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January 31 2016

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Glock: Butt-ugly plastic shooting appliance with the ergonomics of a caulking gun.  Five-pound trigger with no external safety makes it ill-suited for its target market (cops who shoot a hundred rounds a year for qualification).  Favored by gangbangers because the product name is short and rhymes with other short, rap-friendly words.

butchering a whole herd of holy cows. | the munchkin wrangler.
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13:48
EVERY SURPLUS RIFLE WITH BOLT ACTION IS CHEAP SOME TIME IN HISTORY. MOSIN NAGANT RIFLE IS MOST NUMEROUS OF ALL INFANTRY RIFLE. IT IS RIFLE THAT WINS OCTOBER REVOLUTION. IT IS RIFLE THAT CARRIES INFANTRY OF ALLIED FORCES IN EUROPE THROUGH GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR. MOSIN NAGANT RIFLE SERVES FOR MORE THAN CENTURY, OLD STOLEN RUSSIAN RECEIVER IS STILL USE BY SNIPER OF FINNISH ARMY.

YOU CAN BE HAPPY WITH 40,000 ROUBLE RIFLE WITH NO HISTORY AND PLASTIC STOCK WHO KILLS PAPER TARGET AND DEER WITH NO WEAPON OR FIGHTING HEART.

I CAN BE HAPPY WITH 2,000 ROUBLE RIFLE THAT IS ARTIFACT OF MILITARY HISTORY AND KILLS TSARIST AND NAZI ALIKE.

JOY OF HAVING MOSIN NAGANT RIFLE IS JOY THAT MONEY CANNOT AFFORD.
Firearms Philosophy of Ivan Chesnokov

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January 27 2016

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13:32

In 2015 we launched DSCOVR, a satellite that had sat on a shelf going obsolete since 2001 for political reasons: because it was proposed by Al Gore and is useful for climate science. Its images are useful for research, but the 15 years of development between it and Himawari-8 are painfully obvious in data volume and in data quality. We’ll have the GOES-R series coming online over the Americas probably starting in 2017, long after we should have had it. Its sensor is similar to the one in the Himawari-8/9 series, though without true color – the same US company built both. If we’d funded it and managed it like it mattered, you’d have just seen its data instead of Himawari-8’s. But instead we kicked and groaned as if $11 billion is a problem for four hemisphere-wide, high-res, realtime weather satellites in service to 2036. (We’re not incapable of spending money on high-end aerospace projects: $11 billion is 7% of the amount by which the Joint Strike Fighter program is overbudget.)

The United States is a spacefaring society – not a nation of 318 million astronauts, but a nation of physical and environmental science, GPS, satellite and street maps, accurate severe weather forecasts, DirecTV, marine and wilderness rescue services, and $87 billion per year in satellite industry revenue. We know how to use space to understand our planet better. What’s in the way is the fear that we’ll find something that makes political buyers mad. These Himawari-8 animations delight me, but there’s always a little pang that they aren’t possible in my hemisphere because someone’s selling out the future’s climate. If I sound angry it’s because I’m angry.

About Glittering Blue

January 18 2016

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13:03

December 23 2015

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00:15
For the past several months I've been running around with various groups of technologists, doing everything I can to convince important people that the sky is falling. Or rather, that the sky will fall if they act on some of the very bad, terrible ideas that are currently bouncing around Washington -- namely, that our encryption systems should come equipped with "back doors" intended to allow law enforcement and national security agencies to access our communications.

One of the most serious concerns we raise during these meetings is the possibility that encryption backdoors could be subverted. Specifically, that a back door intended for law enforcement could somehow become a backdoor for people who we don't trust to read our messages. Normally when we talk about this, we're concerned about failures in storage of things like escrow keys. What this Juniper vulnerability illustrates is that the danger is much broader and more serious than that.

The problem with cryptographic backdoors is not that they're the only way that an attacker can break intro our cryptographic systems. It's merely that they're one of the best. They take care of the hard work, the laying of plumbing and electrical wiring, so attackers can simply walk in and change the drapes.
A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering: On the Juniper backdoor

December 20 2015

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23:35

The WTO has ruled in Mexico’s favor on four separate occasions since 2011, most recently last Friday, in a final ruling that cannot be appealed. Though the U.S. changed its label standards several times, most recently in 2013, the WTO said that the law discriminates against tuna caught in Mexico, relative to other countries. Informing consumers of the fishing practices used to catch their tuna, the WTO concluded, represented a “technical barrier to trade.”

Tim Reif, general counsel at the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office, told Reuters that the U.S. won’t have to reduce protection for dolphins or change its labeling requirements. But the U.S. must either conform its law to the WTO ruling or face Mexican retaliation against U.S. imports unless officials negotiate with Mexico to find some resolution.

WTO Ruling on Dolphin-Safe Tuna Labeling Illustrates Supremacy of Trade Agreements
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December 19 2015

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22:40
Die Stadt Wien hat sich aus der Organisation des Großevents nicht nur völlig zurückgezogen – und verzichtet damit auf die Abgaben der Standler, die zwischen 370 und 1.700 Euro Standgebühr an den Verein zahlen. Sie fördert den Christkindlmarkt auch jedes Jahr mit einer Million Euro, weitere 240.000 Euro schießt die Wirtschaftskammer zu, die den Standlern auch die Hütten vermietet.
Ein SPÖ-Politiker organisiert den Christkindlmarkt. Warum eigentlich? | NZZ.at

December 13 2015

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December 10 2015

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December 09 2015

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December 01 2015

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21:44

CO2-Obergrenze pro Person: ein Langstreckenflug

Mit dem tatsächlichen Ziel, die Erde nicht mehr als zwei Grad aufzuheizen, haben die vorgelegten Pläne allerdings nur wenig zu tun. Die großen Industrien, die heute noch auf das Verbrennen von Kohlenwasserstoffen angewiesen sind, müssten viel, viel mehr einsparen. Nach Berechnungen des Bundesumweltamtes dürfte jeder Mensch künftig nur noch gut zwei Tonnen Kohlendioxid pro Jahr verbrauchen - eine Menge, die schon mit einem einzigen Überseeflug hin und zurück überschritten wird. Deutsche verbrauchen bislang fünf Mal so viel Kohlendioxid pro Jahr, Amerikaner acht Mal so viel. Inder stoßen hingegen weniger aus, als ihnen global zustehen würde. Ganz zu schweigen von den Bürgern in den armen Ländern, deren Klimaspur kaum nachweisbar ist.

Klimagipfel: Die Fraktionen - correctiv.org
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November 29 2015

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15:22
Der 15. Bezirk ist der mit dem höchsten Ausländeranteil. Bei der Wahl hat die SPÖ mit Bezirksvorsteher Gerhard Zatlokal 39 Prozent erreicht, die  FPÖ 25 Prozent und die Grünen 21 Prozent. Zuletzt hat die SPÖ mit den Grünen zusammengearbeitet, das hat Zatlokal aufgekündigt – zugunsten eines freien Spiels der Kräfte, wie er sagt. Am 20. November hat sich die Bezirksvertretung konstituiert, und der rote Bezirksvorsteher hat sich von den Blauen wählen lassen. Die Roten haben den FPÖ-Stellvertreter gewählt, die Blauen haben den Roten bei den Ausschüssen geholfen, eine von Roten & Grünen erfundene Kommission für Integration und Gleichstellung haben Rot & Blau gemeinsam abgeschafft.
Dr. Fünfhouse | gehoertgebloggt

November 25 2015

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November 24 2015

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15:19
If I were a black-hat hacker, I'd immediately go to the nearest big city airport and sit outside the international first class lounges and eavesdrop on everyone's encrypted communications. I suggest "international first class", because if they can afford $10,000 for a ticket, they probably have something juicy on their computer worth hacking.

Errata Security: Some notes on the eDellRoot key

November 23 2015

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12:39

November 22 2015

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November 21 2015

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22:25

November 08 2015

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19:08
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