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Cyberattack On German Steel Factory Causes 'Massive Damage'

TarPitt Re:No big red button? (189 comments)

I have this mental image of Clippy popping up on the flight control monitor saying, "It looks like you are trying to land. Do you need help?"

11 hours ago
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The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

TarPitt Dylan? Beatles? Stones? (134 comments)

Forget it - I'm waiting for the copyright extension set of previously unheard works by The Electric Prunes.

yesterday
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

TarPitt NO DRM! (433 comments)

The best thing about an analog format is no digital rights management. You buy it, you own it. You will always be able to listen to it, no-one will be able to revoke your license.

Digital formats and DRM have made music a transient, throw-away experience.

With vinyl, the recording has history. The vinyl you buy in middle school will be still playable in middle age.

about a week ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

TarPitt Re:What the goverment does should be public (461 comments)

Selling the driver's license information and cat registration information is considered a revenue opportunity for states.

Fortunately, dog license registrations are still kept private. Too bad for all those people with registered cats.

about a month and a half ago
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Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

TarPitt Re:Concrete proof at last (330 comments)

Conservative believe people suffer because they have freely made bad life choices. People who suffer therefore do not deserve our assistance or our sympathy, as they are wholly to blame for their condition. Public policy should discourage bad choices by allowing these people to suffer the consequences of their freely chosen action. Welfare, unemployment insurance, and public healthcare are wrong, as they go against the natural order by isolating people from the consequences of their actions.

Conversely, the wealthy and powerful have made good life choices and deserve our admiration. Public policy should encourage these high ranking individuals through lower taxes and less regulation of their activities.

about a month and a half ago
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Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

TarPitt Re:are conservatives just showing more reaction? (330 comments)

It seems very reasonable to blame those with the greatest share for wealth and power for the current state of society, rather than the impoverished and marginalized.

Though the latter position has a long heritage, stating back to the days when isolated, quirky old women were burned for being witches, somehow causing famine and pestilence despite their poverty and lack of influence.

about a month and a half ago
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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

TarPitt Re:They're better off avoiding CS (608 comments)

I work in an environment where most of IT is outsourced to India-based corporation. My casual observation is that there are many more young females from India in our IT group than Anglo-Americans. I've also noted the same with computer courses - that there are many more Asian women (South Asian and East Asian) relative to their male counterparts than there are Anglo Americans.

I suspect that Asian societies do not view computer work as primarily male-oriented work, and that talented women are encouraged to work in the field.

Among the Anglo-Americans, many of the IT focused women are in their 50's and 60's, having entered the field when mainframes were predominant and hence when computing was viewed as less of a male domain.

about 2 months ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

TarPitt Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

And post ticket prices in currency units per available seating space. They do this at supermarkets, post prices per standardized weight to permit comparison shopping, why not airlines?

about 3 months ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

TarPitt Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

And the airline could charge extra for the "really good" sedatives - profit center!

about 3 months ago
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New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper

TarPitt Re:forensic 'science' (135 comments)

There was also an eyewitness who saw him leave a bar with a prostitute hours before the prostitute was horribly murdered. The eyewitness refused to testify in court.

Story I heard was that the police were very sure this was the guy, but knowing they couldn't convict, they arranged to have him locked up in an insane asylum. The murders then abruptly stopped.

Source: Recent "Jack the Ripper" tour in London. Not peer reviewed.

about 3 months ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

TarPitt Re:there is nothing 'fair' about this (200 comments)

Looks like someone who is still living at home, supported by his parents, read Atlas Shrugged.

about 3 months ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

TarPitt Re:good plan (200 comments)

That is your personal opinion and does not reflect over a century of case law. I should have said "I believe this is completely unconstitutional even though every properly constituted court of law has held otherwise, because my opinion is all that matters".

about 3 months ago
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Getting Into College the Old Fashioned Way: With Money

TarPitt Re:Have money to burn? Burn it (161 comments)

Knowledge may be free, but connections required to gain and advance in a highly paid corporate job are still very expensive.

about 3 months ago
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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

TarPitt Re:Congressional Pharmaceutical Complex (217 comments)

Like Prohibition - which was not so much anti-alcohol, as a white rural reaction against the growing dominance of urban areas and their populations of (beer drinking) immigrants. It was an early form of our culture wars, with the drugs acting as a proxy for reaction against deeper social changes.

about 4 months ago
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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.

about 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 6 months ago

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Hackers topple Huawei routers at Defcon

TarPitt TarPitt writes  |  more than 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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