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Comment: Re:Riiiight (Score 1) 498

by Purpleslog (#46448687) Attached to: Ukraine May Have To Rearm With Nuclear Weapons Says Ukrainian MP
If only there was a nations, with atomic weapon capability (even a crude capability), in need of money, disdainful of the international community, and without much in the way of scruples. The Ukraine could get a nuke weapons capability sooner. They don't have to build their own first generation of nuke.

Comment: He was a member of the The Futurians... (Score 1) 190

..and there turned out be lots of communists and communist sympathizers in that group. See: "Not until the late 1970s did any the participants admit that many of the key Futurians had histories as ideological Communists or fellow travellers, and that fact remained relatively unknown in the field well into the 1990s. As with later revolts against the Campbellian tradition, part of the motivation was a desire to escape the "conservative" politics that went with that tradition. While the Futurians' work was well understood at the time to be a poke at the consumer capitalism and smugness of the postwar years, only in retrospect is it clear how much they owed to the Frankfurt school of Marxist critical theory."

Comment: Re:How does this work? (Score 1) 110

by Purpleslog (#43668675) Attached to: Honeywords — Honeypot Passwords
I think this is the scenario: 1) Honeywords (userid/password pairs) are seeded into an organization passwd file. 2) Bad guy acquire the passwd file (the "how" doesn't matter). 3) Bad guys use offline resources to decrypt the stolen passwd file. 4) Bad guys attempt to access the organization's systems/applications using the now decrypted userid/password pair aka the honeyword 5) The use of the honeyword (exact userid with the exacted seeded password) set of alert. 6) The Org can deny access and perhaps do other stuff like start counter measures, auto generate forensic info, pull the bad guys into a fake systems to to track and study them, etc.

Comment: Re:Plan B. (Score 2) 619

This ref ( for 2006 has it at 640 for the Netherlands and 721 for the USA (in per 100000 people). This ref ( and ) has total crime victims at 25% in the Netherlands and at 21% in the US.

NASA Unveils Design for New Space Launch System 288

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the still-no-word-on-jump-gate-development dept.
wooferhound writes with an article in the Orlando Sentinel about NASA's Deep Space Exploration project. From the article: "After months of debate, NASA has settled on plans for its next spaceship — a space shuttle hybrid that will fly twice in the next decade and cost $30 billion through 2021, according to senior administration officials and internal NASA documents. That NASA decided to recycle elements of the shuttle is not unexpected. Last year, Congress and the White House agreed NASA should reuse equipment from old programs and the new design — which includes a giant fuel tank and two booster rockets — largely reflects that compromise. The most noticeable change is the plane-like orbiter will be replaced by an Apollo-like crew capsule atop the tank." The Space Launch System will be powered by a combination of the Shuttle main engine for the core launch stage, and the J-2 engine (from the Saturn V project) for the upper stage. The same solid booster rockets used for Shuttle missions will be used for at least the initial unmanned launch in 2017, but NASA will have a design contest to replace them for the 2021 crewed launch and beyond.

Comment: Re:It's true (Score 1) 734

by Purpleslog (#37318680) Attached to: USPS Losing Battle Against the E-mail Age
You have it backwards. It forces USPS to not underfund its obligations. The underfunded obligations will have to be made up by US taxpayers in the future. I believe that legislation also transferred a billions of pension/health obligations from USPS to the the regular USGOV. I think that was for USPS retirees who also had military benefits.

Comment: Re:Learn your own history (Score 1) 254

by Purpleslog (#36660542) Attached to: FBI Wiretapped Hemingway
Like I said, "denial and bluster". Re: Oppenheimer...just google around for or read the other books on Soviet Spying in the USA. It is not reasonable to assume I can't replicate the output of books into a Slashdot discussion! It's not like his wife and brother being communists is a secret. This link covers much of what knew: Here is a link to a discussion that goes much further on Oppenheimer then I was willing to go: "His own party (the Democrats by the way - did you not even known that much?)" I lost track of who you are refering to with "His" If you mean Oppenheimer...I have no idea if he affiliated with the democrats or republicans. When he was younger (pre-WWII) he certainly identified as a communist for at least some time. For how long and to what degree that affiliation occurred, that is one of the questions at hand. If you mean McCarthy...he was Republican Senator from Wisconsin. "Communism was just the excuse for the populist witch hunt because..." More bluster and denial. The Soviet threat was real. The Soviets were pretty good at espionage and institutional infiltration. Are you denying this? Perhaps, I am just misunderstanding what you are saying. Is it just McCarthy's efforts/effects that were wrong? McCarthy sure does come across as a clown. The American left has used that to try to pretend that real Soviet activity was not going on. I have no idea if McCarthy correctly named any of the following types in USGOV: prior communists, secret communists, Soviet Agents/Spies, Soviet Agents of Influence. I say this because I don't who he named. He does seem clownish, so I imagine he made many mistakes. 100% mistakes? I have no idea. Blanket general assertions by left-leaning journalist, historians and movie makers (remember: "bluster and denial") do not convince me. I also don't have the time to do the research to see who he accused, and then to cross check that with what is known now. Some historian or journalist should. Heck, give me a grant fo r 6 months and I'll do it.

Comment: Re:Learn your own history (Score 1) 254

by Purpleslog (#36655288) Attached to: FBI Wiretapped Hemingway
You are assert very specific claims for which I can not provide facts for against. Claims that he was "all bullshit" sounds like wishful thinking to me or just repetition of the leftwing historical script. I guess I will have to look into McCarthy specifically for the next time this issue comes up. I note for completeness that the facts show that the Rosenburgs were guilty, Hollywood was (heh...and still is) filled with communist and communist sympathizing writers, Alger Hiss was a communist and a Soviet Agent, and that the State and Treasury department was riddled with communist and soviet agents (this was a McCarthy claim, correct?) from low to high levels. As afar as Oppenheimer, he had close relatives who where communists and his own bneliefs were not clear. It was only prudent that he be looked into. I am pretty sure that the Soviet Archives show that they attempted to recruit him (how, and through who?) but were unsuccessful. I don't believe he ever reported those recruitment attempts, so it was most likely by somebody close to him but as for who that detail will most likely remain lost to history.

Comment: Re:Learn your own history (Score 1) 254

by Purpleslog (#36650366) Attached to: FBI Wiretapped Hemingway
I don't know if McCarthy did or not. I don't Dickstein was in congress during McCartry's time and I havn't read up on who/what McCarty actually accuses of being a soviet agent/sympathizer (I'm not looking to Slash Dot for that info). I think the point here is that McCarthy may have been a clown, but there really was Soviet spying and institutional infiltration taking place. Some of it was known/suspected at the time. Some of its has only been coming out in recent years. There are a lot of anti-Americans and American Leftists who took it as public policy gospel that it was all exaggerated bunk. They are mostly handling the the recent revelations publicly with denial and bluster. I have no idea what is going on inside their heads through.

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