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Submission + - SPAM: Possible Internet "Kill Switch" used?

michaelwigle writes: The idea of the U.S. being able to "kill" the Internet if necessary has been discussed before. It was generally thought of as a bit of a "nuclear option". However, it looks possible that we have just seen a surgical outage that targeted certain key areas for a specific amount of time with a pretty fast response. It was all centered around a possible WikiLeaks release that turned out to be a "no go".
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Submission + - Bounty hunters are legally hacking Apple and the Pentagon – for big money (theguardian.com)

alir1272 writes: Nathaniel Wakelam became a bounty hunter when he was 18.

Now 21, it is his full time job. This month so far he has earned $21,150, in installments: he counted them out over the phone – “400, plus 400, plus 300, plus 100, plus 1,000, plus 3,000, plus 4,000”

Wakelam’s month-to-month profit varies considerably, but in an average year, he said, he can comfortably clear $250,000, working from his home in Melbourne or on his Macbook in coffee shops or nearby bars.

Comment Re:Might? (Score 1) 410

I proved it by pointing at the 10 yard fresh skid mark that started at the lane marker and moved toward the middle of my lane. Driver in front told the officer they thought they saw something in the road just as they changed lanes (right in front of me). Officer cited them for something like erratic driving (I don't really remember). It does happen, although probably not too often. Which is why the conventional wisdom says if you do the rear ending you're at fault.

Submission + - You can't audit voting machines in Kansas

Geoffrey.landis writes: A statistician discovered evidence of suspicious counting on voting machines in Kansas. The voting machines keep a paper trail for verification... but her request to examine the record of votes is being blocked with the explanation that no one, not even the election officials, is allowed to see it.

According to the Washington Post "The voting machines that Sedgwick County uses have a paper record of the votes, known as Real Time Voting Machine Paper Tapes... . Since the software is proprietary, even elections officials can’t examine it and postelection audits can’t be done, according to Pamela Smith, president of Verified Voting Foundation".

Even the Kansas papers editorialize that this is going too far. More evidence that the software used in voting machines should never be proprietary.

Comment Re:Somehow I'm reminded of Kirk (Score 1) 114

True, but good decisions in what "appears" to be a no-win scenario can be the cause of getting out of a 1 in a million chance of survival scenario. It also gives insight into the captain's world view. Is the captain a "take 'em all down with me" kind of person or a "Run away!" kind of captain, or some other kind? It allows those higher in the chain of command to have at least an idea of what kind of assignments to give in the future. I think it also allows the test taker to look more deeply into themselves to see what kind of person they really are when the chips are down. Assuming, of course, the student takes the test seriously enough.

Comment Re:Email lets you organize your thoughts (Score 1) 115

Absolutely this. At the end of a meeting I will summarize verbally what I believe the other person wants from me and then ask them to put it in an e-mail with the understanding I don't move forward until I have the e-mail. If I don't get one right away I will be pro-active and send them one with what we agreed on and ask them to confirm the points, again mentioning no work starts until I get an acknowledgement e-mail. I have found this not only keeps the other party accountable for what they ask for but it also keeps me on top of what I need to be doing (the e-mail usually becomes a task list item in Outlook).

Comment Re:Their buying clout alone should end this deal. (Score 1) 105

Again, that's where competition comes in. I'll plug my agency's online store http://www.cincysight.com./ Prices equal to or better than Office Depot and Staples with no shipping charges, packages typically arrive within 2-3 business days of the order (admittedly not same day convenience), and returns are very easy (and during business hours you can call to talk to a person about your order). Now, I'm not saying I'm in favor or against the merger. I don't really care either way. But there really is more competition out there than folks think. It's just hard to stand out in the mass of online retailers.

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