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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

jbmartin6 Re:Rise of the darksite DNS (340 comments)

Their next step will be traffic sniffing to monitor all your DNS traffic, regardless of destination.

9 hours ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

jbmartin6 Re:Fundamentally breaking the net? (340 comments)

I like to say, the Internet does not exist to guarantee the viability of their business model.

9 hours ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

jbmartin6 Re:These idiots remain idiotic (340 comments)

I don't think they care too much about what /.ers may do, I am sure at least some of them understand that technically savvy people will just route around the damage. It seems to me what they want to do is make it just difficult enough that Joe Average will shell out the bucks rather than figure out how to use Tor et al. In other words, scrapping the old 'sue 6 year olds for file sharing' approach. Instead taking a page from physical security and trying to make it just hard enough to maximize revenue.

9 hours ago
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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

jbmartin6 Re:When nearly all of your readers block ads... (150 comments)

I agree. "Malvertisement" is a real problem and I see it almost every day working in security monitoring. In the old print days the publication vetted the ads and hosted them directly. If some site went back to this model I would be happy to have ads. But when the site has no way to vet the ads and they are all hosted by other domains which are tracking me and who knows what else, I will continue to block them.

12 hours ago
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Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland

jbmartin6 Re:Probably cruel but... (134 comments)

A good point, but I doubt China has any problems getting emails from Chinese companies regardless of where they are stored.

yesterday
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

jbmartin6 Re:Unbelievable! (183 comments)

Worse than China?

yesterday
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Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland

jbmartin6 Probably cruel but... (134 comments)

Part of me hopes Microsoft loses and this costs the huge US tech conglomerates oodles of overseas business.

yesterday
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

jbmartin6 Re:What? (423 comments)

Anything not forbidden to the Federal Government by the Constitution is allowed, assuming the appropriate laws are passed

This is incorrect, anything not allowed the Federal Gov by the Constitution is forbidden. That's the opposite of what you said. The 9th and 10th amendments were added to clarify this point. This is why we have arguments about the scope of things like the general welfare clause.

yesterday
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NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

jbmartin6 Re:Quoted from TFA (185 comments)

But what about the children? Pretty callous of you to ignore all the jobs created by the project. Thanks to the multiplier effect, this useless tower had a huge beneficial effect on the economy, this is just basic economics.

yesterday
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Small Bank In Kansas Creates the Bank Account of the Future

jbmartin6 Re:Sigh. (152 comments)

Interesting. I always assumed that time delay was a fraud countermeasure (check kiting) but on second though they would surely have better methods to do that now.

2 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

jbmartin6 Re:Parents Rights (1037 comments)

So I have just been reading. Still, a lot better than nothing

5 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

jbmartin6 Re:Parents Rights (1037 comments)

Since the teacher could get vaccinated, and the vaccines are effective, why would he need to hide behind plexiglass? Or do you mean the glass protects the kids from whatever pathogens the teacher might carry?

5 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

jbmartin6 Re:Four Co-workers w/ Autistic Kids from MMR Vacci (1037 comments)

Every MD had it as a child? I am not agreeing with the parent's premise, just saying that your example doesn't contradict the statement that the MMR causes autism in a certain percentage of children.

5 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

jbmartin6 Re:You have your own brick wall (1037 comments)

I think that is what poster meant by "some may actually have some practical benefits for some illnesses". But when you take 'acupuncture helped me with back pain' and produce 'acupuncture cures everything!' you get the named holistic nut bar.

5 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

jbmartin6 Re:Freedom of choice (1037 comments)

I would agree up to the point where the people banned from the schools are still forced at gunpoint to pay for them. Maybe a better long term solution would be to let non-vaccinators have their own schools, and then watch attendance plummet after the first disease runs through them. Or, if nothing happens, that can be a learning experience for the rest of us.

5 days ago
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The Failed Economics of Our Software Commons

jbmartin6 Re:Article doesn't address they "why" (205 comments)

I had the same initial thought about IP laws, so I will take a stab at answering your question. Could it be that our IP laws put a large damper on cooperation and sharing libraries? I know we have open source, but those have a specific license on them because of our IP laws. Maybe the need for that license is a barrier to some resources. What if large commercial entities were free to share efforts on basic libraries without fear of a major legal train wreck? If those efforts could supplement what is already available, things would be better.

about a week ago
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NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

jbmartin6 I hate this name (140 comments)

I get it confused with the old Project Orion. Plus one of my favorite novels as a kid was Poul Anderson's Orion Shall Rise which featured that propulsion technology.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

jbmartin6 Re:Every 30 days. (247 comments)

I gave the same advice when I worked with doctors who had to have two dozen different passwords (Medical applications at the time could not be bothered to implement AD integration). They just carried a little notebook around with the passwords in it. Sometimes advice like 'never write your password down' is counterproductive, since the alternative was they just used as simple a password as possible for everything.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

jbmartin6 Re:It could be worse (247 comments)

That is awful. There is a certain class of security person who should never be given any responsibility. That approach is just another reason why effective security is difficult to implement, they have burned through any capital they may have had by wasting everyone's time on a near-useless measure.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

jbmartin6 Re:Every 30 days. (247 comments)

A long "password" can be achieved by using a sentence, which is typically easy to remember but also sufficiently complex. Not a jumble of words like the horse battery staple, but a real sentence. It is easy for people to use sentences that apply to their own lives but are not at all easily guessable. For instance "Fluffy eats too much bacon."
One problem with this approach though is that many apps or sites don't allow spaces, or they have the counterproductive 'policy' that forces you to use a number, a special character, blah blah blah, but only allows some small number of characters. But it works great for modern OS passwords. So go ahead and set your policy to length only and advise users to make a sentence.

about two weeks ago

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Here comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

jbmartin6 jbmartin6 writes  |  about 5 months ago

jbmartin6 (1232050) writes "The Panopticon may be coming, but perhaps not how we think. Instead of a massive government surveillance program, we might end up subjected to ubiquitous monitoring to save on our insurance premiums. The "internet of things (you can't get away from)" makes this more and more possible. Here a company saved money on its health insurance premiums by distributing Fitbits and an online service to enable reporting fitness gains back to the insurance company. We've already seen the stories on using black boxes to monitor drivers. There is even an insurance company named Panoptic! Heck why not a premium hike for owners of this or that "aggressiveness gene"? What if in the future we got a quick "+50 cents" tweet for every scoop of iced cream? I suppose the natural stopping point might be the balance between an individual's willingness to be monitored and the desire to reduce insurance premiums."

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