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Comment Re:Boo hoo, just stop rainwater from leaching lead (Score 3, Informative) 171

You might not think so, because elemental lead is not water-soluble. However compounds of lead like hydroxides or carbonates are soluble and can form from elemental lead by contact with water, e.g., 2Pb + O2 + 2H2O -> 2 Pb(OH)2.

This is why it's perfectly safe to drink wine from leaded crystal wine glasses, but a bad idea to store wine in a leaded crystal decanter.

Comment Re:Boo hoo, just stop rainwater from leaching lead (Score 2) 171

So as long as you keep the lead from escaping into groundwater (could bury them in a landfill with a clay or plastic lining in a big mountain), this is fine. If lead prices are so cheap that it's easier to mine new lead than it is to recycle it from CRT glass,

True, and true, with reservations. Somebody has got to pay for keeping the lead from escaping into groundwater. Should it be everyone, or the people who benefited from the use of the lead?

And if everyone pays, human nature being what it is people will pay to make the problem "go away" without looking too closely at the details, where "go away" includes "making it someone else's problem."

The thing is, if you could completely internalize all those expenses so the cost of dealing with never just "went away", the market would do a fine job of efficiently managing lead and disposal management as a resource. But that doesn't happen naturally, by itself.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 52

Yeah I agree. Let's just go with making assumptions with no evidence so we can get outraged at a clickbait headline. It was silly to give people benefit of being innocent until there's evidence against them.

Now where were we. Oh right. OUTRAGEOUS. THIS IS A SECURITY EVENT. HOW COULD THEY!!!!!1111

Comment Re:Shiva Ayyadurai is a fraud. (Score 3, Interesting) 70

Well, it's possible that he's mildly delusional, as most of us are about beliefs about ourselves that we hold dear.

It strikes me that Ayyadurai is in a legal catch-22 situation. Let's suppose for a moment he did "invent" email. That would make him a public figure, and the legal standard used to establish defamation is "actual malice. That's a difficult standard to meet.

I assume Ayyadurai's complaint are claims that he is a "fake" or a "liar". Suppose some random shmoe is interviewing for a job, and you tell the interviewer that he's a "liar". That is defamation, unless you have actual reason to believe he is a liar. But if you say the same thing about a politician running for office, it's NOT defamation unless you have actual reason to believe he is NOT a liar. That's because the politician is a public figure.

It seems to me nearly impossible to defame someone by calling him a liar in the context of his claiming to invent anything. His very demand to be recognized for his achievement makes him a public figure, whether that claim is true or not.

Comment Re:Why use untrusted wi-fi? (Score 1) 52

The data plans have become very affordable. I don't find the need to ever use "free" wi-fi.

I have a better question for you. Why trust your data plan more than an untrusted WiFi point? There's only one thing that is certain, all your activity on your data plan is being monitored and logged for Uncle Sam. The same can not be said for the untrusted WiFi connection.

I would approach either with the same caution.

Comment Re:how "rogue"? (Score 1) 52

What we are assuming is that:

a) people who attend the RSA conference are professionals who we can shame for poor security.
b) that purely based on the fact that they connected to an access point they are idiots and thus deserving of a shaming.

If this were Comicon we would have a point. The odds of good security practices would be lower, but then it's hardly fun to try and shame a bunch of Comicon nerds. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, and so far we have none.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 52

If you're interested, most people would agree that when you connect to a defcon wifi network you should probably be... cautious.

Well if you have any evidence that they weren't I'm all ears. But right now we're criticising them for practising unsafe sex without every asking or checking if they used a condom and we've based this all on "those other people had unsafe sex here years ago".

Until there's any actual details about what went on on these networks it is sensational hyperbole.

Comment Re:Waiting for the hypocrites (Score 1) 50

Not so much. For one, willow bark contains salicin, and though it has been used since Egyptian times, is less potent and causes side effects like gastric distress and potentially heart issues. Salicylic acid is a more potent extract, but still causes side effects. Aspirin is a derivation of this - acetylsalicylic acid, which eliminated most of the side effects but wasn't medically tested until nearly 1900.

ASA was ineligible for patenting in its country of discovery (Germany), but was patented in the UK and US. I'm unaware of any FUD or other efforts to discourage the use of willow bark though, and it's unlikely that anyone would bother, due to aspirin's much greater effectiveness, lower side effects, and the intense bitterness of willow.

Comment So what? (Score 5, Insightful) 52

So a few people ran WEP encryption on their networks, and a few others used rogue access points.

You want to talk about getting "hacked" let's talk about what was found. Did anyone give up credentials or sensitive details? Did anyone have something important revealed in a MITM attack? Did someone find something on those WEP networks? Just because we connect to something doesn't mean we trust it or aren't taking precautions. If you're rogue and providing me internet access, and all I'm doing is routing through your access via VPN that doesn't mean I got hacked.

The devil is in the details, at least it would be if we had any.

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