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6-10-2009 @ 4:13PM
Yeah Authenticators are such a hassle, why use them when the hacking seems to be less?Yeah Condoms are such a hassle, why use them when the cases of AIDS seems to be less?Point made?
6-10-2009 @ 4:24PM
6-10-2009 @ 4:21PM
The only way you could have made this analogy appear to be even more idiotic is if you rallied up a Hitler/Holocaust comparison.
6-10-2009 @ 4:31PM
Because AIDS and hacking are so on the same level? Point made? Ummm magic 8 ball says no.
6-10-2009 @ 4:50PM
as if your comment was disgraced enough, condoms are 99% affective at preventing pregnancy, a correctly used condom is 100% effective at stopping the contraction of AIDS. correctly used also implies you're not putting yourself in harms way by other means
6-10-2009 @ 5:38PM
@theRaptor and AmbermBetween the two of you, probably the one who really needs the Authenticator is Amberm. Raptor is right, disable disable disable! The only other way to be safe from the internet is to not plug in your computer at all!And yes, comparing sexually transmitted diseases to viruses is completely accepted. Your computer is basically open to the web sites you visit.. your computer is a tramp on the corner of the street, waiting for his/her next hit!
6-10-2009 @ 7:28PM
@theRaptoryou econometric-fu is weak and shamefulyou assume that each use of a condom is related to all previous uses, but each is an individual event (ignoring extraneous factors such as cycle and randyness)like if you had to draw a single red marble from a bag containing 99 blue marbles, then try again with a different bag. (Or, if you ran Mr. Rivendare for his horsey
6-10-2009 @ 7:30PM
@theRaptor"Condoms are only 99% effective. After enough exposures the probability of infection approaches certainty."Your logic is flawed my friend. The probability of infection is the same regardless of the number of times you've had sex, and it is much lower than 1 in 100. Assuming you're not sleeping with workers of the red light district, odds are your partner does not have an STI. This means that the majority of the time, your odds for getting infected are exactly 0. Furthermore, if you drop $300 on an "escort," and he/she is infected, your odds of *exposure* are 1%. If you sleep with the same person twice, each time, you only have a 1% chance. The odds you get infected never increases, therefore it cannot approach certainty.
6-10-2009 @ 8:10PM
I think the "condom analogy" is a stupid one for an authenticator. If you have a keylogger or a phishing site you access, I suspect even an authenticator with a 99.999% security rate could be worthless. Blizz seems naive about security sometimes. For example, when I converted to a battle.net account I used my common email. Learning that was stupid, I changed it to a new email created solely for WoW. It changed it quickly, and only a few hours later I got a "Your email address has changed" on my old email. Enough time for a hacker to loot it blind before I knew if it was someone else who did it. Knowing this, I wouldn't be surprised if a hacker could exploit a "Um, dude, i lost my authenticator."I hope Blizz is better with authenticators though than with Battle.net
6-11-2009 @ 5:42PM
While each individual event has a 1% chance of happening, over the course of everything happening, the odds of it having happened in any of the attempts prior goes up. The fallacy is when people do this additively, not when people do this at all. So in the red marble / blue marble example, after 100 bags, the 101st bag as an individual event, you have a 1% chance at grabbing it, however, at the 101st bag, you have a much higher chance of having seen a red marble than 1% before that bag.So with a condom having a 99% success rate, the odds of you getting an infection on each individual sexual encounter do not go up, however, after having sex 2000 times, the odds of you having an infection are much higher than 1%.
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