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CISPA Passes US House, Despite Privacy Shortcomings and Promised Veto

homer_ca Re:Obama won't veto this... (231 comments)

By all accounts, the fix is in. The veto threat is a nice little good cop, bad cop show for the cameras.

about a year and a half ago
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The Trouble With Bringing Your Business Laptop To China

homer_ca Re:encryption (402 comments)

How many times can you run the payload of Keylogger In The Corner Of The Chip before your customers stop trusting your chips. At least this way they can blame the data loss on the Mission Impossible shit.

about 2 years ago
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The Trouble With Bringing Your Business Laptop To China

homer_ca Re:encryption (402 comments)

Sure, not feasible on a glued-together Macbook, but most business-class laptops have easily removed keyboards attached by a ribbon cable. On something like a Dell Latitude, it's easily a 1 minute job. The keylogger hardware isn't isn't exactly off the shelf, but not out of the question for a state-sponsored attack. Still, you have a point. Any target that's worth attacking with such sophisticated equipment is probably paranoid enough not to be traveling around a foreign country with the digital crown jewels, encrypted HDD or not.

about 2 years ago
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The Trouble With Bringing Your Business Laptop To China

homer_ca Re:encryption (402 comments)

A hardware keylogger inline with the keyboard cable takes care of that. It only means they'll have to break in twice instead of once.

about 2 years ago
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Congressional Committee Casts a Harsh Eye On Vaccination Science

homer_ca Re:Congress Sucks (858 comments)

Sometimes, I get the feeling Kucinich is allowed to exist to make leftists look stupid. If you want to feel proud and not embarrassed about supporting a leftist, check out Howard Dean and Bernie Sanders. Must be something in the water up in Vermont.

about 2 years ago
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Congressional Committee Casts a Harsh Eye On Vaccination Science

homer_ca Re:One of the ways to "not balance the books" ... (858 comments)

And again, Germany has a public healthcare system, and they're not going broke. They're the ones bailing out the rest of Europe (so far). The original reference to the Euro debt crisis is a strawman.

about 2 years ago
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U.S. Election Day In Progress: What's Been Your Experience?

homer_ca Re:CA is boring (821 comments)

Same here. Biked to polling place at lunchtime (80 deg!). Two people in line. Super fast and easy. No competitive races for offices. Ballot props are where the action is.

about 2 years ago
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California Wants Genetically Modified Foods To Be Labelled

homer_ca Re:Reasonable (559 comments)

Sure, in a happy world of rainbows and unicorns where GMO foods with significant market share had real benefits to customers, we could discuss the finer points of GMO in your food, but the seed giants are their own worst enemy. It's a vendor lock-in device used to corner the market on herbicides. If there was ever a market for "good" GMOs, Monsanto killed it.

more than 2 years ago
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California Wants Genetically Modified Foods To Be Labelled

homer_ca Monsanto = monopolist (559 comments)

Regardless of your stance on the health effects of GMOs, if would behoove us to look more closely at the business practices (specifically w.r.t. intellectual property) of the seed giants, i.e. Monsanto: patenting life, monopolizing the seed market, shaking down small farmers with patent infringement suits, and all so they can sell more Roundup, creating a monoculture of herbicides. It's the same corporate playbook we've seen countless times in the tech world.

We had herbicides before Roundup-ready GMOs. It ain't no huge innovation, aside from being a revenue win for Monsanto.
http://cenblog.org/cleantech-chemistry/2010/03/what-did-farmers-do-before-roundup/

more than 2 years ago
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DOJ Says iPhone Is So Secure They Can't Crack It

homer_ca Re:TWO WORDS (454 comments)

Well obviously... Inconvenient to extract data for evidence in a court of law != impervious to government snooping

more than 2 years ago
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Could Insurance Coverage Hobble Commercial Space Flights?

homer_ca Re:One word (169 comments)

deregulate just another word for "shit happens"

more than 2 years ago
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Foxconn Invests $210 Million To Build New Production Line For Apple

homer_ca Re:36,000 employees? Why? (178 comments)

/. really needs a sarcasm tag

more than 2 years ago
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Foxconn Invests $210 Million To Build New Production Line For Apple

homer_ca Re:36,000 employees? Why? (178 comments)

Kick back to a life of leisure while machines do all the work?

more than 2 years ago
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New CISPA Cybersecurity Bill Even Worse Than SOPA

homer_ca Re:Cant stop a moving train (234 comments)

And to further abuse the train metaphor...
the gravy train for the bread and circuses, i.e. the plunder of the rest of the planet, is quickly running out. But really don't mind me, just go back to your TV and cheez doodles. I'm sure that next shiny thing will make you feel all better.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Most Secure Mobile OS?

homer_ca Re:The Most Secure Mobile OS (291 comments)

I vote this one. Yeah, I'm a big /. nerd too, and I'm pretty confident on being able to secure a netbook. I have no freakin' clue on how to secure a mobile platform to the same degree. They're unaccountable black boxes.

more than 2 years ago
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NSA Building US's Biggest Spy Center

homer_ca Re:USA...we miss you! (279 comments)

That's ok. As long we get to keep our birth control and our gay rights, democracy is safe, right?

more than 2 years ago
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The Specter of Gasoline At $5 a Gallon

homer_ca Re:Welcome to our world (1205 comments)

Seriously, you talk about freedom and then you complain about paying market price for fuel? (I'm going to ignore for now how other taxpayers subsidize your roads and utility lines). Every choice has its costs-- if you can afford it and you really like living out there, more power to you. Just own up to it and don't come crying to us when reality smacks you in the face. I've lived in both, and suburbia is just a bigger box. You're no less controlled, taxed or poisoned to death out there. (I find the last one rather ironic in light of suburban cuisine- Walmart, Applebees, all you can eat buffets)

more than 2 years ago
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Hybrids Safer In Crashes — Except For Pedestrians

homer_ca Re:weight and safety (392 comments)

So true. My family's mid 80's minivan had *no* head restraints on any of the seats. And yes, it was the passenger model.

about 3 years ago
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Occupy Wall Street Informant Receives Death Threat

homer_ca Such l33tness! (2 comments)

Based on the Gawker coverage, I'd say the l33tness of this hack is akin to Microsoft infiltrating the Linux Kernel Mailing List.

more than 3 years ago
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US Intelligence Mining Your Social Network Data

homer_ca Re:I know that's what they're doing... (240 comments)

This will really get interesting when this data mining bot meets a DARPA pro-government sockpuppet bot... or a PR-firm social marketing sockpuppet bot... or any number of DIY real life human sockpuppets.

more than 3 years ago

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