* Posts by Carpet Deal 'em

44 posts • joined 29 Apr 2017

A flash of inspiration sees techie get dirty to fix hospital's woes

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Boffin

> "But the poorly-educated didn't understand this, so the back formation "flammable" was created (by the lawyers, I suspect"

Not so much "poorly-educated" as "not familiar with this exact word". Given that "in-" is almost always a negating prefix in English, it's quite reasonable to assume it would be in this context as well, which is why the US National Fire Protection Association pushed to have it snuffed out as a safety hazard. Whether they recoined the term or continued it from its previous existence isn't an answer I'm familiar with, though.

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Guccifer 2.0 outed, Kaspersky slammed, Oz radio hacker in the slammer, and more

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Re: You guys never give up

> Funny that while the heinous crime of releasing the DNCs secrets was so horrible, even they don't claim fabrication of any of that.

This is exactly my sentiment. What does it matter who hacked the DNC? The only thing that matters is the content of the leaked material; it wouldn't change a damn thing if it were some Columbian or Seth Rich.

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YouTube banned many gun vids, so some moved to smut site

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> That does not mean that any private company has to provide you with a platform to say it.

I'd say YouTube(and Facebook and Twitter, etc) qualifies as a public forum and shouldn't be treated with a simple "they can do what they want". And, while it hasn't been firmly applied to cyberspace yet, California law(which they'd all fall under) is clear that public fora aren't allowed to censor people just because the owners don't like them(a law I'd love to see made universal).

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No, Sierra Leone did not just run the world's first 'blockchain election'

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Re: More blockchain nonsense

> So no, blockchain adds exactly zero to the integrity of voting - and if it does it makes some people actively less safe from coercion.

The logical answer here is to have some key that a person can use to verify their vote, but doesn't publicly link it to their name, possibly unique to that vote(ie, a serial number) or a more general secret(like social security numbers or such).

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That long-awaited Mark Zuckerberg response: Everything's fine! Mostly fixed! Facebook's great! All good in the hoodie!

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Re: How's that 'Presidential Run' looking now Zuckky?

> I note you concede he may get two terms...

Unless things chase rather bigly on the Democrats' side, Trump'll win 2020 by default.

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Cambridge Analytica CEO suspended – and that's not even the worst news for them today

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> Either things work differently in the US or the best use of this would be to pretend to be the other side and call their supporters.

Good call monitoring would avoid this for the most part. But it seems Hillary was extra stupid and just handed out the list to people to call from the comfort of their own home, because I seem to remember /pol/ doing just this.

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Re: OK, that's it!

> Clearly, the Remain campaign was entirely above board, what with the full weight of our trustworthy Establishment, extensive funding by rich foreign nationals like George Soros, along with the brilliantly and honestly conceived "Project Fear".

> But apparently we Brexiteers are mere racist simpletons, who have been swayed by a barrage of targeted advertising driven off our Facebook profiles (not that I have any FB profile, but never mind facts, eh?).

Beep boop. Russian bot detected.

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Trump blocks use of Venezuelan Petro cryptocoins in the US

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Re: An opportunity here

"Then how do you explain the US obsession with Cuba for the last 50years?"

There are enough Cuban refugees in Florida to be worth pandering to.

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Trump’s immigration policies costing US tech jobs says LogMeIn CEO

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So the great job losses we were promised is just them keeping their H-1Bs home? I'm pretty sure the US comes ahead on this.

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Mozilla sends more snooping Web APIs to smartphone Siberia

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Paris Hilton

Re: KISS principle, we hardly knew you

I'm not entirely sure if implementing something in a sandboxed plugin's a better defense against malware than implementing it in a browser, but it's definitely a better defense against idiot web designers. External plugins usually imply restricting yourself to one a page, but HTML and JavaScript can be sprinkled all over the place without any reason for an idiot to restrain themselves. That alone is a powerful argument against the modern era of ever-exploding web "standards", if you ask me(I'm also a bit of a fan of off-brand browsers, which these fictitious standards actively harm).

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Re: KISS principle, we hardly knew you

"I'm pretty sure it's rather yet another "lets see what else we can include" solution which had to look long and hard for a problem to solve."

You're almost certainly right. After everything previously provided by plugins was pulled into the browser, there was very little constraining idiots from adding everything they could to the "standard". Previously, there was a disincentive to go too far since most of the functionality users needed was already provided by plugins such as Flash and Java(which were in turn limited in what they could do thanks to the plugin API), but now they've been given the keys to the kingdom since there's very little the browser can't access and little to oppose them.

If you ask me, we would've been far better served by a more secure successor to NSPAPI. You could still have sane limits that come from active content being inherently boxed and, perhaps more importantly, you'd avoid the current situation where websites are becoming less and less portable(were things anywhere near this incompatible during the browser wars? Because my dim memory doesn't recall them being that bad).

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Fun fact of the day: Voice recognition tech is naturally sexist

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Re: sex sells

"I've heard different, reasonable-sounding justifications for assistants, and earlier even, voice navigation, using female voices."

One of my local grocery stores has the typical female voice in English mode on the self checkouts, but a male voice in Spanish mode(US). Make of that what you will.

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Elon Musk invents bus stop, waits for applause, internet LOLs

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Headmaster

If the busses could borrow the rails

Then there may be a point after all. If the elevators move fast enough, a bus could pop down to dodge unruly traffic, for example. And if there's no direct route between two tube/metro/subway stations, a bus could stop at one station and take overland people to the next without any special effort on their part. Since vehicle already exist that can switch from road to rail(primarily for railroad maintenance), this isn't impossible - though, again, this all depends on the practicality of getting the busses up and down quickly enough.

But Musk's specific idea is definitely crap.

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London Mayor calls for social networks and sharing economy to stop harming society

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Flame

"If that duty of care is not exercised, he said social networks can expect harsh regulation like Germany's 24-hour takedown laws or the European Commission's one-hour deadline for removal of terror-related content."

Right now somebody's suing Twitter over that "duty of care" under the claim that they're in violation of California law(Jared Taylor et al vs. Twitter), arguing they qualify as a public forum and thus have to let "race realists" and the like have their say.

Given that all the big networks are based in Cali, I'd just love to see the international shitshow Twitter loses. Unmovable wall and unstoppable object here we come.

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Rhode Island proposes $20 porn tax. Er, haven't we heard this before?

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Mushroom

Re: Bad Ideas in the USA???

Let's stop and remember Hillary for a moment:

- She didn't campaign in Wisconsin

- She lied about where she was on 9/11

- She actively called for people to lose their jobs in an underperforming economy

- She advocated war with Russia

- She couldn't even exploit the "woman card" thing right

In other words, just about everybody else running(except Jeb) would've been better. But after they screwed Bernie over, the only candidate left was Trump.

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Too many bricks in the wall? Lego slashes inventory

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Boffin

Re: The cost!!

"WHY"

Legos stick together due to friction; you can't get that effect reliably without them being very precisely the same size(and, even if that weren't important, the fact that they're so tiny inherently implies a higher degree of precision).

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Cryptocurrency miners go nuclear, RSA blunder, Winner back in court, and plenty more

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Black Helicopters

"In my opinion, there is a better case to be made over a delay of more than a year and a half between arrest and trial, which falls a good deal short of the sixth amendment requirement in what seems a fairly uncomplicated case."

One New York kid found himself waiting three years for his day in court(he allegedly stole a backpack). Turns out that NY's "speedy trial" period of six months was(is?) on a stop clock - if the prosecutors ask for another day of delay on Monday and an appointment's not available until next Friday, that's only two days as far as NY's concerned.

Never underestimate the ability of a government to game the least ambiguity in wording to screw you - and don't expect any lube.

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Facebook regrets asking whether it's OK to let adult men ask underage girls for smut pix

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Trollface

"The Germans are making a start with the 24 hour terrorist post removal fines and it's about time all governments forced them to employ people to protect users and address illegal content and actions."

If we're talking about forcing Facebook to take down posts, things could get fiddly before too long: right now there's a lawsuit aiming to get Twitter declared a public forum under California law - and almost anybody's allowed a soapbox in a Californian public forum. Now Facebook isn't Twitter, but Twitter is the social network your social network could smell like and it's almost certain they'll be held to the same standard.

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News lobsters demand to be let back into the Facebook boiling pot

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Big Brother

Re: "...inadequate, commercially, socially and journalistically," said Murdoch

"This is a problem with dismissing ones political opponents as evil, without considering that sometimes they may have a point."

He's taking a swing at altmedia, not "fake news" per se. And it's hardly surprising: Breitbart is by far the biggest, most professional example and they are in direct competition with Fox News. If it weren't for them, I doubt he'd care.

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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??

"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."

Retpoline doesn't get in the way of most speculative execution; that would make the penalty of the Meltdown mitigation look positively light-weight in comparison. Instead, it tricks the processor into treating simple jumps as function calls, which are handled differently(though our buddies at Intel have managed to screw up that bit of security: in the right circumstances, newer models can starting reading from the vulnerable branch buffer rather than the secure return buffer).

This post from Stack Overflow explains it a lot better than I ever could.

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4G found on Moon

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Re: Commercialization of the moon...

> Maybe put a fence around the Apollo landing site and charge admission?

The moon has gravity only a sixth as strong as earth's, so it'd have to be six times as high for the same effect. You can electrify it, but anybody who goes there will be wearing non-conductive gloves. And, of course, you'd need to make it thick and ugly just to avoid people breaking through it with wire or bolt cutters. Really, there's no practical way to prevent vandals from stealing them.

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Tor pedo's torpedo torpedoed: FBI spyware crossed the line but was in good faith, say judges

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Boffin

Re: Then what is the point of Tor?

Almost all users that have been caught were doing things like accessing Onion sites with JavaScript enabled, unwittingly leaving themselves open to the world. If you access only static websites or only send to trusted IPs, you're almost entirely safe. Tor was created by the US Naval Research Laboratory to protect intelligence sources; everything else is just noise for the signal to hide in as far as they're concerned. As far as foreign intelligence services are concerned, there are a number of attacks that center around simply owning enough nodes, which the US always has. It's not much help for law enforcement, but, again, they're out of scope.

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Guess who else Spectre is haunting? Yes, it's AMD. Four class-action CPU flaw lawsuits filed

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Trollface

Re: Blood in the water attracts the sharks

I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to my free skin in an overpriced game in a store I can't sign up for without using Chrome and buying a twelve month subscription!

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Blockchain nears peak hype: UK politicos to probe crypto-coin

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Headmaster

Re: Of course, this ‘investigation’ conveniently ignores..

I highly, highly doubt that serious financial institutions would adopt Bitcoin as their primary transaction method. If their blockchain isn't denominated in some real-world currency, it'll probably be one specifically designed for the purpose. That way, the blockchain would be able to support however many transactions they need at whatever pace they like; they can also pick a better way to handle coin inflation(perhaps by just having a finite number of infinitely divisible coins).

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Facebook's big solution to combating election ad fraud: Snail mail

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Holmes

Re: Election integrity is easy *if* they're willing.

You can pull off voter fraud pretty simply if you use the identities of dead people who haven't been removed from the voter rolls. Even if we ignore the possibility of people casting multiple votes, you can still get people not permitted to vote(eg, felons, illegal aliens) to do the job. Gathering them up, driving them to the polls and bribing them to vote as ordered doesn't add up to all that much.

And, even if we flat-out deny any possibility of it influencing the presidency, things like off-year elections are still vulnerable: if a senate seat's up for grabs in a sufficiently purple state with sufficiently low turnout, you can also bus in people from out of state to pad your numbers while legitimate ones will tend to stay home.

Requiring a photo ID largely fixes this(faking one is a lot more involved, though admittedly still possible, hence the "largely").

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Hands up who HASN'T sued Intel over Spectre, Meltdown chip flaws

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Boffin

Re: Fork in the road far back

"Meltdown was trivially addressed, and new os kernel models will improve performance closer to ignoring it."

The Meltdown mitigation is trivial only in concept. There is a massive performance difference between mapping kernel memory into each and every process's address space(SOP until now) and isolating it to its own, separate address space. This is expensive at the hardware level and always has been; there's no way for an OS to compensate.

As an analogy, let's replace syscalls with changing the volume on your TV. The modern standard for changing volume is with a remote; the Meltdown mitigation is roughly the equivalent of getting up each time you needed to change it. Needless to say, it takes a lot longer for the volume to be changed(syscalls to be completed) than before.

And before you say "performance, uh, finds a way", microkernels have been suffering from just this problem since they were conceived; if there was a solution, decades of research would've found it by now.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 Workstation adds killer feature: No Candy Crush

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Re: Workstation?

Let's try an exercise: go to any of the thousand typing test websites on a normal computer(laptop preferable, but desktops are acceptable) and get your WPM. Then return to the same site and take the test again on a tablet. Compare the two and tell me if you still believe that tablets are serious replacements for laptops.

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PCI Council and X9 Committee to combine PIN security standards

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Re: About ... 30 years too late ?

There are far too many legacy systems to simply not consider PINs. As for a password standard, the USNIST has some recommendations on that front. The highlights:

- All printing ASCII characters(space included) permitted; Unicode support preferable, but not required

- Minimum of eight characters for chosen passwords(six characters for randomly generated ones)

- Permitted password length of at least 64 characters

- Checked against a blacklist

- No complexity or rotation requirements

The gory details are here.

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Roses are red, Ajit Pai is tickled. Broadband from SpaceX gets him out of a pickle

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Re: How Come The USA Thinks It Owns All The Slots In Space?

"And who will determine who has 'rights' to a particular slot in the heavens?"

In all odds, we'll probably see a continuation of the first-come first-serve system. Unless we somehow end up with a Global Space Agency, that's pretty much the only way anything's going to work out.

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Aching bad: 'Kingpin Granny' nicked in huge prescription drugs bust

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Holmes

Not too long ago it came out that drug companies were happily shipping absurd amounts of opioids to just two pharmacies in West Virginia. There are clearly ways to get things that are legitimate on their face that only show their true nature with some closer scrutiny.

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No yolking matter: Google Translate cock-up gives Norwegians more than un œuf eggs

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Re: lost in translation

I've seen calculators that do the apostrophe thing, too. I think it's meant to make them more visible, since otherwise they'd be right where your hand is and the light is the least.

Also, when and where were you in school? Your post is the very first time I've seen someone claim the period isn't the decimal point.

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F-35 flight tests are being delayed by onboard software snafus

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Re: In 1951, Arthur C. Clarke foresaw nearly-precisely this sort of nonsense...

The F-35 is filling its role quite nicely. Whether or not this particular barrel of pork flies is quite irrelevant.

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Astroboffins say our Solar System could have – wait, stop, what... the US govt found UFOs?

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Trollface

Re: Where's the mass panic?

So it's fine if they're also a bunch of fat old greedy lying Chinese men?

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Ubuntu 17.10 pulled: Linux OS knackers laptop BIOSes, Intel kernel driver fingered

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FAIL

Re: Accidental Aardvark

> "What, just because Intel designed, wrote, and released the driver that's causing the problem? Never!"

There's a blackbox warning on the code. The fault ultimately lies with Canonical for taking something with that sort of warning and enabling it in their default configuration.

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Why is Wikipedia man Jimbo Wales keynoting a fake news conference?

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FAIL

Re: Pot calls Kettle black

Any article on any slightly contentious subject is practically guaranteed to be carefully curated by whichever side has the worst trolls behind it, with any corrections that don't fit their narrative nuked from high orbit. The list of reliable sources can also be gamed to ensure only one side has a voice; even if some site consistently generates correct facts, the right Wikilawyering can get its political bent used to ban it.

Having all mankind's knowledge concentrated and easily accessible in one place is a great idea in theory, but the reality is it's unfeasible to keep it accurate. In this regard, maybe it was better when you had to use Lycos or Alta Vista to find a site discussing the subject you were interested in.

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Team Trump goes in to bat for Google and Facebook

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Much ado about good things

There's quite a few things to criticize Trump about, but all these histrionics are aimed at a policy that's four administrations and eleven years old at this point. If you'd click through to the Bloomberg article, you'd see what's being forwarded is little different than existing US safe harbor laws - and, lest you've forgotten, those have been long established as good for the free internet.

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Search results suddenly missing from Google? Well, BLAME CANADA!

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Re: JohnnyS777

I'm pretty sure that Google would take down any Boeing rip-off "voluntarily".

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Amazon squares up to Walmart over boycott calls: Talk sh!t, get hit

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Re: Yeah, well

This kind of thing can go deep: not too long ago there was a charity drive that specifically stated to not send anything with a Coke label so as not to offend Pepsi(who was donating the storage space). I understand the desire to not have your competitor's logo all over the place, but that's just petty.

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Research suggests UK consumers find 'fibre' advertising misleading

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WTF?

Re: can anyone really get

Those are fiber speeds? I have cable internet and get about those speeds with a civilian splitter or two piping things up to my third floor apartment. And here I thought America was supposed to have slow internet.

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US Air Force resumes F-35A flights despite not knowing why pilot oxygen systems failed

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Re: Procurement Choices and Pork

"You mean like how tanks keep on being bought even though the Army says we don't need them?"

This one's a bit unusual in that the official justification for this barrel of pork is that there'd be no domestic tank production capability without it. Finding enough boneyards for everything is a drop in the bucket compared to the other waste the military is guilty of, though.

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Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet

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Holmes

Re: What will they do?

There are plenty of outdoor activities that can be done indoors with a little effort(or money, rather), so not being able to leave the building won't be as big a problem as it sounds at first blush. You'd likely need to shrink things like sportsfields, but we already have indoor variants of both footballs. If you bring grass seed along with UV lights, you can even have something resembling a park.

That said, at some point "self sustaining" is going to include maintaining the population without without bumming people off earth - and history has shown that boredom is an excellent population increaser.

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Crapness of WannaCrypt coding offers hope for ransomware victims

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Headmaster

Re: Special folders -why?

NTFS grew symbolic links quite some time ago. Be the change you want to see and use them.

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NASA nixes Trump's moonshot plan

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Trollface

Let's thhink of the second mission

He should really be forward thinking and harassing them about getting that second mission moved up to, say, mid 2020. Then it'd clearly be celebrating the 52nd anniversary of Apollo 7 a few months early, not a political stunt or anything.

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It's a question worth asking: Why is the FCC boss being such a jerk?

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Net not-so-neutral-ality?

This is a huge thing people forget. People get seduced by "what about the next Netflix? What about the next Google?" so easily that they never stop to think about how they would actually be handled.

Sometimes I see people claim that non-paying websites will be artificially slowed, which is just absurd: as bad as a monopoly is, you can't sell the higher tiers if you don't actually provide speed. The newer argument is that Netflix and Google will have to pay for the enormous bandwidth they use, which is where the "what about the next?" argument comes in.

And here the question has to be raised: will the next Netflix/Google/Facebook actually be as impacted by this as they claim? Or will their modest bandwidth use allow them to grow under the radar until they begin to actually become thought of as the next Netflix/Google/Facebook, while the latter find themselves suddenly beset by competition they already have conquered before it even exists?

TL;DR: We're picking between too sides that want to control the internet and will lie through their teeth to do it.

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