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Comment: Re:facts please ! (Score 2) 128

by swell (#49181143) Attached to: Schneier: Either Everyone Is Cyber-secure Or No One Is

"The guardian team has spoken before, they raise all of their publications to the Department of Defense and NSA for comment before releasing to the public. This is why some of the information coming from the Guardian is still redacted. They're trying to make sure they're not putting anyone's lives at risk in the process of disclosure."

Thanks. The Guardian and other publishers are still slowly releasing documents after careful scrutiny. Partly, as you say, to avoid putting lives at risk. I had not been aware of them actually inviting the enemy to scrutinize their findings. It's worrisome.

The press is pretty much our only check on government and at least since the Vietnam war the mainstream press has been a tool of government and others with power. Hearst and Murdoch are obvious examples of press manipulation. Novels & movies offer more. Even the old rock song "Dirty Laundry" reminds us how we are distracted by trivia from what's relevant in current events.

My local daily paper is just a mouthpiece for a powerful developer who has a right wing agenda of corporate welfare. OTOH we have a left wing radio station that's all about environment, women's rights, workers rights, immigration issues... Slashdot has its own perspective on news. One treads lightly through modern media trying to sort the wheat from the chaff. One hopes the Guardian/Schneier is not overly influenced by their new advisers. Thanks again for your informative comment.

Comment: facts please ! (Score 1) 128

by swell (#49178867) Attached to: Schneier: Either Everyone Is Cyber-secure Or No One Is

This summary ends in a conclusion which seems appropriate for slashdot. But it grew from a questionable source.

We are expected to believe that Mr. Schneier at the Guardian, one of the anointed who had access to Snowden documents ... the NSA contacted him with concerns about exposing QUANTUM? Was this done by telephone, via intermediaries or a personal visit? How did the NSA know the Guardian/Schneier knew about QUANTUM? The logistics, the timeline, the specifics of this meeting have escaped me in this short summary and in TFA. Schneier has a good reputation at slashdot but that doesn't excuse him from documenting his public statements. I think the facts of his NSA communication are important if this allegation has substance. This is not Fox news and readers expect more than accusations and opinions.

Comment: Re:What price is acceptable? (Score 1) 187

by swell (#49166017) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

"Bear in mind that the functional generating equipment has a design lifespan of around 30 years therefore in the lagoon's predicted lifespan this kit would need to be changed out in it's entirety multiple times, accruing further major operating costs."

Without a dramatic improvement in materials science maintenance will be a huge cost. Ship propellers suffer from the hostile chemical environment of the sea--do planners think that these turbines will be made of some magical material that can do better?

It might also be wise to scrutinize the close cooperation of industry and government officials in cases like this. Bribes? Invest in a trustworthy independent study, perhaps from a different country, before proceeding.

Comment: Re:military weather? (Score 2) 253

by swell (#49165277) Attached to: 20-Year-Old Military Weather Satellite Explodes In Orbit

"clearly you have never been in one"

Actually I was one of the first from the US in Vietnam. Not an enthusiast tho. Military enthusiasts seem oddly lacking in humor, particularly struggling with irony and sarcasm. Yes, that includes the uniformed groundpounders and the suits who think up 'weather' satellites. That lack of humor, which includes most military, government, religious and dictator types, is one of the great tragedies of civilization.

Comment: military weather? (Score 0) 253

by swell (#49160005) Attached to: 20-Year-Old Military Weather Satellite Explodes In Orbit

Sorry, didn't read TFA or TFS. I got stuck at the beginning where it said "U.S. military weather satellite", and all I could think of was 'what the heck is military weather?'. I got more confused over time wondering if the purpose was to observe military weather or to create it. Then I noted that the ominous Global Warming must have begun at the same time (20 years ago) the satellite was launched. Eyow! How many military weather satellites are up there? Does China, Russia, N. Korea have them too? Could we defend ourselves by sending up cool Loving Rainbow Daffodil satellites?


Submitted by seoras
seoras (147590) writes "After coming under intense pressure PayPal has closed the account of cloud-storage service Mega. According to the company, SOPA proponent Senator Patrick Leahy personally pressured Visa and Mastercard who in turn called on PayPal to terminate the account. Bizarrely, Mega's encryption is being cited as a key problem.... ... What makes the situation more unusual is that PayPal reportedly apologized to Mega for its withdrawal while acknowledging that company’s business is indeed legitimate.
However, PayPal also advised that Mega’s unique selling point – it’s end-to-end-encryption – was a key concern for the processor.""

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Comment: Re:And no one cares (Score 1) 185

by swell (#49155113) Attached to: Google Taking Over New TLDs

"I just click and type, no need to spend a millisecond deciding which box I should click into. "

Assuming you are going to type something in that box, see if you can find the TAB key. The exercise of moving your hand from the keyboard to mouse to keyboard may be healthy, but if you are worried about milliseconds, just use keyboard commands. You can pretty much browse the world without ever touching your mouse.

+ - Google Taking Over New TLDs->

Submitted by bobo the hobo
bobo the hobo (302407) writes "In the corner of the internet where people care about DNS, there is a bit of an uproar at Google's application for over a hundred new top-level domains, including .dev, .lol, .app, .blog, .cloud and .search. Their application includes statements such as:
By contrast, our application for the .blog TLD describes a new way of automatically linking new second level domains to blogs on our Blogger platform – this approach eliminates the need for any technical configuration on the part of the user and thus makes the domain name more user friendly.

And also limiting usage of .dev to Google only:
Second-level domain names within the proposed gTLD are intended for registration and use by Google only, and domain names under the new gTLD will not be available to the general public for purchase, sale, or registration. As such, Charleston Road Registry intends to apply for an exemption to the ICANN Registry Operator Code of Conduct as Google is intended to be the sole registrar and registrant."

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+ - NSA Spying Wins Another Rubber Stamp->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "The FISA court has again renewed an order allowing the NSA to continue its illegal bulk collection of Americans' phone records, at least until June 1 when it is set to expire in Congress. President Obama pledged to end the controversial program more than a year ago.

The extension is the fifth of its kind since Obama said he would effectively end the Snowden-exposed program as it currently exists during a major policy speech in January 2014. Obama and senior administration officials have repeatedly insisted that they will not act alone to end the program without Congress.

After all the other things he's done against or without congressional approval and he balks at this one?"

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+ - Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow.

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "BBC News Reports

An unidentified attacker shot Mr Nemtsov four times in central Moscow, a source in the law enforcement bodies told Russia's Interfax news agency. He was shot near the Kremlin while walking with a woman, according to Russian-language news website Meduza. "Several people" had got out of a car and shot him, it added. Mr Nemtsov, 55, served as first deputy prime minister under the late President Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s.

Meanwhile, various sources report a massive gathering of protestors at the site of the shooting."

+ - How to "Get into Tech" If You're Not an Obvious Fit->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The tech sector is hot—but quirky. Karen Wickre, editorial director at Twitter, is an industry veteran despite lacking a typical tech background. Her suggestions for how less obvious applicants--young humanities grads, people over 40 and disgruntled journalists--should approach the tech industry ends up being great advice about work in general, and how to think about your own career passions."
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Comment: the lighter side of suicide (Score 0, Troll) 186

by swell (#49144543) Attached to: Facebook Puts Users On Suicide Watch

People take this so seriously. Yes, families and friends may be saddened by a suicide. If the deceased is a celebrity, there will be headlines. But really let's look at the big picture.

What is it- 7 billion people we have now? Maybe 1 billion who are starving, diseased, who have no hope for a full life? Even in the 'First World' there are thousands of homeless parents and children. We are killing hundreds, perhaps thousands each day with war, violence and mayhem. We are killing more with ordinary traffic and other accidents.

But some poor soul in the First World, who had opportunities, family and friends decides to off him/herself and it's a tragedy? It's only because we see ourselves in that person, and we don't see ourselves in the billion who are starving.

Lighten up, people. Just because we have money and computers and a decent car to drive to the club, doesn't mean that our lives are worth more than that billion. If you really want to shed a tear ...

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