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Comment Re:Sure, they did. (Score 1) 46

Of course I believe them because I can see exactly what they are doing. They will pay private corporations for that data, giving those private corporations and incentive to collect all digital data and store all digital communications because low and behold they can sell it to the government, whilst the government claims it is not doing it, nuh uh. The arse holes are just making it legal for private corporations to do it, lead by M$ and Windows anal probe 10 and now the ISPs (Invasive Sellers of Privacy) and Google and all of the rest. Fucking arse holes in a corrupted government and in control of extremely corrupt corporations, what a fucking mess the millennials will be stuck with. Strict privacy laws, data audits and severe custodial sentences for those who break privacy laws upon a mass scale. This shit has to stop. Don't support the corporate political party, don't be surprised when you become unemployable, not just private but also government, when you can get credit, when you can not take public transport and when you entire family is similarly targeted.

Comment Re: Trains (Score 1) 134

Thinking just of transport of people, is thinking of the provision of services into metropolitan and suburban areas upon a too shallow basis. It needs a much broader approach ie one ring to bind them all (heh heh, actually a tunnel). So rather than a tunnel just providing human transport and tunnel that transports everything. So a tunnel for all services, fresh water in, sewerage out, storm water collection for reuse, supplemental energy in (with a growing amount locally generated), communications in and out, and of course the primitive equivalent of turbolifts. All in the one tunnel, water services at the bottom, communications and power at the side and transport with it's power supply middle to top.

How far the entries and exits being a big thing. Obviously individual could pay for an underground access point to their home, so a car comes to their door, whether they retain a standby one (fancy internal fit out) or just use at call ones (easy clean fit out). Need to go somewhere, either call one to your access point or access one at a public access point, program in the destination and away you go, no parking, no driving, no hassles, all a controlled safe space.

Just doing human transport would be too expensive but doing all services transport spreads that cost over a whole range of services, making them all cheaper, whilst providing out of the way human transport. Jams are less likely as load can be distributed and over and under as well as additional side by side corridors can be used for major trunk routes. Provisioning and maintenance of those other services becomes much easier, nice big roomy tunnel and service personal simply catch a ride to the required service point. Public roads, the remnants of above ground transport for service vehicles and emergency services as well as regional private transport and of course people walking and pedalling. Straight up the way of doing modern cities and of course refurbishing old ones to make them far more liveable and safe. Smart public transport and services provision, never underestimate Elon.

Comment Re:Yeah, sure (Score 1) 61

That reminds me of the old joke about the US spending millions developing a pen that could be used in space, whilst Russia just used an pencil. Sure you can use a hex editor and CP/M or you can just do what Russia does, use typewriters and a filing cabinets.

The new smart method though is simply to not exchange plots and schemes, simply work with sufficiently intelligent who can formulate their own plans based upon the completely legal open exchange of thoughts and ideas. If it seems to be working in some areas, copy it to other areas.

Comment Re:Misleading title (Score 2) 30

Speaking of concrete. You can construct the basic structure, excluding footings, is just a couple of hours using precast concrete panels as, floors, walls and roof. Then depending upon fit out, it could be finished within a week. To accelerate construction is not that difficult but it is very expensive, even traditional forms of construction can be carried out very quickly, a traditional house quite easily complete in a month. As long as all required materials are all on site at the begging and all required labour is on standby ready to go and you are willing to pay for lighting the construction site to turn night into day and pay for a whole bunch of overtime and idle time. You can get a huge amount of work done in a very short amount of time, as long as you are willing to pay the required premium for it.

Quickest form of construction would be an inflated structure. A high strength fabric, say a para-armind synthetic fibre cloth, inflated with a lightweight cementitious grout, so walls, roof, ceiling and finishes all in one fell swoop. You could do the same on the moon or even mars, just have to figure out how to turn moon dust (or mars soils) into cement and recover the water to be used again.

Comment Re:rsync? (Score 4, Interesting) 31

I see your problem...

Most of us use rsync over SSH with key auth

Far too often, it is easy to turn off/on other features of a product which make it less secure, all in the effort to just make it work. Once that's all done, there isn't always a careful examination of what the other implications of their other fiddling is.

I'd be very curious to which which other companies/contractors were involved in this setup, as they and their other customers should probably be thinking about a PCI security audit.

Comment Re:I know a free way to make an email server... (Score 1) 77

Instead do something that will actually work. Learn the basic of law and legislating and write laws to protect the security of email. Don't think it will work, well, how secure is snail mail, a bloody paper envelope that can be steamed upon, insecurity across the letters entire path but low and behold letters remain mostly secure. Want the same for email, encapsulate it and make it criminal offence with severe penalties to illegally open that digital envelope and when it is not addressed to you do not open it. Keep in mind opening email contents that are not addressed to you is generally not a good idea, I got a bunch of them for a while and just forwarded them to (I wonder what happened to those, I suspect phishing attacks and who were the naughty players involved).

Comment Re:There's one way (Score 1) 156

Actually it is not just China. China and Russia are joining forces to create a joint commercial space program which will draw in others countries to expand it well beyond US efforts. I fully support US space firms in their efforts to remain relevant, so should anyone else who prefers a space industrial complex over a war industrial complex. Invest in a future amongst the stars or invest in the extinction of the human race, drowned in blood, gore and shrapnel.

What you are seeing is other countries only investing sufficient in the military to achieve stalemate, whilst investing more and more into space commercialisation. Meanwhile the US is investment more and more and more into the war machine to achieve exactly what the Soviet Union achieved, bankruptcy. Looks who is laughing now at what is happening in Afghanistan, who is spending and dying for nothing. The US now whining about Russia supplying weapons (oh no, it's your corrupt buddies in the Ukraine supplying the weapons, not for politics but for profit and the US government knows but has locked themselves into a corrupt mess and can no longer expose it because of the extremely corrupt secrets that would be exposed).

Comment the moral of the story is: don't hire Americans (Score -1) 291

The moral of the story is clear: don't hire Americans, don't hire anybody in the West. They actually believe they are owed a job by a business, that's very interesting but also not something a business wants to deal with.

By the way, discrimination is a human right. You don't lose your right to discriminate just because you run a business, but the way the Western laws are structured: you DO lose your right to discriminate and then you can be a target for various lawsuits based on this oppression of the individual rights by the collectivist system.

So make sure not to hire in the countries that have these types of oppressive regimes and laws in place.

Comment Re:Ah yes, Facebook (Score 1) 107

I know exactly how to sift through the truth and lies, you test their validity in a court of law, the evidence on public display and challenged to ensure accuracy. If the politicised scum of Facebook think they entitled to call them selves, judge, jury and executioner of news, it is a pretty solid indication they are the last people to trust. Got a problem with a news story, take it to fucking court, else shut the fuck up with your deceitful, disingenuous censorship and propaganda. It's like month after month Facebook management announce another reason why people should leave them. Facebook your source for corporate approved propaganda where end users are silenced (of course if end users are silenced why would they stay).

Comment Re:Fiduciary duty (Score 4, Interesting) 291

Don't like what the University of California is doing, no problem, bag it, rag on it, grind it's reputation to dust. The charge to much, their degrees are shit, the professors abuse students, the facilities are horrible, make them spend ten times as much as they saved on countering negative publicity. Hate what they did, let them feel that financial pain. Don't forget they have no pretty much abandoned to privacy of their students to a foreign contractor. Why would any business trust them with research when a foreign outsourcing contractor now controls access to those secrets. Doing research, a new thesis, a major book, well, now all you work is open to foreign entities, your secrets up for sale (don't think so, think how much they are worth and how much and underpaid H1B can sell the for, especially compared to the sub-standard wage). Research Universities want to open up the network security to foreign 'FOR PROFIT' entities, well, it's major emergency time to shift all the research, delete the data and all backups, otherwise you will see a foreign company suddenly releasing that research et al as their own.

You want to know exactly how I would spy on a country, fill it full of espionage agents pretending to be cheap H1B labour, all operating independently upon seize opportunities as they come up and there will be major rewards for success (no comms leaks, no conspiracy links, just take your chances for major rewards, part ownership of the secrets obtained and passed on, and wow, is US security leaky as across the board and it is just starting to get really bad, some have been there for a quite a while, good luck). By secrets I mean every single kind, industrial, financial, extortion, everything of value and the agents work until they have build up sufficient 'er' investments to retire back home.

Comment COBOL programmers aren't all old (Score 1) 362

There's a COBOL shop in my small town that contracts for corporations and the government. I know several COBOL specialists in their 30s. It's actually an extremely lucrative field to get into these days, with good pay and job security.

Rewriting all that COBOL code in some other language would be bound to cause major problems.

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