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New Compilation of Banned Chinese Search-Terms Reveals Curiosities

CaptQuark Re:How about a list for Australia ... (43 comments)

Where do you live that makes you think your access to information is being censored? Do you click on links and find the destination is blocked? Do people mention news articles that you can't access?

China has a history of blocking many sites they deem inappropriate for people to visit. You think the list of words that the country with the (now) largest economy in the world DOESN'T have an impact on you?

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You think that's air you're breathing now? Hmph..

5 days ago
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Monochromatic Light As a Species-selective Insecticide

CaptQuark Re:BONG! (44 comments)

Dude, are you sure the pain was from the grow lights and not from what you were growing? That stuff has a tendency to make ANY bright light painful. (wink)

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

CaptQuark Re:Every 30 days. (247 comments)

All government agencies are transitioning to Smart Card based two-factor authentication. The Common Access Card (CAC) used by the military is one type of smart card that is supported by many other agencies. It eliminates the need for remembering passwords, can't be used if stolen, locks itself if the incorrect PIN is attempted, supports proximity-based readers like door locks, and contains certificates for encrypting email and digital signatures.

With the number of government agencies purchasing these cards, the per card cost is coming down quickly.

about two weeks ago
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Every Weapon, Armored Truck, and Plane the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

CaptQuark Re:$1000 Flashlights? (191 comments)

Only if you want to pay that much. I got a 2-pack 500 lumen flashlight set from Costco for $20 with coupon.

Costco also had a 2-pack 1500 lumen set for $69 until they sold out in two days.

http://www.costco.com/Duracell...

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about two weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

CaptQuark Re:Wow... (647 comments)

rehash never needs any arguments. Check your man page.

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about three weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

CaptQuark Re:What a horrible name (647 comments)

Relying on a pronunciation of a made up word is not a good idea.

Very true. Look at how many people slaughter "Linux".

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about three weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

CaptQuark Re:Okay, this is a great idea (647 comments)

Uh... NoCSS? If the top and bottom panes move for you then you must have CSS turned off. The two sections are appropriately named "navbar-fixed-top" and "navbar-fixed-bottom" so they should not move by design. I'm not suggesting it is a good design, but to each his own.

I agree the text is way too large for viewing on a monitor, but a few clicks of the scrollwheel with the Ctrl key fixes that. Or if you prefer to keep your hands on the keyboard, Ctrl+- three times brings the font down to an acceptable size. As to why they would pick a 40px font size, that is a mystery.

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about three weeks ago
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Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet

CaptQuark Re:ROFL (231 comments)

No, they are technically competent. They just want to make their jobs easier. Following their logic, every vehicle should have a GPS tracking device to make it easier to find the speeders, drug dealers, kidnappers, bail jumpers, etc. Why let privacy concerns get in the way of making their job easier?

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about a month ago
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NASA Tests Aircraft With Shape Shifting Wings

CaptQuark Re:The Carreidas 160. (55 comments)

I guess neither of you have ever looked at the design of the B-1 bomber. It uses a swing wing to change the profile of the plane during the different phases of its mission. Swept back wings make a much smaller radar cross section.

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about a month ago
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New Particle Collider Is One Foot Long

CaptQuark USA are a country? (161 comments)

The Unites States of America are a country

A group is considered a single entity if all the members of the group are addressed together. You cannot have a group of "United States" be a country without including all 50 of them so they are addressed as a single group. The capitalization of United States of America also indicates you are referring to the collection of all 50 states together.

In contrast, if you said "The Red States are more conservative." then you are referring to the individual states in that group so they are treated as a plural subject.

Other examples: The Pit Crew is efficient, but the pit crew members are tired. The choir is rehearsing, but the choir singers are upset. http://public.wsu.edu/~brians/...

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about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

CaptQuark Re:It freakin' works fine (928 comments)

BCD is the only way to compute!!!

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about a month and a half ago
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Breaching Air-Gap Security With Radio

CaptQuark Re:In highly secure facilities... (80 comments)

...and certainly cannot be done with a USB stick anywhere on your person.

I'm not sure you have seen the smallest USB drives out there. Some are about the size and thickness of the SIM card in your phone. Imagine something near the thickness of a business card and about the same dimensions as the silver end of a USB cable.

I can think of several places to hide this that won't be searched: Inside a belt, inside a wallet, behind your belt buckle, under your watch, against the inside of wide glasses, behind your ear with long hair, under a bra strap, hollowed-out coin, inside a key fob, inside a neck lanyard, inside any book or paper tablet, inside a pen, cigarette lighter, large fingernail clippers, pocket knife, or inside a spring-wound retrieval on an ID holder. Not to mention shoes, hats, gloves, jackets, scarfs, canes, nor jewelry.

There is no fail-safe way to keep something so small out of a secure area which is why they continue to epoxy USB ports, disable mounting external storage, and implement "no lone zone" procedures.

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about a month and a half ago
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Identity As the Great Enabler

CaptQuark Re:Executive Orders (58 comments)

The USA is a representative democracy, run by politicians who were voted into office by people who slept through civics class. {/sarcasm}

What are all these 'Executive Orders'?

That question could have been answered faster with a Google search than it took you to type it.

Is the USA a dictatorship run by the President, or a democracy run by Congress, or a schizophrenic mixup?

That is a much more open-ended question and you will find all sorts of theories on the inter-tubes that will attempt to sway you to their particular world view. Good luck making sense of the cacophony of opinions you will find.


The short answer: This Executive Order is instructions to the executive branch (people that work for him) to ask for more secure forms of ID before giving them money or personal information.

about 2 months ago
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Birth Control Pills Threaten Fish Stocks

CaptQuark Waste dumped straight into the ocean (147 comments)

Well, maybe we can convince some cities like Victoria BC from dumping their raw sewage directly into the mouth of the Puget Sound. http://environment.about.com/o...

They say they screen out the larger pieces of solid waste, but everything else (drugs, detergents, cooking waste, every sick person's waste) goes straight into the ocean.

I just hope they never have a person with HIV, Hepatitis C, Ebola, STDs, Clostridium difficile, Salmonella, or MRSA living or visiting there.

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about 2 months ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

CaptQuark Governors (302 comments)

I think he feels he isn't getting enough cooperation from "main companies" so he wants more control on who can use the internet. Want to use the internet? Get a license. Want to create a web page? Get a license. Want to buy something on the internet? Want to download something? Want to copy from a site? He wants more control to be sure only legal uses are allowed.

It's almost like the speed limits on the highways aren't enough, he wants government-controlled speed governors installed in all cars.

“There may well come a time when government decides it’s had enough and it’s not getting enough help from those main companies that control the way we use the internet – they’re not getting enough help from them, so they’re going to start imposing regulations, imposing a code of conduct about the way people may be allowed to operated on the internet,” Fife says.

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about 3 months ago

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