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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

Wizardess Re:foolproof (244 comments)

I remember from the early 80s hearing about somebody able to decode a Selectric typewriter by its emissions, either electrical or acoustic. All your data are belong to us.


about 2 months ago

White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

Wizardess Re:Classic Obama - you guy are naive indeed (211 comments)

I rather expected this.

You guys really have some learning to do. Obama promises very vague things, fundamental change or fix the XXX, and you read into it what YOU want rather than asking him for specifics. As long as you let your leaders get away with this sort of shenanigan you're going to be disappointed much or most of the time. "Patent reform" is another vague declaration. Patent reform to limit or eliminate patent trolling is specific. Patent reform to make it easier to obtain frivolous patents and use then for trolling is specific. Which one do you read into the statement, "I intend to see that the patent system is reformed?" Which one do you think will happen in reality?

Demand the specifics of your owners er legislators and POTUS. Then hold them to the specifics. Until you do you are going to be owned by the government rather than you being the government's owner. You should face any government officials with some strong well earned cynicism.


about 3 months ago

Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC (Video)

Wizardess Re:Fundamental reform? (148 comments)

It would be nice if "fundamental reform" was defined, wouldn't it? I basically do not trust vague platitudes such as "fundamental reform". They must tell me specifically what they plan. Is it more government to "protect me" or is it "get the friggin' government out of my face?"

I've rather had it up to here with oppressively huge government. Let's try small government for a change. It worked when we did it that way. It's better than "more of the same old same old" we've been doing of late, R and D both.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.


about 3 months ago

Fixing China's Greenhouse Gas Emissions For Them

Wizardess What could possibly go wrong? (322 comments)

This sounds SO good, clean, and to the point. But there are holes in this picture.

But, what could possibly go wrong?

For example, what does the world do if China turns around and hurriedly constructs a hundred Chernobyl style reactors for power?

I'm surprised nobody (moderated high enough to matter) here has asked that obvious question. This is simply an application of the general rule that no good deed goes unpunished or the old cliche about the road to Hell being paved with good intentions.

So, yes, I really am wondering, "What could possibly go wrong?" I wonder because as a pessimist I figure the worst possible thing will go wrong if you apply a nuclear weapon to digging a hole in the ground.


about 3 months ago

Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Wizardess Re:Even higher! (1040 comments)

Communism leads to dead retirees if not babies, dear. They are on a fixed income. Seattle has just doubled what it will cost them to go out for a dinner or a coffee. If all they get is social security you've just constrained them to their homes. Oh wait, they can't even live there because the prices of the food they eat are going to go up. The prices of the gasoline they use to get out of the city to saner purchasing climes goes up. All prices go up. How about making sure those on a Social Security income have their income go up accordingly?

If the current minimum wage is not worth working to receive why do people work? They have welfare to fall back upon? It sets a very effective and practical minimum wage? Oh, you say these are young people of school age trying to build up work resumes of any kind possible so they can move on to better paying jobs? Hm, will they be able to get the resume job (hey, he actually is willing to work) with the higher cost for their unproven (or proven barely adequate) labor?

Minimum wage has a lot of "feel good" associated with it. Now sit down and build the logic tree for what happens next, with real people involved not fantasy idealized people.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.


about 4 months ago

HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"

Wizardess Re:Asians != Diverse (593 comments)

More significantly, when did Asians become Whites? Ponder that one for awhile. Then ask where it is leading.


about 4 months ago

U.S. Drone Attack Strategy Against Al-Qaeda May Be Wrong

Wizardess Far better would be capturing the leaders (433 comments)

It would be far better to capture the leaders and use the information we can get from them to unwind the organization from the top. But that means soldiers might get killed doing something constructive rather than for trivia as we've been doing in Afghanistan. With drone attacks there is no danger some terrorist might get a bent pinkie fingernail and scream about it. There is also no danger we'd actually be able to stop the threats.

Color me cynical about the twits in DC.


about 4 months ago

Do Embedded Systems Need a Time To Die?

Wizardess Re:Absolutely not (187 comments)

Not just barking up the wrong tree but also just plain barking mad, absurd, off the wall, and possibly . . . . . a troll.


about 4 months ago

Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

Wizardess Re:Yes, for any mission (307 comments)

There is a downside to that?

NASA has outlived its usefulness to society. We need to start over without all the old baggage. Note that our first astronauts were sent into dangers we did not fully understand. They also understood that the chances of their deaths were not negligible. They went anyway. Some died. Most did not. These days NASA could never deliver men to the Moon when faced with the same odds as they faced in the 60s. We need an old NASA equivalent with intestinal fortitude rather than paralysis by fear of failure.


about 5 months ago

Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Wizardess Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

Um, the CEO of a corporation is employed by the board of directors and ultimately the shareholders. That said the CEO is in charge of everything else related to the day to day operation of the company. So the hiring (and firing) is his responsibility usually delegated to various high level employees in Human Resources.

In this specific case there is no evidence he ever acted against the inclusive culture of the Mozilla projects. Yet he is being hounded into losing his job by a collection of ravening hyenas. Shame.


about 6 months ago

Without Plutonium, Deep-Space Probe Missions May Sputter Out

Wizardess Buy it from Iran or NORK? (268 comments)

We could simply purchase it from Iran or North Korea, I suppose.


1 year,18 hours

Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?

Wizardess Re:Scientific Linux 6.4 (627 comments)

That is why I use Scientific Linux here, too.


about a year ago

Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

Wizardess Re:Missing alternative (587 comments)

First I had was an 8080 at 2k or ram. Subsequent to that I had a 1K AIM 65 to kick around. Now I have only 24 GIB. And my virtual machines are making it feel constrained. 12582912:1 sounds good. It needed a >10 million option. {O.O}

about a year ago

China Says It Is the Target of US Hack Attacks

Wizardess Ask China about port 21543 (242 comments)

My wee little DSL account received some 5000 probes from well over 100 Chinese domains and a small sprinkling (tens) of domains in other nations just a few days ago. Are they going to tell me that this was the US government probing my machine? It's far easier to believe it is their government getting a burr under the saddle over one small single Internet address in Southern California that houses a small business in a small niche market. Scroom.


about a year and a half ago

Australian Federal Court Rules For Patent Over Breast Cancer Gene

Wizardess I've filed (160 comments)

I am patenting C2H6O. Sorry guys. You'll have to pay me big time!


about a year and a half ago

Local Emergency Alert System Hacked, Warns Dead Rising From Graves

Wizardess It's not hard to hack that system... (235 comments)

I programmed this into a news room video application for a customer of mine. It is quite hackable. I've been waiting for something like this to happen. It's only real security was its, then, relative obscurity. It has other quaint problems, too. I presume they will get discovered the hard way with time.


about a year and a half ago

Thirty Years of Clamshell Computing

Wizardess Historical perhaps - stable certainly not (135 comments)

I remember the Grid Compass computer complete with its HPIB connected hard drive all too well. It had tremendous potential and crashed more often than AmigaDOS 1.0. On top of that of the 6 computers our group of 4 developers had we barely managed to keep one working machine per person on the floor at any given time. But hooboy our military customer loved their sexy look.


more than 2 years ago

Christmas Always On Sunday? Researchers Propose New Calendar

Wizardess Naw - oct 32 == dec 25 no longer works (725 comments)

This destroys an important feature of a somewhat humorous observation relating two dates celebrating more or less opposite things, at least for Christians. You'd no longer be able to declare that Halloween and Christmas were the same thing, 031 == 25, after all. {^_^}

more than 2 years ago

World's Biggest Gold Coin Minted In Australia

Wizardess Pocket change? (171 comments)

I'd like to meet the guy who can use this as pocket change. The Jolly Green Giant comes to mind, though. So the meet should be at a safe distance, I suspect. {^_-}

more than 2 years ago



Wizardess Wizardess writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Wizardess writes "Left hand meet right hand.

On January 12, 2007 Science Daily published an article about a find that was major support for the "Out of Africa" modern human evolution scenario. This can be found at 'Out Of Africa' Theory Boost: Skull Dating Suggests Modern Humans Evolved In Africa.

But wait, on the same day Science Daily also published an article dating the earliest evidence yet found of modern humans in Europe at 45,000 years ago. This one can be found at Earliest Evidence Of Modern Humans In Europe Discovered: Artifacts May Date Back 45,000 Years.

Now, how does a skull dated as 36,000 years ago prove the out of Africa scenario when human activity has been detected in Europe 9,000 years earlier?

As I said, left hand meet right hand. I guess that's the peril of web publishing in too big a hurry.



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