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Comment Re:Great, now arrest em. (Score 1) 666

You're absolutely right. He picked a junker of a supercar. According to this article, the AMG CL55 is one of the fastest-depreciating automobiles available. Its starting price tag is $120,000, but with 115,000 miles on the clock, it probably cost less than $10,000 for the initial purchase.

Comment Re:Technology is hard and dangerous (Score 5, Informative) 610

The metal is so much thicker on those old cars, we had to use a sledge hammer instead of a normal body work hammer to take the dent back out

I apologize if I'm stating the obvious here...

Most older products were over-built for durability because there were not methodologies for engineering minimum material for the required applications. Cars and other things were built with thicknesses of material that were tested and known to work. To reduce that thickness risked approaching an unknown threshold for failure. Trial-and-error was used where budgets allowed to reduce material, but this was an expensive process and in most cases the manufacturer chose to overbuild.

In more recent years, computer modeling has enabled engineers to load test structural designs so that the product can be built with the minimum amount of material required to satisfy the desired application. This benefits the producer, the consumer, and the scrap yard, while delivering overall efficiency.

Comment Re:Not bad (Score 1) 151

Rudy speaks the truth here.

I'll even take it a few steps forward. Michael Dell has probably already collected a whole list of price quotes from entities offering to buy up these assets and that page of numbers adds up to at least a dollar more than $24.9 billion. He's going to slash jobs galore, then sell the valuable parts on Craigslist or Ebay.

Comment the cloud killed hosting providers (Score -1, Flamebait) 178

Consolidation has killed the hosting business that you describe.

The big players like hostgator and godaddy have snapped up the business that used to be distributed across thousands of web hosting businesses. The cost of providing support has made it impossible for the smaller players to compete with them.

And then there's the cloud. Companies like Digital Ocean and Ram Node are offering complete virtual server packages for the same price as a web host only used to provide (~$5.00 / month). Not only can you host an unlimited number of domains, you can run your own email, ftp, proxy, et. al. You can even host bittorrents or streaming radio stations.

More functionality at the same price. They have no way to compete other than to radically change their service offerings.

Comment original unlikely driveable on land (Score 3, Informative) 91

The original submarine that Musk bought was a lightweight shell that housed a scuba diver inside. It was not watertight. It was propelled by battery-powered propellers controlled by the diver. This is why the windows were covered with the louvers- so the audience couldn't see that James and his lady weren't just sitting inside the car breathing air.

Musk is going to have to create an entirely separate construction if he wants something that can withstand the torque of the Tesla drivetrain and support passengers, etc. It will be easier starting with a Lotus Esprit and then making it into a watertight submersible than the other way around.

I much rather see billionaires spend their money on pursuits like this than building superyachts to park in Monaco. Kudos to Musk!

Comment Re:Who wants email hosted by Federal Government? (Score 4, Interesting) 165

So, let's suppose SERPRO has a very generous $50 million available to spare to this kind of stuff. That's 200x less than NSA's budget. In short, whatever SERPRO manages to do the NSA will be able to break in a matter of weeks, if not days.

No disrespect intended, but I suspect you hastily assembled this post from off-the-shelf thoughts.

Crypto and security in general do not have a $1=$1 relationship to the resources required to defeat it. Even in the physical world, most padlocks are cheaper than the bolt crackers or angle grinders required to cut them. In terms of cryptography, a budget of $50 million could EASILY produce a system that would cost the NSA $TRILLIONS to break. I highly doubt an NSA-defeating system would cost $50 million to build from scratch.

Comment Re:A big problem (Score 4, Interesting) 228

Certainly, DNS would be a pretty quick way to abuse all devices on the other side of the router. It might be detected when the owner verifies the settings themselves or watches their own network traffic and observes the DNS lookups hitting the wrong destination. It's likely that this would have set off red flags before now. Many anti-malware packages check for DNS redirections, for example.

Being able to manipulate the router's config interface would allow an external entity the ability to upload a new firmware to the router. The new firmware would offer the attacker switches to flip at will that would enable packet sniffing of all traffic and man-in-the-middle SSL attacks. Organized crime / NSA (redundant to mention both, I know) seek no deeper capabilities than this.

You bring up a great point of smaller establishments running WiFi on D-Link equipment. Perhaps their SSID's should be modified to read, "HACKED BY NSA - DO NOT USE!"

Comment Re:John McAfee's REAL Latest Project: (Score 1) 100

I agree with what you're saying here in relation to those reality tv shows. But out of respect to a true genius observer of culture, please refrain from comparing MacAfee to Hunter Thompson. Sure, they both abused drugs, but I wouldn't agree that MacAfee has the intellect that Thompson did in his heyday.

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