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+ - Linux Community Considers NSA's Hand in systemd

Submitted by Robotron23
Robotron23 (832528) writes "Several sources within the Linux community (here, here, here and here) have continued to discuss the possibility of NSA involvement with systemd. Various commentaries argue that the pace, scope and vociferousness surrounding the Debian kernel updates signify cause for suspicion. Discussion upon this subject has simmered since April, when Julian Assange branded the Debian project as being under the ownership of the NSA.

With examples, iGuru summarizes the arguments in this post. Noted is the worrying influence of developers working in billion-dollar corporate giant Red Hat, the potential for infiltration and manipulation within and between systemd supporters, plus numerous possible security holes and vulnerabilities in the code. Meanwhile, systemd's 217 update was announced as implemented."

Comment: Not thrilled! (Score 1) 380

by mschaffer (#47329803) Attached to: New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

Depending on where the hydrogen in the ammonia comes from, this is a complete waste of time.
Much hydrogen is consumed to make ammonia. Why waste the energy to reclaim it?
Another source of ammonia involves reacting steam with coke to form ammonia and....get this...carbon dioxide.
Until ammonia from other sources is readily available, making hydrogen this way is not wise or helpful for the environment.

Comment: Rediculous premise (Score 3, Insightful) 187

by mschaffer (#46997801) Attached to: Do Embedded Systems Need a Time To Die?

This is based on a ridiculous premise that newer=more secure.

Who is going to pay for all of this?
What happens when someone forgets to replace some critical controller (gee, I thought your group was in charge of replacing it...)?

Also, what's In-Q-Tel's real motive? Mandating a secret back-door so that the CIA can have access to what they want? Or, are they quietly investing in Siemens, Rockwell Automation, Hitachi, and the like?

Comment: Re:Not "thousands" (Score 1) 53

From the National Geographic article:

More than 1,000 copies of HERV-H litter the human genome. The DNA sequences are unique to humans and great apes, apparently invading primates less than 20 million years ago, said evolutionary geneticist Cedric Feschotte of the University of Utah, who did not take part in this research.

What I would like to know is what did mammals, reptiles, and other organisms do before this.

+ - When is a mandate not a mandate?->

Submitted by mschaffer
mschaffer (97223) writes "When is a mandate not a mandate? When it's the ObamaCare's individual mandate, of course. Buried deep within an unrelated rule pertaining to the preservation of some health plans that don't comply with ObamaCare, only the WSJ had noticed the mandate suspension.

Now all you need to do is fill out a form attesting that your plan was cancelled and that you "believe that the plan options available in the [ObamaCare] Marketplace in your area are more expensive than your cancelled health insurance policy" or "you consider other available policies unaffordable."

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