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Venezuela Bans the Commercial Sale of Firearms and Ammunition

Hasai Red Herring (828 comments)

The measure is intended to curb violent crime in Venezuela....

I call Red Herring: The true reason to confiscate the people's weaponry is to make it less likely for there to be a successful uprising against Hugo Chavez's increasingly despotic rule.

more than 2 years ago
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Hacked Bitcoin Financial Site Had No Backups

Hasai No Backups?!?? (331 comments)

It isn't the amount, it's the sheer amateurishness of the operation and the subsequent loss of trust.

Banks, exchanges, and other monetary systems, including currencies themselves, can only function when there exists an implied trust that the system will continue to function, and do so reliably. A loss of that trust is what causes bank runs, hyperinflation, and economic collapses.

Bitcoin has destroyed that trust. They're toast.

more than 2 years ago
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Can Microsoft Afford To Lose With Windows 8?

Hasai Three Words (630 comments)

"....can they pull it off again?"

Sure; and I can tell you why in three words:

Pointy. Haired. Bosses.

You just try to tell your typical PHB that there's something out there besides Office, or that the workstation and the Operating System are two separate things, and watch their eyes instantly glaze over.

Hell, we still use Centrex in this dump!

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Using Company Laptop For Personal Use

Hasai Step One.... (671 comments)

....Try reading the corporate SOP.
Step Two: When in doubt, ask.
Step Three: If the SOP isn't something you can abide by, find another job. Dishonesty WILL ruin your career.

more than 2 years ago
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"Liberated" Tunisia Still Censoring Websites

Hasai Here's a shocker (108 comments)

Just because governments change doesn't mean cultures have to.

more than 2 years ago
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All-IP Network Produces $100B Real Estate Windfall

Hasai And here WE are.... (229 comments)

....Still on Centrex, and paying AT&T boo-koo bucks every month for the privilege. :(

more than 2 years ago
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Russian Official Implies Foul Play In Mars Probe Failure

Hasai Typical Russian thing to say. (451 comments)

When you screw-up, blame "nefarious outside forces."

Works every time.

more than 2 years ago
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The Bosses Do Everything Better (or So They Think)

Hasai Happened just once. (469 comments)

I had a pilot once who demanded to know EXACTLY what was wrong with his aircraft.

So, I told him.

After that, whenever something went wrong, he'd stay in the pilot lounge until I told him it was safe to come out.

more than 2 years ago
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The Doomsday Clock Is Moved Closer To Midnight

Hasai Yawn. (313 comments)

Throughout history, the most accurate depiction of human civilization is that of a man running for his life, with a pack of ravening wolves snapping at his heels. So; what else is new?

more than 2 years ago
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US Report Sees Perils To America's Tech Future

Hasai "Government share??" (373 comments)

"In terms of federal research, in 1980 the federal government provided about 70% of all dollars spent on basic research, but since then the government's share of basic research funding given to all entities has fallen to 57%."

You mean to tell me that this is part of the beef? That Great God Government (beat head three times on the floor in the direction of Washington) now has less control over what people can research?

Can someone explain to me why this is a bad thing?

more than 2 years ago
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EU Proposal Would Encourage Web Users To Flag Suspicious Web Pages

Hasai Any web content that "promotes terrorism?" (95 comments)

....Or any web content the particular pack of yahoos currently in power just happens to not agree with?

more than 2 years ago
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Coming Soon: Ubiquitous Long-Term Surveillance From Big Brother

Hasai They have this NOW. (191 comments)

It's called "Facebook," and twits are lining-up to dump their entire lives into it.

more than 2 years ago
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US Sentinel Drone Fooled Into Landing With GPS Spoofing

Hasai Utter Garbage (647 comments)

It's amazing how little a grasp of basic engineering, or even common sense, your typical journalist has, or any other people who actually believe this bunk.

1) How does one "jam" a tight-beam satellite uplink? Electronic Warfare has been around for just as long as there has been radios on the battlefield, and people actually think that the possibility of jamming didn't occur to the craft's designers?
2) Jamming GPS, however, *can* be done; you just have to be louder than the broadcast signal. HOWEVER, see the first item. The possibility never occurred to the designers?
3) In order to "spoof" a GPS to such a precise degree as to make the aircraft land would require the Iranians to know the precise location (within a meter or two) of the craft in relationship to the terrain below it. A stealthed aircraft that even American systems have difficulty detecting, mind you. Otherwise, drone goes SPLAT.
4) Even assuming a miracle happens and 3) is actually accomplished, the aircraft is now scooting along the ground at several hundred miles per hour. How do you tell the craft to shut down its engine? Better yet, how do you get it to drop its landing gear?

So; after all this, let's play a bit of Occam's Razor: The drone suffered a major malfunction and splattered itself across the face of a mountain somewhere. The Iranians, in the hopes of deterring the Americans from sending more drones, cook up this cock-and-bull story of being able to bring the drones down intact. Their "proof" is a fiberglass model put together from released photos and media footage (Oh, look! The landing gear just *happens* to be concealed! Possibly because the Iranians don't know what it's supposed to look like?).

Now; doesn't this sound just a little bit more plausible?

more than 2 years ago
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Pakistan Bans 1600 Words and Phrases For Texting

Hasai Grimly Amusing (356 comments)

Seems no matter where you go and no matter how ludicrous the subject, "IT'S FOR THE CHIIIILLLLDREN!" always wins. :\

more than 2 years ago
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How Ford Will Upgrade Owners' Display Screens

Hasai Re:what a summary! (215 comments)

....If you tell them "Add a newsletter subscription form", they will add the form, sure, a form that does nothing when you click Submit....

Wow; sounds just like your typical Union guy.

more than 2 years ago
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How Ford Will Upgrade Owners' Display Screens

Hasai Re:"with it, Ford breaks" (215 comments)

Ford does in-house software development with help from Microsoft.

Oh. My. God.
~Higgins

more than 2 years ago
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Why Do So Many College Science Majors Drop Out?

Hasai I have another theory. (841 comments)

I have a different theory than the author's "death march" one: Public school is a hidebound, bureaucratic, union-strangled monstrosity that does little to nothing to prepare people for the real world. As a result, when these same students hit college and the "hard" sciences, the result is the same as a tomato hitting a brick wall at speed.
I used to be an engineering instructor, and I saw it all the time. It's one of the primary reasons that many colleges require freshman "remedial" courses upon entry, to get the students caught-up on subjects the students should have learned in public school.

more than 2 years ago

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