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Comment Re:Exactly (Score 2) 483

The only reason the USSR and America were adversaries was the conflict over economic systems. that conflict no longer exists.

Hardly. Russia and USA are adversaries over economic *power* not systems and will be in the forseeable future. They are still economic adversaries even though the economic systems have changed.

However, they are unlikely to be closer to the USA than China because the USA would like to keep China adversary closer (because they are a bigger economic threat).

To conflict over economic systems is a lark. Regardless of the system, it's all about economic power.

On the other hand, the USA conflict with Cuba is about politics, regardless of their economic system. Cuba was supposed one of the "spoils" the USA got in the Spanish-American war. It was supposed to be under our sphere of influence, but they overthrew the government the USA backed, so like an rebel teenager that attempts independence we attempted to "disown" them. The cuban revolutionaries weren't originally communists (e.g., DRE, and even Castro) but mostly socialists, but the USA's fear of the experience in Southeast Asia basically set the stage for fear to manifest itself to reality.

Comment Re:This is why ISIS wins (Score 1) 483

For the record, I do think ISIS will get squashed or fade out, but the longer that something like that festers, the longer it has to influence Muslims around the world to radicalize.

I'm sure the royalty in Europe thought something similar about insignificant "democracy" being declared in north america. It is easy to predict with confidence the incumbents will eventually squash or their ferver will fade out, but often to stop it requires action, and that's something the current leadership (not a specific leader, but the collective leadership) doesn't seem to have the stomach for...

We have no allies on the ground in that region, Russia has al-Assad, but "we" don't like him. Everyone else on the ground is mostly unreliable (to us), and the caliphate is making enough money on refineries that we won't bomb/squash, so they probably won't fade-out by themselves.

People were perhaps (rightly) upset when we "installed" vindictive leaders to clean up messes like this in the past, but sometimes in retrospect, it may be too harsh to condemn this as short sighted before you look at all the other options they had presented to them. Sometime there are simply no good options and waiting for the perfect option may not be the right answer either...

The world is complicated.

Submission + - GlassRAT Targets Chinese Nationals, Lurked for 3 Years Undetected (

chicksdaddy writes: RSA researchers issued a report today ( about a remote access trojan (or RAT) program dubbed “GlassRAT” that they are linking to sophisticated and targeted attacks on “Chinese nationals associated with large multinational corporations," The Security Ledger reports. (

Discovered by RSA in February of this year, GlassRAT was first created in 2012 and “appears to have operated, stealthily, for nearly 3 years in some environments,” in part with the help of a legitimate certificate from a prominent Chinese software publisher and signed by Symantec and Verisign, RSA reports.

The software is described as a “simple but capable RAT” that packs reverse shell features that allow attackers to remotely control infected computers as well as transfer files and list active processes. The dropper program associated with the file poses as the Adobe Flash player, and was named “Flash.exe” when it was first detected.

RSA discovered it on the PC of a Chinese national working for a large, U.S. multi-national corporation. RSA had been investigating suspicious network traffic on the enterprise network. RSA says telemetry data and anecdotal reports suggest that GlassRAT may principally be targeting Chinese nationals or other Chinese speakers, in China and elsewhere, since at least early 2013.

RSA said it has discovered links between GlassRAT and earlier malware families including Mirage, Magicfire and PlugX. Those applications have been linked to targeted campaigns against the Philippine military and the Mongolian government. (

Submission + - A Secretive Air Cargo Operation Is Running in Ohio, and Signs Point to Amazon (

citadrianne writes: In 2013, at the height of the holiday season, a surge of last minute Amazon orders and bad weather left many customers without gifts under the tree on Christmas day.

Amazon said the problem was not due to issues with its warehouses or staff, but failures on the part of UPS and other shipping partners. It apologized and reimbursed some customers with $20 gift cards, but the debacle underscored for Amazon the disadvantages of relying on third party shippers for its delivery process.

Since then, Amazon has been increasingly investing in its own alternatives, from contracting additional couriers to rolling out its own trucks in some cities.

The latest rumored venture into Amazon shipping has a name: Aerosmith.

An air cargo operation by that name launched in September of this year in Wilmington, Ohio on a trial basis. The operation is being run by the Ohio-based aviation holding company Air Transport Services Group, or ATSG, out of a state-of-the art facility. It's shipping consumer goods for a mysterious client that many believe to be Amazon.

Comment Re:Good! (Score 2) 339

Source to that last point that they pay tax on US profits?

I'm sure they will happily pay tax on any profits they have left after they pay their foreign subsidiary based in Ireland all the management and consulting fees, deduct the inflated research and development expenses, and sales and marketing campaign subcontracts, and extra profit surcharges...

They're altering the deal. Pray they don't alter it any further.

If you ask nicely, they may throw in the floor mats.... Or not...

Submission + - Fake Bomb Detector, Blamed for Hundreds of Deaths, Is Still in Use writes: Murtaza Hussain writes at The Intercept that although it remains in use at sensitive security areas throughout the world, the ADE 651 is a complete fraud and the ADE-651’s manufacturer sold it with the full knowledge that it was useless at detecting explosives. There are no batteries in the unit and it consists of a swivelling aerial mounted to a hinge on a hand-grip. The device contains nothing but the type of anti-theft tag used to prevent stealing in high street stores and critics have likened it to a glorified dowsing rod.

The story of how the ADE 651 came into use involves the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. At the height of the conflict, as the new Iraqi government battled a wave of deadly car bombings, it purchased more than 7,000 ADE 651 units worth tens of millions of dollars in a desperate effort to stop the attacks. Not only did the units not help, the device actually heightened the bloodshed by creating “a false sense of security” that contributed to the deaths of hundreds of Iraqi civilians. A BBC investigation led to a subsequent export ban on the devices.

The device is once again back in the news as it was reportedly used for security screening at hotels in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh where a Russian airliner that took off from that city’s airport was recently destroyed in a likely bombing attack by the militant Islamic State group. Speaking to The Independent about the hotel screening, the U.K. Foreign Office stated it would “continue to raise concerns” over the use of the ADE 651. James McCormick, the man responsible for the manufacture and sale of the ADE 651, received a 10-year prison sentence for his part in manufacture of the devices, sold to Iraq for $40,000 each. An employee of McCormick who later became a whistleblower said that after becoming concerned and questioning McCormick about the device, McCormick told him the ADE 651 “does exactly what it’s designed to. It makes money.”

Comment Re: Why is /. so infested now with... (Score 1) 163

Doing science and funding science are two different things. Unless they can increase their numbers in congress, it is unlikely that Democrats will be able to fund science anytime soon.

Actually, even if the D-party can increase their numbers in congress, it is unlikely they will *want* to fund science over their other spending priorities, meaning there is probably no hope to increase science funding anytime soon...

Well maybe if WWIII breaks out, science-development might get a boost, but probably not science-research...

The only hope is that a massive budget surplus magically appears so that in addition to giving each taxpayer a $100K annual benefit, they throw some of the extra $$ to science... (okay, no really no hope then ;^)

Comment Re:We're almost at the end with current tech (Score 2) 112

Interconnect gets smaller if you reduce speed as well when you reduce size. If you keep speed constant, interconnect stays the same size and it will consume the same amount of power. Well, roughly. The problem is that at these speeds you are dealing with RF laws, not ordinary electric ones and RF laws are pretty bizarre.

The problem can easily be described to first order "electrically". No bizarre RF laws necessary.

Interconnect is dominated by "resistive" issue (a good approximation of RF-impedance) and capactive coupling (a good approximation to RF field effects)... Since the interconnect is relatively getting thinner and longer, the resistance of that wire is going up (R ~ L/w/h) and it capacitively couples more with nearby lines (Cild = W*L/X or Cimd = H*L/Ls) and makes it take longer to move charge to and from the gate.

Second order effects are mostly "noise" and edge-rate coupling, but even then aggressor/victim and crosstalk issues can be thought of mostly as just distributed "lumped" approximation (e.g., capacitance per um, and mutual inductance per um) where the result is coupling being different at higher frequencies and spacing. No bizarre RF need to get the gist (well, no more than the basic concept of a wall-wart transformer)...

Submission + - Anonymous Reportedly "RickRolling" Isis (

retroworks writes: According to a recent tweet from the #OpParis account, Anonymous are delivering on their threat to hack Isis [slashdot, and are now flooding all pro-Isis hastags with the grandfather of all 2007 memes — Rick Aston's "Never Gonna Give You Up" (1987) music video, aka “Rick Roll” meme. Whenever a targeted Isis account tries to spread a message, the topic will instead be flooded with countless videos of Rick Astley circa 1987.

Not all are praising Anonymous methods, however. While Metro UK reports that the attacks have been successful, finding and shutting down 5,500 Twitter accounts, the article also indicates that professional security agencies have seen sources they monitor shut down. Rick Aston drowns out intelligence as well as recruitment.

Submission + - How Close Are We To a Mission on Mars? (

destinyland writes: "NASA is developing the capabilities needed to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s," reads the official NASA web site. But National Geographic points out that "the details haven't been announced, in large part because such a massive, long-term spending project would require the unlikely support of several successive U.S. presidents." And yet on November 4th, NASA put out a call for astronaut applications "in anticipation of returning human spaceflight launches to American soil, and in preparation for the agency’s journey to Mars," and they're currently experimenting with growing food in space. And this week they not only ordered the first commercial mission to the International Space Station, but also quietly announced that they've now partnered with 22 private space companies.

Comment Re:Salmon's now on my "foods to avoid" list (Score 1) 513

The label I see most often is 'line caught' which implies wild fish. But I expect it also describes a good way to pull a fish out of a fish-farm's pool.

FWIW, there is a small amount of "wild" Atlantic salmon available in the US (~0.5%) so it's *possible* to buy wild Atlantic salmon (I think the *annual* catch limit is 7 Atlantic salmon), but I suspect you are seeing wild or line-caught *ALASKAN* salmon, not Atlantic salmon which is nearly always farmed because of its endangered species status in nearly all the traditional fishery locations prevents large scale commercial fishing.

Comment Re:GM producers are shooting themselves in the foo (Score 1) 513

*including hybridization or selective breeding*.

lol this is basically saying, "don't use it at all."

Generally, the FDA is saying if you attempt to use the non-GM label on something, we aren't going to do anything proactively because there is currently no regulation on the use of that term, but if your customers complain to us about deceptive or misleading labeling, you have been warned.

In their guidance, they give an example for a type of product that might be able to use a non-GM labeling without FDA objection: a food that is derived from a plant that has not been subject to any form of selective breeding might be berries collected from wild plant or open-pollination (non-selective) heirloom varieties.

Right now, I think this guidance is being ignored by the corn and soy industries and they are heavily lobbying for the FDA to adopt the USDA terminology for GMOs to accommodate the current labeling practice (kind of how the "organic" industry lobbied the USDA to codify existing "organic" practices).

For completeness, the FDA strongly warns producers against a "GM-free" label as in the absence of specific regulation for this moniker (which presumably would be some number slightly greater than zero to allow for practical production considerations), this would imply zero and that is likely to be nearly impossible to verify and therefore on the face misleading/deceptive, except potentially a situation on single ingredient products that are individually genetically tested (which is kind of impractical).

Comment Re:GM producers are shooting themselves in the foo (Score 2) 513

What regulatory body enforces what "Non-GMO" means and what the punishment will be for mislabeling?

The FTC under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act. The USDA regulates the meaning of the word "organic," so they might have authority to regulate "non-gmo" but I'm not entirely sure on that.

The FDA's current guidance in this area is for companies to avoid a "non-GM" label unless the product can be guaranteed to not have components that were produced using any type of genetic modification *including hybridization or selective breeding*.

Instead the FDA recommends that companies use fully defensible statements like "not produced using bioengineering" or "not genetically engineered" to avoid potential future mislabeling consequences of a non-GM or GM-free product assertion, although they are not currently enforcing this recommendation today.

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