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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

zugmeister Re:Maybe a Mini (354 comments)

Well, depending on your application (and I'm assuming here it's not too demanding if you're using a mini as a server), you could always stick an external HDD and schedule Carbon Copy Cloner to dupe the boot drive over every now and then and the data portion rather more often. That'll give you a bootable volume in case of primary failure. It's not a raid 1 but for home or small office purposes it would probably do the trick just fine.

about two weeks ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

zugmeister Re:WTF? (622 comments)

"Ordinarily you'd think that the user had a poor password..." Actually we can, you know, look it up. It's in the news. And no it wasn't a poor password and I didn't think that. But thanks for putting words in my mouth.
"And what is precisely why you don't get this." Is this a question? It looks more like a statement.
"This is an either/or case." Why in the world couldn't it be both? Why can't we have a vendor vulnerability and users with bad password discipline? Are they somehow mutually exclusive?

about two weeks ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

zugmeister Re: Sounds like a planned PR stunt to me. (622 comments)

Is it really "stolen" when they're actually just copied from an improperly secured repository?

about two weeks ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

zugmeister Re:Color Me Surprised (335 comments)

No, not really. There are various ways to poll weather "most people approve of what R&D are doing" but Congressional approval at 14% and presidential approval around 50% (with some pretty significant drops), I don't know that you could safely take the approval of the majority as a foregone conclusion. The general tone I'm seeing is that people are getting increasingly discontented(sp?) with their government, Occupy style. There are two realistic choices, and I think the argument could be made they are both similar enough to be considered functionally equivalent (think Bush / Obama actions). To a large degree, they are also not what the people want.

about two weeks ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

zugmeister Re:If you don't want your nude photos on the inter (622 comments)

Absolutely!
When I go "shipping" online though, there are fairly rigorous security measures in place to assure both me and, say, Amazon that everything is on the up-and-up. If something goes south, Visa will step in and kick someone's hindquarters. Regardless, I as the end-user don't end up assuming liability for, say, someone getting my CC# and making purchases on my behalf. In this case, the security was plainly not sufficient to the task and JL has no intermediary to run interference for her. You're right, same tubes, but the implementation is what makes the difference.

about two weeks ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

zugmeister Re:WTF? (622 comments)

News flash: vendors may stretch the truth just a bit when telling you how great their services are!
Fact: the services in question had a weakness which was successfully exploited.
What I'm trying to explain to you is that the pictures were not properly secured. We can tell because they went public without authorization via a hack. That security was Jennifer Lawrence's responsibility. You will notice nothing in the links you sent talking about guarantees or compensation in case of a breach. She did not assign responsibility for the security of her photos to Apple or Dropbox.
So, to recap...
1) Nude selfies produced by Jennifer Lawrence.
2) Insufficient security used to protect pictures after they were sent across / posted on the INTERNET.
3) Pictures go public because there are bad people on the internet.
4) Jennifer Lawrence claims she is a victim of a sex crime

To put it another way (per your request): If your picnic in the middle of the street on a blind turn is ruined by a car driving through it, while the driver may be cited for not yielding right of way to a pedestrian, it's really your fault for exercising poor judgment locating it there in the first place.

When you say " that's equivalent to putting photos in an envelope and putting them in a post office? I don't think so.". Well, it was an analogy but YES. We have insufficiently secured personal documents posted on a public medium.

about two weeks ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

zugmeister Re:WTF? (622 comments)

If I have naked selfies printed out in my house[*] and someone comes in and steals them...

Ah, but what if "Sam" puts nude selfies in an envelope and pins the envelope up at the local post office? Without a doubt the guy that takes them out of the envelope is wrong to do so, but as the possessor of an extremely low UID "Sam" should know his nude pics would be interesting to many people. In this scenario, you don't think "Sam" should bear any responsibility for creating and insecurely distributing his selfies?
Note I'm not arguing that breaking into the account and making a copy of the pics contained therein was right, I'm just saying that a celebrity sending nude pictures of themselves over a worldwide network designed to disseminate data looks a bit silly crying crocodile tears when someone other than the intended recipient sees them.

about two weeks ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

zugmeister Re:If you don't want your nude photos on the inter (622 comments)

Why is this so hard to grasp?

So you're saying there could be issues with uploading nude pics of yourself (that you don't want public) to a world encompassing network whose primary purpose is the free interchange of data? Amazing!

about two weeks ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

zugmeister Re:Reality? (622 comments)

No, the leak was an *improbable* negative. Improbable doesn't mean impossible, but it also doesn't mean probable, or guaranteed.

Did anyone else think "Heart of Gold" while reading this?

about two weeks ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

zugmeister Re:Color Me Surprised (335 comments)

Of course, this is all ignoring the fact that US is a democracy. You don't need a revolution to change the people in charge, you simply need to express support for someone else, and anonymously at that.

There was this country recently that had huge protests because while they were getting a democratic election the only people they could vote for were preapproved by a third party not necessarily interested in what the people wanted.
Yeah, we have two choices (we can pretend there are more but let's stick to reality here) and they end up being functionally the same and not what we want.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

zugmeister Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (504 comments)

How does a copy of a drive image wipe itself after any number of failed attempts?

Apple branded rainbows and magical unicorns. I'm fuzzy on the details, but any Apple fanboy could probably explain it to you.

about a month ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

zugmeister Re: So everything is protected by a 4 digit passco (504 comments)

Additionally, there’s no known way to make the boot loader just dump an image of the encrypted flash for you to start brute forcing on. You’d need to disassemble the phone, desolder the flash chips, and read them out in another circuit.

As I understand it, if they're serious about getting the contents of your phone and it's not unlocked / trivially made available, they just get your backup files and hack the information out of those. Encrypt your backups!

about a month ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

zugmeister Re:Zero! (260 comments)

No need for Wi Fi when Wired Ethernet is much faster and more secure!

Says the AC with no phone, tablet, or laptop to carry out to the back deck when it's nice or out front while the kids are playing.
While they are important there's much more to data than speed and security!

about 2 months ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

zugmeister Re:missing 0 option (260 comments)

"Makes the Nook tablets unable to connect to the 'net at home, but, at home, I don't need them connected, anyway, since I feed them by SD card."

E-readers gently sip at the battery, until you turn on the wireless radio. By leaving my Paperwhite in airplane mode I get about double the battery life, about 2-3 weeks of heavy reading.

about 2 months ago
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Wireless Contraception

zugmeister Re: yes but (302 comments)

A straw man argument is when one party mischaracterizes what another party said in order to defeat the "reinterpreted" argument and thus appear to have "won". If you scroll up and actually read the words I wrote, you'll note that I never claimed HL took away anyone's freedoms or dictated choices to employees. Discounting the two straw man arguments in the previous post leaves your first line about why you're using your sock puppet account to reply and a statement about being free to negotiate a contract which clearly came from some other discussion. Rather than continue this thread, I think I'll just agree to disagree with you.

about 4 months ago
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Wireless Contraception

zugmeister Re:yes but (302 comments)

I tend to wonder if you'd feel the same way if you owned a business and the Federal government passed a law stating you had to pay for female genital mutilation procedures for young girls and "straight camps" for gays.

Assuming I found the idea of male or female genital mutilation and "straight camps" reprehensible I absolutely would feel the same way. See below.

There were 4 specific methods which the owners found to be abhorrent to their religious convictions. In essence, they consider those 4 specific methods to be murder.

If I consider cockroaches holy I still don't have the right to forbid or obstruct a fumigator from doing his job.

There are many actions I disagree with committed in my name (and with my tax money) by the federal, state and local governments in whose jurisdiction I happen to reside. The fact I don't like how my resources are being utilized does not give me the right to refuse to pay taxes, permission to disrupt law enforcement activities or anything similar.
In both cases there is a law in place. In my case I have to comply or face the consequences. In HL's case, they apparently do not have to comply with some of the law because they don't like it?
While I understand that HL was able to summon the money and political clout to push the issue clear through the Supreme Court for an exception, I remain unconvinced that what occurred here was just/right even though it's clearly legal.

OT: Thank you for your considered statements, reasonable tone and for not trying to turn this into a flame war.

about 4 months ago
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Wireless Contraception

zugmeister Re:yes but (302 comments)

You just cannot require hobby lobby to pay for the procedure.

Hobby Lobby may not want to pay for certain (or any) coverage, but they are required to. The ACA was signed into law on 3-23-2010.
We're discussing under what circumstances (sky wizard edict, talking unicorn, invisible secret friend) parts of this law can be ignored, if you really want to ignore it and own a company, in light of the recent SCOTUS decision.

about 4 months ago
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Wireless Contraception

zugmeister Re:yes but (302 comments)

...people that run businesses must not be abused by the government and having their freedoms revoked just because they are running a business.

As I mentioned above, the owners of HL are free to use (or not) contraceptives as they choose. Weather they should be required to provide the insurance in the first place is a different matter entirely.
In this case which would you support, the freedom of the employees to make their own choices or the freedom of HL to try to dictate those choices for them?

about 4 months ago

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