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ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

Kevin by the Beach Re:Requiring encryption server-side (245 comments)

My white board at work has a permanent sketch of a generic internet/cloud services topology that my wife can refer to. All of the communications arrows between services have been centralized in the diagram and I've drawn a big red circle that encloses these connectors. The label on the circle is TRUST... if you can't TRUST the people that connect the services together you can't TRUST anything.

about a month ago
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ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

Kevin by the Beach It appears no user friendly protocol is safe. (245 comments)

If it's been identified one time, it's likely been happening on a larger scale but as yet undetected. It's becoming very easy to be either paranoid or self censoring. I don't have anything to hide, but being sliced/diced/dissected/analyzed by the big data cloud does get a little bit old. It's easy to see the results of this overreaching data collection, just research a medical condition (especially one that has a name brand pharmaceutical treatment), research a popular consumer appliance, research a new vehicle, etc... then pay attention to the advertisements that appear on websites over the next couple days... do you notice anything... like ads for what you researched?

I occasionally poison my search results by just doing random searches. I pick a person/place/thing that I have no real interest in, and watch the ad world turn. It must really throw off the "kevin by the beach" bucket when I search for Vespa parts, the latest gay romance novel, women named ISIS, and the 10 day weather for geopolitical sites of interest. http://www.weather.com/weather...

about a month ago
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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

Kevin by the Beach So much for Social Workers.... (331 comments)

There are some college degrees that you don't make money at... The people that graduate in those fields don't do it for the money, but for the good they do for others. This is well intentioned, but it may hurt some of the neediest. Can you imagine if our social safety net was staffed exclusively with life coaches?

about a month and a half ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

Kevin by the Beach Re:thank goodness that argument is settled. (669 comments)

I like applying some relativistic physics to the creation story.... Let's say you are along for the ride during the big bang...(play along please). From our spot, getting blown out into the cosmos at speeds that ignore our current universal constants... it could have felt like it took seven days to get here, and yes I would have sat back, took a look around, and said it was good.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Unresponsive Manufacturer Who Doesn't Fix Bugs?

Kevin by the Beach Vendor Name in story tags... (204 comments)

If your possibly looking for the vendor name... there is one listed in the stroy tags. (or was that a generalization)

about 2 months ago
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Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

Kevin by the Beach Re:HTTPS is not flawed (185 comments)

Great comments and observations. CA's are the weak link in the current HTTPS model. (unfortunately trust has been broken, and millions of computers are delivered with CA configurations that most users are not aware of)

about 3 months ago
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Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

Kevin by the Beach Trust Nobody (185 comments)

I drew a diagram on my office wall to help explain the difficulties of "Trust" in the internet/cloud world to my wife. Her problem is unique to a small subset of Americans.. her profession (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) is granted "Privileged" communication status similar to Attorney/Client rights... This limits her choices as to who and what can be trusted as a computer system. In bold RED marker I circled all of the entities that would need to be "trusted" to one extent or another to keep her data secure when placed onto the internet/cloud. It makes it really difficult to communicate with clients when the ubiquitous solution is the least secure. Her simple answer when faced with current choices was NO, it's my license at risk why should I trust anybody. At the end of the conversation, she asked me to build her something that could be trusted... (good-bye free time, sex life, hobbies, etc...)

about 3 months ago
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Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

Kevin by the Beach WOW... This could be Nobel Prize worthy (222 comments)

The analytics that went into this research have wide ranging application potential. This could be the tipping point for full exploitation of genetic markers in a wide range of medical/genetic diagnostics. It may not be as easy to build as say a single test like BRAC, but I could envision a series of grouped diagnostics markers that could be funneled into a matrix that would show the probability disease. Also, this is an excellent example of government (TAX) money well spent on research. Thank you NIH.

about 3 months ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Kevin by the Beach Where should I buy land to offset these changes? (708 comments)

I believe that the climate will change (getting warmer & sea level rise). So, my question is... If I want the best property for possible self sufficiency where would that be? My first thoughts would be a minimum of 50' above sea level, and on the windward side of a large geographic feature (plateau / mountain) . The problem I haven't worked out is the variability of Ocean currents and prevailing winds? Will a currently Dry region increase in Precipitation, or should I stick with regions that get 20+ inches of rain on annual average? (and hope it doesn't change). I grew up on the "Tug Hill" plateau in New York, and their micro climate is influenced by their latitude, altitude, prevailing winds, and proximity to the Great Lakes. It may be a good place to track their micro climate going forward.

about 4 months ago
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Facebook Cleans Up News Feed By Reducing Click-Bait Headlines

Kevin by the Beach "facebook", if your not paying for the ad... (61 comments)

If you don't already know, the real value of facebook is the content that people post and the data mining that takes place behind the scenes. These social networks are a huge "SELL TO ME" sign that glows brighter with every like, repost, and share. I'm not surprised that the $$$ machine want's to control the content, they don't need us urinating in the same well we drink from.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

Kevin by the Beach Re:Code less, get out more (548 comments)

Amen, and Amen. I wasted so much of my life meeting meaningless deadlines. When my children were growing up, the wisest advice I gave them was to NOT choose a computer career. (both are Social Workers like their Mom) Sure, It's less money but they will live longer and be much happier with a life worth living. Programmers come in two shades... Green and Jaded

about 4 months ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Kevin by the Beach The Night Bus (701 comments)

"Take it away Ern" , "Yea, It's going to be a bumpy ride"

about 5 months ago
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An Army Medal For Coding In Perl

Kevin by the Beach Not everybody carries a weapon in the military. (192 comments)

Years ago, I was an Air Force enlisted programmer AFSC 511/491. Sure, I was in the military but I didn't have a combat rating. I haven't looked at the citation that accompanied my medals, but I wouldn't be surprised to see obscure programming references like Ada, PL/1, and CP/M. The one sad change is that it was an awesome career path for people to go high school to military and get their computer training on the job. I've never completed my college education, but hold a job as an Enterprise Data Architect. Unfortunately the beltway bandits now do the same job I was payed less than $1500 a month to perform. And they only gouge the tax payers low-mid six figures to perform the same task (SAIC,GE,SAP,Oracle,etc..). The day's of the low paid high performing enlisted programmer are part of history. Congress and the DOD will never willing cut off a funding source and perpetual wealth through the revolving contractor door.

about 6 months ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

Kevin by the Beach Re:They shouldn't have immunity then (534 comments)

I have to agree. They are going to need to be prepared for civil/criminal prosecutions of the SWAT team members if they are claiming to be a corporation and not a law enforcement entity. Do they have all the requisite permits, local tax, zoning, etc... did they get a variance for explosive storage ... I believe not only in equal protection under the law, but equal prosecution under the law.

about 6 months ago
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The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers

Kevin by the Beach Re:How is that the security industry's fault? (205 comments)

Today during an architectural review.... (Architect) Where is the performance data? (Developer) I planned on doing that during a later sprint. (Architect) Can you guarantee that it will get done? (Developer) We can just roll this to production, it's not used anywhere. (Architect) facepalm, facepalm, facepalm....

about 6 months ago
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Plastic Trash Forming Into "Plastiglomerate" Rocks

Kevin by the Beach Re:Typical AAAS tripe (123 comments)

We can lump this in with climate science and prove that mankind has no impact on the environment. /* snark snark */

about 6 months ago

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