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Code Quality: Open Source vs. Proprietary

koan What if.... (131 comments)

Code repositories were compromised by the NSA (or other capable group)


Astronomers Solve Puzzle of the Mountains That Fell From Space

koan Or (51 comments)

Since it's composed of ice something from the center, (water) ejected leaving a cavity and the 2 halves "pinched" and extruded a ridge.


Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

koan That's nice (78 comments)

What did Snowden get?

2 days ago

Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

koan Laugh (157 comments)

No one needs a flying car, that's why it's still fantasy and these jag offs want you to pay for the next few years of high life for them.

3 days ago

Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site

koan What if (151 comments)

What if the NSA has hacked sites like sourceforge, github, or whatever, what if they were able to compromise code on all these sites by gaining root level access or through another method.

What if nothing can be trusted?

4 days ago

Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

koan Apple is crap (266 comments)

That there are still fanbois for this duplicitous corp is amazing, look at their record and how could you support them?

4 days ago

Can Web-Based Protests Be a Force for Change?

koan Re:No (76 comments)

getting rid of lobbyist

5 days ago

Can Web-Based Protests Be a Force for Change?

koan No (76 comments)

They can be ignored as can email campaigns, the things we should be focused ob is term limits recalling "citizens united" and getting rid of lobbyist.

5 days ago

NSA Allegedly Exploited Heartbleed

koan Re:This seems plausable (149 comments)

But this presents an interesting challenge, how do you evade someone that has control of the network? Is it possible?

about a week ago

$250K Reward Offered In California Power Grid Attack

koan Video (111 comments)


I read a discussion online that taking out key substations in the LA asre3a would collapse the grid, it's amazing just how vulnerable we really are.

Imagine LA with no power for 2 weeks.

about a week ago

NYC Considers Google Glass For Restaurant Inspections

koan It's started (104 comments)

I sated before that between now and a future of robots, there will be people outfitted with Glass like attachments for their jobs, no longer needing any education or even an understanding of the local language (thanks to an icon based language that will be the Worlds first true language everyone knows).
Simply take a human, attach Glass and let the computer tell them what to do and what to look for. A humans natural dexterity makes them a cheap extension of an AI, so before the robots comes the "controlled human".

What else are you going to do with 8 or 9 billion humans and no jobs? Fight wars?

about a week ago

Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

koan Laugh (593 comments)

that the Big Bang was result of quantum fluctuations in which the universe came into existence from nothing.

If there was "nothing" what was fluctuating?

about a week ago

Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

koan Welp (578 comments)

I don't care for Bloomberg but he is correct, I asked a question here a while back and no one answered, most likely because it sounded absurd.

"Have you ever seen anyone start coding successfully at 40 or at 50?"

No one answered that question, which is an answer in its self.

about a week ago

Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

koan WHy would he do it? (193 comments)

It's a step down IMO.

about a week ago

Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

koan Hmmm (239 comments)

PFsense VRT rules (paid version) already updated, I'm sure every maintained IDS has been updated for this.

about a week ago

A Bid To Take 3D Printing Mainstream

koan My new book (143 comments)

How To Get Rich Off of Kickstarter Without Delivering.

about two weeks ago

A Bid To Take 3D Printing Mainstream

koan It's a niche (143 comments)

Most people can't even bother with making coffee from scratch, what makes anyone think they want to deal with calibration, software, consumables, and other aspects of 3D printing.

about two weeks ago

Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

koan Huh (226 comments)

Since when did programming become so critical a skill for children?

about two weeks ago



The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011

koan koan writes  |  about 2 years ago

koan (80826) writes "The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011, introduced by Rep. Mike Rogers and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, allows companies or the government free rein to bypass existing laws in order to monitor communications, filter content, or potentially even shut down access to online services for "cybersecurity purposes." Companies are encouraged to share data with the government and with one another, and the government can share data in return. The idea is to facilitate detection of and defense against a serious cyber threat, but the language is so broad it could be used as a blunt instrument to attack websites like The Pirate Bay or WikiLeaks"
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