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Comment Re:Bribes? (Score 1) 129

Bribery is when an elected official supports your agenda because you pay them.
Campaign contributions are when you pay an elected official because they support your agenda.

Bribery is when you pay an elected official for actual results.
Campaign contributions are when you pay an elected official and HOPE to get some results
Voting is when you attempt to choose an elected official and then can gripe when he DOESN'T deliver results.

The first two have real and political ramifications; the latter has only good intentions.

Comment I'm lazy. (Score 1) 50

more than a petabyte of stored data is accessible to anyone online with the knowledge of where and how to look for it.

(Readable sites and login-credentials) picts or it didn't happen.

On an on-topic item: I, too, worked for a company where the SOP was to run a NAS with over 12PB of storage and the default credentials were used "for support reasons." For the rounding-off-error area of 40TB I controlled I was finally able to extract a concession and change a single character of the password: an "o" to a "0".

At least it wasn't accessible on the internet. And that change kept anyone internally from logging into my section on the first try.

Comment This is a partnership.... (Score 4, Interesting) 82

NSA got access to everything, blah blah. The NSA is our new overlord and conscience. So I'm contrarian here and curious: what did AT&T get out of this?

Or are they just happy they can listen in to phone calls again way back when the (actual) operators supported party-lines across multiple families and literally did the dialing for you?


For those of you too young to remember: a party line was a single shared telephone line spread across multiple houses where anyone could pick up the phone and hear a conversation that another family was having -- that's how it was designed; no single line per each room in a house but a single line shared between disparate houses.

If someone was calling, the ringtone (a clapper striking a physical bell attached to the phone) was a different pattern for each house so the correct person would know to pick up.

Speed-dial? Touch-tones? Rotary? Dial-tone? No, you flashed the hook to get the attention of the mostly-present operator and verbally told them the name or number to dial for you.

I've got a phone like that hanging in the kitchen. Unattached and unused for decades, of course, until I give in and pay for the "Twilight Zone" option.

Comment Pshaw -- easy. (Score 1) 57

Automated Real-Time Pedestrian Detection?

Simply add face recognition to the muffler, problem solved. " Yep , that was a pedestrian -- and we even know who."

But since it's Google, they'll probably do something higher-tech like measuring the reaction of the shock absorbers. And unlike their WiFi scanning, they've got two chances to get it right!

What? Why are you looking at me funny?

1: "My dog here has fleas and I'd like to kill them."
2: Opens the door and tosses the dog into the roaring furnace; slams door shut.
1: "WHAT did you just do? My dog is DEAD!"
2: "The fleas are dead; isn't that what you said you wanted?"

Comment Re:What a clusterfuck (Score 1) 676

There is also a large portion that will be bored by the story by the time the truth comes out and wonder why we haven't moved past this. Attention spans run quite brief nowadays.

Agree. It's almost as if we're determined not to remember anything so as to not have to learn anything from it.

"What difference, at this point, does it make?"

Comment Re:Won't someone think of the children? (Score 1) 207

It's not a router, but I've got a Onkyo amplifier that has lots of lights and doodads and of course an off switch. And an associated off LIGHT that turns on when the unit itself is turned off, and vice versa.

It's among the stupidest things I've even seen. It does work correctly though, so I guess I'll give them that.

Comment Re:There is a saying ... (Score 2) 91

Where I used to work, there were a few short terms for idiots who ignored or violated security standards: CEO, CFO, Legal, etc. They'd pass all these security measures for protecting data, and then say, "Oh, but not for me."

One of them had they RSA keyfob security code statically set at "111111" because it was just too hard to type in the digits (or they changed too quickly, I forget which.)

He got written up in the security exception reports and such, but was high enough to be able to override it.

At least it wasn't the code to the planetary air shield generator: 12345.

Comment Why Crypto Backdoors Wouldn't Work (Score 1) 105

to make ... apps just slightly more difficult ... and just slightly less worthwhile ... the government would have to go to extraordinary lengths.

Ahh, well there's your problem: you expect resource restrictions and common sense from government.

"the government would have to go to extraordinary lengths" Really!?! When has that ever stopped them from doing anything?

Comment Re:I love reading about this stuff... (Score 1) 129

The people in your TV set don't know they're living in a 2-dimensional universe; it's all 3D to them but obviously 2D to you. (Ignore LGs new curved TV screen -- that doesn't count.)

Now: you're living in a TV that someone ELSE is watching. (The FSM watches a separate channel on Each of His Noodly Appendages -- that solves the multiverse theory, too. And it's turtles all the way down, so FSM is also watching himself at the same time. [See? Science mixed with Religion is Truthful, Informative, AND Fun.] )

Just hope they don't hit the pause button to go get a sandwich. And Heaven forbid they change the channel! (But: how would you know?)

No, I don't understand it either. And until you can demonstrate an experiment that unambiguously demonstrates it, it's not science -- just guesswork.

Maybe they need two 5-year-olds to explain it all to them; that older 10 year old isn't working out so well.

Comment Re:Full Disclosure, please? (Score 1) 69

How do you KNOW they are out of the system without flattening the entire infrastructure?

Because we turned off the latest version of the PC Anywhere and Carbon Copy boxes that didn't use passwords to login. How else could they have entered the system? (Don't ask about the VLC box, we're still trying to locate it.)

Comment Re:Sometimes it takes embarrasement to effect chan (Score 4, Informative) 356

The rapist's comments in the documentary are pretty shocking... I suspect this perspective isn't unique to this one man and thus the government considers it an embarrassing reflection on the nation as a whole.

I just finished watching it (after DLing in case it disappears.) I find hints of "honor" and what I've heard about the Middle East and about Islam appearing as well.

a) woman should always be accompanied by members of their family when outside (in public), and
b) need to cover themselves so that strangers won't lose control of their facilities (presumably by their penis.)

Are men so sexually animistic that they can't control themselves after seeing a boob? In this case it seems like the guys were out for an opportunistic "good time" and wanted to teach her a lesson for resisting.

Maybe the idea is that teenagers might be lacking in self-control and so you need to help them along. Completely blaming women and hiding them away does not solve the problem though. But maybe that is the exact procedure to keep the male leaders (family, town, precinct, area, state) in control.

"A decent girl won't roam around at 9 o'clock at night."
"A girl is far more responsible for a rape than a boy."
So: It's not my fault, she made me do it to her.

"A woman means I immediately put the sex in his eyes."
"A female is just like a flower .. [that] always needs protection."
"In our society, we never allow our girls to come out from the house after 6:30 or 7:30 or 8:30 in the evening with any unknown person" "If very important, she should go outside BUT she should go with a [parental guardian]"
"The women are more precious than ... a diamond. It is up to you how you want to keep that diamond in your hand."
"If my daughter/sister engaged in pre-marital activities, and disgraced herself and allowed herself to lose face and character by doing such things, I would most certainly take this [person] to my farmhouse, and in front of my entire family I would put petrol on her and set her alight."
So: if you let your women out at night unaccompanied, they get what you deserve. And it almost sounds like they're living with wild animals roaming the streets. Well, maybe they (and we) are. Self-control, anyone?

Seems like there's also a hook to "terrorism" and "conforming to society will protect you" here, but I just can't place my finger on it quite yet. "Be somewhat afraid of the general population because they might not be civilized like you are" comes to mind.

Comment Re:What about the race of the escapee? (Score 1) 251

No it isn't. 100 participants is enough for 99% confidence with a plus/minus 5% confidence interval.

So you're saying they're 104% right? COOL.

I was suspect of that 100% top-limit anyway; I always thought THE AUTHORITIES were keeping the good stuff overflow for themselves.

Comment This is WONDERFUL! (Score 1) 210

Hey, this is great, for multiple reasons:

Trouble losing weight? Nooooo problem anymore!

Trying to sell black market organs? Forget all that nasty slicing and dicing; just grab the entire bag instead.

Lawsuit deniability: *I* didn't hold that gun on the bank teller. The hand in that body did. (probably only works for the first few lawsuits though.)

I guess they use Futurarama's Head-in-a-Jar while they're swapping heads?

Gives a whole new worry in the bar scene, though: "Hey girl, you've got a GREAT body." She frowns and squints back: "Why do you say that?"

Comment Does anybody really know what time it is? (Score 1) 531

So, let's boot up a Muslim AI.

Now, it's got to pray 5x a day. Does it get beheaded because its NTP server is out of sync? (And that looses it's terror slightly when you can simply attach it back again -- that is if it even has one.)
Is it apostasy if you swap out a ROM?
Does it get one shrink-wrapped virgin with 72 interchangeable parts, or 72 "no user serviceable parts inside"?
Is it a sin if you don't agree to their EULA?
What is this guy going to think about all of this?

And as long as I'm !PC here: "AIs running around with a reason to discriminate, hate, and kill folks that believe differently than they do." Sounds like ISIL absorbed some Apple/Microsoft/Google fanboys. Just think -- ACTUAL Flamewars! And just wait for the rabid liberal/conservative bots: we need to get this running first: XKCD virus aquarium vs an real-life one.

Yes, I know, it's nothing at all to joke about. But I'm an atheist living in the bible belt -- I've been scared for decades and these local people don't want to kill me, just convert me ... if they don't ignore me to start with. ISIL wants to kill us both -- tEofEimF. And if I don't make jokes about it, I'd be a blithering idiot (... hmph, maybe it's not helping much after all.)

If I have not seen so far it is because I stood in giant's footsteps.