72 posts • joined 24 Jul 2013
Re: That's nothing
While working for a certain large appliance manufacturer, I noticed huge rolls of plastic in the data center. Apparently the datacenter was built at great expense immediately below the dishwasher testing facility. Should a spill occur, the entire unix admin staff were to rush across campus to cover the systems, starting with those most important to the business.
Someone was paid a lot of money to put that datacenter there, and a lot more for that fancy remediation plan...
Virus screener goes down, Intel patches more chips, Pegasus government spying code spreads across globe
Everyone a suspect!
It would be very easy for a criminal to *not* be tracked, but what about all the innocent people that happened to be in the area. Suddenly they are suspects, subject to further invasions of privacy, police interviews, a file being opened on them that could lead to further misunderstandings or travel issues in the future.
Most of us aren't sneaking around committing crimes, but we still understand how much of a hassle it would be to be caught up in the state security apparatus.
Re: I don't get it
It depends. If we all get 2.2% more income at the expense of desperately needed social and medical programs, it would be wrong. If the 2.2% bump is just a bribe so we ignore a much higher percentage going to billionaires, that too is wrong. If it were 2.2% coming from government waste, the war on drugs, and efficiency gains, then it would be great.
Re: This is when I know I'm getting old...
Mage, most are not anonymous, as every transaction is recorded in the blockchain and known exchanges can be subpoenaed to obtain transaction records. As opposed to the many banks that laundered money for drug cartels and destroyed records becore being investigated.
The problem they solve is having all your money in the hands of the 1%, making them rich, and paying an arm and a leg for the privilege.
Systems like Bitcoin Cash are fast and scalable. Personally, I still appreciate real cash as well for true anonymity, though I suspect it will be harder and harder to make it counterfeit-resistant.
Near-term I think we'll see shipping container sized "tape libraries" except the tapes will be little black compute/storage boxes. Bad boxes get ejected out the back, and us human slaves restock the good ones. The libraries themselves will have standardized power and data connections in all directions for stacking. You may even find them offshore of a flooded New York City, on a container ship, with seawater being pumped through their heat exchangers. Laser links to fiber on shore and satellites, etc...
Further out, just giant pools of quantum computing goo that can endlessly reconfigure itself as it sees fit. Quantum macro-amoeba controlling lower-level tech to mine, refine, manufacture, assemble, and otherwise replicate more machines and more quantum goo. And maybe keep us humans in some kind of animal preserve.
The young quantum amoeba will balk at the idea they are decended from us ape-like creatures. But only for a nanosecond.
Re: Advertisers won't be happy.
Remember back in the 90s when micropayments were supposed to be the future? Somehow that never took off, even now with the advent of cryptocurrencies. Perhaps it's the idea of paying for something you currently get for free. Or your web browser being tricked into giving away your money.
This comments section looks like slashdot
I came here expecting intelligent discussion of the new features like performance benefits of ASID for virtualization or memory encryption between process trees finally ending buffer overflow style exploits. Instead, a bunch of off-topic linux desktop bullshit. Has thereg devolved to slashdot?
Who needs in-house security coders?
... When I can just wait for researchers to advise me privately and for free! D-Link had a sweet deal, if they'd have patched those flaws they would still be receiving free security advice without losing face. Maybe this will push them to invest more in security. (But probably not, unless retail boxes start listing government mandated vulnerability statistics.)
Re: only IT is a toxic places for women to work in ....
Haha Nick, welcome to the real world, where it's who you know and not what you know that gets you promoted. But if you can relax a little, and GET TO KNOW your coworkers you can go far.
Right now you're concentrating on grades and projects, but have you considered the true value of school is the connections you will make that will enrich your life? Lifelong friendships? Business connections? Trusted advisors? A pipeline of future employees? Think big, and enjoy life while doing so.
They "need" to store it because police and spooks pay good money for the data. Selling out their customers to the government is another revenue stream:
"AT&T stores customer data as far back as 2008, and charges from $100,000 to over $1 million a year for law enforcement agencies to access this data. This program, called Project Hemisphere, gives law enforcement access to your phone records without a warrant, at the cost of millions of taxpayer dollars."
Why does no one ever talk about maximum wage? As in, no employees total compensation shall be more than 100 times that of any other employee. Seems fixing the economy's leak at the top would help more than tinkering at the bottom. And it still provides incentive to work harder and earn more, with more incentive to reinvest in business, new employees, and new technology, rather than stockpiling cash.
Re: Kudos to all involved
My guess is yaq utilizes auth or certificates or other web server based security, which is enabled on the internal server, but not the external one. Probably some other developer or team decided it was very neat and scalable to have all vhosts on one big virtual filesystem. A quick fix would be some internal/external read permissions on that file system. But really, prod/dev/internal should be separated all the way down the stack to avoid things like this. Google can afford a few more hosts to accomplish this.
Re: I vote to add the clearly bigoted Kieren McCarthy in San Francisco.
Kieren, maybe next time readers will make it through your top 5 clickbait rage piece if you don't start it with a smear job that completely misrepresents the subject. Those of us that read the memo, even if we don't agree entirely, know you are grossly mischaracterizing it.
Like the author, it seems many commenters haven't read the memo...
The memo never says anyone is inferior, just that there *are* some biological differences in aptitudes and preferences that may influence who *choses* to get into computing in the first place. He acknowledges that there is huge overlap between male and female populations. He acknowledges that bias still plays a role in hiring. He explicitly says everyone must be evaluated as an individual, with respect, and not based on their group membership.
In short, anyone screaming racism, sexism, or calling this guy an asshole needs to work on their reading comprehension or their tolerance for ideas other than their own. Civil discussion should not be met with shaming and punishment.
You've never joked about commiting a crime?
This case sounds pretty cut and dry. But... what if someone texted his wife that he was going to absolutely rape her when he got home? Or blow up that neighbors noisy lawn mower? Or murder that asshole down the pub?
People say crazy shit all the time when they think they have privacy. Should someone eavesdropping out of context be enough to have a warrant issued? Should you be detained? Where do you draw the line on what is plausible?
Re: Could probably do solar monitoring
I did something like that in the noughts. Ran a DSL and dialup ISP and used SNMP readings on signal strength and connect speeds per customer to diagnose changes over time (speed complaint corresponds to drop in signal which corresponds to rainy weather, so we tell the customer to check their outside lines/box for leaks). You could actually gauge amount of rain in a storm by the aggregate drop in signals or connect speed. Thought about solar weather but never followed up on that idea.
Impact to society...
Imagine the hundreds of billions diverted from taxes that could have gone to school, medical care, infrastructure... It's no wonder the rich are calling for the rest of us to be austere.
Now imagine all of the smaller companies without fleets of lawyers trying to compete with the multinationals... No matter how good their ideas or how efficient they are, they are at a government approved 20+% disadvantage economically, not even counting ask the special tax breaks and incentives they are willingly given. Is that a fair market?
Common people and businesses are suffering because of the money siphoned out of our economies, and the market is rigged to keep it that way. I hope some form of legislation succeeds to rein it in.
Regulate the big multinationals, and let the rest of us compete fairly!
No need for drug laws or any other nanny state laws
A person's body and what they do with it should be a sacred protected right. Only when it comes to crime against others should there be intervention. I don't care about all the students tweaking on meth to get their studying done, just the one that steals my car stereo. Have criminal intervention for the crime committed, but not for the mere fact of using. That needs medical and counseling intervention.
"Piracy based emulation"
That's an awful big assumption to make, considering how many people own stacks of NES games. The idea that the company you pay $700 to for a 'premium' experience is the one that doesn't trust it's own users is repulsive to me. I have more than enough big brother in my oligarchy as it is...
Future of space colonization...
Until we get nanites that can build ultra-lightweight structures out of hollow carbon and aluminum on site, inflatables are the future of space colonization. One rocket payload could double the space of the ISS, or deliver several shelters to the surface of Mars. Self-healing goo ala fix-a-flat could deal with air leaks from micro-meteorites. Safer to sleep in a reinforced area, or underground tunnel, but these structures could prove fast and affordable for securing new areas, airlocks, and hydro/ aqua ponics.
Terrible no matter how you read it.
Unchecked access to that amount of data is dangerous, and if the government controls the data it will become unchecked. At least if it resides within many private companies there are more eyes on the number and type of requests. As soon as the requests become non-specific someone can blow the whistle quite easily.
That being said, only data required for billing should be retained anyway. Or will the library now be required to log which books I picked up but didn't check out? And the pub, which other patrons I spoke with? Why do I suddenly have no rights to privacy just because the data is easier to steal?
armchair climate deniers
The globe in global warming is made of more than air. The additional heat is accounted for in observed increases in ice melt off and changing ocean currents and weather patterns. Unfortunately those mediators are finite, and non-denier scientists are planning for what comes next.