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The NSA's New Partner In Spying: Saudi Arabia's Brutal State Police

TarPitt Re:Heck, we probably already fund them (125 comments)

I am waiting for the ads for H1B candidates for these positions.

Another job that kept so many American employed now outsourced to foreigners.

4 days ago
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Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark That You Can't See It

TarPitt Prior Art (238 comments)

Mick Jagger developed this in the '60s, before he became a specialist in historical cryptography :

Paint it Black

about two weeks ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

TarPitt Re:Amazoing (415 comments)

A dog's sense of smell is amazing. I bet a dog could tell if a search warrant is valid or not by smell alone. Perhaps the ACLU should train some of those dogs, to find invalid search warrants and prevent violations of the 4th amendment.

about three weeks ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

TarPitt Re:Sooo (415 comments)

What if you loaded the thumb drive with pictures of squirrels? Would the dog recognize that?

about three weeks ago
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California Property Tax Exemptions For Solar Energy Systems Extended To 2025

TarPitt Re:Why do we permit "property tax" at all? (76 comments)

Actually, that is the historical origination of private property under the English system. This was also the case with "empty" land (meaning devoid of Europeans) annexed by the US throughout its history. Original owner was the Federal government, which then delegated ownership to others (railroads, homesteaders) by deeding the property to them provided certain obligations were met (build a railroad, occupy and cultivate the land, etc.).

The idea that private ownership of land precedes government is a weird libertarian fantasy.

You in fact *do* lease your property from the government.

about a month ago
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New Class of Stars Are Totally Metal, Says Astrophysicist

TarPitt Re:Made of Led? (119 comments)

name it Ozzy

about a month ago
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Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common

TarPitt Re:How is the technology applied (195 comments)

Because private detective agencies hired by private employers to snoop on workers and ruin them is OK AND is FREEDOM.

Laws to prevent this are bad because GOVERNMENT EVIL.

For a real example of private company goon squads, try the Ford "Service Department"

about a month ago
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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

TarPitt Re:Not to be snarky (538 comments)

*Not* being a college graduate is a certain guarantee of a lifetime of poorly paying jobs.

about a month ago
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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

TarPitt We need more respect for trade schools (538 comments)

and for the skilled mostly blue-collar jobs that are vital to our society but do not require 4-year degrees.

Once a skilled trade provided a good shot at a decent middle-class livelihood. Something has happened to devalue these skills.

Young people get college degrees for which they are unsuited because it appears there is no alternative.

Despite all the jokes about degreed barristas working for the minimum wage, the absence of a degree is now the best way to ensure a lifetime of poorly paid jobs.

about a month ago
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DNA Study: First Farmers Were Also Sailors

TarPitt Re:No such thing as sailor farmers (40 comments)

Of course they used language. Early seafarers used terms like "Arr" and "Avast", hence the pirate-like roots of most modern languages.

about 1 month ago
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Comcast CEO Brian Roberts Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot

TarPitt Re:Classify net access as a utility? (343 comments)

Well, the NSA already spies on traffic carried by privately owned semi-monopoly communications concerns.

Given that we've already lost that one, we now have the worst of both worlds - poor service and high prices from unregulated monopolies, combined with government spying which those monopolies cheerfully provide the government.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast CEO Brian Roberts Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot

TarPitt Re:Classify net access as a utility? (343 comments)

As a homeowner, that $2,000 is a small fraction of the price to fix a leaky roof.

We had to redo an ancient sewer system at a cost of $15,000

$2k for really fast internet would be a bargain.

about 2 months ago
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Startup Employees As an Organized Labor Group

TarPitt Re:all of IT needs an union (107 comments)

There's a union movement for the 20 hour work-week too.

There was a union movement for a 40 hour workweek. It was successful for a number of decades, but the 40 hour workweek seems to have gone the way of the rotary dial phone.

Might have something to do with the demise of the evil protection rackets called unions.

about 4 months ago
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Startup Employees As an Organized Labor Group

TarPitt Re:all of IT needs an union (107 comments)

You object to signing a contact with an entity representing your workers, and dealing with employees according to rules set out in this contract.. I suspect you wouldn't think twice about signing a similar contract with suppliers or customers.

My only conclusion is that you prefer to deal with employees individually because you can more easily manipulate them by doing so. You enjoy the power of being the owner and being able to play favorites, taking advantage of the inherent weakness in an individual's bargaining power and the lack of any enforceable written criteria governing your rule. You accept the occasional loss of an employee able to find better conditions because you know you will always find a replacement.

Of all the inputs to your business - labor, materials, facilities - only labor is to be forced to deal from a deliberately weakened perspective.

You must be a joy to work for.

about 4 months ago
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Startup Employees As an Organized Labor Group

TarPitt This is why dogs are smarter than people (107 comments)

No dog ever accepted stock options as a reward.

To motivate a dog to do your bidding requires something more tangible (likely edible), while humans will accept vague promises of an abstract future reward.

about 4 months ago
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Target's Internal Security Team Warned Management

TarPitt Re:but when you work with HVAC vendors who sub wor (236 comments)

Wouldn't some big company like Target have someone on staff who knows how to firewall off a network just for the HVAC? Huh? Huh?

They probably have several people who can do that. It requires some expertise but not a lot.

Of course they have people who CAN do that. The better question is - do any of those people have the political clout to require Target to spend money and inconvenience managers and "essential" vendors to prevent a "theoretical" security attack.

about 5 months ago
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VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage

TarPitt He's trying to shut down debate (683 comments)

If you think there is something wrong with historically unprecedented income and wealth inequality, if you fear for the future of democracy when 85 individuals control more wealth than 3.5 billion people, if you are alarmed at the influence of this wealth on politics (to the point where a single individual can bankroll an entire presidential campaign, then you are a Nazi.

No further discussion necessary.

A few individuals have vandalized buses, therefore an entire subject is off limits.

about 6 months ago

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Hackers topple Huawei routers at Defcon

TarPitt TarPitt writes  |  about 2 years ago

TarPitt (217247) writes "Huawei routers turn out to be have multiple serious security vulnerabilities lending to easy exploit:

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Hackers at an infamous Def Con gathering were shown how to easily slip into computer networks through some routers made by Chinese electronics colossus Huawei Technologies. "For the 20th anniversary of Def Con the gift is China," Recurity Labs chief Felix "FX" Lindner said as he opened his presentation. "Nobody needs a back door; this is plausible deniability," he quipped as he detailed weaknesses in three small Huawei routers that could be exploited using basic hacking techniques. "You get what you pay for. Sorry."

Oddly this story has not picked up much notice in the technical press."
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