About big .gov IT projects
"After all, since when did any Big Government IT Project run on time and within budget?"
You might as well remove the word "Government" from this sentence. And maybe the word "Big" also!
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So, suppose that someone finds this civilization-crippling rock...
What is humanity supposed to do about it? Send up Bruce Willis and his crack team with a nuke under their arms?
As far as I've understood, all 'solutions' are theoretical at best.
The best you can do is spend your $1400 in beer, laying at the pool and watch the world go to pieces.
To me it seems the fact you used Tor at the time of the transmission of the email, doesn't actually prove that it was you who sent it. At most it proofs that coincidence exists.
Just like a broken clock that indicates the right time twice a day, doesn't prove that it's working every now and then.
The real proof in this case is probably that he cracked in front of police pressure, and has admitted to committing the fact.
You make it sound like these numbers sound unrealistic, and therefore they must have scraped all possible Andriod devices together to make an interesting number.
Since growth is 4.4% a week, and december 2010 is about half a year ago, which is 26 weeks, the sum goes something like this:
1.044^26 - 1 = 2.06
And 300000 * 2.06 makes about 619040... which is 'slightly' above 500000.
Apparently the growth rate is still accelerating...
So, there's no need for tables or googleTV boxes to reach these numbers.
"It's the wild-eyed evangelicals it has a problem"
Yep, the Catholic church never had much up with competition in general.
Go ask the Cathars and the Protestants, or the Muslims during the cruisades.
But really, who gives a f*ck anyway.
They are an anachronistic leftover.
Well, who knows what happened exactly that evening...
The impact might have been mistaken for a tremor, for example.
Actually, the really interesting part comes a the end of the movie, where she tells about "the first time" (she makes it sound like it happened more often) she saw a triangular UFO from the window.
The next thing she remembers is that she was laying on top of the bed, clearly indicating that she doesn't have memory of the time in between.
This is called "missing time", and is one of the important signs of abduction.
And what kind of brakes would he need to have?
I ask this because (according to wolfram-alpha) an object of 321300 metric tons travelling at a speed of 650 miles/second contains about 1.758e20 joule of kinetic energy.
Thats 48,83 Pw/h (peta watt hour!!!)
Anyway, the escape velocity of earth is 11km/s. Flying 100 times faster and still stay in the neighborhood of earth must be very difficult, indeed.
Let's see. We are looking for:
- a country that's concidered a 'very good ally', since this is top-notch technology
- a country that's heavily troubled
- a country that may have a record for use of questionable weapons
- a country that has to cope with large groups of scarsely armed/unarmed angry people
I'll put my money on ISRAEL, for use against the Palestinese population.
Mine's the bullet-proof vest with the slingshot in the pocket.
The thing with hidden agenda's is that they are, well, hidden. So it's difficult to say from the taken measures itselves. So, let's go one step further, and look at the possible EFFECTS of these prohibitions.
If one prohibits pornography, or extreme porn as in the UK, you will want to block the distribution of this illegal stuff. Once the main distribution channels of porn were magazines and VHS tapes. These have been on sale since the invention of these media, and nobody objected.
Let's not forget that in the 80's the best videotape technology was called Philips Video 2000. It lost the battle agains Betamax and VHS in an early stage thanks to the scarse availablility of porn titles!
Today, what is the main distribution channel of pornography these days? It's most definitly the Internet!
So, if you want to block the distribution of (extreme) pornography today, you'll have to apply some kind of filtering of the internet! Interesting, isn't it?
Look around you right now and tell me, what is one of the most worrying developments on the Internet right now? If you think like me, you will say 'internet filtering'.
Can't it be that the powers in place are simply looking for excuses to apply internet filtering?
Many have come by. Let's take a look, shall we?
- Australia, the most well known issue, wants to block any kind of content that's unsuitable for chilldren. Above all, that includes pornography. How can a parent be against something noble like that?
- Germany wants to block childporn sites. I don't think anyone in it's right mind can argue against that.
- Several countries would like to block access to The Pirate Bay and/or file sharing. The reasons we all know. People are 'stealing' stuff, you know, like bloody shoplifters!
I know there are other countries, but they don't spring to mind at the moment.
Also, i'm not going to talk about China, Iran, North Korea and the likes, as the reasons for their blocking are clearly political and out in the open.
Anyway, maybe all the 'goals' and the 'measures' should be turned around?
The GOAL is to put deep packet inspection filters on the internet, and the MEASURE is to forbid and block the distribution of (extreme/child) pornography and stop file sharing networks.
Once filtering is in place, it can be used to block all kinds of undesired material. Just like many suspect it will be used eventually.
Apparently the powers in place are Afraid as Hell of the free and uncontrolled/uncontrollable flow of information. Newspapers and TV/Radio stations can be put under control, but hundreds of thousends of politically engaged blogs can only be filtered.
Time will tell, but let's see what happens next in Ukrain.
I bet it will demand some kind of filtering from it's local ISP's.
Taken into account that the 9/11 attacks were very probably inside jobs, and the UK underground attack has a very similar signature (that is, an exercise scenario that turned reality during the exercise) , one might be forgiven to think that the mentioned side-effects, (e.g. restriction of privacy and a culture of fear) where the real ultimate goal of the whole operation!
[quote]The Volt will also see the début of a Bose sound system that's also heralded as "energy efficient" and said to be 30 per cent smaller, 40 per cent lighter and to use half as much energy as conventional Bose sound systems do.[/quote]
That's all nice and good!
Too bad that the rest of the car is made of traditional and heavy.... STEEL!!!!
So someone can explain me what saving 3kg on an audio system is going to change on a 1000+kg car anyway.
And then the energy savings: I don't know how much leccy an average car system consumes, but i'm sure its absolutely peanuts compared to a 100KW engine.
Yeah, all nice and good but utterly insignificant.
So, what lessons can we learn from this event?
1. Get yourselve a SECURE way of access, without leaving traces. Difficult but very possible with full root access.
2. Make sure you don''t depend on one single script. Avoid this single point of failure. Spread the payload to several scripts.
3. Take your time. Three months is too short and the link with a sacked sysadmin is easily made.
4. The damage is still recoverable from backups. First the backup procedure has to be corrupted for a considerable amount of time.
5. Afterwards, securely delete and overwrite all scripts and restore corrupted configuration files.
For the rest, eccelent hacking, buddy! ;-)
"The past five years have seen a 47 per cent rise in the number of foreign drivers involved in accidents in Britain, while foreign lorry drivers are three times more likely to be involved in collisions in this country than their British counterparts."
So, what could possibly be the reason of this?
Maybe it's just that curious fact that in Brittain the people tend to use the left side of the road, while in the whole of Europe people tend to use the right side!
The conclusion might be simply that: YOU'RE DRIVING ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD, MAN !!!
While compressing the air makes it become hot, be sure that decompressing it (inside the engine) will make it become freezing cold!
It will surely need some heath/cold distribution system with liquid and a radiator.
In the summer this shouldn't be too much of a problem (in France, at least), as can absorb enough heath energy from the air. It could also used the heat inside the car, doubling as a natural airconditioning.
But in winter time it will freeze your nuts off!
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