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Comment: Kapersky again.... (Score 0) 114

Just the other day they 'broke' the story about the big bank heist---and declined to identify the banks.

Now they have broke the story about the mother of all hacker groups. And guess what. They decline to identify them. We found 'em. But we're not telling you who.

Is this part in the linked article hilarious? "Using a C&C center, The Equation group comprises of over 300 domains and more than 100 servers hosted in countries including the US, UK, Panama and Colombia. Panama and Colombia? Yeah, hotbeds of foreign intrigue. Ha, ha. I think if I had found the servers set up in Panama and Colombia, it wouldn't be the NSA I'd be looking at. Let's see, what are there leading exports again? No, instead I think Kapersky is pulling some of this crap out of the proverbial crap hole. Sorry though. I can't specifically say it's Kapersky. But hey, everything seems to be pointing in one direction/or another, right?

Oh, and then there is this. "Disclaimer: Kaspersky Labs sponsored the trip to the Security Analyst Summit 2015."

I used to like Kapersky. But with names like GReAT(Global Research and Analysis Team) and research like this, I'm having serious doubts about where the PR ends and reality sets in. I guess if you want to believe what they're trying to sell, Kapersky is the greatest ever.

Comment: Sensationalism at its best. (Score 1) 271

by chasm22 (#49050071) Attached to: Peak Google: The Company's Time At the Top May Be Nearing Its End
"Google doesn't create immersive experiences that you get lost in," says Ben Thompson." Let's see, Facebook and Pinterest will take over because of their 'immersive experiences' such as video news feeds,etc. Wow, I guess reading Google news and/or viewing You Tube won't have the qualities that are involved in the immersive experience one will surely enjoy at Facebook? "According to Thompson the future of online advertising looks increasingly like the business of television." I'm confused because I read a couple of reader comments that suggested Mr. Thompson is a deep thinker. Here's the thing to remember. Mr. Thompson repeatedly suggests that the advertising model used on TV is a highly successful one with a proven track record. This suggests to me that he firmly believes that most TV viewers pay attention to ads. I'll tell you what Mr Thompson. Why don't you launch a channel of your own(May i suggest calling it 'Reality check) and offer two ways to watch it. One with no ads, one with ads. That should feed you enough information to clearly show you something i think you already know. The effectiveness of TV advertising is a myth generated by the people gettting the ad money. I actually pay attention to ads once a year. Yep, Superbowl Sunday. Finally another quote from Mr Thompson to support the poster idea about Google peak; "To me the Microsoft comparison can't be more clear. This is the price of being so successful — what you're seeing is that when a company becomes dominant, its dominance precludes it from dominating the next thing. It's almost like a natural law of business." Yet the poster and Mr Thompson are both certain that Facebook could become the dominant player in the digital advertising world that they see forming up. Which begs the question; Isn't Facebook already a dominant fixture in a certain category? Google dominates search. Who is king of the social network? If the poster or any of the people cited by him believe that an equivalent of a full page magazine ad placed in a news blog or a 60 second ad placed in the middle of a video feed are going to be met with different reactions than the same ads in the print and televison world I can only say no, no they won't. They won't be welcomed, they won't be watched or read. Sure, the ad agencies can and already are painting a rosy picture. Who cares? The real world of advertising bears little resemblance to reality. It's quite interesting that Google is the one that has the 'real' numbers. Yet they are portrayed as almost stumbling to their massive profits, with little insight or knowledge about advertising. No, they just got lucky. In one of the articles the poster linked to the author states, ; "Relatedly, and as hinted above, both IBM and Microsoft were found to have abused their monopolies in an attempt to dominate application software and browsers respectively; it’s increasingly plausible to argue, as The Information has reported, that Google is doing the same with Android and its increasingly onerous requirements around the inclusion of Google’s services." Uh, except that in the case of Google there is one SLIGHT variation. Google isn't trying to force you to take their browser as Microsoft did. Just the opposite. They are simply saying if you are an OEM and want the Play Store or Google apps on the phone you are selling, you must abide by the terms we dictate. It seems pretty reasonable to me. After all, I don't believe this is any way inhibits an OEM from running Android.

Comment: Das ist gut! (Score 1) 1

by chasm22 (#48962603) Attached to: Don't Sass Your Uber Driver - He's Rating You Too
Perhaps they can tell the other drivers whether I have curly hair or blonde? Also, some might find it useful to know if my eyes are blue or brown in color. Ja! I haven't read anything quite so distasteful about Uber in at least a day. Of course we know they could have A. Hitler himself as CEO and thrive, as long as they saved the yuppies a few bucks on their trip to the airport.

Comment: Why waste your time commenting... (Score 1) 3

by chasm22 (#48962383) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents should have choice in vaccinations
If this is the state of the American mind, let genetics take over. I wish my grandchildren well and hope for the best but between reading about what Christie and Ted Cruz have 'on their mind', what can you really expect the future to hold? After all, we know from the last election that this is what America wants. I could care less what any /dotter responds with, these two 'gentlemen' prove categorically that there IS a HUGE difference between the lying hypocritical assholes who populate the right wing and people like Feinstein and Boxer and Clinton and Sanders on the left wing. Let me just clarify, the Republican party is full of people who are full of shit. And in the case of Governor Christie, that's a lot of shit. I don't want to hear about 'I'm just conservative when it comes to spending'. If you vote Republican, you vote with Cruz, you vote with Christie. In simpler terms, you're an asshole.

+ - Don't Sass Your Uber Driver - He's Rating You Too 1

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "David Streitfeld reports at the NYT that people routinely use the Internet to review services from plumbers to hairdressers but now the tables are turned as companies like Uber are rating their customers, and shunning those who do not make the grade. "An Uber trip should be a good experience for drivers too," says an Uber blog post. "Drivers shouldn’t have to deal with aggressive, violent, or disrespectful riders. If a rider exhibits disrespectful, threatening, or unsafe behavior, they, too, may no longer be able to use the service." It does not seem to take much to annoy some Uber drivers. On one online forum, an anonymous driver said he gave poor reviews to “people who are generally negative and would tend to bring down my mood (or anyone around them).” Another was cavalier about the process: “1 star for passengers does not do them any harm. Sensible drivers won’t pick them up, but so what?” In response, some consumers are becoming more polite and prompt. "The knowledge that they may be rated is also encouraging people to submit more upbeat reviews themselves, even if the experience was less than stellar," writes Streitfeld. "When services choose whom to serve, no one wants to be labeled difficult." The result may be a Barney world says Michael Fertik referring to the purple dinosaur who sings, “With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you/ Won’t you say you love me too.”"

+ - Joint Dust Analysis Deflates Big Bang Signal->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Last March, when a group of astronomers announced that they had detected faint swirls in the sky that almost certainly reflected undulations in the shape of the early universe, experts agreed it could be one of the greatest cosmological discoveries of all time. If confirmed, the undulating “gravitational waves” would amount to near-proof of the Big Bang theory known as inflation, and their magnitude would reveal exactly how energetically the universe inflated 13.8 billion years ago, when, according to the theory, it grew from a speck in a fraction of a second.

But soon, many had doubts. The rising skepticism was validated this week, with a definitive analysis showing that the swirl pattern detected by the astronomers fits the profile of radiating space dust rather than gravitational waves.

Scientists cross-checked the data, which were gathered by the BICEP2 telescope, pixel-for-pixel against observations by the Planck telescope, which was better attuned to differences between dust and gravitational waves. The analysis confirmed what a previous Planck study suggested: Dust obscuring the patch of the sky probed by BICEP2 generated most if not all of the observed swirl pattern.

The results appeared in a leaked press release Thursday evening intended to accompany a paper that has been submitted for publication in Physical Review Letters.

So where, one might ask, does the new analysis leave the theory of cosmic inflation?"

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+ - Hey, who amongst us is shocked by this?->

Submitted by chasm22
chasm22 (2713399) writes "Apparently there is a new tool being used by various law enforcement agencies that allows the user to 'see' into your home.

In a sad but all too familiar scenario, the same people who have taken oaths to protect our constitutional rights, are stomping on our rights in order to 'protect' us. And, as is the norm for many law enforcement agencies, they are stonewalling any efforts being made by the press to learn more about the use of these devices by giving the standard "We don't discuss our investigative techniques" when replying to inquiries about the devices."

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+ - Nazis' vast, secret nuclear facility uncovered in Austria->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Suspiciously high radiation levels around the Austrian town of St. Georgen an der Gusen had long fueled theories that there was a buried bunker nearby where Nazis had tested nuclear weapons during WWII.

Those suspicions came one step closer to being confirmed last week after the opening of a 75-acre underground complex was dug out from below the earth and granite used to seal off the entrance, the Times of Israel reports.

The excavation team was led by Austrian filmmaker Andreas Sulzer, who says the site was "likely the biggest secret weapons production facility of the Third Reich"—a facility that probably relied on forced labor from the nearby Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp and may have even been the testing location for a nuclear bomb, the Daily Mirror reports.

The weapons facility was believed to have been manned by SS General Hans Kammler and situated near the B8 Bergkristall factory, where the first working jet-powered fighter was created, International Business Times reports; Sulzer first got wind of the site after seeing references to it in an Austrian physicist's diary.

"Up to 320,000 inmates are said to have died because of the brutal conditions in the subterranean labyrinth," Sulzer tells the Sunday Times , per the Times of Israel."

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