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Comment Re:If he's transgender... (Score 3, Insightful) 642

More or less any industry on the moon would need a "cheap" way of getting mass to Earth. Without that, there's no point in putting the industry on the moon.

So when the BigBadBallBearing company builds their factory on the moon, they will include the means to get their products back to Earth, and those means, like many other tools, can be used for good or bad purposes.

Comment Re:Tit for tat (Score 1) 574

If you can't handle the distinction between murder and killing, then, again, just stop.

How do you define the difference between murder and killing?

There are many possible differentiators, here are a couple that come to mind:
Murder is killing for no reason.
Murder is killing for no *good* reason.

I'm just curious as to how you might distinguish between the two without resorting to something like "I know it when I see it".

Comment Re:Human nature.. been going on for a long time (Score 1) 99

This is old news, just newer tech.

I remember in the late 1980s the guys at the auto body shop using the DPS terminal to access the state license plate database and get the name and address info on cute girls they saw in their cars.

The base urges to and desire to gain an advantage if they think there are no consequences have always been there.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 182

I believe it's even worse. He's describing a Soviet gaming culture where "game plays you". Gaming micro-transactions are bad enough today, but this is a whole new level of enslavement where every aspect of my day is predicated on how it affects my game avatar.

I'm not too worried about this yet. We still have to hit the intermediate step where in the next Battlefield 1 update the Turkish army is sponsored by Doritos, the blimps are now Metlife and Goodyear, medics inject you with Mountain Dew and the tanks are plastered with sponsorship stickers.

Comment Re:Security that the USER cannot control. . . (Score 1) 194

I don't have the full story - there's aspects she can't share with me, but I gathered that the politics of switching that stuff to Oracle are more complicated than just the SOX issue... but SOX compliance was the nail in the coffin so to speak. And it was a departmental decision, not just her. I do know their projects involves the handling of employee data for tens of thousands of people in many countries, as well as customer data and their compliance department is rather large and scary.

Comment Re:Security that the USER cannot control. . . (Score 2) 194

> Not controlling your own security will make things like, oh, HIPAA and PCI compliance problematical.

Add Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Compliance to the list as well.

My wife just dealt with this at her Fortune 500 company. Microsoft will not disclose completely what the telemetry in SQL Server 2016 is phoning home. They have no choice with respect to compliance , and have made the decision to migrate their older reporting from SQL server (older versions) to Oracle.

She wishes she had a recording of their MS sales rep telling her team that it doesn't matter.

Comment Re:Time to sell my Apple stock... (Score 3, Interesting) 361

> But... but... you forgot to mention they're using previous-generation processors in their brand-new laptops! That takes courage!

Not really. The Kaby Lake equivalents of the Skylake CPUs they are using have not been released yet, so they are the current generation CPUs in those configurations.

Comment Reconstructing text - Already been done (Score 1) 57

I used a technique back in the early 1990s where anyone using internet relay chat would have their keystrokes appear on my end. It was also 100% accurate, no microphone needed, and able to capture hundreds -- no, thousands of users at a time. I could capture dozens of conversations lasting hours sorted into "channels". It was fun for a while, I really should get back into it.


Submission + - How Elizabeth Holmes's House of Cards Came Tumbling Down (

alternative_right writes: Holmes had indeed mastered the Silicon Valley game. Revered venture capitalists, such as Tim Draper and Steve Jurvetson, invested in her; Marc Andreessen called her the next Steve Jobs. She was plastered on the covers of magazines, featured on TV shows, and offered keynote-speaker slots at tech conferences. (Holmes spoke at Vanity Fair’s 2015 New Establishment Summit less than two weeks before Carreyrou’s first story appeared in the Journal.) In some ways, the near-universal adoration of Holmes reflected her extraordinary comportment. In others, however, it reflected the Valley’s own narcissism. Finally, it seemed, there was a female innovator who was indeed able to personify the Valley’s vision of itself—someone who was endeavoring to make the world a better place.

Submission + - Hacker takes down CEO wire transfer scammers, sends their Win 10 creds to the co (

mask.of.sanity writes: A penetration tester is hacking business email scammers compromising their Microsoft accounts and sending the criminal's information to police. The scammers, or whalers, are responsible for causing billions of dollars of damage by tricking business into wiring funds to bank accounts.

Submission + - Google Extends FASTER Undersea Cable Network To Taiwan

An anonymous reader writes: Google has extended the reach of its undersea cable network in Asia, laying a 26Tbps connection between Japan and Taiwan, which currently houses the tech giant’s largest data center in the region. Google confirmed that it had added the new FASTER cable to boost its speed of service in the area, as well as providing greater reliability and consistency for Taiwanese customers. The high-speed cable has been laid outside of earthquake and tsunami zones, in an attempt to better protect the infrastructure from network outages caused by natural disasters.

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