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The Military

US Bombs ISIS Command Center After Terrorist Posts Selfie Online 286 286

HughPickens.com writes: Brian Everstine writes at Air Force Times that U.S. intelligence officers were able to locate and bomb an Islamic State command center based on a photo and comments in social media. "The [airmen are] combing through social media and they see some moron standing at this command," said Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command. "And in some social media, open forum, bragging about command and control capabilities for Da'esh, ISIL, And these guys go 'ah, we got an in.' So they do some work, long story short, about 22 hours later through that very building, three JDAMS take that entire building out. Through social media. It was a post on social media. Bombs on target in 22 hours."

Carlisle was careful to not go into great detail about the how the information was gathered and what additional effort went into targeting those bombs. It's easy to imagine that in addition to the information gleaned from the initial post that the Air Force used satellite and drone reconnaissance data. It's also possible that U.S. intelligence could have actively engaged with the original poster in order to draw out information. Attackers and researchers have shown time and time again that simply asking a target for information—either by posing as a trusted individual or using carefully created phishing attacks—works even better than fancy information-stealing digital attacks.

Comment: Some appliances run fine on DC (Score 1) 597 597

Many appliances run just fine on 120v DC power. Of course it's hard to tell which ones without either taking it apart and examining it or trying it and risking the magic smoke coming out.

Nothing high-current will ever switch to low voltage DC, I hope. I'm already annoyed at my 120v electric lawn mower; stupid extension cord is way heavier than my in-laws 240v electric lawn mower in Europe. Considering the cost of copper we should be switching to higher voltages, not lower.

Seems like the batteries could be redesigned to be higher voltage to reduce inverter losses. Just add more cells.

True sine wave IGBT converters are pretty efficient.

Businesses

IT Consultant Talks About 'Negotiating for Nerds' (Video) 61 61

Matt Heusser did a Slashdot video interview back in 2013 titled How to Become an IT Expert Companies Seek Out and Pay Well. Despite noise from a few yammerheads about Matt getting 'free advertising' on Slashdot, which is unlikely since the vast majority of Slashdot users are more likely to compete with him than to hire him, most of the people who saw that video (or read the transcript) knew he was giving helpful advice to peers who might want to get out of the cubicle and work for themselves.

Today, Matt is with us again. This video is about 'Negotiating for Nerds.' Matt talks about negotiating a pay raise or consulting fee increase, starting with learning who has the actual power to negotiate with you. This is essential knowledge if you are employed (or self-employed) in IT and want to make sure you're getting all you are worth.

Comment: I lived in a FEMA trailer and it wasn't that bad (Score 3, Informative) 79 79

I had the priviledge of living in a government surplus FEMA trailer on a Navy base for about four weeks. It really wasn't that bad. They're just cheap trailers built by some cheap trailer company like the millions of other cheap trailers that people live in all over the US. There's nothing FEMA-ey about them. I don't know what everybody is complaining about. Bunch of whine-ass cry-babies. "Oh the FREE trailer I got from the government ISN'T GOOD ENOUGH". Or maybe this whole thing was concocted by the media. When FEMA got rid of them, this base got about a dozen, for free, and they've been lived in ever since, including by me, and they are perfectly livable.

Comment: Slashdot interviews getting better? (Score 1) 20 20

There are those in oceanography who would tell you that Bob's submersibles are pressurized by his own overinflated ego. But I guess haters gonna hate. FWIW my grandpa met him once and speaks highly of him, and he answered a letter one of my cousin's wrote to him. And the JASON system is fucking rad.

Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 175 175

Your victrola is probably an exceptional outlyer. It's remarkable because it's so old and still works. Nevermind the million other busted victrolas in the landfill. I've gone through plenty of old stuff that was busted and not worth fixing for any practical reason. Old does not necessarily equal good. Sure manufacturing quality of consumer goods is hit or miss but that's nothing new either. You think nobody sold junk 100 years ago? Yeah right.

That does not compute.

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