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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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month ago
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Barometers In iPhones Mean More Crowdsourcing In Weather Forecasts

danlip secondary microphone (79 comments)

I wonder how long it will take someone to turn this into a secondary (and insecure) microphone. It's already been done with Android's gyroscope.

about a month ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

danlip Re:Statistics and.. (407 comments)

And California's prisons are still overcrowded, despite the reduction. As are many other states

about a month ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

danlip Re:Prison population (407 comments)

That sounds like you are claiming that black and hispanic populations are fundamentally more criminal, regardless of all other factors.

Finland has lower crime because they have less poverty, and they have less poverty because of their policies, not some Finish magic. We could do the same thing, we just choose not to.

Also the drop in US crime could be due to any number of factors. It may have nothing at all to do with tough-on-crime policies. Lead pollution correlates well with crime rates (and yes, correlation is not causation, but it often indicates causation).

about a month ago
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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

danlip Re:Apparently (213 comments)

Learning to code is learning logic and critical thinking skills, which everyone needs. And it gives an understanding of computers that you can't get from a class where you just memorize terms like client, server, network, etc. And that barista may one day be sitting on a jury judging a technical case.

about a month and a half ago
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Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America

danlip Re: It's like the metric system... (276 comments)

True, but the system of slavery in the US and Caribbean really brought slavery to an industrial scale and drove demand through the roof.

about 2 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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