Why would a ransomware gang give you the ability to decrypt your data once they've got your money? It happens from time to time, but so does winning after dropping all your money on 00 at the roulette wheel.
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Existing sanctions would be more than adequate when combined with requiring affirmative identification of the recipient of cryptocurrency transfers and correcting any lack of whistleblower commission. If you can identify the recipient and it’s a sanctioned entity, the transfer has to be blocked. If you lie about it and the US takes an interest, say hello to several years of prison1 for everyone who signed off on that transaction; and probably several more people who didn’t directly participate, but commit misprision by deleting communications about it.
The odds of any cryptocurrency industry surviving a regime with that level of AML enforcement border on nonexistent; but if cryptocurrency can find a legal use2 and environmental concerns are addressed with a carbon tax, it should be allowed to continue existing.
1 Conspiracy to fund a sanctioned entity is a big-boy federal offence, so state parole policies do not apply. You serve the sentence you get, and by “several years” I'm assuming your C-suite has no previous record and the gratuity paid to attackers isn’t more than a megabuck. More money is more jail, possibly getting into double-digit years — not that it’s likely to happen more than once with a 10% whistleblower commission.
2 Stranger things have happened.
The house speaker is 3rd in line to the presidency. What would happen if someone filled that role who was ineligible to be president and the president & VP both became unable to fill the roles? Would it skip past them to the next in line?
Yes. The order of succession is statutory; the requirement to be a citizen from birth is constitutional.
These aren't top lawyers. Musk has retained biglaw for the suits he's defending, but this one is too dumb for them to risk their reputation on even if they were to be paid in advance.
This suit was filed by some political hacks whose sole qualification is having worked for the Texas AG/SG offices and not yet having been disbarred.
Let's ban motorcycles, cars and trucks! Won't all y'all think of the children?
Banning Chelsea tractors would be a quick win. Cars need a weight tax. But what's needed for safety in the US (unless leftpondia has seen a recent influx of monster trucks) are German driving education requirements, actual safety standards that consider people outside of the vehicle (this one is in progress, but slowly), and a fsckton of bollards.
Oryx has photos of all the assets they count so it would be easy to eliminate decoys. But yes, both sides are using them; albeit cardboard isn't AFAIK used for that. (They're wooden or inflatable; cardboard is used for drones, however.)
Pity the story from WWII about the UK dropping a wooden bomb on a group of wooden German decoys is likely fake.
The ability to give special privileges to your friends is the best-case explanation of why may-issue CCW regimes are in place in the US. You'll know an American jurisdiction is serious about gun control when there is an objective licensing process that applies equally to all, and someone who needs otherwise-illegal firearms for their job (whether it's police officers or private-sector workers) has to check them out of their employer's armory at the start of their shift and check them back in at the end.
To enlarge a ZFS pool by replacing drives, you need to replace each drive in a zvol with a larger one. Assuming your zvol is composed of one or more 2-wide mirrors, you would add the new drive to a mirror, wait for resilvering to complete, drop one of the two existing drives from that mirror, and repeat for the other. Here, you created a new 1-wide mirror, which is indeed a pain to recover from and not an uncommon error (especially when attempting to add a cache disk).
If you don't actually have any free drive bays, you can use an external dock to resilver the new drive or YOLO drop one of the existing mirror drives to add the new drive in its place.
Dan Langille has written up this procedure on his blog.
What Google is doing here is what Microsoft already does (and I assume Google and Amazon) for privileged access—a locked-down computer with only specified applications/websites allowed. If you need something that's not available in that list, you can open a remote desktop session to a less restricted system or use your phone or other laptop.
Working on your local airport's flight line is a great substitute, assuming you've got a takeoff at least every minute or two. A data center might work, but you'll probably need a boom box pumping out something unmusical to ensure you can't hear yourself think.
If your employer wants productivity, they'll let you work from home or provide a private office. (Or both. Both is perfectly cromulent.)
The stupidly short MAX_PATH is correctable with a registry setting; I have no idea why it's not turned on by default at least in 2022, but I'm not particularly wise in the ways of WNT heavy wizardry. (I'm a MS employee, but my attempts to parse the os.2020 repository typically end in a headache.)
It would generally be illegal for a private entity to put that sort of reward up, yes. But the government could do it. (Whether they should is more complicated even if we can all agree that they deserve it.)
Indeed, the Australian government is currently providing lethal aid for Ukraine; doing in Russian ransomware operators is a third-level effect of doing in the Russian Armed Forces and not a direct goal, but it doesn't matter whether the cat is black or white so long as it catches mice.
That should be "the free-market capitalism that Texas claims to support". They'll happily send men with guns to stop Safeway from selling whiskey on Sunday morning; and forget about opening a card room that competes with the state-run numbers racket. Even the gun laws aren't very permissive compared to hard-core red states like (checks notes) Washington.
In the US it's illegal for someone who has lawful access to classified information to disseminate it in an unauthorised manner. But someone who receives classified information doesn't share the obligation to STFU if they didn't direct the unauthorised dissemination. (New York Times Co. v. United States, 403 U.S. 713 (1971))
All the virtualization technology that Amazon and Microsoft are making big bucks off of today was invented by IBM so long ago that the patents expired before Amazon was a thing. The big cloud companies are having to vertically integrate to work around some vendors' *cough*Intel*cough* inability to deliver and to cut out other vendors who are at risk of being bought by a direct competitor. You know which company other than 3M was really good at vertical integration? Three guesses, and the first two don't count.
Gerstner had some of the right ideas; if he had been a better CEO IBM could have become what Amazon is today. Instead, they bootstrapped a competitor and sold off critical businesses to them; abandoned and then sold off many of their software lines; ditched their microelectronics fabrication capability; and so on. Even the current IBM could be doing a lot better; Intel's inability to give a shit has pushed everyone to start moving off x86_64, but IBM could and should have sold hot and cold running POWER9s where we now have wall-to-wall ARM64.
I suspect the scammers don't exactly care about following either the current or previous rules, since, y'know, they're not following the (unchanged) laws that prohibit wire fraud.
This change is about allowing multinational companies to not run a totally separate PBX with reduced functionality for their users in India; the previous law was an own-goal that the Union government has finally fixed.
There are definitely national security reasons to want more modern process nodes in the US. Whether this is the best way to acquire them remains to be seen, although I'm more worried about companies pulling a Foxconn and pocketing billions for a massive current-gen facility that turns out to be one guy in a Portakabin making minimum wage.
There are some things that Congress could do, if it actually gave a flying toaster, to address this problem; all of them benefit literally everyone in the country other than the rentiers. Bringing down health care spending to French levels would be a good start. Then eliminate all federal spending on highway expansion, redirecting it to system maintenance. (Inputs don't magically appear at the factory.) Pick an EU country and copy their telecom regulatory scheme wholesale; better regulation of e.g. special access service and not catering to cablecos and ILECs would cut communications costs in half and increase the available workforce for remoteable jobs.
But if Congress really wanted to make US manufacturing great again they'd repeal the Trump tariffs; change the law so presidentially-imposed tariffs expire in 60 days without a Congressional bill affirming them; repeal the Jones Act and Buy America Act; and finish full metrication ASAP.
That sounds too much like actual work for Congresscritters to be bothered with, though.
While there aren't many, Lenovo is assuredly getting a large percentage of the ones Nvidia does ship since they're the largest PC vendor; and P ThinkPads should be a higher-margin product so Lenovo will prefer to use the GPUs they get to build them rather than, say, consumer laptops.
Between budgetary constraints and corruption (probably more the latter), Russia can't even build an aircraft carrier that is capable of spending more time out of drydock than in—and speaking of drydocks, they managed to sink one. At least they haven't managed to pick a fight with an unarmed civilian cruise ship and lose in record time, unlike some countries I could name.
If the Russian government cares more about defense than lining their pockets (spoiler: they don't), they'll focus on objectives that they can actually achieve.
However, most of the black folks' grandparents would have been slaves without the right to vote, so pretty much none of the illiterate blacks would be grandfathered in, compared to the majority of illiterate whites.
Whether someone's grandfather was actually registered to vote was totally irrelevant; White people would be allowed to vote unchallenged and Black people would be required to prove their eligibility.