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How the Militarization of the Internet is Changing Warfare 204

Posted by samzenpus
from the you've-got-war-mail dept.
puddingebola writes in with a link to a New York Times article about how the militarization of the internet is changing contemporary warfare. "The decision by the United States and Israel to develop and then deploy the Stuxnet computer worm against an Iranian nuclear facility late in George W. Bush's presidency marked a significant and dangerous turning point in the gradual militarization of the Internet. Washington has begun to cross the Rubicon. If it continues, contemporary warfare will change fundamentally as we move into hazardous and uncharted territory. It is one thing to write viruses and lock them away safely for future use should circumstances dictate it. It is quite another to deploy them in peacetime. Stuxnet has effectively fired the starting gun in a new arms race that is very likely to lead to the spread of similar and still more powerful offensive cyber-weaponry across the Internet. Unlike nuclear or chemical weapons, however, countries are developing cyber-weapons outside any regulatory framework."

Comment: Re:Double Negative (Score 0) 424

by b0nj0m0n (#39741667) Attached to: Power-Saving Web Pages: Real Or Myth?
I laughed, but this is probably one of the good ones. In the world of lay stats, "insignificant" means "throw away the results." If Timothy were to say "there was a significant difference" and it turned out to be "~12%" someone would object that 12% is actually quite low, and I would have to post that "he probably means statistical significance." One does not climb up from negative karma by merely laughing. But I did.

Comment: Insider Trading? (Score 0) 84

by b0nj0m0n (#17222788) Attached to: Google Offers Innovative Stock Option Scheme
If this marketplace is "semi-open", it seems to me that watchers in Morgan Stanley would get leading information on any major option exercise inside the company. What's to stop them from dumping when Google employees (presumably acting on some sort of inside info) start exercising en masse?

Fortunately, most employees suck at evaluating their employer's stock :)

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