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Comment Re:If BITC are property.. (Score 1) 273

No, you're supposed to pay your taxes in the form the government with the military SAYS you're supposed to pay your taxes regardless of what you personally use for a medium of exchange.

See: Split Tally Sticks, especially their use in England, for an example. It is still the longest in-use form of currency in history. Started by King Henry I around 1100, they persisted until 1826.

Comment Maybe... (Score 1) 8

Given my experiece with Best Try, it might be "Betta" testing. They dunk the tablets in fishbowls and see how the fish handle it. Honestly, I'd probably trust the technical opinions of a Siamese Fighting Fish over that of a Geek Squad member.

Comment Re:Voice messages? (Score 1) 166

Those are for when you are driving and it is so much easier to just leave a VM. Also, when the background noise in the car makes a dictated e-mail look like it written by a drunk, illiterate wombat.

Comment Re:Maybe the company's not actually doing it? (Score 1, Insightful) 572

It isn't an attack, it is a proxy. The company's node (computer) is configured to use the company's proxy to get out to the Internet. The connection to the end system is between the company's proxy and the end system. The user has no equipment in play.

Where I work (U.S. Gov't Agency) does this, though they exempt links to known online banking addresses.

Employees are trained annually and sign papers acknowledging they understand what is going on. Don't like it? Don't work here. Or, as most people do, use your own device on a cellular connection and don't use the company's equipment or network.

Comment Re:Predictions were made in the 1970s then? (Score 4, Informative) 560

There was no decision to change it, they are two different terms. Global Warming is a subset of Climate Change. The confusion of terms exists only in the reporting of the general, non-scientific press and the minds of Internet dogs who think checking a household thermometer means they themselves are qualified to hold a valid opinion.

The IPCC was created back in 1988 at the request of WMO (World Meteorological Organization) and the UNEP (United Nations Environment Program).

The UNEP was formed in 1972 to study man's interaction with and impact on the environment.

The WMO was researching "potential global warming caused by the build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere" back in the mid-1970s.

Back in 1956 scientist Gilbert Plass published a study titled "The Carbon Dioxide Theory of Climatic Change".

In a 1975 Science article by geochemist Wallace Broecker of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory: "Climatic Change: Are We on the Brink of a Pronounced Global Warming?"

Comment Re: Use Cisco instead... (Score 4, Informative) 76

Uh, no. You just read the *headlines* on Snowden articles and not the details, didn't you?

Backdooring Cisco or Juniper equipment required physical access or someone to upload a Trojan firmware.

Huawei has a *remote upgrade* feature that allows remote firmware programming. They are very..."user" friendly.

Submission + - BitCoin suffers flash crash after MtGox pintpoints bug (businessinsider.com) 1

Golgafrinchan writes: MtGox, which on Friday suspended all withdrawals, issued a press release today wherein they discussed a bug they have discovered in BitCoin. MtGox states that the bug is not specific to MtGox; it affects all transactions where BitCoins are sent to a third party. Following the press release, BitCoin plummeted from roughly 700 USD/BTC to 102, before rebounding back to over 600 minutes later.

Below is the non-technical explanation provided by MtGox: A bug in the bitcoin software makes it possible for someone to use the Bitcoin network to alter transaction details to make it seem like a sending of bitcoins to a bitcoin wallet did not occur when in fact it did occur. Since the transaction appears as if it has not proceeded correctly, the bitcoins may be resent. MtGox is working with the Bitcoin core development team and others to mitigate this issue.

Comment Bluetooth ODB-II? (Score 4, Informative) 109

And how does this differ from the Bluetooth ODB-II connector I use to stream car data to my cell phone? That is wireless and also requires being plugged into the diagnostic port on the car.

I can pull all sorts of data from that. If I spend a little more, I can get a full CAN-bus connection and actually *send* information and control things.

This isn't hacking. It is a product demo for VW.

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