* Posts by Brock Knudsen

15 posts • joined 11 Jan 2008

Flame Canada, flame Canada ... Botched govt payroll computers spew smoke ahead of probe

Brock Knudsen

Have we tried....

Maybe some engineer figured that since the system was named Phoenix it would rise renewed from the flames...

'Powerful blast' at Glasgow City Council data centre prompts IT meltdown

Brock Knudsen

BOFH inspiration

Real life should inspire art, if this can be incorporated into a story it should be.

Australian test finds robot essay assessors on par with human teachers

Brock Knudsen

Should have it also search random phrases on the internet

Let it find any rampant plagiarism and cheating as part of its algorithm and it gets even more accurate. Half the class gets zeroes.

'Hacked by China? Hack them back!' rages US Congress report

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What an epic pass of the buck. Chinese State-sponsored hackers break into Private US companies, The Government advocates allowing Private companies to "deal with it their own way...?"

This says to me:

1) The US knows it can't stand up to China politically, economically and soon militarily.

2) The US cyber-program is so infantile in its development that it might as well not exist as far as defending US company assets.

3) Instead of worrying about a relatively small bunch of violent madmen in the desert, maybe we need to be worrying more about China (and by more I mean A LOT MORE).

Top cops demand access to the UK's entire web browsing history

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"oh-oh sounds like some opposition, better get my next line ready."

"ahem, If you aren't guilty then you have nothing to worry about."

There now to sit back and enjoy the Police state I have initiated.

Microsoft, the VW family sedan of IT, wants to be tech's new Rolls-Royce

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Well I would like to be a wizard but...

Wanting and being are rarely the same thing.

Also are not most of the major luxury brands owned by other more generic companies?

Rather than be the luxury brand MS is more likely to buy out that brand, then slather the IP all over their same old stuff.

China hacks 'everything that doesn't move' says Hilary Clinton

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We can't stop them, but we can shake our fist at them

As per everything in War, be it with weapons, economy, cyber, espionage etc. If they were able to stop it they wouldn't need to be complaining about it.

Sad fact is that the East is way ahead of the West in cyber warfare, and unlikely to ever let the West catch up.

When China starts setting their policy by the speeches of wannabe presidents I will eat my hat.

Canada passes controversial spook-powers law

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Not mentioned is what defines a "threat"

One of the massive problems with the bill is that in an attempt to crackdown on the "terror teaching" jihadist recruitment organizations, it makes illegal any thing that incites protest that can threaten availability of public or private infrastructure. So organizing a protest of a pipeline is a terrorist act and can be hit with the full power of the law. It may say it tackles terrorism, but this government has made a point of lumping environmental groups into that category from minute one that they were elected.


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Obviously the technology that we have no real understanding of would be completely baffled by something we do understand... Take that stupid aliens!!! and when they do get here they will be completely overwhelmed by the common cold too, because invading aliens would never see that coming... Or they might invade our water planet when they are in fact allergic to it...

FBI warns of disk NUKE malware after Sony Pictures megahack

Brock Knudsen

Sounds like an idea for the Sequel

Sony pictures should start work on the sequel, "The Supreme Leader Strikes back"...

Clinton throws down the gauntlet to China over Google

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better have a sabre to rattle...

To which China was heard to say...

"Or What?"


"Yeah I thought so"

Pig plague alert: Avoid missionary position

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Works for me

I'm actually surprised that Cosmo didn't publish an article entitled "the 10 H1N1 positions that will drive him Wild..."

Oh and in my circle of friends we prefer the term "Hamthrax" to "Pig Plague"

Feel free to spread the term around.

Debbie Gibson battles Mega Shark and Giant Octopus

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you can tell she's serious

Deborah is obviously getting serious about her film career and shedding her "little girl" pop star alter ego. Now dress her in a trench coat and have her wear glasses... Instant nuclear physicist.

IBM juices dividend (yet again)

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Shareholders rake it in due to layoffs

Big bucks for the investors, pink slips for the grunts. I know many people who have been laid off in the last few months from Big Blue. Bet the payback on the Employee stock plan doesn't make up for the lack of job for anyone who is looking for work in this stellar job market.

Junkie sues pusher over heart attack

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This war on drugs might work

So this person profited from selling an illegal drug to a minor. A 13 year old is not a legal adult making adult choices.

Civil law in North America has no greater target than those that profit in the harm of others. Canada is not as rabid about this as America but the writing is on the wall.

Really though, seeing as police action is not stopping dangerous drug use why not encourage such things.

It is only by making drugs unprofitable that people will stop producing them.


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