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Comment: Re:In other news... (Score 4, Interesting) 163

by sumdumass (#48664431) Attached to: Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector

While this is true, the attacker does not need physical access for this. All they need is access to an innocent user who can be convinced to plug something in.

The FBI and secret service demonstrated this type of attack back in the early 2000s. They dropped usb drives near banks night drop boxes and front doors that pinged a server with the local ip and machine name and wrote a file locally when plugged in with the autorun on. Something like 70% or so pinged. People where plugging them in to try to figure out who's they were to return them.

Its pretty easy to convince someone to plug something in.

Comment: Re:could still use improvement (Score 2) 248

by sumdumass (#48649493) Attached to: The Magic of Pallets

This already exists in sorts. Many pallets are shrink wrapped and have corners added that increase the rigidity of them. These corners are anything from wood slats, cardboard slats to other materials as needed/determined by the shipper to ensure the products arrive safely. Some are banded using metal or nylon straps and use tops that lock the products into place using their casing material as sort of walls.

Most material is placed on the pallets in interlocking patterns that allow the weight of the level on top secure the layer below. This stabilizes the layers and sort of creates the same wall type thing. Add some shrink wrapping and it will take a lot of abuse before falling.

Comment: Re:Not seeing the issue here (Score 1) 204

by sumdumass (#48649243) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

Actually, there is.

Police can speed and break all sorts of traffic laws in chasing criminals as well as rushing to a scene. They can and have broken into buildings and houses in pursuit of suspects/criminals fleeing. There is actually a long list of things- some of which even cause people to lose their life that the police seem to be absolved from which if you or I had done would be instant jail time.

You may be correct that there is no law or principle allowing that. But the reality is that the prosecutor and the police share common interests and prosecution is not likely even in extreme obvious cases.

Comment: Re:Not seeing the issue here (Score 3, Interesting) 204

by sumdumass (#48649147) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

When the outcome it the same, what is the difference?

Seriously? What is the difference between having a steller lawyer defend you who doesn't have the time to do it correctly and an imbecile who passed the bar because his uncle was giving the examination if the outcomes are the same? Now I'm not saying all people with poorly executed defenses are innocent or anything. I'm just wanting to know what the differences are when neither the "far better than decent" defenders cannot spend enough time to prove their worth and those defenders who don't care or are incapable of doing a good job.


Cyberattack On German Steel Factory Causes 'Massive Damage' 212

Posted by Soulskill
from the social-engineering-is-the-bug-you-can't-fix dept.
An anonymous reader writes: In a rare case of an online security breach causing real-world destruction, a German steel factory has been severely damaged after its networks were compromised. "The attack used spear phishing and sophisticated social engineering techniques to gain access to the factory's office networks, from which access to production networks was gained. ... After the system was compromised, individual components or even entire systems started to fail frequently. Due to these failures, one of the plant's blast furnaces could not be shut down in a controlled manner, which resulted in 'massive damage to plant,' the BSI said, describing the technical skills of the attacker as 'very advanced.'" The full report (PDF) is available in German.

Comment: Re:"Could", (Score 1) 399

by sumdumass (#48644193) Attached to: The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

The taxes are for finding solutions.

No they are not. It's to subsidize the pet flavor of alternative energy of the month. That and off-shoring manufacturing is how it has been used everywhere it has been implemented.

No one is sitting around and finding solutions for nothing. You find a solution because you figure it is cheaper than paying the tax.

Yes, you create artificial hardships until the people bitch loud enough for someone to do something about it. Great concept there, except for the concept in and of itself. Like I said previously, if the governments who are worried about it would actually do the research themselves and then make the tech available as it is discovered and/or implemented by regulation when it is feasible, it can all be fixed without creating hardships on the populace. Except this isn't about a fix, it's a political solution about power and control over people.

The rest of your post is simply idiotic unscientific phantasy, or science fiction.

No more so than the entirety of your post. Or are you admitting that science will not find the answer to alternative energy and it is just wishful thinking for those of us who think some honest research would go a long way?

We as well could have cold fusion and hot fusion tomorrow. That is as likely as finding an economic industrial scale process to remove CO2 from the atmosphere.

You could get AIDs or Ebola tomorrow and die for all we know. You not getting it is just as much fantasy as you getting it. No one can predict the future. The best we can do is assess the likelihood and take steps to either avoid it or encourage it. You sound like you want nothing to do with a future where we do not need to oppressively tax people, restrict their behaviors while causing hardships in the process. Perhaps you are in it for other reasons?

Growth is not restricted.CO2 production is.

Yes, and no reliable and efficient form of energy exists on the scales in use that does not produce Co2 (exempt Nuclear but that too has it's booger man). So yes, while you are technically right just as the idiots who say a square peg fits into a round hole when everyone paying attention knows its not supposed to.

LThat s a no brainer ... no idea why you believe it is super easy to remove CO2 (at some point in the future, when it is probably to late) from the atmosphere but it is not possible to have an economy that uses less energy. Hint: Europe already is showcasing it. It is possible, and it is rather simple.

Actually, no Europe is not. They are exporting their Co2 production to China and India where imports from them have increased over 10 fold and Europe is facing de-industrialization issues not only with those two countries but with former soviet countries who have no restrictions. The only thing Europe is showcasing is how to export Co2 production and tank their economies.


FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate 553

Posted by samzenpus
from the looking-into-it dept.
v3rgEz writes In a terse form letter responding to a FOIA request, the FBI has confirmed it has an open investigation into Gamergate, the loose but controversial coalition of gamers calling for ethics in gaming journalism — even as some members have harassed and sent death threats to female gaming developers and critics.

No hardware designer should be allowed to produce any piece of hardware until three software guys have signed off for it. -- Andy Tanenbaum