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Comment Re:That's the problem (Score 1) 237

That's the problem with Tor: Most people aren't brave enough (and, rightfully so) to operate an exit node because of the law enforcement repercussions. So, the only people that can operate exit nodes without repercussions is law enforcement. Which defeats the purpose of Tor.

And criminals. Notably ones in hard to prosecute countries.

Comment Not for me anymore.... (Score 3, Interesting) 237

It's probably not a good idea to use Tor anymore. There was a time when it was very useful, especially as a tool for journalists and dissidents ETC.

My main use for it was as a remote testing platform. Which it excelled at. Heck- I even wrote a small section of the Tor website regarding Tor's use by IT professionals.

Now... there's so much scrutiny on the system that your presence there basically gets you tagged as "suspicious".

My decision to stop using Tor was based on the apparent numbers of pedophiles that were hiding on the darknet. In an effort to not be confused with "them"- I stopped using it.

YMMV- it's a risky proposition. If you've ever run an exit node (not me!!) you are a potential target for misguided law enforcement. Plus the fact you may be unwittingly be aiding illegal activity as a middle man node.

Not for me. Make sure you understand what you are doing if you participate.

Comment Stick a fork in.... (Score 0) 610

This is finished. There's no way she wins the election, and I say that as one of her supporters. Here is clear evidence of trying to hide something. This leaves no room for doubt.

As an aside.... this IT guy is not very skilled if he's going to Reddit for technical advice.

This is a sad revelation- since I'm not a fan of Trump. But she's done.

Comment Re:Pretty simple actually.... (Score 2) 529

So what do black children on the west side of Chicago need to do to get a good education and a decent system to support them? Interpretive dance? How will they please the people around them and get support?

What services do they have to offer? Things only get better for them when someone steps in to make things better- and there isn't much profit in that... Now is there?

That's the case for most education problems....

So I'll tell you what "man", if you can take your snowflaky ass out of the corporate offices at Tivo, and go see the real world, you'd see that your view needs revising.

Elitist Carnage Mellon cake eating loser. Your bankbook is bigger than mine- but everything else you have is smaller.

Comment Re:Pretty simple actually.... (Score 1) 529

It's simple... companies that service education do not have the margin that other tech companies have. The schools have limited resources and limited ability to pay. Everything is done on a razor margin (assuming a competitive bid structure).

It comes back to value. Why was I paid below market? Because schools, as customers, could not support a salary over 150k.

Comment Pretty simple actually.... (Score 4, Insightful) 529

The problem is cultural. We do not champion the production of things that enrich society in general, especially if they have no, or little, profit attached.

Speaking for myself, my whole resume as a Systems Engineer contains nothing organizations who either were directly involved in education, or served that market.. Those have been my sole employers. I've always been paid below market as an employee.

And I've always been looked at as an anomaly. Sometimes even derided. One time there was an offer that was $60,000 above what I was making. It was for a Fortune 10 company- which I turned down. Boy did I earn a high level of scorn from my friends and family who valued the paycheck over the work.

Am I the only one? I highly doubt it.

If you tally up the number of children that were educated by systems I designed- the number is conservatively above 7 million.

Was it worth it? You're goddamned right it was.

Comment Re:Why would I admit a lie is true? (Score 4, Insightful) 99

Actually- it was only two terms of congress. 2 years- which you are referring to.

If you think it's a lie- then you and I have a different understanding of what truth is. That legislation was blocked because of amendments by the Republicans.

Why is your party holding hostage legislation by amending it with items that the Democrats would not pass? That seems obstructionist to me.

I'll answer the question for you: Because they can whine (like you) in the press and on comment sections- about how the Democrats torpedoed Zika legislation.

And why not? It's good for the Republican base- because they really don't care about anything that doesn't fit their agenda. It's good for the party because they can wave the flag about "stopping the evil Democrats".

And whether it's either party doing this- I don't care. Compromise is the core of constitutionality in the United States. THIS obstructionist move is the fault of Republicans.

You've also made the mistake of thinking I'm partisan. I'm not. But you need to call anyone who disagrees with you a Democrat.

Comment Obstructionism... (Score 3, Insightful) 99

No matter where you are on the political spectrum, you have to admit to the obstructionism which the Republicans have used over the last 8 years.

This has effectively meant that nothing has been done (mostly) except the bare minimum, for the last 8 years. Now we see it in this particular issue- which should be considered by people in the "IT world" to be a primary issue: Net Neutrality.

It's like this: Without net neutrality the Internet becomes a walled garden for businesses who are already there. Which is good for those businesses. But it's also bad for consumers. You see it now with veiled attempts at cutting out media providers through data caps. If this issue is not resolved in favor of a level playing field or all involved- the promise of the internet could be lost in this country.

Which is to say- whatever services you use over your connection- will be those mandated by whomever has the power that week to reach customers at the lowest cost.

And guess what: It won't be the startups. That is a problem.

Submission + - Stealthy, tricky to remove rootkit targets Linux systems on ARM and x86 (pcworld.com)

Kinwolf writes: Security researchers have identified a new family of Linux rootkits that, despite running from user mode, can be hard to detect and remove. Called Umbreon, after a Pokémon character that hides in the darkness, the rootkit has been in development since early 2015, runs from user mode but hijacks libc system calls. According to malware researchers from antivirus firm Trend Micro, Umbreon is a so-called ring 3 rootkit, meaning that it runs from user mode and doesn't need kernel privileges. Despite this apparent limitation, it is quite capable of hiding itself and persisting on the system.

Submission + - Industrial air pollution leaves magnetic waste in brain, possible Alzheimer's (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: If you live in an urban environment, chances are you’ve got nanomagnets on the brain—literally. New research suggests that most magnetite found in the human brain, a magnetic iron oxide compound, comes from industrial air pollution. And because unusually high concentrations of magnetite are found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, the findings raise the specter of an alarming new environmental risk factor for this and other neurodegenerative diseases. Still, other scientists caution that the link remains speculative.

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