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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Well I think this is intersesting

I was at a presentation of new data management technologies. I'm not a database expert by any means but I know the principles of how traditional relational databases work.  You have tables with rows that contain information such as demographic info (name, ssn, dob, address, etc) and another that contains purchase history from some store(name, address, item, price, quantity, etc) they are linked together by some common element like name or ssn.   Those types of database can be locked so that only certain types of people could have access to a table or even to the row level.

The thing I find interesting (or maybe disturbing) is that certain agency who had a certain well know ndata breach used a technology that didn't fit into the traditional model.  They used a new technology that has lots of potential but just didn't have the same level of security built in. Which explains why a certain individual was able to steal a lot of embarrassing data.

I say on many of my phone calls "hello department of defense at Ft. Meade" which is what a certain agency used to be referred to before the government actually acknowledged its existence.  True story, back in the 80's, a work friend agreed to give me a perm (I know, I know). I asked where her husband worked and she gave the "DOD at ft. meade" answer. When I responded "How long has your husband worked at NSA", she gave me a horrified look.  I thought it was a joke because it was so known that is what you said if worked there as was "I work for the US. Government at Langley" if you worked for the CIA.

A side note - I threw Dan Brown's book "Digital Fortress" across the room because one of the main characters didn't know that the NSA existed at Ft. Meade in the 90's.  Well after the NSA got a well labelled exit of the BW parkway. That and there was apparently no way to shutdown any servers at NSA. 

I am going to be watching the browsing stats on this post with interest if only because I mention NSA.  BTW, I have no insider knowledge of anything that may have happened with the NSA data breach.  This was all info shared by the instructor of the presentation I attended so there is a FWIW aspect.
Updated: to add the word expert because of course I am not a database

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Background check question

One of the arguments against background checks is that it doesn't prevent criminals from obtaining weapons.  My response - isn't it worth one person with a restraining order being prevented from obtaining a gun or even knowing that they own one worth it?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

My experiece with sexual assualt.

There has been lots of web traffic lately on "rape" culture.  Just to be clear, I absolutely believe it exists. My own experience with it occurred many moons ago when I was 13/14 years old.  I was visiting my sister and her then husband for a few days in the summer.  They had a friend who offered to lead me around on a horse. I accepted and once the ride was over, he proceeded to back me into a corner of the barn and basically groped my breasts.  I pushed him off and he backed down. Other than the fact that he could have done far worse, my belief that I had done something wrong to encourage his behavior kept me from saying anything. When I finally told my sister, years later, she believed me but was also angry that I hadn't said anything at the time. I think there is still a societal pressure that keeps women/girls from reporting this shit because their actions will be construed as asking for it.

Monday, March 31, 2014

What it really means when you make my cry

Okay, I am in my 50's and I tend to respond to stressful circumstances with tears. What people have to realize that because I am of a certain age, is that I am usually really pissed off but has been conditioned to not express anger.  I really want to do seriously bodily harm -  thank conditioning for you current state.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Things that make me want to scream – Volume 1 Hypocrisy Edition

Now there are quite a few things that make me want to scream on a regular basis (and by scream, I mean I want to slap someone).  Here are the current top two

1.  Benghazi

Here is the . concern troll response

     Mother Jones can have the last word on this

2. Obama won’t enforce the LAW

In true "Do as I say, not as I do" fashion, some Republicans are threatening to sue the President for not enforcing Federal laws.
In the US, we have signing statements: These have been used by Presidents indicate pieces of legislation they don’t like. Recently, they have also been used by Presidents to state that they won’t enforce laws with which they find objection. The link does focus on GWB but he is by no means the exception. My problem is that the rightwing concern trolls had no problem with Bush issuing them and in effect saying he would not enforce Federal law.