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Comment: Re:Peak Oil is Not a Troll (Score 1) 710

by narcolepticjim (#30631348) Attached to: Thorium, the Next Nuclear Fuel?

Do you not remember Hans Blix? Inspectors were in Iraq, checking out sites given to them by U.S. intelligence, and they were finding nothing. The U.S. warned the U.N. inspectors to get out because the invasion was imminent.

While Iraq did expel inspectors in the '90s, we effectively expelled them -- while they were doing their job and trying to warn us there was nothing to find -- in order to effect our invasion.

Also, I'd like you to substantiate your claim that Iraq could have secreted all their contraband nuclear processing equipment in a couple of days. The number of centrifuges alone would have taken a serious amount of planning and execution, with U.S. satellites watching all the while. Don't you think Colin Powell would have liked to go before the U.N. with something better than aluminum tubes (which weren't part of any nuclear program)?

Comment: Re:Are you kidding me? (Score 4, Insightful) 822

by narcolepticjim (#30251168) Attached to: Engaging With Climate Skeptics

But don't an equal number of opportunities exist for the contrary side? Wouldn't Exxon be willing to sponsor a whole scad of research grants if it disproved climate worries? Wouldn't a researcher who proved AGW was a hoax be bathed in media attention, career opportunities, etc.? With good enough research, couldn't journals be shamed into publishing?

Anyone foolish enough to think they'll advance their careers with false science will be caught out soon enough.

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Feds Tighten DNS Security On .Gov 140

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the totally-safe-we-promise dept.
alphadogg writes "When you file your taxes online, you want to be sure that the Web site you visit — www.irs.gov — is operated by the Internal Revenue Service and not a scam artist. By the end of next year, you can be confident that every U.S. government Web page is being served up by the appropriate agency. That's because the feds have launched the largest-ever rollout of a new authentication mechanism for the Internet's DNS. All federal agencies are deploying DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) on the .gov top-level domain, and some expect that once that rollout is complete, banks and other businesses might be encouraged to follow suit for their sites. DNSSEC prevents hackers from hijacking Web traffic and redirecting it to bogus sites. The Internet standard prevents spoofing attacks by allowing Web sites to verify their domain names and corresponding IP addresses using digital signatures and public-key encryption."

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