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Comment If you find a backdoor (Score 1, Redundant) 187

Since you can't disclose it, what can you do? I guess your only option is to take a vacation in Russia. Perhaps someone there will talk to you and not do something insane like try to arrest you! They might understand your frustration and try to cheer you up by giving you a few presents.

Is this like American law? If a Malaysian finds a back door in an Indian software program used by the Chinese and gives it to the Malaysian version of the NSA, will the Brits nab him when he passes through some airport in Thailand and take him back to the UK for trial?

Comment China (Score 3, Insightful) 344

We constantly blast China for hacking. I tend to think: If the data is worth stealing, US companies/gov/individuals have a duty to lock it up and protect it. I know it is very American to blame all of one's problems on someone else. If you get hacked, it is your own damn fault.
People such as Hillary have a duty to protect sensitive information. If her email was hacked, don't blame the Chinese (Or North Koreans or Russians...). Blame her.

Comment Give me a choice (Score 1) 122

I wish I could request paper records. Some old systems are better than the replacement. I would rather not be entered into any electronic system.

The current electronic record systems are notoriously hard to use. Nurses and doctors end up copying and pasting and clicking through these systems with little regard to the accuracy of the data. As a result, when there is a lawsuit, the extremely poor data quality of the medical records ends up hugely supporting the plaintiff.

From a more basic perspective: when I'm the the dr.'s office watching them type in my heart rate and blood pressure and notes, I'm thinking that my data is going into a central records system somewhere in the hospital where everything is in one spot so that it is easy to steal when it is eventually all stolen ( more specifically downloaded by someone who doesn't even need to enter the building. ).

This is how databases work. They put all your eggs in one basket. Plus, you can't have openness ( e.g. the paramedics can get to your records in seconds after finding your driver's license so that they know your pre-existing conditions ) and strong security. The goal of electronic records, making it easy to let a long list of people from the pharmacy to the insurance company to the government "server you better", is completely inconsistent with data privacy. If I can log into a webpage and view my records, it is only a matter of time before those records are stolen.

Comment Names and actual idenities of spies (Score 1, Interesting) 67

This database should contain all the personal details on spies. If this was stolen by China, why haven't we heard about every spy being pulled out of China and Russia? They are friend-enemies after all.

Any chance this hack done by the NSA to help get more funding and show the Americans how much they are needed to keep us safe? The NSA would know all the details of how the OPM works. Easy target.
Go into a big Chinese bank. What do you see? Most of the computers used for operations are still running XP. Hacking old Win 2003 servers in China from the US might not be very difficult. There are A LOT of Win 2003 servers in China. If you use these computers to launch an attack, who isn't going to believe those uber-smart Chinese have hacked us again?
If the Chinese actually have this data, there should be a huge reaction. I haven't see it. 1,000's to 10,000's of Americans at the embassies and working abroad should have run back to the US on very short notice. We should be hearing how our spying has been set back 20 years. Things are WAY too quiet It doesn't make sense to me.

Comment Chinese stocks not cheap (Score 5, Informative) 364

As I'm writing this:
Shanghai's average P/E is 17.31.
( Source: )

Dow Jones Ind Avg P/E is 16.2.
( Source: )

1. The idea is to buy low and sell high. Prices aren't low yet.
2. A lot of people in China bought at very high valuations and hoped to sell at an even higher level to a "greater fool" to make a profit. This is called greed, and these people are in pain. Especially since so many of them bought on margin.

Comment Numbers reported incorrectly (Score 4, Insightful) 193

The way the model results are reported needs to change. The worst case results were presented to the public as the expected outcome. This is something between highly deceptive and unethical. (think yelling "Fire!" in a crowded movie theater.) The best, worst and average outcomes from the model need to be reported. Perhaps even two sets of best, worst and average outcomes. One with large scale intervention and one with zero intervention.

A very simple way to think about when you know the model has failed: The model has failed when it makes 100 predictions with 95% certainty and more than 5 of the actual outcomes are outside the bounds defined by the best and worst outcomes. Note: I said SIMPLE.

The modelers need to be careful about what they say. Next time they predict armageddon, no one will take them seriously.

Comment Delivered versus reviewed (Score 3, Insightful) 143

And who would trust MS not to show one version of the software and deliver something compiled from slightly different sources? Remember MS is more than happy to turn over dissidents' emails to the Chinese government. MS will say: "We follow all applicable laws in the countries where we operate." So what are the US laws about spying on anyone outside the country? I think it is required under NSL's.

Comment Why now? (Score 3, Interesting) 538

She must have sent a huge number of e-mails to 1000's of people. Didn't someone notice that the e-mails were from instead of

If I got an email from her dealing with official business, I would have questioned why it wasn't from a "real" e-mail address - as in or whatever.
Why didn't anyone say something sooner? Didn't someone suspect her emails the same way I would suspect an e-mail from a Nigerian prince needing help?

Comment MH370 (Score 5, Interesting) 439

We can't find MH370. If we can't find a missing plane in the ocean, then the tech for finding subs has a ways to go before it makes submarines obsolete. Plus, I bet all these detection techniques only work over a short distance. You'd need a lot of detectors to get good coverage. The ocean is large. Plus, anything active (sound, lasers, etc) can be detected by the sub and avoided.
Plus, for non-ship based sensors, you try covering the ocean with highly sensitive detectors. Things that are highly sensitive and the ocean don't mix - unless you are going to pull each detector up on a regular basis for maintenance. Plus, detectors require power. Getting power 50-200 km offshore isn't all that easy. Surface ships pinging away in shallow waters pose the greatest danger. But for every threat, there is a way to counter it. Satellite tracking of enemy ships so subs have some warning of what's coming. Special coatings to reflect lasers. Active cancellation of the acoustic waves.

Let's organize this thing and take all the fun out of it.