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  • Feb 27th, 2014 @ 1:16pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:


    Fair enough. I missed the snark - all too often I come across folks of the "but it was trivial to bypass, why am I in trouble" mindset who legitimately don't seem to get what happened.

  • Feb 27th, 2014 @ 12:50pm

    Re: Re:

    John: Yes, such systems are often trivially bypassed. And boy, does HR tend to get pissed when they catch you doing it, as you're demonstrating that you've gone out of your way to violate company policy.

  • Feb 27th, 2014 @ 12:48pm


    Naw, not convenience. not bandwidth reduction either, and certainly not to enhance the end user experience, although they'll pay lip service to that when they explain why they want to charge you an extra $5/month for an "enhanced, accelerated web browsing experience".

    Systems at Telco scale tend to be too complex and expensive in terms of maintenance and integration to be convenient for the telco.

    The Telco's will only implement this in exchange for the enhanced ability to monetize your traffic. Traffic stats will be sold at various tiers and levels of granularity to anyone with money to buy - marketers, government agencies, divorce lawyers, politicians, law enforcement, etc. And most folks in the public will pay extra each month for this benefit.

  • Feb 27th, 2014 @ 12:40pm

    Re: Re: Olympics in stupidity?

    This is probably primarily for money transactions where banks and governments would like to avoid having too much money end up in tax havens and to better be able to fight black markets.

    You're not thinking anywhere near big enough or creatively in scope.

  • Feb 27th, 2014 @ 11:57am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I can probably configure a bios to where you can't boot from CDRom without having an admin password allowing you to reconfigure the BIOS.

    But here's the thing: There are multiple tiers of controls. When the security officer catches you doing this with a corporate owned workstation in violation of company policy, your next stop is going to be HR.

    Willful violations of corporate policy is generally considered to be an instafail by HR types, and you will end up on the losing end of that discussion. And you're not going to be successful in arguing that you "accidently" violated corporate policy by downloading a live image, burning it to disc, and reconfiguring your computer to boot from it so that you could browse porn from your desk.

    Now, you might not get caught - right away. But if you're working in an organization along the lines of what I believe AC is describing, you will eventually get caught.

  • Jul 26th, 2013 @ 2:03pm

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    This bill is dead on arrival. Thanks to the Patriot act, the NSA has too much legally collected blackmail material on our elected political heroes for this ever to achieve a majority in either the house or the senate, much less the veto-proof majority it would require to actually be put into law.

  • Apr 6th, 2012 @ 1:38pm

    Re: Re:

    Does that mean a women can start a paternity suit against a man who she hasn't even had sex with yet???"

    Do 'Unborn Victims of Crime' style laws now apply to any woman not on her period at the time the crime is committed?

  • Mar 30th, 2012 @ 1:55pm

    Re: Re: It has never been about keeping people safe.

    We have flight #93 from 9/11 and the JetBlue captain being taken down as concrete examples of both points.

    Speaking of the JetBlue Captain - If the TSA follows their normal anti-badness reaction pattern, they should be announcing that flight crews will be banned from planes in the next day or two.

    The pattern should be familiar to everyone by now: TSA fails to prevent something 'bad' from getting on a plane, Airplane passengers prevent said badness from being implemented, TSA bans bad thing so it can't happen again.

  • Mar 30th, 2012 @ 1:31pm


    I feel incredibly harmed. After my last flight, I couldn't think right because of all the mental anguish caused by the TSA. They so harmed me, harmed us all, we are positively dying every day they are on the job.

    *sigh* The frog being slowly boiled in the pot doesn't feel harmed either. If you don't get the reference, check wikipedia's article on the "boiling frog".

    On second thought, don't worry about it. Just go watch "dancing with the stars" and everything will be just fine...

  • Mar 14th, 2012 @ 2:26pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: It can be.

    how do ILLEGALLY make something law

    In the US, you do it by passing a law that violates the Constitution.

  • Mar 14th, 2012 @ 2:24pm

    Re: Re: Re: It can be.

    Why would you want to change the established definition of stealing when there is a perfect word for "unrightfully aquired through copying" which is "infringement"?

    It's a straight-up psychological play, and an effective one at that.

    "Murder" and "Homicide" mean the same thing, but people react very differently to the words. Yell "Homicide" in a crowd, and you'll get a muted reaction at best. Yell "Murder" in the same crowd and the reaction will be immediate and much stronger.

    If you write that "X stole from me", you'll get far more of a reaction than if you print "X infringed on my copyright".

    Same deal with "Identity theft" - The vast majority of news that's printed pertaining to "ID Theft" is actually nothing more than your garden variety "Credit Card Fraud", but a headline that reads "X people were victimized by Credit Card Fraud" doesn't get nearly as much attention as "X people had their identities stolen".