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How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

TheCarp Re:One of those strange rules of war. (168 comments)

Your opinion is your own, and I understand it but, simple leagalzation means forgiveness, and I have none of that for these crimes. None is deserved.

1 hour ago
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How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

TheCarp Re:One of those strange rules of war. (168 comments)

And I see that as an entirely false dichotomy. That said, I really could not possibly care less about the foreign wars. Yes I would like to see them end and I would like to stop engaging in other people's problems. I don't see why we prop up countries like Isreal or why Europe can't pony up for its own defense if it really needs so much.

However, its the domestic wars that deny people freedom over their own personal choices while claiming to provide liberty that piss me off more. Arresting people for victimless crimes like what drugs they use is no better than doing so for their religion, and no organization that engages in it deserves any respect.

I have watched my friends go away. I have heard their stories of puking after eating real food again. I have listened to their tales of betrayal at the hands of people paid by my tax dollars. So talk all you want about fighting wars elsewhere, they are fought in the name of the treasonous shit that put my friends away for flowers.

3 hours ago
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Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

TheCarp Re: Then I guess you could say... (166 comments)

and its worth noting that this means the basis for the joke is actually the same as the basis for the article, that its actually hard to tell disorders apart from an outside view. Its almost a second joke layered on top.

3 hours ago
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How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

TheCarp Re:One of those strange rules of war. (168 comments)

Fuck oaths. No oath you take excuses you from moral reasoning. I don't care what promises they made, no promise removes your moral responsibility and allows you to assign it to someone else. A promise to do evil deserves to be broken.

In fact, I can honestly say, I have no respect for oaths. If the actions a person would ask you to take were actually good and just, no oath would be needed to hold against you. There is no greater scumbag than someone who asks others for oaths.

6 hours ago
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How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

TheCarp Re:One of those strange rules of war. (168 comments)

You are right, and its really why I hate them so much, because the blood on my own hands for doing nothing is enough to drown me. Sometimes at night when I put my arms around my wife in warmth and safety, it drives me to actual tears to know what I have materially helped deny others.

6 hours ago
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A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech

TheCarp Re:Bad language (64 comments)

No you are just reading it wrong.

So if I have a bit under a liter of water, I have "100 times less than 10 mL" because I know it is less than 10 mL that I have 100 of. Makes perfect sense to me. So what they are saying is, the device Stephen Hawking uses costs less than 1/100th the cost of this, or a bit under 80 cents.

I had no idea Stephen Hawking's devices were so cheap! Thats amazing, I am shocked this was even created now!

yesterday
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Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets

TheCarp Re:Fucking MAGNETS? How does it work? (103 comments)

Its like waves on the ocean man, they go in, they go out, never a missed communication but, nobody knows how it works.

yesterday
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How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

TheCarp Re:One of those strange rules of war. (168 comments)

> 1. It is respecting veterans. They do not decide which wars are just and which are not the voters and elected
> officials do.

Yes they do. They decided to join, they decided to follow orders. Sorry, I don't believe anyone has the right to ceede is own moral reasoning to others. They are equally guilty as the people who gave the orders, the elected officials and "voters" (for as much as their opinion matters when their opinion is just picking between the offerings put before them by the colluding parties)

They decided when they joined, they decided when they got up in the morning and didn't refuse to go fight. No exceptions.

yesterday
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How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

TheCarp Re:Rules don't apply to America (168 comments)

That is, unless its a rule that our leaders want to be bound by. Ask them about ending marijuana prohibition and, if you manage to get past everything else, they will happily fall back on "but the treaties we have at the UN wont let us do that, so see, we can't".

Its nice to be able to be selective in what rules apply to you and what ones don't, its almost like not having rules at all, except better, because you still get to use them as an excuse when you don't want to do something.

yesterday
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Chinese City Sets Up "No Cell Phone" Pedestrian Lanes

TheCarp Re:Send them into traffic (46 comments)

Heh I play dwarf fortress mostly, Clearly the way forward involves a lever and a pressure plate at each "crosswalk", and by "crosswalk", of course, I mean "retractable drawbridge over a spike pit". Pedestrian stops and pulls the lever first, no retraction.... step on pressure plate first and the bridge retracts.

Will likely need some redesign of the sewer system to help actuate the mechanism properly..... but its totally worth it.

yesterday
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Chinese City Sets Up "No Cell Phone" Pedestrian Lanes

TheCarp Re:Send them into traffic (46 comments)

A better way is to remove all the current crosswalks from intersections and randomly move them between 0-10 feet down the road. That way a pedestrian needs to look before walking out. Should clean up the problem quite quickly from what I can tell.

Of course, that assumes you can get drivers to stop yeilding to pedestrians that are still so far from the road that they could trip and fall with both arms stretched above their head and still not touch the road with their fingertips.

yesterday
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European Space Agency Picks Site For First Comet Landing In November

TheCarp Re:A good slice of luck. (35 comments)

sounds reasonable to me. Hell, in the first manned moon landing the landing zone was determined to be too rocky (as in littered with large boulders) and so the crew took manual control; counting off altitude as they descended. Compared to this thing, the moon may as well be smooth as a bowling ball.

It almost challenges your notion of what a "slope" is since it is really defined by the perpendicularity of the surface with respect to the force of gravity. At least the Apollo guys could just look down at the surface and approximate that gravity is pulling them down into it.

yesterday
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

TheCarp Re:Dont cancel by phone (396 comments)

> try to argue with the phone guys who get paid to keep you.

Not only this, but they LIE to keep you as well.

They talked my mother into phone service, they send the modem, we swap it out, it steals the public IP address which breaks my personal VPN setup (since the home box is the one I connect to). So we send it back, cancel the new service, and keep the old box. Fine.

A year later they try again, she brings the phone to me, I tell them it doesn't work and why, they say "oh thats fine, you can keep using the old modem and we can send a new one just for the phone.

She gets her package, sets it up, we lose network. Call them up....no, activating the phone turns off the old one. Eventually, after some time talking with tech support, they got permission to turn out old modem back on and do what sales promised, but, it most certainly was not what they were expecting.

yesterday
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

TheCarp Re:Kickstarter's Problem (211 comments)

However, both of those agreements explicitly spell out that the person promising to produce owes the investor. You agreed to it, they agreed to it. Both agreements are in agreement that they owe you. What more do you need from kickstarter? You know who owes you, and who is liable to pay you, they agreed to it just like you did. Kickstarter did their part in making sure you both agreed to it.

3 days ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

TheCarp Re:How about (208 comments)

These people call my mother incessently. Every other day or so I hear her yelling at her phone "you are not really with windows, windows doesn't call" (yes they say they are calling "from windows" lol).

I just saw this and ran down to show her, not so much for the exploit but the idea of playing mickey the dunce and keeping them on the phone for as long as possible. Lol she has a true talent for annoying tech support. Hell I once got a call from a guy at the help desk "I just got off the phone with your mother" "really?" "yah down in radiology right? I was on the phone for 45 minutes and had to send a technition out because I couldn't get her to plug the ethernet cable back into the wall" "now, she told you she is blind right?" "No she....what the fuck!"

Seriously.... I think I just punished them good suggesting she keep a log of how long she can keep them on the phone for.

4 days ago
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Who Is Buried In the Largest Tomb Ever Found In Northern Greece?

TheCarp Re:When is too soon? (92 comments)

> probably until the kingdom gets destroyed even

Well as long as the kingdom exists, there will be a king who will want such a memorial for himself and will want to not be the one to set the precedent of allowing the king's burial chambers being desecrated. So this is to be expected, at the very least.

5 days ago
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Research Finds No Large-Scale Exploits of Heartbleed Before Disclosure

TheCarp Re:Hmm, strong evidence of null-activity by NSA? N (20 comments)

Very true but I don't see that implication here. I agree that its possible someone could misinterpret it that way but it doesn't appear that there is any attempt to mislead people here, either by the authors or the summarizers. It all reads pretty clearly to me, and pretty clearly doesn't address small scale/targeted use that would be neigh impossible to detect.

Now if I was a betting man, and you asked me, do I think the NSA might refer to this result in attempts to deflect criticism, I would bet that they will. So far they have shown to be decently expert at deflection and misdirection when it comes to making public statements; and very fond of making ever so slightly overqualified statements about what they are NOT doing.

about a week ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

TheCarp Re:Bikes lanes are nice (213 comments)

This is true but, it also is a case where what works in one place may or may not work the same (or be implemented similarly) elsewhere. I have seen these exact same lanes turn into a nightmare. Not because they put traffic in the way but because they retained the left and right lanes, and just occasionally, turn the left lane into a turn only lane....so everyone who was traveling in that lane suddenly has to move over.....and few things slow drivers down like a lane merge.

about a week ago
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Research Finds No Large-Scale Exploits of Heartbleed Before Disclosure

TheCarp Re:Confused (20 comments)

> So my question is, without having man in the middled all the sessions, or had the decryption keys.
> How are these researchers making this statement?

How do you know they didn't? Notice the keywords "large-scale". Their detector is likely some sort of honeypot in fact, from the article:

To detect Heartbleed scanning, we extended the Broâ(TM)s SSL/TLS
analyzer to recognize Heartbeat messages [25,57]. Note that this
approach parses the full TLS protocol data stream, including the
TLS record layer which remains unencrypted throughout the ses-
sion, and thus achieves an accuracy significantly better than that
provided by simple byte pattern matching. We have released our
Bro modifications along with our detection script via the Bro git
repository

So I would assume they had keys and possibly were using a honeypot....a few paragraphs below that, they talk about getting full traces from a honeypot.

about a week ago
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Research Finds No Large-Scale Exploits of Heartbleed Before Disclosure

TheCarp Re:Hmm, strong evidence of null-activity by NSA? N (20 comments)

Right in the summary: "This provides strong evidence that at least for those time periods, no attacker with prior knowledge of Heartbleed conducted widespread scanning looking for vulnerable servers. "

So you are correct about what it doesn't prove, but, its also not really claimed to prove that either. Not even a little bit. What this does, is suggest strongly (not prove) that no criminal gangs (yes, yes, the NSA) were aware of it, or if they were, were not aware of it long enough to exploit it meaningfully.

If the vulnerability were available, if even one person bought it, they would have to use it. What I mean is, if you know this vulnerability can be bought (because you bought it) you know that its out there and its only a matter of time before it gets noticed and fixed.

The only person who has any reason to not use it or use it in a discriminating fashion, is someone who discovered it independently and wants to get maximum use out of it. Someone like the NSA.

This, in no way, proves that nobody knew about it. What I think it does prove is, whoever may have known about it, wasn't selling it and wasn't a memeber of one of the for-profit gangs. That is all.

about a week ago

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TheCarp TheCarp writes  |  more than 7 years ago

TheCarp writes "I was on my way home from work today using the good ole MBTA. I saw my bus come, and the line form, and then I saw something quite shocking; a sign declaring "This Bus is equipped with a security system". Sure enough there was a camera on the top outside of the door, one pointing down the length of the bus, two at right angles crossing by the back door, and another in the back. There was virtually nowhere to go and not be video taped. Of course, with all the upgrades recently, I don't remember any mention of this decision. Apparently its not enough that we listen to ineffectual "please to report unattented bags and suspicous activity" announcements; Now the week after they nearly doubled the fares, there are cameras on the busses! I don't know if this bothers anyone else, but with all the stories of England and their cameras, it worries me that we have more than started down the path to a police state. I just filed a complaint through their comments page"

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