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Comment: Don't be too quick (Score 1) 320

by Rambo Tribble (#49500067) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal
While there may well be merit to the criticisms of Oz, it should be noted that the doctors behind this initiative are not without their own conflicts of interest: http://america.aljazeera.com/blogs/scrutineer/2015/4/17/doctors-behind-anti-oz-letter-have-own-conflicts-of-interest.html

Comment: This is nothing new. (Score 2) 370

by Rambo Tribble (#49422887) Attached to: How the Pentagon Wasted $10 Billion On Military Projects
Look to the Reagan administration's "Star Wars" project. In fact, that was just the tip of the iceberg of funds misspent by that regime. After concocting outlandish scenarios of a Soviet arms buildup, admin wonks tasked the CIA with finding proof of such. The CIA came back with the observation that there was no such evidence. The administration successfully spun this as "proof" the Soviets were up to much worse than even the wonks' wildest claims, and allocated tens of billions of dollars to wasteful, unnecessary defence spending. The fall of the Soviet Union, and the release of Soviet documents, revealed the arms buildup to be a Reagan administration fantasy.

+ - YouTube Hack Permitted 3rd-Party Deletion of Videos

Submitted by Rambo Tribble
Rambo Tribble writes: Russian hacker, Kamil Hismatullin, has demonstrated a hack which allowed him to delete any videos on the site, in short order. The hack reportedly exploited a weakness that allowed a spurious authentication token when placing a takedown request. Mr. Hismatullin reported the hack to Google, which fixed the bug within hours and gave Hismatullin a $5,000 reward. Before reporting the flaw, Kamil says "... [for a] couple of hours I've fought the urge to clean up Bieber's channel." Ah, what might have been. The BBC has good coverage.

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