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Comment: Re:I'm looking now (Score 2) 94

by ShaunC (#47734417) Attached to: Finding an ISIS Training Camp Using Google Earth

The Kurds helped those people on the mountain escape to Turkey (likely with clandestine US involvement as well). ISIS was actually using Turkey's old embassy in Mosul to hold some Turks hostage for awhile, so it's no surprise that this training camp turned up in Mosul. Neat detective work tracking it down, though.

Comment: Re:Not much of a fix (Score 1) 101

by ShaunC (#47697549) Attached to: ICANN Offers Fix For Domain Name Collisions

Something like protocol://

But no one is going to put up with typing in any more than they'd put up with typing in Plus, it's a burden on users to assume that they'll know (or care, or remember) on which continent and in which country each site lives. So we'd need some system to translate your well-executed hierarchical taxonomy into something that users could more easily remember. I wonder what we could call it...

Comment: Re:Mosaic (Score 5, Informative) 413

Don't forget fucking over the original developers in the process. Microsoft negotiated the price down to $2 million by agreeing to pay royalties to Spyglass for each copy sold... Then turned around and gave the product away for free. Spyglass should have worked a better deal, sure, but it was a dick move by Microsoft.

Comment: Re:Too much surplus (Score 0) 264

Now that we have given away this surplus equipment.

And are looking at the possibility of reentering the Iraq area of conflict.

Are we going to need all new equipment to put boots on the ground ?

Yes, yes, now you understand. Now get back to work! We can't meet our quarterly targets if you aren't paying taxes.


Comment: Re:I'm not sure these buttons belong to the Wash P (Score 1) 134

by ShaunC (#47686703) Attached to: Bezos-Owned Washington Post Embeds Amazon Buy-It-Now Buttons Mid-sentence

Per Wikipedia,

Slate is a United States English language online current affairs and culture magazine created in 1996 by former New Republic editor Michael Kinsley, initially under the ownership of Microsoft as part of MSN. On 21 December 2004 it was purchased by The Washington Post Company.

So, if Bezos owns the Washington Post and the Washington Post owns Slate, well, there we have it. WaPo's using the "slatmag-20" affiliate ID to simplify things for accounting purposes, I guess.

Comment: Re:Street view... (Score 4, Informative) 140

by ShaunC (#47652109) Attached to: Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

A lot of what shows up on Google Maps, especially in larger metro areas, has been photographed from planes. They're only up on nice VFR days, so there's no atmosphere in the way. Better resolution satellite stuff from Digital Globe will be nice to see, but aircraft will continue to dominate the commercial aerial imagery sector for quite awhile.

Comment: Re:Not implausible (Score 1) 102

by ShaunC (#47622969) Attached to: Massive Russian Hack Has Researchers Scratching Their Heads

Um, no you/they didn't. I work at an ISP, smaller than Google, and am constantly blocking various attacks.

It was pretty heavily implied that he was speaking about blocking these attacks on GMail. Thankfully, Google hasn't quite achieved the ubiquity needed to interfere with other ISPs' traffic.

Comment: Re:This is how we learn (Score 5, Funny) 150

by ShaunC (#47605823) Attached to: Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

The useful thing about the cloud is that no-one knows what it actually is, so any company is free to call their product cloud-based without contest.

Reminds me of the quote about "big data" being like sex in high school. Nobody's really sure what it is, but everyone thinks that everyone else is doing it, so everyone says they're doing it, too.

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun