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Comment: Thanks (Score 5, Insightful) 23

by XB-70 (#49133439) Attached to: 3 Million Strong RAMNIT Botnet Taken Down
In many of my posts, I have been highly critical of the seeming non-efforts by government agencies to deal with SPAM, malware, phishing etc. etc.

It is wonderful to hear this great news about good works being done for the greater good. Thank you to all the investigators for your many hours and hard work to shut this down.

Comment: Death Valley (Score 1) 99

by XB-70 (#49073799) Attached to: New Map Shows USA's Quietest Places
In all my travels across six continents and 49 states, I have never been anywhere quieter than Death Valley.

Death Valley has: no flaura*, no fauna*, one road*.

*Yes, obviously, there are brine shrimp and microscopic organisms and the odd car. That being said, no trees, grasses are there to rustle in the rare winds 282 ft below sea level.

Comment: Forensics (Score 1) 645

by XB-70 (#49000399) Attached to: Does Showing a Horrific Video Serve a Legitimate Journalistic Purpose?
I deliberately and consciously decided to view the video.

Obviously, first thoughts are for the victim and his family and the horror that had been brought on them by these ISIS animals. The family will be tortured for the rest of their lives by this.

As I tried to examine my emotions, my second thoughts went to the forensics:

Using astronomical data, sun angle etc., it may be quite possible to determine the longitude and latitude of the location of the crime.

The front-end loader used in the video also has extreme value: what make and model was it? Could we determine year? Where was it purchased? By whom? Can we use satellite data to pin-point it?

The clothing worn by the perpetrators may also have some value forensically.

Yes, Jordan has pounded the town where this event is believed to have occurred, but what if we croud-sourced the evidence so that, in future War Crimes trials, we can be sure to convict these barbarians.

Lastly, a comment: If I were the Prime Minister of Japan, I would form up an elite group of counter-terrorists, insert them into Syria, and have them capture and extract senior ISIS leaders to bring them to justice saying: "The Samurai are coming for you." [Yes, I know that, legally, the Samurai have been abolished in Japan but the thought of knowing that a group of 'Samurai' are coming for you would be extremely scary.]

Comment: A more important issue... (Score 4, Funny) 246

by XB-70 (#48641041) Attached to: 65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers
Where is the class action lawsuit against Microsoft for the man-decades of hours lost due to BSOD and other, major issues with the O/S that have cost billions of dollars in lost productivity and data?

If automakers built cars that crashed as often as all the versions of Windows, the earth's population would be about 1,000 people today.

Comment: Crap (Score 5, Insightful) 435

by XB-70 (#48619455) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations
This is both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is that the wonderful Cuban people desperately need medicine, goods and services that are in deplorably short supply.

The curse is that a small few are about to make huge profits on land and state enterprises. I don't care how the laws will be worded, any time you have a major economic shift like this, opportunists will take incredible advantage of the situation.

The other curse is that Western 'culture' - McDonald's, Burger King, Coke and Pepsi will invade. They will do tremendous harm to the health of the average Cuban.

Lastly, the wonderful beaches and hotels will be overrun. Cuba is so close to the U.S. that development will explode and tourism will skyrocket. The 'pristine' aspect of Cuba will quickly disappear in a morass of tawdry tourist traps.

Adios Cuba viejo y bienvenido al futuro.

Comment: The workplace is changing. (Score 3, Insightful) 496

by XB-70 (#48427167) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines
Here is a possible reason for the disparity in income:

A relative of mine is a Veterinarian.

When he graduated in the '80s 80% of Vets were male. They worked from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM or longer - often six days a week.

Today, 80% of Vets are female. Rather than working long hours, they often choose to have a family and work part-time. The net result is that 4-5 female vets do the job of one male vet.

This is not a bad thing. They get to have both a career and be at home for their families.

The net result though, it that their incomes are substantially lower than a male vet's would be.

Is this wrong? No. Is this a new way of having a work-life balance? Yes.

Comment: The worst thing you can do. (Score 1) 273

by XB-70 (#48316367) Attached to: Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart
NEVER tell a kid that they are smart. ALWAYS encourage them when they apply themselves.

If they are told that they are smart, they will get a mind-set that says: "I'm smart, I don't need to work at this."

A wealthy friend of the family once told me: "There are two ways to become wealthy: out smart the other guy. The rest of us out work him."

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten