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Comment Re:Nothing to be too excited about (Score 1) 62

Relying on nuclear weapons to suppress human conflict is like when the National Park Service meticulously suppressed every forest fire.

Things went great for a while, until unburned fuel built up and got out of hand in a catastrophic conflagration that was far worse than what the sum of all the smaller fires would have been.

Wait... did you just put forward the case for having lots more world wars using conventional weapons? Because that's kind of the direction it looks like you're going there.

It's ok. Just like regular forest fires, regular world wars with conventional weapons will just clear out all the dead wood! How could we have missed this? Here we've had relative peace and prosperity for 70 years, but now that we know it's propped up with the human equivalent of dead leaves and brush, can we really continue?

GPP's analogy was bad and he should feel bad.

Submission + - Attacks on WordPress Sites Intensify as Hackers Deface Over 1.5 Million Pages (

An anonymous reader writes: Attacks on WordPress sites using a vulnerability in the REST API, patched in WordPress version 4.7.2, have intensified over the past two days, as attackers have now defaced over 1.5 million pages, spread across 39,000 unique domains.

Initial attacks using the WordPress REST API flaw were reported on Monday by web security firm Sucuri, who said four group of attackers defaced over 67,000 pages. The number grew to over 100,000 pages the next day, but according to a report from fellow web security firm WordFence, these numbers have skyrocketed today to over 1.5 million pages, as there are now 20 hacking groups involved in a defacement turf war.

Making matters worse, over the weekend, Google failed miserably when it warned website owners that registered WordPress sites in the Google Search Console. Google attempted to send security alerts to all WordPress 4.7.0 and 4.7.1 website owners (vulnerable to the REST API flaw), but some emails reached WordPress 4.7.2 owners, some of which misinterpreted the email and panicked, fearing their site might lose search engine ranking.

Submission + - US House Passes Bill Requiring Warrants To Search Old Emails (

An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Monday to require law enforcement authorities to obtain a search warrant before seeking old emails from technology companies, a win for privacy advocates fearful the Trump administration may work to expand government surveillance powers. The House passed the measure by a voice vote. But the legislation was expected to encounter resistance in the Senate, where it failed to advance last year amid opposition by a handful of Republican lawmakers after the House passed it unanimously. Currently, agencies such as the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission only need a subpoena to seek such data from a service provider.

Comment Re:Stop the demowawizin! (Score 2) 194

...demowawizin ... Pwetious ... fwustwated ... bewutifuwest inaguwation! He DID! HE DIIIIIIDDD!!! ... demowawazing ... Pwedident ... huwt ... pwetious thiewings! ... Dog bless ...

I'm sure you think you were making some kind of cogent point there. However, speaking in baby talk to try and mock someone else just makes you look retarded. I have no idea what you are trying to say, nor do I care to.

This comes to mind:

Comment Re:Schitzophrenic Labor Dept. (Score 2) 317

Slashdot should fully support this, but as usual accusations of racism triggered most of the posters and mods. This angle is probably the best way you can fight back against H1B abuse, but the programmed Pavlovian response is hard to overcome.

Or perhaps most of us would rather problems with H1B abuse be solved directly rather than through underhanded identity politics. That way madness lies.

Comment Re:since when has it been a business decision (Score 2) 293

> Sure, plain text has a place, but with HTML I can reply to a colleagues email and highlight my comments or point out issues in various colors in the body of the email* rather than breaking things bit by bit as I would have to do in a plaintext email.

> * See what I did here? I used HTML to emphasize the point I was making. How would you easily do that in plain text?

You're right. There is *absolutely* NO way to _emphasize_ a point in regular text.

Comment Re:This is swamp draining (Score 2) 244

So in your book, removing corruption is replacing one group who want to enrich themselves with another group who want to enrich themselves?

To be fair, the idea is that group that is getting replaced was enriching themselves through bribery and corruption. The new group will hopefully try to enrich themselves by making laws and regulations less hostile to business.

Comment Re:Backlash or Bias? (Score 1) 470

That the Republicans then talked of further delaying for the next 4 years should Clinton win sends an even more ominous message that they care more about politics than the Constitution, the Country and *all* of its people.

Where in the Constitution does it say there must be 9 supreme court justices? Will you complain if Trump nominates us up to 11 justices and congress doesn't blanket approve his choices?

Comment Re:One itsy-bitsy flaw in this plan (Score 1) 1368

Sure it does, but those bases belong to that country called USA.

If California secedes, of course we'll nationalize that land.

Holy shit you people are retarded. Have you not heard of Fort Sumpter? "Nationalizing" army bases didn't work out so well last time a state tried to secede.

Submission + - FBI reviewing new emails in Clinton probe (

mmiscool writes: FBI Director James Comey said Friday the bureau is reviewing new emails related to Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state, according to a letter sent to eight congressional committee chairmen, a surprise development with 11 days until the election.

After recommending this year that the Department of Justice not press charges against the Secretary of State, Comey said in the letter that "recent developments" urged him to take another look.

"In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear pertinent to the investigation," Comey wrote the chairmen. "I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday, and I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation."

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