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Comment Old news - even already reported by Cisco. (Score 3, Informative) 168

Cisco already published security advisory on that a month ago:

Attackers required either valid admin credentials or physical access to device to replace firmware. Such attacks were understood for a long time.

Nevertheless it's interesting to observe increase in attacks against infrastructure itself, rather than bandwidth.

Comment "Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me)" (Score 2) 277

This book by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson has a huge chapter devoted to "mistakes" done on purpose by Police.

Policemen are typically trained that once they have a "probable cause" they push, deceive and trick people into confession, regardless if other facts may completely change the cause into improbable. They act just like in the movies where "greater good" is more important than trampling the truth, except in movies it's usually shown as fully justified, while in real life there is too many mistakes.

"He must be guilty because he was sentenced" and other cognitive issues are aplenty.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 628

I've never seen a satellite.
I've never seen a bacteria.
I've never seen you, and heard that you exist ;-)
"I've never seen" is not a valid argument.

I did see problems caused by a Windows update.
Those have been documented, for example:

Still, I agree with you that there seems to be more problems with non-updated, zombified Windows machines, than there is by updates. At least so far...

Comment DDoS prevented submitting flight plans. (Score 3, Informative) 40

Based on rumours so far it seems that:
- the attack was not infiltration but DDoS,
- it prevented transmitting flight plans to European authorities,
- without submitting flight plan it is not allowed to take off on formal basis. Nothing technical.

Still unclear on which part of the system got knocked out, as we would suppose some good dedicated link for submitting of flight plan information from airline.

Comment Re:For all of Uber's Faults (Score 1) 366

And if you think Germany has a screwed up cable system, I assure you, it's nowhere near as bad as in the United States.

You are wrong, learn a bit about the subject first:

20 EUR is not what you pay for cable service. It's a government tax just for owning a tv receiver, called "tv license". In USA there is no such license, you just pay for the service.

Comment Metadata management? (Score 1) 93

RRAM cache would simplify metadata management

This rings a bell....

NSA stores metadata of millions of web users for up to a year

Now you know who is behind the developement, and why such memory has a chance on the market.

Comment Re:Make it convenient for me and I will pay (Score 1) 251

You keep changing your arguments to suit your goal.

The original statement was that thanks to Hulu/Netflix etc there is no longer need to pirate. This statement is untrue, except to some extent for USA where such services are widespread and cheap.

I don't complain to local content companies. I don't need to. I stopped consuming most of the content out there (TV series and shows, movies, games) as I don't find them attractive.

I'm glad you find USA TV/movies/games to work best for you. Don't worry, if there is a good movie/series from another country it will likely be remade as a USA production. Those offensive boobs will be removed, and a lot of gratitious violence (or extended interrogation) will be added instead.

Comment Re:Make it convenient for me and I will pay (Score 2) 251

TPB is not about USA-made content, it's about any content. If a service wants to replace piracy, it would need to provide similar content, which Hulu/Netflix/etc don't.

Hulu/Netflix/etc are not about USA-made content either. They have content from other countries, wherever rights could be obtained. Regional restriction is due to content rights, not due to content itself.

TPB provides you (illegally) any content anywhere.

Hulu/Netflix provide you (legally) certain content (that they have right to) in USA (where they have content rights) and a few other countries. This is a large restriction.

Now biting the troll: other places do make good shows/films/games.

Comment Re:Make it convenient for me and I will pay (Score 1) 251

With the rise of on-demand services like Netflix/Hulu/all their friends


Sorry, currently our video library can only be watched from within the United States

Netflix lie:

Watch TV programs & films anytime, ANYWHERE

Sorry, Netflix is not available in your country.

Those offers are still strongly territory-limited (won't stream outside USA and maybe a few other countries) and not available globally. I agree that such services with relatively low fees provide convenience and can alleviate the need for torrenting, but it's still a long way from pushing it out of the internet.

Comment Transportation = food and other goods. (Score 1) 250

Anyway, oil dependence is essentially transport based; more specifically, private car use ... That's oil dependance sorted.

Private car use is just a tiny part of oil use, although the only many people you see directly. Public communication is largely based on oil as well, but it's still not the point.

Even if you decide to use own muscle power for moving around, there is a bigger problem, especially in large cities - practically all goods are nowadays delivered to shops via road transport. Most important - food. Unless you can find a food source that is not transported by car into the city, you are still pretty much oil dependent.

Comment Wrong summary - it was operation by a Polish team. (Score 2) 161

A research team from the UK, led by Professor Geoff Raisman, transplanted cells from the patient's nose


UK team researched it TOGETHER with Polish team. TFA mentiones both teams, and two leading doctors, one in UK, one in Poland.

Polish team performed the actual transplantation (practical part). It was led by a Polish doctor.

It's $%&^ Enigma all over again, "solved" by British who conveniently forgot it was Polish team who solved it first.

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