need to stop parroting Fox news talking points and thinking for yourself. While this stunt is nothing, if not stupid, Greenpeace's stated mission can hardly be described as "self interest".

about a week ago
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Feds Plan For 35 Agencies To Collect, Share, Use Health Records of Americans

Jawnn Re:enjoy! (209 comments)

Well, you guys wanted federal health care.

Please don't act all surprised when this information is used for all sorts of other purposes.

You mean like the private insurance industry has already been doing for years? My insurance carrier is dictating my care to my physician now. I want the power to decide what's best for me place back into her hands. That will never, ever, happen as long as the private insurance industry remains in the position it's in.

about two weeks ago
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Feds Plan For 35 Agencies To Collect, Share, Use Health Records of Americans

Jawnn Not Impressed (209 comments)

Privacy and and security seem to be an afterthought, at best, in these plans and associated documents. Given the fact that attacks on health care data are already growing at an alarming rate (as predicted by many analysts) and that the health care industry is 10-20 years behind financial services when it comes to security and fraud prevention, this plan seems premature. At the very least, it's stated goals need to place privacy and security at the forefront, for until that gap is closed, any effort to expand the footprint of such sensitive information is, to say the least, misguided.

about two weeks ago
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Economist: US Congress Should Hack Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Jawnn Re:Suits without merit (129 comments)

there's fuck all that stops anyone, individual or manufacturer from suing for any, or no, reason.

There exist rules against suits without merit, which can cause the plaintiff to have to pay the defendant's reasonable attorney's fees, sometimes with punitive damages tacked on for wasting the defendant's time. If plaintiff's counsel repeatedly fails to diligently investigate the merit of each case, counsel might end up fined or even disbarred.

Yes, but that does not prevent assholes from bringing worthless lawsuits. It might discourage even marginally circumspect lawyers from doing so, but the burden to challenge the merit of an action, once initiated, rests with the respondent.

about two weeks ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

Jawnn Re:They can go bite a donkey (698 comments)

They use my bandwidth (without permission) to peddle me ads for things I don't want and they think the courts should force me to look at their ads by removing my choice?

If the content provider chooses to include ads in the stream, you are free to not use that content. The notion that making an http request implies some kind of business arrangement that carries with it certain obligations ("You must look at my ads") is absurd. Content providers are often in it for the money, so we shouldn't begrudge them their attempts at monetizing that content, but creating legislation that forces us to accept that model is, at best, misguided.

about two weeks ago
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Game Theory Analysis Shows How Evolution Favors Cooperation's Collapse

Jawnn Re:Justifying (213 comments)

Society has strictly no duty to help those who truly cannot fend for themselves, just like cops have strictly no duty to put their lives on the line to save others. And before you contradict me on this point, have a look there: http://disinfo.com/2010/03/the...

You're going to cite a blog post that contains almost no citations of it's own, and those it does provide do not exactly support the assertions made by the blogger.
Really? That's your source?

about three weeks ago
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Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

Jawnn Re:Under the guise of loophole and law. (289 comments)

The Dark Ages is probably hyperbolic...

I'd love to agree with you, but history would beg to differ with both of us. The Dark Ages was caused, in large part, but the rise in political influence of the Roman Catholic Church. The Islamic world's fall from it's lofty position of leadership in arts and sciences was cause in large part by a similar rise in influence amongst Islamic clerics. The same mindless stupidity, driven by fear and ignorance, is playing out in the United States every day. The Gilbert, AZ school board silliness is just the latest one to gain national publicity. The religious idiots on the TX department of education has been pulling the same shit for years. If any large group were to gain any serious political traction the results would be almost to frightening to think about.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Jawnn Re:Number of interviews... (454 comments)

It's that most "tech" workers suck. If you want to hire someone who actually knows their stuff, you gotta pick them right out of school...

'Cuz old people could never have "da skillz", right? Un-fiucking-believable...

about a month ago
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"Advanced Life Support" Ambulances May Lead To More Deaths

Jawnn Re:Very surprised to read this. (112 comments)

Thought that was settled. Stabilizing victims for transport has been SOP in Germany, and has been shown to provide worse outcome than the simple get-them-into-the-ER approach previously favored in the states.

[citation needed]

about a month ago

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EFF Sues NSA, Justice Department, FBI

Jawnn Jawnn writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Jawnn (445279) writes "The Washington Post reports that the EFF has filed suit in Federal Court in San Francisco, on behalf of multiple groups. Those groups include, "...Rights activists, church leaders and drug and gun rights advocates..." Apparently, not everyone out there is believing the "If you have nothing to hide..." excuses being offered up from various government quarters."

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