856 posts • joined 8 Oct 2007
If these lasers can pour enough light to slow down space junk at 300 km., they probably are also able to blind an enemy drone's cameras, or an enemy pilot.
While I agree with the sentiment of most of the above posts...
... I don't see such a big problem with fining private companies for data security breaches. If a private company has kept bad security and/or sold private data to other parties, chances are that the shareholders also profited from it. A fine consisting of a % of the company's value would drive home that the shareholders are responsible for the people they approve as CEOs and managers. Of course, said CEOs should also be fined, but if the shareholders get scott free they'll get no incentive for doing things better the next time, and will hire similar scum again for the position.
Re: Make me read a little bit will you
We don't want it, thank you but no, thank you. But don't despair, the Andorran hegemonistic expansion plans are in need of a boost and they'll probably accept any land you offer them. Also, they're far easier to invade if/when they finally decide they don't want it.
The artist forgot to put one of the horizontal bars in the € sign, and the $ sign is entirely missing! This isn't the Jobs we all knew!.
"Whatever your thoughts on the site it was not a Disney attraction."
"Welcome to our newest attraction, the Dope-o-rama!!!"
Re: Death threats - WTF?
"Death threats etc is not how this works - it is business unfortunately."
The problem with that is that Mt.Gox has lots of contacts with a specific subset of business for which death threats and just death are common tools, and no, I'm not talking about defence contractors or insurance companies. ;-)
Upvoted your post anyway because speaking in more general terms I think you're right.
Re: Guru here, I SAID A GURU HERE!!!
That's your POV. Mine is that Mr. Schneier managed to tell us exactly what the real problem is, in a single phrase and without breaking any US Law.
Any American company -that can receive one of those 'National Security Letters'- can't be trusted, by definition.
Pure BS of the finest quality
"...saying that RSA worked with standards bodies and had changed its software once the flaw had been found in the encryption technique."
That's technically true. He forgets to mention that they fixed the flaw SEVEN YEARS after it was found.
But he defended the company's support for the pre-weakened Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator (Dual EC DRBG) standard endorsed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology
That's also technically true. But they where paid 10 millions by the RSA to include the bug in their software THREE YEARS BEFORE the NIST endorsed the standard.
motherf gentleman is a true PRO bullshitter or he is employing the best spin doctors available.
Blame the limitations of human language... :-(
Re: the old our nukes are bigger than your nukes argument
"...all data was created by god and right thinking godfearing american citizens should have access to it all"
Thumbs up for the Tropico 4 quasi-reference.
Dear Mr. Clarke:
"If you think passing a law making data localization a requirement in the EU or Brazil [...] stops the NSA from getting into those databases, think again."
If you think data localization in Europe won't cause your operational costs and the risks your operatives incur to increase tenfold , think again.
"the rotting vegetation of amazon forest gives off more c02 than we do .."
The rotting vegetation of the Amazon gets -mostly- transformed into more vegetation really fast. Rainforests are very efficient at recycling nutrients and carbon, as long as nobody is burning said forests down. On the other hand, the CO2 we are producing has been trapped under the surface for many millions of years and is being put directly into the atmosphere at a growing rate.
If you really think that a ~25% rise in atmospheric CO2 in the last 40 years* will have no effect on climate, you haven't been paying attention.
* Plus another 25% rise in the next twenty years. If we get that far.
Porrero is even better.
Re: Maybe just maybe (@ Boltar)(@AndyS)
Pfffff... All right, I'll bite:
1. There is drag, just less of it...
From TFA: ...but is one hundred trillionth to that of Earth at sea level – a science lab would consider the "atmosphere" on the Moon to be a pretty good vacuum.
There's A LOT LESS OF IT.
Even if that 'eventually' is years (very unlikely)
So you say. Given the way the probability of collision decreases with the amount and size of the particles involved, this doesn't seem so unlikely, does it?.
2. Mountains. If this theory was true, there would be no dust below the levels of the highest peaks.
Small fallacy here. Not all the particles will impact the highest mountain, will they?
It isn't luck, it's statistics.
...but how many bits of dust would land exactly in the orbit level which aligns to the speed they have?
All of them, obviously :-D. Now, seriously, with the conditions in the Moon's surface, most meteoric impacts will cause a small fraction of the particles to reach orbital speeds, however short lived those orbits could or couldn't be.
So the orbits would all decay, and the dust would clear.
Unless new impacts were creating more dust, as seems to be the case.
4. If this did happen (which it doesn't), there would also be rocks of all shapes and sizes doing the same. There aren't.
There are. Per the reasons stated above, a fraction of meteorites hitting the moon are ejecta from previous collisions.
If I had to place a bet, I'd say that there is a 'ring' -albeit a tenuous one- of lunar dust and debris orbiting the Moon and another one orbiting the Earth, and that the Moon is clearing a path through them, just like Saturn's moons do.
Re: Maybe just maybe (@ Boltar)
It would have to be ejected on just the right trajectory and at just the right (extremely high) speed to orbit at a low altitude
The lack of a proper atmosphere in the Moon allows for far more meteoric impacts (and at greater speeds) than in the Earth. At these speeds and without atmospheric drag, the probability of a small part of the ejecta reaching near-scape velocities is, in my opinion, very high.
And if it was caused by electrostatic effects, you could expect the dust floating only a few centimetres over the surface.
Re: Maybe just maybe
I'd go with a different explanation. Lunar dust ejected by meteorite impacts, orbiting the moon for years, some of it at small altitude, some of it in bigger orbits around the moon or even Earth. The Moon's 'atmosphere' causes no drag to these dust particles, so they can remain there for a long time.
The privacy angle?
So the UK government has now another easy and convenient method to pwn the computers of the general populace. Great!
"...how good British cooking is. I just hope that at least they eat it and don't throw it away."
I think we have a serious contender for the "Unintendedly funny remark - 2014" prize.
•We would have to buy a dog; and
•The dog would have to bite the kids.
I see it more like this:
If you buy a dog, then
- You may accidentally buy a purple dog with 7 legs and wings, no matter that nobody has seen one in real life
- In some discredited theoretical framework, a seven legged dog may eat your children.
- If it eats your children and then Santa Claus steps accidentally on the dog, both will explode AND DESTROY THE UNIVERSE!!!
This looks like a typical discussion with my significant other. By the way, I've lost all hope of ever owning a dog. ;-)
"...ANYONE can grab this software legally"
Scale matters. It's like the difference between one or two hate crimes and Mathausen. Not saying that hate crimes should be allowed, of course, but the priorities...
This Rand Paul guy...
"... is a snake, but he is our snake now."
Hmmm... let me check his bio ...
Sorry, my wrong. I don't want this particular snake in our side. Thank you, Mr. Paul, now get stuffed.
TALOS a bad name???
I see you haven't played Skyrim or any other of the 'Elder Scrolls' games.
Mine is the one with the crossbow and the poisoned bolts.
"It seems unlikely that NATO can top the 1932/1932 man-made famine..."
Different people, different governments, and a fecking different century. We should stop using old 'Historical wrongs'- like the Gomolodor- to justify politicians sweeping ethics under the rug.
And while Putin and his chums in the Russian govt are a bunch of crooked bastards, putting them in the same basket with Stalin doesn't add anything (good) to the issue at hand.
Another freudian slip
"...according to state-run CCTV."
Re: Gas masks
"I keep expecting to see the word 'goat' in there"
I thought there was a 'goatse'. Our brains taking shortcuts, as usual. :-)
Re: As per icon (@ Moses)
"I say, can you hear me?"
Loud and clear. Still don't know fut the whack you're talking about.
Anyway, welcome to the forums, Moses. Make yourself comfortable.
Re: Not every car
"Anyone know a mechanic willing to diagnose a car where one out of several hundred entities connected to the bus is spewing garbage?"
At the AC that posted this comment some six hours before mine:*
It's not rocket science. The mechanic in question will have a device able to communicate with the vehicle's network and interrogate every device controlled. As some of them have been doing for some time already.
On a side note, that's why the European initiative that promotes open standards in car's electronic systems makes a lot of sense in order to prevent consumer lock in, abuses by the car makers and security problems.
Note:* Please, ElReg, bring back the time format you used before. The actual system is totally confusing.
Re: M. Jarre (@ Hans 1)
read Arkell v. Pressdram
Socialist? You sure of that? For me it looks just like the opposite thing. Siphoning money from the public directly into private hands, a fucking TAX going straight into the pockets of those companies and private organizations. And an unjust tax, to boot.
Sadly, that last part -the unfair tax- is habitually endorsed by most of the political spectrum, Left, Right and Centre.
Glad to see...
... that even under the oppressing weight of the NSA, there is still plenty of room for comedy.
Re: If a battery fails when there is no-one to see it ... (@ NoOneInParticular)
Mine lasted two years. Sometime in the future, when I'm really bored, I plan to replace the batteries, just for the hell of it. I'll probably become the owner of the only copy of the album that still blinks.
Edit: I just read FunkyEric's comment. Another ruined plan, then. :-)
So IBM is a startup now?
You can do this on the cheap with one of these ancient digitizer tablets that were used for CAD back then when computers worked with coal and steam, plus a printed sheet with the 'keys'. With the right drivers, you could use the digitizer also as a faster and more precise mouse replacement. Or as DougS said, use a big fondleslab as a keyboard/input device.
Seriously, it seems to me they're re-inventing the wheel. They'd be better off licensing the technology from a digitizer company and updating it with current drivers and USB connectivity.
Another day, ...
... another reason to avoid buying MS products.
And I wonder whether these T&Cs affect the way MS products should be amortized. It would be ironic if said T&Cs lowered even further the appeal of MS's products.
So they finally found substitutes for...
... Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy? Just about fucking time!
Re: I'm On A Rant! (@ Sanctimonious)
What you wrote is true, but there is still a loophole. One day the people will finally notice that these blackmail threats are worth nothing, for the quite obvious reason that any 'proof' the spooks provide from electronic sources is worth less that their weight in pig shit, as said electronic evidence can be easily forfeited by said spooks. They -the spooks- have the means, the motivation and the gall to do it. There will be a growing number of cases where this evidence is contested, a trickle at first that will finally become an avalanche.
Obviously the crooks will use the usual strategy of making charges related to terrorism/kiddy porn/drug peddling, so the people accused will receive little sympathy or support from the general public, but this strategy is already showing the first cracks. And then people receiving these threats from the intelligence agencies will start calling the press and blogging about the matter and calling the cops. See what happens after a few dozens of these events.
The downside, of course, is that electronic evidence will lose any value as proof. Which will in turn help real paedos, narcs and terrorists. :-(
Re: Awful to type on
...odd "strap on" joysticks...
There is still a market for that, with lots of enthusiasts. I know, I've watched the videos!
"...the non-profit military contractor..."
Isn't that an oxymoron?
I've just noticed that, being Monday morning, my post may need some clarification due to the usual problems in reading comprehension caused by too little/too much caffeine and 'Mondays Syndrome'. To put it short: There is no instance of the word "Ja" either in the headline, or in the article. Your brains probably took a short cut after reading the word 'nein'.
I've lots of experience on this subject -i.e. being able to tell the difference between "Ja" and "Oui", thanks to all the Pink Panther TV shows and WWII films I've watched over the years. :-)
"Where the hell does the Ja... ... come from?"
It comes from your comment. As for the 'prejudice' part... XD
Re: Disabledt cut & paste eh?
"Let's see how you do against screen cap software,"
Or against a camera/smartphone.
Two hops instead of three...
Makes lots of sense, if you take in account the recent rise of Whatsapp and other social services. I mean, a few years ago the most active smartphone fiddlers could text and talk to at most 20 people a day. With Whatsapp, FB and the like, each 'node' can do hundreds or thousands of contacts each day. Keeping the three hops would have crippled the NSA financially, by forcing them to eavesdrop on everybody, several times. ;-)
Re: Contract (@ Ledswinger)
"so nobody will read it "
For the telcos, that's a feature, not a bug.
"notable for lacking incidents attributable to the NSA's elite TAO hacking crew"
Another tool for mischief! Hooray!
So the baddies can Google-bomb the name of some OS update or security program update, so that the smut filter just blocks said updates?
Sirs, we truly live in enlightened times! New uses for censorship are being discovered almost every week. None of those uses are good, though. :-|
Re: Plants and electronics
"poking the cable core into the fleshy stem of a Money Plant (Crassula ovata) worked quite well."
Not for the Money Plant, I guess.
It's ejecta allright...
... but from the Haribo 'scandal'! Don't look for a smoking crater, look for a stinky one!
Talk about synchronicity ...
This same morning, not three hours ago, I watched part of a documentary in the History Channel about this same place and these same glyphs. I didn't quit catch the name -Göbekli Tepe- and spent some minutes considering how to get more info on the subject.
Thanks, ElReg. You just saved me several hours of research. :-D
Re: The install package will (of course), be three times that of a vanilla install (@ Ian Emery)
That could be due to the fact that there is a gazillion Chinese characters instead of the paltry few hundreds most of the rest of the world uses. Text input methods are also a nightmare to program, and things like a simple text-to-speech converter are hideously complex for Chinese. And a Siri equivalent would probably need several times more computing power than that available to all the NSA. ;-)
And on top of all that, 'Chinese' is not a single language, but dozens of dialects, many of which are mutually unintelligible.
@ Turtle (was Re: @Mephistro)
True! And that's why Jrushchev immediately retired his support to the Chinese nuclear program.