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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

some old guy Re:Loose Lips Sinik Ships (245 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.

3 days ago

Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

some old guy Re:Obvious Reason (568 comments)

"I mean, face it, men are just more willing to be the trolls and make life miserable for each other. Women see that and avoid the whole issue altogether."

Absolute truth. Women as a group tend to be more emotionally mature, and apt to avoid senseless conflict. Men are perfectly free to act like 14-year-old testosterone-mad Peter Pans, but women are just as free to reject their infantile behavior.

Hence the loud and obnoxious minority of gaming griefers, social media trolls, and the whole misogynistic mom's basement sub-culture.

3 days ago

Fish Raised On Land Give Clues To How Early Animals Left the Seas

some old guy Re:Well color me surprised! (62 comments)

Yeah, but only 1%ers can afford them.

4 days ago

HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

some old guy Re:Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (135 comments)

Probably junction resistance (cold solder) or corrosion (shitty base alloy or plating).

5 days ago

The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

some old guy Grumpy Old Geezer (119 comments)

As I near the end of a nominally successful electrical engineering career that spans the humble analog beginnings of automation to the roboticized present, I can look back and smile at what a smart-assed punk kid I was, deriding the old-timers with snot-nosed comments and the immeasurable over-confidence of youth.

Barring an early death, everyone gets old. Know what? I neither desire nor require the respect or veneration of the young. I got mine. As jobs get scarcer and pay less with each passing year, all I can say to the smartaleck young snerts is, "Suck it. See you in St. Croix."

On the other hand, ask me nicely and I'm happy to lend a helping hand.

Respect is a two-way street with no speed limit.

5 days ago

New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

some old guy Re:Counterproductive (251 comments)

What? Let technology drive a technology company's strategy instead of marketing?

Witch! Burn her! Burn her!

about a week ago

Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

some old guy FBI: 1, Ethics: 0 (239 comments)

So, the FBI is already making the case for, "We need full monitoring and control intervention capability for everybody's new cars, because terrorists."

about two weeks ago

Gartner: Internet of Things Has Reached Hype Peak

some old guy Re:Why did they pick such a bad buzzword? (98 comments)

It's suddenly a buzzword because the start-up marketing shitheels needed a "next big thing" to peddle to the VC's.

As in, "Snowden and unreliability are killing my Cloud investments and...oh look! IoT squirrel!"

about three weeks ago

The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution

some old guy Re:Horseshit (145 comments)

I envy your optimism and agree that ISPs are the problem, but I don't see how new companies and services will force change upon ISPs.

New ISPs? Not in the state-sanctioned monopolist USA.

Loss of customers? See above.

The ISP and backbone provider bridge trolls sleep soundly, knowing that no one has the money or statutory permission to build competing bridges.

Only the FCC and Congress could do that, and the oligarchs are quite happy with the current bridge trolls.

about three weeks ago

What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

some old guy Re:Easy (228 comments)

Works for me! :)

about three weeks ago

Edward Snowden Is Not Alone: US Gov't Seeks Another Leaker

some old guy Re:tin-foil tempest in a teapot (204 comments)

Good like. Misusing "begging the question" is wrong because it is incorrect.

about a month ago

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.

about a month ago

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

some old guy Same Old Vulnerability (184 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.

about a month ago

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

some old guy Re:Looks good to me (67 comments)

CERT had some pretty big credibility.


about a month 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 month ago

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

some old guy Re:Lose weight (59 comments)


about a month 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 month 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 month ago



NSA Monitoring WoW, Second Life

some old guy some old guy writes  |  about 9 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  |  1 year,19 days

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 a year 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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