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Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

IndustrialComplex Re:You said something above... (102 comments)

No. He isn't a writer, so obviously he can't write regardless of authority. Come to think of it, given that statement how can any of this be true at all? Though I suppose this is all type and not really written at all. Or... is it even type? Oh god, everything I know is based on a lie.

3 days ago

Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

IndustrialComplex Re:express train to bankrupt (115 comments)

I have a home that has light switches in bad locations. The construction does not make it easy to rewire, so I'm using the home automation equipment to create 'virtual' light switches in the locations where I want them without having to have the 'switch' on the same circuit as the light.

As one example, the previous owner split one bedroom into two, but left the single switch (which now controls both rooms). I can install the HA outlets in the rooms, and thus achieve independent outlet switching without having to run new wire.

3 days ago

Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

IndustrialComplex Re:One ring to rule them all? (115 comments)

Not me. I've just started wiring my house using the Z-wave tech. I've got an old heavy plasma television, and that's about it as far as easily fungible assets are concerned. Anyone talented enough to start hacking the home automation stuff is clever enough to go after things which are less likely to get you caught with a truck full of stolen goods.

3 days ago

Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

IndustrialComplex Re:Gotta say... (122 comments)

Imagine that some odd radiation caused all the seatbelts in cars to deteriorate and become weak. For most of us this wouldn't actually be a problem. A good percentage of us will not be in an accident that requires them.

You can see where this is headed. The reason we aren't dropping dead in the street is because we DO have effective antibiotics for when those antibiotics will help. Prior to the discovery of antibiotics a great number of people were dying due to infections. I don't remember the exact source, but in 1910, I recall that infections were the leading cause of death, beating out heart disease.

3 days ago

NSA Director Says Agency Is Still Trying To Figure Out Cyber Operations

IndustrialComplex Re:They are pretending that they do not know (103 comments)

What happens when those "criminal gangs" are just fronts for government espionage and/or attacks to slowly undermine your own country's industry?

That's the problem they are faced with right now, the same way some corporations get away with abuses through 'shell companies', governments are using these 'shell criminal gangs' as a means to unofficially sanction behavior which the government uses to maintain plausible deniability. The challenge is deciding on a point where overlooking 'criminal' activity reaches 'warfare' levels.

3 days ago

Developing the First Law of Robotics

IndustrialComplex Re:So, a design failure then. (164 comments)

FIFO. First In, First Out. No need to even waste time with a random choice.

4 days ago

Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

IndustrialComplex Re:JavaScript (230 comments)

Which is great if you only visit the same sites. I try to do something similar to what you request, but if you don't have a regular set of websites you visit, you are going to be constantly twiddling permissions.

It's annoying enough when it's just me, but my parents/wife/family respond, "This website is broken, your setup drives me nuts, I just want things to work."

about two weeks ago

BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

IndustrialComplex Re:geo-blocking (363 comments)

Honestly we should really pass a law prohibiting the insane amount of license subdivision that goes on in the IP world. Yes, that would mean that the content can't be monitized in a manner to maximize the dollar output, but maximizing revenue isn't the point of copyright in the first place. The point of copyright is to maximize CONTENT not profit.

So much content is encumbered by innumerable licensing agreements that a good portion of it might as well be radioactive. You can't even know if a company is in the equivalent of a polygamous marriage and has sold of the right to the same market to three different parties until one of those parties takes the other to court.

about two weeks ago

The CIA Does Las Vegas

IndustrialComplex Re:Does anyone still believe anything they say (124 comments)

If a CIA or NSA official told me it was daytime outside and my watch said 12 noon, I would still have to walk outside to believe it.

You might also want to take a walk down the block or toss a rock to make sure it wasn't just a painted backdrop.

about a month and a half ago

The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

IndustrialComplex Re:Not looking good (156 comments)

I'd bet good money that it was Peter Jackson himself. In the LOTR his makeup guys knew he wanted that one 'John Wayne' Orc to be gruesome, and they actually tried to overshoot what Peter Jackson expected. Little did they know that Peter Jackson of "Dead Alive (Braindead)" fame was still alive inside Big Budget PJ. He approved it. Since then, you have seen the costumes for the grotesques go beyond the realms of good taste and into comically aweful. Just look at how the orc costumes changed from Fellowship to The Hobbit (before they went CGI), the Hobbit 'main-bad' orc costumes were so far over the top that they had to ditch them for CGI because they looked horrible with the higher framerate/quality cameras BBPJ was using. Personally I think the only reason people think the costumes were awesome was because the CGI was so bad.

Seriously, take a side by side look at LOTR-Lurtz and the Hobbit-Orc costumes and it's night and day.

about 2 months ago

The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

IndustrialComplex Re:Such a Waste (156 comments)

WTF? It's fantasy with wizards, elves and dragons, and you're talking about suspension of disbelief? If it's an Asimov or AC Clarke adaptation maybe we can start talking about believability, but a high fantasy like this one? Anything goes, except perhaps when it comes to absolute immortality. Apparently "immortal" characters or monsters tend to have some sort of weakness that allow them to get killed by a determined hero or villain.

Suspension of disbelief is a challenge and probably more important to maintain in a fantasy than general fiction. A story must maintain internal consistency with it's own tone and rules. If you tell me that a dragon can fly and breath fire, well then I'll believe you, say Elves exist and can make pineapple smoothies by snapping their fingers, and as long as you don't have one of your Elves die of starvation because he didn't remember about the smoothie trick, it will work. The magic wasn't a problem in the Hobbit, it was the tone. The movie constantly shifted between extreme slapstick humor, to somber memorials of beauty forever lost, back to grossout gags, sudden videogame action, and into gritty graphic violence. You can't do that and expect to keep the audience. You have to pick something and stick with it, otherwise we don't know what movie we are watching.

about 2 months ago

Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

IndustrialComplex Re: On this 4th of July... (349 comments)

So let's say I'm working on something as an amateur hobby. How much of my own personal money will such a lawsuit cost? Just give me a ballpark estimate and let me know if it is less than the cost of a small single family home.

about 3 months ago

FBI Need Potheads To Fight Cybercrime

IndustrialComplex Re:No they don't... (319 comments)

Go to or the FBI's website.

I don't think lack of visibility is their problem here. I've entertained moving over to the FBI, but I'm trying to get out of the DC region.

about 4 months ago

U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Rule On Constitutionality of Bulk Surveillance

IndustrialComplex Re:Constitutional Court (141 comments)

I'm not so sure. How many cases end in capitulation due to lack of funds?

about 5 months ago

Will Living On Mars Drive Us Crazy?

IndustrialComplex Re:Why not? Living on Earth does (150 comments)

Microgravity has an odd side effect of causing astronauts to temporarily lose their sense of smell.

about 6 months ago

GameSpy Multiplayer Shutting Down, Affecting Hundreds of Games

IndustrialComplex Re:Why do companies buy then shutdown something (145 comments)

I don't get why a company gets bought out, then shortly afterwards gets shut down. Often the one thing that gives the company value is what gets shut down. Are the purchasing companies not aware that their purchase isn't of value after the fact?

What is being purchased in a buyout doesn't have to be what was profitable to the original company. Consider the classic farm example.

A farmer is making a living with a decent $10,000 yearly profit on his 100 acres. He provides the local community with fresh produce, pays his taxes, and is putting away a decent amount into his savings. By all accounts, his business is doing well. He then receives an offer to buy his farm, as-is, for $3,000,000. The farm is sold.

However, the company that purchased the farm lets the equipment rust, the fields go fallow, and the barn collapse. Why would they purchase a profitable farm if all they were going to do is let weeds grow and shut it down. The answer comes later, when 400 future housing plots are identified for sale at $400,000 each. Turns out, while the farm was profitable, the land was worth MUCH more as a housing development. Rather than earn $10,000/year in profit through hard work, the purchasing company turned a $3,000,000 purchase into a $160,000,000 real estate deal.

The farm could have continued, as it was making a profit, but it wasn't making nearly as much of a profit as it could have made. (not that I like farm's beind developed, but I think this is a good example to demonstrate why seemingly profitable enterprises get shut down after a buyout)

about 6 months ago

Kaspersky: Mt. Gox Data Archive Contains Bitcoin-Stealing Malware

IndustrialComplex Re:Really? (169 comments)

Yes. The 'how' is very important.

If a plane suddenly crashes mid-flight, and I'm due to fly on that same model next week, I'd be concerned. If the crash was due to a fundamental flaw in the fuselage, I'm cancelling my flight. If it turns out the crash was due to the plane flying over rebel-held lands and being shot by a missile, my concern about my flight from Maryland to Vermont is greatly reduced.

about 6 months ago

UK Government Proposes Rules To Allow 'Three-Parent Embryos'

IndustrialComplex Re:How DARE you propose NOT to allow this? (146 comments)

I find it shortsighted to believe that an experimental fertilization method that's never born a single child should be allowed without testing.

I'm all about personal liberty, but safety needs to be a concern too. If the doctors can demonstrate that this method is at least as safe as normal IVF (safe for the parents AND potential child) then have at it, but until then, let's temper our excitement

I'd also tread very carefully around what looks and sounds like a potential new form of eugenics.

Until I had my first child, it was quite the experiment. Lots of room for error too. But I suppose it is better to leave things to chance, and hope on that first ultrasound that everything looks to be developing properly.

about 7 months ago


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