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Comment Re:The company says it believes bank-account ... (Score 1) 71

give it a few weeks and then we'll probably see yet another announcement from yahoo about how hackers got bank account info

Does the NSA count?

That said, at least some of this could be 'spin' (at least the way it's being publicized) so Verizon can pick up Yahoo for millions off the asking price, just like Nissan did to Mitsubishi before their merger.

Submission + - The Lack of Women in Cybersecurity is a Problem and a Threat (securityledger.com) 1

chicksdaddy writes: The devaluation of traditionally “soft” skills like empathy, communication and collaboration in the information security space may be hampering the ability of IT security teams to respond to human-focused threats and attacks, according to this article at The Security Ledger. (https://securityledger.com/2016/12/cybers-lack-of-women-a-problem-and-threat/)

Failing to prioritize skills like empathy, communication, and collaboration and the people who have them (regardless of their gender) and focusing on "hard skills" (technical expertise) "limits our conceptions of security solutions and increases risks to our systems and users."

The problem goes beyond phishing attacks and social engineering, too. “Studies have shown that projects that embrace diversity are more successful. It’s a simple truth that people with different life backgrounds and life experiences bring unique perspectives to problem-solving,” says Amie Stepanovich, the U.S. policy manager at Access Now.

In short: "when we keep hiring technologists to solve problems, we get keep getting technical solutions." Too often, such technical fixes fail to account for the human environment in which they will be deployed. “It’s prioritizing a ‘tech first’—not a ‘human first’ or ‘empathy first’—perspective,” says Dr. Sara “Scout” Sinclair Brody, the executive director of Simply Secure.

This isn’t the first article to raise a red flag over the technology sector's glaring shortage of empathy. (http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/silicon-valley-has-an-empathy-vacuum).

And while instilling empathy and compassion in adults who lack it might seem like a tall order, the piece argues that it isn't an unsolvable problem: there are entire fields—like user experience and human-centered design—dedicated to improving the way humans and technology interact. “Shockingly little of that,” says Brody, “has made it into the security domain.”

Comment Re:Stop using cars at all. (Score 1) 243

if you have to drive, you can drive a hybrid that gets >50 mpg. And that's actually better for you too, since it means you buy a lot less gas for your long commute

There are no (to my knowledge) gas hybrids that can net 50 mpg on the highway. Unlike a gas car they get far better town mpg.
A hybrid car also has all the things that can go wrong with a gas powered car combined with all the things that can go wrong with an electric powered car. On the plus side, there are not that many things to go wrong with an electric car, but it's still a tradeoff. There is more that can go wrong, and you the consumer will be paying for that.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 468

Every time people have bitched and moaned about people losing their jobs, the result was more people employed earning more for their labor

Um...not really clear on that, but I know that realistically speaking, my job as an engineer is to eliminate jobs through task automation and streamlining paperwork.

do you seriously think anyone in the middle or lower class would be better off living 50 or 100 years ago?

50 years ago puts us back in the mid-60's, when there was still plenty of good paying factory work to be had, and middle or lower class had more upward mobility, housing was still (relatively) cheap, education was cheap, pensions were still a thing, along with miniskirts and free love. I fail to see the downside here..

Submission + - USB Death Sticks for Sale (arstechnica.com)

npslider writes: "A USB Killer", a USB stick that fries almost everything that it is plugged into has been mass produced—available online for about £50/$50. Arstechnica first wrote about this diabolical device that looks like a fairly humdrum memory stick a year ago. From the ARS article:

"The USB Killer is shockingly simple in its operation. As soon as you plug it in, a DC-to-DC converter starts drawing power from the host system and storing electricity in its bank of capacitors (the square-shaped components). When the capacitors reach a potential of -220V, the device dumps all of that electricity into the USB data lines, most likely frying whatever is on the other end. If the host doesn't just roll over and die, the USB stick does the charge-discharge process again and again until it sizzles.

Since the USB Killer has gone on sale, it has been used to fry laptops (including an old ThinkPad and a brand new MacBook Pro), an Xbox One, the new Google Pixel phone, and some cars (infotainment units, rather than whole cars... for now). Notably, some devices fare better than others, and there's a range of possible outcomes—the USB Killer doesn't just nuke everything completely."


Submission + - SPAM: Progress MS-04 resupply mission to ISS - failure

brindafella writes: The Russian Progress MS-04 resupply mission to the International Space Station will not be arriving. It seems that the Stage 3 of the Soyuz rocket had a problem that caused around 2-3 minutes too little of boost to orbit. The mission components broke up at high altitude during an uncontrolled re-entry over the Republic of Tuva, about 2,000 kilometers east of the launch site in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. MS-04 was carrying "5,383 pounds (2,442 kilograms) of cargo, a figure encompassing 1,565 pounds (710 kilograms) of propellant to be pumped into the Zvezda module’s fuel tanks, 926 pounds (420 kilograms) of fresh water, 114 pounds (52 kilograms) of oxygen, and 2,777 pounds (1,260 pounds) of dry cargo", including a new Orlan spacesuit.

Submission + - US Bitcoin Exchange Ordered To Disclose Three Years Of User Data To IRS (justice.gov)

turkeydance writes: The government’s request was part of a bitcoin tax-evasion probe, and seeks to identify all Coinbase users in the U.S. who “conducted transactions in a convertible virtual currency” from 2013 to 2015. What makes a “John Doe” unique, is that it represents a special "shotgun" form of summons to look for tax evaders that allows the IRS to obtain information about all taxpayers in a group or class of people, even if the agency doesn’t know their identities. The IRS has deployed the tactic in its recent crackdown on undeclared offshore accounts, with the implication that any such broad sweep may lead to prosecution.

Comment Re:"Likley grow" - Bullshit (Score 1) 275

The best way to kill it is to make renewable energy sources cheaper

So...by subsidizing renewables even more than we're already doing now?

It's great that some countries are phasing out coal, but

A. these aren't the same countries with stacks of coal reserves

B. natural gas production is huge right now, therefore prices are low, therefore it makes sense to convert to natural gas fired plants

C. unfortunately natural gas isn't renewable either...or at least not in a happy friendly no C02 emissions kind of way, it's just a bit less dirty than coal.

Comment Re:Capacity is a trailing resource (Score 1) 263

solve the mis-pricing of fossil fuels and reveal how uncompetitively expensive they are

You certainly have an argument regarding coal, natural gas? Not so much.
Thanks to all these fracking projects we have a glut of the stuff. Even after wells stop producing oil they can produce significant amounts of natural gas for years.

It's relatively clean burning and is the clean go-to power source for "base grid" supplies since it works even when at night or when it isn't windy out.

Comment Re:No expectation of privacy on public streets (Score 1) 224

The better discussion would be about what's done with the imagery and any resulting (say, facial recognition/tracking) database that's created from that imagery

Um...cross referenced with the cell-phone location and call records they receive sans-warrant from all the major cellular providers?

That said, you technically have no right to privacy in a public space, even before the "Patriot Act" stepped in. Unreasonable? Yes. Perfectly legal? Also yes.

Comment Re:A professional IT organization? (Score 1) 607

Why automate when depressed, third-world wages are cheaper?

Well you do have a point. Those 8 year olds assembling iPhones for 50 cents a day have really nimble fingers.

That said, once you have it automated the only thing you're paying for is the electricity. The technology is getting better all the time...and yes, the USA is still (by GDP) the #2 manufacturer in the world, despite almost nobody actually working in factory jobs anymore.

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