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Want Your Own Bunker Like WikiLeaks Or Pirate Bay?

Talisman Enjoy freezing. I'll be in the Keys. (54 comments)

You can have your cold, dark Scottish bunker. I'll be sitting in my hurricane-proof reinforced to withstand a 20-megaton blast at a range of 2.5 miles down in Key Largo:


Yes, it even has an ocean view. Two, really, since if you look east you see the Atlantic, and if you look west you see the Gulf of Mexico.

Haggis vs. Coconut Shrimp
Stella vs. Corona
Whiskey vs. Margaritas
Pale vs. Tan
Highlands women vs. college girls on spring break

Yeah, you can keep your bunker.

about 4 years ago

Where Do I Go Now That Oracle Owns OpenOffice.org?

Talisman Re:Should be fine... (510 comments)

Huh. Some guy on slashdot, one who thinks intelligence correlates with genetics no less, thinks I'm an idiot. I will cry myself to sleep tonight.

You think there is no correlation between intelligence and genetics?

This is rather telling about your intelligence in and of itself.

more than 4 years ago

Are You a Blue-Collar Or White-Collar Developer?

Talisman School? (836 comments)

The best coders I know didn't go to college, at all.

more than 5 years ago

US Cybersecurity Plan Includes Offense

Talisman Re:what about anonymous? (101 comments)

Oh, I think you know why not Anonymous.


more than 5 years ago

Vatican Debates Possibility of Alien Life

Talisman It's Smart (721 comments)

"Just as a multiplicity of creatures exists on Earth, so there could be other beings, also intelligent, created by God."

I am agnostic, and I have no problem with this line of reasoning. The presence of aliens neither proves nor disproves the existence of God, from a philosophical point of view. The 'smart' religion is the adaptable one. If you want to keep your followers and expand your base, you need to keep your belief systems up-to-date. This is a very smart thing for the Catholic church to do. Now if they could just get over their hatred of homosexuals...

more than 5 years ago

$9 Million ATM Hacking Ring Indicted

Talisman Re:Laptop with finger print or retina recognition (86 comments)

Biometrics by itself is inadequate for complete security (if such a thing even exists), yes. But as a part of the holy trinity of security (something you have, something you know, something you are) it is still useful.

more than 5 years ago

$9 Million ATM Hacking Ring Indicted

Talisman Re:Horrible Article (86 comments)

"...if they are smart they had a contingency plan, hide a million or two in a hole in the ground, and will only serve a handful of years in jail..."

Let's assume high and say $2MN dollars is successfully hidden. Let's say they get 5 years in jail. There were 8 of them. 2MN/8 = $250,000. $250,000/5 = $50,000.

Good job, guys! You went to jail for 5 years for $50,000 per year, which is what a mid-level IT tech makes. You also guaranteed yourselves a lifetime of being watched by government agencies the world over.

Now, I don't know how many people were just foot soldiers and how many were involved in the technical side of the hack, but say instead of ripping off a bank, you used your what seems to be considerable insight into security flaws to start a security firm and make a lot more money, legitimately. Just not as exciting, I suppose. Good grief, just informing RBS about this hack would have netted you a fat, LEGAL payday. Or, you could have contacted their current security firm, told THEM about the hack, they pay you quietly under the table, then get to look like heroes when they show RBS what they found. There were a lot of ways to use this to your advantage.

I work with a lot of former eastern bloc nationals, and it never ceases to amaze me how much 'ripping off the system' is ingrained into their mentalities. Some of the world's best programming talent comes from that region, and the majority seem inclined to use it for nefarious purposes.

We had to fire what was probably the best technician our company ever had, a Bulgarian, because instead of using his abilities to improve our company's network, he used it to to hack the company firewall and phone switch, and sell Internet access and long distance to people. He probably made a few thousand dollars, but lost a job that paid $72,000, which is a fortune in Bulgaria.

more than 5 years ago

Why Doesn't Exercise Lead To Weight Loss?

Talisman Re:Didn't happen. (978 comments)

Yes, I did.

The 19 pounds was not all fat. When you starve yourself and deplete your body of carbs, you lose a lot of water, since carbs cause water retention.

But I was 19 pounds lighter at the end of the week, and a lot of it was fat.

Yes, I'm a relatively big person. I was 6' 1" 225 pounds at the start of the week and ended at 206 pounds. I also had a decent amount of base muscle, so my metabolism is higher than most; I've weight trained since I was 16, and I was 28 at the time.

I'm accustomed to listening to people like you, so I'm not offended, and I can understand how most people would have trouble believing such a claim until they see it for themselves. But for people who are capable of doing such things, and have done it, we know it's possible.

Look up weight loss for extreme distance swimmers. They lose tremendous amounts of weight in very brief periods of time. Or read the story about Marcus Luttrell, the SEAL who was stranded in the mountains of Afghanistan and lost 30 pounds in 6 days.

Or Michelle Macy, who lost 7 pounds in 10 hours while swimming the English Channel. Men lose even more.

Legit extreme weight loss is fairly well documented, so don't take my word for it. Google it up. It's possible.

more than 5 years ago

Why Doesn't Exercise Lead To Weight Loss?

Talisman BURN BABY, BURN (978 comments)

I have gone through large weight swings at different periods throughout my life. I was ectomorphic growing up, and matured into a mesomorph. Because my job is IT, I'm sedentary for long periods of time, and as such, will accumulate fat, especially given that in my mid-30's I still eat just like I did in my mid-teens.

Due to my particular personality - mild OCD, extremely impatient - I am very, very good at modifying the way I look in short periods of time. I lost 19 pounds in a week, just to prove a point. I ate 3 hard boiled eggs per day, 1 slice of whole wheat toast, lots of water, lots of coffee, and never stopped chewing sugarfree gum. I also exercised for 4-5 hours per day. It takes incredible willpower. It absolutely sucks. You'll feel like shit. But it does work.

Swimmers who cross the English Channel and Florida Straits also lose huge amounts of weight in very short periods of time. Susie Maroney lost 22 pounds in just over a day when she swam from Cuba to Key West. Not all of it fat, to be sure, but a lot of it was.

Much hype was made about Michael Phelps' diet when he trains. He consumes between 10,000 - 12,000 calories per day while training. So imagine your daily food intake, and quadruple it. That's how much he eats. And that's just to prevent him from losing weight. He has to eat that much to stay the same.

I also freedive. Freedivers are some of the leanest athletes in the world. They tend to stay away from gyms as too much muscle burns too much oxygen. The repeated depletion and replenishment of O2 across the cell membrane really burns the calories. After a 4-day freediving training session off the coast of Florida, I had lost 6 pounds of fat in 4 days.

As others have noted, most people feel like they're doing a lot of exercise, but they simply aren't.

Exercise absolutely works. Just just aren't doing it intensely enough or long enough if you aren't burning fat.

more than 5 years ago

NH Supreme Court Hears Case On Protections For Anonymous Sources Online

Talisman Re:Begging the question (47 comments)

Maybe change your name to BadClicheGuy.

"Begging the question" does NOT mean 'makes you wonder' or 'brings a particular inquiry to mind'.

It's a logical fallacy, a hallmark of circular arguments.

Me: That water is really warm.
You: What makes you say that?
Me: Because it's hot.

THAT is begging the question.

The term is so misused today, even by people on TV who as professional speakers should know better, that it is commonly used as you used it, but it's still wrong. And stupid.

Fuck man, think of the phrase in the context you're using it in. It makes no sense.

It 'begs the question'. What's it begging? Are you begging? You're begging to ask a question?

If the phrase made grammatical sense to imply a different meaning, I would understand the confusion, but the phrase itself makes no sense when taken in literal form.

It begs the question, what sort of education are our children getting?

See how fucking stupid that sounds?

more than 5 years ago

Test of 16 Anti-Virus Products Says None Rates "Very Good"

Talisman Wipe It (344 comments)

Imaging products have become so good and fast that I no longer bother with 'scrubbing' a computer clean when it gets a virus. I can reimage the machine in less time; 15 minutes from start to finish, and I don't have to worry about viral remnants in the registry or some deeply buried hidden folder with a time bomb inside.

I keep our company's image file up-to-date, and when something goes wrong with a computer (drive crash, corrupt registry, malware, whatever) they are back online in 15 minutes. Screw scouring the web for a utility to remove a particular virus that may or may not work, and screw relying on an all-in-one product to save you from malware.

I have come to terms with the absolute fact that users are stupid and careless and aside from rare individual who bother to be responsible, they will always be stupid and careless, no matter how much I wish they would change.

In a business environment, imaging is the way to go.

(I use a Mac at home and don't have to worry about such things)

more than 5 years ago

Why a High IQ Doesn't Mean You're Smart

Talisman Reminds me... (808 comments)

Reminds me of a quote I heard years and years ago, that I never thought was particularly useful, until now.

"Everyone thinks dogs are smarter than cats, until you ask a dog to climb a tree."

more than 5 years ago

Could GPS Keep Tabs On Your Pets?

Talisman Re:Get a leash! (218 comments)

If you can't provide the correct environment for a pet, _DON'T_GET_ONE_.

Growing up, we had several dogs, but we also had a 1 acre fenced lot for them to run around and be dogs on. People who keep animals, especially large ones, cooped up in a house are being rather cruel. This doesn't mean if you live in an apartment, you should buy a Great Dane and periodically let it run free in the streets. It doesn't balance out.

So if your option is to let them run loose in your only available environment, which will inevitably lead to them getting in fights, screwing up the property of others, having them run a serious risk of being hit by a car, or just annoying the public in general, DON'T GET THE PET. If you already have one and are forced into such a situation, find another home for the pet that allows them to be happier.

more than 5 years ago

The Tech Aboard the International Space Station

Talisman Re: "a 10Mbps Internet connection to Earth" (183 comments)

Nah, wouldn't be so bad.

ISS orbits at between 278 km (173 mi) and 460 km (286 mi) from Earth.

LEO (Low Earth Orbit) satellites orbit at about 400 km, and Geostationary sats orbit at 35,786 km over the equator.

I'm connected to a GEO sat right now (I'm in the Gulf of Aden atm), and ping time is just under 800ms. Not great, admittedly, but really not bad.

I imagine NASA keeps their pipe pretty full 24/7 and that might generate some lag, but at their altitude, they are probably getting 300ms ping times or better. It also depends on where your data goes once it hits the Earth station. We had a horrible bottleneck at Eik, Norway so we routed the data through Mirimar, Florida and it lopped off about 600ms from our ping time.

I'm guessing NASA has a pretty sweet peering arrangement ;)

more than 5 years ago

Neanderthals "Had Sex" With Modern Man

Talisman Rape. (536 comments)

"What remains a mystery is what Paleolithic brewery provided the catalyst for these stone age hook-ups."

It wouldn't have been alcohol or any other chemical social lubricant.

Inter-species sex, back then, would have come in the form of rape.

To those saying "if it exists, human will have sex with it" are forgetting that most of that is due to the porn industry. Women generally don't want to have sex with horses for free. Pay them a few thousand dollars, and their viewpoint changes. I doubt the porn industry was booming 30,000 years ago. Rape, however, was in its prime.

more than 5 years ago

Moving Away From the IT Field?

Talisman In a similar, but stranger situation... (783 comments)

I no longer love IT work. I've been at it for 14 years now, and the shine is definitely off the apple. That being said, I don't hate it. It's not fulfilling anymore, but I don't dread going to work, either.

My current job allows me to travel a minimum of 8 months per year, often 10 or more, with long stretches at the work site, so it really is enjoyable travel, not the land-getjobdone-boardplane-flytonextjobsite travel that makes for a miserable experience versus a very enjoyable one.

So while I love the framework my job is in, I no longer love the job itself. It's a peculiar place to be, since it's easy to leave miserable situations, but much harder to leave pretty good situations, even though the next stop might be fantastic.

more than 5 years ago

Moving Away From the IT Field?

Talisman Re:Getting old in IT is the kiss of death. (783 comments)

Though I've heard of this phenomenon, and am sure it is true in certain niches of the IT world (such as game coders), I've never seen it in person.

Personally, I *love* seeing the old guy come on the job site, because he'll probably know every little quirk there is to know about the system he's working on, since he's been at it for the last 25 years.

We had to deal with an Alcatel IP phone build-out on a site, and it was new technology at the time, and our saving grace was Bob. Overweight to the point where the impolite would call him fat, gray bearded, thick glasses, unfailingly calm, and was the only person we could find on the planet who knew how to make this system work, and the rest of us weren't IT slouches. Or Sande, the 60-something tech who saved one of our hotels from a complete phone outage, twice, as he was the only person in the city who knew how to work on a Hitachi HCX-5000.

The idea that old guys are of limited value in the IT industry is patently false. You can have the college grads, I'll take the grampas.

more than 5 years ago

Elder-Assist Robotic Suits, From the Real Cyberdyne

Talisman I love robotics, but so much biochem hate... (121 comments)

I have nothing against advancing robotics, whatsoever.

But, many of the problems with the elderly being physically infirm can be treated with steroids. Society has this bizarre view of steroids of being a horrible drug causing anything from cancer to rage to psychotic episodes. The DEA has it listed as a Schedule III drug, which carries a worse fine for possession than Xanax, Rohypnol, Valium and Halcion. Anabolic steroids are on the same DEA classification as LSD. From a legal standpoint, they view as equal what is essentially a drug that increases the rate at which proteins fold to the most powerful hallucinogen known to man.

Give the elderly steroids, and let their doctors monitor them. Keep going with robotics, but steroids are here now.

If you're curious where your drug of choice lands on the DEA schedule, here's a link:


more than 5 years ago

EMC Co-Founder Committs Suicide

Talisman Re:"Committed Suicide?" (538 comments)

"See...just how far you can free-dive, and then push a bit further."

I freedive quite regularly, and have experienced two shallow water blackouts. I can tell you, assuming you have done proper breathe-ups to rid your system of CO2 before the dive, it would be an extremely peaceful way to go. Both times I blacked out, I wasn't even aware of what happened until it was showed to me on film. One second I'm ascending, the next, out cold. No pain, no discomfort, no fear.

If I ever off myself, that is probably how I'll do it.

more than 5 years ago

EMC Co-Founder Committs Suicide

Talisman Re:"Committed Suicide?" (538 comments)

1987 called. It wants its lame joke back.

more than 5 years ago



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