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Comment Re:Let's get real (Score 1) 256

If they want to launch it at us, they've pretty much got to get it small enough to fit in a car.

Not that it really matters anyway -- the NPRK would only launch a nuclear first strike as a form of ritual suicide. MAD still applies, even to nasty little third-world dictatorships, and launching a single nuclear missile (or even a few of them) makes no sense strategically; in a nuclear war you need to knock out your opponent's nuclear response capability or they're going to respond by nuking you to ashes in short order.

If North Korea did decide to nuke someone, they'd be much better served to smuggle the nuke aboard a ship and detonate it in a harbor somewhere; at least then they'd have some fig leaf of plausible deniability.

Yeah, not so much. Not that the Norks wouldn't try that dodge, but fingerprinting nuclear weapons is a thing. Within hours of it's use, we'll know whose it was, or at least who built it.

Comment Re:Illegal phone running (Score 1) 137

Doctrine about the 5th amendment is that the government is not allowed to force you to create evidence (by speaking or writing in answer to a question). It is not considered to protect already existing evidence (your diary in a lockbox).

[citation needed]
Not disagreeing, but would really like to read something halfway authoritative.

Comment Re:Please Explain (Score 2) 127

" an example from the 1950s US Air Force where the "myth of the average resulted in a generation of planes that almost no pilots could reliably fly, and which killed as many as 17 pilots in a single day"

Did I miss the part of the story that explains HOW it managed to kill 17 pilots in one day?

Yeah, some more detail there would have been nice, but as a pilot, I can easily see how this was certainly related to physical dimensions. Consider the non-average pilot with shorter than average arms. If he lost his grip on the stick during certain maneuvers, it's entirely possible that it could have moved to a position out of his reach. Same goes for rudder pedals for the pilot whose knees won't fit under the panel when he's thrown forward in the straps, or that won't allow them to bend enough to allow full travel of that control surface.

Comment Re:Yeah, automated tweeting to PR mouthpiece... (Score 1) 154

Sounds reasonable to me. I'm supposed to get 150Mb, but end up with barely 20Mb many evenings. There is a 20Mb package they offer for a fraction of what I'm paying. Seems fair that if that's all they can deliver that's all I'm paying.

When I pay someone to wash my car and wax it, if they run out of wax I'm not paying for the waxing. If they don't think it's worth keeping so much wax around then okay, but they can't charge me for it when they run out.

Look harder. The typical ISP business model is built around the words "up" and "to", as in "...up to 150Mbps..." The don't sell a guaranteed service level to their low-end customers, and residential customers are all low-end. Want to end this "injustice"? Elect representatives who will look out for your interests, not those of the telecom industry, by enacting real regulation.

Comment Re:nice looking graphs != useful graphs (Score 1) 59

This sentiment is reflected among the security professionals that I know. They believe that most cyber threat intelligence is bunk, and often ridicule it their spare time.

That's because, by itself, community threat intel is nothing more than "stuff some other guy saw". On the other hand, when woven into a well-tuned correlation engine, along with all the local input, community threat intel can be a very powerful tool.

Comment Re:12 years later (Score 1) 96

There are too many laws, lawyers and it all takes way too much time.

Maybe it will make you feel better to know then, that if Thomas loses this case, there will be one fewer lawyers in DC. This is a trial for disbarment, not a criminal trial.

Only in deepest Dumbfuckistan would some drooling dittohead twist things this way. This guy is a hero. What is being done to him is criminal, not his brave actions to expose our government's crimes.

Comment Re:+3000$ AR15 rifles (Score 2) 336

You can certainly get an AR for well under $1,000. However, decent optics can cost about as much as the rifle. Rifles are only useful if you can actually hit the target. So, that is at least $1,500. You can also customize the AR platform with all sorts of "tacticool" goodies (lights, lasers, handles, etc.). Such upgrades also cost a premium. Still, $3,000 seems like too much for most people, but I am sure that you could spend $3,000 if you really wanted to.

My dad once told me, "When your clubs are what's keeping you from a lower handicap, it's time to spend more money on them." He also insisted that I learn wing-shooting with a single-shot .410. My golf game still won't be helped much by new clubs, but I'm pretty damned sure that I can get more out of an off-the-rack piece than most of the wannabe's will with their $3000 AR's. It has always amazed me, tools like that, who look like they should be trusted with anything more lethal that a pointed stick, walking around gun shows, or at the range, with arms you just know will be, well... let's just say it, wasted.

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