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Comment Re:Examples? (Score 1) 324

And all of the above comes from people lacking discipline and integrity. If they had their own agendas, they would fact check the alternatives being offered to them.

The issue is, that for them, what is being offered to them are not alternatives. They are REAL. Teh intarwebz are reals. CNN is Double Plus REALS!!! What they see on the screen, and listen to on the radio in the car, and watch on television are the only reality that they know.

Nobody wants to admit that their buttons are being pushed. Nope. Not in America. The land of free will and freedom of choice.

Comment Re:Examples? (Score 4, Insightful) 324

I would not be so skeptical. I used to read a lot of Zero Hedge. I still read from time to time. If you accept that ALL news has a bias, it becomes apparent. In the case of ZeroHedge, their bias is that economy is about to crash, again. And the price of gold is about to skyrocket, any day now. And the American political system sucks, which they are actually correct on.

Propaganda is entwined with the reality of nation states. The United States puts out propaganda about Russia. They do the same in return.

With the internet, the propaganda is more obvious and easier to spread.

The older I get, the more I realize that everyone has an agenda. Zero Hedge has an agenda. The Washington Post has an agenda. The Communist Party of China has an agenda.

The thing is, life is short. At this point, I do not have time to focus on other people's agendas unless they intersect with and further my own.

This whole "Russian Hackers Fucking with Democracy" is the greatest propaganda coup of all time. It still blows my mind that the media managed to completely obfuscate all of the evil shit that the Democratic party and Hillary Clinton were up to by bringing the Russian bogey man out of the closet. (Not that it matters, but I didn't vote for Clinton or Trump).

In my brief 40 years as an American, I was born into a world where we were supposed to be scared of Russians. To being told that the Russians weren't a threat. To being told that the Islamists that the CIA funded to fight the Russians were the threat. To now being told that the Russians and the disciples of those we trained to fight the Russians are a threat.

To be honest, I think the biggest threat to America at this point is America. Between the ignorance of the electorate and the iron grip that the military industrial complex has on the economy and the government, we are like the big, retarded bully who doesn't even know why he's angry, but sure as hell is going to beat the shit out of anyone who calls him retarded.

Comment Serious Issue / Not the End of the World (Score 1) 35

While this is a serious flaw and it is good to know that it has been fixed, it is easily avoidable. I can't speak for other Azure customers, but my organization does not use the default Microsoft OS images. We provide our own. If there is an issue in our base builds, it is because our internal security team screwed up.

Azure is an okay platform, but it is also a very new platform. The old adage of "Trust but verify." definitely applies.

I mostly trust that Microsoft can put together a clean Windows Server build, but we still bring our own. I would not trust Microsoft to secure a Linux build.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 1081

You are not the only person who has said that swing states matter and that one person, one vote exacerbates the problem.

I do not understand the logic there.

My understanding of swing states is that they are those states where the number of voters on either side is close to equal, and therefore it is possible to influence enough members of one party to 'swing' the state to the other side.

If that understanding is correct, the only reason that matters is because those states have electors that are 'up for grabs'. If you do away with electors, swing states go away. Every American is equal, no matter where they live. They all have access to television, radio and the internet.

If anything, it seems like doing away with electors and swing states would expose a lot of the double speak that candidates do. By that, I mean that they currently tailor their message to the audiences in various states.

What am I missing? How does getting rid of the EC make the swing state issue even more of an issue?

Comment Re:No (Score 4, Insightful) 1081

How did this get modded Insightful?

New York and California do get to dictate who is President of the entire country.

"The number of electors in each state is equal to the number of members of Congress to which the state is entitled.." (from Wikipedia)

The strategy of focusing on the most populous states still holds true under the Electoral College.

Doing away with the Electoral College puts every American on equal footing. Americans in California would not receive more attention from the candidates than Americans in Montana.

One person, one vote. Let the majority elect the President. The House of Representatives is there to represent the States. The Senate is there to provide a 'fair' body that is not influenced by population. The Supreme Court is there to resolve any issues that the other branches cannot sort out on their own.

The Electoral College is a relic from a time before the telephone, the radio and other modern means of conveying the will of the people to the central seat of government.

Comment Giving people too much credit (Score 1) 240

While on the surface this seems like a good idea, there is no getting through to ideologues. People flock to those questionable web sites because they provide a narrative that those people want to hear. It re-enforces their world view.

A browser fact checker would be derided as a tool 'of the man' or whatever other such nonsense. A censorship tool meant to marginalize and diminish those who dare to speak truth to power.

Having said that, a fact checker would go a long way towards helping those who are still on the fence about any particular issue. By building it into the browser, those who might not make the extra effort to check Snopes or Wikipedia will at least have some sort of sanity checking introduced into their lives.

Comment Re:Email Threading and DeDupe (Score 1) 488

That would make sense. I have not seriously administered an Exchange server since 2003 and only had passing familiarity with the application's 2007 version.

The processing tools do not rely on the server to tell them which emails are duplicates. They do what Snowden suggested. Hash the emails and then compare the hash values.

Comment Email Threading and DeDupe (Score 5, Informative) 488

I work for an organization that is heavily involved in electronic discovery processing for large corporations, law firms and the United States government.

Email threading, and duplication detection / dedupe are standard tasks that are performed on a daily basis on huge datasets. (As part of the Processing phase of the EDRM model.)

It is not at all unfeasible that the FBI could have used standard, off the shelf software to identify duplicates and generate an exception report for all 'new' emails that were not in the previously collected datasets.

Comment Dan Farmer and Defcon (Score 2) 548

Do any of you guys remember one of the original Defcon's, where Dan Farmer (I think?) was talking about hiding payloads in the white space of DNS packets?

This quote from the article made me think about that.

"Earlier this month, the group of computer scientists passed the logs to Paul Vixie. In the world of DNS experts, there’s no higher authority. Vixie wrote central strands of the DNS code that makes the internet work.

---->After studying the logs, he concluded, “The parties were communicating in a secretive fashion. The operative word is secretive. This is more akin to what criminal syndicates do if they are putting together a project.” Put differently, the logs suggested that Trump and Alfa had configured something like a digital hotline connecting the two entities, shutting out the rest of the world, and designed to obscure its own existence. ---------

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