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Comment Re:And for what? (Score 1) 277

"Funny how you use A/C rather than a real login to throw the race card around.."

Auwe?!

Like beef? Like scrap? Keep talkin' stink, ufa, get one false crack!

No kama'aina fo you heah, haole. Try come holoholo, bring da kala, den hele on. Got NO aloha spirit.

(An I no da kine anonymouse holowale up deah, I stay my own kine kama'aina.)

Comment Everything You See New, is At Least 20 Years Old (Score 1) 20

Daniel Ringmaiden, a convicted tax fraudster, exposed the Stingray, the device that tracks down the location of cellphones.

And in the process, he discovered that the technology had already been around - and kept secret - for 20 years. It was used by the federal government and spying agencies for 12 years, before being released to law enforcement.

And even after he exposed the device, it was two years before news of it went mainstream, and entered the public consciousness.

So these neat little toys? You should assume they have been around, and in active use, for quite some time.

Comment Catch-22 (Score 4, Insightful) 257

Say you record a cop shooting a pedestrian. Straight up, cold blood, didn't like them, went postal, flipped their lid and shot a jaywalker.

If you post the video of the murder right away, you can be arrested and charged.

But if you wait an hour, that gives the murderers time to come up with ways to protect themselves.

Comment SCADA Controllers - They Control Everything (Score 1) 57

Everyone is so scared of these invisible bad guys going after infrastructure, such as power plants, dams and water treatment plants.

Let's think of something even more important. Let's think Wonder Bread. A few lines of code, and *bam!*, you've shut down the production line on a factory that's used to churning out 10,000 loaves of bread per day. Do that for a sugar plant and see what happens. How about an operation that makes chicken and hog feed?

Everyone is so focused on the big stuff. Lemme tell you, if the bread plant even loses connectivity...it shuts down. Because it doesn't know how much of the product to make! Better to not make anything, and endure a temporary shortage, than to make too much that will go to waste.

You don't have to worry about the sewage treatment plant getting attacked, when there's not going to be anything for people to poop out.

Comment "Best Interest Of Customers" Not Exactly A Concern (Score 0) 74

This should come as no surprise. This is the land of sewer oil, melamine in baby formula and cyanide being stored next to high explosives. Granted, the government *is* working to try and improve things?

But seriously? When your populace believes it's an excellent idea to back up and finish off pedestrians when they hit them? It's going to be a very long time before anyone should trust you with anything at all.

Comment Will Never Be Used in the United States (Score 2) 39

US law requires that all oil collected by vacuum ships be brought to a processing facility, where 100% of all oil must be removed prior to the water being discharged.

During the Deepwater Horizon disaster, there were serious delays in the US accepting offers of help from the Netherlands and other nations. Most of them came with a price tag, but the Dutch offered three sets of Koseq Rigid Sweeping Arms for free. Because they were only 98% efficient, and they were initially refused.

However, common sense (and desperation) won out in the end, and we started accepting all the offers for free equipment that came in, including the Dutch offer.

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Comment It's Not A Tinfoil Hat When It's Really Happening. (Score 1) 272

The timing and purpose of this ban seems rather draconian, even for New Zealand. I mean, they pretty much just nuked any future independent movies from being filmed there, because it's going to be ridiculously expensive to secure permission to fly camera drones over public parklands. (You either close the park to the public, or get permission from everyone visiting on that particular day.) I suppose if they have the big bucks for a helicopter, that'll still be open.

But like I said, this seems ridiculously excessive. It makes no sense! It's a small, easily handled problem, and they just hit it with a pile driver.

Or...is it really such a "small" problem? I guess the interpretation of how small it is, depends greatly on how much money you paid for your ultra-secret air-strip in the middle of nowhere.

With growing inequality and the civil unrest from Ferguson and the Occupy protests fresh in peopleâ(TM)s mind, the worldâ(TM)s super rich are already preparing for the consequences. At a packed session in Davos, former hedge fund director Robert Johnson revealed that worried hedge fund managers were already planning their escapes. "I know hedge fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand because they think they need a getaway," he said.

That's not Alex Jones or some other wooby-woo-woo-alien-Elvis-JFK-love-triangle website, that's The Guardian.

I imagine someone who paid $20 million dollars to have a D7 Caterpillar flown 50 miles into the middle of nowhere and carve out a secret airstrip would be pretty upset if some weekend drone pilot with a backpack and a mountain bike spoiled their little secret.

Comment For Future Reference... (Score 1) 191

1. Text messages can get through when voice calls will never get through. Even if you have zero bars, there's a good chance it will get through. Get some elevation if you can to increase your chances of reaching a non-congested cell.

2. If you happen to find a genuine payphone, international trunks may still be active, even if local and national ones aren't. Call a friend in another country, and ask them to relay messages to whoever you need. (I used this during 9/11 to bypass the damage in Manhattan. I called a friend in England, and he in turn was able to call my parents and let them know I was safe.)

Comment A Possible Reason? (Score 1) 95

So far, everyone seems to be missing one possible motive for Facebook to be doing this.

Now, "Sloppysock McBuckstick" has a verified debit card that says, "George McFly", associated with the account. Shortly after, Mr. McFly gets an email advising that their account is locked out for using a false name.

Comment Canary in the Coal Mine (Score 5, Interesting) 136

It is ever so slightly possible, that Paypal is sounding the alarm, here. Here's the key phrase...

"...but PayPal has advised that MEGA's 'unique encryption model' presents an insurmountable difficulty,"

It looks like Paypal fought to keep MEGA as a customer. But "somebody" put the screws to them, and forced them to break contract with MEGA.

That's no small thing. Corporate contracts are a bit more "customer friendly", and simply dumping a corporate customer isn't quite as easy as it is to dump people like you and me. MEGA could take Paypal to court with a valid argument over breaking that contract.

What are they going to say? What would be their excuse? "We don't like encryption."??? No judge would buy that.

Based on what we're seeing, Paypal's previous history aside, it sounds rather like Paypal got served a National Security Letter telling them to dump MEGA.

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