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Privacy Oversight Board Gives NSA Surveillance a Pass

TED Vinson Release Date (170 comments)

The PCLOB's report is released on 7-02.

Someone has a sense of humor or...

(don_tinfoil_hat) ...is trying to send a secret message. (doff_tinfoil_hat)

about 7 months ago

Kevin Mitnick Helping Secure Presidential Elections In Ecuador

TED Vinson In related news... (85 comments)

In related news, Kevin Mitnick is elected President of Ecuador with 121% of the popular vote.

about 2 years ago

Radio Shack's TRS-80 Turns 35

TED Vinson Cassette drive roulette (231 comments)

Cassette drive roulette:

more than 2 years ago

Publishers Warned On Ebook Prices

TED Vinson Obvious (352 comments)

"Yes, I know you are only talking about corrections, but my point is, who gets to decide what a "correction" is?

George Lucas...duh!

more than 2 years ago

Can Computers Be Used To Optimize the US Tax Code?

TED Vinson Re:Short Answer == 42 (730 comments)

short answer == 42

Now, what was the question?

more than 3 years ago

The Rise and Rise of the Cognitive Elite

TED Vinson Re:Class Difference (671 comments)

It's amazing how many military officers have history and/or political science degrees. For the most part it does them very well, but they often end up way out of their element in Space Command. Then, it matters how they treat their subordinates, who can save their asses. I think a lot of officers with those degrees realize that they are well-prepared for a career in the military and little else and make the military a career while those with technical degrees have options. Therefore, senior levels have an abundance of history majors.

Another interpretation: many of them had already decided on a military career and considered history or polysci to be as good as any other degree for that career choice.

For the Infantry this is likely true. For CYBERCOM, not so much. [As alluded to in parent]
Fortunately, there are more than a few officers with advanced technical degrees AND practical expertise AND a grasp of history/geopolitics for that type of work. Many have lots of job options, yet still choose to serve.

about 4 years ago

Empire Strikes Back Director Irvin Kershner Dies at 87

TED Vinson Re:May the Force... (132 comments)

Lucasfilm has announced the December release of a 'new director's cut' of The Empire Strikes Back in which Mr. Kirshner will make a cameo appearance as a 'Force ghost' to honor his contribution. This is the perfect, must-have gift for Star Wars fans everywhere.

Lucasfim has also announced the January 2011 release of a 'special, revised director's cut' of The Empire Strikes Back in which the Kirchner Force ghost will be played by Hayden Christensen...

more than 4 years ago

Military Appoints General To Direct Cyber Warfare

TED Vinson Re:Internet 2 is not the full answer (132 comments)

U.S. Constitution - Article 1 Section 8

The Congress shall have Power...

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

Does not specify 'only in times of war.'

more than 4 years ago

Defense Chief Urges Big Cuts In Military Spending

TED Vinson Re: Military healthcare (449 comments)

This is scaremongering with no basis in reality.

Not scaremongering, just a set up for a joke. Sheesh.

more than 4 years ago

Defense Chief Urges Big Cuts In Military Spending

TED Vinson Re: Military healthcare (449 comments)

Eventually any pyramid scheme must fall apart. If you are under 50 and expect to get a comfy retirement from Social Security you will likely be very disappointed. I do not plan to get any useful amount back from Social Security. I do, however, expect Uncle Sugar to keep its mitts off my other retirement preparations.

It will be too politically costly to let Social Security collapse completely. It seems likely that 'means testing' will be implemented. Those with pensions, 401Ks and other savings will get less money from Social Security, probably less than the 'contributions' they made while working. Everyone will get something, even if it is only a token payment, just to say no one is left out.

For those of us who have planned and saved diligently for retirement, the Social Security payment will be something less than a dollar each month. And that, my friends, is change you can believe in.

more than 4 years ago

125 Years of Longitude 0 0' 00" At Greenwich

TED Vinson Re:125 MORE years until the US gets time... (429 comments)

Don't even get me started on our lack of metric....

Now wait a centon, wouldn't the conversion to metric time resolve all those problems with 12 versus 24 hour time?

more than 5 years ago

First Black Hole For Light Created On Earth

TED Vinson DEDs at last! (244 comments)

We are on the verge of having true DEDs (Dark Emitting Diodes)

more than 5 years ago

NSA Wages Cyberwar Against US Armed Forces Teams

TED Vinson Re:Reverse of the Medal (219 comments)

The reason for preventing the teams from conducting attacks is not legal, it is technical. This exercise is not on a LAN like the typical capture the flag game. The academies are connected via WAN links for the CDX.

Unconstrained force-on-force attacks would probably collapse this network or result in an ugly scrum of flooding attacks and bandwidth starvation, rather than an educational exercise.

more than 5 years ago

NSA Wages Cyberwar Against US Armed Forces Teams

TED Vinson Re:Not as many? (219 comments)

I'd be more interested in the permiter defenses they used. Like what kind of IDS/IPS did they use?

The rules require the teams to construct the network within the constraints of a notional budget. This forces the teams to make choices about what infrastructure and security measures to deploy. They cannot have everything they might want; this is a taste of the risk-benefit decisions managers and admins have to make. It is also intended to make it feasible for the Red Team to penetrate a well-watched network, having only a minimal user-base, in only four days.

IPS and other automated response systems are prohibited in the CDX.

For IDS the West Point team used Snort on BSD, with a custom-blended set of rules from VRT and Emerging Threats.

The budget decisions did not support deploying a dedicated firewall device. Firewalling had to be done using Cisco ACLs; however, some creative use of NAT and VLANs helped to make the Red Team's job a bit harder.

more than 5 years ago

Experiment Shows Traffic 'Shock Waves' Cause Jams

TED Vinson Re:Laws in Germany won't work in the US (642 comments)

In Germany, jaywalkers are fair game. Perhaps it was only coincidence, but I've seen German drivers accelerate or change lanes to (at least) scare the bejeebers out of someone (usually non-german) jaywalking.

Similar caution applies to railroad crossings. I was stopped by 'das blinken licht' at a RR crossing in the german countryside. After sitting, with engine off, for about 5 minutes there was still no sign of a train. Normal American procedure at that point would be to mosey around the gates and cross the tracks anyway. Just as I started thinking this, an electric-lcomotive express train blew through the crossing at >100MPH with no warning and little sound.

When the Germans say 'verboten', pay attention.

more than 6 years ago


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