* Posts by Marketing Hack

2417 posts • joined 18 Jun 2009

Paul Allen hunts down sunken Japanese WWII super-battleship

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Re: Astounding stuff

Personally, I thought his run for the title in "So You Think You Can Dance" was the nadir of his ambition :)

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FREAK show: Apple and Android SSL WIDE OPEN to snoopers

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Re: Ouch....sorry this is going to hurt.

So Windows and Explorer are now the most secure platforms available?

Surely a sign that the end times are upon us!

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Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD found after 500 years

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Re: @Winkypop: Don't tell Steven Spielberg

Towards the end of The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I was hoping that the carnivorous ants would reappear, march off camera and the next thing you would see was them dragging Steven Spielberg across the ground and into their anthill....

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Re: Primeval rain forest?

Grammer Nazis are fanatic fans of Kelsey Grammer. They probably want to see Kelsey as the lead in the next Indiana Jones movie....

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Snowden 'ready to return to US', claims lawyer

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Re: There is no benefit to Mr. Snowden in returning to the heart of the beast

The only problem I had with your post is that you suggest that only the U.S. and Britain are interested in seeing Snowden locked away and shut up. I think that a sober assessment of what has actually gone on since Snowden's revelations is that basically all of NATO, the "5 Eyes" and probably other countries with strong relationships with the U.S. military and intelligence communities would be happy to see him locked up as well.

They might hide a little behind "Hey, it's the U.S. who is trying and imprisoning the guy!", but there are a lot of governments who benefit from being able to dial the Pentagon help line for this or that reason, and they would be happy to throw Snowden under the bus to ingratiate themselves with Washington DC.

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Re: If

Lindsay Mills is not under indictment or even investigation, so within the confines of local immigration laws, she is free to go to Russia, or anywhere else she wants to go. That she is going abroad to be with someone who is wanted in the U.S. is not a crime, so the U.S. government might surveil her in her travels or try to plant a bug in her luggage or something, but they have no right to say that she can't go abroad to spend her time with Edward Snowden, Jack the Ripper or anyone else.

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Dear Mr. Snowden:

Just stay in Russia for now. If you get tried under the Espionage Act (which Obama uses more than all the other Presidents since the passing of the act--COMBINED) then all your reasons for doing what you did will become inadmissable. You will be tried solely on whether you leaked classified data (which you did) and convicted. Then, given your high profile and awareness of classified programs, you will probably be sent to the Florence, Colorado "Supermax" facility, or at the very least a federal maximum security prison.

Stay abroad, at least until a new administration comes in that is less peeved at you for outing their bad deeds.

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Hillary Clinton draws flak for using personal email at State Dept

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Best (fictitious) legal firm name since Wee Cheatham & Howe!!

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Nokia boss smashes net neutrality activists

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Nokia CEO is taking a simplistic view...

If hospitals need video without jittering or buffering, they can buy a larger bandwidth connection. Likewise consumers who love streaming movies and TV. And if self-driving cars are going to need a crapload of bandwidth, then self-driving car owners should pay for that in the purchase price of their new rides.

What I don't agree with is the idea that ISPs can throttle some content to favor other content that they either control themselves (Once again, look at all the media properties that Comcast controls, and Time-Warner Cable's predilections can be determined by just looking at it's name. And in Britain, BT is going in this direction too.) or where they can get content providers to pay them for preferential access to ISP customers.

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NASA upgrades Rosetta, Voyager and moon landing tracker

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Aaaahhhhhh!!!!

The aliens obviously don't want us intruding on their hegemony in outer space, and they have sent some giant space-magpie to destroy us puny humans!!

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Google's 'encrypted-by-default' Android is NOT encrypting by default

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I don't really like Apple/iOs

Mostly because I hate the "getting nickeled-and-dimed" sensation I get from buying iPhone gear and accessories.

However, this might get me to change, and I should probably be thinking about an upgrade on my 2+ year old Android phone anyway.

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US court rubber-stamps dragnet metadata surveillance (again)

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The FISA court is worthless...

If I remember correctly, they refused one authorization request in the nearly 40 years they have been in business.

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HP gulps down Aruba Networks for $3bn

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Eh, I can see this as a defensive play..

But as a previous poster suggested, I don't see HP making a ton of money off this acquisition.

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US military SATELLITE suddenly BLOWS UP: 'Temperature spike' blamed

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A satellite overheated and exploded??

Did it have a demolition charge onboard or something? I guess if there was a decent amount of maneuvering fuel onboard, that might explode, but my understanding was that satellites didn't carry lots of combustible fuel, but something more akin to composite fuel that burned when mixed--like the old Apollo command and lunar excursion modules.

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Reckon YOU can write better headlines than us? Great – apply within

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"During quiet moments, moderate comments from readers on articles."

It was all sounding so good, until you veered into "job from Hell" territory!!

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BOFFINS: Oxygen-free, methane-based ALIENS may EXIST on icy SATURN moon Titan

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Re: "a colourless, poisonous, liquid organic compound"

The worst part is that instead of face-huggers, Titan's residents might hug some other orifice! Ouch!!

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Don't forget Alan Shepard's golf ball!!

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FCC says cities should be free to run decent ISPs. And Republicans can't stand it

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Re: VICTORY!

I think corporations have a right to be concerned if tax revenues are being diverted from cities to run municipal ISPs. However, if these ISPs are being supported by only subsciption fees, then the corporations can shut the hell up as far as I am concerned. Let's face it, as the last round of "worst company in America" showed, Comcast (Largest U.S. ISP) and Time-Warner Cable (3rd largest) have both built pretty terrible reps for customer service.

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

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Well, my thoughts are with his family.

Jobs and Wozniak famously had a Spock poster in the garage they founded Apple in, which is indicative of the inspiration that character gave to many in the futurist-focused tech industry. In fact, it's hard to think of a person who's career largely became typecast, but had such an impact on the popular consciousness.

Rest in peace, Leonard Nimoy.

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Churchill's blood valued at £560,000. Take that Stalin!

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I think you'd get a lot of money for the right to DRAIN the blood of our current political leaders, but that's not quite the same thing :)

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Well, I imagine that Churchill drank good stuff

So I'm betting that the value of his blood would go up once you factor in the high-quality alcohol content.

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NO ONE is making money from YouTube, even Google – report

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"So what is the idiot-viewing platform actually for?"

A) When looking at the global marketplace, the "idiot segment" is amazingly large.

B) Anyone not covered in A) likes to view the denizens of that segment so that that they can feel smug about themselves.

So in conclusion: World = idiots + smug assholes, with a small overlap where those two demographics meet :)

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Britain needs more tech immigrants, quango tells UK.gov

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There really needs to be a statutory link to higher local wages in an occupation

Before the employers can start screaming for increased immigration quotas in that field

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SIM hack scandal biz Gemalto: Everything's fine ... Security industry: No, it's really not

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The good news is...

If Gemalto actually gets it's sales taken down because of loss of confidence in the marketplace caused by their penetration by the NSA/GCHQ, then that is going to put the fear of God into tech companies around the world, who will quite understandably fear that the same thing will happen to them.

A) Much less likely to work with the NSA/GCHQ/other sigint agencies. Let's face it, these agencies are bad actors who are REALLY hurting tech companies. They can pull their cloak-and-dagger crap, but the tech industry should ACTIVELY oppose them in doing so.

B) A little less likely to seek defense contracts, which quite possibly come with real or market-perceived strings attached. So hopefully this will starve defense establishments a little bit on the tech side and increase the pain to various DoD/defense ministries who could previously support sigint agencies' behavior on a nearly cost-free basis.

C) Increased pressure from the global tech industry on political leaders to get these agencies back in line.

Its a shame, because we do need sigint and militaries. However, it really looks like these sigint agencies are out of control. You can't crap all over the tech industry by damaging products/brands/standards/trust/revenue streams and then expect that the industry is just going to sit there and take it while these agencies tear down what the industry has spent the last 60 years building.

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Big data = big loss for Hadoop-flinger Hortonworks

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Lost $177 million on revenues of $46 million?

*Ring, Ring*

"Hello?"

"Hi. 2001 calling. We want our tech bust back!"

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Gemalto: NSA, GCHQ hacked us – but didn't snatch crucial SIM keys

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I think the Nobel committee should take away Obama's prize and give it to Snowden...

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Why does the NSA's boss care so much about backdoors when he can just steal all our encryption keys?

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Re: Meh. It all tastes like chicken to me.

Yes, Admiral Rodgers thinks the data on your systems is finger lickin' good.

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Why is this guy allowed into a cyberSECURITY conference at all??

While we're letting the NSA to give us their opinions on IT security, why not allow someone from Anonymous, or Lulzsec, or that Shanghai-based PLA operation chat as well?

If we want to talk about SECURITY, then bring in the people who are actually working to improve cybersecurity and protect systems and data. If we want to talk about hacking or compromising security standards, THEN I would bring in the NSA to give us their point of view.

Its like inviting a fox to the poultry-judging contest!!

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Glad you're not on the Anthem hacker hit list? Not so fast – millions more affected

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2 years of credit reporting services?

Thank God! I thought that Anthem might offer a woefully insignificant credit monitoring package in an attempt to shift the financial cost of their poor security onto their customers.

/sarcasm off

And yes, I am probably one of those who got their ID information leaked. I guess its time to review legal options against Anthem.

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Live a day in the life of Jennifer Lawrence: Tell Reddit to delete your stolen nude selfies

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Doesn't help me...

Because any picture of me is sexy!!

(Well, maybe not Paris-sexy, but still pretty sexy.)

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I wish I'd leaked sooner says Edward Snowden in post-Oscar chinwag

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Rand Paul...

I'm hoping that he does well in the Republican primaries, because he is the only potential candidate for President who really seems to care about mass surveillance.

Then again, Obama made a lot of the right noises about surveillance, and then he sold out once he got into power.

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ACLU: Here's a secret – cops are using the FBI's fake cell-tower tech to track crims' phones

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Re: And here we run into the main problem ..

They want to establish a body of law where this technology is inadvertently allowed, and then hope that the practice becomes part of accepted investigational procedure.

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FCC Republicans slam brakes on net neutrality, but this wagon ain't slowing

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"Let’s leave the power where it belongs - with the American people.

Well, in this case I think that the American people have spoken. What with something like 3 million comments to the FCC on net neutrality--so many comments that the FCC website couldn't handle them all and broke down under the strain.

I'm not anxious for government regulation, I'm sure there will be unintended consequences. However, I view the risk of those consequences as being preferable to allowing ISPs to overtly throttle various content in favor of either their own content (because the big U.S. ISPs all own TV networks and magazines and such.) or big content providers who are happy to pay for the right to knee-cap their smaller competitors.

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The finest weird people in the world live here, and we're proud of it

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I'm an American, but....

Author is right about if you are one of those Brits who are into what I guess Brits would call "laddish/Chav" behavior. If you go to a bar and make a scene, pray you just get thrown out. If you do get thrown out and you still have your wits about you, immediately leave the area. Cops are quite likely on the way, and if they scoop you'll up you'll get a fair trial for assault/drunk & disorderly/disturbing the peace but 4+ people who were in the bar will show up to testify against you and the jury will think you're an asshole for breaking "the code" and convict you. Once you complete your stretch in county, you'll be tossed on a plane back to Her Majesty.

Property taxes can actually be written off your federal income tax, which significantly reduces the "Your property tax bill will be as large as your rent!", which is hyperbole in itself, unless you marry someone who has lived in a rent-controlled SF apartment for 10-20 years. The property tax RATE in California is pretty low, its just that when you multiply 1.1% against a $1.5 million assessed value on your house, it works out to a lot of money. If you can manage a good job and like living somewhere 50-60 miles away from the coast, then your property tax really does fade to insignificance, though Sacramento and Tracy is not truly cheap, only relatively so compared to the Bay Area.

You can use "SF" instead of "The City", but the latter is preferred. Don't call it "Frisco" unless you immediately want to out yourself as a visitor to the Bay Area.

Using generalities, housing prices in SF are criminally insane, those on the SF Peninsula down into Silicon Valley proper and in Marin county (just north of SF) are clinically insane, and anywhere else within 5-10 miles of the Bay just plain ol' looney aunt insane. Personally, having lived in The City, I like staying out of SF for nicer weather (Real summer and fog as someone else's problem), MUCH less congestion, the presence of actual green growing things and somewhat lower housing prices.

One of the previous posters mentioned helping homeless people. A) you don't get many of those in the suburbs where I am, but you do see them a lot in the large Bay Area cities and East Bay cities that are along the Bay and B) you can help them by giving to local food banks and homeless shelters. I volunteer for Second Harvest occasionally, and within the City you can donate to places like Glide Memorial Church. That way your donation goes to food, shelter and social services for the homeless, instead of the next dose of booze or drugs.

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After Brit spies 'snoop' on families' lawyers, UK govt admits: We flouted human rights laws

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Re: "You are not allowed to tell people we spied on you"

By the way, for those of you with HBO "Citizenfour" is debuting next week. HBO will probably run it for 3-4 weeks.

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"does not mean that there was any deliberate wrongdoing on the part of the security and intelligence agencies, which have always taken their obligation to protect legally privileged material extremely seriously"

But that protection doesn't seem to prevent MI5, MI6, the Crown Prosecution Office and (probably) the Home Office and other parts of law enforcement from having access to this "legally privileged material". So basically this vaunted protection is full of actual holes.

So I guess the takeaway is that you shouldn't challenge the British Government in a case where that government might be embarrassed--because you'll get spied on. Of course, those are the cases that really matter and really determine whether the government is bound by the law and if citizens actually have legal recourse against government malfeasance.

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'Net neutrality will turn the internet communist – and make Iran's day'

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Netizens of the world unite!!

I see the capitalist running dogs have found us out, and are attempting to corrupt our revolution. Fortunately, the will of the netetariat is strong, and such counter-revolutionaries will soon be shot, or at least be forever consigned to have Comcast as their ISP.

All power to the soviet!

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Obama turns back on spooks: 'I'm on the side of strong encryption'

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Re: Sony

Well again, Sony seems to have had an unprotected spreadsheet o' passwords on their network, which I am sure greatly helped those who hacked the place. I think that says more about Sony and their accident-waiting-to-happen security than any information about the skill levels of North Korea's cyberwarriors.

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Re: Woohoo

Wait 2 years and you can take Obama off our hands...

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"...certainly this is true for me and my family, we all want to know that if we’re using a smartphone for transactions, sending messages, having private conversations, that we don’t have a bunch of people compromising that process"

Well, its good that he understands that encryption is not just some tool used by bad guys, but that it protects EVERYONE's online activities. Being public figures, watered-down encryption would put his family would be even more in the bullseye than the rest of us.

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Big Brother in SPAACE: Mars One picks first 100 morons to suffocate, er, settle on Red Planet

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"...on the shortlist to wear red shirts"

That would top everything, if the first wave of colonists were all given red shirts to wear when then landed.

On one hand, I don't mind because A) they volunteered and B) great voyages of exploration and expansion are dangerous. However, if the settlement turns into colonial Jamestown, its going to play out on TV, at least until feral colonists start cannibalizing the communications gear.

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Just don't name the first settlement "Greenland"--especially if you plop it down next to the Viking Lander.

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

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They walk among us! Martian takeover of Congress would explain a lot...

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Game of Moans: Sky coughs to BORKED set top box BALLS-UP

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Other Game of Thrones-inspired memes

Just to get this over with:

-Game of Phones (Used in relation to competition between mobile phone manufacturers. Personally, I think this one is great)

-Game of Groans

-Game of Tones

-Game of Doh's

-Game of Bones (Probably an XX-rated video under this name somewhere)

-Game of Scones

-Game of Crones (Use anywhere biddies are going after eachother)

-Game of Loans (Should probably be used like Game of Phones, but among international financial companies)

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Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

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Re: Grzegorz Brzeczyszczykiewicz

I actually googled this name because I want to see what scientific discipline he is in. However, there are actually a LOT of guys in Poland with this name!

Hereafter, I intend to address anyone with this kind of name as "dude" or "bro" or maybe "slick".

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@Lee D.

I think you give IT departments and users too much credit. Weren't we just treated to stories about how the Sony Pictures hack was aided by some unencrypted Excel spreadsheet of logins and passwords left lying around somewhere on the Sony Pictures network, where the bad guys scooped it up?

If major corporations who know they have intellectual property to protect can do that kind of self-evidently stupid stuff, imagine how many machines can be swept up by something like what the NSA is doing.

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Why didn't you finish that line? Did the NSA's black-bag team grab you and stuff you in a van?!

WE WANT TO KNOW!!!

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Re: but the '...w.dll'

@ Streaky

You're assuming that this highly classified involvement would ever be A) discovered and B) something that the "anybody" in questions competitors were not also involved in

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This is why we need some ACTUAL transparency on what these sigint agencies are doing

"spread its spy tools through compromised watering hole jihadist sites and by intercepting and infecting removable media including CDs.

The latter vector was discovered in 2009 when a scientist named Grzegorz Brzeczyszczykiewicz received a CD sent by a unnamed prestigious international scientific conference he had just attended in Houston."

Isn't this more than a little indiscriminate? I can understand that the NSA/GCHQ/etc. need to be able to penetrate SOME machines that are out there, but sending CDs of conference proceedings (that are bound to be shared with other scientists/technicians the recipient knows) through the mail is going to infect and sweep up a lot of machines that have nothing to do with the actual target. Also, I assume from the scientist's name that he is Polish, and I'm pretty sure that Poland was a NATO ally and one of the "good guys" in 2009--so I'm not going to take it on faith that it was necessary to spy on them. Also, I am going to take another small leap and say that if the NSA intercepted and infected Mr. Brzeczyszczykiewicz's CD, then they probably did the same thing for some number of other attendees of this conference, much less the thousands of other conferences that might have hit the NSA's target list over the years.

Well, thank you again, Edward Snowden. Though this seems to be something that Kaspersky picked up on, the work that Snowden did is what makes sure that this story gets some actual front-page exposure, and is not buried in the back of the tech news section.

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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Pfft, rule one is to never let good science get in the way of disaster porn...

If the Canary Island megatsunami actually takes place, it would be aimed at the eastern seaboard of the Americas and the Caribbean anyway, and would pretty much miss Europe.

And a kilometer-high wave would entirely destroy the UK anyway, unless you happened to be on a mountain-top in Scotland. The good news with that is that it would mean the end of the BBC's ability to release scare-mongering pseudo-scientific "crock-umentaries".

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