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Comment: OK (Score 1) 59

by koan (#49750359) Attached to: NSA Planned To Hijack Google App Store To Hack Smartphones

The project was motivated in part by concerns about the possibility of “another Arab Spring,” which was sparked in Tunisia in December 2010 and later spread to countries across the Middle East and North Africa. Western governments and intelligence agencies were largely blindsided by those events, and the document detailing IRRITANT HORN suggests the spies wanted to be prepared to launch surveillance operations in the event of more unrest.

It appears in some ways that these agencies have become dependent on their digital surveillance, to the point they are missing exactly what they claim to be looking for.
I guess if you want to plan a revolution just use paper...

Comment: What did I miss? (Score 1) 79

But what might come as a surprise is that if you went up to the peak of the highest mountains, not only would the acceleration due to gravity be its lowest, but there'd also be less mass beneath your feet than at any other location.

Mass is the same regardless, weight changes, so how is the mass less on top of a mountain?

So what did I miss here?

An object on the Moon would weigh less than it would on Earth because of the lower gravity, but it would still have the same mass.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment: laugh (Score 2) 79

It's sad I have been offered this

two years of free credit monitoring and identity threat protection as compensation

6 times now, and from 6 different corps.

And this..

'sophisticated cyberattack'

is bullshit..
http://krebsonsecurity.com/201...

Turns out, the same bulk registrant in China that registered the phony Premera and Anthem domains in April 2014 also registered two Carefirst look-alike domains — careflrst[dot]com (the “i” replaced with an “L”) and caref1rst[dot]com (the “i” replaced with the number “1”).

Additionally, ThreatConnect has unearthed evidence showing the same tactics were used on EmpireB1ue.com (note the “L” replaced with a number “1”), a domain registered April 11, 2014 (the same day as the phony Carefirst domains). EmpireBlue BlueCross BlueShield was one of the organizations impacted by the Anthem breach.

Comment: Re:Remarkably Apple Watch-like for a reason (Score 1) 71

by koan (#49744215) Attached to: In 1984, Jobs and Wozniak Talk About Apple's Earliest Days

Actually it's because of AC's, though I like to leave my settings so that I can see AC's, sometimes they are the most insightful.

Not you though.

Yeah, the watch does suck, but we all knew that it was going to didn't we? Doesn't seem like anything Jobs would have let out.

How come financial advisors never seem to be as wealthy as they claim they'll make you?

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