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5-Year-Old Linux Kernel Bug Fixed

MadTinfoilHatter Re:This is the problem with Linux Security (127 comments)

A bug that allows remote code execution or even a DoS is a much, much bigger issues than fixing the user experience or minor stability issues.

May be. But this particular bug does not allow remote anything. It requires a local malicious user. PFTFCVELITS (Please Follow The Fine CVE Link In The Summary)

about 2 months ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

MadTinfoilHatter Quantum fluctuations != nothing (612 comments)

This is an abuse of the word "nothing", which is a universal negation "not anything". But quantum fluctuations in the quantum vacuum are something, and not nothing. The research might be interesting, but it does nothing for the question the philosopher is asking when he is wondering "Why there is somerthing rather than nothing?"

about 4 months ago
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Bradley Manning Says He's Sorry

MadTinfoilHatter Ministry of truth (496 comments)

After a few months in the basement of the ministry of truth he had finally learned to love Big Brother...

about a year ago
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Iran Unveils Its Own Stealth Fighter Jet, the Qaher F-313

MadTinfoilHatter "Alsmost all features" (260 comments)

President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad said it had 'almost all the positive features' of the world's most sophisticated jets.

Riiight...

Footage from state TV showed the jet in flight, but not its take-off or landing."

Well, those were not among the features that this aircraft has in common with its Western counterparts.

about a year and a half ago
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Sony DVR Useless After Rovi Stops TV Guide OnScreen

MadTinfoilHatter rms is right (321 comments)

This is why proprietary software is a bad thing and we should avoid products like this.

about a year and a half ago
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Entangled Particles Break Classical Law of Thermodynamics, Say Physicists

MadTinfoilHatter Re:Soooo (222 comments)

No mention of hell in the Bible? Informative? Seriously?

But the fearful, and the unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, will have their part in the Lake burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.
-Revelations 21:8

about 2 years ago
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Swedish Supreme Court Refuses Appeal In Pirate Bay Case

MadTinfoilHatter Re:Hilarious, in a sad way. (175 comments)

They could just do something similar to what the movie industry pulled a long time ago (in order to nerf Edison's patents): move someplace where their actions are not illegal.

They did. They performed all their actions in Sweden where their actions were not illegal. This is also why there for a long time were no action taken against TPB, despite the site being far from unknown to the prosecutors of that country. Then after a few years the MAFIAA started pressing for US politicians to do something about this. They in turn put pressure on Swedish politicians (behind the scenes, since in Swden it's illegal for the politicians to tell the prosecutors what to do). Suddenly their servers are confiscated and they're put into a courtroom before a judge who conveniently happens to have close ties to the Swedish MAFIAA-equivalent...

more than 2 years ago
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Skype Goes After Reverse-Engineering

MadTinfoilHatter Re:I don't get it... (207 comments)

Skype and their PR people are calling the project "malicious" and "nefarious", but it sounds like all it does is emulate Skype

Prosecution rests...

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Introduces 'PSN Pass' To Fight Used Game Sales

MadTinfoilHatter Translation (291 comments)

Sony's explanation for the Pass will probably leave you wishing Google Translate supported marketing-speak: "This is an important initiative as it allows us to accelerate our commitment to enhancing premium online services across our first party game portfolio."

Let me do the honors: "Bend over suckers."

about 3 years ago
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Apache Subversion To WANdisco, Inc: Get Real

MadTinfoilHatter Re:Smell test (85 comments)

This just in: due to negative publicity surrounding his comments, WANdisco CEO David Richards has announced plans to rename the company WANkers.

I recently had to assist implementing this software, and trust me, your suggestion would be a much more appropriate name. WANdisco is a horribly expensive solution to a problem that can be solved in much better and cheaper ways (the most obvious one being using something better than SVN in the first place). WANdisco essentially tries to do is turn the turd that is SVN into the turd that is ClearCase. Bleh!

more than 3 years ago
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Between Christmas and New Year's, I'll take ...

MadTinfoilHatter Re:I'll take Christmas Grumbling (422 comments)

It's not exactly a new phenomenon either...

There are those who act rich, yet have nothing; and those who act poor, yet have great riches.
(Proverbs 13:7)

more than 3 years ago
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AMD's New Flagship HD 6970 Tested

MadTinfoilHatter Re:Confusing naming (152 comments)

...and a 9xxx card is older than either of them. It's all perfectly logical. :-)

more than 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks Under Denial of Service Attack

MadTinfoilHatter Re:Secrecy (870 comments)

Whatever happened to justice against people who commit (war) crimes?

That "justice" only ever existed for the war criminals on the losing side. Silly.

more than 3 years ago
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Bloom Laptop Designed For Easy Disassembly

MadTinfoilHatter Re:Easily swappable parts (151 comments)

Not necessarily. Apple's machines are generally very well designed but are generally a pain in the ass to dissemble and service.

That depends on what you mean by "well designed". Apple's offerings look good, and are decently sturdy, sure. They aren't designed with serviceability in mind, though. If anything they're designed to be a pain in the ass to service, so that noone besides Apple service points will want to touch them.

There should be no reason why a laptop couldn't be well designed like an Apple, and easy to service. These are in no way mutually exclusive, which was the GP's point.

more than 3 years ago
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Bloom Laptop Designed For Easy Disassembly

MadTinfoilHatter Re:Easily swappable parts (151 comments)

Not only that, but this might finally be a way to not being forced to pay the M$-tax on laptops. At least in this country it's currently - for all practical purposes - impossible.

Also, I used to work for a computer repair shop. We would have eaten these things up. We really hated the typical laptops which were a RPITA to work with, and almost impossible to fix even when you discovered the problem. I've really been looking forward to something like this.

more than 3 years ago
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iPhone's Liquid Sensors Can Be Triggered By Wintertime Use

MadTinfoilHatter Re:non-operating temperature range... (484 comments)

Perhaps Finnish winters aren't as frigid as I was led to believe.

Hmmm... (looks at thermometer). A nice brisk -24 C. I think I'll defrost my freezer today. Just toss the stuff out on the balcony, and I'm set.

(Posting from Helsinki, Finland)

more than 4 years ago
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IBM Images a Single Molecule

MadTinfoilHatter Re:I'm inpressed by the chemists who deduced ... (169 comments)

The funny thing is that the first person to deduce this (Friedrich August Kekulé von Stradonitz) realized the solution to the problem of structure, after having a dream in which a snake bit its own tail.

more than 4 years ago
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Periodic Table Gets a New, Unnamed Element

MadTinfoilHatter Re:A semantic quibble about these things (rant?) (461 comments)

No problem: "half life" is just the period of time that an atom has a 0.5 probability of surviving.

I believe that the GP was referring to the fact that the word "atom" means "undividable". But that's just my guess, of course...

more than 5 years ago

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