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Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options

TangoMargarine Re:Dongle Bells! (76 comments)

You mean a serial port? I bet yours does and you didn't even know it.

Considering that when I was looking at desktops back in 2007, even, I only ran across one that did, I'd take that bet.

about half an hour ago
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Doctor Who To Teach Kids To Code

TangoMargarine Re:Hi, I'm the Doctor. Run for your life. (134 comments)

Until recently nobody other than a Time Lord could manage to fly the TARDIS at all. Now I'm pretty sure the writers will say Clara could sit on the console and accidentally fly it better than the Doctor himself.

I suppose it's my own fault for thinking, "They couldn't possibly have a more annoying companion than Donna." CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

about half an hour ago
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Doctor Who To Teach Kids To Code

TangoMargarine Re:At least (134 comments)

I also question their programming chops, remembering that one horrid episode where the WiFi was killing people.

You know it's going to be a good episode when you're literally 10 seconds in and you're already cringing in horror.

about half an hour ago
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Doctor Who To Teach Kids To Code

TangoMargarine Re:Branching (134 comments)

Once you dig deep enough, everything is a GOTO.

Suck it, "Goto considered harmful."

49 minutes ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

TangoMargarine Re:So what qualifies? (479 comments)

The question isn't whether WE can tell the difference, but whether those in the COURT SYSTEM can.

yesterday
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

TangoMargarine Re:Much as I despise trolls (479 comments)

Cool, so I can put up a webpage alleging that you are a paedophile then?
[...]
Harassment, slander and libel

You just shot your own argument in the foot. As the GP said, existing laws cover the cases.

yesterday
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

TangoMargarine Re:Much as I despise trolls (479 comments)

you're just a barbarian

Oh, like you can speak Greek either.

yesterday
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

TangoMargarine Re:um... ok (198 comments)

Yeah, I was a bit confused at that "She still deserves to go" comment as well.

[...] Glenn lifted off for a second space flight on October 29, 1998. He took flight on Space Shuttle Discovery's STS-95. At age 77, Glenn became the oldest person to go into space. Glenn states in his memoir that he had no idea that NASA was willing to send him back into space when NASA announced the decision.[17] According to the New York Times, Glenn "won his seat on the shuttle flight by lobbying NASA for two years to fly as a human guinea pig for geriatric studies", which were named as the main reasons for his participation in the mission.[18]

Glenn's participation in the nine-day mission was criticized by some in the space community as a political favor granted to Glenn by President Clinton.[citation needed] Others noted that Glenn's flight offered valuable research on weightlessness and other aspects of space flight on the same person at two points in life 36 years apart—by far the longest interval between space flights by the same person—providing information on the effects of spaceflight and weightlessness on the elderly, with an ideal control.[citation needed] Shortly before the flight, researchers learned that Glenn had to be disqualified from one of the flight's two main priority human experiments (about the effects of melatonin) because he did not meet one of study's medical conditions; he still participated in two other experiments about sleep monitoring and protein use.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J...

yesterday
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

TangoMargarine Re:Remove It (519 comments)

grep

3 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

TangoMargarine Re:Hope! (519 comments)

"X violates the fundamental spirit of Y but at least it lets you copy its data to Z to handle it the old way" is not a reason to implement X.

3 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

TangoMargarine Re:Some Sense Restored? (519 comments)

Remiiiiind you of anything??

*cough*beta*cough* Still interested to see how long they wait in the hopes we cool down before they roll it out anyway.

3 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

TangoMargarine Re:Some Sense Restored? (519 comments)

1 "it works and i figure if it isn't broken don't fix it"
2 [condescension about sys v init being old]
3 goto 1

Self-defeating trolls. Huh.

3 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

TangoMargarine Re:Some Sense Restored? (519 comments)

I actually did a "which systemd" on my current Mint XFCE install--which has GIMP installed and up-to-date--and got only silence.

Um...I know apt-get isn't shy about installing all kinds of dependencies when I need them...wat.

3 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

TangoMargarine Re:wondered why it took so long. (519 comments)

If you're talking about Deb & Ian, they apparently got a divorce in 2008 and Ian stepped down from project leader in 1996 anyway.

3 days ago
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Court Rules Parents May Be Liable For What Their Kids Post On Facebook

TangoMargarine Re:Facebook, provide more parental controls (319 comments)

Then you run into the problem of verifying age to keep *actual* pedophile predators out...which means you need Real ID.

Maybe the answer is this thing we used to have called Real Life instead of communicating with their friends online.

4 days ago
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Court Rules Parents May Be Liable For What Their Kids Post On Facebook

TangoMargarine Re:Why is the school involved? (319 comments)

This "third" option is really just the 2nd option.

While I sympathize with your sentiment, wouldn't that mean that free speech societies exist nowhere on earth? I would imagine every jurisdiction at least has a "fire in a crowded theater" clause. In which case, arguing one toe over the line disqualifies it as free speech means that free speech itself doesn't exist as a concept.

It's the same problem as "no true communism has ever existed." Maybe technically true, but just makes conversation more difficult.

If there's one thing I would really like to believe in, it's radically free speech. But as I get older, I have a harder and harder time finding things that I can label with absolutes.

4 days ago
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Court Rules Parents May Be Liable For What Their Kids Post On Facebook

TangoMargarine Re:About time...... (319 comments)

why shouldn't I be liable for wrongdoing of my kid in cyberspace?

People's crazy-loose definition of what constitutes wrongdoing online.

4 days ago
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After Negative User Response, ChromeOS To Re-Introduce Support For Ext{2,3,4}

TangoMargarine It's called a metaphor (183 comments)

"OtherOS would be OtherOS all over again"

No!?!

5 days ago
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After Negative User Response, ChromeOS To Re-Introduce Support For Ext{2,3,4}

TangoMargarine Re:Don't Bullshit Me, Man (183 comments)

Yeah, and there are plenty of things people stick in there that are labelled as not-bugs by the developers.

5 days ago

Submissions

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Machining A TI-89 Aluminum

TangoMargarine TangoMargarine writes  |  more than 4 years ago

TangoMargarine (1617195) writes "Sometimes, expensive calculators hit the floor. It’s happened to almost anyone with a graphing calculator from TI or HP. Sadly, they don’t always bounce. After this happened to [Howard C.], an Industrial Engineering student from U. of Iowa, he decided to spend $50 on milling his own replacement case out of aluminum rather than trashing the device over a broken battery compartment."
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Journals

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"Zero Day"

TangoMargarine TangoMargarine writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Wikipedia has this to say about "zero day exploits": A zero-day (or zero-hour or day zero) attack or threat is a computer threat that tries to exploit computer application vulnerabilities that are unknown to others or undisclosed to the software developer. Zero-day exploits (actual code that can use a security hole to carry out an attack) are used or shared by attackers before the software developer knows about the vulnerability.

I wish every exploit could just be called an exploit (sans "zero day" in front of everything) unless it's specifically 1) a vulnerability the company has chosen not to fix, or 2) a vulnerability some guy somewhere knew about but hadn't used in order to keep it valuable. It's like if we were to start calling Microsoft Office "Microsoft Office for Windows" incessantly. It's assumed, unless you're specifically on a Mac or running it in WINE or something.

I'm pretty sure. Amiright?

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Ha, You're A Horrible Person!

TangoMargarine TangoMargarine writes  |  more than 4 years ago

What is up with the term Homophobia? It's an alarmist umbrella term for anyone who disapproves of homosexuals for any reason, while in every other use, the suffix "phobia" only describes an irrational fear. From Wikipedia:

Phobia: "an intense and persistent fear of certain situations, activities, things, animals, or people"
Homophobia: "a range of negative attitudes and feelings towards homosexuality and people identified or perceived as being homosexual. Definitions[1][2][3] of the term refer variably to antipathy, contempt, prejudice, aversion, and (irrational) fear"

I disapprove of homosexuality, but I don't have an irrational fear of it. So I would probably be labeled homophobic.

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