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Comment Re:Presumably its ice particles , not water vapour (Score 1) 95

No, vacuum isn't always cold.

The solar corona is, by all terrestrial measures, a really hard vacuum, and emits a radiation with a black-body equivalent temperature up in the order of a million degrees (Kelvin, or Celsius, it doesn't much matter). The heat capacity on the other hand, is pretty low, due to the density being pretty low.

I got cooled to absolute zero, but I'm 0K now.

You absorbed that one at your mother's tit, I guess. It's old enough ti have lichen on it. The joke, that is.

Comment Re:Make Earth great again (Score 1) 95

And here I was only thinking it'd make a really spectacular view for a second honeymoon...

I think the radiation environment would probably make the honeymoon a bit of an experience. Possibly a terminal experience. But you never know - you might conceive Johnny-Two-Heads a nice hermaphrodite sibling with three arms.

Comment Is there really a paradox? (Score 4, Interesting) 170

As written in the summary:

My personal favorite: password paradox. "The survey revealed that the majority of respondents understand that their digital behavior puts them at risk, but do not make efforts to change it," reports Help Net Security.

But among all the accounts that people have, how many of them are really worth of effort to reduce the hacking risk? I'd think a lot of people reuse the same passwords on many sites, because they do not really care if they are hacked on most of their accounts. Actually, this is kind of hinted at in TFA:

Additionally, consumers prioritize their password strength based on which accounts they believe need to be the most secure. Respondents indicated that they create the strongest passwords for financial (69 percent), followed by retail (43 percent), social media (31 percent) and entertainment (20 percent).

That would seem to indicate that if people reuse many passwords, they still don't use the same one for their bank and for facebook... It is strange the TFA asked people if they thought their accounts had values to hackers, but didn't go as far as asking the surveyed people what value they perceived themselves in their accounts.

Comment Re:Surprising display of ignorance... (Score 2) 244

Last I checked, the Federal Government didn't run any of the root nameservers so I can't see any way they could be considered to belong to the US (as opposed to the private companies that own them). Not that owning the roots would mean much, since all they do is identify the (privately-owned) nameservers belonging to the various (privately-owned) registries that control the top-level domains. The only TLDs owned by the US Government (ie. the US Government operates the registries for them) are .gov and .mil, and the changes to IANA won't change how those two registries operate.

And amusingly the politicians have it backwards: ICANN already manages IANA, the change will be to remove IANA from ICANN control and make it an independent authority in it's own right. IANA was put under ICANN control in 1998, after the death of Jon Postel who basically had been IANA up until then (a controlling authority for assigning IP address blocks, well-known port numbers, AS numbers and other technical identifiers was absolutely necessary for the Internet to function, and since nobody else was doing it Jon essentially arrogated to himself the authority to handle it).

Comment Re:Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss? (Score 5, Interesting) 233

I'm surprised Comcast hasnt gone after Netflix already.

They have, and been caught. The whole Net Neutrality thing was over this very concept. The example was that the location of the Peering nodes were deliberately not upgraded an thus Netflix traffic was impacted. Netflix went so far as to say that they would pay for all the equipment needed at all of the peering locations, and even install CDN points INSIDE Comcast's network to help prevent the congestion problems for Comcast's Netflix customers. Comcast said no thanks.

Comcast has a vested interest in both Broadcast and Cable TV, and Netflix has a direct impact on both. Comcast is not going to help Netflix even if Netflix does all the work.

However, since this is all being done on the Network side, it is hidden (obfuscated) to the customer. All they know is Netflix streaming "sucks" a lot of the time, while Comcast streaming almost never does. The customer doesn't see it as a Comcast problem, they see it as a Netflix Problem.

Comment Re:It won't matter what Comey says (Score 1) 420

Citation needed
What laws at that time were broken?

Well for starters

(b) Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States. As used in this subsection, the term “office” does not include the office held by any person as a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the United States.
U.S. Code Title 18 Part I Chapter 101 2071

followed by

(f) Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
18 U.S. Code 793 - Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information

I think those are a pretty good start. Because she's running for president, which has constitutional qualification the disqualifications of Title 18, 2071, don't apply to the presidency but the 3 years still does.

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