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Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

DarkOx Re:Worse than it seems. (191 comments)

I am not sure where some of your numbers are coming from but you are correct about one thing. There are likely *many* unreported cases out there.

I hope we are not putting our service people into harms way against an enemy that they are not trained or equipped to fight; just to look like we are 'doing something'.

yesterday
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

DarkOx Re:they will defeat themselves (811 comments)

I got news for you a whole lot of people are going to die and suffer no matter what. The only question is where will the blame fall. As long as we are involved in the conflict there will be anti-western propaganda and spin that blames their problems and misery on us and there will be at least some who believe the lies and half truths.

Where as if we let a generation of those folks grow up without seeing a American war plane fly over, without knowing anyone first hand that dies in an American air strike, without watching NATO soldiers walking through their streets; the idea that all their problems are because of the "Great Satin" will ring a little more hollow.

yesterday
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

DarkOx Re:they will defeat themselves (811 comments)

Do you really think if expended even 1/4 the amount of resources we invest in the middle east on controlling our boards they'd have the slightest chance of being able to pull off another attack like that?

I don't.

We could be opening every shipping container unloading , inspecting every truck, doing background checks on every inbound traveler, before admitting them and probably save tons in both blood and treasure. It would be far more effective at controlling the risk and threat of terror.

I'll admit I bought into the "we have to fight them over there..." rhetoric when Bush fed us those lines too. I know better know. I think Obama is probably the worst president of this nation has had post WWII and am still glad we did not elect McCain.

We also need to "get real" about the seriousness of the problem. 9/11 was shocking but it was a one time event they have not been able to repeat. Its hard to say for sure with all the crazy government secrecy but the evidence that is out there suggests it has not been the security apparatus that has prevented a repeat but rather the extremists own inability develop the assets here will the skill sets required to execute a successful attack. Statistically you about as likely to die falling out of bed as you are from some kind of terrorism connected event.

Considering just the lives we have "invested" in this fight we could suffer at least more several 9/11s before it will have made any kind of economic sense.

Considering the dollars, I can't find many good numbers because its hard to separate the economic costs associated with the attack from the costs we incurred in our war runup/execution. I'd be they could crash lots of jets into lots of towers with all the economic knockon effects there in before it come close though to the wealth we have thrown away in the middle east.

yesterday
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

DarkOx Re:This isn't scaremongering. (450 comments)

Oh I don't either bank is threatening to stop or even reduce banking service available but to move their head quarters. Which dictates where the tax revenue goes.

yesterday
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

DarkOx Re:they will defeat themselves (811 comments)

Which is exactly why we should 'STOP' fighting them. If we want to see an end to militant Islam we ought to let ISIS have their run of things for a while. I am sure after a couple decades of ISIS rule the only holy war any Muslim will ever sign up to fight again will be against these 12th century throw backs!

yesterday
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

DarkOx Re:This isn't scaremongering. (450 comments)

That and as much noise Lloyds and RBS are making about moving to London assumes the will have time before the generally leftist Scottish government nationalizes them. That is not something I think they were planning but I would not be surprised at all if someone gets that idea when they make moves to flee.

yesterday
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Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

DarkOx Re:Natural immunity (113 comments)

I don't think its as clear cut as are you going to die without antibiotics. I and I think everyone pretty much believes they are over prescribed.

However you have to consider that most of us are not living in sparse populations with infrequent travel anymore. Its not like if you are sick you can do the minimal work to keep the farm running and for go that trip into town for a couple weeks while we convalesce.

Most folks have jobs they have to be at with only an handful of sick days and they have to go to shared grocery stores, many might use public transportation, children go to school, etc. If you don't treat them they will have higher levels of infection longer, and are more likely to infect others. More people infected means more bugs out there total, which probably also means more mutations and more potential for a really virulent strain to develop as well.

That is one of the concerns with the Ebola outbreak right now, there is concern that if some intervention does not arrest the total number of infected individuals it could evolve into something airborne and we may find a really uncontrollable plague on our hands.

So there is probably some fuzzier line the medial professionals will have to draw. As a lay person I can't say much more than its probably NOT a good idea to keep passing them out to healthy livestock. Doctors should probably stop giving them to kids they think have viral infections just to make parents feel like they are doing something, but perhaps if they feel it might prevent a complicating infection maybe they still should. We probably should continue to use them on people and pets when we believe the infection is bacterial; but really impress on patients the need to complete the therapy and ensure that the colony is completely wiped out.

yesterday
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Why Is It Taking So Long To Secure Internet Routing?

DarkOx Re:Attacker is your Peer (83 comments)

The thing is AS admins have been lazy. Broadly speaking I agree with what you have to say and I agree a central authority would very likely cause more problems than it solves. AS admins do need to take a middle ground though, and implement some route filters. For instance if you have a route that sits on transpacific cable in California you should probably be filtering routes with at least a few broad rules like; !ARIN

A little direction for a central authority like IANA that laid down some rules like filter routes along political and regional boundaries could go along way to prevent things from happening like half the US getting routed via China, etc; while doing little harm to the resiliency of the network (so long as rules remain simple and few). Will it stop things like that bitcoin theft a few weeks back, nope but it will keep them in country where there will be a consistent legal framework in place to handle shenanigans

yesterday
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New Release of MINIX 3 For x86 and ARM Is NetBSD Compatible

DarkOx Re:High reliability? (91 comments)

Its not novel but its simple and clean. Minix is really an education tool more than a production ready OS.

2 days ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

DarkOx Re:You mean... (235 comments)

That is pretty much because the router you are using is weak sauce. Its partly true. Protocols without congestion control UDP/ICMP for example could saturate your connection. The Internet as it exists today though is mostly a TCP affair. TCP has congestion control. To manage the incoming priority what you do is have your local router queue the ACK responses and delay them for the TCP flows you have at lower priority. The remote side will slow down its send rate until the ACK response rate falls inside a window.

2 days ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

DarkOx Re:You mean... (235 comments)

Lets assume a customer is to be given three tiers default (PHB), EF ( voice/video etc), BLK (bulk torrents etc dropped first)

The ISPs router should be configured to accept X bandwidth at priority EF from any given customer. Packets that exceed that rate are simply be demoted to EF. That is fair to everybody. All of us get a little media priority that can cut in line ahead of someone else's PHB or BLK traffic. All of the EF is aggregated into one fair queue, all the PHB traffic fair queues, finally all the BLK traffic fair queues, the EF queue outbound is served first, followed by EF, than by bulk if there is space. Customers can use the BLK queue or not but if they are running something like torrents its to their advantage because it will mean those packets get dropped before things like browsing when there is congestion. Or customers can do NOTHING at all and everything just defaults to EF.

And exactly how does your hypothetical user control incoming bandwidth with their "home router?"

Simple they manage the outbound rate at which they send ACKs and let TCP on the rremote host figure out the rate limiting.

 

2 days ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

DarkOx Re:Time for new terminology (597 comments)

You jest but first it was global warming, then global cooling, than warming again and finally climate change. What it should be is "atmospheric CO2 level rise"

That is all the more we can really say in macro. All these attempts to predict outcomes have only damaged their credibility. Rational thinking people should still find it of great concern that we have ever increasing and never before seen (while humans have walked the earth) CO2 levels, and you follow that up with and their exist relation ships between solar energy retention, ocean currents, ocean acidity, and mean temperatures, etc with that.

Nobody really knows what will happen at least not on a short ( 0-50 year) time scale. If they just would have been honest up front about the fact that human activity is radically altering the composition of the atmosphere and that there will be consequences but those can't be entirely identified because its a hugely complex interconnected system maybe it would be taken seriously.

Instead we got decades of alarmist and bogus predictions. its no surprise that so many folks are so dismissive now.

2 days ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

DarkOx Re:So-to-speak legal (417 comments)

You really are naive! I am not saying big cable is great but big government control and regulation of the internet will be far worse.

Anonymous anything will be the first to go! The legal ( and its sound reasoning ) will be sure the first amendment provides you can say pretty much anything you want but it says nothing about you being able to do it in anonymity.

The next issue is going to probable cause, uploading to much? Well you must be a criminal copyright violator and their will be be a warrant to search your computer so fast your head is gonna spin.

You don't want Government to have that kinda of control Look at Turkey's internet crack down! Things started getting a little interesting in the middle east and suddenly bam! not internet freedoms for you. Think it won't happen here? Looks at Schenck v. United States and the Espionage acts. Consider all the crazy provision is the PATRIOT act nobody has been able to over turn! Sure the courts might eventually come to some kind of sense and fix things but that can take decades!

Anyone with any awareness of history AT ALL should not want a government controlled internet. If you want the Federal government to do anything maybe it should forcing ISPs like Comcast who have infrastructure that depends on granted monopoly rights easements and the like be operated as common carriers but you definitely don't want them any more involved than that!

2 days ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

DarkOx Re:How about (208 comments)

Yes is that cut and dry. This a person who has phoned you up with the intent to do you harm. His/Her reasons don't matter. (S)He has no right to try and defraud you. (S)He isn't stupid either, he knows the folks (s)he is working for are fraudsters and (s)he knows this and is participating anyway.

If this person is so desperately poor than they should be calling and asking for charity. This is malicious behavior and it deserves an in kind response.

5 days ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

DarkOx Re:Not just Reno (444 comments)

As I said it definitely will clog particulate filterers if they are not removed or bypassed. I don't know what other harm to the exhaust it could do (not a truck guy myself).

I suspect if used for extended periods it will damage (over heat) values along with their guides and seals. I suppose it could cause additional wear on rings as well.

Keep in mind though what it really does it produce an over rich condition something that would not have been uncommon at least for short periods on older engines that used either indirect injection and/or mechanically controlled injection systems. So for at least short bursts I would not anticipate much harm.

5 days ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

DarkOx Re:It's a bad sign (223 comments)

I read this argument often and here is my response.

Provided you are going to vote for someone you can:
Vote for the guys who made the mess in the first place. Taking them at their word that they really mean to clean it up. You must do this knowing that they thought these things you are so outraged by where good ideas at one time. Which should make you question if they truly share your values and lead you to wonder if their solution will be worse than the problem is today.

Or

You could vote for someone new. Who also says they want to fix it. Can they who knows, might they prove to an even worse disaster than current crop sure. Then again they might be a whole lot better, we don't know unless we let them try.

So the real question is if you are going to vote for a main stream Republican or Democrat both groups having a pretty solid track record of FAILURE for the past 20+ years what result can you expect?

5 days ago
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Hewlett-Packard Pleads Guilty To Bribing Officials in Russia, Poland, and Mexico

DarkOx Re:So what? (110 comments)

IBM was probably rightly worried about the FCPA.

Which does make it illegal to engage in that sort of behavior for a US business even in places where that is the norm. Now personally I think this is another example of the globalism people trying to have it both ways. They want "free trade" but they also demand US companies compete while being gagged and handcuffed. There certainly are parts of the world where its just the way business is done.

Either we should not have free trade agreements with these places - looking at Mexico (NAFTA is border security nightmare too). Or the FCPA should have an exceptions list, for much of eastern Europe and south America.

On the other hand FCPA does protect share holders from obscene amounts of unaccounted monies going out the door. That is important, but not as important as the over all success of the organization. I would much rather a company I own stock in occasionally have a few hundred K$ vanish but get that contract to be the sole provider of widgets to all of East Bumbfuckistan; when you get down to it.

What would be even better is if East Bumbfuckistan would clean up their act and create a system of laws that prevent bribery and similar in efficiencies and create a generally fair market place where everyone competes on merit and has access to quality information but I don't think it should be our job to make up rules to follow in places where their clearly are none and punish ourselves for failing to do so.

5 days ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

DarkOx Re:Not just Reno (444 comments)

No its just normal diesel fuel, which by the way is pretty much the same thing as coal oil, just slightly different levels of refinement, most vehicles could use them interchangeably.

What they do typically is put a switch in the o2 sensor lines, and dash mount it. When the sensor is disabled the engine management goes into its limp mode will keep the injectors open. The engine uses much more fuel this way so most only do it when they want to annoy someone. It will also as you might guess clog filters etc if they are not also removed and its done often.

5 days ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

DarkOx Re:External IP (208 comments)

Yea but its a metasploit module so you run metasploit on some very disposable vm you have out on Amazons aws in the free tier.

Either have your revershell go back to that IP and forward it on your own system or just bank on tact these losers don't have the skills it would take recover your ip from your shell code in memory or see the outbond connection on their firewall and have it call your back directly.

These guys are following a script. Most of the actors probably don't know how to deal with things much outside that. They are using an off the self remote access tool and social engineering. If they could pwn your box without your help they'd skips the steps where they setup the bogus call center, train employees, pay to make a bunch of often long international phone calls, etc and move strait to the profit step.

If they can't get you to fall for the scam they probably are not very dangerous.

5 days ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

DarkOx Re:Here's an idea (448 comments)

No but we can lean from it; that and the 'highly successful' intervention in Libya where things are not a great deal better today.

People can argue as much as they want about our "obligations" and if a humanitarian crisis exists or not but there are some really fundamental questions that need answering before we make any moves.

1) Assuming we can use air superiority followed by a somewhat traditional ground force to beat down the "state-like" macro organization that is ISIS; how will we deal with what is left? The Taliban still exists! Al-qaeda still exists. If we don't get them all these groups reorganize or survivors form new groups (ISIS). How do we tell the good guys from the bad after the more 'regular' forces are dispersed? Are we going to raise an army of 500K people again and go house to house? Why will that work better than last time? Why won't we find ourselves right back here in another ten yours a little older and little poorer.

2) Can we politically do this right now. The current president is on his way out in two short years. Much of his core electorate is made up of anti-war types. There is no reason to think his chosen successor whoever that turns out to be is a lock for the election. Our enemies are no stupid they know this. They know if they make the right moves at the right time they might well break our resolve. How do we handle that exactly, We don't even have a solid pro-intervention/anti-intervention trend down our major party lines right now?

3) Could we find the troops required. I doubt there is political will for a draft. The worst of the economic crisis is over. People remember stop loss abuses and heavy leanings on gaurdsmen. There has been a force size reduction in progress now for some time. If we try to muster a serge will folks volunteer?

4) Putin and Assads relationship is a wildcard, given our already tense situation with Russia, is going into Syria (which most seem to agree is needed to really deal with ISIS) kicking a hornets nest, are we prepared to deal with the consequences. We don't seem to be where Ukraine is concerned, not where the rubber meets the road anyway. Nobody is drawing up papers to join them with NATO. The EU is not prepared to stop buying Russian gas, etc.

Honestly I don't think we are doing ourselves any favors with this tuff talk. The best thing to do right now in my mind is sit back and watch, hopefully develop some quality intelligence resources.

about two weeks ago

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NSA not Assad brought down Internet in Syria

DarkOx DarkOx writes  |  about a month ago

DarkOx (621550) writes "In his most recent interview with Wired Edward Snowden makes the claim that in 2012, the NSAâ(TM)s TAO hacking group was attempting to install surveillance malware when it accidentally brought down a crucial router at a Syrian Internet service provider, and the nation's Internet connectivity with it.

The NSA allowd the public to blame the Assad regime, while others within the NSA apparently considered pointing the finger at Israel for the botched intrusion. This revelation raises even more questions about the legality of the NSA actions, as they would seem to be very similar to electronic atacks other officials have suggested the USA would consider acts of war if used against infrastructure based in the USA.

Could the reckless behavior by the NSA cause our nation to be drawn into war?"

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Anonymous Vows to Destroy Facebook

DarkOx DarkOx writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DarkOx (621550) writes "Anonymous has vowed to destroy Facebook on November 5th (which should ring a bell).

Citing privacy concerns and the difficulty involved in deleting a Facebook account.

From: Anonymous posting:
Attention citizens of the world,
We wish to get your attention, hoping you heed the warnings as follows:
Your medium of communication you all so dearly adore will be destroyed. If you are a willing hacktivist or a guy who just wants to protect the freedom of information then join the cause and kill facebook for the sake of your own privacy."

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Slackware.com is gone

DarkOx DarkOx writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DarkOx (621550) writes "It appears the domain registration of Slackware.com the oldest commerical GNU/Linux distributions has expired. Is this a simple oversite on the part of Slackware's maintainer Patrick Volkerdi or is this a diliberate retirement of many peoples favorite distribution?"
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Jessica Watson sets sail

DarkOx DarkOx writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DarkOx (621550) writes "Jessica Watson has begun her round the world voyage, if successful she will be the youngest person, age 16, to circumnavigate the globe by sail unassisted and non-stop.

She will 23,000 nautical miles (about 38,000 kilometres), departing and returning to Sydney as required to set the record. This will be a journey lasting around 240 days, during which she may not acquire any outside supplies or receive any assistance with repairs.

She will have internet access, e-mail, and her position will be continuously tracked and monitored. This is a pretty high tech undertaking both in the electronics sense and as in sailing kit. Her yacht is a S&S (Sparkman and Stephens) 34 a boat that has successfully been used in other solo circumnavigation bids.

Much more information can be found at her website: http://www.jessicawatson.com.au/"

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Hypocrisy and the Contraception debate

DarkOx DarkOx writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Since apparently we have to decide the future of American politics around this issue of whether insurers should be forced to offer contraceptives and pharmacies be forced to carry them the freedom or religion question again comes to the forefront.

The progressive propaganda machine is out in full force trying to accuse conservatives of forcing their religion on others and or trying to sell us all on the idea that these measures are in some way protecting them from the tyrannical religious views of the minority. The sad part is its working in that public is actually entertaining the idea this has anything to do with religion. It may be to an extent but if is than the conservatives as usual have the more supportable position even if most of those would be ïïSantorum votes and the candidate himself are blind to it.

All of these âoeprogressivesâ who see their boy Obama as a hero pushing common sense over the religious right, are as much the fools they like to make the Santorum supporters out to be or the worst kind of hypocrite. I personally suspect its pretty even mix of both; frequently found in the same individuals. Almost any of them would be willing to argue that âoefreedom of religionâ means freedom from religion and Iâ(TM)d agree. It follows though that âoefreedom of associationâ its in that same amendment, should also mean freedom from association. That means as an individual, or private business, I should have the right to disassociate myself form any person or group of people I chose for any reason, however stupid. This is the view I take as libertarian. Its incumbent upon me to not pick stupid reasons but if I do; well to damn bad right? So if an employer, insurance agency or pharmacy does not want the sort of customer or employee that interested in contraception coverage well that ought to be allowed. So toss out all your civil rights acts, quota laws, and similar non-egalitarian derk.

The Supreme Court of the United States disagrees with me; partially. The have held you can only exclude members from your group if their presence would make it difficult to express you view point. Clearly in the case of Catholic organizations who have the view point that contraception is wrong, would have a problem espousing that viewpoint while having a membership with the expectation they are going to pay for it. So their covered but the pharmacy that does not want to carry Plan B, they are not a religious organization, the are not pushing an agenda other than make buck; so they canâ(TM)t just dissociate themselves from a certain group of customers right? Well I guess you got me there, or do you? I say the the Supreme Court is wrong. I say this because if the the freedom of associate is in fact not freedom from association than its terribly inconsistent to take the view freedom of religion is.

If your not forcing people to violate the tenants of their own faith with say biblical-y inspired laws than those must be okay, as that would be consistent with the Courts rulings on association. Sorry Atheists if the Christians want to hang the Ten Commandments over the door and start the school day with a prayer I guess you must let them. You canâ(TM)t have it both ways, well not and be honest anyway. Lets face it honesty and integrity have never really been part of the progressive agenda though have they?

  hmm some other thoughts on the subject.

What about the basic freedom reserved for the states and the people, you know ALL the ones not enumerated elsewhere in the Constitution. Like say deciding what to stock in your store. If a pharmacy has to carry Plan B, does my auto mechanic have to stock parts for my thirty year old import? Does JC Penny have to have beige pants in a thirty-one inch waste in stock at all times? Where is line? Clearly its totally against the character of this nation for any central governing body to be dictating what a retail operation has on their shelves, at least I hope that is still true!

Finally can we just dispense with the totally ridiculous notion that contraceptive drugs are âoenecessary for womenâ(TM)s health.â Clearly when prescribed for âoecontraceptive useâ they are not. Effective inexpensive contraception for men and women is available at just about every gas station, drug store, and many a public rest room across this country. If you really canâ(TM)t of any of it for whatever reason you could just keep your pants on. Sure it might ruin a Saturday night but it wonâ(TM)t kill you. I would be willing to entertain an argument that these medications might be necessary when prescribed as they frequently are for other health reasons. Doing so than places it on the doctor writing the prescription and their professional integrity when they attest to why they are doing it. Seems like a reasonable compromise. This simply is not an equal protection issue. Its just not.

Lets face it contraception is NOT specifically a womenâ(TM)s issue unless fathers have no obligation or rights to the consequences of not using it. Oh wait nobody is happy with that idea? Thought not.

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