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bonch (38532) writes "Red Letter Media, home of the Plinkett Star Wars prequel reviews, sat down to watch the first three Transformers films at the same time. The films synced up several times (particularly the first two), from character introductions to action beats. However, the sheer chaos of the the third acts was like 'a noisy bar' that was impossible to process."
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My employer pretty-well insisted that I get a certification. They went so far as to pay for the training and the first exam attempt.

To that end, I'm working on GCUX through SANS. So far, so good. It's pretty interesting.

From what I'm reading about how to prepare for the exam itself, it would be to my benefit to prepare a thorough index- something in the area of 30-50 pages long. O_O

Comment: Re:If you have the opportunity (Score 1) 433

by JohnnyComeLately (#47069327) Attached to: U.S. Drone Attack Strategy Against Al-Qaeda May Be Wrong

"You may not care about justice, but your organizations lack of concern for those princibles are exactly why I just see them as a gang of murderers."

How do you know what I care about? You don't even have a basic understanding of how a strike or target package gets put together, and yet, come to a stated conclusion. I'll assume this will fall on deaf ears, but take some time to understand a topic before condemning. First, every member in the US military goes through LOAC training every year. If you're a cook or a sniper, you know The Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC). Then, Rules of Engagement (RoE), which any US military member involved with the application of kinetic force (e.g. snipers, infantry, fighter pilots, etc) is trained and held accountable. Then, understand how how the military gets information from people, and then you might BEGIN to understand the premise of what's happening. I can't find open source (read: unclassified) reports on how the target packages are put together, so I'll avoid specifics, but I did allude to it in my original message. This also is still incomplete because there are also Military Lawyers involved. Yes, a lawyer can say, "NO GO," when everything else says, "GO!".

No one hates war more than a war fighter. 100,000+ Americans did not decide they really wanted to go visit Afghanistan for sun and fun, but political and other factors that manifested after Sept 11, 2001 changed things.

Comment: Re:If you have the opportunity (Score 1) 433

by JohnnyComeLately (#47068895) Attached to: U.S. Drone Attack Strategy Against Al-Qaeda May Be Wrong

An airstrike does not happen in your scenario for two main reasons (among many others): Source grade and single source rules.

First, your Guy C is an unknown. His source report will grade him very low. It will be low because he's never reported before, nothing he said is corroborated through 3rd, unrelated sources and for some other reasons. All source reports are given a grade and only reports above a certain grade are acted upon. The rest are treated as, "stuff you might read on the internet."

Second, no strike package is getting approved with a single source HUMINT...even if it's graded at the very top (reliable from previous experience, etc). I don't want to get more specific but let's say very smart people are 3 steps ahead in thinking this scenario through and how to avoid the mistakes.

Your scenario does play out with the DEA in the US, but that has absolutely nothing to do with this article or my previous comments.

Comment: Role of DMCA and free markets (Score 4, Interesting) 58

by JohnnyComeLately (#47067119) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Jennifer Granick What You Will

Do you see free market innovation thriving with DMCA despite the apparent lack of innovation?

Articulation of my question: When I buy a car, I can modify it. If people like my modification they can view it at my leisure and tinker themselves. GM doesn't sue me, and if I open a business to work on other GM cars to do similar GM vehicle modifications, then I have little legal exposure. However, with DMCA, GM can shut down a video if it's "suspected" I've infringed on a digital asset, and I can't legally sell modifications of their digital asset. This is why we see every new technology for digital streaming of data run a gauntlet of legal hurdles, which in turn stifles new innovation in the area of digital property.

Comment: Re:Correlation vs correlation (Score 4, Interesting) 433

by JohnnyComeLately (#47066979) Attached to: U.S. Drone Attack Strategy Against Al-Qaeda May Be Wrong

Very good articulated and supported point which is valid, however, the targeting is no longer the guys with an idea. Meaning, 5 years ago you'd have targeted the emplacers (the guy with a shovel, or in your analogy, an idea). With time, the lesson was learned the effect was small and it is relatively ineffective. Now, you go up the chain and after those who enable others to become more effective. Let me give an example, let's say AQ has three targets in the US: A general officer, a private and an NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer).

Taking out the General is symbolic but has very little impact on the effectivness of the US Army. If you take out a private, there are 10-20 others identically trained and with similar levels of proficiency. However, the NCO leads several squads. The NCO is a trainer, mentor, coach, knowledge manager and adult babysitter.

Taking the NCO out has a real effect on the battlefield as General Officer orders may not get correctly implemented, new troops may not come up to speed (read: battle effective) as fast, etc.

So, the best target for having an effect on battle is the NCO. The US and NATO are not after the General or the Privates... yes if there's a target of opportunity, a real threat, and the RoE/LoAC allows, a shot is taken, but the active targeting is at the NCO level. I wish I could be more specific but I won't. Just as most of what you read in mainstream or see in the movies about computers, technology, etc is wrong, so is the supposed, "wanton carnage from UAVs bombing everyone." I spent 3 years watching hundreds of strikes and you couldn't even apply most of what I read here to the exceptions, much less the "norm." People read a few articles and suddenly are experts on tactical military operations 1/2 way around the world (ignoring the few who incorrectly refer to it as "strategic bombing").

Comment: Re:If you have the opportunity (Score 3, Informative) 433

by JohnnyComeLately (#47066813) Attached to: U.S. Drone Attack Strategy Against Al-Qaeda May Be Wrong
You're pretty close which is good considering the lack of credible information available in this article, and in general on /. The drone strikes don't get a few henchmen and one or two leaders. Are leaders targeted? Absolutely. However, the real push is to get the people who have an __EFFECT__ on the battlefield. If killing bad guy A leaves an organization, which has a deputy, without a leader, but killing bad guy B eliminates a guy who trains 10 others every week how to create bombs, then guy B get's the prioritized assets (an armed, eye in the sky escort if you will). The author of this cited article doesn't really understand who's targeting and who's effectively taken out. I don't know if it's because a university researcher stateside doesn't/won't have a need-to-know and the clearance to review SIGINT, HUMINT, and other intellegence on the effects of UAV strikes. I can say her stated conclusions are detached from reality.

Comment: Re:suspend GPS? (Score 1) 522

You read the article you link? I was unaware of this specific incident, however, the US Navy was within a war zone (Iraq - Iran 7 Year war), the Navy ship was squawking warnings, the ship's assets had been fired upon, there'd been a case earlier of a US Navy ship directly attack (yes by Iraq), and the Navy ship mis-identified the airliner as an F-14 (which Iran possessed). Not really the same context, albeit the US side made many mistakes.

The Russians, in the case of Korean Air Lines Flight 007 sent up an interceptor. An interceptor normally would make a visual as they are way out over the ocean and are not (yet a threat). Here is the excerpted radio transmissions:

The Commander of the Soviet Far East District Air Defense Forces, General Valery Kamensky,[32] was adamant that KAL 007 was to be destroyed even over neutral waters but only after positive identification showed it not to be a passenger plane. His subordinate, General Anatoly Kornukov, commander of Sokol Air base (later to become commander of the Russian Air Force), was adamant that there was no need to make positive identification as "the intruder" had already flown over the Kamchatka Peninsula.
General Kornukov (to Military District Headquarters-Gen. Kamensky): (5:47) "...simply destroy [it] even if it is over neutral waters? Are the orders to destroy it over neutral waters? Oh, well."
Kamensky: We must find out, maybe it is some civilian craft or God knows who."
Kornukov: "What civilian? [It] has flown over Kamchatka! It [came] from the ocean without identification. I am giving the order to attack if it crosses the State border."

So, US Navy ship warns incoming flight while under fire in war zone in a spot previously attacked, on one hand. On the other hand, just shoot it down and no bother trying to identify.. t I can't make the stretch these are equal.

Comment: Re:& Weak-kneed leaders in the West will ... (Score 1) 522

Somehow I think a few Admirals and part of the Ukraine Navy would disagree with your statement, "Pooty hasn't actually 'done' anything." He has radically repositioned his forces all around the Ukraine, now overflies the country to the point of violating normally observed sovereign airspace, and "stolen" a number of Navy ships. Most countries would take exception to this. You have to keep in mind that in Russia, private individuals are not treated much differently from the state-ran institutions. If you have a couple hours to burn, read a number of articles on the fraud, contracting, and money trail during the Sochi build up for the recent Winter Olympics. It might start to make sense to you why.

"An open mind has but one disadvantage: it collects dirt." -- a saying at RPI

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