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Microsoft Blocks Messenger In Five Embargoed Countries

bgeer It's because of crypto (194 comments)

The Export Administration Act (EAA) prohibits export of crypto to (dun dun dunnnn) Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. Presumably windows messenger has some kind of crypto in it so Microsoft is blocking them to somehow cover their asses legally.

more than 5 years ago

Iranians Outwit Censors With Falun Gong Software

bgeer I was in Iran 6 weeks ago and (171 comments)

Breaking their firewall is really nothing to brag about, it took me about 5 minutes to ssh into my server in the US and apt-get tinyproxy. As far as I could tell they make no effort to block proxies at all.

more than 5 years ago

Iranians Outwit Censors With Falun Gong Software

bgeer Re:does Iran seriously censor Obama? (171 comments)

You are seriously wrong. I was there 6 weeks ago, and it seems that to me that the whole system is driven by butthurt and they p. much filter any site that has ever said anything mean about Iran.
From memory, blocked sites included:
michellemalkin.com - because she says mean things about Iran
apnews.myway.com - because the AP wire service is part of a counterrevolutionary monarchist conspiracy
openvpn.org - because VPN is for terrorists

more than 5 years ago

Three Mile Island Memories

bgeer Jimmy Carter (309 comments)

Our President at the time, Jimmy Carter, was also a micro-manager and a former nuclear engineer:

U.S. Navy reactor operators, the sort who served under Jimmy Carter in the 1950s,

Is not and never was a nuclear engineer, much less did he command a nuclear sub. He served as an enlisted man on several diesel-electric subs and started, but did not complete, a Naval class in nuclear engineering. He resigned from the Navy (as a lieutenant) before any nuclear subs were commissioned.

The FEMA guys were just plain stupid.


more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Asks Fed For Bailout

bgeer Re:The best April Fool's (346 comments)

I believed it for the first couple sentences. It's not that implausible, I mean they really are getting a federally funded bridge. And if it was true we could all root for Geithner to sack Ballmer.

more than 5 years ago

Slashdot Launches User Achievements

bgeer Re:Posting in the april fools article (1582 comments)

why would anyone want an insulting achievement like that you'd have to be a moron to post in that article

more than 5 years ago

Study Suggests Crabs Can Feel Pain

bgeer Re:Scary (628 comments)

Do you know how cows digest grass? Cows (and virtually all other mammals) lack a critical enzyme to break down the main nutrient in grass, cellulose. They get around this by hosting trillions of bacteria in their guts which are able to produce cellulase. The bacteria gorge on the cellulose the cow brings into its stomach(s), and convert it to glucose and energy for their own use. The cow then betrays them moving them to a later portion of their digestive tract where these bacteria are killed and broken down to nourish the cow.

Bacteria react to injury, they remember the past, and they even predict the future. If you buy into the theory that causing pain is immoral then every cow is a walking Auschwitz. (not even to mention the problem of brushing teeth)

By the way, there is no philosophical reason why "it feels pain" is a better standard for deciding whether injuring something is cruel than any other arbitrary standard, see Hume

more than 5 years ago

Rocket Hobbyists Prevail Over Feds In Court Case

bgeer Re:terrorists? (546 comments)

Even the ATF isn't stupid enough to try to ban peeing without a license.

What makes you think that?? They've ruled that shoelaces are machine guns, ruling that pee is an explosive would be a return to common sense by their standards

more than 5 years ago

Internet Hunting

bgeer Re:Redneck philosophy in a nutshell. (892 comments)

"We were looking at a beautiful white-tail buck and my friend said 'If you just had a gun for that.' A little light bulb went off in my head," he said.
I think that's what most people call "having a stroke". I'm just glad the dems didn't take over the senate, or DiFi would be holding hearings on deadly assault webcams by friday.

more than 10 years ago


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