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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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 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 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 2 months ago
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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

CaptQuark Re:Just in time for another record cold winter (200 comments)

It was still offshore at that point. When it made landfall it was below hurricane strength. Wind gusts don't count.

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about 2 months ago
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Amazon Is Killing Off Its Free P2P Money-Transfer Service WebPay On October 13

CaptQuark Columbus day? (34 comments)

I guess Amazon is closing its banking service for the Columbus Day holiday and deciding to not open again.

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about 2 months ago
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New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper

CaptQuark Re:Both a perfect match (135 comments)

You mean another victim that was somehow related to Aaron Kosminski? The other victim would need to be related to have a DNA match.

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about 3 months ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

CaptQuark Re:Responsible Agency Enforcing Law (222 comments)

Nor should there ever be. I spent 20 years protecting your right to be an asshole.

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about 3 months ago
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Some Core I7 5960X + X99 Motherboards Mysteriously Burning Up

CaptQuark Re:It's not into customer hands... (102 comments)

Switching power regulators can be tricky, and they certainly are at the voltages (very low) and currents (very high) we are talking about here.

Citation?

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about 3 months ago
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Some Core I7 5960X + X99 Motherboards Mysteriously Burning Up

CaptQuark Re:HCF (102 comments)

I gather however that this is plain incompetence (Dunning-Kruger-Type) with regards to the voltage regulators. Switching voltage regulation is really hard to do right unless you over-engineer seriously. You can get all sorts of bizarre effects, including a puff of smoke.

I appreciate the irony of you mentioning the Dunning-Kruger syndrome with your statement. Switching voltage regulation has been around for over 30 years and isn't much of a mystery. Since the early motherboards started reducing voltages from 5v down to 3.3v (and below), every motherboard has had on-board voltage regulation. It's hard to believe that something as fundamental as a switching regulator would suddenly exceed the engineering skill of the motherboard designers.

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about 3 months ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

CaptQuark Re:Probably not. (546 comments)

And who writes and optimizes the sort routine in the API?

Same problem with "Just use the routine in the library". Who writes the libraries? What if I don't want to include a 9Mb library to my project just to get a sort routine and some string handling functions?

And don't say "just check Google". Once again, someone has to develop the code you're using for inspiration.

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about 3 months ago
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Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

CaptQuark Re:CARson City (157 comments)

The Colorado River isn't anywhere near Reno. Try checking a map before your next tirade.

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about 3 months ago

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