* Posts by Wzrd1

1479 posts • joined 7 Dec 2012

Nork hackers no pantomime villains, but a hugely unpredictable menace

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Re: China may support NK, but.....

The PRC is simply doing what China has done throughout its history, maintaining a satellite state as a buffer to sacrifice to protect China.

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Re: Hmmmmm.....

It's not all DDOS, quite a lot of it is data exfiltration.

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Re: curs ewe use less spell chequer

I missed it completely, but then, it's late and when I'm tired, my dyslexia kicks up a lot.

So, it make complete sense to me, as it was intended, if not how it was spelled.

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The NSA is part of the US DoD and gives recommendations to DISA on cyber defense.

It is interesting that you mentioned 2008, as the US DoD had a major compromise in that year and it was quite expensive to remediate, the primary issue was lack of adherence to DISA requirements in the baseline configurations of workstations, servers and antivirus.

My installation was in compliance and shrugged off the attack.

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High on bath salts, alleged Norse god attempts tree love

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Re: He did not commit the other crime

As an embarrassed US citizen, I'll abashedly concede the point to AC.

I will offer in my own defense, (although, you use a C in the place of an S, that is due to your lack of standardizing the language until that unfortunate gaffe in 1776), I'm working on that problem, with a hell of a lot of peers.

Likely, that will likely result in universal summary execution.

Still, I'm game, if the cops are equally game to try it. Even with my osteoarthritis, I'm good within 5 meters for hand to hand.

Yeah, things are *really* that fucked up in the good old U S of A.

Although, I've been reconsidering the A part to mean Asshole.

I don't really have a problem with that, I'm a retired Army NCO, asshole was part of the career description, when required.

Would that make me Emperor of the Assholes then?

If so, I'll now issue a summary Imperial decree.

The United States of Assholes is no longer named such, it is now and forever forthwith to be known as the United States of America. A land where *all* human are truly equal peers.

Secondarily, I decree that the now United States of America is not an empire. The office of Emperor is abolished. An Imperial pension shall be paid of ten million Imperial dollars per year to the former Emperor.

As the office was already abolished, fuck all if this former Emperor shall be paid and will now have to resume his former civilian occupation as BOFH MK II A IV, aka Information Security analyst, technical.

Which defeats BOFH via technical and regulatory means. ;)

The fun part? I probably could do such a thing.

I'm not a psychopath, I'm a supremely functioning sociopath, who also suffers from altruism.*

*Personal humor of life experience. My high school wanted to understand why I didn't ace all grades/tests/homework assignments. They understood that I was bright, but couldn't figure out why I didn't excel at their rote work.

So, I was sent to several psychologists.

As I was an AP psychology student *and* volunteered at a college radio station as a technician, we'll suffice it to say, I fully comprehended the tests. So, I had a bit of fun.

I was indeed diagnosed as an altruistic sociopath. The better paid psychologists figured out the game early one, to my annoyance, their diagnosis: "He's bored and fucking with us".

Of course, the school never *did* figure me out, but knew my IQ.

Strangely, a local MENSA chapter sought me out. I declined, as I have a fundamental disagreement with *not* altering the world for the better.

So, eventually, I joined the military and found a career in being able to do so, in small, modest ways that pay off larger than the effort in the long term.

It wasn't the mission that counted, it was the secondary efforts after it was accomplished that works.

Case in point, real world, using a SOFLAM to guide a precision (it's not, really, it expands a shockwave in all directions), we dug out the family next door to the terrorist that killed 100 market goers (read, women and children, men didn't shop in that culture), general and directed conversation ensued when all essentially gave up on finding life, but kept digging.

Guided suggestions and queries were used.

Still pissed off over those families.

But, views did change in those villages.

Much later, I read Ian Banks works on the Culture. I hope to have been a shadow of the works of SC.

Meanwhile, realizing how much the US and USSR fucked up the entire planet.

Leaving the droppings for everyone to unfuck.

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Re: Lucky Man

"Says the one sitting safe at home who doesn't have to face down the enraged lunatic. "

It's been my experience that when a knee begins to bend in the wrong direction, no matter how enraged, how drugged or how high their zeal formerly was, the fight ends immediately.

I faced far worse in my life. I've faced my own buddies in the military, when they were drunk. When I couldn't talk them down, well, thing got quite interesting. I've had to use carotid compression, once, a throat strike (I could treat the results, if necessary) and assorted nerve strikes.

The Commonwealth SAS varieties quite enjoyed partying with me as well, although they managed to not get quite so ugly.

As for Afghans, let's say, they're tough, strong and the fight is over when the knee bends the wrong way.

Me? I'm notorious for blocking with either my chin or my forehead, both of which are dense and comprised of a substance that could crush that pebble in Gibraltar and consists of strange matter, insulated with neutronium. I'm also infamously insensitive to pain and noted for my inability to quit.

I'm also a deity, although I'm not entirely sure if I'm the Almighty or the son, as I'm variously addressed upon entering a room as Jesus Christ or God!, so I'm not certain which I am.

But, the strong and dense skull does successfully protect both of my remaining brain cells, each of which takes an alternate day off (the rest melted out of my ears, while variously dealing with military lieutenants and raising two children to adulthood).

Obviously, my humor is mercurial. That's due to the first mentioned experiences being real life, real world.

I only get serious when things are so bad, someone might end up deceased if they don't listen.

So, remember, from my world and life experience, life sucks, but it beats the shit out of the alternative. I know that as true, as none of my deceased buddies have bothered to ring me up and tell me how great dead is, so I know it's deadly dull.

/Mercurial mode off (yeah, as if that'll happen)

With a note that universally, on every continent I've visited, which is all save two, *everyone* knows "pull my finger". What does that and this event say of the species?

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Re: Lucky Man

Not if he's white. Then, they hesitate.

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Dwarf planet Ceres has TEN bright spots, astroboffins say

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Re: Ceres has ten bright spots

"Hmm, exactly ten more than my usual working day."

Well, that's usually nine more than my usual working day, although exceptional days have occurred and eight occurred.

It all depended on *who* was trying to breach our network.

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"The radically different compositions of the various Asteroid Families are also difficult (though not impossible) to explain if they were to have originated from the same planet."

Not really, of Jovian migration occurred, a modest planet could have begun forming, differentiation begun, leaving metals migrating down, only to be sundered by the distant passing of Jupiter.

But, that's extremely dicey, I'll admit. It ignores the wide distribution of asteroids, it ignores needing passing within the Roche limit of Jupiter and well, physics in general, considering the previous issues.

What isn't explained is why we have chondrite or metallic and very little in the middle mixture. *Something* caused metallics to form in significant quantities in preference to a more random mixture.

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"The chances of anything being on Ceres are a million to one they said."

That makes no sense whatsoever, as Ceres would obviously have some rocks and dust strewn about.

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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Re: Meh

"The first stage must land about 200 miles down range of the launch site (it both lifts the second stage upward and imparts some of the orbital velocity."

Hmm, I was pondering that earlier, until the F bomb dusted the place. The altitude when it's jettisoned isn't awfully great, as it doesn't experience significant heating effects as it enters denser air. Got a reference figure on altitude when it jettisons and begins initial maneuvering?

I suspect it's below or just at the Karman line.

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Re: Meh

"Who is this person called "Fuck"? I have never met him but I hear he knows a lot."

Fucked if I know, but the fucker sure gets around a fucking lot, the fucker.

Heard the fucker has a fucking lot of kids, millions of them.

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Re: Meh

"Get Federal Firearms License, install FIM-92 around house regardless."

And get a wider burning debris field hitting your new home.

I'd simply get a Mind and have it effector away the wayward rocket, then CAM dust SpaceX.

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Re: Meh

"The barge is at least about proving they can bring it back to a precision target as about landing the thing."

And a barge is a fuckton cheaper than launch complexes, incinerated lunch complexes full of workers and neighboring communities homes.

As you said, an awshit at sea on an unmanned barge isn't really that big of a deal. A bit of fresh paint, everything's right as rain. Or, another barge gets floated.

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Re: Meh

"Rocket go KABOOM! People of Florida sad. People of Florida even sadder, if rocket go oopsie missy landing pad, and go crash-bang-boom on their house."

I don't know, I think if the rocket did the oopsie missy state and hit my house in Pennsylvania, it'd improve my property value.

I'd also make a mint on selling tee shirts with "SpaceX launched a rocket through my house and all I got was this lousy tee shirt" on them.

Assuming I wasn't home at the time. If I was home, I'd get pretty steamed. I mean really, it'd ruin my weekend plans, which would *really* burn me up!

But, at least the asshole neighbors would be a distant memory.

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Re: Meh

"Obviously I know fuck"

No, you don't even know fuck.

It's quite likely you'll never be privileged enough to know fuck personally.

So, perhaps you should leave the criticism for those who far more than fuck.

So, do feel free to fuck off.

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Re: A very well done

"You know that they sent near-Live video (certainly not HD) back from the fricken! Moon in fricken! 1969?"

Always some sap has to come in and tell other people how to spend more of their money, rather than be thankful that that sap actually was permitted to see a proprietary device in operation and later failure.

Here's an idea, if you want to see that live, *you* work with the team and *you* pay for all of the involved costs.

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Re: A very well done

"Also, make the system literally bomb proof, because there is a big flamy thing going to be landing on or near it."

Also, make the system literally bomb proof, because there is a big bomb, exploding in one direction (hopefully) going to be landing on or near it.

A rocket is essentially, a huge bomb, which if properly constructed, only explodes continuously in one direction.

When improperly constructed, or when things break, the rocket fully describes all characteristics of a bomb - a very, very large bomb.

See Russian mishaps and NASA mishaps, the latest of which took a chunk off of an island launch facility.

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Help! We need to pick a platform for our desert adventure

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A squid proxy can be used for filtering. Once, our DoD Websense license expired and we ginned up a squid proxy with crude filtering.

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Drill, baby, drill: HIDDEN glaciers ON MARS hold 150bn cubic metres of precious frozen WATER

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All of you wanting to drink that water

Did you forget The Waters of Mars?

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Aluminum bendy battery is boffins' answer to EXPLODING Li-ion menace

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Aluminum based battery that is flexible

So, a re-invented Polaroid Polapulse battery.

Replacing the manganese dioxide with an unnamed ionic solution.

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France accused of tabling 'Patriot Act' style surveillance law

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"One of the great things about the security services is that THEY DON'T have to take responsibility for failures before they ask for their next helping of surveillance."

Sure they do. They approach the leadership and say, "See? If I had *this*, *that* would not have happened".

And hence, the emperor gets his new clothes.

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"When have plans to expand digital surveillance ever been anything other than badly thought out and rushed, anywhere in the world?"

The Great Firewall of China comes to mind.

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Aw, snap! How huge HTML links can crash Chrome tabs in one click

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Re: This is from people who insist

Your drive is more pleasant than mine.

I also get the folks who break for no readily apparent reason. And in the next lane over, Speed Racer.

Makes me want to borrow a tank from the army for my commute.

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Re: long ago memories arise

1995 and Microsoft's ping of death, *really* blowing up the internet with >64k ping packets.

Microsoft's immediate response, threaten litigation against anyone who claimed the ping of death was real, switch out their NT 4 FTP servers with Sun boxes and claim the x86 hardware was overloaded, *then* eventually issue a patch.

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Re: Just out of interest, how aggressive is Chrome's pre-fetching?

No, Chrome doesn't pre-fetch pages, it pre-fetches DNS entries.

Now, what would happen with a page with 1000 distinct domain URL's with Chrome?

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Re: Malicious?

I'm thinking...

OK Google, bounds fucking checking.

Response: I don't know what that is.

Shades of 1995!

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It's the FALKLANDS SYNDROME! Fukushima MELTDOWN to cause '10,000 Chernobyls' in South Atlantic

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Re: Afterwards?

I prefer to be bathed in a fine Cherenkov radiation glow in the wee hours of the morning, it's so energizing!

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Ding Dong, ALIENS CALLING

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What is strang is

I calculated just these subjects a decade and change ago.

Blue shifted radiation from the direction of travel would be hard gamma radiation. Re-emission of the absorbed gamma would cause everything from RF through pair production, with plenty of gamma being re-emitted. Exhaust energy would range from IR through RF.

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Apple is picking off iOS antivirus apps one by one: Who'll be spared?

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Re: Ya know what I love about apple drones?

Just what, pray tell, does your rant have to do with the article or any of the comments?

The alleged antivirus apps would require kernel level access in order to access the filesystem. No downloaded app store app can do that. Hence, the removed apps are bullshit apps that operate only in their own sandbox and hence, cannot access the full filesystem.

So, who is the drone? The one who gave a reasoned and knowledgable response on the capabilities of the software and OS or the one who reasonlessly bashes a product's users?

Now, please excuse me. I have to get back to supporting Linux, Unix, Windows and OS X systems security.

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IS 'hackers' urge US-based jihadis: 'Wipe yourselves out trying to kill 0.00005 of US forces'

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Re: Lambs to ISlaughter

My old fighting knives are already sharp. 9mm, pah! I'm an M1911 man. My wife preferrs her .38 special.

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Re: I have a cunning plan...

Well, as one who is retired US military, I'll mention the fact that we were only armed when in the field training or on the range firing, when on our home base.

So, going to and from my home to the base, I most certainly was not armed.

That said, if anyone then or now came at me with a knife, he'd end up either with multiple dislocations or impaled upon his own blade. It all would depend on how irritated I was.

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Military victories aren't measured by the number of dead, they're measured by when the enemy lost the will to continue fighting.

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CIA re-orgs to build cyber-snooping into all investigations

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Re: Let me spell it out to you: T A X A T I O N

Wow, just... Wow.

Do look up what the CIA does and what it is forbidden from doing.

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Re: The cats out of the bag

Erm, CIA operations *are* Top Secret from end to end.

The CIA is prohibited by its charter from operating within the United States, so need for a judge to sign off on anything.

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Re: This isn't the right fix

The NSA and CIA cannot merge. Ever.

The NSA is part of the DoD. The CIA is a civilian intelligence agency.

Now, the CIA does indeed have some specialized mission specific needs in the digital arena, but we most certainly don't need two agencies ending up with 100% overlap.

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Vint Cerf: Everything we do will be ERASED! You can't even find last 2 times I said this

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We already have digital vellum

Google, Facebook and more keep data forever, even your family pictures, embarrassing pictures and your e-mails.

If those fail, we still have the NSA, GCHQ and the rest of the "eyes". Getting a copy back from them, as easy as getting Google or Facebook to give a copy back...

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Dutch MEP slams 'cowboy practices' of GCHQ 'n' pals following Gemalto allegations

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Re: Simples!

That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

First, Gemalto does not make SIM cards for phones.

Second, the telephone companies were hacked, not their SIM cards.

Finally, sending the bill to GCHQ or the NSA, based upon allegations only would only turn things into a diplomatic incident.

So, what you are advocating for is a costly and lengthy process that mitigates less than nothing whatsoever, then billing two national governments over a mere allegation.

One that I find bizarre, as the NSA uses Gemalto cards themselves.

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ATTENTION SETI scientists! It's TOO LATE: ALIENS will ATTACK in 2049

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Re: Nah, we're safe

Strange, that is precisely what my home GCU thought initially.

After finding no fault in the software, it decided it was a liveware problem and investigated Earth.

It found no intelligent life present in most capitol buildings on the planet.

Earth has since been placed back into the control group.

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'Camera-shy' Raspberry Pi 2 suffers strange 'XENON DEATH FLASH' glitch

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Re: Advantages of an opaque box

"So if you get a solid black/red/blue case for your Pi rather than a transparent one (which I have on two of mine), that will suffice?"

Why bother replacing before testing? Many things that are clear optically to our eyes are opaque to IR and some even opaque to near IR.

So, get a flash and snap shots of your packaged device at a distance of 10cm or so. If it crashes, why replace the case when a spot of black epoxy would cure the problem?

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Re: Amazing...

Heh, one enterprising individual plopped an oscilloscope onto the 3.3 volt line and hit his flash on his camera.

Beautiful waveform showing photvoltaic effect and decay of excitation when disconnected from power.

Similar waveform, with transition to zero, a bit of negative and spiking near 5 volts ensued.

Considering the 10cm light source to component, I'd strongly suspect no significant effect in strong sunlight.

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Re: Bizarre, but in the interests of science...

"The big mainframe my equipment was attached to crashed pretty much about the same time as the predictions."

Yeah, been there, done that. Bad enough getting spikes in power lines, ground current differentials and even induced voltages along long conductors raise merry hell with electronics, especially computers and especially with supercomputers and mainframes.

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Re: Bizarre, but in the interests of science...

"I'll try duct tape, though, a much more likely option in space."

Not really, they switched to Kapton tape decades ago. Regrettably, Kapton transmits IR along nicely, which leaves you with the original problem.

Xenon flash tubes release loads of IR and near IR light. Silicon junctions, in particular PN junctions will act like a photodiode.

So, personally, I'd go with black epoxy. I'd even go with plumber's epoxy (kneaded two part in a roll) in a pinch. Duck tape, nope. Nothing conductive on a PCB with solid state electronics, thank you.

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GRUNTY CHIMPS 'blend in among locals' after moving to Scotland

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Re: chimp <-> human

Fair enough.

So, go into a bar near a taxominists convention and ask the following question:

"Is it Pan Troglodytes or Homo Troglodytes, is it Homo Sapiens or Pan Sapiens"?

Then, stand off to the side for the bar room brawl.

For, genetically, our common ancestor wasn't that far off and there actually is a bit of heated discussion on just that subject.

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Re: Resistance is futile!

"There is a risk, when observing other animals, that we will interpret their behavior through human values."

Fair enough, although in this case, one order of chimpanzee was observing another, hairier variety of chimpanzee. The genetics don't lie.

"Of course the chimps can learn to use the local vernacular!"

Most certainly! Why, I've learned both proper English and Arabic via exposure to both groups in an environment foreign to myself and the UK citizens.

Although, I must admit an entire uncertainty as to *what* that chap from Liverpool was speaking.

Both sets of groups also learned a bit of American English, an abuse of the originating language by any measure of extremes.

"They want to communicate, and have learned what is the most effective locally."

See my two points above.

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Secret Service on alert after drone CRASHES into White House

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Re: How much C4

For that type of drone, not enough to do more than break a car window. Their load carrying capacity is miniscule.

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Panicked teen hanged himself after receiving ransomware scam email

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Re: Sad, and not good enough

"The IP could have been easily spoofed..."

Not really. IP spoofing works for something like UDP, but remember, SMTP is a two way communication process. Responses have to be received from server messages. Spoofing would prevent those server messages from being received.

There are some ways around that, but they're not very reliable.

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Turn your head and cough (up your details), HealthCare.Gov has sprung a leak!

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Ah, but there's a better solution

The site is run by a contractor. The contractor can be cited for failure to perform and lose revenue. If it's found that there is no hope for satisfactory performance, it's a fundamental breach of contract and the contract goes to the runner-up.

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Ad agency Turn turns off Verizon's zombie cookies

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Re: Now that other ad agencies are aware of it

Or another solution, block traffic from ad servers.

I'm actively DNS poisoning a handful of ad server sites after receiving malvertisement attempts.

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FERTILISER DOOM warning! PESKY humans set to WIPE selves out AGAIN

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Re: Lasarus Long quote on stupidity comes to mind.

Yeah, algal blooms suck. Royally.

Some people are sickened by atomized algae toxins 90 miles from US estuaries.

The real problem is teaching farmers to stop wasting their fertilizer, but retaining it in the soil by using less and preventing runoff. More simply, teaching them to stop pissing money away.

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