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Comment: Re:Microsoft Windows only (Score 1) 117

by cavreader (#48446761) Attached to: Highly Advanced Backdoor Trojan Cased High-Profile Targets For Years

Competent system administration, service pack management, e-mail security measures, effective firewall administration, and strictly enforced limitations on what an employee can access via the internet can substantially reduce the impact of even the most serious application related exploits. The majority of malware today uses social engineering as it's attack vector but there are ways to prevent this in any company willing to invest in employee training and creating specific guidelines that even the most computer illiterate employee can understand. Most employees do not need unrestricted access to the Internet to do their jobs. Even companies using outgoing/incoming keyword blocking, black lists, white lists, and domain blocking at the firewall level are often to liberal and never updated fast enough to keep up with the fast paced and ever changing threat environment. If a particular internet site or service is needed by the employees those sites can be evaluated by a knowledgeable IT security professional to determine the risk of allowing employee access.

Stuxnext actually required someone to infiltrate (most likely an Iranian asset being paid by the US or Israel) the physical plant to insert a thumb drive to infect the Iranian nuclear centrifuge laboratory network. Not to mention physically breaking in to 2 companies in adjacent office parks located in Japan to steal the security certificates that were used in in conjunction with a Windows 0-day exploit to unleash Stuxnext. That is an extreme example but allowing employees to plug in their own USB or other external devices into corporate network is stupidity of the highest order since that would allow any malware or viruses to completely bypass any of the border security measures. And a big part of proper system administration is putting any internally developed applications under a microscope before pushing them into a production environment geared for public use. Developers are notorious for thinking the application standards and security practices do not apply to them since they think know what they are doing. Application development managers are notorious for cutting corners after incorrectly planning and managing internal development projects. Most of the operating systems today are about as secure as they can be and still be able to actually run applications. Especially legacy applications that would not work under a new security paradigm because even the most aggressive sand boxing schemes have exploitable weaknesses. If a company does require the use of the internet communication infrastructure they should require, without exception, that only VPN connections be used. Network access and activity logs should be scrutinized by configurable automated utilities to raise warning flags as soon as possible if suspicious traffic or activities are detected. But even all these common sense precautions will not stop a determined and well funded organization from attempting to exploit your systems. However it does make it harder and a lot more expensive to attempt. It also makes the exploit attempts more noticeable. The various international security agencies can place human assets inside any company they want to facilitate their activities and that tactic is almost impossible to counter since all national security services of note can manufacture identification documents and employee backgrounds that will hold up under any scrutiny a company or government may employ during the hiring process. You can bet that every major internet company such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, MS, Yahoo, Cisco, Intel, Mozilla, Apple, Nokia, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, Samsung, and all the other similar companies have intelligence agents from various nations embedded in their staffs. It's the easiest and cheapest way to guarantee access to whatever they want. Outside of real time signal intelligence monitoring operations in areas of immediate interest around the world placing human assets on the inside of these companies is the easiest, cheapest, and most effective means of bypassing security precautions and gathering all the information they want.

Comment: Re:That's too much analysis (Score 1) 46

by cavreader (#48445235) Attached to: Spaceport America Loses $1.7 Million Due To Virgin Galactic Delays

A couple of things from the article. The lawmakers already look like idiots to anyone with a pulse. 1.7 million dollars is an insignificant rounding error when it comes to government spending. If there was a shred of real concern about the welfare of the country and it's citizens or a smidgen of honor in evidence every single congressman and representative would have turned in their immediate resignations and proposed special elections where anyone previously holding any electoral position is barred from running. The country doesn't need them. They are an embarrassment and the number one cause of the problems they all pretend to care about. They contribute absolutely nothing positive to the running of the country and have came very close to crossing the line once known as treason due to their ineptness and conscious decision making. Left, Right, or Center groups are all equally culpable in the current madness. Any idealistic individuals and freshman members in the legislative branch lose what little spine they have as soon as they assume office and shift all their efforts to getting reelected and not solving any problems. On the Judicial side of things there are already enough laws on the books to maintain order until a fresh legislature is elected and installed. The President can represent the US in international affairs and continue playing the domestic figure head role and remain commander in chief and the documented executive powers for any problems that popup during the transition. And frankly with over 6000 nuclear warheads in the US arsenal located in the continental US and deployed on various platforms across the world the "homeland" is pretty fucking safe. Let the rest of the world deal with their own problems for a change. Given enough time the ME will burn itself to the ground. Especially if the US no longer attempts to prevent Israel from finally putting an end to threats surrounding them once and for all. Threats the US would and actually have squashed since it's founding. Russia can reclaim it's eastern European protectorates and the western European countries can get by the best they can which judging by the last 1500 years of history does not present a rosy future. As to your statement of being stuck in the ME because of oil you might want to come out of the basement and get some fresh air. US reliance on ME oil supplies have been shrinking drastically for over 20 years. Most of the US involvement in the ME was on trying to maintain stable global market pricing which not only was good for the US but for all the other countries familiar with the internal combustion engine. Now the US can influence and stabilize global energy prices by managing it's own domestic production. US imports from SA were severely but not totally eliminated in order to sell military hardware to SA and be in a position to retain some influence in the region. The US can more than survive on it's own energy resources bolstered by imports from countries such as Canada and Mexico. It is Europe and the South East Asian countries who are almost 100% dependent on the ME for their energy needs not the US. And it is the ME countries who are 100% dependent on their oil exports to sustain their countries such as they are. Without profitable oil sales they will be back to sharing tents with their camels in the desert and start running dangerously low on AK-47 ammunition.

Comment: Re:Yet Another Fake Picture (Score 1) 339

by cavreader (#48442077) Attached to: Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

Questioning things is perfectly OK but at least keep your questioning within the boundaries of reality. There is a serious tendency today for people to argue for and support possibilities that are so far out on the edge of reason that it renders those arguments irrelevant to anyone with half a brain. It is not hard to locate web sites that promote ridiculous assumptions in "echo chambers" that allow idiots to use the number of "likes" from their like minded morons as proof. And I suggest you do a little research on how heat seeking missile systems actually work. There are plenty of apolitical technology sites that can clue you in before you continue making a fool of yourself with idiotic statements. Also include the fact that no one was allowed access to the crash site until after those responsible for firing the missile could sanitize the site in an attempt to remove as much evidence as possible of their crime. The sanitation started when the Ukrainian rebels removed their web postings celebrating the downing of what they declared was a military aircraft. And don't forget the pictures taken of the Buk missile battery photographed scurrying back to Russia missing one of the 4 missiles installed on the mobile launch platform. The really annoying thing is the US could without a doubt provide irrefutable proof of what happened in the form of satellite imagery and communication intercepts but that would require revealing their true capabilities when it comes to detecting ground based military dispositions from orbit. And if you really want to speculate you could entertain the idea that the US could do the same thing with the MH370 commercial airliner that went down and has not been found yet. However, once again, to do so would have given China information on US surveillance capabilities in that region. And chances are good the Chinese could have most likely did the same thing but they also don't want to advertise their capabilities in that region.

Comment: Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (Score 1) 312

by cavreader (#48438997) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Actually a great many Europeans who were fleeing the cesspool of Europe fought on the winning side of the US civil war. Says quite a lot that immigrants right off the boats were willing to line up in rows across open fields and take turns firing at each rather than continue living in Europe. And don't confuse inept troops with the inept politicians who force them to fight with one hand tied behind their backs. And can you provide any actual facts that support your friendly fire accusations? If not I suggest you try a little harder to hide your stupidity.

Comment: Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (Score 1) 312

by cavreader (#48438213) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

The EU uses a mafia style shakedown program against not only against US companies but any successful international companies who have the temerity of being successful. It's time those countries with true power to give them a glimpse of the potential downsides of their actions. We can kick things off by sending them a bill for US military services to be paid in advance. And their demonstrated incompetence in dealing with Russia will only guarantee they will need those services in the not so distant future the way things are currently progressing. To be fair and reasonable we can offer them a 5% discount if they make their payment within 90 days. Limit US NATO financial support to 10% of the total and just give them an 800 number to call in the event of an emergency. Pull all US military personnel and equipment since they have needed the US military presence in order to reduce their military budgets to fund their liberal welfare payments to the entitlement generation who consider working more than 15 hours a week as a violation of their human rights. National governments in every country are bad enough but leave it to the Europeans to create an entirely new tier of worthless bureaucracy that has contributed nothing to it's member countries let alone provide any united domestic and international leadership when it comes to advancing their member countries interests. And has anyone ever asked where the billions of dollars extorted from foreign corporations has ended up?

Comment: Re:To America? Yes. To the GOP? No. (Score 2, Insightful) 233

by cavreader (#48429785) Attached to: Does Being First Still Matter In America?

Looking at the big picture the US still leads in anything that really matters. And that is not some type of rah-rah bullshit. The space station has served it's purpose and contrary to popular belief the US has had a reusable X-37 space craft up and running for over 5 years now. The kind of program that makes ASAT weapons old tech while giving the US the ability to take out any satellite they want to. The US space program has put multiple landers on Mars and has had probes traveling through the solar system for many years. And for all the morons crowing about the US debt keep in mind that China only owns about 4% of outstanding US debt in the form of bonds and securities and they cling to it because it's the safest place to stash large sums of cash because the return on investment beats the hell out of internal Chinese investments. And if things become tight the US can just repatriate the cash and assets from the welfare countries in Europe. The new energy marketplace dynamics are about to make the ME and Russia irrelevant to the US energy needs. Let China or any other country that has been freeloading on US protection start paying to protect their oil and gas supplies. Let Europe get down on their knees and give Putin a nice juicy blowjob since they have zero soft or hard power without US support which they have taken for granted and certainly not footed any of the costs for. And finally let the US take the leash off of Israel and let them finish the job they should have been allowed to do back in 1967 or 1973. It's way past time for the US to limit it's international involvement and really start serving their own needs with no apologies and let everyone else fend for themselves. After all when is the last time the world has did anything to help the US in any meaningful manner? Let's see how the world looks after the "empire" tells everyone else to go pound sand and when they need any military services they need to prepay the invoice before any services are rendered. And limit any state sponsored humanitarian concerns and relief efforts to domestic US interests since there certainly has never been any return on investment in that particular area.

Comment: Re:damn (Score 1) 118

by cavreader (#48424261) Attached to: No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

I hasn't been modded up because it is total BS. The US wanted total surrender not some half ass surrender which just postpones war until the losing side re-arms. Like today's never ending military conflicts perpetuated by those who decry war only to ensure the wars continue unabated. Today's half ass wars are the result of accepting pseudo surrenders which all but guarantee the wars never ends.

Comment: Re:Yet Another Fake Picture (Score 4, Insightful) 339

by cavreader (#48394251) Attached to: Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

The most common (cheapest) ground based heat seeker missiles in use today detonate prior to impact and throw shrapnel (multiple, small, high velocity projectiles) into the target to obtain the widest kill radius. It's like the difference between buckshot and a slug. And yes there are missiles of all sorts where the warhead stays intact until impact but they are usually more high end (expensive) and need the guidance systems intact as long as possible to make sure it goes through the right window or down the correct air shaft when launched from several miles away.

Comment: Re:nice stats (Score 1) 334

by cavreader (#48342859) Attached to: Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

That's the ticket! More taxes to be collected by a government full of senators and their lackeys who would be hard pressed to balance their own personal checkbooks. The reason the US can't balance it's budget is that there isn't anyone in Washington who even knows what that means let alone on how to achieve it. There is no column for political rhetoric in the budget spreadsheet. The energy market will sort itself out fine all by itself. The large oil companies today are investing billions of dollars in alternative fuel R&D. The current US oil and gas boom is just making their alternative fuel R&D investments easier to justify as their profits rise. The people running these companies are not idiots. They know perfectly well oil and natural gas are finite resources that will become scarcer as the world population continues to grow faster than the planets resources can ever hope to sustain. When that time comes they want to make sure they control the market and make the same amount of profits they have made in the fossil fuel markets. You want hybrid or electric car sales to increase than build the recharging infrastructure needed to support vehicles of that type. As it is the current battery technology is still weak and inefficient if you plan on driving more than 150 miles away from the nearest charging outlet. The perfect and most efficient electric car ever invented could roll off the production line tomorrow but you would still need to support both the fossil fuel delivery infrastructure as well as a corresponding infrastructure for alternative energy cars. You think every fossil fueled vehicle is going to be magically replaced overnight? Lower fuel prices are attracting foreign manufactures to the US to take advantage of the ridiculously low energy costs when compared against shipping products to the country and paying the import taxes. Lower fossil fuel prices take the steam out of those countries who use the energy markets punch above their weight in international power rankings. The fossil fuel cars today are lighter, increased mpg, and have lower emissions than at anytime in the history of internal combustion engines.

Comment: Re:Not to worry! (Score 1) 198

by cavreader (#48322531) Attached to: Ebola Nose Spray Vaccine Protects Monkeys

Pharmaceutical companies have no need or right to even $1 of government funding. Engineering vaccines is not fast or cheap. But the pharmaceutical companies do have a lengthy patent exclusivity to ensure they can recoup the R&D expenses and make a handsome profit before generics hit the market. The government has already allowed new Ebola drugs to be used even though the drugs have not finished human trials or completed the extensive process to certify the drugs.

The perceived panic about Ebola is blown out of proportion just like a host of other bullshit you have to wade through on a daily basis in an attempt to get to the truth. Wonder how people today would react to the Polio epidemic that occurred back in the early 1900's? Today's society has devolved into a bunch of entitlement riddled crybabies who know without a doubt everything that is wrong in their life is someone else''s fault. The firms who run the polling services to collect the average citizen opinions produce a combination of unreliable conclusions with a large amount of bullshit. Asking 100 people a question and then extrapolating that minuscule result set to cover 300 million people in the US or the 6 Billion people worldwide is ludicrous. When is the last time anyone challenged a polling firms results? Are any of these firms willing to divulge their statistical methodology in detail to validate their results? Will they detail and publish their base assumptions they use as the corner stone of their data analysis? The entire world has stopped using facts and instead have chosen to use opinion polls and the number of "Likes" a statement may receive in any internet forum. I mean the more people that like something has to mean it's the iron clad truth? If you can't locate a news source that supports your predetermined mindset you need only find another source that does validate your own opinions.

Comment: Re:I thought rare earths were not that rare (Score 1) 62

by cavreader (#48307593) Attached to: Interviews: Ask CMI Director Alex King About Rare Earth Mineral Supplies

Rare earth elements are not really as rare as the name implies. The deposits can be hard to identify and access but there are plenty of sites that can be utilized to increase domestic production. The US uses foreign suppliers for rare earth elements because it is cheaper than extracting and processing the elements domestically. However as a precaution the US has re-opened one of the larger rare element US mining sites when China started threatening to stop providing the materials to Japan.

Comment: Re:How long will it take slashdot to spin this? (Score 1) 106

by cavreader (#48306155) Attached to: Gates Donates $500M+ To Fight Malaria and Other Diseases

He "earned" his monopoly because all his potential competitors at the time damn near sold every price of technology and accompanying rights to MS. These were business decisions that benefited both parties. When MS gained it's monopoly it was investigated and penalties, both monetary and operational, were implemented. And who really cares what you think if you can say the Gates Foundation almost 2 Billion dollars worth of world healthcare investments have not helped anyone.

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