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NSA Director Says Agency Shares Most, But Not All, Bugs It Finds

MarbleMunkey Re:That sounds nice... (170 comments)

Exactly. With their culture and policy of black box secrecy and the number of times they've been caught lying both to the public, as well as to their supposed bosses (congress, senate, president) is there anyone left dumb enough to believe anything they say?

I think you answered that yourself: congress, senate, president

about 3 months ago

Is It Really GPS If It Doesn't Use Satellites?

MarbleMunkey Re:Man-portable supercooling? (298 comments)

Where are my mod points when I need them! +1 Internet. Would read again.

about 8 months ago

Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

MarbleMunkey Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

And as long as they're not directly being a dick to you, you're supposed to exhibit some degree of tolerance, especially in the workplace.

I would say that if you are Gay and would like to receive the government benefits associated with a marriage then giving $1,000 to stopping you would fall into the category of "Being a dick to you".

I've actually proposed a solution that addresses that. Overhaul the government laws so that all "marriage" benefits are now tied to civil unions, leaving the term "marriage" reserved for purely ceremonial (religious) use. This neatly eliminates the conflict between religious definitions of marriage and government benefits tied to marriage (or lack thereof for gay couples). The benefits would be tied to civil unions instead. Every pro-gay marriage friend I suggested this to rejected it. The only acceptable solution to them was to strip the concept of marriage entirely from any religious influence, and hand complete control of it over it to those with modern secular viewpoints. I protested that this could create a conflict wherein a church could be sued for refusing to allow a gay couple to use the church for a wedding. They had no problem with this. i.e. Their stance is based on attributing no value to any religious viewpoint - they do not believe in freedom of religion.

Sounds like you need better friends; I know plenty of people who would be fine with that solution, but it's the fundamentalists I know who would still have a problem with it.

If you boot marriage back to a religious function, then you have to tolerate all the religions that would happily allow marriages between any two people (or more), and fundamentalists have once again lost control over "the sanctity of marriage".

The thing is that it's like Hindus (hypothetically) complaining about having lost control of "the sanctity of the cow".... It's all about perspective and what you find sacred.

about 10 months ago

Jetstream Retrofit Illustrates How Close Modern Planes Are To UAVs

MarbleMunkey Re:Would you ride in one? (205 comments)

We can reduce the risk by distributing the pilots in pairs in small offices all over the country. Even better, put them in mobile offices. Even better, put them in mobile offices attached to the front of aeroplanes.

Even better, put them in the front of different aeroplanes!

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Can I Cross US Borders With Legally Ripped Media?

MarbleMunkey No idea why I've never seen this suggested (285 comments)

1) Copy files onto new HDD
2) backup partition table and post online somewhere
3) wipe partition table
4) place 'blank' HDD with all your other parts.

Later, download your partition table backup and restore it. to access your files.

about a year and a half ago

Nvidia Display Driver Service Attack Escalates Privileges On Windows Machines

MarbleMunkey Re:#WindowsRage (129 comments)

Windows 3.1

... is not an operating system. Try again.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Radiation Detection For Tokyo Resident?

MarbleMunkey Nuke it from orbit... (371 comments)

It's the only way to be sure.

Then you don't have to worry. You'll know it's hot!

more than 3 years ago

GameStop Opening Deus Ex Boxes, Removing Free Game Coupon

MarbleMunkey Not so fast there... (343 comments)

so there is no risk that their tampering causes bodily injury or death..

Oh, I don't know... It sounds like an awful lot of people on this board are upset about this, which could in an edge case cause bodily harm or death to GameStop employees..

//not that I condone violence...

more than 3 years ago

DHS Eyes Covert Body Scans

MarbleMunkey Re:Exactly! (386 comments)

What would be more intimidating, a refrigerator-sized machine or a pack of hungry looking German Shepherds sniffing at your pant leg?

The Crushinator, anyone?

it's just a matter of time before a backscatter operator develops an unhealthy crush on a frequent flyer and starts throwing erroneous results just to get the poor traveller to stay longer.


more than 3 years ago

SpaceShipTwo Flies Free For the First Time

MarbleMunkey Re:The ride is not worth it, yet. (164 comments)

Flying something around the world takes about 2X its weight (though there is never a reason to fly more than 1/2 way). Orbit is about 10X, but the point is still valid

What about winning a bet? Phileas Fogg thought so...

more than 4 years ago

When the Senate Tried To Ban Dial Telephones

MarbleMunkey Re:Forward thinkers (506 comments)

I'm not sure which part of the world you reside in, but here in the US, every self-checkout that I've ever encountered accepts cash as well as debit/credit. Most technically accept checks as well, but it means you have to wait for the attendant and good luck with that...

more than 4 years ago

UN Telecom Chief Urges Blackberry Data Sharing

MarbleMunkey Re:Who needs privacy? (196 comments)

/sbin/shutdown -r now

I'd suggest a thorough review of changes made to the configs... It's been a while, and as it stands I'm not sure that the system would come up again on reboot.

more than 4 years ago


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