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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

Grishnakh Re:Obama Admin! (281 comments)

What are you talking about? We had good 128-bit encryption back in the Clinton years; that's what the whole "weak vs strong" encryption issue was about (only 40-bit crypto was allowed to be exported).

4 days ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

Grishnakh Re:Obama Admin! (281 comments)

>Don't imagine that a republican administration would be any more willing to let you keep your communication private. They might use different tactics, but secretly putting back doors in software is not really any better than a public campaign to install government backdoors in software.

I completely disagree. Doing something subversive that people don't like is better. Because then, when people inevitably and eventually find out, they get angry and do something about it. With the Democrat method, they actually convince people this crap is good for them.

If someone is going to screw me over, I'd rather them do it in a way that I don't know about it. There's nothing more annoying than someone screwing you over and gloating about it to your face.

You might think the latter is better because people will know about it sooner, but most voters are usually ridiculously naive, and will actually believe everything their party leadership tells them. When they find out they've been lied to, they get angry and demand change. But with the Democrats, they were never lied to.

4 days ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

Grishnakh Re:Obama Admin! (281 comments)

Yes, I know Bush did a lot of spying, but that's different than encryption. Did any of Bush's honchos run around saying people shouldn't use encryption because the government needs to see it? Or pushing for laws banning the use of encryption, or trying to force everyone to have government-approved encryption chips with NSA backdoors built-in? Clinton did all of that, completely publicly, and now Obama's doing it.

Maybe I'm misremembering things, but I do remember "strong" (>40-bit) encryption being illegal to export during the Clinton years, and this finally being relaxed during the Bush years because it was so stupid and everyone outside the US already had it.

Yeah, Bush is evil and all, but I don't remember him being so obnoxiously paternalistic and publicly saying we should only be able to use computers with government backdoors; instead, he just did things behind everyone's backs.

5 days ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

Grishnakh Re:Obama Admin! (281 comments)

I don't remember the Bush administration having much to say about encryption. I do remember Clinton trying to ban all non-escrowed encryption and put Clipper chips in everything, however.

5 days ago
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CSS Proposed 20 Years Ago Today

Grishnakh Re:They _Should_ Replace It (180 comments)

No. That only works for horizontal centering

That's what I was talking about. I didn't realize you meant both vertically and horizontally.

Yes, it is rather lame.

about two weeks ago
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Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

Grishnakh Re:SCUBA still has analog ... (155 comments)

Depends on the domain. Analog gauges are still popular

Sorry, you're right. I should have specified I'm really talking about cars here. For simple/low-cost applications, they still use analog mechanical gauges. For instance, the gauge on any air compressor is just a cheap mechanical gauge.

Also, mechanical gauges do tend to be very rugged. That's not a useful trait in a car, but for scuba gear it certainly is.

about two weeks ago
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Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

Grishnakh Re:Claim is BS. (155 comments)

What did they expect? It was supposed to be the successor to the CRX and (first-gen) Insight, and was way worse than either of them. They should have made it out of aluminum, at the very least.

Even so, I really don't understand how it came out so bad. It's underpowered, but gets terrible gas mileage. I can go get a Mazda3 that's much bigger (4-door hatchback), and way more powerful (2.4L SkyActiv engine) and faster, and still get the same mpg (38). WTF? And the Mazda isn't even hybrid! It's just a gas engine, albeit with direct injection (which lots of cars these days have now). How did they manage to make a tiny little car with a tiny engine that's hybrid and still get such lousy mileage?

Also, I don't think the Prius is aluminum either. And it too is faster than the CR-Z while being much larger, and gets much better fuel economy. So aluminum might have helped a little, but not that much. It seems that Honda's engine tech is just plain obsolete now. Everyone else is doing much better even with steel frames (though there's more use of high-strength steel alloys these days).

about two weeks ago
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Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

Grishnakh Re:Claim is BS. (155 comments)

There are plenty of cars now where an analogue speedometer isn't an option.

Have you been to a car dealership since the mid-1980s? I can't think of many cars which have digital speedometers only. Perhaps the Honda CR-Z, but that isn't exactly very popular (in fact, it's a flop; I'm surprised they still sell them). And even those cars still have analog tachometers (which is arguably much more important to be analog than the speedometer, because the tach changes so much faster).

about two weeks ago
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Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

Grishnakh Re:Claim is BS. (155 comments)

No, it's an analog meter. It's receiving digital information, and using that to control a servomotor to position a needle, and looks a lot like old-time all-mechanical meters, but it's still analog in the sense that it's displaying information in an analog fashion, rather than as a numerical readout.

about two weeks ago
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Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

Grishnakh Re:Claim is BS. (155 comments)

No one, outside of some small specialty manufacturers (including some old-time avionics makers), makes analog meters implemented mechanically any more, if you mean something where a cable turns some gears which turn a needle. They're all electrical and digitally-controlled now, and have been for some time, and for good reason: mechanical meters simply aren't as reliable or accurate.

about two weeks ago
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Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

Grishnakh Re:Claim is BS. (155 comments)

You're missing my point (see especially my comment about the Tesla). Regardless of the actual mechanics of the instrument (moving needle vs. LCD screen that depicts an image of a moving needle), analog gauges aren't going away, probably ever. Yes, we'll probably just have LCD screens for our dashboards soon, but they're still going to show us images of analog gauges, because they're inherently more useful than a numerical readout.

about two weeks ago
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CSS Proposed 20 Years Ago Today

Grishnakh Re:They _Should_ Replace It (180 comments)

Firefox implemented CSS variables back in version 31. Your claim is false.

Is that part of the CSS standard? No? Then it's irrelevant.

about two weeks ago
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CSS Proposed 20 Years Ago Today

Grishnakh Re:They _Should_ Replace It (180 comments)

I'm not a web dev professionally, but I'm pretty sure you're wrong about centering elements inside each other. It doesn't have an explicit way of doing it, which is rather dumb, but you have to create a div within a div, and then set the margins in the CSS to "auto".

about two weeks ago
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Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

Grishnakh Claim is BS. (155 comments)

There's plenty of analog meters being made every year. Just look at any automobile dashboard. They experimented with digital dashes back in the 80s and quickly abandoned them. Even Teslas, which have an LCD screen in the dashboard, have analog meters; they're just done in software, no different that a phone or PC that has an icon of an analog clock face.

Interestingly, though, modern cars with analog meters actually have them driven digitally; the indicator is really a servomotor, driven by digital information over a vehicle bus.

The reason analog instruments still prevail is because they can be interpreted easily at a glance (by looking at the position of the needle, rather than reading numerals and having to decide if those numbers are within a good range), and also because they show trends and rates of change which digital gauges do not.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Grishnakh Re:TFA isn't about trolls (716 comments)

Huh? I don't think I'm mistaken at all. The previous poster said this trolling was "rampant against males as well", and then provided a list from Wikipedia of males who had been SWATted, except that Miley Cyrus was also in that list. Unless she's had a sex change very recently, I'm quite sure Miley is female. The comment about Justin Bieber is supposed to be a joke.

about two weeks ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

Grishnakh Re:Alternative headline (429 comments)

There's no indication here that this tool isn't also meant to be used by network (store) owners. How else are store owners going to prevent people from using BitTorrent? If they were really savvy they'd know how to do so with the router's configuration tool (by looking for offenders and banning their MAC addresses), but that's laborious (they'd have to constantly attend to it as customers come and go, and a consumer router only has so many entries for blocked MACs) and requires specialized knowledge. This tool supposedly makes it automatic, though it of course it works in an entirely different way.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Grishnakh Re:TFA isn't about trolls (716 comments)

And once again, this is not a feminist issue. Doxxing an SWATting are rampant against males as well. From Wikipedia:
* In the past, there have been swatting incidents at the homes of Ashton Kutcher, Tom Cruise, Chris Brown, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Clint Eastwood.

Miley Cyrus isn't a male.

I'm not sure about Justin Bieber....

about two weeks ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

Grishnakh Re:Alternative headline (429 comments)

What a fucktard (the submitter, not you). Seriously people, just because you don't agree with what someone's doing doesn't make it right for you to attack them. Two wrongs do not make a right.

So if I own a coffee shop and one of my customers (I don't know which one, it's not like I look over their shoulders to see exactly what they're doing on their computers) is running BitTorrent and hogging all the bandwidth on the free WiFi connection I've provided for all the customers to share, it's "wrong" for me to use an enforcement tool to stop him?

Fuck you.

about two weeks ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

Grishnakh Re:Alternative headline (429 comments)

Exactly right. No one should have the right to beat up on a bully, and if they do, they should be punished greatly for it. Only the first bully is allowed to be a bully, and he shouldn't face any repercussions at all for his actions. But if anyone tries standing up to him because the authorities aren't bothering to do anything, or are actively encouraging him, those people should be brutally put down.

That's the way we handle bullying in schools, after all.

about two weeks ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

Grishnakh Re:It's okay when I do it... (429 comments)

Of course it's more efficient. It's the classic centralization vs. decentralization problem. Centralization is always more efficient overall. However, it has disadvantages: single point of failure, inflexibility, etc. In this case, one big disadvantage is cost: cloud distribution requires signing up for and paying for an account somewhere to store all this data. Peer-to-peer tools don't have this (though they do have the problem of how to distribute the .torrent files, which is semi-centralized but doesn't have to be since anyone can send them around to anyone else directly). Cloud distribution puts the data at the mercy of a single provider; peer-to-peer tools let everyone share data willy-nilly, and as long as one person, anywhere, has the data, it can be replicated to everyone else easily.

Similarly, it would likely be more efficient if we all gave up our PCs and went back to using mainframes of some sort (or some kind of centralized server infrastructure, not an actual zOS mainframe), with our "PCs" just being thin clients, and us all having user accounts on them. The administration would be much easier and more effective, and the power usage would probably be much less than what we're doing now. However, that would put us at the mercy of a few providers, would likely cost more long-term, at least for those of us who manage our own computers and don't have to regularly call the Geek Squad for personal visits like my dumb neighbor, and would massively limit flexibility since we'd only be able to do things that are pre-approved for the most part.

about two weeks ago

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Engineering enrollments plummeting in Michigan

Grishnakh Grishnakh writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Grishnakh (216268) writes "A lead story in Auto Electronics decries a 13% drop in engineering student enrollments over the past 7 years, and predicts trouble for the engineering profession in the USA in coming years due to many factors, including retirement of Boomers, less interest by foreign nationals in staying in the U.S., and increased international competition. One very interesting quote by a Dean of Engineering: "We need engineers with innovative and entrepreneurial mindsets and capabilities. We need engineers who have the confidence and passion to lead global multicultural teams." I don't know about others, but when I started college and chose engineering as a major, if "leading global teams" were pitched as a major job task, I probably would have chosen a different profession."

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