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Putin: Crack Tor for me and I'll make you a MILLIONAIRE

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Re: Will the NSA tender thru a proxy party ?

The FSB is the internal security intelligence service, similar to MI5, the FBI's Counterintelligence function and Israel's Shin Bet.

The SVR and GRU handle foreign and military intelligence respectively, and there's an organization inside of the Federal Protective Service called the Spetssvyaz, or "Special Communications and Information Service of the Federal Protective Service of the Russian Federation" that handles signals intelligence like the NSA/CSS and GCHQ.

Edward Snowden managed to get Putin to lie about the Spetssvyaz on camera during that Q&A session awhile back as you may recall.

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Gameover ZeuS botnet pulls dripping stake from heart, staggers back from the UNDEAD

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Mentioned in DHS Open Source Infrastructure report

You guys managed to get your headline in the DHS Open Source infrastructure report for today. Best one I've ever seen there too I might add, especially since they included the capitalized "UNDEAD". Check it out, last link in the IT section of the report.

It is a PDF, check the middle of page 8

I get one of these from FEMA and another from DHS every day, FEMA didn't have your stuff but they don't usually cover "cyber" anything yet.

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Hamas hacks Israeli TV sat channel to broadcast pics of Gaza wounded

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Re: They (and really everyone else) don't get it

I think they understand full well that propaganda isn't very effective against a determined adversary. This, like most of Hamas' propaganda plays to the Arab echo chamber because they know full well that Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya will pick it up and run with it. Israelis won't care and it won't stop them.

I say cut off Israel and cut off the PA. None of them deserve our backing as both sides have repeatedly demonstrated they aren't willing to bargain in good faith. Let them suck China in and continue to kill each other.

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Interesting

Kind of reminds me of the Max Headroom incident in Chicago during the 80's. Its really bizarre, check out the Reddit AmA about it, because the guy who wrote that is pretty sure he knows who it was. If you were active at all in the Phreaking or BBS community in Chicago, then you may know as well.

There's an article On wikipedia and the reddit Am(almost)A here

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New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

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They finally have the OS I want. Two years and four Windows 7 licenses too late in my case. I suspect the same is true with a large number of people who wanted the improvements in Windows 8, but without the bullshit.

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Forget the mobile patent wars – these web giants have patented your DATA CENTER

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Re: The 21st century version

Patent Law isnt really like MAD. Deterrence though, yes.

The consequences for deterrence failing in patent law are a fuck of a lot smaller than under a Mutually Assured Destruction nuclear doctrine. Interestingly enough, noone's ever really used that doctrine. You don't have bunkers and civil defense organizations if you truly adhere to MAD, because there should be nothing left if there's an attack.

The very concept of survivability contradicts the orthodox Mutually Assured Destruction ideal, which is unrealistic. People will survive. We're a pain in the ass to kill off. Civilization's basically done, but the species will continue unless the survivors don't breed.

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Amazon Zocalo rocks Box, socks DropBox, clocks Google Docs

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Re: insulting reference to Amazon as Microsoft-like in this reference

You're using semantics.

Wouldn't you call making your business dependent on AWS, even in part, a strategic partnership or business arrangement with Amazon? I know I would. If it isn't, then what words would you use to describe a contracted arrangement where Amazon provides a service that you depend on for a fee then? Because that sounds an awful lot like a business arrangement and a strategic partnership to me. The same would be true if it were on Azure or Google's offering.

Personally, I say making your business beholden to a third-party who does not give a shit about you aside from their paycheck and may decide to compete is a stupid idea, but then again, the "cloud" and the hypegasm surrounding it has eroded my opinion of quite a number of otherwise intelligent people's common sense, and that's before I even get into the privacy issues.

Amazon is behaving exactly as Microsoft has in the past and continues to to an extent, there's no difference at all except presumably you have a positive opinion of Amazon and a negative opinion of Microsoft, so you excuse one's behavior while condemning the other's. Correct me if I'm wrong but thats how it reads to me anyway.

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China trawls top-secret US personnel lists – report

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Re: No attack necessary

Same with the US really.

Instead of trying to bust open a system they'll probably never get into, they could have just trawled facebook and linkedin looking for people with 35 series MOS if they're Army and the IS or CTI/CTR/CTT rating in the Navy as well as the Air Force and Marine Corps equivalents. They all at least possess a secret clearance. Hell, even a regular line Infantryman holds a Secret clearance now (which is ridiculous, but Army stupid is Army stupid).

I have a feeling they were trying to find civilian employees or possibly contractors with Chinese names that they could try to influence (which is how they usually go about getting scientists at the National Labs to sell information to them), with a TS though. If they're looking for contractors with clearances, hitting OPM is kind of stupid. DSS does the clearance process for them, while OPM is only for Government employees, including Military Personnel.

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Re: Congratulations to the Chinese for ...

NSA/CSS has been strongly focused on exploitation as opposed to Information Assurance and security for about 10 years now, if you've paid any attention to Snowden's leaks you should be well aware of this.

Hell, I remember when the shift happened, when they started telling their IA customers (like myself and the rest of the Army) to use Microsoft's security configuration templates and guides as opposed to their own on Windows systems, and stopped releasing baseline config files for RHEL. They didn't just stop doing it publicly. And the Information Assurance course that I have to take bi-annually hasn't been updated in forever.

Simply put, US-CERT needs to be moved out of DHS and take that function across the entire Government. There is no reason on earth that an Intelligence agency should be responsible for wider Information Security at all.

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Adobe Flash: The most INSECURE program on a UK user's PC

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Re: Flash on Linux

Shumway, Mozilla's flash clone, also generally falls over if you throw something that Mozilla didn't make themselves as well. The thing is that its pre-alpha or just went into alpha, the only way to get it is by sideloading it from Mozilla's Github. I don't think the Nightlies or Aurora even ship with it yet though its a fairly important project going on over there.

But Gnash is like a damned Greek tragedy to me. It should work fairly well at this point but it still doesn't which is kind a shame, Id rather use code that I could audit if I so choose as opposed to whatever Adobe's shipping.

I'd still figure Java was a bigger problem than Flash though.

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

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Girl gamers sexism row: Top e-sports federation finds reverse gear

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Open for all, or not at all.

Giving anyone a special category is not equality, its that bullshit "equality" that the governments and industry push because "divide et impera". Makes sense. Keep the plebes divided, their numbers don't matter when they hate each other more than they hate the people that control them. Whether its the false constructs of race, gender, sexuality, religion, national origin, whatever. Divide the fuckers. Their house divided can't stand against our money, guns and lack of division.

I love how the transgender thing is the newest way to divide people. Its great. I hope they keep introducing new ones. How about augmented vs organic? Already have it for food, why not people? That's another box to put the plebes in.

Problem is most people don't really want equality (or the responsibility that it entails) because they either simply can't compete without their respective crutches that get provided by the upper to give a slight advantage but not enough of one to make any difference (like affirmative action at Universities), or think they can't compete without it, which is even worse.

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Mystery bidder plunders the whole haul in Silk Road Bitcoin auction

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A Speculative Fiction

Since Berkshire Hathaway doesn't really play with currencies, crypto or otherwise, they do stocks and insurance, I doubt it was Warren Buffett.

Carl Icahn I can see doing it though. Or JP Morgan Chase, but they just had a pretty bad day with their CEO going public about his cancer diagnosis so telling the world they bought a shitload of bitcoins probably wouldn't be welcomed by investors. Or it may have been HSBC since they already have a huge shadow banking interest in Mainland China, in which Bitcoin could definitely be applied to in the future.

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Facebook 'manipulated' 700k users' feelings in SECRET EXPERIMENT

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WTF?

Army Research Office?

Barring the deletion, there's an entity called the Army Research Laboratory, but there is no Army Research Office. At least not in regard to the United States Army, which as this study involves American institutions, I would figure that would be who it is supposed to be, but I kind of have my doubts unless a certain circumstance happened.

But then again, the Army doesn't fund the trick cyclists often unless there's a specific battlefield advantage to be gained or a weakness to be exploited. DARPA is more for far out weird/creepy shit like this. Unless Psychological Operations branch and USACAPOC managed to be very convincing that the trick cyclists can figure out a way to degrade enemy morale using social media for a low cost. Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations has a functional sub-command under US Army Special Operations Command which means they get quite a bit of money for themselves that they can use for research if they so choose. They still have to demonstrate a need for the Army to do whatever research though, its not like DARPA where they come up with crazy ideas that sometimes work.

They probably can indeed hurt enemy morale with social media, but blasting that we're going to kill specific commanders or rank and file Soldiers over the radio and on TV, and then doing it, works better to scare the enemy if you ask me. So as a result, buying a few more EC-130E Commando Solo aircraft (which arent very expensive, $90 million a piece when they were under development, its just a C-130 with special telecommunications equipment) and their crews, which come from four of the five services, would be a better investment in my opinion.

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Remaining Snowden docs will be released to avert 'unspecified US war' – ‪Cryptome‬

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Very strange behavior out of Cryptome

I thought Cryptome was mirrored to hell and back anyway? Are all of their older mirrors suddenly not good enough (even though they were fine for Cryptome for years)? Or are the mirrors gone nowadays? There used to be a Mirror I used more than the actual domain because it was much faster for me but I haven't used it in years and I don't even think I still have the URL or ipv4 address anyway, since my internet speeds got better after many years and thousands of dollars, and Firefox came out which seemed faster than IE and Opera at loading basic pages back then, which is what Cryptome is really, a bunch of text and some hyperlinks with an image from time to time, so I didn't need the mirror anymore. But at one time they did exist and there were a number of them. And the USB stick isn't a new idea either, they've had DVDs with every article ever published by them for quite awhile. The USB stick would be better for users, including myself, though so I hope they do indeed change formats.

But what gets me is that I'm honestly kind of (very) surprised George Young made a statement like the war thing though, thats pretty fucking delusional sounding and based on his past writings he doesn't seem to be too prone to delusions of grandeur, he actually seems to be very modest about the service that cryptome provides and not overly paranoid though he's been in nearly every federal agency's crosshairs at one point or another, if you've followed his organization for any length of time. So either he's really got something big, like as in bigger than anything anyone's ever leaked before or else someone's doing a lousy job of attempting to discredit them by trying to make them sound insane. A bunch of 18 year old Privates and Specialists fresh out of Psychological Operations AIT being led by a 22 year old 2nd Lieutenant could do better, so if anyone's trying to discredit Cryptome, its probably no one any good at this sort of thing, which suggest a whole host of "hacktivist" organizations who are still sippin' on Julian Assange's Kool-Aid to me.

A remote possibility also exists that he's actually trying to sound delusional and insane, which is a type of game theory strategy where leadership appears to have gone completely off the deep end and starts acting bizzare and unpredictable, his advisors start making public noises about the same, and it forces an adversary into negotiating from an unprepared position to try and hold off the unstable leader which usually doesn't go well as the adversary who's been acting crazy has been in preparation for negotiations the entire time and already knows what they're doing, allowing them to exploit any slips from the adversary who isn't prepared for it. Kissinger and Nixon managed to pull this off several times with the Chinese, the Vietnamese and the Soviets so there's historical precedent for successful application of that strategy at least with States and their leadership.

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You need a list of specific unknowns we may encounter? Huh?

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I must say damn. Dabbs, It sounds like the world of IT contracting is remarkably similar to the US Army in all the wrong ways except its harder to get fired. But there are way too many similarities, for a minute I thought I might be reading one of my Soldiers' facebook posts or the forums at Army Times or something like that.

It is virtually the same set of legitimate gripes, from attempting to stop your organization from wasting huge amounts of cash on new and innovative ways to reinvent the wheel, while woe is you if you find and bring up a better and cheaper way to do the same function which costs a fortune for terrible results (like 15 crashes requiring a hard restart in the span of three hours), to sacred commandments from on high which usually make little sense, if any at all.

Sounds like being a contractor in IT is like being a mid-level Warrant Officer actually. I sympathize.

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What is ex-NSA spyboss selling for $1m a month, asks US congressman

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Alan Grayson has no credibility in regard to civil rights

I didn't even make it past the first line. I'll finish it but this article needs a disclaimer about Alan Grayson's past behavior in trying to censor things he didn't like on the Internet.

Alan Grayson is an ass. He's also my congressman. He's the Democratic answer to Ted Cruz, the other dumbass who got the Government shut down last year. Y'know the guy who apparently has a thing for Dr. Seuss since he read Green Eggs and Ham on the Congressional Record.

I'll admit I voted for Grayson, and I did because he's full of shit. He has done some legally questionable things, and seems pretty fucked up all around, but he's up front about it while the other guy tried seeming squeaky clean, like Mr. All American Ronald Reagan Pro-Life Anti-Gay Thinly Veiled Racist Republican and as a result looked like he had something to hide and only appealed to white, middle aged, upper and middle class voters who usually also have something to hide. We also had an independent conservative not associated with the Republicans or the Tea Party from the Business community who ran for the same seat that I actually like quite a bit but unfortunately doesn't stand a chance with the way Florida's game works at both the State and Federal level.

Anyway this guy Grayson tried to use the fucking Sedition Act to get a woman's domain seized and her publication of flyers promoting her website and shitty podcast that noone cares about (besides Alan Grayson obviously) banned. The domain was mycongressmanisnuts.com, and I think he did manage to get it taken down eventually, so any concern he publicly displays about General Alexander's business ventures encroaching on people's rights (which is a well founded concern, despite the source of the concern) needs to be tempered with the knowledge of his very dim outlook on freedom of speech that may not be complimentary towards himself.

I don't know British politics that well, but imagine if instead of London Mayor if Boris Johnson were an MP given quite a bit more power and time in the media than he has experience or expertise for, but with more paranoia, much more sycophancy toward the Prime Minister (like Grayson acts toward the President), and a shorter temper.

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I/O: New Google design language will RULE OVER 'DROIDS

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Re: For all the metro haters

Metro or whatever the fuck Microsoft calls it actually works well for Windows Phone. Windows 8, not so much. What sealed it in my case was my initial adventure with Windows 8's preview refusing to boot from USB or DVD when it came out, and then the sequel to that adventure happening after buying a new laptop with Windows 8 pre-loaded and attempting to use it, but giving up after two hours of solely attempting to hunt down the control panel. I never did find it. I upgraded to Windows 7 very quickly, within the first six hours of owning that computer.

Windows 8 could have been really good, like WinPho is, but Microsoft drank the same stupid fucking Kool-Aid that the GNOME 3 and Unity developers are twacked out of their minds on about desktop and laptop users wanting the same thing as a tablet or phone user. At least with the Linux DEs you have choices for the most part instead of third-party registry and UI hacks to make your computer actually function as it should.

The thing is that Windows Phone is an incredibly smooth and uncluttered phone OS to use once you learn its quirks, and the same design would probably work well for Android. It also might seriously piss off long term Android users who, if they wanted WinPho would have bought WinPho. Plus I don't see various Android vendors who have their own frontends like Samsung being especially thrilled at the prospect Google has on the table here.

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Freeze, Glasshole! Stop spying on me at the ATM

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Re: Bad Source

Since its also acceptable to use The Guardian, which they also occasionally do, I suppose its only fair. It could be worse I guess, they could be sourcing articles from the Sun.

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T-Mobile boss: 'High and mighty' Verizon and AT&T are 'raping you for every penny you have'

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You'll probably find the coverage north of KSC/CCAFS is pretty poor too and not just on Merritt Island side of the "river". The whole Turtle Mound area on South Atlantic Ave south of New Smyrna Beach has coverage (partially) from AT&T and that's it.

The Green Swamp between Kissimmee, Poinciana, and basically Sebring also really sucks for coverage from any provider except near the Turnpike, same thing with the Econolockhatchee forest (which really shouldn't be as terrible as the swamp is), and last time I was east of the Prison near 528 but west of the 520 interchange there was no coverage either except on the 528 and 520 themselves. So yes there are coverage issues in Central Florida, but you have to kind of work to find them. They're also usually in areas people consider backcountry for some stupid reason (even though they usually really aren't).

Geneva, Chuluota, Lake Harney and Lake Jesup used to be really astoundingly terrible, especially insane considering that the Sanford airport is on the other side of the Lake. Haven't been in that area in years though so it may have improved.

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Crooks use Synology NAS boxen to mine Dogecoin, yells Dell

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Re: Surprise!

Its called a joke, son.

I'm sure if AC didn't want to compromise themselves by being something other than AC (its performance art, he/she/it does this on nearly every security related story here that isn't a Snowdenspaff™) they'd use their actual username put a joke alert icon in.

Explaining why a joke is funny kind of sucks, if you don't get it, then you just don't get it I guess.

It wasn't too long ago that if you dared venture into the comments on any security article on El Reg you would find a chorus of reworded versions of the same comment that AC is saying over and over with a few actually helpful and insightful comments along the way from people who knew what they were talking about, some mandatory Linux user smugness, and every now and then a Mac user.

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DON'T PANIC: Facebook returns after 30-minute outage terror

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Re: Excuse me, but

I dont know why someone downvoted you, but the Police in the US and Canada anyway use Farcebook all the time, especially in regard to a majority of idiots who have no idea what privacy settings are or why you don't add people you don't know.

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DOCX disaster recovery: How I rescued my wife from XM-HELL

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With having to write papers all the time for both of my jobs, as well as for my master's degree, this is a great set of tricks. I used to just chuck the file and write it again when this would happen every now and then. Thanks Trevor!

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Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

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It doesn't really matter honestly if they don't, aside from pissing off enterprises that have upgraded to Windows 7 from Windows XP. They make no warranty about the software. Just like with the GPL's "no warranty/as-is" clause (Paragraph 15 or 16 IIRC), and the BSD license's as-is clause at the end of it, the Windows EULA has very much the same thing.

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Has Google gone too far? Indie labels say it's crunch time for The New Economy

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Re: Google notice:

You're mixing your Bushes here.

The President who said that was the really abysmally stupid one that you mentioned's Father. Funny thing is that he introduced new taxes after winning the Election by railing against Dukakis' plans for taxation. Something that Bill Clinton capitalized on during his campaign in 1992. Even though making former CIA Officers look untrustworthy is like shooting fish in a barrel, it worked well for him.

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Euro judges: Copyright has NOT changed, you WON'T get sued for browsing the web

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Re: Reassurance

Id say it was a bargain if we got rid of McConnell, Reid, Boxer, Rand Paul (have to distinguish from his father, though they're both insane), Durbin, Cruz, Franken and Rubio for this guy. As you can probably tell, I don't care for either of the two major parties.

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TrueCrypt considered HARMFUL – downloads, website meddled to warn: 'It's not secure'

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Pirate

Hmm.

This sounds like plain old vandalism and criminality to me. I really strongly doubt any State actor was involved here. If one was, you'd probably never be able to tell. I'd be willing to bet its something traditionally criminal and they're seeking to drop a fuckload of malicious software on your machine when you install what you think is a new version of TrueCrypt.

Instead its Malicious porn toolbars, Trojans, Bot programs, Malicious Cryptocurrency miners, and Bootkits ahoy!

I'd avoid it like the plague and plan to do exactly that permanently at this point, and I'd suggest that users use something else as well. TBH, I was never a big fan of TrueCrypt anyway. I use quite a number of encryption programs on the job and at home, and it just never struck my fancy I guess. I don't know if I'm the only one, but it felt to me to be as clunky as a post-2005 Symantec product last time I used it.

The brightside is that there are other full disk encryption suites out there, and even some file systems like ZFS and Btrfs offer a built in full disk encryption functionality for *BSD and Linux. As well as standalone programs for *BSD and Linux which sometimes leverage that capability, which doesn't help a Windows User at all, but other Windows full disk encryption technologies than TrueCrypt do exist at varying levels of trustworthiness and quality, as well as expense.

I have no idea about OS X though I'd imagine that as long as the right libraries are installed in Darwin that you could use one of the *BSD full disk encryption packages.

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Re: learn..

Unless you had a bit of insight and knew with a good amount of certainty what they were doing and weren't surprised at all.

I think he's a distraction from something as most of the programs he revealed were newish versions of activity that had been carried out during the Cold War and immediately following it, it didn't touch on anything really groundbreaking like what they used to call NONSTOP, and I don't know what the purpose behind a distraction like Edward Snowden would be. Probably something any sane intelligence professional wouldn't touch.

That or they're getting so much content that analyzing it has become truly impossible, and having a whistleblower get the public and congresscritters to pressure the agency to reform its self and cut back on the massive amount of data they collect and never analyze suits the agenda of someone with some pull, but that upper level management will not listen to for whatever reason. Seems plausible enough for me, plus I've seen many War College and Command and General Staff College papers across all five services explore the possibilities of that happening.

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Microsoft Cortana EULA contains the Greatest Disclaimer of ALL TIME

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Yes it does.

It also sounds like the As-Is clause in just about every software license. As someone indicated above the GPL, CDDL, BSD, MIT, X11, MPL, NPL, and probably just about every other obscure software licensing scheme that you can think of always disclaim that the developer isn't responsible if the software screws something up.

Imagine being able to sue someone for creating a software package with a chain of dependencies that breaks another package, or in the older eras of the Microsoft world being able to sue someone for creating a .dll hell situation on your machine.

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Google clamps down on rogue Chrome plugins and extensions

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Re: Is Google following in Apple's footsteps?

Where have you been? Google's got a huge walled garden that only the truly foolish think is open. Its easier to work with than Apple's so people don't complain as often or as loudly about it, but it is most certainly there.

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Privacy International probes GCHQ's mouse fetish

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Seems like they were following US DoD destruction guidelines for classified information systems. GCHQ probably uses the same directives, probably all of the five eyes do in all actuality.

Anyway, once classified information is introduced to an information system, any peripheral attached to it at any time after the introduction of the classified material becomes a classified information system as well (this includes keyboards, mice, monitors, printers, scanners, webcams, packet radios including Wi-Fi and bluetooth adapters, wired NICs, modems, routers, chargers, you name it) and is subject to destruction.

Honestly, I'm very surprised they let the Guardian see the results, seems like a security risk to me. I would have had the equipment incinerated had I been running that operation but thats just me.

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What's that crunching noise? Lenovo running over rivals' bones

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Re: @CBMVic20

Same sort of story here, but with a Lenovo laptop. First getting into BIOS or UEFI or whatever requires turning the computer off and pressing a separate power button than the main one, and they don't tell you this in any documentation, I also never managed to get it to boot from USB, in theory it can (I think), but I couldn't figure it out. At least you can launch the Windows 7 installer from the USB drive while Windows 8 is running.

Second, the way the Windows 8 partition table was set up was very, very strange. Four partitions, two with data, One with Windows and the other with the Drivers, which was handy when I upgraded to Windows 7 from Windows 8, good thing I didn't erase that partition, it saved me about an hour.

The weird part was that there were also what seemed to be two partitions that existed on the disk which were seemingly empty but still existed for some stupid or nefarious reason. I have no idea if this is par for the course with them, but I don't seem to recall my old IBM Thinkpad doing that and my Vaio aside from its weirdness (you had to use the Sony drivers, even for commodity parts like the GPU, or else all kinds of weird shit would happen) sure as hell didn't.

Given the hassle to get my computer working the way I want it to, I'm going to think long and hard about buying from them again.

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FINGERS CROSSED: Apple and Samsung said to be hammering out settlement

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Hey look on the bright side, with Oracle on the legal warpath against Google and SAP still I'm sure it'll provide tens and maybe even hundreds of jobs to hardworking lawyers around the country producing tons of USDA Prime grade Bullshit.

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Did hackers scoop source code from DayZ zombie game brains?

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While I agree, it would be nice to have a can opener on-demand. I could live without anything ridiculous like invulnerability, weapons, or unlimited ammo, but having a can opener in the first four hours or so would be nice. I haven't played the standalone client so maybe they fixed that, but in the mod it was a real pain in the ass to find one.

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Scientists warn of FOUR-FOOT sea level rise from GLACIER melt

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Vancouver is susceptible to multiple hazards, much like just about anywhere else.

Volcanism, Earthquakes/Tsunami, Flooding, Urban Interface fires and potential for Radiological incidents are the five I can think of off the top of my head. Terrorism could always happen as well (However in the US that's an issue for Homeland Security mostly and not Emergency Management aside from the immediate life or death response and recovery as well as maintaining a level of preparedness so that fire and emergency medical teams can respond. I know much more about Emergency Management, my degree's in it), especially if any pissed off Uighurs decide to take it out on the Han Chinese population in Richmond, which is a very real hazard and one I hope both Vancouver and Seattle are prepared for. But this isn't unusual in the least. I strongly doubt you'll find a city of over 25,000 anywhere in the world that doesn't have about 7 to 10 hazards associated with it so its not abnormally higher in Vancouver than anywhere else.

None of that means that a city that has those hazards is inherently unsafe either, that's largely subjective and depends quite a bit on city and higher authorities in regard to how well they plan, mitigate and respond as well as work together during all of those phases as well as recovery. In the US response is standardized under the Incident Command System that CALFIRE developed in the 70's. I'm not certain how Canada does it, its in all reality probably the same system, as the UN's International Strategy for Disaster Reduction does recommend ICS as a baseline command system.

It simply means that a particular hazard exists and an incident may or may not occur due to that hazard at varying degrees of severity.

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Tim Cook: Apple's 'closer than it's ever been' to releasing new product range

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Re: Nothing that innovative coming, then

They neither invented nor popularized the first PCs. That would be Olivetti, HP, Xerox PARC, and IBM. Quit drinking Apple's kool-aid. They make good equipment, but they really didn't do much aside from making devices to steal telephone calls until long after there were already what we'd call PCs now that were on the market.

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95 floors in 43 SECONDS: Hitachi's new ultra-high-speed lift

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Re: WTF???

China hasn't been Communist since Deng Xiaoping took control in the late 70's. They're "Socialist with Chinese Characteristics"

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...

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Re: The fixation with 'serarch' for everything

I'm pretty sure the author meant PC, it makes sense, much more sense than "a new P". You can send corrections you know, and they do appreciate it when you do.

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Next Windows obsolescence panic is 450 days from … NOW!

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Re: Can't afford Windows 7

You can't afford 69 dollars? A Windows 7 Pro x86_64 (or 32 bit if you so choose, I don't recommend a 32 bit OS for gaming, that 4 GB memory wall is really rather annoying. With bigger games like Skyrim and Dark Souls you wind up crashing to desktop an awful lot) OEM key is around 69 bucks, and you can download the media for free and slap it on your own DVD or USB drive.

Its ten dollars more than Titanfall is dude, look at it that way. You can afford to get off a dead OS.

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Gnome Foundation runs out of cash

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Re: They should stop telling people...

Well I went through the first 25 years of my life pronouncing it as "new", as I thought the G was silent. A CompSci geek when I was in College pointed out that I was wrong one day in a database class when I was talking about the Army discussing setting up an Open Source lab inside its Commercial/Off The Shelf acquisitions center under MATCOM.

Its not too terribly original but I have a new recursive acronym for GNU: Gnome's Not Useful!

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Ancient Earth asteroid strike that dwarfed dinosaur killer still felt today

FrankAlphaXII
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Re: Fascinating

Moment Magnitude's more scientifically accurate, but someone needs to bring that to congress. Because at the moment you'll find nearly all of the emergency preparedness and response documentation on the subject to refer to the Richter scale for clarity of communication with the public, with even USGS using it on public documents. Its kind of annoying really.

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Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

FrankAlphaXII
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Re: Also, it was RAMAC, not REMAC

You may want to remember that she wasn't Active Duty, and I don't believe ever was, Women couldn't hold Active Duty billets until the 70's. She was in the US Navy Reserve, which is a different component than the active duty Navy with different personnel policies. They use Reservists as full-timers an awful lot in that Service Branch, a bunch of the Frigates and almost all of the few remaining non-Military Sealift Command Auxiliaries are crewed by full-time USNR crews with Active component Officers. The entire US Department of the Navy (including the Marine Corps) also has a real penchant for letting Officers retire and then bringing them back, just to let you know. They're better about preserving skills and institutional memory than most of the Army and just about the entire Air Force is though.

Knowing the Defense Department, she was probably brought back to active duty status and then dropped back to selected reserve status more than twice. Probably more along the lines of at least once every year that she wasn't considered in the Retired Reserve. With Flag Rank it is most probably different, and there is probably a difference between the way the Navy manages Officers, and the way the Army does which I'm used to. Oh and to make things complex, we also have full-timers in the Army Reserve, we call them AGR, they're mostly recruiters and career counselors, some other niche functions are also reservists alot of times, usually because the Combat Arms that run the Regular Army don't especially see the need for them. If they could do the same to Signal and MI and get away with it, believe me, they would.

I'm a reservist and every year when I go back on Active Duty for Annual Training or get deployed and then when my AD period or deployment ends I technically get "let go", meaning that after its over I go back into the Selected Reserve at part-time status and get another DD-214 for my trouble with my extra two weeks or year to 18 months calculated in days added to my days of service (effectively my retirement tracker at this point) until the contract that the US Government has with me ends and I choose not to renew it, take my pension and transfer into the Retired Reserve, or Human Resources Command choose to not allow me to renew my contract if I really bomb an evaluation or piss someone off and don't get promoted and am dismissed or retired early.

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Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

FrankAlphaXII
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Re: Does not add up!

Thing is, I'm pretty sure that the British were encouraging burning things at that point and anti-smoking legislation was not on the cards.

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'Weev' attempts to overturn AT&T iPad 'hack' conviction

FrankAlphaXII
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>>Neither Weev not AT&T is based in New Jersey, where the prosecution was heard.

Thats a puzzling statement given that AT&T's global network operations center is in Bedminster, NJ and the former AT&T Corporation from the Bell System breakup until the SBC merger was headquartered there, I'm sure they have pull with the prosecutors still. The Corporate Headquarters may be in Dallas now but the infrastructure is in New Jersey still.

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eBay boss tells workers to ignore 'noisy' Icahn's PayPal sale campaign

FrankAlphaXII
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Re: I agree with Carl Icahn

One post, just to defend Carl Icahn.

I wonder if he pays more than the Chinese do for comments.

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Icahn and I will: Carl's war on eBay goes NUCLEAR over Skype

FrankAlphaXII
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Re: Tricky to parse those first paragraphs.

>>The investment group has become those pigs Jesus stuffs with demons and runs into the ocean. You know, fuck that. I'm not going to that beach.

Me either.

However that Jesus fellow sounds rather busy, after all there are only so many pigs you can shove demons into and then run into the Ocean by yourself. He should consider hiring some employees or getting automated.

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Boeing going ... GONE: Black phone will SELF-DESTRUCT in 30 secs

FrankAlphaXII
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On the surface it sounds like a good idea since no other vendors seem to give a shit about real security, but since it can't be repaired by design I doubt that my service branch, component, or my basic branch will authorize it, unless they can manage to get an exemption from HQDA itsself. The Army doesn't like radio gear it can't fix and a cellular phone counts as a radio.

If the COMSEC repairers can't fix, upgrade, or modify it, and it is intended to fill a S or TS information system tender, they usually can't acquire it through normal acquisitions channels.

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FrankAlphaXII
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Powerpoint presentations without having to lug around a secure laptop is what comes to mind in my case.

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MtGox boss vows to keep going despite $429 MILLION Bitcoin 'theft'

FrankAlphaXII
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Like I said about a month ago, anyone looking for a Government to step in for them in this is sorely mistaken. This is YOUR fake money. If it was someone stealing over a million dollars in THEIR fake money, they'd be all over it.

I'm not an expert in Japanese law, but since I'm pretty sure BTC is considered to be data and not money (at least IIRC), it may fall foul of their data protection laws, which may or may not be that strong.

And anyone using a BTC exchange without using an encrypted and offline wallet is a fool, point blank. If you don't believe in the value of encrypted data, then why are you using a currency based on a hashing algorithm.

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French youth faces court for illegal drone flight

FrankAlphaXII
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Re: He was only following the rules

>>In the US, everything is potentially permitted, even if everything is potentially prohibited by law. No one is quite sure.

Not even the courts, the legislature or the Executive departments are sure. They tend to have vague ideas. And just because one of them finds it legal or illegal, doesn't mean the next will have the same opinion, though they always might. If this sounds complex and ridiculous, it is because it is, but if you work for the United States Government it will make perfect sense to you.

Gotta give the lawyers work.

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