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DARPA Seeks Input On Securing Networks Against Attackers

FtDFtM The problem is who is reviewing solutions (119 comments)


The problem is that they have government contractors reviewing potential solutions. The same people who are incapable of coming up with workable solutions themselves. So what makes anyone think they would know a good solution, even if it bit them in the ass?

DARPA announced a grant program for this last August at Black Hat. We spent a month crafting an RA for developing a solution based upon formal methods that would change the advantage from the attacker to the defender. Even if we were full of shit, you'd think DARPA would want to know more, in case we weren't. We got a form letter rejection for "Mudge". Am I bitter I spent a month trying to help out the DoD? you bet. I have better things to do.

It reminds me of when the Web was first emerging and I was getting my MBA - Anderson Consulting came to our school with a "contest" to see who could come up with the best business model for the web. Anyone know where AC is now? The DoD needs a good shot of Darwin.

more than 2 years ago
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Utah To Teach USA is a Republic, Not a Democracy

FtDFtM Re:editorialize much? (1277 comments)

Agreed, inference is not always editorializing - given their choice of an alternative designation, I think you can infer what about "democracy" they did not like and what about "republic" they do like.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Privacy Paranoia

FtDFtM six lines (323 comments)

If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him. This was true 400 years ago. As peragrin says, its about our ability to collect information and assign it to an individual, fairly or otherwise.

Daniel Solove makes a good case that imbalance between the power of the individual vs society (government and/or corporations) invariably precedes upheaval.

more than 3 years ago
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Programmer Arrested for Logicbombing "Whac-A-Mole"

FtDFtM wtftv (1 comments)

Who said the hero programmer is dead?

more than 3 years ago
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Oracle's Open Source Identity Reborn At ForgeRock

FtDFtM Licensing Open Source (76 comments)

Open Source does not have to be FOSS. Why not charge those that profit? If we are going to have motivation for companies to invest in open source rather than proprietary solutions, there there needs to be more than a warm fuzzy feeling. Open Source offered for free for non-profit or personal use and a fee for for-profit use could work. True, it may harder to collect revenue, so fees will have to be kept low enough to make payment cheaper than avoidance. Or am I just smokin' rope?

more than 3 years ago
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Accuracy of search results called into question

FtDFtM what are the alternatives? (1 comments)

Yes, search can still work, but with fewer and fewer topics. Voting systems like Yelp! and Slashdot seem to be working in their niches. What we need is a reputation-based system, but that means the "identity problem" would have to be solved first. Anyone know of any attempts out there?

more than 3 years ago
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SpotCloud Launches Cloud Computing Marketplace

FtDFtM Trap in a trap (1 comments)

"Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation and creator of the computer operating system GNU, said that cloud computing was simply a trap aimed at forcing more people to buy into locked, proprietary systems that would cost them more and more over time. "It's stupidity. It's worse than stupidity: it's a marketing hype campaign," he told The Guardian. "Somebody is saying this is inevitable – and whenever you hear somebody saying that, it's very likely to be a set of businesses campaigning to make it true."" Original Source

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Pulling Out of Texas Over $269 Million Tax Bill

FtDFtM Re:Texas Budget Deficit (811 comments)

I have been corrected that the taxes date to the opening of the facility and not before as I had previously understood. Thank you kalirion. The jist remains (as stated in many other comments): Texas is defining its own rules for taxation and back-dating them - how would you like the fed to re-interpret "home office" and go after 6 years of back taxes?

more than 3 years ago
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JC Penny Promoters Gamed Google for 3-4 Months

FtDFtM who says journalism is dead? (2 comments)

Excellent expose on the deteriorating quality of information on the Internet. My hat is off to the NYT!

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Pulling Out of Texas Over $269 Million Tax Bill

FtDFtM Re:Texas Budget Deficit (811 comments)

Link "Last year the Texas comptroller’s office sent Amazon a demand for $269 million in uncollected sales taxes, plus penalties and interest, from 2005 through 2009." Amazon opened the distribution center in 2006.

more than 3 years ago
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A Guide To Improving English And Removing Those Co

FtDFtM I did not realise! (1 comments)

from the article's sub heading: "She shares her insight on how students and professionals in India make common grammatical mistakes without even realising!" it. She does miss the main point: Americans are not so far gone from Henry Higgins that we do not judge veracity and authority based upon how a person speaks and spells.

more than 3 years ago
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How major film studios manipulate YouTube users

FtDFtM quantity not quality (2 comments)

Just more evidence that the Internet is a numbers game. When the first spammers hit the newsgroups everyone was horrified. Then, some PR firm gets caught faking reviews on iTunes and gets their wrist slapped. Now we are supposed to be surprised that studios are "croudsourcing". Go on any online temp work site and search for "create/post account/backlink/comment" to see how prevalent ballot stuffing has become.

more than 3 years ago
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Out of Egypt Censorship, US Tech Export Under Fire

FtDFtM this will go far (2 comments)

A few wrist slaps and some red faces, then back to revenue generation. Legislation will always lag technology.

more than 3 years ago
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OpenLeaks Founder 'Crippled' WikiLeaks

FtDFtM Where's the provenance? (278 comments)

While I wholeheartedly support free speech, "it must be true because it is on wikileaks" is as worrisome as efforts to quell free speech. Would it be too much trouble to get an independent eye to validate the charge before making an accusation?

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Pulling Out of Texas Over $269 Million Tax Bill

FtDFtM Re:Texas Budget Deficit (811 comments)

Texas is after sales taxes from before Amazon came to the state.

more than 3 years ago
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Court Says California Stores Can't Ask Customers For ZIP Codes

FtDFtM Re:Treating symptoms (461 comments)

The merchant should give us their account information and we deposit funds into it. - oops - we don't have a way to do that - why not?

more than 3 years ago
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Nokia workers walk out in protest

FtDFtM Move to China (2 comments)

workers won't walk off there (except the occasional suicide)

more than 3 years ago
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Teacher Suspended Over Blog About Students

FtDFtM Re:Not an YRO (634 comments)

Does anyone remember Marshall McLuhan? There is a reason newspapers have (had?) editors.

more than 3 years ago

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TSA Violated Federal Law with Body Scanners

FtDFtM FtDFtM writes  |  more than 3 years ago

FtDFtM (873257) writes "Federal Appeals Court ruled that TSA violated federal law by not taking public comment prior to implementing body scanners.

Writing for a unanimous court, Judge Ginsburg found there was "no justification for having failed to conduct a notice-and-comment rulemaking," and said, "few if any regulatory procedures impose directly and significantly upon so many members of the public.""

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FB Resumes Plan to Disclose User Address & Pho

FtDFtM FtDFtM writes  |  more than 3 years ago

FtDFtM (873257) writes "Facebook indicated in a letter to Rep. Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Barton (R-TX) that it will go forward with a proposal to provide users' addresses and mobile phone numbers to third-party application developers. The Congressman earlier expressed concern about the proposal. Facebook also wrote that it may disclose the home addresses and mobile numbers of minors who use the social networking service. Facebook suspended the plan after EPIC and others objected. EPIC and several consumer organizations have complaints pending at the Federal Trade Commission concerning Facebook's earlier changes to users' privacy settings."

Facebook's rational is:
"The framework is predicated on the assumption that, because users will not typically authorize applications that request access to too much information — indeed, our data show that, on average, each additional category of information an application requests results in a 3% reduction in user click-through rates — applications will not typically ask for more information than they need to operate"

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