* Posts by Crazy Operations Guy

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Oi, Aussie sports fans! Take that selfie stick and stick it

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Every time I see a "Selfie Stick" being used

I always feel a strong desire to use it to give them an impromptu colonoscopy.

That is where their head is firmly planted after all, so perhaps they'd be able to see how idiotic they look.

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SpaceX makes nice with U.S. Air Force, gets shot at black ops launches

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Problems with landing on the barge

Even if they fail again, at least they're much closer to doing it than ULA...

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Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

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Could actually be used for the opposite

With proper image-recognition software, it might actually be possible to do the opposite: remove ads from the real-world. The headset could be set up to do basic image recognition to compare what you are seeing to a database of advertisements (linked to your current location and the direction you are looking to reduce computational requirements) and replace it with a blank rectangle or maybe nice photos of cats or something. Maybe when you're traveling to a location, replace the image on the billboard with a maps and directions to the next way-point..

The advertising industry would hate it but Microsoft wouldn't care, the lion's share of their income is off of software sales, not ad sales like their competitors.

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Mind-controlled clicking

Combine this with Mattel's Mind-flex headset contraption from a few years ago and work on improving it a bit and you'd have your clicking sorted out and maybe a few other controls as well depending on whether they could improve the technology.

With some work, you could totally administer a whole network of computers using a UI like the one form "Hackers".

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Your anonymous code contributions probably aren't: boffins

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Re: students

Although I'd imagine that you'd get a lot of false positives as a lot of students would have very similar coding styles to their teachers and the fact that they are all trying to solve the same, usually trivial, problem, I'd imagine a lot of them would look very similar to others.

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Snowden SLAMS iPhone, claims 'special software' tracks users

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"too difficult for local and federal police."

That's just what they want you to think...

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US military finds F-35 software is a buggy mess

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Skipping tests?

On a $110+ Million dollar piece of hardware? And one that can carry a 340 Kiloton nuke? Are they goddam suicidal? Hopefully they do a better job testing the software (when they get around to it) than they did for the F-22 Raptor where they lost Avionics by crossing the International Date Line and had to get to dry land using only their eyes and dead reckoning...

We can't even get by with skipping a single test on a $1 million dollar project at work, how in the hell are they allowing tests to be skipped on a $1 Trillion project?

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Copycat drug souk Silk Road 2.0: Another man cuffed

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I wonder how much money they could save by spending on drug rehab centers and other social services. Almost no one starts taking drugs for the hell of it, they do it to fix a problem in their lives, it'd be far better to treat the reason why people take drugs than to keep beating them down while scratching their heads trying to figure out why there is still a drug problem...

Hell, Silk Road is probably reducing crime as most violent drug-related crimes occur at the 'retail' level (distribution to the street level dealers, disputes with other street-level merchants over territory, and disputes between dealers and customers). Such issues that do not appear with Silk Road.

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Polish chap builds computer into a mouse

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Why induction charging?

Are they just trying to check off another item on the "Useless new feature"? Or do they not understand that portable means not having to carry around the mouse pad and a power adapter.

Although I don't understand how this is an different than taking a smart phone that was built with a Micro-HDMI connector and stripping off the screen, speakers/mic, and cellular radio while re-wiring some buttons to make it a mouse. Oh and making it much more difficult to carry around.

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Notorious skin-flick master Max Hardcore goes limp over namesake dot-com

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Only $10,000

No wonder the Justice department just let it go. It'd probably cost twice that in labor to fill out the forms to receive the applications for consideration of intention to potentially perform an auction.

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Microsoft Outlook PENETRATED by Chinese 'man-in-the-middle'

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Penetrated doesn't seem like the right word

I think that 'Intercepted' would be more accurate as the attack only compromised sessions out in the wild rather than gaining access to the internal workings of either end.

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Possible Lizard Squad members claim hack of Oz travel insurer

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People still buy travel insurance?

I'd thought that independent Travel Insurance had gone the way of Travel Agent once all the major credit card players started offering it for free on the Airline-branded and other loyalty cards... Not to mention that a lot of Insurance companies also offer this as part of their standard packages.

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Spavined RadioShack to file for bankruptcy next month – report

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Re: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!

Continue to pull down well in excess of a million dollars per episode?

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Bacon-smoking locals provoke noxious Chinese smog

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Recycle the smoke?

Couldn't they build some sort of system that just pumps the smoke right back in and circulates it until its nearly air? From what I understand about the smoking process is that the additional flavor comes form the particulate matter in the smoke itself, so why not use all that you can?

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"You can't have technology without bacon..."

Tell that to all the R&D engineers in Israel working for the likes of Intel.

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Please use TWO HANDS to access AdultFriendFinder

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Re: Ill show you mine :)

And this would be why I install NoScript before anything else when installing a new browser. Beside, I block google-analytics whether is spelled incorrectly or not, I'm not donating precious processor cycles running tracking scripts just so that Google can get richer.

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Warning: Using encrypted email in Spain? Do not pass go, go directly to jail

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One more country removed from my list

I keep a list of countries that won't hassle me about the fact that every piece of data I carry is heavily encrypted, and every communication is done through highly encrypted links back to the office, including my sat phone. I consult for large, multinational financial institutions, so security is paramount, especially against government snooping. My list of countries I'll deal with is getting pretty small, soon it'd probably be down to Switzerland and the Caymans...

I wonder how they'd deal with the fact that every e-mail I send is PGP-encrypted before being sent over SWIFTNet? (Thanks NSA for convincing me to do that!)

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Re: It's almost like some kind of...

Well I certainly didn't expect it

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MAINFRAMES are SO NOT DEAD: IBM's launched a new one

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Re: "I have the same policy with regards to girlfriends :)"

If you're like most of the people I've worked with, that list of potential girlfriends is pretty short:

-Your hands

-A molded plastic cylinder

-Inflatables

-Sheep

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Fujitsu: Slide your fingertip through our ring piece and show mice the finger

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Re: A solution looking for a problem

Not if they are using both since this thing could work with HUDs (like the glass)

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UNDER A VEST: Man cuffed for smuggling 94 iPhones strapped to his body

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Why would the Chinese even want Apple products?

Don't they get enough totalitarianism and personality cultism from their government already?

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Checkmate, GoDaddy – Google starts flogging dot-word domain names

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Getting a bit scary

So they are offering all these things for free / much cheaper than the competition to the point where it is a huge loss for them. But since it is a loss, how long before they start squeezing their customers? Or just up and kill the service with little to no warning.

Even if its not Google themselves forcing it, how long before some like Carl Icahn comes along and forces their hand?

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Insert 'Skeleton Key', unlock Microsoft Active Directory. Simples – hackers

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Needs domain admin and can allow you to impersonate any user.

So they discovered "SeImpersonatePrivilege" in the API, big fuckin' deal. Hell, you could do this with the SysInternal's 'psexec' tool.

But if you have Domain Admin rights, you could just edit the schema and create some random account buried deep in the System container and give yourself every right you want. Or if you are just wanting to look at someone's email, just log onto the Exchange server and mount their mailbox (Use 'psexec -sie' to impersonate SYSTEM and no one would ever notice, or they'll assume it was Exchange itself doing it).

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Trial of alleged Silk Road kingpin set to begin

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RE: Japan

I imagine that that 99% conviction rate is for the crime of "Not fully cooperating with the Yakuza". The 1% non-conviction rate is probably due to bribes that weren't paid in full until after arraignment.

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ROBOT-ON-DRAGON GRABHAND ACTION: SpaceX supply podule arrives at ISS

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Joke

Well they could use the Canadarm2, but I think NASA/ESA would get a little mad at using a multi-billion dollar piece of equipment as a "selfie-stick"...

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Amazon's new EC2 compute instances run on SECRET INTEL CHIPS

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Re: Pedant Alert

But adding instructions gives you very little in the near-term. There is too much that has to be done before any benefit is improved:

-First new compilers need to be built

-Then you'd have to re-compile new OS kernels and maintain multiple version (One for each version of the instruction set)

-Then there is the effort of maintaining application binaries for each version of the instruction set or include quite a bit of bloat to determine what chip is in the system and branch if its supported or not (Of course a JIT-compiled language would alleviate the needs of this, but still...)

The only reason Apple was able to do such things was that they has unilateral control over every layer of the system from the silicon to APIs. This allows them to make changes in parallel so that the Instruction set and OS take full advantage of each other (Proc is optimized for new OS features, OS fully utilizes every improvement in the silicon). Add this to the fact that they locked versions of the OS to machine models and you can make all the changes to the instruction set you could ever want.

However this would never work on a free system where you have choice of OS and hardware can be heavily customized for your purposes.

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Ukraine PM: Hacktivists? C'mon! Russian spies attacked Gov.DE

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Re: What's the value of attacking websites? Especially governmental?

It is all bragging rights.

Foreign relations aren't all that much different than a bunch of drunks fighting in a bar: they'll swear loyalty to other (I love you man...) and in the same breath make death threats (..but I'll fuckin' cut ya!) then follow up it up with boasts about their combat skills and assets (I can take you all on, I have a black belt in Jui-jit-su!)

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4K off, Google Fiber: Comcast, Broadcom tout 2Gbps cable

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"Depends on where you live."

Indeed, I'm on their 50mb plan, only 3 hops between me and the local POP, I regularly get 6 MB/s coming down from Steam and various bandwidth tests. Living two city blocks away from the POP really helps.

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Hang on a second – Time Lords have added one to 2015

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Why?

We're already off by several hours each year due to our orbit not being an exact number of days anyway. The point of the time servers was to prevent machines from bugging out when there is a difference in time between systems; futzing about to be pedantic like this only makes things worse.

I wouldn't mind if they added extra seconds each day to compensate enough to get rid of leap years, but this feels like re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic: a pointless task that is only going to get in the way of people doing something useful.

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FBI boss: Sony hack was DEFINITELY North Korea, haters gonna hate

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If they have access to Sony' external network, then certainly. Set up a router (Could just be a basic PC with a BGP daemon) on a network that allows BGP advertisements and start advertising for AS131279.

Trivial BGP trickery that can be carried out in afternoon by a network engineer with a just a basic consumer router (with DD-WRT or similar installed) and a second device behind it to generate SMTP traffic.

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"Why would the FBI lie about this?"

To justify more spending to defend against the North Koreans. Congress is a bit uneasy about pouring even more money into fighting terrorists (Especially since they haven't done much to the US lately), so the FBI / NSA / CIA need a new straw man to justify next year's budgets.

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Tor pedo torpedoed: Ex-US cybersecurity guru jailed for 25 years in abuse pics sting

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Doesn't really matter how long his sentence is...

...he'll be dead in a week. Criminals tend to be a fairly tolerant of what crimes you've committed, but the one thing they do not tolerate is kiddie-fiddlers and child abusers. They may be scum, but they at least have better morals than politicians.

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No cellphones in cells, you slag! UK.gov moots prison mobe zap law

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Re: instant wiretap?

Although thinking about it, it is probably that the police aren't so much motivated to prevent crime but rather to make a big show of arresting people to boost their numbers and get a bigger pile of tax-payer cash. Besides, if the crime rate is low, how can they justify the additional budget to buy wire-tapping gear and CCTV cameras?

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Re: instant wiretap?

My thought exactly. It'd be much easier for them to take out huge criminal enterprises by finding whoever is still out there. And turning a criminal into an unknowing snitch would cause them to be ostracized from their former groups.

I'm pretty sure they wouldn't need a search warrant to intercept all the call since it is government property and all.

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NASA preps lobotomy for Opportunity rover to cure amnesia

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Re: "But anything could fail at any moment. It's like you have an aging parent, "

Nope, just good at my job. Probably helps that there is a plane trip between work and personal life to separate the two.

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Re: Necessary XKCD Reference

I've always wonder on Star Trek why they even bothered to transport down to the surface anyway? Why not build a remote-android duplicate to go down in their place? It'd be controlled from within an induced dream state and when the crew member is woken up, the remote droid dissolves or vaporizes itself. That way if either the mission ends or something bad happens, the crew member just wakes up thinking "Damn that was a weird dream. I was on this planet..."

No more risk going down to the planet, no clone issues, no more transporter malfunctions, and best of all, no more child support payments for all of Kirk's bastards.

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Re: Necessary XKCD Reference

I figured that teleportation would work by destroying a single cell/atom at a time to determine its quantum state. Then that state information gets transferred to the destination bit-by-bit, this would make it easy to actually determine the state of each piece as well as do away with the clone issue.

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"But anything could fail at any moment. It's like you have an aging parent, "

Sounds like someone needs to work on separating life and work...

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"Was wear levelling and trim support around 10 years ago?"

Exactly, I'm sure that the "memory banks" are a basically compact flash cards wrapped in gold-foil (for radiation resistance).

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Saudi Arabia hires 'ethical hackers' to silence smut slingers

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Good thing I was only there for a layover...

What with my checked luggage holding a 500 GB hard drive filled with pornography*, a couple bottles of rum and various other alcohols, and a couple packs of playing cards and poker chips.

*Encrypted because I was heading to London for a few days and I didn't feel like getting arrested.

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We need a better term than "hacking"

Just today I've heard 'hacking' in so many different ways that the word is losing all meaning. Everything from changing a setting on piece of electronic equipment (that you own) to writing code to do a simple task to taking over an account on a website all the way to attacking a secure network to gain access. All of these things are quite different in nature, some might be trivial while others are illegal; sometimes both, other times neither.

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Google unveils Windows 8.1 zero-day vuln – complete with exploit code

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Re: "still not into making antiviruses a part of the process.'

Ummm, they've been including AV as part of the install for a few years now. On Win 7 it would install an AV package if you didn't have one installed for a while and starting in Win 8 there is one installed by default that disables itself when you install a different one.

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Good on them for releasing information about the vulnerability

But they undid their goodwill with my by releasing proof-of-concept code... They should do something like reveal the vulnerability after 90 days, and then slowly releasing more information about the vulnerability every few days afterward.

In this case, just publicly reveal that "NtApphelpCacheControl()" has a bug, then after 15 days release that is doesn't properly check permissions, then 15 days after that release info about the security tokens, and so on. Going from keeping it to private to instantly tell the world+dog how to do it seems very irresponsible. At the very least they could have sent something to Security Software vendors so they can write code to detect malware using this vulnerability.

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Sony-blasting Lizard Squad suspects quizzed by UK and Finnish cops

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Re: For every exposed 'hacker'

The quarterly reports greatly affect stock prices, a few days lead time can make someone quite a bundle of cash, especially if the reports indicate that the company made a huge jump in profits (Or losses). Internal sales figures can tell you which suppliers to invest in, and which to avoid (EG, a product that uses a specific components sells like hot-cakes, invest in the company that makes that part)

Of course you could also edit reports before they go out to the SEC and ruin the company by making it look like they are hiding profits or losses to deceive stock holders.

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For every exposed 'hacker'

I always wonder how many more are out there not getting caught. It seems the only way these people get caught is by trying to show off their trophies and make names for themselves. Case in point, the Sony data leaks, the GOP (or whomever) managed to extract several terabytes of data from Sony, how long could they have operated if they just stayed under the radar?

I figure the smart thing to do would be to penetrate networks just deep enough to get their financial reports and then just use them to play the stock market. Who cares if no one knows your name when you are swimming in huge piles of cash?

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UFOs in the '50s skies? CIA admits: 'IT WAS US'

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They could have held an international news conference about it, but no one would know, because no one can understand them.

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Universal Pictures told off for scaring kids with nasty vid

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"ban ads altogether"

But Google would never allow that to happen since that's well over 90% of their income right there...

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"religious corporations"

Well, technically the Catholic Church is one of the largest corporations on the planet:

-Multiple offices in nearly every country in the world (Even multiple offices in prime locations)

-Just under 1.25 Billion customers

-Over 415,000 employees

-Continued operation for well over 1000 years

-Insane levels of income (No public figures available, but given their real-estate assets...)

-Unparallelled levels of political influence (No taxes, laws preventing investigation of finances...)

-Extremely low cost vs. extremely high value of produced products

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Stale pizza, backup BlackBerrys, payroll panic: Sony Pictures mega-hack

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$65 Million to make a shitty re-make of Annie

Yet no budget to put proper DR in place... Hell, they could even go the cheap route and keep a bunch of cloud instances on hand to test their backup procedures and just spin them up full time in a major disaster.

New idea for a server company:

with each physical server sold, you'd get a free replica cloud server that will run in its place in case of a failure. Could be set up so that the server would be backed-up to that cloud server as a VM image and run it like Amazon's cheap instances where you get whatever free time is available and offer more expensive plans for 1:1 dedicated systems. Such a system could also be offered as a basic off-site backup storage and verification test. Maybe add some logic to the BMC on the servers, and with a proper VPN set up, would allow any server on the internal network to fail, the cloud service would spring into action and the end-user wouldn't notice a thing except a slightly higher latency.

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Norks blame U.S. for TITSUP internet, unleash racist rant against Obama

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Re: Elephants in the room

I've always figured that the NSA could get back into everyone's good graces by actually protecting our communications infrastructure: use their packet capture abilities to identify malicious traffic going across the wires and either report the packets to ISPs for remediation or block such connections if one end is in a foreign country. If they can track people based on a few key words, they sure as hell can track infections and botnets.

Hell, they could also release an Open-source security suite to add some transparency to their operations and gain at least a little trust with certain communities across the internet.

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