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Comment Re:The problem is.... (Score 2) 311

That is a common misunderstanding amongst liberal socialists. I never can understand a person that thinks there is only so much wealth to go around and some have an unfair share. Wealth is created, and in ever increasing amounts, at least in a growing economy. If I buy something wholesale, and sell it at retail and make some wealth in the process, how does that take away wealth from anyone else?

Comment The problem is.... (Score 2) 311

The problem is not that we have the extraordinarily wealthy among us, it is that there are not more of them. Increase incentives and benefits of accumulating wealth and you might find more more people become wealthy. Relief given to the poor often as not helps perpetuate the lifestyle. This is the opposite of communism, where everyone is poor equally. Let there be the rich, and let them keep their riches. More of us will want to become wealthy.

Comment Re:bollocks (Score 1) 678

--My personal belief is that in a perfect world Communism is the best form of government, in an imperfect world, a combination of governmental --philosophies are the best. Taxing sales of online goods will not change our form of government to any degree, it will simply suppress online sales. Having lived through the cold war, I believe that the communists are really the winners. Capitalist countries continue the march towards socialism, while in Russia they are learning to be capitalists. Has anyone read Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged, or the Fountain head et al?. I believe the best forms of government must take advantage of human ambition and desire to do better. That is not to reward mediocrity as we are doing more and more in the US. The real issue is an additional revenue source to perpetuate government.

Comment Re:Goodness me! Was that a Whooosh? (Score 1) 201

I agree precision weapons have made quite an impact on the nature of warfare. But it brings to mind an episode of Star Trek, where two planets had been warring for years. Computers would decide where the bomb would have gone off and calculate the casualties. The 'casualties' would then report to extermination stations. If they did not real war would be declared. The cleaner and more precise the weapons, the more incentive there is to use them. There are reasons to avoid war, human and material. Are we reducing those reasons by less collateral damage? Or will we use it more often since we can?

Comment No he can't.... (Score 2) 106

"I do not believe the administration knows how to work with a legislative body," Rep. Rogers said. "We have come a long way on some of their points."

No he cant work with legislative bodies. A good case for when compromise is not always the best course. Yet another way for government to get private information from private companies, never mind private companies sharing amongst themselves. Someday soon the time will come when what you buy is recorded, say you buy viagra. Not only will you start getting offers from condom companies, but your quote for medical insurance will be higher. Who know, maybe that points you out as a risk taker and car insurance will go up.


Submission + - Inside the Targeted Attack on The New York Times (

Trailrunner7 writes: The Chinese group behind the targeted attack on the New York Times was laser focused on accessing the email of a reporter and the newspaper’s former Beijing bureau chief to the point that it used an inordinate number of custom malware samples to get the job done.

“In terms of statistics, 45 [custom malware samples] as a ratio to the number of computers involved, 53, is a high ratio,” said Richard Bejtlich, chief security officer of Mandiant, the forensics firm hired by the Times to investigate the targeted attack. “Usually, you’ll see one or two for the relatively small number of systems involved.”

Bejtlich said his company’s investigators were able to match the activity used in this attack to a particular group of Chinese attackers using a suite of indicators of compromise that Mandiant has built over the years.

“We identify systems with problems and collect forensic artifacts and match those with threat groups we’ve been tracking for years to see if they match,” he said. “We look for certain tools or command and control infrastructure that are earmarks used by certain groups. Then we’ll go through a second process to see if we can narrow that down.”


Submission + - Doctors practiced US soldier's 13 hour double arm transplant four times ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: In April 2009 Brendan Marrocco suffered serious injuries when his unit’s vehicle was hit by an Explosive Fired Projectile (EFP) while undertaking a night mission in Iraq. Brendan survived, but his injuries meant doctors had to amputate both his arms and legs. The fact that he recovered at all is amazing, but as of yesterday Brendan has his arms back due to a compatible donor and a successful double arm transplant.

The 13 hour operation (including attaching the bones, muscles, nerves, tendons, blood vessels, and finally the skin of both arms) was preceded by months of planning, which included the doctors carrying out the full operation four times using cadavers. Such careful planning and practice is essential, as even one mistake could have seen the new arms rejected and Brendan potentially suffering complications because of it.


Submission + - Fujitsu's New Data Transfer Protocol 30 Times Faster than TCP ( 1

hypnosec writes: Japan based technology giant, Fujitsu, has announced a new data transfer protocol that is capable of transferring data up to 30 times faster than that of currently used Transmission Control Protocol (TCP). The new technology, which is a proprietary, has been developed through a software-only approach and is based on User Datagram Protocol (UDP) that is used in streaming media. Even though UDP is a stateless protocol, Fujitsu’s technology has been developed such that it can differentiate between dropped packers and those which haven’t managed to reach the intended destination. Fujitsu carried out tests between US and Japan and the results were amazing – a 30 times improvement over TCP communications in data transfer throughput and a reduction in packet delivery latency to a sixth of previous levels.

Submission + - US Deserves Transparency From Oil Refineries

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Gregg Laskoski writes in US News and World Report that virtually all of the retail gasoline price volatility that Americans experienced this past year was connected to significant problems at refineries and it was those refineries' vulnerability that subjected US consumers to the year's highest average price ever, $3.63 per gallon. February delivered the BP refinery fire in Cherry Point, Washington that led to gasoline price spikes all along the Pacific coast, refinery problems in the Great Lakes region pushed Chicago gas prices to an all-time high of $4.56 per gallon, and over the summer, west coast refineries incurred outages, and California saw record highs in most markets, with Los Angeles gasoline's average price peaking at $4.72/gallon in October. Finally after Reuters reported that some 7,700 gallons of fuel spilled from Phillips 66's Bayway refinery in Linden, NJ, after Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey environmental protection officials said they were not made aware of a major spill at the Bayway plant, and the refinery failed to respond to inquiries from Reuters reporters. "Too many times, history has shown us, the Phillips 66 response or lack thereof characterizes the standard practice of the oil industry. Refineries often fail or are slow to communicate problems that create significant disruptions to fuel supplies and spikes in retail gasoline prices. More often than not, scant information is provided reluctantly, if at all," writes Laskoski. "When such things occur is silence from refineries acceptable? Or does our government and the electorate who put them there have a right to know what's really going on?""

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