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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! (

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.

Comment Re:Pharma development is hard and expensive (Score 1) 165

It's expensive on purpose to make sure only Big Pharma can afford the R&D to begin with.

Big Pharma has the FDA set up expensive hurdles only they can afford to jump.

Those rules went into place to make sure as possible that we didn't have another Thalidomide fiasco.

Here's an interesting story about Frances Oldham Kelsey who had the kind of heroic stubbornness that so seldom happens now a days. She and the people she worked with, probably saved the lives of tens of thousands of people from Thalidomide.

And here's some about the big pharma stooges and similar assholes.

Comment Re:This pretty much sums up IoT ... (Score 2) 149

While you are living in a world of info-darkness, having nothing better to do than drinking beer and having sex, the world of IoT is monitoring all those things that really matter.
Don't you know that all those people walking and driving with their face in the phone aren't talking or playing games. They're keeping on top of the status of all the devices in their home, and then texting the report to their friends. LOL! I'm at 29 degrees!

This is the future, right here and now, and the future got here yesterday except for those troglodytes who have already been left behind.

It's almost a fact that I'm working on an app right now to keep my Facebook page updated with my house's IoT reports so my FB friends can check all these devices in my house whenever they want to as well!

And what are you going to do when the dude in the office next to you calls out
"I'm dropping my house's thermostat to 60 degrees to see how long it takes to get there! Who wants to race?"
Not you, because you don't even know the temperature in your home right now, much less be able to remotely thermostat race.

Comment Re:Germany does have a unique history (Score 1) 728

"We aren't going to pretend this didn't happen." Except that is exactly what they did. You cannot even learn about the Nazis in Germany, as they ban all content the mentions them. America and the rest of the world gets Nazi and holocaust documentaries and novels, German citizens don't.

Are you joking or trying to be ironic?
There are endless complaints from German students of too much Nazis and holocausts.

Nazi/Holocaust education is mandatory in all of German schools.

Here's some links.

Comment Re:Race condition attacks? (Score 1) 253

All of their code is written perfectly with no errors whatsoever. All race conditions are handled with flawless locking mechanisms. After this, you apply some unneeded buffer overflow protection in the form of memory layout randomization. I can't believe someone didn't think of it sooner.

Thanks, I can see it now.
Just use that one simple trick and I can protect my OS!

"One Architecture, One OS" also translates as "One Egg, One Basket".