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Comment Cui Bono? (Score 1, Insightful) 65

There's lots of senseless finger-pointing going around. Anonymous doesn't get anything by shutting down Netflix (Americans aren't going to pressure the State Dept. over it to restore Julian's internet). So, who benefits by shutting down Twitter while Wikileaks is rolling out anti-Clinton hits and the Twitterverse is trying to work out what the leaks mean? North Korea? Only if they're doing it for the lulz. Or promises of favorable treatment under a Clinton administration.


John McAfee Thinks North Korea Hacked Dyn, and Iran Hacked the DNC ( 65

"The Dark Web is rife with speculation that North Korea is responsible for the Dyn hack" says John McAfee, according to a new article on CSO: McAfee said they certainly have the capability and if it's true...then forensic analysis will point to either Russia, China, or some group within the U.S. [And] who hacked the Democratic National Committee? McAfee -- in an email exchange and follow up phone call -- said sources within the Dark Web suggest it was Iran, and he absolutely agrees. While Russian hackers get more media attention nowadays, Iranian hackers have had their share... "The Iranians view Trump as a destabilizing force within America," said McAfee. "They would like nothing more than to have Trump as President....

"If all evidence points to the Russians, then, with 100% certainty, it is not the Russians. Anyone who is capable of carrying out a hack of such sophistication is also capable, with far less effort than that involved in the hack, of hiding their tracks or making it appear that the hack came from some other quarter..."

Bruce Schneier writes that "we don't know anything much of anything" about yesterday's massive DDOS attacks. "If I had to guess, though, I don't think it's China. I think it's more likely related to the DDoS attacks against Brian Krebs than the probing attacks against the Internet infrastructure..." Earlier this month Krebs had warned that source code had been released for the massive DDOS attacks he endured in September, "virtually guaranteeing that the Internet will soon be flooded with attacks from many new botnets powered by insecure routers, IP cameras, digital video recorders and other easily hackable devices."

Comment Re:in other news (Score 1, Insightful) 56

And I don't have to buy them from Tesla â" there are plenty of other sellers out there.

Yeah, but if you have a Tesla roof, Powerwall, and Model 3, then it'll handle the credits for you among the reverse net metering, the panel, and your charge-ups at the SuperChargers.

If you put ten Teslets in at home yesterday, you can take ten Teslets out at the SuperCharger today.

Solar City, on its own, had to make up all of the finance costs from net-metering only. As part of Tesla, they can give you flexibility on how to handle the charges. If you consume way more than your production in your cars, and go past the finance costs for your roof, then they can charge that difference to your credit card. But before that, it's much more economically efficient to keep all the charges in-system.

If you have a non-integrated stack then you can do all the same things, but it's necessarily going to cost more because of transaction costs.

Comment Re:Easy Work-Around (Score 1) 144

prove that was your intent

I think it'd be pretty easy to prove once Air BnB's records show that you had already rented the room in advance to another person for the second week, and to a third person on the third week and so on... it looks almost like you intended them to stay only a week, doesn't it?

Comment Re:Yes its probably illegal (Score 2) 199

Which makes sense for a $50 bike perhaps.

A friend had ~$600 worth of bike & stuff stolen last month after his $25 lock was cut.

He since purchased a replacement bike (similar price) but has upgraded to a $50 lock this time around... and claims that it is easier for the thief to simply cut whatever the bike is locked to than the lock... which still suggests some vulnerabilities, even with the lock in TFA.

Comment Re:illegal? (Score 1) 199

ummm your link to Wikipedia article confirmed rather than disputed it.

If your eyes only read those places where they are illegal... then yes. I was simply pointing out that they are also legal in a lot of places.

A lot of countries have it as illegal even as a defensive device.

And in a lot of countries, mace is legal as a defensive device... again, which was my point.

Add in booby trap/man trap laws and this thing a free ticket to jail in most of the world.

Most? Care to substantiate that with a survey of the world as to where they are/are not legal?

Comment Re:If the point was ... (Score 4, Insightful) 294

There's no proof that it has anything to do with Wikileaks, but in a world of IoT devices with no thought toward security, anyone who cares to do so can mount DDOS with the power of a national entity.

What's the point of doing what Assange and Wikileaks have been doing without any moral position? He isn't helping his own case.

Comment Re:Legal? (Score 2) 199

No, of course it is not legal to set a trap to intentionally hurt someone, even if you expect that the trap could only be activated by the person committing property theft or vandalism. Otherwise, you'd see shotguns built into burglar alarms.

Fire alarm stations sometimes shoot a blue dye which is difficult to remove or one which only shows under UV. Never stand in front of one when pulling the lever! But they are not supposed to hurt you.

And of course these booby traps generally are not as reliable as the so-called "inventor" thinks and tend to hurt the innocent.

Comment Re:illegal? (Score 1) 199

Even things like Mace or pepper spray are illegal in a lot of places

In war yes... not as much as you'd think in civilian or police hands:

as are mantraps or anything designed to incapacitate or injure a person.

Often true... though depending on the sort of injury inflicted I would imagine.

While I'm no fan of capsaicin... is it really a substance which causes injury? The dirty little secret of it is that it doesn't actually cause chemical burns or the physical damage the person subjected to it feels. The injuries from the stuff are associated with the person scratching/rubbing the affected areas and actually causing damage.

In the US for example, the legal barrier needed to shoot someone with a firearm is quite high... it is much much lower to spray someone in the face with mace... though there, it is a person triggering it vs a trap.

In either case, I think many a lawyer will buy a new boat or house thanks to this product.

Comment Re:Anyone else find it amusing (Score 1) 212

Facebook has to change their posting guidelines to allow what's become "normal" political speech?

Right-wing political speech becomes less extreme every year. What Trump has said, while baseless and unsupported, is far less offensive than what we've previously seen from them.

"The gay community has infiltrated the very centers of power in every area across this country, and they wield extreme power⦠That agenda is the greatest threat to our freedom that we face today." -Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK)

âoeBlacks Bought A Lot Of Propaganda On The Liberal Plantation.â -Pat Buchanan (R-Nixon/Regan administrations)

"We have a high percentage of blacks in prison, and thatâ(TM)s tragic, but are they in prison just because they are black or because they donâ(TM)t want to study as hard in school? Iâ(TM)ve taught school, and I saw a lot of people of color who didnâ(TM)t study hard because they said the government would take care of them." -Sally Kern (R-OK)

"Yes black lives matter. The best way to end the slaughter of young black men is to take guns away from blacks as they are the main killers." -Randy Pullen (R-RNC Treasurer)

[Chris Mapp (R-TX)] stood by his comments, made during an editorial board meeting with the Dallas Morning News, that âoe'wetbacks' should be shot by ranchers and that President Barack Obama is a 'socialist son of a bitch.'â

Comment Re:Yeah, depending on your audience, lets (Score 1) 212

I might object to it at my kid's Christmas pageant

When exactly is Trump saying such things at your kid's Christmas pageant? Or is Facebook showing up and re-posting such things while the kids are performing?

in this case their Facebook wall.

Perhaps you need to do a better job of controlling the safe space you keep your offspring in, as well as how they respond to such things when they encounter it.

Did you know there is also violent imagery and porn on the internet? Best keep them offline. TV has some of it too, better keep that turned off.

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