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Comment: Re:Ok then... (Score 3, Insightful) 38

by khasim (#49194899) Attached to: How Activists Tried To Destroy GPS With Axes

It's just not the immediate end of the world as they may view it, but is being more sensitive to such things being crazy?

Their claims are what identify them as crazy.

From the summary:

Today, Lumsdaine views the thread connecting GPS and drones as part of a longer-term movement by military powers toward automated systems and compared today's conditions to the opening sequence of Terminator 2, where Sarah Connor laments that the survivors of Skynet's nuclear apocalypse "lived only to face a new nightmare: the war against the machines."

When they start comparing reality to sci-fi apocalypse movies then there is a problem.

And when they start destroying things because of it, they've gone into "crazy" territory.

Comment: Silence is golden... (Score 1) 123

by DerekLyons (#49194639) Attached to: Musician Releases Album of Music To Code By

Learned to really concentrate while serving on a submarine in the USN - to the "music" of fans and humming power supplies... so, for heavy brainwork at the computer all I need is the noise of the computer. Music just pulls me out of what I'm doing.

Oddly enough, the opposite is true when I'm working out in my woodshop, there I like to have music.

Comment: Re:Nuclear ain't cheap any more. (Score 1) 356

by DerekLyons (#49194087) Attached to: French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles

Are you talking about France? Or Russia? Or where then?

You sure as heck aren't talking about the US. The military (read Naval) reactor program parted ways with the civilian world decades ago - they're simply too dissimilar. Nor can civilian reactors effectively make plutonium, nor were they needed to. And the for companies involved in military reactors, government contracting is only one small corner of their business. Etc... etc...

Comment: Re:Anthem is normal here (Score 3, Informative) 75

by ColdWetDog (#49193423) Attached to: Anthem Blocking Federal Auditor From Doing Vulnerability Scans

I work for a large multinational in the human capital management space and we let a select number our customers do penetration testing. Our customers range from Fortune 500 to government agencies in the US and EU. It is not an unheard of practice, and I would argue it is quite common for these requests to come up, especially during contract negotiations.

My little firm can't afford stuff like that. So we outsource our testing to China and Russia - they charge a lot less.

Seems like they're always falling over each other to try and accommodate us.

Comment: Oh Come On, it's a Press Release (Score 4, Insightful) 66

OK, no real technical data and some absurd claims here.

First all-digital transceiver? No. There have been others. Especially if you allow them to have a DAC and an ADC and no other components in the analog domain, but even without that, there are lots of IoT-class radios with direct-to-digital detectors and digital outputs directly to the antenna. You might have one in your car remote (mine is two-way).

And they have to use patented algorithms? Everybody else can get along with well-known technology old enough that any applicable patents are long expired.

It would be nicer if there was some information about what they are actually doing. If they really have patented it, there's no reason to hold back.

Comment: Re:The poison pin ... (Score 1) 320

The second password shouldn't brick the phone, it should take you to a second version of your phone's file system, which contains only the "happy birds" game, a collection of bad but sincere teenage poetry, and a spreadsheet listing the names of each member of Canada's federal government cabinet alongside a 6 figure dollar number.

... just like every assassin's phone.

Comment: They must suspect everyone. (Score 1) 320

yet Border Services thinks they need to inspect the data on everyone's phones?

No, not everyone's phones, just phones of people they suspect of something. It's the same deal with inspecting the contents of suitcases. They don't inspect everyone's suitcases, just some of them.

They must suspect everyone, because every suitcase gets X-Rayed.

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. -- Wernher von Braun