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Comment Re:Broken law enforcement (Score 1) 319

The rest of the world does not have the same fucked relationship as you do with your police.

And yet, for some reason, the victim in TFA does not expect to see his laptop ever again anyway... Maybe, in his country the relationship between police and the policed is even worse than in the US, uhm?..

Submission + - The Clinton Foundation is downsizing (ny.gov)

mi writes: You would think, the end of a political career would allow a genuinely charitable family to concentrate on their charity. Instead, the Clinton Foundation is closing shop (or, at least, downsizing) after their champion's electoral loss. According to the paperwork they filed with New York Department of labor, the reason is "Discontinutation [sic] of the Clinton Global Initative [sic]".

Comment Broken law enforcement (Score 3, Interesting) 319

"I'm realistic. I'm not going to see that computer again"

From what anecdotal evidence I have myself, he is right. Even if police do find the asshole-thief and take the laptop from him, the victim is not going to receive it. They'll keep it "for the duration of the investigation" and then it might just "disappear" from the evidence room.

And the next asshole-thief (this one with a police ID) will be smart enough to wipe it so as not get caught the same way. And, even if he does not, calling police again will not be fruitful — police protect their own, "because no one else would".

Oh, and the original thief will not do any actual time either (much less have his hand chopped-off) — unless, maybe, this is his third offense in a "three strikes" state.

While it may seem petty, theft costs humanity immensely — if you count the things we all have to do to keep it under control...

Comment Let's have government set prices! (Score 2, Interesting) 68

Just another example of Corporate Arrogance

Without the Capitalism in general and the greedy KKKorporation$ in particular, how would the gentle and human-faced Socialism even know, what to mandate?

From flush toilets, to personal automobile, to "EpiPen" — wonderful things get made and offered for sale by the folks seeking to profit from the sales.

Some of these wonderful inventions are then mandated by the government — for example, in most of the US an apartment can not be offered for rent without a) refrigerator; b) stove; c) flush toilet. But without the greedy (and arrogant) corporations making those things available — and affordable — first, how would these regulators even know, what to mandate?

Submission + - NASA eyes $10 Quintillion asteroid (usatoday.com)

kugo2006 writes: NASA announced a plan to research 16 Psyche, an asteroid potentially as large as Mars and primarily composed of Iron and Nickel. The rock is unique in that it has an exposed core, likely a result of a series of collisions, according to Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Psyche's principal investigator. The mission's spacecraft would launch in 2023 and arrive in 2030.

Comment Justifying assasination? (Score 1) 206

Tump with getting elected without the popular vote + stating negative comments towards nearly anyone who didn't fully indorse him (people, corporations and countries) + have a reputation as a a bully and in general everything wrong with America.

So, if he is whacked today before taking office (and Obama appoints the next President, as CNN helpfully advised us will happen), you'll be relieved and think — perhaps even state — the murderer has done all of a us a favor?

Submission + - Atomic clocks on 9 of 72 European GPS satellites have failed (yahoo.com)

schwit1 writes: The atomic clocks on 9 of the 72 European Galileo GPS satellites, designed to compete with the American, Russian, and Chinese GPS satellites, have failed.

No satellite has been declared “out” as a result of the glitch. “However, we are not blind If this failure has some systematic reason we have to be careful” not to place more flawed clocks in space, [ESA director general Jan Woerner] said.

Each Galileo satellite has four ultra-accurate atomic timekeepers — two that use rubidium and two hydrogen maser. Three rubidium and six hydrogen maser clocks are not working, with one satellite sporting two failed timekeepers. Each orbiter needs just one working clock for the satnav to work — the rest are spares.

The question now, Woerner said, is “should we postpone the next launch until we find the root cause?”

That they are even considering further launches with so many failures of the same units seems absurd. They have a systemic problem, and should fix it before risking further launches.

Comment Re:Bogus priorities (Score 1) 313

I was referring to anti-discrimination laws.

I ask you once again for a citation... Which law is it, which specifically makes it illegal for White men to be paid more?

Anti-discrimination laws make it illegal for race to be a consideration, when making hiring or compensation decisions. As long as you don't do that, your Whites may still end up paid better. Yes, some Social Justice busy-bodies would take such statistics and claim them to be evidence of racism. They do make a lot of noise, and the current boss of the Labor Department (one more day, baby!) seems to share their persuasion, but there is no evidence supporting that position. Neither of:

  • Whites are paid more; nor
  • Blacks are incarcerated more;

are in themselves proof of racism.

if you employ a woman of child bearing age

TFA is about race. Try to keep up.

How do you form such a strong opinion and not know even the most basic facts about the subject?!

Comment Re: There are legitimate use-cases... (Score 2) 59

An online connected system is much more at risk than one needing an inside manual hand

Is it? Why? I can imagine a number of scenarios, when it may be easier to corrupt a human being, than to break the security software and/or encryption keys...

Mission critical should be air-gapped so that the risks can be reduced.

Iran's nuclear centrifuges were air-gapped. It did not save them... Worse, it may have made the break-in easier, while making its detection and cleanup harder.

Comment Re: There are legitimate use-cases... (Score 1) 59

The uranium-weaponization machinery in Iran was only more "mission critical" than a city's civilian power grid. And yet, Israelis/Americans managed to infect it anyway.

It is entirely possible to update from a local source.

From where would that local source obtain the files? The answer is: from the outside.

Whether you are connected to that outside via wires or sneakernet is not even relevant — all such connections are corruptible... A human being may be harder to corrupt, but not impossible. A dedicated adversary — and Russia certainly is one such — can do it.

Comment There are legitimate use-cases... (Score 2) 59

I've never been to a power-generating station, so my speculations are very general...

Given: you wish to use computers to better manage the power-generation and distribution. Computers run software — either your own, or, more likely, commercial.

Software requires perpetual maintenance — fixing bugs and improving. Most of today's software vendors — both external and internal to enterprises — publish updates online. Voila, your computers need access to the Internet to get it. It may not be direct access — you may be able to limit it only to certain subnets and protocols. But their need to such access is still legitimate.

Even if you lock it all down and update only via a CD or a flash-card, you are still vulnerable. A hostile state can seduce, bribe, or blackmail whoever is supposed to carry the media. Russian prostitutes are the best in the world claims Vladimir Putin — while a hitherto unfuckable geek is getting the "girlfriend experience" of his life, her KGB-colleague can examine and subtly alter the files.

You can not eliminate such risk — you can only mitigate it...

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