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Nevada Construction Project Could Be Tesla/Panasonic Gigafactory

some old guy You're all wrong! (81 comments)

It's the NSA's off-site backup array for the Utah Data Center. No, wait, it's Larry Ellison's new personal space port. Or Harry Reid's new personal Mustang Ranch. On the other hand, it could be a shovel-ready stimulus hole in the ground...

No more hydraulic lunches for me. Sorry.

2 days ago

Hackers Plundered Israeli Defense Firms That Built 'Iron Dome' Missile Defense

some old guy Same Old Vulnerability (182 comments)

So these were "carefully crafted" phishing attacks, eh? Wow, go figure. This is just another high-profile example of a basic security truism: as long as people with insufficient security awareness (and common sense) have access to data, said data is vulnerable. Once again, the weak link is between the chair and the keyboard. It always will be.

2 days ago

Put Your Code in the SWAMP: DHS Sponsors Online Open Source Code Testing

some old guy Re:Looks good to me (61 comments)

CERT had some pretty big credibility.


3 days ago

Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

some old guy Re:Citation needed? (165 comments)

Correct. He is proud American domestic lizard who eats Mexican babies. Sorry about the mistake.

about a week ago

Metamason: Revolutionizing CPAP Masks With 3D Scanning and 3D Printing

some old guy Re:Lose weight (59 comments)


about a week ago

Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

some old guy Re:Good luck with that deadline! (322 comments)

Why would anyone work there now?

Pays better than dipping chowder at an Ivar's stand?

about a week ago

Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

some old guy Maybe Too Much To Ask, But... (322 comments)

Alrighty, if the Man from Hyderabad wants a unified Windows, fine. But that doesn't necessarily mean a unified UI...except in dev cost terms.

WTF is so hard about a check box at installation time to select [klunky phone UI] or [hipster tablet UI] or [professional ubergeek PC UI] or whatever?

It's as easy as choosing between KDE or Gnome or Cinnamon, or Xfce or, uh wait...

about a week ago

Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

some old guy Re:Trusting a binary from Cisco (194 comments)

They sure seem to be, or at least groveling apologists if not operatives.

about two weeks ago

Why the FCC Is Likely To Ignore Net Neutrality Comments and Listen To ISPs

some old guy Re:EFF (140 comments)

Yup. Everyone else who agrees should to.

about two weeks ago

Is the Software Renaissance Ending?

some old guy Re:Isn't this a good thing? (171 comments)

Wow, talk about nailing it from back court! Game, set, and match.

about two weeks ago

German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

some old guy Re:foolproof (244 comments)

True, but it would make "first post" a lovely double entendre.

about two weeks ago

Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

some old guy I see endless possibilities here (151 comments)

The potential for a whole new genre of Scotsman jokes is giving comedians everywhere goose bumps.

about three weeks ago

IBM To Invest $3 Billion For Semiconductor Research

some old guy Next Up: (68 comments)

"IBM petitions Congress for increased H1B quota to support semiconductor research."

about three weeks ago

How Japan Lost Track of 640kg of Plutonium

some old guy Re:Misreporting (104 comments)

Somebody please mod AC +Informative. One of the few comments that seem to be informed about reactor physics, and not just conjecture from amateurs.

about three weeks ago

Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You

some old guy Re:It's just a mater of time... (150 comments)

Depends on whether you're referring to government surveillance or private surveillance.

In a world where government can freely and unaccountably coerce the private, they are the same damn thing. What Facebook knows, the TLA's know.

about three weeks ago

30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

some old guy Justified Caution (191 comments)

Out of the maligned 30%, I'd like to see a breakdown separating the merely technology-challenged versus people who have seen enough stories about identity theft, .gov surveillance, stalking, and all the other downsides to the net and just said, "Fuck it, it ain't worth it." There is, believe it or not, a sub-group of ex-internet users who are by no means Luddites. They simply just say "No!" to all the crapvertising, crime, and wasted time.

about a month ago



NSA Monitoring WoW, Second Life

some old guy some old guy writes  |  about 8 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  |  1 year,8 days

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  |  1 year,24 days

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 a year and a half 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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