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Avoiding Facial Recognition of the Future

Coldmoon Well, we will know where the rave is... (258 comments)

The pictures seem to be in tune with the younger set and would not be out of place at your local college campus; especially when there is a rave going on somewhere.

Kids wearing face paint and outrageous hair styles are not going to be noticed other than with the usual disapproving glances from the geezers they pass along the way...

about 3 years ago

Belarus Bans Use of Foreign Websites

Coldmoon Trajic and misguided... (361 comments)

This will do nothing more than work to isolate the Belorussians and stifle their growth going forward. Shortsightedness leading to stagnation in the name of security...

about 3 years ago

Microsoft Issuing Unusual Out-of-Band Security Update

Coldmoon Re:Patents could have saved us! (156 comments)

As far as I can see, there is no reason you should feel sarcastic about what you posted. Standardization is a good thing in technology and should be pursued over rent seeking activities for the betterment of all. The real issue I see is that it is going to take a very catastrophic failure before anything can be changed and that is the real tragedy of current copyright law...

more than 3 years ago

What If Babbage Had Succeeded?

Coldmoon Re:Roman steam engine (212 comments)

They still would not have gone there as human labor was too cheap to spur investment in productivity. It is similar to what the Chinese have now - far cheaper to throw a 1,000 people at the problem then to create something that would reduce human labor in deference to a machine approach...

more than 3 years ago

TSA's VIPR Bites Rail, Bus, and Ferry Passengers

Coldmoon Re:Well, so much for... (658 comments)

Please explain to me where the TSA has captured a single terrorist or even stopped a terrorist plot. Stop drinking the kool-aide and start paying attention to what's going on around you or you will end up road-kill...

more than 3 years ago

Swedish Court Finalizes Jail Sentence For Pirate Bay Co-Founder

Coldmoon Re:...What was he doing in Cambodia? (160 comments)

Basic intimidation. It's the standard way to enforce a law when there are far too many violators to prosecute even a tiny fraction. ...

And that worked out so well during prohibition now didn't it...?

All this does is breed contempt for the law which is evident from both your take on this and the revenue TPB is supposedly getting. When you try to regulate a natural human activity that has been with us since the age of caves or even earlier, you should expect to be both ignored and ridiculed.

And as far as the average US citizen is concerned, you run into good old fashion orneriness where those who would not even have cared about the topic will simply do it just to thumb their noses at the stupidity...

more than 3 years ago

World's Oldest Running Car Up For Sale

Coldmoon Re:So, will this car/auction be on Top Gear? (107 comments)

That is to say, the real Top Gear (UK), not any of the other cheap imitations.

Agreed - it would be hilarious to see James trying to drive that thing during the intro review segment...

more than 3 years ago

Your State University Doesn't Want You

Coldmoon Re:Costs of education? (551 comments)

...English, history, and political science teachers frequently soap boxed and tried to hammer their views into people. ...

Well, for the poli-sci professors, what did you expect? They are teaching political "science" so they surely have a "political" POV.

As for the English teachers, their trade is the spoken and written word; so naturally they will want a podium, or at least the nearest soapbox to make sure you all can hear and understand their take on the words, sentences, and story structure.

Now on to History - it has already happened, but human nature is to try and spin that information to make a point. The best ones simply say "x" happened on date "Y" which lead to "A", "B", and possibly "C". With the further fact that human history is inextricably intertwined with the politics of when the event occurred with its interpretation colored by the politics of the current moment in time, you will get some of this as a natural consequence of the subjects you are engaged with.

The point of all this obviousness is that there is also something called auditing where you can take a little time to sit through a class and get to know the professor, subject material, and experience that will enable you to determine whether that professor is right for you. College is not like public elementary, middle, and High school where the curriculum and how it is to be taught are predetermined by some rigid policy; rather the subjects taught come from those who are doing academic research into these topics.

Do yourself a favor and take the time to choose both the Institution and the professors you want to be mentored by and stop whining when confronted by the fact that you chose wrongly...

more than 3 years ago

Atlas Takes Heat For Melting Glacier Claim

Coldmoon Re:Water Vapor? (429 comments)

What about the stark increase in atmospheric water vapor. Its not all about whats in the oceans, but whats in the soil and air as well.

Which is actually a greenhouse gas more powerful than either CO2 or Methane...

more than 3 years ago

War Over Arsenic Based Life

Coldmoon Re:Scientific Method (155 comments)

Get the wax out of your ears and listen to the music...oh the lovely music of the spheres...

more than 3 years ago

Signs of Dark Matter From Minnesota Mine

Coldmoon Re:yes, this is correct (158 comments)

...(Personally I blame anti-dark matter ;-D )

Errm - Dark Energy perhaps?

more than 3 years ago

iPhone Tracking Ruckus Ongoing

Coldmoon Re:OMG big brother... (353 comments)

...Big Deal

So you are of the opinion that it is ok to have a database; whose existence appears to be a mystery to about 90% of the public; that keeps detailed location data for an indefinite period of time (ref: years); that is unencrypted; that can be accessed not only by thieves, but Law Enforcement as well; that can be used to provide a detailed time-line map of where you have been; is not a big deal?

Are you really that apathetic? No wonder we are loosing our freedoms at an ever increasing pace...

more than 3 years ago

Last Typewriter Factory in the World Shuts Its Doors

Coldmoon Re:Ha! (249 comments)

Y'all will be jealous of me and my Remington Portable when the apocalypse comes.

And just what will you be using that typewriter for, to throw at the zombies as you run for shelter in your bunker?

more than 3 years ago

Stuxnet Struck Five Targets In Iran

Coldmoon Re:Stuxnet can't be ignored (59 comments)

"Then we can use appropriate measures to remove it from any systems that didnâ(TM)t detect it. Is this good enough for now? Too extreme? Other ideas?"

You need to block and be able to reset/restore any effected system quickly as well. If you have to clean up afterwords, the deed/damage may already be done. Your idea of virtualization is a good one, but it does not go far enough, in that VMs are not security but simulation with potential for leakage in one form or another.

Also, relying on AVs as your core protection ignores the fact that you are only going to snag 30% - 50% of the total population of potential malware on average; and when talking about critical industrial control systems, this represents and unacceptable level of risk. This means that you need to research a more robust, intelligent layering approach where the weaknesses in any given security measure/solution are backed up by the other solutions and control measures you use in the whole.

So this would be virtualization with antiexecute/HIPS, System/image restore on the fly, and physical/policy restrictions on dangerous activities that could lead to infection. It is not enough to be reactive which has been proven over and over again.

more than 3 years ago

First Collisions At the LHC

Coldmoon Re:This may be the biggest experiment of all (256 comments)

"If we can detect all particles except gravitons, then we can detect gravitons. See that empty space between all them thar part'cles over yonder? There be gravitons!" Or, it may be just empty space. Sometimes a cigar is really a cigar...

more than 3 years ago

Boost a Weak 3G Modem Signal, With a Saucepan

Coldmoon Re:Who knew? (146 comments)

Truly, you have a dizzying intellect

about 5 years ago

Working Off the Clock, How Much Is Too Much?

Coldmoon Re:Where do I begin (582 comments)

Management will always ask for the impossible on the first cycle of the negotiation - yes, it is a negotiation and you should approach it that way. Rather than trying to inflate the time to completion with a fudge factor, you need to tell the boss how it really is and stick to your guns. This does not mean being lazy, rather it is being practical. If the boss still insists on his/her time scale, tell them HONESTLY what it will take to meet that deadline. Bosses are under more pressure than you are to deliver a project on time/budget and will not move from their position unless you are able to convince them that your assessment is on target.

If the project is going to take longer than the deadline you are given, you need to explain in as simple terms as possible why the deadline is unrealistic with your current resources. It is then up to the project manager to make the appropriate adjustments to the schedule or push for temporary resources that allow the team to meet the deadline. If you get a reputation for providing accurate assessments, the boss will be more likely to to act on and/or defer to your experience...

more than 5 years ago



Coldmoon Coldmoon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

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