Re: "For all we know, Zu may be a dog on the internet."
Dogs aren't allowed, but my cat sure gets around online when I go to the can.
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Dogs aren't allowed, but my cat sure gets around online when I go to the can.
Not quite crap on the entire spectrum of products.
There are two tiers, cheap crap and good quality.
The iPhone doesn't fall apart like other Chinese cheap products do.
Depending on the product, up ordering from Indonesia, India, South Korea, Vietnam and South Korea would be trivial.
Heh, the PRC economy is already imploding.
Meanwhile, once again, we caught Chinese hackers inside of our network. We average between 5 and 8 a month these days.
We secure our clients networks, we don't bother doing that on our own.
Well, I *have* made thermite to burn a tack of hard drives.
Be warned, hydroxic acid, hydrogen monoxide, dihydrogen monoxide, hydrogen oxide, hydric acid, hydrohydroxic acid, hydrol and μ-Oxido dihydrogen are widely traded.
Dangerous stuff, it can cause death by asphyxiation, circulatory overload and more.
It's so addictive that once one is exposed to it, one would lose their life if consumption of it is ceased.
Relative to the external universe, anything below the event horizon is frozen in time just below the event horizon or wherever else matter within the collapse was when singularity moved the event horizon out past it.
So, in theory, most matter "eaten" by the black hole is just below the event horizon.
"What we want to know is what happens when you poke a black hole with a stick."
You get irradiated by the accretion disc you're joining.
Sadly, not quite. Functionally, they are similar, but in actuality, time movement ceases below the event horizon of a black hole, whereas time continues to move forward while captured under the event horizon of television or a movie.
"You beat them with a plumb-bob "Dr Syntax"?"
I was thinking more like a sash weight.
"Really wished that worked over here in the UK. In Australia, there is a (national?) "Do Not Call Register", which is easy to add your phone number to online. It's enforced well, and marketers really don't screw with it."
We have a similar 'Do Not Call' database. A few idiots actually tried to use it as a calling database, to end up meeting a judge, jury and prison guards.
Today, some foreign call centers either ignore it or use the database, obfuscating and forging their caller ID.
"However I did have a missed call the other day which on googling turns out to be a number used for calls from "Microsoft""
Yeah, I'd be disappointed too. I love to waste their time, doing my best to confuse the bastard for as long as possible. I've gotten them stretched out to as far as 15 minutes, variously saying "My computer brand? Cray. C. R. A. Y. Yes, I don't see that prompt"...
Notable, most of the unsolicited calls I do get are out of country and are running caller ID obfuscators. A bit of kit between the ID device that kills the reading after the first CID signal is received found a more accurate, out of country phone number.
Hmm, perhaps I can stop off on the way to work and borrow an armed drone...
One could do that, but I drink my Manhattans out of a barrel.
Miles, yards, feet, inches and mugwumps.
But, but, but El Reg said just last week that the ice is thicker than ever!
Come on, El Reg, figure out which it is.
An ancient in IT world terms vulnerability is utilized by bastards of another nation, suddenly that is news?
OK, tomorrow, I expect from El Reg a story about "Sun rises in the east and amazingly sets in the west" story.
"So, either the implied 5 - 10% of female users are *extremely* busy, or - and this seem more likely - most of the blokes on there are very dissatisfied cos they ain't gettin' nuthin'."
Blather. The reality is, most "hook up" sites are largely male members, variable actual female members, researchers and trolls.
Based upon my six site research.
And I'm far from being "on the market". Just doing sexurity research, with my wife looking over my shoulder and laughing, as I was laughing.
The sexual spectrum is fascinating in diversity, the mistruths phenomenal.
That said, this particular site was off scope of research. It was more management, off-troll and oddity, due to previously discovered metrics.
As in >95% male, proclaiming hetero and oddly <5% female, based upon profile profiling and posting research conducted by other researchers.
Interesting how many desire to dispose of the rule of law and accept anarchy, never realizing that under those conditions, their very lives were in grave danger to anyone annoyed with them.
John, why, you're absolutely right! Fuck all rule of law, cue in the Sharia courts you desire.
Either we have law and order or we have mayhem.
I happen to be exceptionally good in either environment.
I *prefer* law and order over mayhem, but I can do mayhem.
So, what do you desire? Law and order or rule of the mob?
As I recall from previous reporting, there were monthly fees collected.
If they don't store credit card information, *how* do they manage to collect those fees? Telepathy?
Frankly, this sounds like some malcontent that was given the sack and seeks vengeance.
His name is known, from temp employee records. Currently, a criminal case is being built upon him.
The rest is beyond my security clearance level. Some importance is due to military e-mail addresses, which will not be discussed at all.
Here's an interesting notion, how many names were harvested that are security researchers? I'd expect at least on hundred at least.
"They got guns, they got badges , being a computer techie with a portable lap top and tons of skill is far, far down on the list of things to worry about when dealing with people within fifty feet of you."
Having been inside of Eric Raymond's home, well, he's a very, very, very well armed computer techie.
He also happens to be quite a good shot.
Not as good as I am, being also a computer techie, former SF veteran, but still quite competent. Where he and I depart skills is, I'm proficient with all small arms, edged weapons and hand to hand combat.
Beyond his firearms skills, the worst he could do is write a really, really nasty letter.
As for Eric's personality, the term wanker comes to mind.
"FYI... in the UK, "castle homes" means homes that are castles. There are a fair few around..."
As I recall, those castles were dreadfully drafty and murderously expensive to heat.
Quite a few are also annoyingly damp.
I'll stick with masonry in part, wood in greater parts and reinforced with hubris, as all US homes are.
OK, I'll be reinforcing with concrete, but that isn't as humorous or accurate.
Indeed, as having overlapped SAS and Royal Marines, rescuing and being rescued when nasty surprises reared their misshapen heads, yeah, those Brits can fight damned well. As well as we can.
Our northern neighbors have very similar forces and they kicked ass and didn't bother wasting time on names, lest it delay more asses being kicked.
The Australians as well.
Aw, screw it, the entire Commonwealth are quite good at defense (or as it's spelt across the pond, defence).
Although, I will admit to some consternation for some from Great Britain, for to be honest, I have absolutely know clue whatinhell language he was speaking. It sounded as close to English as is spoken in the West Virginia mountains, although nowhere near like the cat being strangled sounds from West Virginia.
I understood Liverpool, beyond that, I've nary a clue what he was going on about.
A chap from London kept trying to correct my abuses of language, but I set him straight by reminding him that I was speaking and abusing the residuum of what King George left us, undocumented at the time and only documented two years after a bit of an ugly divorce between our lands and we remained rather irritated with them after that mess in 1812. That paint bill for the Presidential Palace was quite great, having to turn it into a White House.
Apparently, all of those bare arms didn't slow the British forces sacking our White House and Library of Congress.
I competitively fire and hunt, that thing, even when it was first announced, was a boondoggle and not worth one hundredth of the price that they demand.
Bloody hell, if you can put your sight onto the target, designate it, might as well have fired.
The crap locks the target that you designate (if it's the wrong area, too bad, it's locked), you depress the trigger and when you manage to get your sight back onto the target area, the rifle fires.
If you can designate that target, you can squeeze the trigger and shoot that target.
"...whereby the end scene will be Mr Tatum using an old fashioned Lee-Enfield..."
I was going to suggest a superior rifle for that purpose and found that, due to longevity and preference of certain workers in heavily forested areas in Canuckistan despite a newer and fancier rifle removed all possible alternative contenders.
The US has occasionally considered invading Canuckistan, but demurs due to memory of the last time folks from there tried and was resoundingly beaten and sent running away like frightened children, astonished over how such polite people could fight so effectively and politely.
"They were amazingly polite as they knocked my last tooth out, apologizing for the necessity as I ran back south", said one of the expeditionary force from middle North America, now known as the United States.
"They were astonishingly brash and stupid, attacking people who outnumber them by over one thousand to one, but they seemed earnest enough, we hated to see them go so quickly!", said one Canuckistan veteran of the abortive campaign.
"We 'ardly noticed that they were here, they departed so quickly.", said one of His Majesty's finest, spoken under conditions of anonymity, as he was not permitted to speak to anyone, let alone the press.
I've been toying with that notion myself, just lack the time to consider putting something together. Over the entire course of beam to target, one can acquire full information on wind directions and compensate for the entire bullet path.
About the only people who could benefit from it would be specialty military niche applications.
"Complain all you want about my mention of rotation in drains and toilets..."
That is a myth. Toilet flow direction is determined by the design of the jets in the rim of the bowl. The coriolis effect is too weak to effect that small amount of water flowing into the bowl.
I believe that Snopes has a write-up on the subject.
"Shooters on Stickledown (up to 1200 yards) at Bisley adjusted sights slightly from zero to allow for the coriolis effect at the longer ranges."
I've fired out to two clicks, was fair to middling, but then I wasn't a sniper. I was just familiarizing with the system.
As for the author, I've fired UK forces L85A2 and L86A1 nice weapons. Much nicer to clear a building than our M4's. The MP5 was a fine weapon, the MP7 is occasionally used as well. As for 12 gauge shotguns, they made fine door knockers, nobody could pretend to not be home when we knocked with one. Fired various sniper systems, squad designated marksman rifles and fell in love with the M14 (now, M1A, as full automatic was removed as unnecessary and ineffective). I also performed explosive demolitions and rapid explosive neutralization.
Fortunately, I'm now retired from all of that unpleasantness.
"You can also be certain that planetary coriolis forces are not going to affect your bullet outside a zero.centered error bar."
Actually, with extreme distance shots (measured in kilometers), there is Coriolis effect present. The effect isn't great enough to avoid damaging something the size of a heart, but it's great enough to prevent an accurate zero reflex shot if not taken into account.
Wind, of course, still has a much greater effect, which can get downright complicated with real world cross winds moving in different directions along long distance trajectories.
As for this not being a fucking neutron star, my back and knees disagree with you in the morning.
Still, could be worse. They could be Adobe.
Non-barynoic dark matter is only one candidate for dark matter, old fashioned dust, naked singularities, dust shrouded star nurseries, rogue planets, etc are also likely candidates. There's a hell of a lot of mass to account for, much is dark.
My personal theory is at least one eighth of the unaccounted for mass consists of single missing socks from cloths dryers and missing ball point pens.
"For example Israel would be very stupid indeed to spy on the US..."
Wrong, Israel has repeatedly been caught spying on the US. The US has repeatedly been caught spying on Israel.
One upside to everyone spying on each other, it keeps everyone honest. In the case of the US and USSR years ago, spies broke tradecraft to defuse a near-nuclear war when Russia misread what was going on during Abel Archer.
"In theory if they do exist they would evaporate almost instantly."
That's a relative instant, if it's moving at relativistic velocity, instant can be quite long.
A rock, rather like the rocks in the heads of those who think it's a human form.
One can always tell when a US citizen speaks, both by the use of language, abuse of language, poor punctuation and finally, by units of measure.
Having traveled a great deal and worked in medical science, I'm familiar with the global standard measure.
Stones. Miles. Hmm, the US doesn't use stone measure, but shares the mile with the UK. ;)
Seriously though, it would be nice if we in the US would join both the rest of the world and the twenty first century. Regrettably, I suspect the only kilo anything in the US will remain a kilo in illicit drugs.
Some years ago, I was abroad and went to purchase meat for sandwiches. I asked for a kilo of several different meats and cheese. The poor clerk suggested 100 grams, maybe 250 grams.
I explained that I was having a party.
Boy, but I *know* that the poor man's arm was tired!
"So I guess somewhat like anabuse for liquor?"
Nope, it's like like Naloxone (Narcan) for heroin addiction. No sickness at all, only neutralizing the nicotine in the bloodstream.
"and that is that those 8 hours you sleep without smoking or feeling uncomfortable or in need of a cig make that difference."
What 8 hours? I've been known to get up, have a cup of coffee and a smoke, then go right back to bed and sleep well.
"It's almost as if people don't like to use the word 'addict'."
Let's see, I'm a caffiene and nicotine addict.
That said, many do feel a stigma attached to addiction and hence, avoid the term. This is especially true in the United States, where the social view is that addiction is a character flaw.
"Stop smoking cold turkey and you feel like crap for a couple of weeks but you will be through the physiological side of quitting after that."
My father quit smoking cold turkey, a week to the day after he quit, he had a heart attack.
The heart attack was essentially inevitable, it came during the withdrawl period and thankfully wasn't as severe as it could have been later.
Incidentially, a 90% occlusion was noted in his right descending coronary artery. Balloon dilation was attempted and the balloon was left in place, pending bypass surgery. Recovery was uneventful and he survived for another quarter century.
With absolutely no interest in smoking at all.
That's OK, I smoke enough for the two of us. Thankfully though, it's a mild brand, Lucky Strike.
I was just reaching the tapering down phase with the patch when one of my Privates decided to authorize his own leave.
By the time he received the message that he was to be at the unit five minutes ago, I was puffing away like a madman - while wearing the patch.
Well, at least that kept me from killing him twice.
I agree, it's not like we have a limbic system either. </sarcasm>
As for our bodies making and using nicotine, that's as wrong as is possible. Nicotine is a plant alkaloid that is not generated by animals. There are nicotinic receptors, but those receptors are bound by either acetylcholine or nicotine, however that nicotine is never produced by the body.
Why, this will work great! As well as Naloxone for opiod addiction.
Fire *is* plasma.
So, perhaps thermonuclear fueld fire?
My thoughts at around 1/3 through was, could you picture the corona of a Wolf-Rayet star? Sol is amazingly gentle compared to those monsters.
The priest is welcome to the ice cube tray.
Agreed, our government is cutting all of the wrong things from the budget, rather than an immense and crushing expense of an enormous military.
Wouldn't mind a tour there, even with a winter over. Maybe I'll pop over to the site and see if they need any IA types, who can also provide BOFH mk II services.
"didn't realise the moon landings were in 1775"
Wrong. Greatness came on June 21, 1788, when the Constitution of the United States of America was ratified.
Since then, the erroneous notion that money equates with greatness has come into vogue.
"I wonder where all of the LEMs or LLMs (they did change the name) are now? "
The LEM's crew capsule was sent to the lunar surface after the astronauts re-entered the command module.
One was actually used in a lunar seismic experiment.
The upper stages are sharing a similar orbit to Earth, one was briefly captured as a second moon in an unstable orbit until it was ejected from our orbit. Their velocities were Earth escape - barely, so we share a similar orbit.
"@vapor I suggest you say that to Buzz Aldrin personally."
I'd happily tell Buzz that *nobody* walked on the moon.
Shuffled, bounced, hopped, stumbled a lot, fell on their butts, ECU and faceplates. But walk? Not a single step.
We're not built to walk properly in such a low gravity, while wearing a suit and ECU that weighs twice as much as the wearer.
NASA suppressed the lunar follies until rather recently, only those with a security clearance had access to the hilarious results of creatures evolved for 1G trying to operate under 17% of that gravity.
But, in the astronauts favor, if I were in that situation, it'd be likely I'd accidentally launch myself to an inconvenient altitude, then land on a nice, soft rock - faceplate first.
"Nothing dangerous in the cabin then unless there's someone willing and with a cavernous cavity they're happy to use."
Well, in Saudi, there was an AQ terrorist who agreed to meet with the counter-terrorism minister. He had a cellular phone detonator attached to a bomb inserted into his rectum, which he detonated. This injured the Saudi minister and left the world with one less asshole.
And perhaps, the O2 tanks as well?
Over time, it'll get more violent in that star system.
The pulsar's orbit will decay, in part from tidal forces, in part from passing through that disk of matter.
Then, things will get loud.