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Comment: Re:Van Braun built weapons for Nazis (Score 3, Interesting) 95

by jafac (#47579393) Attached to: Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

There's actually a long story behind this, and Von Braun was actually arrested because Hitler suspected he was a traitor. Von Braun was a visionary who just loved rockets and wanted to land on the moon and colonize space. The Nazis were a funding means-to-an-end for his rocketry studies. After the Nazis tried to arrest him and his team, he escaped with some equipment and top scientists to defect to the allies.

So no, it's not at all accurate to speculate that Von Braun was a Nazi or into that whole ideology.

He used his expertise to con the Nazis into paying for his very expensive hobby.
Then he came to the USA, and played the same con on Congress to fund his continued work here. Congress thought they were getting ICBMs to wave at the Russians. Von Braun was getting a moon landing, and who gives a shit about politics.

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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity 226

Posted by timothy
from the but-you-have-a-right-to-be-forgotten dept.
An anonymous reader writes with a bit of pith from TechDirt: Every so often, people who don't really understand the importance of anonymity or how it enables free speech (especially among marginalized people), think they have a brilliant idea: "just end real anonymity online." They don't seem to understand just how shortsighted such an idea is. It's one that stems from the privilege of being in power. And who knows that particular privilege better than members of the House of Lords in the UK — a group that is more or less defined by excess privilege? The Communications Committee of the House of Lords has now issued a report concerning "social media and criminal offenses" in which they basically recommend scrapping anonymity online.

Comment: Re:USB 4.x to offer signed USB device signatures?? (Score 1) 191

by AmiMoJo (#47576255) Attached to: "BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

There are much worse threats. Thunderbolt and Firewire give the device full access to RAM, with no protection at all. For over a decade companies have been making Firewire and now Thunderbolt devices that dump a running PC's memory for forensic analysis, complete with any encryption keys and passwords that happen to be there. Law enforcement loves them because even if the computer is locked or the user logged out when they get there most operating systems auto-configure newly plugged in devices. Thunderbolt allows pre-boot attacks as well (including cold boot key recovery).

The only way to solve this problem is to train people not plug random stuff into their computers, and to disable Thunderbolt and Firewire ports. Plugging in a random USB memory stick is a risk and many people are starting to understand that, so we just need to extend it to cover all USB devices.

Comment: Re:Lots of people criticize this for its obviousne (Score 1) 161

Go on AliExpress, there are loads of cheap air purifiers with HEPA filters. TFA says "up to $1000", and actually even high end Japanese models are usually much less than that. Chinese manufacturers sell many models that are basically the same as what this guy invented - a HEPA filter strapped to a fan - for $30-40.

Comment: Re:Surprise? (Score 3, Interesting) 53

Manufacturers of high quality colour LCD/AMOLED displays will laugh at you if you ask for a custom design in quantities of less than 1,000,000. Even for the final version it will be hard for them to justify signing a contract for 1 million displays up front, not being certain of sales volume. Off-the-shelf displays are pretty much their only choice.

Comment: Re:economy bullshit argument (Score 1, Troll) 236

by AmiMoJo (#47575995) Attached to: Is the App Store Broken?

Uh... because web browsers are certainly the most profitable software outside the app store.

Yes they are. They regularly appear in the top selling apps on Android.

The App Store doesn't give a fuck.

Exactly. The best search engines tend to rank pages by reputation, so if software is just a copy of something else and lots of people point that out it usually becomes apparent to anyone searching. The Play store uses a similar system where apps that are recommended on web sites often get promoted in the store, where as the App Store isn't quite that sophisticated. The result is that people like Zynga can steal other people's ideas and SEO their way to the top, where as it is much harder to do on Play.

Essentially Play has a better spam filter.

Comment: Re:RACIST! (Score 1) 491

by AmiMoJo (#47574693) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Are you saying that white people are inherently less physically able than black people? How do you measure physical ability? There are physical sports where white people are overrepresented (like hockey), so let's not pretend that top white athletes are not competitive. It's entirely possible that there is systemic racism in basketball. Are childhood training dollars spent disproportionately in black communities? For instance I remember Clinton's midnight basketball program.. how many white kids showed up to that?

Statistically speaking there are more very tall black African Americans than white Americans. I'm not sure that statistically African Americans are dumber though, if you were to somehow measure raw intelligence and potential rather than academic results.

Comment: Re:RACIST! (Score 1) 491

by AmiMoJo (#47573331) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

The NBA values physical ability. Tech companies value mental ability. Are you saying that black people are inherently less intelligent than white people? It's a theory that has been researched and mostly rejected.

I suppose you could argue for a programme to help stretch young white kids on some kind of medieval rack so that they are more competitive at basketball, in exchange for better schools and learning opportunities for young black kids.

Comment: Re:If true. If. (Score 1) 174

such as the massive & ongoing civil rights violations/infringements that most people agree are wrong, regardless of what political stripe they self-identify as.

But I think that's wrong.

You and I may not agree with this, but I think that MOST people are quite happy to trade-away their civil liberties for the illusion of security. Particularly those who are convinced that since they "do nothing wrong", they have nothing to fear from such violations.

It's a very sad commentary on our democratic peers, but unfortunately, factual, and consistent with pretty much everything else that's gone on since 9/11, (and more-or-less, since the McCarthy era - with regard to "communists").

We're not going to unite in this country. Period. It's like Morpheus said, in The Matrix: "Most people are not ready to be unplugged from the system, and will fight to protect it." Cliche, but true.

Comment: Re:Confusing position (Score 2) 491

by AmiMoJo (#47570585) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Jesse Jackson is putting race, not skill level, as the priority imputes to employ more blacks.

No he isn't. He is saying that black people need more opportunities to get those jobs, i.e. more access to training that is lacking in the areas where many black people live. Rather than going after H1B visas the tech companies should be trying to bring better education to parts of America that are not well served, but there is a lot of stigma associated with them that prevents it happening.

You are projecting your own feeling of persecution onto what it he says, rather than paying attention to what he actually said.

Comment: Re:Mod parent DOWN (Score 1) 491

by AmiMoJo (#47570543) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

He can fight against the pervasive drug and gang culture that keeps black kids away from any means to better themselves.

You are confusing cause and effect. Most kids don't dream of becoming drug dealers, they simply have little choice because their schools suck and parents don't care.

Jackson is making the point that there is talent available in the US, it just gets wasted due to lack of opportunity. Instead of lobbying for more H1B visas and employing overseas recruitment specialists the tech companies should be trying to fix the problems that prevent minorities getting the opportunity to work for them. Of course they won't do it without being forced to because business only ever does what is most profitable.

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