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A 'Small Claims Court' For the Internet

KahabutDieDrake Do it the way your Lawyer would (116 comments)

Don't do any work for someone you don't trust without money up front. If you went to a lawyer for a consult on this very subject, despite what he may or may not advise you, what HE is going to do is tell you up front that he needs a check for $350. Once he's taken that check he'll advise your ear off for an hour or 2. Then he will tell you to send another check, this time $1,500 to be placed in an ACTF. Attorney Client Trust Fund. No reason you can't make a DCTF (developer....) The lawyer will then bill against that $1,500 and as it gets close to 0 will expect the client to pay in more before continuing work.

The big difference is in the final payouts. Lawyers usually don't worry about collecting the final pay out as much, because it's usually fairly small by that point (remember, regular billings against the ACTF), and the client is usually happy. Good lawyers ALWAYS win. Or at least convince their client they did.

about 2 years ago
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Red Hat Clarifies Doubts Over UEFI Secure Boot Solution

KahabutDieDrake Re:User key management (437 comments)

In first generation UEFI systems, you can log into the bios, and add any "key" you want to the signing authority. So if you own the HARDWARE, they let you pretend like you still control the software. Practically what this means is that you can install any OS you want, no problem.

Oh wait, SECOND GENERATION: you can't change the keys at all anymore, and you can't even go into the bios anymore. Have fun.

about 2 years ago
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Teacher's Aide Fired For Refusing To Hand Over Facebook Password

KahabutDieDrake Re:Battle over before it begins. (407 comments)

Terribly interesting that you seem to believe that your children's peers are likely to be a better influence than an adult teacher. Terribly sad if it's actually true, but it's almost certainly not. Even given the rather notable exceptions of teachers sleeping with high school aged kids, sex is hardly the worst you have to worry about. The other children are offering drugs, illegal activity (trespassing, and street racing were favorites in my day), and sex. Not to mention that peers are far more likely to reject adult supervision, and adult ideals of behavior.

That's all ok though, because we all know your kids haven't listened to you in 5 years, and they aren't going to start now. Your kids get their culture from TV, movies, games, and other kids, you as a parent have only a minimal influence over this, especially if like most people, your kid has been raised on multi-media with little or no oversight.

about 2 years ago
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Aviation Security Debate: Bruce Schneier V. Kip Hawley (Former TSA Boss)

KahabutDieDrake Re:Marvelously versatile (291 comments)

I've often laughed about this privately. You see, many years ago, in 8th grade I was in an advanced class called project science. Among many other things, we created contact explosives, a heat seeking missile, laser holography (including forging an existing hologram sticker), a rocket powered RC car capable of ground effect flight at over 150mph, and a dozen different chemical concoctions with various properties.

What makes all this funny is that it was an 8th grade class of school kids and a good teacher. Nothing more. So when people talk about airline security, I always chuckle a little bit. Off the top of my head, and for less than $1k, I could think of a couple ways to down a commercial aircraft. Most of which would not require a suicide bombing at all.

Fortunately, people with the kind of geeky knowledge to do it aren't motivated to do it. And the kind of people with the motivation rarely have the exposure to the tech needed. Which is actually kind of an interesting dynamic.

about 2 years ago
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Notch Wants To Make a Firefly-Inspired Sandbox Space Game

KahabutDieDrake Re:EVE Online (227 comments)

I think the game you are looking for is called StarFarer. http://fractalsoftworks.com/ It's still in alpha, but it's progressing well so far, and the alpha is playable and modable today.

about 2 years ago
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Tennessee Passes Bill That Allows "Teaching the Controversy" of Evolution

KahabutDieDrake Re:There's Your Problem Right There (1108 comments)

That's quite the word salad to dodge a simple point: that the Bible lays out Pi in a clear cut (but false) fashion that presents a bit of a problem for those who insist that the book is the Literal Gospel Truth.

This is what you choose to take issue with against biblical literalists? That's a tiny bit myopic, isn't it? Perhaps we could get a bit of a bigger picture.

about 2 years ago
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All Video Games Cause Aggressive Behavior, Say Two US Congressmen

KahabutDieDrake Re:Signs don't matter... (483 comments)

I'm pretty sure that is originally from Hicks. It's worth noting that Hicks was never ever on stage without a smoke, and a drink. Not once ever as far as I know.

about 2 years ago
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The Pirate Bay Plans Servers In the Sky

KahabutDieDrake Re:Search warrants not needed... (329 comments)

That depends on what you mean by legally. The civil aviation authorities in Stockholm might have something to say about you flying a drone over their city. But they don't get much say once you beyond the economic boundary lines.

Come to think of it, you might want to check where the international air routes are first, because if you knock down an airliner with your drone, international water or not, you are going to have a BAD day.

about 2 years ago
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The Pirate Bay Plans Servers In the Sky

KahabutDieDrake Re:Search warrants not needed... (329 comments)

No, that is horribly incorrect. If the entire point is loiter time (uptime in your parlance), then a helium inflatable HALL (high altitude Long loiter) drone with solar panels could easily achieve 2-3week flight times. EASILY. I could build this from local hobby shops, and have it flying by months end. Granted it's not on par with standard server uptimes, but then, I don't have a few million to invest in the project. I think I could achieve 100% uptime with an ongoing program releasing X number of drones to keep N in flight at all times, thereby providing at least 1 layer of redundancy. That even using only off the shelf solutions and doing no actual development on a HALL drone body and electronics package, or just buying one from Boeing/Raytheon/whoever.

about 2 years ago
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Free Apps Eat Your Smartphone Battery

KahabutDieDrake Re:Not always true (214 comments)

It's amusing that you seem to be too young to have any idea what "true hacker fashion" means.

about 2 years ago
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Iran's Smart Concrete Can Cope With Earthquakes and Bombs

KahabutDieDrake Re:Today's dose of fearmongering... (609 comments)

When you can get yourself elected while simultaneously proclaiming to be Wiccan, Muslim, or Buddhist, we might have something to talk about.

The US isn't a theocracy, it's just run entirely by Christians. I'm not sure how that would make my point more salient. It's not like the US goes around trying to force our values on the rest of the world... oh yeah hmmm. Well it's not like we evangelize Christian morality or belief structures... Ok OK, but we don't go around killing people that don't agree with our values/way of life... Oh right.

So while we are busy not being a theocracy, we just walk like one, talk like one and act like one. But we aren't one, so it's not an issue, right?

more than 2 years ago
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Nearly Half of American Adults Are Smartphone Owners

KahabutDieDrake Re:Are smartphones making us dumb? (267 comments)

Funny, if you were better educated (or just smarter) you'd probably know that your 5 year old self had considerably more brain power available to him than you do in adulthood. Particularly in regard to memory.

more than 2 years ago
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Have We Lost Our Privacy To the Internet?

KahabutDieDrake Re:To give away or not to give away our privacy (222 comments)

So... using a bank account should be done with the consideration that the usage I put it to might come under scrutiny from a corporate entity that has paid my bank for the privileged, meanwhile failing to ascertain my disposition on the matter? Kindly go fuck yourself. Take your corporate spy lords with you.

more than 2 years ago
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Iran's Smart Concrete Can Cope With Earthquakes and Bombs

KahabutDieDrake Re:Today's dose of fearmongering... (609 comments)

Not a theocracy? Please see the US Congress and House, now list all members, and now put a check box next to the ones that claim to be Christian or offshoots there of.

Now, I'll give you a minute to collate that data. Done? So, Theocracy? If not, then how would you define it?

Don't kid yourself, you life in a theocracy, run by people that believe ultimate judgement will be at the hands of their fairy god father or his evil counterpart. You can believe whatever you want, the facts are clear.

more than 2 years ago
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Math Textbooks a Textbook Example of Bad Textbooks

KahabutDieDrake Re:I vote for open sourcing K-12 textbooks (446 comments)

You mean like huge digital repositories of educational material freely available to anyone with an internet connection? That would be really cool if we have something like that...http://www.intel.com/about/corporateresponsibility/education/index.htm

more than 2 years ago
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Math Textbooks a Textbook Example of Bad Textbooks

KahabutDieDrake Re:It's not just the textbooks (446 comments)

How can you be so foolish as to think that students are the consumers? Let me introduce you to the concepts at work here. The CONSUMER is the one paying money for a service. Which means that the ultimate consumer are the taxpayers (not even the parents alone, arguably not them at all). The money flow is simple and straight forward. From my pocket, to your corrupt bureaucracy, to shady text book suppliers. If the text book suppliers can make more money by rewriting the books every couple of years, they will. If they could make more money having a really good book, they would. Can you guess which of those two options is reality?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would Real Space Combat Look Like?

KahabutDieDrake Re:Non-starter (892 comments)

Oh good, invent bezerkers. This is NOT the kind of thinking we need.

more than 2 years ago
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Are UK Police Hacking File-Sharers' Computers?

KahabutDieDrake Re:Same Country (177 comments)

Did you just liken not owning a TV to suspicion of criminal activity? I don't own a TV. Am I to be investigated for nothing more than that? How absurd.

more than 2 years ago
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You Will Never Kill Piracy

KahabutDieDrake Re:Hollywood won't change (516 comments)

So you're argument is that a production which costs hundreds of millions to make, you are saying that production will have appeal to less than 1/3 the US population, and exactly NO appeal to anyone outside the US? That is your assertion? My counter is, then it wasn't worth making.

more than 2 years ago

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