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TSA Pats Down 3-Year-Old

Cecil Re:Terrorism is EXTREMELY RARE (1135 comments)

And what do you suppose happens when the people we put in charge of public safety say "terrorism is extremely rare" to explain why they did nothing to stop an attack just like the ones that already happened.

Well, if they were working on the problem the right way, they could then go on to explain how they are tackling the problem at its source by trying to improve freedom, education and living conditions around the world in a considerate, thoughtful manner so that people don't feel miserable and angry enough to want to blow other people up in the first place.

more than 3 years ago

Why Unlocked Phones Don't Work In the US

Cecil Re:Yeah right. (442 comments)

Something along the lines of ExtUSB is probably a better solution to that problem than a dongly adapter, but that would be very un-Apple like.

more than 3 years ago

Going Faster Than the Wind In a Wind-Powered Cart

Cecil Re:store and release energy? (315 comments)

That actually depends entirely on which frame of reference you choose to view the problem in. It is therefore both subjective and inaccurate.

more than 3 years ago

First Self-Replicating Creature Spawned In Conway's Game of Life

Cecil Re:At least we can kill it (241 comments)

Except gliders are the very fuel it uses to grow and replicate! We're DOOMED!

more than 4 years ago

Best Telephone For Datacenters?

Cecil Re:LOL DAVID CLARKS FTW (110 comments)

If it has aviation-style plugs you probably can, but it's fairly expensive. Aviation headsets use high-impedance condenser mics that require a power source, so the adapters are not quite as trivial as one might hope.

more than 4 years ago

Google Introduces, Then Scraps, Bing-Style Background Images

Cecil Re:Google has lost their identity (466 comments)

You look at the desktop a lot? I can barely even remember what my desktop background is. I see it for about 10 seconds after a very rare reboot, while I'm waiting for various maximized applications to start.

more than 4 years ago

When We Finally Meet Aliens, They Will Probably Be...

Cecil Re:Probably just too far to bother (648 comments)

If, by the time we're running ships around our corner of the milky way at 90% light speed, we still only live 70-ish years on average, something's really wrong. A 200-year trip is certainly still significant when you live 500 years, but it's something you'll at least see both ends of.

I am reasonably certain that humanity will eventually (maybe it'll take 50,000 years, but it'll happen) find some creative workaround for the speed of light limit. Whether it involves stasis or some other form of extended lifespan that redefines our notions of what "a long time to travel" really means, or some novel physics that allow us to either apparently or actually travel faster than light, or some even more novel physics that find a completely different way around the problem.

It'll never be as trivial as going down to the corner store, but I'm sure that at some point it'll still happen. We've never let little things like nearly impossible physics or general impracticality stop us before.

more than 4 years ago

Game Testing ATI's Six-Screen Eyefinity System

Cecil Re:Flatscreen TV (105 comments)

If you want peripheral vision immersion at reasonable distances, then you're going to need, oh, let's say, 6 big-ass flatscreen TVs.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Says It Never Meant To Knock Cryptome Offline

Cecil Re:Who gave Network Solutions a badge? (176 comments)

A policeman is a duly appointed officer of the law, acting on behalf of the state. The policeman is an integral part of the legal system, and an integral part of the "process" that is "due".

Network Solutions, last I checked, was not an officer of the law and should not be abusing its position in order to act as one.

more than 4 years ago

Former Exec Says Electronic Arts "Is In the Wrong Business"

Cecil Re:Times have changed (180 comments)

merchandising, merchandising, where the real money from the movie is made.

seriously, blizzard sells a ton of add-on shit to World of Warcraft that I'm sure significantly pads those numbers. race changes, name changes, faction changes, server changes, appearance changes, the card game, ingame vanity pets, authenticators, and that's just the stuff that I know for a fact many people actually buy on a regular basis.

more than 4 years ago

Canada's Airlines Face a Privacy Dilemma

Cecil Re:US bullying and demanding other countries.. (457 comments)

The game has changed. It's like the day after Hiroshima. You wake up thinking "Oh shit, things are different. Really fucking different."

Funny, I wake up thinking "Oh shit, things are the same. Really fucking the same."

It's all the same old shit. Sun Tzu was writing about the very same things millenia ago. He may not have conceived of specifics like nuclear weapons, but the concepts haven't really changed at all.

more than 4 years ago

GIMP Dropped From Ubuntu 10.04

Cecil Re:Where does this leave GIMP? (900 comments)

Pros don't use red-eye functions either, instead they point the flash so that it reflects onto the subject on an angle, for example off the ceiling, rather than going straight to the subject (hence directly into the eye) and straight back. It also gives much more even and natural lighting.

Of course, point-and-shoot cameras don't let you aim the flash, thus hobbling you. Tragic.

more than 4 years ago

White Knight Two Unveiled

Cecil Re:But it's not - it's suborbital. (144 comments)

This is very true, and pretty obvious. I mean, consider *any* tourist attraction. The great wall of China, Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower, Stonehenge, Macchu Picchu, Niagara Falls, whatever. All of these things have been photographed and videotaped in immense detail. They have been imaged from every possible angle, at every possible time of day or year, from the air, from satellites, from the ground, from inside, whatever. And the best of these images are usually available in books, postcards, on the internet, etc.

And yet people still go see them. In droves. Massive crowds of people. Paying admission fees, nevermind flights. Obviously there is still a huge market for people to see things with their own eyes, and there likely always will be.

more than 5 years ago

Roland Piquepaille Dies

Cecil Re:Slashdot (288 comments)

Its slashdot for God's sake. If you can't laugh at someone's death here where can you?

You can't, and 4chan.

more than 5 years ago

Home Generators (or How DTE Energy Ruined My Holidays)

Cecil Re:You all are ... - ELECTROCUTION SAFETY WARNING (695 comments)

Just because someone is driving defensively doesn't mean it's okay for you to cut them off.

Yes the linesmen are reasonably safe and always act as if all lines are live. But that's a *failsafe*, it is not nor is it intended to be their first line of defense, it is their *last* line of defense. There's a reason the laws and codes tell you you cannot connect a generator that way.

more than 5 years ago

Home Generators (or How DTE Energy Ruined My Holidays)

Cecil Re:You all are ... - ELECTROCUTION SAFETY WARNING (695 comments)

Also the part where you're feeding up to 100 amps through not just one, but *two* sockets which are rated for a maximum of 15amp. It doesn't even matter how heavy duty your extension cord is.

more than 5 years ago

Interesting Uses For a USB LED Screen?

Cecil Re:For maximum freakout potential (403 comments)

Mark V Shaney or a similar Markov-chain based text generator is probably nearly ideal for such a project. It will spew often incomprehensible, sometimes hilariously comprehensible gibberish about whatever it has heard being talked about.

more than 5 years ago

Google's Chrome Declining In Popularity

Cecil Re:I know why... (489 comments)

Have you ever tried to offer suggestions and development time to Mozilla? It's easier said than done.

more than 5 years ago

Neopwn, the World's First Pentesting Mobile Phone

Cecil Re:I really hate the term 'pwn' (103 comments)

I wrote a (shitty) text adventure on the C64 when I was 8 or 9. By I was 13 I was probably hacking away in MOO code and Turbo Pascal. But yeah, I agree, the original post about trusting a 13-year-old's code is a bit ridiculous.

more than 5 years ago


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