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Microsoft Reports Record Revenue

someSnarkyBastard Re:Rumers..demise..exaggerated. (289 comments)

You have no idea what Microsoft's culture is like do you? Half of Microsoft's problems are related to it's culture, stack ranking (bottom 20% of workforce gets the boot) destroys morale and actively encourages sabotage and office politics ("I'm sure as hell not gonna be the poor SOB on the bottom of the stack, I'll arrange for Bob's project to go to custard and then HE'LL be the poor SOB on the bottom and out the door!")

Not to say Sony is any better, they are Evil incarnate, but your rosy view of Microsoft's culture, especially considering how infamously corrosive it is, makes me think you are a fanboi.

about 3 months ago

App Detects Neo-Nazis Using Their Music

someSnarkyBastard Re:Protect your freedom of speech.. (392 comments)

Not necessarily the second group, Republicans certainly acknowledge the existence of the Tea Party but you can be damn sure they aren't gonna give them even a farcical version of "good healthcare" (not that they would take it)

about 4 months ago

Anonymous Member Sentenced For Joining DDoS Attack For One Minute

someSnarkyBastard Re:And they wonder why... (562 comments)

...create civil disobedience and not get caught.

Then you are missing the point of civil disobedience. You are supposed to get caught, especially in places like the US where LEOs like to have a bit of theatricality in perp-walking someone out to the squad car. You want all the attention you can get, that's the point, you are calling attention to something you believe to be wrong.

about 4 months ago

Imagining the Post-Antibiotic Future

someSnarkyBastard Re:Oh nos, terrorists! (453 comments)

I dunno, he seems pretty surly to me...

about 5 months ago

NSA Wants To Reveal Its Secrets To Prevent Snowden From Revealing Them First

someSnarkyBastard Re:Is Snowden any less than a patriot? (216 comments)

Considering that Obama had to publicly promise not to execute Snowden if he were to be extradited from Russia I really don't blame him for running. If he stayed in the US he would likely be a martyr by now.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Can Bruce Schneier Be Trusted?

someSnarkyBastard Re:Trust no one (330 comments)

OK lets say that in context your advice is sound and I now thoroughly understand the math behind modern crypto systems. How am I going to be sure the math is correctly implemented? Are you advocating that in addition to having a deep understanding of some fairly esoteric maths I now need to be an expert enough coder to judge the Underhanded C Contest as well? Because that is what you are asking and for 95% of folks on the net or event people here on /. that is asking the impossible.

about 6 months ago

Most IT Workers Don't Have STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Degrees

someSnarkyBastard Re:As someone who runs an IT company (655 comments)

Bonus points for creating an expert system to play back various prerecorded messages as the sap on the phones works through a generic T-Tree until they have exhausted all options but to actually bug you. Double-plus bonus points if the expert phone system was designed by the BOFH.

about 6 months ago

Why Does Windows Have Terrible Battery Life?

someSnarkyBastard Re:Easy one... (558 comments)

ProcMon ProcExp and ProcDump All go a long way toward tracking that sort of info down and are all free (as in beer) to boot.

about 6 months ago

CryptoSeal Shuts Down Consumer VPN Service To Avoid Fighting NSA

someSnarkyBastard Re:Time to start (361 comments)

Because "our betters" use those money-saving services. Therefore they are A-OK with storing money offshore and will not prosecute such activities.

about 6 months ago

CryptoSeal Shuts Down Consumer VPN Service To Avoid Fighting NSA

someSnarkyBastard Re:Time to start (361 comments)

SpiderOak would be a good one. It's cross-platform, FOSS-friendly, and has a rather impressive feature-set. I'm frankly surprised they aren't better known by now.

about 6 months ago

The Cost of the US Government Shutdown To Science

someSnarkyBastard Re:Living paycheck to paycheck? (355 comments)

Not the Federal Government. The Federal Reserve is a private entity.

about 6 months ago

NSA Hacked Email Account of Mexican President

someSnarkyBastard Re:First leaked email from Mexican president (242 comments)

Are you telling me that Mexicans are not enthralled by a corporate bottom-of-the-barrel parody of their cuisine? Shocking!

about 6 months ago

USS Zumwalt — a Guided Missile Destroyer Running On Linux

someSnarkyBastard Re:And? (229 comments)

This is slashdot, not R'ing TFA is par for the course, not R'ing TFS gets you a gold star!

about 6 months ago

Scientology's Fraud Conviction Upheld In France

someSnarkyBastard Re:Scientology might be a cult (321 comments)

When the cult incites or orders members to commit crimes then the cult is also criminally liable. These individuals did not act in a vacuum.

Read up on some of the shit that the CoS has pulled, Operation Snow White for starters...

about 6 months ago

Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case

someSnarkyBastard Re:I can now get arrested for NOT killing somebody (734 comments)

Are we going to blame the barista who got her order wrong, the thief who stole $20 dollars out of her purse, the washer-machine that ruined her favourite dress, or the boy who broke up with her (theoretical occurrences).

No, no, no, and no. I'll refute point by point:

The barista - without further information it is most reasonable to conclude that the barista did not have malicious intent, mistakes happen

The thief - obviously the thief has malicious intent in that they stole money but not intent to kill her as you made no mention of attempted homicide, they were after the money, not the girl

the washing machine - non-sentient appliances cannot be blamed for anything as they lack intent

the ex-boyfriend - unless he also joined in harassing her then no, again, lack of malicious intent

Now compare that to two girls repeatedly harassing, intimidating, and generally being little shits over an extended period of time with clearly demonstrated malicious intent ("Go drink bleach and die")

One of these things is not like the others...

about 6 months ago

Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case

someSnarkyBastard Re:And I blame my parents (734 comments)

The kid could run away? Really? Your solution for bullying is to have the kid strike out on their own into an even more hostile environment that will happily eat them alive? (And keep in mind the victim here is an adolescent girl...nope, no risk of even worse things happening to her once she's out of the house, no sir!)

Please tell me you do not have children of your own. I don't think I could come up with a worse solution if I had tried.

about 6 months ago

DOJ: Defendant Has No Standing To Oppose Use of Phone Records

someSnarkyBastard Re:Poisonous tree (396 comments)

Which is worse, the subject matter of said visualization or how aptly it applies?

about 6 months ago

Shuttleworth: Apple Will Merge Mac and iPhone

someSnarkyBastard Re:Shuttleworth works for the NSA (414 comments)

Its a moot point though, as I run Linux Mint on all my machines running Linux.

Mint is derived from Ubuntu, in fact I think they still use a large part of the Ubuntu repositories

Now Arch on the other hand...

about 6 months ago

New High Tech $100 Bills Start To Circulate Today

someSnarkyBastard Re:Looks European.... cue the conspiracy... (302 comments)

I stand ready to trade my dirt for your gold

The value of gold versus dirt is not intrinsic, it is contextual.

If you and I were on a desert island and I have a cubic meter of arable soil to grow food with (i.e. dirt) and you have a cubic kilometer of gold, I'm gonna hold onto my dirt. Why? Because in the context of being stuck on a desert island, gold does not have much usefulness. It's too soft to make tools, too dense to make a boat or useful building material, and inedible. Dirt on the other hand can be used to grow food, something that I need more than any amount of gold.

Could you build some useful items out of gold on such an island? Probably. I'm sure it would make some very pretty planters or pipes for irrigation but those pipes would only be useful in conjunction with my dirt so again their value is contextual.

Ergo, in the (admittedly artificial) scenario I just described, dirt is more value than gold.

about 6 months ago



Ask Slashdot: Can We Still Trust FIPS?

someSnarkyBastard someSnarkyBastard writes  |  about 7 months ago

someSnarkyBastard (1521235) writes "It has already been widely reported that the NSA has subverted several major encryption standards but I have not seen any mention of how this affects the FIPS 140-2 standard. Can we still trust these cyphers? They have been cleared for use by the US Government for Top-Secret clearance documents; surely the government wouldn't backdoor itself right?...Right?"

Parted Magic Silently Goes Commercial

someSnarkyBastard someSnarkyBastard writes  |  about 8 months ago

someSnarkyBastard (1521235) writes "Users of the popular disk management toolkit Parted Magic may have noticed a disturbing change of late on the sites download page: a "Buy Now" button. Users are now required to pay $4.99 USD to download a copy of the latest disk image. To add insult to injury, the site's link to Source Forge for old files is now monetized by AdFly banners. Parted Magic is comprised mostly of various OSS tools (ClamAV, Clonezilla, GParted, Firefox ,etc.) so is this legally in line with GPL?"

Linux Laptop Suggestions

someSnarkyBastard someSnarkyBastard writes  |  about 4 years ago

someSnarkyBastard (1521235) writes "I am a soon-to-be-graduating starving student and I am considering getting an upgrade for my aging laptop. I have been looking online and cannot seem to find what I am looking for though, so now I am turning to the collective wisdom of /.
What I am looking for:
Linux preloaded or No-OS
Core i5 CPU
11''-14'' display (preferably LED)
Full-functionality Libre drivers for all hardware

How to get started in Information Security

someSnarkyBastard someSnarkyBastard writes  |  more than 4 years ago

someSnarkyBastard (1521235) writes "I'm a university student pursuing a BSc in CS as well as several industry certs; I currently have the CompTIA A+ and Network+ certs and I am now studying for the Security+ test during a summer internship for my university's networking dept. I would like to go into network security once I graduate next spring and would like to know what advice /. has to offer."


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