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Comment So...FUD propaganda then? (Score 2, Informative) 77

"no coral"

Let's remember that coral is - literally - one of the oldest life forms on the planet.
They existed in much warmer, higher CO2 environments for hundreds of millions of years.

The tocsin that 'coral are dying' (implying that they're going to die out) is one of the more nakedly disingenuous pleas coming from the AGW crowd.

Submission + - Wikileaks precommits mean a big drop is coming, not that Assange is dead. (gizmodo.com)

argStyopa writes: Wikileaks has issued 3 precommits, which are crypto 'signatures' meant to confirm later data is genuine. This is likely tied to their post:
"Julian Assange's internet link has been intentionally severed by a state party. We have activated the appropriate contingency plans."
It should be taken as implied that either these precommits are in advance of an important dump, or simply as a preventative against more state-level attacks on their releases.

Comment What are PROBABLY Russians (Score 4, Insightful) 432

From the article:
"researchers assess with moderate confidence that the group is operating from the Russian Federation and is gathering intelligence on behalf of the Russian government"

I know it fits the playbook to simply call them "Russian Hackers" but hey, maybe...journalism instead?

Comment Let's not forget... (Score 5, Interesting) 99

...that as a geological feature, the GBR is relatively new.

As it only developed over the last 8000 years or so (since the last ice age) it's entirely possible that - in geological spans - the GBR is an ephemeral thing, like foam on the crest of a wave to us. To our short timeframe it seems permanent but it really isn't.

I know, that's not part of the FUD-creed, so downvote me to oblivion.

Comment Umm (Score 2) 169

...there have been conversations about the consequences of such for 30+ years (certainly since the concept of EMP gained widespread understanding).

If the country's emergency planners haven't already taken that into account (insofar as they're able with whatever budget they're given) they should be fired.

Comment Context tells more (Score 1) 104

The fact that this was sent as a CERTIFIED letter shows that it was
a) widespread
b) being actively ignored by management ...and that it was bad enough that Hambek felt he had to cover his OWN ass with a letter like this.
I'm guessing at LEAST a year of bullshit preceded this letter, could be three or more.

Comment It DOES hold that potential. (Score 1) 121

Of course, I think it provides far MORE potential for pernicious harm and ruin.

The bad guys are far more numerous, and have better incentives, than the good guys, in terms of the Wild West of cyberwarfare. At the moment, the initiative belongs to the attacker.

Furthermore, we have a society WEDDED to the idea that every flippin' power station, every traffic light, every car, even the bloody coffeemakers "should" be connected to the web. The overwhelming bulk of these are woefully un- or under-protected, and everyday security rests primarily in obscurity. "There's just too many juicy things to attack, I hope I'm too insignificant to bother with..."

Multiply this to the exponential power of AI? I'm not super-optimistic at the result.

Look, there's a large segment of people are (apparently) too stupid generally to avoid "don't open the fucking executable attached to the email some random person just sent you". I can't *imagine* how much harm will result from an AI-derived attack vector that can more or less infinitely evolve and replicate.

Comment Preposterous? (Score 1) 230

Are you angry because it's probably aimed at your company?


Automakers With The Lowest (And Highest) Recall Rates ...Toyota/Lexus/Scion led the pack for the second year in a row with nearly 5.3 million cars and trucks recalled, followed by the Chrysler Group at around 4.7 million and Honda/Acura with nearly 2.8 million models recalled. While these would seem to be staggering numbers, as NHTSA points out theyâ(TM)re not weighed against sales, and as such arenâ(TM)t necessarily a predictor of a given model lineâ(TM)s inherent safety or its long-term reliability.

A critical part failure in a human controlled vehicle is bad enough.
I submit that there are at least an order of magnitude more potential points of failure in an autonomous vehicle. Perhaps it's wise to move a little more carefully before this becomes widespread.

Comment Yeah. (Score 5, Insightful) 348

What is it about presidents at the end of their second terms that they love to float space goals?

Bush, near the end of his 2nd term:
""Our third goal," Bush said, "is to return to the moon by 2020, as the launching point for missions beyond." He proposed sending robotic probes to the lunar surface by 2008, with a human mission as early as 2015, "with the goal of living and working there for increasingly extended periods of time." "

While I'd love it ever to be true, I can't imagine any post Obama congress will fund it at all.

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