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Comment Re: see what the Union free work place get's you! (Score 5, Insightful) 229

You are assuming we exist to serve an economy. But an economy isn't a living thing and that's not how it works. An economy has no rights.

The economy exists to serve the people. It has no other justification.

Not all coercion is in the form of physical force. Work for slave wages or starve, for example, is a form of coercion.

Unions are a worker's way of reminding management that without workers, they would have to actually labor themselves or starve.

Submission + - FBI says foreign hackers penetrated state election systems (

An anonymous reader writes: The FBI has uncovered evidence that foreign hackers penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks, prompting the bureau to warn election officials across the country to take new steps to enhance the security of their computer systems, according to federal and state law enforcement officials.

The FBI warning, contained in a “flash” alert from the FBI’s Cyber Division, a copy of which was obtained by Yahoo News, comes amid heightened concerns among U.S. intelligence officials about the possibility of cyberintrusions, potentially by Russian state-sponsored hackers, aimed at disrupting the November elections.

Submission + - F-104 Starfighters to launch CubeSats from Florida (

An anonymous reader writes: The BBC has an interesting story about how a famous 1950s jet is being repurposed for use in 2018. From TFA: "The F-104s will fly over the Atlantic Ocean, their pilots taking the jets to around 60,000ft, the jets climbing at an acute angle to give the rockets the right trajectory to leave the pull of the Earth’s gravity." A good read for fans of space and aeronautics.

Comment Re:Come the fuck on (Score 1) 336

It depends on the features used. Regular old btrfs or the mirrored modes work quite well. DO NOT touch the RAID 5 mode with a ten foot pole or there will be tears. That is where the "I lost my data" stories come from.

As for being ahead or behind, ZFS has some advanced features that btrfs is lacking. The reverse is also true. ZFS treats snapshots as special while in btrfs, a snapshot is just a COW clone that happens to be marked read only. Btrfs is a lot more flexible about expanding the filesystem, especially in mirror mode.

Comment USB to sata dongle plus 2TB SSD (Score 1) 336

I'm assuming the person thinks the data is important enough to spend a bit of $$$ to make sure it doesn't go .

I'd get one of those USB 3.0 to SATA dongles, connect a 2TB SSD to it and copy the data onto the SSD. Then I'd do a quick checksum to make sure the source and destination copies were the same. Then I'd put that SSD on a shelf somewhere other than where I keep the computer where the data is stored.

Today, that SSD+dongle would likely run you about $700. It's about $500 if you break the backup into a pair of 1TB devices.

A year from now the cost will likely be half that (or less).

Anyhow, that's what I do today, though I only back up about 1TB of pics and important docs. Total cost for me is about $250.


Submission + - The Unintended Consequence of Congress's Ban on Designer Babies (

schwit1 writes: By tucking two crucial sentences inside a federal spending bill last year, the U.S. Congress effectively banned the human testing of gene-editing techniques that could produce genetically modified babies. But the provision, which is up for renewal this year, has also flustered proponents of a promising technique that could help mothers avoid passing certain devastating genetic disorders to their children.

The language in the bill is a clear reference to the use of techniques like CRISPR to modify the human germline (see “Engineering the Perfect Baby”). Most scientists agree that testing germline editing in humans is irresponsible at this point. But regulators have decided that the description also fits mitochondrial replacement therapy, which entails removing the nucleus from a human egg and transplanting it into one from a different person to prevent the transmission of debilitating or even deadly mitochondrial disorders to children.

Submission + - The court that rules the world ( 1

schwit1 writes: Imagine a private, global super court that empowers corporations to bend countries to their will.

Say a nation tries to prosecute a corrupt CEO or ban dangerous pollution. Imagine that a company could turn to this super court and sue the whole country for daring to interfere with its profits, demanding hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars as retribution.

Imagine that this court is so powerful that nations often must heed its rulings as if they came from their own supreme courts, with no meaningful way to appeal. That it operates unconstrained by precedent or any significant public oversight, often keeping its proceedings and sometimes even its decisions secret. That the people who decide its cases are largely elite Western corporate attorneys who have a vested interest in expanding the court’s authority because they profit from it directly, arguing cases one day and then sitting in judgment another. That some of them half-jokingly refer to themselves as “The Club” or “The Mafia.”

And imagine that the penalties this court has imposed have been so crushing — and its decisions so unpredictable — that some nations dare not risk a trial, responding to the mere threat of a lawsuit by offering vast concessions, such as rolling back their own laws or even wiping away the punishments of convicted criminals.

This system is already in place, operating behind closed doors in office buildings and conference rooms in cities around the world. Known as investor-state dispute settlement, or ISDS, it is written into a vast network of treaties that govern international trade and investment, including NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which Congress must soon decide whether to ratify.

Comment Re:Ban drug ad's like most developed nations do! (Score 1) 379

If we're being honest, it doesn't take a lot of training to do an intramuscular injection to the thigh.

Many people with life threatening allergies are carrying pre-loaded syringes now since they can't afford the EpiPen.

The EpiPen came out in the mid-70s. That means the patents are expired.Their monopoly primarily exists now because the FDA has an extreme fear of insignificant differences. Otherwise, it shouldn't actually cost much over $40 by now for two.

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.

Submission + - New Fantom Ransomware Poses As Windows Update (

MojoKid writes: A security researcher for AVG has discovered a new piece of ransomware called Fantom that masquerades as a critical Windows update. Victims who fall for the ruse will see a Windows screen acting like it's installing the update, but what's really happening is that the user's documents and files are being encrypted in the background. Fantom is based on the open-source EDA2 ransomware project, and unfortunately there's no way to decrypt the files without the culprit's help. The scam starts with a pop-up labeled as a critical update from Microsoft. Once a user decides to apply the fake update, it extracts files and executes an embedded program called WindowsUpdate.exe. As with other EDA2 ransomware, Fantom generates a random AES-128 key, encrypts it using RSA, and then uploads it to the culprit. From there, Fantom targets specific file extensions and encrypts those files using AES-128 encryption. Users affected by this are instructed to email the culprit for payment instructions. It's not clear how much it costs to decrypt the files or if the person responsible even follows through once payment is received.

Comment Re:Conflating several issues here (Score 1) 379

Canada isn't some third world mud hole. They have a regulatory process as well. I have every confidence in the drugs sold there. Same for the EU.

The FDA has gone well past the sweet spot and is now killing people rather than saving them. Their desire to have their asses kissed has gotten to the point that they are 're-evaluating' drugs with centuries of proven safety just because they pre-dated their authority. The result is that the prices jump by a factor of 100.(Yes, literally the price is now 100 TIMES what it was before).

Drugs people can't afford might as well not exist. It seems that health care is one of those things where a free market just won't work.

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