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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

nucrash Anti-Encryption Legislation Destroys Economies (417 comments)

France in the 90s tried to legislate and outlaw encryption with only a handful of exemptions allowed. That killed investment in the country. Businesses can't function if you take away their ability to encrypt their data. The government can't allow open access to data. We must have these protections to allow businesses to function. If a company can not protect their data, they will cease to do business there. Think of how many well guarded secrets are out there because of corporate America. Our entire cyber-security industry is built on the idea that ideas can flow from one location to another without everyone prying on what is contained in the message. This should not end. This can't end.

2 days ago
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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

nucrash Re:Stop using Sweden as an example. (255 comments)

But according to the Heritage Foundation, Sweden isn't all that socialist because they have far less regulation. They just have higher taxes and poorer people. Granted, that was a manipulation of statistics, but I found the entire article rather hilarious.

I am trying to find this, but haven't had the luck.

3 days ago
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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

nucrash Re:Dear NCTA..... (255 comments)

Name calling is not the way. We should guilt these companies into believing that they are holding us back. They are not being the best in the world. They are preventing America from being the first nation. We should hold them accountable, but also let them know what harm they are causing.

3 days ago
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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

nucrash What happened to American Elitism? (255 comments)

This is a series of companies telling us that we don't need the best in the world, all the while we have our government leaders telling us that we are the best in the world.

Friedman talked about how our inter connectivity by the internet has pushed globalization to the forefront, and the US has lead because of this. Now that other countries are taking queue from the US, should our broadband providers become lax and accept the status quo, or should we demand to keep growing? I for one feel that we as a nation should demand more of our companies in order to promote growth, and if they feel the need to stop that growth, then they should be displaced. We have already started by cutting cables to the cable television companies because that no longer fits our needs. If we start to see markets stagnate, then we should have a right to ask them to keep growing. The internet has been key to the global dominance of the United States. Why prohibit our growth. Broadband providers companies, why do you hate America?

3 days ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

nucrash Re:Pope is right! (894 comments)

I see this as a push for civil discourse.

Calling your mother a slut doesn't really solve anything other than making the person saying it looking like a bit of a bully, and draw attention to information that people probably already knew, just simply forgot.

At the end of the day, you're probably pissed off. Your mom might be pissed off, after the mail man leaves. A few of my friends probably had a quick chuckle, but then think I am a bit of an ass, and feel sorry for you. Yet, we still don't know who your father is. So has anything really been accomplished?

about two weeks ago
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The Mainframe Is Dead! Long Live the Mainframe!

nucrash Re:Tao (164 comments)

Mac Admins shoved their heads up that port so that everything ugly about them was not exposed to the rest of the world.

about two weeks ago
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Lawrence Krauss On Scientists As Celebrities: Good For Science?

nucrash Re:Michio Kaku (227 comments)

I read the Future of the Mind and have to say that I am inspired to direct my studies towards neurology and man-machine interfaces as well as man-machine interface security.

I introduced myself to Michio Kaku late one night when I couldn't get any sleep. After Bill Nye's challenge to have Creationists stop hurting their children by teaching Creationism to them, I started looking through other postings to the BigThink Channel on Youtube. After seeing a 45 minute lecture on Physics, I thought I found myself hours later, wide awake at 5am, cursing him for being too interesting.

As far as the subject of celebrity scientists, we need idols who aren't airheads. Someone who can inspire people to work harder, strive to be more intelligent, I fail to see the harm. Who else should we be inspired by? Peter Griffen? Homer Simpson? Paris Hilton? Justin Bieber?

about two weeks ago
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FBI: North Korean Hackers "Got Sloppy", Leaked IP Addresses

nucrash Re:Countless Comments on Prior Articles & Now (219 comments)

Yup, definitely North Korea! There is no possibility that anyone could have setup a proxy account on some North Korean IPs. Apparently that would never happen. Nope, not one iota of possibility. Those were definitely the originating IP addresses.

Here is what I see as possible:
1. North Korea managed to develop an acceptable army of hackers on their own in 5 years. (No internet in 2009, supposedly)
2. A group of hackers attacked Sony and North Korea managed to get tangled up in this with the release of the Interview.
3. China managed to help North Korea develop a group of hackers in 5 years.
4. Koreans from South Korea or Japan (There are several in Japan trying to get into government positions) who actually proxied into North Korea and executed the attack. (Samsung?)
5. Koreans in the US or elsewhere in the world managed to execute the this attack via proxy because they really don't like Sony?
6. Cyber Command or some other US agency decided to execute the attack, because let's rally the troops against North Korea because Syria is getting old?
7. Sony managed to pull off the entire thing because, "Rootkit 2005?"

More possibilities, but as this list grows longer, the realm of possibility gets less likely.

about three weeks ago
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Ancient Planes and Other Claims Spark Controversy at Indian Science Congress

nucrash Re:...and... (381 comments)

Or claiming that water fluoridation causes sterilization or vaccination causes autism or GMOs are killing us.

Liberal and Conservative sides can both be equally anti-science.

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

nucrash Re: Cat and mouse... (437 comments)

What if the name "Duggar" is on the account?

about three weeks ago
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Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline

nucrash Re:I don't even... (323 comments)

While this is true, the article by the Atlantic does appear to have some more interesting substance. Sorry that the submission doesn't grab you. Those who are interested in Neuroscience, such as myself, find the article at least a bit more entertaining.

Perhaps if we consider how we are approaching the mind in how it receives information and writes to long term memory, we can educate in a way that is more effective. While some people assume that this can be used as a big brother tool to train people to be robots, I see this as a tool to create an intelligent society or at least a curious society.

While subby and the Atlantic talk of discipline, I see this in a whole different manner of speaking. Then again, I see the writing of the original direction of the article, be misleading as well. Is subby to blame?

about a month ago
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Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline

nucrash Re:Precious Snowflake (323 comments)

I think Western Civilization would be a good idea.

about a month ago
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Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

nucrash Re:Screw them (221 comments)

Push the movie to the digital streaming platforms. Netflix, Apple, Amazon, Hulu, and others could monetize the hell out of the movie. While that won't gain the money of a theatrical release, at least they will get some of the costs back.

Being that Sony is Japanese and has had a few issues with North Korea in the past, I can understand their country being a bit apprehensive about the release though.

about a month ago
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NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

nucrash Re:Woohoo, let's explore (140 comments)

Capabilities of the space craft being 3600 miles above Earth.

I am a bit disappointed though, I would like to see how she performs at least after a loop or two around the moon. To get Orion out in space for a couple loopty loops around the planet feels like such a waste of taxpayer money. Know, baby steps, but can we at least take a full step rather than this edging forward. When we look at the size and scale of Apollo in comparison to this, we would have already been launching people after the engineering modifications, after barbequing a trio of astronauts.
We have been working on Constellation/Orion/SLS since 2005 or possibly earlier, post Columbia 2003, when we thought the space shuttles were going to need to be retired. Sadly, if this had been Apollo, we would already be seeing Neil on the Moon's surface waving back at us. There should be no reason why we shouldn't be able to get our own people up to a space station largely funded by us. I say we push forward with Orion testing, but also use it as a supply tool for the ISS.

about 2 months ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

nucrash Re:You can pry my wallet from my... (375 comments)

As far as I am from a doomsday preparation fan, I tend to take security seriously. You might say that security is in my job title, which is accurate. Yes, you can have your tools provided by online resources, but depending on your paranoia level, you can also create an online profile which can be tracked with ease.
Perhaps you want to be stalked, that's fine. We live in a society were fewer people value privacy. While I do enjoy the openness of open source as well as knowledge, I still hold a few things sacred and try to keep them to myself. Helps reduce the chance of identity theft and security breaches.

TNO tends to be a nice practice from time to time.

about 2 months ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

nucrash Re:You can pry my wallet from my... (375 comments)

I am truly shocked by anyone from the security conscious world of Slashdot would do such a think such as push a cashless society.

The advantage to cash and coin is that you don't have a paper trail to follow everything you do. I have no problem putting purchases on a credit card, but there are ways around this to minimize your digital footprint.

Awesome that you can do what you choose to, but some of use do not want our spending dollars to serve as directing advertizing for our next purchase.

about 2 months ago
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Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

nucrash Re:Don't you know? (107 comments)

As an educator, I can tell you, being cut off from the internet has been a serious hindrance in teaching class.

I taught at one of those evil "For Profit" schools and wasn't able to provide adequate resources for students to be able to download the tools for class, let alone entire operating systems which were needed from time to time.

I used my phone as a hotspot for teaching because there wasn't enough bandwidth for a youtube instructional video.

about 2 months ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

nucrash Re:Dems who held the Senate for SIX FUCKING YEARS (445 comments)

Two things you never want to see manufactured. Sausage, and Legislation.

Lawmakers get paid to apply an angle to anything to get legislation that benefits them and screws everyone else through all the time. That is their role. You can attack the Affordable Care Act all day long, but how much has the public been lied to over the Invasion of Iraq, The PATRIOT Act, and so many many more pieces of legislation over the years.

Lincoln's most recent film exposed deception back in the Civil War to free the slaves.

Social Security was built around the idea that the average life span was 64 years old, so if you happen to be one of the lucky few that make it that far, congratulations, you earned a check. For those who passed away before then, too bad, so sad.

Insurance is built around the same principle by default. The key problem with Insurance is that the younger generation didn't have enough money to keep the Insurance companies afloat and because many younger people such as myself see insurance as not all that important, we would skip on that until it was needed. Fortunately I managed to gain employment at a company that will provide coverage before I needed any serious surgery.

about 2 months ago
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Big Talk About Small Samples

nucrash Re: I am not reading that. (246 comments)

That's pretty much how I saw reading this material. Guess what, statistically people are still racist and even more people seem to be offended by feeding of babies in public.

There was not enough data to assist in this statistically small sampling.

Why I get so frustrated by polls anymore is that there are so many variables that can affect the outcome. Nathan Silver has done a great job of minimizing the noise and amplifying the signal, but the work involved is impressive. I have seen poor phrasing of questions, sampling of people who own telephones which limits your demographic to older people. Sampling people only at churches would skew results. Hitting only rural areas if you are a conservative or hitting only urban areas if you are liberal could easily sway people back and forth.

This individual with a double digit sample size isn't worth recognizing. What is he doing? A survey for grade school?

about 2 months ago

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