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Comment Well, we will know where the rave is... (Score 1) 258

The pictures seem to be in tune with the younger set and would not be out of place at your local college campus; especially when there is a rave going on somewhere.

Kids wearing face paint and outrageous hair styles are not going to be noticed other than with the usual disapproving glances from the geezers they pass along the way...

Comment Re:Patents could have saved us! (Score 1) 156

As far as I can see, there is no reason you should feel sarcastic about what you posted. Standardization is a good thing in technology and should be pursued over rent seeking activities for the betterment of all. The real issue I see is that it is going to take a very catastrophic failure before anything can be changed and that is the real tragedy of current copyright law...

Comment Re:Roman steam engine (Score 1) 212

They still would not have gone there as human labor was too cheap to spur investment in productivity. It is similar to what the Chinese have now - far cheaper to throw a 1,000 people at the problem then to create something that would reduce human labor in deference to a machine approach...

Comment Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (Score 2) 160

Basic intimidation. It's the standard way to enforce a law when there are far too many violators to prosecute even a tiny fraction. ...

And that worked out so well during prohibition now didn't it...?

All this does is breed contempt for the law which is evident from both your take on this and the revenue TPB is supposedly getting. When you try to regulate a natural human activity that has been with us since the age of caves or even earlier, you should expect to be both ignored and ridiculed.

And as far as the average US citizen is concerned, you run into good old fashion orneriness where those who would not even have cared about the topic will simply do it just to thumb their noses at the stupidity...

Comment Re:Costs of education? (Score 1) 551

...English, history, and political science teachers frequently soap boxed and tried to hammer their views into people. ...

Well, for the poli-sci professors, what did you expect? They are teaching political "science" so they surely have a "political" POV.

As for the English teachers, their trade is the spoken and written word; so naturally they will want a podium, or at least the nearest soapbox to make sure you all can hear and understand their take on the words, sentences, and story structure.

Now on to History - it has already happened, but human nature is to try and spin that information to make a point. The best ones simply say "x" happened on date "Y" which lead to "A", "B", and possibly "C". With the further fact that human history is inextricably intertwined with the politics of when the event occurred with its interpretation colored by the politics of the current moment in time, you will get some of this as a natural consequence of the subjects you are engaged with.

The point of all this obviousness is that there is also something called auditing where you can take a little time to sit through a class and get to know the professor, subject material, and experience that will enable you to determine whether that professor is right for you. College is not like public elementary, middle, and High school where the curriculum and how it is to be taught are predetermined by some rigid policy; rather the subjects taught come from those who are doing academic research into these topics.

Do yourself a favor and take the time to choose both the Institution and the professors you want to be mentored by and stop whining when confronted by the fact that you chose wrongly...

Comment Re:OMG big brother... (Score 1) 353

...Big Deal

So you are of the opinion that it is ok to have a database; whose existence appears to be a mystery to about 90% of the public; that keeps detailed location data for an indefinite period of time (ref: years); that is unencrypted; that can be accessed not only by thieves, but Law Enforcement as well; that can be used to provide a detailed time-line map of where you have been; is not a big deal?

Are you really that apathetic? No wonder we are loosing our freedoms at an ever increasing pace...

Comment Re:Stuxnet can't be ignored (Score 2) 59

"Then we can use appropriate measures to remove it from any systems that didnâ(TM)t detect it. Is this good enough for now? Too extreme? Other ideas?"

You need to block and be able to reset/restore any effected system quickly as well. If you have to clean up afterwords, the deed/damage may already be done. Your idea of virtualization is a good one, but it does not go far enough, in that VMs are not security but simulation with potential for leakage in one form or another.

Also, relying on AVs as your core protection ignores the fact that you are only going to snag 30% - 50% of the total population of potential malware on average; and when talking about critical industrial control systems, this represents and unacceptable level of risk. This means that you need to research a more robust, intelligent layering approach where the weaknesses in any given security measure/solution are backed up by the other solutions and control measures you use in the whole.

So this would be virtualization with antiexecute/HIPS, System/image restore on the fly, and physical/policy restrictions on dangerous activities that could lead to infection. It is not enough to be reactive which has been proven over and over again.

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