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Comment Re:Already Lost (Score 1) 353

To add to your observations regarding the P-51, it should be noted that its primary adversary were later model Messerschmitt 109s, the superior Focke Wulf 190 never reaching the numbers of production the 109 attained. Hitler had banked all on the 109, expecting a short war decided by quantity more than quality. As a result, the 109's ageing airframe was fitted with ever larger and ever thirstier engines. By late in the war, the 109s which scrambled to meet incoming waves of Allied bombers, escorted by p-51s, had the performance to give the Mustangs a run for their money, but quickly had to go back for more fuel. When the 109 climbed back up to the fray, those same p-51s it had engaged could still be waiting.

Submission + - Second Bitcoin 'bank' is Wiped Out

mrspoonsi writes: Joining MtGox, Flexcoin today announce they have had their vault wiped out, some 896 BTC (about $615,000) by hackers. "On March 2nd 2014 Flexcoin was attacked and robbed of all coins in the hot wallet. The attacker made off with 896 BTC, dividing them into these two addresses: 1NDkevapt4SWYFEmquCDBSf7DLMTNVggdu 1QFcC5JitGwpFKqRDd9QNH3eGN56dCNgy6 As Flexcoin does not have the resources, assets, or otherwise to come back from this loss, we are closing our doors immediately".

Comment Perhaps compounding the issue ... (Score 1) 168

... much of the region is suffering from drought conditions. While eastern drainages to the Colombia have a fairly robust snow pack, many to west and south of the river are suffering. This would normally suggest the Army Corps of Engineers would want to hold back more water in the reservoirs, but this news impacts such actions. In the mixed new category, storms are currently lining up to dump on the region. Snow pack data is available, here: http://www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/snow/ 10-day weather forecast maps, here: http://www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/weather/10_day.cgi

Submission + - Insurers Sceptical of Energy Industry Safeguards 1

Rambo Tribble writes: The BBC reports that insurers are denying coverage to energy producers because of weak defenses against cyber attack. Lloyd's of London reports a 'huge increase' in demand for such policies, but audits they commissioned found 'protections were inadequate'. To quote Ed Skoudis 'War games' expert, '... it's surprising no big incident has happened given how weak the infrastructure is. It's very hackable.'

Comment Re:It's deja vu ... (Score 1) 121

I have long held that the former Soviet Union and its satellites provide the best example of the costs extracted from a society by the most common form of corporate welfare, being allowed to pollute. Unfortunately, it is a lesson the West has largely ignored.

Thank you for your insightful post

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