Fact: Putting the word "fact" before your sentence does not absolve you of the need to back it up with actual evidence.
In the case of patent trolls demanding huge money, even if they are rewarded a small amount, they would have to pay all the cost.
The pool of people who are knowledgeable about the practices, challenges, and daily business realities of the telecommunications industry (or any industry for that matter) is a small one indeed; good luck finding someone in that pool with the experience necessary to lead an agency the size of the FCC who hasn't worked for the industry at one time in his or her life.
(Large scale extraction is now usually done by cyanide leaching, since that's somewhat less nasty than mercury amalgamation; but small scale miners often still use mercury. As one might imagine, the 'now heat the amalgam with a blowtorch to drive off the mercury and recover the gold' step is about as good for you as it sounds, possibly worse.)
That's a matter of perspective. I've been there numerous times and have found that the Canadian side has the best views but the American side is less of a tourist trap. The Canadians have done a piss poor job of keeping development in check, in fact, there's a school of thought saying that the Horseshoe Falls are perpetually mist covered (historically they weren't) because of changes in the local wind currents brought about by development on the Canadian side.
Besides, the coolest thing there is the Cave of the Winds, and that's in good ole USA. No trip would be complete without seeing both sides, but there are plenty of people (myself included, obviously) that think the American side is at least the equal of the Canadian side.
I have two new stories nearly finished, but I've decided to see if I can sell first publication rights to a magazine. If everyone rejects them, I'll post them then. If one is accepted, it will likely be quite a while before I can post.
I think it's a rich person who has nothing better to do with his money.
Niagara Falls is in Ontario. You're not making it to Quebec unless you swim across Lake Ontario, into the St. Lawrence River, and downriver for 50 miles or so. If you can do that learning French should be easy.....
...because a Pirate Bay proxy is hosted behind the same IP-addresses
Not TPB itself, but a proxy.
The "information highway"? WTF is this, 1995?
No... more like 480 BC. It seems reasonable to think that "Spartan" refers to "Sparta" which in turn implies (with deference to Slashdot's notably horrible character handling): "Molon labe"... which would mean in this context: "Come and get it." The reply to Xerces when he demanded they lay down their weapons was "come and get them".
The historical reference hit me right away, and if Microsoft didn't really intend it, they screwed up bigtime. Because the name of their browser is historically a challenge to "try to go through me". So...
Let's go try it. I kind of doubt if seriously attacked it would stand as they did.
The problem is that it isn't the easiest or most obvious thing to do.
Yeah, it's like three or four whole mouse clicks to make it happen....
C'Mon people, Microsoft does enough shit wrong, we don't need to make crap up.
No autoplay (which was the core attack vector) and you'd hope the SCADA software would run as it's own user under Linux which isn't possible with Windows.
Really, who would be surprised by a blue screen from a Windows 95 box?
The giveaway was probably when the blue screen was replaced with CIA's logo and the text "All your base are belong to us."
Why they didn't use Linux, BSD, even the Russia or RedFlag version ?
Ask Siemens. They designed the equipment the Iranians are using and wrote most of the control software to operate in a Windows environment. Not that it would have mattered, once you've got an agency with the resources of CIA or Mossad after you it's only a matter of time before they find a way in. Linux is not proof against malware delivered via HUMINT assets.
Dude, it's the Government. That $5 wrench cost at least $25,000.