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Comment: Re: i'm going with 98% of the scientific community (Score 1) 239 239

Actually, the oil industry IS paying for the global warming alarmists.

I would suggest that you learn something about science. You do not do science by consensus. You do science by facts. The facts are that, so far, all of the AGW models have FAILED to accurately predict future temperature changes and most of them have even failed to predict what has actually happened with temperatures when started with the data of a point in the past.

Comment: Re:Accepting Responsibility (Score 1) 347 347

People apologize when they, or the things they sell, make mistakes. Even if it was unforeseeable.

No, they don't. When everybody involved knows that they're looking at the spurious output of a young image recognition process, apologies don't, and don't need to happen.

Comment: Re:alogrithms aren't racist (Score 1) 347 347

To cite one example, ACORN staffer Clifton Mitchell was arrested and convicted (and did time) for creating fictional voters through thousands of bogus voter registrations. ACORN as an entity was fined $25k for its supervisory role in just his conduct alone. The entire organization dissolved itself while it was undergoing investigation for identical behavior in multiple states.

Comment: Re:I can see it now (Score 2) 39 39

The metal bits aren't what go obsolete. The tooling to produce the engines, the frames, the aerodynamic surfaces were destroyed only after the planes were retired. 3D printing doesn't help build microchips, wiring boards, etc.

Could some of those parts have been produced better with 3D printing? Sure. Particularly inside the engines, there are very complex forms that are difficult to make subtractively. But the whole plane? Big simple forms are far stronger and consistent when stamped from rolled stock than sintered up from powder.

The reason those planes were retired is that new requirements emerged, and it was decided (rightly or wrongly) that a new design was the right way to meet them.

Comment: Re:Routing around (Score 1) 178 178

This all depends on the physical architecture used for the said circuit. I don't know how frequently SONET is used these days on HiCap and Tier-1 circuits, but if your network is designed using what is known in the industry as UPSR (Unidirectional Path Switched Ring), there is a redundant path on another circuit that can handle the traffic around the disabled / failed segments of a SONET ring. If the fibers were located (physically) close to each other (which is not a good, secure practice), then this would be a huge problem, and the segments within the failed portion of the ring would be "in-wrap" so segments at either end of the failed sections would still have signal, and therefore, service. Multiple fiber cuts, as were reported, might have been done to intentionally disable this in-built service protection of UPSR. If there were 3 cuts, as reported, this would had to have been a coordinated & direct attack on the carrier's infrastructure.

Comment: Re:How would aereo tv service work into this? (Score 2) 143 143

Taxation of Illegal Income in the United States

At least in the US, tax collection agencies have never balked at collecting their share of your ill-gotten gains. In fact, it's a worse tax situation than legitimate business, because there are classes of expense, such as bribes, which cannot be deducted.

Comment: Re: Our saving grace, perhaps? (Score 1) 33 33

Yes and no. Malware such as CryptoWall goes after the user data specifically. It can run for days or months without detection. By the time you figure out something ain't right, the first task is to figure out how deep that rabbit hole to hell goes. You can't simply roll back to a previous snapshot without losing all subsequent productivity. You will have to perform some reconciliation with data due to undetected daily data destruction. It's not a fun day to deal with that!

Comment: Re:Antivirus is useless. (Score 2) 33 33

It's polymorphic, so yeah, AVs won't find it. It's executes random, in random memory, does it damage to files and drops a few HELP_DECRYPT.HTML files in whatever directory got hit. Then it terminates itself.

It does this to prevent reverse engineering and detection by AVs. Also, it won't run in VM environments so as a snapshot can be created to reverse engineer it too, so I've read. I haven't confirmed that part however.

I believe the payload is hosted in random Google Doc sites.

Comment: Re:BECAUSE IDIOTS PAY IT! (Score 1) 33 33

It will only go after AD if the Domain User account is a member of Domain Admins, Schema, etc. Even IT Administrators should have their own User account, and leave the one for Domain Admin as a utilitarian account. Because, if you're a member of those high level privileges and run the virus, it will run with whatever your account has access to!

Here's a previous article on the subject. Be sure to block and My_Resume.svg from e-mail in the meantime.

Comment: Re:Security (Score 1) 223 223

Given how "security questions" have been handled in the past, i.e. to be anything but, my response to that sort of thing is to type in random text and usually a lot of it. I also don't see how it increases the security. If the email address of the user has been compromised, it is likely that the intruder would have an easy time finding the correct answers to the questions.

Use a password manager.

For secret questions, make up an answer, note the answer in your password manager.

Good luck with monitoring email to figure out the answers....

Lead me not into temptation... I can find it myself.