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Comment Re:malware (Score 1) 122

Deliberate attacks generally target insurance data. You can't make much off of knowing someone got a booboo, but insurance fraud is a gold mine.

That isn't to say that ambient malware isn't finding its way everywhere else. The reality is that modalities (CTs, MRIs, etc.), are rarely patched, many are running ancient versions of Windows. Re-imaging systems--sometimes near daily at some facilities--is the normal strategy for addressing malware. Lack of support from the manufacturer being principally to blame. Most facilities have a strong concern for security but there's often an absence of adequately qualified IT staff to address the matter elsewhere in the facility.

Comment Re:And the timeframe for getting another probe (Score 1) 77

Both Mercury and Venus have very nasty environments with which to deal with. Yes, they have launch intervals at tight intervals, yes there's an atmosphere to bleed delta-v, but at the same time a Venus rover would require comparatively huge engineering and material science investment, Mercury is a similar story unless hiding in a permanently shadowed crater is your only interest. Mars is a most excellent place to work out plenty of the other engineering challenges involved with such tools before we throw hostile environments into the mix.

Comment Re:just give them a mandate and a budget (Score 1) 71

They get lots of mandates from congress. Trouble is they tend change their mind faster than systems engineering development cycles. Then they get a requirement to integrate a boat trolling motor onto the first stage booster. Later a camper van must be retrofitted and attached to serve as crew quarters. After finally convincing Congress that the trolling motor requirement is making it hard to engineer the booster to meet mission objectives, Congress redirects them to swap the trolling motor for a 750HP outboard motor. Finally after protracted struggles to engineer the booster they come close to cracking the nut only to find the project shut down for lack of progress. This time its replacement will be required to have four outboard motors and two camper vans.

Comment Re:This has long been settled (Score 1) 240

The natural mechanics of the human body fit far better with the narrow to wide angle (from bottom to top). I suspect making the keys columnar would increase repetitive stress injuries. If you wished to challenge the QWERTY arrangement as being an anachronism then I would agree that you may well have a case.

Comment Re:"I am about to be killed, tortured, or exiled," (Score 1) 705

Sharks sometimes get into the shark cages, or bite through the protective mesh armor. It is a known risk and the person jumping in is accepting that risk when they enter.

The waters (the Internet) are infested, and the user chose to accept the risks associated with using AM as a shelter within that environment. Personal responsibility doesn't stop at the gate. It would be nice to leave your worries at the door, but first you need to decide if it's made of paper and whether you're willing to accept the risks inherent with that.

Comment Re:"I am about to be killed, tortured, or exiled," (Score 1) 705

No they didn't expose themselves at all, a site they thought was safe to use to be able to have a little bit of freedom was hacked.

They chose to exposed themselves to the site. They made a risk calculation and found themselves on the wrong side of probability. The politics, and the consequences thereof have nothing to do with it.

Comment Re:"I am about to be killed, tortured, or exiled," (Score 1) 705

Victim blaming in some circumstances is very much appropriate. If you jump into shark infested waters with bloody raw meat strapped to you, then you are at least in part to blame when you become lunch. It is shameful that the shark infested environment exists in the first place, but at the same time the person chose to jump in and offer themselves as the tasty morsel.

Comment Re:This has long been settled (Score 1) 240

I'm not sure why this is even an issue--at least for American and similar keyboards. There are fourteen keys on that row. If you divide it down the middle the '6' is lotted with the left-hand side. MS' ergo keyboards make it an obvious decision, but for keyboards that aren't split, I still don't see why you would want to reach your right hand beyond it's normal range of travel to hit the '6'.

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