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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Captain_Chaos Norse mythology? (590 comments)

This is just silly. Thor isn't someone Marvel made up, he's a loaner from a well established mythology, in which he is male. Why not come up with a new, female, superhero? It really comes across as pandering to me.

about two weeks ago
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Privacy Oversight Board Gives NSA Surveillance a Pass

Captain_Chaos As a non-American... (170 comments)

As a non-American, on whom it is apparently OK to spy as much as you want, may I just say: fuck you. Fuck you very much.

about a month ago
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Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

Captain_Chaos Bad headline (337 comments)

The headline is up to Slashdot's usual standards I see. They are talking about quality-of-service, which is a common and uncontroversial measure to prioritise traffic which needs low latencies over traffic for which that is less important. They aren't talking about prioritising Comcast's video streams over Netflix' video streams! This has nothing to do with "opposing net neutrality", it's just bad, sensationalistic reporting.

about a month and a half ago
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Is It Really GPS If It Doesn't Use Satellites?

Captain_Chaos Re:stable magnetic field (298 comments)

This measures the atoms passing through lines of magnetic flux.

Remember that "lines of magnetic flux" don't actually exist. Field lines are just an aid for visualising the direction of the field, in reality the field is smooth and continuously variable. It's unclear what's actually going on here, but perhaps they are measuring the direction of the magnetic field very accurately or something like that.

about 2 months ago
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Official MPG Figures Unrealistic, Says UK Auto Magazine

Captain_Chaos Re:watch the program on 5th gear (238 comments)

people no longer drive sensibly: they are more aggressive with other drivers (not keeping a safe distance)

Is that why traffic deaths have consistently gone down since 20 or 30 years ago? - Killed_on_British_Roads.png

about 2 months ago
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Is It Really GPS If It Doesn't Use Satellites?

Captain_Chaos Light on facts (298 comments)

The article is very unclear about how exactly these supercooled atomic particles tell them where they are on the globe. The impression I get is that it's just a more accurate form of inertial navigation. Or perhaps it compares the local magnetic and gravitational fields against some map of the Earth? I don't see how that would be immune to interference though, especially the magnetic part. And it would rely on an extremely accurate magnetic/gravitational map of the entire planet, which would have to be kept up to date as well as both those fields are constantly changing. Sounds very unpractical.

I'll be very interested to see if something comes of this or if it will just turn out to be hot air and/or inaccurate reporting...

about 2 months ago
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UK May Kill the EU's Net Neutrality Law

Captain_Chaos Re:Just leave - So those are the choices... (341 comments)

..be ruled from Brussels or join the USA?

No, I admit that I was wrong. Just leave the EU, I don't really give a fuck what you do next. But stop trying to get all of the benefits and none of the burdens by carving out exception after exception for yourself, and pushing your prudish morals on all of Europe by sabotaging a crucial Internet freedom law just so you can stop citizens from looking at titties.

about 2 months ago
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UK May Kill the EU's Net Neutrality Law

Captain_Chaos Just leave already (341 comments)

I'm getting sick and tired of shit like this. Just leave the EU already and become the 51st State, UK! Good riddance!

about 2 months ago
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UN to Debate Use of Fully Autonomous Weapons, New Report Released

Captain_Chaos Accountability (180 comments)

If a robot killed arbitrarily, it would be difficult to hold anyone accountable.

Whereas currently there is no indiscriminate killing with drones going on without any accountability whatsoever? What's the current body count for innocent civilians murdered by the US and its allies in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, etc.? A few tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands?

I doubt it would make much difference in practice...

about 3 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

Captain_Chaos Keyless entry and start is awesome! (865 comments)

I'm genuinely baffled why a) this has not already happened and b) that it's generating so many comments and so much negativity. My ten year old car (a Renault Mégane CC) has keyless entry and start. It's awesome; I just walk up to the car and grip the handle: it unlocks. I get in and press the start button: it starts. It's very convenient and works perfectly. It's much better in every respect than the old fashioned mechanical lock and switch. To lock the doors I just press a button on the handle. All of this obviously only works if I have the keycard on me. It's even clever enough not to let me lock the doors from the outside if the keycard is still inside the car.

It does have a backup system in case it ever should fail, which I agree should always exist. For unlocking the door the driver's side door actually has a mechanical lock hidden behind a cover in the handle which you can pop off with the emergency key, which is hidden inside in the keycard. And for starting the car you can insert the keycard in a slot in the dashboard. There's no old fashioned ignition switch.

about 3 months ago
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Australian Exploration Company Believes It May Have Found MH370 Wreckage

Captain_Chaos Re:Hmmm. On the edge of possibility... (293 comments)

I'm not familiar with the autonomous systems of the 777 but for a modern autopilot to enter a glide path as a last option as a failover would be a better idea other than to stall the aircraft and falling out of the sky.

I'm not so sure. I know that the Boeing design philosophy differs from the Airbus design philosophy in that it gives more autonomy to the pilots and has fewer automatic protections. In the case where there are no pilots that might backfire (although I guess ultimately it wouldn't make much difference). In addition I wouldn't expect that a modern autopilot has a reaction built in for a complete engine failure, since it's never supposed to happen.

My guess is that it would just try to maintain altitude, pitching up further and further as the plane slows down, possibly until it stalled and dropped like a brick, or possibly pitching down at some point to avoid stalling, which would still cause it to fly into the ocean at high speed and a steep angle. At some point the autopilot would probably disengage, since most autopilots are programmed to do so automatically when the plane's attitude becomes too erratic, after which there's no telling what the plane would do but it seems very unlikely that it would calmly glide towards the water (and hit it so evenly that it wouldn't break up).

about 3 months ago
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Australian Exploration Company Believes It May Have Found MH370 Wreckage

Captain_Chaos Pseudoscience? (293 comments)

I'm not convinced about the scientific integrity of this company. What they claim to be able to do sounds very vague, shady and too good to be true and there's a telling lack of concrete facts about how their technique works. The "learn more about GeoResonance technology" page is conveniently "under construction". The brief summary states they use:

  • Earth Remote Sensing.
  • Multispectral imaging.
  • Gamma irradiation.
  • Radiation chemistry.
  • NMR spectroscopy.
  • Proprietary know-how.

Sounds a lot like pseudoscientific technobabble to me, absent more details. I'm getting a hint of Steorn here...

about 3 months ago
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Australian Exploration Company Believes It May Have Found MH370 Wreckage

Captain_Chaos Hmmm. On the edge of possibility... (293 comments)

That is close to the northernmost one of the two arcs that Inmarsat deduced the last ping must have come from, so I guess it's not entirely implausible.

It doesn't seem likely to me that the plane would still be completely intact though, which seems to be implicit in this article. If it fell out of the sky due to lack of fuel, which currently seems the most likely scenario, it would have impacted the water at high speed and would surely have broken up.

about 3 months ago
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Former US Test Site Sues Nuclear Nations For Disarmament Failure

Captain_Chaos The Hague != capital of the Netherlands (165 comments)

The capital of the Netherlands is Amsterdam, not The Hague. The Hague is the seat of government though, and the location of most of the international institutions like the International Court of Justice.

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

Captain_Chaos Affirmative action == discrimination (410 comments)

The notion that because an individual is a member of a group which has been or is being disadvantaged compared to other groups, that individual deserves to be favoured above members of other groups, is ridiculous. It's dangerous, unfair and unjust nonsense. It's discrimination, pure and simple. There's no such thing as "positive discrimination".

Every individual deserves to have the same chance as everybody else, and should be judged on their merits alone.

about 3 months ago
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NIST Removes Dual_EC_DRBG From Random Number Generator Recommendations

Captain_Chaos Re:Cut off your nose to spite your face (86 comments)

Eventually it emerged that NSA had strengthened DES against secret cryptanalysis techniques that weren't generally known at the time. Many of the people that refused to use DES ended up using encryption schemes that were vulnerable to the secret techniques because they assumed the worst and were wrong.

An excellent illustration of the downfalls of security through obscurity. The NSA could have known that would happen and that their secrecy might decrease the average security situation due to people not using the actually more secure crypto. They should have been transparent about why they tweaked the S-box values. People shouldn't have to assume anything, best or worst.

And now of course the NSA have demonstrated that they cannot be trusted at all and nobody should ever accept magic numbers from them ever again...

about 3 months ago
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Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

Captain_Chaos Re:Your first action after purchasing a router (236 comments)

The link also quite conveniently mentions the following tidbit: "OpenSSL was updated immediately in the DD-WRT SVN repository. It can take a view days until we can provide updated versions for all routers."

Yes, it actually says "a view days" instead of "a few days". A typo is one thing, but that is spectacular... Did they dictate it to their computer or something?

about 3 months ago
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Administration Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

Captain_Chaos Fuck the law (310 comments)

I don't understand why, in cases like this, so much attention is given to the question whether it's lawful or not.

Who cares?! Of course it's lawful, the governments of the world have made sure to have enough overly broad "war on terror", "won't somebody think of the children", "national security" laws on the books to make it possible to find a legal loophole justifying anything. Fuck the law.

Surely the question should be whether it's moral or not?

about 3 months ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

Captain_Chaos Bell curve (582 comments)

No matter how narrow the bell curve, outliers are still gonna happen.

about 3 months ago

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Cool low tech password generation and safe storage

Captain_Chaos Captain_Chaos writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Captain_Chaos (103843) writes "This simple to use site generates a credit card sized card for you with random letters and numbers, indexed by a row of symbols along the top and colours along the rows. You can generate extremely secure passwords with this card, without having to remember them! Instead you just remember a coloured symbol, indicating the column and row of the first character of your password, and read it from there. The site is very easy to use. Just load the page and hit the Print button.

You keep the card in your wallet. You already protect that very well, and even if it does get stolen the thief is none the wiser since there are many tens of thousands of possible password combinations on the card. Choosing strong passwords and writing them down is recommended by the likes of security guru Bruce Schneier and Microsoft security expert Jesper Johanson.

You can use the PasswordCard on its own, but it also combines excellently with password storage tools such as KeePass. You can use the PasswordCard to generate the passwords, so that you can use the card itself as paper backup for when you don't have access to your password storage tool, and you can use PasswordCard to generate and remember your master password."

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iPhone for sale in Netherlands for USD 250

Captain_Chaos Captain_Chaos writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Captain_Chaos writes "According to the Automatisering Gids (article in Dutch) the iPhone is officially for sale in the Netherlands on the GSM Track online mobile phones store for € 189 (USD 250), many months before it was officially supposed to go on sale! It comes with a two year Telfort contract for € 30 (USD 40) a month, which is why it can be so cheap (the mobile phone operator subsidizes the phone). No news yet as to which firmware revision it has, or whether it is SIM-locked (though it almost certainly would be). Story in English here."
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