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Anonabox Accused of Lying About Its Product Being Open-Source On Kickstarter

c6gunner Re:Yawn (72 comments)

Or maybe just smart. He picked a project that showed a realistic chance of being completed.

Yep. I'm 6/6 so far - all of them turned out as well or better than I expected. I dunno why anyone would think there's much "luck" involved with picking Kickstarter projects.

about a week ago
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VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

c6gunner Re:Oblig xkcd (220 comments)

Contempt of court is a whole different animal, but I get your point. I'm surprised it went that long; guy must have had some shit lawyers. I'd have to read up on his case before commenting further.

about two weeks ago
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VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

c6gunner Re:Oblig xkcd (220 comments)

Meanwhile, they let you rot in prison. Thats what key disclosure laws are about.

No, that's not how it works. Indefinite detention is a violation of human rights. No civilized nation will "hold you forever"; they still have to charge you with something. In most cases key disclosure laws allow charging you under existing obstruction statues, or provide for a specific jail term (eg. 2 years in the UK). And that charge still has to go through the courts, where you get due process and the chance to plead your case.

about two weeks ago
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Pentagon Unveils Plan For Military's Response To Climate Change

c6gunner Re:For everything there is a season (228 comments)

Tell that to the nurse in Dallas who used full biohazard protective gear and still got Ebola.

Ok, if you want to be a pedant:

Use soap and hand sanitizer, and don't touch dead people or bodily fluids which have contaminated your protective equipment.

about two weeks ago
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VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

c6gunner Re:Oblig xkcd (220 comments)

This is an international website. I can also look up this [wikipedia.org].

Key disclosure laws, huh? Ok, my key is ABC123.

What do you mean it didn't work. Shit. Ok, try QWERTY1234567890.

Still nothing? Dammit. Sorry guys. Ok, I'll need access to a writing pad and a random number generator ....

about two weeks ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

c6gunner Re:There is another response for people like this (622 comments)

Sure, but the hack was more akin to picking the lock on the front door and kidnapping the children from their beds. So you would suggest not leaving the children unchained at night?

If you're a famous movie star? Yeah, that might not be a bad idea. Or maybe get some extra security, the way pretty much all of them already do.

Uploading naked pictures of yourself to the cloud is dumb even if you're a fat and ugly nobody. It's completely idiotic when you're a celebrity who already has paparazi constantly trying to snap a nip-slip or crotch-shot.

about two weeks ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

c6gunner Re:But that was not the same! (622 comments)

I think the facial might hurt her carrier more then the tits do. Then again, it might be mayo.

It's not mayo, but it's also not her. Just because you got a whackload of pics all at once doesn't mean they're all legit. It's been pretty much conclusively shown that the "facial" pics are of some other chick, and were being circulated well before the fappening.

about two weeks ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

c6gunner Re:Cold Fusion News (315 comments)

I did, but amazingly enough they get kinda touchy about it. Just like the scientists in Project Alpha. Silly buggers. Universities really need to make skepticism and critical thinking mandatory subjects.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

c6gunner Re:Awesome (283 comments)

Obviously a cheaper car is going to be cheaper; you didn't have to go through the trouble of doing math to figure that out. What I was pointing out is that after the savings inherent in having a purely electric vehicle it's not AS BAD as it seems at first glance.

I'm not exactly rich, but I've been seriously thinking about buying one. I've run the numbers and I can EASILY afford it. Then again, I'm single, and have enough in savings to buy it outright, so I'm not your typical "middle class family". But I can see it being a decent buy even in those circumstances, as long as the buyer makes good choices about financing. That's going to be your biggest problem.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

c6gunner Re:Awesome (283 comments)

I would argue that a middle classer who bought a car that costs more than a year's salary has piss poor money management.

This very much depends on other cost factors.

The average American right now spends over $2,000 per year on fuel. In Canada it's more like $3,000. Europe is even higher. Electric drastically lowers that cost, making it easier to justify a large initial investment.

Vehicle maintenance is another consideration. Electric in general is supposed to require far less maintenance. On oil changes alone you should save $200+ per year. Reduced break wear thanks to regenerative breaking means you breaks and rotors last longer. And so on.

So say an electric vehicle reduces your annual costs by $1,500, and you keep it for 10 years. That's a saving of $15,000. That makes it much easier to justify "a car that costs more than a years salary", especially it it's amortized over a few years. And with fuel costs constantly increasing, the amount saved is likely to be higher over the long term.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

c6gunner Re:Performance (283 comments)

The g-forces are enough that the drivers can't breath for half the lap. They're getting really close to the point where g forces are a problem.

That's interesting. Any idea why they're not using G-Suits yet? Seems like it would provide a significant advantage, assuming this is really as much of a problem as you say ...

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

c6gunner Re:Life imitating Art (385 comments)

To be fair, many human children (and some adults!) cannot do that and they still get the full protection of our laws. An average chimp is at least as intelligent and self-aware as an average human toddler.

That may be true, but we know that humans as a species are relatively intelligent and self-aware, even if not all individuals are. If there comes a day when we can say the same thing about chimps, all of them will receive rights/protection even if some of them don't meet those criteria.

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

c6gunner Re:Life imitating Art (385 comments)

Difference being that Jerry was modified. If we can ever uplift chimps to that level, granting them "human" rights will be a no-brainer. Sci-fi in general has done a lot of hand-wringing over such questions (see Data's trial in ST:TNG) but given the current zeitgeist I couldn't ever see it being an issue. The day a chimp can walk up to me and say "Hi, I'm Jerry, could you please stop experimenting on me?" is the day he gets the full protection of our laws. Until then it's always going to be a fringe issue.

about two weeks ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

c6gunner Re:Cold Fusion News (315 comments)

Did you know that the word "gullible" was created as a result of a new fusion process?

True story.

about two weeks ago
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Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

c6gunner Re:No GPS? Where's the E911? (132 comments)

I get that. Nobody likes advertising. But the GPS functionality of my phone/tablet is valuable to me, and turning it off makes no sense when "they" have other ways of tracking me.

On my android devices I have XPrivacy installed on the XPosed framework, which does a good job of letting me control which apps can track me. I let the google maps, google earth, and Copilot apps have access to location data; all other apps get fake location data. Right now Facebook thinks I'm in Madagascar.

May want to give that a shot if you have your devices rooted.

about two weeks ago
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Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

c6gunner Re:No GPS? Where's the E911? (132 comments)

I've soured on the desirability of gps in my phone. Maps just ain't worth the tracking of everywhere I go by the phone company and facebook and everyone else for targeted advertising and whatnot.

Um, you realize that they can track you just fine by doing things like tower triangulation and correlating your position to known WiFi access points, right?

By giving up on GPS you're throwing away your ability to know where you are while preserving "their" ability to know where you are. Doesn't make much sense.

about two weeks ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

c6gunner Re:First to say it (425 comments)

I mean, let's be blunt here, look at how your soldiers treat people where they invade.

With kid gloves?

Seriously, dude, you have no fucking clue what you're talking about. The extent to which the US will go to avoid civilian casualties and avoid violating local customs and sensibilities is astounding. This is a fairly new thing in combat - previous wars were butchery by comparison - yet the US takes more flack for it now than it ever has before.

There was an incredibly strong pro-US sentiment in Iraq right after the invasion. That changed damn quickly.

Of course it did. You had local warlords slaughtering anyone who cooperated with western forces, and terrorizing the rest into submission. You had the same warlords plus related propaganda outlets spewing nonsense about how the horrible crusaders were raping women and eating children for breakfast. You even had lovely useful-idiots (you can guess where my finger is pointing) in the west repeating the same lies and jizzing themselves with glee every time they got to post online about some innocent getting killed or some detainees being abused. And you had 90% of the western population repeating the lie that "we were lied to about the reasons for the war", and claiming nobody gives a shit about the Iraqis and we're only there for the oil. In such an atmosphere I'm surprised that support for the US presence stayed as strong as it did.

The Germans and Japanese in WW2 got treated far worse than the Iraqis ever did, but in those wars we didn't have to contend with an organized resistance, or a grassroots propaganda machine within our own borders working against our interests.

about two weeks ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

c6gunner Re:Incompetent Administration (Thanks GWB) (425 comments)

Saddam did not violate any ceasefire agreements in anyway that mattered to US interests.

Oh yeah, shooting at American aircraft is like totally not a big deal.

I should try that line of defence in court though. "Your honour, it's true that I violated my parole conditions, but I didn't do it in any way that matters to your interests. Ya gonna let me go, right?"

about two weeks ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

c6gunner Re:What has happened to Slashdot? (425 comments)

Now, you still hear about what's happening, but not straight.

This has always been the case; the reason you notice it now is:

1. It's gotten a bit more blatant with the advent of the 24-hour-news-cycle.
2. As you grow up you tend to develop a better sense of whether or not someone is trying to manipulate you. Go back and watch some news from the past which you thought was "balanced", and you'll be surprised by how poorly your memory of it stands up to the reality.

Just like you can't get straight black coffee anymore without someone dumping some kind of syrup in for flavoring

That's just weird. My coffee is still as black as ever. Maybe you should stop buying your coffee from the syrup factory?

about two weeks ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

c6gunner Re:The whole article is just trolling (795 comments)

It's more valid than your position, which pre-supposes that there isn't a purpose.

This is fractally wrong. Even if that were my position, it would arguably still be more valid since nothing we've observed even hints at the existence of some objective universal purpose. However, you've also managed to construct a complete strawman of my position, which makes you even more wrong.

For the record, the only position I have on the topic is that before you can ask what the purpose of something is, you first have to have some relatively solid reason to suspect that a purpose exists. Otherwise you're simply engaging in a guessing game based on hunches, feelings, and paranoid delusions. "Why did we have a drought which killed all our crops? Must be because we haven't sacrificed enough virgins."

about three weeks ago

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