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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Howitzer86 Re:But hey... (789 comments)

You can't fault a guy for being an optimist. Hindsight is 20/20. Fault him for what he's doing right now.

about 2 months ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Howitzer86 Re:Grab the Popcorn (789 comments)

You won't even need a microwave.

about 2 months ago
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Russia Cracks Down On Public Wi-Fi; Oracle Blocks Java Downloads In Russia

Howitzer86 Good? (254 comments)

Putin has said he thinks the Internet is a CIA project. Though he's wrong (it's a DOD project), he's also a man who's all about that spy stuff. He probably sincerely believes it's in his countries best interest to suppress internet usage, perhaps replacing it with one of their own design.

Considering a Russian gang has stolen over 1 billion user names and password hashes from hundreds of thousands of websites, and considering all such problems of that kind that the world has with Russia hackers, I think the best outcome for the world would be for that country to lose internet access. Their people will suffer as a result, but the more people stand to benefit from their potential isolation.

It's possible that of all possible outcomes, this is the best one.

about 3 months ago
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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

Howitzer86 Re:Obesity is the Epidemic Of Our Times (625 comments)

When I was going, we had variety, but it wasn't always healthy, but sometimes it was. I remember corn, lots and lots of corn. Corn cobs, corn corn, corn flakes (breakfast). Corn, corn, corn, corn, corn. And sometimes broccoli.

The pizza was gross, the spaghetti was mediocre, it was all together low quality, lowest bidder, prison food.

And then "a la carte" was invented, and we never ate healthy food again.

about 4 months ago
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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

Howitzer86 Re:People may not say what they know (600 comments)

NPR had a feature a while back about Republicans who secretly believed in Global Warming, and one guy who represented a rural area, saw the damage that was happening because of climate change, saw the threat human caused climate change presented to his constituents, but said the wrong thing despite having his constituents best interests at heart. Essentially the backwater hicks would agree with him that the climate wasn't being kind to them, but they turned on him once he mentioned the trigger word.

Its not like these people are incapable of believing in anything that can't be concretely proven either. They believe in God. I know one guy who also believes aliens have visited the Earth and that the "Men in Black" are real. But this ability to believe in the far-fetched does not guarantee that they would adopt the very likely possibility that we're hurting our own planet with green-house gasses. And once they do believe it, I'm not sure they will care.

They know the damage strip mining can do, and they don't care. They fight regulation of it tooth and nail. They're coming around on fracking, but they're also not going to care. Their line of reasoning is "If you don't like the poisonous water or earth quakes, move. If you can't move, you must not be working hard enough - f_ck you." They deny-human caused Global Warming, but when they come around on it, they won't care. Caring about the planet is for liberals and communists - thus saith the Reagan Religion

about 6 months ago
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Nokia Announces Nokia X Android Smartphone

Howitzer86 Re:Sounds like a Niche, not a future (105 comments)

Yeah, agreed. I'm very reluctant to do unnecessary things to my phone and computers too. In addition to an Ardruino, I have a second tower (my older system) around for doge-coin mining and other experiments.

The last "hack" I did to a mobile device was my old Nook Color, which I had bought specifically because it was a cheap way to get into the then-new tablet world. Android tablets were still kinda crappy back in 2010, as well as expensive. $250 was able to get me most of what made a decent Android tablet at the time. It could even handle a lot of the graphics heavy games available then, and I only missed a microphone and a GPS (bluetooth was enabled by Cyanogen Mod)

Since then, I've had less and less of a reason to bother. Regarding mobile, every company appears to pay close attention to the customer. Additionally, everything is more polished and cheaper than it used to be.

about 8 months ago
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Nokia Announces Nokia X Android Smartphone

Howitzer86 Re:Sounds like a Niche, not a future (105 comments)

I was under the impression that this phone was a low cost offering for developing countries. Hackers DO like that kind of thing, but I doubt it was made with them in mind. I agree with your suggestion that it might have been the successor to the Maemo platform. If so, this was something in the works since before the buy-out plans by Microsoft, and that MS, rather than kill it all together, decided to let them get it out there in order for them to make a return on their investment, provided they at least make it look like the Windows Phone OS.

This will definitely be wanted by hackers though with Android drifting ever-away from AOSP, it's almost assured to be considered a dead-end phone.

about 8 months ago
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A Mathematical Proof Too Long To Check

Howitzer86 Re:wow (189 comments)

I wonder about the usefulness of a unit of measure that constantly changes. Perhaps we should also consider storing the Library of Congress inside of a temperature controlled, airless chamber. We could then store this unit in the Library of Congress for further refere-

Unhandled exception at 0x00435917 in Howitzer86.exe: | 0xC00000FD: Stack overflow.

about 8 months ago
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FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

Howitzer86 Re:Is this really a problem? (445 comments)

While I agree a Class 1 shouldn't matter, my Class 2 range finder might still hurt at 500 feet. The eye will be fine because of the blinking reflex, but on approach, you need to have your eyes open.

about 8 months ago
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FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

Howitzer86 Re:So? (Clarification) (445 comments)

I should clarify that by range I mean reliable distance reading. You could probably quadruple that distance for the blinding power of the beam itself.

about 8 months ago
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FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

Howitzer86 Re:So? (445 comments)

There also needs to be some clarification as to how powerful a pointer you need. A $2 Class 1 isn't going to do it. Naturally though if you want to alarm the public into accusing anyone who pointing a beam of light at something, you can't make exceptions like this. Its too complicated for us simple folk - the same way pot is too strong for us to handle without losing our minds and murdering our families.

One also might wonder what purpose the laser might serve. If its part of a range finder, maybe its someone testing their new hunting/construction gear. Granted, you're not going to do anything with that number, assuming you got one, but the idiot threshold for people trying it is lower than we think by virtue of a coherent/non-crazy reason for pointing a laser at something.

My range finder is a Class 2 laser. I would never point it at aircraft, though its capable of an impressive range of 230 feet. Only an idiot would point that at a helicopter, but they wouldn't need to be a total idiot, nor would they need to have malicious intent.

about 8 months ago
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FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

Howitzer86 Re:So..... (445 comments)

I can imagine a worse scenario. Kids daring other kids to point dinky little Class 1 pointers at planes. The pilot won't see it, and even if he did, it wouldn't hurt him, let alone track him with a steady beam long enough to do so. The other kids can report it, and next thing you know you see a bunch of idiots prosecuted by other idiots for doing idiotic, but harmless things.

Meanwhile, the real threat has high powered lasers mounted on tripods with scopes, which they aren't afraid to use if the Black Helicopters fly over their property again.

about 8 months ago
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Lawsuit: Oracle Called $50K 'Good Money For an Indian'

Howitzer86 Re:heads up (409 comments)

That doesn't make it okay.

about 9 months ago
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Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

Howitzer86 Re:Cellphones during the movie was debated.... (1431 comments)

My fear is that you'll have to assume that about everyone someday. Just like you would in some war-torn country in Africa.

The mentality would serve as serious justification for an omnipresent security state. Perhaps the future is to treat the country like one big mad house and lead regimented, surveilled, lives. Maybe anything short of that would spell our collective doom.

about 9 months ago
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Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

Howitzer86 Re:Double bind (1431 comments)

Yeah, the article states that as well.

I bet he was going to shoot someone that day. The one shot was just unlucky enough to be the first to piss off the shooter. Someone else would have crossed him eventually, and for sure he'd blow them away too.

about 9 months ago
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North Korea Erases Executed Official From the Internet

Howitzer86 Re:Obummer's exit plan (276 comments)

It's either, "lesser evil", or "the devil we know." People were fearful of Romney because they didn't know him. Their ignorance allowed them to assume the worst based on his wealth, no-context statements, and political talking points. And of course he's a Republican who designed something very similar to the Affordable Care Act. That's a double strike. Democrats couldn't vote for him because he was too easy to illustrate as a wealthy Republican cartoon character, and Republicans couldn't vote for him because he did the same thing Obama did. Never-mind what was written by the Heritage Foundation in the 90s, now anything similar to the ACA is radioactive.

I voted for Romney, but it was a hard vote. I didn't like either option, but fear was enough for me to break my promise to vote third party. These days I recognize that it doesn't matter who the President is. Politicians spend all their lives making themselves look good by publicly saying and doing whatever it is the people like, then when they're elected to the top-office, they do whatever they want. It happens repeatedly and everywhere. When it comes to elections, the votes that really matter are for your Representatives and Senators... but for how long is anybodies guess, since they're losing power and legitimacy.

In 2016 Hillary Clinton will be elected. The whole Benghazi thing has successfully been illustrated as a tin-foil hat conspiracy thing. The official line that there was nothing anybody could do, not the Marines, and much less our top diplomat, is the line that has won out. No candidate stands a chance against a Clinton. As president what she'd do is anyone's guess, though I would hope that we don't have a rubber-stamp legislative and judicial branch by that time.

about 10 months ago
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North Korea Erases Executed Official From the Internet

Howitzer86 Re:I haven't read "1984" ?? (276 comments)

Hello there... can you suggest a good movie or story that accurately or sufficiently describes what life was like in East Germany? 1984 might work for extreme situations like North Korea, but I think what we're headed for here in the U.S. is something a bit more subtle.

about 10 months ago
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UK Gov't Plans To Censor "Extremist" Websites Via Orders To ISPs

Howitzer86 Re:You will not believe how far Britain will go (208 comments)

I can imagine why you feel more threatened about this than most. I'm not from the UK, but I did notice a link between extremist ideas on the internet and terrorism. The Boston bombers for instance, were totally into tin-foil hat theories and "right wing" ideology. My immediate reaction to that realization was just this: extremist ideas should be dealt with with extreme prejudice.

And then I stepped back and looked at what that would mean.

Freedom is hard. It's about taking a risk. The risk is that in exchange for not putting everyone in a cage, the 1/2 of 1% of the population might murder you. Perfect safety, or at least, perfect safety from spectacular attacks, is going to require that we all be put into electronic cages. You will have freedom of movement, but be on camera and recorded at all times. Your location, heart-rate, voice, and someday even thoughts, will have to be monitored by the government, much like a game designer testing his virtual world for bugs.

Its required to fight terrorism. Fighting terrorism is a good way to get elected. Most people won't mind so long as they can play XBox, drive a car, "follow their dreams", and so on. "Leave the politics to the politicians, I just want to make a living." They'll say.

80 years from now our "1st world" won't even be recognizable.

about a year ago

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