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Comment: Re:Occam's Razor - PR stunt (Score 2) 257

by rwa2 (#48670617) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

Yeah, I'm with you here. I'm sure it's more likely that this is a PR stunt gone wild and we all fell for it. Even the POTUS fell for it. Before this, I hadn't even heard of the studio, much less the movie.

Let's see...

  * Sony was already in panic mode after their security breach. This sure took the new spotlight off of that.

  * OK, movie is coming out now... oh, no, no it isn't, it's too dangerous! ("ooh, forbidden fruit! No one wants to SEE a BANNED movie, do you?")

  * media goes nuts. POTUS makes a statement. NK kicked off the internets.

  * OK, sure, you can watch the movie, but ONLY in SELECT THEATERS NEAR YOU!

  * Sounds like NK pretty much held to their party line of "huh? We didn't do it! But whatever it was, I bet you deserved it, you capitalist swine!"

suckers :P

Comment: Re:WTF UK? (Score 1, Offtopic) 326

by rwa2 (#48669661) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

Quit trolling, GP never said anything about the US being a paragon of free speech protections.

Yep. The US Government is usually far behind most technological trends, but you can bet there's a good reason that the US has been archiving every tweet to the Library of Congress. They may not be using it for witchhunts right at this moment, but you can bet your keister it's gonna be trawled big-time for political fodder whenever it's expedient to perform a good ol' fashioned character assassination or simply to throw someone in jail.

Comment: Safari 8.0.2 and Slashdot (Score 1) 112

by rwa2 (#48662313) Attached to: Apple Pushes First Automated OS X Security Update

I suppose this thread is as as close as I'll get... Anyone else have high CPU displaying Slashdot on Safari?

I usually keep /. open all day in a tab, but lately I've occasionally been getting /. tabs burning through all of my CPU on some tabs, according to ActivityMonitor. I assume it has something to do with the new ads, since it's intermittent, but it's been difficult to flag exactly which ad content has been causing this. Just updated to Safari 8.0.2 this morning, and it's still occurring.

Usually use Safari instead of Chrome since the battery life is supposedly better, but certainly not with this issue :P But at this point, I'd sooner stop keeping /. open than change browsers. :/

Comment: Re:Public land closures (Score 1) 48

by rwa2 (#48660349) Attached to: Hot Springs At Yellowstone Changed Their Color Due To Tourist Activity

Geysir was clogged in the 1950s before the jet age, so it probably wasn't too very many American tourists.

Iceland destroyed half their geysers all by themselves for geothermal power plants:
http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyo...

The US made a strong showing too, but both are far behind New Zealand.

Movies

'Citizenfour' Producers Sued Over Edward Snowden Leaks 161

Posted by Soulskill
from the indicting-a-ham-sandwich dept.
An anonymous reader writes with this news from The Hollywood Reporter: Horace Edwards, who identifies himself as a retired naval officer and the former secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation, has filed a lawsuit in Kansas federal court that seeks a constructive trust over monies derived from the distribution of Citizenfour. Edwards ... seeks to hold Snowden, director Laura Poitras, The Weinstein Co., Participant Media and others responsible for "obligations owed to the American people" and "misuse purloined information disclosed to foreign enemies." It's an unusual lawsuit, one that the plaintiff likens to "a derivative action on behalf of the American Public," and is primarily based upon Snowden's agreement with the United States to keep confidentiality. ... Edwards appears to be making the argument that Snowden's security clearance creates a fiduciary duty of loyalty — one that was allegedly breached by Snowden's participation in the production of Citizenfour without allowing prepublication clearance review. As for the producers and distributors, they are said to be "aiding and abetting the theft and misuse of stolen government documents." The lawsuit seeks a constructive trust to redress the alleged unjust enrichment by the film. A 1980 case that involved a former CIA officer's book went up to the Supreme Court and might have opened the path to such a remedy.

Comment: Re:Public land closures (Score 1) 48

by rwa2 (#48655681) Attached to: Hot Springs At Yellowstone Changed Their Color Due To Tourist Activity

Yep... we did Yellowstone a few years ago, and it was certainly the most crowded, commercialized, and overrated national park we've visited.

Yellowstone covers 2,219,791 acres. You didn't see Yellowstone, you saw the crowded, commercialized, and famous segments of Yellowstone. I spent a week hiking there one year and the only other people within 3 miles of the trails I took were the rest of the group I went with. Also, I know there is MUCH more to Yellowstone than I've seen in about 4 visits (each roughly a week long, and each geographically overlapping only on visiting the Old Faithful Inn once each trip).

True that... we only spent 2 days driving around the main loop and didn't have time for a real hike, since we still had the rest of Wyoming between us and our flight out. But still, the fact remains that we wanted to spend more time at just about all the parks we visited (RMNP, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Arches, Canyonlands, National Reef, Fruita, Zion), but after a day at Yellowstone we just wanted to get back out to Grand Teton NP. I'm sure the wilderness away from the beaten path are awesome, but it's probably going to be some time before we bother trying to go back.

Comment: Re:Public land closures (Score 1) 48

by rwa2 (#48655095) Attached to: Hot Springs At Yellowstone Changed Their Color Due To Tourist Activity

Yep... we did Yellowstone a few years ago, and it was certainly the most crowded, commercialized, and overrated national park we've visited.

OTOH, it's also the park most likely to self-correct when the supervolcano blows, so there might be some value in allowing it to keep it's most-visited status if only to reduce traffic to other national parks.

We went there as part of a big loop, flying in/out of Denver and taking 2 weeks to camp at every national / state park, from RMNP to Zion, then up to Yellowstone. The parks in Colorado and southern Utah were amazing, as was Grand Teton NP just south of Yellowstone. Yellowstone was all traffic, no camping availability (had to hit the most expensive motel I've ever stayed at on the Montana side... to be fair our timing was bad and we arrived on the weekend), and the attractions were neat, but not much more impressive than anything we had already seen in Iceland. OK, OK, the jumping mud pits were extremely cute, but the geysers and hot pools in Iceland were much more regular and impressive, especially Geysir where you could walk right up to within a few feet, with nothing but a little velvet rope between you and the maw, and it would go off every 5 minutes instead of an hour like Ol' Faithful (which, admittedly, we didn't wait for).

But of course, even in Iceland, there was another geyser a few meters away that was cordoned off and shut down, because it was also clogged up with trash and junk that people had tossed in to try to trigger an eruption.

+ - Problem Solver Beer Tells How Much to Drink to Boost Your Creativity

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "When you've been stuck on a problem or that creative spark just won't come, the chances are you've turned to a cup of coffee to get things moving. A quick java infusion can certainly help, but studies also suggest that alcohol can also have a positive impact on your creative cognition. University of Illinois Professor Jennifer Wiley determined that a person's "creative peak" comes when their blood alcohol level reaches 0.075, lowering their ability to overthink during a task. Medical Daily reports that marketing agency CP+B Copenhagen and Danish brewery Rocket Brewing wanted to help drinkers reach their imaginative prime, so they decided to create their own beer to do just that. The result is he Problem Solver. It's a 7.1 percent craft IPA that its makers say offers a "refined bitterness with a refreshing finish." To ensure you reach the optimum creative level, the bottle includes a scale, which determines how much of the beer you need to drink based on your body weight. The agency does offer a word of warning though: "Enjoying the right amount will enhance your creative thinking. Drinking more will probably do exactly the opposite.""
Security

Researchers Discover SS7 Flaw, Allowing Total Access To Any Cell Phone, Anywhere 89

Posted by Soulskill
from the just-in-case-you-were-feeling-safe-and-secure-today dept.
krakman writes: Researchers discovered security flaws in SS7 that allow listening to private phone calls and intercepting text messages on a potentially massive scale – even when cellular networks are using the most advanced encryption now available. The flaws, to be reported at a hacker conference in Hamburg this month, are actually functions built into SS7 for other purposes – such as keeping calls connected as users speed down highways, switching from cell tower to cell tower – that hackers can repurpose for surveillance because of the lax security on the network. It is thought that these flaws were used for bugging German Chancellor Angela's Merkel's phone.

Those skilled at the housekeeping functions built into SS7 can locate callers anywhere in the world, listen to calls as they happen or record hundreds of encrypted calls and texts at a time for later decryption (Google translation of German original). There is also potential to defraud users and cellular carriers by using SS7 functions, the researchers say. This is another result of security being considered only after the fact, as opposed to being part of the initial design.

You know you've been spending too much time on the computer when your friend misdates a check, and you suggest adding a "++" to fix it.

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