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Comment Re:Good grief! (Score 3, Informative) 166

They could have just copied from the last time this same story was posted back in May... or this one on the same topic from April of last year... or maybe this same story from December of the year before (2013)... or the Australian version from 2010... the UK version from 2014?... Or maybe from this one in 2009... or this other story in 2010?... or this other version in 2008... or a charitable version in 2010.

I knew I'd seen this "story" somewhere before, but at that point, I admit I got bored and stopped looking for more.

If this is still considered news, or newsworthy... well, let's just say it takes the concept of repeated stories on the same topic to a new level...

Comment Re:like what? (Score 1) 537

From Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations:
"It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest."

Without the market ideas which make up capitalism, you'd be force to stand completely independently, or else to be a beggar, depending for your subsistence on the mercy of others. How about this... try going a month... no, a week without exchanging labor or goods with someone else in a "capitalist" exchange and report back to us how your life changes during that time.

Comment Re:'Weaponize' ? (Score 1) 55

Naw, you guys are missing the proper context for the title.

There is a "war" over what kind of government propaganda to feed kids in classrooms.

Clearly, with titles like "City Planning for Population Growth" and "Effects of Deforestation" , Microsoft has created new weapons for the left-wing radical environmental side in the "war".

But don't worry, the propaganda is already so ingrained in our teachers and school system that most people won't even notice what they've done here...

Comment Re:Not sure (Score 1) 107

I know it's too much to read the articles, but try to keep up with at least the summary and the thread you're replying to.

We were discussing this line: "According to the affidavit, Cracka appears to have gotten into the law enforcement database simply by calling an FBI help desk and asking for Giuliano's password to be reset..."

I'm pretty sure AOL doesn't provide the FBI help desk staff, nor manage authentication for their law enforcement databases....

Comment Re:Not sure (Score 1) 107

Who stores passwords in clear these days ?

You've apparently never worked on a project for a government agency.

They're typically a combination of right-up-to-date (on things which you can just spend money on and it shows up, like a brand new laptop and monitor every year) and 20-30+ years behind (on things which require actual policy/best practices/technology knowledge).

It doesn't shock me at all that the FBI help desk is as described. I'm a little more familiar with the IRS. In 1991 they were spending $8 Billion to modernize from their 1950s/60s system. By 1997 the IRS was already on their second or third failed "modernization" project, that one failed to the tune of $4 Billion. As recently as 2013 they were still failing to migrate from "1960s" technology to a relational database system.

Multiply that by all the other government agencies


Of 3,555 federal IT projects that cost at least $10 million, only 6 percent were a success, according to a study by the Standish Group. In addition, 52 percent of large projects were deemed "challenged," meaning they didn't meet user expectations, went over budget, or ran late. All of the remaining projects - 42 percent - were outright failures.

And that's just quick news stories/studies from 5 minutes of Google search reading.

Consider that AFAIK, (this being 9/11 today, its pertinent) since we reported it to them 15+ years ago, none of the Air Traffic Control radar installations have any physical security and they're still running an OS from 20+ years ago that anyone can walk up to and make modifications to. At one point, the Dept. of Agriculture turned off all their firewalls to rely on IDS only because it was too inconvenient to have to keep punching holes for more ports through them.... the stories go on and on!

Comment Re:"could not recall" (Score 5, Insightful) 409

Yup. She's either senile, incompetent or a pathological liar.

I vote for "all of the above"...

Doesn't recognize what classified markings look like, doesn't remember any of her briefings on it, losing her blackberry dozens of times...

Does anyone actually believe all this stuff? She's been conveniently "forgetting" things for 25 years, going back to the Whitewater FBI investigation interviews. It's a bit much to believe she has the worst memory ever, but only when it comes to things which are potentially damaging to her criminally and politically.

Don't get me started on the fact that the FBI conveniently released all this damaging information as a Friday-Before-Holiday news avoidance dump.

Comment Re:Free market (Score 3, Insightful) 396

Yeah, the Obama FDA, that hotbed of conservative activism!

Also, since when was price fixing by governments a "free market" solution?

You make it sounds like the Democrats are in favor of free trade from online pharmacies, when a quick Google search and clicking on the first link is enough to dispel that.

I'm not saying there aren't government-lovers on both sides in this area, but to cast it as 'the "conservatives" are against a free market, and the "liberals" are for the free market.' when it's more the opposite is quite a stretch there...

Comment Re:Here's a better solution (Score 1) 290

If your job really requires that you get hundreds of emails a day, odds are, you really should be replaced by a robot.

But it's the robots sending the emails.... they take the work as far as they can based on filtering and rules, then email out when they need a real human to help figure out what needs to happen next with something. Then a human might take 10 of those and summarize them into a few lines explaining it to everyone else on the emails.

Surely I'm not the only one on /. who gets more automatically generated email every day than email from real people.... I mean, my team and I manage about 10k devices per person, so the devices tend to have a lot more to say collectively, even if the people communicate more per individual.

Comment Re:slashdot massacre (Score 1) 331

And according to that same exact website (which is heavily anti-gun biased by design), this year there have been over 4x the number of defensive use incidents (where they only count "verified" defensive incidents, not the much looser criteria they use for "mass" shootings) as there have been "mass" shootings (defined as 4 or more people hurt) and 5x as many officer involved shootings.

So I guess by your logic, we need to ban the police officer emoji in order to reduce violence???

Also, your comparison between lists with 4+ people and Canada "massacres" is comparing completely different things. The Canada list is incomplete (says right on the page) and is also not a list of 4+ injuries like the first list.

But no surprise to the lack of logic in someone who apparently dislikes both free speech and the right to defend yourself. I guess with this post you get an "A" in your "Human Diversity in Math" course.

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