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Comment Re: So basically ... the attack wins? (Score 1) 206

My understanding is that they have massive bandwidth for all their normal traffic, but their *spare* bandwidth for surprise DDoS traffic was more limited, and this exceeded their spare unused capacity and it exceeded their $$$ for negotiating additional. If I'm misunderstanding something, please explain what I've missed.

Comment Re: So basically ... the attack wins? (Score 4, Insightful) 206

They are incapable of dealing with the largest DDoS they've ever seen, double the previous record. There is no defense against a DDoS except bandwidth, so there's an upper bound that will take down *any* provider. Akamai is a high-end defender, but in this space, attackers have the clear upper hand.

Submission + - Data to track global fishing violations now public (

Aristos Mazer writes: At, a digital map is now open to the public that uses satellite data to track the movements of ships in the world's protected fishing zones. By crowd sourcing exploration of the map, the bthe technology aims to reduce the problem of illegal fishing, which accounts for up to 35 percent of the global wild marine catch and causes yearly losses of $23.5 billion, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

The Global Fishing Watch was officially released to the public during the Our Oceans Conference hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington on Thursday and Friday.

In order the make the data available for free, Oceana and its partners negotiated a deal with the satellite company Orbcomm to use its three-day old data, which is described as "near real-time," along with historical records. Although the delay means that any criminals won't be nabbed instantaneously, advocates say they expect the technology will open the world's waters to public watchdogs in a way that has never been done before.

Comment Re:Disconnect (Score 1) 413

I've read research articles showing stats that these presentations do have an impact by getting guys just to think about their behavior. A surprising number (well, surprising to me) never have thought about how a woman might view their aggressive behavior, and they back off when it is brought up. This matches my own anecdotal experience watching guys change their behavior after it is explained to them -- especially in a video that everyone has to see where they don't feel singled out (as with any correction, if you try telling it to a specific person then they get really defensive). No, it doesn't fix everyone, but I'm pretty sure there's enough value to justify the presentations.

Comment Re:What? Why? (Score 0) 413

If you and the woman have equal skills, do you always win the coin toss? If you do not have the skills, do you get the job over the woman who does have the skills? Same pair of questions but for race instead of gender. All of these situations are claimed to occur commonly in the tech industry. No one should expect special treatment. What the women and minorities are saying is that white males currently are getting special treatment and they want that stopped. If the only way to correct the coin toss situation is by having quotas, then put in quotas. Now at least some of the time, the coin will have to go the other way. But the quotas are only after someone has passed the qualification bar. Fixing the bias against competence is harder.

Comment Re: "Ghandi" quote updated (Score 1) 412

I'm not arguing for/against any tech, just saying that tax policy can shape industry and consumer behavior immensely, and it is those behaviors that need shaping in the climate change debate. So, yeah, WarJolt, I would agree that blindseer has provided yet another example for you to contemplate.

Comment Re: "Ghandi" quote updated (Score 4, Insightful) 412

Why is it ridiculous? Shifts in tax policy have driven all sorts of things in our national and global behavior. Why would climate change be any different? I'm not saying it's the right solution, but it certainly is a solution that would work, based on the evidence of other venues. Look at what a shift in tax policy did to home ownership rates (drove it up massively during the 20th century, exactly as designed... for good or for ill, but exactly as designed by policy makers). Or to protection of rhinos worldwide (saved them from extinction by pricing the horns out of reach). Look what it is doing right now to the adoption rate of renewable energy sources. Lots of other examples.

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