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Comment Re: Has Wikileaks jumped the shark? (Score 1) 269

Bragging to an "Access Hollywood" Reporter, on an "Access Hollywood" bus, right before shooting an "Access Hollywood" walk-in.
Then, the recording was kept for 11 years.

I'll agree that he never intended those comments be published, but saying it was "accidentally recorded on a [...] microphone that he wasn't aware of" is a bit of a stretch.

Comment Re:You have to know how to secure a Windows 10 PC (Score 1) 982

A better answer to your question is that I haven't found any features of Windows 10 that would warrant my updating from Windows 7.

Another answer would be that I haven't found any features of Windows 10 that would warrant NOT updating. All the pissing and moaning is about default settings - ie. settings you can change. You do not have to use a Microsoft account, it's a free upgrade, and you can set your security and privacy settings back to your paranoid 'do-not-share' custom settings.

Microsoft are giving this out for free, and there ARE features that might not be worth the upgrade, but are worth having. If you're on Windows 8, it's nice to have a start menu back. If you're on Windows 7, it's really nice to have all the admin options at the convenience of [win]-x or a right click on the 'start menu'.

Seriously, Windows 10 is more than 8 months old. If your apps don't work on Windows 10, stick it to the app developer. I hope they don't take 8 months to fix security bugs too.

Yes, I would recommend upgrading to Windows 10. You won't notice any 'killer apps', but you sure-as-hell notice the lack of functionality when you sit in front of a Windows 7 PC after using Windows 10 for a couple of months.

Don't ask 'Why'; ask instead, 'Why not.' - John F. Kennedy

Comment Re:Ouch? (Score 1) 301

I think the real blame lies y'know, with the people who actually used this as a vehicle to cheat on their spouses. Blaming this leak for the fallout is like blaming your spouse's friend who rats you out for cheating on them.

This statement is like saying "Yeah, I know revenge porn is bad, but the real blame lies y'know, with the girl who sent nude pictures in the first place. It was only a matter of time before someone re-published it"

Three things need to be remembered before you support this hack because the cheaters deserved it:
1. Ashley Madison was its self a scam. People who used the site were already being punished. Shutting down the site is actually GOOD for cheaters, because they will now know to turn to a more legitimate dating site in future.
2. Just because someone signed up to the site doesn't mean they were actually going to cheat on their spouse. It's like a list of people who've ever walked into a brothel. When push comes to shove, many people think better of their bad decisions on their own - not everybody who walks into a brothel ends up sleeping with a hooker.
2. Collateral damage - It's not just the individual listed in the leak who suffers.
2a) Plenty of public figures (doctors, lawyers, teachers, politicians) are women. They will now have to deal with their reputation that they're married to a "cheater", because public opinion doesn't understand point 1. (Imagine how a high school teacher is going to feel when some kid puts his hand up in class and says "Is your husband xxxxx? I just found his details on the Ashley Madison data dump. Do you let him spank you?")
2b) When parents divorce, their children go through hell. If cheating can dealt with privately, forgiven by the victim and the cheater changes his ways, that's a better outcome for the whole family than the alternative. Thanks to this hack, there is no longer an option for victims of cheating to deal with their husband's bad behaviour privately. This increases the chances of a worse outcome for the children.

Now, before you mod me down for my opening statement, I do understand there is a MASSIVE difference between revenge porn and this hack; but both have come about because of a breach of trust from the counterparty.

I do think it's reasonable to compare the feelings experienced by the people listed in this data dump with those experienced by women who find themselves on a revenge porn site. That is online bullying plain and simple. It is easy, and emotionally satisfying to blame the people who signed up and were silly enough to use their real name, but it is extremely unhelpful, and the whole "two wrongs might make a right" argument doesn't hold much water when you counter in the fact that Ashley Madison was ALREADY taking cheaters for everything they were worth.

However, it is an important lesson that needs to be re-iterated to Internet users daily: Information wants to be free. Access controls are temporary, content is permanent. Once you have posted something online (or sent something via MMS) you have no control over what happens to it. It cannot be deleted, It cannot be revoked, One of two things happens to online information: It will either rot into obscurity, or become public. You have no privacy online. That horse has bolted.

The responsibility rests with you: Accept the reality that privacy online is nothing more than an illusion and protect yourself by treating everything you post, publish or send as PUBLIC.

Comment Re:With the best will in the world... (Score 1) 486

I think you might have been alluding to this, but everything you just mentioned either IS being done by Tesla, or is on the near-term roadmap for Tesla. For a video of how a battery swap would work, see here:

The alerts of which you speak were a recent Tesla software upgrade.

As for Tesla's plans for how battery swap would work, see Elon Himself talking about it here:

So, to the GP's questions: 1) 400 miles out of one battery, no, but I only get 200 miles out of a tank in my car - and the Telsa does 265 miles from a full charge, so lets go out there on a limb and call it equivalent. 2) Yes, 2.5 minute swap-over, not 5.

Comment Re:Don't take this the wrong way but (Score 1) 317

I did the exam 3 years ago, and I completely agree with the breadth of the information you're talking about. Also, I agree with you about the Cisco training manuals.

However, I used the trainsignal videos, which would be less than 4.5 days of video in total, and it covered everything you need to know to do the course. I have significant experience with Cisco CLI so the simulators were a breeze.

I also found the test didn't cover the content to the n'th degree. All questions were of foundation knowledge in the subjects covered by the training materials. ie. If you read the materials once, then went and did the test, you stand a great chance of getting a pass score.

It did not ask obscure questions, and most multiple choice answers were obviously wrong (ie. no giving the OSPF timer as a potential incorrect answer for "what is the RIP timer default value") None of the incorrect answers in the subnetting multiple choice were common mistakes by transposing a single bit - if you make a simple mistake in your binary maths, the answer you calculated was not an option.

I think the Cisco course content is vast and difficult, the test, however is as easy as it possibly could be for that content.

I'd never touched frame relay, ospf or VTP but trainsignal covered more than enough, and stressed the test's common questions.

If you ignore Cisco's boring-as-hell books and subscribe to the CBTNuggets or TrainSignal/PluralSight training then spend a few hours testing yourself with the testking practice tests, it's very reasonable that someone with previous linux or networking experience could cram and pass the CCNA in a week.

Comment Re:There is a reason for this! (Score 1) 317

I'm going to have to take your word for it, because I did mine 3 years ago. I haven't bothered renewing it because I'm not looking for work.

At the time, I was really surprised about how easy the questions on the exam were. The reading material and topic covered were vast, but the exam wasn't asking tricky questions. If you studied all the topics, you only needed to understand them all to be able to do well in the test. (Not like the Microsoft tests that ask obscure trivia and provide four realistic options for your selection)

However, looking at the topics covered, it looks like what the CCNA qualification was 8 years ago is now the ICND1, or CCENT qualification.

This doesn't seem to cover much more than networking fundamentals that IT people really should know.

Either way, you don't have to buy routers and switches. Download a copy of GNS3 and get your hands on some Cisco IOS images. That's how I got experience with the Frame Relay stuff that was in the CCNA exam I did.

Comment Re:There is a reason for this! (Score 1) 317

Understanding netmasks and broadcast addresses is worthy of a certification? Really? Are there really people who work in IT who don't understand the basic concepts of networking? Isn't this taught in the first year of college? I mean we're not in 1980 anymore!

Yes, Yes, Yes, Maybe - but the first year of college is about booze and women - P's get Degrees!

It is worth certification because it is such a fundamental component of the job of an IT person now that the Internet is ubiquitous, and because such a horrifying number of IT people don't have any understanding of switching, routing and subnetting is.

There is a reason CCNA qualifications are so widely sought - it teaches the fundamentals of networking that every IT professional should know.

Comment Re:practical-based certs hold their value (Score 1) 317

The CCIE isn't a certification you just go and get!

Maybe you can just sit down and study pass the CCIE qualification exam, but the CCIE Lab is an 8 hour puzzle that only the most proficient Cisco engineers can pass.

If you're a CCIE and you just woke up one day and said "I'm going to go and get my CCIE qualification" and thought the CCIE Lab was a straightforward (not easy, but you know, not has hard as getting a postgraduate degree) affair, feel free to let me know in reply!

Were you thinking of the CCNA? In which case, yeah. I'd recommend you study and just get that qualification. It teaches you the fundamentals that every IT professional should know.

But telling someone with no Cisco training to "Go and get a CCIE" is like telling a year 12 student to "Go and get a PhD".

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