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Tom Ridge: Private sector lagging in cybersecurity

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Re: The warfighters...

The stupid US press apparently dreamed that term up. I call them soldiers no matter which branch they come from!

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Yeah right!

I wouldn't exactly be bragging about Homeland Security either! As far as that goes the whole US gubbmint has it noggin up its caboose!

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Eugene Kaspersky: Ukraine conflict hurts enterprise security

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Of course!

Or Comrade Kaspersky would be in newly re-opened gulag! ]:)

О комедия всего этого!

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Top ten biz software vendors reveal Heartbleed exposure

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Cisco and Juniper as well!

Can we expect the "Top 10 hardware vendors" next?

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Re: Just think of all those landfill firewall routers and modems out there...

@Trevor_Pot - you said,"Are you insane enough to leave it's management port open to the WAN?"

What about when you access your router on the LAN side? I use SSL to do that too - their could be MITM malware on one of the computers in the LAN. I always assume compromise everywhere.

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UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

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Cosmic ray

I occasionally get a flash of light at night in the vitreous fluid of my eye ball! It only happens once in a blue moon, and is very faint and fast. The energy here on earth is very weak compared to the same experience on the space station. They were very startling at first because I thought I was having a stroke. but I could see the floaters for a split second, so I knew it wasn't a brain aneurysm or anything like that. And not a cloud in the sky I might add - although it could have just as well been lightning from a mild earth quake in our area. Those are even more rare. With the drought and the settling of the Ogallala Aquifer it could very well be. I wonder if any geologists have proposed this for the Mars shot as well? I'm sure Mars has "earth" quakes too!?

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Curiosity finds not-very-Australian-shaped rock on Mars

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Re: Life !!!

Beat me to it AC! Looks like cow pucky to me!

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Melting permafrost switches to nasty, high-gear methane release

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Methane breaks down faster than CO2...

But I digress anyway. I'm surprised they didn't mention that methane ice in the oceans, which probably over shadows the land problem by a wide margin, is melting at a break neck pace! I'd think they would mine that stuff as it makes a great energy source. Burning it makes less CO2 than other fossil energy sources, and would probably be relatively cheap, by comparison. Why is it that no one brings up life mass as a measure of carbon entrapment. It isn't just trees that trap carbon you know! What if an explosion of life were to entrap great gobs of carbon? Oh wait! That is what formed coal!

Anything is better than coal - eventually they will be able to recycle carbon through the food chain and between celullosic ethanol and cow flatulence, we will all be in tall cotton!! Ironically carbon makes a better energy storage source in ultra-capacitors, and is so rapidly becoming a favorite building material, that it could become scarce in the not so distant future! Our cars will soon be made mostly of carbon fiber, nano technology based manufacturing is coming up with all kinds of cheaper materials science for it, and I got a feeling carbon bucky-balls will end up a major contributor to medicine and everything in between! By then they will be complaining that we will be headed for the next ice age! HA!

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You can play Flappy Bird on a POINT OF SALE TERMINAL

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Yeah, and everyone criticises..

the Yanks for not having Chip-N-Pin!! Hows that bazillion dollar investment panning out for ya!? Mean while the poor card holder gets left holding the bag!(empty bag - BTW)

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'Graceful' solar flare erupts from surface of Sun – NASA vid

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Yup!...

That explains the disruption of our local internet alright! It wasn't an "April Fools" after all!

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Soccer's dull? A MIND-CONTROLLED robo-suit will be used to take first World Cup 2014 kick

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Please bear in mind...

That anything controlled by the mind can be cracked(criminally hacked) and the reverse could be true. Beware the dark horse! Also remember the Pale horse follows closely behind!

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Systems cock-up plagued new hospital in Melbourne

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This is just one of the things wrong with health care systems...

They have never had to stand the test of righteous competition, where the weak die a judicious death, and fall by the wayside; so the consequence is that righteous patients, through no defect of their own, pay the ultimate price. When are we going to allow the free market system to blow away the chaff of unrighteousness!!!

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ECCENTRIC, PINK DWARF dubbed 'Biden' by saucy astronomers

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Quite understandable why they used F...

The Fahrenheit scale is more impressive with the large numbers. Even if you understand the science scale as a layman, you will not be impressed with a small number even if you like small peckers.

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WTF is … the multiverse?

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Re: The long drawn out tea-time of the soul

The moment after the big bang seems understandable to me, and your description of a universe ending in "evaporation", makes sense, but I didn't read anything in your comment about the expansion of mass because of acceleration? I keep reading the universe is still expanding and accelerating even now. If this continues without abatement, the mass of the universe will increase to an infinite point and every particle will became so massive that it literally becomes a black hole and collapses out of this universe. Doesn't my drivel make any sense. I'm ignorant - enlighten me!

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Grav waves: Moment when 'father of Big Bang inflation' learns he was RIGHT ALL ALONG

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Re: Science is amazing!!

I see no reason creationist can't abide by any scientific experiment, especially if it is reproducible. The big bang is not necessarily a proof that creation did happen in the Biblical sense, in fact it rather supports it for some who may not understand fully, because it happened so quickly in the 1st moments of the universe. We are all in search of the truth, and only an open mind can bring you to the Lord. Taking Genesis so literally when the rest of the Bible is admittedly cryptic is strange to me, and I wonder why so many Christians are so afraid of the search for truth. Nothing in science has shaken my faith. In fact it set me on a course toward it.

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NASA: Earth JUST dodged comms-killing SOLAR BLAST in 2012

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Re: Really?

@Peter2 - Back then phone and telegraph wire was almost 1/8' tp 1/4" solid copper wire. It probably did TOO GOOD of a job conducting electricity. With such a giant web of wire emanating out from major populations centers, even back then, it would have been like a giant capacitor. I imagine it was the sudden discharge of so much EMP that would literally make things explode, just like a nuclear EMP. Now days, we use some kind of aluminum alloy for above ground carrying capacity, and it can take more, but it can gather more too! I'm not sure it wouldn't be just as bad or worse, unless certain emergency trips are in place - just this summer's sun spot activity has burned out our local electric infrastructure several times. We didn't even have a full load of air conditioning on the system yet!

Ironically fiber optic communications cable will be immune to this damage, but the power wires that travel with the fiber optic cable to power the repeaters inside the cable will probably be fried. Since these happen about every kilometer, you'd think they could service such points independently from the fiber cable. Also unfortunately we use such small solid state chip technology now that even a sneeze could blow the entire mobo on many devices. Modern cars would be out of commission but antique automobiles would be unaffected, especially since they are mostly stored indoors. Ham operators that are still using the old vacuum tube sets, will be immune to this especially if they disconnect the antenna before the event. But I doubt they could predict it. Civil Defense technology was developed way back in the 1950's to shield many systems, and but now we'd need automated sensors of some kind to disconnect things automatically. I don't see any movement toward that end. Maybe after our entire infrastructure gets fried they will finally find the money somehow to update the equipment to the new reality. Might as well if it is fried already! All this talk of a "SMART" grid may be the answer?

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Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?

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Re: Golden Image

majorgeeks has a really good update tool, that doesn't need installing, and points you to many of the applications and drivers that may need attention. I haven't tried the driver updates yet, because I'm not having hardware problems, but many clients of mine do.

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Re: One thing I'd suggest...

Ever tried Drive Vaccine? It is a little complicated to set up, but I hear it is a good replacement for Steady State and is pretty economical. At least it has been for me. However I've not had the time to set it up on a PC, and now that XP is going away, it may become my top priority. Folks around here just can't afford to update to hardware that can run the next iteration of Windows. They will just have to plod along with an expired XP, or at least use a LiveCD for sensitive web actions. With something like this hard drive locking capability, they could actually get rid of all the bloated anti-virus, and anti-malware that slowed the computer down before.

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RIP Full Disclosure: Security world reacts to key mailing list's death

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Wow! Ten years?

It seemed longer ago to me! I never used it, I got my vulnerability information from other sources. I'd say there were many like me. We all saw it in the news for a while then it seemed to disappear! We all forgot about it in my security circles. I'd say it will never be missed. I am slightly sentimental about that time period, but that is about it.

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ROBO-SNOWDEN: Iraq, the internet – two places the US govt invaded that weren't a threat

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Re: Stay tuned...

We didn't need no stinking 2001 Patriot ACT nor any of the subsequent scraps of paper congress should have wiped their behinds with! No matter what I think of Snowden, he is only pointing out what I could see coming every since 911, and that's an Orwellian nightmare that was not even worth doing. All they needed was a tiny bit more cooperation from the various US agencies to have prevented 911, as the data was there but only people who knew whistle blowers can get their heads blown off were trying to get someone to notice it without - getting their heads blown off! Afganistan should have been a SPEC OPS mission and that is all, we didn't need no stinking invasion to get what we needed done there. Heck it only took about 2000 to 5000 troops to route the Taliban in the 1st place. You don't need many more personnel than that in those situations. We would still have a fairly good relationship with Pakistan as well, without all the heavy handed John Wayne actions. I realize a lot of people were comparing this 911 thing to Pearl Harbor, but it was just stupid they couldn't see it coming. I've been watching terror grow every year since the Black September movement of the '70s, and any person paying attention to it and worth his/her salt could see this building up. I agree with Anonymous Coward on that point for sure! We should have quit tolerating it back in 1970, and worked to supress it more each year since, and learn something about the middle east and teach our ignorant school children the realities of the world! Hell we barely got them doing the three Rs by the time the "graduate" - if that is what you can call it. Matriculate would be closer, except it is more like brain leakage than anything otherwise.

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Malaysia Airlines mystery: Click here for the TRUTH

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Re: Hmmmm

HA!

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Re: transponder standby or off

Well I have to admit, that I saw a demo on CNN or something like that, that showed anyone with an ounce of knowledge would be able to disable that - at least the engine data burst was more difficult; but just because it ended 30 minutes before the hext burst is reaching for straws!

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Re: Phone signals

Exactly Nigel 11! Out in the hinterlands of the desert - no one would reach the "ground' in such a plane! Yes they prolly went lower than usual, but we are talking the VAST expanse of the world's oceans! Ever see the movie Cast Away? No matter it is a movie of the pure imagination - the fiction was closer to truth than ever before! Remember Flight 93!! (Y)

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Re: hints

Exactly Nigel 11! Just like flight 93 during 911, the passengers probably figured correctly that they were pawns in a terrorist game, and there was no risk in going all out to retake the flight. How have the terrorists convinced us other wise? Terrorism is truly stupid. It is scary, but if I'd been that stupid 'Bin Stupid Ladin, I would have backed off to lull the world into some kind of Lemming mode! But evil is ALWAYS stupid, so I might as well digress and let others comment away! HA!

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Shuttleworth: Firmware is the universal Trojan

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Unfortunately we need to look at this!!!

Although I already suspected and acted on the "Snowden leaks", WAY before they came out; ALL code is suspect now that the revelation IS out! We need do an entire overhaul of all code to open source! It will not guarantee we won't get cracked, but at least we can keep an eye on it , if we band together and standardize the code! Of course, now that the wide world of the web is not under one domain source control now, we can see chaos in the near future - but it was headed that way anyway - I'm sure of it!

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SATANIC 'HELL DIAMOND' tells of sunless subterranean sea

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Re: Sounds like

Exactly what I thought. Now they could remake a new movie version a completely different way, and I'd get excited about seeing such a story again! It was one of the few, I thought was dead until now! I'm a huge Jules Verne fan! Funny how gravity gets neutralized more and more as you go to the center. Water is completely incompressible, and has many powerful properties that could change into a state of matter we don't even understand at that depth. It is fun to boggle the mind once more! :O

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Behold, the TITCHY T-REX that prowled the warm Arctic of long ago

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There's evidence that...

there were periods of global warming before humans too. And actually there was a time when parts of either South America and/or Antarctica poked into the present polar region, and although it got really dark part of the year, was so warm there was jungle then too. This intersected one of the warming periods. The dinos were generally smaller but had huge orbital size for their eye sockets - hence the theory - although geology also confirms much about the weather and plate tectonics position at any time-frame in earth history.

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UK.gov to train up 11-year-old cyberwarriors

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Re: Strewth

Better than giving them those ridiculous drugs for attention deficit disorder!

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Noooo... WAIT. Google slaps on Chrome patches ahead of Pwn2Own hackfest

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I thought the article answered that.

Pretty much AC?!

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Google encrypts Chinese search requests to subvert Great Firewall

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Google would be better off...

Using the bot net for dissenters in China, as that is the only way they are going to communicate without government consent. I'm sure the ones getting away with it, operate much like the criminals that compromised Target. There are still no indications they on on the trail of any of those players, except maybe the coder for the malware involved. That saying, it could have been cracked by nation backed players anyway. Dalai Lama dissenters are the most advanced - obfuscating their communications with TOR or other P2P, and then handing it off to a local bot herder.

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Security: It's knowing what you don't know

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Yup! That be an April Fool's joke!

and that's the truth! - THTHTHTHTHhh! :p ~

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Enterprising French chap cranks up €100k 'flying car'

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I vote PAL-V ---> ~~~

I liked the PAL-V better! The article video was stupid!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgHSaNtAMjs

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Health boffins say wind turbines don't make you sick

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Of course they are killers!

Just ask Don Quixote! Haven't you read of that man from La Mancha!?!? Now allow me to adjust my tin foil hat for the coming genocide!

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US boffins turn up the spin on holographic memory

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@h4rm0ny

That was called "spin-tronics" and the promises never materialized. Looks like this one has it beat - at least you have a prototype in hand, with hard numbers to back it up.

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Dr Hurricane unleashes FUSION POWER at Livermore nuke lab

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We need fake gravity..

If we could fool nature into realizing the necessary gravitational forces, the turbulence will subside, and the test will be a success. This is where the 'theory of everything' comes to order. Use the new math Boffins!

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Credit card of PayPal PRESIDENT cloned by UK crooks

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Yeah - if only Chip-N-Pin!!!

I get SOOOoo tired of hearing that!! - VISA is supposedly forcing the issue in North America so my rant is probably a waste of time, but for the expense of converting the entire quadrant of our globe we get something that has already been hacked - several times. Is it REALLY worth it??

February 2008

http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/techreports/UCAM-CL-TR-711.pdf

February 2010

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/newsnight/susanwatts/2010/02/new_flaws_in_chip_and_pin_syst.html

February 2010

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8511710.stm

September 2012

http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/Papers/unattack.pdf

Video summary of above report

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19559124

I hope we are smarter than that and adopt something like a combination of MagnePrint®, which cannot be replayed, and whose infrastructure is basically already there with slightly different hardware POS tech, and also Pass Window, which is a much cheaper, but highly scalable 3rd factor authentication technology.

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OK, Mr. President, those cybersecurity guidelines you ordered are HERE

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Now watch!

The gubbamint will be the last to read and understand the 'framework', and the last to attempt to implement it.

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'Wind power causes climate change' shown to be so much hot air

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Every meteorologist knows..

that upper atmospheric factors are the true predictor of weather. I can't see how the public can't be getting extremely tired of these pathetic whiners! Good grief! This is as bad as complaining that gopher farts will cause earthquakes!! Just plain out and out STUPID!

Now to temper my rant, I will admit that in a chaotic system anything can trigger change, but so many factors trigger so many changes as to be utterly insane to contemplate! These kind of public statement only do damage to serious climatology, and serve to dull the attention of folks who used to be concerned over climate, but now feel Chicken Little is guarding the hen house!

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Run for the tills! Malware infected Target registers, slurped 40m bank cards

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For this to happen this big and all at once smacks of international cyberwar. Iran anyone?

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Virgin Galactic's supersonic space ship in 71,000-ft record smash

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Re: Not Even Close to NASA

Or the fact that private money financed it?

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Re: Still a long way to catch up with SS1

You don't suppose British regulations had anything to do with this do you? Just say'n!

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Sabu wasn't the only FBI mole in LulzSec, suggest leaked docs

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Re: Another obvious question...

Maybe!

http://krebsonsecurity.com/2011/09/arrested-lulzsec-supsect-pined-for-job-at-dod/

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Target's database raided, 70 MILLION US shoppers at risk of ID theft

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Re: "...unencrypted..."

"In order for it to be siphoned unencrypted, it has to have been DEcrypted at some point. Last I checked, the point of the PCI-DSS rules was to make it so that AT NO POINT does that occur until it reaches the clearinghouse where the data has to be decrypted as a matter of procedure (because they're authorized agents of the credit card companies). The data is supposed to be encrypted at the magstripe reader (like how ATM keypads encrypt at the keypad), using a key provided by the clearinghouse so that it goes from the PIN pad to the register, to the back office, and from there to the clearinghouse without it being altered or decrypted."

Yeah! BUTT!(misspelled on purpose!) - We have not the full facts on just what happened on this debacle now! - have we? I challenge anyone to show a link where a definitive answer is provided!.

I really wonder if even "Chip 'N Pin will cure this huge breach. Latest news says it is more like 140 + MELLION!!! As the REG is want to say. HA!

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Circuits so flexible they'd wrap around your hair

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Re: You might still look like an idiot

Oh well! We will be driven around by robots, so we won't need to worry about crashing. I saw a show today about Nissan announcing that they will be selling robot cars in the US - I assume if it is approved, that is! This will be very soon, they showed one of them driving around with no driver or human on board at all. Maybe they can make a Segway like that so we don't walk off cliffs and stuff! HA! We all will be moving around with our heads in the clouds(or up our duffs) very soon! :D

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Dusty old supernova could reveal answer to life, the universe and EVERYTHING

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Hmmm?

I wasn't aware that any red giant had the mass to collapse into a supernova! I wonder if the media are doing their homework? From what I remember, a red giant is just a star close to our Sol in original mass, but expanding as the fuel runs out, then collapsing into a smaller object, although I don't remember what. The stellar shell, or what is left of the outer gasses is blown off, but not in any way as exciting as a "supernova". :/

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Intel ditches McAfee brand: 'THANK GOD' shouts McAfee the man

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Friends just don't let friends do Mcr@ppy!

Oh! NO! NO way! I imagine he is right to cringe at what little is left of his reputation as a security field genius. The total disappearance of that company could finally let him and a lot of us sleep at night.

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Re: SpyHunter

I've never used it but was surprised when geeks on malware forums said they used it to good effect. The user reviews on CNET aren't encouraging, and they don't look like shill reports. However you can block a good chunk of most of the junk that gets on the PC by running as a restricted user account, and running a good file cleaner like CCleaner. This will take care of a lot of the miscreants you might catch out there; but if you don't keep your applications, and operating system up to date and to a tee, a zero day vulnerability could wipe out that advantage.

Many of my clients like utilities like SpwareBlaster, Spybot Search & Destroy, Windows Defender(the anit-malware one). and Winpatol, for freebees that can keep a lot off your computer in the 1st place, and for free. Everyone I know, in the PC maintenance field seem to agree that the only anti-malware worth buying is MBAM. I like to keep Super Anti-Spyware on board as a fast scanner, to double check the other blended defenses. I don't recommend buying it, because I'm not really convinced it does any more than the restricted account to help keep crud off the account before it can be established. It is okay as far as the administrator account. This is only an opinion on free anti-malware comparisons. This is also only the tip of the iceberg on a good blended defense.

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How the NSA hacks PCs, phones, routers, hard disks 'at speed of light': Spy tech catalog leaks

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Re: The sheeple are so gullible

All of these same techniques are used by ordinary criminals; but some of them have been used to target individuals who were my clients. Once you become such a target, no operating system or hardware will save you. Your only recourse to avoid surveillance is to stop using modern technology completely. Some of my clients have gone back to using old DOS era machines, or Apple laptops with PowerPC CPUs to temporarily avoid the glare; but even those are used sparingly or they will be reacquired by the surveyor.

The NSA hasn't got squat on a good industrial espionage team. These cats really know how to get down in your shorts!

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RSA comes out swinging at claims it took NSA's $10m to backdoor crypto

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NSA and RSA never had any credibility with me anyway...

Remember how the Clinton administration whined that they couldn't crack the encryption on the new cell phones back when? The news made me believe they forced a piggyback chip to snoop on folks way back in the day. I don't know how far the US government got with that; but I decided I'd never trust anything not open source every again. Snowden's charges are just not surprising to me at all.

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It's not gold in the frozen hills of Antarctica, my boy, it's DIAMONDS

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Maybe a new country will rise..

One that only cares about exploitation without the guilt you silly asses are so afraid of! Maybe it will be a truly free nation that doesn't give a shit about international treaties, and allows the protection of one's personal safety and right to property - again UN-like you silly asses! I think I should like to live there despite the harsh environment - but I also realize that diamonds are only really worth $1.80 USD per carat. So no! I will not go there yet!

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