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Drone Maker Enforces No-Fly Zone Over DC, Hijacking Malware Demonstrated

Sardaukar86 Re: Seems a bit unfair (156 comments)

If you're going to arrogantly correct people on their grammar you need your facts right.

So, if "[you] knew what he was saying", then why point out the 'mistake' in the first place?

Because you wanted to be a prick, that's why. Try being an accurate prick next time if you don't want to be called out as the arsehole you are.

12 hours ago
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Drone Maker Enforces No-Fly Zone Over DC, Hijacking Malware Demonstrated

Sardaukar86 Re: Seems a bit unfair (156 comments)

He was specifically referring to the building itself with "Isn't the airspace around the capitol restricted?" so your post is not even wrong.

12 hours ago
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Drone Maker Enforces No-Fly Zone Over DC, Hijacking Malware Demonstrated

Sardaukar86 Re: Seems a bit unfair (156 comments)

Capital, not capitol.

Wrong.

Try learning something before you go talking out of your arse, 'correcting' people like an ignorant hick.

yesterday
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Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

Sardaukar86 Re: Not really. (235 comments)

Before replying I must in all sincerity first say I really like your handle.

In response to your post:

Self indulgence. We turned paradise into shit? I disagree. What we've done is natural and beneficial.

There are plenty of examples of societies that have lived in closer harmony with the natural world and anecdotally they seemed to have been better off as a culture because of it. The North American bison were certainly better off, at least until we arrived to systematically and un-naturally slaughter them wholesale in excess of our needs at the time.

As for the societies that have lived in this fashion, you are no doubt aware of how the ex-Europeans typically dealt with them. (I'm from New Zealand which is of course a former British colony.)

Our actions were neither natural nor beneficial unless you happen to be the victor penning your own entry into the history books. We've collectively gotten little better since then.

We addressed our needs, certainly.

But then we addressed our wants, all of them. Then we addressed our fantasies, and to Hell with anything that stood in our way. Then we indulged our wildest imaginations, dumped enough fertilizer on our ever-shrinking supply of arable land to render it nutritionally and microbially bankrupt.
Some of us went on to purchase entire islands for private use and gold-plated our Bugatti Veyrons whilst farting out exhaust of all kinds as if the atmosphere was for our use and ours alone. We consumed and consumed until a minority of us became so bloated, corrupt and cynical, lacking nothing by way of wealth or power, that the rot became cast in stone: they started thinking they had a natural right to their circumstance and their descendants a right to same plus 10%. We long ago forgot about our needs with all the focus on our wants and we never spared a second to think about anyone (or any species) who might not be getting their needs met because of our greed. Meanwhile we continue to fell non-renewable forests, strip-mine every mountain and hillside we can get our teeth into and double-down on the madness with initiatives like the recently-accelerated foray into hydraulic fracking. Once again, to Hell with the consequences because more, damnnit. The board says so.

Food, shelter, disease remedies, mental stimulation. You'd rather starve or die of an infected molar? Freeze to death?

I didn't make that argument - I'm pro-technology like most of us here after all. I just don't think taking a giant shit on the Earth was necessary for Humanity to develop solutions to dental caries.

Elitist romanticism.

Not sure what I said that smacks of either of those two concepts. I'm about the least romantic person you're likely to meet and I honestly don't think myself above or better than anyone or any 'class' of people.
I like to imagine myself as a pragmatist: I'm for nuclear power and I blame (in part) so-called environmentalists who have blocked these technologies, thereby leading us into the shithole we're just starting to slip down now. Nuke power isn't perfect but it's a solution that would have bought us and the species we share the Earth with some time as we continued to develop our renewables.

My problem with Humanity is largely about its unnecessary excesses and its disgracefully selfish behaviours. We should long ago have recognised our inherent responsibility as stewards of the planet, not its rapists. Even now when it's obvious to most that this is the reality of our situation we argue and dodge our responsibilities.

We'll never have Star Trek, but we'll hopefully have more control over our lives than we've historically managed. What's so bad about that?

The number of species we've put to the sword to get to where we are now and the number that are still yet to pay the price for our hubris.

yesterday
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Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

Sardaukar86 Re:How lethal are GRBs? (235 comments)

Oh, and the ozone layer would be stripped off, so the bottom of the ocean might be survivable but apart from that you'd want to be underground during daylight.

Yup, that would pretty much do it for Earth's ecology. Informative post, thanks St.Creed.

yesterday
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DEA Cameras Tracking Hundreds of Millions of Car Journeys Across the US

Sardaukar86 Re:Cam-tastic (152 comments)

Beautifully said. If people in general held this attitude the War On Some Drugs would collapse like a wave on the shore.

If people held a similar attitude to life in general we wouldn't be dealing with fun problems like Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and ISIS, to name a few obvious parties.

It seems we get the society we deserve.

2 days ago
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Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

Sardaukar86 Re:How lethal are GRBs? (235 comments)

No doubt it's unpleasant on the dark side, but is it lethal?

A surprisingly on-topic and pertinent question IMHO. I don't know the answer, but I'd guess that the energy entering the planet's biosphere from even a very brief GRB on the opposite side of the planet would be more than sufficient to make the rest of it uninhabitable fairly quickly.

Anyone with actual knowledge able to set us straight?

2 days ago
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Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

Sardaukar86 Re:Not really. (235 comments)

I friended you on the strength of that. Yay, look at me, I'm all web 3.0-savvy and stuff, or something.

Seriously though, anyone who still considers Humanity as teh aw3some at this point needs to grow up. I'm specifically aiming this at the limp tards posting angry, sarcastic responses to Lumpy's comments, so listen up:

Humanity is a fucking turd. Individually we may be brilliant, creative, enlightened, but collectively we're just humus. The sooner we recognise that this is the current truth, the sooner we can come to terms with it.. hell, we might even stand a chance of addressing some of our problems. Our current status as pond-scum is not necessarily permanent. We're probably the equivalent of a petulant teenager at this stage in our development and there's a dim glimmer of hope that we might learn from our breathtaking hubris and childish behaviour.

That doesn't matter at this time though: Humanity is a fat, steaming molly grogan and will remain so because we're all quite happy with the status quo as long as it doesn't affect us personally. Naturally, I'm just as guilty as the rest, my only claim to integrity is that I don't get all butt-clenchy and leap into a rage of denial when challenged on this point. We've collectively engineered a shit, shit world out of what was essentially paradise and yet many of us snarl viciously at those who clearly see the cracks in the walls. Meanwhile the vast majority preen and congratulate themselves on their social, technological and financial status, enjoying a position at the top of the food chain that was neither earned nor deserved. Well, forgive me for not giving thanks to the Jebus, Krishna or the Mohammed spectre for what we currently enjoy as I prefer my salvation in a tangible rather than IOU form, thanks.

It doesn't have to be this way at all but this is how our self-imposed puppeteers prefer things. Between them, the NIMBYs, BANANAs and the indescribable stupidity, arrogance and hypocrisy of groups like Greenpeace, Humanity's fate is sealed. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of vertebrates; I just hope we don't take too much of the biosphere down with us when we go.

2 days ago
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Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

Sardaukar86 Re:That might explain it. But it is more likely th (235 comments)

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. " - John 3:16

Little more than velvet-lined chains with which to enslave the mind of Humanity.

2 days ago
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Inside the Largest Virtual Psychology Lab In the World

Sardaukar86 Re:first to post Clockwork Orange (79 comments)

Why impose your idea of what is abusive on everyone else? We have the technology to implement censorship at the client, without forcing prior restraint upon anyone.

Because stupid people, I'm afraid.

The (cynical?) entrepreneurial amongst us long ago learned that the quickest and easiest buck to be obtained is the stupid dollar. Fully 50% of the population is at one's disposal if one has a sufficiently guilt-free complex. The work is probably as rewarding as taking candy from a stupid baby and certainly much easier (if you enjoy that kind of thing, that is).

To me it's always been a bit of a cop-out. I'm sure it is easy once one gets past one's moral event horizon, rather like selling heroin to kids when one is otherwise capable of cutting useful code (for example). Still, there's no doubting the might of the combined dullard purchasing power but it's really their voting power that I find.. uncomfortable.

However they're viewed by the rest of us they sure are capable of throwing their weight around and bringing about change. Stupid change, of course, but that's more about the desired outcomes of whomever is manipulating them at that time.

Thus all corporate decisions are likely to go through the 'how will the stupid respond?' filter and sometimes they get it wrong, resulting in the mob-mentality behaviour you describe.

2 days ago
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Scientists Determine New Way To Untangle Proteins By Unboiling an Egg

Sardaukar86 Re:Wow .... (155 comments)

sounded like dragging a fork across a brick

You sir are an enlightened being and I humbly genuflect to your purity of thought. There are few things on this planet as deeply satisfying as an expertly-cooked steak finished as you describe.

maybe the crust was a bit too crunchy

Unpossible. A good cut of beef cooked nicely in the manner you detail may very well garner generous quantities of post-feeding mouth-beef for the fortunate few able to partake of such steakly goodness, but it is a small price to pay for such an experience.

3 days ago
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NASA Considers Autonomous Martian Helicopter To Augment Future Rovers

Sardaukar86 Re:morons (83 comments)

Obvious troll is obvious.

3 days ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

Sardaukar86 Re:Technically (562 comments)

Nicely said.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

Sardaukar86 Re:I hope not (489 comments)

Excel is terrible at math and rounding, sure it's fine for small tasks but if you try to amortize a 30 year mortgage you will be off compared to any financial institutions calculations.

Wow, that's the first time I've ever read a complaint about Excel's math. Perhaps my memory is bad! I'm also surprised to read your comment about financial institutions, I guess I just assumed that's what they would use. Every company I've done work for has relied on Excel for most of their calculations. The odd client runs SAP but Excel has pride of place in my experience. For my own limited needs I find LibreOffice's Calc more than sufficient.

Thanks for sharing this. I'm quite interested to know what sort of problems Excel introduces in these situations if you have time.

about two weeks ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

Sardaukar86 Re:Technically (562 comments)

Despite my misspelling of cipher.

At the risk of pedantry.. 'cypher' is apparently a legitimate alternative spelling of the word, possibly another example of the 'separated by a common language' phenomenon. :)

about two weeks ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

Sardaukar86 Re:Technically (562 comments)

Ah, that makes sense. That is actually a very obvious implementation of a OTP, glad I didn't make any foolish statements of fact in my post!

about two weeks ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

Sardaukar86 Re:Technically (562 comments)

Thanks, you've provided a keyphrase I can search on and educate myself with. :)

about two weeks ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

Sardaukar86 Re:Idea for stealth encryption (562 comments)

The resulting text wouldn't look like it's encrypted, it just isn't meaningful.

Would such an encrypted text still be recognized as encrypted, or would it be able to stay under government radar?

Unfortunately I suspect that even the untrained eye will be able to figure out that something is going on, even if they can't tell what exactly. :-p

about two weeks ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

Sardaukar86 Re:Technically (562 comments)

with the size of hard drives now, a traveling employee could comfortably take a 1TB or more OTP with them on a business trip, more than enough to last for a couple of weeks.

That's a really interesting idea. I wonder if it wouldn't last for a bit longer if the OTP data on the drive was an index for a routine that generated a unique hash? Would that give it enough mileage to be able to reduce the size of the OTP data needed? Or would doing so weaken (or ruin) the pad's effectiveness?

Please forgive the ignorance of my questions, I have little more than a layman's understanding of cryptography.

about two weeks ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

Sardaukar86 Re:Technically (562 comments)

It's stupid *and* barbaric. Even if it worked, I would reject it completely, as people who value morality and justice do.

Precisely, especially when considering that torture is just as likely to be used for punishment as it is for intelligence. Refusing to stoop to the use of torture of any kind is the only possible logical and moral outcome.

about two weeks ago

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Christchurch shakes, rattles and rolls

Sardaukar86 Sardaukar86 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Sardaukar86 writes ""Darkness, rain and temperatures are falling on Christchurch with people still trapped in buildings crumpled by a massive earthquake, waiting on search and rescue teams to get them out alive."
So begins the New Zealand Herald running story of the day. Christchurch, a city already weakened by a strong 7.1 magnitude quake just four months prior now faces its greatest challenge yet as a magnitude 6.3 event scores a direct hit on the city's CBD. Sixty-five are confirmed dead with the death toll expected to rise."

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