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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

some old guy Too Easy (234 comments)

I hate the DEA and the rest of the TLA's as much as the next guy, but unfortunately the intertwining of defense and law enforcement via "narco-terrorism" pretty much leaves Facebook and every other social network shit out of luck.

One little NSL to Facebook to the effect of "We're doing a terrorism investigation, we need fake/impersonated accounts, and you will stfu about it" and it's game over.

2 days ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

some old guy The Battle Rifle (320 comments)

I own a .303 No.1 Mk.III Enfield. Fabulous weapon. I collect and shoot classic infantry rifles, incl. '06 Springfield, G98 Mauser, Mosin-Nagant, etc.

I agree with a comment regarding WW1-era weapons: The Germans brought a target rifle (the G98), the Americans brought a sporting rifle (the '06 Springfield) but the British brought a battle rifle (the .303 Enfield). In the hands of a skilled shooter, the fastest-action bolt gun. Ever.

And no, your crappy little plastic .22 AR is not a battle rifle. Unreliable, under-powered lead hoses. They suck. The Marines say they suck. The 11 Bravos say they suck. The SEALs say they suck. No amount of wishful thinking can change the physics of a glorified .22 versus a 7.62, 7.92, .30-06, or .303 round. AR's just suck. They were foisted on us by a rigged Army ordnance competition, and the rest is sad AR-15/M-16 history. They had to pry the M-14 away from the Marines.

3 days ago
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Favorite clickbait hook?

some old guy What Clickbait? (232 comments)

Firefox+NoScript+AdBlock+NoFlash+Ghostery, no Farcebook, no 4chan, no Twitter, goggleanalytics and googleadsevices blocked forever...what is this clickbait you speak of?

That's discounting clever headlines on legitimate content. But ad hooks? Never on this screen, mate.

3 days ago
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GNOME 3 Winning Back Users

some old guy But Still (267 comments)

No matter what Gnome does, systemd is still driving people away from Linux and toward other unices. Debian will eventually be a fringe distro.

about two weeks ago
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Senators Threaten To Rescind NFL Antitrust Exemption

some old guy Re:After the NLF, how about Wall Street? (242 comments)

Points well made, but futile. Professional "sports" form the circus part of "bread and circuses".

about three weeks ago
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Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

some old guy Re:Don't complain... (212 comments)

The corporatist oligarchy that funds and promotes both parties is hardly invisible, except to the willfully blind.

about a month ago
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Russia Pledges To Go To the Moon

some old guy In Putin's Russia (197 comments)

Moon lands on you!

about a month ago
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Octopus-Inspired Robot Matches Real Octopus For Speed

some old guy Robot...what? (71 comments)

I'm not completely sure because definitions change all the time, but I'm fairly certain that an underwater stored-energy balloon toy fails to meet even the loosest definition of "robot".

about a month ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

some old guy Amazing Revelation (224 comments)

In evolution, winners win!

The world is now a more enlightened place.

about a month ago
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Treasure Map: NSA, GCHQ Work On Real-Time "Google Earth" Internet Observation

some old guy Re:One good thing is there (267 comments)

I like your thinking.

about a month ago
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John Romero On Reinventing the Shooter

some old guy A Little Late (266 comments)

Romero's example of re-defining the creation/sandbox genre post-Minecraft is a little late to the game (pun shamelessly intended). At least one big player, Sony, has introduced a next-gen sandbox (currently in open Beta) called Landmark, and I'm sure others are forging ahead as well.

about a month and a half ago
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Hitachi Developing Reactor That Burns Nuclear Waste

some old guy Re:Good (200 comments)

+5 Informative.

about a month and a half ago
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Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

some old guy Can see it now: (152 comments)

MBA CEO: I want our new product to be QA'd according to ISO 29119 before shipping.

Project Manager: Good idea, but that will add some time and overhead cost to my budget.

MBA CEO: Never mind, just ship it.

about 1 month ago
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Amazon's Plan To Storm the Cable Industry's Castle

some old guy Re:Easy solution (85 comments)

Bingo! I haven't had a TV subscription since maybe 2004, and I don't miss it one bit. Yeah, I'm stuck with DSL, but it works, it's cheap, and it's local.

Comcast, Time Warner, and Verizon can all suck it.

about 1 month ago
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Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks

some old guy Re:And this is why (107 comments)

But bacon!

about 2 months ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

some old guy Re:Loose Lips Sinik Ships (248 comments)

Are there mistakes made? Of course. Unfortunately the process is administered by human beings who are flawed vessels at best.

Which is exactly why we have that dusty old Constitution thingy, an artifact the Security State not just ignores but openly flaunts.

about 2 months ago

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NSA Monitoring WoW, Second Life

some old guy some old guy writes  |  about 10 months ago

some old guy (674482) writes "It appears that in-game chat and game mail in Warcraft, Second Life, and probably other MMO's are fair game for our gallant protectors at the good old NSA. Obviously terrorists have plenty of spare time for grinding, raiding, and crafting.

Or maybe, with their tender little feelings hut not, the spooks are looking for that competitive edge in their own gaming experience. Can you imagine the hacks and dupes these guys could pull? And here we've been blaming Korean bot guilds all this time!"

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Clapper to Review Spying and Privacy

some old guy some old guy writes  |  about a year ago

some old guy (674482) writes "In a perfect twist of Washington irony, Director of National Intelligence Chief James Clapper has been named by President Obama to head the post-Snowden review of privacy issues in intelligence gathering. From the article:

"Director of National Intelligence James Clapper will head a review group designed to assess the nation's intelligence gathering and surveillance capabilities, raising questions about whether a board led by a top government official will be as independent as he promised.

Obama announced the creation of an "independent group" of "outside experts" to review privacy issues raised by the nation's surveillance programs during a Friday press conference. "We’re forming a high-level group of outside experts to review our entire intelligence and communications technologies," he said, adding that the group would "consider how we can maintain the trust of the people, how we can make sure that there absolutely is no abuse in terms of how these surveillance technologies are used.""

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NSA Can't Parse It's Own Email?

some old guy some old guy writes  |  about a year ago

some old guy (674482) writes "According to NSA's response a routine FOIA request made by a Huffington Post reporter, the agency "don't have the technology" to search a mere 30,000 employee accounts, when it claims to sniff millions of emails a day in pursuit of whatever it is they're pursuing. Either the NSA's capabilities are vastly over-rated, or they're just plain lying again."
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NYT Looks at FISA: Everybody is a potential "Target"

some old guy some old guy writes  |  about a year ago

some old guy (674482) writes "This NYT analysis looks into the recent attention given to the FISA court, particularly at its broad interpretations of Congress' intent and what constitutes "foreign intelligence". Particularly disturbing is how only the government is allowed to present it's side of the story in filings. We're all being subjected to a court where we have no standing to defend or assert our side of any case."
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NSA Cozier with Big Data than Snowden Revealed

some old guy some old guy writes  |  about a year ago

some old guy (674482) writes "Bloomberg, not exactly a radical publication, is running an informative article that summarizes a lot of what we've long suspected about the US Government's cozy relationship with tech companies. Some of the statements from corporate officers are as full of doublespeak as the latest official commentary."
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Big E, first nuclear aircraft carrier retires after 51 years.

some old guy some old guy writes  |  about 2 years ago

some old guy writes "NORFOLK, Va. — The world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was retired from active service on Saturday, temporarily reducing the number of carriers in the U.S. fleet to 10 until 2015.

The USS Enterprise ended its notable 51-year career during a ceremony at its home port at Naval Station Norfolk, where thousands of former crew members, ship builders and their families lined a pier to bid farewell to one of the most decorated ships in the Navy.

"It'll be a special memory. The tour yesterday was a highlight of the last 20 years of my life. I've missed the Enterprise since every day I walked off of it," said Kirk McDonnell, a former interior communications electrician aboard the ship from 1983 to 1987 who now lives in Highmore, S.D.

The Enterprise was the largest ship in the world at the time it was built, earning the nickname "Big E." It didn't have to carry conventional fuel tanks for propulsion, allowing it to carry twice as much aircraft fuel and ordnance than conventional carriers at the time. Using nuclear reactors also allowed the ship to set speed records and stay out to sea during a deployment without ever having to refuel, one of the times ships are most vulnerable to attack.

"Nuclear propulsion changed everything," said Adm. John Richardson, director of Naval Reactors.

Every other aircraft carrier in the U.S. fleet is now nuclear powered, although they only have two nuclear reactors each compared to the Enterprise's eight. The Enterprise was the only carrier of its class ever built.

It was only designed to last 25 years, but underwent a series of upgrades to extend its life, making it the oldest active combat vessel in the fleet

The ship served in every major conflict since participating in a blockade during the Cuban Missile Crisis, helping earn its motto of "We are Legend.""

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