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Comment Re:Won't or can't? (Score 1) 111

The USA would most likely not allow any of their spies to be questioned, much less extradited for prosecution, because they don't give a damn about international law like that. Whoever from the BND cooperated with the NSA would be liable as well, and at least here, Range could use the full power of the law to go after them. He could determine foreign suspects from documents and order them brought in for questioning the moment they enter Germany. He could at least apply pressure.

However, considering that federal prosecutors, including Range, are bound by instructions from the ministry of justice (i.e. the government), neither the NSA nor, by extension, the BND or any other of the foreign NSA appendages have to worry about anything in that regard. If that ever changes, it's because the then-current government changes their mind, not because of laws or any nonsense like that.

Comment Re:Who the fuck would use something like that? (Score 1) 206

It is possible to remember an arbitrary number of different, safe passwords. My method is to have one password that is short, but hard, in the meaning of impossible to crack by dictionary attack. Think random letters, numbers, the stuff that is hard to memorize. But it's always the same base password, so you will know it by heart eventually. Assuming the website you use the password on hashes the password, that leaves you vulnerable to lookup/rainbow tables, because the base password should be fairly short, below 10 chars.

To defeat rainbow tables, I salt that password in a way I don't have to memorize but can easily deduce, for example with the site I'm using the password on. Examples: ReallyHardPasswordSlashdot, ReallyHardPasswordGoogle, ReallyHardPasswordSteam, etc. They all are different and not reusable, their hashes are different, they are (hopefully) long enough to be too long for rainbow tables

Comment Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (Score 1) 100

It could be argued that the NSA-BND cooperation was a case of outsourcing the espionage activities, so the US really did not do any espionage here, just like the US outsource their manufacturing. The fact that they made the BND spy on their own country's companies is just a little ironic icing on that shit cake.

Biologists Create Self-Healing Concrete 94

Mr.Intel writes: A team of microbiologists from the Delft University of Technology claims to have invented "bioconcrete" — concrete that heals cracks and breaks using bacteria. The goal was to find a type of bacteria that could live inside concrete and also produce small amount of limestone that could re-seal cracks. This is a difficult prospect because concrete is quite dry and strongly alkaline. The bacteria needed to be able to stay alive for years in those conditions before being activated by water. The bacteria also need a food source — simply adding sugar to concrete will make it weak. The scientists used calcium lactate instead, adding biodegradable capsules of it to the concrete mix. "When cracks eventually begin to form in the concrete, water enters and open the capsules. The bacteria then germinate, multiply and feed on the lactate, and in doing so they combine the calcium with carbonate ions to form calcite, or limestone, which closes up the cracks."

Comment Re:If I hear "eSport" one more time... (Score 3, Informative) 113

eSports are eSports. They have a different name than "sports" because it's not the same thing. It has a similar name to "sports", because it's a similar thing.

Regarding cheating: Yes, because real sports, especially the professional/competitive level, is known to be free of cheaters.
Arguably, eSports cheaters are much easier to catch because by definition, everything is controlled by a computer and most cheaters leave some sort of trace that can be tracked. I'm pretty sure that you will find no physical sport that has as strict an enforcement of anti-cheating rules as even the most lenient/lazy competitive eSports games. Especially at the highest level of play, during tournaments where competitors are physically present, with hardware provided by and players under observation of judges, cheating is practically impossible. Many physical sports would be better off if their tournaments had the same ratio of cheating as eSports.

Comment Re:One small problem (Score 1) 509

Is it really noteworthy when someone does what they are trained and paid to do? What they even have sworn an oath to do? Neither as an affected individual nor as a concerned citizen am I indifferent to what happens in those .1% of the time, if those .1% can mean someone loses money, their freedom, their health, or their life without justification. Police, whether you or anyone likes it, must be held to a higher standard, because with great power comes great responsibility.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 5, Insightful) 164

The difference between WW2 codebreakers and today's NSA and what have you being, of course, that WW2 codebreakers were used against to crack the communications of a defined enemy. So yes, it's perfectly reasonable to object to a practice that considers literally everybody, civilian or not, foreigner or not, to be an enemy.

As for your claim about lives saved vs. deaths caused: Citation needed. The secret police forces of Nazi Germany, Stasi Germany, Soviet Russia, and countless other dictatorships were certainly not in the business of saving lives. The intelligence agencies of the US and her allied governments are certainly not in the business of saving lives either. They are in the business of target selection for the US drone wars.