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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

CreatureComfort Re:BTSync (271 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.

2 days ago

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.

5 days ago

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 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 three weeks ago

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 three weeks ago

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 a month ago

"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 a month ago

"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

CreatureComfort Re:Cost (184 comments)


Quantity has a Quality all of its own.

about a month ago

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 a month ago

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 a month ago

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 a month ago

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 a month ago

Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

CreatureComfort Re:Devil's Advocate (311 comments)

Well, since TOR was developed by DARPA, and still actively funded by the Department of Defense, I would guess it will be trivial to show that it has significant legal uses.

about a month and a half ago

Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

CreatureComfort Re:First "OMG the common sense" post (185 comments)

Are you kidding? He wants to kill and eat people!"

Hand him a badge and gun, right now.

about 2 months ago

NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

CreatureComfort Re:Paging cold fjord and c6gunner! (361 comments)

You can tell the difference by the Cheeto stains.

about 2 months ago

NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

CreatureComfort Re:"Sir.. HOLY SHIT SIR!" (361 comments)

Personally, I'd rather have a bunch of total fuckups in charge of this stuff, rather than someone more capable, and therefore more dangerous.

about 2 months ago

Trio of Big Black Holes Spotted In Galaxy Smashup

CreatureComfort Re:A four million year orbit (74 comments)

Actually, the take-away I got from his comment is that if you have enough idiots spouting nonsense, eventually one of them will accidentally recite Hamlet.

about 2 months ago

Trio of Big Black Holes Spotted In Galaxy Smashup

CreatureComfort Re:A four million year orbit (74 comments)

"English inventor Thomas Parker, who was responsible for innovations such as electrifying the London Underground, overhead tramways in Liverpool and Birmingham, and the smokeless fuel coalite, built the first practical production electric car in London in 1884, using his own specially designed high-capacity rechargeable batteries. Parker's long-held interest in the construction of more fuel-efficient vehicles led him to experiment with electric vehicles. He also may have been concerned about the malign effects smoke and pollution were having in London. Production of the car was in the hands of the Elwell-Parker Company, established in 1882 for the construction and sale of electric trams. The company merged with other rivals in 1888 to form the Electric Construction Corporation; this company had a virtual monopoly on the British electric car market in the 1890s. The company manufactured the first electric 'dog cart' in 1896."

about 2 months ago

Making an Autonomous Car On a Budget

CreatureComfort Re:Seems like a bad idea to me (61 comments)

Because getting out on the road with thousands of totally untrained idiots who are texting, talking, eating, changing CDs, falling asleep, drunk, high, etc., is such a naturally safe activity to begin with.

Please. The more automation, even in baby steps, that can be deployed quickly the better and safer every mile of roadway will get.

I'll trust this, sight unseen, a whole lot more than I trust you, or your wife, or your 16 y.o., behind the wheel.

about 2 months ago

Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients

CreatureComfort Re:Doesn't give warm fuzzies (162 comments)

Nurse Joke: "You know what you call the guy who graduated last in his class at medical school? Doctor."

Angie's List was created because separating the lousy doctors from the very few good ones is almost impossible. The AMA has lobbied successfully to make it illegal for a patient to find out the malpractice history of physicians.

If you're looking for a new doctor, the best thing you can do is talk to some local nurses. They know which ones are on the ball, and which ones are flat out dangerous.

about 2 months ago

George Lucas Selects Chicago For the Star Wars Museum

CreatureComfort Re:In Chicago??? (98 comments)

It's the closest he could find to Mos Eisley.

A wretched hive of scum and villainy, with really bad jazz.

about 2 months ago



Dogs poop in line with Earth's magnetic field

CreatureComfort CreatureComfort writes  |  about 8 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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