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Comment Re:Veterans care (Score 1) 36

Anybody who ever served on active duty and handled classified information is just a bit hacked off at Her Majesty's cavalier attitude about, well, everything.

That's true, but comparing Hillary's sending and receiving emails that weren't marked as classified over a non-government server is absolutely NOTHING compared to Petraus' knowingly giving top secret information to someone with neither a need to know nor a security clearance. Remember Mata Hari? (I probably spelled that wrong)

Plus, his adultery is strictly against the USMJ code; people have gotten dishonorable discharges for that alone, and anyone else would have gotten time in Leavenworth for spilling secrets. Petraus got off not with a slap on the wrist, but a stern talking to.

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Journal Journal: Gimpy text and Mars

I use the Gnu Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) to design book covers. It's an excellent free open source program that has three weaknesses -- its menu structure is completely illogical (but can be gotten used to), I can't find a full spectrum palette, and its text handling is so poor as to be useless.

Comment Re:malware (Score 1) 122

Deliberate attacks generally target insurance data. You can't make much off of knowing someone got a booboo, but insurance fraud is a gold mine.

That isn't to say that ambient malware isn't finding its way everywhere else. The reality is that modalities (CTs, MRIs, etc.), are rarely patched, many are running ancient versions of Windows. Re-imaging systems--sometimes near daily at some facilities--is the normal strategy for addressing malware. Lack of support from the manufacturer being principally to blame. Most facilities have a strong concern for security but there's often an absence of adequately qualified IT staff to address the matter elsewhere in the facility.

Comment Re:And the timeframe for getting another probe (Score 1) 77

Both Mercury and Venus have very nasty environments with which to deal with. Yes, they have launch intervals at tight intervals, yes there's an atmosphere to bleed delta-v, but at the same time a Venus rover would require comparatively huge engineering and material science investment, Mercury is a similar story unless hiding in a permanently shadowed crater is your only interest. Mars is a most excellent place to work out plenty of the other engineering challenges involved with such tools before we throw hostile environments into the mix.

Comment Re:just give them a mandate and a budget (Score 1) 71

They get lots of mandates from congress. Trouble is they tend change their mind faster than systems engineering development cycles. Then they get a requirement to integrate a boat trolling motor onto the first stage booster. Later a camper van must be retrofitted and attached to serve as crew quarters. After finally convincing Congress that the trolling motor requirement is making it hard to engineer the booster to meet mission objectives, Congress redirects them to swap the trolling motor for a 750HP outboard motor. Finally after protracted struggles to engineer the booster they come close to cracking the nut only to find the project shut down for lack of progress. This time its replacement will be required to have four outboard motors and two camper vans.

Comment Re:I'll piss on a spark plug... (Score 2) 86

Most likely, if this ever gets used, businesses will take the FTC to court, say they are not a law enforcement body

Except, the FTC is most definitely a law enforcement body.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was established as an independent administrative agency pursuant to the Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914. The purpose of the FTC is to enforce the provisions of the Federal Trade Commission Act, which prohibits "unfair or deceptive acts or practices in commerce." The Clayton Antitrust Act (1914) also granted the FTC the authority to act against specific and unfair monopolistic practices. The FTC is considered to be a law enforcement agency, and like other such agencies it lacks punitive authority. Although the FTC cannot punish violators—that is the responsibility of the judicial system—it can issue cease and desist orders and argue cases in federal and administrative courts.

Today, the Federal Trade Commission serves an important function as a protector of both consumer and business rights. While the restrictions that it imposes on business practices often receive the most attention, other laws enforced by the FTC—such as the 1979 Franchise Rule, which directed franchisors to provide full disclosure of franchise information to prospective franchisees—have been of great benefit to entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Emphasis added.

Comment Re:Very sad - but let's get legislation in place N (Score 1) 705

Their private servers got hacked. In much the same way if I were to get mugged

Lots of people conflating individuals with corporations here.

If you leave the back door open and your customers' stuff gets stolen, you should be liable, criminally and civilly. Just as if you don't maintain your underwater oil rig properly, and there's a catastrophic blow-out and millions of gallons of crude get dumped into the ecosystem, you should be criminally liable.

Comment Re:This has long been settled (Score 1) 240

The natural mechanics of the human body fit far better with the narrow to wide angle (from bottom to top). I suspect making the keys columnar would increase repetitive stress injuries. If you wished to challenge the QWERTY arrangement as being an anachronism then I would agree that you may well have a case.

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