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My toy collection is ...

dltaylor Re:The definition of toy (206 comments)

My motorcycles have use as transportation (California car-pool lanes, until they're all toll lanes for the better off, and splitting particularly useful), but that doesn't remove the fun factor, so they are not USED specifically as transportation.

Still "toys", I think.

4 days ago
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Infinite Crisis' Superhero Origins Story

dltaylor Re:World made of cardboard (50 comments)

I recognized the quote, but thank you. I was looking for the series.

4 days ago
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South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

dltaylor what governments can achieve (169 comments)

Sounds like there are significantly fewer hire-purchase politicians and bureaucrats (from whatever combination of energy companies and unions) in SA than in the USofA. Shows what can be done by government initiative.

about a week ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

dltaylor Re:"Stranger in a Strange Land" (404 comments)

Which version?

I read the originally-released version back about 1960 (it was in the same section as "Podkayne of Mars". I was gifted the "as written" version when it came out and it is a much more clearly stated story.

about a week ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

dltaylor not compromised server, honeypot (230 comments)

If the administrator deliberately activates software known to make a system (Linux, Windows, ...) vulnerable to compromise, that is NOT a compromised server, it is a honeypot. If you make a honeypot, you must mitigate any damage it may cause outside your domain.

Sue the admins of those systems into getting a job compatible with their IT skills (probably involving a toilet brush).

about a month ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

dltaylor not just servers (613 comments)

Granted, I AM my own "system admin", but BSD goes into my home systems next time I build or upgrade (2-3 weeks, most likely). Can't use Debian or RedHat, so might as well go back BSD (used to run it on my Amiga).

Systemd is yet another example of "fashionista" development (Gnome 3). Ignore the people who really use the system, because "they're idiots", and (attempt to) stuff your favorite fashion du jour down their throats.

I've got a choice, and systemd is NOT going to be part of it.

about a month ago
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MIPS Tempts Hackers With Raspbery Pi-like Dev Board

dltaylor no Gbit, no sale (88 comments)

There appears to be enough RAM and enough compute power, but the Ethernet interface is pathetic. Even in an inexpensive experimenters' board, GBit Ethernet should be standard. For one thing, it's hard to judge the real processing power needed (as a fraction of the available) for networking, when the network, itself, is the bottleneck.

about a month ago
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Google Introduces HTML 5.1 Tag To Chrome

dltaylor Re:talk about "old tech" (94 comments)

The "one"? Unless it's a form of DRM not supported on a specific platform, many, or all, of the formats are displayable. Of course, the browser will "automagically" know which of the several you want THIS time.

It's still old tech. lseek(), read() or GET. You don't have to pull all the versions from storage with TIFF, either.

about a month ago
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Google Introduces HTML 5.1 Tag To Chrome

dltaylor talk about "old tech" (94 comments)

So now we have a relabeled "TIFF" container?

Tagged Interchange File Format (TIFF) has been around since the 1980s; the Amiga had a nice version, and I used them in a very old document system for the US Navy. The file could hold multiple instances of the same data, in different formats. A picture could be JPEG, GIF, a PDF bitmap, ..., for example, and the platform displayed/printed whatever it could.

about a month ago
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The Evolution of Diet

dltaylor "Paleo Diet" haters (281 comments)

Folks, please remember that this is a "fad". There's nothing of intelligence involved in choosing the diet (might make more sense, based on some of the research I've seen, to infect themselves with parasites, as our ancestors were, to retrain their immune systems and reduce inflammation). Providing logical arguments against the "Paleo diet" to a population that has self-selected against intelligence, is, itself, not logical.

about a month ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

dltaylor Re:Why Fy? (260 comments)

Thank you.

I can use that as a model for the "crowded room", or, think, airplane cabin with 8 APs and 300+ clients. Probably still not a lot in aggregate. BTW, given my overall weight and body fat percentage, that 80 kg was just about right for the water content of my body.

As for the radiation source (sometimes) in the sky, I know THAT one kills. When the doctors ask me what SPF sunblock I use, I ask them what is the SPF of the planet Earth. I try to keep it between me and the source whenever possible (harder in summer), and "hard" shade (concrete, steel, not leaves) when not.

Playing "Devil's advocate" may sound ridiculous, but it does, sometimes, elicit useful responses, like yours, rather than just hand-waving.

about a month ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

dltaylor you're making California look good (421 comments)

If there's anyone in South Carloina with enough brains to form a synapse, please put them in charge. Stupid, brutal behavior like that make even the craziness of California look good.

about a month ago
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Securing Networks In the Internet of Things Era

dltaylor Re:will NOT have learned from Target (106 comments)

Actually, they do, but the person in that position doesn't even know what it means, much less how to deal with it.

Picture an internet where home users must havea license to access the iy, or hire a "chaffeur" to manage their systems and there are penalties for failing to secure them. Many fewer bot farms, I suspect.

about a month ago
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Securing Networks In the Internet of Things Era

dltaylor will NOT have learned from Target (106 comments)

Most of the management types I've met have just enough functioning brain cells to kiss ass and repeat whatever mantra they learned in MBA school or during the most recent management retreat.

Target was breached because HVAC maintenance had access to the same network as the POS terminals, which is inexcusable stupidity. Unfortunately, this is exactly what will happen with the IoT devices. Putting them on an entirely separate network (own APs for wireless, blinkenlights, ...) will cost something, and, since the CIOs don't spend hard time in a closed prison for exposing their systems, or the personal data of employees or customers, they simply will not authorize the expenditure.

about a month ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

dltaylor Re:Why Fy? (260 comments)

IOW, you don't know, but are happy to toss out an AC snarky comment.

I've worked on megawatt RADARs, and the running "joke" was that by the time you found out it hadn't been properly secured and was now transmitting, you were already dead, but had just been informed.

Yes, the RF from electronics is non-ionizing, but we have actual results of exposure to ionizing radiation and some guidelines as to what various agencies around the planet consider "safe". If I'm in a room (for example, a lecture hall), with 100+ phones, tables, and laptops, at ranges from 1 meter to 10 meters, connected to a 10-transmitter "hot spot", what is my RF exposure? What amount of that RF is being converted to heat in my body?

about a month ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

dltaylor Re:Why Fy? (260 comments)

Just we all can be "sure" of things: what is the temperature rise due to ambient 2-5 GHz RF in a human body? After all, microwave ovens cook by exciting water molecules in the cavity. The RF energy is converted to kinetic energy, of which temperature is a measure.

Got a number in some useful frame of reference, such as degrees C per kilogram per milliwatt?

about a month ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

dltaylor Re:Ethernet still the best (260 comments)

The cable cost may not be that much higher, and multiple cables are not that much more work, I agree, but the many-more-port switch to which they all connect seems much more costly than a few distributed 5-8 port near-freebies. Only in two places did I need some serious managed switches ("computer room" and right at the firewall/router). The little ones did have to be able to handle VLAN-tagged packets, of course.

about a month and a half ago

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Torchwood: Is rape acceptable?

dltaylor dltaylor writes  |  about 7 years ago

dltaylor (7510) writes "In the premier episode of "Torchwood", a "Doctor Who" spin-off from the BBC, one of the regular supporting characters, "Owen Harper" is shown to be a serial rapist, yet he receives no punishment, ironic comeuppance, or even approbation. He uses a "foreign" substance as a date-rape chemical to cause uncontrollable lust toward himself, on both a disinterested female and a hostile male, and the behavior is serial because he packs it to the pub, anticipating the chemical's effect. This is not a prank. Rape destroys lives. Picture yourself as either of the victims, unable to understand why you acted so completely outside of your normal character. There will be no sympathy or support from anyone, since you will be assumed to have been a willing participant, either trying to excuse yourself or having had your inhibitions reduced by a bit of alcohol. Has rape become such a common occurrence that it is now acceptable in the supposed "good guys" of television? If so, why should we cheer for our species in the "us vs. them"?"

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