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Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

Dahamma Re:Can we stop the embellishment? (127 comments)

Really? Apparently they quickly took control of almost every one one of Sony's servers and workstations. Literally took entire control, stole all of the useful data, wiped out all of their servers, and then owned all of the workstations so that they were useless but able to broadcast any message they wanted to them.

That's a *bit* more coordinated than "your average trojan worm". Unless you really think based on extremely limited information you know more than all of the security researchers and government investigators looking into it... (hint: sorry, you don't).

12 hours ago
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Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

Dahamma Re:correct if wrong (127 comments)

Not samba, SMB. Samba is just the name of the open source Windows SMB server implementation. Most likely they were targeting Windows machines (though I admit I haven't seen anything on that either way).

Also, it's highly unlikely (but also possible I guess) they had SMB open to the Internet. But they just needed to compromise one internal machine (almost trivial these days) to attack SMB...

12 hours ago
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Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

Dahamma Re:Supreme Leader (127 comments)

Except for a privileged few, North Koreans are completely blocked off from the outside world

Umm, I think you answered that question already. You don't think North Korea's cyberterrorism military unit just might be part of those "privileged few"?

Why would North Korea reveal its capabilities and tactics in such dramatic fashion to achieve nothing of any value

Maybe because their Supreme Leader is a total loon? This is the same guy who has among hundreds of other insane actions decreed that anyone with his name needed to change it immediately. He lives for drama and vanity and wants his citizens to think of him as a demigod. He's a fucking international drama queen of the highest level...

12 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

Dahamma You're 25? And STEM? (279 comments)

Science, technology, engineering, and math. You are 25 years old, have a bachelors, and are beyond that. You can probably change fields if you have the aptitude, but you are way beyond "STEM". Those are basic education areas, not careers.

3 days ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Dahamma Re:But but but (322 comments)

The main problem with desalination plants is that they are a risky investment. If the drought ever does end then you are basically priced out of the market

Not just risky in CA - impossible. Because everyone knows the drought *will* end in less than 20 years, so if there is enough rainwater to cover usage the plants will be shutdown and not profitable. The technological solution will be something that has a relatively low initial capital investment but a possibly high recurring cost.

3 days ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Dahamma Re:But but but (322 comments)

Whoosh!

3 days ago
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Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia

Dahamma Re:so let me get this straight... (157 comments)

Oh bullshit.

The US government obviously secretly spies on citizens just like Russia and most other countries. Yeah, it's annoying but you are naive if you think it's not ubiquitous.

But the US does not imprison journalists and artists for things like speaking badly of the government or singing an "offensive" song in a church.

Google was worried their employees in Russia would be held criminally accountable for draconian spying and censorship laws, and so they decided it wasn't worth risking. They aren't worried their US employers will be held criminally accountable for not turning over data without a warrant or not censoring information, because those are not illegal.

about a week ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Dahamma Re:Have Both (566 comments)

Even more interesting related to this - a patent troll tried to sue ANY APP (yes, not just the hardware, but all apps) that used an auto-rotate feature. Even though their patent was granted 9 years after the Radius Pivot.

Luckily Backspace got pissed off when they were sued over it, and made sure it was invalidated...

http://www.rackspace.com/blog/...

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Dahamma Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1049 comments)

People who actually have had severe reactions to vaccines are being modded down, even when their fear is fact-backed and entirely rational.

You say that, but when I went to look for these fact-based, entirely rational posts this is the first one I found:

The pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine nearly killed me when I was a child.

Take a look at vaccine adjuvants. Doctors are not scientists, they are business people, and use a lot of hocus-pocus for financial and other reasons. For a large part doctors and biologists have no clue what they are really doing.

I'd happily mode that down if I had mod points...

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Dahamma Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1049 comments)

*I* wouldn't, but the fact is probably something like 20% of the population would (ok, percentage made up but you *know* it's double digits...)

And you know, it might just be the kind of culling we need. Sort of a reverse-Idiocracy initiative.

about a week ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

Dahamma Re:Reduced revenues != lost profit (280 comments)

1. Who cares, it just took one case to invalidate it for everyone in that municipality.
2. We were talking about electricity, not water. But nonetheless, the water hookup was required because they *did* keep the sewer hookup, and they were part of the same package. The fact is the judge was reasonable. If they wanted to go completely off the grid they should move out to where they can use a septic tank and do whatever they want with their water.

about a week ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

Dahamma Re:Reduced revenues != lost profit (280 comments)

Except those are all old and have been mostly dismissed by judges. Basically, the cities tried and the judges reasonably ruled the statutes were invalid. And if you look for other sources, you quickly realize these are the tiny minority, and most cities don't really care.

about a week ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

Dahamma Re:Reduced revenues != lost profit (280 comments)

Actually already saw that one, and it's not a good example. It's from March, and if YOU had actually searched better (or found a less biased source), you'd have found that almost all (including the electricity requirement) was later dismissed by a judge.

about a week ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

Dahamma Re:Reduced revenues != lost profit (280 comments)

I agree - so I looked it up and apparently they *were* doing this (via investments):

http://www.solarcity.com/newsr...

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB...

But then their new CEO decided to abandon them:

http://www.bizjournals.com/san...

And then they changed their mind *again* and wanted to invest, but the PUC decided against it:

https://gigaom.com/2012/05/10/...

So, basically WTF. It's a complicated situation...

about two weeks ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

Dahamma Re:Reduced revenues != lost profit (280 comments)

Please provide relevant examples or citations of cities that *require* you to pay for a utility if you don't need it. It would be really interesting to see...

about two weeks ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

Dahamma Re:Reduced revenues != lost profit (280 comments)

Actually, *many* utilities currently have net metering without significant minimum charges (like $5), usually decided by state utility commissions. Honestly who knows right now how well that covers their overhead. I'm sure utility companies claim is doesn't and customers claim it does.

But it's clear that charge is only going to go up as reliable non-renewable power gets more expensive to produce. Hopefully it's offset by the reduced hourly rates due to increased renewable use...

about two weeks ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

Dahamma Re: Reduced revenues != lost profit (280 comments)

Bullshit.

"Night time" is not when you sleep, it's when it's dark. Which in the winter is still 14+ hours for the majority of the population and more for many.

about two weeks ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

Dahamma Re:Reduced revenues != lost profit (280 comments)

Actually, many homeowners putting up solar panels these days are just allowing solar power companies to put them up and then leasing back the power from them. That model is becoming more and more popular. Imagine if a traditional power company bought one of those solar lease companies - they'd now own the solar panels on your roof...

about two weeks ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

Dahamma Re:Reduced revenues != lost profit (280 comments)

Will it tip the utilities into loss? Certainly not to the extent the summary implies.

I don't see how you can possibly be "certain" about it based on the tiny amount of information and unknown future of the industry. Not saying it *has to*, but when you have a HUGE amount of capital tied up in many, many, billions of dollars of power plants that could either become idle or highly underused, it can get pretty hard to turn a profit.

Not that I really care about the profit of a power company for it's own sake - but the problem is renewables just aren't going to meet 100% of the needs any time soon, and providing random amounts ultra-reliable power generation to make up for somewhat unreliable distributed sources is a more expensive, less rewarding, and very different business than what they are built to do...

about two weeks ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

Dahamma Re: Predictions (280 comments)

It should not matter anyways. Utilities such as these should be there to serve the people. They should only worry about covering costs, not making a profit.

I mostly agree, though unfortunately that almost by definition means they may need to be nationalized... ie. the one thing that could be done to make them lose even *more* money...

about two weeks ago

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