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Comment Worse news: Not 12 disks, but more (Score 1) 108

News gets worse.

Here's is someone who got the disk, copied it, and is not mentioned in the list of twelve.
But the state knew about them. How many were actually sent out?


It is possible that the list of twelve released has typos in it and that only twelve disks went out.
I doubt that "Georgia GunOwners magazine"asked for or got the list, but rather the PAC "Georgia Gunowners" which has a web site "georgiagunowners.org"
Likewise, the disk sent to actually sent to Peach Pundit was perhaps listed as "Georgia Pundit"

They did find someone in IT to fire:

Comment Re:how does anyone make money off this? (Score 4, Informative) 116

all the big hacks have been around money. stealing CC cards to buy stuff or wiring money right out of a bank account. what do i get out of hacking medical devices except a free and painful medical experience along with being forced to eat hospital food?

It's a way to get medical records.
Once you have a medical record, then you can bill medicare and insurance companies for tens of thousands of dollars through your phony company.
You need the medical record not only for the patient name, address, SS #, but also because the fraudulent billings need to be consistent with existing medical conditions.

Credit card theft is petty cash compared to the hundreds of millions of dollars fraudulent medical billing brings in.

Comment Re:Massive? Sure. Heavy? Not so much. (Score 2) 69

It still does. That's why it orbits instead of just floating in one spot.

It weighs a little less due than its weight at earth's surface due to being Earth's radius plus 400kM from Earth's center of mass. About 96%, I think.
But, if it had zero weight, it would not hover but rather continue in a straight line in the original direction of launch, or in whatever direction it was headed when weight went to zero.
And it certainly would not orbit, as spauldo pointed out.

The media has long been saying it wrong. Objects in orbit are not in zero gravity, they're in freefall.
If you doubt what I say, then check the time dilation relative to Earth's surface, and you'll see the difference is due to being 400kM farther from Earth's center of mass, but it isn't a as much as it would be if you were in zero gravity relative to earth.

The media ges it wrong. Zero gravity is not the same as zero g.

Comment Re:Securing your laptop? Only one way (Score 4, Insightful) 324

The only reliable way to protect your data from government thugs is to change the government such that there are no government thugs wanting your data.

Anything else is a band-aid and temporary at best.


That is the final step in the process.
Step one is getting people to realize there's a problem.
And that's why journalists need to have their information protected, and that's why the goons want to get their hands on it.

Comment Or a drone. (Score 1) 91

Well, that really does look cool, and one can see how it could be expanded to monitor other things.
Their solution to power and networking also could be used for something like a webcam for increased flexibility.
However, it looks like a variation of the "if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail" thought-process.

If I were in the position of these farmers, I would prefer a drone to inspect the fields.
With a human eyeball, you can spot the things that no one had thought would happen.
A failed drone can be easily fixed by ordering another one, or you can two on hand.

Submission + - Money? We don't need no stinking money! (bloomberg.com)

clovis writes: That's right, you may think that getting no salary increases for the last few years means you're losing ground, but you are wrong. What matters is that you now have an iPhone.

According to Jamie Dimon
"Life is getting better for the U.S. middle class despite mounting income inequality, thanks to improvements in technology and cars, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon. Slashing CEO pay wouldn’t help, he said."

“It’s not right to say we’re worse off,” Dimon said Thursday at an event in Detroit. “If you go back 20 years ago, cars were worse, the air was worse. People didn’t have iPhones.”


Comment Re:Seems similar to the Wen Ho Lee case. (Score 1) 113

Lee pled down to fairly light charges, with 50 or so completely dismissed. Lee was awarded a $1.6 million settlement from the U.S. federal government and several news organizations for privacy violations. I guess the government just passes out money to suspected Chinese spies?

It wasn't so much the government that settled as it was the four news organizations.

It appears to me that the lawsuit the Wen Ho Lee brought was a revenge suit to try to find out who had ratted him out by giving his name to the press.
The people at LANL closed ranks and refused to tell. After all, they had been filing complaints about his violating security measures long before the FBI was investigating Lee.
So Lee sues the news organizations to make them reveal the sources. Historically, the media would have an easy win on First Amendment rights and centuries of case law. The judge, Thomas Penfield Jackson, ignores all this and finds the reporters in contempt and gives them a $500 a day fine.
If you remember the DOJ vs Microsoft case, you'll know why Judge Jackson has a grudge against the media.

The settlement is really bad news for the rest of us.
It's going to make it easy for politicians to shut up the press when something they don't like is reported.

Also, note that the government's condition was that Wen Ho Lee gets none of the government's money - it goes only to pay lawyer's expenses.

Whether or not he was actively spying, I can't say. I find it very difficult to think that a Taiwanese would do anything to help China.
But I'm real sure he was up to no good.

You really need to read this of you want to talk about the Wen Ho Lee case.

If nothing else, he should have been imprisoned for this felony:
"They did discover that Dr. Lee had given his password to his children so they could connect to the Internet and play computer games through his Los Alamos computer while they were at college. "

Of course the main reason for dropping the charges was that they had no smoking gun. That is, Lee copied all these documents, but they didn't catch him transferring them. The tapes just disappeared. Part of the settlement was that Lee would reveal the location of the missing tapes, and the big reveal was "I threw them in the trash". That in itself is a felony.

Also the government settled for a plea bargain in the original spy case was to a large extent due to the defense lawyers filing to get security clearance to get access to the 400,000 documents Lee downloaded, and secondly to put them into the court records.

Once again, I maintain that the Wen Ho Lee case is nothing like the Xi Xiaoxing case.

Comment Re:Seems similar to the Wen Ho Lee case. (Score 2) 113

Seems similar to the Wen Ho Lee case.

They really do *not* like physicists at the FBI, do they?

No, I would not say those two cases are similar. Xi Xiaoxing was persecuted for what would have been a trivial accusation even if were true.

Wen Ho Lee was working on nuclear weapons at LANL. An agent of ours in China found our weapons designs in China.
That is a really big deal, and not something you should brush off because you don't want to hurt anyone's feelings.

Wen Ho Lee had a long history of suspicious behavior. He did everything he could to look like a spy, including travel to China.
Lee had a history of using secure system to copy data that he then moved to unsecured systems to make tapes, and he took those tapes out of the facility.
His co-workers had filed complaints about his actions over the years, and it was LANL that turned Wen Ho Lee into the FBI.
Lee met with Hu Side in a hotel room. Hu Side is head of China's nuclear weapons program. lee says Side asked him to spy, but he declined. The problem is,
if you work in a facility like LANL, you are required to report things like this. Lee didn't; he got caught.

Even after his access was revoked, he borrowed a co-workers computer to move data across three levels of secured system to copy out more data to remove.

Ultimately, it was decided that the weapons designs found in China's hands did not come from the level that Wen Ho Lee had access to.
Lee refused to disclose the locations of those nuclear weapons secrets tapes he had taken out of the facility until he got a plea bargain.

I think these two cases are quite different.

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