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Comment: Re:Let me translate (Score 1) 210

by gr8scot (#30673262) Attached to: Ubuntu "Memberships" Questioned
Good point about the Starship Troopers movie. It's one thing to omit some events for the unofficial two-hour limit, but that thing was really untrue to the essence of the book whose title, plot and characters it lifted for a contrary theme and message (or absence of any, which is also contrary to the book's intent).

Good use of the book as analogy, too. Rights logically imply responsibilities. What's the problem?

Comment: Re:Well, gee... (Score 1) 119

by gr8scot (#26046819) Attached to: NSA Is Building a New Datacenter In San Antonio
Using the incompetence of George Walker Bush and Donald Rumsfeld, almost everybody is talented enough to suspect these losers are cheating us. Surveillance is just one possible means. Handing auto workers', and everybody else's income who works for a living, directly to their cronies at AIG and Citi is another, and the latter is a documented fact. Suspicion of other, similar pursuits of the same agenda via other agencies is not paranoia, it's true intelligence. As opposed to the euphemistic language invoked to describe the same incompetents' failure to apprehend terrorists who took flight lessons and skipped landing, more than one month after George Walker Bush was delivered a CIA document titled "Bin Laden Determined To Strike US" and describing the plan to steer airplanes into buildings.

Comment: Citation needed (Score 1) 225

by gr8scot (#25906551) Attached to: Apple Sued Over iPhone Browser

The general bias of this board seems to be anti-process patent. But with a great amount US GDP currently being derived from services and intellectual properties which include such processes, is there no benefit from awarding inventors if the only aspect of their invention is algorithmic in nature?

The general opinion of this board, as I see it, is that process patents retard production, especially but not only innovative production, more than they advance it. Can you quantify the "great amount of US GDP currently derived from services and intellectual properties which include such processes"? Once you have, can you honestly claim that taking all those patent-enforced methodological [I will not call this farce "intellectual"] monopolies off the open market really reduces GDP?

Comment: Re:When you put something in a locked box (Score 1) 295

by gr8scot (#25851165) Attached to: Worm Attack Prompts DoD To Ban Use of External Media

When you try to protect a secret by putting in in a locked box, do you put it in a steel box with a good combination lock? Or do you put it in a cheap transparent plastic box with a lock that can be picked by a safety pin and hundreds of holes and little doors that can be opened even more easily?

The answer really depends on what kind of other security measures you're placing on the box, and how accessible it is. If the transparent plastic box with a lock that can be picked with a safety pin is floating on a rock island in the middle of the caldera of an active volcano...

It isn't. Somebody obviously got in, either by socially engineering a soldier or by being a double agent.

The military networks are most certainly hardened against intrusion.

Hardened? Is this about placing the aforementioned plastic box into a steel vault?

With proper security measures installed, and with decent firewalls and traffic monitoring on both the outbound and the inbound, and with intelligent account restrictions in place,

... including prohibiting external storage devices,

... then Windows can be made just as secure as any other OS.

Comment: Re:I already funded the development, as a taxpayer (Score 1) 352

by gr8scot (#25814817) Attached to: Secure OS Gets Highest NSA Rating, Goes Commercial

So because its been used in military applications, you've constructed this elaborate fantasy scenario rather than just researching its actual history?

Not close.

It was developed years ago as a commercial product primarily for the embedded systems market. Military aircraft are just an example of the applications it's been used for after it was already a mature commercial product.

Provide one other "example of the applications it's been used for after it was already a mature commercial product," shit-for-brain. It was developed for my military, after it received a contract from my military. I own it, bitch.

Comment: Re:Just one question (Score 1) 199

by gr8scot (#25814587) Attached to: Feds Can Locate Cell Phones Without Telcos
Less finesse? Bush has been caught, repeatedly, and for much worse than Watergate. He has not been prosecuted, not because he has skillfully evaded detection but because his crimes are so terrifying, and his accomplices [Cheney, Rumsfeld, Gonzales, Perle, PNAC, Sauds] are so shady. Is that what you consider "finesse"?

Comment: Re:I already funded the development, as a taxpayer (Score 1) 352

by gr8scot (#25813983) Attached to: Secure OS Gets Highest NSA Rating, Goes Commercial

... used in the B1B bomber and other military aircraft...

Now, do you suppose it was given to my military, as a xmas gift? Do you suppose development even began before a no-bid, cost+plus contract was signed? Like I said, I funded the development as a taxpayer already. I own that. Hand it over.

Comment: probably not copied, though identical (Score 1) 1

by gr8scot (#25813679) Attached to: Propitiatory Software is Actually Half FOSS???
Given the dual constraints of (1) programming language & (2) action to perform, one "right way" exists, defined by loads on processor, memory/cache/'page file' & [rarely] storage. This means that MegaCorp. programmers are half right, not that they plagiarize half their work. Corollary: "software" & "patent" are inherently antithetical concepts [because only one "right way" exists to write "software" for any given task, and therefore no useful solution is ever novel, nor non-obvious].

Comment: Good. (Score 1) 1

by gr8scot (#25813569) Attached to: Study Shows People Ditch Vista in Six Months.
Programmers, CS students, know that software is a necessity, a prerequisite for computer hardware to be useful. It is not a "value add" but the MegaCorp. MBA dufi have fallen for that sales pitch, and inflated the market for the rest of us so that we pay extras for ... what Microsoft sells!?! WTF? Every programmer / CS student knows their software is shit.

Comment: Absolutely wrong. (Score 1) 218

by gr8scot (#25813395) Attached to: The Neurological Basis of Con Games
From the summary:

'The key to a con is not that you trust the con man, but that he shows he trusts you. Con men ply their trade by appearing fragile or needing help, by seeming vulnerable,' writes Zak. 'Because of THOMAS, the human brain makes us feel good when we help others -- this is the basis for attachment to family and friends and cooperation with strangers.'

We all experience greed, but knowing that everybody else does too, we are naturally suspicious of "something for nothing," especially if offered by another human. Plants and animals we expect to be able to eat. Thus, the survival advantage of action based on reciprocal trust. Social conventions complex enough to turn this mechanism to any individual's disadvantage are relatively recent in homo sapiens' time on Earth, thus the yet-unsolved problem of con people.

Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition. - Isaac Asimov