Posts by Gary Charpentier

1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPHW CCCXXXII(332) (Message 2136107)
Posted 8 hours ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donorSpecial Project $250 donor
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ah, the mark of the beast it is
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Word Link #117 (Message 2136106)
Posted 8 hours ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donorSpecial Project $250 donor
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corruption
3) Message boards : Politics : The Donald Trump thread part VI - aka "Keep it clean" (Message 2136094)
Posted 14 hours ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donorSpecial Project $250 donor
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Love it, Call a lawyer as a witness and he called his "client," a different witness, an a-hole in writing because he won't go along with the program to cover up for the defendant. Think that might violate ethics and the bar?
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Word Link #117 (Message 2136082)
Posted 22 hours ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donorSpecial Project $250 donor
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Horton
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Word Link #117 (Message 2136068)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donorSpecial Project $250 donor
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Trophy
6) Message boards : Politics : The Donald Trump thread part VI - aka "Keep it clean" (Message 2136057)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donorSpecial Project $250 donor
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Happy Incarceration day to you.
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Word Link #117 (Message 2136019)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donorSpecial Project $250 donor
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lantern
8) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 4 (Message 2135934)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donorSpecial Project $250 donor
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Have such devices implanted under the skin just like an elaborate RFID tag??...
An ordinary RFID is just a number, utterly no different than a password, but far less secure as readers are readily available. A hash function RFID could be secure, but every RFID chip would have to hash differently or it would be trivia to clone and of course there is a big juicy table of hash functions sitting on storage just waiting to be exfiltrated. A hash function RFID that also needed a PIN might work but the PIN would have to be random, humans are too predictable in picking numbers, this of course in addition to a pass phrase.

Perhaps the left hand has a RFID that is the user ID, nice 8192 bit long random, the right hand has the hash RFID that needs the random 8 digit PIN to decode and the user needs to enter a human username and passphrase. That might be enough to at least make it less than trivia.

Security is what we Allow.
9) Message boards : Politics : When will the West stop pandering the Israeli government? (Message 2135907)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donorSpecial Project $250 donor
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I see you forget the Spaniards forced their way onto Texas, California, Nevada and Mexico throwing out the Native Americans, as did the British, Portuguese, Russians and French elsewhere in America. All economic greed warfare.

Just look at the California Nevada border. Read about the Von Schmidt line.

There is more than one US city in Canada.

Does the Rio Grand flow in the same spot forever?

The people involved have to agree, not third parties drawing lines in the sand.
10) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 4 (Message 2135905)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donorSpecial Project $250 donor
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Indeed, we've moved on since those older naive days...
The proof we have not moved on, dismissiveness. Just because one attacker wasn't interested in inserting an APT doesn't mean another won't. Just because there is a tool to detect something doesn't mean the tool is being used correctly, if at all, and means nothing if the tool can be compromised. The fact it went on for so long and it was hoisting red flags sending spam ... SMH.

If I were a nation state I would have expended some significant resources on developing a tool that if deployed would become supervisory bare metal on whatever system it is deployed to and let the victim believe his OS is bare metal but it is actually a VM of the nation state's O/S. This is the ideal as you can read everything including all the cryptographic keys and generally prevent the victim from being able to discover they are a victim. After all any tool he runs in your VM will only report the VM's activity.

By now I would expect more that one nation state has the signing keys for most every widely used O/S.

If you work in a sandwich shop, you may not be interesting to a nation state. If you work at a utility or a manufacturing plant you are interesting. Any and everything they discover can be used in the traditional methods of spies to compromise you. Hence those wide scale attacks by nation states to exfiltrate databases of PII.

Paranoia isn't enough.

Security is what we allow.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPHW CCCXXXII(332) (Message 2135902)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donorSpecial Project $250 donor
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The season started in earnest yesterday, May Gray - June Gloom, has covered coastal Southern California with its impenetrable blanket. It will be weeks before the hot orange ball will be seen again.
12) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 4 (Message 2135877)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donorSpecial Project $250 donor
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Millions of blinded eyeballs. Kernel.org hacked
13) Message boards : Politics : UK political scene (Message 2135866)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donorSpecial Project $250 donor
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What of the government's promises to improve??...
Taxes. Taxes. we need TAXES! new more bigger TAXES!
14) Message boards : Politics : China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and The World (Message 2135817)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donorSpecial Project $250 donor
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Will this stupid theft of territory ever stop?
Benji is working to make sure it doesn't!
15) Message boards : Politics : When will the West stop pandering the Israeli government? (Message 2135793)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donorSpecial Project $250 donor
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Israel's sovereign state borders are recognized by international law
A smattering of Judaeo-Christian European countries. However that is still irrelevant. The parties involved are the ones who have to agree, not some line drawing in the sand third party. Ask Pootin where the borders are? Ask Kim. Ask Xi. What percent of the world's population is that? What percent of the worlds nukes it that?

The parties involved have to agree. Study the crazy parts of the US Canada or US Mexico border. The treaty says one thing, but in practice the border is in another place. Never mind that land in is motion or bad old surveys. The parties have to agree. Not sand line third parties.

Ask yourself what Xi is doing in the South OF China Sea. The same thing Benji is doing. Me Me Me Me If I see it I grab it, like the common thief.
16) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #3 (Message 2135770)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donorSpecial Project $250 donor
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Solar panels in a desert are a bad idea.
17) Message boards : Politics : The Donald Trump thread part VI - aka "Keep it clean" (Message 2135760)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donorSpecial Project $250 donor
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https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-irs-audit-chicago-hotel-taxes
Former President Donald Trump used a dubious accounting maneuver to claim improper tax breaks from his troubled Chicago tower, according to an IRS inquiry uncovered by ProPublica and The New York Times.
But when Trump sought to reap tax benefits from his losses, the IRS has argued, he went too far and in effect wrote off the same losses twice.
The first write-off came on Trump’s tax return for 2008. With sales lagging far behind projections, he claimed that his investment in the condo-hotel tower met the tax code definition of “worthless,” because his debt on the project meant he would never see a profit. That move resulted in Trump reporting losses as high as $651 million for the year, ProPublica and the Times found.
There is no indication the IRS challenged that initial claim, though that lack of scrutiny surprised tax experts consulted for this article. But in 2010, Trump and his tax advisers sought to extract further benefits from the Chicago project, executing a maneuver that would draw years of inquiry from the IRS. First, he shifted the company that owned the tower into a new partnership. Because he controlled both companies, it was like moving coins from one pocket to another. Then he used the shift as justification to declare $168 million in additional losses over the next decade.
Beyond the two episodes under audit, reporting by the Times in recent years has found that, across his business career, Trump has often used what experts described as highly aggressive — and at times, legally suspect — accounting maneuvers to avoid paying taxes. To the six tax experts consulted for this article, Trump’s Chicago accounting maneuvers appeared to be questionable and unlikely to withstand scrutiny.
When he filed his 2008 tax return, he declared business losses of $697 million. Tax records do not fully show which businesses generated that figure. But working with tax experts, ProPublica and the Times calculated that the Chicago worthlessness deduction could have been as high as $651 million, the value of Trump’s stake in the partnership — about $94 million he had invested and the $557 million loan balance reported on his tax returns that year.
Trump’s advisers girded for a potential audit of the worthlessness deduction from the moment they claimed it, according to the filings from the New York attorney general’s lawsuit. Starting in 2009 Trump’s team excluded the Chicago tower from the frothy annual “statements of financial condition” that Trump used to boast of his wealth, out of concern that assigning value to the building would conflict with its declared worthlessness, according to the attorney general’s filing. (Those omissions came even as Trump fraudulently inflated his net worth to qualify for low-interest loans, according to the ruling in the attorney general’s lawsuit.)
The tax experts gave the weakest chance of surviving a challenge for a worthlessness deduction based on borrowed money for which the outcome was not clear. It reflects a doubly irrational claim — that the taxpayer deserves a tax benefit for losing someone else’s money even before the money has been lost, and that those anticipated future losses can be used to offset real income from other sources. Most of the debt included in Trump’s worthlessness deduction was based on that risky position.
That the IRS did not initiate an audit of the 2008 worthlessness deduction puzzled the experts in partnership taxation. Many assumed the understaffed IRS simply had not realized what Trump had done until the deadline to investigate it had passed.

https://apnews.com/article/trump-tax-losses-audit-election-chicago-skyscraper-47729a0758e6b54aa06c075fc49c5c53
Biden has gone after Trump for not wanting to pay taxes, while his administration has increased IRS funding in order to increase audits of the ultra-wealthy and improve compliance with the federal tax code.
The Trump campaign opposes the additional funding that Biden and Democrats provided to the IRS.

Gee I wonder if these are related?
18) Message boards : Politics : When will the West stop pandering the Israeli government? (Message 2135739)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donorSpecial Project $250 donor
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Appeasement never works. What is Israel being given or stealing large hunks of land?
19) Message boards : Politics : SCOTUS returning the U.S. back to the dark ages. (Message 2135727)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donorSpecial Project $250 donor
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Rejection of the Fantasy Federalist Society would be a good first step.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Word Link #117 (Message 2135725)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donorSpecial Project $250 donor
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escargot


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