You're confusing GPS with an odometer. GPS, unlike your odometer, doesn't measure your wheels' rotation, it measures your GPS unit's position in relation to satellites. Spinning your tires all day won't budge the GPS.
If I had a trackball it would have to be cordless, as the computer and TV (its monitor) are across the room.
Considering that (TFA didn't mention but GMA did) the readers themselves were what was compromised, a PIN wouldn't have helped at all.
The government *WANTS* to splash it.
Which government? Jesus, Dave, that was really stupid. You do know that the I in ISS stands for "international", don't you?
This wasn't about "exposing" the NSA -- anyone with half a brain realizes that the very definition of a spy agency is that it spies on people. "They were spying on americans!" Yeah, ok, and?
And it's fucking ILLEGAL, damn it. Have a look at this article written by J. Kirk Wiebe, a retired NSA executive:
But how can anyone believe that Snowden would not be deserving of amnesty? Clearly it is the government and its senior officials who committed the crime -- people who took oaths to defend the Constitution from enemies both foreign and domestic and who failed to take to heart the words they swore to uphold. Indeed, Snowden did not -- nor does any government employee -- swear allegiance to the president of the United States, or even to the secretary of Defense or the director of NSA. No, he swore to uphold and defend the Constitution.
Unfortunately, while federal law protects whistleblowers who work in other government sectors from reprisals for truth-telling and have paths for reporting wrongdoing and mismanagement, those who work in intelligence are expressly denied such rights. When Senior Staff Representative Diane Roark and longtime senior NSA employees Bill Binney, Ed Loomis, and I submitted a formal complaint about mismanagement at the agency, the government's response on July 26, 2007, was to send the FBI to raid our homes, searching them for seven hours and seizing our computers, phones and other digital media. We are just now getting our property back after having successfully sued the government in December 2012.
The government even indicted Tom Drake, although it dropped its criminal charges in the case against him. Still, for the five of us, it was the equivalent of a punch in the face and a warning to other would-be "truth-tellers" not to report wrongful government activities or the government will come after you.
Snowden clearly saw what the government does to whistleblowers who try to work within government to fix things that are wrong. He knew that our complaint to the United States Department of Defense inspector general in September 2002 went for naught. Although the report agreed that our complaint was well-founded, nothing happened -- no one was found guilty of wrongful behavior or waste of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.
Even before writing the complaint, we -- all longtime and senior NSA employees -- along with Diane Roark, a senior staffer on the House Permanent Select Subcommittee on Intelligence, had approached Congress in 2001 about the matter of illegal collection of data about U.S. citizens. No action. Snowden might have known that we were ultimately punished by approaching officials, and even had our security clearances revoked when the FBI raided our homes -- despite the fact that four of the five of us were not indicted and none of us was found guilty of committing a crime.
For employees in the business of intelligence, there are no honest brokers, no viable paths to follow to report the subverting of the U.S. Constitution. It is the reason Snowden went first to Hong Kong and ultimately Moscow to seek refuge. He did not go to those places to give away national secrets, rather he needed a place to stay that was safe from extradition and where he could wait while the United States sorted through the facts, especially those regarding government leaders who violated the most basic of our nation's laws -- the right to privacy.
BTW, your sig is right on target this time -- you've pissed off fans of freedom and privacy.
Also written about by damned near every sci-fi writer there ever was. I'm wondering what someone who has never heard of it is doing at slashdot? Since he's AC he's probably a jocktroll. The lack of capitalization suggests he's a young jocktroll who wishes he was smart enough to be a nerd.
I certainly hope you saw a retina specialist, there may have been something he could have done to negate the harmful effects. Many welders go blind in their old age from unshielded glimpses of the arc welder (I knew one such fellow).
(By the way, "their" should have been "there").
The number of aliterates who are visiting slashdot these days astounds me. People who don't read on a nerd site? It's sad how many people here in the last five years or so can't handle homophones, use grocers' apostrophes, and think "lose" and "loose" are synonyms (if the word "synonym is even in their vocabulary).
As to the aliterate's comment, he was right -- just look at this comment. A humorous jab at Microsoft's most hated OS ever and he gets modded "troll". Nobody but a shill would downmod that comment, it should be +3 funny and the shill who modded him down should never get mod points again.
That's troll's getting a little old, son. Better quit now before you lose all your karma... if you have any left.
Hubble's mirror design changed to match the existing mirrors already deployed in spy satellites -- Aiming an army of Hubbles at earth? That's some awesome spying capability; No terrorists or enemies could make a significant move against us without us finding out immediately already thanks to space spying programs. And, when we launch more impressive satellites the old spy-sats can be donated to NASA and pointed into space, or sent to other planets. [space.com]
I think you have that backwards. The NSA gets the most advanced toys first, why do you thing they changed Hubble's design? Because the spy telescopes were more powerful.
That isn't what I logged in to say, though -- even though TFA was published yesterday, they must need some lead time because the Senate just voted for a budget, no more sequesters for two more years. My guess is the article was written and edited weeks ago.
There's a good point hidden in the above AC's trollish "joke"; inbreeding happens with almost all, if not all, species, especially when there is a small population of that species. That includes Neanderthals and modern humans, dogs, cats, bonobos...
This story brings to mind an old pop song by some one hit wonder I haven't heard in almost half a century --
I'm a neanderthal man
You're a Neanderthal girl
Lets make Neanderthal love
In this Neanderthal world
(IIRC it was that one verse repeated over and over, a really repetitious and stupid but catchy pop song)
Not connecting them to the internet wouldn't have helped. From what I heard on TV, the card readers themselves were physically compromised. It looks to me like a large criminal organization has infiltrated Target's employee ranks.
That statement is ridiculous. Christianity has been around a thousand times as long os BitCoin, do you really think BitCoin will be around 2000 years in the future?
A third of the world's population is Christian. What tiny fraction of a percent of the world's population uses BitCoin? I don't, and neither does a single pesron I know IRL.
as if you could eat worthless paper or base metal.
So that's why you never see a fat rich person...
"it's like a COBOL programmer from the 1970's worrying about a Y2K bug.
So Bitcoin is like a short sighted jerk who doesn't understand software engineering?
2,099,999,997,690,000 is the max units. that's 300,000(approx) coins poer person assuming 7 billion people. So fer every person born, the value if bitcoin goes up. This means it's harder for new arrivals to earn the same value
Every time you move the decimal, the people receiving bit coins for services/goods immediately losses value for their services and goods.
If I charge half a bitcoin for a service, and that causes a split, then how may BitCoin you need to buy something doubles, effectively halving the value of the service I preformed.
Max number of BitCoins smallest unit: 2,099,999,997,690,000
Max umber of US Currency smallest unit: M0: 120,000,000,000,000 M1: 240,000,000,000,000 M2: 1,200,000,000,000,000
That does not take in all currency in the world converted to pennies. WHich you shoud far a reasonable comparison, becasue BTC is global.
Don't know what M0, M1, M2 (There isn't an M3 anymore) is? Then stop talking about currencies until you study up. I mean, you can't even have a reasonable discussion about currency without that knowledge. No don't go to wikipedia, and learn the definition of just those thing,. There are a whole set of rules, coefficient, behaviors, etc you need to know about.
Not that you can't know, just that you should at least study what they are and apply critical thought to them for a few years.