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How the Militarization of the Internet is Changing Warfare

mraudigy Re:Military Meet Internet... (204 comments)

Yes, but not for a nuclear command and control system as most people think. The ARPANET was to connect the geographically dispursed defense researchers and institutions to the small number of available research computers. The survivability in the design can be attributed to the poor reliability of the switching and circuits -- you didn't need a nuclear attack to take down the network, it handled that all on its own.

more than 2 years ago
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Winter weather this year has been ...

mraudigy When working in Afghanistan... (439 comments)

... the winter pretty much sucks regardless of the weather.

more than 3 years ago
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Kuwait Not Banning DSLR Cameras After All

mraudigy Re:Department of Logic (63 comments)

You’re both missing it. It’s a dictatorship.

Actually, Kuwait is a constitutional monarchy. As an expatriate both living and working in Kuwait, I can assure you it is NOTHING like a dictatorship.

more than 3 years ago
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NY To Replace IT Vendors With State Workers

mraudigy Re:"Term Workers", eh? (178 comments)

Yeah, except that New York isn't a right to work state.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Research Shows Off New Projects On College Recruiting Tour

mraudigy Not necessary (62 comments)

Why does Microsoft need a tour showcasing their new research? I thought they already had that coverd with their employees LinkedIn profiles.

about 5 years ago
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Eye In the Sky For City Crime Fighting

mraudigy Re:Whoa, they invented the maintenance-free plane? (389 comments)

The average Cessna plane consume between 5 to 9 gallons of fuel per hour. With an rough estimate fuel price of $5.25/gallon in the SW region, a "surveillance" plane that flys 24/7 would cost:

$5.25 * 7 = $36.75/hr.
$36.75 * 24 = $882/day.
$882 * 365 = $321,930/year.

As such...
Cessna Surveillance Plan: $125,000
1 year of fuel: $321,930
Killing both privacy, the economy, and the budget is one fell swoop: Priceless.

more than 5 years ago
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10 Business Lessons I Learned From Playing D&D

mraudigy What did I learn? (257 comments)

Don't piss off the DM. Best life lesson ever.

more than 5 years ago
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Cops To Start CrimeTube To Report Offenses

mraudigy The nature of people (238 comments)

My concern is that this will turn into citizens adopting a semi-crazed state of vigilantism. In the States where I'm from people around here take the Neighborhood Watch program WAY too seriously -- 24/7 neighborhood patrols in their cars, radio communications, etc. Now that people can upload possible evidence, I can see people taking a fairly innocent concept to a whole new level -- actively looking for "crimes" and recording the footage. And, what about privacy issues? It would only be a matter of time before people start suspecting their neighbots of "crimes" and put 24/7 surveillance on them.

more than 5 years ago
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Obama To Get Secure BlackBerry 8830

mraudigy What's the big deal? (191 comments)

I mean, its really cool that the president will get back his Blackberry back and seems to embrace technology to some degree, but the DoD and the US Army have been issuing secure Blackberry's "encrypted to federal standards" for quite some time now.

more than 5 years ago
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Researchers Show How To Take Control of Windows 7

mraudigy I cannot believe it... (325 comments)

Do you mean to tell me that a Microsoft product has a security vulnerability? I simply just cant believe it...

more than 4 years ago
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Germany Legislates For Mandatory Web Filters

mraudigy Re:In other words... (309 comments)

I would agree that when whats good for the government becomes bad for the people, something needs to be done, but revolution is extreme and definitely not the answer, particularly in the troubled times we live in now.

more than 5 years ago
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Germany Legislates For Mandatory Web Filters

mraudigy Re:In other words... (309 comments)

Censorship for "the good of the people" will inevitably lead to "whats good for the govenment". And whats good for the government is hardly ever good for the people.

more than 5 years ago
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Telephone Scammers Ordered To Pay $50M

mraudigy Re:"negitive" options? (88 comments)

Negative options is a situation where unless you elect or explicity tell the company not to charge you for or enroll you in their services, they take it as a "yes" and continue to bill the costs. The sneaky bit here is that people were enrolled in "free-tial" programs and then tricked into revealing their back account information. When they failed to explicitly say no at the end of the free-trial period, *bam* the scammers started billing.

more than 5 years ago
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Replacing Fiber With 10 Gigabit/Second Wireless

mraudigy Fiber for me too please... (107 comments)

There's still something much more comforting about a physical media connection from point A to point B. My primary concern with replacing fiber with wireless would be security, or lack of viable security for securing my wireless.

more than 6 years ago

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LHC to narrow search for Higgs boson

mraudigy mraudigy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mraudigy writes "Physicists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research near Geneva, told The Associated Press on Thursday that reams of new data will help in the search for the Higgs boson, whose existence is theorized under the main particle physics theory that explains the Big Bang. Finding it would be an enormous scientific breakthrough for the physics world and would help explain why different particles have different masses. That is because the particle itself is thought to give mass to other particles, and thus to objects and creatures in the Universe. CERN scientists say their data from two main experiments using CERN's $10-billion Large Hadron Collider under the Swiss-French border will be made public next Tuesday, but any firm discovery will have to wait until next year. They say the data helps narrow the region of the search because it excludes some of the higher energy ranges where the Higgs boson might be found, and shows some intriguing possibilities involving a small number of "events" at the lower energy ranges."
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'Faster-than-light' particles spark science drama

mraudigy mraudigy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mraudigy writes "Normally staid scientists rushed to defend a foundation theory of modern physics — and one even vowed to eat his blue boxer shorts if the findings were confirmed. The fuss began in September when a European team announced that ghostly sub-atomic particles called neutrinos had been found to travel some six kilometres (3.75 miles) per second faster than the velocity of light. The neutrinos had been generated at the giant underground lab of the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva. They were timed at their departure and, after travelling 732 kms (454 miles) through Earth's crust, at their arrival at the Gran Sasso Laboratory in Italy. To do the trip, the neutrinos should have taken 0.0024 seconds. Instead, the ornery little critters hit the detectors in Italy 0.00000006 seconds sooner than expected. "If the effect were confirmed, it would show some particles can travel faster than the speed of light," Professor David Wark, director of the Particle Physics Department at Britain's Science and Technology Facilities Council, told AFP. "This would be a profound revolution in physics, probably the most significant one to happen in the last 100 years.""
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Should employees pay for required certifications?

mraudigy mraudigy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mraudigy writes "The company I currently work for is requiring all of its IT employees to take and pass the CompTIA Security+ exam by the end of the month. When I was hired, I did not know this would be a condition, but I was not too concerned when I found out. This is not all that uncommon, as many other organizations I've worked for have required me to get certified. I am not worried about passing the exam, but I am a little discouraged because the company is refusing to pay for any preparation materials and the cost of the exam, even though it is a required condition to keep our employment. Study materials and test vouchers can be rather pricey, and I'm not particularly in the financial position to afford the cost. Can an organization require its employees to take training and pass certification exams to remain employed, even if they refuse to foot any of the bills? Is this even a battle worth fighting?"
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Skin Experts Identify Video Game Skin Disorder

mraudigy mraudigy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mraudigy writes "The British Journal of Dermatology has identified a disease, dubbed affectionately "PlayStation palmar hidradenitis", which is reported to be linked to excessive play time on game consoles. According to the article, a 12 year-old-girl was seen at the Geneva University Hospital with sores on her palms. The condition, known as 'idiopathic eccrine hidradenitis', is common in persons who regularly participate in heavy physical activity. The girl's parents state that while she was not involved in any intense physical activity, she had been playing a new Playstation game many hours a day for several days in a row, and continued to play even after sores developed. Doctors at the hospital believe the disorder was caused by continuous grasping of the console's hand grips and continued pressing of the console hand controls."
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