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Hostess To Close; No More Twinkies

Bugs42 Re:GO UNIONS! (674 comments)

Which means the net impact of this on the union members is them being out of a job, and the impact on the CEO effectively nothing. So what exactly did the union accomplish here aside from screwing themselves?

more than 2 years ago
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12 Dead, 50 Injured at The Dark Knight Rises Showing In Colorado

Bugs42 Re:Willing to bet.. (1706 comments)

Otherwise, it would be the 1850's and we'd be in gunslinger battles. Though cool to some, the toll would be 2-3x the size and 10x more casualties/collateral damage.

Um, what? You do know that the whole gunslinger cowboy myth is just that, a myth, right? Actual shootouts were INCREDIBLY rare, despite lots of people being armed. Funny how that works, it's almost like people are less likely to start violent confrontations when the odds aren't heavily stacked in their favor.

more than 2 years ago
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The Web Is Not the Internet

Bugs42 Re:And 2+2=4 (412 comments)

Damn, I've been out-pedanted! Time to hand in my geek card.

more than 2 years ago
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The Web Is Not the Internet

Bugs42 Re:And 2+2=4 (412 comments)

So are you saying we have no need for things like x/x or x^0? After all, for any x those = 1 and there's no need to have multiple representations....
Or maybe math is just a bit more complicated than you'd prefer and having multiple ways of representing something is sometimes helpful? Nah, couldn't be.

more than 2 years ago
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Can NASA Warm Cold Fusion?

Bugs42 Can we please stop giving him attention? (556 comments)

Seriously, why are we wasting our time with charlatans like Rossi? The best thing we can do is ignore him and hope he and his ilk go away. Every bit of news coverage lends him undeserved credibility.

more than 2 years ago
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US Sentinel Drone Fooled Into Landing With GPS Spoofing

Bugs42 Re:Somewhere in the engineering process (647 comments)

I can think of one reason not to use encrypted GPS, and that's if losing the drone was expected. You wouldn't want to hand a current key to the enemy, so it might be worth a greater chance of them spoofing GPS.

Nah, I can guarantee you that anything using encrypted GPS signals has erase routines to wipe the keys from memory. The keys were probably gone before the drone hit the ground.

about 3 years ago
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US Sentinel Drone Fooled Into Landing With GPS Spoofing

Bugs42 Re:Military using common GPS? (647 comments)

Ok, yes, you're correct in that the P-code isn't strictly military, but my point still remains - s/military/P-code and s/civilian/CA and my post holds up.

about 3 years ago
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US Sentinel Drone Fooled Into Landing With GPS Spoofing

Bugs42 Re:Somewhere in the engineering process (647 comments)

A compass and some accelerometers(or even a view of the sun and an RTC) are a lousy substitute for the accuracy of GPS; but they do provide a sanity check that could keep you going in approximately the right direction, at least enough to hard-land somewhere nominally friendly, if GPS cannot be trusted...

It's almost certain that this drone DOES have an inertial navigation system - the problem is, how do you know when to use it? The way they usually work is that the navigation system computes two solutions: a hybrid GPS/INS solution to use most of the time, and a backup inertial-only solution. The inertial-only solution doesn't get used by the flight computers unless GPS is out entirely or there's some other very obvious problem. If you spoofed a GPS signal with real coordinates and slowly guided it away, how could the nav system see there's something wrong?

about 3 years ago
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US Sentinel Drone Fooled Into Landing With GPS Spoofing

Bugs42 Re:Military using common GPS? (647 comments)

One would think that the GPS the military relies on would be encrypted or something, y'know? How difficult is it to spoof military GPS?

Very. The military GPS signals are encrypted with some pretty large keys that are changed every 24 hours IIRC. However, the nav systems will probably fall back to using the civilian GPS if the military signal is unavailable for some reason. My guess is that you could drown out all the real GPS signals with noise, then feed the target some spoofed civilian signals to get it to go where you want.

about 3 years ago
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Iran Wants To Clone Downed US Drone

Bugs42 Re:They already knew (663 comments)

Considering that those were U.S. planes used in 9/11, I don't think LWATCDR is the stupid sounding one here...

about 3 years ago
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NYPD Dismantling Occupy Wall Street Encampment

Bugs42 Re:This seems to show the government doesn't care (933 comments)

Arg, gotta post twice because I wasn't logged in the first time...

Norman Borlaug, credited with saving over one BILLION lives through increasing food supplies, was a biologist. Tell me, how many lives has poetry saved?

more than 3 years ago
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Walmart Goes Solar In California

Bugs42 Re:Stop the clock now! (292 comments)

"Buy from us, we're more expensive" doesn't work, no matter which country you're from, sorry.

Oh really? Apparently no one told these guys

more than 3 years ago
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I do my best coding after...

Bugs42 Re:40 Beers! (222 comments)

We are, we are, we are, we are, we are the Engineers,
We can, we can, we can, we can demolish forty beers,
Drink rum, drink rum, drink rum, drink rum,
Drink rum, and come along with us,
For we don't give a damn for any damn man,
Who don't give a damn for us.

more than 3 years ago
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Robots Retrieve Your Books At U. Chicago's $81 Million Library

Bugs42 How is this news? (202 comments)

My alma mater (California State University, Northridge) has had one of these for over 15 years (http://library.csun.edu/About/ASRS). Sure it's cool, but why do we care? It's nothing new or groundbreaking.

more than 3 years ago
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Learning and Maintaining a Large Inherited Codebase?

Bugs42 Re:Hunt down the original developer (532 comments)

(shoot (huntdown (car (developers))))
C'mon, this is /., it should NOT have taken this many posts to get grammatically correct LISP

more than 4 years ago
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Vacuum Leaks Lead To Another LHC Delay

Bugs42 Re:*sigh* (224 comments)

As someone who was looking forward to seeing what the LHC would teach us about physics, let me be the first to say "Get off /. and get back to work!"

(No hard feelings, I just couldn't pass up the joke. Please don't aim your black-hole machine at my house.)

more than 5 years ago
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Is IE Usage Share Collapsing?

Bugs42 Re:Slashdot browser shares?? (575 comments)

These numbers are faked. If your stats were accurate exactly 11.7% would be showing Emacs/w3m. Of course, you cold just be a jealous vi user who has no web browser or Rogue client built in to your text editor.

Text editor? When did they add a text editor to the Emacs OS?

more than 5 years ago
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Jammie Thomas Moves To Strike RIAA $1.92M Verdict

Bugs42 Re:Your view of "reasonable" is WARPED (392 comments)

Hell, why don't we go back to sending kids who steal bread to Australia while we're at it.

Because we have laws against cruel and unusual punishment now and even the RIAA would concur that an island that full of poisonous things is a crime against nature.

more than 5 years ago

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Smart guns to stop mass killings

Bugs42 Bugs42 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Bugs42 writes "CNN.com has an opinion piece on the possibility of cramming guns full of computers and sensors to disable them in certain buildings or around children. The author, in true mainstream media fashion, completely fails to see any possible technical problems with this."
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