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Comment: Re:US Passenger Rail makes no freakin' sense (Score 1) 150 150

by WillAffleckUW (#50012341) Attached to: University Students Made a Working Model Hyperloop

High speed rail doesn't make much sense when you have continuous density, but does make sense when you have dense cities every 1-3 hours drive apart.

Which is the I-5 corridor.

It takes time to get the trains up to speed. Japan uses them for the same reason.

Comment: 72 hour roadside suspensions work better (Score 1) 203 203

If people know there is an 80 percent chance they will be stopped, forced to park their car, and not able to use that car for three days (72 hours), or any other car, they will stop doing certain risky things.

The certainty of an immediate penalty is more important than the severity of the penalty.

Stop molly-coddling car drivers. Most of the urban roads were built for bicycles and pedestrians originally.

+ - 86.2 Million Phone Scam Calls Delivered Each Month In The U.S.

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Phone fraud continues to threaten enterprises across industries and borders, with the leading financial institutions’ call centers exposed to more than $9 million to potential fraud each year. Pindrop analyzed several million calls for threats, and found a 30 percent rise in enterprise attacks and more than 86.2 million attacks per month on U.S. consumers. Credit card issuers receive the highest rate of fraud attempts, with one in every 900 calls being fraudulent.

+ - Encryption Would Not Have Protected Secret Federal Data Says DHS

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com writes: Sean Gallagher reports at Ars Technica that Dr. Andy Ozment, Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity in the Department of Homeland Security, told members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that in the case of the recent discovery of an intrusion that gave attackers access to sensitive data on millions of government employees and government contractors, encryption would "not have helped" because the attackers had gained valid user credentials to the systems that they attacked—likely through social engineering. Ozment added that because of the lack of multifactor authentication on these systems, the attackers would have been able to use those credentials at will to access systems from within and potentially even from outside the network. "If the adversary has the credentials of a user on the network, they can access data even if it's encrypted just as the users on the network have to access data," said Ozment. "That did occur in this case. Encryption in this instance would not have protected this data."

The fact that Social Security numbers of millions of current and former federal employees were not encrypted was one of few new details emerged about the data breach and House Oversight member Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) was the one who pulled the SSN encryption answer from the teeth of the panel where others failed. "This is one of those hearings where I think that I will know less coming out of the hearing than I did when I walked in because of the obfuscation and the dancing around we are all doing here. As a matter of fact, I wish that you were as strenuous and hardworking at keeping information out of the hands of hackers as you are in keeping information out of the hands of Congress and federal employees. It's ironic. You are doing a great job stonewalling us, but hackers, not so much."

+ - British Government instituted 3-month deletion policy, apparently to evade FOIA->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: In late 2004, weeks before Tony Blair’s Freedom of Information (FOI) act first came into force, Downing Street adopted a policy [http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/d42d3c68-141d-11e5-abda-00144feabdc0.html — PAYWALLED] of automatically deleting emails more than three months old. The IT decision has resulted in a 'dysfunctional' system according to former cabinet officials, with Downing Street workers struggling to agree on the details of meetings in the absence of a correspondence chain. It is still possible to preserve an email by dragging it to local storage, but the relevance of mails may not be apparent at the time that the worker must make the decision to do so.

Former special adviser to Nick Clegg Sean Kemp said: "Some people delete their emails on an almost daily basis, others just try to avoid putting anything potentially interesting in an email in the first place,”

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Comment: So, cost of doing business, not jail time? (Score 2) 205 205

Look, when you get to keep all the money you stole and pay a fine of 0.01 pct of the amount you stole, it's like a checking fee for being one day late.

Until we see real jail time for senior execs who signed off on these illegal actions, it's meaningless.

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