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Comment: Re: This seems foolproof! (Score 3, Interesting) 47

by Rei (#49778525) Attached to: Russian Space Agency Misused $1.8 Billion, May Be Replaced

That's true - olympic medals are only required to contain a minimum of 6 grams of gold, and at least 92% silver. Even still, it's a an incredible price

$9.4 billion for a 28 mile road. And we're not talking through an urban area, just simple new constuction. 4 lines. 28 miles. 45000 meters long with an actual driving width of... oh, let's say 3,5 meters per lane? Not sure what's typical. So about 157500 square meters. $60k per square meter. I mean, seriously, just think about that. You could stack $1000 Louie Vitton handbags 5 layers deep across the whole road for that money. $9.4 billion for 28 miles? You could pay Russians $3 an hour to carry passengers on their shoulder at 3 miles per hour and carry 50 thousand passengers per day every day and it wouldn't cost as much as the road for nearly 20 years.

Comment: Re:"Pipeline" by Sumana (Score 0) 80

by Shadow of Eternity (#49778479) Attached to: Building Hospitable Open Source Communities (Video)

And just last year a woman actually IN tech and not as a "community leader" released this article calling bullshit on basically everything self-aggrandizing hanger's on like this video's star claims. Empirical research shows women have an advantage somewhere between 2:1 and 4:1 in STEM fields, and current statistics put them at nearly 2/3rds of college graduates and dominating virtually every single measure of academic achievement we have.

And that's not even counting less empirical measures of power and privilege like having the power to singlehandedly form a bloodthirsty lynch mob that costs people jobs regardless of your own conduct, hypocrisy, or even truthfulness.

Comment: Re:Corruption? In Russia? (Score 1) 47

by Rei (#49778303) Attached to: Russian Space Agency Misused $1.8 Billion, May Be Replaced

Really? That's your example of something comparable to Roscosmos embezzling 10% of its annual budget? Operation Lightning Strike which turned out to be a big entrapment op that spent years trying to convince non-key players to commit crimes that they never would have otherwise, and a link that's anything but an endictment of NASA?

Comment: Re:This seems foolproof! (Score 2) 47

by Rei (#49778067) Attached to: Russian Space Agency Misused $1.8 Billion, May Be Replaced

This is, after all, the same country whose 28 mile road to the Olympics cost more than if they'd covered the whole road with gold medals two layers thick. ;)

Concerning this privatization, the only question that remains is, which friend of Putin is going to get to "buy" the space agency at a " fair market value" ;)

Comment: Re:It's actually surprising... (Score 3, Interesting) 38

by MightyMartian (#49777741) Attached to: Microsoft Bringing Cortana To iOS, Android

I'm not sure that logic plays through. Frankly, for Microsoft, the real problem is that damned few people really even consider Microsoft mobile products at all. They're a niche player, competing with BlackBerry for who will end up pushed right out of the market.

Imagine you're Microsoft, you're faced with the possibility that you will never, even if you heavily subsidized a mobile Windows product line, be able to make any significant headway into the iOS-Android hegemony. What would you do? If it was me, I'd quietly admit that I'm never going to be able to dominate mobile platforms the way I do desktops and portable computers, and I'd leverage what I had by opening up my software to more platforms.

This isn't even a revolutionary idea for Microsoft. They once owned their own *nix platform; Xenix. Windows NT itself was designed a hardware abstraction layer so it could be ported to multiple hardware platforms. But somewhere along the line Microsoft and the x86 computer manufacturers welded themselves together. I can't say it was a bad decision, as it made Microsoft and Intel absolute shitloads of money for a quarter century, but at the same time it seems to have frozen Microsoft in place. It became a one-trick pony, only able to envision itself in a world of Backoffice apps and OEM licensing. Now it's got to be nimble again, and as it has already effectively ceded a large portion of the computing products out there to Apple and Google, it's got to make the best it can with what it has.

Comment: Re:Time for 2FA for the local router? (Score 1) 77

by mlts (#49777657) Attached to: Linux/Moose Worm Targets Routers, Modems, and Embedded Systems

The blessed fob idea could be used for a lot more than that, assuming BT or NFC connections (for short range items.) Not just for the network connections, but for things like recovering a lost password on a machine.

As you said, the concept of a physical key is a lot more common, and intuitive to a lot of people, so that might be a way of doing security on a home user basis.

No, this isn't perfect... but it would help immensely with security and close a lot of remote attack holes.

Excellent idea.

Comment: Re:females operate on emotion, not logic (Score 1) 401

Hiding what is perceived as weakness is generally a very wise and rational strategy. Ask any leader of anything anywhere.

You are implicitly assuming that being a leader is the best choice. That's an emotional call, not a rational one.

The thing is: there is no point in the universe. It doesn't exist for a reason, it just exists. There is no rational underlying basis for doing anything at all.

Comment: Re:females operate on emotion, not logic (Score 1) 401

You claimed that who you associate with is part of who you are. I showed that is not true.

No the only thing you showed was not true was the stupid claim of "hanging round with X makes you an X" for X in {christian, muslim, jewish, straight, gay, ...}

Which is marvellous, but besides any point because I never said that.

Seriously learn to read.

Comment: Time for 2FA for the local router? (Score 2) 77

by mlts (#49777029) Attached to: Linux/Moose Worm Targets Routers, Modems, and Embedded Systems

I wish more routers came either with a local method of configuration (an onboard touchscreen display like a lot of LTE Wi-Fi routers, USBSerial, or perhaps just a good old fashioned serial port, with a USB dongle and cable.) From there, one could configure some form of 2FA, which does mitigate the aspect of a compromised PC or network.

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Linux/Moose Worm Targets Routers, Modems, and Embedded Systems 77

Posted by Soulskill
from the moose-is-the-penguin's-natural-enemy dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Security firm ESET has published a report on new malware that targets Linux-based communication devices (modems, routers, and other internet-connected systems) to create a giant proxy network for manipulating social media. It's also capable of hijacking DNS settings. The people controlling the system use it for selling "follows," "likes," and so forth on social media sites like Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Facebook, and Google+. Affected router manufacturers include: Actiontec, Hik Vision, Netgear, Synology, TP-Link, ZyXEL, and Zhone. The researchers found that even some medical devices were vulnerable to the worm, though it wasn't designed specifically to work with them.

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