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2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

Hrdina Re:Proves point (140 comments)

Galileo launches use a Fregat fourth stage (also Russian) to move the satellite to its mission orbit.

about 4 months ago

TCP/IP Might Have Been Secure From the Start If Not For the NSA

Hrdina Re:Misleading article. (149 comments)

Exactly, and I think this is what the AC was trying to say in one of the earlier responses.

The headline seems as if it is trying to tie this story to all the recent reports of the agency actively weakening crypto algorithms.

It would have been insane to allow classified algorithms to be published along with TCP/IP (unless of course they were willing to declassify).

I didn't watch the video, but read TFA. There, Cerf is quoted to say:
1. “If I had in my hands the kinds of cryptographic technology we have today, I would absolutely have used it,”
2. “During the mid 1970s while I was still at Stanford and working on this, I also worked with the NSA on a secure version of the Internet, but one that used classified cryptographic technology. At the time I couldn’t share that with my friends,” Cerf said. “So I was leading this kind of schizoid existence for a while.”

Maybe he said it in the video, but in TFA he does not say "I wanted to use the classified technology in TCP/IP but the agency denied my request."

about 9 months ago

Rice Professor Predicts Humans Out of Work In 30 Years

Hrdina Re:Hmm... (808 comments)

Soylent Corporation is always hiring.

about a year and a half ago

Petition For Metric In US Halfway To Requiring Response From the White House

Hrdina Death Star was Built by the Empire (1387 comments)

If we are going to build a Death Star, it would be entirely appropriate to build it with Imperial units.

about 2 years ago

How the Militarization of the Internet is Changing Warfare

Hrdina Re:Internet vs USB (204 comments)

I guess that makes this the militarization of the Sneakernet.

more than 2 years ago

LightSquared Hires Lawyers To Prep For GPS Battle

Hrdina Re:GPS (195 comments)

Yes, sorry, I should been less terse and followed with "their effective radiated power is even less than that!".

more than 2 years ago

LightSquared Hires Lawyers To Prep For GPS Battle

Hrdina Re:Other spectrum? (195 comments)

That would essentially reward them for trying to buy unsuitable spectrum on the cheap.

more than 2 years ago

LightSquared Hires Lawyers To Prep For GPS Battle

Hrdina Re:GPS (195 comments)

GPS uses a MEO orbit. They are about 20,000 km above the surface.

more than 2 years ago

Heartland Institute Threatens To Sue Anyone Who Comments On Leaked Documents

Hrdina Re:Streissand (517 comments)

I wish you were joking...

more than 2 years ago

India Turns Down American Fighter Jets, Buys From France

Hrdina Re:cost (600 comments)

Google bought a Dornier Alpha (German/French) to use for research. Maybe they wanted something to fly CAP over their Google Maps car?

more than 2 years ago

Greed, Zealotry, and the Commodore 64

Hrdina Re:An article I found interesting turned out to be (645 comments)

Apologies if you're not in the US, but here any statement that is not 100% supportive of religion is considered an attack on it. That's why atheist billboards and bus adverts lead to righteous indignation and vandalism.

about 4 years ago

Woman Sues Google Over Street View Shots of Her Underwear

Hrdina Re:Post hoc ergo propter hoc (417 comments)

She did not state that she lost her job due to the photos. She stated that she lost her job due to her own OCD and anxiety.

How anxious will she become when she learns that photos of her undergarments have been posted to Slashdot?

I suspect that far more people saw her clothes on the wash line just by walking down the street than would have seen them on the net if she hadn't sued.

about 4 years ago

Best Open Source Genealogy Software?

Hrdina Re:The Master Genealogist (292 comments)

I have to agree with the praise for TMG. I've been using it for several years now (version 4 then version 6). I have found it to be incredibly flexible in handling conflicting evidence, and it also generates some nice reports. I had moved my data from Family Tree Maker, so it did take me quite a while to "clean up" my database to change from a fact-based system to an evidence-based system, but I think the results have been worth it.

To be clear to the OP, it is definitely not an Open Source program in that it costs money and the file formats are (IIRC) proprietary as well (but there are plenty of export options so you are not locked-in).

about 4 years ago

Password Hackers Do Big Business With Ex-Lovers

Hrdina Re:Blaming the tools, instead of the behaviour... (197 comments)

The problem with that little notice is that if you have a lot of email in your inbox, you have to make an effort to scroll down to see it.

Most people don't make efforts.

Maybe if the last activity notice were in the sidebar or near the top of the screen it might be more effective.

I also love how the lead-in to the story discusses a woman who apparently became jealous because her "married boyfriend" was cheating on her...

more than 5 years ago

Failed Avionics a Possible Cause of BA038 Crash

Hrdina Re:terrists? (369 comments)

Actually, it's more like "nucular", "gubmint", and "librul".

more than 6 years ago


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