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NSA Can Spy On Data From Smart Phones, Including Blackberry

SwashbucklingCowboy All phones? (298 comments)

Just because they can crack a four digit password on an iPhone doesn't mean they can quickly crack a 24 character password. A four digit password can be easily brute forced. That's not true with a 24 character password (emphasis on "easily"). Of course, few people have 24 character passwords.

1 year,14 days

Web of Tax Shelters Saved Apple Billions, Inquiry Finds

SwashbucklingCowboy Re:Did they break any laws? (716 comments)

If what they did is legal, so what?

Then perhaps some of those things should be made illegal.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Won't Companies Upgrade Old Software?

SwashbucklingCowboy Re:What a relief. (614 comments)

Can you write the proposal on how having to clean up malware that's going to infect our network because we're using old unsupported versions of IE is going to save money?

You can clear that one up...

about a year ago

No Such Thing As a Tax-Free Lunch At Google?

SwashbucklingCowboy Re:No you don't. (631 comments)

Google is undoubtedly considering free meals as a business expense and thus it's paying lower taxes (or in Google's case, getting more money back from the government) by providing free meals. So yeah, he - and I - and you - are helping to pay for those free meals.

about a year and a half ago

Alan Kay Says iPad Betrays Xerox PARC Vision

SwashbucklingCowboy Different Visions (387 comments)

He had his vision, others had different visions. It doesn't mean he's right and they're wrong.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Encrypted Digital Camera/Recording Devices?

SwashbucklingCowboy Re:Off-device streaming (285 comments)


Cops destroy recordings and "lose" devices all the time. Streaming video is the only real solution and not practical in this case.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Encrypted Digital Camera/Recording Devices?

SwashbucklingCowboy Waste of time (285 comments)

The cops will just confiscate and "lose" your encrypted memory card.

about a year and a half ago

Mayer Terminates Yahoo's Remote Employee Policy

SwashbucklingCowboy What a crock! (524 comments)

She wants them to quit so she doesn't have to pay unemployment despite the fact that the company is the one changing the rules.

about a year and a half ago

When 1 GB Is Really 0.9313 Gigabytes

SwashbucklingCowboy It's been this way for decades (618 comments)

Nothing new. At the storage company I used to work at we called the 1,000,000 MB number a "marketing megabyte".

about a year and a half ago

Oracle Responds To Java Security Critics With Massive 50 Flaw Patch Update

SwashbucklingCowboy A Couple of Points... (270 comments)

1. Yes, 50 vulnerabilities were fixed but some where JavaFX, not the JRE.

2. and yes, a lot where 10s, but because Oracle refuses to give out complete information about the vulnerabilities. If it would many would score lower.

It's bad, very bad, but not as bad as the summary portrays.

about a year and a half ago

Machine Gun Fire From Military Helicopters Flying Over Downtown Miami

SwashbucklingCowboy Re:Provoking (1130 comments)

Yes, I'm very sure.

about a year and a half ago

Antivirus Software Performs Poorly Against New Threats

SwashbucklingCowboy The article is behind the times... (183 comments)

The top AV vendors have been using methods beyond signatures (white listing, behavior monitoring) for a while now.

about a year and a half ago

Iran Claims To Have Downed Another US Drone

SwashbucklingCowboy CIA? (219 comments)

On the one hand, the CIA is not likely to admit they've lost a drone.

On the other hand, Iran has a well documented history of lying about its accomplishments.

Hard to determine the truth here...

about 2 years ago

Half of GitHub Code Unsafe To Use (If You Want Open Source)

SwashbucklingCowboy Not only a problem with Github (218 comments)

Lots of so called open source projects either don't provide a license or provide conflicting license information. For example, we recently looked at a project where the web site says it's MIT, but the code says it's public domain.

about 2 years ago

Half of GitHub Code Unsafe To Use (If You Want Open Source)

SwashbucklingCowboy Re:Unsafe? (218 comments)

"But as a example of an implementation its still very useful/educational."

And opens you up to the possibility of being accused of creating a derivative work, which violates "All Rights Reserved".

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: AT&T's Data Usage Definition Proprietary?

SwashbucklingCowboy Re:Headers (562 comments)

"and a gigabyte is a gigabyte."

Ever look at how HD manufacturers measure a GB? A GB of RAM is not the same as a GB of disk (ignoring the formatted vs unformatted capacity issue).

about 2 years ago

Toshiba Pursues Copyright Claim Against Laptop Manual Site

SwashbucklingCowboy It's All About Liability (268 comments)

The lawyers are concerned that a manual might be altered in some way and that a customer who downloaded an altered manual might suffer harm because of it. The customer could then sue Toshiba and claim that since they knew the site existed and was hosting their manuals that they had an obligation to ensure that the manuals were accurate.

It's paranoia in the extreme, but attorneys are paid to be paranoid. They need someone else to reign them in, and apparently in this case, that hasn't happened.

about 2 years ago



Cyber-Security Nominee Has No Experience

SwashbucklingCowboy SwashbucklingCowboy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SwashbucklingCowboy (727629) writes "The Washington Post is reporting that the Bush administration's nominee to head a new inter-agency group whose purpose is to protect government networks from cyber attack has no experience in cyber-security. Once again, the Bush administration has nominated someone with no experience to run a major government effort."
Link to Original Source

SwashbucklingCowboy SwashbucklingCowboy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SwashbucklingCowboy writes "Infoworld has an article up about a survey by the Software & Information Industry Association claiming that offshoring doesn't cost American jobs.

The article quotes the executive director of the SIIA as saying "[Offshoring] was used almost entirely as a form of expansion, not as a replacement." Well, if a job is created elsewhere that could have been created in the U.S. isn't that a job lost?"


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