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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

chihowa Re:This isn't scaremongering. (489 comments)

I'm not attacking your facts and your logic is just as sound as the pro-slaver's logic was. I'm also not saying that Scotland is a vassal state. I'm only saying that your entire premise is false.

The post you responded to stated that "I don't think you understand that you've not exactly treated Scotland very well and that's one of the reasons it wants to leave," to which you responded that Scotland was poor before and would still be poor if they were left to their own devices. The argument that self-determination can't be trusted to the Scots because you know better is exactly the same argument made in favor of slavery.

BTW whatever happens it looks like at least half of Scotland is going to disagree with it. So even if the vote is for independence, they're hardly "unwilling subjects", especially as they want to keep large parts of the union.

Many slaves in the US weren't happy about losing their "job" and being cast out on their own, so I guess they were hardly "unwilling subjects".

3 days ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

chihowa Re:This isn't scaremongering. (489 comments)

From an American point of view, your whole screed reads like the "defense of slavery" essays of old. A single issue argument based only on economics and dependent on the presumed incurable ignorance of your unwilling subjects.

I don't really care about this vote either way, but after wading through your disdainful little piece, I'm rooting for the Scots.

3 days ago
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New Data Center Protects Against Solar Storm and Nuclear EMPs

chihowa Re:Poor comparison... (59 comments)

You are correct in that AM frequency is generally labeled in khz... in the US the range is 535-1605 kHz ... of course any one who isn't from the US could tell you that 1000 kHz is equal to 1 MHz....
which means the parents statement about AM being "around 1MHz" is a fairly accurate statement, more accurate would be 1MHz plus/minus ~600 kHz.

Ultimately weather something is measured in kilohertz, megahertz or gigahertz, is a matter of scale, is something oscillating at of thousands of time per second, or millions, or billions?

Anyone who isn't from the US probably needs to fix their intermittently failing shift key, though. SI actually assigns meaning to capitalization in units and there is a big difference between mHz and MHz.

5 days ago
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Private Police Intelligence Network Shares Data and Targets Cash

chihowa Re:Holy cow ... (142 comments)

That's up to the jury, but they can't make the case with laws that prevent "defend[ing] yourself against a police officer".

about a week ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

chihowa Re:It's a bad sign (223 comments)

The government is very effective at wagging the dog. So effective at it that even when their lies are made public, people still don't understand, and still don't respond appropriately.

The few of use who do are outnumbered by the tremendous numbers of people who don't.

I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss everybody else as useless sheep. This entire situation is engineered to be difficult to escape.

How are you responding appropriately? You're complaining anonymously on a backwater echo chamber website. Have you actually done anything to fix the situation or would all of the other concerned, but helpless, people see you as just another one of the idiots who still don't understand?

about a week ago
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The Grassroots Future of Biohacking

chihowa Already cool, but has a bleak future... (66 comments)

I'm a chemist, but I've had the opportunity to work with some of this to make customized proteins and cells to work with. It really is getting surprisingly easy and inexpensive to play around with this stuff and the range of what you can make is huge.

That said, I really see this going the same way as amateur chemistry and rocketry (and soon drones and 3D printing). The mere fact that it's possible to do something dangerous or disallowed means that the entire field is off-limits to amateurs. Any interest in it will be suspicious and used against you in your imminent trial, even if it's not technically illegal.

about two weeks ago
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Private Police Intelligence Network Shares Data and Targets Cash

chihowa Re:Holy cow ... (142 comments)

But these aren't police officers. They're only pretending to be police officers. They're doing so with the approval of the county, but they're not deputized or anything (per TFA).

The state's American Civil Liberties Union chapter called for an investigation of the district attorney and criminal charges against Desert Snow employees for impersonating law enforcement officers.

about two weeks ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

chihowa Re:Er? (314 comments)

"Locale" refers to language, keyboard layout, period/comma decimal notion, and such. Flying from the US to Paris and having your desktop session change to French menus and AZERTY keyboard layout is not something you'd likely ever want.

about two weeks ago
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3 Decades Later, Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Close Encounter With a Missile

chihowa Re:Finlandization... (138 comments)

20 seconds away was ~20 km away. None of the passengers would have even noticed it. It was a near miss in that if it wasn't prematurely detonated it would have struck the aircraft, not in that it was actually near the aircraft.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

chihowa Re:Today's business class is the 70s' economy clas (818 comments)

The business class used to be that intermediate class. First class was the luxury class for the monied and coach was for everyone else, including business travelers. As coach service started getting worse and worse (and being called "economy class"), the intermediate business class was made for frequent travelers. It was not as bad as economy, but not posh like first class.

I think business class cannibalized the first class business, so first class was reabsorbed into business class (even if it's still called "first class"). First class is much cheaper than it used to be and not nearly as nice. The people who used to travel in the truly luxurious first class can afford to keep or charter their own planes now, so the market for the old first class service is gone (at least for domestic and intracontinental flights).

The plan now is to make economy service so bad that upgrading to "Economy Plus" or business class becomes tempting for anyone who can afford it. The difference between economy and business/first is only like 2-3x on many domestic flights these days.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

chihowa Re:Today's business class is the 70s' economy clas (818 comments)

And we could have even better than that.

I also fail to understand the mindset that we should silently endure any cuts to our standard of living until we're as bad off as the worst among us. Our goal as a civilization and a species should be to constantly ratchet up everyone's standard of living so that we're all better off than we previously were.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

chihowa Re:I see two possible scenarios: (818 comments)

All the while, the airlines will deliberately cramp people as much as possible for increased profit. The problem with (3), is that it will keep costing you more and more personal space, even while you pay more and more, until people push back. At the extremes this isn't a natural problem, it's manufactured by the airlines to maximize their profit. If you just shut up and enjoy your cramped flight as much as possible, they'll cramp you more next time.

about two weeks ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

chihowa Re:The death of memorization is greatly exaggerate (359 comments)

Remember that the next time your surgeon needs to look something up on Google while you are coding on the operating table.

You know that, unless the surgeon has done that specific procedure dozens of times before (and memorized it through practice), they'll review it before the surgery starts. Personally, I'll trust a surgeon that rechecks the books and videos before I'll trust one that operates based on memory of med school alone!

about two weeks ago
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Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

chihowa Re:Not just public figures (311 comments)

Your first pet's name is also known to every site that used that as a security question. You don't keep stuff like that confidential by telling it to anyone who asks.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 32 Arrives With New HTTP Cache, Public Key Pinning Support

chihowa Re:Still having misery with Firefox. (220 comments)

Were you doing that for testing purposes or do you actually have that many tabs open on purpose?

Since there's no way you could actually look at all of them in a single day, perhaps you'd be better off with bookmarks than actual open tabs. What benefit do you get from having the actual pages loaded and running their rogue javascript in the background? Have you downloaded the entire web to your hard drive, too, instead of just fetching the relevant pages as you need them?

Genuinely curious... (though that last sentence had some [required] snark.)

about two weeks ago
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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

chihowa Re:Sell it to china. (258 comments)

No... there is no grand conspiracy. Its just people.

A few powerful people independently acting in their own (aligned) interest is functionally indistinguishable from a grand conspiracy.

I agree with your overall argument and agree that the current trend will kill our republic, but there are people who are benefitting from this strife. They don't want to see it resolved and will act to maintain it.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

chihowa Re: Stop the US-centric crap already (419 comments)

The law you quoted states that the laws of Member States apply to data handling within those Member States, which I don't think anyone was arguing against. Of course EU/Irish law applies to Microsoft's Irish subsidiary, who is operating in Ireland on Irish data. In fact, sections (56) to (66) describe the exceptions to the prohibition on transfer to third countries, including transfers for settling contracts or legal claims.

Secondly, as a US corporation, Microsoft and all of its wholly own subsidiaries are also subject to US law. This is the same in the EU, as shown in the directive you quoted above. The directive you quoted does not say that "that US law does not apply to US entities operating in Ireland".

Checkmate.

You're a little overeager there, sport.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

chihowa Re: Stop the US-centric crap already (419 comments)

Under European law, the US law does not apply in Ireland and all companies operating there must comply to Irish/European laws. Not US laws.

European law does not specify that US law does not apply to US entities operating in Ireland, and I challenge you find a reference for that. The closest you'll find is the vague concept of national sovereignty, which limits the US from carrying out governmental operations on foreign citizens or in foreign territories.

Really, Microsoft, a US company with foreign subsidiaries, is responsible for following US law and Irish/European laws simultaneously. If they conflict, then it's up to Microsoft (the entity who entered into a situation where they're violating some country's laws) to deal with the consequences. This whole situation is a result of Microsoft voluntarily maintaining US incorporation, wholly owning foreign subsidiaries, and wading into muddy international law.

Are you arguing that under European law, European companies (through wholly owned foreign subsidiaries) could engage in any activity at all outside of Europe and have no accountability for their actions in Europe? That a European company could engage in human trafficking, summary executions, child prostitution, etc and Europeans would not pursue legal remedies if the actions were legal in the foreign countries?

[In fact, under EU law, European citizens can be criminally charged for actions committed outside of Europe which are legal in the visited country (see child sex tourism laws). So you're saying that the US applying its laws to overseas US entities is overreach, while being alright with the EU doing the same.]

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

chihowa Re:Not Very Prepared (191 comments)

He missed out on the experience of feeling an earthquake and feels let down about that. If you're not from southern California, an earthquake is a novel experience. I felt one in St Louis a few years ago and it was cool and worth experiencing. Of course, having a building collapse on you would be horrible, but that's not too likely in most of the US.

about a month ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

chihowa Re:Correction: (338 comments)

Somehow I'm not surprised.
Asperae facetiae, ubi nimis ex vero traxere, acrem sui memoriam relinquunt.

about a month ago

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Catblock finally becomes a reality

chihowa chihowa writes  |  more than 2 years ago

chihowa (366380) writes "First seen as an April Fool's gag from the author of ChromeAdblock, Catblock can now be a permanent part of your Chrome or Safari browsing experience. Replacing ads with pictures of adorable cats, Catblock allows you to avoid ads (while seeing how full of ads most websites are!) while getting your needed daily dose of cat."
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Is Siri competitor, Vlingo, a DHS spy app?

chihowa chihowa writes  |  more than 2 years ago

chihowa (366380) writes "This morning I finally decided to give Vlingo, a competitor of Apple's Siri, a try on my iPhone 3GS. When I hit the "Listen" button, though, the app attempted to connect to system32.dhs.gov. I blocked this connection (using Firewall iP) and the app no longer works, complaining "Oops... Can't connect to server."

Is Vlingo some sort of spy app collecting voices of citizens or something? Can anyone else confirm this?"

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