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New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

Phics Re:Again? (200 comments)

Yup. Maybe. But it also doesn't sound like Snowden is naive either, and he was willing to risk doing all of those things you mentioned and more. He still had his job when he took confidential info from the NSA, and he has taken his risk of getting 'fired' to a whole new level.

It may not have happened right away, but he must have at some point knew a cover up would have been the result, and if he was clever enough to evade the NSA with all that data, he was also clever enough to leave some insurance behind. Perhaps I'm wrong.

4 days ago

New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

Phics Re:Again? (200 comments)

Assuming he is an intelligent man, and also assuming he knows that cover-up and concealment is a matter of course at the NSA, I presume he would have sent them securely from an outside network, perhaps through a network he hoped the NSA couldn't touch. Or better yet, he left the evidence hidden in plain sight, somewhere within the NSA where he could point to it later. If I was Snowden, I'd be paranoid as heck when covering my own behind. He had to have known they would lie about anything that made him look good in the aftermath.

4 days ago

Microsoft Releases Replacement Patch With Two Known Bugs

Phics I love watching these threads... (140 comments)

There are so many ACs who post in response to MS-centric articles. It's almost as if you can feel the shame and terror as you read your way through.

about three weeks ago

Connected Collar Lets Your Cat Do the War-Driving

Phics Re:Why? (110 comments)

It's kind of like giving the Coke machine down the hall an IP address with sensors.... 'why' becomes such an unimaginative and mundane question in such scenarios, and if pressed, can simply be answered with, "Because I can."

about a month ago

Online Tool Flagged Ebola Outbreak Before Formal WHO Announcement

Phics Re:Half story (35 comments)

If it can make these kinds of predictions without a tonne of false positives, then we have something we can call a tool - otherwise it's just a more efficient but no more reliable form of gossip and rumour.

Science and medicine use 'tools' that typically have false positives or negatives all the time in order to help rule things out or determine possibilities. The measure of how helpful a tool is does not always hinge on accuracy. Weather forecasting would be a pointless exercise if what we wanted was more than 'gossip' and 'rumour', or what I'm going to call 'conjecture'. Using EEGs to help diagnose seizure disorders frequently offer false negatives - that doesn't mean a wise neurologist will discard test. Using a d-dimer test doesn't tell you that you have a DVT, it merely indicates the possibility, and a positive result suggests that more investigation is warranted.

Predictions highlight points of interest in a landscape that might otherwise look chaotic or homogeneous. Nothing wrong with calling this a tool.

about a month ago

Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

Phics I had a Chuckle (139 comments)

Sounds like the dinosaurs were humiliated backwards... feathered ...then tarred.

about 2 months ago

Intel's New Desktop SSD Is an Overclocked Server Drive

Phics Re:The caps are electrolytic (111 comments)

His point was that the general capacitor quality these days is a bit dubious. Of course there are premium brands in all electronic components.

Well, I don't know.... his point sounded more like, "Oh, remember those awful Firestone tires from 2000? I'm never using tires again - they all just blow out. Tank treads all the way for me."

Nothing wrong with solid caps, but the premise for the argument is a little weak.

about 7 months ago
top Resurrects 'Flappy Bird' As Programming Lesson

Phics Re:Lego building != Architect (72 comments)

So.. you're teaching people to code by not teaching people to code?

Absolutely! Anyone remember Rocky's Boots? Similar concept here - learn all about program execution, logic, conditional operators, and functions which are fundamental to any programming language.

about 7 months ago

Short Notice: LogMeIn To Discontinue Free Access

Phics Re:Uh? (408 comments)

My company has dozens of free logmein systems our techs administer locally. Sure, one or two computers is just a tiny $100, ($50 on promo), but dozens of systems is a game changer. I'm not WAHing, but I think a lot of people were taken off guard. And yes, we do have paid accounts as well.

about 8 months ago

First Images of a Heart Injected With Liquid Metal

Phics Re:I'm waiting for the (115 comments)

They have a term in medicine called "contraindication". Basically, when there are contraindications, (downsides), the risks and benefits of a treatment are weighed, and if the benefits outweigh the potential complications, it might be worth trying regardless. Test subjects sign on for trials because they feel the risks are acceptable. The AC may not fall into this category, but that doesn't mean (s)he's wrong if they don't choose to 'sign up' to have this done unnecessarily. I wonder if you'd have had a similar reaction if someone suggested injecting a fungus into the bloodstream... sounds horrifying, but how many lives has penicillin saved?

about 9 months ago

Snowden Spoofed Top Officials' Identity To Mine NSA Secrets

Phics Re:Brilliant? (743 comments)

Perhaps if the right people make Snowden seem like a mad brilliant genius, the public will brush aside questions of how secure processes at the NSA are?

1 year,21 days

Network Solutions Hit With DDoS

Phics Re:Everyone is in Luck (91 comments)

Heh.... looks like not everyone made it out of June... I've had months like that.

about a year ago

LucasArts Employees Hold Wake & Eulogy; Vader Still Roams

Phics Re:Disney says... (170 comments)

Which is the broadside of a spherical space station?

about a year and a half ago

Study Finds Universe Is 100 Million Years Older Than Previously Thought

Phics Re:But I just want to know ... (245 comments)

The Great Green Arkleseizure sneezed.

about a year and a half ago

What Early Software Was Influential Enough To Deserve Acclaim?

Phics The early web... (704 comments)

What about NCSA Mosaic? I still remember the first time I accessed the Internet without telnet or FTP... The 'web' may not have been just a piece of software, and this certainly wasn't the first web browser, but it is really the browser that introduced the world wide web to the masses... and one can trace it's lineage straight through to Firefox.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Best 32-Bit Windows System In 2012?

Phics Re:Windows 7 compatibility mode (313 comments)

Hey you car has a flat tire you are going to go invent a new wheel.

Hey, don't be so quick to discard that line of thinking. That is -exactly- what led to innovations like this one.

I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm just saying your example could be refined.

about 2 years ago

GNOME 3.8 To Scrap Fallback Mode

Phics Re:And that will also mark (378 comments)

Eh... good question. I think I spend less time putzing about with an interface if I feel comfortable with it. I've learned to use Gnome in a manner that lets me focus on the work I'm doing instead of the actual interface itself.

Now, how to measure any differences in productivity in a quantitative way? No idea. Perhaps I just regurgitated that term with no real evidence to present other than how I feel about it while I am working.

about 2 years ago

GNOME 3.8 To Scrap Fallback Mode

Phics Re:And that will also mark (378 comments)

That doesn't work so well for locating apps by description or name. On my system: windows key + 'ca' + tab (Libre Calc is the second result at this point), + enter. Done. Or, launch the term, type 'loff', then tab, then '--calc'. The command line offers auto-completion, and no mistake, this is useful - in fact there are situations where I use this quite often, but for launching some piece of software when I don't need a shell, why should I bother?

That aside, I'm well aware other desktop environments offer some sort of search functionality. I was merely pointing out that since Gnome has no immediate plans to reverse course, Gnome 3.x is probably not the DE you're looking for. Like I said, lots of other options.

Perhaps my previous post was viewed as inflammatory by a lot of sensitive people who feel betrayed - but I'm not the one who is complaining, and I'm certainly not the one who is betraying. I just happen to like the new Gnome interface, and I suspect, in spite of the hostile nature of this thread, that I'm not the only one.

about 2 years ago


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