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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

ebonum admission of guilt? (207 comments)

The NSA is supposed to only collect information on foreigners. Right? So how could their DB be of any use to domestic law enforcement? Or perhaps I'm a little naive.

2 days ago

If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

ebonum Re:Just don't try to write an OS in Java (500 comments)

I'm partly in agreement with you. If someone puts something on their resume, if they say: "I know C", then I consider C questions fair game. If they can't answer your very simple question about C ( It is a good C Language lead-off question. I will use it in the future. ), I might get the impression that the person was being deliberately deceptive when they wrote up their resume. The most likely explanations are: Either they did use C and they are an idiot OR they are pumping up their resume with bs.

That said, eliminating someone on one question is a bit harsh. People become nervous in interviews. Anyone can have a brain freeze for 20 seconds. I would want to see some form of pattern before turning someone down.

3 days ago

Heartbleed To Blame For Community Health Systems Breach

ebonum Access restrictions (89 comments)

How does getting onto the VPN equate to accessing the secret stuff? Isn't there another layer of security?

Whatever punishment these guys ( the sys admins ) get, it won't be enough. At some point it would be nice to see people who screw up suffer the consequences.

I admin a few machines (annoying, but required). Heartbleed got so much press, I thought everyone patched all their systems within days. I did.

about a week ago

FBI Studied How Much Drones Impact Your Privacy -- Then Marked It Secret

ebonum Key term: "Your Privacy" (139 comments)

This is not an issue. It is protecting their privacy that matters.

about a month ago

Facebook's Emotion Experiment: Too Far, Or Social Network Norm?

ebonum Too far? (219 comments)

What about what advertisers do every day?
Our government (for us Americans) runs campaigns to alter opinions in other countries.
I'd like to everyone in the business of "caus[ing] changes in psychological status" get "require informed consent" first.
Beer companies anyone?

about 2 months ago

California Legalizes Bitcoin

ebonum "other than U.S. dollars" (162 comments)

"Section 107 of California's Corporations Code, which prohibited companies or individuals from issuing money other than U.S. dollars"

So issuing US dollars in California is fine? I thought issuing US dollars was called counterfeiting.

Time to see if the the big color laser printer at work is up to the task!

about 2 months ago

Behind the Great Firewall: What It's Really Like To Log On From China

ebonum Re:Much adu about nothing (90 comments)

Yes. The blocking changes all the time, and it changes by location. Sites that work at the office might not work at home. Go to the areas that are closer to Xinjiang (the western parts with more Muslims), and it becomes very difficult to get over the GFW. PPTP works nearly 100% of the time. OpenVPN has more issues. It might work for 30 minutes then cut off, then work fine for a few days, then go off for a week.

about 3 months ago

Behind the Great Firewall: What It's Really Like To Log On From China

ebonum Much adu about nothing (90 comments)

I live in China. Everyone I know hops the GFW with ease. It is a non-issue on laptops and cell phones.
These guys have a storefront in Shanghai:
You go to the store, you pay in Chinese currency and they give you a log in. It is fast and reliable.
Lots of people I know use Astrill. (
Of course anyone who is actually worried about security will set up their own server abroad and use putty or OpenVPN to access YouTube.

about 3 months ago

US May Prevent Chinese Hackers From Attending Def Con, Black Hat

ebonum better idea (193 comments)

Bar members of the Chinese military from attending. Even that is purely symbolic.
Someone should tell Obama that in American we don't bar people based on race or nationality alone.

Keep in mind. The US sets the standard. If we start doing things like this, don't whine when the China does the same thing. They could make the same case for any conference on any topic. If Americans come, they will steal XYZ.

about 3 months ago

Hewlett-Packard Admits To International Bribery and Money Laundering Schemes

ebonum and this is (139 comments)


about 5 months ago

NSA Hacked Huawei, Stole Source Code

ebonum Goldman (287 comments)

Remember when Goldman lost some of their trading software? The US government couldn't move fast enough to arrest the guy(Aleynikov ). Time for Huawei to go to the police and ask to for the same. Someone should go to jail, and there will be billion dollar lawsuits. Huawei is a massive, mufti-billion dollar a year company and their source code does have significant value. Huawei has be hacked and has been damaged. If the police do nothing, then change the laws. The next time a Goldman Sachs gets hacked, don't prosecute. Don't extradite some kid from a foreign country to face face prosecution here.

We are the US. One thing that makes us different from the Chinese Communist party is that Chinese Communist party does what it wants and only applies the law when convenient. We do not. We believe in equal protection form the government and equal application of the laws. An American company caught polluting in China will be shown no mercy. A Chinese company polluting in China will come to a quiet, negotiated solution or face no charges at all. This is a key difference between us and them. If the US government really is no better than they are, we need to rethink everything up to dissolving the government.

about 5 months ago

Java 8 Officially Released

ebonum Re:whohoo! Swiss cheese! (302 comments)

But Java now has "critical new features, including Lambda expressions". Java really didn't work without Lambda expressions. Now I can FINALLY get a Java "hello world" to compile and run! Yippee.

(ok, so Lambda expressions are cool, but are they critical?)

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

ebonum Bernie (631 comments)

One could ask: after Bernie Madoff how could you ever trust a fund manager again?

At some point Visa or Bank of America will start exchanging bit coins and change very high fees. They will have the same internal controls they use for the rest of their business. We don't need any innovation. The old processes work today and will work in the future. We need some company who knows how to run a transactional financial service to set up a service for bit coins. This does not exist today.

about 6 months ago

Federal Smartphone Kill-Switch Legislation Proposed

ebonum evilly tapping fingers together. (173 comments)

Will this be activated by simply logging into someone else's, oops. I mean, _MY_ Apple/Google account and filling out a form? No reason why. Just wondering.

about 6 months ago

Ugly Trends Threaten Aviation Industry

ebonum TSA (473 comments)

As a private pilot, doing short hops in your own plane is nice. You skip the humiliation of the TSA.

Unless you own a jet, longer flights are hard to do in a private plane. Range and speed limit how far is practical to travel in a few hours on your own.

about 7 months ago

Congressmen Say Clapper Lied To Congress, Ask Obama To Remove Him

ebonum Barry Bonds (383 comments)

I will remind you that Barry Bonds went to jail for lying to Congress. They didn't hesitate to throw him in jail.

Either throw Clapper in jail or rewrite the laws to reflect reality: If you are powerful enough and have the full support of the current administration, you are immune from prosecution.

And while you are at it, take that stupid blindfold off that statute of justice. That is from another world and another time. It has no relevance today.

about 7 months ago

Nissan Unveils 88 Pound 400-HP Race Car Engine

ebonum Re:Thought Experiment (239 comments)

huh? I said run the exhaust into a compressor that then pushes all the exhaust into a storage tank. The air flow through the engine would be unchanged.
This is a thought experiment. The fact that you are trying to compress large amounts of hot gasses (not easy), the tank size/weight, power and size requirements for the compressor are all ignored. The point is: tail pipe emissions are not the end-all-be-all when it comes to actual pollution generated/environmental impact of the system.

about 7 months ago

Nissan Unveils 88 Pound 400-HP Race Car Engine

ebonum Thought Experiment (239 comments)

You attach a compressor to the exhaust pipe on a normal car. The exhaust is compressed and stored in a tank. The tank can hold the exhaust from one lap of a race. During a lap, no emissions are released. Would you have a "first race car in history to complete a lap during a formal race with absolutely zero emissions". No. You wouldn't. Whoever is claiming "zero emissions" is a fool. Altering the time or location when emissions are released does not make something zero emissions. How much nasty bunker oil was used to ship all the parts around the globe to make the damn thing? How many children in China will get cancer because they live next to the mine that produced all the rare earths that went into the magnets and electronics?

Minimizing pollution is a noble goal. Making blatantly false and misleading statements to support your world view, biases or support your agenda is wrong on many levels.

about 7 months ago

Khosla, Romm Fire Back At '60 Minutes' Cleantech Exposé

ebonum Re:"familiar confrontational 60 Minutes style" (117 comments)

I would have respect for 60 Minutes, if they started the NSA interviews with: "A lot of people think you should be in jail and branded a traitor to your country. You seem to act with complete disregard of the Constitution and you wrongly assumed you wouldn't get caught. Plus, you haven't stopped any terrorism, you live in secret with no over site, you've pissed away billions in taxpayer money and all the while you are drawing crazy high pay. What say you?"

That is the "familiar confrontational 60 Minutes style"

about 7 months ago


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