I doubt it took the FBI that long to track someone who was not trying to hide.
I don't have that much faith in the FBI. If anything, the ease with which they can gather as much data as they do would indicate that they just aren't very good at targeted objectives.
Now, I will make my own now. He did bounce his connection, and that is why they needed to use a trojan aimed at his account.
In which case he'd have the same results using Tor. And that takes a lot less skill.
Instead, if he had any competency he'd be using a cracked system so that any compromises would happen on the cracked system. And he'd use a command and control protocol that was different than the HTTP used to connect to Yahoo!.
Or if he had any skill at all he'd have cracked another computer and bounced all the traffic through the zombie.
And now the world has an example of FBI virus to dissect.
Couldn't the FBI just ask Yahoo! for the IP address of the account that sent those messages?
I think you are right. These idiots won't listen to science, and they won't even listen to the illness or deaths of their own children, because they'll find something else to blame. But being made to feel uncool, seriously, I think that's likely to have more of an influence.
BTW we've got the same anti-vac idiocy and then some among dog owners. Parvovirus, distemper, and lepto are all making gleeful comebacks.
And this is interesting:
[I just had a booster, along with the other gaggle of vaccines for old farts.... and lived!]
I haven't looked into HepB vaccine specifically, but -- if a virus is slow-replicating, and you're given vaccine at the time of exposure, the vaccine can generate enough antibodies that the virus can't get a foothold, thus preventing infective exposure from becoming full infection.
Here's one example that I've discovered recently. Ever went to work or any public place with cold? It's illegal in Washington State.
What's ironic is that the vegan crowd tend to be vehemently anti-vac and generally anti-science, unless it agrees with their preconceptions.
It varies wildly. When I had chicken pox, I had a mild fever and, count then, eight pox. My sister had the two weeks of hell and then some, and looked like a shotgun victim. Same with mumps. I had it so mild I didn't know I was sick til the teacher sent me home; my sister's neck swelled up like a gopher and she couldn't eat for two weeks.
Thoughtcrime at its finest.
I'm wondering how it differs from carrying an empty suitcase. After all the only reason you would do that is because you're going to pick up a load of contraband, right??!
The obviousness test has failed us time and time and time again. To me, that's a simple reason for simply banning all software patents, as other countries have done without major mishap.
An issue with software engineers and programmers is that, at least in my experience, they tend to be rather smart people (if sometimes narrowly focused), and thus have a rather skewed view on what they consider to be "obvious". If we rely on non-experts to agree with us on obviousness, we're always going to be disappointed. And creating some clever process to determine obviousness is going to succeed no better than creating some magical process to solve any challenging and creative problem in the real world. No offense regarding your solution, but I'd guess you're probably looking at this problem through the lens of a programmer or mathematician - solving challenging problems with algorithms and processes is what we do. But it tends not to work as well in the real world, which is much messier and more complex than a computer simulation.
I'm afraid we simply just have to toss out the entire category. Patenting software just needs to be abolished. Copyright is plenty to legally protect the interests of development companies and/or individuals. Anything more than that just leads to overly anti-competitive behavior through sleazy legal maneuvers in the long run.
Also from the summary:
Questioning cognitively active, passive, and mixed travelers about distances from a survey site to LA's city hall, the research demonstrated that the passive bus and subway riders have less of a grip on distance.
Rather they had a better grip on how distance is really measured
Which is more useful for a traveler to know:
a. The miles between A and B?
b. The time it will take to get from A to B?
They need the right to the death penalty.