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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

brennz harassment attribution (556 comments)

is technically challenging to do as the internet can be anonymous.

In many cases it is irresponsible journalism to assume it is "gamergate" launching the harassment campaigns since we know the SA/4chan professional trolls are antagonizing both sides to incite drama.

about a month ago

FWD.us: GOP Voters To Be Targeted By Data Scientists

brennz the truth (422 comments)

This is really an effort by big multinationals to suppress tech job wages in the US by keeping up the H1B visa racket, and all the associated visa rackets.


about 7 months ago

Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

brennz Re:Yes. (1216 comments)

I'm not sure why this is being down-voted because this is exactly what will happen.

We'll see much more of companies with their core competency senior management on staff only.

Basically Senior managers, VPs, President, CEO, etc.

Everyone else will be contracted in, or 1099 (which is already quite common).

about a year ago

GPUs Keep Getting Faster, But Your Eyes Can't Tell

brennz Totally wrong (291 comments)

In cutting edge games, FPS still suffers even at low resolutions.

Many users are going to multi-monitor setups to increase their visualization and even cutting edge graphics cards cannot handle gaming at 1920x1080 x 3 display setups on taxing games or applications (e.g. Crysis).

about a year ago

97% of Climate Science Papers Agree Global Warming Is Man-made

brennz and... (1105 comments)

99.9% of scientists believed in geocentricity at one point too.

Appeal to Consensus is not good science

about a year and a half ago

Mikko Hypponen's Malware Odyssey

brennz error correction (51 comments)

"Security expert and notorious self-promoter Mikko Hypponen"

"modern malware makers are motivated mainly by money, just as most of the antivirus industry, including F-Secure".

more than 2 years ago

US CIO/CTO: Idea of Hiring COBOL Coders Laughable

brennz Re:Good luck with that... (265 comments)

s/accountability/appearance of accountability/1


more than 2 years ago

West Virginia Buys $22K Routers With Stimulus, Puts Them In Small Schools

brennz The story is bogus (295 comments)

I have never seen a real college campus served by a Cisco 3945.

I have seen plenty of branch offices and banks with using Cisco 3800 series devices, the 3945 predecessors.

Whether or not the device was overpaid for is a different question - I wouldn't be surprised if they used some 8A competition limiting factors that jacked up prices, or, if it included the actual installation and smartnet maintenance costs.

more than 2 years ago

NASA Considers Privatizing GALEX Astrophysics Satellite

brennz Transfer it to NOAA? (71 comments)

Why not transfer it to NOAA's Satellite Service (NESDIS)?

NOAA's Office of Satellite and Product Operations ( http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/ ) in NESDIS is fully capable and staffed for performing 24/7 satellite operations of production systems, or older NASA research satellites. Unlike a private initiative, OSPO is already paid for by the american people, and makes the data available to everyone.

more than 2 years ago

Seismologist Manslaughter Trial Begins Next Week

brennz This is all about shifting the blame (185 comments)

Idiots who chose to live in antique buildings, in an earthquake prone area.

Rather than take personal responsibility for it, they are now trying to blame the scientists.

I doubt scientists can accurately predict earthquakes due to the limited amount of time we have been observing the earth. Half the Nuclear plants in the Eastern US were built to specifications considered accurate at the time, something we now know not to be adequate.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Blasts Google For False Claims In Court Documents

brennz Re:Shock - Big Business Lies (213 comments)

FISMA certified ( and accredited ) means a great deal more than security planning.

Certified means it was tested by an independent security tester to NIST 800-53, using 53A and all associated security pubs. I won't get into the specifics of the security testing required for this, but it is wide and primarily comprehensive*.

NIST's Risk Management Framework

NIST 800-53

Accredited means that a government executive read over everything, with the advice of government security engineers, and still thought it was a good decision to authorize government use. Government types are notoriously risk-adverse

NIST goes far beyond what you see in unregulated industries. If you don't understand the control set, you really are not qualified to speak. While there are other regulated industries that may have similar protections, they are few and far between.

* NIST control sets still need improvement in software security

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Blasts Google For False Claims In Court Documents

brennz Re:Google's lawsuit is dumb (213 comments)

GSA, the lead government agency for acquisition, certified and accredited Google according to FISMA.

The question is really whether or not GSA can do that (Certify and accredit for the entire US govt), and whether or not any agency can arbitrarily add their own unique security requirements(DOI excluding)

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Blasts Google For False Claims In Court Documents

brennz Re:Double-standards (213 comments)

The truth of the matter is more simple.

Google went through the agonizing process of FISMA that is very stringent compared to jokes like a SAS 70 type 2. Microsoft did nothing. DOI does not have a FISMA certified private or govt cloud.

DOI determined they would add in their own unique security requirements for a yet-unbuilt cloud solution that had never been certified for FISMA. Basically a joke of a to-be solution.

Google cried foul, claiming they had already passed the FISMA qualification, something no other cloud vendor had done at the same time period. Google claimed a certified solution like their cloud could not be compared against a non-existent pipedream cloud.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Blasts Google For False Claims In Court Documents

brennz Fine print & commentary (213 comments)

GSA certified and accredited Google Apps (FISMA certification)
GSA is the lead agency for acquisition for the US Govt
GSA met several the NIST standards at the moderate level
DOI claims that the GSA certification doesn't meet their specific standards and they have to have a govt only cloud in the continental US.
DOI security has been the laughingstock of the US govt for as long as I can remember*

DOI disconnected from the internet by a federal judge for complete failure in IT security

more than 3 years ago

Assange Denied Swedish Residence On Confidential Reasons

brennz I thought....... (260 comments)

he was suspected, or possibly indicted for some criminal & sexual transgression involving the female staff of Wikileaks?

I am sure the Swedes aren't keen on granting citizenship to every Tom, Dick or Harry alleged pervert.

more than 4 years ago

Meet NELL, the Computer That Learns From the Net

brennz The NELL Funding Bill is passed (272 comments)

NELL begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug....

more than 4 years ago



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