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Comment Re:A drone version of NEACP (Score 1) 25

...One purchases hundred or thousands of drones, slightly larger than the typical Phantom class and capable of hauling, say, a stick of dynamite or C4, and runs them through a civilian target. Pretty easy to do. Pretty easy to defend against but you would have to rig it up specifically for this level of threat - F35's are probably not going to be real useful here...

Drones are no good as weapons while fighting with peers. With savages - yes, but not with peers. Drones' control radio-signal is extremely vulnerable to jamming by the electronic warfare (EW) systems. For example, if something like this is switched on it will not be a good flying day for a drone pilot.

Comment There are always honest people (Score 1) 278

...did "tremendous damage"...

to bloated shills.

Edward's whole family way back several generations fought and worked for the United States. He is a honest man. He did not do any damage to great working people of the United States, such as John Steinbeck, Angela Davis, and the like.

This is what they cannot get: there are always honest people who do not like lies, fraud, greed, hypocrisy. They are ready to blame anyone - hackers, foreign countries, etc., but they should look at yourself first. And remember that there are always good people around. It could be a secretary, an IT man in a cellar, etc. who should report a sham to the community.

Comment He was a CIA agent after all (Score 1) 387

Edward should be pardoned and return home. He will never be fully accepted in Russia, as we had been a CIA agent. It will never be easy for him to live in Russia. Besides, I guess he lives somewhere behind a Polar Circle there due to fear of reprisal.

If he spoke fluent Russian at the time of the disclosure, for example, learned it at an university as a foreign language, the whole this disclosure would be attributed to Russian Hackers conveniently as it usually tend to happen. But it became evident to anyone the he is an American, that he did it not for money, and consequently he should be allowed return home.

Submission + - Secret Court Orders force companies to provide backdoor to spy on you (

internetsos writes: Electronic Frontier Foundation has lodged a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice under the Freedom of Information act to confirm if there are secret orders forcing the creation of back doors to spy on us.

Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit has been filed by The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) against the U.S. Department of Justice to obtain information on secret court orders requiring technology companies to decrypt their customers’ communications.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a digital rights group that wants to know if the government obtained orders from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to force companies like Apple and Google to assist in surveillance efforts. The EFF want the DoJ to declassify this and other significant FISC opinions as part of the surveillance reforms enacted by Congress with the Freedom Act.

FBI want to be able to look at your phone

The FBI recently tried to make Apple build a backdoor to the iPhone to allow the agency to bypass the security on the phone belonging to the man alleged to be behind the San Bernardino terrorist attack. The FBI retracted the demand when a third-party helped it hack the phone but they are still trying to get apple to provide a back door and way to decrypt data stored on devices.

The EFF are demanding to know if the government has attempted to obtain similar orders from the FISC, which the EFF says operates mostly in secret and approves a majority of surveillance requests. They referred to news reports stating that the government has sought FISC orders to force companies to hand over source code, which would allow them to find and exploit software vulnerabilities for surveillance purposes.

“If the government is obtaining FISC orders to force a company to build backdoors or decrypt their users’ communications, the public has a right to know about those secret demands to compromise people’s phones and computers,” said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Nate Cardozo. “The government should not be able to conscript private companies into weakening the security of these devices, particularly via secret court orders.”

Proposed law to force companies to decypt user data

Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein of the Senate Intelligence Committee proposed a law that would force companies to decrypt user data when presented with a court order. The senators said the proposed law was a discussion draft that would be formally introduced only after they get feedback from the public and key stakeholders.

Comment Building too (Score 3, Insightful) 76

Roads, street signs, traffic signs, elevators, locks, stairs, and so on and so forth should be standardized all over the world to make them suitable for machines.

As it is now, it is easier to send a robot to Mars that to a local supermarket.

Even plates and glasses, - it would free from hard manual labor millions of people who prepare plates for dishwashers in cafes and resaurants.

Comment Software is written (Score 1) 226

as a novel, as a poem, song, etc. As soon as Bill Gates stopped working on Windows, it became what it is now.

My Ethernet card stops working periodically as soon as I installed Windows 10. And I cannot find a solution, no matter what I try. Such things would have never happened when he worked there. Bill Gates would have thrown papers in the developer responsible for this bug.

I will have to install Ubuntu with a dual boot, as I still sometimes need Windows for some applications.

Comment Re:SHUTUP PUTIN! (Score -1) 629

It does not matter for us who is the president. The president does not decide anything. The MIC has got the real power: , and it will need someone to scare you big time to get orders. Who else could it be?

Nothing is going to change, and we will remain bad guys in any case. It is necessary for MIC's business. And it will work all right as self-fulfilling prophecies do

Comment Re:You could be concerned about this (Score 1) 100

Military drone program is also killing the civil UAV industry.

Every year about million and a half die in traffic accidents on overcrowded ground roads in the world, much more badly wounded and mutilated. These are the figures of a WW3.

UAVs could deliver packages and documents in cities reducing ground traffic up to 50%, they also could transport cargo between cities, etc. The technology is there already to do it safely and efficiently. However as people hear the word "drone" they immediately think about a danger, - deaths of innocent people at weddings, privacy violation, surveillance from the air, and other similar issues.

FAA and other analogous agencies play along with this public mood, as politicians usually do, and suffocating the emerging UAV industry with prohibitive regulations.

Comment Re:It's Hillary time! (Score 1) 271

Russian speaking people do not want attack Western Europe at all. Why would anyone attack such great cities as Paris or Dusseldorf? And you are in wrong thinking that Russia won WWII.

WWII was the civil war in Europe. If it were not for German and Swiss resistance, the victory would not be possible at all. In Germany there were a lot of clandestine Jews, who did not like what was happening to their folk.

In 1943 they informed the USSR that the Wehrmacht would attack at Kursk. There were practically no Nazi troops at Kursk, and they were repeatedly asked: "Are you sure? Could you verify? We do not have resources to waste on building defenses in this area if this information is wrong." The answer was always: "Yes. They will attack massively at Kursk."

The result was the Battle of Kursk which decided the WWII. 32 members of Rote Kapelle (Red Orchestra) were awarded by the USSR.

Comment Re:A cigarette butt? (Score 1) 338

In the following article the fire expert in Dubai says: "Mahmoud El-Shahat, a fire expert at the department told this website that most of the fires that break out start due to cigarette butts...":

I did not write that it caused fire, but advised to verify security camera footage, as cigarette butts are the main reason of fires in buildings in accordance with the fire experts living in the real world.

Here are some more examples:

Comment A cigarette butt? (Score -1) 338

They should check video footage carefully if someone was smoking in the vicinity. Often people do not realize how dangerous are cigarette butts thrown on the ground. And it is such a serious dependency that people sometimes cannot wait.

I hope that no one was hurt.

Submission + - Is LED, light-emitting diode, making DST, daylight saving time, obsolete?

Max_W writes: More and more countries stop using the DST, daylight saving time. These are India, China, Russia, Brazil, etc. The LED technology significantly reduces energy consumption on lighting. Do we really need this trouble of changing time on our clocks twice a year? Besides, the DST makes the software excessively complicated and prone to "fluid time" bugs.

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