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Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking

danlip Re:Spoofing! (199 comments)

You think it's possible to implement a "new economic structure" that doesn't favor those with wealth and power more that the current one? The only people interested in a level playing field are those not at the top.

about two weeks ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

danlip Re:We deserve this guy (496 comments)

The Senate is skewed to favor small population states (which tend to be Republican), and the population ratio between big and small states is much larger than it was when the system was created. I am not sure that can be called "working as intended".

about two weeks ago
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Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

danlip Re:blu rays are cheaper than the movie (400 comments)

They don't make any money if you don't show up. Gouging your customers pisses them off and they will go away if there is any alternative, and in this case there is. If they were smart (they're not) they'd make concessions cheaper, and it would increase attendance and therefore profit.

about a month ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

danlip state rights (484 comments)

It's a good thing those Republicans support state rights. oh wait ...

about a month ago
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Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

danlip Re:Publicity stunt (221 comments)

my prediction: in two weeks they'll announce that they've changed their mind, supposedly under pressure from the people advocating for freedom of artistic expression, but really because it's a publicity stunt to drive up sales. There may even be a theatrical release. If they had released it in December they would have had a flop on their hands, because it's a bad movie (one reviewer said it was "about as funny as a communist food shortage, and just as protracted") and it would be competing with the other Christmas movies. Add the controversy and a January release and they may just make money off it.

about a month ago
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Military Laser/Radio Tech Proposed As Alternative To Laying Costly Fiber Cable

danlip Re:cheaper perhaps (150 comments)

That happens too. The construction workers next to my office building cut both the gas and the power (not on the same day, luckily).

about 2 months ago
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Military Laser/Radio Tech Proposed As Alternative To Laying Costly Fiber Cable

danlip Re:cheaper perhaps (150 comments)

Well, an 8 foot trench means that the next person to come along and dig a 4 foot trench won't cut your fiber.

about 2 months ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

danlip Re:I'm sure it will suck (242 comments)

I think the GoT TV series sucked much less than the books, so it's a positive in HBO's column.

about 3 months ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

danlip Re:Be the Change You Wish to See in the World (438 comments)

I think at one point it was true in Africa as well, but the demand for slaves changed the dynamic completely. hairyfeet's attempt to place the blame on anyone but the people buying the slaves is silly, since the end-buyers were fundamental to the economics driving the entire system.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Releases iMessage Deregistration Utility

danlip Re:Try explaining that... (136 comments)

SMS used to be quite limited in the USA, but most providers started making "Unlimited" SMS either the standard or a very cheap price.

Which they did after iMessage and other alternative messaging services came out, of course. I'm grateful to Apple for forcing their hand.

about 3 months ago
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Internet Broadband Through High-altitude Drones

danlip Re:I'm betting on balloons (99 comments)

Did you? The thread started with balloons.

about 3 months ago
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Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

danlip Re:Okay, I've been doing this for 30-something yea (115 comments)

As near as I can tell from the TFA somebody just put an arbitrary limit of 40 million in the code somewhere. Would be nice to have more technical details.

about 3 months ago
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Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

danlip Re: Entirely preventable software error (115 comments)

Bad wording. Perhaps "obvious and preventable" would have been better (and why does the counter not go to at least max int, e.g. 2^31-1 = 2,147,483,647).

about 3 months ago
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What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company

danlip Re:Writing! Yuck! (96 comments)

"low quality" is the third definition of cheap (according to Webster's). The first 2 are basically equivalent to "less expensive". If you want to be pedantic, do it right.

about 3 months ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

danlip Re:This is good (398 comments)

Or people chatting on their cell phone and never noticing your brake lights.

about 3 months ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

danlip Re:Distasteful stuff, but should not be illegal (475 comments)

In a cross-culture study it's going to be very hard to adjust for rates of molestation versus rates of reporting or prosecution.

IQ differences also point towards implies control. The LA Times article does mention this. So IQ might have no correlation with the desire, only with the behavior (or with getting caught). It also says "Not all pedophiles molest children. Nor are all child molesters pedophiles. Studies show that about half of all molesters are not sexually attracted to their victims." For that half I don't imagine that access to porn would help the problem.

about 3 months ago

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Target Says Encrypted PIN Data Taken in Breach

danlip danlip writes  |  about a year ago

danlip (737336) writes "Target says Encrypted PIN Data Taken in Breach but doesn't think they can be unencrypted by whoever may have taken them because they never had the key in their system. The article has no details on exactly how they were encrypted, but it doesn't seem like it would be hard to brute force it given that there are only 10^4 possibilities for each PIN."

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