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Proposed Penalty For UK Hackers Who "Damage National Security": Life

DaveAtFraud If anything, too lenient (164 comments)

I was thinking more along the lines of something like having the convicted party drawn and quartered, staked out on an ant hill (fire ants preferably), garroted, etc. The potential punishment needs to be a real deterrent; not whiling away the years in some minimum security resort.

/. groupthink seems to have focused on the "heroic hacker" unearthing politically embarrassing scandals while forgetting the damage that everyone from site taggers who get carried away to what common criminals, terrorists and state actors can do. There are people out there who can do real damage. Be it either without thinking or with much greed or hatred.

Cheers,
Dave

about a week ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

DaveAtFraud Art Museum Directors Next? (474 comments)

How many museums have art by Botticelli? You know. The art with lots of nudes and cherubs?

Cheers,
Dave

about two weeks ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

DaveAtFraud They don't even mention (422 comments)

Carbonated beverages of all kinds (diet, non-diet) tend to contribute to osteoporosis. The carbonation leaches the calcium from your bones.

Cheers,
Dave

about two weeks ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

DaveAtFraud I'll stick with coffee and beer (422 comments)

Actually there have been quite a few studies regarding coffee, caffeine and health:

https://www.google.com/?gws_rd...

The general consensus is that coffee is GOOD FOR YOU unless you have specific health issues like hypertension, high blood pressure, etc. Go troll on a different subject. You'll lose on this one.

Beer! Now that's another subject. Dark and thick is the best. Just had a Left Hand Brewing Company Nitro "Wake Up Dead" Stout. It almost doesn't need a glass. Yummy.

Cheers,
Dave

about two weeks ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

DaveAtFraud Re:Ummmmmm. Escargot. Yummy. (481 comments)

Even in Japan, octopus meat is usually cooked (boiled) for sushi. The arms of the common octopus and the giant octopus (most common varieties for sushi) are edible raw, and are treated as a delicacy, but they are very chewy--you'd need to get a good sushi chef to slice it paper thin to have any hope of chewing it off. The Koreans do eat living octopus arms that are only chopped and not sliced, but they use a different, smaller species that isn't as well suited for sushi.

I didn't know that. The other items on the menu at our favorite sushi place are noted as being cooked (e.g., unagi, ebi) or lightly flamed (seared tuna, scallops if you ask for them that way) but otherwise raw. I just assumed that since the octopus wasn't noted as cooked, it was raw. Unlike most of the other items on the menu that I might see in a fish market, I've never been to a fish market that had octopus (cooked or not).

I enjoy learning and, especially, learning about the things I eat. Thanks. Also, something tells me that the octopus being boiled isn't going to make it acceptable to my friends and family who stick to cooked items on the sushi menu....

Cheers,
Dave

about three weeks ago
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The flying car I'd like in my garage first:

DaveAtFraud George Jetson's (151 comments)

The one that folds up into a briefcase that you can carry.

Cheers,
Dave

about three weeks ago
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A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

DaveAtFraud Right. Yet another, "There ought to be a law..." (203 comments)

Lots of things are against the law and yet people still murder, rape, kidnap, steal, etc., etc. What makes you think some idiot will follow a law that says they can't fly their flying car if it has a bit of a bend? I followed some jerk whose brake lights didn't work last week. I'm sure that's illegal, too.

Cheers,
Dave

about three weeks ago
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Linux 3.17 Kernel Released With Xbox One Controller Support

DaveAtFraud I'm shocked (114 comments)

Linus missed an opportunity to "adjust" the kernel version numbering scheme. This should have been released as Linux kernel 11.0.

(Sorry, couldn't resist)

Cheers,
Dave

about three weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

DaveAtFraud Re:Looney Tunes (320 comments)

I always knew there was something else I didn't like about Democrats besides their tax and spend, big, nanny-state government ways and now I know. No sense of humor.

Cheers,
Dave

about three weeks ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

DaveAtFraud Ummmmmm. Escargot. Yummy. (481 comments)

but octopus is just gross

Try it raw on rice (sushi style). You'd be surprised how good it tastes with soy sauce and wasabi. The texture is a little chewy which puts some people off.

Never thought I'd like escargot but had enough to drink one time and I've been hooked ever since. Who woulda thunk that snails make a great vehicle for garlic and butter?

Cheers,
Dave

about a month ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

DaveAtFraud Ummmmm. Sushi. Yummy. (481 comments)

I've had octopus a couple of times. Tends to be a little chewy. I'll stick to ahi tuna (maguro and toro), yellowtail, scallops, freshwater eel (unagi), surf clams, etc. Still haven't had enough to drink to try sea urchin. Just something about the appearance and texture.

Cheers,
Dave

about a month ago
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My toy collection is ...

DaveAtFraud Re:Define A Toy (209 comments)

M2s are nice, and honestly not that expensive for a class II. Only about 30k or so. Why? Because they're hard to maintain. They require very precise headspacing, otherwise it becomes a bomb. Not to mention the cost of feeding .50BMG.

Think about the millions of M-2s that have been used over the years and especially used in some pretty primitive environments like Guadacanal, PNG, etc. Can't be that hard to maintain. Admittedly, probably some skill involved.

Not worried about the cost. We're dreaming remember? Does make you wonder though about the finances of especially WWII when hundreds of B-17s and B-24s escorted by hundreds more P-51s and P-47s each with their full complement of M-2s and ammo and boat loads of gasoline flew missions on a regular basis. Ever think what it would cost to re-create that now? I was impressed when I saw 20+ B-25s in the air for the Doolittle Raid 70th anniversary and a couple dozen Mustangs in the air at once at GML 2007. Can't imagine hundreds if not thousands.

Cheers,
Dave

about a month ago
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My toy collection is ...

DaveAtFraud Re:Define A Toy (209 comments)

Hear, hear!

In the last 6 months I've acquired a M1 Garand (s/n 2xxxxxx, but re-barreled in '55) and an M1 Carbine, Rockola, good stock, good condition, no bayonet lug and early "flip-style" rear sight. My eyes are open for a WW2-era 1911, Thompson, and BAR to round out the collection...

So fun to own a piece of American history, no?

Priced authentic 1911s. Ouch. I'll probably go with a replica.

Cheers,
Dave

about a month ago
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My toy collection is ...

DaveAtFraud Re:Define A Toy (209 comments)

M-2 (Dream big)

Cheers,
Dave

about a month ago
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My toy collection is ...

DaveAtFraud Re:Define A Toy (209 comments)

Violence is the refuge of people who don't think.
Gun violence is for cowards.

Couldn't agree more. That's why I only use my guns for non-violent things like target shooting, destroying old hard drives (there is a certain satisfaction in this application), etc. I will not initiate violence with my guns but the nature of these weapons means that I am in a position to reply very violently to someone who initiates violence against me.

BTW, I live in Colorado, USA and we have what has become known as the "Make my day" law. This law here says that I can legally use any and all means including lethal weapons to defend my household against unauthorized entry. I consider breaking into my house to be a violent act and would respond accordingly.

Cheers,
Dave

about a month ago
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My toy collection is ...

DaveAtFraud Re:Define A Toy (209 comments)

Guns. Specifically, WWII era U.S. infantry weapons. Good for making old hard drives unreadable; good for defending the household. I can probably find other uses should the need arise.

Cheers,
Dave

about a month ago
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My resting heart rate:

DaveAtFraud Before or after (169 comments)

Coffee?

Make a significant difference here.

Cheers,
Dave

about a month ago
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My resting heart rate:

DaveAtFraud Re:first (169 comments)

Don't give yourself a heart attack just to get a first post.

Cheers,
Dave

about a month ago
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I think next winter will be:

DaveAtFraud Re:*shakes magic 8 ball* (148 comments)

That's harsh I remember when a 3 day weather forecast was crazy talk, not they do 10 day with reasonable accuracy.
Of course, the suffer from pedantics in they if they say it's going to be 93, and it's actually 94, people are like see, wrong again!

They do OK here in Colorado during the top of summer and the bottom of winter. Spring and fall they might get the current conditions right if they looked out the door... but it would probably change before they could report it. But they still try to do a 7 or 10 day forecast. Once in a while they get it right but don't plan on it.

Cheers,
Dave

about a month and a half ago

Submissions

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Favorite way to add capsaicin to a dish:

DaveAtFraud DaveAtFraud writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DaveAtFraud writes "Fresh chilis
Dried chilis
Preserved chilis/chili sauce
Mild hot sauce
Medium hot sauce
Natural but very hot sauce
Extreme hot sauce
Something else that I'll explain
Cowboyneal perfectly spices all of my food"
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Tanya Anderson Sue RIAA for Malicious Prosecution

DaveAtFraud DaveAtFraud writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DaveAtFraud writes "Groklaw has the scoop. Tanya Anderson, the single mother from Oregon previously sued by the RIAA (the case was dropped by the RIAA just before losing as a summary judgement), is suing the RIAA and their hired snoop Safenet (Formerly known as MediaSentry) for malicious prosecution. She is asserting claims under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the RICO Act, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act. One of the Groklaw readers has already picked up that she is seeking to have the RIAA forfeit the copyrights in question as part of the settlement. PJ has the full story and pithy analysis."
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DaveAtFraud DaveAtFraud writes  |  more than 8 years ago

DaveAtFraud writes "Infoworld has an article about a German company that is offering music downloads without DRM. Akuma uses a digital watermark technique invented by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits to trace and prosecute only people who illegally upload music. From TFA: "The watermark technology makes slight changes to the data in sound files, such as a higher volume intensity in a tiny part of a song, that are undetectable by even the best trained ears, according to Fraunhofer researchers. However, if unauthorized copies of a download turn up on, for example, peer-to-peer file sharing networks, the watermark allows Akuma to identify the purchaser of a file and take action against them." This means the end user can make as many copies as they want and can even share copies with very trusted friends. The only flaw I can see is what happens if someone loses their music player and their watermarked music gets uploaded?"

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Pissant A.C. criticism

DaveAtFraud DaveAtFraud writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Some pissant A.C. seems to think it is his (or her) job to insist that I not "sign" my posts the way I always have. Why would anyone listen to criticism from a pissant A.C?

Cheers,
Dave

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Response to signature criticism

DaveAtFraud DaveAtFraud writes  |  more than 6 years ago I found this citation in one of columns in today's Rocky interesting:

"To date, other Western countries have been more successful in covering all citizens at a lower per capita cost, but they have done so only by limiting the availability of high-technology medicine." So writes former Colorado governor Richard Lamm and co-author Robert Blank in their recent book, Condition Critical. A New Moral Vision for Health Care. And these guys are on Polis' side of the single payer debate.

"Every single payer health system has at its core some form of health-care rationing, including strict limits on expensive care, such as organ transplants, chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants, and long waiting lines for elective surgeries." Lammand Blank honestly acknowledge.

The columnist pointed out that such limits and rationing don't apply to the very rich like Polis, who can afford to go outside the system for care. Sounds like my signature.

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