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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

0x537461746943 Already being done (cloud seeding) (361 comments)

Countries (including US) are actively doing things to adjust the climate already. The sad part is we are already doing things to influence the climate that we have no clue how we are affecting things in the long term. We can't even come to a real conclusion on global warming and what is causing it... let alone figuring out what would happen if we try to correct it or adjust it purposefully. Even if we could adjust the climate temperature it could just be building us up for a much bigger natural adjustment to compensate.

4 days ago
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

0x537461746943 Re:That's a shame (445 comments)

I was following you until "It really does look like the first truly reliable". Replace reliable with cheaper and I would agree with your statement. Reliable is something that has to yet be proven. They are still in test phase so there is hope.

about three weeks ago
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OneDrive Delivers Unlimited Cloud Storage To Office 365 Subscribers

0x537461746943 Re:All cloud services story needs this in the head (145 comments)

That is correct. There are things that I deem not important but nice to have with an unlimited plan. Car DVR recordings (I never even look at them honestly), some movie backups (I can recreate them if i had to), full system backups (encrypted of course and financial stuff not stored in them) older than 2 years, etc. If the storage is unlimited I was just going to always store everything I have had.

about a month ago
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OneDrive Delivers Unlimited Cloud Storage To Office 365 Subscribers

0x537461746943 Re:All cloud services story needs this in the head (145 comments)

Unlimited... "for now" Take bitcasa as an example. I bought the unlimited plan a few years ago and just renewed a month ago at $99 a year. They just sent an email that I have until around mid November to get all my data out by around mid November or the data will be deleted unless I subscribe to the new 10 TB plan for $99 a month. There is no chance I could afford that so I am forced to remove my data. Luckily I had most of it already local otherwise it would take a long time to download all of my data from the cloud. I have decided not to be suckered into this one either. I have a feeling Microsoft is just trying to sway people to their online storage and Office suite. Give it 4 or 5 years and I wonder if they might do the same thing (remove unlimited).

about a month ago
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Tiny Wireless Device Offers Tor Anonymity

0x537461746943 Designed to keep you anonymous and yet... (68 comments)

One of the kickstarter rewards for buy the device is...

"Get your name on the sponsors page of our website"

I got a little chuckle at the irony in that.

about a month and a half ago
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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

0x537461746943 What about legitimate uses? (195 comments)

While I have never used the software mentioned... It does sound like I would use something like it eventually. I would install that on my kids systems when they get old enough that I allow them to use them unattended in a heartbeat for monitoring. All cellphones usually have an audio recorder. Should all phone makers also be arrested for selling devices that can record conversations without notification to others that they are being recorded? There should already be laws that can apply to be people for using devices like this illegally. They should be the target... not software that still has useful purposes. Should we arrest hammer makers, knife makers, email software developers, because their software can and is used for nefarious purposes?

about 2 months ago
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Cornering the Market On Zero-Day Exploits

0x537461746943 Already being done I suspect... (118 comments)

Do you really think the CIA (or some other group) doesn't already do this? $10000 for an exploit to use against an enemy (or friend?) of the government... I doubt they even flinch when making a decision to buy something like that (disguising their identity of course). They wouldn't advertise such behavior and surely it would be protected from most of the government knowing about it because of the sensitive nature of it. We just wouldn't ever know such things.

about 4 months ago
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DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

0x537461746943 Shooter reveals his location and a defense (188 comments)

Put a bunch of laser light sensors into the armys jackets, helmets and pants that would detect a laser light sweeping the person targetted and then immediately respond by shooting the same color laser down toward the ground from the helmet to make the bullet have to guess what the real target is (a bunch of dots preferably). While doing that the direction and location of the shooter could be determined by the sensors so retaliation could be swift. Or in cartoon style just have the sensors automatically make a laser of the same frequence that was detected shine a bunch of dots on the ground and direct the bullet back to the source laser transmission to take out the shooter :).

about 4 months ago
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Scientists Find Method To Reliably Teleport Data

0x537461746943 The data does not get transmitted across distances (202 comments)

After reading a bunch of articles on this it seems like the general public really doesn't understand that the data does not get transmitted across distances. The encoding of the data was done at entanglement time.

You take 2 envelopes. Write the word UP and DOWN on two separate pieces of paper, mix them up and put them in an envelope. Send them to two different locations. Open one envelope and you will have the opposite reading in the other envelope which could be miles or light years away. As far as transmitting data this is more inline with what is happening.

about 6 months ago
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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

0x537461746943 Re: Fishy (566 comments)

1. Unless that was part of the plan to misdirect.
2. Only if it gets found out.
3. I certianly wouldn't trust it after the information in the article.

Certainly this software has caused all kinds of difficulties with some government organizations being able to get to encrypted data they have confiscated/accessed. Those government organizations certainly want people to use something that has a backdoor in it. It has already been shown that the government has compromised other encryption schemes... what makes you think they have stopped doing that?

It is possible some organization (government controlled) pushed them to close down. XP support ending just gave them at least some reason why to do so. By posting what they did on the website even if Trucrypt is resurrected it will always have this stain in it's history where the developers have stated it is not secure. No company is going to want to use this software after a warning like that from the developers.

about 6 months ago
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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

0x537461746943 Re:Nitrogen asphyxiation, if you must execute (483 comments)

I wonder if the reason simple ideas are not used is because the states don't have the expertise to say what to use so they have to hire some third party to come up with a way to do it. The company coming up with the idea feels they need to come up with a complex mixture to use to justify the money they were paid to come up with the idea or maybe they have contacts with a chemical company that they would recommend :). I am sure it has something to do with money somewhere... someone wanting to make some.

about 6 months ago
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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

0x537461746943 Car/engine running idle in an enclosed space... (483 comments)

I have heard from articles that the person just goes to sleep. Why do they rely on some hard to obtain or complicated mixture when it seems like there are very cheap and not very uncomfortable ways to do such a thing?

about 6 months ago
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It's Time For the Descent Games Return

0x537461746943 Re:Hell Yes! (251 comments)

You mean Kali.

about 6 months ago
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New IE 8 Zero Day Discovered

0x537461746943 Who thinks we are really safe today online? (134 comments)

It is really a sad state that computer systems are in nowadays. Every year multiple vulnerabilities are published showing how easy it is for someone to find critical vulnerabilities in software used every day by citizens and government officials. I bet the NSA is into Chinese government systems and China already has access to american government systems. The underground hacker/criminal scene certainly already has access to corporate and government systems too if you think about how many vulnerabilities are found every year and the underground market to sell not yet published vulnerabilities. Obviously not only the good guys who publish the vulnerabilities find vulnerabilities. I wonder what the ratio is but I bet the good guys don't have that much of a lead. Maybe we are going about this wrong and instead of making people think they are secure they should assume all governments are not secure. This would bring about a cold war. China won't critically bring down American government systems because they know that America would just do the same to them :). With articles being published that show that the NSA is putting trojan software in exported systems you can certainly bet that other countries are doing the same. Are you sure that USB drive you ordered from China is only a USB drive? We need a revolution in computing when it comes to security. While we have seen improvements in security over the years we don't seem any closer to solving security issues than we were 10 years ago when it comes to the apps that every day users use.

about 6 months ago
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Efforts To Turn Elephants Into Woolly Mammoths Are Already Underway

0x537461746943 Re:Global Warming (147 comments)

That is precisely what I was thinking... Global warming... making elephants more resistant to cold... They are going the wrong way... It seems like the are doing it just to do it and not for a real reason to do it.

about 6 months ago
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Electric Stimulation Could Help You Control Your Dreams

0x537461746943 Experimenting with exploiting dreams (be immoral) (138 comments)

If you realize you are sleeping and in a lucid state and decide to just use it like a sandbox playgound and do immoral things knowing that it is just a dream and not real people or things... does that make you bad or immoral? I won't go into detail but I have experimented a few times but stopped because I felt it might affect who I am since nobody really understands how dreams really affect people. There are limits for instance I can not make changes to buildings or the people in the dream, etc but I have a lot of control in my dreams as far as what I personally do inside the dream. I can switch channels by blinking my eyes if I don't like a dream scene. I don't get control of my dreams as much as I used to as a kid but still get awareness and control inside my dreams a few times a month.

I see it like writing a book. Just because you think of something for a story it does not mean you would do that or would want to do that in real life. Just in case though I really didn't like the feeling of when I did these experiments doing bad or immoral things so I stopped that pretty quickly. I do wonder though if someone purposely and repeatedly tried to do the opposite of what they normally would do purposely do immoral things... would that affect them in real life over time.

about 6 months ago
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Electric Stimulation Could Help You Control Your Dreams

0x537461746943 Re:Used to be able to dream lucidly when ... (138 comments)

That is exactly how it works for me. I can fly if I want to, switch to different dreams like channels, and control some aspects of them. I could do it more often when I was younger but I still get control and switch to different channels if I don't like them a few times a month. I blink my eyes (in the dream) to change channels.

about 6 months ago

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When SSL Certificate Revocation Lists fail

0x537461746943 0x537461746943 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

0x537461746943 writes "About 1:30am a few customers that use our secure web servers started getting CRL (Certificate Revocation List) verification failed messages. It turns out the CA (certificate authority) we use had an issue with the updating the CRL which caused browsers to fail CRL verification. IE's default for 'Check for server certificate revocation' is off but the CRL that failed was the publishers certificate revocation list (Check for publisher's certificate revocation) which defaults to on for IE. The CA fixed the issue but now we have CRL caching issues. We have to wait for them to expire or tell customers to manually toggle the 'Check for publisher's certificate revocation' setting in IE which seems to force the browser to get the new CRL

We have tried to think of as many failure scenarios as possible over the 12 years that we have operated but this is one that completely slipped by us. We now plan to buy two certificates from different CAs for our critical https web sites. Just in case something happens we can just switch to another certificate that was signed by a different CA. It is not like we used some unknown CA either. We used one of the top CAs out there that have been established for a very long time."

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