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Comment: Re:Don't bother. (Score 4, Interesting) 509

by al0ha (#46656909) Attached to: The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates
>> most of this country is horribly undereducated and ignorant of how the world actually works.

Yep and that is part of the cloaked Right Wing agenda that is turning the US into an oligarchy. Every politician since time imemorial has stated education is their top priority, but the facts of the state of the educational system in America proves they are liars, every one of them. Now the worst of the Bush II Presidency has just been revealed with the latest Supreme Court ruling on money in politics.

In the government and in politics it's far worse than simple ignorance of scientific fact, there is active anti-truth campaigns funded by big money Super PACs. Now with the recent Supreme Court folly the Tea Party and other scientific denier whackos will have even more Super PAC money to continue their dirty work in the name of the 1%.

Our only hope to continue as a true Democracy is to figure out how to use the Internet to get money out of politics completely. That is what every brilliant mind should be working towards if we want any hope for the future generations.

+ - Will Schneier Help Save Us From The NSA?->

Submitted by al0ha
al0ha (1262684) writes "Schneier briefs members of Congress on the NSA in a closed door meeting. According to Bruce, "Surreal part of setting up this meeting: I suggested that we hold this meeting in a SCIF, because they wanted me to talk about top secret documents that had not been made public. So we had to have the meeting in a regular room."

I am so very happy to hear a rational expert, that is almost uniquely able to explain complex subjects and their potential ramifications to those of us possessing less than brilliant minds in this world, has been briefing Congress on the NSA."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Still working as intended (Score 3, Informative) 222

by al0ha (#45972001) Attached to: TrueCrypt Master Key Extraction and Volume Identification
Sorry bad logic. Nobody has any idea of Truecrypt's integrity as the entire project has never been peer reviewed and nobody knows all of the persons who contribute to it, so until proven it can't be and hasn't already been compromised, nobody can be confident of its security.

Nobody has claimed to have compromised Truecrypt, that is true, but as we know the NSA and other spook orgs would never admit it if they have and for all we know one of the anonymous developers works for a spook org.

Comment: Re:Bitcoin is irrelevant today (Score 1) 396

by al0ha (#45902429) Attached to: A Rebuttal To Charles Stross About Bitcoin
You have that right but for the wrong reason. Bitcoin is irrelevant because the underlying software is OpenSource - get it people? Anyone can quickly and easily created their own Bit-whatever currency- as we've seen people doing. What is happening now with Bitcoin itself is the same old pump and dump that happens with penny stocks and the old unregulated wall st of the early 20th century. Remember the Winkle-who-the-f-cares twins are promoting their investment as are others; it's all in the name of making some rich and leaving the rest holding the bag. When will people learn?

Time will tell if I am correct on my view or not...

Comment: Being fired was the correct response regardless (Score 4, Insightful) 399

by al0ha (#45768989) Attached to: Justine Sacco, Internet Justice, and the Dangers of a Righteous Mob
The point of her being fired has nothing to do with public outrage, hysteria, infotainment.

This person is a highly paid corporate PR professional and her tweet showed that she is not that good at her job after all, thus being fired. My wife is a PR professional who would never make such as stupid mistake, because she's a professional to the core at all times.

Comment: The Solution is a Truly Free Press (Score 1) 376

by al0ha (#45600619) Attached to: Fearing Government Surveillance, US Journalists Are Self-Censoring
I've said it before and I'll say it again; if Bill Gates and Warren Buffet really want to make the greatest impact on humanity, use every cent of your wealth to establish a global free press foundation beholden to no person, corporation or government. Only via this method can humankind be as sure as is humanly possible that we're getting an unbiased view. Fund a Free Press Foundation now!

Journalists are likely not self-censoring out of fear of the government as the only reason - but out of fear of losing their job since their corporate owners have their own agendas in the name of money grubbing and are of course in bed with the current power brokers.

Comment: Re:Why subsidize? (Score 0) 1030

by al0ha (#45493475) Attached to: A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP
"Old school republicans and libertarians both distaste government intervention"

Correct - unless such intervention benefits them or their cronies...

I for one love the infighting in the GOP - John McCain is my hero for giving Sarah Palin a national platform and launching the deniers in the anti-intellectual Tea Party. Anti-intellectual... hmm that sounds a lot like Deutschland many years ago...

The sooner the GOP morphs into something better than what it has become the better for the entire world.

Comment: Re:couldnt agree more (Score 5, Informative) 343

by al0ha (#45475355) Attached to: Elon Musk Talks About the Importance of Physics, Criticizes the MBA
Elon is not the only genius who thinks an MBA is bogus and he's 100% correct; but we have to give FZ his due as he was way ahead of the curve on this thinking.

" When people started taking MBA seriously, that was the beginning of the ruination of the American industrial society. When all decisions are based on an MBA's concept of numerical reality, you're in deep shit, because the only thing that can be judged as real is that which can be proved by a column of figures. And when all aesthetic decisions are turned over to these kinds of people, who use these criteria to make steering decisions for a company with no regard for people and no regard for what the product really is, and the only thing that matters is maximizing your profit, you have a problem. Because you can't have quality then; you cannot have excellence. Quality's expensive. I think most of these people that come from business schools have the desire to make sure everything is cheesy. That's what happens when you do things that way." - FZ

Comment: A Free Press Foundation (Score 5, Interesting) 445

by al0ha (#45407175) Attached to: Bill Gates's Plan To Improve Our World
Jeezus Bill, if both you and Warren Buffet really want to make the greatest impact on humanity, use every cent of your wealth to establish a global free press foundation beholden to no person or government. Only via this method can humankind be as sure as is humanly possible that we're getting an unbiased view. Fund a Free Press Foundation now!

Comment: Another reason to hate web2.0'horrea (Score 3, Insightful) 43

by al0ha (#44490495) Attached to: Backdoor Found In OpenX Ad Platform
Cross domain advertising JavaScript is sooooo lame, it's required the removal of basic security implemented way back in browsers and opened the door to all kinds of miscreant behavior. I despise the Internet as a vehicle of advertising commerce.

The Internet was conceived to share ideas and information, everything else is utter BS in the name of money grubbing.

Administration Seeks To Make Unauthorized Streaming A Felony 398

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the share-your-way-to-jail dept.
wabrandsma writes "From the Washington Post: 'You probably remember the online outrage over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) copyright enforcement proposal. Last week, the Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force released a report on digital copyright policy that endorsed one piece of the controversial proposal: making the streaming of copyrighted works a felony. As it stands now, streaming a copyrighted work over the Internet is considered a violation of the public performance right. The violation is only punishable as a misdemeanor, rather than the felony charges that accompany the reproduction and distribution of copyrighted material.'"

Comment: Re:I guess they never heard of CAPTCHA (Score 3, Informative) 214

by al0ha (#44394449) Attached to: Hackers Using Bots, Scripts To Lock Down Restaurant Reservations
Wrong. OCR still can't defeat reCAPTCHA - however depending on the prize there's a multitude of other ways to do it which do not involve OCR including low paid workers in third world countries being served the captcha and solving it for the automated algorithm, or in the case of Ticketmaster, where the prizes were monetarily substantial, a group of miscreants going to the trouble of databasing just about every Captcha solution they could find. One group also was able to p0wn the audio version of reCAPTCHA for a while until it was upgraded. Another group has claimed they use OCR to defeat reCAPTCHA, but have never proven that to be the case and if they can, why not prove it?


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