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Comment: Re:Depends on your perspective and tastes (Score 2) 410 410

Los Alamos, or Santa Fe is probably where I'd live given the chance though.

I would recommend you give Albuquerque a chance (that's where I live). If you want less crowded, you can live in the east mountains (Tijeras, etc.) I live on the east side of the city, and I am 2 blocks from the foothill trails, and a 5-minute drive from the tram that will take you to the top of the mountain.

The cost of living is far, far cheaper than living in Santa Fe; and the coffee shops don't close at 7:00pm like they do in Los Alamos.

Comment: Re:better idea (Score 1) 166 166

by Bender0x7D1 (#49454989) Attached to: UN To Debate Lethal Autonomous Weapons

Yes. And everyone is losing money - including the Saudis.

However, in a few months, when the fracking industry has been destroyed, and the tar sands have been shut down, the prices will return to "normal". It will take years for production to ramp up to where it was before the drop in prices, with the Saudis (and OPEC) reaping all of the profits.

Comment: Re:better idea (Score 1) 166 166

by Bender0x7D1 (#49453957) Attached to: UN To Debate Lethal Autonomous Weapons

While things are a lot better at the moment, let's not forget there was also a Pax Romana where there was a lull in major conflict.

My worry is that we are building towards another major explosion of violence as resources start to run out, threatening our comfortable way of life. While we have plenty of oil in the world, cheap oil is rapidly running out. Also, we are running out of fish stocks in a large number of areas and population growth is still happening - even if it is slowing down - putting further stress on our food supplies. If people lose their "bread and circuses" (and modern toys), an increase in violence is likely to follow.

Comment: Mindset (Score 3, Insightful) 205 205

by Bender0x7D1 (#49236207) Attached to: Ask Slashdot - Breaking Into Penetration Testing At 30

Probably the most important thing is to have the mindset for penetration testing.

You are no longer trying to keep things up and running, and making systems usable; you are looking for all of the ways to make things break in new and interesting ways. You have to think creatively - you have to think about what the system/network admin missed and/or how "best practices" fail in a given situation/on a specific system.

That's why a deep technical understanding in a lot of areas is very helpful - you learn how things interact, and how failures can occur in different areas. For example, does a software package add a user? Does it open a network port? How does it handle permissions? How is authentication done? How do systems rely on the network? How does the network rely on various systems (like a DNS server)? The more you know about all of the interactions between the system(s) and the network, the more attack vectors you can come up with.

Comment: Re:Choose the right diet (Score 3, Informative) 214 214

by Bender0x7D1 (#48720413) Attached to: New Year's Resolution for 2015

The NuSI web site deliberately contains little substantive information. The institute's purpose is to do objective research to determine the truth, and its directors are careful to avoid muddying the waters by publicizing their own views.

Sorry, but this is probably the biggest warning sign there is. If someone isn't willing to publicize their information/data/belief, there is probably a reason. Muddying the waters is the "perfect" excuse for this behavior because there is no way to refute/debate/review/analyze the information/data/belief for yourself.

Comment: Re:I'll buy a driverless car when... (Score 1) 386 386

by Bender0x7D1 (#48708269) Attached to: The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

Yes, but most driving is exactly getting from a to b. Daily commute. Heading to the grocery store. Moving kids to/from school and activities. Even heading to a restaurant or other entertainment. Most of the things you list are "occasional" at best and some, like a flooded road, are almost never encountered by the vast majority of drivers.

No, the driverless car is not a perfect replacement for a skilled and experienced driver. That doesn't mean it isn't useful, or better than 90% of drivers for 90% of their needs.

Here is a link for you: Perfect Solution Fallacy

Comment: Re:What will it take? (Score 5, Interesting) 302 302

by Bender0x7D1 (#47801209) Attached to: Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

So if there's less ice, it's because of global warming. But if there's more ice, it's because of global warming.

Yes. There is less ice in some areas due to global warming and more ice in other areas due to global warming.

Think of it this way: Imagine the entire planet heated up by 20C, we wouldn't expect to see any permanent ice outside of Antarctica. (The North Pole might get some seasonal ice, but the much warmer oceans would melt it fairly quickly.) Now, with all of the oceans that much warmer, think how much additional water vapor would make it into the atmosphere. When the additional water vapor ends up over the South Pole, it will be cold enough for it to freeze and fall as snow. As the snow accumulates, it compacts into ice and we end up with a LOT more ice at the South Pole.

So: Less ice everywhere but Antarctica due to global warming, but a lot more ice in Antarctica due to global warming.

(And, yes; I do realize that this example is a vast simplification - and overstatement - I just used it to illustrate the point.)

Comment: Re:Great (Score 2) 175 175

by Bender0x7D1 (#47629939) Attached to: Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email

It absolutely does not matter who has your PUBLIC key. The entire point is for the entire world to have it. Now, the PRIVATE key - that you need to keep to yourself, and as secure as possible.

Note: I say "as secure as possible" because, at some point you are trusting an underlying layer to be doing their job correctly - be it browser, email client, PGP application, OS, or that rootkit that got installed.

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.

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