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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.
Powerpoint presentations without having to lug around a secure laptop is what comes to mind in my case.
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.
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.
Re: L0pht homage
I seem to recall that many of the L0pht crew were also cDc members and/or alums as well. For those that don't know, cult of the Dead cow were famous for another Windows "tool" that some of you may have used to "remotely administer" a Windows NT or Windows 2000 box.
Re: Clear objective unbiased reporting...
>>a) It's Jasper writing
I remember when people used to say the same about Anna. Like as recently as last year.
What's a turd? Debian? Or Ubuntu?
I don't think either distro is a turd, Debian sure as hell is no turd, it may not be your bottle of beer but its undeniably important. Ubuntu's still important as well. However, Canonical's behavior over the past two years leaves quite a bit to be desired. I don't trust their actions, even when they spin it positive, like the Linux Mint licensing agreement, it sounds suspect. Like if I were trying to hide something or build a wall around Ubuntu, I would embark on the same courses of actions as Canonical and claim it was for the phone and other projects, like the TV.
Re: Too costly
Buying a Ubuntu phone is a very brave decision as well. Making the mobile space somewhere not beholden to Applesung, Googlesung and Microsoftkia is a good enough goal to me. I still want a Jolla for me, but its going to be awhile, like another four to six months or so, before I think of buying a new phone.
No No, OpenIndiana is best!
Re: In the 70's
It was in the Cray-1 as well IIRC. I'd imagine it was included for the same customer(s).
Re: For the future.
Except NSA/CSS wont hire them because they got caught. Unless they come fully clean about it in the polygraph they might stand a small chance, and even then I doubt it. If they hadn't been caught, its a different story.
Ive spent quite a bit of time in Signals Intelligence, and BP is like our Mecca, especially since the US' only equivalent is the NSA/CSS National Museum of Cryptology located on Fort Meade itsself and is not open to the public since some of the exhibits have a requirement for a TS clearance with a COMINT, SI, or ORCON caveat. Its sad to see that such an important part of my career's history, and the only public exhibition of it is subject to a petty turf war between two non-profit organizations which in reality should have the same goal.
Re: Yes but.........
Probably not. Convoys don't usually get much direct air in and of themselves, they may get a Kiowa running RSTA if there's somewhere that someone feels like seeing up close as to how they local rabble respond to being poked at by the route clearance company initially and then the convoy and its security later on. But there's no gunships following along with a convoy, its a waste of a gunship to do that. At least I've never seen a gunship providing overwatch for one without doing something else at the same time.
Generally they attempt to pick routes for convoys in places that we're either directly holding at the time or can secure pretty quickly, but no Army can be at all places at all times and when you're fighting insurgents, so they can generally appear, attack, retreat and disappear pretty fairly freely so its a guessing game if they're any good.
They always have a security team along with the convoy on the ground with them though. And the engineers usually go through first to make sure the road's passable and try to open it if it isnt.
Re: Commuting sucks.
They most likely tested it on one of the MOUT ranges at Fort Irwin, Fort Bliss/White Sands Missile Range, or Fort Polk.
For those of you that don't know, A MOUT range is a bunch of corrugated shipping containers vismodded to look like a town in most of the middle east, or its quick and dirty and looks like a bunch of containers. The good ones are generally as chaotically arranged as a place like Mazar-i-Sharif or Tal Afar as well. So I'm naturally curious as to how much marketing spin is being employed here and whether the robot HEMTT was limited to MSRs (Main Supply Routes, bigger roads) or if it could handle link routes and other smaller roads as well.
Personally, I'd really like to know how the motherfucker handles checkpoints without running over the security team. I don't especially want to get run over by the robot truck. After nearly being run over by people driving LMTVs and HEMTTs it does make me nervous.
Plus no robot's gonna be able to respond with its guidance system blasted out or if something irregular happens that requires a Soldier's judgement and experience to make the correct call on. So the drivers will still be there in some form to take over control of the convoy and also in smaller vehicles to run security on the convoy, but it will free up a number of the MPs and Infantrymen who generally provide convoy security nowadays. If the Army does it correctly, which is a big if.
Re: woo hoo...
Well since its x86_64 based you can pretty easily install another OS on it, without having to hack open a locked bootloader, as is par for the course with a high percentage of ARM based devices.
We use toughbooks in the Army and a number of them at my unit are dual boot with Windows and a Linux, if you know US Government/Military IT procurement than you can probably guess which distro. While they're not truly "Soldier proof", they are pretty difficult to destroy. I wish I could tell you how the field destruction guidelines go for them (in case the shit hits the fan and we have to start burning documents and smashing hard drives), because they're a bit different than destroying the garden variety Dell or HP obviously.
Re: If you look carefully....
Naw, it was amanfrommars. He just hires Mayans as advisors and a couple of Aztecs here and there. As well as Giorgio Tsoukalos' hair (y'know "because Aliens" or as me and my wife refer to him, Mr. "Exatrestrial").
But yeah, he runs a psychedelic paving company in Kasei Valles, didn't you know?
What does a UEFI feature have to do with a processor architecture? IIRC that kind of thing is up to the motherboard manufacturer, and I seriously doubt that many of them are still going to produce BIOS based motherboards for much longer, which is bad news for a number of Linux distributions and potentially BSDs if they don't follow Red Hat's example and get signing keys.
Color me unconvinced
It may be cynicism, but I still think ARM in the data center is, at this point anyway, Itanium all over again, given the level of hype over an architecture that is nowhere near proven outside of the mobile and netbook use cases. It may not be a popular opinion but the parallels are certainly rather striking when you really think about it.
>>which is get richer by creating opportunity for others
Anyone still believing in that Reagan/Thatcher-era "trickle down" bullshit, please turn off the lights when you're done being delusional.
Re: You can fix that bug...
>>Or the habit of Japanese musicians to include random English words or phrases in their songs!
Which is true, and riotously funny when its done poorly.
I don't know if you've ever seen the anime Soul Eater, but the 2nd opening song, "Paper Moon" by Tomoko Kawase has a line that goes "Don't Scary". First time I heard it I was like Huh? WTF? Maybe the subtitles are wrong, but upon listening closer, that's exactly what she's singing.
Apparently the Japanese use English phrases that don't make much sense (if any) in their music, in their advertising and in the gamut of their designs, from clothes to shop windows, purely for stylistic purposes. So next time you Brits want to get on the US for mangling the English language (which admittedly, we do. Frequently.) keep in mind there's a culture twenty times worse about it.
Re: almost ten trillion
So do I. She put up with no shit and gleefully wielded the hammer against the more obnoxious of our (seemingly) small community. Eadon and Mirror-Eadon (the AC Microsoft worshipper) wouldn't have lasted more than a month with their respective antics.
Mariel Hemingway is an ex-CIA analyst?
Learn something new every day 'round these parts....
Re: I somehow don't believe it's just about thermostats
Clandestine groups usually try to do things low profile, and if you're targeted by the Special Collection Service, Task Force Orange, the gentlemen from the Home Office, the Russian FSB/SVR or USSOCOM JSOC's Intelligence Support Activity you'll never know they were there unless they take something, and sometimes they do. If they hack your stuff to accomplish their objective, you'll never know it most likely because they've figured out what you pay attention to while they're profiling you. And if you're doing something that warrants a level of investigation by an organization like that, you're probably involved with something most sane people won't touch. Joe Blow might have his call's metadata collected, but they ain't trying to get a covert modem attached to his airgapped devices.
The Russians are also notorious for harassing someone that is a thorn in their side by moving stuff around in their apartment or house. That's generally the FSB, sometimes the SVR and GRU do it overseas but the FSB does this very frequently to make their targets uneasy and insecure, and by having someone anonymously call and threaten them by detailing where certain personal items are stored in their dwelling, and how easy it would be for a shitload of laundered money, drugs, weapons, underage prostitutes, bodies, etc to appear during a Militsiya raid (following an anonymous tipoff, of course) where their item is instead. Used to be that both KGB and GRU would do it as part of their active measures programs against individuals. They used to do it more than they do it now, in fact one of my professors in College was on the receiving end of it prior to his defection in the late 70's, but they do still do it to harass people that they want to intimidate into silence.
The FBI's done it too but they've also been caught several times doing it during the early Hoover and COINTELPRO eras, whereas the KGB/FSB hasn't and as such they have firm plausible deniability. They do it at strange intervals and they make it very obvious that they've been there if its for harassment.
Re: That Walls Street Website is for people with financial braincancer.
>>Why do they put STOCKTICKERS behind COMPANY NAMES IN THE ARTICLE?
You still get an upvote, but have you not ever read the Wall Street Urinal? They've been doing that for a very long time, since the advent of ticker symbols over telegraph in the late 1800's. Its still just a PR outlet and a place for overpaid analysts to vent their spleens and make an ungodly amount of money while they're at it. I invest and have since I was 17, but I don't think I've ever made money on something the FT, Bloomberg, or WSJ recommended. The Economist's much better for picking industries apart and finding the gems among the turds even though they're mostly a foreign policy rag anymore.
But again, you get an upvote for the link about China and a coming default, China's shadow banking will be its undoing, all of their banks (including their multinationals like HSBC that should really know better) issue their own off the books currency and loans. If China manages to avoid a default and economic collapse rivalling the US-European financial collapse of 2008, I will be very surprised.
Re: Probably just shadows
Funny how every single time someone sees something weird on mars it winds up being "Shadows". The thing that gets me is that the images are from 12 Sols apart, if the rover had moved during that period then the hypothesis about the rover's wheels kicking out rocks is pretty plausible.
This isn't the stupid "face" in Cydonia, which the SAR images/scans prove that its just a oddly shaped weathered hill. This is pretty clearly a rock that is resting right in front of the field of view. I would generally say that its been moved by wind, but IIRC Mars doesn't have enough atmospheric pressure to have strong enough winds to push rocks bigger than pebbles.
Also if NASA had included a scale for reference, it would have been nice. If its the size of a pebble as opposed to the size of a doughnut, then hell, it very well could have been wind.
That or amanfrommars dropped part of his breakfast. I'll bet there's an empty coffee cup about 50 meters away.
Apple and BSD
That would be because OS X uses various FreeBSD components along with the Mach "microkernel" and the Apple I/O Kit API in Darwin. It doesn't use OpenBSD, except for components that OpenBSD shares with FreeBSD and NetBSD. And there are several.
Bear with me here, BSD's history is fairly confusing thanks a number of factors (like its licensing) plus the famous lawsuit, but i'll try to flesh it out, as best I know it anyway. All of the BSDs do share components and code, but the code Apple used in OS X was mostly from FreeBSD (Windows wound up using some of the same code in their networking stack, as did Linux developers but they relicensed the code into GPL 2 since BSD's license is extremely permissive).
OpenBSD forked from NetBSD, which was forked from 386BSD. FreeBSD was formed from a 386BSD patchkit and 4.3BSD-Lite. They're very similar, but they did and do have different developers and different philosophies.
Re: Nail that Electron
Have to be careful with that. Otherwise you'll blow out a good portion of your EPS grid the first time you use the transporter afterward and noone wants that, especially not anyone who might be caught in the buffer at the time.
Damn, I know way too much about that fictional universe.
Re: Fail for your fail
If you think Tor is subversive, you should probably check its provenance.
Tor was originally a United States Navy NRL project (One of Code 5500's), called TOR, I remember when the website for the TOR client was hosted on one of SPAWAR East's servers. I'm also fairly certain DISA controls a good number of the exit nodes still.
So no, not very subversive. And with the added bonus of being designed by some of the same people you probably strongly dislike. Paid for by people you probably like less, as well as the Swedish government (Go figure. Their intelligence officers probably use it to communicate with agents).
Re: this is a bad thing how exactly ?
They only care when its their fake money, your fake money is of no concern to them, so no, The Government wont lift a finger for a currency that they don't issue, except to possibly ensure that exchanges based in the United States or wherever have certain standards.
Maybe it will evolve into something akin to the Credit Unions vs. the few remaining Savings and Loans vs. Traditional Bank Investments vs. Cryptocurrency Investment Banking. I have my doubts BTC and the like will last that long but hey, it might become a permanent and crucial part of the global economy.
That's true, and the Apple crowd that only knows Cupertino approved iHistory really might want to keep that fact in mind.
But it does mean that a product he's endorsing probably isn't lobotomized like iOS and non-rooted or custom ROMed Android. I've checked out Xiaomi, and they seem pretty good/useful, but I'm still far more interested in Jolla and their Sailfish OS, and failing that, WinPho. But I'm an old school Nokia user and I really dislike Android's permissions model as it stands plus I've never cared for the iPhone aside from the 2008 iPhone 3G. It just doesn't do it for me.
Re: If full integration is what they are ....
I'm right there with you. The next phone I'm getting is either going to be a Jolla if I don't have to Grey import it or a WinPho if I have to wait on my flaky friends in Europe to get me a damn Jolla. Android's never been that good, and Google's done nothing but prove they are a festering sore on the face of every industry they get their hooks into.
However, I may get a Chromebook if I can format the Chrome crapware off of it and install a real, bonafide Fedora, CentOS or RHEL on the damn thing (and thats a big damn if, I know you can do it for now but noone knows what they'll do in the future).
Re: Fanny Like a Hippo's Yawn
>>Like throwing a sausage up an alley
Hot dog in a hallway
Re: Worry more about google
Perhaps he didn't RTFA?
Re: A good match
R&B really isn't my thing, but I don't immediately wince and recoil if I hear Alicia Keys, she's pretty good.
Except for this one song she did around 2007/2008. I forget the title of it, but while I was working a career counselor the Station commander at the MEPS I worked at had it as her ringback tone. So I'd inevitably hear it at least twice a day. And generally I was in a pretty shitty mood when I'd have to get a hold of her anyway, so it didn't help.
That being said, If I was her I'd bail from RIMberry (or whatever they call themselves this week) myself. Noone wants to be associated with a phone manufacturer on life support.
Re: A Clash of Personalities
He fought the law and the law won.....
Or in this case he begged and pleaded to let the law win.
On that note, its hard to believe its been 12 years since Joe Strummer died.
Truth, "Justice", and giving positive PR to regimes that use nerve gas on their own people. As long as you're not western you can do horrible things and have morons who should really know better suck up to you, but what else is new? I'm sure they would have met with Pol Pot as well. This is of course not to say Syria is anywhere near the magnitude of the Cambodian Genocide, or even a Genocide at all. But unless they go meet with with Al-Qaeda and the other rebels as well as Assad, there's a bit of balance wanting here.
I think its funny that Ed Snowden, despite my deep conviction that he's a red herring, didn't bother with WikiLeaks or their political tentacles such as these people at all after seeing them use and then hang Bradley Manning out to dry, and went to the Grun and Der Speigel instead. Can't say I blame him there.
Re: I say!
Congratulations! You've posted the most batshit insane thing I've read on El Reg in Q4. Really, it takes some talent to beat the competition.
Re: It's not a conspiracy
>>Simply criticizing others for having a platform preference, which seems to be the purpose behind many of these comments, is even more annoying, though
I can tell you're very new here. Go read any Microsoft, Apple, Android or Linux article. About 70% of the comments are nothing but frothing at the mouth fanboi bullshit. I'm honestly surprised that noone accused you of schilling for $TECH_COMPANY because you attempted to be balanced.
This is why I never plan to buy another non-Nexus Android in a nutshell. Anything else, but not Android unless its a Nexus, and even then I really resent having to pay Google's equivalent of the Microsoft tax to be able to do something as simple as updating my damned phone.
Actually, as far as phones go, the only ones I'm interested in are running Sailfish OS, Windows Phone, and Firefox OS. I won't go near an Apple product (aside from my 512K Mac museum piece), and BlackBerry's pretty much dead in my estimation so options are kind of limited. And if Canonical ever gets a Ubuntu mobile out, I sure as hell won't buy it. I don't particularly like how divisive to the Linux development community that a company with a supposed focus on togetherness and unity has become.
Hopefully Jolla takes heed of how fucking fundamentally broken Android's updating and package management are and do it right with Sailfish OS, because I don't really want Google and Canonical to dominate the Linux kernel's mobile market, Microsoft's sure as hell never going to dominate even with as easy and pleasant to use OS that Windows Phone is. That being said, Its a bit disingenuous of HTC to pass the buck to Google, their hardware manufacturers, the FCC and/or EU, and damned near anyone else in between.
I wonder when (if actually) we'll get the Catalyst fglrx kmod or akmod for Fedora 20 from RPMfusion. AMD's binary doesn't work well without them. But yeah, I'm still stuck running the Fedora 19 kernel mods since the update to Fedora 20 shipped the same kernel as 19's as of last week, but dnf and yum wont allow me to update my kernel, and there's a new one waiting actually, unless and until there are new kernel mods, or I switch back to the radeon driver, which I really don't want to do as OpenGL really ran like shit the last time I used the FLOSS driver last year. I'm not switching distros, but Jesus Hotel Christ its really annoying to have to do this. Reminds me of fighting with Third Party drivers on Windows 2000 and XP prior to SP1, and how much I hated it.
But hey, that's Fedora, make an upgrade and introduce 50 new bugs and a shitload of regressions while solving two. And no, that's not me hating on Fedora, its just how it is when you're a commercial product's disavowable guinea pig.
Re: Silly sausages
From what they say, in Vegas the mob never took more than 15% as a skim from their own casinos. Trying to take too much out at a time they reasoned would attract unwanted legal attention, though the only way the Feds ever found out for sure (beyond any doubt whatsoever actually) about the skim was by bugging Cashier cages and money rooms. Without a warrant, naturally.
These Polish guys were probably new to the world of racketeering, asking for 50% is just going to make a mark angry, and when someone's pissed off, and reasonably so, about things that might not be too legal they'll call the fucking cops. Unless of course you've got some real dirt on them that the filth might just be more interested in, should the victim decide to go that route.
Re: Sensible to Suggest Ways of Blocking The Spread?
You can manually do everything that the tool does for you if you don't trust it. The author goes into detail about what the tool does on the foolishit webpage, so if you don't trust the tool itself, you can still get the same degree of mitigation without using it. It ain't perfect but its a fuck of a lot cheaper than buying bitcoins for criminals.
Re: Clowns... the lot of them...
Perhaps one of the clowns can oblige you.
Re: Not quite the first thing to take out...
True, but you have to admit that the enemy has a pretty poor record of taking out our commo nets since early WWII, it did happen a couple of times during Vietnam, like the Battle of Lima Site 85 for instance. A system like this thing is still a major target on a FOB, all ADA systems and their radars are. Appropriate force protection measures are a must for all of a locations essential functionality and your Air Defense is pretty damned essential if there's a threat. As is C4I.
Any new ADA system, laser or not, is just another complimentary target like how Patriot and THAAD batteries already are, and until they're proven and acquired, they're nothing worth getting excited over, at least not to me.
I wish. Or alternatively if they'd fry the tourists who feed them because it only encourages the little bastards. Feeding wildlife in Florida is generally a bad idea just in general, the seagulls are probably the most harmless but most annoying.
Barring postings around the country when I was Active duty, and the first two years of my life spent in Georgia, I've lived in Florida my entire life, and I've lost count how many times those damned seagulls have stolen things from me on all three coasts.
Re: RSTA on Microsoft's part
It would make sense for Microsoft to make an OS for idiots and casual users (like Windows 98/XP) with their "Modern" UI and desktop, an OS for professionals (NT4/Windows 2000) with the old Win32 "classic" UI and desktop, and an Enterprise OS (Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs and the Server OSes). Its back to the status quo as it should be in my mind. ME and 8 were great experiments and they both fell flat on their asses.
It actually makes me think that maybe, just maybe they've been listening to us. I'm probably wrong though.
Re: An interesting recap of history for those who did not live through it.
>>ARM's independence is actually one of it's key assets. it's the fact no one owns them that allows them to license to everyone
They're publicly traded though, so if they truly value that independence, which I see is as of keystone importance to their business, they should probably take the company private, or to transfer the important IP to a private holding company that isn't owned by ARM on paper (if that's legal in the UK, I'm not a British Lawyer) to avoid the likes of Samsung or Apple purchasing them and shattering that independence.