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Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009

acoustix Re:Rimberry's only advantage was security.. (129 comments)

But then they rolled over for India, of all places, trading backdoors for market share.

Citation needed.

Just because you heard it somewhere doesn't mean it's true. There are no backdoors for the BES system. The customer generates their own keys. BlackBerry doesn't have access to them.

2 days ago

Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

acoustix Re:Just part of the complexity collapse (433 comments)

People are starting to draw back from the overwhelming complexity in all things.

Huh??? Using a record player is way more complicated than using digital media. Plus there's virtually no care or preparation for digital media, unlike vinyl.

about a week ago

LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

acoustix Re:the mysterious "us" (178 comments)

who is this "us" he is talking about? because with just a little thought, you quickly realized these "billions of dollars" are just transfers from the (assumed) wealthy building owners to the less wealthy contractors and workers.

one person's cost is another's paycheck and kids tuition payment.

if the public good is really being served here by improving safety of citizens, why isn't the discussion framed more along these lines?

Where do you think these contractors/workers live and work? In buildings where the owners and renters will be forced to pay for these improvements.

Stop acting like only the rich will pay for it. Everyone will pay for it. Most people won't be able to afford it. If it becomes mandatory people will be forced to move out of the city due to the cost. Everyone will pay.

about two weeks ago

The Cost of the "S" In HTTPS

acoustix Middle Boxes (238 comments)

You can do caching, proxying, firewalling, parental control, etc with HTTPS. Create a certificate on those boxes and push it out to the client devices. You can then see all encrypted traffic. Problem solved.

about two weeks ago

Fraudulent Apps Found In Apple's Store

acoustix Security? (89 comments)

Wasn't stuff like this supposed to be prevented by having a walled garden?

about two weeks ago

BlackBerry Clears Hurdle For Voice Crypto Acquisition

acoustix Re:Unless end to end, it's a farce (27 comments)

Since multiple governments mandate that Blackberry share back doors with them, it's not clear to me what benefit more encryption will really add. Won't they be sharing keys with governments (and thus potentially hackers can get the same data)?

The only secure encryption is end to end encryption where you understand and actively control/limit how the key transmission works.

This is a blatant lie. BES controls encryption from end-to-end. BB/RIM does not have the ability to see any traffic other than the encrypted traffic.

about three weeks ago

Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records

acoustix Obama's Transparency (190 comments)

We are basking in the glory of a transparent government. Thanks, Obama!

about 2 months ago

Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

acoustix Simple solution (168 comments)

Turn off wi-fi. Done.

You can be tracked anywhere anytime you're using a communication radio. Deal with it.

about 2 months ago

Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

acoustix It's almost as if... (384 comments)

...Obama has no leadership experience at all. He procrastinates making decisions, and when shit fails he blames someone else. He's never accountable for anything.

Who would have thought that a community organizer and a state senator with a record number of "present votes" can't lead.


about 2 months ago

Rumor: Lenovo In Talks To Buy BlackBerry

acoustix This is false information (73 comments)

The Canadian government has already said they will not allow the sale of BB to the Chinese.

about 2 months ago

Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

acoustix Re:not complicated...monopology (346 comments)

really? 5+? How many of them are on the same backbone?

None of them share a backbone. And our population is 26,000.

about 2 months ago

Texas Ebola Patient Dies

acoustix Re:The Conservative Option (487 comments)

Wrong. Aid workers from the US could return if they go through quarantine. And throughout that process they would receive our best medical care. However, having unrestricted travel between countries when there is a plague on the loose is moronic.

Moronic... an opinion morons have.

Really? You don't think the people that want to get to the United States are going to travel somewhere else first and then simply go to the US from there? Thus, if they are infected, spreading the disease even further? Or simply trek to the nearest nation they can travel around from?

Call names all you want, that seems to be the method employed by the people promoting the travel ban option. That and batshit insane fear mongering.

Or...you know....look at their travel history before letting them in the US. Isn't that the job of customs at the airports?

about 2 months ago

Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

acoustix Re:not complicated...monopology (346 comments)

You might want look up the definition of monopoly. A government run Internet is a monopoly. I have 5+ choices for Internet access (all private companies) in my *small* town. That's not a monopoly.

The article even admits that it's all government run. Which means its most likely all subsidized by their massive taxes. The government shouldn't be providing services that can be done by the private sector.

about 2 months ago

Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

acoustix Re:Higher standard anyone? (203 comments)

For all of the marketing, cutting edge...

I stopped reading there. Apple is many things, but cutting edge is not one of them. There is nothing revolutionary about the iPhone 6. Android phones already had the majority of Apple's new features 2 years ago....and so did poor BlackBerry.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

acoustix Re:Is it just me... (365 comments)

What??? They clearly stated that hiring H-1B Visa workers creates more jobs. What more proof do you need???


about 3 months ago

BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

acoustix Re:Lacking developers. (189 comments)

It runs Android apps as well. The lack of software support is a BS complaint from 2 years ago. There are hundreds of thousands of apps for the BlackBerry 10 platform.

about 3 months ago

Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

acoustix Re:power consumption? (208 comments)

According to Apple, the A8 draws 50% of the power of the A7. So it is a significant improvement. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

Citing wikipedia? I'd rather see an Apple statement.

about 3 months ago

The Billion-Dollar Website

acoustix Timeline of events (194 comments)

It would be nice if someone has a compiled timeline of events starting with extremely uncoordinated writing and passing of the law, to the point where technical specs were released to the contractor, when the actually flow of information and final HHS rules were announced, up through go live and the fixes being implemented after go live.

From what I've read/heard there was little to no work being done from 2010 when the bill was signed into law up through 2012. The administration purposely withheld information about Obamacare from the public and from the contractor due to the election year (2012) and didn't want bad press. Once the election had passed the government released more specs and information to the public and to the contractor on how the website was supposed to function. That's when we found out the dirty little lies and secrets. It's damn near impossible to build a website/service to handle 300M+ people in 6 months, but that's what our government did.

This whole bill/law/implementation has been bungled so badly by:
- the incompetent people who wrote it (bureaucrats with no understanding of health care and did not consult people from the health care industry)
- the incompetent people in Congress who blindly passed it without reading or understanding the devastating effect it would have
- the incompetent administration who continued to lie about how the law affected the citizens, and took no ownership of this massive project

Can anyone imagine a scenario where this could have been handled worse? Every step along the way was screwed up.

about 4 months ago

NFL Players To Use Tablet Computers During Games

acoustix Re:How long before ... (107 comments)

How long before fans start jamming the wireless spectrum needed for the tablets to work? Previously it was hard wired.

And yes, it will probably be at a Patriots game.

about 5 months ago

Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

acoustix Fair Use? (317 comments)

Wasn't this already decided by the courts as fair use? Consumers aren't expected to purchase recordings for each playback device. I think it has been decided that it's legal to purchase a CD and make copies for personnal use. That should cover copies to analog tapes and copies to files for mobile devices.

about 5 months ago



How do we know if secure sites really are secure?

acoustix acoustix writes  |  about a year ago

acoustix (123925) writes "We see advertising everywhere for secure, encrypted storage in the cloud. How do we really know that these providers are really encrypting the data? How can it be proven that I'm the only person who can decode and view the data? With all of the stories about the NSA and random website security breaches I would like to know if it is possible to prove that a hosting provider is truly secure with only having access using their clients and web interfaces."

Protecting Company Data

acoustix acoustix writes  |  more than 4 years ago

acoustix (123925) writes "I've been tasked by my company to find a way to protect company data from rogue users. We keep firewall and web usage logs and we have the capability to archive emails. However, there is one feature that HR is requesting that seems like it would be difficult to implement. The company wants to be able to basically freeze or take a snapshot of all data that a user has access to at any given time. This seems like a huge task to me because some of our users have access to hundreds of gigabytes of data including databases and office files on windows shares.

We do have a virtual environment where taking a snapshot of data is possible, but applying the snapshot to review the data would be destructive to the data that has been created/modified since the snapshot. Is there software available that would track user access and changes?"

Volunteer Work And Contracts?

acoustix acoustix writes  |  more than 4 years ago

acoustix (123925) writes "I am a member of a loosely organized group of IT professionals in my city and I’m a full-time network administrator by trade. Recently I have been active in doing volunteer consulting for a community organization. This organization wants to move their website from the current hosting/maintenance provider to a new hosting company and use my group of IT pros as the web developers. I’m fine with this aspect as we plan to redesign the website and use Drupal. During these discussions the scope increased to include a unified website for the community organizations as well as the city website. I know that the work can be done, however there will need to be contracts signed by the IT group. This contact will include service level agreements and other basic clauses. The contract will obviously protect the community organizations, but what about my IT group? The organization is planning on donating money to the IT group to be used for training. How can we protect ourselves? One thought is to make my volunteer status conditional on the basis that I continue to have a full time job that allows me to do this volunteer work. Obviously if I were to lose my job I couldn’t afford to do volunteer work. Another thought is that this website is not used to make a profit at my expense, and if it does then I will need to be reimbursed for my contributions. I will also want an exit strategy from this project after the objectives have been met. What should we do to make sure that we’re not taken advantage of? What would you do?"

Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day!

acoustix acoustix writes  |  more than 6 years ago

acoustix (123925) writes ""Friday, July 25th, 2008, is the 9th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day. On this special international day, give your System Administrator something that shows that you truly appreciate their hard work and dedication." May all of your projects come in under budget and finish early."


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