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Comment: Re:So much for Net Neutrality. (Score 1) 56

by oodaloop (#46783397) Attached to: Tor Blacklisting Exit Nodes Vulnerable To Heartbleed
Of course. Let us not forget NSA lying to congress, engaging in corporate espionage, subverting crypto standards, spying on Senators, spying on foreign leaders, and monitoring and managing online discussions on technology websites like Slashdot. But I don't see how any of that would help us track conventional military units overseas.

Comment: Ask Vlad Anything (Score 3, Insightful) 385

by mbone (#46780915) Attached to: Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

When did Slashdot become infested with NSA apologists?

Putin does this show annually. I am sure that the callers are vetted, but the questions tend to be wide-ranging, and don't really seem scripted to me. (I liked the one about buying Alaska back.) After all, it's a 4 hour show.

Now, as for Snowden, I see this as positive. State security is not talked about that much in Russia, and he brought it up. While Putin said pretty much what Obama might have said in 2010 (in other words, it's fair to doubt whether he was being truthful), it gets it out in the open, and all in all I think that is a good thing.

Comment: Re:So much for Net Neutrality. (Score 1) 56

by oodaloop (#46780565) Attached to: Tor Blacklisting Exit Nodes Vulnerable To Heartbleed

Russia has just admitted that it really did move members of its armed forces into Crimea prior to the annexation. How do you think they managed that without people catching on?

Maybe old school subterfuge? Or are you arguing we need mass warrantless surveillance of American citizens in order to track Russain military units overseas?

Comment: Re:Simple answer? (Score 3, Insightful) 51

by mbone (#46771135) Attached to: Astronomers Solve Puzzle of the Mountains That Fell From Space

Saturn's ring material falling onto the Iapetus. This "mountain range" is technically an equatorial ridge, but as anyone who's seen an hour glass it's not hard to imagine (-- disclaimer) the same thing is happening on the moon of a planet with it's own ring system.

No. In that theory, the satellites interior to Iapetus, i.e., Mimas, Enceladas,Tethys, Dione, Rhea and (maybe) Titan would all have similar equatorial ridges, which they do not.

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