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Comment: Re:pro/con (Score 1) 445

by cbiltcliffe (#48441349) Attached to: Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

You got that *half* right...

From the freaking summary:
"A provision to extend the controversial USA Patriot Act to 2017 was also appended by the House of Representatives."

Which also didn't pass, as it was part of the same bill. Hence, why it was a "pro" that the Patriot Act didn't get extended.


Comment: Re:Beware the T E R R O R I S T S !! (Score 1) 445

by cbiltcliffe (#48423159) Attached to: Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

So basically, they're saying "the land of the free and the home of the brave" should sacrifice our fundamental liberties and allow the government to ignore the constitution to keep us safe. Why don't they just move to North Korea? It has everything they want.

We're all too damned terrified to be brave, so you need to make us non-free, so we can be safe11!!1!11!111eleventy!1!!!

Oh, say can you see
by the dawn's early light.
The terrified people
the government begging.

Oh, please keep us safe
from the big bad meanies
Who you keep on saying
they all want to kill us.

And the rocket's red glare
the bombs bursting in air
We've all never seen them
but you say ISIS has them.


Comment: Re:News For Nerds Please (Score 1) 265

by cbiltcliffe (#48394715) Attached to: Ferguson No-Fly Zone Revealed As Anti-Media Tactic

It's in the HTML title of the front page, moron.

Which, at least if you're logged in, very quickly gets changed by (I assume) a bit of JavaScript to display the number of new stories, rather than the NFNSTM tagline; if you don't look quickly, or actually check the source manually, you'd never know it was there.
Incidentally, there's a lot of interesting stuff in the /. html source. Take a peek sometime.

Comment: Re:First question for manmade climate change denie (Score 1) 695

1) Are you a climate scientist?

If No, then, "Ding, Ding, Ding, ERROR." So sorry, but thanks for playing.

If Yes, then examine minority opinion carefully against data and wisdom of scientific crowds. Probable result will most likely resemble the "No" answer.

So, I guess the medical establishment of a few hundred years ago must have been right when they all were saying to use leeches and bloodletting. After all, they were all saying it, so it must have been right, because they were all experts! And if it was right then, it must still be right now.
Off to the swamp with you!

Comment: Re:CO2 mining (Score 1) 695

Forests, contrary to popular belief, aren't the huge carbon sinks that they appear to be.
The reason for this is that trees eventually die, fall down, and rot, releasing all that carbon they sequestered back into the atmosphere. New growth forests, where all the trees are young enough that there isn't an equilibrium; sure, they pull carbon out of the atmosphere. But old growth, where trees are continually dying, and being replace by new trees? More or less carbon neutral.

Therefore, chopping those trees down for wood is the best thing to do if you're interested in removing carbon from the atmosphere on a long term basis, as long as new trees are planted to replace the chopped ones. Once I cut a tree to make a dining room table and chair set, that carbon isn't going anywhere, unless my house burns down.

Having said that, I'm among the "deniers" who think the IPCC is overstating the effects of human activity by several orders of magnitude.

Comment: Re:Most severs shouldn't be vulnerable (Score 2) 245

by cbiltcliffe (#48366017) Attached to: ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

For one it can't be hijacked as easily as these ISPs are doing.

...which they're *not* doing. This article is a farce written by someone who can't even configure his email client to use the correct port for submission. He's trying to use port 25 which is only for MX to MX communication and not for submission, he should be using 587 and if he did there would very likely be no problems.

Bell Sympatico in Canada uses port 25 for encrypted client to server connections Port 587 times out. Completely non-standard fuckery, I realize, but it's certainly possible that this guy's ISP does something similarly stupid.

Comment: Re:Why do VPN users have access to this much data? (Score 1) 50

by cbiltcliffe (#48365933) Attached to: US Postal Service Suspends Telecommuting Following Massive Breach

Before looking at the technological failure point I would like to know why that much data is exposed to a vpn connection in such a way that it can be exploited.

Because idiot IT "consultants" generally view the firewall as the only important line of defence. I can't count the number of business I've gone into to clean up a mess, and found the perimeter firewall to be....well...mediocre, and the internal security to be absolutely non-existent. Basically, the assumption is that anything that's on the network is supposed to be there, so you don't set anything up to question it.
I've seen databases set up to allow root/sa access to anything, with no password. If I question the IT genius who set it up, the response is usually something like: "Well, that way everybody who needs it has access to it, and the firewall blocks any outside access, so it's secure."

Comment: Re:Really, a single oint of failure? (Score 1) 223

. It takes about six hours to drive from the Aurora center to the Farmington center near Minneapolis, and that's not counting going home and packing for an extended stay.

Drive? Why would they drive that far? It's much quicker to fly.

Well, duuh. All the planes are grounded. How are they supposed to fly? ..... ...or was that a big wooosh?

Comment: Re:Big Goverment no backup (Score 1) 223

Is it though feasible to set up the the system so those controllers can go home, login to a VPN and have a nation wide system that they can load their area into and continue work?

And then when some Chinese hacker breaks in and redirects every plane in the country to Newark, you'll be bitching about the stupidity of connecting the air traffic control system to the Internet.

Comment: Re:Answer me this if you will... (Score 1) 249

by cbiltcliffe (#47900079) Attached to: City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

For a start, Ubuntu is a high-memory distro, because it tries to be everything to everybody, simple to install and use, and as automated as possible.
Blow it away, install Debian 7 with lxde, and you'll run the entire thing in nicely in your 512MB with room to spare.

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