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China Unblocks Sensitive Keywords

Omniscientist Re:Left-wing? (101 comments)

Political leaders of any stripe can almost always be classified as "elites". It's practically a prerequisite for the job. Even Che Guevara, whose father was the great-grandson of one of the richest men in South America at the time, and whose fully blue-blooded mother (of Spanish nobility) was the granddaughter of a wealthy landowner, was an elite.

more than 2 years ago

Israel To Join CERN As First Non-European Member

Omniscientist Re:Nice tech (351 comments)

They do, and there's been a large amount of investment in its tech sector by companies in the US and elsewhere. A lot of the newest CPU microarchitecture has been designed in Israel, such as Sandy Bridge (which is featured in the newer Core i7s and others).

more than 3 years ago

Chinese Paper Warns Google May Pay Price For Hacking Claims

Omniscientist Re:Oh puh-leeze (165 comments)

There certainly is a popular feeling of distrust towards everything the government does here in the US; hell, that's American as apple pie.

The problem is, is that much of the information that gets disseminated to us by private entities like the ones you mentioned originates from US government sources. Especially so if that information is related to foreign affairs. These private entities, be it Fox News or MSNBC, are wholly dependant on the government for information on these topics. They can certainly add their own spin and view on the matter, but there's only so far you can take a piece of information. In the end, a lot of it comes out the same across networks.

Remember, most US news agencies no longer maintain foreign bureaus. They have no real foreign correspondents. The owners of these agencies decided, quite rightly so, that dedicating those kinds of resources towards reporting on foreign matters was not at all cost-effective. There was simply too little genuine interest in the public for things happening on the other side of the world. I believe the only US news agency that still has foreign bureaus and correspondents is CNN.

So, don't dismiss the possibility that the media is an excellent avenue for the government to use in order to shape public opinion.

more than 3 years ago

Chinese iPad Factory Staff Forced To Sign 'No Suicide' Pledge

Omniscientist Re:Pffft (537 comments)

I have a similar story and situation and I couldn't agree more. No work on Christmas however; have to give the family face time every now and then.

more than 3 years ago

Nearly 100,000 P2P Users Sued In the Past Year

Omniscientist Re:Are VPN user's being sued? (254 comments)

There are multiple VPN providers that advertise their services as a way to use BitTorrent anonymously. While that may seem like a meaningless marketing gimmick, it lets you know about how the service owners intend their product to be used. There are many VPN providers that will actually block BitTorrent traffic, namely because of the subpoenas they may have received in the past in response to filesharing. Plenty of people use VPN in order to circumvent harsh government censorship and control, as opposed to downloading crappy music or movies. So, don't expect all VPN providers to tolerate your use of their services for filesharing purposes.

Depending on the service and various time-variant factors, you can expect speeds to be fairly satisfactory. I wouldn't expect speeds in the 1.0+ MB/s range or anything. Perhaps someone can offer experience contrary to that.

In regards to industry lawyers getting your info from VPN providers: sure, that's still a possibility. That's why it is important to see what country the VPN is based in, as laws regarding the matter differ from place to place. Also, these providers prominently advertise their policy in regards to logging user information. Some will say they keep no logs; a more believable pitch is that they keep logs only for one or more days. Whether you believe any of that or not is up to you, but without logs, there wouldn't be anything connecting you to what you were doing.

more than 3 years ago

NY Times Considers Creating a WikiLeaks Type Site

Omniscientist Re:What this really is (114 comments)

Besides, the NYT is the lapdog of the liberal left..

Informative? Hardly.

about 4 years ago

Computer Incident Response and Product Security

Omniscientist Re:this book seems to be too generic (30 comments)

... what more do u want?

The definitive text on the topic, I'd say. Google is great for introductions on things.

about 4 years ago

Amazon, Not Developers, Will Set New App Store's Prices

Omniscientist Re:So? (294 comments)

If I want the price to be free for my über game, and Amazon decides it is worth $5? They get $4 per sale and i get $1 (that I didn't ask for).

Are you complaining about making money?

about 4 years ago

The Strange Disappearance of Dancho Danchev

Omniscientist Re:Tin foil hats (160 comments)

I like to reward folks for being funny.

While that's very considerate of you, a funny post marked as 'Informative' is more than likely to get subsequently modded down; messages with comedic substance tend to come across as wholly incorrect assertions when read from sources being represented as useful information.

about 4 years ago

MS Asks Google To Delay Fuzzer Tool

Omniscientist Re:When (205 comments)

China has a permanent seat on the UN security council.

That being said, they have the ability to veto any substantive resolution designed to address their intrusion into Google's computer systems.

about 4 years ago

Michael Moore Posts Julian Assange's Bail

Omniscientist Missing the point (987 comments)

While the assistance with the bail is neat, the real story here is that Michael Moore has said he will be lending support in regards to the online availability of the WikiLeaks content.

If he follows through on that promise, then I believe that will be very beneficial for WikiLeaks, as they're starting to need help in this area (given that their service is getting cut by all these different institutions).

more than 4 years ago

Wikileaks DDoS Attacker Arrested, Equipment Seized

Omniscientist Fast response time... (429 comments)

It only took two days since the attack occurred for the perpetrator to be tracked down and arrested? I can't say I've ever heard of such a fast response time to a computer crime. I'm quite surprised.

Is this typical these days?

more than 4 years ago

Google Settles Buzz Privacy Suit

Omniscientist Lawyer Payment (165 comments)

The lawyers are taking home 25% of the 8.5 million (plus interest), plus reimbursement of costs and expenses, according to the class action website.

Frankly, if I had to choose between a company keeping the money it has earned versus going to a random group of lawyers, I'd go with the former. Maybe I'd be more for punishing an organization financially if they were engaging in risky behavior and refusing to stop; however, from what I can remember about the incident, Google apologized and shut the thing down quickly (I'm not 100% on that, though).

more than 4 years ago

Ergonomic Mechanical-Switch Keyboard?

Omniscientist Unicomp Customizer (310 comments)

Although it lacks any special sort of strange shape that promotes ergonomic use of a keyboard, this keyboard is mechanical-switch, very large and sturdy, and a pleasure to type on: Customizer 104/105.

more than 4 years ago

Comcast Migrating Customers To DNSSEC Resolvers

Omniscientist Re:migrate (196 comments)

This is true; it is difficult to get TV service if you subscribe to Comcast Business.

As far as I'm concerned, high quality Internet service trumps TV any day. I get great download/upload speeds (not sure what residential is at, but it is fine for my purposes), great 24 hour customer/technical support that knows wtf they're talking about (Me: "Hey, can you set up reverse DNS for me?" Them: "Sure!"), two or more static IP's, consistent monthly prices that don't go up, etc.

I'll never buy TV service again, ever. What a waste of time. Sure it's just as easy to waste time on the computer, but at least there's a chance you might end up doing something productive.

(By the way, for people having issues with their Domain Helper crap: Have your network set to use the,, (etc.) nameservers for DNS. I never even knew about this new service until reading about it here.)

more than 4 years ago

Most Readers Don't Like Customized News

Omniscientist Re:I don't want any customization (107 comments)

Although you'll get different interpretations of the same talking points by sampling polarizing US media, it's doubtful you'll get any different, tenable pieces of information from the endeavor.

I believe that the most important interpretation and view point regarding a current event at the end of the day is your own. Instead of juggling interpretations of the same data provided by journalists who are all working under the same framework, I find it more useful to juggle opposing accounts and data.

To do so you need to find sources that operate with interests that are actually opposed to those held by your average news sources. That means, if the news topic is regarding Iran, comparing what you have read in US media to articles put out by Iranian news agencies and other countries in the surrounding region.

While you may think that anything coming out of a state-run Iranian news agency is rubbish, the fact of the matter is plenty of journalists in the Western world rely on information provided by their own government in regards to matters on the world stage (not entirely of course, but a large amount of it is). The information provided will be whatever it needs to be in order to fuel their interests while (hopefully) conforming to any applicable laws, and that's it.

more than 4 years ago

Stuxnet Worm Claimed To Be Devastating In Iran

Omniscientist Re:smells like more israeli racism than news to me (390 comments)

It's a completely reasonable assertion to view a news source as potentially unreliable based simply on its point of origin vs the subject matter.

It isn't necessarily because the people writing the article are untrustworthy or biased, instead it is the framework they operate in (where they get their information from, government sources, etc.) itself that is biased, as it naturally has interests.

more than 4 years ago

Android Software Piracy Rampant

Omniscientist Revenue Stream (510 comments)

If pirating software is anything but an impossible endeavor for users, then it is going to happen.

If a solid revenue stream is your primary concern as a developer, and piracy is something that is keeping you up at night, then you should be making apps that cater to businesses instead of individual users.

If the platform is such that targeting anything but individual users is not feasible, then unless your app is extremely popular, it is a poor platform to use for generating revenue.

more than 4 years ago

Stuxnet Worm May Have Targeted Iranian Reactor

Omniscientist Re:So....the CIA wrote it? (322 comments)

Nuclear weapons, by their very nature are NOT defensive.

Regardless of whether mutual assured destruction is a sound military doctrine or not, the fact of the matter is that nuclear weapons have resulted in the deterrence of conventional aggression between states belonging to the developed world.

Throughout history, the great powers of Europe have regularly gone to war with each other; that is, up until 1945. Since then, there have been no major conflicts at all between the major states. These are the same states that suffered unbelievable devastation and losses due to World War I, and still that wasn't enough to prevent a second World War from occurring a short time after.

To say that the nature of government underwent a fundamental change in the year 1945 would be a ridiculous claim. A more reasonable claim is that, for the first time in history, the costs of committing acts of conventional aggression (between major powers) have become so great and terrible as to dissuade their execution.

Individuals supporting nuclear abolition have good intentions. After all, nuclear weapons are horrible weapons of destruction easily capable of causing our complete eradication. While that's true, I assume that, based on our own long history, that complete nuclear abolition would usher in the return of conventional aggression between major powers, leading to major conflicts or even a new world war.

Here's a very short paper on the subject from a foreign-policy think tank in DC: http://www.carnegieendowment.org/files/Miller1.pdf.

more than 4 years ago

Why Are Terrorists Often Engineers?

Omniscientist Re:Because terrorists become engineers. (769 comments)

I bet a disproportionate number of CEO's have MBAs.

Actually, based on a 2005 study on S&P 500 CEOs, only 39% of S&P 500 CEOs have a MBA degree. I suppose that can still be considered disproportionate in comparison to the general public; however, there are other professions whose practitioners are more likely to have MBAs that would have better served as examples for the point you were making.

Putting all of that aside, the most interesting part of the study linked above, in my opinion, is the listing of the most common undergraduate degrees among CEOs. It would appear that the most common type of undergraduate degree among S&P 500 CEOs is actually a type of Engineering degree (20%). If you look at only the top 100 CEOs, then that figure gets even greater (22%).

Engineers are typically going to possess a large amount of scientific knowledge, general intelligence, and excellent problem solving abilities (I would hope). If someone has all of these traits, but can also develop excellent social skills and excellent business/financial smarts, they can go very far.

more than 4 years ago



Russia Uses Microsoft to Suppress Dissent

Omniscientist Omniscientist writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Omniscientist writes "The New York Times reports of a growing trend in Russia where authorities are silencing the opposition through the confiscation of computers under the pretext of searching for pirated Microsoft software. Although these raids would seem to be a tactic for squashing dissent, lawyers retained by Microsoft have been fully supporting the police throughout the course of these events. Microsoft has submitted numerous statements supporting these actions, going so far as to make an accusation that one of the advocacy groups 'purchased and installed legal Microsoft software specifically to deny the authorities an excuse to raid them'."
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