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Verizon Changing Users Router Passwords

Tony Stark Re:Then change your password (545 comments)

I bet he changed it back to password1 to spite verizon.

more than 4 years ago
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Pedestrian Follows Google Map, Gets Run Over, Sues

Tony Stark Ouch! (699 comments)

Why didn't anyone warn me my hot coffee was hot?!

more than 4 years ago
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Doctors Seeing a Rise In "Google-itis"

Tony Stark Re:You have to be a real moron (368 comments)

That's because of a few things: Sarcoidosis is a somewhat common autoimmune disease that can affect virtually any and all organs, although it usually starts in the lungs. It's also usually ruled out by process of elimination. So you'll see it early on in their idea-slinging sessions because pretty much it could always be sarcoidosis and it's something that they can rule out as they test for other things. It also goes away on it's own or is easily treatable. And they like to diagnose things that have an answer other than death. I'm not a doctor or anything, I just have in interest in these things. So this is just based on my understanding.

more than 4 years ago
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Doctors Seeing a Rise In "Google-itis"

Tony Stark You have to be a real moron (368 comments)

Google obviously isn't the best place to get medical information, these people are twits. If you watch all the past seasons of House you'll figure out what's wrong with you. (hint: it's not lupus.)

more than 4 years ago
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"Lost" and the Emergence of Hypertext Storytelling

Tony Stark Re:Right. (170 comments)

How about Rashomon? Viewers will actually put together several different equally plausible results for the same scenario, based on flashbacks from each of the different characters. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rashomon_(film)

more than 4 years ago
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25th Anniversary of Hackers

Tony Stark Re:Not fair to run down the black/grey hat hackers (149 comments)

If it wasn't for the hacker mentality, I find it hard to believe we'd be where we are today in terms of technology, especially in communications. white hat, grey hat, black hat, whatever, we all pushed each other and the fact that it was more about information sharing definitely lead to much innovation. In my opinion the open source movement of today is what became of the hacker community of yesterday.

more than 4 years ago
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Gonorrhea As the Next Superbug

Tony Stark Gonorrhea: Nature's Birth Control (456 comments)

If you have gonorrhea long enough it can cause sterility. I think if it becomes resistant to antibiotics, this is nature's way of telling us "hey, it's ok to have lots of sex because you can't get anyone pregnant now." You get it, they can't cure it for a while so you live with it till they come up with a new cure, in the meantime you became sterile. Thanks, mother nature!

more than 4 years ago
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Valve's Battle Against Cheaters

Tony Stark Re:VAC is a joke (336 comments)

Because if that was the case I'd be the only one not cheating.

more than 4 years ago
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PA School Spied On Students Via School-Issued Laptop Webcams

Tony Stark Re:This world needs a "reset" button (941 comments)

But what if I think the thief should have his hands cut off, one neighbor thinks he should be fined, another thinks he should be imprisoned, and yet another thinks he should just be let go? So I chop off his hands, my neighbor disagrees with what I did, but what I did was just as right as what he would do since there's no law governing these things, but he disagrees so he stabs me, then my brother gets angry and shoots him for stabbing me, etc etc. Anarchy = chaos. But you seem to be very trusting of human nature. I'm not.

more than 4 years ago
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PA School Spied On Students Via School-Issued Laptop Webcams

Tony Stark Re:This world needs a "reset" button (941 comments)

Of course, but then the responsible party's buddy shoves something up my urethra. Then my buddy shoves something up his urethra, etc etc. Before we know it the whole world has stuff lodged in their urethras because we're anarchists and have no law or hierarchical structure to turn to to put a stop to the urethra clogging. Thus it still ends in chaos until someone takes power and puts an end to it.

more than 4 years ago
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PA School Spied On Students Via School-Issued Laptop Webcams

Tony Stark Re:This world needs a "reset" button (941 comments)

Good idea. Because then, no one would have recourse against what this school does because it wouldn't be against the law, because there would be no law. To really believe in anarchy you really must have a lot of faith in human nature. I can't even trust my neighbors not to break into my car when I'm asleep with laws against it. How the hell am I going to trust them not to murder me without laws. Let me explain what would happen in the event you got what you want. You'd go live in your squat with your crust punk friends and frolic in urban gardens and dumpster dive your dinner all happy-like while everyone else is dealing with the chaos and crime-sprees and whatnot. Stronger groups of people will battle each other to take control of certain areas, someone will win and calm the chaos, they will keep control by force if they have to. Oh wait, isn't that where we're at right now? Let's just take a shortcut and stay where we're at. Anarchy is not democracy. Anarchy is the path to government. Hierarchy is not necessarily a bad thing.

more than 4 years ago
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Pen Still Mightier Than the Laptop For Notetaking?

Tony Stark Predictive handwriting (569 comments)

I'm working on integrating my handwriting with T9 for notetaking purposes.

more than 4 years ago
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"No Scan, No Fly" At Heathrow and Manchester

Tony Stark The First Galactic Empire (821 comments)

So this is how liberty dies, with thunderous balls.

more than 4 years ago
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The Cell Phone Has Changed — New Etiquette Needed

Tony Stark More on theaters (585 comments)

When you're sitting behind me in the movie theater watching the Book of Eli, don't answer your phone and put it on speakerphone so the other person can hear the movie and the two of you can comment on it. The other person didn't pay for a ticket and I did.

more than 4 years ago
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What's Holding Back Encryption?

Tony Stark (A)pathetic Users (660 comments)

The biggest problem with encryption and security in general is the user. The user wants everything out of the box and as easy as possible. I run across way too many home users who don't even have a login password on Windows. I've been trying to use PGP for email for years but I can't get anyone else I communicate with to use it. Most likely even if they did, their passphrases would still be things like "password" or any other password no no's. It's not even a matter of educating the user anymore. A lot of educated users still just don't care. If it's not something they're interested in, they won't do it. Striking the balance between convenience and security has become and impossible task because in the end convenience (read: laziness) will trump all.

more than 4 years ago
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Student Banned From Minnesota Campus Over Facebook Comments

Tony Stark Re:My god. (806 comments)

So yes, Americans are paranoid. But just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not after you. This wasn't a generic comment like "oh I just hate him so much I could kill him." This was very specific: day, time, place, weapon of choice, target. I'd be a little concerned too. We do this all the time. There's a threat, no one takes action, people die, people kick themselves for not heeding the warning. But kicking yourself can't undo the tragedy. Preventative action can make sure it doesn't happen. And I find most people are a little too moronic to use Facebook. I mean seriously, you post your business all over the internet. That's pretty dangerous.

about 5 years ago
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Tomorrow's Science Heroes?

Tony Stark Oldies but Goodies (799 comments)

Stephen Hawking is still around. In fact, he has written two children's books George's Secret Key to the Universe and George and the Cosmic Treasure Hunt. I think that's the type of things that would hook kids on science pretty young. Other than that I would say maybe Richard Dawkins if we're talking about current living scientists and to a lesser extent and on a different level (maybe controversially) Ray Kurzweil. As far as all time heroes who are still influential to this day, of course Albert Einstein, and I personally like Oppenheimer and Feynman.

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7 Hits Build 7600 (Possible RTM)

Tony Stark Re:OK, Since this is a non-event... (671 comments)

Windows 7 is going to be the "reassuring" Windows. I believe this is Microsoft's business plan: release something good, hook the people. Release something crappy, the hooked people will buy it, then pay for the tons of tech support they will need. Release something good to remind the people why they got hooked in the first place. Release something crappy to make money off tech support, etc, etc, etc. I just don't think Windows users will ever catch the dragon.

more than 5 years ago
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Researcher Discovers ATM Hack, Gets Silenced

Tony Stark Re:Release it anyway (229 comments)

That's right. IMHO, the reason some companies, such as in this case, suddenly decide to fix something after 8 months is because they are about to lose face. I think it must be a vulnerability that allows the hacker to obtain sensitive information about innocent people, as opposed to the company losing money directly. If the company was losing money, it would've been fixed 8 months ago. However, once it comes out that the company knew about it for 8 months and hasn't fixed it, the company will lose face and lose contracts because of that. That would explain the company's lackadaisical attitude in all of this. I miss the old days. This would've been posted on a BBS 7 months and 29 days ago.

more than 5 years ago
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Anonymous Network I2P 0.7.2 Released

Tony Stark Re:Slow as usual... (231 comments)

I whole-heartedly agree with this. Especially when it comes to email; as we all know this is like sending a postcard. The more encrypted email out there, the less suspicious they become, seeing as how most people probably don't want their business out there anyway.

more than 4 years ago

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