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Target Confirms Point-of-Sale Malware Was Used In Attack

pillageplunder Testing Methodology vs Cost Effectiveness. (250 comments)

For Retailers and Credit card providers both, it appears their ability to understand the validity of robust security testing and practices revolves around cost. Not having to pay any perceived penalty due to a data breach means these corporate types can assign a relatively low risk to data breaches. Low risk usually means low test efforts as well. And this is what we as consumers appear to be satisfied with. I'm more of the opinion that if you have a data breach, it should cost you as a company X dollars per person affected...and start X somewhere above 5 figures. Each person would get that payout. How serious then would corporations take data security?

1 year,16 days

Is a Super-Sized iPad the Future of Education?

pillageplunder A device means nothing without relevant content. (234 comments)

No one device is the future of education. In today's classroom, with the various programs the Feds have put in place (No Child left Behind, etc.) what a device like this will do is make it so very easy to define each student on how well/poorly they do in "learning" mandated curriculum by how well they do on "standardized" testing. One size does NOT fit all when it comes to being able to learn, and, as importantly, being able to apply that learned knowledge in a productive manner. Simply being able to regurgitate what you have been taught doesn't give a student the skill-set and tools needed needed to make it in the world we live in today. Take a look at the current problems with College "educated" folks who have graduated and are upset because their perfect 4.0 GPA doesn't translate to a well-paying tech job. A 4.0 GPA means you've learned how to excel in the environment known as college. That ain't what the real world is all about.

about a year ago

Interview: Ask Bruce Sterling What You Will

pillageplunder Are you still anti-Military? (60 comments)

When you went on your little tirade back around 1984 regarding Jerry Pournelle & David Drake's writings and comparing them to Pornography, (I believe you used the term war-porn) we as a country were but 9 years past the Vietnam Debacle. Your intense dislike...one might use the word Hatred of these two authors in particular and anything having to do with the Military in general was something I never understood. Flash-forward to 2013...With over 2.5 Million Americans having been deployed to Afghanistan and/or Iraq (over 400,000 deployed three or more times and 37,000 of those deploying 5 times or more), are you still of the belief that Science Fiction stories written by veterans depicting combat are nothing more than "war porn?" For someone who has never served in the military, why do you believe you are an expert on what constitutes "war Porn" vs Military Science Fiction?

about a year ago

Fighting Street Gangs With Military Counter-Insurgency Software

pillageplunder Re:"Will it work?" (171 comments)

Nope...It allowed you to post.

about a year and a half ago

Fighting Street Gangs With Military Counter-Insurgency Software

pillageplunder Re:More like. . . (171 comments)

not...somuch. The Marines in particular, and others (Army comes to mind) recently have used various games and other "Newsworthy" events as stealth recruiting. Makes a lot of sense, especially given how much access the feds have already taken for granted in us...the civilians, they already have. Look beyond the knee-jerk reactions.

about a year and a half ago

Fighting Street Gangs With Military Counter-Insurgency Software

pillageplunder "Will it work? In a word...Yes" (171 comments)

The US military will provide a baseline. Successful "affiliations" (Read: Gangs) Will adapt and overcome. Anywhere from 1 to several to many will develop a "base instinct" and a portion of those will wind up serving our country, in one of the several branches, whether or not they are colored as "Military" because its the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, or other Nun-such.

This isn't stating that the Military and the supporting organizations are "good" or "Bad", it's recognizing that this is a viable recruiting method, and it will have results that are looked upon as positive. Folks with talent get recruited.

If you are going to be successful for the long-term, you look for talent, and adapt that talent any way you can. Ironic isn't it, that Google walks away from one thing. http://mashable.com/2013/06/20/google-stopped-asking-brainteasers/
Makes you wonder what they moved on to?

about a year and a half ago

Exposed SSH Key Means US Emergency Alert System Can Be Hacked

pillageplunder Re:Misdirection (86 comments)

More to the point...what is the criticality in your life that Montana has been over-run. As In: Montana has been over-run by a Zombie Apocalypse. This affects your life exactly...HOW?

about a year and a half ago

Could a Category 5 Hurricane Take Down East Coast Data Centers?

pillageplunder Re:Priorities (214 comments)

Well, Typically a Hurricane leaves a larger footprint than a Tornado, in that a larger area is affected, and also the duration of a Hurricane is much longer than that of a Tornado. Yes, an F5 tornado is much more powerful and destructive than a Cat 5 Hurricane, but given how much longer a hurricane will be over a given area, it's likely that damage will be roughly equal.
Bad news either way you slice it.

more than 2 years ago

Who Owns Your Online Networking Contacts?

pillageplunder Re:It will be interesting when its Stateside (130 comments)

If you look at it with a jaundiced eye, what happens when you are outsourcing stuff...the contractor/company that you've our-sourced the work to has folks working there...what happens to their contacts? I think the pendulum will swing in extremes to both sides before we see a satisfactory middle ground.

more than 6 years ago



If "all Software" is hackable, is QA still relevant?

pillageplunder pillageplunder writes  |  about a year and a half ago

pillageplunder (183475) writes "Based on the following story: http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/in-his-own-words-confessions-of-cyber-warrior-222266
Simplistically...Why Test? OR...should we look at QA as a revenue generator....as in QA tests...discovers "issues" (yeah...issues...those things that go bump in the night), documents said-same, which are then bundled, packaged and sold to various "groups"? If you look at how to shrink the DoD budget...Hmmm...Private industry could profit, Gubmint expenditures to shrink...why shouldn't we look at QA in a new light? A REVENUE Generating light?"


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