* Posts by h4rm0ny

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White House sicko sent down for 20 years after sexting underage girls

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Re: Twenty years? Jesus Christ.

>>"A 14 year old is legally a child."

Agreed. Also agreed if you want to raise it that the law has been broken. However, I prefer not to use the law as my starting point for whether something is harmful or not. (See for example Ecstacy and Heroin being the same class of drugs.

>>She or he hasn't the adult judgement to know the seriousness of what they are doing

Well, often they don't. But sometimes they do. The law rightly errs on the side of caution but there's many a fourteen year old who is more sensible and informed than most sixteen year olds (the age of consent in most of Europe). The suggestion is that these two girls will be psychologically damaged. I think that's unlikely given they were willing participants. Further, your comment assumes that they don't know "the seriousness of what they are doing." But is sex really that serious a thing? It's a risk, but is it serious? The distinction is important because the point being argued is that they will be psychologically harmed by sexting, not that meeting up with a stranger (which we don't know if they ever even intended to do) is dangerous. What makes swapping flirty texts and images inherently "serious". Maybe they were serious - maybe he was leading them on thinking it was a serious romance. But equally possible they knew exactly what it was about which was sexy flirting. We don't know. Outside of the risks of meeting up or stalking - which weren't the case here - what is so serious about sexting that it means they'll suffer psychological harm?

Again, I think it's necessary to point out that I'm not advocating or condoning a man in his thirties flirting with a 14 or 17 year old girl. But I am arguing the notion that it's not traumatising to the younger party when they are a willing participant and there aren't significant accompanying factors that make it traumatising.

>>And no adult is EVER the victim of a child.

I think that's rather too black and white. This isn't paedophilia (pre-pubescents) in which case I would agree with you. It's ephebophilia (attraction to later adolescents). Or as a male friend of mine indelicately put it: "Ephebophilia is what you shouldn't do, paedophilia is what you shouldn't want." A girl of fourteen (and especially one of seventeen) may not be an adult, but they're not a child either, regardless of what the law says. They're, well, an adolescent. Which is to say an adult with bad judgement. It's not always the case that an adult and a teenager have significantly more power concentrated in the adult. And it's equally not the case that the adult is the more ethical. It is entirely possible for a teenager to make an adult their victim. Entrapment is possible. People are fallible and that fallibility (sexual attraction) can be exploited. It can be exploited by adults and it can be exploited by teenagers. I think this last statement of yours therefore, is very misguided. Sexual relations can be very complex things. Therefore statements that an adult can never be a victim of a teenager, are wrong.

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>>"You digress with attacking or killing. Which is worse? killing a child or leaving them to a life where they can't have relationships because some git used them."

I highly doubt those corresponding will be unable to "have relationships" because of sexting. One was 14, one was 17, and the third was a 32 year old FBI man. ;)

Now without details, there is a wide range of possible circumstances but there's nothing in the story to suggest that it was harassment or traumatic for the two girls (one of which would be over the age of consent anywhere in Europe, btw).

I don't know how long it's been since you were a fourteen year old girl but at that point attraction to older men is not uncommon. If she felt anything genuine towards this man, then learning he's been sentenced to twenty years for sexting with her is probably going to upset her more than a dick pic ever did.

Now none of this is suggesting that it is a good idea or right for a man in his thirties to be flirting with a girl of 14. It isn't for several reasons. But it is saying that you're wrong to assume that the girl is likely to be damaged psychologically or unable to be willing or even actively encouraging. Given what is said about the ongoing sexting, it presumably wasn't one sided as the two girls didn't just block him. As it never even made it to the point of following through (which we don't know if he would have or not and in one case it would be legal in Europe anyway), they were probably fine with it and it is unlikely to be traumatised.

This sentence has more to do with (a) American puritanism and (b) his being a Secret Service agent which invites a super harsh sentence as a means of deflecting damage to the organisation's reputation.

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>>"How much does it cost to keep a prisoner in a (for-profit privately run?) US prison these days?"

According to a report from the Vera Institute the average cost of imprisoning someone in the USA was $31,286 per annum, in 2010. That was seven years ago and it will certainly be significantly higher today. That figure is how much it costs directly, including all services. It does not account for loss of income from an employed member of society such as in this case.

The figure seems off compared to the UK where average cost of imprisonment per year is £40,000 per annum. However, the USA has the highest prison population per capita anywhere in the world barring the Seychelles (where there are only around 80,000 people in total and the place is used to imprison Somali pirates). So maybe the USA just has economy of scale or a more "battery farming" approach to its prisoners.

Regardless, this is a very expensive dick pic. for everyone, except the private companies that run the prisons. For them, it's profit.

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Bloke charged under UK terror law for refusing to cough up passwords

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Re: Don't remember password

>>so it would be illegal for me to hack them and illegal for me to not....

"There's a catch though," said the Doc.

"What catch asked Yossarian."

"Catch-22" came the reply.

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Re: If Jesus Christ was born today he would be a terrorist.

>>Not white - Check (get real idiots he was NOT white)

It is very probable Jesus existed, but what his race was in modern terms there's really no way to say. It's been argued that he was everything from Caucasian (for reasons of racial ideology), Black (for reasons of racial ideology) and even North Indian (because why not?). Jesus's race has been a political football for centuries but nobody knows what it actually was. It's fairly safe to say he was Jewish and was probably what we call olive skinned and dark haired. Probably. IF he came from Nazareth as described, then that whole region was a heavy trade centre with people from many different places and a big ethnic melting pot. Unless you think Jewish people aren't White for some reason (which if you don't, has probably far more to do with modern identity politics than science), then it is at least as possible that he was White as it is he was Black.

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Re: Device with multiple partitions

Bitlocker doesn't do this - it encrypts but doesn't conceal you have done so. However, there are several successors to TrueCrypt such as BestCrypt and VeraCrypt which do support Hidden Volumes / Hidden Containers which are what you're referring to.

Because all of an encrypted partition or file appears as random noise, there's theoretically no way to distinguish empty space on the disk from used space. So you can have two encrypted containers appearing as one and determine which you're accessing by the password. Think of it as a magic door. You knock three times and it opens on a room where you've stored a few innocuous things like your email password. Knock five times and it opens on a room where you hide the state secrets you just stole. The magic is that the number of knocks can't be guessed so you just tell the interrogator it's three knocks and that's the only room they'll ever see and they can't prove that a different sequence of knocks would show a different one. It adds the last vital component of encryption which is deniability.

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Microsoft to spooks: WannaCrypt was inevitable, quit hoarding

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Re: You're assuming that Microsoft didn't actually implement these "flaws" at the request of TLAs?

>>Much of this work was done for a reason, and it wasn't all to provide better reliabilitiy for Skype based communications. I believe Microsoft were part-paid by the NSA to decrypt Skype's peer to peer secure model, and hence the high price Microsoft was willing to pay for Skype.

Quite probably. But I'd say there was also a pretty big stick held up visibly as well. I used to work in telecomms and was once interviewed for a job writing an interface to enable real-time eavesdropping on phone conversations. (Hence this will be my second or third ever Anonymous post in all the many years I've been commenting on El Reg.). I didn't know what the job was when I applied for it, only that it was in my area of expertise (Add-Drop Multiplexer controller software) and paid well. I like to think that I would have turned it down for ethical reasons but I was rejected anyway due to a poor interview performance (seems likeliest).

Anyway, as I understand it, nobody gets away with not implementing backdoors for Intelligence Agencies. Nobody. Anybody recall when Vodafone's eavesdropping system was subverted by an unknown party to listen in on the Greek Prime Minister and cabinet? Much like this case, the hacker or hackers looked at what a State agency had done and then just repurposed it to their own benefit. I'm not sure the hackers were ever caught - somebody simply noticed some dodgy software connected to their "legal" APIs. That was ten years ago. Incidentally, the person in charge of the Vodafone networks in Greece was found hanged and Vodafone were very uncooperative in the investigation to the extent they were fined £76m for it. (Link for those who still have optimism in their hearts and need citations).

I don't trust the spy agencies, and nor should you.

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>>What is criminal is Microsoft deciding that millions of PCs running its software are suddenly obsolete

"Suddenly".

Are you by any chance a Galapagos tortoise, a sentient giant redwood or Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged? I just ask because most of us are not blindsided by something that has been known about eight years in advance.

Windows XP had fundamentally poor security. I mean conceptually in its design. These problems were not fixed until Vista (and then not usable until 7). MS have been doing everything they can to get people to move forward - they don't want to support XP systems any more than the sysadmins do. Half of the people who wrote it are probably retired by now - it was released in 2001. Goddess knows how long it was in development for!

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

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Re: From North of the Border

Enterprise licences don't do this. It's only Home and Professional et al. that spy on you. With Enterprise you can disable every last bit of telemetry if you choose.

Microsoft will provide you privacy if you pay enough.

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Re: Risk Management

>>Or they're simply wary of being "upgraded" to Windows 10 with the next automatic update, that curiously lacks a "No, I don't want to upgrade" button - and interprets the closure of the popup as "Yes, please upgrade me to Windows 10", even in violation of previous documented configuration policies that expressed a customer's desire to stay with their current OS.

I see you've already been modded up twice for your reply to my post. But we are talking Enterprise Windows licences here. You have control over updates in Enterprise licences and they also don't suddenly randomly upgrade themselves to Windows 10, either. The rest of your many paragraphs all follow from not being aware that Enterprise Windows functions differently from Home and Professional licences. There is no excuse for being two months behind on updates marked Critical or for using Windows XP which is four versions out of date of the current. Neither have anything to do with home users being updated to Windows 10 making Sysadmins reluctant to apply updates. The idea is nonsense.

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Re: Solution

>>Not to speak of the company that after 3 decades worth of producing software STILL cannot produce something that shows signs of the most basic principles of security. Yes, Microsoft, I'm looking at you.

Alright, I'll take that one on - you tell me what the "most basic principles of security" are that Microsoft have missed in current Windows and we'll see if your GNU/Linux distribution of choice has or has not also missed them. My contention is that a similarly neglected GNU/Linux system would be similarly risky. If someone were running SuSE 6.4 I think you would be leaping to say the problem was the neglected state of the OS, not the GNU/Linux itself.

So come one then - back up your statement: "Most basic security principles" that Microsoft have neglected that don't apply to other OSs.

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Re: "the SMB server bug is the result of a buffer overflow in Microsoft's code. "

>>BTW People make a big thing about XP but this SMB stuff is in all versions of Windows.

Yes, and patched automatically in all supported versions before this happened. The reason people make a big deal about XP is because nobody should be using this 2001 OS in 2017. If you're running Windows 7 / 10 then unless you've somehow prevented it updating it's not vulnerable to this. You make it sound as if all versions are.

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Re: Risk Management

That's not a correction. A patch for this was issued in March. If you are two months behind on your patches that would be a problem for GNU/Linux systems as well. Or do you leave your systems unpatched for that long as well? If so, you're not fit for a job as a sysadmin.

The greater problem here is agencies such as the NSA instructing companies to leave vulnerabilities available such as in the case of the Intel AMT bug which according to Semi-Accurate was almost certainly left in by request. What we're really seeing here is a highly visible example of why we shouldn't be allowing the government to mandate backdoors into systems such as Theresa May and Amber "we must know the necessary hashtags to combat terrorism" Rudd want us to create.

Seriously - an unpatched OS is a security risk. Using an OS written sixteen years ago and STILL refusing to upgrade it - that's on Jeremy Hunt and his ilk. Don't try to deflect the blame elsewhere.

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UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

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Re: Phew!

All tax payer money gets handed over to criminals.

A small portion of it they give back to us.

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Re: NHS staff

Having worked in the NHS and seen how hard people at the bottom often work, I'm more inclined to say it's PEIDO. (Problem Exists In Director's Office).

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Quick, someone blame Russia/DPRK/Iran/China/ISIS/Tory cuts/Donald Trump/Jeremy Corbyn

One of these is not like the others...

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Re: Surprises?

I believe (having worked in the NHS) that it was safer when all the data was stored at individual GP practices. Firstly, this prevented a massive treasure trove of data being collected which will inevitably be stolen (if it has not already). Rather than numerous small troves which had to be individually gone after and thus weren't pursued by intelligence agencies or criminals. Secondly, it inherently partitioned the data according to need. Someone couldn't find the sexual history of their partner or look up the address of someone they were stalking just because they worked at ANY GP practice. When we pointed this out, they told us only people who had agreed to strict privacy controls were given access. By this they meant the bit of paper that every GP secretary and anyone else signs without reading. We pushed and were told that all accesses were logged but we investigated and at the time they weren't (not that this takes the place of restricting access). I.e. they lied to some of the people actually responsible for this stuff! Maybe those controls are implemented now but the principle that far, far more people have access to this data than need it remains in place.

So no, I don't think it has made it safer even in principle. A thousand boxes, each individually locked and each containing a pittance. Or Smaug's heap of gold entrusted to whichever company's director is mates with the Health Secretary of the day. I know which I think is safest in principle.

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Booze stats confirm boring Britain is drying

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Re: Less alcohol consumption or more fibbing

Yes. But in a democracy, they aren't the same lies.

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No, you could get LSD in the Nineties. Now nobody seems to carry it.

LSD is one of the safest illegal drugs there is.

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I've never understood biscotti. They're rock hard and very thick which leads me to assume that they're designed for dunking in your coffee. This would make sense and would probably taste quite nice. But I've never seen someone dunking them in a coffee shop. Do people dunk them?

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Re: 1960s health advice?

I don't know if it's so much science being better or worse in the 1960's than today, so much as it is different degrees of harm being tolerated. In the 1960's if you said that a bottle of wine doubled the risk of health problems from 0.1% to 0.2%, they'd probably shrug and say people make their choices, it's pretty much a tiny change to someone's personal risk. Today they'll look at what the 0.1% does to society as a whole and cry armageddon, running headlines about millions of £'s lost each year due to drinking and "thousands at risk of liver damage". There's just no acceptance of any risk at all these days. In the Sixties, people considered risk a normal part of life.

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Don't stop me! Why Microsoft's inevitable browser irrelevance isn't

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Re: It won't be seeing my computer

>>"Only if you tell it to remember your password. You can delete saved passwords under advanced options."

I don't think that's correct. Or else you misunderstand me and think I'm talking about it signing you in automatically to web sites. What it does is every time you start it up connect to a Microsoft account for you, tracking any search history and browsing history, et al. The only way around this is to switch to Private Browsing every single time you open it. There's no setting to disable the Microsoft logging, so far as I'm aware. It's nothing to do with saved passwords.

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Re: I use Chrome

Um, I'm just as old as you if we're going by using Mosaic and I have to say things have changed. These days Chrome is responsible for more standards violation and strong-arming of how the Internet works and IE11 / Edge is the one that plays nice. You know why? Because it isn't determined by which company is a Good Guy and which is the Bad Guy, it's determined by which one has the power. And these days Google do.

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Re: It won't be seeing my computer

I'll add my voice to the crowd. I actually like Edge fine - but it signs you into Microsoft automatically. You can put it into private mode every single time you start it up but you can't set it to not try and track you every time you fire it up.

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Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft

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Re: Another day

>>"They may not be doing all users at once but once your machine is selected there seems to be no way of preventing the upgrade.

Which I'd actually be okay with if it were just an update to performance, security fixes, etc. But they should have no power to force functionality changes onto a product that I have already bought.

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Uber engineer's widow: Stress and racism killed my husband ... Uber: Let's make flying cars!

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Re: I'm not surprised

I've done one start-up in my career, the rest has been established companies. I fortunately didn't have the problems you listed - indeed, our founder and director worked shockingly hard and was extremely driven - which is one of the reasons it was so hard to give less than my all myself. It's one thing to hold back when you're being asked by a hypocrite for extra effort. A different thing when you know your boss is working just as hard and is taking huge personal risks. But I doubt that applies in Uber's case!

I think you nailed it when you talked about people who take pride in their work and just can't "fail" at something. I'm like that. When the expectations are out of control, that sort of professional pride can destroy you. We don't deal well with being set up to fail. Ironically it was after the start-up stage when other people came in who were essentially reaping the harvest planted by others that the problems you talk about (Old Boy's club, inexperience and ego) started to manifest. I eventually resigned my position because I felt I was unable to do a good job at my work. I think as many engineers have probably quit over that as have quit over money.

I'll say one minor counter-point, which is that the figure of 8.8% isn't evidence of racism. Do people just tout such things because it sounds like a small figure? The proportion of Black people in the USA between twenty and thirty (prime hiring age) is around 7-8%. Now I can well believe it's possible that there is racist culture in Uber given the evident sexism at the company (-isms are often found together), but the 8.8% figure isn't evidence. And that's just comparing it to the population as a whole without allowing for the fact that Black people are disproportionately poorer in the USA and less likely to be applying.

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Cuffing Assange a 'priority' for the USA says attorney-general

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Re: Ah, yes, I nearly forgot about him

>>Touché, although they never pretended to be anything else, or act for the good of humanity.

Yes they do. SInce when do Daily Mail or Fox News preceded their outpourings with "but keep in mind we're biased." Ditto for pretty much any news outlet that isn't purely focused on a financial audience (who care more about information than being told what is right or wrong).

If your criteria for being a journalist or a news organization is being unbiased, you're going to have to discount the vast majority. So either change your criteria or accept that it doesn't single out Julian Assange how you'd like.

Really, what should matter is if what Wikileaks publishes is true, which it is the case is it not?

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Re: Why would he go after Assange?

Well the USA has traditionally had a rather novel approach to debt. Namely, if you can invade / overthrow / imprison the person you owe money to, you don't have to pay them. (Libya springs to mind).

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Y'know CSS was to kill off HTML table layout? Well, second time's a charm: Meet CSS Grid

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Re: If you have questions about grid

>>You didn't go online much in the 90s did you?

I did actually (note my hopelessly archaic l33t username ;) ). But you've misread my comment as saying that the 90's tech was better. It's actually a snarky commentary on the person I was replying to suggesting that they'd be happier back then because they're a grumpy anachronism. Not because things were better then!

We're in agreement. And yes, thank the gods that I now only very rarely see comments about "a girl on the Internet" and even then only from hopelessly out of date Geek-culture types.

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Re: If you have questions about grid

Stay there. You'll be more comfortable.

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Not to blunt your righteous rant, AC, but you are aware that this CSS grid is not currently a standard? It's a candidate release. I mean, you're talking a lot about standards so I'm sure do. Don't you?

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Script kiddies pwn 1000s of Windows boxes using leaked NSA hack tools

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Windows XP was released a decade and a half ago. It's replacement was released a decade ago. Extended Support ended three years ago.

At this point, you should really consider your vendors inadequate for the job.

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Yes, basically. We know the malware was created by the Equation Group and they are certainly a state-backed group. As you mention it, the Equation Group has created firmware malware. The malware in the article just isn't one of those.

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Boffins crowdsource hunt for 'Planet 9'

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Re: Considering that Pluto was demoted.

Maybe if they find another planet they should re-use Pluto then all parties will be happy. Plus it will create even more confusion which seemed to be the purpose of trying to redefine Pluto anyway.

Seriously, "planet" is an arbitrary term. No rocket scientist ever based their slingshot calculations on something being "a planet" rather than, say, 1.3x10^22kg or whatever. The term is a cultural artifact with no useful scientific meaning. It is to astrophysics what the term "race" is to genetics. I.e. a visible thing for non-scientists to get hung up on that is next to useless for any meaningful discussion.

And as it is a cultural artefact, just let it be a planet given that it always has.

Now, would anyone like to hear me rant about applying SI metric definitions to MB that are more useful in powers of 2?

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Intel reveals Optane SSDs: 375GB to start, at surprising speed

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Re: Is it really that fast?

Not only is that an excellent article (as per usual for SemiAccurate), but that last paragraph but one was spared nothing in calling out by name certain journalists that they believe are influenced unduly by Intel. Certain journalists whose bylines appear in El Reg., no less! :)

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Trump's cybersecurity strategy kinda makes sense, so why delay?

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Re: Reason why Trump didn't sign cybersecurity executive order

>>"Good try. Unfortunately for your comment, it didn't happen. One post does not a hijack make."

I count four. And yours makes it five.

And now mine has made it six. It's off-topic whether it's true or false (and it's false). Could the reason you're fine with someone ham-fistedly forcing their cause into the thread be because it's a cause you're favourable to?

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Re: He didn't sign it

The CIA are probably poisoning his tea as we speak!

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Cyber-spying, leaking to meddle in foreign politics is the New Normal

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>>The difference is...?

That Hillary was Secretary of State and a close political ally of the government under which much of the ramping up of US presence on Russia's borders and increasing tension with Russia took place. And also that she is historically very hawkish. She was one of the chief proponents of the destruction of Libya and killing of Gaddafi. She has a considerable pedigree of being someone who pushes US hegemony abroad. Trump does not.

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Re: I have wondered for a while

The NSA and FBI probably wouldn't use Intelligence such a manner. The CIA would and almost certainly have. The NSA for all that they are the bete noir of privacy, do actually honour their goals internally I believe which is to serve their country (however that may or may not align with civil rights). The FBI are all about the law enforcement. (The DEA should be given notice immediately to disband and their entire jurisdiction and case load and budget be handed over to the FBI to be re-prioritised). But the CIA are a political agency in their own right. They have run drugs operations for profit in order to fund themselves on things that congress didn't. They absolutely have political agendas and I have no doubts personally that they abuse their powers in ways that not only the public but Senators would be horrified to learn about. Of course there are thankfully policies on what they can do on US territory but I don't know how much that actually restricts them in practices.

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Re: "MIght appear to be unprecedented?"

When you have to start not merely taking sentences out of context, but snip out fragments of sentences for your point, you should question whether you're arguing in good faith. You quoted my words "Wikileaks have never lied about this" and responded with "How could you know?" My actual words: "to my knowledge, Wikileaks have never lied about this." Whereas we have established examples of the CIA lying even to Congressional hearings about their use of torture. Any objective assessment will conclude that the CIA should be afforded less benefit of the doubt than Wikileaks.

As to your link, have you even read it? It headlines about a major lie by Wikileaks. But the "story" seems to be that someone on the Wikileaks twitter account repeated a news story that Clinton's campaign manager had deleted their tweets and then deleted the comment when he did tweet. Wow. Such significance. They don't even link to anything involved. The "story" is rubbish.

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Further to my last comment, I have to seriously question this article writer's impartiality. For example, they talk about the alleged Russian interference in the election of Yanukovich (I see Wikipedia states it as fact, but uses the Supreme Court of the Ukraine - appointed by the people who overthrew him - as their citation). They neglect to mention that the USA was actively funding opposition in the Ukraine and helped forment the Orange Revolution which overthrew the government. You also can't help but notice how for its example of nation-state hacking against Germany, the article goes with alleged hackers possibly from Russia of very dubious success, rather than the much more widely known and established fact that the USA was monitoring Angela Merkel's communications. In her own words: "that's not what friends do."

This article does not do what I consider the required level of journalism to present an accurate picture.

Also: "It's possible that culprits can manipulate digital evidence to make it appear as is someone other than themselves perpetrated an attack."

Well, duh! Here's a pro-tip that actual security experts have been saying for a while: use paper ballots, not voting computers.

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Re: Hmm... Deja Vu...

A little unfair to compare the elected leader of Russia with a man who seized power and murdered millions in nationwide purges, isn't it? Do people in the West really see Putin as that much of a caricature that they roll him in with the likes of Stalin?

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"MIght appear to be unprecedented?"

Well, only if you've never followed the entire history of the CIA and their repeated interference in foreign governments - not infrequently democratically elected ones as well. THEN you might see quite a lot of precedent.

Also, doesn't this assume rather a lot in the first place in taking as a given that this did occur as the CIA (sans proof) say it did? I mean Wikileaks claim it was given them by an insider in the DNC (the one that was shot several times in the back in a "robbery" near their home, by any chance?) and to my knowledge, Wikileaks have never lied about this. Whereas the CIA lied to their own government about torturing people and ran an entire profit-making drugs business to fund operations that Congress hadn't? So isn't it more likely that it was a leak and not "Russian hacking the election". Which is a funny way of putting informing the electorate about what their candidate actually did and said, anyway.

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

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Re: Lynch's Dune was good, lots of people agree

I think if Lawrence of Arabia had been made to day, there would be an extremely vocal grouping of people who decried it as "having a White protagaonist who saves the day for the brown people" and demand that it be changed so Lawrence wasn't the hero.

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Re: I am obviously alone in this.

I'll say this for the Lynch version. If it had been a bog-standard Space-epic of its era, few would be talking about it here now. The spectacle of the floating baron ripping plugs out of people's hearts (why?) or enormous baroque fish-tanks being wheeled into an emperor's audience chamber, eyebrows like someone threw two jungle caterpillars at someone face at high speed... It may or may not be good, but it certainly makes one Hell of an impression.

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Re: Can't be a single movie

But in this case, it's almost inescapable that the USA are the parallel to the Bad Guys. Paul Atreides joins a bunch of semi-nomadic desert people whose homeland is being mercilessly exploited for its natural resources by an empire and trade guild using better technology, air support, etc. and appointing the plum job of regional governor to their own upper class politicians. (Baron Harkonen, Duke Atreides...) It's essentially Lawrence of Arabia in Space.

Fremen or Yemen, the parallels are pretty starkly drawn. If they do this, they should absolutely carry it through to how Paul leads a semi-religious war against the rest of the galaxy leading to billions of deaths. People don't seem to do Tragedy in the classical sense anymore. It would be good to have the full arc. And I don't mean just making him a Hard Man Making Hard Choices anti-hero. I mean actually follow the path of the noble and caring leader through to the slaughtering despot he becomes.

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Dear Microsoft – a sysadmin's wishlist

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It must be great to have your own news outlet

So you can rant about all the things you're upset about.

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Dido queen of carnage steps down from TalkTalk

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Re: Great headline

Dido of Carthage killed herself, not her kingdom, though.

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>>".... because I need the money and no one likes me at home."

Well, I'm pretty sure that part is a lie, at least.

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