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Comment Re:Zero-days are not "back doors". (Score 1) 62 62

Re: "Unless the zero day flaw was put there intentionally, as back doors are put there intentionally, a zero day flaw is not a back door, it's just some incompetent who should be employed"
The US and UK security services have noted that difference and can shape generations of code, funding, standards, trade and competition policy.
An average company thats incompetent due to hardware and software limitations gets contracts, good press and friendly govs buy in for their own staff, education and clear standards for banking.
Thats a lot of historic power and cash to shape funding to a few US brands globally within the 5 eye nations and other friendly Western powers.
The next method is to set encryption at a level that keeps the press/other users out of a network but is 100% law enforcement friendly.
Over decades that access, funding, standards offers a perfect look down system into wider consumer networks.
If all that still cannot keep weak networks and plain text access try the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA.
Immunity to share all data with govs and mil looking for "cyber threat indicators". All that strong encryption for the network reverts to plain text at some point in the system and thats where a company will be waiting to sort domestic data.

Comment Re:May you (Score 1) 287 287

If citizens of countries other than France pass laws that deal with this problem, then all is well and good - and you should be working to convince them to do so.

Why should other countries, the citizens of which have decided that free speech is more important, be affected by that, though?

Comment Re:Sounds great! (Score 1) 114 114

With few exceptions, driving slower saves gas, so that gay boy should get a credit for gas saved.

One of the exceptions is low speeds, i.e. ones similar to a typical urban hiptard cyclist.

The 55 mph speed limit on US interstates was introduced during an oil shortage. It's not a coincidence.

Comment Re: So much stupid (Score 1) 100 100

here in my country the number one reason criminals kill cops is not to avoid arrest: it's to steal the cop's guns

In US, a criminal wouldn't do it because there's no point. If you want to steal a gun, just break into a random house while the owners aren't there, you have basically a 1 out of 3 chance that it'll have at least one.

Comment Re:Ever heard of the Stasi prosecuting KGB? (Score 1) 100 100

By 1989, Soviets and their client states definitely had desktop PCs and associated devices, including hard drives. Mostly copies of Western tech of a few years before then, so we're talking about 5Mb hard drives here, but still. In fact, GDR was the one Warsaw Pact country where most of that stuff was made for use by the others - look up "VEB Robotron". And of all places to actually get them, I would imagine that Stasi would be the first on the list.


Critical BIND Denial-of-Service Flaw Could Take Down DNS Servers 46 46

alphadogg writes: Attackers could exploit a new vulnerability in BIND, the most popular Domain Name System (DNS) server software, to disrupt the Internet for many users. The vulnerability affects all versions of BIND 9, from BIND 9.1.0 to BIND 9.10.2-P2, and can be exploited to crash DNS servers that are powered by the software. The vulnerability announced and patched by the Internet Systems Consortium is critical because it can be used to crash both authoritative and recursive DNS servers with a single packet.

Comment Re:HAHAHAHA! (Score 1) 195 195

Yet still New Hampshire has one of the lowest rates of uninsured drivers at 11%.

I truly believe that this is because of the cost of liability insurance in NH. I moved here from Arlington MA (and previously RI) and insurance rates in RI and MA are quite high. If it's affordable to more people, obviously more will buy it.

It's certainly not because NH drivers are any better than Massholes or "FRIDs" (Friggin' RI Drivers) from what I've seen. Especially around here in Concord. Tailgating seems to be the state contact sport, along with going 40-50 on a residential city street. Keep yer pets indoors. Oh, and the guy with flags and straight pipes on his POS pickup truck: If I ever find you parked on my street, I'm ripping out your valve stems with a Vise-Grip(TM). Jerk.


Postscript: Pellet stoves and wood-burning stoves are quite popular here in NH for heating. Be sure to tell your insurance company so they can adjust the rate and include it on your fire policy. Because if you're a cheap fuck and don't tell them, and you have a fire, you're SOL. [InsuranceNazi] NO PAYMENT FOR YOU![/InsuranceNazi] (learned this lesson the easy way - home buying seminar).


Video Urthecast Brings You Earth Images and Videos from the ISS (Video) 15 15

Most of us probably won't ever visit the International Space Station (ISS) and look down at the Earth (motto: "The only planet we know has beer, so let's not ruin it"). Looking at pictures and videos made by cameras mounted on the ISS is about as close as we're going to get. There's already an ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment on Ustream, but Urthecast is putting out higher-definition images than what you see on Ustream, and has plans to put out even clearer images and video before long. While Urthecast is likely to accumulate plenty of "oohs" and "aahhs" as it rolls along, according to CEO Scott Larson their real objective is to sell imagery -- and not necessarily just from the visible light band of the overall spectrum -- to industrial and government users. People like us are still invited to look at (and marvel at) lovely images of our planetary home.

NOTE: Today's video is about 4:30 long. If you want to watch and listen to more of Mr. Larson, we have a second "bonus" (Flash) video for you. Or you can read the transcript, which covers both videos.

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