* Posts by Marketing Hack

2504 posts • joined 18 Jun 2009

Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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Some thoughts....

A) Marketing and promotion is great, but I am pretty much against having pretty women in the booths who are only there to attract attention. It's at least borderline unprofessional.

B) Well, there goes my wardrobe choice for my next tradeshow :)

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Watch out Wizard, Bezos wants the Emerald City for himself

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Re: Rents ARE high and rapidly rising in Seattle

Seattle has not been genuinely cheap for decades. It is relatively cheap compared to Silicon Valley and San Francisco, but just about anywhere can say that.

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Nice picture accompanying the story!

That is all.

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Silicon Valley powers: Let mass spying die in May 2015 – it's bad for privacy (and business)

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Re: Silicon Valley knowledge is power

I'd rather have Google, Facebook, etc. know this than the government, considering that tech don't have law enforcement powers and that they essentially have their money taps turned off by failure in the marketplace. Once a government agency is created or empowered, killing it off again is like trying to kill cockroaches with a hatpin.

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If Silicon Valley really wants to do something about this...

Then stop holding fundraisers for pols who won't vote to roll back these laws. Don't let pols come here for photo ops where they ratlle on about championing "jobs for the future". And put some of those personal fortunes to work tying the NSA and friends up in the courts.

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Spookception: US spied on Israel spying on US-Iran nuke talks

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Re: So only Israel is allowed to have Nukes?

@ Crazy Operations Guy

I doubt Israel is going to take any comfort in the idea that after Iran destroys them, the U.S. will (or may) destroy Iran. Given the obvious sensitivity of Jews to potential genocide, the big worry is that Israel will go on hair trigger and help provoke a nuclear war, or react to an attack by Iran by nuking Iran, plus every Arab nation for 1000 miles in all directions.

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Finally something that everyone in the Middle East can agree on!

"It wasn't us"

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50 BILLION devices: The future that Juniper Networks wants to tap

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Meh

There was a lot of Juniper promotion in this article...

"Juniper founder Pradeep Sindhu, who reckons his firm has improved networking performance more than any other single company over the last couple of decades"--that was probably the low point, and the statement contributed nothing to the article.

Well, Juniper is a good company, and better at developing tech than Cisco is--not better at packaging, supporting and getting it to market though.

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PATRIOT Act axed, NSA spying halted ... wake up, Neo, it's just a dream in the US House of Reps

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I'm skeptical that this bill will pass, but...

There is some good news in that Ted Cruz (First Republican to declare his candidacy for President) actually made a point of discussing the roll-back of surveillance of the American population in his announcement. It definitely raised my appreciation for Cruz. Though I still think he's a reckless bomb-thrower, he might get my vote if he is on the same ballot with Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton now. I'm against those two because I think dynastic politics is very bad in general for democracy.

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"it also needs a related bill introduced in the Senate"

No it doesn't, it does need to pass the house and then the bill automatically goes to the Senate. Question is whether the bill will go to the Intelligence Committee (and quickly be strangled by the empire-builders there) or go to the Judiciary Committee (where it will have more of a chance to get to the Senate floor for a vote).

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Dutch companies try warming homes with cloud servers

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Coffee/keyboard

And in the Summer, when you don't need heating...

Convince little Inge that it is OK to pour pancake syrup in the exhaust vents!

(Security on these will be a joke, though)

P.P.S.--I live in coastal California, where we would need the server for heating the equivalent of about 2 weeks every year.

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Snowden dump details Canadian spies running false flag ops online

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"has the ability to run "false flag" operations, making attacks look like someone else"

We know that Sony had a Kim Jung Un comedy going to the theaters, but now I guess the real question is whether there was a Dudley Dooright sequel that had been greenlighted!!

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Hawk like an Egyptian: Google is HOPPING MAD over fake SSL certs

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MCS Holdings = NSA front company!!

Oh come on, you guys knew I would say that.

Well, may or may not be the NSA, but my guess is that MCS is effectively fronting for some nefarious organization.

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Caught on camera: ICANN CEO slams the internet's kingmakers

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Facepalm

I think ICANN's operating model for internet governance is the Intl. Olympic Committee...

Or perhaps FIFA.

(No, that's not a good thing)

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Assange™ lawyers demand Swedish prosecution files or no London interview

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So basically Assange's lawyers are asking for favoritism?

You know what?, I'm sick of this guy. He helped leak a bunch of combat reports that basically demonstrated that war is hard and kind of bureaucratic, diplomatic cables that mostly made U.S. diplomacy look good and everyone else in the Middle East/Central Asia look kind of crazy, and videos of a helicopter shooting up a bunch of Iraqis in a situation where the helicopter pilots didn't really know what they were looking at and had to make a judgement call to support U.S. forces under fire. Basically, nothing he leaked actually changed any policy, because none of the leaked material was actually important from a policy point of view.

So, Snowden = Hero who I hope gets a pardon, Assange = Blowhard for whom I wouldn't shed a tear if he really did get extradited to the U.S. and tossed into Leavenworth.

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Premera healthcare: US govt security audit gave hacked biz thumbs up

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Paris Hilton

"electronic catflap"

Has got to go into the IT industry's dictionary somewhere. Also, it can go into the IT thesaurus for use by the NSA and other security services when they need a euphemism for "backdoor".

And my experience with HIPAA audits is that it does look at A) software patches/versions and physician access B) which employee/employee types should have access to personal health information and C) training those who have access to PHI to not spread it around, but it doesn't really look at network settings, endpoint access, guest/contractor access to the network, firewall layering/settings or broader corporate end-user security training.

For all we know, some pretty blonde cozied up to a Premera sysadmin at a local bar, boozed him up a little and purred his admin login out of him.

(Kind of bi-polar post defies easy icon choice, so I'll punt and go with the easy-on-the-eyes Ms. Hilton)

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US states vow to fight Google after the FTC meekly rolls over

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Keep in mind that the states were also the real instigators of various investigations into misrepresentation in the financial industry, and even the lawsuits that outed deception in the cigarette industry came from the states.

Wake up, Feds!!

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Scientists splice mammoth genes into unsuspecting elephant

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Re: Cool

And a 700 foot tall wall of ice to keep the mammoths and giants away from the Seven Kingd...er, civilization.

(Also quite handy in keeping zombies armies at bay)

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Re: I'm thinking that a mammoth is itself

Fortunately, research has demonstrated that the wooly mammoth is the natural enemy of the cane toad. All you have to do is introduce 5K breeding pairs of mammoths into Oz and voila!, problem solved!!

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Re: Cool

Luckily, I know a lot of people that scientists could extract the sloth gene from!

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IS 'hackers' urge US-based jihadis: 'Wipe yourselves out trying to kill 0.00005 of US forces'

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Yes, the terrorists are after some shock and media value. Like the murder of Lee Rigby, who as far as I know had never even been on a counterterrorism mission.

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Ancient SUPERNOVA EXPLOSION contains enough dust for 7,000 EARTHS, say boffins

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Re: Ancient star's ejaculate detected in hot young galaxy

No, but Hugh Hefner wants to hire you as his astronomer.

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Nesting falcons interrupt £200m Vodafone 4G mast upgrades

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Happy

Ah, the marketing possibilities

To start with, you can market mobile service to kids using your new mascot "Fredrick the 4G falcon"!

Some other ideas:

Vodafone--Carrion' your most important conversations since 19XX!

Vodafone--Raptor-ously good customer service since 19XX!!

Vodafone--Don't be another carrier's pigeon!

Vodafone Falcon(TM) 4G--Everything else is prey!!

(Dear Vodafone, my usual rate for marketing consulting is $300/hour. Please enclose payment to M. Hack....)

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Rocket Kittens target defence and IT bods from Europe & Israel

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"Operation Woollen-GoldFish"

I think Rocket Kitten has hacked the Pentagon's system for naming military operations!! (And yes, the Pentagon actually does have a computer system that names military operations.)

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US threatened Berlin with intel blackout over Snowden asylum: report

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Two points

A) the intel community in the U.S. are spoiled jerks

B) Germany set itself up for this when it outsourced it's national security to the Pentagon.

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FCC to Verizon: Blocking 911 calls? That's a $3.4m paddlin'

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"Thank you for calling Verizon customer service. Your business is important to us.

If you are experiencing dropped calls, please press 1. If you are experiencing a loss of data service, please press 2. If you are experiencing death, please press 3..."

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Premera Blue Cross is sick after hackers plunder their servers

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Now Premera is saying that the information was only "viewed"

But that no data was "removed". Still, its simple to copy anything you can view and put it in another program.

How is an attack defined – what does this mean?

An “attack” means no data was removed from Premera’s database, but data could have been viewed. A “breach” means data was removed from a database and this attack is not classified as a “breach”.

Whose data was impacted by this attack?

Premera does not know specifically at this time whose data may have been viewed and they are beginning to send letters to members today regarding the attack. The website www.premeraupdate.com will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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'All browsing activity should be considered private and sensitive' says US CIO

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A government official backing encryption by default??

Somewhere David Cameron is having a coronary.

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Cisco posts kit to empty houses to dodge NSA chop shops

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Re: How gullible

Hey! Don't forget these guys!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058805/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083466/?ref_=nv_sr_1

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Another example of why the tech industry needs to oppose the NSA & friends...

Instead of cooperating with them. The sigint agencies won't be happy until they have functionally destroyed trust in IT vendors.

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Watchdog slaps American Apparel's youthful naked arse

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Tomorrow, the ASA bans underwear advertising...

Thank God that we have the regulators to protect us from websites that most of us would never have known about--if it wasn't for the regulators.

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Respect mah privacy! EU delegation begs US to play nice with data

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Noticeably missing from the list of departments the MEP group will meet with...

Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the National Security Council and the Department of Defense (the NSA reports up to the DoD).

If I were coming from Europe to talk about improving civil liberties, I would want to talk to these guys too.

(The bulletproof invisibility cloak with the heat-seeking dagger in the pocket is mine)

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Re: Even if the USA gives assurances

Pedophiles are a bete noire for British pols, not really American ones. We prefer to go after dastardly "foreign agents" here, or perhaps money launderers.

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Zuck: Get your FULLY EXPOSED BUTTOCKS off my Facebook

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@nematoad

So you think Mark would tell you to "Go Zuck yourself?" :)

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FCC takes three-month pause to consider massive telecoms mergers

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Comcast + Time Warner Cable is...

A bold experiment to test the theory that turd + shit = gourmet chocolate?

(Plus I'm a DirecTV customer, and I like them. So I'd hate to see AT&T screw things up.)

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Bride legs it from wedding after groom proves unable to add up

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Re: Clown was "Pennywise"

@ skeptical i

That's the old knock on adaptations of Stephen King stories, that they are great on paper, but disappointing in other media. I think that "The Dead Zone" was pretty good, and the Green Mile and Shawshank Redemption (and those last two were definitely not horror stories) were great, but other than that it is hard to think of a Stephen King film/TV series that was really good.

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@Khaptain

That book was an allegory. The clown was supposed to represent hacker collectives, or Microsoft, or something....

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Could be a good way to get out of a wedding...

Been set up for an arranged marriage with someone who looks like 10 miles of bad road? Play REAL dumb...

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Snowden tells tech bigwigs: It's up to you to thwart mass surveillance

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Holmes

End-to-end and more robust encryption and security is essential

Even if we didn't have the sigint agencies to worry about, we would need better security of all kinds (encryption, traffic analysis and monitoring, device features, firmware/software design, user education), because various black hats seem to be ripping off the personal data of thousands or millions of users at a time.

However, the sigint agencies activities just make this more vital. They are basically in a state of somewhat limited cyberwarfare with the tech industry. I mean, what else would you call their penetration of security standards, telecoms cables, security-related databases, IT products of most kinds and spoofing of information/online services for phishing ill-defined intelligence targets? The tech industry and IT professionals in your local IT department need to fight back if they are to protect their business and their customers' and users business and information.

So I feel somewhat bad for the former chief of MI6, but he failed to maintain proportionality in the activities of Britain's spooks (Gemalto being a great example), and having scared the Hell out of many techies he is left wondering why they won't cooperate with what he represents.

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Timeout, Time Lords: ICANN says there is only one kind of doctor

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Well, screws my plans for...

Www.octopus.doctor

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'Just a kid' Zuck's word is his bond ... but NOT in his backyard, lawsuit claims

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Should have kept the lot!!

Maybe build the house with a message on the roof "Mark Zuckerberg lives here!" and a big arrow pointing to the next lot!

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Hurry shipmates - the black hats have hacked our fire control system

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Re: Aren't the fire control systems of Belfast completely mechanical?

@Graeme Leggett

What, you've never seen "Christine" or "Maximum Overdrive"?

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Re: they all lost....

Wouldn't work. Damned WiFi-enabled cruisers!

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One of the 6" gun turrets is trained on London's city hall...

So the crisis is that the guns aren't firing? :)

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LOHAN unleashes 'waiting for the FAA' collector mug

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Re: Just launch it

The added bonus of this course of action would be the chance to meet your local FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms SWAT teams (great guys!), followed by an all-expenses-paid Carribean vacation at Club Fed Guantanamo Bay.

(Icon shows LOHAN launch team member being fitted with complimentary orange Federal Bureau of Prisons jumpsuit--tres chic!)

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Australians! Let us all rise up against data retention

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Re: @dan

Well, in the U.S. there actually are major pols who are against the surveillance state, and even guys who could run for President. Rand Paul probably has real religion on this issue (though Barak Obama talked a good game on reducing Bush-era surveillance, and then he turned it up a notch or two once he actually got into the White House). There are probably other Republican candidates who can be trusted to dial things back. My bet is Hillary Clinton is in the same place that Obama is though.

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Going on holiday? Mexico wants your personal data

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Re: Sophie In ’t Veld

Just don't ask where her neighbor Dick In 't Bush got his name :)

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Clinton defence of personal email server fails to placate critics

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I don't think this is going to amount to anything illegal...

But it does feed the old "The Clintons will attempt any legal/verbal dodge" archetype. And it even has been used to vindicate Sarah Palin some, as a picture of her juggling 2 smartphones and her infant grandson has been circulated by Republican supporters in response to Hillary's bit about the difficulty of "using two devices"

(So yes, Hillary, it would have been more intelligent to have two accounts.)

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