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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Fire_Wraith Re:The Conservative Option (480 comments)

As I understand it, this has nothing to do with race, post-colonial guilt, or anything of the sort, and everything to do with making a calculated decision about risks. Perhaps we could have that conversation, rather than making this about partisan politics, the current US president, or anything of that sort? That out of the way, my understanding of the arguments go something like this: - That a travel ban would not adequately eliminate the possibility that an infected person would be able to travel to the USA or Europe - That having such a ban would encourage potentially exposed persons to hide that status, making it much more difficult to find and identify any who turn out to be infected - Would severely hinder the aid being sent to the affected countries, and the movement of aid workers, exacerbating the already bad situation there Given that #2 is the one that most directly affects our ability to identify and contain any such outbreak to limit, compared to the threat of a potentially unchecked outbreak, I find it to be at least an argument worth considering. What scares me more about the Texas case was not that the man was able to pass the screenings, but that when he showed up to the hospital the first time they failed to identify and quarantine him right away. I'm certainly not going to say that a travel ban isn't worth considering, but we should do so from a rational, and not partisan, one.

about two weeks ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

Fire_Wraith Re:Just what we need in our server rooms (299 comments)

You have both a rank and an MOS (Military Occupational Specialty). Both of them differ in terminology between the different services, although the ranks all correspond to the same pay grades. For instance, a Sergeant First Class in the Army, a Gunnery Sergeant in the Marines, and a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy are all pay grade E-7 (Enlisted 7). In some cases it can be confusing, as a Captain in the Army, Air Force, and Marines is an Officer in pay grade O-3, but a Navy Captain is pay grade O-6. Your MOS is whatever you've been formal trained/rated/etc in. For instance, in the Army each MOS had a two digit number and an alphanumeric letter, such as 11B for standard infantry. The number referenced what the overall group was, such as Infantry, Combat Engineer, Air Defense, Mechanic, Communications, Intelligence, Medical, etc. The letter would be the sub-specialization within that group, such as Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic vs Tracked Vehicle Mechanic, Human Intelligence vs Signals Intelligence, Armor vs Cav Scout, and so forth. Some had more than others, and sometimes old ones were merged or retired or reassigned. For instance, Intelligence used to have 3 different series, 96/97/98, but was merged into the 35 series, and Electronic Intelligence Analysts (98K) and Signals Intelligence Analysts (98C) were merged into 35N. Regardless of what your MOS is, you will also have a rank if you're a uniformed soldier, so that IT Specialist E-5 is a sergeant, is paid as a sergeant, although there are special incentive and duty pay options, even if those don't necessarily keep pace with civilian equivalents. Also, if your MOS is in high demand, there are options for large bonuses each time you re-enlist.

about two weeks ago
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European iPhone Chargers Prone To Overheating

Fire_Wraith Obviously... (128 comments)

They're holding it wrong.

about 4 months ago
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FCC Website Hobbled By Comment Trolls Incited By Comedian John Oliver

Fire_Wraith Re: Huh? (144 comments)

Even better, people were sharing this through Facebook, with friends and family. We all should share it too, as it's probably the best non-technical explanation for them on all the key points. If you haven't yet, please do so.

about 5 months ago
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Bill Blunden's Rejected DEF CON Presentation Posted Online

Fire_Wraith Re: Black market baby powder - Banks? (40 comments)

Yes, it's pretty unfortunate. I hope that they'll come to realize that they need more than conjecture. That goes for anyone, be it Mandiant, the US or other governments, etc. I'd much rather this be about real data, not just opinions and innuendo. There's certainly a lot of bad traffic that comes from China, but the same is true of other countries. Show us why, don't just tell us, it is (or isn't) government sponsored, and why that's important so I can make the right security recommendations to protect the networks I'm responsible for.

about 5 months ago
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Bill Blunden's Rejected DEF CON Presentation Posted Online

Fire_Wraith Re: Black market baby powder - Banks? (40 comments)

Yes, exactly. I'd be more interested to see someone try and go at some of the hard analysis that Mandiant etc have published. That would make for an interesting talk.

about 5 months ago

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