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Western US Drought Has Made Earth's Crust Rise

Bruce66423 Young people these days (90 comments)

It was good enough for the British scientists of the 19th century, but young people these days are made of wimpier stuff :P

4 days ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Bruce66423 Good question, and I'm guessing (561 comments)

but it may well be that at the time of interviews there is no expectation of paying less to women, and that the salary negotiation is a detail after the decision to appoint the individual; that women end up being cheaper is therefore a permanently unexpected bonus, not something which the recruitment process is equipped to take advantage of; no choice is ever being made to employ the cheaper. Therefore men and women will be recruited purely on the basis their skill set.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Bruce66423 Playing with the stereotypes (561 comments)

The possibility is that women fail to push for higher pay both at interview and when seeking rises. The latter particularly will leave to them staying on lower pay long term.

about two weeks ago
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Toxic Algae Threatens Florida's Gulf Coast

Bruce66423 Ganges to Seychelles is over 2500 miles! (99 comments)

The point about filtering is well made, but to believe that 2500 miles of ocean is not enough to disperse the gunk seems pessimistic!

about two weeks ago
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UK Police Won't Comment On The Tracking of People's Phone Calls

Bruce66423 It's not extra-judicial (52 comments)

There is an judicial organisation with responsibility for oversight of this. The question is whether they are doing their job, and whether the penalties for abuse are sufficient. Given that the answer to both is probably 'no', we clearly do have a problem, but it's too simple to say it is 'extra-judicial'.

about three weeks ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

Bruce66423 Jurisdiction depends on residence (502 comments)

If the data is physically in country A, then the court of country A can ban the company that owns it from releasing it, regardless of its 'ownership' by someone else. And it gets lots more interesting if the data is owned by MS Ireland, not MS USA...

about a month ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

Bruce66423 Or is it MS IRELAND (502 comments)

the wholly owned subsidiary of MS, but subject to IRISH laws which require a court order from an IRISH court to release data.

about a month ago
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CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

Bruce66423 Impeach him instead (266 comments)

But ensure that the operatives who DID know are charged with something.

about a month ago
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Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

Bruce66423 17 years ago is a long time for such a system (124 comments)

The question is whether appropriate maintenance was done subsequently; a failure to do so would indeed constitute a symptom of the infrastructure crisis, which is often caused by routine maintenance being cut as a 'painless' cost saving for a financially strapped government. Then it comes back and bites them...

about a month ago
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FBI Studied How Much Drones Impact Your Privacy -- Then Marked It Secret

Bruce66423 Let's TRY and understand their position (139 comments)

The reality will be that there are capabilities in the drones that they don't want to talk about. Now the interesting issue that this raises is that if a drone is used for a criminal case, it is the right of the defence to have ALL evidence gathered in the case, so actually the capabilities will become public if it is used in a case that comes to trial...

about a month ago
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FBI Studied How Much Drones Impact Your Privacy -- Then Marked It Secret

Bruce66423 Defining a liberal and a conservative (139 comments)

A 'liberal' is someone who has just been arrested and wants to assert their rights... whilst a 'Conservative' is someone who has just been mugged

about a month ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

Bruce66423 Defining media: ambiguous question! (152 comments)

My immediate response was very low - in terms of music / DVDs, but if you include 'media' as newspapers v paper, the proportion rises enormously - as a news junkie, I read stupid amounts online i.e. streamed...

about a month ago
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Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

Bruce66423 No, they can't resist changing things (144 comments)

The reality is that governments - be it in defence or eslewhere - are always moving the goal posts, and the contractors are running to catch up. So in theory option 2 is the best, but it usually doesn't work out as well as it really ought to. The UK is currently playing the same game with a new system for welfare benefits, and it's equally disasterous. And remember - the private sector is often as bad, they usually get to bury their mistakes without publicity!

about a month ago
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Biofeedback Games and The Placebo Effect

Bruce66423 All computers have an emotion detecting chip (57 comments)

The 'placebo' one is merely successful using the data collected by this feature. And we all know that it exists - every computer will go wrong just when you are most dependent on it working right...

about a month and a half ago
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Why the FCC Is Likely To Ignore Net Neutrality Comments and Listen To ISPs

Bruce66423 Understanding 'consultation' (140 comments)

Consultation is NOT about demonstrating that there are a lot of people opposed to a decision; that's what the democratic process of the commision, congress etc is for. Consultation properly is to raise specific issues that the bureaucrats haven't thought of, to ensure that the final regulations will achieve what the bureaucrats want it to do, or to identify why the implementation will fail. So lots of identical objections will achieve nothing; a detailed examination of why the regulation will have unintended consequences in area 'X', will get attention - as long as the people tasked with reading them don't give up because there are so many.

about a month and a half ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

Bruce66423 So leave a blank review (424 comments)

No effort... and remarkably eloquent; perhaps with a link to the court case...

about a month and a half ago
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CDC Closes Anthrax, Flu Labs After Potentially Deadly Mix-Ups Come to Light

Bruce66423 To go back to the basics (89 comments)

The purpose of the criminal law is to protect the public from damage caused to people or their property as a result of the actions of another. The failure to deal correctly with these biohazards raises the prospect of serious damage to people. Therefore it is logical to invoke the criminal law to punish those who put people at risk of serious damage. If there are no consequences on the perpetrators of an offence, in the broadest terms, then there is every reason to expect people to do it again. The only question left is whether this is the BEST way to ensure future compliance / a safer society. This can be disputed - but that criminal sanctions should be seriously considered should be inevitable.

about a month and a half ago

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J P Morgan and 'four other banks' subjected to 'sophisticated' cyber attack

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  yesterday

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "http://www.independent.co.uk/n...
The quality of the attack, which appears to have led to 'gigabytes' of data being lost, is raising the prospect of a state being the source. The present culprit suggested is Russia... why the assumption it's not China — just because China isn't invading the Ukraine at the moment?"
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UK prisons ministry fined for lack of encryption at prisons

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  2 days ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "http://www.theguardian.com/soc... reports that the UK Information Commissioner has levied a fine of £180,000 on the Ministry of Justice for their failure to encrypt the data held on external hard drives at prisons. The fine is nominal — one part of government fining another is rather pointless, but it does show that there's a little bit of accountability. Of course it's interesting to consider the dangers of this hopefully old way of storing backups; but the question of whether we do a lot better now is quite pointed."
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NSA knew about destruction of the Guardian's data

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "As people may remember, in a piece of theatre worth of Monty Python staff from GCHQ destroyed discs and computers at the London HQ of the Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-... As anyone with an ounce of sense knew, all the data was safely elsewhere as well. Now it appear that the NSA leadership was enthusiastic about this — which indicates how out of touch they are"
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Aircraft disappear from European air traffic control radar

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "Over the course of a month some 13 aircraft at high altitude disappeared from the screens according to http://www.independent.co.uk/n... The article quotes 'unnamed experts' that 'interference between the aircrafts' transponders and ground control was apparently to blame'. Really?"
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NSA claims its systems are too complex to obey the law

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 3 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "http://www.washingtonpost.com/...
Just when you thought it couldn't get any more unlikely, the NSA throws a dozy. This of course implies that they have no backup system — or at least that the backup are not held for long. So that means that a successful virus, one that blanked without making obviously deleted, getting into their systems would destroy ALL their data. Interesting..."
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Google discriminates in favour of Asian employees - or what?

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "http://www.theguardian.com/tec...
The Guardian — a left wing newspaper — has a headline to this article that focuses on the absence of women and especially blacks. But given the 30% Asian headcount, it's dubious this is a function of discrimination against blacks, but that's how the left likes to portray it.

It's easy when you know how to spot the biases..."
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Long but brilliant explanation of why Snowden did right

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 3 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "http://www.theguardian.com/tec...
Gives a very full exposition of the mess that we are in and the need for real change. An interesting revelation — at least for me — Obama had indicated his intention to filibuster the law that protected telecoms from the consequences of their failure to resist NSA snooping. Then suddenly he voted in favour, after he was all but the Democratic candidate for President. The only question — how did they get to him..."
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School hacks confiscated phone and suspends girl for relationship

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 3 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...
A secular state (i.e. public) school is reported to have broken into the private files held on a girl's phone — which were password protected — and used the information as evidence to suspend her because of a totally legitimate romantic relationship with a boy at the school 'on religious grounds' — the school in question coming under control of Muslim ideologues."
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A hardware hack of phone lines causes ructions

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 3 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "http://www.theguardian.com/mon...
tells the story of a street of seven houses whose bills ALL showed up large overseas call charges. This is done by putting a handset on at the junction box. You have been warned! Surprisingly some people have been arrested for the offence in this case; clear evidence that the police don't have anything much to do these days given that crime is falling so fast..."
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London black cabs threaten chaos to stop Uber

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 4 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/tech...
reports that the drivers of London's black cabs — they're the ones whose drivers' 'knowledge' — the test of the streets of London they have to pass to be a driver — has been made obsolete by GPS, are threatening to cause traffic chaos in London to see off 'American monster' uber. How incumbents whinge when their monopoly is destroyed..."
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Chick-fil-a to end using chickens raised on antibiotics

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 7 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "Time reports: http://business.time.com/2014/... The company recognises that this will increase costs; the depressing thing is that this is being done voluntarily, given the clear evidence that prophylactic antibiotic use is one of the drivers of the terrifying rise in anti-biotic resistance."
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UK to get FBI to investigate US companies who breach privacy

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 7 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "The information commissioner in the UK is seeking to get the FBI involved in investigating US companies that broke UK law in getting hold of British residents' personal data. Whilst this is a logical development after the US attempts to extradite British residents who hacked US websites whilst in the UK, it seems to ignore the 800lb gorillas of the probably illegal behaviour of the NSA and others on the same grounds..."
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NSA can decode all mobile phone calls and data

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 8 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/by-cracking-cellphone-code-nsa-has-capacity-for-decoding-private-conversations/2013/12/13/e119b598-612f-11e3-bf45-61f69f54fc5f_story.html is reporting that the NSA has the codes necessary to enable it to access ALL that is sent and received by mobile phones. Surely a further case to stop using US technology..."

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