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No Upper Bound On Phone Record Collection, Says NSA

Mr 44 Responsibilty lies with the politicians (238 comments)

Why do people don't get this more? The NSA/Military are (for the most part) carrying out the policies and directives set by their civilian over-seers.

Michael Hayden actually expressed this very clearly:

Former NSA Director Michael Hayden exemplifies this in a quote from late July: âoeGive me the box you will allow me to operate in. Iâ(TM)m going to play to the very edges of that box.â

about 7 months ago
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The Release Candidate For Linux Mint 14 "Nadia" Is Out

Mr 44 What? (295 comments)

Would it hurt to include a few words explaining what the hell Mint even is or why we should care there's a new version?

about a year and a half ago
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Space Station Spacewalkers Stymied By Stubborn Bolt

Mr 44 They had one (290 comments)

Story Musgrave. He was in charge of fixing the Hubble, and is a complete bad-ass. He has a "good-old farm boy" attitude, that is exactly what you want for fixing machinery in remote locations.

about a year and a half ago
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Could You Hack Into Mars Curiosity Rover?

Mr 44 Re:DSN on the Internet ? (452 comments)

Sure you don't think thats relevant? If you've got your own transmitter, you are talking directly to it.

about a year and a half ago
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What Happens To Google Employees When They Die?

Mr 44 Self-insurance (170 comments)

Not sure if they still do, but in the 90's, Microsoft self-insured employees (administered by Aetna, though). Makes a lot of sense when you have a young, largely healthy workforce.

about a year and a half ago
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Minneapolis Police Catalog License Plates and Location Data

Mr 44 Mod parent interesting (289 comments)

This is apparently the logic that actual police use.

about a year and a half ago
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GPS Spoofing Attack Hacks Drones

Mr 44 Re:Surprised? (214 comments)

I don't think you're getting it. The inputs to the Kalman filter would be an encrypted GPS signal, accelerometer readings, magnetic compass bearing, wind speed and visual odometery. Now which ones are being jammed, and which spoofed?

about 2 years ago
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Chuck Schumer Tells Apple and Google To "Curb Your Spy Planes"

Mr 44 Re:What's good for the goose... (302 comments)

Chuck Schumer is one of the biggest pro-government control-freak assholes in congress. He has no qualms bending logic, twisting and lying to spin whatever propoganda he needs to in order to advance his agenda. He has never met a law he didn't like, and works to restrict freedom with his every move.

This is only latest in a decades long series of moves by him.

See:
Chuck Schumer vs. Free Speech

Schumer Among Biggest Supporters of Anti-Piracy Laws (He was a co-sponsor of SOPA and PIPA)

Schumer's racket: Lobbyists and hedge funds

Schumer proposes new federal regulations on grill brushes

And since the above links are all pretty recent, here's some Schumer history:

On the eve of the first anniversary of the Oklahoma bombing in April, 1996, Congress passed the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. The Democrats were very disappointed, however, because the bill passed without proposed expansions of wiretapping authority. In May 1996, Reps. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and John Conyers (D-MI) introduced H.R. 3409 "to combat domestic terrorism."

The bill, titled the "Effective Anti-Terrorism Tools for Law Enforcement Act of 1996," would expand the powers granted to the FBI to engage in multi- point (roving) wiretaps and emergency wiretaps without court orders, and to access an individual's hotel and vehicle and storage facility rental records. It also relaxed the requirements for obtaining pen register and trap and trace orders in foreign intelligence investigations.

about a year ago
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AMD/ATI Video Drivers: Unsafe At Any Speed

Mr 44 Re:AOD (261 comments)

Uhh, no. Windows DLLs have always been relatively addressed, and are capable of being loaded at different locations in the virtual address space (google "rebasing"). However, for performance reasons, most DLLs specify a preferred address the loader will attempt to slot them into. All system DLLs specify this, which results in their routines being loaded at predictable addresses (even across machines).

ASLR means that, on boot, a different location is chosen in the virtual address space to load DLLs into, so that system routines are not always at the same location, making certain types of security exploitation significantly harder.

about 2 years ago
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Database and IP Records Tie Election Fraud To Canada's Ruling Conservatives

Mr 44 Re:Baseless? (257 comments)

the news in the US no longer has to present a balanced viewpoint.

I don't think you have a very good grasp of American history, and the form newspapers and tabloids have taken, over the past 200+ years.

. In other words, nobody is monitoring journalistic integrity.

Are you saying you wish there was a governmental department in charge of arbitrating truth, which would have the power to censor or re-write the news as it saw fit? That sounds like a much more terrifying option to me.

about 2 years ago

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