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16 posts • joined 19 Aug 2010
I think they overreacted, but I can see why they got upset.
It's one thing to notice a vulnerability during development of an application and report it to the university, for which he was rightfully praised..
It's another thing to fire up a vulnerability scanner and start hammering away at the system to see if it was fixed. This is a big no-no. As any pentester will tell you, you don't do crap to someone else's system without a signed contract.
I think expulsion is going to far, I would have limited it to some kind of official reprimand.
Normally I'd say you are being a bit melodramatic, but you actually (accidentally, probably) hit on a valid delineation that's used for police weapons.
Currently tasers are considered less-than-lethal (in the same category as tear gas, pepper spray, pressure points). Basically if someone is being a twat, an officer is allowed to use these items to subdue a suspect.
The next step up from that (before just shooting someone) is intermediate weapons. This usually means a baton. A baton in the hands of someone who is calm and knows what to do can subdue someone with nothing to show except painful bruises the next day. In the hands of someone who is panicking/doesn't know what they are doing, it can kill someone.
Tasers should be moved in to this category. They should ONLY be used if it is the only option besides shooting someone.
Keep in mind that the earliest investors were venture capitalists. They support a lot of companies that end up failing in the end on the off chance 1:1000 ends up like Facebook.
For them to cash out isn't necessarily a bad thing, they have to return the profit to their investors to pay back for the other 999 startups that didn't make it.
@hplasm Why wouldn't they?
Virtually every corporate network out there uses antivirus because nearly everyone uses Windows. Everyone out there uses Windows because the de facto standard for every productivity application written in the last 20 years has been Windows, and rewriting all the programs would cost more than the various headaches Windows causes.
Not saying that it's right or even wise, it's just the way the world is.
"So, yeah, the numbers don't really add up now, but there's no way of telling how the numbers will change in ten years time once they've actually done this."
The point the author was making is that they can't finance themselves for 10 years at a loss. “the market can stay irrational longer than you can stay liquid”.
@Eadon So the solution to having a horrible OS is to install Linux and run your productivity applications inside of a VM that runs the horrible OS? Don't you end back up at square one?
While I love Linux too (Xubuntu to be exact), what people need to realize is that most companies don't run Windows because they like Windows. They run Windows because Microsoft Office and the last 20+ years of industry standard productivity applications are written for it.
It's easier to deal with the issues surrounding Windows than it is to rewrite all of the productivity programs and retrain the staff.
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