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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Damarkus13 Re: Land of the free (566 comments)

Insured against a studio voluntarily declining to release a finished film? I don't think so.

2 days ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

Damarkus13 Re:Are they really that scared? (461 comments)

My utility certainly does not include distribution costs in the kWh rate. We pay a connection (distribution & administration) fee and per kWh. Ours is a co-op and I've actually read the financial breakdowns (I was under the impression that, as a regulated utility, these documents would be available from any power company). It really only costs about $15 per household to handle distribution costs, and that includes overhead for improvements and emergency repairs.

Granted, our area isn't that suitable for solar.

about two weeks ago
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Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

Damarkus13 Re:This is clearly futile... (193 comments)

Isn't the page really the issue? If the information is wrong or out of date then should it be forced to be taken down/edited instead of removing it from Google.

Have you been following this issue at all? The the data doesn't have to be wrong or incorrect, it can also be inadequate, irrelevant, or excessive. That is quite a sweeping definition. This is relevant.

Supposedly, there will be accurate guidelines issued by the end of November.

about three weeks ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

Damarkus13 Re:It was a no-win vote (581 comments)

Disagree and commit is a bullshit philosophy, for government. However it's ideal for corporations to actually get work done without endless internal squabbling.

about 1 month ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

Damarkus13 Re:option (698 comments)

You're seriously underestimating the cost of a retrofit like that. Commercial doors aren't cheap ($500+) and cutting through what are typically concrete walls is also very expensive. Not to mention, how would second story classrooms would be dealt with?

No, 20k - 100k per school is actually not that expensive for a whole building retrofit.

about a month ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

Damarkus13 Re:Be the Change You Wish to See in the World (438 comments)

How many of us cringed at the misspelling of torque? As in, 4 inch-pounds of torque would be appropriate for a DB connector.

about a month ago
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New NXP SoC Gives Android Its Apple Pay

Damarkus13 Re:So Android DOESN'T have an Apple Pay equivalent (122 comments)

HCE was implemented mainly to force Google Wallet on Verizon. Verizon refused to active the secure elements on their phones instead ISIS used a secure element on their SIM cards, which they refused to allow Google Wallet to access.

about a month and a half ago
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The Plane Crash That Gave Us GPS

Damarkus13 Re:Thank you, Presidents Reagan and Clinton. (236 comments)

I'm not sure what the civil service laws are in your state, but in Washington they are so laughably vague that all they can reasonably be interpreted to mean is that the director of any particular service must create an employee handbook. Union protections far outstrip what the Washington state civil service laws offer.

about a month and a half ago
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The Plane Crash That Gave Us GPS

Damarkus13 Re:Thank you, Presidents Reagan and Clinton. (236 comments)

Public sector workers have protections that workers in private industry don't, such as the many protections in civil service.

Citation needed, because that statement reeks of pure FUD. I can refute that, at least anecdotally. My local county employees have no additional protections other than their union agreement. Even their union protections are occasionally short circuited as all county employees (including managers) are members of the same union.

about a month and a half ago
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Video Raises Doubts About Attkisson's Claims of Malicious Hacking

Damarkus13 Re:Have you watched the video? (105 comments)

Actually watching the video, you're right. It doesn't look like a stuck backspace key. However, you should take note that (due to horrible vertical video) the right side of the keyboard is never even seen. She could easily be pressing the backspace key herself when convenient. That video should in no way be taken as evidence of anything other that the fact that she owns a Mac laptop.

about a month and a half ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

Damarkus13 Re:"Cutting the cord" (392 comments)

What it will require is the government taking the last mile. Either via eminent domain or regulations requiring the current monopoly holder to lease spectrum. The chance of the first happening is zero and the chance if the second is vanishingly small.

about a month and a half ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

Damarkus13 Re:Sanity? (451 comments)

Well, Kentucky using public funds for a religious theme park sounds like they are establishing a government religion in their state. Even if they were doing so unintentionally.

They give most any tourist attraction this same tax break. So, while I personally find this particular attraction distasteful, to refuse them a tax break simply because they are a religious organization is almost certainly unconstitutional.

about 2 months ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

Damarkus13 Re:Transactions fees are going down (631 comments)

If you think behemoths like Target and Wal-Mart pay the same 2-3% that a corner convenience store does then you're crazy.

about 2 months ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Damarkus13 Re:Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

For agnosticism I use the simple example of... zeus. every argument one can make for the any diety can be made for zeus

No, each religion has it's own dogma, so each one needs to be tested for internal and external consistency individually. It just so happens that the Judeo-Christian God is supposedly omnipotent. This allows for all kinds of mental gymnastics around scientific fact.

Is mohommed any less credible than Xenu?

Mohammed is certainly far more credible than Xenu. That doesn't mean I can disprove the existence of Xenu. And it certainly doesn't mean I believe in any of them, but I'm not going to misrepresent what science is by claiming that science doesn't allow for their existence.

about 2 months ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Damarkus13 Re:Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

I'm not sure what belief in the resurrection of Christ had to do with agnosticism. I'm agnostic and I don't believe in the immaculate conception or resurrection, but I'll admit, assuming existence of an omnipotent being (which, while hardly plausible, is not falsifiable), they are possible. And yes, resurrection would be impossible for all but an omnipotent being. That's kind of the point though, isn't it?

about 2 months ago
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Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough

Damarkus13 Re:solution: don't try to remember them (223 comments)

Are there really password managers that don't purge the clipboard a few seconds after copying a password?

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

Damarkus13 Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 comments)

I think you are seriously overestimating the products affected by this issue. If you're shipping a finished product you're using your own VID & PID, right? If you're not you're already changing the PID to one issued by FTD for your product (you did read the license didn't you?) This (admittedly boneheaded) moved is aimed at the $1 USB to serial adapters being sold on eBay with counterfeit chips. It doesn't affect consumer products at all, but it's got the maker community hopping mad.

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

Damarkus13 Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 comments)

This will does not affect consumer devices. Almost all devices containing this chip will ship with the manufacturers VID/PID. Those that ship with FTDI's VID will (if they're complying with FTDI's Iicense) ship with a different PID than the raw chip.

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Damarkus13 Re: On the other hand... (700 comments)

There is no reasonable analogy that can be made involving a Gucci product.

While I agree with this.

This,

They are not changing the device at all, they are simply making their drivers not work with the fake ones.

is patently false. They are changing the PID on counterfeit chips to 0. Which causes Windows to flat out refuse to enumerate the device and breaks driver compatibility on all OSs.

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Damarkus13 Re:In later news... (700 comments)

Comsumer products with this chip in them won't ship with FTDI's VID and PID. They provide a utility for that purpose. This is not a problem that comsumers are going to encounter.

about 2 months ago

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