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Comment: Re: This is a good reminder for all technocrats (Score 0) 192

by bill_mcgonigle (#48426057) Attached to: Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

government sponsors the basic research, then they kill it, then they prevent industry from commercializing it when it would threaten extant corporate profits, especially in energy, and by extension military spending and petrodollar advantage. Google 'integral fast reactor', Branson, etc.

We've known how to make all the clean energy we need and clean up our nuclear waste problem at the same time for the past 20 years. We have a government problem, not a technical one.

Comment: Re: Nope. (Score 1) 61

by bill_mcgonigle (#48425639) Attached to: US Intelligence Unit Launches $50k Speech Recognition Competition

Only 50k to sell my soul for having them spy on more people... including myself?

Of course not you - but the kinds of people who will submit are going to get job offers from the NRO. They are willing to make that deal, they're not bright enough to run off to industry, and they might have a glimmer of talent that cannot be cultivated in the university system. Plus, $50k isn't enough to quit and start a company, so it's a well-considered recruiting effort.

Comment: Re:That's the problem, you can't get U238 anymore. (Score 1) 450

by bill_mcgonigle (#48423787) Attached to: What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

There's ways to MAKE more, and improve nuclear power at the same time. But nobody wants to talk about it.

You mean like France, which has lots of nuclear power, active plutonium extraction and reprocessing capability? I don't want to get the ESA all tangled up with France or anything, but if they asked nicely...

Comment: Jefferson (Score 3, Interesting) 206

by bill_mcgonigle (#48421905) Attached to: Congress Suggests Moat, Electronic Fence To Protect White House

Jefferson used to complain about the long line of people at the White House who were there to see him - most of them looking for a job hand-out, but some with legitimate issues for him to deal with.

Perhaps Congress could start by dissolving the enivronment that has caused so many people to want to do antisocial things like harming a President, who is mostly supposed to be a CEO of the government, and occasionally lead a defensive war against the country.

Oh, nm, that's just crazy-talk. Might as well fill the moat with hunter-killer boats from Lockheed.

Comment: Re:So basically (Score 1) 414

by bill_mcgonigle (#48418303) Attached to: Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

Does it make me a crony capitalist or a welfare queen when I decide I'd rather the power go to those I can vote out of office than those I can't?

If you think voting significantly changes the government, that just makes you naive. The bureaucrats run most things and are unaccountable.

If the entire government became Libertarian today, it would take less than 10 years for corporations to take total control of governance

Do you mean they'd have private armies in the streets? Like in the US from 1776-1870, before permanent corporations were legal?

Comment: Re:Let me be the first to say (Score 4, Interesting) 103

by bill_mcgonigle (#48418189) Attached to: Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

I already pay a small fortune in school tax. Let them find the money for it from there.

Last I checked, my local government school has a 3 meg connection because that's what Comcast gives them for free. They have a three million dollar budget but can't find $3000 a year to upgrade that to a hundred meg.

It could be that after all the teachers' salaries and benefits are paid for they don't have any money left (and considering the reams of copy paper we get home...) or it could be that high-speed internet allows remote teaching which is seen as a threat to union jobs.

I do work for one private school (area towns tuition their kids there) and they paid a lot of money to get fiber brought to their facility.

The incentives are aligned differently.

Comment: Re:its all about choice. (Score 4, Interesting) 523

by bill_mcgonigle (#48417207) Attached to: Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

I fail to understand the reasoning for choice as well.

I think I get this.

One example: I have a handful of shell and perl scripts that I use to manage virtual machine interdependencies at startup time - this vm needs to be listening on this port before I can think about starting this other vm, etc. and I express that in a JSON tree for configuration.

I've recently been noticing that the dependency "engine" is a bit buggy and also duplicates much of what systemd already provides (pre-dating it by some years), so I'm going to look at making it work with systemd instead and cutting out a bunch of the code. That also gets me pretty easy dependency tracking on various filesystem mounts, network status, etc., so it could be better than 'sleep 20' in some spots.

Now, if I wanted to offer that up to the community, somebody could choose to package that into Debian. Assuming my experiment works, systemd would be a hard requirement to use this particular system.

Somebody in the Debian community proposed that for this package to be accepted I would also have to [re]write another dependency engine and support that. I can't see doing that if the systemd approach works.

Does it make sense that people who don't want to run systemd (which is fine) also can't impose additional work on developers who do want to use systemd?

Comment: Re:But the case hasn't even started! (Score 1) 119

by bill_mcgonigle (#48413437) Attached to: US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

especially since storing the bitcoin keys can't really be seen as presenting any sort of hardship to them

I would have just guessed that Lockheed Services is charging them $400K/mo to store them.

I was going to say $40K/mo, but you know, the first rule of government contracting.

Comment: Re:Better go kick WSUS into a sync... (Score 1) 170

by bill_mcgonigle (#48411895) Attached to: Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

in a nice posh fortune 500 org where such resources are available to HIM

In many cases this can be true, but consider a case where there's a zero-day in the MS TLS implementation. The only possible thing that can be done here is to have a pre-existing TLS interception mechanism deployed (local CA root on workstations with on-the-fly cert regeneration on the proxy) and have that be on a non-MS platform.

Even if that's a good idea, many F500 companies won't have that deployed, much less the F50000.

There are some situations where not only is extensive testing not possible, it's the stupid decision. I realize many corp-o-drones have CYA policies to hide behind while they make bad decisions, but I still would not want to be the guy who followed policy and got his internal network completely infested.

Comment: XP Killer? (Score 1) 170

by bill_mcgonigle (#48411327) Attached to: Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (Critical)

Since XP and 2003 usually go together. I didn't find a technical discussion link on the advisory but if this is the buffer overflow in the TLS library that has been making the rounds recently, this could be the one that finally kills the XP machines on the 'net.

Unless Microsoft backpedals again and enables the XP holdouts for a while longer.

Comment: Re:Better go kick WSUS into a sync... (Score 5, Interesting) 170

by bill_mcgonigle (#48411257) Attached to: Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

If you roll out your patches the moment they come in, you are a retard ... do you enjoy running around like a headless chicken when theres a compatibility conflict?

If only security were so binary - in the real world it's a constant process of risk/reward calculations.

Is this the vulnerability the boards have been buzzing about that gives a remote code exploit by merely visiting a malicious TLS server? If so, having all your end-user machines pwned inside the firewall is not better than the risk of a compatibility conflict. One cripples an organization, the other, at worst, breaks one app.

Comment: Re: Wow ... (Score 1) 297

by bill_mcgonigle (#48410595) Attached to: Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

Have they been learning from the politicians and lobbyists?

Of course - who do you think has been attacking them for the past couple years? Now, they will say that Uber started it by threatening their 17th-Century business model of cartels and thugs, but only one actor is holding the guns.

There's an outside chance that some journalists 'investigating' Uber full-time are completely independent and not colluding with the thugs, but let's not be naieve about how the government-media complex operates.

That said, this dope from Uber should just shut up about it, and they should uncover those ties, not the personal foibles of the opposition (if for no other reason than that nobody cares).

Comment: Re: uh, no? (Score 0) 337

by bill_mcgonigle (#48395373) Attached to: Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

So I guess we are punishing the Russian people only for the military shooting down a civilian plane?

c'mon, it's about oil and gas revenues and strategic positioning in the market - you know this game by now.

These sanctions are pre-arranged and [insert crisis here] is penciled in for the right moment, fortuitous or constructed.

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