* Posts by Cameron Colley

2196 posts • joined 13 Jun 2007

BSODs of the week: From GRUB to nagware

Cameron Colley

Quite appropriate for me.

I've been getting BSODs on the Windows XP machine at work for the last few workdays. The first couple of times I was actually quite excited as I hadn't seen one on a machine I was using for years ,despite having to use Windows daily at work, so it was a blast from the past. I'm getting a bit bored of the BSODs now though.

Guess I'll have to fire up the BSOD screen server at home and remember I've done it so I don't panic when I see the kernel panic screen included in it like I did last time I used it.

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Ransomware scum infect Comic Relief server: Internal systems taken down

Cameron Colley

@Jemma

If you're alive then you've done fuck all yourself to stop the despotic murderers so get off your high horse already.

There is no way for anybody in the UK or US to do anything to change anything that our owners decide to do. Ask David Kelly how best to alert people of war crimes. Oh, no, wait, you can't...

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Rise of the Machines at Sea: The British firm building robot boats

Cameron Colley

Re: Piracy?

Robot goalkeeper?

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71,000 Minecraft World Map accounts leaked online after 'hack'

Cameron Colley

A password manager?

So how exactly am I supposed to use a password manager when I don't control the machine I'm working on? My personal passwords are easy enough to remember and I do as mentioned and re-use passwords on sites where money and/or personal details aren't involved. But how can I use a password manager to remember the 8 to 10 passwords I have to use at work daily? Then there's the fact I have two PCs and a phone so I'd need a list somewhere to populate the password managers on those and if I've got a list why do I need password managers when I can just lock up the list? What happens when, for some reason, I loose access to my PCs, how do I get the passwords back?

Yes, I know password managers an be helpful to some who have a lot of online passwords but they're the answer to a specific case not all cases.

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UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

Cameron Colley

Quick, arrest then hang tony72!!

tony72 is a terrorist paedophile and I know because a dog told me. That is surely enough evidence to bring back hanging?

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The calm before the storm: AMD's Zen bears down on Intel CPUs

Cameron Colley

I was just telling somebody today that I thought I just bought my last AMD chip...

I recently upgraded to an FX-8370 (currently mildly overclocked at 4.5GHz) to replace the FX-8120 that I built this system with* in the hope of extending the life of this system until I feel I can afford to build something new.

I was telling a colleague this and explaining that I did so because it's the most powerful chip that will fit in the socket and that next time I'll be looking to (possibly spend more that I would for AMD and) build an Intel system as AMD just aren't performing as well.

As somebody who admires AMD for the architecture they invented (AMD64) and some Intel-beating chips of the past I hope that this means I may be able to choose AMD and be buying something close to top-of-the-table (assuming I can afford it, of course).

*I knew at the time it wasn't impressive with benchmarks but knowing that all virtualisation features were definitely enabled rather than Intel's "You must read all the specifications, regardless of price, as sometimes we just disable things for fun" approach and knowing that I'd at least 4 proper cores and potentially 8 (usage-dependent) for my money meant it was generally fine and I still think it was the right choice.

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Android Mew-ware, I choose you: Code nasty poses as Pokemon GO

Cameron Colley

Re: Puzzled..

I think you may have misread the article. The article is about malicious software posing as the game not the game itself being malicious...

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Isis crisis: Facebook makes Bristol lass an unperson

Cameron Colley

Re: Fix the Scunthorpe problem

Apparently it could be rendered as Squainthorpe as "quaint" would seem to be another spelling of the same.

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Fly to Africa. Survive helicopter death flight to oil rig. Do no work for three weeks. Repeat

Cameron Colley

It's called "bribery".

As the AC above point out it can mean prison time for anyone aware of it. As far as the UK government is concerned if you are aware that somebody even suggested that they pay a foreign official anything but what is explicitly declared by law it's bribery and, if your company has a UK office and you visit, it it can mean prison time whether not not you work for the UK office or are a UK citizen.

The above is regardless of whether the country in question considers it bribery or not or whether it's legal there or not or whether their courts would even consider looking into it or not, unless it's explicitly stated in their law that the payment is legal the UK government say you are guilty of bribery.

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Dad of student slain in Paris terror massacre sues Google, Twitter, Facebook for their 'material support' of ISIS

Cameron Colley

Re: "MTB"

"MTB" has long been used as a shortening of mountain bike though I'll admit I, too, do not understand why either.

As to whether mountain bikers are terrorists? I've seen plenty of averts for mountain bike tours for "t'rrists" as George W. Bush would say.

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Forget Game of Thrones as Android ransomware infects TVs

Cameron Colley

Re: @Dave126

So, Dave126, you know for certain that no manufacturer has ever, no will ever, either intentionally nor accidentally allow the device to attempt to automatically connect to wireless networks?

I'm glad there's an Android developer who works for all major manufacturers on this site, thanks Dave126 for clearing that up...

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Cameron Colley

@Dave126

What if it connects to the neighbour's network? Or somebody walking past? When you can't tell whether the "smart" part is switched on how do you know whether it's trying to download the latest Android update or worse?

As for broadcast TV, in the UK owning a TV with a tuner may mean having to rip out an old antenna cable and the hassles to go with it as well as making it harder to deny to the TV Licensing Stasi that you don't watch TV.

What a lot of us want are dumb screens (with some decently-powered USB power ports, perhaps) to plug things into. But, sadly, that doesn't sound flash enough for marketing so this shite is wheeled out instead.

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Xerox lays out BPO breakup plan

Cameron Colley

Pstt, it's Ursula Burns (as in Mr.)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ursula_Burns

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Even in remotest Africa, Windows 10 nagware ruins your day: Update burns satellite link cash

Cameron Colley

Re: Simple answer: Don't use Windows.

Alternatives? As I said -- if you can't do it without Microsoft you can't do it. Unless, of course, you're happy with their EULA and their right to change the terms every time they feel like it.

If you're an IT purchasing manager than makes your job almost untenable but, then, I doubt you attained that role over 15 years ago so you're already happy with Microsoft's behaviour.

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Re: Simple answer: Don't use Windows.

Indeed, it's all in the EULA, has always been in the EULA and only morons don't realise that.

Really, stop paying MS to cause people issues. It's frightening how many people think they can "buy a copy of Windows" or "Buy Windows Server" in this day and age. It has been at least 5 years since MS told their licensees to kindly go fuck themselves but, it seems, nobody paid any attention.

You have no right to moan when you pay a criminal organisation money to help it threaten fellow customers and random software developers and you know you're doing it.

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Cameron Colley

Simple answer: Don't use Windows.

Oh, but, but I can't do x, y or z on Linux. Well, then, you can't do x y or z, can you?

If you bought Windows you have absolutely no right to moan about Microsoft's behaviour. Well, I suppose if you've been locked in a basement for the past two decades you may have an excuse.

Seriously, we've known for ever that Microsoft is a criminal organisation.

Also, in regards to this particular story, the EULA is pretty damned specific that the OS should not be used where lives are at steak. So, unless a specific agreement was in place with Microsoft then the fault lies with the person using Windows for this task. It could not be any more clear that Microsoft do not want Windows used in these situations because they realise it's not suitable.

Please, everyone, actually stop and think about why you're using Windows and the crimes you're helping fund.

And, again, "but, but I can't run this game on anything but Windows" just means you can't run that game. The price for running Windows has always been that one gives up freedom and sponsors crime.

Every single time Microsoft does something wrong people like myself point out that they're up to no good and every single time the use of Microsoft software is defended and, in the past, people have even been accused of wearing tinfoil hats for criticism of Microsoft.

So, nothing will change here and people will continue to buy Microsoft products because they need to. So why the hell are so many people moaning again?

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Welcome to the jumbo: Axl Rose tries to take a bite out of 'Fat Axl' internet meme

Cameron Colley

There aren't any "Fat Duff" memes.

Mind you, he doesn't have a song by Elizabeth Grant about him...

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Slack smackback: There's no IRC in team (software), say open-sourcers

Cameron Colley

And Slackware?

For many of us Linux users "slack" tends to refer to Slackware. I know there's not likely a trademark issue and most will work out which is being talked about from context but how they could have chosen such a similar name and claim to know about software is beyond me.

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Adobe...sigh...issues critical patch...sigh...for Flash Player zero day

Cameron Colley

Re: Just how did this happen ?

It happened because web developers were generally lazy and unskilled and wanted their cake and to eat it too. Don't get me wrong, there were and are some really good web developers out there but the trend was always for them to be people who were "a bit creative" and "a bit computery" and wanted to make a lot of money so they used Flash as an easy way to make impressive sites for customers who didn't know any better.

A similar thing happened with online games -- rather than writing games in real programming languages people made them in Flash because it was easier to be cross-platform and took less time to develop.

Flash has always been dodgy cludge of a toy for playing with and doing fun and cool things with but, sadly, people who didn't know better or didn't care used it for things they shouldn't and became dependent upon it.

Then there are the "But... But... But... We wouldn't be able to do X without Flash." crowd who don't understand that this means "We can't do X.". You know, the kind of people who demand that the laws of physics don't apply to them.

In short, Flash is still here because some people are too stupid to be let loose on computers.

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Is uBeam the new Theranos?

Cameron Colley

I think I "get" VC now.

It's a legal pyramid scheme isn't it?

Now it makes sense how these scum make their millions.

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The future of Firefox is … Chrome

Cameron Colley

So, Chrome is the new IE then?

Good to know that, in a few years time, there will only be one real browser choice with a few based upon it (Opera, Firefox [if it survives]) and a bunch of incompatible browsers which only render a few pages.

Hopefully I'll be dead by then.

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Western Digital spins up a USB disk just for the Raspberry Pi

Cameron Colley

Re: That may get in my shopping list

hdparm for spindown works fine with the USB drive attached to my Pi model B, as it does with my desktop also. You'll see an error returned as USB doesn't seem to carry the response from the drive (my interpretation) but the command "hdparm -S 5", for example, does work fine.

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When asked 'What's a .CNT file?' there's a polite way to answer

Cameron Colley

Re: I love these stories, it shows what a nasty, immature disfunctional bunch we are.

The problem is it does cost to be helpful -- too many time-wasting calls (like the one in the article where the customer wanted support for something not covered by that particular helldesk) and you're not getting to the real calls quick enough and, in the worst case, bang goes your "productivity bonus" (or whatever it's called).

Yes, of course, it's best to be polite and, if possible, give help rather than get rid of customers but in the real world of the helldesk time is a precious commodity one can't afford to waste on a customer who's not paying for it.

There are enough genuine issues to keep helldesks busy without having to help people who either can't be bothered to think for themselves or call the wrong people entirely.

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The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads

Cameron Colley

So, advertisers are being robbed?

Considering advertising is just legalised robbery* I'm sad it isn't making much of an impact.

If the sub-human scum in advertising were really under threat we would have heard about it from every available outlet. As it is, sadly, I think the manipulative wastes of life are still around.

*Telling somebody they need to pay for something they do not is robbery.

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BlackBerry axes 200 jobs – including a third of its HQ staff

Cameron Colley

Re: Great, thanks FAndroids and Applites.

@Martin Summers: True, they are not dead yet but it's not looking good.

I honestly don't know what the specs of either are I'm one of those people who wants a mobile communications device with a keyboard. There's nothing I've seen of Android that makes me thing it's any better at email, texting, browsing and phone calls than even my old Bold.

Perhaps that's somewhere else that Blackberry have gone wrong? Perhaps they're trying too hard to be clever and "high specification" when a decent communications device may still have a market?

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Cameron Colley

Great, thanks FAndroids and Applites.

Thank to all those FAndroids and Applites in marketing forcing slabs of glass on us all. Thanks a fucking bunch.

Now there are no choices left, I hope you're all happy.

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Who wants a quad-core 4.2GHz, 64GB, 5TB SSD RAID 10 … laptop?

Cameron Colley

Re: Trying to keep the cost down..

Windows costs nothing* to OEMs, so there is nothing to be saved by providing a machine with Linux. Those OEMs which do, occasionally, provide machines running Linux do so in order to provide a bargaining chip on their next M$ licensing negotiations.

Isn't this general knowledge by now?

*They pay M$ a license for "projected machines shipped" and, likely, extra charges for anything which doesn't run Linux (taking into account the negotiations taken into above).

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'No safe level' booze guidelines? Nonsense, thunder stats profs

Cameron Colley

My current blood alcohol levels allowed me clarity:

This is a plot by the inebriati to keep the rest of us from becoming more successful and more powerful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Zj50DmBFp0

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Cameron Colley

Re: The problem with excessive caution....

Indeed. A friend once told me they'd been advised to try to drink one non-alcoholic drink for every alcoholic one when "binge drinking" as a way to keep blood alcohol lower and reduce dehydration. Whether or not it does your health any good I'm not qualified to say but I'm sure it keeps you from drinking as much alcohol and I know in hot climates it does make the hangover less obvious.

It is said that eating properly before drinking is a good idea also -- how about trying to encourage that?

There are lots of little "tricks" that can either help reduce consumption or, perhaps, change focus a little which I am sure could help makes attitudes to drinking more healthy.

But, no, the government hires some puritanical moron to tell people something which isn't true instead. Shows just how much contempt they hold us all in -- they can't even pretend to give a shit about the people who pay them.

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Put your private parts on display if you want to keep earning a living

Cameron Colley

Re: Sorted

I suspect that "mouse jiggler" sounds much more euphemistic to the Norwegians and, possibly, other Scandinavians also.

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French say 'Non, merci' to encryption backdoors

Cameron Colley

Re: From my POV, it consistently comes down to #MyStupidGovernment

How do you think the rest of us feel?

Our UKian government is bad enough but thanks to various "special relationships" and out and out bribery and threats the majority of us in the rest of the world are still ruled by your, ignorant, warmongering, lawless, child-killing, innocent-torturing, fascist government.

Good to see the "cowardly" French and the "crazy drug-dealing homosexual" Dutch seem to be doing their best to resist though.

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Cameron Colley

You beat me to it.

I suppose, at a pinch, it could be said that at least monkeys have backbones unlike the majority of politicians.

I'm fairly sure the "cheese eating surrender monkeys" jibe was an ironic one but "liberty fries" most certainly was not and it would appear that the "land of the free" and the country which "rules the waves" could learn a thing or two from the country we poke fun at.

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Brit cuffed for Kyrgyz 'horse penis' sausage quip

Cameron Colley

Re: God grief...

Any such list would have to include the USA -- just a post on Twitter on jest and you are an undesirable.

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Patch now! Flash-exploitin' PC-hijackin' attack spotted in the wild by Huawei bods

Cameron Colley

Re: When will the horror end?

HTML5 gaming? See Bananabread. OK, so it's a different sort of game to the ones generally made in Flash but it illustrates nicely that it's probably not HTML5 itself holding gaming back but, perhaps, lack of experienced developers.

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Bah humbug. It's Andrew's Phones of the Year

Cameron Colley

Just give me a frikking keyboard!

All these "app stores", fancy screens and the like are fabulous for those who want them but, please, somebody, just make a fucking physical keyboard! As it is I'm on a now obsolete BlackBerry Bold because the thought of using one of these glass slices for email and text chat (my main mobile uses) is just too much to bear. Surely physical keyboards aren't that expensive?

By the way, I am aware that BlackBerry are still around with things like the Classic but since I like to keep a phone for at least 5 years before changing I worry that BlackBerry may not exist when I come to buy a new phone.

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Feeling abandoned by Adobe? Check out the video editing suites for penguins

Cameron Colley

@ Chemist: My Pi tends to just run and run as an HTTP, SSH and mpd server but it has to be said that that kind of thing is a solved problem without any need for development. It would be extremely bad if web servers needed rebooting more than once a year or so since they've been pretty much doing the same kind of things for decades. Video editing and the like, however, is coping with things like 4K and a huge number of graphics cards and attempting to use every single piece of optimisation available on the platform. I dare say that if one used these video programs on last-years best graphics card, a many-threaded processor and a shed load of RAM they wouldn't crash at all (my ageing bulldozer rarely crashes and it's a rubbish processor) but this software is meant to push the limits so is bound to crash.

Games tend to he the same, also, as they're designed to push the system to its limits in order to be slicker.

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Cameron Colley

Surely software on all systems crashes and has random bugs? I won't deny that Linux source software has its share of buggy programs (though I seem lucky with my choices, Google Earth apart) but I've come across a fair bit of buggy software on Windows too and relatives have had issues with Mac software. Sadly it's the nature of software that human error will always creep in and the vast number of different hardware and software setups used means no software is guaranteed to work for everyone.

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You ain't nothing but a porn dog, prying all the time: Cyber-hound sniffs out hard drives for cops

Cameron Colley

Re: Sounds Expensive

@ waldo kitty Your link's not working but I think it will be the one, by Amber Marks.

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Cameron Colley

Re: Sounds Expensive

@ Yet Another Anonymous coward:

There's a book by a woman who has contributed to this site in the past called Headspace which, amongst other things, suggests just that. It's well worth a read, by the way (reminding me to buy it for my Kindle now).

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Cameron Colley
Coat

Re: Woo hoo! A canine dog!

Apparently they tried the ovine variety but it was too easy to pull the wool over their eyes.

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No £160m for you: BT to receive termination notice from Cornwall before Christmas

Cameron Colley

I thought BT had lost another high-value government contract recently?

However, I can't find any news on it and don't want to post any details lest it be privileged information, for some reason. Has anybody heard of such?

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Researcher claims Facebook tried to gag him over critical flaw

Cameron Colley

Why the "house" and "underwear drawer" analogies?

Do some of the posters above live in server rooms or something? The comparison to breaking into somebody's home is at best inaccurate and at worst deliberately overly-dramatic.

This is akin to breaking into a place of business using a credit card to bypass the Yale lock then finding the safe keys in an unlocked drawer, opening the safe, photographing the contents then sending the photographs to the company who own the premises.

Please do not be so misleading as to suggest that this is in any way akin to the heinous crime of housebreaking.

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'Paedo hunter' who made £40,000 from blackmail jailed for 9 years

Cameron Colley

who told us that the victims were looking for child abuse images?

The victims of this scum may just have like a woman who looked a little more youthful -- but the shild abuse images would have been sent to them anyhow.

Without actual evidence even suggesting that the victims of this fan of child abuse images are guilty of anything looks like slander to me.

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One-armed bandit steals four hours of engineer's busy day

Cameron Colley

Re: Epson

I thought it was off PARC avenue?

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Cameron Colley

Re: And the point is?

Pretty much what I was thinking: The machine did have a fault and the technician fixed it. I dare say the pub paid for a support contract to keep the machines in good working order so they had every right to expect them to work perfectly.

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Pope instructs followers to put the iPhone away during dinner

Cameron Colley

Re: Remind me why anybody should listen to this guy?

Ah, so why not have Roman Abramovich's thoughts on family dinners?

Yes, sorry, I forgot all these servants I have and high-class rent-boys. Easy to forget when you're not in a gilded palace.

Seriously though, you really think he's not pampered? The guy's the head of a multinational billion-dollar firm which claims to worship a man who would give his life for other men yet they have a whole country of their own they could sell to help with world hunger yet just sit by and watch...

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Cameron Colley

Remind me why anybody should listen to this guy?

Good advice or not, why on earth should anybody be listening to this man? What relevance or authority has this pampered prick?

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Sound waves could power the future's magnetic HDDs

Cameron Colley

Re: Ahem:

Don't SSDs have many more unused sectors though? Meaning that the drives themselves last longer, since they're over-provisioned and have no moving parts, but the actual bits themselves are less reliable than those on magnetic media. That's certainly the impression I get anyhow.

The fact this is done so well means I'm happy to trust SSDs with my data possibly even a little more than spinning rust but I think the technology itself has a shorter lifespan.

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Thanks for playing: New Linux ransomware decrypted, pwns itself

Cameron Colley

I wonder...

Are some Western Digital "security" bods moonlighting in the malware business?

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Drones are dropping drugs into prisons and the US govt just doesn't know what to do

Cameron Colley

@Various naysayers.

I notice a lot of replies here saying things like "But nets over such and such a yard would be too big." (which I agree with) or "But criminals will ignore a law stating that it is illegal to fly drones over prisons." (which, again, I agree with).

What those people are forgetting is that security is a process and not a single thing you do. The nets over anywhere practical will prevent some intrusions, the law against flying drones over prisons will allow those with the ability to do so to do things like shoot them down or fire HERF weapons at them, and so on.

Heck, the way some AC posts read here it seems that there are no prisoners in the US since I'd wager every single security measure within the prison system has, at one point, been compromised in theory if not in practice.

I would type more but I've got to put my SSH port back from a non-standard as that's pointless because a real hacker would port-scan. Then I'll uninstall fail2ban because, after all, a real hacker's not going to use the same IP address twice. Then I'll disable public key authentication because, after all, the NSA can break that. Then I'll be nice and safe with my standard-port password-only SSH server...

Edit: I happen to be in the "Just decriminalise drugs already and let prison inmates have all they want" camp.

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