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China Censors "The Big Bang Theory" and Other Streaming Shows

Tontoman Re:The BBT - Good start, not enough stamina (166 comments)

It's maybe becoming more like the TV show "Friends" with everybody in a relationship. It is remarkable the writers can come up with an interesting new script every week considering the show is in its Seventh season.

about 4 months ago
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Security At Nuclear Facilities: Danger Likely Lurks From Within

Tontoman Re:Historical analysis (72 comments)

Two brief points:

  1. a link to some reports does not support your assertion that "All nuclear plant incidents are publicly reported." It seems likely to me some incidents are classified. But would welcome a link from you to something that backs up what you said. (for example, if there is an official policy that none are classified)
  2. The paper mentioned in TFA referred to nuclear facilities and was not limited to just nuclear power plants

about 4 months ago
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Security At Nuclear Facilities: Danger Likely Lurks From Within

Tontoman Re:Historical analysis (72 comments)

Link? I know that NRC hasn't reported any incidents before 1999 http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/... . The wikipedia page speaks of incidents which are just recently declassified http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N... (footnote 43) and were not disclosed to the public by the DOE (see rocketdyne )
That being said, (and fwiw) Nuclear power as safe, clean energy. However doesn't take away the value of the research paper as to potential threat posed by insiders. Even if it has never happened, it still would be horrible consequences if it did.

about 4 months ago
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Security At Nuclear Facilities: Danger Likely Lurks From Within

Tontoman Re:hysterical analist (72 comments)

So you are saying that because the "2012 event" was caused by a mistake rather than a by a malicious action by the insider. So you are saying that there is no legitimate fear because the motive of the insider was probably pure. However, this is contradicted by the paper which said: An internal investigation found “evidence of potential tampering as the cause of the abnormal condition,” as the company reported to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
Another way to look at it is this: From what I read about the incident, a fluid was put into the lubrication system of the backup diesel generator which would have caused the generator to quickly overheat and fail, if it were ever to be run (like in an emergency, for example). Do you realize that this is precisely what caused the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F... The cooling system for the reactors failed because they didn't have power from any diesel generator, and this (in part) caused the meltdown.
It sounds wise for nuclear industry to remain vigilant to the possibility of insider threat.

about 4 months ago
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Security At Nuclear Facilities: Danger Likely Lurks From Within

Tontoman Re:Historical analysis (72 comments)

No exactly. The paper suggests that "truth may be hard to decipher in an industry shrouded in security" which makes sense because incidents/responses would probably be highly classified. Especially involving insiders. So the best "leading examples" as you say would probably not be published in a publicly-available source.

about 4 months ago
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Security At Nuclear Facilities: Danger Likely Lurks From Within

Tontoman Historical analysis (72 comments)

The article in Stanford News is informal, but it refers to a scholarly research paper that is a retrospective of historical events, and its conclusions seem to be well-supported by facts.

about 4 months ago
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Netflix Pondering Peer-to-Peer Technology For Streaming Video

Tontoman Re:net neutrality... (114 comments)

Netflix is a really innovative company. No doubt they would develop a pricing model to reflect when a customer optionally participates in peer-to-peer sharing.

about 4 months ago
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DARPA Develops Stealth Motorcycle For US Special Forces

Tontoman Re:Efficiency (93 comments)

Depends on how the domain is defined. Electricity comes from power plants and batteries, which have varying lower efficiency values. This motorcycle likely fills a niche requirement where fuel saving is not a large consideration.

about 4 months ago
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Google Mulling Wi-Fi For Cities With Google Fiber

Tontoman Re:Why not a government service? (39 comments)

Government services are not necessarily more benevolent than private industry. For examples, search for "Detroit government corruption." In fact, TFA tells about the competitive ramifications (e.g. More choices for the consumer) of this Google proposal.

about 4 months ago
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Code Quality: Open Source vs. Proprietary

Tontoman Not a surprise (139 comments)

Sunlight is the best bleach.

about 5 months ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

Tontoman Re:It doesn't. (582 comments)

It is also trivial to disassemble and decompile closed-source software. Starting with the names of routines from the public entry points, trace arguments through the code, and thus find potentially exploitable defects. It's almost as easily as the rather obscure "style" of the openssl code that had the heartbleed bug. The problem is, there is a chilling effect because of laws and uncertainty surrounding reverse engineering: http://www.chillingeffects.org... . Therefore, perhaps only criminals will do it looking for exploits, Rather then well-funded (fat enforcement target) Google development teams. Therefore closed source is more vulnerable.

about 5 months ago
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Google Launches Private Android App Stores

Tontoman Re:Cool idea... (86 comments)

It would be useful for something like a timesheet app. Not interesting to the general public, and yet useful within an enterprise.

about a year and a half ago
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Researcher Claims To Have Chrome Zero-Day, Google Says "Prove It"

Tontoman Re:Certainly has a legitimate track record (106 comments)

Maybe not so legitimate, but he is certainly an active hacker. For example : http://laetitia-schlumberger.com/index0.php and http://horeblawski.eu/euricms/
Softpedia profiled this person in an article: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Hackers-Around-the-World-No-Flaws-Escape-This-Georgian-s-Longrifle0x-252180.shtml
However, a subsequent comment by the author says:
"When this article was published the researcher was a respected member of an important security research team. In the meantime, his work became more "controversial."

about 2 years ago
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Oracle Proposes New Native JavaScript Engine for OpenJDK

Tontoman Benefits . . . (80 comments)

This will be most beneficial to tool builders. Also, maybe we won't have to use kludgy 'eval' so often when writing highly dynamic javascript.

about 2 years ago
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Federal Officials Take Down 132 Websites In "Cyber Monday" Crackdown

Tontoman Re:Question (153 comments)

"Intellectual property rights theft is not a victimless crime. It threatens U.S. businesses and robs hard-working Americans of their jobs, which negatively impacts the economy. It can also pose serious health and safety risks to consumers, and oftentimes, it fuels global organized crime." Here is a link to Homeland Security's rationale: http://www.dhs.gov/topic/intellectual-property-rights

about 2 years ago
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Researchers Investigating Self-Boosting Vaccines

Tontoman Re:misconception ? (218 comments)

Some types of viruses, like AIDS and flu, mutate more rapidly because of their mechanism of making DNA from RNA which is error-prone. http://www.virology.ws/2009/05/10/the-error-prone-ways-of-rna-synthesis/ Other viruses are more stable may benefit from the idea in TFA. However, to me it seems dangerous to engineer viruses just reduce the number of required booster shots.

about 2 years ago
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Cyber Corps Program Trains Spies For the Digital Age, In Oklahoma

Tontoman Re:what happens if you get layed off?? (118 comments)

These jobs are relatively immune from competition with H-1B visa holders.

about 2 years ago

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China Working on Linux Replacement for Windows XP

Tontoman Tontoman writes  |  about 4 months ago

Tontoman (737489) writes "Here is one possible solution to Microsoft's End of Life announcement that could provide long-term benefits for the world's largest creditor nation. From the article: "China will focus on the development of a new operating system (OS) based on Linux to cope with the shutdown of Windows XP, an official said Wednesday.
Zhang Feng, chief engineer of China's ministry of industry and information technology, said "the ministry will beef up support for the development of such an OS", Xinhua reported."
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Major Corporations Screwed in IT Outsourcing Fraud

Tontoman Tontoman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Tontoman (737489) writes "The outsourcing craze of recent years has not out well for Corporate clients of a the Satyam company of India.
From the article: The original intent of shifting IT work like programming and database management to outfits like Satyam was to save on labor costs. The savings for many companies has been 15%-20% on their IT budgets. But for Satyam clients, a potentially expensive and complex process of disentanglement is beginning. "
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IBM Launches Microsoft-Free Linux PCs

Tontoman Tontoman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Tontoman (737489) writes "IBM is offering to its business customers, a completely non-Microsoft virtual desktop system consisting of Linux and options for open- and closed-source desktop applications.
The article goes on to say, IBM claims the system can save businesses $500 to $800 per user on Microsoft software licenses and an additional $258 per user "since there is no need to upgrade hardware to support Windows Vista and Office.
Big Blue also claims the system's virtual setup affords savings of $60 to $118 per user on power and air conditioning costs, and that it will also help companies reduce IT support expenses."
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Bill Gates Urges Obama to Increase Spending

Tontoman Tontoman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Tontoman (737489) writes "Todays Washington Post reports that Bill Gates urges more spending to stimulate the economy and "help the country's most vulnerable residents." Guess he thinks the the $700 billion bailout isn't enough.
Gates seems to advocate government spending rather than activity by private enterprise such as Microsoft. "Gates said new investments are critical to building on recent improvements in U.S. public education and fighting disease abroad, which he said could be reversed if spending dries up.""

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Tontoman Tontoman writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Tontoman (737489) writes "Carla Schroder wraps up 2006, in Enterprise Networking Planet, "I apologize for sounding like a typical lame pundit, but 2006 was the Year of Linux. I never said that before — I was waiting until it became true."
"The Novell-Microsoft deal, as distasteful as it is to a lot of observers, is the crowning seal of Linux approval. The biggest purveyor of anti-Linux and anti-FOSS propaganda, misinformation and FUD made a deal with a Linux vendor. Whatever the merits of the deal itself, this is a gigantic validation of Linux in the enterprise.""

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