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Preparing For Satellite Defense

Arancaytar Re:big deal (116 comments)

It's kind of hard to spy on someone surreptitiously with a blimp...

about a week ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Arancaytar Re:How is this new? (242 comments)

(Addendum: Even if this is possible, if there is a source of radiation strong enough for that anywhere near inhabited areas, you probably have bigger issues than a little tritium in the water.)

about two weeks ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Arancaytar Re:How is this new? (242 comments)

unless you assumed the sewage was somehow radioactive

I was going to say that even that should be removed by distillation, and the water molecules shouldn't become radioactive, but now I'm not sure. Deuterium can capture neutrons to form radioactive tritium, but Wikipedia doesn't say if regular hydrogen can do the same to form deuterium.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Arancaytar Re:How is this new? (242 comments)

This reminds me of Asimov's short story "Strikebreaker", where a person becomes untouchable by pressing the button for a remote-controlled waste treatment plant.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Arancaytar How is this new? (242 comments)

Since you need to treat sewage before putting it in the ground, and ground water before putting it in the water supply, what is new about connecting those two points? Do people think the sewage magically stops being sewage once it leaves the system?

about two weeks ago
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European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

Arancaytar Okay, I'm European and... (210 comments)

I officially no longer understand how the hell our government works.

He said the ruling should not allow people to "Photoshop their lives"

Isn't that exactly, to the letter, what the ruling does?

about three weeks ago
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NASA Funds Projects For Asteroid-Capture Plan

Arancaytar "Held together lightly" (65 comments)

How much gravitational attraction does a six-meter pile of rubble even have?

This sounds more like a bunch of rocks that happen to be falling/floating in the same direction...

about a month ago
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Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors

Arancaytar Heh (281 comments)

"Oh man, you're still going on about that? I said I'm sorry, okay? Now let's drop it and move on."

(More seriously, though, my sympathy with the people who put their life savings into Bitcoin approaches zero.)

about a month ago
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German Intel Agency Helped NSA Tap Fiber Optic Cables In Germany

Arancaytar Re:I thought they ***HATE*** the Stasi !! (103 comments)

We love to paint ourselves as modern and tech-savvy, but only ~10% voted for parties opposed to government spying in the last election. The others act outraged when foreign governments or Facebook spy on them but are a-ok with our own government doing it.

I can only hope this latest revelation shakes them up a bit.

about a month ago
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Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

Arancaytar Re:I'm waiting for IPv7 (197 comments)

It's going to be implemented as soon as 2214, I hear.

about a month and a half ago
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Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

Arancaytar Re:If we're not going to switch, charge per ip (197 comments)

Holy shit, that's like sixteen million per year (or month) for every organization on this list.

But to be honest, most of them could probably absorb the annual fee without batting an eye.

about a month and a half ago
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Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

Arancaytar Re:Sometimes I wonder about half-assing it... (197 comments)

It's still quadrupling the information (from 32 bits to 128 bits), though most IPv6 addresses can be shortened.

But to be honest, this is what DNS is for. If you find yourself regularly having to memorize or manually type dotted quad IPv4 as a user, you're doing something wrong; and if you're a sysadmin, you're routinely memorizing (or writing down) other things that are more complex than that.

Mnemonics could also help, like assigning words to bytes.

about a month and a half ago
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Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

Arancaytar Re:Sometimes I wonder about half-assing it... (197 comments)

four octets to IPv4 as an "area code"

Kinda how IPv6 works; except there's only one two-octet area code (2002::, or 32.2. in dotted decimal) for the old IPv4 addresses, and all the other addresses work differently.

(Of course, if the recipient only understands IPv4, and the sender only has an IPv6 address, then the packets can only be sent one direction. I'm not sure if or how an IPv6 host and an IPv4 host can establish a TCP handshake, starting from either end.)

about a month and a half ago
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Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

Arancaytar Re:That's what happens when you cry wolf (197 comments)

The problem is with people not understanding probability or what a prognosis is. It's like a pack-a-day smoker whose doctor says "you're probably going to get cancer within ten years if you keep this up". Five years pass, ten years, fifteen years... nothing; clearly the doctor is an idiot and I am an immortal cancer-immune demigod. Twenty years... boom, cancer.

"Realistic prognosis"? You can't accurately predict unexpected changes. So you err on the side of urgency, because if what you predict happens sooner than expected, that's much, much worse than if you respond sooner than you actually need to.

Instead, people first ignore the warning, then see that the bad thing didn't happen on schedule, then deciding that this invalidates the entire warning.

(See also: Climate change.)

about a month and a half ago
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GoDaddy Files For $100 Million IPO

Arancaytar Oh no! (110 comments)

Surely once they are publicly traded, their days of being ethical and not evil will be at an end.

about a month and a half ago
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Evidence of Protoplanet Found On Moon

Arancaytar Re:I'm ignorant (105 comments)

Well, parameters are something else, eg. coefficients in a function or the color of jelly beans.

The more arbitrary parameters a theory includes, the easier it becomes to make it fit the data regardless of whether it makes any sense.

about a month and a half ago
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Imparting Malware Resistance With a Randomizing Compiler

Arancaytar Re:Cursed anusholes (125 comments)

Instructions unclear, anus stuck in ceiling fan.

about 2 months ago
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No, HealthCare.gov Doesn't Require 500 Million Lines of Code

Arancaytar Re:646 lines of Perl? (142 comments)

You can do anything in one line of Perl.

It might be a very long line, though.

about 2 months ago

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