* Posts by Matt Bryant

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Force employees to take DNA tests for bosses? We've got a new law to make that happen, beam House Republicans

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Re: ST Re: Adrian 4 extreme

"....you also have the choice not to drive a car....." You also have the choice not to work, or not to work for a company that has genetic testing as part of their healthcare requirement.

"....Do we really have to re-litigate this argument about the difference between commodity insurance - i.e. vehicle insurance - and health insurance?....." Yes, because so far you haven't argued anything, just bleated another emotional appeal.

".....This sudden need for coercing employees into handing over their genome is nothing more than excessive greed disguised as an actuarial optimisation exercise....." And you proved that.... Oh - surprise - you didn't prove that at all, just regurgitated that preformed conclusion.

"....These companies are some of the major donors paying for the GOP's re-election campaigns....." IIRC, not only did Shrillary and her party receive far more in donations from US companies and fat cats, her shadowy Clinton Foundation has an even bigger take from foreign "donors".

".....They get a nice fascist law on the books in return..." And their is your sociology-political failing exposed - you can't see past the "Big Bad Capitalists" bullshit.

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Re: Rob D. Re: Adrian 4 extreme

"....Health insurance companies have pretty good statistics regarding the chances of, say, five people in a population of a hundred developing cancer....." Yes, they do. They also have excellent genetic research that allows them to remove the guesswork and provide a far more precise estimation of an individual's risk. Statistically, I can predict a certain number of apples I buy from the supermarket are going to be bruised - examining the apples prior to purchase allows me to exclude the bruised ones if I wish to do so (I may prefer bruised apples). Estimations based on examination of a group are always going to be more exact and preferred than having to take statistical norms.

"....So the cost of providing health care for that population is statistically predictable...." But why should an employer be forced to use inaccurate figures based on general population statistics when they are only concerned with a small subset of the population? For example, if I was an employer hiring recent graduates, it is unlikely to include many people over forty, at which age the statistical occurrence of cancer increases markedly, so why should I have to pay extra to insure my grads as if one-in-two were over forty (median age in the US population is 37.8, IIRC)? It is an unnecessary cost. As an employer it is not my responsibility to cater for the healthcare of the general population (I pay taxes and the company pays corporate taxes to cover welfare anyway), but it is my responsibility to provide the best healthcare deal for my employees and my company, especially if those savings can be applied to other investments such as employing more people. I know the majority of posters here desperately want to baaaaaaaaahlieve that the savings would go into fat cat bonuses but that's not always the case.

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Re: Unicornpiss Re: @GATTACA

".....And if employers are prohibited against discriminating based on the results (hopefully), then why collect it at all?" Ah, yet again it seems the average El Reg poster falls for the emotional, "Big Bad Business" response, probably due to a failure to understand how risk assessment and the cost of covering risk impacts businesses. In the US, when a company takes on an employee and gives them healthcare insurance, they buy that insurance from another company. The cost of that insurance purchase is based on several factors, the most important being the relative risk of the insured party. How much medical info they have on the insured party allows them to make an accurate risk assessment, otherwise they have to assume a worst case and the insurance cost is higher. The higher the overall insurance cost for all employees, the less people the company can afford to hire.

Think of it as if you owned a nice, new, reliable, safe and secure family car, but when you went to insure it the car insurance company said it had to be insured as if it were a classic Ferrari because the law said they were not allowed to ask you about your car, and there is a statistical likelihood that it could be a classic Ferrari. Sure, it's great news if you do own a Ferrari as the rest of us are subsidising you, but not so great for the vast majority of us. Suddenly, the cost of car insurance becomes a dominant factor it how many cars you can afford to buy, or whether you can even afford to buy one at all.

And before the SJWs start the predictable whining about "discrimination against disabled people", history shows companies have been willing to take on that added risk and cost when those disabled people have the required skills. But having to ensure all employees as if they might have the same genetic predisposition to certain diseases as a minority of employees is actually discrimination against the majority. The SJWs can downvote as they please, it probably satisfies their desire for emotion over reason, but it doesn't change the facts.

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"GATTACA" (Yawn) Knee-jerk response much?

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Re: LDS Re: Sure it will lower employer costs and promote an healthy workforce...

"... because everybody with a minimal risk will be fired....." Well, statistically speaking, the most certain employee healthcare cost risk (as in highest statistical probability of occurrence and medical cost) is that a female employee will get pregnant and give birth during her time of employment. This risk is even greater as it adds an associated cost of finding a replacement due to the likelihood the new mother will not return to work (not in every case, but still a statistical risk). That risk can be calculated through publicly available data, and is already included in insurance companies' calculations for healthcare costs. We already have laws that deal with discrimination against women very effectively, so pretending existing laws against discrimination based on genetics will somehow be invalidated by giving the insurance companies the ability to more accurately calculate the genetic health risks of employees is simply unreasoning hogwash. Or do you want to pretend there are no female employees in America?

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Re: Adrian 4 Re: extreme

".....Everyone knows you're only supposed to have health insurance if you're going to stay well." I have car insurance despite having no intention of getting into an accudent. If I were driving a company vehicle, my company would pay a car insurance premium for that. But I want my car insurance to be priced based on a statistical analysis of the likelihood I will be involved in an accident - my previous history of good driving, my likely car use, and my experience due to my age. But, if the car insurance company was unable to see that data (which, as a good driver, I am happy to give), they would have to assume there is a statistical chance I am a knuckle-dragging, moronic (usually a genetic and hereditary condition) boy-racer, and charge me a higher premium. Suddenly, my company's ability to employ lots more drivers is limited by the additional cost of unreasonable insurance charges. Please drop the emotional insistence "this is all just Big Bad Bizz" and explain why you think it is reasonable for companies to be unable to employ more people because they have to pay extra for insurance simply because the insurance provider cannot provide an accurate assessment of health risk?

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Official: America auto-scanned visitors' social media profiles. Also: It didn't work properly

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Ah, the presumptions!

I always get a laugh out of how some of the paranoid posters here seem to assume the NSA, FBI and other Yank TLAs are populated by uniform, evil fascists, who just also happen to be top-line programmers! Don't you ever stop to think that it's kinda hard to be one and the other at the same time? Here's a clue for you lot - the majority of the people building these systems are geeks just like you, only a lot less paranoid. They are capable of independent thought and conscience, as shown by the extreme examples of Snowden and whomever leaked the CIA's malware goodies to Wikileaks.

Unwrap the tinfoil and take a deep breath.

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WikiLeaks promises to supply CIA's hacking tool code to vendors

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Re: AC Re: Palpy @palpy: corraboration from a legit news source --

"....There was, as the Republicans were desperate to find something to stop Hillary from winning....." Firstly, the Republicans didn't need to, as Shrillary shot herself in both feet with wonderfully stupid comments like "We are going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business" - those miners and their families didn't buy her hogwash about replacing their lost jobs with ones in mythical "clean energy" industries. Sure, such crap went down well in hippyville California, but just sounded like more East Coast elitism and waffle to ordinary workers. Secondly, the so-called investigation was run under Obambi's pet, Loretta Lynch, a Democrat appointee. We'll probably never know what she and Bill Clinton had a cosy chat about at their secret airport meeting, but it was no surprise the Obama administration found nothing wrong with the Clinton Foundation, or Clinton's lying about secret material on her email server.

".....check out how much donor money Trump was pocketing during his election campaign....." LOL, let me know when that imaginary figure matches the hundreds of millions from "donations" to the Clinton Foundation from foreigners trying to curry favour with Clinton whilst she was Sec of State.

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Re: Palpy Re: @palpy: corraboration from a legit news source --

".....The Justice Department can request a FISA warrant....." Strangely, when Obambi and chums were in the Whitehouse, and Obambi's pet, Lynch, was at the DoJ, there doesn't appear to have been the same eagerness to investigate the Clinton Foundation and their ties to foreign governments, oligarchs and the like.....

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Spy satellite scientist sent down for a year for stowing secrets at home

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Screams deal.

A year and a day? I'm guessing his lawyer made a deal and supplied info on the recipients (likely the Chinese) of the stolen data.

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Volkswagen pleads guilty to three Dieselgate criminal charges

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Popcorn time!

Well, after that admission, and seeing as VW sell their vehicles with the cheat technology in all states in the US, this seems to open them up to the biggest class action lawsuit ever! 350 million US citizens (plus legal residents) can sue VW for increasing the risk of them developing lung cancer due to the emissions of those vehicles. The VW management knowingly let the emissions breach the limits whilst also knowing the possible effects on health, therefore it seems a pretty open-and-shut case. I hope they all get individually sued AND given hard jail time, it might make other manufacturers think twice about cheating environmental limits again.

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Germany to roll out €100bn gigabit internet network

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Re: Pen-y-gors Re: Government Investment

They best get it in the budget before Brexit leaves German taxpayers paying even more for the next Greek bailout.

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Family of technician slain by factory robot sues everyone involved

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".....a court case that will apportion liability between the named parties." Not necessarily. Once professional lawyers get involved it becomes more about the settlement amount than blame. This is what is referred to legally as the "Shotgun Approach" - sue everyone involved, and then whittle it down to those that can actually pay the most in a settlement. Blame becomes largely irrelevant. The US example case we were given waaaaaaay back in school was as follows.

Two hoodlums broke into a man's house and, amongst other items, stole the keys to his Italian supercar. They then went on a rampage around town in the supercar, before trying to race a freight train to a level crossing. Unfortunately for them the outcome was a draw, and the car was thrown into the air, not only killing the two hoodlums but also landing on and killing a man making a call from a roadside telephone box (which gives Deadpool fans a hint as to how old the case is!).

The family of the man making the call hired lawyers and sued everyone - the estates of the dead hoodlums; the owner of the supercar, for not having secured his vehicle's keys; the makers of the Italian supercar, for not having additional security beyond the key; the train company, for having an engine design that threw the car into the air rather than holding onto it; the local county and state for allowing a phone box to be placed "too closely" to the crossing; and the telephone company. They eventually withdrew all the suits but one - the hoodlums didn't leave any money worth suing for; the car's owner had quite extensive security on his house, making it hard to claim he hadn't taken proper precautions; the supercar maker showed their car's security was to the industry standard, and that the security had not been disabled or bye-passed, but had operated in the correct manner in being disarmed by the key; the train company showed their design too met the relevant standards; and the local county and state simply did the legal equivalent of laughing at them. But the telephone company settled, because they did not want to go to court and risk losing on the basis that they had not properly designed their road-side telephone booth to allow it to withstand a vehicle landing on top of it! Do you think the telephone company was the party "most at fault" in that case?

I am not familiar with the design of the robots involved and the safeguards built into them, but there is a simple rule of thumb when dealing with machinery - if in any doubt, switch it off before you risk your life or limbs servicing it! IMHO, it seems Wanda should have followed that simple rule or refused to carry out the work.

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US Congress to NSA: How many Americans do you illegally spy on?

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Ahem.

"....The truth is....." No, Kieran, that is simply your assumption.

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Swedish politician wants weekly hour of paid sex. For exercise

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Re: The Nazz Re: Increased population huh?

".....a) an increased population due to a increased birth rate....." Which begs the question; have the normally uber-liberal Swedes forgotten about The Gays? Surely, in line with the usual equality mantra, they will still be allowed to have their daily hour of paid "exercise" even though there is zero chance of non-hetero sex actually producing any pregnancies?

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HPE blames solid state drive failure for outages at Australian Tax Office

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I'm guessing....

SAN design added a layer of flash drives for "speedy access", didn't mirror it due to cost considerations (hence HPE's dig about redundancy), and then the DBA said "Ooh, look at all that fast disk, I'll just optimise the database layout to put my hardest hit and most critical tables into that flash layer"..... Cue data loss when that hard hit flash disk rapidly exceeds the wear limit and can't find a good sector of flash to make a write to.

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Oracle teases 'easy-to-absorb' platform updates, wants 'all' your infrastructure biz

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Re: PlinkerTind Re: The worlds fastest cpu

"....You do the math." Well, actually here is the math that really matters - I don't know a single customer that has any long term intention of using SPARC. Those that still have some SPARC are all migrating off it. Now, I am no fan of IBM Power and some of IBM's hilarious benchmarking shenanigans, and if you search these forums you'll find my ridiculing of their "one CPU performance" (where one CPU used 32 CPUs' RAM and interconnects). But, if I was given the choice between Power and SPARC as a platform tomorrow, then I'd choose Power over SPARC for 99% of use cases without any hesitation.

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I am completely mystified as to how Fowler is still employed in the IT industry. Having admitted that SPARC fell waaaaaaaay behind in the 2010-2015 period (and the decade before that), he then repeats exactly the same male bovine manure and denial as he's been repeating for the last sixteen-odd years! Crippling your software in an attempt to make your unwanted silicon look good is just fail of the highest order.

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Zuckerberg thinks he's cyber-Jesus – and publishes a 6,000-word world-saving manifesto

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We salute you!

No, not Zuckerdork! A cretin from the SF area did forward me the full diatribe, to which I replied "TLDR" out of politeness. I would like to recommend the Reg staffer that actually had to suffer the full idiocy of the Zuckerdork be given a medal, or at least several days off to lie down in a dark room.

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Oracle refuses to let Java copyright battle die – another appeal filed in war against Google

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ROFL!

"But....but.... Schwartz said we'd make beeeelllions from Java...."

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National Audit Office: UK's military is buying more than it can afford

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Re: Archtech Re: In Abkazia and South Ossetia

"......But you should remember who started WW2 - not Russia....." Very debatable given how the Soviets attempted to spread Communism through revolution throughout Western Europe. Spain's Civil War is a good example of Russia's meddling in Europe and is considered by some historians to be the real first action of WW2.

"....and losing 27 million lives...." One of the reasons the Russians suffered such high losses was Stalin's pre-War purges and horrendously ineffective government, which slaughtered millions through executions and starvation, and left the Soviet forces poorly led, poorly positioned and poorly equipped to face the Nazi invasion. Stalin thought nothing of sending such poorly led and equipped troops to certain death in the vain hope of slowing the German advance. For lefties to now whine about "Russian losses in the Great Patriotic War" is to completely fail to understand that Stalin and Communist policies were the direct cause of those losses.

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Re: Loud Speaker Re: Maybe Britain will benefit from this alledged upcoming....

".....We could have avoided the entire Balkans conflict simply by giving the entire population TVs...." I am continually amazed at how ignorant some people are of the former Yugoslavia. Having visited long before the Balkans mess, I can assure you they had plenty of TVs and content, including satellite and DVDs. Yes, they made crap cars like the Yugo, but they had an advanced economy and didn't live in grass huts.

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Re: wolfetone

"....Nearly 30 years on this Earth and I've never seen anything defended by the military, only invaded." Well, this summer will only be the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, maybe they skipped talking about it in whatever progressive/anti-war/ill-educated (delete as you feel appropriate) household you were brought up in. The majority of the young pilots of the RAF in 1940 were a lot younger than thirty when they risked their lives fighting off the Luftwaffe, it's just a shame that people like you are too blinkered by trendy politics to acknowledge their sacrifice.

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Re: Doctor Syntax

".....Maybe it's because the planes won't be able to fly away?......" <Yawn> Oh, sorry, it's just the hater comments are getting very boring. Exactly the same supercilious nonsense was said about the Phantom when we bought them, and there is still no end of bitter flannel being slung at the Tornado, both of which types gave long and valuable service.

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HPE SAN causes four-day outage at Australian Tax Office

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Customers need to understand their kit before they implement it.

The 3PARs are very good arrays, and - if you know what you're doing - you can just about guarantee that five-nines (99.999%) planned uptime. However, the biggest threat to uptime is designing a solution to a price-point rather than a required capability. I have seen salesmen remove redundancy form SAN proposals (and that's all the major vendors, not just HPE) to win the deal, hiding some disclosure in the proposal along the lines that "there is a very small chance that, in the event of several unusual circumstances, the system will fail". A shelf dying on a properly configured 3PAR should be an issue but not lose data. The failure to have a proper backup solution implies there is something very wrong in the ATO's IT department.

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Comcast staffers join walkout over Trump's immigration crackdown

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"would Comcast have paid their workers had they walked out to SUPPORT the president? Or does "social justice" work in only one direction?" Comcast owns MSNBC, supplier of some of the most left-wing-biased "news" out there, are you at all surprised they're encouraging the myth of a "Muslim ban"?

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Chelsea Manning sentence slashed by Prez Obama: She'll be sprung in the spring

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Re: macjules Re: Concrete answers

"Russian or Italian?" I'm just waiting for the last minute pardons from Obambi for his Chicago mafia buddies.

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China to Donald Trump: Twitter diplomacy 'undesirable'

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So unfair!

Poor Chinese, they have years of fun with Obama, and then suddenly they have to deal with someone that doesn't "play by their rules"! Gosh, so underhand, using Twatter! If 140 chars gives them this much trouble just wait until Trumpet gives a speech in Beijing (or Taipei!).

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Ex-soldier pleads guilty to terror crime after not revealing iPhone PIN

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Re: inmypjs Re: Neat

"Guy wants to go help the Kurds fight IS terrorists...." That's what he said. Of course, the reality could be that he was saved from being kidnapped by a group claiming to be able to hook him up with the Kurds (unlikely given he was trying to route through Jordan and not Turkey). This guy was a complete muppet for broadcasting his intent - if he really did want to provide humanitarian aid to the Kurds then there are at least a dozen charities he could have offered his services to, but his posts seem to show he just wanted to go play Rambo. And he could have avoided any charge if he'd simply given up his iPhone PIN but he decided it was smarter to "play it hard" - what a maroon! It doesn't look like the Kurds missed out on a Bourne-level operative, more like an obnoxious version of Private Pike. When you finish laughing at this twit you could always enjoy some vintage Pike and comrades.

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Busted Oracle finance cloud leaves Rutgers Uni unable to foot bills

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Re: jamesb2147Re: Oracle's fortunes

"....or shrinkage?" Unfortunately (for the Rutgers' staff) that's unlikely. You see, once Cloud operators have your data locked up in their systems, it's like they have your genitals in a vice - tearing yourself away will hemorrhage money and probably kill your business, either through outright expense or through loss of business during the exit. The majority of migrations to the Cloud I've seen have also seen "efficiencies" made amongst the staff that could provide a fallback service, ensuring that it's even harder for the victim to tear away even if they could extract their data. I'm pretty certain the next quarter will still see fees from Rutgers in the Oracle "plus" column and some dean desperately insisting through gritted teeth that "the worst is behind us, the partnership with Oracle is working", etc., etc.

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Re: AC Re: A glorious opportunity for fraud here

".... A bit like Hull, but without the charm." Strangely, the "charm" has been missing from every visit I've made to Hull. Perchance, were you comparing Hull to Aleppo?

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Prez Obama expels 35 Russian spies over election meddling

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Re: AC Re: Assange?

"....He actively participated in interference with the election of the US, which is (AFAIK) a criminal offence....." Debatable. Assange himself didn't put them up on a website, Dickileaks did, but only after they let a worldwide network of accredited journalists go to town on them. Once again, stop trying to bash the source in avoidance of the damning content. Assange is happily getting more of the revenge on "the Big Bad US" he has dreamed of ever since he got convicted of hacking US systems, but he didn't create the material out of thin air. Podesta and the DNC did.

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Re: Dan 55 Re: I wonder...

"....raging authoritarian populists...." You talking about Obama? I mean, it's not like the industry has been warning for years that the grid (and other utilities - remember the Stuxnet furor?) are badly protected against hacking, yet all of a sudden (when the DNC needs to blame an election result on it) Obama starts "punishing" the Russians! I'd have to say this is far too little and far too late from the Obama administration, just a frustrated tantrum rather than what they should have started years ago. It's not like the idea of air-gapping was born yesterday (IIRC, the Bell-LaPadula security model talked about it in the '70s!), so - given the shrieking about Chinese and Russian hacking for at least the last five years - why hasn't anyone in Obama's administration done anything to enforce basic security measures like air-gapping as a Federal requirement on utility operators, let alone areas like voting machines? It's not like Gee Dubya didn't set the ball rolling with the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Properly enforced air-gapping virtually eliminates the threat of the kind of phishing attacks used in Vermont. But no, Obama was more interested in "building his legacy" than actually focusing on real issues.

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Re: bombastic bob Re: Evidence it was the Russians what dunnit

"....Let's see how long it takes for Congress and Trump to undo it all..." Actually, the GOP has been trying to goad the Obama administration into some more effective action over cybersecurity for years, so they're unlikely to undo this executive order. I did chuckle at Trumpet's Twitter dig though - he manages to defuse the issue with Putin by making it look like Obama is just throwing a bad loser's tantrum on his way out the door.

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Re: thegroucho Re: Evidence it was the Russians what dunnit

"....It is not however wrong for someone to become a president despite winning less votes than the losing candidate?...." The Electoral College was intended to stop one area of the US dominating the voting through demographics. In the recent elections, Shrillary's "popular vote win" can be explained simply by pointing out that she won big in California alone, whilst losing in the majority of States. Indeed, if you take California out of the picture, then Trumpet scored 1.4m more votes across the rest of the States than Shrillary. As it stands, Democrat-dominated California alone guaranteed Shrillary a whopping 55 Electoral College votes, meaning she only needed 215 from the other 49 states - she failed to get them. If you are happy with California alone getting to decide who gets to be POTUS then you (probably willfully) failed to understand why the Electoral College system was implemented in the first place.

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US cops seek Amazon Echo data for murder inquiry

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Re: Etatdame Re: Interesting...

"It is always listening..... My guess is it is always recording too....." From a security viewpoint, I'm more worried that the device could be hacked (or the connection to the Amazon servers diverted) to send what it hears to an eavesdropper. It doesn't matter what volume of recordings it stores locally if it can stream it out to a listener over your WiFi router's connection, you'd be effectively paying to install a bugging device in your home.

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HPE bucks trend to retain high-end server crown

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How the market has changed!

It doesn't seem that long ago (ten years?) that the market was dominated by two-socket Xeon boxes like hp's DL380.

A Happy New Year to one and all!

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A year in infosec: Bears, botnets, breaches ... and elections

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Re: veti

".....Hands up if you've ever been to Wikileaks and read them for yourself?....." I have an old PC that boots off a read-only Linux CD for when I go wading in such malware-riddled cesspools as Dickileaks. In this case, all the floating turds were both evidently genuine and under-reported by the mainstream media. But even normally pro-Clinton, Leftie rags had to grudgingly admit the Podesta emails' damning contents, and how the DNC blatantly lied about being caught. Just imagine how much more vitriolic, triumphant and damning The Guardian would have been if the similar material had been leaked from a Tory or Republican campaign manager's emails!

The same mainstream media is now happily jumping at the chance of helping Obambi blame everything on Pootie rather than asking embarrassing questions of how the DNC could be involved in such nefarious activities, how the DNC got a free ride over lying about being caught, how much Obambi himself knew about said activities, nor how Obambi could spend the last few months of the election plugging away for Shrillary after such activities had been exposed. Yes, I'm certain the neo-Soviets do spend plenty of time trying to hack the US, but in concentrating on that there is a definite denial going on that there is something very rotten at the core of the Democrat Party. Ironically, by doing so and not publicly fixing their own problems, the DNC and mainstream media will probably end up guaranteeing eight rather than four years of a Republican-dominated House and POTUS.

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Re: DAM Re: "We have evidence..."!

The current hysterics from Dummicrat Central are simply an attempt to hide the facts exposed by the "hacking"/leaks. Obambi and co are waving their arms wildly in the hope of distracting the public from th the fact (a) they lost the election, and (b) they screwed Bernie over during the process, the candidate who would probably have won them the election, and (c) Shrillary was busy saying one thing to the Left for votes whilst cuddling up to Wall Street for contributions, and the DNC knew. The support from certain Republicans for blaming Putin is simply because they think Obambi has been weak on dealing with Russian, Chinese and Nork hacking. They see Obambi as the POTUS that gave up US control of the Internet and they'd love to take it back.

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Amazon files patent for 'Death Star' flying warehouse

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Re: Jimboom Re: Sky Pirates?

"......Could make quite a good haul if you hit the one in the rich neighborhoods where they are stocked with lots of nice high end goods." Just remotely hack the controls for one hovering over Hollywood and have it land in somewhere lawless/extradition-free like Venezuala, Ecuador or Oakland.

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Re: MiguelC Re: How can this be patented?

Ha! That's nothing, I just submitted a patent application for Efficient Oxygen Inhalation Through an Autonomic Rhythmic Contractions of the Ribcage's Intercostal Muscles and Diagphram. Those fools at Amazon can literally cough up now or quit breathing! On second thoughts, a licensing clause to exclude patent lawyers would be a great benefit to humanity.

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Netgear: Nothing to see here, please disperse. Just another really bad router security hole

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Re: bombastic bob Re: Since we're kicking Netgear

"....Netgear....DLink....Linksys...." Well, the best way to avoid the problems of consumer networking gear is simply to avoid consumer networking gear. Standard MO for consultant project teams - setup project office, insist on quality WiFi router bought out of the operating budget (with lifetime professional support), complete budget, then quietly take the quality unit home. I've lost count of the number of contractors' home offices I've seen with "acquired" 3Com, HP or CISCO routers. And printers, scanners, etc. True, the big boys of networking do screw up every now and again (CISCO Catalysts and the dreaded Ping Of Death spring to mind!), but you can usually count on their support delivering a fix pretty quickly and for long after a consumer vendor would drop support for a product.

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China gives America its underwater drone back – with a warning

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Re: Lost all faith... Re: YAAC

"......And you REALLY expect Putin to side with Vietnam over China? Really? You are seriously fucking deluded....." You should try a bit more factual reading, especially regarding the existing island disputes between China and Vietnam (which have involved live fire), plus China's invasion of Vietnam and the resulting split between the Soviet Union and China that was seized on by Nixon, before you go posting any more evidence of your complete lack of historic reading.

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".....beating up a schoolboy." Wow, the Yank haters really do have short memories! Before Saddam got so soundly trounced in the Gulf War, the "experts" in the haters club were hysterically claiming Saddam's forces in Kuwait were "too big and too well-armed" for the UN forces to handle without catastrophic loss of American lives, that his Republican Guard were some type of experienced "super soldiers". Iraq did have the largest conventional army and airforce in the region, it's just the haters wanted to transpose "largest" with "capable". They argued it was better to take the path of compromise, to appease the bully. History then showed the US-led UN forces completely annihilating the Iraqi forces in Kuwait, especially the Republican Guard. Hilariously, the same "experts" made similar predictions of gloom and woe for the Invasion of Iraq, only to again see the Iraqi conventional forces trounced again. Of course, after he was defeated so easily, the "unbeatable" Saddam has transmogrified into a "schoolboy" in the eyes of the haters.

It's not like the haters don't have previous in denigrating US capabilities. During the Iran-Iraq War, the Iranians attacked unarmed shipping in international waters in the Persian Gulf. The "experts" wailed that any US interference would be a disaster, that the USN could not operate in the Gulf without being destroyed by the large Iranian airforce and navy (including Iranian subs). Operation Preying Mantis then showed the Iranian navy being smashed and the Iranian airforce hiding from sight, and international shipping being given safe passage through the Gulf. I take it the haters will refer to the Ayatollahs as "schoolboys" too after their bluff was called?

The key to the US's ability to beat such bullies was not just a quantative but also a qualitative edge, both in equipment, training and tactics, and the will of other POTUSs to use it. Despite the size of their forces, the Chinese know they cannot match the US in open battle at sea, either above or below the waves, and would be hard pressed to provide support to those distant artificial islands should the US decide to support the other nations in the region in taking those islands. There's also the catastrophic harm such a war would do to the Chinese economy. Obambi should have imposed tough economic sanctions on China the minute they started building those artificial islands, but he waivered and equivocated and tried appeasing China, probably because he listened to too many of those same haters, and China laughed at him. China isn't laughing about Trumpet.

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Re: YAAC

"Something about fighting a land war in Asia?" Firstly, the most likely action wouldn't be a land war in Asia, it would be an US-supported action by local nations to seize (and probably destroy) the artificial islands far from the reach of the massive conventional forces on mainland China. The USN's superior numbers and tech would make such a venture a foregone conclusion. Secondly, the US has not fought an unrestrained "war" in SE Asia since WW2. Even Korea had serious political limitations placed on US forces, and Vietnam saw an US military that could have rolled right through North Vietnam in a week totally hogtied by politics. Thirdly, any unlikely land war would see China actually fighting her neighbours, particularly the Vietnamese. And Russia, with its massive border with China, is still a friend to Vietnam. It is very doubtful that China would ever let it get to a full-blown shooting war in SE Asia, but if it happened it would be the Chinese that would have the most cause to blink first.

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Did EU ruling invalidate the UK's bonkers Snoopers' Charter?

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Re: AC Re: I feel sick

".....Why are MPs and chums exempted from being spied on?....." Sorry to pop your alarmist bubble, but I can assure you, MPs - especially ministers - are monitored. Indeed, as a general member of the public, you would have to get yourself onto a "naughty list" to receive as much attention as our politicians are subjected to.

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Don't panic, friends, but the Chinese navy just nicked one of America's underwater drones

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Re: Orv Re: Something doesn't add up about that scenario

".....Next step would be "accidentally" delaying some export we need/want...." The problem with that scenario is there is very little that China exports that cannot be found elsewhere, not even the "rare earth minerals" used in electronics. It's not the same as OPEC in 1973, the US economy won't grind to a halt if the US can't get some cheap plastic toys. Countries like Indonesia, Vietnam and Mexico will happily fill any gap in the market left by a China refusal to export. China can go stick their oar in politically in other parts of the World, but that would be little more than a minor annoyance to the US.

On the other hand, China's new economy has made it very vulnerable to restrictions on food imports. All those Chinese factory workers that used to grow crops now want food like beef on a regular basis, and the majority of that food is coming from abroad. That's one of the reasons the Chinese are buying up farms throughout Africa - they desperately need to import food almost as badly as North Korea.

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Re: ZanzibarRastapopulous Re: AC Project Azorian

"....Yes, there is. Salvage doesn't mean you get to keep whatever you find out there, just that you have a claim for compensation...." Actually, no. You are thinking of a contract salvage, which is when a wreck has happened and a third party steps in and offers to perform the salvage operation for a fee, in return for which they usually get sole rights to make the salvage. If no contract has been made then anyone can make a salvage and then turn round and bill the owner. If there is no salvage contract in place, and the original owner wishes to reclaim the salvaged material, then they must make a claim and then pay a salvage fee. If the original owner thinks the fee being charged by the salvager is unfair then they can go to court, and if the original owner decides they don't want to pay for an unsanctioned salvage they can refuse and the salvager gets to keep the wreck. In the case of the Soviet sub, no sovereign wreck was declared, so the US didn't approach the Russians to demand a salvage fee, and the Russians didn't make a claim to have the salvaged material returned, so the US gets to keep it. If the Russians want it back now they would have to pay the US for the salvage. If they want to stop the salvage of the rest that remains on the seabed then they can just declare what's left a sovereign wreck, but it probably has zero intelligence value by now.

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Re: Vic Re: South China Sea

".....It'll be sunk almost immediately. The Yanks won't want a significant retaliation for its loss...." It will be sailing with plenty of US airmen and sailors on board (it will be operating US Marines jets), so it would still be seen as an attack on the US.

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Landmark EU ruling: Legality of UK's Investigatory Powers Act challenged

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Re: David Nash Re: Yup...

".... And you are not going to get people to vote for a third party on the basis of one issue alone." Shush! Don't disincentivise the poor bugger, he was probably quite happy to go waste his vote, only now you've pointed out the reality he's probably going to do something silly instead, like vote Green. Best to leave the ignorant to wallow in the dark.

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