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Prez Obama expels 35 Russian spies over election meddling

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Re: Evidence it was the Russians what dunnit

> The President has been and Congress will be hearing a great deal more than anything you'll find on the interwebs.

Yeah, I would love a clear explanation of #Pizzagate. Sounds like partisan bullshit, until suddenly it kinda, sorta, really doesn't. It also has troubling "third rail" aspects for MSM outfits. Compare this with the presswise destruction of Assange of a kinda, sorta rape that happened.

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Re: I wonder...

It's 2016.

Everybody is a raging authoritarian populist.

You can just distinguish people by how many countries they have already bombed.

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Amazon files patent for 'Death Star' flying warehouse

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No, but I hear you can get them from Syrian Hot Stocks soonish.

(Where is that Alfred E. Neuman icon??? We really need it.)

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Will it deliver electric sheep and mood organs to the urban conapts?

"A new life awaits you in the off-world colonies! ... A chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure℠!! Buy a one-way ticket on an Amazon Blue Origin® Mayflower™ vessel today!"

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2016: The Rise of the Intelligent (cloud) Machines

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Re: A.I. could free humanity...

Sexbots, you say?

From "A Perfect Vaccum", by Stanislaw Lem:

The dark underground, whose walls become lit by the beam of the flashlight, turns out to be something between a museum and a part of an exposition (or, more appropriately, sexposition) for a powerful concern, evidence of those memorable years when America conquered Europe once again. Half manual manufacturing of Europeans clashed with an unstoppable pace of conveyor production, and the post-industrial scientific-technological colossus quickly won over. Three corporations were left on the battlefield: "General Sexotics", "Cybordelics" and "Love Incorporated". When the volume of production of these giants reached its peak sex, out of private entertainment or group exercise, hobby or amateur collectioning, grew into the philosophy of civilization. McLuen, who lived to that time still a stout old man, proved in his "Genitocracy" that it was the destiny of mankind once it stepped on the road of technological progress. That ancient rowers, chained to the galleys, loggers of the North with their woodsaws, Stephenson's steam engine with its cylinders and pistons defined the rhythm, type and meaning of the motions that defined copulation as the main event of human existence. After adopting the complications of sexual positions of the East faceless business changed the medieval shackles into unchastity belts, occupied artists and designers with creation of copulators, megapenises, vaginettes, sexariums and pornomats, started the sterile conveyors that continuously produced sadomobiles, lovistors, home sodomizators and public homorobots, and founded research institutions that started a struggle for emancipation of both sexes from the duty of procreation.

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Re: don't forget to add....

> "Trump Supporters not admitted"

Progressive gated communities are the worst. It's like entering Jesus Camp, only without Jesus as moral guide, instead it's replaced by self-adoration.

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Pretty good writeup

It's are we there yet with more cloud and more brute-force and better tools and larger screens and more statistics and seriously large data corpora!

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How Rogue One's Imperial stormtroopers SAVED Star Wars and restored order

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Too much PC crap and limp-wristed leftyfication?

I may have found a more accomodating review, then:

"The Rebels in both Space Aleppo and Real Syria only achieve any decisive victories with the support of an overwhelmingly white Air Force keeping the skies clear above them, with the Royal Air Force and USAF creating Imperial and Russian no-fly zones respectively (no, I’m not kidding — these are literally British fighter pilots in X-Wings). The Empire and Russian Federation are non-specifically bad, while the Rebels are non-specifically good. As Rogue One embraces moral ambiguity through screening the brutal spectacle of war fought hard on both sides, the shallowness of the Rebel mentality is exposed. The Rebels have a Cause, even though they can’t describe it or tell you what it is. Like Clinton supporters, they’re with Her, because she offers the empty Hope that somehow, in some strange, emotionally tinged way, things can be different.

The Latest, Greatest, and Most Right-Wing character to enter this movie is Lord Vader. At this stage of the Star Wars narrative Vader is still an unapologetic jackboot and whilst Anakin may have been born on Tattoine, the character and motivations of Vader were born in the darkness, and molded by it. Resented by technocratic Empire officers for subscribing to the kooky Force religion, Vader is an Evolian amongst the bureaucrats, a pseudo-Knight of Europe set against the occupying Clintonites of the Rebellion. His swaggering robocrotch and slinky black wetsuit is “. . . a perfect expression of Fascist ideals, a glittering example of Aryan technological supremacy and aggressive masculinity.” Vader is a man of strong opinions and expresses them with clarity and vigor, smashing and smiting his way through Rebel Losers, red lightsaber swirling hypnotically in the darkness. And in a galaxy of empty spite and sarcastic robots, our man Vader is the most powerfully human. Part Cyborg, All Fascist: I’m with you, Lord Vader."

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> a lot of us are worried that this insane person is going to start nuclear exchanges

But Hillary wasn't elected?

> If the EU and NATO collapses - things will go to shit very quickly on a global scale.

If would say things would normalize rapidly. Liberventionist dreamland EU and its groupthink politicians and rabidly-looking-for-aggro NATO are just cancerous at this point in time.

You haven't even mentioned the Obamite ultra-clusterfucks "Syria" (I hear the CIA will now pump AA weapons in to bugger the Ruskies; I hope there will still be safe civilian flying in Europe in a year's time) and the "Pivot to Asia" (more like, "i'm down with da carrier action, I wanna see a china reaction")

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Re: Death star plans...

If you want to go down that route...

> Why is the dish control panel on an outrigger away from the dish, exposed to weather and wind? (It's like I'm really playing Myst: Empire)

> Why can one jump into Hyperspace from inside Jedda atmosphere with planetary mantle rocks hanging around everywhere? (Also: Jedda is finished. That looked like an extinction event. Some mining accident!)

> Why can one jump out of Hyperspace precisely in front of Skarif gate, but not go a hundred km further and emerge inside the shield, giving imperials facepalm moments?

> Why does Vader's personal stardestroyer (is that like Heydrich's personal pocket battleship?) not get mangled as it arrives and bumps a rebel fregate? These stardestroyers are fragile (not unexpected).

It's a fantasy movie!

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Re: stormtroopers being fodder

> chose to fight

Against what exactly?

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Re: Two things bothered me

> the lack of theme tune at the start

No this is EXACTLY CORRECT. The fanfare stuff is so laden with Lucas letdown events that it wouldn't have been appropriate. It tells you "this is new!".

> poor CGI of Leia

People complain about this but in the end it's not so bad. It can pass for the couple of seconds and triggers the uncanny valley effect, same as for Tarkin really. But in the end, it's not worse than bluescreen leftovers in movies of old.

Now, let the management types of the Empire run the Death Star with no designers and no plans. Idiots from the Coruscant Imperial MBA churn institute...

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Re: Critique

> the awkward and forced love interest of the female lead

What.

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Re: How many Stormtroopers does it take to...?

Well, in Dune (the novel!) Sardaukar, the emperor's praetorian guard, immediately turn up in a "we officially strongly deny the presence of" role and are suddenly very interested in going up against these Fremen guys who are the only ones in the universe on challenger-worthy badass levels (I think they were thinking about some genocide operation lest there be competition but didn't get that far before a shift at the top occurred)

Jimbo's inpho stuffing service has more.

Frankly, none of this is meant for a family-friendly Star Wars universe. Imperial super-soldiers vs. rebel super-ISIS, probably all on drugs and behaving like rabid dogs? Nah. I would LOVE to see Fish Speakers though...

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Re: Critique

...or maybe you have just gotten older!

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Re: How many Stormtroopers does it take to...?

> Sardaukar from the Dune series, terrifying and nearly unstoppable.

But then you wouldn't need Vader to come and put mop-up operations on the rails again.

Seriously, rebels stopping Sardaukar? No contest."A New Hope" would have ended immediately.

This is not the Real World, get over it!

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The Life and Times of Lester Haines

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Holy damn!

That's some damn fine Obit about someone who went places. I better get get a move on...

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Meet the Internet of big, lethal Things

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After a rambling article, we get to the last phrase

Property ownership is both a legal and a human right - but few people have done more over two decades to strip digital property rights from the individual than the EFF, and their corporate sponsors in Silicon Valley.

What kind of shit argument is that?

Basically, we are being told by Mr. O to take the black boxes, protected by "copyright" for your safety (as opposed to keeping maintenance outfits out of the market, yeah can't be, what defender of intellectual property would do that?) and ask no questions because an amorphous entity called "Silicon Valley" is evil and unhinged (and even "corporate", the horror), and evidently uses the EFF as presentable puppet to "strip property rights from the individual"?

A bit too much of eggnogg or a bit too much studying of Gobbel's texts over the weekend?

As we saw in Nice in July, and Berlin this week, a heavy vehicle can cause horrific human casualties.

Yeah. Silicon Valley: Enabling terror! Quick, tell the Trump.

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A year in infosec: Bears, botnets, breaches ... and elections

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Re: "We have evidence..."!

This: The CIA’s Absence of Conviction and This: Russia-Hack Story, Another Media Failure.

"Such is live in the ZoneInfowars."

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"We have evidence..."!

Do I repeat myself by saying the leaks were not a hack?

Meanwhile, fear of an aging, hackable, launch-on-warning planet-busting Minuteman III missile force (another toxic leftover from the cold war that Obama chose not to tackle)

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Twas the week before Xmas ... not a creature was stirring – except Microsoft admitting its Windows 10 upgrade pop-up went 'too far'

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Re: Just setting up Windows 10 "Professional" on this DELL here..

So I just would like an Office, please.

So I go to a site "https://www.microsoftstore.com/"

Why is a "Microsoft Designer Bluetooth-Maus at 29.90 EUR" being showed in my face and why in German? Why can't I select "I am not currently in the UK but want to read stuff in English, please". Why is Ghostery showing 10 (TEN!!!) "Advertising Trackers" (ok, that makes 6 I never heard off that I can block ... forever!) (plus 2 "Site Analytics" trackers, 2 "Customer Functionality" trackers, and 1 "Essential" tracker (Ensighten)). This is ".microsoftstore.com". It is not "newegg.com" or "unknownwebstore.ro". This is fucking INSANE.

Meanwhile I'm glad to be able to borrow the neighbor's broadband connection because WinTin has decided to "update". Then I find that some UX specialist had the idea to get rid of a "search an application" (now called an "app" because Redmond got a special delivery of marketing moronium) entry field, just typing in the start menu launches the search, fantastic because in EVERY OTHER APPLICATION "just typing" leads to catastrophic, unforeseen and surprising results, fucking genius!!

The Microsoft Experience is like no other.

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Re: IE share

Only people with braindamage and deplorables still use IE. Don't even mention "Edge".

(Pepe The Frog icon when?)

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Just setting up Windows 10 "Professional" on this DELL here..

Woah that system is a rape of the consumerlike entering a souk.

That's the level of "Professional" we have come to?

"Send all your data to Microsoft?" No, thanks.

"May I interest you in a Microsoft account". No, thanks. "It's free!" No, thanks.

"Use Cortana?" No thanks.

"WE ARE HAPPY TO SEE YOU HERE". Lies.

"What about some addies in the Start Menu?" Yeah a good idea. Please go away.

"Netflix" "MSN News" (one of the worst gutter places, only bested by Yahoo), "XBox Live", "Get Minecraft", "XBox", "Films and TV", "Get Office", "Microsoft Solitaire Collection" etc.?? NO!!

Set the date correctl to 25th. The start menu is retarded, still things it's the 26th. That's confidence-inspiring.

Install Firefox and set as default. "Hey do your really want that?" Yes. "Check out Edge instead, no?" No.

The DELL popups do not help either.

HEY MICROSOFT. THIS IS NOT FUCKING AD-SUPPORTED SHAREWARE, GEDDIT?? IN FACT, IT'S ABOUT 120 EUR.

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'DNC hackers' used mobile malware to track Ukrainian artillery – researchers

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Related: Infowar Spin Separation by Reason Mag

Are 'Russian Hacks' the New 'WMDs'?

"No matter what faceless spooks assure us, it's far from clear the Russian government directed the leaks of the DNC or John Podesta emails."

... In the meantime, however, the American public should think carefully about precisely what U.S. intelligence agencies are claiming. The core of their accusations is not that foreign hacking physically endangered Americans or compromised connected systems: It is that powerful politicians were embarrassed, and perhaps politically harmed, when their own internal dealings were made public. Perhaps we should spend more time examining such domestic threats to our democracy, and stop allowing ourselves to be rallied against foreign ghosts that distract us from these vital conversations.

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Re: Evidence

Since Ole Julian has a history of not being completely truthful

We do?

Only if we believe nasty reporting by Mr. Orlowski and various character assassination pieces that come from very interested parties.

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Bloomberg writer says this smells

Why I Still Don't Buy the Russian Hacking Story

Then there's the issue of the targeting software itself. Yaroslav Sherstyuk, the Ukrainian military officer who developed the application, reacted angrily on Facebook to the CrowdStrike report, saying he never published the software on any public forums and encouraging fellow Ukrainian servicemen to keep using the latest version of his app. Via Facebook Messenger, he told me that he didn't believe an infected version of the app even existed. "This is a hoax to scare everyone and make us go back to the old methods of targeting fire," he wrote. A CrowdStrike spokesperson did not respond when I asked if it had contacted Sherstyuk. He said it hadn't.

The spokesperson, Ilina Dimitrova, wrote that "it is indisputable that the app has been hacked with Fancy Bear malware -- we have published the indicators related to it and they have been confirmed by others in the cybersecurity community." CrowdStrike said that it found the infected app "in limited public distribution on a Russian language, Ukrainian military forum." I doubt anyone in the Ukrainian military would download software for targeting artillery fire from a forum. Typically, they obtain it directly from known developers such as Sherstyuk. If I can contact him directly, so can Ukrainian artillery officers seeking to improve their performance in battle.

Hence, it's hard for me to believe that this infected app -- found somewhere on the internet and likely never used by Ukrainian soldiers -- offers evidence tying the GRU to APT28. And that's even if one accepts the initial logical leap to the GRU, as opposed to any of the other Russian spy services also involved in the Ukrainian conflict. I sincerely hope that when the U.S. intelligence community finally produces its findings on the election-related hacks, it will be more convincing.

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Finding gay sauna addicts in places you wouldn't expect?

Sounds about right!

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Commence Arty Strike on this App Position!

This is getting more and more "out there" though, now the "fancy & cosy bears" are linked to the DNC "hack" which according to "Craig Murray, former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan and whistleblower" doesn't even exist (audio, article). Will this train ride ever stop?

(Also, didn't Russia provide good satellite imagery to eastern rebels (and probably their own long-range artillery) anyway? Why APTify the mobiles?)

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Chinese boffins: We're testing an 'impossible' EM Drive IN SPAAAACE

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Re: SETI

FUND THIS!

Of course they won't take T-bills or print-u-money from the Fed/ECB. They will want real goods. Handcrafted, finely painted pottery maybe? Walt Disney's frozen head? Destructive scans of good percentage of extant homo sapiens instances?

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If you follow every harebrained scheme that's being laid in front of your doorstep, you will never get anywhere....

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Re: Anybody able to do the math for me?

Well, I hear the US has found lots of money in an underground vault and Reagan-era SDI with space lasers and all that is baaaack. So who knows...

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Woah. From a far-out barely credible idea into "Space Neocolonialism" (what kind of resources are you going to exploit exactly and how and how is any of that a "race"?) in two sentences.

Wake me up when O'Neill Spacestations are being dropped on Australia.

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Re: It works this way:

Because probability waves.

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> "The model predicts thrusts of: 3.8, 149, 7.3, 0.23, 0.57, 0.11, 0.64 and 0.02 mN"

I think that should be uN?

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Re: Anybody able to do the math for me?

Listen to the Kroes!

> The xenon ion thruster on Dawn is 9mN/kW.

And that's from accelerating stuff coming from a tank mounted on the spacecraft and asking Mother Nature to please conserve momentum, as is the local custom.

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Re: Nothing but the universe comes for free

> photon rest mass is tiny

The consensus is that it is 0. That's pretty tiny.

Momentum however, is > 0. Which is why "photon drives" work at least in principle.

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Re: Many Bothans died to bring us this plot device

I said "This failed undertaking is akin to that failed undertaking and for both similar claims exist"

The countpoint was "But alchemists succeeded elsewhere.". Which is irrelevant. Mr. inventor may be a good cook for example...

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"This has happened before. And it will happen again."

No, the energy consumed is radiated as heat.... why would the center of mass shift?

This reminds me of the times of the "Woodward Drive":

"The Alternate View" columns of John G. Cramer: Antigravity Sightings (March-1997)

Honorably, tests were done and the idea abandoned.

Note the following text in the above-linked article: Woodward's published measurements, which appear to have been done with considerable care, record a mass reduction of several milligrams as measured using signal averaging techniques to a statistical accuracy of 10 to 15 standard deviations. He also reports a number of systematic checks which are in good agreement with the predictions of his theory.

Okay. The BBC would probably have been breathlessly reporting about new possibilities in Space Drive Technology...

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Re: Time for a change

Yeah at some point in time, we will be selling them the fried mars bar.

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Re: Many Bothans died to bring us this plot device

What Alchemists did is not particularly relevant here.

can come up with a good explanation for the results that people are seeing but in the meantime

Here is one: UNKNOWN MEASUREMENT ERROR.

This is a device into which you pump a LOT of energy and then check whether there is force at the boundary of the instrument sensitivity.

Check out those measurements here: Measurement of Impulsive Thrust from a Closed Radio-Frequency Cavity in Vacuum

In particular the graph at the bottom (hotlink).

Shazam! Linear Curve Fit! (Why not logarithmic? It looks logarithmic to me!!) Now are those measurements of up to 80 micro-Newton consistent with an unknown systematic error source and a curve fit that is firmly on the y=0 line? Why, yes, absolutely!

I don't even know why the authors suddenly descend into the Bohmian Interpretation of QM which is now residing solidly on the graveyard of ideas (predictions are different from standard QM), some old farts regularly trying to revive it notwithstanding... it's not very seriousvery crank.

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FakeDesigns, Inc. a company registered in Unicorn Land

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Many Bothans died to bring us this plot device

I can't even hear it anymore.

An long-winded explanation of the EM-Drive's absence of power: here

Although if any physical (as opposed to practically usable) effects were indeed confirmed (a long shot), well, that would be interesting. Not holding my breath.

"This technology is currently in the latter stages of the proof-of-principle phase, with the goal of making the technology available in satellite engineering as quickly as possible," said Li Feng

I guess Alchemists' gold-generation procedures were in the latter stages of the proof-of-principle phase, too.

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NIST requests ideas for crypto that can survive quantum computers

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YES!

Quantum computers are best suited for Optimization problems, classic examples being the "Travelling Salesman Problem" or TSP.

NO. There is no indication that Quantum Computers can solve NP-complete problems in polynomial time.

See: BQP

And also: MUST READ COMIC

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Re: Private Enterprise Has Started

> Luck shouldn't be a factor in robust encryption.

You wish.

It isn't proved that prime factorization doesn't lie in P after all...

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Energy firm points to hackers after Kiev power outage

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Meanwhile, in the Empire

According to sources not only Russia, but also China and Iran may have had their hands in what can only be described as the Great Electoral Rape And Democracy Destruction Extravaganza of 2016. (Why not North Korea and possibly Maduro? That would at least complete the Axis of Evil lineup.)

[Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell]l said the issue should be investigated in “regular order” by the Senate intelligence panel, which is “fully capable of handling this.”

McConnell’s comments put him at odds with Arizona Sen. John McCain and other Republicans who have joined with incoming Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer in calling for a special committee to investigate efforts by Russia, China and Iran to interfere in U.S. elections....

McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Russian interference in the election threatens to “destroy democracy,” adding that a select committee is needed to find out exactly what Russia did and what effect it had on the election.

“We need to get to the bottom of this,” McCain said. “We need to find out exactly what was done and what the implications of the attacks were, especially if they had an effect on our election.”

He said: “There’s no doubt they were interfering and no doubt that it was cyberattacks. The question now is how much and what damage and what should the United States of America do? And so far, we have been totally paralyzed.”

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Re: A serious threat.

Hacking these systems is a really good way of inflicting a lot of damage. I'm not saying this example IS an attack. But it is an obvious target.

A better way of inflicting a lot of damage is waltzing in with a few pounds of C4.

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King's College London staggers from outage, replaces infrastructure services head

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Re: there but for the grace of God...

"The hard Bit Error Rates (BER) on SATA disks are far higher than on Fibre Channel, SAS, or SSD disks."

Why should that be the case.

Excepting SSD, this sounds like the manufacturers "inject" some problems to drive customers to the "reliably pricey solution"-

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MH370 hunters call for new search of extra 25,000km2

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Re: but the search has to date cost Australia over AU$100m.

Woah how sub 50 IQ must one be to downvote that?

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