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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

Reason58 Re:What's the bigger picture? (528 comments)

I work in InfoSec and this is spot on. Until a lot of people die the private sector will never take security seriously as a whole. Target, Home Depot, Experian, etc. make good news stories, but they really haven't impacted information security practices.

about two weeks ago
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How the NSA Is Spying On Everyone: More Revelations

Reason58 Re:Call a spade a spade (148 comments)

They were handed absurd instructions and have no choice but to carry them out.

People with those qualifications have the ability to switch jobs in a heartbeat. To say they had no choice but to violate the constitution is absurd. They chose to do this to us.

about two weeks ago
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A Mismatch Between Wikimedia's Pledge Drive and Its Cash On Hand?

Reason58 Re:Well (274 comments)

Let me rephrase. How does that compare to other sites that are in the top 10 for web traffic on Earth? I'm not talking about any random small business.

about two weeks ago
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A Mismatch Between Wikimedia's Pledge Drive and Its Cash On Hand?

Reason58 Re:Well (274 comments)

And how does that compare to for-profit companies of the same size?

about two weeks ago
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Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

Reason58 Re:Federal Sentencing Guidelines (219 comments)

That still doesn't change the fact that it is so open to abuse that it is virtually guaranteed. What is to stop a DA from threatening a minor offender of the maximum possible sentences unless they plea guilty? Apparently nothing.

about three weeks ago
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Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

Reason58 Re:Federal Sentencing Guidelines (219 comments)

How is it reasonable that the same crime could carry a punishment ranging from 2 to 10 years? I understand variance due to circumstances, but that range seems ripe for abuse.

about three weeks ago
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Clarificiation on the IP Address Security in Dropbox Case

Reason58 Re:Relevance? (152 comments)

"Would someone be so kind as to please remind me how we can block posts from a given author?"

Bennett's name is specifically not a link, so that you cannot author block him.

about three weeks ago
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Report: Federal Workers, Contractors Behind Half of Government Cyber Breaches

Reason58 Re:If education could have worked ... (61 comments)

I do federal government InfoSec. When there is a conflict between the mission and security the manager will overrule the system administrator every time. Even in the military where lives are potentially at risk.

Sure, there is a lot of less-than-competent admins out there, but a lot more of the problem is political rather than technical than most people realize.

about a month and a half ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

Reason58 Re:Ok... just turned two score, but... (438 comments)

Kids in your day were just as stupid; you are just smart enough to recognize it now.

about a month and a half ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

Reason58 Re:Be the Change You Wish to See in the World (438 comments)

There is nothing shady about backdoor conversions. They were forbidden in the past, and then made explicitly allowable in 2010. Cheating on tests, even in India, is not explicitly allowed by universities. In that case it is pure corruption.

about a month and a half ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

Reason58 Re:Vote by mail. (388 comments)

YOU are the one making the assertion. The burden is on YOU to provide evidence of mass voter fraud.

about a month and a half ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

Reason58 Re:Vote by mail. (388 comments)

We are both in agreement that the formula is simple: if a measure stops more fraud than legitimate votes it is good.

The concept I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around is that you apparently genuinely believe that removing mail-in ballots would stop more fraudulent than real voters. The number of fraud cases is likely extremely low, to the point of being a statistical anomaly. Why make it harder to vote for people who have to work, single parents, the elderly, those without transportation, etc?

about a month and a half ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

Reason58 Re:Vote by mail. (388 comments)

I disagree that it is "beside the point." If you prevent 1,000 cases of fraud by stopping 10,000 legitimate voters then would you really say that is a solution? For many people the mail in ballot is how they vote. It is disenfranchisement for the sake of exclusion, not actually making the system better.

about a month and a half ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

Reason58 Re:Vote by mail. (388 comments)

Do you have any evidence whatsoever that voter fraud is happening due to mail in ballots?

about a month and a half ago
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Shift Work Dulls Brain Performance

Reason58 Re:FRANCE?! (131 comments)

"child mortality rates of greater than 50% before adulthood"

How do you have child mortality after adulthood?

about a month and a half ago
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Flaw in New Visa Cards Would Let Hackers Steal $1M Per Card

Reason58 Re:FUD Dectected (126 comments)

As someone who has personally dealt with this issue, let me provide some insight. Every time you say "this isn't me!" they will cancel your card and issue you a new one. Now you have to wait a week or so for your new card, update every place where you use that number, hope they don't charge during that time, activate the new card, etc. It's a hassle. Now imagine a future where these scammers are all over the place.

about a month and a half ago
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Breaching Air-Gap Security With Radio

Reason58 Yawn (80 comments)

In "highly secure facilities" they are TEMPEST certified, and wireless devices such as cell phones are not physically permitted within the boundary. This is a non-issue.

about 2 months ago
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Can Ello Legally Promise To Remain Ad-Free?

Reason58 No (153 comments)

Why can't I block posts by Bennett?

about 2 months ago

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