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US Weather System and Satellite Network Hacked

neonv Re:correct me please (76 comments)

From the article,

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, said that four of its websites were hacked in recent weeks. To block the attackers, government officials were forced to shut down some of its services.

... NOAA makes satellite data and imagery available through the Web as well as file transfer networks for downloads.

It was just the web sites, not satellites. This is far overblown.

about two weeks ago
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Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

neonv Re:Both are bad but not comparable. (235 comments)

Both of these crimes are malicious actions for political gain, not accidents or a cop defending an innocent. Neither are justified by motive or by result.

about a month ago
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Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

neonv Re:Sure it was Obama? (235 comments)

The presence US classified documents implies US government. It's not proof, but that's probably what she's thinking. It may be other news agencies, competitive journalists, people she's pissed off, foreign governments, all just checking up on what's she's doing and ready to set her up for arrest.

about a month ago
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Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

neonv Re:She's.. (235 comments)

And as I was typing and working on questions for a Benghazi-related story, the data started wiping kind of at hyperspeed

I've done that to people before. Remote log in and start keyboard presses like delete as a prank. It may not have been to delete the data so much as to drive them crazy. If she was hacked by specific people to cause problems, that's a very logical tactic.

about a month ago
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Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

neonv Re:Both are bad but not comparable. (235 comments)

Whether the motive is political or personal does not justify crime. This is suppression of information for the purpose of affecting an election. Nixon was stealing information for the purpose of affecting an election. The difference is minor.

Journalism based on political gain is propaganda, and all over in the news. It's hard to believe any one news source these days, they're all biased one direction or another. Get your news from as many sources as possible, get the facts, and make an educated assessment. It's the best way to remove the journalists' biases.

about a month ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

neonv Re:Cake and eat it too (365 comments)

It's good to look at the situation from everyone's point of view. The immigrants get paid much more than they otherwise would in their own country. It's very good from their point of view, and Microsoft's point of view. It's bad from an equivalently qualified American's point of view, and America's point of view. Which method is best all depends on who you are.

about 2 months ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

neonv Re:Two new deniers are born... (207 comments)

The paper does not imply that CO2 is not a greenhouse gas. Rather it implies that the estimates of the effects of CO2 may be overestimated. Since meteorologists tune their models based on past weather data, this would mean that the predictive models are tuned wrong and give too much weight to greenhouse gases in temperature predictions. The criticism of the paper also brings up valid points that should be investigated.

about 2 months ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

neonv Big Fans (207 comments)

What really need are some big fans to increase coastal winds and cool off the world. I recommend them in large quantities. We'll call them fan farms. Maybe power them from those reverse fan farms that generate electricity and drain our global wind supply causing global warming!

about 2 months ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

neonv Hacking (261 comments)

A malicious driver only needs to transmit fictitious messages while driving to cause traffic jams, or even worse cause traffic accidents.

An interesting person may force traffic to part for them like some kind of modern day hacker Moses.

about 2 months ago
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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

neonv 100 Watts (191 comments)

Please keep in mind an important aspect of this new cable, it supports 100 watts power transfer. That means most devices, including laptops, can be charged through this one connector. I see that as the best reason to switch, fast charging and universal connector for all my devices. The article glosses over that important detail. It also enables 10 Gbs data transfer.

about 3 months ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

neonv Re:Capabilities (364 comments)

The aim of the F-35 is a possible war with modern countries, not Afghanistan (since we have superiority in Afghanistan, most any aircraft would do). This includes not only where their technology currently is, but where we know they are going. The Chinese and Russians have some incredible defenses, and there's a constant back and forth of advancing weapons and defenses to counter those weapons. This happens whether you're aware of it or not, and most people have no idea what's out there in terms of weapons and defenses because countries mostly keep them secret. The F-35 is part of that superiority strategy, including all of the technology onboard the aircraft.

I'm am in agreement about the A-10. The F-35 in no way replaces what the A-10 can do, and the A-10 does it at 1/10th the cost. I wish they would bring it back into production rather than mothball a very useful aircraft.

about 5 months ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

neonv Capabilities (364 comments)

This article doesn't mention the incredible upgrades of the F-35. It has incredible situational awareness (SA), highly networked to acquire SA from all sources, sensors onboard to provide SA, smaller that the F-22, more stealthy, and a range of other characteristics that the pentagon desires (wiki). Those capabilities are the top reason for the F-35 to exist at all. As development has progressed, then the money problems and failures came up as they always do. The capability needs don't justify the failures of the program, but they need to be taken into consideration when there's talk of changing or canceling the program.

Everyone has a different concern. Congressmen are probably concerned about money staying in their state to stay elected. The Pentagon is worried about capability and not being embarrassed over a big failure. The tax payers are worried about not wasting money and some of them about keeping an F-35 job. It's a complicated issue with lots of caveats.

about 5 months ago
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Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"

neonv Re:Fight for consumers (211 comments)

And my suspicion is that Amazon could care less about consumers other than their impact to their bottom line.

Amazon's profit margin is almost non-existent. They've never had much profit. They pass the savings to the consumer and take almost nothing. I don't see any indication that it will change.

Companies are not evil just because they exist.

about 6 months ago
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Fusion Power By 2020? Researchers Say Yes and Turn To Crowdfunding.

neonv Mr Fusion (280 comments)

In a few years, they will rename the device to "Mr. Fusion".

about 6 months ago
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'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

neonv Hotter Earth (174 comments)

We better speed up this global warming thing so we can power our thermo cars!

about 7 months ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

neonv Very simple (467 comments)

Becoming a millionaire in a person's lifetime is very simple and most people can do it. Contribute 10% of your income to your retirement accounts over the course of your lifetime into a diversified portfolio, and you will become a millionaire. Time and discipline are the keys, not generating a large income. Unfortunately, most people are missing one of those two attributes.

about 7 months ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

neonv UGLY! (272 comments)

That tablet is ugly and looks difficult to use. That marketing team was absolutely right, that tablet would have failed. It's not the idea of a tablet that made Apple successful, but aesthetics and general usability.

about 7 months ago
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Astronomers Solve Puzzle of the Mountains That Fell From Space

neonv Re:How about... (51 comments)

The wikipedia article discusses different theories of the mountain range formation. A collapsed ring system is one of them. The article here is introducing a new theory.

about 7 months ago
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Is Traffic Congestion Growing Three Times As Fast As Economy?

neonv One data point does not a proof make (187 comments)

According to INRIX, traffic in the U.S. reversed two consecutive years of declines with a six percent increase in 2013. The country's GDP, by comparison, grew 1.9 percent last year. INRIX suggests that continued economic growth will result in more traffic congestion, longer commutes, and more productivity losses.

INRIX is getting their conclusion from one data point: last year. Even though previous years do not support their conclusion, multiple data points. As a result, their conclusion that traffic increases at 3 times GDP growth is not convincing. They need to put a lot more effort into this study. Even the article author pointed that out,

Bottom line: roadways are complex ecosystems, and congestion results from jobs, commuters, road work, mass transit, and countless other factors. While it's encouraging to see traffic jams as symbolic of economic growth, that's not an accurate or complete picture.

In a complex environment like this, data needs a control point and a link from cause to effect. All I see here is a very loose correlation in one year of data. Hence, this is FUD.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

neonv Jamming (478 comments)

Jamming makes the required frequencies unusable. Jam the required frequencies using the following methods,

1) Since cameras use visible light, I suggest jamming using a very annoying bright disco ball. Cameras will not be able to adjust, and only very festive people will come on the bus making for a very fun ride.

2) Turn off all the lights and cover the windows. No light means no pictures (except maybe those annoying flashes). You may end up attracting lots of goths and vampire wannabes.

Seriously though, eyes use the same frequencies as cameras, so you'll end up causing problems for everyone's eyeballs. May I suggest setting a rule of no cameras and enforcing it as most everyone else does.

about 9 months ago

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Scientists find connection between brain freeze and migraines

neonv neonv writes  |  more than 2 years ago

neonv (803374) writes "Studying migraines can be difficult. They occur almost randomly, making monitoring from start to finish in a lab nearly impossible. Scientists have found a relationship between migraines and "brain freeze," so scientists decided to study brain freeze to find out more about migraines."
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