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Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 185

by Dragon Bait (#49361389) Attached to: Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad Thinks He Doesn't Use E-mail


serviscope_minor tried to show he has some form of brilliance by stating that the e-mail servers won't automatically back up data unless you configure them to. In the context of this conversation, that was an incredibly stupid statement. Almost as stupid as saying, "Well, without electricity it won't run and you never mentioned plugging the thing in."

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 0) 185

by Dragon Bait (#49360465) Attached to: Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad Thinks He Doesn't Use E-mail

It is. E-mail is automatically backed up and leaves an electronic trail.

No it's not. It's only backed up if you make your mail server actually make backups. There is nothing in the email protocol which implies backups are made. In fact sorting out backups is something you have to deal with if you run a mail server.

In context, now you're being an idiot. The records management law requires the back ups of decision making records -- which includes e-mails but not phone conversations. I remember when my kids were 5 and they would jump on every statement to try and show how it was wrong while the context would show that it was correct (or should be considered correct). Thankfully, they out grew that.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 185

by Dragon Bait (#49360311) Attached to: Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad Thinks He Doesn't Use E-mail

As Secretary of State she would have access to incredibly sensitive material.

Bullshit considering she didn't pass the top level security clearance.

A quick google didn't show this, do you have any links that show she didn't have a clearance? Seems like it would be impossible to do her job without one (or at least, without access to classified and/or sensitive materials).

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 3, Insightful) 185

by Dragon Bait (#49360305) Attached to: Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad Thinks He Doesn't Use E-mail

Those emails she received considered to be official business, her staff forwarded to the State Department for their IT operators to save.

Reports also indicate that there were months long gaps. Throwing that assertion into question.

None of these emails were classified. They appear to have been sent to her unencrypted

Without all of the e-mails, there's no way to verify this statement, but it is probably true. The air-gap between classified and unclassified would probably prevent this, but you'd be amazed at how frequently data spills occur. If there was a data spill, it would probably be the fault of someone sending her an classified e-mail versus her generating one on her unclassified system.

Sensitive material never went through this email system.

This statement is probably completely false. Anything not reviewed and marked for public release is considered sensitive. Note that sensitive is not the same thing as classified.

They only recently were able to figure out how to even just save Secretary Kerry's email; his top staff using the address still do not have their email records saved.

But in this case, the responsibility is where it belongs -- on the government and the government employees. By being on Clinton's private server ... who is legally responsible?

This is much akin to the media breathlessly discovering that Hillary Clinton also has a private phone number, which maybe official calls were received. Except that because this is "email", it's totally different somehow.

It is. E-mail is automatically backed up and leaves an electronic trail. At this point, phone calls are not automatically recorded -- although the phone call meta-data would certainly be traced and of value.

(By which I mean, as she's the presumptive Democratic nominee,

I voted for her in 2008. Given her actions and reactions to lots of different things, including the fall that may have caused a concussion, she just doesn't seem to be on the same level as she was 8 years ago. But you're right, any criticism of the presumptive Democratic nominee must only be based on nutjobbery and not legitimate concerns. I, for one, would much prefer that we get this out in the open and properly dealt with before the campaign season begins in earnest. With luck, we'll have a Democratic nominee that is presumptive.

+ - Apple seemingly attempts to determine your location even when location services ->

Submitted by chrisgagne
chrisgagne (605844) writes "Apple says "You can also turn Location Services off altogether by deselecting Enable Location Services in the Privacy pane of Security & Privacy preferences. However, here's a video showing that although Location Services are turned off, Apple's (their location services daemon) is still active and attempting to communicate with It's blocked from doing so by Little Snitch, whose Network Monitor is showing all of these attempts."
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+ - Oracle Sues 5 Oregon Officials for "improper influence"

Submitted by SpzToid
SpzToid (869795) writes "Following up on an earlier Slashdot story, the Oracle Corporation has filed a rather timely suit against five of former governor John Kitzhaber's staff for their "improper influence" in the decision to shutter the Cover Oregon healthcare website, while blaming Oracle to defuse the political consequences. Oracle argues the website was ready to go before the state decided to switch to the federal exchange in April.

"The work on the exchange was complete by February 2014, but going live with the website and providing a means for all Oregonians to sign up for health insurance coverage didn’t match the former-Governor's re-election strategy to 'go after' Oracle,” Oracle spokeswoman Deborah Hellinger said in a statement.

Kitzhaber resigned last week amid criminal probes into an influence-peddling scandal involving allegations that his fiancée used her position in his office for personal gain."

Comment: Re:Cool... so now what? (Score 1) 87

by Dragon Bait (#49156165) Attached to: NSA Spying Wins Another Rubber Stamp

To start with: vote out incumbents. Do it again and again with each election until behavior changes.

Vote third party. If the first candidate that gets elected fails expectations, see above.

Unfortunately, you're being contradictory. You can't vote out the incumbents by voting for the third party -- alone. If you want a third party (or indepent) to have a chance, you have to actively campaign for the candidate. Even then, it will be an uphill battle that you'll probably lose.

Comment: Son of Carnivore (Score 4, Interesting) 87

by Dragon Bait (#49153907) Attached to: NSA Spying Wins Another Rubber Stamp

Is there are reason that we haven't heard about the Clinton's FBI's Carnivore (or descendants of carnivore) lately?

Don't get me wrong. I'm glad we're hearing about Obama's continuation of Bush's domestic spying. But just wondering why we aren't hearing about Obama continuing Clinton's domestic spying.

+ - US Military Soon Able to Copy & 3D Print Exact Replicas of Bones & Limbs->

Submitted by ErnieKey
ErnieKey (3766427) writes "The US military is working with technology that will allow them to create exact virtual replicas of their soldiers. Then in case of an injury, these replicas, which are created using x-rays, MRI and Ultrasound technology, will be able to be restored for surgeons to 3D print both exact medical models for rebuilding the injured patient's body and even 3D print exact replica implants. Could we all one day soon have virtual backups of ourselves that we can access and have new body parts 3D printed on demand? It appears as though we are getting closer."
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Comment: Find another vocation or go back to school (Score 1) 1

I have a computer science degree, should I read a few engineering books and sell myself as an electrical engineer? Maybe if I dabble with stuff picked up at the Radio Shack fire sale first?

Most computer scientists that I have come across hate the code generated by most electrical engineers. There are damn few exceptions. EEs tend to think "if it works, it's right" and then proceed to generate hideous code that is impossible to maintain (but it ran for their test cases, next problem). The only exception that I know of is an EE I work with that has absolutely no ego involved and asks for design and coding help at the proper junctures. Over the last ten years he's effectively been given a course in CS.

So, please, no. Just because you can rub a few lines of code together, don't consider yourself a professional software developer. I applaud the interviewers for delving into CS theory and rejecting you because of your lack of knowledge on your chosen field.

Comment: Re:just ban it (Score 3, Informative) 365

by Dragon Bait (#49054379) Attached to: Smoking Is Even Deadlier Than Previously Thought

The reality is that governments are addicted to the tax income. 11 billion a year in Australia.

Why was this marked troll? If governments in the United States were not getting $17B a year in tax revenue would it still be legal?

I notice that if you blame big phrama (next entry down) you get modded "interesting". Blame tax revenues and you get marked "troll".

+ - 'Laziness' behind fall in productivity in Norway->

Submitted by Ugmug
Ugmug (1495847) writes "Too many Norwegians just want to have fun and head for their holiday homes, frets the boss of an international accounting firm’s operations in Norway who’s Norwegian himself. He went public Thursday with his irritation over fellow executives and employees alike who spend too much time at their “hytter” and not enough time in the office."
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