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Comment: Re:FFS just keep the Warthog (Score 1) 222

by Dutch Gun (#48681967) Attached to: Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets

As far as I can see (not having a military background, but as a military history enthusiast), much of the "historical antagonism" between the forces is largely because of the battle for funding. The normal inter-service rivalries are probably more like fights between brothers. As soon as an outsider steps in and threatens one of them, they'll all stand together.

Comment: Re:Download link? (Score 1) 117

by Dutch Gun (#48681851) Attached to: 13,000 Passwords, Usernames Leaked For Major Commerce, Porn Sites

It's likely few if any of the major retailers are compromised. In fact, I'd say it's probably NONE of the sites have been compromised at all. This is probably nothing more than a list of people infected with a particular piece of malware which has extracted their passwords. The broad range of sites, both retail and adult-themed, seem to bear this out. The malware was probably just harvesting passwords with a keylogger or had extracted them from the browser.

You can generally tell when a breach occurs with a retailer, because getting usernames and passwords is an all-or-nothing proposition. If Amazon was breached, then ALL Amazon accounts would be vulnerable. This is clearly not the case with only 13,000 names in the list.

In short, unless you think you've been compromised by some malware that stole your passwords, or if all the sites you visit are suspiciously on this list, then there's probably no need to change your passwords.

Comment: Re:Nobel? (Score 3, Insightful) 157

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#48681681) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea


I was watching the news the other day. They were reporting that the UN was considering what to do about Kim Jong Un and his horrid regime's human rights violations, in the wake of the Sony cyber-attack.

The first thing that crossed my mind was: the only thing that prompted the UN to start worrying about the poor North Koreans is essentially a computer attack on some big corporation, and the damage it did to its bottom line. Before that, they really didn't give much of a shit, did they?

The UN was really crass, both with their response and with their timing, and if it doesn't show you with glaring clarity whose interests they really have at heart, nothing else will.

Comment: Re: This is why .... (Score 1) 112

by WindBourne (#48680233) Attached to: NSA Reveals More Than a Decade of Improper Surveillance
He took a loyalty oath. When he gave up information about abuses of spying on Americans, he was a whistle blower. He should have stopped there.
Instead, he went on to give information about spying on AQ, North Korea, China, Russia along with spying on friendlies as well. THat was treason pure and simple.

I am no longer connected to that world. However, I find it hard to believe that AQ , ISIS, etc have not made massive changes to avoid all of the issues that Snowden released.
As such, he has made this world a much deadlier place. In fact, I would not be surprised to find out that part of why Russia is invading Ukraine in the way that they are and pushing things is because we no longer know what they are thinking and how putin is reacting to various deals.

I am all for whistle blowers. These are ppl that report ILLEGAL actions, or abuses of powers against citizens (that may actually border on the edge of legality).
But telling other nations our capabilities to spy on them, all of which was what the NSA was set up for, is out and out treason.
When most other nation's citizens do this, they execute them. But all will lock them up for this.

Comment: Re: This is why .... (Score 1) 112

by WindBourne (#48680185) Attached to: NSA Reveals More Than a Decade of Improper Surveillance
First off, as I said elsewhere, this is not about pat act.
Secondly, I am not sure that O or even the regular dems outside of the security committees knew about this.
Third, Udall had been trying to bring it up without breaking his oath. He more than hinted at it for a LONG time.

Fourth, being a dick does not help your case. It simply makes you like Juvenile. And Faux News is just that. Faux.

Comment: Re: This is why .... (Score 1) 112

by WindBourne (#48679733) Attached to: NSA Reveals More Than a Decade of Improper Surveillance
Which does not matter. Patriot act is not the issue, nor the problem. Nearly all aspects of pat act were and continue, to be needed.

the real issue is that the congressional oversight committee of 2002-6 PURPOSELY allowed us to create systems that did NOT have safety controls in place. Had we done the correct system, it would have had controls to prevent a number of abuses.

Now, not only has snowden told enemies how to evade us, but we have the same sets of neo-cons that allowed the abuse in the first place screaming bloody about this. Worse, a number of u idiots have called for the NSA, a relatively powerless entity( no ability to arrest, etc), to be disbanded and then for the tech. To be handed over to FBI and CIA. If u neo-cons ever get that, not just america, but world will be in deep trouble.

Comment: Re:Google's acquisition of Android Inc. Q.E.D. (Score 1) 86

by hairyfeet (#48679159) Attached to: Comcast-TWC Merger Review On Hold

Yeah and if you buy that bullshit? Got a bridge you might be interested in. My dad's business was right in the middle of their new "fiber rollout" and after the replacement? It WENT TO SHIT with his speed DROPPING from a high of 6mbps to 1.4mbps after! What did they offer to remedy this? If you said cellular broadband we have a winnar Johnny!

Don't buy the BS man, the SECOND the old POTS is gone you'll find everybody not in a cherry picked area watching their speed drop and being offer the "chance to upgrade" to assrapey cellular. Don't say "its a fluke" either because I've had to switch 3 customers network setups to cable so far in 2 different towns, same story. AT&T before "fiber" rollout? Decent speed. After? Welcome to shitstain. And guess what all 3 were offered as a "solution"? Yep, A big old assrape with a whole 3GB per month for the same price they were paying for DSL unlimited before. For old Ma Bell its great, no more regs like on landline, fuck 'em by the MB, and their answer to everybody who dares bitch? "You are too far from the hub to benefit from fiber" even if the DSLAM can be hit with a pellet gun from where you are standing!

Comment: Re:They're assholes. (Score 1) 316

by rossz (#48678607) Attached to: Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day

I think at least some blame does need to be lay at the feat of Sony and Microsoft here, but not because of 'network security' but rather creating the risk in the first place where there does not need to be one.

How about I kick in your front door and steal all your stuff? After all, you didn't put in place absolutely perfect security, so it's really your own fault for allowing me into your home.

Or a better analogy. I park a big rig in your driveway so you can't get into your home. That's what a DDOS is, basically. And if the "enemy" has enough resources, a DDOS is nearly impossible to prevent.

Comment: drop h1 and change green cards (Score 1) 494

by WindBourne (#48677995) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In
Seriously, all h1b, L1b, etc should be stopped. Instead, we should increase the number of green cards and they should be based purely on national needs. If we are short software ppl, then bring them in. It does not matter what nations. Just who is the best in the fields that are needed.

Comment: Positives and negatives (Score 1) 285

by spaceyhackerlady (#48677505) Attached to: At 40, a person is ...

I feel here are positives and negatives to being older.

The positive is a depth of experience. An inherent patience to work through problems, looking for the right answer. My boss can - and does - tell me "Laura, figure out XYZ and see if we can use it in our company." This will keep me busy for extended periods.

While it's not strictly age-related, I find many "younger" companies have views on work/life balance that are incompatible with my own. I do not eat, live and breathe my work. When I go on vacation I go, and make damned sure I'm out of cellphone coverage when I do.

Also, many "younger" companies have messages I do not believe in. A prime example is local media darlings HootSuite. Since I don't buy the problem, I can't be part of its "solution".


Comment: Supercharger? (Score 2) 120

by WindBourne (#48677293) Attached to: Tesla Roadster Update Extends Range
While it is obvious that the new batteries will nearly double the range (li batteries double about every 7-8 years), what about the super charger? No doubt the roadster owner should pay for it (which would also include the electricity), but these the guys that helped make Tesla. Without them, tesla NEVER would have gotten off the ground.

Come on, elon. You can do the super charger.

Is your job running? You'd better go catch it!