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Secret Plan To Kill Wikileaks With FUD Leaked

Rand Race Re:Wait a minute (246 comments)

Not a leaked report per se. This was Anonymous eating the brains of HBGary.

More like saying God exists because Cthulhu hacked Satan's servers and uploaded the Secret Bible to Pirates Bay.

more than 3 years ago

Only 39% Curse At Their Computers?

Rand Race Re:Not at the computer (286 comments)

The point? Fear.

If the computer does not fear you it will fuck up all over the place. You must let it know, firmly and forcefully, that you are quite capable of bashing it to microscopic bits. I walk into a god damned room at my work and the computers just start fucking working. Because they know... THEY KNOW that it is I, Baron Randolph Rackovitz, who encompasses their doom!

more than 3 years ago

Free Internet Porn Is Legal, Says California Appeals Court

Rand Race Re:This is great... (286 comments)

And nerds wonder why they never get laid.

more than 3 years ago

N.C. Official Sics License Police On Computer Scientist For Too Good a Complaint

Rand Race If we were in a just world (705 comments)

Wouldn't it be funny if the N.C. Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors just went ahead and certified the guy since his work is so good?

more than 3 years ago

1928 Time Traveler Caught On Film?

Rand Race Re:Verizon's Network Was So Terrible in 1928 (685 comments)

Yes, time travelers will almost certainly be limited to early 21st century communications technology.

Why? Because time travelers are probably pretty stupid. I mean, aside from inventing TIME TRAVEL!!!!!!!!!

Methinks the Occam's razor argument against this drivel is a wee bit stronger than the "where are the cell towers?" argument here. I can imagine a man from 1928 seeing a picture of what looks like a man holding a phone from, say, 1840 wondering "if he's a time traveler, where's the wire?". Well, if he's traveling from 2010 instead of 1928 ...

more than 4 years ago

New Calculations May Lead To a Test For String Theory

Rand Race Re:Maybe the numbering system is the problem... (284 comments)

I believe he's talking about positional notation rather than base. Roman numerals could be considered Base10 but they can not be considered positional. They use sign-value notation instead.

I don't see the point however. As mentioned above, physicists derive their own math all the time.

Are you sure about 11 and 12? The French continue using discreet words for numbers up to 16, but I wouldn't go so far as to say they developed that from some hexadecimal system of the past. Especially since Italian goes strait to "Ten and One" (undici) without discreet words for 11 or 12 much less 13-16. Spanish has 1-15 discreet but not 16. 1-12 being discreet seems to be a purely Germanic thing; English, German, Dutch, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian all do it, but neither the Slavic languages nor the Romance languages that border the Germanic group do so. In fact, the only non-germanic language that uses words like "eleven" and "twelve" (which mean "one left (over ten)" and "two left (over ten)") is Lithuanian and it uses them all the way to 19 (devyni-olika "nine left (over ten)").

more than 4 years ago

'Retro Programming' Teaches Using 1980s Machines

Rand Race Re:Just dump Windows and goto DOS (426 comments)

Or you could just fire up a terminal ... Oh, Windows. Never mind.

I just dusted off a couple of C-64s, an Amiga 500, a Sun 3/50 and an Apple IIc the other day. They were filthy. And on top of the box of cables I needed to get at.

more than 4 years ago

Cambered Tires Can Improve Fuel Economy

Rand Race Re:"Negative Effects" (317 comments)

1. Go to Miata.net.
2. Search for "icehawk alignment"
3. Victory

You'll get a lot of argument over wether a rally-type setup (soft springs, hard dampers, lots of travel) or a track-type setup (hard lowering springs, hard dampers, on the bumpstops all the time*) is superior for auto-x. Personally I prefer the rally-style setup, especially for a dual-use car.

My CSP 1st gen Miata runs the icehawk alignment on stock springs with re-valved Koni yellows on the lowest perch, 63 mm FatCat bumpstops, 2nd gen rear hats for more travel, biggest front sway-bar I could find and no rear sway. It's fairly quick in class. Much quicker than the STS cars, but that's down to tires, diff and power more than suspension.

* Miatas are designed to use the bump-stops under load so that's not as bad as it would be for most other cars.

more than 4 years ago

US Gov't Orders 73,000 Private Websites Offline

Rand Race Re:was there a court order? (536 comments)

Yea. The 1st Amendment violations here pale in comparison to the 4th, 5th and 6th Amendment violations. No warrant? Check. Deprived of property without due process? Check. Specifically NOT informed of the accusations levied against them? Check.

Hell, they just need to quarter some troops in this guy's house and they'll have shitcanned half the Bill Of Rights in one case.

more than 4 years ago

More Trouble In Apple's App Store

Rand Race Re:Steve Jobs = Emmanuel Goldstein? (186 comments)

Really? All I can figure out is that you are a pretentious wannabe pedant who can't fathom the meaning of "certain respects" because that would get in the way of your headlong rush to attempt to stun us all with your mighty intellect.

The analogy was apt as far as it went, your attempt to extend its relevance into something never intended is... well, moronic.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Quietly Goes After Mac Trojan With Update

Rand Race From the link from the link (321 comments)

"...we have received no reports of infections from customers."

So, anti-virus company warns us to be on the lookout for trojan that they have yet to see in the wild?

News at 11!

more than 4 years ago

App Store-Aided Mobile Attacks

Rand Race Re:That was a close call (186 comments)

We know Apple is not as vulnerable because they have not had any malware through 2 years of a billion downloads and over 200,000 apps...

OS X hasn't had any major malware in the wild for a decade now, yet a hefty percentage of the people you're preaching to have a near-religious belief in the immanence of such.

more than 4 years ago

GIMP Resynth vs. Photoshop Content Aware

Rand Race Re:Photoshop couldn't (269 comments)

Well, that would be because you do printing in the physical world and not in the plane of platonic perfection where, apparently, all of the GIMP print jobs get sent to (I assume this since I have never seen, in 15 years in the biz, an actual print job made with GIMP). A cloud-filled wonderland where 4-color separations happen by magic, trapping is done for free by dedicated itinerant monks (trappists... get it?) and fluffy bunnies pre-flight your print jobs while you drink frothy mugs filled from the free-as-in-beer trees.

It's the classic OSS answer to missing features: "Who needs it?"

more than 4 years ago

Pope Rails Against the Internet and Transparency

Rand Race Re:wagging the dog (840 comments)

In the 11th century Urban III refused to condemn a bishop accused of keeping his preteen daughter - by a nun! - as a concubine. U3 quoted Jesus - "Let he who is without sin..." - to the accusers and sent the bishop home; Where his flock burned his house down around him.

The situation hasn't changed in 1,000 years. Well, except now the Church can't answer criticism with a crusade that wipes out the population of southern France.

more than 4 years ago

Open Source Is Not a Democracy

Rand Race Re:We all know what a jackass is.... (641 comments)

I hate that analogy.

Jackasses are beasts of burden, dray animals. Donkeys WORK and they work hard. They're smart, tough and eminently useful.

Thoroughbreds are high-strung single-purpose overbred dimwitted toys that only indulgent wealthy people own or want.

more than 4 years ago

XML Co-Founder Joins Google, Blasts iPhone

Rand Race And... (628 comments)

Google and I have been a plausible match for a long time. Web-centric, check. Search, check. Open-source, check. The list goes on.

Unstable, check. Virus ridden, check. Poorly documented, check. Good enough but cheaper than the best, oh you better believe that's a check.

more than 4 years ago

Throttle Shared Users With OS X — Is It Possible?

Rand Race Re:file server? (403 comments)

Please come work for my design studio, someone who can pull multi-terabyte file-servers out of their ass will help my budgeting issues immensely.

more than 4 years ago

The Best Fictional Doomsday Devices

Rand Race The Hey Empire gives us... (340 comments)

... The Infinity Ball!

Although...we've got those on Earth! We hit them into little pockets with sticks! And we got higher numbers, too.

And because I destroyed their most devastating weapon, which turned out to be pretty lame, the entire population began to worship me, like unto a god!

more than 6 years ago


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