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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

stiggle Re: PRIVATE encryption of everything just became.. (379 comments)

If you're throwing a large amount of encrypted data around then that will show up and make you a target, after all anyone who encrypts must have something to hide from the NSA and so they'll want to see what it is.

As the malware Regin shows - they route your data through other hosts known to you to disguise it phoning home - it phones your friends and asks them to pass the message on.

about a week ago
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Rosetta Results: Comets "Did Not Bring Water To Earth"

stiggle Re:Why does the isotope ratio of one comet matter? (135 comments)

Also the life on earth has been processing the water for a few million years - splitting the water to be make sugars and splitting sugars to make carbon dioxide and water. The ratio in water we have now is due to the water from life (I'm avoiding the Dune reference with Water of Life :-) ) which is based on the availably hydrogen in the environment which is attached to hydrocarbons and other molecules as well as water. I think they physicists need to talk to a biologist about the facts of life :-)

What we do know is that the Kupier Belt bodies (which is the source of this comet and others with the same ratio) absorb a lot of neutrons to make the deuterium found in them.

about a week ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

stiggle Re:There is no single "fair" value. (602 comments)

Fractional Reserve banking is one of the main drivers of inflation due to the "creation" of debt out of nothing.

You can have a bank making loans without being fractional reserve - they can loan LESS than the about of deposits. eg. $1k deposited, bank lends $500, rather than $10,000. The depositor & bank only risk 1/2 the original deposit rather than 10x the amount. This have the bank creating no money and so no inflation. It also means there is less "money" in circulation, but the risk of debt and a financial crash is removed as all the deposited money doesn't vanish if no loans are repaid.

about two weeks ago
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Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

stiggle Re:These are real engineers, you Ruby weenies. (197 comments)

Actually there have been a few years of tests of Orion leading up this.
Tank drop tests to see how it lands in water and how well it floats afterwards.
Parachute drops out the back of planes to test the parachutes and descent characteristics.

This is just the combined test where all the features are tested together - think of it as the first beta with the individual feature tests as being the alpha testing.

about two weeks ago
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UK Police To Publicly Shame Drunk Drivers On Twitter This Christmas

stiggle Re:Knee-jerk... (256 comments)

This is in the UK - so there isn't the "fine and points" rather than "court case". The "fine and points" is the court case - with it goes up to disqualification and jail time. Even if you plead guilty by post, your case will have been "to court" to be processed.

The accusation is a roadside breath test followed up by 2 further breath tests at the police station, or a blood test. The station tests are those which are used for the charges. You are shown the results of the tests at all stages.

Its not as if there aren't taxi, public transport or other forms of transport available to get home from a night drinking.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Offers Funding For 50,000 Police Body Cameras

stiggle Re:Privacy (262 comments)

Depends on the reason for wanting the video.

How about all requests should be presented before a judge and you need to justify the reason why you want the video.
Wanting to put them online is not in the public interest.

about two weeks ago
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Regin Malware In EU Attack Linked To US and British Intelligence Agencies

stiggle Re:Separate firewall box blocking traffic (131 comments)

Stuxnet worked by the devices it was attacking being on a network - even a private network is still a network with every USB port, floppy drive and CD/DVD drive being an attack vector.

Just because something can be networked doesn't mean it should be.

about three weeks ago
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Regin Malware In EU Attack Linked To US and British Intelligence Agencies

stiggle Separate firewall box blocking traffic (131 comments)

Why do these places get hacked like this?

Secure work done on a non-networked system.
The networked system is routed through a firewall (running on a different OS, so no Windows everywhere) where only traffic to specific locations is permitted.
If you want to visit a "suspect" site then start up a disposable VM running a different OS containing a browser, connect over a VPN to a less tightly controlled exit point, and use it then dispose of the VM when you're done.
Do everything possible to block admin/network shares, and remember - not everything needs to be connected to the internet.

End users want easy everything then complain when their easy systems are compromised.

about three weeks ago
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Regin Malware In EU Attack Linked To US and British Intelligence Agencies

stiggle Re:How will I explain this to my children (131 comments)

They don't say whose standards of behavior they are adhering to.
Its only really on the standard of "a legal democracy with full disclosure" where they fall down so pick anything else and their statement is true.

National security interests - these include anything which affects the US position in the world so thats the economy, communications, military advancements, technological advancements, scientific discoveries, etc. So any industrial espionage to benefit American industry is OK by the NSA. So is ensuring that those pesky Europeans don't invent any extra secure encryption to keep the Americans out of their communications. If Disney lobby the government, then protecting Mickey Mouse is in the national interest (as its a key symbol of American freedom).

about three weeks ago
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2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

stiggle Just "let it go!" (125 comments)

Seriously, "Let it Go!"

about three weeks ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

stiggle Re:PR screwup (523 comments)

They even the landing was "if possible/survivable"

Some of the non-scientist media journalists keep trying to play it as the lander failing. The clued up journalists and the scientists keep pushing the extraordinary data they've got back from the lander. Also they point out that they've managed to re-orientate the lander so that when it gets further into the solar system they should hopefully be able to pick up enough light to waken the lander and continue collecting data.

Rosetta is old news - we started orbiting the comet months ago.

about a month ago
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A Worm's Mind In a Lego Body

stiggle Re:Accelerando IRL (200 comments)

My "bird-based" flying car just dropped out of the sky onto a rodent.
I don't think I should have gone for the night-driving Owl upgrade.

about a month ago
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Enzymes Make Electricity From Jet Fuel Without Ignition

stiggle Re:Not subject to Carnot efficiency limit (78 comments)

Sandia Labs have a project creating hydrocarbons using photosynthesising cyanobacteria (easier to genetically manipulate)
As the hydrocarbons float - they just need to skim the top of the tank to get the product.

about a month and a half ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

stiggle Re:But DC is different,no? (588 comments)

And even if its legal in DC - its still illegal federally and so on federal land (national parks, seashores, military bases, etc) you can still be arrested for possession. A few stoner campers found this out in Washington State - camping in a national park and smoking up got ticketed by a park ranger.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new...

about a month and a half ago
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Enzymes Make Electricity From Jet Fuel Without Ignition

stiggle Still a fossil fuel with a carbon footprint. (78 comments)

So much for developing low carbon fuels - this is just kicking out more fossil fuel based CO2.
Doesn't matter what method you use to fully oxidise long carbon chains to release energy the results are still CO2 and H2O. There enzymes are only converting available energy at around 30%

about a month and a half ago
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Flaw in New Visa Cards Would Let Hackers Steal $1M Per Card

stiggle Re:Needs to be real money (126 comments)

Don't even need to bump into people - Scanning terminal with a range of a few feet and just stand in a crowd with it in your backpack.
Do this at say a theme park or a major tourist destination with a high turnover of passing people (eg. Tower Hill tube station in London, Champ de Mars metro station in Paris) through a narrow choke point where your scanner can pick up everyone passing and you can yield a much higher number of cards.

about a month and a half ago
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Flaw in New Visa Cards Would Let Hackers Steal $1M Per Card

stiggle Re:Well... no. (126 comments)

Its via the "contactless" chip system - which doesn't need to do online authentication. Its all done in the card for transactions under £20 (or hack foreign currencies). The card generates a transaction key which is passed to the bank when the shop communicates with the bank.

Using the foreign currency hack - you can ask the card for upto 999,999.99 in a foreign currency (not the default currency for the card). No one is going to use the hack to pull the full amount over - you'll use it for something like $50.00 or $49.99 so it looks less obvious on the statement. You scam cards in a tourist location where many vendors offer transactions in multiple currencies. I know a number of stores in Ireland offered me transactions in Euro, GBP or USD

about a month and a half ago
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Lego Ends Shell Partnership Under Greenpeace Pressure

stiggle Re:Pixie Dust (252 comments)

Generally its the delivery crew who use the sails to get the boat to where the rich guy wants to sail from. Often the crew are given a budget, for all expenses including fuel, and so anything they save on that means they have more spending money for more vital supplies like beer, beer and more beer :-)

These crews move the yachts around the world as "the rich guy" wants spring in the Caribbean, summer in the Med, fall/autumn in the Indian Ocean, winter around Australia. So you move the yacht to meet the guy and his family/friends for the holiday onboard at specific times.

You use the diesel engine when you're likely to miss the departure/arrival dates.
Its a fun life but badly paid, but you get to spend your time on a luxury yacht.

about 2 months ago

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Atheist Bus Rides Again

stiggle stiggle writes  |  more than 5 years ago

stiggle (649614) writes "The Atheist Bus adverts from last year is back again in the final part of their campaign. This time advocating letting children decide for themselves if they want to follow a religion and to leave the choice to them. They're using static billboards in a number of major cities rather than the bus adverts from last year.

The Guardians Comment if Free section also has an article on the adverts. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2009/nov/18/atheist-bus-campaign"

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