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Comment: Re:Uh... Yeah? (Score 1) 242

by CaptnZilog (#47361271) Attached to: Court Allowed NSA To Spy On All But 4 Countries

Only four countries in the world — Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand — were exempt from the agreement, due to existing no-spying agreements

That needs to be corrected... only four countries in the world think they are exempt due to existing no-spying agreements, which the NSA is most certainly, in reality, paying no attention to.

Comment: Re:Common core changes history (Score 1) 113

by CaptnZilog (#47342897) Attached to: Is K-12 CS Education the Next Common Core?

I think national standards are the entire problem. We shouldn't have national standards. For one, we're a nation of some 300-plus million people distributed across 50 states, with varying geography, cultures, industries, and so forth. Why would anyone think one size should fit all? It's funny how there is so much talk about "diversity" all the time and how great it is, but heaven forbid there should be diversity in education in this country. The federal government has no business in education. But apart from all that, centralization in a country like this poses another problem. It gives a single pressure point for every kind of political or ideological fad or bent. Anyone with an axe to grind, a chip on his or her shoulder, or just a run-of-the-mill "I know better than thou" complex has but a single pressure point to grab hold of to bend the country to his or her will. Today you may like who is behind this push for a de facto national curriculum. But tomorrow you may not be. What happens then?

I'm for competition, diversity, innovation, and freedom. The Common Core is antithetical to all that.

I'm all for that. So my schools can hold up to the 'standard' that kids exiting 6th grade should be able to add/subtract/multiply/divide numbers, and have basic English skills - and your schools, well, if your state/city/town doesn't think that's important then so be it, your kids can graduate HS thinking "smart peepul are loosers, who kares what 12% of 100 is, heck, 12/100 is what them calcoolaters are fer, if yah really needed too y'no. I have mah freedum."

We'll see who's kids do better with the real-world job competition and diversity, and who can innovate.

Comment: Re:So....far more than guns (Score 1) 453

by CaptnZilog (#47336425) Attached to: CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

The comparison to pop is a little more sensible. However, even the "sugary drinks" ban people were talking about was nothing like prohibition -- it essentially banned selling in a large cup, without banning bottomless refills. I still think it wasn't quite right, but you're the only one talking about blanket bans. Or children, for that matter.

So should we be banning 1.75L bottles of alcohol? Perhaps we should ban 16oz 'tall boy' beers, and only sell 12oz or less beers, and limit hard liquor to .75L bottles or less?

Comment: Re:The NSA need a proper auditing and tracking dat (Score 2) 138

by CaptnZilog (#47328331) Attached to: Former NSA Chief Warned Against Selling NSA Secrets

protocals. They need to adhere to the Federal Enterprise Architecture Data Reference Model.

That is obviously misnamed, Data and Reference need to be reversed, so it's the "Federal Enterprise Architecture Reference Data Model", or to shorten it the "FEAR Data Model".

Comment: Re:Cash! (Score 1) 162

by CaptnZilog (#47328097) Attached to: Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients

"...made a habit of ordering out for pizza..."

Pay cash. Stop at Little Caesars. Done!

I pay cash all the time pretty much - the two things I don't are for rare online purchases, and filling up the car with gas (I use the CC for convenience). The worrisome thing for me might be the grocery store, using my "preferred customer" card for discounts and such, which means they can tie all my food purchases to me, so if I get frozen pizza that could be a problem. Take-out though, I drive there and pay cash, always.

+ - Germany Scores First: Ends Verizon Contract Over NSA Concerns->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "The German government is canceling a contract with Verizon over fears the company could be letting U.S. intelligence agencies eavesdrop on official communications. The Interior Ministry says it will let its current contract for Internet services with the New York-based company expire in 2015. The announcement comes after reports this week that Verizon and British company Colt provide Internet services to the German parliament and other official entities.

Germany has been at the forefront of international outrage over alleged electronic eavesdropping by the U.S. National Security Agency and Britain's GCHQ, revealed last year by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Ministry spokesman Tobias Plate said Thursday that Germany wants to ensure it has full control over highly sensitive government communications networks. Verizon didn't immediately respond to a request for comment."

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Comment: Re:I lost the password (Score 1) 560

So if they force disclosure of a password and the data that was "known" to be on there isn't there, do you get to sue for violation of your fifth amendment rights?

Well, the more important question is: what about things on there that they didn't know about beforehand?

In other words, say they know this guy has documentation on mortgage fraud - ok, legally if they know he has specific documentation on there maybe they can force him to unlock it. But, for the sake of argument, say this involves the Russian mob and part of what is on the hard drive would implicate him in an as-yet unsolved (or uninvestigated as "natural causes/accidental") murder? If they compel him to unlock the drive for the "financial data" and they find proof of his complicity in a murder, is that grounds to charge him with conspiracy to commit murder, a charge they wouldn't have had any knowledge or proof of before then? Or, what if they find kiddie porn on it, can they then charge him with kiddie porn trafficing? Or is that then "fruit from the poisonous tree" gained illegally and not able to be used against him?

The easy solution here, of course, is a court judgment that he cannot be charged with any new crimes based on what it revealed on the hard drive, or even simpler - finding him "guilty" based on the evidence you claim is already enough to prove he is guilty, and then offering him leniency on sentencing for those charges if he unlocks the drive to allow future investigations into others involved (or "turning him into an informant" basically).

+ - Former NSA Chief Warned Against Selling NSA Secrets

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Former NSA Chief General Keith Alexander has apparently started his own cybersecurity consulting firm, IronNet Cybersecurity, and approached the banking industry pitching his company's suite of services. Word from Wired indicates that his services cost $1 million per month with a special discount asking price of $600,000 per month. Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) expressed concern about General Alexander's activities to the banking industry, stating, “I question how Mr. Alexander can provide any of the services he is offering unless he discloses or misuses classified information, including extremely sensitive sources and methods....Without the classified information he acquired in his former position, he literally would have nothing to offer to you.” (PDF) The congressman from the House of Representatives reminds the bankers (and General Alexander, should he be listening) that selling top secret information is a federal offense."

Comment: Re:Lazy (Score 1) 88

Can't wait for our Utility Overlords to dictate no lighting when I go take a piss at 3:00 am for the good of the hivemind.

Just the opposite, 3AM is a low usage time in most places - they'll dictate that when the motion sensor goes off that you are walking into the bathroom, every light in your house goes on, and the temperature on the 'fridge goes down a few degrees to chill that late-night snack you're going to surely be getting soon.

Comment: Re:Why do people believe that? (Score 1) 120

I always wonder the same that I wonder in this case: If that actually worked, why do they tell you (or, in this case, build it for you) instead of simply using it themselves?

From what I understand, ALL the mining ASIC manufacturers are being accused of using the machines for a good while before shipping them out, which is what is causing the prevalent shipping delays.

Well, they have to do some "quality assurance" testing to ensure they work properly, right?

Comment: Re:Another very good reason... (Score 1) 192

by CaptnZilog (#47299923) Attached to: China Builds Artificial Islands In South China Sea

The end to fossil fuels is coming with the rise of cheap solar and electric vehicles which should be cheaper than their fossil fuel counterparts in a couple of years.

7 gallons of oil in every tire. Plastic (oil) dashboard, electrical insulation, etc. Rare earth minerals and well, heck, all the metal in the vehicle mined by gas powered machines, transported by gas powered machines to smelters, and then by gas powered machines to the manufacturing plant.

Tell me again about those "cheap solar/electric vehicles" again?

Comment: Re:Another very good reason... (Score 1) 192

by CaptnZilog (#47299917) Attached to: China Builds Artificial Islands In South China Sea

Nuclear may provide energy dense alternatives but you'd need to have been building plants 10 years ago.

And what portable energy do we use to run all that equipment to mine the uranium? Oh yeah, oil.

Coal is an option, but you will turn the sky grey.

And what portable energy do we use to run all that equipment to mine the coal? Oh yeah, oil.

Green technologies do not have the energy density needed. Simple napkin math can demonstrate this. There are no conspiracies; the world runs on oil because there are no alternatives available. A refusal to recognize the underlying thermodynamics and energy requirements in real world units, rather than fluffy unicorns and windmills, holds back adult discussions of what needs to happen and when.

The only technology available is nuclear. Manhattan-project style efforts to crack fusion technologies, or more usefully, the battery problem, would go a long way to help. We're not just there yet.

Yup, solar, wind, wave power, etc... all rely on oil, whether it be to run the power lines, mining/smelting the raw materials (copper, steel, aluminum, silicon, rare earths, etc), or whatnot, we could not build *any* of them without oil as it stands today.

Comment: Re:Why ARM or Baikal? (Score 1) 340

by CaptnZilog (#47290109) Attached to: Russia Wants To Replace US Computer Chips With Local Processors

If you were paying the minimum attention to news you would know they licensed the instruction set, but developed a clean room implementation of all the hardware and microcode. Nevertheless, people always fixate on this stupid technical details, and not in debating the big picture, that is the idiocy we are used to in slashdot. And it is rather tiring.

Wait, pay attention to the... oh look, American Gladiator is on! Ooh, Kim and Kanye are on the news! ... you were saying? Never mind. :-P

Power corrupts. And atomic power corrupts atomically.