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Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

Captain Hook Re:I think people are missing the point (176 comments)

Use the web interface to download the file, then decrypt with a local copy of the encryption tool/key.

What they mean is they can't render a document on the web interface.

about a week ago
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Brazil Nut Effect Explains Mystery of the Boulder-Strewn Surfaces of Asteroids

Captain Hook Re:That's how I clean my cat's litter box. (58 comments)

I would have intuitively said the other way around.

Since the gravity is so small I would have expected the motion of the smallest particles to be close to random, perhaps close to Brownian motion if you looked at the system over a long enough period of time.

I guess, even though there isn't much to pull the material together, once a small particle is in a crack or void it is very unlikely to ever escape and so the crack does eventually fill in, it seems to me that the process should exist but be much slower than when compared to the effect in a strong gravity field.

As you said, "Intuitively, which we all know is probably wrong"

about two weeks ago
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Brazil Nut Effect Explains Mystery of the Boulder-Strewn Surfaces of Asteroids

Captain Hook Re:That's how I clean my cat's litter box. (58 comments)

But does the process work when the gravity field is tiny? That is what needed to be found out before saying that that is definitely the process at work.

about two weeks ago
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Solar-Powered Electrochemical Cell Used To Produce Formic Acid From CO2

Captain Hook Re:Amazing technology (133 comments)

The coal we use was created before bacteria evolved the ability to decompose trees, so it's not quite as simple as you seem to think...

bollocks

about a month ago
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How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

Captain Hook Re: Political/Moral (305 comments)

I'm not sure you understood the GP's point. In fact you seem to have interpreted it completely backwards.

Allowing the companies making the loans to go bust, rather than trying to protect them by not allowing Student Loans to be cleared by bankruptcy is the attenuation that you are looking for. It's sends a clear message to other companies loaning money that there are risks and that they should be filtering potential customers.

about a month ago
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How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

Captain Hook Re:Political/Moral (305 comments)

If economists had known in advance of one of the great depressions that it was going to happen, and releasing the results would of only sped-up the collapse, should they release the information?

The earlier the bubble is burst, the small the correction needs to be and the quicker the recovery afterwards can be. Knowing a burst will happen, it is ethical to make the information public as quickly as possible.

The tricky bit comes when you are 55% sure of a crash, but knowing that making those fears known publicly will definitely cause a crash. How sure do you need to be before it is worth causing a small crash to offset the chance of a bigger crash later on? 60%, 70%, 80%?

about a month ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

Captain Hook Re:Libertarian nirvana (534 comments)

I would have thought that lack of crime was the goal of any law enforcement, not number of arrests. Although number of arrests is certainly an easier number to work out.

about a month ago
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Auditors Release Verified Repositories of TrueCrypt

Captain Hook Re:7.1a for x64 linux (146 comments)

Authorities can only do that if they don't mind revealing the investigation against someone. There are still alot of reasons why authorities would want to be able to read something encrypted without it being obvious that they are doing so.

about a month and a half ago
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Tech Worker Groups Boycott IBM, Infosys, Manpower

Captain Hook Re:Same Manpower as in Canada? (234 comments)

except that the idea of foreign workers being prefered over domestic, regardless of the reason, is a widely held believe.

Evidence that that is not the case would be just as worthy of publication

about 2 months ago
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NRC Human Spaceflight Report Says NASA Strategy Can't Get Humans To Mars

Captain Hook Re:If only ... (206 comments)

The number of brainfucks in Washington could be turned to our advantage.

We only need to introduce a single letter typo into a funding bill and for the brainfucks to not notice.

about 2 months ago
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Tech Worker Groups Boycott IBM, Infosys, Manpower

Captain Hook Re:Same Manpower as in Canada? (234 comments)

If there's a big bias against Americans in the results, publicize the heck out of it.

Regardless of the outcome, publicize the heck out of it. You don't get to hide the results just because they don't confirm your pre-existing bias.

about 2 months ago
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Whistleblowers Enter the Post-Snowden Era

Captain Hook Re:Some thing are not worth aiding (129 comments)

Do you stand to gain, directly or indirectly, any benefit either personally, professionally, or politically, by whatever is being whistle blown on?

That is an extremely wide difinition.

Anyone whistle blowing is doing it because they want something changed, whether that is an improved working environment or a social/political change. That means they are indirectly benefitting and therefore by your definition no whistleblower is a whistleblower.

about 2 months ago
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Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

Captain Hook Re:Cops need doughnut money, too! (626 comments)

There will still be plenty of tickets to write for a long time, as until we are at 100% adoption, people will still break trafic laws

I'd imagine there is a network effect which would dramatically reduce traffic violations even with a realtively small proportion of fully automous vehicles on the road.

You can't speed if the car in front is doing 3 mph below the speed limit, you can't run the red light if the car in front is already slowing down for the amber. As the proportion of automous vehicles increases, people will get used a more conservative driving style and their driving style will change to compensate.

I don't know the proportion of traffic which would have to be automous to have an affect, but it will be far less than 100%

about 2 months ago
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Curiosity Rover May Have Brought Dozens of Microbes To Mars

Captain Hook Re:Experiment proposal (97 comments)

???

Because it has a lot of implications about how life gets started on a planet which is an important line of investigation for science, isn't that obvious?

about 2 months ago
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Curiosity Rover May Have Brought Dozens of Microbes To Mars

Captain Hook Re:Experiment proposal (97 comments)

If we introduce life it becomes much harder to say any life we find in the future isn't just contamination we brought with us.

about 2 months ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

Captain Hook Re:Good use of research money! (311 comments)

go see a doctor, like really urgently.

about 4 months ago
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Navy Creates Fuel From Seawater

Captain Hook Re:Just like Nuclear Fusion (256 comments)

Without a LOT if energy input, you'll never create the fuel.

I can't work out if you are agreeing with the GP or failing to understand his point.

His

This is not an energy source. It is a fuel source.

sentence is saying it's just a way of producing fuel, it's not a source of energy.

about 4 months ago
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Nanodot-Based Smartphone Battery Recharges In 30 Seconds

Captain Hook Re:Phones yeah (227 comments)

Long charging times for electric vehicles stop any journey where the trip is greater than the battery range. Who wants to have to stop for hours to get a full battery when you are trying to get somewhere.

Liquid fuels can refuel most vehicles in 10 minutes, and half of that time is queuing and paying. Electric vehicles will have match that capability at some point or they are going to be forever stuck in the niche of toys and glorified shopping carts.

about 4 months ago
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Ad Tracking: Is Anything Being Done?

Captain Hook Re:solution (303 comments)

Or the ad network requires "limited session information" as part of it's own terms and conditions. Then cuteandfluffy has to accept the terms or find another ad network which pays as well.

about 4 months ago
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Ad Tracking: Is Anything Being Done?

Captain Hook Re:solution (303 comments)

So this is not a solution against ads per se, but at least it will keep advertisers from snooping browsing behavior.

Either

the website host (www.cuteandfluffy.com) will host the ad injection software themselves but the ad injection software will phone home to www.uglyandspikey.com with all the information that cuteandfluffy have collected

- or -

The cuteandfluffy will provide a URL inside the cuteandfluffy.com domain which forwards requests to a script hosted by uglyandspikey.com

In both cases, the ad resource appears to be from the domain you are visiting and in both cases, the ad network is still gaining access to everything that cuteandfluffy knows about the brower.

The only difference is that there is now some work for the ad network to tie the unique ids from cuteandfluffy.com and mymotorsbigger.com as being the same user, but most people use the same email address as login details so that doesn't seem like a huge problem for them.

about 4 months ago

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