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Foreign Hackers Attack Canadian Government

R2.0 Re:How far is too far? (208 comments)

The problem is that the Chinese government isn't doing it - they are simply giving others license to do it, with assurances of government protection and payment.

Sound familiar? It is - it's called privateering. It used to be done with ships on the sea; now it's done with computers on the internet. While China may not be at war with us, their use of privateers is proof that they do NOT mean us well.

So how do we combat it? Article I, Section 8, paragraph 11 of the U.S. Constitution authorizes Congress to "grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water." Imagine if the US Congress granted Google the authority to go after China - can you imagine how much havoc that would wreak if Google employees focused 20% of their time on fucking with China?

more than 3 years ago
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Does the Moon Have Military Value?

R2.0 Re:This reporter Mark Whittington (332 comments)

They will will pick anything to bash the Obama administration.

They're lazy, too - I mean, it's not like they really need to put in a big effort. The Obama Administrations failings are just laying there, like crabapples in fall. How could they NOT pick one up and whip it at someone?

more than 3 years ago
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Domestic Use of Aerial Drones By Law Enforcement

R2.0 Drones bad, helicopters good? (299 comments)

What do the drones do that is different that police helicopters? Aside from being cheaper?

more than 3 years ago
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Making Airport Scanners Less Objectionable

R2.0 Re:Great...now just one more issue.... (681 comments)

if it is true, and flying is already safer than road travel, then why do we need all the security?

1) The elite prefer, at this time, to control the masses by fear. Americans are carefully social engineered to be cowards, and the elite like it that way. Otherwise, all the lives ruined by the elites might want to take a few with em on the way out. So, keep them scared.

2) Do you have any idea how much freaking money that "security theater" costs? Lots of campaign contributions later, it turns out we have a need.

I called this over a year ago in the "Air Force One NYC Flyby" incident:

"We are a bunch of fuckin' wussy people."

- 3 planeloads of people let 5 men armed with hand tools take over airplanes - because that's what they've been told to do. As soon as the 4th planeload of people find out how they've been lied to, they take action and save many more lives.

- Hundreds of students cower under desks waiting be rescued from 1 man with 2 handguns, and the only person to do ANYTHING is an octogenarian who gets killed for his efforts to protect the strong, healthy, 18-22 year old "adults" hiding in fear. The most played interview is of a young man who was simply waiting to die. He is called "heroic".

- A man starts shooting in an immigrant center, and police take 45 minutes to enter the building, while people hide like scared rabbits waiting to be rescued. The police state that their response time was irrelevant - the victims would have died anyway.

Oh yes, we have reached the point where helplessness is considered noble, where former soldiers are considered security risks because the government trained them to kill, and the people whose "job" it is to protect us simply shrug their shoulders and pick up the bodies.

Wussies doesn't really cover it.

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1213517&threshold=-1&commentsort=0&mode=nested&cid=27736123

A year and a half later, it's only gotten worse. One of the victims at VT is now making his name running "investigations" on how easy it is to get guns at gun shows - even though the guy who shot him bought from gun shops and passed the background checks. Soldiers passing through to Afghanistan are being told they need to check their bayonets - while they KEEP their rifles and sidearms. And once you enter the "secure zone", you must either submit to the scanner or the search or be arrested - you can't simply decide not to fly.

It's not even a question anymore about whether something really bad is going to happen - the question is what are people going to do WHEN it happens.

about 4 years ago
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Land of Lisp

R2.0 Re:Hi- I'm the Author (330 comments)

Functions and variables shouldn't be a problem; they are already into algebra in his math class, and they are something that I understand vis a vis programming, so I can explain it.

more than 4 years ago
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Land of Lisp

R2.0 Re:Hi- I'm the Author (330 comments)

Would this book be suitable for a relatively precocious 10 year old? My son wants to learn how to make computer games, but he has the attention span of a gnat on Red Bull. But his math skills are excellent (about 7th grade level) and his reading is above average too, with a scary vocabulary. He'd be attracted to the comic format, but what level of programming knowledge does it assume? I'd be available to help him, except the last time I programmed anything was 20 years ago - in FORTRAN.

more than 4 years ago
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Profs Bring TV Spectrum Free Wi-Fi To Houston Area

R2.0 Charges of Racism in 3..2..1... (82 comments)

"White-Fi"? Really? Do they have the check to Al Sharpton already made out??

more than 4 years ago
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Is DIY Algae Farming the Future?

R2.0 Re:Accidental agriculture... (322 comments)

This spring my wife wanted to buy $$$ worth of plants for the yard.

My response? "Honey, last year the only thing green in the yard was the pool."

more than 4 years ago
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Burglary Ring Used Facebook Places To Find Targets

R2.0 Privacy vs. Anonymity vs. Stupidity (152 comments)

We HAVE a right to privacy - things done in private should stay there.

We THINK we have a right to anonymity - that somehow, things done in a public place or forum will not be connected with our identity.

People ACT with stupidity, when they post private information on a public forum with their identity specifically attached.

Society needs to read some Niven and Pournelle and learn what "Evolution in action means."

more than 4 years ago
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Gamer Plays Doom For the First Time

R2.0 Re:hot review (362 comments)

Not sure about the gay porn thing, but he definitely writes as though he's never held a REAL gun in his life - and he desperately wants to.

more than 4 years ago
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MP Wants Official Email Address Kept Private

R2.0 Letter from a Non Constituent (179 comments)

Dear Mr. Raab;

Recently your request to have your official email addressed removed from the public directory. I suggest you look up the term "Streisand Effect" on Wikipedia (or rather, have one of your more internet literate staffers do so).

Sincerely
a_colonist

more than 4 years ago
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The Canadian Who Holds the Key To the Internet

R2.0 Re:seven? nine? three? (199 comments)

Aren't computer types always accused of working in their mother's basements or the bowels of a data center? Sound like caves to me.

Oh, and read John Ringo's The Council Wars - it's a sort of retelling of the Silmarillion with sex and violence (and violent sex) replacing erudition and pretension. In the books, the rings are represented by cryptographic keys.

more than 4 years ago
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New Chinese Rule Requires Real Names Online

R2.0 Re:Everybody Wang Chen tonight (193 comments)

I'm thinking of the millions of Long Duck Dong accounts.

The sig lines alone would be worth it.

more than 4 years ago
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Boeing, BAE Systems Show Off New Unmanned Planes

R2.0 Re:UAV ? ICBM (157 comments)

The reason the RQ-4 has not gotten munitions is because it would be, by SALT II, a cruise missile if armed with deployable kinetics.

Did anyone else first read that as "deployable kittens?" No?

That's ok - it didn't really phase me either.

more than 4 years ago
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New Google Research On Social Networks

R2.0 Re:Just to point out... (95 comments)

"Right now the closest thing you're going to get is creating a whole new profile."

Why is this a problem? People have been maintaining separate internet persona's since it started. And modern browser features make it easier: don't feel like filling out the same info for 3 different profiles? Browser auto-fill will handle that, as well as remember your different logins and passwords.

What am I missing here?

more than 4 years ago
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France Says D-Star Ham Radio Mode Is Illegal

R2.0 Re:Why now? (282 comments)

So you're saying that, when the BEM's come and take over our communication systems, France won't get the message via ham radio and so won't know to fly a Mirage straight up into the death ray, spelling the end of their country and culture?

I'm good with that.

more than 4 years ago
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Might Shatner Boldly Lead Canada As Governor?

R2.0 Re:IS THIS WHAT YOU WANTED? (318 comments)

"It was revealed quite some time ago that Shatner's "dramatic pauses" were due to him trying to remember his lines. "

The story I heard was that, when he was doing the movie "Incubus" in esperanto, the pauses were an artifact of him speaking his lines from rote. At first he was very frustrated with the effect, but the directors actually liked the effect it had, so he kept doing it and it became his style.

more than 4 years ago
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Teaching Fifth Graders Engineering

R2.0 Re:Parents are the Biggest Factor (156 comments)

You are missing 1 fundamental requirement - do these activities WITH your child. While it's true that "a child's interests can be largely determined by their personality, their school, and their social environment", the biggest and earliest factor is parental behavior and actions. A child's first reaction to seeing a parent doing something is mimicry - they want to do whatever Daddy/Mommy are doing. So if a parent shows interest in computers, or the mechanical world, so will the child (generally speaking).

My son is a good example of this - when he was younger, he ALWAYS wanted to be doing what I was doing. One day I was bleeding the brakes in my truck, and he wanted to "help". So I gave him a screwdriver, and he got under the truck with me (he could almost stand under there) and started poking at things while I messes with bleeder screws. Was he "accomplishing" anything? No. But he was learning that messing with things mechanically wasn't scary, and that it's something Daddy likes to do, and therefore it was good. (He may also have learned some swear words as well - oops). Years later he still shows interest in things mechanical, etc.

Buy the legos; buy the erector set. Then do it WITH him (or her).

more than 4 years ago

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"The Rise of Antiforensics" - The Non-IT V

R2.0 R2.0 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

R2.0 (532027) writes "My company's Chief Security Officer leaves his trade mags out for common reading, and a colleague picked up on an interesting article in "CSO: The resource for Security Executives". http://www.csoonline.com/read/060107/fea_antiforensics.html. Nothing in here is shocking or new to the IT crowd, but this magazine is targetted toward folks who are concerned with ALL aspects of corporate security, from card readers to background checks. And as a bonus, the story is only on 1 page — no "print version" link required!"
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