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Australian Gov't Asks eBay To Name Big Sellers

narcberry Re:I don't see the outrage (215 comments)

So if my neighbor is cheating on his taxes, why should the government have my transaction records for ebay?

It would be no different than reading everyone's e-mails because they're "sure" someone is a terrorist.

about 2 years ago
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I assume that my data stored online is ...

narcberry Re:In which sense? (191 comments)

This is actually my problem with online storage. There's a lot more people to bludgeon over the head to get at your data. Usually in the form of bad management or legal decisions instead of a wrench though.

about 2 years ago
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Richard Feynman's FBI Files Released

narcberry FREEDOM!!! (181 comments)

More proof that if you have nothing to hide everything will be fine. Another success for team Freedom!imwatchingyou.

about 2 years ago
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Geologists Say UK Shale Deposits Hold Vast Energy Reserves

narcberry Re:Fracking is here to stay. (241 comments)

should eventually make reserves commercially viable

... just like the fusion reactor.

about 2 years ago
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End of Windows XP Support Era Signals Beginning of Security Nightmare

narcberry Re:Pretty long EOL too (646 comments)

I can appreciate that you have no sympathy for people that don't think exactly like you do (and you say you work at a university? no...). However there are many thousands of SCADA systems locked into a combination of Windows XP and proprietary software. Why can't we pay for extended support? We're not just looking for freebies, we're customers and willing to keep paying.

So I can:
1. Upgrade? No, I can't. My proprietary software distributor has upgraded their software to use the newer OS, but it has no backward compatibility with the hardware in use. Sure, I could spend a couple grand upgrading software. How do I tell my boss we need to spend $500K upgrading hardware?
2. Isolate? No. We have many physically isolated sites that need to communicate. We can isolate with some radio telemetry, but ultimately we need to use the inet to keep the sites synchronized. We have several workers that maintain the hardware and migrate site to site which also breaks isolation. Also, the air gap doesn't work, ask Iran.
3. Protect? Yeah, we're trying. Sounds like you've got it all figured out, we'll just apply a perfect security solution. I'm sure we can have that spec'd out in a week.

Sounds like the unni guy has it all figured out. You probably have real customers that need real solutions or else you don't get paid real money...

about 2 years ago
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End of Windows XP Support Era Signals Beginning of Security Nightmare

narcberry Re:No sympathy (646 comments)

Can I buy an XP support package? No? Then stfu.

about 2 years ago
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End of Windows XP Support Era Signals Beginning of Security Nightmare

narcberry Re:Well... (646 comments)

Exactly. SCADA solutions outlive their dependent parts.

Where can I turn if I just want an existing solution to last?

about 2 years ago
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Innocent Or Not, the NSA Is Watching You

narcberry Re:Some timely news here - (410 comments)

This isn't about Whitney Houston. Some news matters, and will still matter tomorrow.

about 2 years ago
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Innocent Or Not, the NSA Is Watching You

narcberry Re:Datacenter in the Desert? (410 comments)

Middle of the desert? Irrelevant.
Middle of ultra-conservative America? Yes. It's for protection from the pitchfork wielding masses. Utah will be the last to stand up against government tyranny.

about 2 years ago
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Innocent Or Not, the NSA Is Watching You

narcberry Re:Obey the rule, and all will be well (410 comments)

Al Capone went to prison for tax evasion. You'll go to prison for something equally disconnected with your crimes, real or not.

I'm sorry, but your strategy will fail.

about 2 years ago
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Innocent Or Not, the NSA Is Watching You

narcberry Re:It's not that I don't buy into the con-theories (410 comments)

This office doesn't act. It gathers information and that's it.

The point to having this information is when another office chooses to act, they have the information needed to justify their actions. What this does is enable the government to justify any action against the people.

Can we shoot you for terrorism, arrest you, force you into government work, or take your property? I'm sure we've got something here to justify it...

about 2 years ago
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Medicaid Hacked: Over 181,000 Records and 25,000 SSNs Stolen

narcberry Re:One more reason against Obama-care (181 comments)

Yeah, blaming Obamacare is a stretch. But I don't understand how bashing Utah/Mormons/Republicans explains anything. It seems like just a general partisan answer.

Most religious.. Are you saying that's an "epic f--kup"? If so, why are you asserting every Mormon will burn in hell? (Or put another way, why is your religious answer "burn in Hell" tolerable when arguing against religion?)
Most republican.. That's an "epic f--kup"? Is that because they disagree with you?
I agree, the SLC Olympic committee embarrassed the USA. But then Romney, a religious republican, cleaned up the mess. Does that fit your narrative?
And what does any of that have to do with IT security, or Obamacare? Wait, now you're talking about polygamy? I don't get it.

about 2 years ago
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The State of the Diablo 3 Beta (Two Videos)

narcberry Re:Meh. (237 comments)

I played D1 as a child, and would probably enjoy D3 at that age. But I played D2 as a competitive older teen, and still come back to it.

Playing with the top 10% of gear is important to me in a game where the only success is defined in your gear. You killed Diablo? Neat, I guess. Bale? Ok, whatever. You have a perfect crown of ages? CAN I SEE IT?!

How much time have you spent oogling or being oogled on D2? Maybe I'm not in the majority, but I think I am.

The value in this system is the lack of constant new items. A Tyrael's Might from 10 years ago is still, today, awesome due to it's tremendous rarity. Now introduce TF2 buy your hats here system and the second you buy Tyrael's Might to be competitive they introduce Tyraels Superbigshoulderedheydoyouplaywowcuzyoushouldarmor.

about 2 years ago
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The State of the Diablo 3 Beta (Two Videos)

narcberry Re:The real state of Diablo III (237 comments)

Also, Blizzard got big on Warcraft, Diablo, and Starcraft. Looking at the latest releases of these games it's clear they are no longer capable of creating the games that made them so popular. Would you like to play Diablo-themed WoW single player? We can do that!

about 2 years ago
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The State of the Diablo 3 Beta (Two Videos)

narcberry Re:The real state of Diablo III (237 comments)

Have you tried playing Diablo 2 lately? The only thing you can do on it today is spam the 'n' key to clear the neverending spam. If you play in a game of 8 people, you'll be lucky to have just 1 of them be an actual person, the rest are bots hosting the run, leeching the xp, or spamming the chat log with websites.

If Blizzard were truly committed to their games, they would still be addressing live multiplayer issues. Keeping resources available for a game from not last decade, but the one prior, is not a major commitment to anything.

about 2 years ago
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IBM Optical Chip Moves Data At 1Tbps

narcberry Re:What kind of kick-ass compression? (127 comments)

You're right, it's not a compliment to Solo, but instead to his ship.

I've imagined it was more along the lines of accelerating to some speed, then back down again within a certain distance. Since top speed is meaningless in space, the real comparison would be acceleration. Kind of similar to 1 to 60 in x seconds kind of remark, only replacing time with space to still have a meaningful metric, 1 to 60 in 500 feet.

more than 2 years ago
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Mass. Data Security Law Says "Thou Shalt Encrypt"

narcberry Re:!Micro-management (510 comments)

Just do it twice to be sure.

more than 3 years ago
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Cold War Warrantless Wiretapping

narcberry Re:One of the biggest problems (85 comments)

1. The constitution specifically makes room for such emergencies. If you think it is meant to be laid aside for any emergency, you are probably loved by a government eager to declare emergencies.
2. Your order of operations is offensively backwards. First pass laws in your state. Why do you need to pass constitutional ammendments as your first option?
3. You don't want to speed up the amendment process. It is not that difficult to raise a hopenchange mob, the damage to our nation would be irrevocable.

about 4 years ago
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Sci-Fi Writer Peter Watts Convicted of Assault

narcberry Re:Ready 1...2...3... Rush to judgement. (381 comments)

Not just pretty much, it's very much that way. Even if a police officer opens fire on you, your legal options are still to comply and then fight it out in court later.

Police authority is pretty awesome, and something most citizens should be very mindful of.

about 4 years ago
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Health Care Reform

narcberry Re:A false choice, of course... (2044 comments)

I believe in principals. If your argument is sensible, it will make sense even at radical extremes. So I watch Fox with Msnbc to decide who is less crazy.

more than 4 years ago

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Terrorist flies around no-fly list.

narcberry narcberry writes  |  more than 4 years ago

narcberry (1328009) writes "Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab flew to Detroit with a bomb on board. Incompetence guided the design of his trigger, and our government agencies that didn't register him on the no-fly list. So what did Big Brother do? Well they did put him into a database of suspected terrorists.

This whole mess, and the thousands preceding it, begs one big question. How far does big brother have to go to actually make us safe? And at what point can we say it isn't working?"

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Recession reduces your chance of being eaten alive

narcberry narcberry writes  |  more than 5 years ago

narcberry (1328009) writes "Shark attacks worldwide in 2008 dipped to their lowest level in five years, a sign that Americans may be forgoing vacation trips to the beach, said George Burgess, ichthyologist and director of the International Shark Attack File, which is housed at UF.

According to the latest statistics released today, the total number of shark attacks declined from 71 in 2007 to 59 in 2008, the fewest since 2003, when there were 57, said Burgess, who works at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF campus.

"I can't help but think that contributing to that reduction may have been the reticence of some people to take holidays and go to the beach for economic reasons," Burgess said. "We noticed similar declines during the recession that followed the events of 2001, despite the fact that human populations continued to rise.""

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Press favored Obama throughout campaign

narcberry narcberry writes  |  more than 5 years ago

narcberry (1328009) writes "After complaints of one-sided reporting, the Washington Post checked their own articles and agreed. Obama was clearly favored, throughout his campaign, in terms of more favorable articles, less criticism, better page real-estate, more pictures, and total disregard for problems such as his drug use."
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Election already decided?

narcberry narcberry writes  |  more than 5 years ago

narcberry (1328009) writes "According to the recent set of polls, our electoral map is quite set (http://www.270towin.com/). Statistical error leaves less than 1% chance for McCain to win the office of president.

One day prior to the election, a deposition (http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00046.htm) is held regarding the "flipping" of votes in the 2004 election.

With statistical and conspirical evidence suggesting the vote is already decided (one way or the other), is there a reason to go to the polls anymore?"
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Scientists still holding to flat earth theories?

narcberry narcberry writes  |  more than 5 years ago

narcberry (1328009) writes "The BBC reports of a scientific community still holding to flat earth theories. From their article:

Are there any genuine flat-earthers left? Surely in our era of space exploration — where satellites take photos of our blue and clearly globular planet from space, and robots send back info about soil and water from Mars — no one can seriously still believe that the Earth is flat?

Wrong.

Flat earth theory is still around. On the internet and in small meeting rooms in Britain and the US, flat earth believers get together to challenge the "conspiracy" that the Earth is round."
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