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Comment Re:Do you have to click on the ad? (Score 1) 201

I read the article all the way through, and it SEEMS like you have to click on the ad in order for it to infect you. They don't specifically come out and SAY this, though. So, is this the case? Does not clicking on ads keep you safe? I thought just having a flash ad download and execute on your machine was enough, or are we not talking about this? There are references to "hardened landing pages" that infect the users, so WTF is up with that?

The funny part is that the malware installed is used to install click-fraud bots on infected machines, so the ad networks and/or end clients themselves are the ones being screwed out of money.

How do you not-click an ad that takes up the entire screen with a transparent hotspot?

Comment Re:is the problem not ADOBE FLASH? (Score 1) 201

please forgive my ignorance, if my prejudice is in any way misguided, but i am under the impression that the attack vector, in actual fact, is flash, as i cannot see how a simple image, or even a "normal" video, could possibly compromise a target machine, whereas i understand adobe is full of holes, deliberate or otherwise.

or, to put it another way, i've never seen a machine compromised, to date, after wiping adobe (hack, spit) from the system.

while i'm at it - am i correct to believe the company was actually responsible for jailing a man, a foreign national, without charges, for well over a year, in direct response to his having exposed the insecurity of an adobe "security" mechanism?

You are forgetting a whole class of those malware attempts (not ads, ads are just a subclass of malware) that masquarade as parts of windows, updates, parts of anti-virus programs, nVidia driver updates, etc. You know, the ones that old people can't quite figure out so they click anyway just to be sure.

You don't need a security hole if you can convince the user the malware is legit and should be installed.

The thing is, that type of festering garbage comes through the SAME ad network as the ads for the newest iPhone

It's getting to the point where I am going to have to teach my parents that nothing ever should be clicked on if it happens while they are web browsing. Sitting there looking at MS Word documents, sure, it's probably legit. On a web site somewhere (doesn't matter which one) then no, not legit and is an infection attempt.

Comment Re:Noooo, Seriously? (Score 1) 134


Nothing frustrates me more than when I hear the far left say that we should allow China to continue on their path. The right will scream that we are letting them get away with murder (of course, they do not mean it literally, but it is ), however, they refuse to put a tax on goods even though any company can easily get out of it: SImply have the parts manufactured in clean states/nations.

Now, to be honest, we should not do a tariff (which is a tax on goods that move in/out of a nation/state). Instead, it should be a tax on all goods that are consumed locally. And it should be BEFORE the retailer, or if mailed, as part of that. With this approach combined with real monitoring,and normalizing based on emissions / GDP, we can reward those nations that clean up, while going after those that are chosing to emit. In addition, if a nation does like China and manipulates their money by dropping its value, that is fine. It simply means more emissions / $ GDP. As such, it behooves nations to NO cheat at it.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 309

In the US, there are laws which require emergency rooms to stabilize people, even if they aren't able to pay.
Probably in some states, not US wide. The news that people die on the stairs of a hospital because the hospital refuses to bring them in and treat them even makes it to europ ;D

Many illegals take advantage of this fact. Those of us with coverage pay for those who can't.
Yes, that is the point of an insurance. And in Europe everyone gets treated regardless if he can pay.

Comment Re:Being wrong will bring more changes than right (Score 2) 257

Well, it better be "significant enough" to be the difference in a statewide election. If it's not, or if it's real, then all the research will have done is shown those republicans where they have over saturated some areas and it's time to redraw some lines. My guess, is that's the worst case scenario for the "researcher" and that if it is legit we'll never hear from the again.

Wait. Are you saying it's appropriate to "redraw some lines" based on what party won a district?

Corrupt much?

Comment Re:Really? (Score -1, Troll) 257

> 'a statistically significant' pattern where the percentage of Republican votes increase the larger the size of the precinct.

The larger the precinct in geographical terms, the more spread out the population. The more spread out, the more rural, the more rural, the more Republicans per capita. Where's the problem here?

And she's relying on polls as the baseline.

Last election, lots of people realized they didn't want to talk to obama's cronies and told them to fuck off.

I am not seeing anything that screams voter fraud in KS. Shitcago on the other hand...

Votes are supposed to be secret, her assumption based on bullshit lies that something is wrong is not a good enough reason to let her see everybody's vote.

Comment Re:In "oil" country no less! (Score 1) 309

Sorry, no idea what you learned.
It is actually a no brainer :)
As I said before, the inly difference is that Aluminium is modt esily recycled with electric current and steel is so so or recycled with coal/koks.
However that has no influence on its quallity and recycled steel is in no way brittle.
I worked a few years for Thyssen&Krupp Stahl ...

"The fundamental principle of science, the definition almost, is this: the sole test of the validity of any idea is experiment." -- Richard P. Feynman