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Comment: Re:But the inevitable (Score 1) 165

by cavreader (#48888905) Attached to: Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

Spin my ass. I was there when Netscape had the largest browser marketshare and then gave it all away to became nothing more than a footnote in the history of the Internet browser evolution. It was right around the same time Java was a full fledged cluster fuck but I will leave that sad topic for another day. In the time it took to resurrect Netscape into Firefox and Firefox into Chrome MS had already grabbed 90%+ of the browser market. And Opera was hardly a competitor that could threaten MS dominance in any form or fashion. And as far as standards go when you have a 90% market share you are the standard. Even when you have "standards" the majority of website developers never follow or implement them correctly any way. Demanding some one adhere to standards is the same thing as demanding they stop trying to do new things not covered in the holy standards. And updating the standards is not a process that has ever happened quickly enough to keep up with the evolving web development platform. And re-read my earlier comment when I said MS still had a very healthy share of the INTRANET applications. Intranet applications allow a company or organization to pick their own standards when it comes to building their IT infrastructure. If an Intranet web application works in IE but has issues with Chrome who gives a shit when the company has determined IE as there Intranet standard? And of course the same thing happens in reverse if Chrome has been designated the company standard.

Comment: Re:But the inevitable (Score 1) 165

by cavreader (#48871615) Attached to: Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

MS still holds a hefty market share for intranet web applications. And targeting multiple browsers, including IE, has become increasingly easier over the years for those who know what they are doing. And MS market share has declined because there are now other choices. It's easy to capture a +90% market share when there are no competitors. .

Comment: Re:Noooooooo! (Score 1) 165

by cavreader (#48867479) Attached to: Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

" many of us have heard " Define "us". Hearsay and fanboi forums are hardly the birth place of factual information. But judging from the rest of your comment you must already have full access to the MS source codebase. You sound almost smart enough to develop your own super secure rendering engine which is capable of maintaining at least a 1 year backwards compatibility window so your users are not forced to upgrade every 2 weeks to maintain a running system. Of course nobody has managed that particular feat quite yet but you sound smart enough to give it a shot.

Comment: Re:If NSA thinks they are so great ... (Score 1) 81

by cavreader (#48853589) Attached to: NSA Prepares For Future Techno-Battles By Plotting Network Takedowns

I found your comment interesting since I work with industrial control systems used in refineries and pipeline operations. I work with the applications that interface with the HMI's, Plc's, and Omni flow control systems. I find the work very interesting and after designing and implementing software for 28 years that is saying something. So far the security aspects of the systems is being handled pretty well with all the network infrastructure buried behind firewalls and using VPN services to handle all the traffic. Could someone compromise the system from outside? I suppose anything is possible but in this case I don't see how that could be done easily. One thing that has struck me is how people talk about using software exploits to shutdown these types of operations when it would be much easier to physically attack the actual pipelines. While there is a security presence there is no way a 1000 mile pipeline can be constantly guarded. The Tank farms, booster stations, and operation facilities are well guarded but blowing up a pipeline would shutdown the operations. It's the same for people who drone on about the NSA or government collecting personal data. It would be much easier for the NSA to recruit insiders in companies like Google, MS, or CISCO. Low paid data center employees would be the place to start recruitment. An insider can keep an eye on things and be ready to help the NSA or any other intelligence service when needed. One good example of needing insiders to exploit a secure control system was the Stuxnet exploit that targeted Iran's centrifuges. The exploit would never have succeeded if the people behind the exploit did not have someone to walk in the Iranian operation center and insert a USB stick containing the exploit into a PC.

Comment: Re:2nd/3rd generation of immigrants are IMMIGRANTS (Score 0) 219

by cavreader (#48843061) Attached to: European Countries Seek Sweeping New Powers To Curb Terrorism

Europe became pacifists and saved a lot of money at the same time because they knew the US had their back if they ever faced any serious threats. Without US military support Russia would have already reclaimed all the client states they lost when the USSR disintegrated and the Europeans could do nothing to stop Russia even if they wanted to..

Comment: Re:hmmm (Score 1) 52

by cavreader (#48799901) Attached to: FBI Access To NSA Surveillance Data Expands In Recent Years

Your comparing Nixon to Stalin? Nixon was ousted from office but other than that he was really not a bad President. He ended US involvement in Vietnam with the Paris Peace Accords, He opened diplomatic relations with China. He initiated a detente with the Soviet Union that led to the SALT treaty. He established the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and signed into law the Clean Air Act and National Environmental Policy Act. On the other hand Stalin was a certified psychopath that makes Saddam Hussein look like a fluffy pink bunny.

Comment: Re:So they are doing what? (Score 1) 509

by cavreader (#48782907) Attached to: Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

As long as the competing sides do not use guns and bombs to win the argument the democracy can survive. However, history has shown that competing sides never entertain making compromises to end the conflict until after 1000's or even millions have been killed. Every communist, socialist, dictator, democracy, republican, or monarchy was originally put in place by violence or the threat of violence. Ultimately the US the Constitution and Bill of Rights are not suicide pacts. Under certain conditions your rights often take second place in the decision making matrix.

Comment: Re:One man's piss is another man's ... (Score 1) 245

by cavreader (#48752195) Attached to: Bill Gates Endorses Water From Human Waste

Gates wasn't trying to convert the "water of life" into something safe to drink. He was merely a test taster.Associating his name to a device like this dovetails into the kind of programs his foundation has been funding in Africa and other countries lacking modern day access to clean water and medicines.

Comment: Re:Mod me down if you will (Score 1) 69

by cavreader (#48661937) Attached to: ESA Carries Out Asteroid Impact Drill

Actually the ESA does collaborate on programs with NASA-US. The ESA lacks the funding for their own manned space programs so they partnered up with NASA on the Orion manned mission project. Their biggest contribution to date is the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV). The recent ISRO Mars orbiter program included US-NASA advanced radar and imaging subsystems. So cooperation between agencies go both ways and it is usually better for this cooperation to stay quietly in the background to avoid getting caught up in the usual political and foreign policy bullshit which is why the US-Russian space cooperation has run into problems. NASA-US also provides the bulk of the orbital tracking capabilities while also coordinating data collected by other countries that are vital to tracking the various probes flying around the solar system.

Comment: Re:Who will get (Score 1) 360

by cavreader (#48656679) Attached to: North Korean Internet Is Down

If NK was to collapse China would end up having to put up with the aftermath. They already have enough uneducated peasants to sweep under their own rug and are not looking for more. Still, NK antics over the years have done nothing but draw more US military capabilities to the region and give Japan a second reason, China provided the first, to take a second look at their constitution in regards to obtaining offensive weapons. The NK threats about launching missiles at the US resulted in the US strengthening and increasing the budgets for their West Coast and Alaskan based anti-missile systems which coincidently covers anything launched out of China. Not to mention the B-2 flyovers for the SK-US annual military exercises which seem to grow in scope every year. China sent a million soldiers running into the NK-SK war back in the fifties to secure a buffer zone. A buffer zone that might have had some utility back then but today a buffer zone is useless against modern missile systems. The same thing could be said about the Russians trying to reclaim their protectorates to keep a buffer between them and the oh so awesome European militaries. The days of battalions of tanks and millions of ground soldiers invading either Russia or China are long gone. Nuclear weapons spiked those threats since their inception.

Comment: Re:Who are you defending against? (Score 1) 170

by cavreader (#48614507) Attached to: Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

Give a real life example of someone prosecuted and convicted of a crime using evidence from data collected without a warrant or using a NSL Add FISA warrants into the mix as well. Although I am sure you know that any evidence collected using a FISA warrant is in admissible and can not be used in court against a defendant. Evidence collected under a FISA warrant are used to collect enough evidence to obtain a regular court warrant. And if so was the issue addressed in a court of law to support the defense? After all you seem to think you know the ends and outs of constitutional law surely you can find one case of a person convicted even though his 4th amendment rights were egregiously violated. And can you be a little less hysterical with your "just break your door down, and shoot you -- and your pets." statement because we are talking about the US not Abbottabad. The government or law enforcement agencies can request all the data they want but if they want to use that data to prosecute someone they will have to defend their methods in court. There are literally thousands of cases of evidence being throw out of court because of a lack of warrants or other violations of the evidentiary practices and statutes.

Comment: Re:Who are you defending against? (Score 1) 170

by cavreader (#48613721) Attached to: Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

In this context a legitimate law enforcement reason means a warrant would indeed be needed. Companies are increasingly challenging governmental and law enforcement requests for data in several different venues. Including telecommunication data, data stored in data centers, and video surveillance collected from publicly mounted cameras. Even when the FBI attempted to slap a GPS tracker to a suspects car without a warrant resulted in the evidence collected being thrown out of court. There is a system in place that while hardly perfect it does get things right now and then. However you never hear much fanfare when the system works as designed. All you do hear is a lot of complaining about this or that violating someones constitutional rights but no real life case examples of this actually happening to anyone. There have been a total of two attempted prosecutions under provisions in the Patriot Act which resulted in rulings stating the PA provisions in the case violated the accused constitutional rights. There has been no other attempt by the government to use the PA against anyone since.

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