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Comment: Re:Not France vs US (Score 1) 258

I can get wanting to protect something, but legally blocking something is just clinging to the past. I'll bet there used to be dozens of small buggy whip makers throughout France; too bad for them. It wasn't big business that killed them, it was technological progress. Now, if the people want to preserve the small shops, that's fine, they should shop at the small local shops. I sure do. I don't want to see video stores go extinct due to Netflix so I shop at mine, and I don't want to see book stores go away so I shop at my local bookstore. Just bought a book from them to start reading soon. But I'm not about to block anyone else from doing anything. The justification is understandable, but not sufficient. If the people of France really do not want free shipping, they can continue to shop at the small stores. If they do not, well, then I guess that shows what they really want.


Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch? 353

Posted by timothy
from the does-it-shoot-deadly-darts? dept.
Watches that do more than tell the time have been around for a long time. (And in fiction, James Bond, Dick Tracey, and Michael Knight all had notably high-tech watches.) The new smart watches from Samsung and LG, without a phone connected via Bluetooth as backhaul, can still serve to show the time and to serve as alarms (and Samsung's can measure your pulse, too), but all the magic features (like searching by voice via the watch) do require a connection. They can't play MP3s or take pictures on their own, and they don't have built-in GPS. Even so, compared to the polarizing Google Glass, the new breed of smart watches are wearables that probably are an easier sell, even if this far the trend has been to replace watches with smart phones. (Android Wear has gotten a lot of attention, but Microsoft has their own upcoming, and Apple almost certainly does, too.) Are you interested in a smart watch, and if so, what uses do you want it for? If they have no appeal to you now, are there functions that would make you change your mind on that front?

Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Firms Using Malware-Laden Handheld Scanners 92

Posted by timothy
from the location-location-location dept.
wiredmikey (1824622) writes China-based threat actors are using sophisticated malware installed on handheld scanners to target shipping and logistics organizations from all over the world. According to security firm TrapX, the attack begins at a Chinese company that provides hardware and software for handheld scanners used by shipping and logistics firms worldwide to inventory the items they're handling. The Chinese manufacturer installs the malware on the Windows XP operating systems embedded in the devices.

Experts determined that the threat group targets servers storing corporate financial data, customer data and other sensitive information. A second payload downloaded by the malware then establishes a sophisticated C&C on the company's finance servers, enabling the attackers to exfiltrate the information they're after. The malware used by the Zombie Zero attackers is highly sophisticated and polymorphic, the researchers said. In one attack they observed, 16 of the 48 scanners used by the victim were infected, and the malware managed to penetrate the targeted organization's defenses and gain access to servers on the corporate network. Interestingly, the C&C is located at the Lanxiang Vocational School, an educational institution said to be involved in the Operation Aurora attacks against Google, and which is physically located only one block away from the scanner manufacturer, TrapX said.

Comment: Re:Wait until those lamers find out... (Score 1) 376

THTR was not experimental, it was a commercial power plant.
Even "proven" commercial power plants had their share of problems. And even today they are too expensive. Look what happens in Finland where they are trying to build a simple PWR for years and failing again and again.

Comment: Re:Wait until those lamers find out... (Score 1) 376

Sorry, but this is bullshit.

First, nuclear never has produced the majority of electrical power in Germany so it most certainly wasn't the "source upon which they built the predominant economy". In fact, it was coal that did the job. Ruhr area's coal and steel industry fueled the German economic miracle.

Second, it was too expensive and too problematic. You really should look up what a massive failure THTR was (and AVR before that). Reprocessing also was way too expensive.

The difference between you - apparently an armchair atomic playboy - and the German anti nuclear activists is that the German ones actually know what they are talking about. Take Klaus Traube. He used to be a leading engineer and then CEO of the German AEG and US General Dynamics atomic energy division. He has been anti nuclear energy many years.

Comment: Re:Wait until those lamers find out... (Score 1) 376

Germany had commercial nuclear power since the sixties. There is still no permanent waste repository here. Besides, Germany has invested a lot of money in nuclear power in the 80ies. It didn't work out. Thorium pebble bed reactors were a massive failure.

Besides, the German population doesn't want nuclear power.
Here is a pretty good explanation, why:

Comment: Re:google doens't need to stir up dissent (Score 1) 74

by ChromeAeonium (#47390347) Attached to: Google Reinstating Some 'Forgotten' Links

Corporate issues have no bearing on this. Newspapers, radio stations, and television stations are also for profit entities but forcing them to remove articles or broadcasts is also censorship, or does their corporate nature make them fair game too? This is actively obfuscating public information to censor it.

Comment: Re:google doens't need to stir up dissent (Score 1) 74

by ChromeAeonium (#47387465) Attached to: Google Reinstating Some 'Forgotten' Links

So to you freedom is telling other people what they can and can't say and what public information they can and can't access because the truth could be abused? From where I'm standing it looks like you're trying to tell me that censorship is freedom, and it sounds more than a little Orwellian to me.

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