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Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

jbmartin6 Re:A lock on the door? (221 comments)

Exactly. So many people go in and out of there at all hours, what would be the point of a lock? The article doesn't follow up what this comment was supposed to mean, I thought perhaps it meant there was no way to bar the door in the event of an emergency. Like on TV when a big steel panel descends from the ceiling. I wonder if they have something like that, but it wouldn't surprise me to hear they don't since their plan is to rush the President out of there rather than try to defend an old building/museum.

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

jbmartin6 Re:they will defeat themselves (976 comments)

The Crusaders also learned chivalry from the Arabs, perhaps this was also a contributor to the Renaissance.

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

jbmartin6 Re:and won't be allowed to last long (976 comments)

It seems to me the biggest problem is who do you sign up with to fight them? The US-backed government that is as corrupt as they come? Not to mention the issues of siding with a government imposed at gunpoint by an invading power. The Assad government has a lot of supporters in Syria, in part because Assad is somewhat better than ISIS (at least in the western areas with more non-Sunnis).

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

jbmartin6 Re: they will defeat themselves (976 comments)

Aren't people who tout the benefits of education making the same claim? Although I doubt they would us the world culture to describe the phenomenon.

about two weeks ago
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Why Is It Taking So Long To Secure Internet Routing?

jbmartin6 Re:Not a Problem, submitter doesn't understand (85 comments)

The costs of 'fixing' the problem technical FAR outweighs the benefits of doing so

+1. We see this in so many cases where someone asks 'Why don't they fix this or that?'

about two weeks ago
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Who Is Buried In the Largest Tomb Ever Found In Northern Greece?

jbmartin6 Just maybe.... (92 comments)

Genghis Khan?

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

jbmartin6 Real life wins (230 comments)

You just can't make this stuff up, Doyle (via Holmes) was right:

"We think it's a courtesy, and it helps address some concerns that people might not be absolutely sure they're on a hotspot from Comcast," Douglas said.

about three weeks ago
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Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

jbmartin6 This is great (173 comments)

Now there is a lot more mercury available to be put, in elemental form, into vaccines.

about three weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

jbmartin6 Reality will intrude (448 comments)

Once the soldiers learn how to disable the lockout it will become unwritten standard practice to remove the lockout before relying on it, all it would take is one incident where it got locked out due to a bug or other failure. Would you want your life relying on a weapon that would stop working if it couldn't phone home?

about a month ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

jbmartin6 Re: What's wrong with Windows Server? (613 comments)

You forgot to mention, you will only run something else if the flaws in the original cost you more than the costs of switching to the alternative. Assuming the alternative can be proven to not have equivalent flaws. In most cases, this means people stay with the original and put up with the flaws.

about a month ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

jbmartin6 Re: What's wrong with Windows Server? (613 comments)

It is a question of scope. An IE bug may or may not affect a million users, just to pick a number. Many of those run firefox or chrome. And each one needs to be exploited individually, through various mechanisms (bogus email, fake website/search poison, etc.) which have a low overall success rate. Compare this to Heartbleed, which could impact the same million users at a single point with a single operation.

about a month ago
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This 'SimCity 4' Region With 107 Million People Took Eight Months of Planning

jbmartin6 Article Thumbs Down (103 comments)

This article is all about speculations on our megacity future, I was more interested in how he got the city that big.

about a month ago
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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

jbmartin6 Costly and Unreliable? (111 comments)

to portray the networks as unreliable and costly

I wasn't sure to which networks this was referring.

about a month ago
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Google Wins $1.3 Million From Patent Troll

jbmartin6 Re:Judicial Order (35 comments)

If there is a true free market in legal services, someone should go to them and say "I will be the lawyer in your losing case for only $500k in legal fees!"

about a month ago
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FBI Investigates 'Sophisticated' Cyber Attack On JP Morgan, 4 More US Banks

jbmartin6 Russia = bogeyman (98 comments)

I didn't see any evidence of Russia being involved, other than gross speculation. Meanwhile, the NYT article states the researchers believe the malware was produced by the same people who made Stuxnet and Flame. That points to the US and Israel, not Russia.

about a month ago
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Euro Bank Santander Commissions Study On Bitcoin's Impact On Banking

jbmartin6 Why bother? (50 comments)

I don't see why they would bother. According to many of the folks here on /. Bitcoin is just a Ponzi scheme and it is sure to collapse any time now.

about a month ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

jbmartin6 Re:Cats (708 comments)

I think apex predators won't be able to position themselves as overlords. How would they recruit allies? There's just not enough cooperation among these sorts.

about a month ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

jbmartin6 Re:Impacts (708 comments)

This is a great intersection of goals. Getting rid of coal power for cleaner alternatives has a lot of benefits even if you lend no credence to AGW.

about a month ago
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

jbmartin6 Security (194 comments)

The article doesn't specify why they need to replace the hand rather than just do a software reset. But my first thought was of all those stories a while ago about security on diabetic pumps, and I thought "Well now we know why there shouldn't be security on these devices"

about a month ago

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Here comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

jbmartin6 jbmartin6 writes  |  about 3 months ago

jbmartin6 (1232050) writes "The Panopticon may be coming, but perhaps not how we think. Instead of a massive government surveillance program, we might end up subjected to ubiquitous monitoring to save on our insurance premiums. The "internet of things (you can't get away from)" makes this more and more possible. Here a company saved money on its health insurance premiums by distributing Fitbits and an online service to enable reporting fitness gains back to the insurance company. We've already seen the stories on using black boxes to monitor drivers. There is even an insurance company named Panoptic! Heck why not a premium hike for owners of this or that "aggressiveness gene"? What if in the future we got a quick "+50 cents" tweet for every scoop of iced cream? I suppose the natural stopping point might be the balance between an individual's willingness to be monitored and the desire to reduce insurance premiums."

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