* Posts by FrankAlphaXII

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Don't panic, US Navy has only deployed a ROBOT SHARK (but where are the lasers?)

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Calling Dr. Evil

Y'know, they did Laser Beams last week. They seem to enjoy blowing up parts of Boghammars with them

Now they just have to put them together.

I wonder why the US Navy has decided to source people from the Dr. Evil School of Naval Warfare.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Might make some people angry here but...

Im gonna get downvoted to hell and back for this, but I actually like it.

At least in Firefox 35 on a Windows 7 desktop, ill let you know my verdict about the way it looks on Firefox's FreeBSD port later as well as on Android next time I saddle up the "Porcelain Pony". As I've stopped using Linux since the systemd pissing match has made everyone involved look like infants or children, and also since support on my preferred distro for the proprietary driver's kmod for an entire major manufacturer's video cards was dropped because the maintainer for the kmod threw a fit over some perceived slight (I'd rather use an OS not beholden to the whims of petulant children in relation to its future, thats why I switched) someone else from that camp will have to weigh in on what it looks like to them and why it sucks or doesnt.

Okay let me qualify that statement, I like most of the site redesign anyway, its easier to navigate using the top bar and with the dropdowns it gives you an idea of what the top stories are without having to sit on the main page for 15 seconds or whatever to potentially suffer through previews of five (or was it six?) articles that have no interest to you whatsoever.

However, I don't like the lead image being so huge, and its hard to tell where it ends and the Top Stories portion of the page begins. You could make it a bit clearer by either increasing spacing/padding between it and the Top Stories section, reducing the size of the top stories font by a couple of points, or by putting some sort of a divider between the sections. I also don't like the Vulture logo and "The Register" wordmark being aligned to the center of the red band, s/he and it has always been aligned to the Left, at least since 2004 when I started reading this website, and it should stay that way. That's not so much a design decision as an identity and branding thing if you ask me.

Everyone else complaining just isn't holding it right.

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Why did it take antivirus giants YEARS to drill into super-scary Regin? Symantec responds...

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While I'm silghtly inclined to agree, the only thing wrong with that is that there have been no samples from Iraq or other places of Five Eyes interest. If it was Five Eyes, you'd better bet your ass there'd be targets in Iraq, Russia, Ukraine, Cuba, Quebec, the United States, the UK, and China and quite a number of them.

However, with Fiji, Kiribati and Indonesia being targeted, it does seem a bit Aus/NZ-ish. That could be just to throw people off though, it's not really possible to say until more samples are found.

Might also be France or China, see my comment above.

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Re: Nation states?

Duqu? Turla? Vic already mentioned Stuxnet.

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Re: Okay, honest question...

I think its Chinese after reading the Kaspersky technical paper on it, since none of the C&C servers they've seen are in China, but there is one in Taiwan, one in Brussels, and two in India. It makes it easy to claim NATO's doing it, especially with samples coming from Afghanistan and Iran. A little too easy I'd figure. Especially since there are no known samples from anywhere China may want to fuck with a little, like Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the DPRK government, the US and the vast majority of NATO, etc. Its a little too convenient for my liking.

It could also be France, all of the countries that submitted samples are of an interest of France, and one country is very noticeably absent from the list, Iraq. France gives fuck all about Iraq. It was never their problem except when they were selling Saddam Hussein nuclear technology and nerve gas. I'd be interested to know if any of the European microstates have infections, especially Monaco.

However, it might be five eyes and with Fiji and Kiribati being targeted its sort of easy to believe (I believe New Zealand has responsibility for them) but then again, its a little too obvious for anyone involved with UKUSA, especially with cryptonyms in the Virtual File Systems. NSA/CSS and I'm presuming GCHQ would strip it out. Also whoever it is isn't very familiar with UKUSA classification levels, because one of them looks like it is labeled as Unclassified just before a supposed cryptonym.

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Re: sleep tight

If you were working on something like this, you should probably know that development would be compartmented all to hell, you'd never know exactly what it is you were actually doing. Only the sysadmin, the devops manager, and maybe even security might have an inkling. However I doubt the sysadmins really know any longer.

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Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins

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Re: Bah!

Yeah, the Commander's notes got shredded around the time Rickover got fired. Plus, they were about the arctic anyway if you may recall.

Joking aside though, there's less uncertainty and less error when they're directly observing it as opposed to scanning it with a Synthetic Aperture Radar system like a few scientific instruments on polar orbiting meteorological and climate satellites and some Intelligence birds up there do (or can).

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FAIL

Considering that Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute are proper scientists and thus use SI measurements like virtually every other organization involved in scientific research or using scientific methodology worldwide (like Electrical Engineering, RF engineering/SIGINT, etc). I strongly doubt that they made that kind of mistake. Unless of course you believe in the AGW Religion, which left science behind in favor of pseudoscience and a pseudoreligious eschatological belief system which is a major disservice to actual science.

Plus if you go and read their paper, or even the abstract from that paper, its pretty obvious that they don't use the Imperial system.

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HP, Symantec PAIR UP to fight off disaster cloud rivals

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Yes, interesting, but....

My degree is in Emergency Management so I may accidentally toss around terminology that isn't in wide use outside of the profession, I apologize if I do. We do try to use plain language as much as possible as talking in code is what you do when you don't want people to know what's going on.

While this tech seems interesting and worth looking deeper into, especially in regard to using their product for providing another layer to enhance in-house DR (HP's dreaming if they think they're going to convince anyone with a decent understanding of emergency management, business continuity and disaster recovery practices to replace their internal systems and off-site backup images with HP and Symantec's product alone), it may still not be deep and far reaching enough for Continuity Insurance in a number of places or from certain insurers. Reliance on a single solution is usually the antithesis of redundancy, and a major facet of BC is redundancy to support a minimum level of service in the event of an incident disrupting normal processes, so I wonder how HP/Symantec will address that glaring issue.

Also for some industries and critical infrastructure you can't outsource DR/BC functions for a number of reasons such as industry regulation (e.g. HIPAA, SOX, etc), among other reasons, so no matter what this won't work for them unless its a compliment toward existing plans and not a replacement.

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Apple Fanboi? Stand by to get Beats Music LIKE IT OR NOT

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Fanbois and Sons

Classic. A masterwork. My wife actually believed me when I told her your story here, then she realized what she was saying and threw a can at my head.

You, Sir, get an upvote.

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What kind of generation doesn't stick it to the Man, but to Taylor Swift instead?

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>>The answer is quite obvious: Of course they do. Ref. last week's any election

FTFY

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The Republicans probably lost any hope of that by going for the low hanging fruit in this election instead of holding their horses and waiting for 2016 because they don't understand strategic patience, and mistake it for weakness, cowardice and indecisiveness.

Last time they had a majority in both houses (plus the presidency to make it even worse) it lasted for two whole years and was an unmitigated disaster, Bush would have let them do whatever the hell they wanted and they did absolutely nothing. Noone talking about the midterm even so much as mentioned that to my knowledge.

I don't particularly care for Romneycare/Obamacare, and most people really don't if they have to deal with it. I'm on the left and I don't like it. If I wasn't Tricare eligible I'd paying twice to four times as much for roughly a quarter of the benefits I had on my last non-Tricare policy. Its great. I recommend it to everyone.

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Pitchforks at dawn! UK gov's Verify ID service FAILS to verify ID

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Re: Security questions...

You're much better off not doing anything with Bank of America. Stick with someone local, or at least regional, Fairwinds and SunTrust are pretty good companies for financial services. And if you're eligible, Navy Federal is a pretty good choice also.

However, I wonder how Bank of America having branches in a place that doesn't exist according to them works out. Bank of America is a pretty stupid company, so I wonder how they have it figured out. I'm assuming they have branches in Ocala anyway.

Regardless of all that I've noticed that systems that are designed for nationwide use tend to fall over on Floridian names, or the operators can't figure out how to spell how we say things, usually Seminole/Bastardized Creek and Timucua words (for a dead culture we sure as hell use their names for things).

Anyway, I know how this kind of thing goes a little too well. One of my schools, the place I started higher education at actually, is on Econolockhatchee. That's always a fun one to try to get people to spell correctly.

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Apple KILLS SUPER MARIO. And Zelda. And Sonic

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Re: Simple arse-covering by Apple

Unless it winds up being a Nintendo iPhone, don't hold your breath. Nintendo does not do third party licensing, and if you have ever had the misfortune of playing the CD-i Zelda and Mario games, you know why that is. Thank the Dutch for fucking that one up for everyone else.

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Blighty: Welcome your new, faceless MI6 chief – Alex Younger

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Re: If that's really him in the photo...

He was a field officer. Its kind of different that what you're I think you're imagining. They run assets, issue orders, set targets, recruit new assets and such. He probably never left Kabul or whatever FOB he was at though. Even if he was having to deal with local assets as long as he can grow a beard and sort of speak the language, he'd be fine. Keep in mind that in Afghanistan, there are a bunch of light skinned and light haired people in other ethnic groups than the Pashtuns.

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George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests

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I'm sorry but the whole thing sounds like control freakery of the highest order for the sake of money.

I'll quote Chaucer here: "Therfor my theme is yet, and ever was—'Radix malorum est cupiditas'"

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Shellshock: 'Larger scale attack' on its way, warn securo-bods

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Well if you have networking infrastructure, like a cable modem or router that uses Linux and for some stupid reason uses bash as its shell (why they'd do that is beyond me, but I know a few products that do) you may not ever get an update for it because the manufacturers for the most part are pretty piss poor about firmware updates as it is.

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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

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Re: Oh Well...

I've always wanted to replace the label of my painkillers with a "Dried Frog Pills", 19th century patent medicine looking label. Have an upvote for the discworld reference.

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MOM: CHEAP Mars ship got it right first time. Nice one, India

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Re: Any comment from NASA?

That might be because its the middle of the night over here and no US Government employees besides the Military and some specific emergency response people are at work.

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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RE: Logical Fallacy

Name calling would be argumentum ad hominem, as it is an insult to one's character with no real substance behind it. Its not really a logical fallacy, its an intentional fallacy to provoke a reaction out of people.

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Oracle's Larry Ellison quits as CEO – new bosses are Hurd'n'Catz

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Re: Somewhat confused...

And Oracle isn't an odd company, how exactly? I'd figure people used to watching them would expect them to do counterintuitive and downright strange things. I mean who else would have hired Mark Hurd after being CEO of HP? I wouldn't want that on my resume.

Not to mention the sexual harassment issue.

But really, what other Database company do you know of that would still design its own non-ARM processor architecture while making no profits from it, coming up on five years after purchasing its originator?

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To be honest, I didn't know he was 70. I don't know why but I expected him to be maybe in his late 50's. He's run the company for much longer than I would have. I just feel sorry for the Oracle sailing team, now he's free to go micromanage them if he so chooses.

After working that hard for so long I'm sure he could use a break. He's about the only human being that could conceivably build a Ducktales-esq money bin to swim around in on his Hawaiian island. He could tweet what Biggie Smalls said: something like "@LarryMegabucks "Cash rules everything around me" #biggiesmalls #notoriousthugz #oracle #capitalism #IownanIsland #ducktales" and actually be able to follow it by posting a picture of himself and stacks of cash, stock certificates, bonds and other items of value that are all actually his own money to go along with it. Instead of how rappers do it with a bunch of prop money and maybe one stack of their own.

I hope El Reg doesn't retire the article graphic of Larry in his sea of money here though. I always quite liked that one, especially on stories about Oracle's losses, just to keep things in perspective that the man alone is worth more than a number of sovereign states GDP and GNP.

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spɹɐʍʞɔɐB writing is spammers' new mail filter avoidance trick

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For the love of God, don't give the shitheads that do this any ideas. I say this because your headline text is not only backwards, it is also upside down. That or I'm finally losing my mind.

Anyway, my point is if server side anti-phishing filters can't reliably figure out backwards writing, they'll never cope with backward AND upside down text.

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Whopping 10TB disks spin out of HGST – plus 3.2TB flash slabs

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Re: "That's not a typo. 10,000GB on spinning platters in helium"

There was a time the entire nuclear arsenal's tracking system ran on 131K per SAGE installation. And that's if I'm converting correctly, which I don't think I am as that seems awful high.

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Re: Helium 6

I was just gonna say something along those lines. Why in the hell they name their drives after very unstable isotopes of Helium is beyond me. It doesn't exactly imply reliability or longevity, which is what storage vendors were supposed to be aiming for.

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Re: Re. nuclear base

No.

He didn't mention locations, dates, units, specific weapons or other equipment, procedures, or anything else identifiable, he didn't even mention which service branch it was, and it could be any of them but the Coast Guard. Even then, if its not classified and/or covered by a Non-Disclosure Agreement then there's no breach.

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NASA said a 60ft space alien menacing Earth wouldn't harm us: Tell THAT to Nicaragua

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Re: kinda cool...

I'd think about that statement a little bit first.

Yes it means we can communicate quickly. But the reason is that it was communicated so quickly was because it was at a location near a large military facility, the Air Force base in Managua, which is also the Capital's Airport and probably the busiest in the country. I'm amazed no one saw it.

Had this occurred in the middle of nowhere in Nicaragua (what I'd refer to as "Bum Fuck Egypt", or BFE for short), nobody would ever know but some farmers who are to a decent degree ex-Sandinistas and Contras that both know big explosions tend to mean trouble, and maybe some drug mules here and there. The world would find out, but much less quickly.

It shows we pay attention to our military facilities and their industrial support much faster than we do to our general population. Chelyabinsk also kind of proved this, it occurred in a place not located 40 miles from a gigantic nuclear weapons laboratory and a populated area, and people knew worldwide within seconds if you count a bunch of VK posts along the lines of WTF is happening? Had it happened in the middle of nowhere near the Northern Lena River in the Sakha Republic in Russia, noone would have known for weeks. Or maybe ever, if the object was undetected by scientists and the Ballistic missile warning systems.

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Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can

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Re: 23 Years

>>I think SteamOS Is the best chance of *nix breaking through to mainstream desktops

Well if its a UNIXlike that you're looking for, Apple's pretty much got OS X in the mainstream even though I believe you could consider it a true blood UNIX and get away with it. As far as Linux goes, for the desktop SteamOS may wind up being pretty good, but Valve has its work cut for them. Going from game development to developing an OS is a pretty big leap.

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Wall Street's internet darlings require an endless supply of idiots

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Mushroom

Its pretty damned relevant to anyone who may have an issue with State sanctioned mass murder. I have a problem with a German citizen owning a copy of a book signed by one of the most truly evil people to ever have existed that happened to be the Chancellor of Germany for 12 years and lead the institutionalized and Government sanctioned death of so many people that no one is quite sure how many.

I'd say that the very fact that he possesses it professes an admiration for a Genocidal maniac. There's no other reason to own a copy of that book signed by Hitler himself.

The same could be said for a Russian admiring Stalin as many do, an American admiring Andrew Jackson, or for a Chinese citizen to profess his or her admiration for Mao.

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I’ve never paid for it in my life... we are talking Wi-Fi, right?

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Re: must be a Europe thing?

>>US airports have free Wi-Fi, only showing a ToS page to click through and you're in

Not all of them, though more do have it than do not. Obviously you've never had the "joy" of flying through Atlanta, which is surprising if you've traveled in the US. I usually have to fly through that hellhole at least twice a year and sometimes more than that if I have to go to an Advanced school or if I'm helping out units that are deploying or coming back from a deployment at Camp Shelby.

Atlanta's airport wants like 7 to 10 bucks for an exceedingly slow connection, so much so that the API that flightaware uses timed out, every single time I tried to see where the fuck my connecting flight's aircraft physically was because it was late and I wasn't gonna hang around the gate twiddling my thumbs when I could be drinking, eating or smoking and since I rarely travel in uniform . I paid them once, and I'll never pay them again.

However, you're correct that most hotels almost always charge way more than a connection is worth, and even if they don't the connection's so slow that you probably aren't going to be able to use skype, netflix, pandora or anything else that requires streaming. Basically, the 3G or LTE connection from your wireless provider is almost guaranteed to be better. However, in my case I usually wind up paying them and having Defense Travel Service reimburse me, but the catch there is that I actually have to prove that what I'm doing with the paid access is For Official Use Only, file a reimbursement form and wait the "3 to 5 weeks" (translation: 4 to 6 months) to get my money back. I wouldn't pay for it out of pocket though.

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Microsoft refuses to nip 'Windows 9' unzip lip slip

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WTF?

Apples and Oranges (or Windows, I guess) much?

What exactly does a desktop/laptop OS made by Microsoft have to do with a new iPhone? Pardon me, but I don't see the connection. MS is not exactly competing with an iOS device through a version of traditional Windows. If it was a version of Windows Phone then yes, it would be foolhardy to launch a product in that market segment immediately following new Apple products.

If Apple was unveiling a new OS X version or even new Mac hardware then it might be cause for delaying it, but since full fat Windows has little to nothing to do with an iDevice, I see no reason that the launch of new iDevices would affect the launch of a new Windows version at all.

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Linux Foundation says many Linux admins and engineers are certifiable

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>>At launch, enrollees can take the certification exams on their choice of three Linux distributions, including CoreOS, OpenSuse, and Ubuntu. Neither Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) nor derivatives like CentOS and Fedora are included in the program so far

If they're going to differentiate between distribution, without Debian and RHEL/CentOS, what's the point? And why not have a single certification that covers topics common to every Linux distribution? Its a good start, but it needs work.

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Nuke regulator hacked three times in three years

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In case you aren't joking

Try USA Jobs and search for Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Be warned that its an OPM system though and they've had some security issues of their own as of late.

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

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Re: Meanwhile...

The Army had better damned well not let a convicted felon engage in "treatment" on my fucking dime, especially while Tricare won't pay for it for people who should be entitled to it if they so choose, even if it is considered medically necessary. For a convict to get it, and the Army to pay for it with our medical appropriations is ludicrous when there are people who deserve decent medical treatment and aren't getting it. Convicts should be the very last priority for AMEDD when medical care for Soldiers who don't go around breaking laws sucks shit.

You keep saying torture, but I really don't think you know what it actually means. Being degraded and verbally abused isn't right, but its pretty fucking far from being waterboarded, walled, beaten with bamboo rods, mock executed, electrocuted, lashed with electrical cable, etc.

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Uber alles.. NOT: Berlin bans taxi ride app over 'safety' fears

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Questionable legality here

I'd take the issue to the USTR to take to the WTO if I was Uber.

It's an artificial barrier to competition and an artificial tariff in Services under Modes 3 and 4 of the GATS, unless the EU has Taxi services exempted which I do not believe that they do. However, Uber doesn't have that kind of pull with the United States Trade Representative to do that. I think its bullshit protectionism personally, but it might be legal if there is a specific exemption.

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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Re: Faux Police at it again

You might not want to wake up the sheeple, seriously.

It might not be a good idea

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Shuffling Zombie Juror – aka Linux kernel 3.16 – wants to eat … ARMs?

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Re: can't wait to upgrade..

Just curious, but why in the world would you keep yourself on an ancient version of the kernel? I mean really, this December that version will be five years old. While I sometimes agree with the "not broke, don't fix" mindset, I can't call not upgrading for that long anywhere near a best or safe practice.

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Comcast, Time Warner boost net speeds in Google Fiber city – COINCIDENCE?

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Re: It's nothing to do with rural!

If you want a laugh, go down to All American (or the office on Semoran) and ask those morons when they plan to have IPv6. The blank stares and blinking says it all.

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Facebook: Want to stay in touch? Then it's Messenger or NOTHING

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Re: Best reason to avoid using the FB app...

Easier said than done. Damned near every manufacturer and provider has it preinstalled. I'd imagine Firefox OS and Sailfish phones are probably immune, but they're a definite minority.

And by the way, linking to Alex Jones and his patented brand of batshit craziness here probably isn't the smartest idea if you're not seeking imperial tons of downvotes, just a bit of friendly advice. Then again, you can link to solid mathematics or scientific fact and still get it too, just a matter of commentards and their moods on a given day.

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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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