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Comment: Re:several search engines were important earlier (Score 1) 55

by drinkypoo (#48651161) Attached to: Librarians: The Google Before Google

Hotbot was the best. I still miss it, because Google sucks.

If you still miss it, you stopped using it because it became useless. And that's what happened to it before it was shut down, because it had no meaningful concept of relevance. It just searched for your terms and produced whatever were the first results. It didn't try to do anything clever on your behalf, which is now necessary due to the size of the interwebs. It just returned pages and pages of too-similar results.

Comment: Re:Stamps? (Score 1) 55

by drinkypoo (#48651159) Attached to: Librarians: The Google Before Google

But then the question just becomes "where can I buy a vernier caliper?". It's not like they had amazon.com either, and I doubt it was in the Sears & Roebuck catalog.

It was in the Sears & Roebuck catalog. The fashion today is to underestimate just how great S&R was back in the day, because Sears is so godawful terrible today, but you really could get pretty much anything from S&R. You could get a doorknob, for example, and a house to go with it.

+ - GCHQ Warns It Is Losing Track Of Serious Criminals->

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An anonymous reader writes "The Telegraph reports, "GCHQ has lost track of some of the most dangerous crime lords and has had to abort surveillance on others after Edward Snowden revealed their tactics ... The spy agency has suffered “significant” damage in its ability to monitor and capture serious organised criminals following the exposes by the former CIA contractor. Intelligence officers are now blind to more than a quarter of the activities of the UK’s most harmful crime gangs after they changed their communications methods in the wake of the Snowden leaks. One major drug smuggling gang has been able to continue flooding the UK with Class A narcotics unimpeded for the last year after changing their operations. More intense tracking of others has either been abandoned or not started because of fears the tactics are now too easy to spot and will force the criminals to “go dark” and be lost sight of completely. ... The GCHQ works with the NCA to combat the most serious organised crime groups who cause the most harm to the UK. They include drug smuggling networks, gun runners, paedophiles, human traffickers, money launders and fraudsters. Serious organised crime costs the UK £24 billion a year, according to the Government, and involves around 5,500 active gangs, made up of 37,000 people. " — More at the Telegraph:How criminals have changed tactics after Edward Snowden leaks"
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+ - South Korean power plants to conduct cyber-attack drills following hack->

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An anonymous reader writes "South Korea’s nuclear operator has been targeted in a cyber-attack, with hackers threatening people to “stay away” from three of the country’s nuclear reactors should they not cease operations by Christmas. The stolen data is thought to be non-critical information, and both the company and state officials have assured that the reactors are safe. However, KHNP has said that it will be conducting a series of security drills over the next two days at four power plants to ensure they can all withstand a cyber-attack. The hacks come amid accusations by the U.S. that North Korea may be responsible for the punishing hack on Sony Pictures. Concerns have mounted that Pyongyang may initiate cyber strikes against industrial and social targets in the U.S. and South Korea."
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Comment: Re:"Cultural arrogance" (Score 1) 120

by AmiMoJo (#48650943) Attached to: US Seeks China's Help Against North Korean Cyberattacks

You are agreeing with me, supporting my point. Both sides are as bad as each other, and the US is hypocritical for calling out the DPRK for it.

Well, actually the US is worse, because Struxnet did real damage to Iran's nuclear programme. All NK might have done is hack Sony and make a few threats. You can try to justify it any way you like, but the simple fact is that the US has deployed cyber weapons against another nation state and then denied it, so is at best on the same level as North Korea in moral terms.

The only legitimate way to attack another country is to declare war in self defence. The law is quite clear on that, anything else is illegal aggression.

+ - Major Security Vulnerabilities Uncovered at Frankfurt Airport-> 1

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "According to a report published in this Sunday's edition of the mass-circulation Bild am Sonntag newspaper, investigators sent by the European Commission found it surprisingly easy to smuggle banned items past security at Frankfurt Airport. It said undercover investigators posing as passengers were able to smuggle weapons or other dangerous items through security every second time they tried to do so. One of the biggest problems was improperly trained staff, who were often not able to recognize dangerous items when viewing the screens they use to look at x-ray images of baggage. The staff is sourced via a privately owned service provider. Germany's Federal Police said they introduced new measures immediately after learning of the security deficits to ensure that passenger safety was guaranteed. Fraport AG, the company that operates the Germany's biggest airport, also took the findings seriously and begun an operation to retrain a total of 2,500 workers."
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Comment: Re:Not seeing the issue here (Score 1) 176

by 91degrees (#48650809) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

Or maybe people dont understand that things you share with a cop, even "off the record", can be on the record. That, too, is a myth that should be dispelled.

Something people need to realise about this is "off the record" is just a social convention, and only really applies to journalist sources. It's a compromise that's seen as necessary for several complex reasons that journalists broadly agre with and cops don't give a damn about.

Comment: Incidentally... (Score 3, Interesting) 29

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#48650641) Attached to: How a Massachusetts Man Invented the Global Ice Market
The harvesting and storage of naturally occurring ice was so successful that, for a somewhat surprising amount of time, it made manufactured ice uneconomic and, for an even longer period, on-site refrigeration hardware a very niche item(even after ice manufactured on large scale ammonia based systems replaced harvested ice, it still fed the same local market of that natural ice deliveries had).

If memory serves, the scale and efficiency of the industry was such that Australia ended up with the first adoption of a refrigeration system on a commercial scale because it was one of the few places that had the necessary technology but lacked a frozen pond without about a zillion miles. The thermodynamics and the necessary hardware were more or less familiar to any region with an enthusiasm for steam power; but the economics just didn't work out.

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