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Comment: Already being done (cloud seeding) (Score 1) 367

Countries (including US) are actively doing things to adjust the climate already. The sad part is we are already doing things to influence the climate that we have no clue how we are affecting things in the long term. We can't even come to a real conclusion on global warming and what is causing it... let alone figuring out what would happen if we try to correct it or adjust it purposefully. Even if we could adjust the climate temperature it could just be building us up for a much bigger natural adjustment to compensate.

Comment: Re:All cloud services story needs this in the head (Score 1) 145

That is correct. There are things that I deem not important but nice to have with an unlimited plan. Car DVR recordings (I never even look at them honestly), some movie backups (I can recreate them if i had to), full system backups (encrypted of course and financial stuff not stored in them) older than 2 years, etc. If the storage is unlimited I was just going to always store everything I have had.

Comment: Re:All cloud services story needs this in the head (Score 1) 145

Unlimited... "for now" Take bitcasa as an example. I bought the unlimited plan a few years ago and just renewed a month ago at $99 a year. They just sent an email that I have until around mid November to get all my data out by around mid November or the data will be deleted unless I subscribe to the new 10 TB plan for $99 a month. There is no chance I could afford that so I am forced to remove my data. Luckily I had most of it already local otherwise it would take a long time to download all of my data from the cloud. I have decided not to be suckered into this one either. I have a feeling Microsoft is just trying to sway people to their online storage and Office suite. Give it 4 or 5 years and I wonder if they might do the same thing (remove unlimited).

Comment: What about legitimate uses? (Score 1) 195

by 0x537461746943 (#48023547) Attached to: CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers
While I have never used the software mentioned... It does sound like I would use something like it eventually. I would install that on my kids systems when they get old enough that I allow them to use them unattended in a heartbeat for monitoring. All cellphones usually have an audio recorder. Should all phone makers also be arrested for selling devices that can record conversations without notification to others that they are being recorded? There should already be laws that can apply to be people for using devices like this illegally. They should be the target... not software that still has useful purposes. Should we arrest hammer makers, knife makers, email software developers, because their software can and is used for nefarious purposes?

Comment: Already being done I suspect... (Score 1) 118

by 0x537461746943 (#47634205) Attached to: Cornering the Market On Zero-Day Exploits
Do you really think the CIA (or some other group) doesn't already do this? $10000 for an exploit to use against an enemy (or friend?) of the government... I doubt they even flinch when making a decision to buy something like that (disguising their identity of course). They wouldn't advertise such behavior and surely it would be protected from most of the government knowing about it because of the sensitive nature of it. We just wouldn't ever know such things.

Comment: Shooter reveals his location and a defense (Score 1) 188

by 0x537461746943 (#47434507) Attached to: DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets
Put a bunch of laser light sensors into the armys jackets, helmets and pants that would detect a laser light sweeping the person targetted and then immediately respond by shooting the same color laser down toward the ground from the helmet to make the bullet have to guess what the real target is (a bunch of dots preferably). While doing that the direction and location of the shooter could be determined by the sensors so retaliation could be swift. Or in cartoon style just have the sensors automatically make a laser of the same frequence that was detected shine a bunch of dots on the ground and direct the bullet back to the source laser transmission to take out the shooter :).

Comment: The data does not get transmitted across distances (Score 1) 202

by 0x537461746943 (#47128791) Attached to: Scientists Find Method To Reliably Teleport Data
After reading a bunch of articles on this it seems like the general public really doesn't understand that the data does not get transmitted across distances. The encoding of the data was done at entanglement time.

You take 2 envelopes. Write the word UP and DOWN on two separate pieces of paper, mix them up and put them in an envelope. Send them to two different locations. Open one envelope and you will have the opposite reading in the other envelope which could be miles or light years away. As far as transmitting data this is more inline with what is happening.

Comment: Re: Fishy (Score 1) 566

by 0x537461746943 (#47118605) Attached to: TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker
1. Unless that was part of the plan to misdirect.
2. Only if it gets found out.
3. I certianly wouldn't trust it after the information in the article.

Certainly this software has caused all kinds of difficulties with some government organizations being able to get to encrypted data they have confiscated/accessed. Those government organizations certainly want people to use something that has a backdoor in it. It has already been shown that the government has compromised other encryption schemes... what makes you think they have stopped doing that?

It is possible some organization (government controlled) pushed them to close down. XP support ending just gave them at least some reason why to do so. By posting what they did on the website even if Trucrypt is resurrected it will always have this stain in it's history where the developers have stated it is not secure. No company is going to want to use this software after a warning like that from the developers.

Comment: Re:Nitrogen asphyxiation, if you must execute (Score 1) 483

I wonder if the reason simple ideas are not used is because the states don't have the expertise to say what to use so they have to hire some third party to come up with a way to do it. The company coming up with the idea feels they need to come up with a complex mixture to use to justify the money they were paid to come up with the idea or maybe they have contacts with a chemical company that they would recommend :). I am sure it has something to do with money somewhere... someone wanting to make some.

Comment: Who thinks we are really safe today online? (Score 1) 134

by 0x537461746943 (#47062155) Attached to: New IE 8 Zero Day Discovered
It is really a sad state that computer systems are in nowadays. Every year multiple vulnerabilities are published showing how easy it is for someone to find critical vulnerabilities in software used every day by citizens and government officials. I bet the NSA is into Chinese government systems and China already has access to american government systems. The underground hacker/criminal scene certainly already has access to corporate and government systems too if you think about how many vulnerabilities are found every year and the underground market to sell not yet published vulnerabilities. Obviously not only the good guys who publish the vulnerabilities find vulnerabilities. I wonder what the ratio is but I bet the good guys don't have that much of a lead. Maybe we are going about this wrong and instead of making people think they are secure they should assume all governments are not secure. This would bring about a cold war. China won't critically bring down American government systems because they know that America would just do the same to them :). With articles being published that show that the NSA is putting trojan software in exported systems you can certainly bet that other countries are doing the same. Are you sure that USB drive you ordered from China is only a USB drive? We need a revolution in computing when it comes to security. While we have seen improvements in security over the years we don't seem any closer to solving security issues than we were 10 years ago when it comes to the apps that every day users use.

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