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Hackers Plundered Israeli Defense Firms That Built 'Iron Dome' Missile Defense

cascadingstylesheet Re:exfiltrated? (181 comments)

> withdraw (troops, DATA or spies) surreptitiously, especially from a dangerous position

The term is commonly used in info sec.

OK, but it's an odd neologism.

All told, CyberESI was able to identify and acquire more than 700 files — totaling 762 MB total size — that were exfiltrated from IAI’s network during the compromise.

I guess you could "exfiltrate" files that you put on there ... though given the nature of files you'd probably just delete them. But you wouldn't "exfiltrate" someone else's files.

If infiltrating is putting your own stuff in, then exfiltrating would be taking your own stuff out, logically. But language isn't always logical, sure.


Reglue: Opening Up the World To Deserving Kids With Linux Computers

cascadingstylesheet Re:Opposite land (88 comments)

It appears you do not know any pre-schoolers.

Except my four, when they were preschoolers, not very long ago.


Reglue: Opening Up the World To Deserving Kids With Linux Computers

cascadingstylesheet Re:Opposite land (88 comments)

Right. Because kids from a family too poor to afford a single computer will have tons of books to read. Good point.

Because libraries don't exist?


Hackers Plundered Israeli Defense Firms That Built 'Iron Dome' Missile Defense

cascadingstylesheet exfiltrated? (181 comments)

"withdraw (troops or spies) surreptitiously, especially from a dangerous position."

2 days ago

Reglue: Opening Up the World To Deserving Kids With Linux Computers

cascadingstylesheet Opposite land (88 comments)

Today, a child without access to a computer (and the Internet) at home is at a disadvantage before he or she ever sets foot in a classroom.

On the contrary; a child who has been reading actual books and using their imagination in play - in other words, not vegetating in front of a screen - has a huge advantage.

2 days ago

Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

cascadingstylesheet Re:Why the asterisk? (728 comments)

If you want to say shit, say shit. We're all grown-ups here.

We are? Oh yeah, that age screening that none of us went through to use this site.

Personally, I don't think that life is better with such widespread "refreshing" use of profanity. Just coarser.

Anyway, even if you like profanity, how can it remain profane if everyone uses it? :) It loses force, while remaining coarse. Lose lose.

4 days ago

Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

cascadingstylesheet Re:Will they invest any of the savings in Linux de (153 comments)

Will they invest any of the 36 million Euro savings in Linux development or are they just free loaders?

That's an odd perspective ... you can't have it both ways. If you want the freedom of the GPL, then you get ... the freedom of the GPL.

4 days ago

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

cascadingstylesheet So, we're holding Obama accountable, right? (125 comments)

Since this is Obama's NSA, and has been for over a term?

The National Security Agency last year {...}

Must find way to blame on Bush ... getting harder and harder ...

5 days ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

cascadingstylesheet Re:Cost (547 comments)

Also, having worn glasses for so long I've gotten used to the built in "objects flying at my eye" protection they offer. My glasses have caught more than a few flying objects and/or children's fingers.

Our pediatrician swears that wearing glasses greatly reduces the incidence of infection and eye injury ... to the extent that she would "almost" recommend that people who don't need glasses wear clear ones.

Or maybe that was just something she told our kids to make wearing glasses more palatable. Sounds good though ...

about a week ago

"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

cascadingstylesheet Elmer Fudd (184 comments)

Spear and magic helllllemt!

about a week ago

'Just Let Me Code!'

cascadingstylesheet Re:Bicycles and Jets (368 comments)

If you want to bring three hundred people half way around the world, don't try to do it on your bicycle.

Better that than on an ocean liner mounted on absurdly convoluted bicycle wheels.

I mean, as long as we're doing the wildly inapropos metaphor thing ...

about a week ago

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

cascadingstylesheet hmm (242 comments)

Makes the Patriot Act seem kind of quaint, no?

So now we're going to tar and feather the current President over this, right? Since he's far worse?

What's that, no? Just vaguely complain?

about a week ago

VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

cascadingstylesheet These are the guys you voted for ... (224 comments)

... if you were hoping for friends of high paying, non-government, white collar jobs, perhaps Obama/Biden wasn't the smartest choice, my coder bros ...

about a week ago

Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

cascadingstylesheet Re:privacy is in chaos (175 comments)

I don't care about the battery, I care more on the personal info that google crawls.

Well, I care about the battery. If I'm going to trade my privacy for cool stuff, it had better dang well be cool!

about a week ago

Deaf Advocacy Groups To Verizon: Don't Kill Net Neutrality On Our Behalf

cascadingstylesheet Ah, well ... (76 comments)

... why should the Democratic Party be the only ones who can exploit telegenic groups to further their interests?

about a week ago

Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

cascadingstylesheet Bah! (617 comments)

My five-year plan says that this study is false! And that steel production is up 5000%!

about two weeks ago

High School Students Not Waiting For Schools To Go Online

cascadingstylesheet Re:Of course (82 comments)

The main problem seems to be the increased cost of education (caused by higher demand) rather than the side effect of creating a more educated population.

Nope. The population is not becoming more educated; colleges are dumbing themselves down to become poor imitations of trade schools in an effort to accommodate all these losers that are allowed to get granted/loans and allowed into the colleges.

Do you actually believe this?

Why shouldn't he?

Do you believe that the population is becoming more genuinely educated?

Doesn't this attitude presuppose that a college education provides exactly zero value to students that would have otherwise gone to trade schools or just been happy with a high school diploma.

No, that's looking through the wrong end of the telescope.

The issue is that not everyone has the aptitude for college-level academics. That's just a fact, and it doesn't change just because you lower admission standards or degree standards or throw more money at it.

about two weeks ago

States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

cascadingstylesheet Well, that proves it (778 comments)

Price controls never have negative effects.

In that case, why not $20/hr? $50/hr? Since it has no negative effect.

about two weeks ago

Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

cascadingstylesheet Re:And today (211 comments)

hoping that WW3 and the religious crazies don't overwhelm the world before I kick the bucket.

Yeah, those Presbyterians are really on a rampage, aren't they?

about two weeks ago

"Intelligent" Avatars Poised To Manage Airline Check-In

cascadingstylesheet no thanks (102 comments)

I don't fly anymore, because I don't enjoy voluntary root canals, but ...

I went through an automated car wash recently, and instead of pushing a few buttons and swiping my card, I got to listen to a video of a cheerful smiling woman in a car (with her adorable "daughter" beside her!) explaining each step in painful marketese ... every time I did anything, she started over, talking (obliquely, tediously) about the new step I was on ... by the time I could actually drive into the car wash I was ready to rip out the screen and beat myself over the head with it.

If you are going to automate, then at least make it quick and efficient. If you want the human touch, use actual humans. (Well, just not that actual human, please.)

about two weeks ago


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