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A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

trdtaylor Re:Belief (379 comments)

10 years out of date? I lived in Israel between 2009-2011, I was a block away from the Beersheva preschool hit in Dec 2008 which first taught me about what rocket attacks were like. It sounded like a suitcase dropping on the ground. I don't know what it's been like since 2011 first-hand, but Wikipedia/current news tells me it's closer to my recall then yours. >90% are Qassams, because they're cheap, the launchers look like irrigation equipment, and the launcher team can scatter immediately after firing before the Israeli helicopters.

Here's a picture from Wiki of that Qassam hit

and yeah, the alarms work great, but people want active defense measures. Iron dome does that for them.

about 6 months ago

A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

trdtaylor Belief (379 comments)

The rockets being sent against Israel are small, sporadic, unguided, and mostly lack the range to hit major population centers (Tel Aviv). On the rare occasions it does hit a building, it won't destroy the building but will gut a room.

If the Iron dome is effective, great. If the belief of the people is it's effective, even better, especially for politicians in power. Pretty much what the article says.

about 6 months ago

RAND Study: Looser Civil Service Rules Would Ease Cybersecurity Shortage

trdtaylor Re:And how many do they need? (97 comments)

Government is an enterprise like any other.

It's users are arguably less technically savvy.

Can you imagine the cost with establishing a secure 1 million user network, where Linux isn't an OS but more probably some disease that was eradicated back in the 1800s. Training would cost so god damn much, take a year or two.

Sure, probably don't need IIS servers. But users need to be on Windows.

about 7 months ago

CanSecWest Presenter Self-Censors Risky Critical Infrastructure Talk

trdtaylor hack the planet (66 comments)

knee-jerk reactions are the norm not the exception to security disclosure, and I doubt he has some leeto 0-day to destroy the world with.

about 10 months ago

US Intelligence Officials To Monitor Federal Employees With Security Clearances

trdtaylor Re:Well... (186 comments)

Actually worse

You have super-cleared individuals, cleared individuals, or non-cleared individuals.
And who becomes cleared depends on how much paperwork your willing to push to do it.

about 10 months ago

The Cost of the US Government Shutdown To Science

trdtaylor Re:Living paycheck to paycheck? (355 comments)

You and third world dictators love their slushfunds. Government auditors don't though.

about a year ago

Gut Bacteria In Slim People Extract More Nutrients

trdtaylor Oh look the d word (212 comments)

"However, the diet was also important for creating the right conditions for the lean twin's bacteria to flourish. A bacterial obesity therapy seems unlikely to work alongside a a diet of greasy burgers."

Guess what, proper diet still required. /surprise.

about a year ago

Bad Connections Dog Google's Mountain View Wi-Fi Network

trdtaylor Re:Seems to be a systemic problem. (144 comments)

Agreed, first week out of the gate it was a feature stripped train wreck that also crashed every half hour.

The problem I have with Google products is the one of constant reinvention. Every 6 months - 1 year they roll out the next Gmail, due to the next "A-team" developer group working on reinventing web email.

Youtube post google-buyout is the worst, they reinvent the website, ignore the actual common problems people experience from the service. They just now, in the past month, added a play icon to show which tab was playing a video. They will never fix the oddities with the buffering and streams until they actually sink some serious dev time into HTML5 (and better) video player logic. I personally have to fight with my Youtube quality setting because it doesn't understand how and when to switch quality settings.
But god help them they'll redesign the way you can roll over videos on your intro page. Every god damn update.

about a year and a half ago

Request to Falsify Data Published In Chemistry Journal

trdtaylor Disprove = free paper (163 comments)

Analyze that elemental analysis, if it's obviously fabricated publish short refuting paper in a better journal

Or offer ACS to print it if ACS is the best in the industry, boom name recognition and easy paper.

about a year and a half ago

Apple Hit By Hackers Who Targeted Facebook

trdtaylor Re:That's Impossible! (148 comments)

Introducing the new Viri virus scanner, for only $30 it will prevent all infections and coo to you while it does it!

Scan different

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Inexpensive SOHO Crime Deterrence and Monitoring?

trdtaylor Chinese no-names to the rescue (272 comments)

1. Something like this


2. With another something like this


It will give you MMS, recording in 720p, and ability to yell at them in korean to get out of your store.

about 2 years ago

Tesla, Ford, Amazon Hint At Cloudy Future For Cars

trdtaylor Cloud (231 comments)

Just what I need, the reliability of Amazon cloud systems in my vehicle.

about 2 years ago

Feds Offer $20M For Critical Open Source Energy Network Cybersecurity Tools

trdtaylor 20 million government project? (56 comments)

"interoperable, scalable, cost-effective advanced tools that do not impede critical energy delivery functions, that are innovative and can easily be commercialized or made available through open source for no cost."

Choose two.

about 2 years ago

Corn Shortage Hampers US Ethanol Production

trdtaylor Never should have happened (419 comments)

It never should have happened in the first place. Ethanol uses absurd amounts of energy to produce because you have to boil water from it

This is not something we can tech out of. It's always going to be wasteful and one of the worst possible fuel choices for vehicles.

about 2 years ago

Architecture Firm and ESA To 3D Print Building On the Moon

trdtaylor Re:PC Load letter (113 comments)

Inflatable/expandable structures are weaker, leak more, and have more points of failure than a rigid pre-defined structure. It's one of the reasons why the ISS is the shape it is.

about 2 years ago

Rare Earth Elements Found In Jamaican Mud

trdtaylor "continue to search for and find other deposits" (100 comments)

You make it sound like China is the only place in the world for Rare Earth metal deposits. The United States has the largest known deposits of Rare Earth metals, with mining plans in the works as we speak.

Most important part of this story is extraction of rare earth metals that does not harm the local environment / still profitable

about 2 years ago

Air Force Sends Mystery Mini-Shuttle Back To Space

trdtaylor Re:Toby in 'West Wing' was right... (123 comments)

Toby would have shit himself already when we started drone striking U.S. citizens in Pakistan.

more than 2 years ago

Researcher Claims To Have Chrome Zero-Day, Google Says "Prove It"

trdtaylor Re:Certainly has a legitimate track record (106 comments)

He's advertising to sell to one of the big 0-day sellers in the world. Probably get a lot more than 60,000 for something this useful

more than 2 years ago


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