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Comment Re:This is the cost incurred for outsourcing defen (Score 1) 337 337

You've entirely misinterpreted my point, AC. I didn't say there are threats. I didn't say there aren't threats.

My point has nothing to do with whether or not the defense is needed but rather that the defense exists and other first world nations make use of it. If there are no substantial threats, as you imply, then the US using threat intel as a bargaining chip is worthless. However, since other nations value US threat intel, they must see value in it regardless of whether or not the value is real or perceived.

Comment This is the cost incurred for outsourcing defense (Score 5, Interesting) 337 337

Without getting into the moral implications of such a threat by the US, this is the cost Germany et. al. pay when letting the US foot the defense bill. The US defense budget pays for a large portion of the defense of the first world. If they don't want to be beholden to the whims of the US, don't depend on the US for defense.

Comment Re:Happened to a friend of mine. (Score 2) 619 619

Hardly. Are you saying that if I walk into a police station, grab an officer, take him outside to a random car and tell him that my phone is in the trunk then that would be good enough to get him to crack it open? That essentially what I would be doing if I was using a tracking app. That tracking app evidence has the same weight as my words because for all the officer knows I could have written that app to track anything to any destination I want.

Comment Re:Happened to a friend of mine. (Score 5, Insightful) 619 619

This is the way it should be. Any Joe Programmer can make an app that makes it look like stolen goods are behind that closed door. Taking evidence from theft prevention and tracking apps is the exact same as taking the victim's word for it.

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Slashdot Keybindings, Dynamic Stories 220 220

We've been working hard on the new dynamic Slashdot project (logged in users can enable this by enabling the beta index in their user preferences). I just wanted to quickly mention that there are keybindings on the index. The WASD and VI movement keys do stuff that we like, and the faq has the complete list. Also, if you are using Firefox or have Index2 beta enabled, you can click 'More' in the footer at the end of the page to load the next block of stories in-line without a page refresh. We're experimenting now with page sizes to balance load times against the likelihood that you'll click. More features will be coming soon, but the main thing on our agenda now is optimization. The beta index2 is sloooow and that's gotta change. We're aiming for 2 major optimizations this week (CSS Sprites, and removing an old YUI library) that I'm hoping will put the beta page render time into the "Sane" time frame (which, in case you are wondering, is several seconds faster than that "Insane" time frame we're currently seeing).
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Submission + - What the CIA really thinks of Internet Explorer 3 3

Mike writes: "Ever wonder what the CIA really thinks of Microsoft's Internet Explorer? How about just viewing the source of some of their javascript programs. When defining variables to define the browser the client uses, the CIA is very specific. Just look at the javascript source for the program found here: https://www.cia.gov/kids-page/games/break-the-code/code-1.html and you will see the CIA is telling the kiddies of the world that Microsoft's Internet Explorer is: bugRiddenCrashPronePieceOfJunk.

Here is the sample code:
var bugRiddenCrashPronePieceOfJunk=(navigator.userAgent.indexOf('MSIE 5')!=-1&&navigator.userAgent.indexOf('Mac')!=-1)

Nice. At the very least, you see how the CIA views the browser."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Your worst IT workshop?

suntory writes: I am a lecturer at a Spanish university. This week had to attend a workshop on "Advanced HTML and CSS" for the university staff. Some of the ideas that the presenter (a fellow lecturer) shared with us:
  • IE is the only browser that follows standards. You can see it clearly because it works for all sites, whereas Firefox and other browsers have problems displaying some of them.
  • Frames and tables are the best way to organize your website.
  • You can view the source for most CSS, Javascript and HTML files, so you can freely copy and paste what you feel like — the Internet is so free, you know.
  • Same applies for images. If you can see them in Google Images Search, then you can use them for your projects.
Of course, the workshop turned out to be a complete disaster and a waste of time. So I was wondering what other similar experiences you have had, and what was your worst IT workshop...

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