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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

CreatureComfort Re:Why does this always happen? (260 comments)

Howbout...MaybeCrypt? Wouldn't want to use FalseCrypt...

I've got it! SchrödingersCrypt!

2 days ago
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An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

CreatureComfort Re:Mozilla's losing coolness (111 comments)

It's getting harder and harder to find Gopher servers.

4 days ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

CreatureComfort Re:This isn't scaremongering. (491 comments)

Exactly. Technically they are correct, because, with no current independent Scotland, there are, of course, no Scottish banks. However, it is absurd to think that the new Scottish government, once it is formed, wouldn't have a set of well structured banking laws ready to be implemented as part of the initial implementation vote. There will also be a long line of financial interests ready to instantly start banking in a new Scotland, as soon as their chartering papers can be signed by the new bureaucracy.

The Vote No group's arguments about Scottish financial ruin are equivalent to them arguing that the streets are going to be in chaos the day after the vote, because there will be no legal speed limits, stop signs, or traffic control. The Vote No campaign is mostly financed by the existing oligarchs who are afraid they wont be fast enough and agile enough to become one of the new oligarchs.

Also, as far as movement across boundaries and access to markets, that is all part of what setting up a new government is all about, and it gets handled before formal independence and the coverage of the U.K. legal structure goes away.

5 days ago
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Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)

CreatureComfort Re:Possession is nine-tenths of the law... (213 comments)

To anyone who sues over this chuck of space rock I claim, fine, I'll send it right to you...

Problem solved...

about two weeks ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

CreatureComfort Re:Interesting consequences (290 comments)

No, Google, just needs to change their automated response email to:

"It is most gratifying," it said, "that your enthusiasm for our service continues unabated, and so we would like to assure you that the guided missiles currently converging on your location are part of a special service we extend to all of our most enthusiastic clients, and the fully armed nuclear warheads are of course merely a courtesy detail. We look forward to your custom in future lives ... thank you."

or the more gentle:

"Google would like to apologize to users for the continuing problems with this service. We are currently awaiting the loading of our complement of small lemon-soaked paper napkins for your comfort, refreshment and hygiene. Meanwhile we thank you for your patience."

Or just a simple, heartfelt, complete lie that every other company uses for their automated response: "Thank you for your request or comment, Google takes all customer feedback very seriously and you will be contacted by a customer service representative as soon as possible."

They never need to acknowledge that "as soon as possible" is shortly after the heat death of the universe.

about two weeks ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

CreatureComfort Re:Same reason blu-ray didn't take off (204 comments)

I saw my first 4K display, 32", the other day, running native 4K content off it's internal hard drive.

The difference between it and the same 4K display beside it, up converting off a Blu-ray player was stark, and the difference between even the up converted 4K Blu-ray images and the 1080p displays running off the same Blu-ray source was absolutely obvious and clear.

I wanted to play with the settings on 4K Blu-ray display and the 1080p displays to see if they had been deliberately crippled to make the 4K native look better, but this particular store had everything locked down.

about two weeks ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

CreatureComfort Re:BTSync (275 comments)

I love SpiderOak. The only thing I still use my dropbox account for is sharing files too big to fit through people's email systems. Sharing a file in SpiderOak is still a bit of a pain. As long as I don't care about the security or privacy of it (which is most of the files I'm transferring) dropping it in my dropbox folder and right clicking to get the HTML share link is about the fastest way to move a couple hundred Mb to five or six people.

about a month ago
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Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

CreatureComfort Re:Too much good content is deleted at Wikipedia. (239 comments)

You know what? I already have a great "free encyclopedia that anyone can edit". It even has a pretty decent Table of Contents called Google.

It's far more complete than Wikipedia, and in reality, no less accurate. Which should be taken as damning praise of the wikifools.

about 1 month ago
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The FBI Is Infecting Tor Users With Malware With Drive-By Downloads

CreatureComfort Re:Hide behind todays popular hate-topic... (182 comments)

9) If you can, use Tor with a laptop that has never been used on a wired or wireless KNOWN network with you, but only used for TOR ...without a harddisk! Use it to connect with TOR on a different network, preferably in a different city than where you live. You can't get much safer than that....IF...you apply the other 8 rules above.

While this sounds ludicrous on its face, (Really? Driving to different cities just to surf anonymously?), I would have suggested connecting via a VPN, or chained VPNs depending on your paranoia and tolerance for network delay. If every time you connect you set your opposite end point to a different country each time. Especially if reconnecting frequently as noted in 10).

12) If you have to go through this much trouble to function on the Internet, seriously reconsider your life and lifestyle. Is it really worth it?

about a month and a half ago
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Leaked Docs Offer Win 8 Tip: FinFisher Spyware Can't Tap Skype's Metro App

CreatureComfort Re:Irrelevant (74 comments)

Actually, I would have reversed that and said that the latter implies malicious intent.

All the marketing folks want to do is sell you stuff. The Gov wants to throw you in prison, or worse.

about a month and a half ago
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UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

CreatureComfort Re:A Progression of Complaints (190 comments)

I think that the main reason people speed, race the yellow, and in other ways behave as general asshats when behind the wheel is the inherent understanding that every second spent driving is a wasted second. You notice you rarely see passengers road raging. Once everyone becomes a passenger, and transit time becomes productive time, whether it involves work, updating facebook, playing games, or getting a few extra minutes of sleep, much of the incentive to rush goes away.

Personally, I generally drive like a bat out of hell, and regularly am cussing the idiots who wont get out of my way. But, once I get my autonomous vehicle (I plan to be a very early adopter) I won't care that the car is doing the speed limit, stopping when I would have chanced it, not changing lanes into the "fastest", etc. I'll be reading, sleeping, gaming, etc. In fact, once my commute becomes reliable productive time, I can see myself getting irritated that I get to my destination before I've finished my chapter, level, quest, etc.

about 2 months ago
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"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

CreatureComfort Re:Outstanding... (184 comments)

That doesn't mean more than one at a time will ever be in flyable condition.

about 2 months ago
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"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

CreatureComfort Re:Cost (184 comments)

\ TL;DR

Quantity has a Quality all of its own.

about 2 months ago
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Comet To Make Close Call With Mars

CreatureComfort Re:First pass (44 comments)

"Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space."

\ RIP DNA - We miss you.

about 2 months ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

CreatureComfort Re:How do you (962 comments)

Wow. The best, most intelligent and cogent post in a very long thread of mindless knee-jerking.

about 2 months ago
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

CreatureComfort Re:What about (234 comments)

The biggest issue I have with Verizon Fios is the TV service. All of the video channels are so compressed that you inevitably get pixelation and tearing. This is particularly infuriating when it happens during playback for video on demand shows that you are paying extra for.

And Verizon customer service is a complete joke. They don't even understand that it is their compression causing the problems, and their only solution when you call to complain is to reboot the cable box. After never less than 35 minutes on hold, then 30-50 minutes working with the idiot in Mumbai, then getting "accidentally" disconnected... makes me want to scream.

But the 75/35 is pretty flash.

about 2 months ago
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Manuel Noriega Sues Activision Over Call of Duty

CreatureComfort Re:Questionable? (83 comments)

That's why he's not suing under libel or slander, but under the publicity clause.

He doesn't want it removed, or reparations for damage to his reputation, He just wants to be paid for the too accurate representation of him. If EA had just mad it some random jungle military guy, they'd have been fine.

about 2 months ago

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Dogs poop in line with Earth's magnetic field

CreatureComfort CreatureComfort writes  |  about 9 months ago

CreatureComfort (741652) writes "Published in Frontiers in Zoology, scientists have determined that Dog's are highly sensitive to the direction of magnetic fields, and poop while aligned with the N-S magnetic poles.

Any anecdotal evidence, or speculation on how this would be an advantageous evolutionary adaptation?

From the article summary: "for the first time that (a) magnetic sensitivity was proved in dogs, (b) a measurable, predictable behavioral reaction upon natural MF fluctuations could be unambiguously proven in a mammal, and (c) high sensitivity to small changes in polarity, rather than in intensity, of MF was identified as biologically meaningful.""

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