* Posts by Wzrd1

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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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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

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Re: Let's be fair here

The fact is, linear induction motors are rather old technology, so we do know how to make them work. See maglev for an example in use today.

Evacuated tubes would be an issue though, seals degrade and would erode performance, but again, not an overwhelming technological issue.

Now, for solar powered everything, I'm a lot dubious on that one, solar powered car, possibly, but the magnetic motor, I'm inclined to doubt that one.

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Boffins' quantum USB stick trumps fibre optic reliability

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Re: I had a...

...Quantum hard drive years ago and it only stored Schrödinger's data.

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SpaceX drone hovership ROCKET LANDER BURN: Musk to try again

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Re: "floating barge"

I dunno, an ocean bottom barge is pretty useful - for fouling ancor lines.

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Re: Ran out of hydraulic fluid?

A closed system isn't that much more massive. One only keeps a closed loop, so it's a bit more tubing.

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'American soldiers, we are coming...' US CENTCOM military in Twitter hijack shame

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Re: I don't see a blue tick next to the profile name

"It wasn't a verified account and they weren't using 2FA?"

Twitter has 2FA for group accounts whose personnel rotate frequently? Talk about a logistiscal nightmare!

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Re: ROFL

"Remind me. Why would CENTCOM have a Twitter feed? Would there be any connection with PR motives?"

In part. They also use it to keep in contact with their personnel, even when on leave.

Twitter and Facebook were used to alert and inform personnel during the Fort Hood shooting incident, as people off base would not be able to hear Giant Voice (a basewide PA system used for emergencies).

Hell, the CIA and NSA also have Twitter accounts.

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SURPRISE: Norks' Linux distro has security vulns

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Re: Impressive computing power shown in that picture

Ah, but it's using a quite modern trackball.

Perhaps he's merely playing Missile Command.

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OS X search tool Spotlight runs roughshod over Mail privacy settings

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"Apple; insecure, by default."

Apple; broke *BSD security badly by default.

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Re: Cool. Ta for the input.

Mutt is nice, but I prefer Alpine.

Still, for GPG encrypted mail, I stick with Thunderbird. Even my wife can work that.

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Re: A rock and a hard place

"I only moved from Snow Leopard when new apps that I wanted were only supported on more recent version of OS X; and then I moved from Snow Leopard to Mavericks just before Yosemite shipped because I wanted to last stable version of OS X."

Same here, holding off, as I got bit by bugs and various programs not liking Mavericks at first.

Maybe I'll go with Yosemite in a year or so.

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FBI fingering Norks for Sony hack: The TRUTH – by the NSA's spyboss

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Re: You see what you want to see

More like the NSA got into the proxy and got to watch traffic on both sides.

Hell, I'd not be surprised if the NSA got into their boxes as well.

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Re: Lately, while President Obamacare wallowed in his certainties...

"While I assume that the NSA knows its shit"

From my own, personal experience with them, yes, they know their shit quite well.

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Re: There's a time and a place for confession and the good Admiral has blown it.

"a 100% Only Democracy In The Middle Eastern invention."

Iran *was* a democracy, British oil interests were upset about Iran nationalizing the oilfields and asked the US to have the CIA overthrow the government.

Truman said no, Eisenhower said yes. It was called Operation Ajax, which culminated with the installation of the Shah.

Eventually, the Iranians booted the Shah and installed a democracy, but one that also can have any laws overruled by an ayatollah.

As for Iranian nukes, I far prefer to chase plaid unicorns, which are far more numerous.

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Re: The NSA bot is telling elements of truth.

"Canada was found to have been hacking into servers in Brazil on behalf of the NSA in order to steal the commercially sensitive data of major Brazilian mining and oil companies, so it's not like the "5 eyes" countries aren't busy doing exactly the same thing to every other country in the world."

And why would the NSA ask Canada to hack into that which they have the capability to hack into themselves?

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GoGo in-flight WiFi creates man-in-the-middle diddle

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Re: I'm outraged at this in principle...

For some reason, flight induces near coma in me. I'm rapidly out like a light and don't usually awake until feeding time or on final approach.

Still, MTM... OK. My sectets tend to keep themselves. My net-fu is typically stronger than theirs is. I was an NA/SA/BOFL for a long, long time.

Which means that my laser mounted sharks can beat up their laser mounted sharks every time.

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Ex-Microsoft Bug Bounty dev forced to decrypt laptop for Paris airport official

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Way back before 9-11, way before then

My mother was supervisor for the contracted pre-departure security for a major US airline. She and her team had regular briefings on the current threats, interestingly enough, many that I had as well for military counterterrorism operations.

She had related how a recent threat had arose where laptops could appear to be normal laptops, even appear to partially boot up, but if the login was entered a bomb detonated.

So, the security measure that was so wisely adopted was to force the user to login at the checkpoint. You know, where the passengers and security personnel would still be safe in the case of a detonation.

Hey, *she* didn't make that call, the FAA did. :/

But, that is a true story from the late 1990's.

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Feds investigate Homeland Security background checker security breach

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Years ago

The FBI conducted background investigations. Even for the military.

Later, OPM took over, under Bush the Lesser. Debacle city, as they were understaffed and the war ramp up required people with clearances.

Now, we contract that out (previously prohibited by law) and the contractor apparently dislikes encryption of data at rest.

Note the prohibited by law part, yet those who changed that law are "now asking pointed questions".

Just more panem et circenses.

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Re: So much money wasted @ Destroy All Monsters

Those ideas worked, huh?

Do you mean ideas like, oh, Operation Ajax, the overthrow of a democratic governent of Iran and installation of the corrupt and inept Shah? That idea?

*That* laid the seeds for the ongoing debacle of dealing with Iran. They're a bit testy over the tens of thousands dead, courtesy of the US installed Shah. All to take care of Eisenhower's war buddies in UK oil interests.

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NASA to launch microwave SPACE LASSO to probe Earth's wet spots

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Just gravity and a massive thermal difference between in sun and in shade of a few hundred degrees.

As for unfurling testing conducted in free fall, the Vomit Comet has quite a short period of free fall, lest the free fall be rudely interrupted by an unintentional air-ground incursion.

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You're late, Falcon 9: Look what you've done to NASA’s DSCOVR launch!

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Re: "...this will provide between 15 and 60 minutes warning before the particles reach us..."

What is always done when advanced warning of a major increase in solar radiation flux is about to occur.

Shut down sensitive electronics on satellites and energy grid providers watch for geomagnetic storms that could trip major sections of the power grid.

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NASA preps lobotomy for Opportunity rover to cure amnesia

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Re: Truly amazing

That is some *really great* engineering! That environment is pretty tough on mechanical devices.

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Tor de farce: NSA fails to decrypt anonymised network

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I've said something before, which was ignored, but resulted in some personal discomfort...

So, I will say only this.

The NSA uses AES.

Need I say more?

OK, the *rest* of the US DoD uses AES.

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Gmail falls over after hitting 'Great Firewall of China' – report

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I need only consider this:

"Imagine if Gmail users might not get through to Chinese clients. Many people outside China might be forced to switch away from Gmail."

So, those seeking suppliers then go to Indonesia.

Causing China to fsck itself economically.

As for the rather amusing "Cuba, how did anyone miss..." bullshit, I'll remind my fellow citizen that *only* the US embargoes Cuba. The rest of the civilized world engages in commerce and/or tourism.

Though, while working as an expat, I did try Cuban cigars. I far prefer Honduran.

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Sony FINGERS DDoS attackers for ruining PlayStation's Xmas

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Re: Wrong side of somebody

"The part where they initially pulled the (The Interview) movie and said it would never see the light of day, to please the 'hackers'."

Epic reading failure.

Sony pulled the film because all of their major theater outlets refused to run the film. If it released without making money, Sony would have lost massive amounts of money. Not releasing it, due to no takers, kept the insurance clock stopped (upon release, the clock starts counting down).

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Festive post-pub noshtastic neckfiller: HEARTY HOG MAW

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Re: For the purist there is no problem finding a pig stomach.

As no English speaker comprehends "tomach", erm, WTF, over.?

Here, in the *real* world, availability of any part of a pig is varilable, *and* I honestly ponder your place as human. Add in the ignorance of pork skin and stomach differences...

Either you're not human or you avoid pork,

As one who avoids fat largely, I find the points... Interesting.

Either you are objecting to eating pork *or* you object to pigs by nature.

I have other considerations as well, but those are based upon NDA items.

I'll simply offer that the speaker is an APT .

Something I've dealt with repeatedly, for nearing a decade.

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Re: Pigs Stomach

Hell and damnation, but I know the spice you mean and it entirely escapes my recall right now.

I'd be best served to drive an half to an hour to ask a Pennsylvania Dutch what the spice is, but I know from experience, it'll vary by the mile.

Someday, I'll actually get an opportunity to try haggis. Just to actually know what it really tastes like.

Really! I'm serious there. I've tried dishes and appetizers from many nations, even consuming raw garlic and onions as an appetizer (my Iranian hosts were astonished that a US citizen actually ate something of strong taste and smell, I had a secret weapon. Both a love of trying new foods (repeating the experience on a regular occasion, when I enjoyed it and avoiding the shit if I did not) and a lack of a sense of smell.

That is a good thing, as I'm known as a "supertaster", having more taste buds than the majority of humanity has.

As for the loss of a sense of smell, I'm entirely uncertain if it was secondary to grade school pugilism, of which I was uninvitingly a participant or secondary to ill advised chemo-cautery, secondary to severe nosebleeds that left at least a pint of blood on the floor or toilet (I was one of the reasons of the Red Cross guidance to *not* tip the head back, that damned near flooded my lungs with blood).

Interesting side note, my cooking is wildly popular. I simply refuse to work my up the food chain in chefdom. It's obscenely long, it's will renumerated and well, unappreciated in my nation.

I'm simply satisfied that my recipes are well received on three continents and reasonably well received on one other. That wasn't by any effort beyond cooking for fellow expats.

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NSA's Christmas Eve confession: We unlawfully spied on you for 12 years, soz

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OK, I'm going to say something decidely unpopular, but hear me out

"Follow-up checks found another nine analysts who were doing the same thing, and all had their access to that data revoked."

That is key.

There *is* effort to abide by the law, despite abuses.

There is also another, rather annoying culture in the US DoD. That of advising, suggesting, ..., finally enforcing the law and regulations.

Case in point, a peer in Information Assurance (see Information Security) did repeatedly scan the network computers, including client computers, for "kiddie porn". That is something worthy, if it was part of his, or my job. It was not. We could only scan for that which we were ordered to. Said orders were "washed" through an attorney conversant with things military and things Constitutional (OK, it was a military attorney at law). Believe it or not, the US Constitution *is* in force, save in very, very, very narrow areas. *That* is in question on NSA activities, well, in the US or in regards to US citizens, the US Constitution does not protect foreigners abroad, ratified treaties do, find them, offer them and follow through to ratification or shut up. Ratified treaties are the law of the land, per the US Constitution.

Which is why I've *always* objected to torture, but that is wild afield here, just intercepting so me objections.

This proves to be an abuse of office by junior employees. I'll even admit to some abuses to see pictures of my grandchildren, while I was deployed and said parents refused to e-mail imagery, but "ordered" me to join FaceBook. I did, under duress. I accessed the imagery via secondary means, as malware was well established on FaceBook at that time and the risk was beyond objectionable to me.

Welcome to the real world, where balances are established, but rely upon young people to act mature, with somewhat predictable results.

The predictable results being revocation of access.

What is annoying is, the time taken to take action.

My teams revoked access against an unconstitutional search for "kiddie porn" by a mid level Information Security analyst after two attempts, his third being blocked and termination of access initiated, alongside disciplinary measure efforts.

The contractor sent him to an Iraqi base that was closed quite soon after his arrival, rather than go through the annoying efforts of defense or trial in civil court.

I've not tracked him since.

He was "good", otherwise, he was a village idiot in terms of boundaries.

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ISC.org website hacked: Scan your PC for malware if you stopped by

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"Go whole hog - say Oracle."

As Java is still not anywhere near a zero security patch per month, you've made a /dev/null point.

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Re: They use Wordpress?

I gave both of you an upvote.

For the respondent, for factual response.

For you, for the head-desk slam.

Though, I tend towards idiocy on off days, rather than work days. I can't afford it on those days. ;)

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