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Comment Re:It depends on somebody doing the actual work (Score 1) 590

The problem is, for years now, we have been assured that Open Source was the cure for problems. Just notify someone, and wait, and your problem will be fixed. I had it happen so many times in the old days. Now, developers apparently have stopped caring about this and care only about developing products for themselves. Sad, but what are you going to do? The concepts that made Open Source a big hit are being abandoned. Open Source isn't going away but it is definitely becoming less popular. Good news for commercial software companies that listen to their customers.

Comment Re:Dealers cannot die soon enough (Score 5, Insightful) 375

you think Kia wants to open up their own showrooms at malls across america? I assure you not.

Hey, if Kia doesn't want to sell directly to me - Tesla does. I have no problem with both business models competing with one another.

I do, however, have a problem with needing to deal with middle-men because of protectionist laws that forbid companies like Tesla from selling directly to me. But hey, YMMV, right?

Comment Re:Not too hard (Score 1) 63

True. It's a simple algorithm, and guessing the next in sequence is entirely trivial. I used to be able to do it in my head, no super-secret gizmo required, but I'm out of practice. Usually they increment the next-to-last digit and then change the final number to whatever is then required for the Mod10 algorithm, a function that is easily found online for use in form validation. (Ever wonder how they can tell you mistyped your number before submitting it to the bank? They're doing a Mod10 check. Most typos will fail, the accidental entry won't be a valid credit card number.) Everyone should be aware of it and reject out of hand a replacement card that has the next number in the sequence because it is exactly as broken as the one that came before. Call your bank and demand that they send you a card not in the immediate order. Yes, that means they'll run out of numbers faster, but the failure is theirs, not yours, so you shouldn't have to deal with a card that is insecure while still in the mail.

Comment Re:Yes! (Score 3, Informative) 590

I switched to a Mac in 2012 for my personal shit and about 6 months ago went to a Mac for work too. With the release of Office 2016 for the Mac, I honestly cannot find a single thing I cannot do comfortably on my Mac anymore.

If you have a serious problem with it, Parallels has been running Windows apps for me better than any native PC installation since version 7 back in 2012.

I mean, I know you're probably trolling or trying to be funny, but it's a dead joke in 2015.

Comment Re:Those who can, program. (Score 1) 90

Programming, my boy, is to science what accounting is to calculus. I don't think you have even the beginning of a glimmer of understanding of what science is.

Not entirely true - I can assure you that, on a daily basis, I apply the scientific method to figuring out how to talk to undocumented "black boxes" (whether hardware, OS features, or just how to safely use buggy libraries I can't avoid or rewrite).

That said, your statement holds largely true in a bit different light than how you meant it...

In mathematics, you can spend a career mentally masturbating over your favorite "hard" problem, and retire after decades with nothing to show for it. In programming, if you work on a problem for five years, you'd damned well better get world-changing results, or find a new job.

Comment Not the first full recovery from space (Score 1) 121

SpaceShip One touched space and all elements were recovered and flew to space again.

BO's demonstration is more publicity than practical rocketry. It doesn't look like the aerodynamic elements of BO's current rocket are suitable for recovery after orbital injection, just after a straight up-down space tourism flight with no potential for orbit, just like SpaceShip One (and Two). They can't put an object in space and have it stay in orbit. They can just take dudes up for a short and expensive view and a little time in zero gee.

It's going to be real history when SpaceX recovers the first stage after an orbital injection, in that it will completely change the economics of getting to space and staying there.

Comment The real reason (Score 1) 566

I will likely be downvoted, even though what I write is absolutely true.

Revolution was predicted at least 6 years ago, a result of public land policy changes made 50 years ago and yet nobody talks about it. In fact, if anybody brings it up, they are immediately dismissed as radical, or simply silly.

Starving people are dramatically more likely to revolt than well fed people. Somehow, mentioning this ridiculously obvious fact is universally dismissed.

Comment Re:Lamenting the end of the shortwave era (Score 0) 62

You're aware that the Soviets themselves regarded their own propaganda as full of lies and considered anyone who listened to them as idiots. You are aware of this fact, right? I love your infantile comment on Ronald Reagan's attitude towards the Soviet Union. Let's compare and contrast it to Obama's modern attitude.

"Here's my strategy for the Cold War: We win. They lose."
-- Ronald Reagan

"I'm always worried about using the word 'victory,' because, you know, it invokes this notion of Emperor Hirohito coming down and signing a surrender to MacArthur."
-- Barack Obama

Note: Hirohito was not present when the surrender was signed aboard the Battleship Missouri.

Submission + - GlassRAT Targets Chinese Nationals, Lurked for 3 Years Undetected (securityledger.com)

chicksdaddy writes: RSA researchers issued a report today (https://blogs.rsa.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/GlassRAT-final.pdf) about a remote access trojan (or RAT) program dubbed “GlassRAT” that they are linking to sophisticated and targeted attacks on “Chinese nationals associated with large multinational corporations," The Security Ledger reports. (https://securityledger.com/2015/11/report-newly-discovered-glassrat-lurked-for-years-undetected/)

Discovered by RSA in February of this year, GlassRAT was first created in 2012 and “appears to have operated, stealthily, for nearly 3 years in some environments,” in part with the help of a legitimate certificate from a prominent Chinese software publisher and signed by Symantec and Verisign, RSA reports.

The software is described as a “simple but capable RAT” that packs reverse shell features that allow attackers to remotely control infected computers as well as transfer files and list active processes. The dropper program associated with the file poses as the Adobe Flash player, and was named “Flash.exe” when it was first detected.

RSA discovered it on the PC of a Chinese national working for a large, U.S. multi-national corporation. RSA had been investigating suspicious network traffic on the enterprise network. RSA says telemetry data and anecdotal reports suggest that GlassRAT may principally be targeting Chinese nationals or other Chinese speakers, in China and elsewhere, since at least early 2013.

RSA said it has discovered links between GlassRAT and earlier malware families including Mirage, Magicfire and PlugX. Those applications have been linked to targeted campaigns against the Philippine military and the Mongolian government. (https://securityledger.com/2015/10/security-firm-chinese-govt-hackers-still-active-despite-truce/)

Comment Sigh (Score 5, Insightful) 566

It makes me sick to see the phrase, "Western-backed rebel forces". These are Islamists. When Russia says they're only going after the terrorists, they aren't lying. See, there aren't two sides in Syria's civil war, there are three (major ones). There is Assad's government, who represent a minority that would get massacred if they ever lose power (Russia is backing them), the Islamist rebels (we're backing them *puke*), and ISIS (against everyone). There aren't any good guys. The Syrians who want Western democracy? Laughable.

It continues to amaze me, year after year, all the journalists who simply do not comprehend that there are three (major) sides in the battle. When Russia bombs the Islamists, this is nothing more than a proxy war. Putin thinks Obama is finished, weak, and America is ready to be swept aside. This is all Obama's own fault, of course, for his miserable failure during the Syrian nerve gas crisis of 2013. His "red line" was shown to be nothing that anyone need be afraid of. Russia saw weakness and swooped in. According to Putin, this was America's "Suez Moment" and without it Russia would today not be in the civil war and NATO wouldn't have just shot down one of their aircraft.

Take your work seriously but never take yourself seriously; and do not take what happens either to yourself or your work seriously. -- Booth Tarkington