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US Intelligence Wants Tools To Tell: Who's the Smartest of Them All?

waddgodd relevant to national security? (162 comments)

Given the oxymoronic nature of "national intelligence", one can only wonder if they're looking for the smart people to put them on watchlists early.

about 4 months ago
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Lionsgate Sues Limetorrents, Played.to, and Others Over Expendables 3 Leak

waddgodd Methinks the maiden protesteth too much (207 comments)

I'll LMAO when the reveal comes that the leaked copy turns out to have little, if anything, to do with the actual movie they release

about 4 months ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

waddgodd You keep using that word.... (281 comments)

I'm going to go out on a limb and point out that neither Samsung, Apple, nor Google would give a rip if they DID get the rep for slowing down obsolete stuff intentionally. Each one has a long history of engaging in planned obsolescence activities and spiking performance metrics anyways, so doing a combination of the two isn't exactly something to be avoided by them. As for liabiliy? They've gotten away with Planned Obsolescence unscathed so far, what is this liabiliy you speak of?

about 4 months ago
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Drone Search and Rescue Operation Wins Fight Against FAA

waddgodd both? (77 comments)

Can we have the FAA institute formal proceedings against Equusearch so they can get bitchslapped by whatever court they try it in AND have to go through the rulemaking again as well? Please?

about 4 months ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

waddgodd Re:Nice site (195 comments)

You realize the J47 is a GE jet? Of course they're going to have a "look what cool stuff has been done with our crap" story or five. It's prolly the only place you can find that story told in a semi-reliable fashion anymore.

about 4 months ago
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Can the NSA Really Track You Through Power Lines?

waddgodd Re:Well, sort of. (109 comments)

Wow, lots of flapping e-peens here. Please note I specificaly mentioned at the SUBSTATION for a reason. Anyone that thinks that a substation has anything at all to do with generation, please go away: while there CAN be generators at substations, if one's in use at the substation, the chances of there being enough current to do a TV interview anywhere within the substation's reach are vanishingly small, they typically call times when substation generators are active "brownouts". One of the bits of equipment at a substation, however, IS an isolation transformer, specificaly designed so asynchronicities induced downstream of the substation don't propagate back up the line to the generators and blow them out, even if an embedded signal had to be such a gross change that it affected the base 60 Hz signal (if you're dealing with 50 Hz power, again, go away, because all 50 Hz operators also have their own intelligence agencies that are decidedly NOT the NSA). Typically, you won't see even a need for that with embedded signals that are extreme-order harmonics of the base 60 Hz (6 kHz is an off-the-cuff example), which is what the entire point of an embedded signal IS: a signal that doesn't effect the existing signal in any negative fashion (you're still going to want the embedded signal to not travel upstream though, so you can actually use differing embeded signals for different substations, or the whole "locate the mook" thing falls prety flat, you already know to within a 20-block area if you can figure out which specific substation to inject the signal to)

I should apologize for one bit here: I really should have inserted a paragraph break before the "As for the hum..", apparently many of the flapping e-peens thought that TEMPEST was somehow interconnected with the inserted signal (it's not). There's an entire career path in the US Navy dedicated to the fact that individual electronic devices react in increasingly individual ways to data (EWs, if you must know) as they get older, and with multiple devices in the area to get signatures from, you can easily determine which devices are being used and from that and a general knowledge of where the devices may be, you can get a location on them. In fact, NCIS ACTUALLY PORTRAYS AN EW SPECIALIST, it's literally on your TV every week. So while TEMPEST can't really be used in real-time (well, it can, but a SLQ-25 isn't really manportable), it can certainly tell you if you have the right spot

about 5 months ago
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Can the NSA Really Track You Through Power Lines?

waddgodd Well, sort of. (109 comments)

Tracking someone through landlines has been a Thing for many years now. Ever hear of a "lock and trace"? You can SORT OF do the same thing for power, by embedding a signal in a given substation. It's nontrivial, and it's horribly complicated, but it IS feasable. As for the "hum" thing, that's just standard TEMPEST, been a Thing now for going on thirty years, where you can fingerprint electronics via EM signatures and you can read those EM signatures via physical phenomena including audio hums and induced currents in surrounding circuits. This is why the LASER mike was actually developed, not for actual sounds (standard shotgun mikes do wonders there, because the glass reresonates sound just fine), but to get a good frequency signature on TEMPEST EM leakage. So, in sum, they're not specifically taking a van out and following lines to see what location an interviewee is at, but a lot of that is that they don't really need to because they can get all the information they need through older technologies that approximate the capabilities

about 5 months ago
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Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

waddgodd meh (304 comments)

Whoever thinks that plastic isn't already part of the global food web hasn't eaten at a McDonalds recently

about 5 months ago
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Bitcoin Security Endangered By Powerful Mining Pool

waddgodd Where's the guns to their heads? (281 comments)

One would assume that the thousands of other miners, if it was really that important to them, could easily step up their collective games and provide more hashing power than ghash can, even if ghash is actually claiming their entire rented-out customer base as their own (a rough equivalence of this would be if, say, Hertz was claimed to control more than half the roads because the cars on it are Hertz rent-a-cars).

about 5 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Finally Passes Windows 8 In Market Share

waddgodd Re:Talk about timing... (187 comments)

Actually, it is. I want to do ONE update to get current, not seventeen updates with powercycles in between.

about 6 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Finally Passes Windows 8 In Market Share

waddgodd Talk about timing... (187 comments)

Mind you, Microsoft disabled security patches for win8.1 last month, so now the majority of recent win8 installs are unpatchable...

about 6 months ago
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Quad Lasers Deliver Fast, Earth-Based Internet To the Moon

waddgodd Re:They can send a ping to the moon.... (131 comments)

Remote sites typically have to pay for the entirety of the last mile costs themselves. Your point was?

about 6 months ago
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Quad Lasers Deliver Fast, Earth-Based Internet To the Moon

waddgodd They can send a ping to the moon.... (131 comments)

So show of hands here, who has a 622 Mbps at home? That's right, as of this article, your "last mile" officially sucks more than LADEE's last 250,000 miles

about 6 months ago
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This Is Your Brain While Videogaming Stoned

waddgodd PVP? (168 comments)

Say PVP to a gamer and they're thinking of how to frag everybody else, not that they're addicted.

about 6 months ago
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5-Year-Old Linux Kernel Bug Fixed

waddgodd Re:This is the problem with Linux Security (127 comments)

Don't see where your flamebait actually changes anything. It certainly provides nothing new, because you can say "they're rude" all day, the question is is the bug in question fixed, and when. Yes, the chances are very good that a bug submitter is going to get a "patch or GTFO" response. In the overall scheme of things, I'd say that's as good as can be expected, given many other groups respond with legal threats.

about 6 months ago
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US Navy Develops World's Worst E-reader

waddgodd Re:Titles? (249 comments)

http://www.navy.mil/submit/dis... Based on paygrade. I actually wore the covers off _Starship Troopers_ in the Navy, so I can see some off them... PS, The Caine Mutiny is on the LPO list

about 6 months ago
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5-Year-Old Linux Kernel Bug Fixed

waddgodd Re:This is the problem with Linux Security (127 comments)

Well, in a normal situation, I'd say yes, but Linux's response to all bugs is similar, patch it as soon as there's a good patch. Now if it were a certain company in Redmond that scales its response based on customer "value", yeah, security bugs had best get fast-tracked. I honestly prefer the "fix all bugs and don't embargo fixes" response that linux does to the "when we discover bugs (heartbleed), we'll let the Cool Kids in on it first and then release it weeks later to the average user" response that Google does

about 6 months ago
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Feds: Sailor Hacked Navy Network While Aboard Nuclear Aircraft Carrier

waddgodd Re:Nuclear is irrelevant (43 comments)

Guy was a 3rd class, prolly the ink was barely dry on his promotion to 2nd class, then busted to 3rd out the door. TIR start of April 2011, enlisted 2009 He wasn't a "system administrator", he was cleaning the dust bunnies out of the computers.

about 7 months ago
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Electric Stimulation Could Help You Control Your Dreams

waddgodd Re:40 hz of current? (138 comments)

I've got a good deal for them on 60Hz electrodes, only $1,000 each...

about 7 months ago

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Sorry guys

waddgodd waddgodd writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Sorry about the TMI comment about the origin of my nickname, it really wasn't something I wanted to air in public, but I ain't pulling punches just because it's inappropriate, and you all should know that about me by now.

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