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Comment: Re:Why just vaccines? (Score 1) 493

by Gorshkov (#47119343) Attached to: Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

People with any number of diseases are a potential public health threat. HIV comes to mind. But putting health records into one big database might allow for the types of research to identify patterns of disease that don't rise above the 1 in 1000 or 1 in 10,000 threshold that most studies are limited to. Picking on vaccinations rather than just linking all health records to a centralized database seems narrow and punitive rather that good public policy.

Except that you're not going to catch HIV from somebody standing next to you at the bus stop, just because they said hello to you and breathed in your general direction

Comment: Re:Hrm...fuck off (Score 1) 354

by Gorshkov (#46078511) Attached to: New Russian Fighter Not Up To Western Standards
Except, nothing according to ANY wiki can be considered to be anything but suspect. Personal (and professional) opinion is that they did exist. -- signed, somebody who has an honours degree in Soviet & East European Studies, and has used the name Gorshkov (yes, from the self-same Admiral) on the internet since the early '80s.

+ - Dick Cheney Had Implanted Defibrillator Altered To Prevent Terrorist Attack->

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An anonymous reader writes "The Washington Post reports, "Former Vice President Dick Cheney says he once feared that terrorists could use the electrical device that had been implanted near his heart to kill him and had his doctor disable its wireless function. Cheney has a history of heart trouble, suffering the first of five heart attacks at age 37. ... In an interview with CBS’ ”60 Minutes,” Cheney says doctors replaced an implanted defibrillator near his heart in 2007. The device can detect irregular heartbeats and control them with electrical jolts. Cheney says that he and his doctor, cardiologist Jonathan Reiner, turned off the device’s wireless function in case a terrorist tried to send his heart a fatal shock." — More at CBS News."
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+ - No Zombie Uprising, But Problems Persist With Emergency Alert System->

Submitted by chicksdaddy
chicksdaddy (814965) writes "More than six months after hacked Emergency Alert System (EAS) hardware allowed a phony warning about a zombie uprising to air in several U.S. states, a security consulting company is warning that serious issues persist in software from Monroe Electronics, whose equipment was compromised in the earlier attack.

In a blog post (, Mike Davis of the firm IOActive said patches issued by Monroe Electronics, the Lyndonville, New York firm that is a leading supplier of EAS hardware, do not adequately address problems raised earlier this year, including the use of “bad and predictable” login credentials. Further inspection by Davis turned up other problems that were either missed in the initial code review or introduced by the patch. They include the use of “predictable and hard-coded keys and passwords,” as well as web-based backups that were publicly accessible and that contained valid user credentials.

Monroe’s R-189 CAP-EAS product was the target of a hack in February during which EAS equipment operated by broadcasters in Montana, Michigan and other states was compromised and used to issue an alert claiming that the “dead are rising from their graves,” and advising residents not to attempt to apprehend them. ( CAP refers to the Common Alerting Protocol, a successor to EAS.

A recent search using the Shodan search engine by University of Florida graduate student Shawn Merdinger found more than 200 Monroe devices still accessible from the public Internet. 66% of those were running vulnerable versions of the Monroe firmware, The Security Ledger reports."

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Comment: Re:Truly a shame (Score 2) 192

by Gorshkov (#44898967) Attached to: Russian Government Takes Over Country's 289-year Old Scientific Academy

Back during the Cold War the question was often posed, is Russia the most backward advanced country in the world, or the most advanced backward country in the world

The "rule of thumb" breakdown was like this: Anything that required physical equipment (powerful computers, test rigs, etc) they sucked at, because they didn't have it. Anything that did NOT require physical equipment (mathematics, optics, theoretical physics, etc), they excelled at.

I remember when I was doing my linguist course while in the Navy, back in '82. One of my instructor's husband had PhD in physics - they were Jewish, and had only been able to leave the Soviet Union the year before. He saw the chess programme I had on my Radio Shack Model I (yes, I'm that old), and nearly freaked - not because of the chess programme, but because he'd never seen a computer that powerful - and he couldn't believe he could just go to the store and actually *buy* one.

Comment: Just plain silly (Score 4, Insightful) 101

by Gorshkov (#43941321) Attached to: Why Chinese Hacking Is Only Part of the U.S. Security Problem
The whole idea that China should be 'held responsible' for the hacking is just plain silly on it's face. Governments and private corporations have been spying on each other ever since the first cave man tried to keep a secret.

Can you imagine during the cold war of the US President went to Stalin and said "please stop spying on us"? Because that's exactly what's been suggested here.

Comment: Re:US Government's War On Science (Score 1) 474

by Gorshkov (#43831639) Attached to: The Canadian Government's War On Science
Well, I grew up in a small town myself - only 3,500 - in the interior of Labrador. It don't get no smaller than that :)

Also, the riding of Ottawa-Vanier wasn't exactly what you would call The Big CIty ....... Vanier was (still is?) a small French slum surrounded by Ottawa. We had grade 8 kids come to the campaign office asking questions for their social studies classes who literally couldn't speak a word of English. It honestly reminded me of being on the North Shore up past Quebec City, it was so provincial.

Comment: Re:Excuse me? (Score 1) 474

by Gorshkov (#43808953) Attached to: The Canadian Government's War On Science

You must be a conservative. Despite that fact, it is still based on valid science.

There is a big difference between thinking that Climate Change is a myth, and being against Kyoto. I am a (Canadian) conservative.

Do I think that climate change is real? Yes.
Do I think it's mostly man-made? Yes.
Do I think Kyoto is a GOOD THING(tm)? No freaking way.

Kyoto exempted two of the biggest carbon producers in the world - India & China - from having to reduce their emissions, while expecting the developed world to not only reduce theirs, but to PAY EVERYBODY ELSE TO DO NOTHING.

Kyoto, in practice, was more about wealth redistribution to the developing world than climate change.

And in the specific Canadian case ..... the Jean Cretien government, which actually signed the treaty, did absolutely nothing to implement it - to the point where not only did we NOT reduce our emissions, but they had actually increased by a rather large percent - to the point where we would have had to shut down every gasoline & diesel engine in the country for a year to even begin to meet it's objectives. All the Tories did was call a spade a spade, and face reality.

Comment: Re:US Government's War On Science (Score 1) 474

by Gorshkov (#43808865) Attached to: The Canadian Government's War On Science

There are other reasons why the Conservative Party got that majority; it would be an exaggeration to say we elected them.

Reality Check: It ain't just the Tories. I remember one particular election I was working on for the Tories in the 80s. It was in Ottawa-Vanier, a riding that had elected a Tory only *once* since Confederation. That was back in the 1920s, when - for one election - Rockliffe (old money, filthy rich part of Ottawa) had been included in the riding. It was removed next election, and everything went back to Red, where it's been ever since. The previous election, the LIberals had won by over 22,000 votes - the Tories didn't even get their deposit back, which means they got less than 10% of the vote. It was about as safe a seat as could possibly exist. So, what happened? The Liberals "forgot" to enumerate whole apartment buildings in polls that had gone Tory the previous election. Signs were ripped down literally faster than we could put them back up. On election day, they moved the polls in Tory areas without notice. In the 6 polls that I was an scrutineer for, my Liberal counterparts literally tried to disqualify every Tory vote they came across.

The moral of the story is this: bad behavior during elections is hardly confined to the Tories. There are idiots on *all* sides - what saves us is our system, which is pretty good at catching this sort of thing, and the fact the the idiots are rare IN ALL PARTIES.

I think you need some more windex for your glass house there.


+ - Forty Years of PC Technology in Five Minutes

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Most slideshows on the Internet news sites are presentations of designer outfits worn by Hollywood starlets, or similar. Tom's IT Pro (sister site of Tom's Hardware) has adopted the format to give us instead, quick tours of desktop PC operating systems since that industry began in the mid-seventies; an illustrated history of Intel microprocessors; and a review of milestone CPU introductions across the semiconductor industry, as vendors leapfrogged one another in accordance with Moore's Law. The educational value here is almost beside the point, as it's fun to just click through these collections and compare your recollections with those of the authors."

+ - Matthew Keys Indicted in LA Times hacking; faces up to 30 years in jail->

Submitted by B3ryllium
B3ryllium (571199) writes "He's no Aaron Swartz — in fact, it looks like he deliberately encouraged Anonymous to hack his previous employer, and even gave them access credentials to do it — but the indictment appears to recommend charges that could result in up to 30 years in prison and a $750,000 fine. That's not right."
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