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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

INT_QRK Thank you for your input. (1609 comments)

...now take please your meds...

about a week ago
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Lack of US Cybersecurity Across the Electric Grid

INT_QRK Re:http://www.linuxadvocates.com/ (95 comments)

What do avocados have to do with linux? Avocados have pits, for goodness sakes, not kernels. Makes no sense.

about a week ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

INT_QRK Re:What if we overcorrect? (341 comments)

One of the many joys of Lysenkoism in Global Warming science...

about a week ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

INT_QRK Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

Maybe because human flaws are normally distributed, religion notwithstanding?

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

INT_QRK Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

Christian zealots. Muslim zealots. Atheists zealots. Maybe it's the "zealot" part that the major problem, since I'm quite sure that nobody has all the answers, yet zealots of all stripes presume to enforce their particular delusions of understanding.

about two weeks ago
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Not Just Apple: GnuTLS Bug Means Security Flaw For Major Linux Distros

INT_QRK Re:There are rumours... (144 comments)

Yep. That one's true, by the war.

about two weeks ago
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Not Just Apple: GnuTLS Bug Means Security Flaw For Major Linux Distros

INT_QRK Re:It's time (144 comments)

Mod + 5 "Freakin' Hilarious!"

about two weeks ago
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Weak Apple PRNG Threatens iOS Exploit Mitigations

INT_QRK Re:Why do we have all these custom PRNGs? (143 comments)

Which, by the way says at the bottom of page 1...wait for it..."There are no FIPS Approved nondeterministic random number generators."

about a month ago
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Men And Women Think Women Are Bad At Basic Math

INT_QRK Solution: "Normative Math!" (384 comments)

The solution, of course, is "norming." Create a special math in which designated disadvantaged classes might better succeed. Then legislate federal mandates so that "normative math" is standard curricula for federally funded schools, and for government use, for example in budget preparation and statistical analysis for social program design and management. (I'm not serious; however, I predict that something similar is bound to be introduced in a legislature near you...)

about a month and a half ago
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Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

INT_QRK Re:Their country - their issue (506 comments)

No. Obviously not. I used to get this same sort of extreme counterpoint when I used to talk to my kids when they were little. I'd discuss some broad concept, then I'd get back an example outlier, something like, "but what if it was there was a Tyrannosaurus Rex blocking your way, then what would you do!" So, I'd often tell them something like, "go brush your teeth....it's bedtime."

about 2 months ago
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Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

INT_QRK Their country - their issue (506 comments)

Canada is a democracy. They make their own laws and govern themselves. It is none of my business as an American what they decide to do inside their own borders any more than it's my business what happens in the privacy of my neighbor own home as long as it stays inside their home. Privacy, mmmmkay?

about 2 months ago
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11-Year UK Study Reports No Health Danger From Mobile Phone Transmissions

INT_QRK Low Frequency (180 comments)

The "typically low frequency radio spectrum bands (e.g. 900MHz and 1800MHz etc.)" of which the submitter speaks, are solidly in the Ultra High Frequency band, which ranges from 300–3000 MHz. He many have meant to say "low-power," which is very true but different altogether.

about 2 months ago
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Who's Writing Linux These Days?

INT_QRK Unknown? (63 comments)

Just curious. Does TFA, when ascribing contributions to "unknown," really mean "anonymous"? I can't imagine such a significant contribution by any truly "unknown." But why would a corporation or other non-governmental institution wish to be anonymous? On the other hand, I can imagine why certain government entities might. Rand(thoughts).

about 3 months ago
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US Federal Judge Rules Suspicionless Border Searches of Laptops Constitutional

INT_QRK Re:Time for another letter (462 comments)

Yeah, and I'm I'm probably on the same list as you are for the same reason. Looking forward to meeting you at Re-education Camp!

about 4 months ago
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US Federal Judge Rules Suspicionless Border Searches of Laptops Constitutional

INT_QRK Re:By definition, it's therefore gratuitous (462 comments)

Of course "they have the [power] to do to us anything we [don't] stop them from doing." That's a universal human and historical truth, and subject of Benjamin Franklin's answer to a passerby's question at the close of Constitutional Convention in 1787 with the veiled warning: "a republic, if you can keep it.' It's also the reason for the Bill of Rights which can only have meaning as long as there is vigilant scrutiny and determined enforcement. My only quibble with Heller is that fundamentally only individuals can have rights; governments, or any collectivist formulation, have only have persuasive or coersive power.

about 4 months ago
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4 Tips For Your New Laptop

INT_QRK Re:Slashdot (310 comments)

Best practice is to always create and use a non-admiistrator account for routine use, and an administrator's account only for **administration**. Also, never let someone else use your computer, period.

about 4 months ago
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Healthcare.gov and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality

INT_QRK Re:guy at the top was in on the ruse too (494 comments)

Axiom 1: The emperor, on occasion, has no cloths. Corollary 1: Emperors' political appointees are reluctant to bring this condition to the emperor's attention at each instance of occurrence due to their dependency on the emperor's good graces. Root cause: Human beings are imperfect, even the best and brightest among them; and even were they to approach perfection on any subject at any random juncture, neither conditions nor information are ever likely also sufficiently perfect to flawlessly formulate and execute their best laid plans. Commentary: Thus it has always been; thus it will always be. Implication: Be prudently wary of large and extremely complex laws, strategies, and "5 year economic (etc.) plans". Also, be extremely wary of the conceits that motivates them. Neither governments nor any other institutions conceived of man have ever been, nor will ever be, perfect. Therefore, they should be reasonably limited in scope and reach through vigorous public monitoring and judiciously enforced checks and balances within. That's what the U.S. Constitution tries to do. Recommend that we forget those principles, as we surely do from time to time at during every generation, at our grave peril. That said, every kid has to touch the burner at least once.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Protect Your Privacy These Days? Or Do You?

INT_QRK Re:one method (319 comments)

Assume that what you say or do in public is now, has ever been, and will always be public. That's not a new condition. Avoid doing or saying anything in public you'd be embarrassed for your Mom to find out about. Stay the hell off of "social media" sites; if you must (some employers strong arm for Linked-In), keep your footprint minimal, you activity low, your privacy settings maxed, and your ego in check. Immediately egress and abandon any "social," and every other site, that probes for information that makes you uncomfortable. Minimal internet presence is not only OK, but preferable to glaring and suspicion raising absence, because, be advised, methods for countering detection and targeting, including systemic traffic analysis, significantly include blending in with routine traffic. Although everything on the web is traceable and searchable, resources always have a pain threshold and imply a noise floor under which normal resources will not be routinely expended to engage without provocation or extraordinary need. Nothing can inoculate one from random occurrences of bad luck, malicious actors, or general misfortune; but, wise and moderate behavior reduces the odds. "Nail that sticks out gets hammered in." - Anon attributed as Japanese proverb

about 5 months ago
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Stop Listening and Start Watching If You Want To Understand User Needs

INT_QRK Re:No shit? (161 comments)

So, the idea is to derive requirements from actually analyzing users' business processes and information needs, and then design applications towards satisfying those? Wow. Who'd ever thunk...

about 5 months ago

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