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Comment Re: There are legitimate use-cases... (Score 1) 58

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) 58

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.


Earth Hit Record Hot Year in 2016: NASA ( 188

Earth sizzled to a third-straight record hot year in 2016, government scientists have said. They mostly blame man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino, which has since disappeared. From a report: Measuring global temperatures in slightly different ways, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that last year passed 2015 as the hottest year on record. NOAA calculated that the average 2016 global temperature was 14.84 degrees Celsius (58.69 degrees Fahrenheit) -- beating the previous year by 0.04 Celsius (0.07 degrees F). NASA's figures, which include more of the Arctic, are higher at 0.22 degrees (0.12 Celsius) warmer than 2015. The Arctic "was enormously warm, like totally off the charts compared to everything else," said Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies in New York, where the space agency monitors global temperatures. Records go back to 1880. This is the fifth time in a dozen years that the globe has set a new annual heat record. Records have been set in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010 and 2005.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 763

Asshattery is a national pastime. We have people from all walks of life walking around being complete and total douches. I am not one of them.

I can not like someone, and am and still polite. Others, go all ape-shit because their gal lost a fucking election and are conspiring to be assholes because ... well THE RUSSIANS HACKED THE ELECTIONS!!!!! and our society (especially the left) is cheering them on.

So, when you start talking about "Manners", lets talk manners. Manners is caring more for others than yourself; they are selfless. Bradley Manning would be more courteous if he didn't force his particular mental disorder upon everyone else around him. Yeah, it sucks to be different. Trust me I know. But unlike others, I am not forcing anyone to call me anything other than what they want to call me, including asshole. Which I can be on occasion when people expect more from me than I am willing to give. But that is more of their problem than mine.

Social rules, which you end your comment with, are exactly what Chelsea Manning is trying to change. The whole LGBTQLMNOP crowd is all about changing "social rules" they don't agree with. So, in a nutshell, social rules are for controlling others, which is bad, unless they are social rules you like, then they are good. See, that is how hypocrisy actually works. Have a great day (I mean it)

Comment Re: Trump is worse (Score 1) 219

No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Where in that clause says anything about owning businesses and removing control over them? All he has to do is fully transfer it to his kids (which he pretty much has done), and he is clear.

Meanwhile, Hillary broke this all sorts of ways with the Clinton Foundation and Pay to play schemes while SoS, but nobody on the left seemed to care a wit. I wonder why the hypocrisy now.

Comment Re:Two parties are here to stay (Score 1) 219

If we rid ourselves of party notices on ballots, the idiots won't be able to vote "party line" down the ticket. The Primaries should be fully open with NO party affiliations mentioned on the ballot. That is, unless the parties have their "primaries" on their own dime, and put forth a candidate along with all the other candidates.

The way to void First Past Post in a party supported system is to rid it of the problem, and the problem is the Parties themselves.

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