* Posts by bombastic bob

5339 posts • joined 1 May 2015

OK, who is shooting at Apple staff buses in California? Knock it off

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Re: Use the Trump solution

The buses were being shot at by a *pellet gun*.

thanks for clarification. those are typically NOT considered "firearms".

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Re: Use the Trump solution

"have someone ride shotgun"

a cop?

With IoT you too can turn your home into a giant flashing 'HORSE BIRTH NOW' klaxon

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Re: As a horse breeder ...

"before I quit owing to a divorce which made horse keeping unaffordable."

"I passed on attending my daughter's birth, the thought made me queasy"

somehow I think these two may be connected, at least in the X's mind... [if you could BE THERE for the horse, how come you can't BE THERE for me???]

Not like you really would be doing anything. That 'lamaze class' stuff is HIGHLY overrated (I think it's more important for a husband to go to his JOB to earn money to pay for all that schtuff). That 'lamaze coach' garbage is just a way for women to "get their hubbies involved" when it's really just women's work [heh heh heh heh heh]. "call me when it's done"

As for me, I'd just stand there averting boredom by mental-calculating the total force of a birthing contraction, based on the fetal pressure meter and the estimated surface area of a 9 month pregnant uterus, and announce the results to the room when my mental-math was complete, something like "guess what, it looks like each contraction is the equivalent of bench pressing 500lb" and, of course, offering to stand in the right spot with a (baseball) catcher's mitt during the final phase of the birthing process...

[oh, wait, I *did* that!]

Hypersonic nukes! Nuclear-powered drone subs! Putin unwraps his new (propaganda) toys

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Re: Little reactors?

"an uncrewed unshielded cruise missile is technologically possible, if marginally feasible."

keep in mind that it's supposed to be able to run 'indefinitely' which means it's an air-breather. If it carried propellant, it would run out, eventually. The only way to make a 'long time' sustainable nuclear engine is for it to breathe air [or water if it's submerged, which might be a bit more practical]. That also doesn't consider the overall size requirement for the power plant and supporting systems. An air-breathing engine needs a heat exchanger that's large enough to transfer it to the propellant [in this case, air], and not melt in the process [so it can sustain propulsion].

Project Pluto - that's an interesting one (maybe Putin read the wikipedia page, said "we can do this, too" etc. nevermind the 1960's date on when the project was canceled).

Back in the 1950's and 60's there were a LOT of those kinds of things being tested out, not the least of which were the nuclear artillery round [which works, but who'd want to shoot an artillery round that causes fallout to drop on your own head?] and the SL-1 reactor [a small reactor that was SO dangerous it exploded from an accident during routine maintenance].

There are often a lot more reasons why a project is abandoned other than the ones stated. Some of these reasons are actually classified, or were at one time (SL-1 may be an example, I won't say why - if it's publically disclosed I'll comment on it, but that's about it).

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Re: Little reactors?

"Good to hear that you know more than all those Russian military scientists and engineers"

you haven't even SEEN my CV. And yes, I quite possibly DO know more than at least most of those Russian military scientists and engineers, particularly if they're proposing things that are impractical to implement.

I may ALSO know "things" about (most likely still classified) systems such *AS* the old nuclear aircraft design. What's publicly available on Wikipedia is probably enough, though. I wouldn't divulge anything else.

/me used to operate a nuclear reactor on a submarine. yes, I know how they work, quite well in fact. So I think I'm a pretty good judge of how a 'tiny' nuclear reactor might be designed and what a lot of the problems are in trying to get it to fly... or power a torpedo or unmanned submersible vehicle, for that matter.

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Re: Possible scenario

fortunately, modern warfare isn't "a numbers game" any more. But the way that all of the aircraft of WW2 were supplied was basically a government 'takeover' of existing industry that was focused on producing things like cars. There were no new cars for a few years during WW2. They were building aircraft and tanks and jeeps instead.

Seriously, though, if you want mass production, don't you want a "common airframe" instead? That should make it cost less and have more interchangeable parts.

And - somewhat related to other comments - an advantage of an M16's small round COULD be the fact that you can carry more of them [because they'd weigh less]. Though I admit I never had the chance to actually fire one when I was in the military. But I know people who have.

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Re: No real commonality in the F35

I think you may need to look at the kinds of stuff that typically gets repaired/replaced to understand what I mean here. But yeah there are 3 versions that I know about, and of course they have differences. The question is whether the things that are maintained all of the time are also "that different" between them, things like avionics, hydraulic systems, the engine, yotta yotta. Just sayin' that's the thinking behind the basic design. And the supply system has to stock spares for all of that...

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Re: Mutually Assured Destruction - MAD

"we have an unstable lunatic with his finger on the button"

I nearly gave you an upvote until I read THAT part. Seriously? You actually BELIEVE that?

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And demand - 100 BEEELION DOLLARS

Muhuhahahaha. Muhuhahahaha. Muhuhahahaha! [pinky on cheek]

"I call this plan, preparation H"

"I call it - the Alan Parsons Project"

and so on

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Re: Re. MAD

"why don't countries simply put the money wasted on nuclear weapons into actual things that might benefit this planet such as asteroid detection and defence?"

sadly there is still evil in the world. You can't reason with evil. You can't make deals with it, either. Non-aggression pacts will be violated, agreements will be broken, and like Hitler during WW2, evil will secretly develop its aggressive ability until it's too late to stop. Unless there's a significant deterrent for any one rogue country to do what the German government did leading up to WW2, we're doomed to repeat that scenario.

Does that answer your question?

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Re: Little reactors?

"There could be quite a good market for those."

Assuming they work. Tiny reactors would be more difficult to control, possibly using fast fission rather than thermal. Additionally, they'd be highly inefficient because you wouldn't have enough mass to properly utilize the thermal energy. The main reason that nuclear jet engines were abandoned is that they're just TOO HEAVY to be practical.

A tiny reactor must be created with extermely enriched fuel, 'weapons grade' or better, and it requires a pretty significant mass of external things to transfer the heat. To be controllable, you need even bigger mass/geometry and it very rapidly becomes impossible to put it into a missile. A "Big Fornicating Rocket" might be able to manage a nuclear engine (and that's been proposed) but they still need some kind of fuel/propellant to eject out the tail end and so the mass of the engine must be weight against the need for separate fuel/oxidizer and the limitations of chemical reactions.

Anyway, putting a nuclear engine on a missile that's capable of running for "unlimited" time is extremely impractical. The physics and thermodynamics just don't work very well, ya know?


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Re: Possible scenario

"unnecessary/late/ineffectual weapons systems" "like the F35?"

well, people used to say bad things about the M-16, too, when it first came out. nowadays, after a few decades of serious use and tweeking, it's probably one of the best small arms any military might have in its arsenal. IMBO [In My Bombastic Opinion] it's better than an AK-47, though AKs are probably cheaper to make [it was a design feature of the AK to be cheap/easy to make].

Give the F35 some time, so the bugs can be worked out, and the benefits of having a common airframe for what is basically 3 different kinds of aircraft will make a lot more sense. Sometimes you have to look at "total cost of ownership", and how military supply systems work on ships and when deployed in the field. Keep in mind that you need SPARE PARTS for all of those planes, to deal with war damage and normal wear and tear. And so, the basic design feature of 'commonality' is a serious tactical advantage, from a supply/material standpoint.

[having been in the military, having been a 'repair parts petty officer' and had to deal with the navy supply system, it's important to consider THAT aspect, too, with respect to weapons systems and availability and so on].

In Sun Tzu's book, "The Art of Warfare", he talked about how important it was to make sure your troops were properly supplied for whatever campaign they were to be sent on. Supplies are extremely important.

Anyway, that's my $.10 worth on the F35. It's really still a "beta release". Then again, in a time of war, sometimes those 'beta release' weapons make all the difference. I mean, how many awesome planes in WW2 received the 'P' designation for PROTOTYPE? And I think it was the P51 Mustang with the Merlin engine that really did the trick to help end the war a bit faster...

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Re: Mutually Assured Destruction - MAD

Vlad "Pootie" Putin needs to read 'Superiority' by Arthur C. Clarke

And I have to ask this one tiny little question: Why, of all times, is he so blatantly bragging about his nukular capabilities? This is especially important because MOST of what he's talking about is still on the drawing board [as I understand it]. You can't be "stealthy" with hypersonics, FAST underwater craft are also LOUD [and susceptible to tactical nukular missiles, like 'subroc'] and so on.

What he seems to be saying is "we're important, too, DAMMIT! Pay attention to us, we're tired of being FORGOTTEN!"

Being that China's economy and population are WAY bigger than Russia, I can see he's got 'China Envy'.

He's also not happy at renewed interest (over here in the USA) of upgrading our arsenal and undoing some of the technological stagnation and possible degradation that's happened over the last (nearly a) decade.

If he hadn't been such an ass over in Crimea and Ukraine, maybe he wouldn't have to stand there jumping up and down and demanding we PAY ATTENTION TO HIM.

In any case, the only thing he did NOT do is pound his shoe on the podium...

Fancy owning a two-seat Second World War Messerschmitt fighter?

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Re: question

uh, just to point out, even joking about murdering a politician is probably a BAD idea these days...

As much as I disliked Obaka, I didn't want him killed. Just sayin'.

Twitter cries for help to solve existential crisis of whether it's Good

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"Why not... hire random normies instead?"

They're an endangered species in San Francisco and Silly Valley, as hard to find as "biological females in the Chocolate Factory"...

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Re: Are SJW do-gooders Good?

"banning of non-'right on' opinions."

I think _I_ am one example of why that's NOT happening...

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"Seriously some of the abuse you see dished out online people would never dare to say face to face."

welcome to "teh intarwebs" - you see it EVERYWHERE. It's because there's no peripheral device capable of transmitting a proper punch in the nose...

(post-edit - I see someone else said something similar)

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Re: Narcissistic cesspit

"I use it so I don't become a social pariah"

'social pariah' is HIGHLY underrated (especially when it's defined by NOT using tw[a,i]tter).

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Re: Seeing as twitter "solves" a non-existant problem ...

Considering USENET, it's still around, and there are NO moderators. So-called "moderated" groups are easy to post to "irregardless" (heh) of the 'moderation', using a very very simple hack. In fact, the alt.hackers newsgroup is deliberately moderated for this reason, because you have to perform 'a hack' in order to post to it, though it's not very popular any more, unfortunately [blame successful tw[a,i]tter marketing].

Microsoft lobs Skylake Spectre microcode fixes out through its Windows

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Re: Good work by MSFT

"I don't think you know what "shareware" means."

yeah, that post had more ignorance than a religious cult's congregation. And if I could upvote yours more than once, I'd do it.

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Re: What a frigging mess !

maybe a better strategy would be to harden the defenses within browsers, like having NOSCRIPT-like capabilities ENABLED BY DEFAULT?

that way a rogue script can't run unless you give it explicit permission...

(so what if it breaks poorly designed web pages that are script-heavy - joke 'em if they can't take a FEEL)

Paul Allen's six-engined monster plane prepares for space deliveries

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at some point it may need JATO bottles or some other kind of 'rocket booster' to assist taking that really freaking heavy rocket up to altitude...

but who knows, if it costs less than a "pure rocket" 1st stage...

the other alternative might be a hybrid air-breather for the 1st stage rocket.

Impulse is basically mass times delta-velocity of the stuff being ejected out of the tail end. If you double the delta velocity, it takes 4 times the energy to do it. OR, if you DOUBLE THE MASS, it only takes TWICE the energy. In both cases, you get twice the thrust.

So if you can breathe air {and use that as a significant part of the exhaust) the rocket itself becomes more efficient. It's only when you get to an altitude where air breathing isn't practical any more that you have to use 'fuel only' to propel you.

[it's the same basic reason why turbofan engines are so much more efficient than turbojet engines]

In any case, strap on hybrid rocket/air-breather engines could be a third option to increase payload capacity of the aircraft. Strap them on next to the rocket you're taking up to altitude, and land with them still attached (minus fuel weight). More hybrid hybrid solutions.

/me points out that extra booster rockets burning jet fuel + LOX could be fueled by extra 'drop tanks' carried by the aircraft. Hybrid hybrid hybrid hybrid I guess

23,000 HTTPS certs will be axed in next 24 hours after private keys leak

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Re: Private keys are private

" why did they have the private key!?!?!?"

that bugs me too. I've done self-signed certs and the cert doesn't need the private key (specifically the web server's private key) in order to be created. As I recall, you (effectively) generate a public key from your own private key, and include THAT as part of the 'request' submission to the certificate authority for your SSL server cert.

On the other hand, the CA has its own private key for generating the cert. If THAT got out, it would be just as bad.

Spectre haunts Intel's SGX defense: CPU flaws can be exploited to snoop on enclaves

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Re: Death of DRM on PC platforms??

from what I understand, the practicality of the attack vs possibility is a completely different thing.

As much as I'd like to see the Blu-Ray equivalent of 'libdecss' with all of the possible decryption keys built-in, and easily downloadable software to convert Blu-Ray contents into h.265 media files on a computer, phone, or slab [for personal use, of course, I'm not interested in pirating content, just convenience], I don't see this happening any time soon, even with the ability to do a side-channel attack on the DRM code.

It just seems that there's a lot of cost for such a tiny payoff that it probably won't happen outside of specific kinds of "spear" attacks [perhaps by the NSA?].

In the mean time, every time I read into the technical details of these things, my mind boggles. Spectre is such a confusing mess to try and wrap my mind around, I can't see how any *SANE* person could actually make this work without an extreme amount of time and effort...

And the 'ret-poline' seems to be an adequate defense against at least SOME of it, by not using the speculative execution thingy in the first place.

Now, here's a thought: what if we could just flip a bit to turn branch prediction OFF for code that needs extra security? Or, better still, make it an inherent part of the TASK STATE so other CPU tasks can't pollute the branch prediction cache like that.

yeah that means a complete re-design of the chip's internals. I'll have to wait for a new CPU architecture before upgrading hardware, then... hopefully withOUT a mandatory management engine, too!

NSA boss: Trump won't pull trigger for Russia election hack retaliation

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Re: Acts of war

you know maybe everyone's been thinking about this 'retaliation' thing all wrong...

here are some creative suggestions:

a) Order takeout from every restaurant in Moscow, have it delivered to Putin's house/office, to be paid on delivery. Daily. Until they stop delivering. Then he won't be able to call for take-out, ever again!

b) Make some kind of fake reports to local Moscow police such that the 'swat' guys (Russian equivalent) show up looking for a dangerous man posing himself as Putin

c) Subscribe Putin's personal e-mail address to a whole bunch of mailing lists. Make sure you include his home and cell phone numbers, too. 'Available hours: midnight to 6 AM'

d) Subscribe Putin to Playgirl magazine. Have the first edition FedEx'd directly to him.

e) Have the paparazzi follow Putin around, everywhere. Pay a few of the photographers to fake up some nude photos of Putin and print 'em in the worldwide tabloid news.

f) make up some story about Putin hiring hookers at Mar El Lago to pee on Trump's bed, and have it printed in Russian newspapers as if it were "fact".


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Re: I see the apologists for --

"So, Tom, you'd be OK with the Mexican army shelling San Diego"

/me looks outside, doesn't see any shelling going on. must be fake news.

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Re: What were they planning on doing?

"Interfering in Russia's free and fare electoral process?"

Shhh... you're not supposed to talk about "fight club"

On a related note...

Sometimes you engage in battle, sometimes you don't. Sometimes you use deception to draw your enemy into a place where YOU have the advantage. Sometimes you appear to offer up something that the enemy considers to be of high value, "the precious thing", while simultaneously feigning protection of what you WANT them to think is YOUR "precious thing", so that maybe your enemy goes after what they THINK is your "precious thing" in order to get what THEY want in exchange...

It's all described in Sun Tzu's book, 'The Art of Warfare", and believe me, everything Trump does [or does not appear to do] is for a reason, and the reasons are PROBABLY in that book. Don't doubt me on this. I've paid the penalties for NOT doing what's in that book because I hadn't read it yet. After reading it, my last successful 'campaign' worked SO well I cost my "enemy" $10,000 while getting everything I REALLY wanted. yeah.

Cryptocurrencies kill people and may kill again, says Bill Gates

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Re: Suddenly, all is revealed!

yeah, but I don't need "big nanny micro-shaft" determining what's best for me. Their attitude with respect to Win-10-nic is bad enough...

Intel gives Broadwells and Haswells their Meltdown medicine

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nothing listed for mine yet - a Q6600 (yeah a 10 year old core quad). Funny thing, it's doing just fine except for Meltdown/Spectre. Am I going to have to get new motherboard+CPU+RAM now?

Use of HTTPS among top sites is growing, but weirdly so is deprecated HTTP public key pinning

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Re: I only just noticed...

I'd like https a lot more if there weren't a potential "tollbooth" designed into the protocol (i.e. having to periodically pay a 3rd party for a cert).

also I wouldn't expect a public key method to protect you from a man-in-the-middle attack. self-cert https sites don't either, in theory, though I suppose you could verify the DNS request by contacting multiple DNS servers directly. An MITM that could be so clever as to mask itself as a particular name server, including the root name servers, would be pretty amazing.

Just to re-iterate: the absolute LAST thing we want on the intarwebs is a TOLLBOOTH that prevents independent small-time web server operators from publishing content WITHOUT a google, github, amazon, faecebook, linkedin, or ANY other 'web site or cloud service provider' being involved.

BBC Telly Tax heavies got pat on the head from snoopers' overseers

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Re: Why persist?

Well, rather than licensing every TV set (when pretty much everyone HAS a TV set), how about this?

a) make it an annual tax that everyone just pays;

- and -

b) have people who do NOT own TV sets (or do not use them in 'illegal' ways) apply for a refund [then it's on them to prove they don't own one]

The cost of enforcement and non-compliance would be WAY lower.

You could actually LOWER the tax rates by doing this

The BBC would probably have more money as a result

There would be no more invading people's privacy.

The current system is probably outdated. If you can make it work well for everyone, then nobody will really complain (too much). But with pretty much every household having a TV in it, you're better off just assuming that everyone has a TV, issue exemptions for those who can prove they do NOT have a TV, and be done with it.

[but that would make too much sense, wouldn't it? I think UKs gummint is as gummed up as USA's in the same kinds of ways, because THAT is the nature of a gummint]

4G found on Moon

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Re: And if there are any problems just call our hotline

"8 seconds delay"

yeah the signal has a half-million mile (or so) trip each way, or something like it. Imagine two people trying to talk during the silences.

Well then...

No you...

OK, then...

Uh, you first...

Anyway ~1 million miles / 186,000 miles/sec -> ~6 seconds give or take some roundoff, and that assumes my half-million mile to the moon figgur is actually correct.

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Re: patent that

as long as your "home of record" remains on Earth, you'd be subject to the laws of that jurisdiction.

Additionally, there are international agreements, such as what you'd face "on the high seas".

But I'm sure the legislators can't wait to muck things up even worse than it already is on Earth. No escaping it, like death and taxes.

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Re: At last I will be able to phone from home

I hope you have a high limit on your credit card, the roaming charges are likely to be ENORMOUS!

RAT king thrown in the slammer for peddling NanoCore PC nasty

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honor amongst thieves

I don't whether to be amused or surprised (or not) that even criminals don't like their software nicked!

Honor amongst thieves - does not exist.

I wish I could earn money robbing from "the bad guys". It'd be fun. And what are they gonna do about it, call the COPS? OK they'd call the mafia, but still... it sounds like a lot of fun!

Opt-in cryptomining script Coinhive 'barely used' say researchers

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"Can someone get me a copy of the Computer Misuse Act, please?"


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Re: I don't mind supporting websites by mining... but...

- it should NOT be written in a scripted language, which would tend to be GROSSLY inefficient and a total waste of electricity by "contributors"

[but I doubt a 'native' version would EVER happen - who's gonna download an EXECUTABLE and RUN it?]

And so, crypto-mining (voluntary or otherwise) basically RIPS YOU OFF via your electricity bill.

and I bet the <whiny_voice>'climate change'</whiny_voice> crowd won't like the effect of electricity waste. but I'd laugh my backside off if ANY of those people are ACTUALLY USING javascript-based crypto-mining to raise funds!

That would be funnier than Penn & Teller passing out flyers at Earth Day to ban 'DHMO'.

IPv6 and 5G will make life hell for spooks and cops say Australia's spooks and cops

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Re: I am a bear of very little brain.

"Just done an ipconfig on my Win10 lappie"


well, if you're using Win-10-nic, IPv6 configuration is too advanced a topic for you. Sorry to disappoint.


However, keep in mind one thing: Micro-shaft doesn't know how to properly set up IPv6, either.


So it should come as no surprise that it makes no real sense. I suppose I could 'nuke out' what they're trying to accomplish, with the dozen or so 'temporary addresses', most likely being a general FUBAR in their networking code.

FreeBSD assigns 3 IPv6 addresses for me: one's a 'link local' fe80: address, one's the static address I assigned in the config file, and a 3rd one is an 'autoconf' address that's based on the MAC address along with the assigned IPv6 prefix. And you certainly don't need a dozen 'temporary' assigned addresses.

On the same network, NOT statically assigned, a Win 7 box has 4 IPv6 addresses. One appears to be from the DHCPv6 server, another one appears to be 'autoconf' (using the MAC address in the suffix), a third is a link local, and a 4th is a 'temporary' one that looks like it's randomly assigned.

Anyway, your Win-10-nic box is obviously doing something stupid.

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Re: Legitimate encryption

"Any claims that backdoored encryption will only be decrypted with a warrant are false"

Here's a much simpler analogy: Gummint wants to have EVERY DOOR LOCK be unlockable with a gummint-mandated skeleton/master key. The Gummint ensures you that THEY will be the only ones with this skeleton/master key.

OK - how long before someone abuses THAT setup? Either Gummint _OR_ some clever locksmith? That's right, nobody EVER plants evidence or does a "bogus warrant" search for political reasons, right?

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Re: Backdoors don't matter.....

I'll just stick with ROT-13 - it's secure enough for everyone!

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Re: So they want..

"With ipv6 they can do a 1-to-1 mapping of IP address to device, which surely is much stronger from the point of view of bureden of proof."

not only that, but an IPv6 user is likely to have an assigned netblock, which "identifies" you. So, in actual fact, it's EASIER to tell who you are, because your netblock won't change.

As I recall, I've got two /64 blocks assigned to me. that leaves about 2**60 netblocks for everyone else, assuming that we're all assigned netblocks from 2000::/3


Why, why, Mr American Pai? FCC boss under increasing pressure in corporate favoritism row

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maybe what's REALLY happening is...

maybe what's REALLY happening is that the regulatory environment over at the FCC is becoming LESS "favored" towards those who've benefited from such "favoritism" in the past, which just HAPPENS to benefit one particular company, who perhaps has been TOO REGULATED until now?

Just a thought. But it goes against a one-sided rant against Pai. You guys just don't like him because he shut down regulations at the FCC that would enforce "net neutrality", which is anything BUT what its name implies...

I say "net free-for-all" and just comply with the technical standards so the nodes can still talk to one another. you know, like what it was for >20 years before "net neutrality". It seemed to work pretty well BEFORE, so why did we need "all this regulation" shoved into our orifices?

Oh _I_ know why: to EMPOWER BUREAUCRATS so they *COULD* engage in various forms of favoritism! [and would THAT be so eagerly and well reported on if it were favoring OTHER than a large media company like Sinclair ???]

Just sayin'... (and the downvotes are badges of honor, thanks in advance)

Symantec ends cheap Norton offer to NRA members

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"What do a gun manufacturer lobby and internet security have to do with each other?"

Nothing. But the NRA is more like a club or an organization, with membership (not a manufacturer lobby).

Apparently Symantec just wanted NRA members to have an introductory offer as a benefit for membership [maybe it was part of an advertising deal or something with the NRA]. You might see similar *kinds* of discounts for AARP members. Right?

In any case, Symantec probably angered too many potential customers by caving to the LEFTIST BULLIES like that. Yeah, empower and enable those FASCISTS who hate freedom by caving into their demands instead of telling the to GO TO HELL!

The 2nd ammendment is MOSTLY about the right to self defense. "Infringe" on THAT, and you get a population of easily controlled "sheeple", when it becomes ILLEGAL to kill someone in the defense of life/injury/property, someone who's trying to kill/rob/rape YOU. Or your family. Or your neighbor. And so on.

But as for ME, I'd rather use my BARE HANDS to defend myself. Heh. Heh. Heh.

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Re: That'll show 'em!

"actually this kind of boycott/pressure is one of the only ways small consumers can impact the behaviour of large corporations."

actually, this kind of boycott/pressure is done by a HANDFUL OF PEOPLE who use bots to make 1 person look like 10,000, willing accomplice web sites like faecebook and twatter, and various bullying and intimidation techniques to (essentially) SILENCE! THE! OPPOSITION! even though THEIR opinion is in the minority.

it's how "the left" does what they do. It's been going on for DECADES, in one form or another. It's a classic 'Saul Alinksy' tactic, from paid protesters getting "special media attention" so that the 100 protesters look like thousands, yotta yotta yotta. This shouldn't surprise anyone.

And Symantec won't be getting MY business. (well, I don't really want their stuff anyway)

Rush Limbaugh has done a VERY good job of exposing some of these idiots, when they went after HIS advertisers on twitter a while back... using BOTS to make themselves look like a 'legion' when in fact, it was 10 people. Yes, he named names. wanna see?


Imagine the libel suits (that did NOT happen) if he had been WRONG about this...

And THAT is the point: boycotts are BULLY TACTICS used by DESPERATE LEFTIES that can't win in the arena of ideas by stating their case to an intelligent audience. Instead, they must manipulate emotions, engage in "this kind" of behavior, make themselves look bigger than they really are, intimidate, protest, make a lot of noise, and generally be a PAIN in the rest of the world's ASS.

Does anybody REALLY wanna be CONTROLLED by THESE people? I sure don't!

Boycotts are the TACTIC of MANIPULATIVE HOODLUMS. I suggest NOT participating in them. And threatening people WITH boycotts is even WORSE. (and I don't have much respect for companies who cave to these idiots, either)

/me points out that if I found out Obaka likes (or hates) Starbucks coffee, it won't affect my opinion of them. I'd still go for a cappuccino on occasion, or purchase a bag of Espresso Roast beans...

Intellisense was off and developer learned you can't code in Canadian

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2 lessons:

a) do backup first

b) use 'SELECT *' in place of 'DELETE' in a test query before changing it to 'DELETE'

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Re: Archimedes

I've seen 'colour' and other things spelled that way in wxWidgets, as I recall...

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Re: I've never quite understood

"As any fule know, 'colour' rhymes with 'yellow'."

/me ponders for a moment... 'old yellow' - now you're making me foam at the mouth!

heh - only kidding... or?

coat, please

bombastic bob Silver badge

#define IF(X) if(0)

#define ELSE if(0)


(ok that doesn't work in Java but still...)

bombastic bob Silver badge

"'Queens English' - the language spoken in one of the boroughs of New York City."

And the current U.S. President! Heh.

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Re: Boro

as a kid, for the longest time, I was confused by the spelling of 'bough' - always thought it was pronounced 'bow' like 'bow and arrow', and not 'bow' as in 'bow to show respect'. And in my mind it was never connected to the spelling for 'tree bough'. It may be the worst example of arcane non-phonetic spelling causing confusion. [but in middle english it probably rhymed with 'cough'].

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