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Comment Was expecting something inventive (Score 1) 216 216

Isn't blacklisting / whitelisting a bit of an obvious solution? I'm sure someone could have come up with that without opening a competition. I was expecting something more inventive like scoring callers based on frequency of calls, number of different and type of numbers called (residential vs business), attempts to manipulate or block call ID, etc.

Comment Re:Waves (Score 1) 230 230

Why would that be obvious? Waves mean there's something working on that liquid mechanically. Titan is tidally locked, so they wouldn't be tidal waves, and if they were visible in this particular image, then they would need to be very large waves. It would be far from obvious to expect to see waves in such an image.

Comment Re:Fermis paradox (Score 1) 228 228

Civilizations likely have a greater chance of appearing now than in the past. The earlier universe had many more doomsday events such as GRBs and supernova and a metalicity too small to form many rocky planets (though there were some undoubtedly). The current universe is much more suitable to life as we know it and we are probably arriving just in time for the golden age of civilization birth.

Comment Re:All the more reason to use a VPN (Score 1) 122 122

All you'd be accomplishing is changing which part of an untrusted network your traffic is carried by. As long as the traffic traverses Internet infrastructure that you don't personally control, it is untrusted and is subject to monitoring. Unless you set up a VPN tunnel to each website you frequent, this will remain a problem. VPN is no answer.

Comment Re:Diebold (Score 1) 122 122

The breaches are happening at the ATM processor, which in the ATM's point of view is a trusted network. It's not usually the ATM's fault. However, retarded ATM deployers often leave the ATM's management password as default and don't bother changing the physical locks from the generic one-size-fits-all key, which makes compromising an ATM easy, it's just not nearly as profitable as compromising a whole network all at once.

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