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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

bsDaemon Re:Isn't Sony a foreign company? (317 comments)

Because Sony Pictures is an American subsidiary of the Japanese conglomerate, which was based in the US and the majority of the affected employees were US citizens or at least Residents?

yesterday
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

bsDaemon Re: So Wrong (574 comments)

It is the freedom to succeed with the consequence that failure can actually hurt. Ideally this will motivate you to try harder to succeed. If you aren't capable, then oh well, too bad.

about a month and a half ago
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Accused Ottawa Cyberbully Facing 181 Charges Apologizes

bsDaemon Re:Traditional crimes (140 comments)

I should say, that this had a lot of bearing on the status of California, the South West and Louisiana being Community Property states. Washington and Wisconsin and Idaho are as well. The status of most of these states as community property states is a direct result of a system inherited from Spanish rule.

about 3 months ago
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Accused Ottawa Cyberbully Facing 181 Charges Apologizes

bsDaemon Re:Traditional crimes (140 comments)

I think the influence may have dissapated, but i had a real estate law professor once upon a time who was a member of the Bar in California and was adamant about the influence of civil law in the state.

about 3 months ago
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Accused Ottawa Cyberbully Facing 181 Charges Apologizes

bsDaemon Re:Traditional crimes (140 comments)

Yes, there is also strong civil law traditions in California and the Southwest US because of Spanish colonization, which I alluded to in my post.

about 3 months ago
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Accused Ottawa Cyberbully Facing 181 Charges Apologizes

bsDaemon Re:Traditional crimes (140 comments)

I think the term you are looking for is 'civil law', not 'letter of the law'. US legal system at the federal level is heavily influenced by common law, as it is in most states. States which cover areas originally colonized by France or Spain have a tradition of civil law.

https://www.law.berkeley.edu/l...
http://www.economist.com/blogs...

The history of common law in the US is why you'll hear in trial coverage or in shows like law & order, lawyers will use precedents when raising their objections or filing motions. This is usually called 'case law', as it is law which hasn't been written by the legislature, but which has come into common practice as a result of a judge interpreting a written law and setting a precedent. If subsequent judges agree to that ruling, eventually it because sort the way things are, until the Supreme Court weighs in, or the legislature spells it out (in a statute).

about 3 months ago
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Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

bsDaemon Re:Imperial Fools!!! (152 comments)

Well, the thing is, it isn't free. You just don't pay the price in cash or credit, but in privacy and possibly a little piece of your soul.

about 4 months ago
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Netflix Open Sources Internal Threat Monitoring Tools

bsDaemon Re: I wonder why they released these. (20 comments)

Their github account has 3 pages worth of stuff and they put a lot back into FreeBSD, too.

about 4 months ago
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Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

bsDaemon Re:Is he a scientist? (179 comments)

Well, apparently he did score a perfect 800 on the maths section of the SAT, graduated Harvard magna cum laude with a degree in applied mathematics economics, and won some maths related awards in university. But yeah, go on hating him to hate him. That's very mature of you. That said, he did drop out of Stanford's MBA program to join Microsoft and having the MBA himself would seem like a necessary part of being able to teach in an MBA program. However, 34 years of experience at one of the largest, most profitable companies ever, including many years as President before becoming CEO would certainly seem to be more than enough field experience during which to have gained wisdom (that is, knowing what not to do just as much as what to do) with regards to organizational leadership.

about 3 months ago
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Snowden Seeks To Develop Anti-Surveillance Technologies

bsDaemon "Develop" or "Instigate the development of"? (129 comments)

Nothing I have read about Snowden indicates that he is actually some sort of uber-hacker or capable of the type of software engineering that this proposal would entail. Is his plan just to use his name to fundraise (In bit coin, I guess. I doubt many people are stupid/brave enough to attach their name to a donation towards anything to do with this guy) and attract talent, or is he honestly going to try and release code himself, which will probably be of poor-to-average quality and expect the world to adopt it?

I mean, let's be honest: Either way, whether he's going to just try and brand the stack or contribute, we have technologies that are perfectly good (that is, however, not to say perfect) already -- its just they aren't particularly widely deployed. How many organizations are running IPSec internally, other than just for site-to-site VPN tunnels? How many organizations are deploying DNSSec outside of governments and the military? How many organizations are using PGP or similar asymmetric encryption between employees? Making it easier might help, but chances are that the vast, vast majority of individuals aren't going to jump on any of these technologies in any great numbers unless they are mandated to (like at work, where they don't have a choice), but it isn't as if the government is going to make it a requirement that you try and "spy proof" your computer and communications.

about 4 months ago
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Apple and IBM Announce Partnership To Bring iOS + Cloud Services To Enterprises

bsDaemon Re: The end is nigh (126 comments)

Wireshark... unfortunately, no iOS port yet.

about 5 months ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

bsDaemon Re:So what? they can be tapped to. (244 comments)

Is that non-networked PC in a TEMPEST-compliant location? How sure are you of that?

SIGINT is some fascinating stuff.

about 5 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

bsDaemon Re:Not your business? (932 comments)

I understand that. However, I am more concerned with seeing that the underlying principles and processes are upheld with integrity than I am in the outcome being favorable to me. My job is to make sure that I have representation that I agree with, not to spend all my time and money sticking my dick in everyone else's pudding. The members of the legislative bodies are then supposed to (*ghasp*) work together and compromise with each other to address issues that need addressing. I know that's a lost art these days, but still.

about 6 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

bsDaemon Re:Democrats voted (932 comments)

I met him, too. I just had significantly less interaction with him. Several of my friends speak highly of him. In my experience with other Sociology professors though, I must say that the department harbored some of the most willful ignorance I have ever encountered in my life and while I'm sure he's a nice guy, I expect nothing more from him than I observed in the rest of the department.

I don't immediately write someone off because of their party affiliation. Despite the trend towards "national" parties, I would still say I generally prefer a Virginia Democrat to a New York Republican. In this case, I doubt I can be so certain though.

But, once again we are going to find a choice between a qualified embarrassment and an feel-good disaster. Either way, the people of the district are going to be gyped in ways that they don't see until it is too late.

about 6 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

bsDaemon Re:Democrats voted (932 comments)

So would George Soros and any number of rich progressives and socialists. You don't need to single out the Koch Brothers.

That said, my issue isn't with money in politics, it is with the demise of Federalism as a governing principle. As a Virginian (and now as a Marylander), I don't consider it any of my business who represents people in say, California. I would never give money to a race in a state in which I don't live in, and have never really bothered with a district other than my own either. I can't vote in California (although they probably wouldn't bother to stop me), and I don't need representation from California.

When I worked in the political world, I used to have that argument all the time -- people wondering why I refused to get mad at, say, Nanci Pelosi for doing what she does. It doesn't matter if I like her or not, so long as she accurately reflects the will of her constituents. If she doesn't, then that's a problem for them -- not me over here on the east coast.

However, I also have an issue with people using the tactic of injecting themselves into their opponents primary in order to try and cause them to choose the worst candidate rather than trying to select the best candidate that their party can themselves. It's that kind of bullshit tactic that leads to polarization and animosity. Unfortunately, it seems as if that's the type of thing you need to do in order to have your voice heard, because if enough people are doing it then being honest becomes a liability. (And that, right there, is what is wrong with America today).

about 6 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

bsDaemon Re:Democrats voted (932 comments)

It's also possible that he had a switch flipped in the last 8 years, too. A lot has happened during that time and people change.

about 6 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

bsDaemon Re:rumor is dems voted for him (932 comments)

True, however you can only vote in one, iirc -- I left VA a few years ago for MD, where we have party registration and closed primaries, so I don't remember whether they took names down and compared who voted in which on what day, or ran the primaries on the same day and gave you the party ballot you asked for. I only voted in one primary while I lived in VA (where I lived for most of my life, but primaries were never a huge deal where I lived)

about 6 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

bsDaemon Re:rumor is dems voted for him (932 comments)

They have a candidate on the ballot in the general election. No one was willing to sign up to run because the assumed Cantor would be the nominee and they would stand no chance. However, they picked a candidate via convention rather than primary. If you're going to try to be dismissive, at least be dismissing the right things.

about 6 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

bsDaemon Re:Democrats voted (932 comments)

Correct. Allowing outsiders to inject themselves as spoilers into an internal race isn't fair. This is why party registration and closed primaries make sense. That's at least ore fair than doing the entire nomination via convention and forgoing primaries all together.

I went to RMC ('06), so I've met Brat before. I've also done political work (07-08) and had many interactions with Cantor. Frankly, I think that Brat is a better person one-on-one, but that Cantor is probably better to have been the nominee and retained the seat. Frankly, I'm surprised by Brat's immigration stance -- he never seemed the type to me when I was in school, but I never took any of his classes. Pretty sure I remember him from College Republican meetings and don't recall that topic ever being addressed though.

That sociology professor running against him can suck it though. I don't like that guy at all.

about 6 months ago
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

bsDaemon Re:There Is No Demand For "smart guns" (584 comments)

Anyone who can afford a smart gun can afford to not live in Detroit. Therefore, I doubt either of those headlines would ever be written with "Detroit" in them for real.

about 7 months ago

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Ex-NASA Cheif O'Keefe Dies in Alaska Plane Crash

bsDaemon bsDaemon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bsDaemon (87307) writes "CNN is reporting that former NASA head, Sean O'Keefe, has died in a plane crash in Alaska. The information comes from EADS North America, where he has been serving as the CEO. According to the story, the NTSB is citing inclement weather as the cause of the crash."
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Lucasfilm Backs Off Light Saber Issue

bsDaemon bsDaemon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bsDaemon (87307) writes "It appears, according to a CNN.com article that Lucasfilm Ltd is backing off its crusade against Wicked Lasers and their "light saber"-like hand held laser, stating that the 'The potential for confusion is now "significantly reduced,"' according to a press release issued by Lucasfilm and referenced by a CNN.com story. However, Wicked Lasers did end up adding additional safety features, including tuning down the default power setting, as well as adding a safety lock to the device, as well as having gone out of their way to make sure every one knows they are not affiliated with or endorsed by the 'Star Wars' creators in any way."
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25 Years of Cisco

bsDaemon bsDaemon writes  |  about 5 years ago

bsDaemon (87307) writes "Today is the 25th anniversary of Cisco as a company, and to mark the occasion they are encouraging employees to volunteer a total of 200,000 hours to their local communities. From the article: "I can think of no better way to mark Cisco's 25th year than focusing even more of our employees' talents and energy on community service," Chambers said. "Helping people connect and collaborate is not just core to our business — it is core to our values.""
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Magnite may reveal life on mars

bsDaemon bsDaemon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bsDaemon (87307) writes "According to New Scientist, researchers at JPL intend to search for magnite deposits on Mars, thinking that it may be a key to finding traces of life on the red planet. Magnite is produced by some bacteria on Earth, so if they find the mineral on Mars, it could contain evidence of similar bacteria having taken hold. From the article: "Bacteria produce magnetite crystals in a very narrow size range, whereas 'non-biogenic' minerals occur in a variety of sizes and shapes. The variations in size mean that different kinds of magnetite have distinct magnetic properties.""
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Quamtum effects on camera allow for ghost imaging

bsDaemon bsDaemon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bsDaemon (87307) writes "New Scientist is running a story about Ghost Imaging with digital cameras due to quantum links between photons. The technique allows an image to be taken of an object that can't be directly seen. Some possible implications being mentioned are for satellite imaging through clouds or smoke. FTA: "The same method could one day be employed to produce satellite images of objects hidden behind clouds or smoke, using the sun's radiation as the photon source, says Shih. Doing that may require a photon counter beneath the clouds, but could allow a top-down view not possible using conventional methods." I suppose that in the future, there may really be no place to hide?"

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