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How The NSA Targets Tor

L3370 Gov't infecting your system (234 comments)

This question is like pissing into a sea of piss but...

How could any evidence collected from an intentionally compromised system be useful to the rule of law? Couldn't a lawyer destroy the shit out a case like this? If a 3 letter agency infects a system, its owned. it is now vulnerable can you prove without a doubt the user of that device is the wrongdoer when the computer is willfully opened up to attack or misuse by parties other than the original intended user? If one party can own it, so can others. And how can you rule out fabrication of evidence when the malicous logic is designed to give control to the very same organization that will be putting the target on trial?

I just can't fathom how this is a good idea for anyone that is trying to uphold the rule of law. Then I remember...We've drone'd American citizens...they aren't even concerned how this looks because the end goal is to not ever bring this shit to light in the first place. Legality has never been the issue because the system was designed to remain secret forever...

about a year ago
top Wants To Be the Google of 3D-Printable Guns

L3370 Re:Less drama more substance (225 comments)

I understand where your heart and mind is when you say "all rational gunowners," but can't help feeling that is a somewhat loaded statement. Allow me a moment to explain why.
You see, I feel I am a rational gun owner. I maintain a collection of firearms, some purchased through licensed dealers with the appropriate background check, others through private sales. I've never pointed a gun at a human being, loaded or unloaded, or even at an object I had no intention of shooting. I have fired 10's of thousands of rounds and never accidentally shot someone or something. I have never had a firearm negligently discharge at all, let alone near or in the direction of an unintended object. Ask a chef if they've ever accidentally cut themselves with tools of their trade and the answer is undoubtedly "Yes." As an amateur enthusiast of firearms, I have a perfect safety record. Amongst other enthusiasts, professional or amateur, my safety record isn't an exception...but the norm. How does "rational" gun control methods benefit me in or protect the public from me in any way?

Firearms technology is fully matured and a few hundred years old. How long can we expect to regulate this knowledge? The mechanics behind the operation of a firearm is incredibly simple. Children can be (and often are) fully trained to operate, strip, and build a firearm. Once the materials science makes manufacturing simple, what hope do we have in implementing rational gun control?

The lower being the gun was always a bad idea. It should be the action.

I AGREE. AR-15's would be lumped in with a majority of rifles made since The 30's and not the target of such overreach. The action of the AR platform is so simple and elegant that underneath the plastics and tactical matte-black finish is a rifle no different than your grandpa's wooden stock hunting rifle. Regulating the action would only further highlight the irrational nature of such policy.

Again, I get where you are going with this, but most gun control is not rational--just stated as such to make people believe it really is. Gun control is just a tool politicians use to polarize the voter base. It's easier to keep finding a way to be re-elected than it is to cure the underlying socio-economic problems that produce the need or desire for people to resort to gun related crime. Don't believe me? Ask yourself why our president is looking to restrict Assault Rifles when 90% of gun crimes are commited with pistols and shotguns. The low hanging fruit isn't even being picked here.

about a year and a half ago
top Wants To Be the Google of 3D-Printable Guns

L3370 Re:Let me know when you can print quality steel, p (225 comments)

Ceramics--not really. Glock had this but quickly learned they were junk. High grade polymers--basicaly good quality plastic-- are now very common in firearms and have proven durability that rivals steel, with the added benefit of not rusting or adding lots of weight
I'm being a bit pedantic, but I think you catch my drift.

about a year and a half ago
top Wants To Be the Google of 3D-Printable Guns

L3370 Re:Less drama more substance (225 comments)

What they print is referred to as a "stripped" lower, like the frame of a car. fire controls and various parts within it are 5$ items. springs, pins, and various pieces of shaped metal.

about a year and a half ago
top Wants To Be the Google of 3D-Printable Guns

L3370 Re:Less drama more substance (225 comments)

The lower receiver is the only part of the gun thats considered a gun by the law, and for good reason. It houses the magazine and the fire controls (safety, select fire--if applicable, trigger) and everything connects to it.

For a car analogy, its the frame and the engine. If you can make receivers, you're in the league with Ford and Toyota. If you make buttstocks and compensators, you're that company that sells import tuner supplies and curb feelers for gigantic low-riders.

about a year and a half ago

With NCLB Waiver, Virginia Sorts Kids' Scores By Race

L3370 Re:And as a white parent who knows the realities . (622 comments)

The problem is the penalty for failure is vastly improportional between classes.

If you come from say...a lower middle class family, what's the penalty if you fail your first business, or fail to find a job after racking up $40k in loans? How many times can you afford to fail before the bank stops giving you money, or your parents can't afford to support you?

What's the worst that could happen if you came from a well-to-do family? Will they be cruel enough to force you out onto the streets while they live in a 7 bedroom house on the hill?

about 2 years ago

Why Eric Schmidt Is Wrong About Microsoft Not Mattering Anymore

L3370 MS not in Gang of Four.. then neither is Facebook. (398 comments)

Microsoft is making money. Lots of it. Facebook has a really good idea on how to make money.

Make your predictions about MS failing...there's evidence to suggest they are going the way of the dinosaur. Facebook's Golden Goose on the other hand has yet to lay eggs.

about 2 years ago

The Computer Science Behind Facebook's 1 Billion Users

L3370 Re:1 billion users (113 comments)

If he can make 4, so can the bozo that wants to create a fake account to for your pets, browsing ex girlfriends, gaming Farmville perks, and avoiding your boss' prying eyes.

In short, there aren't a billion people on facebook--nowhere near it. An important fact for businesses that are looking to tap into a network of "real" people.

about 2 years ago

HP Plans To Cut Product Lines; Company Turnaround In 2016

L3370 Re:zuh? (184 comments)

To create artificial scarcity on toner modules, and in turn keeping prices on consumables high.

about 2 years ago

Apple to Buy Back $10bn of Its Shares and Pay Dividend

L3370 Re:Lawsuits (301 comments)

The term "war chest" also relates to funds that can be used on company acquisitions.

more than 2 years ago

Apple to Buy Back $10bn of Its Shares and Pay Dividend

L3370 Re:Context? (301 comments)

This should not be modded insightful, and the person should be glad that they posted as AC.

$130 per share would barely cover the amount of PURE CASH the company holds, let alone there assets in real estate, patents, office furniture/equipment etc.... Factor in other details such as...oh I dunno... actual profits... projected earnings and other profit making assets, one could argue that this is one of the few companies IN THE WORLD that deserve such a high valuation. How many multibillion dollar companies can you name that have the same profit margins as Apple? That's a tough list to compile. How many companies beat analyst estimates nearly every single quarter and post record profits on a regular basis?

Your opinion on share buyback is sound, however. It's popular right now to believe share buybacks are a waste of money. Investors don't seem to be moved very much by this gesture now days. You can rightfully argue the buyback plan is a waste, but on paper less stock available should equal more value per share.

more than 2 years ago

Turkey Bans Pastebin and Tinyurl

L3370 Re:Can they stop them all? (100 comments)

Lived there for a couple years. Booze is already free flowing, and is not a cultural taboo at all, at least in the west. Prostitution is huge too. Trannny's everywhere at night. Russian imported women too.

Not trying to take away from your message... just stating those two, from my experience, is alive and flourishing already.

about 2 years ago

George "geohot" Hotz Arrested In Texas For Posession of Marijuana

L3370 Re:Newsflash: they have drug dogs at Mexico-US bor (578 comments)

That's because we like you Canadians. Spend some time around the southern border checkpoints... I know a few white people that spend as much time going through checkpoints as I do, and they seem to have good luck not ever being screened. Get yourself some skin within a couple shades of brown like me and I tell you what...your odds shoot through the roof.

more than 2 years ago

George "geohot" Hotz Arrested In Texas For Posession of Marijuana

L3370 Re:How is this constitutional? (578 comments)

I roll thru two checkpoints between Phx and San Diego on a near weekly basis. Sometimes theres an extra 1 or 2 random checkpoints included between that route.

About 80% of my pass thru's have invloved a drug dog walking by the car.
They always ask citizenship, maybe some other questions like "Is this your car?" or "Could you state your birthdate?"
For me, I get selected for "Secondary screen" 1/3rd of the time. During the second screening they will ask you several questions to stress you or try to get you to trip up. They will then ask to see what is in your trunk. Other times they'll plain ask to search your entire vehicle. I've gotten this check so many times that I now say NO when they ask to search my car. You can say NO, just be prepared for them to haze you A LOT.

I'm of [mostly] Asian decent but 50% of people who first meet me say I look Mexican. This seems to factor into my high screening ratio. I feel this to be true because a family member of my girlfriend works BP. On the subject of profiling he has told me "Of course we don't profile! (WINK, WINK, Big Smile, Thumbs up)

The checkpoints, I assure you, are as deplorable as everyone here makes them out to be. The BP is a glorified social program to keep underachievers and ex military folks employed.

more than 2 years ago

Vendors Take Blame For Most Data Center Incidents

L3370 Re:rotating contracts leads to people with no know (57 comments)

Which is PERFECT if you don't want things to work correctly in the first place! Good products delivered efficiently become cheap.

Its about profit maximization. More fuckups = more billable hours and expenses to pass on to the customer :)~

more than 2 years ago

Vendors Take Blame For Most Data Center Incidents

L3370 It's part of the shell game. (57 comments)

If you let them in your datacenter, it's your fault if anything goes wrong in there.
If your vendor botched a deployment or delivers a functionally useless product, it's your fault for buying into their marketing campaign and not understanding what you just got yourself into.

But mostly, I think the blame system was by design here...Hire someone else to do the job for everything possible. Fire them/drop contracts when they don't work for you, then file insurance claims to compensate (plus extra if you do it right) for the damages. The trick is to keep the damages rolling as expected--enough to keep insurance revenues up, but not enough so that your premiums adjust to make it unprofitable.

more than 2 years ago

Rearview Car Cameras Likely Mandated By 2014

L3370 Re:My phone has a camera (652 comments)

I can see how this is a problem for many. Driving, much like any activity, is dependent on preference and personal techniques, so tuning the specs can be very subjective...Anything that can gets the job done safely is good. That floating frame of reference is indeed difficult to get used to, but not impossible if you take a different perspective and put absolute trust in your intstruments.

If you point the mirrors out towards your blind spot until the body of your vehicle is JUST out of sight of the mirror, your frame of reference is a very real, very defined space--anything beyond the edge of that mirror is your car.
Now that you can't see your own vehicle, you naturally feel like you are flying blind. Thats ok. Pilots are trained to trust their instruments. Firefighters are trained to trust their suits and respirators will hold up in the heat. Without that trust, they'd be too scared or uninformed to do the right thing that saves lives in crisis. The same mindset could be applied to your trust in the mirrors, as those objects will always bend and reflect light the exact same way.

If your driving style is very "seat of the pants" or driven by feel, this technique is virtually worthless. Likewise if you share a vehicle with someone, or find yourself slouching or shifting your body position often while driving. tl;dr--Try it out if you are inclined to be a regimented driver or tend to treat yourself as an extension of the driving tool.

more than 2 years ago


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