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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

dwye Re:Why not push toward collapse? (409 comments)

Actually, it is in the interest of Americans to maintain the embargo. If it ends, the USA gets:

1) good cigars (to raise the cancer rates)
2) good rum (to raise the alcoholism rates)
3) cheaper sugar (to raise obesity rates)

yesterday
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

dwye Re:About Fucking Time (409 comments)

First, the government already seized that land. Any claims to that land by returned exiles will probably be met with the same attitude as claims by Canadians to lands that their Loyalist ancestors lost after the US Revolution.

Second, the land is probably now reserved for use by higher level Party members; they won't be moving.

Third, Cuban prostitutes and taxi drivers make more money than their doctors or University professors.

Yea, the Dictatorship of the Proletariat !

yesterday
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

dwye Re:About Fucking Time (409 comments)

Except that there is a limit to how much US citizens can buy per trip, which works out to about half a dozen of the best cigars. My question is how much can you bring back from Canada? I can imagine a business with otherwise unemployed Detroit youths crossing the bridge to Ontario, buying a handful of loose cigars, and recrossing as many times s day as are allowed.

Anyway, the Cuban exiled cigar families that moved to other countries in the Caribbean produce cigars just as good as Cubans made by Cuban bureaucrats, often better.

yesterday
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

dwye Re:About Fucking Time (409 comments)

The reason for the embargo was the property of US citizens and companies seized by Cuba, not those once owned by the exile community (but usually seized before they left).

yesterday
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Neglecting the Lessons of Cypherpunk History

dwye Re:Respuctfully, Greenwald Is Wrong (103 comments)

Sorry, but I feel that gutless cowards have the same free speech rights as the rest of us, even to advocating for others to snivel and bow and tug their forelocks.

After all, AC is desperately trying to save our families' lives from our advocating copyrights shorter than 150 years after the death of the last person associated with some work, or net neutrality (or against it, or whatever), or using mil-spec encryption on our daily emails.

about two weeks ago
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Neglecting the Lessons of Cypherpunk History

dwye Re:Respuctfully, Greenwald Is Wrong (103 comments)

To be fair, the AC is just expressing the same attitude as every non-political person in Eastern Europe during the Cold War. Or the attitude of slaves in the Antebellum South. Or Hegel's redefinition of "freedom" as the recognition of necessity.

Not everyone is cut out to be Nat Turner, or John Brown. The AC clearly isn't.

about two weeks ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

dwye Re:intelligent non-human life (334 comments)

I know about the Toba Hypothesis, but the last time that I read something related to the population crunch, the crunch and the eruption were supposedly not close enough together for cause and effect. If Toba is back under indictment, good, that makes things make sense; OTOH, things making too much sense is often a sign that you are missing something important, because reality tends towards messiness.

about two weeks ago
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NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

dwye Re:Spare me NASA's PR Hype (140 comments)

Yes, but Walter was a huge fanboi, as he would have admitted if he had ever seen the term. I always thought that ABC had the better scientific info, but watching Cronkite just plain gush was more fun. Adding in Schirra after his Apollo flight made CBS the better choice, all around.

about two weeks ago
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NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

dwye Re:I hate this name (140 comments)

Well, yes, if you convert it from one big rock to a big bunch of pebbles too small to survive passing through the atmosphere, it WILL help a lot. Still years without summers, but not a total extinction event. They never show the effects of all that particulate matter on the sunsets, never mind the next winter lasting two years or more (at least in New England), but then rom-cons never show the couple getting bored with each other after a few years, either.

BTW, "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex" was a non-fiction essay, not a story, and it deliberately left off the obvious solution, a simulated red sun environment (a real red sun worked for Kal-El and every other Kryptonian, why not a simulated one for Junior-El?).

about two weeks ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

dwye Re:Warp drives, wormholes (334 comments)

as I was hoping to meet a nice Vulcan equivalent hottie one day.

And only mate with her once every seven years.

about two weeks ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

dwye Re:hang on (334 comments)

He is probably assuming omni-directional radio versus lasers. OTOH, at light year distances, even the best focused laser spreads like a flashlight beam does, so rubycodez is still wrong.

For the past century, we have been radiating radio waves like a small radio star, and are obvious above background for almost 100 light years. Unfortunately, in Habitable Planets For Man (which "solved" the Drake equation with values now known to be wildly optimistic) the estimate was that communication-capable civilizations were about 1000 light years apart, so even the entire world isn't good enough to show above some possible someone-else's background.

about two weeks ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

dwye Re:intelligent non-human life (334 comments)

Neanderthals make up about 3% of non-African human DNA, and not all the same 3% (supposedly we can ID about 20% of their genome from various groups), so you cannot really call them a separate species. Subspecies, maybe, but not their own species.

Intelligence is a bit of an advantage - there is a reason that predators are always more intelligent than their preferred prey - but it only gets one so far. A super-intelligent panda or koala, bound to one food source in one biome, would be an extinction waiting to happen. To support a really intelligent species you need adaptability on the same order as the Norway black rat. Ocean-based might be different, given that cuttlefish seem to be really quite intelligent even though they only live a few years and so have little chance of actually using their smarts for anything.

about two weeks ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

dwye Re:intelligent non-human life (334 comments)

Then who/what was capable of reducing the population of Europe by 1/3 (to take the monkish chronicles) to 50% (based on the number of abandoned English boroughs) to 2/3 (last estimate that I read, based on abandoned boroughs not enough to maintain the pre-Death populations of the still-occupied ones)?

The only close competitor would be whatever almost extincted humanity about 80,000 years ago, reducing the African portion of the species to the equivalent of about 1000 unrelated individuals (I have no idea if it affected the Neanderthal, Denisovian, or the Indonesian "hobbit" groups, or any other non-African groups that we have not yet identified, by as much), and I would question whether hunter-gatherers ever class as "in large groups"

about two weeks ago
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Security Experts Believe the Internet of Things Will Be Used To Kill Someone

dwye Re:Isn't there a rule about this yet? (165 comments)

A piece of cold, wet, spaghetti. Gluten-free spaghetti, at that.

about three weeks ago
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Security Experts Believe the Internet of Things Will Be Used To Kill Someone

dwye Re:Ummm ... Duh? (165 comments)

As far as them being "lazy and incompetent" goes, the people designing the Internet of Things are doing nothing different than the people who designed the Internet of networks. Back then, they assumed that the main danger would be unexpected network partitioning, not some man-in-the-middle attacker sending lies to major routers or DNS sites (hell, back then DNS was a file maintained by Jon Postell out of the goodness of his heart, sent out every so often to replace the previous /etc/hosts file for all hosts), or worse.

Leaving off security to make something useful fast is an easy tradeoff. That it is too dangerous is hard for people in high trust societies (like invented the Internet or picked it over their own ISO network) to wrap their heads around. Maybe DARPA should have outsourced the design or development to the USSR or Afghanistan, where rampant paranoia just meant that someone was paying attention, but it didn't.

about three weeks ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

dwye Re:I voted anti-incumbent (551 comments)

That's unfair. He obviously wants to be controlled by the unelected bureaucracy, since it takes experience to learn where the real levers of power are. I mean, it works for the EU, after all (at least as described by my EU associates).

about a month and a half ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

dwye Re:Party line (551 comments)

Unless you answer "I'll vote a mixed ticket / None of the Above", you're doing it wrong.

Or you have too few offices to vote upon that you can find someone of the opposite party that you like and are in your district. Both parties have gerrymandered, and people often gerrymander themselves with their feet (eg, I cannot stand that A county is totally controlled by the X party, so I will move to neighboring W county where there are more of the Y party, and vice versa). Also, I had only four (4) offices with opposition parties, and no US Senate race, this time; not even any ballot questions to worry about.

about a month and a half ago
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Hacking Team Manuals: Sobering Reminder That Privacy is Elusive

dwye Re:OS Missing (37 comments)

All that this lack indicates is that Linux has too small a market share among probable targets to be worth setting up a cookie-cutter process to hack it. Neither Al Quaida (sp? and whose?) nor the German Chancellor's office are likely to have dedicated SAs determined to keep out others by security through obscurity, regardless of it preventing easy usability of popular software that their principals demand.

Use any distribution out of the box, without doing something that makes things interesting (like Sun used to have the /bin directory tree in a separate partition which was mounted as read-only) and you are just as vulnerable to script kiddies (even if law enforcement agents) as anyone, although the variability between different distributions might help a bit.

about a month and a half ago
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Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

dwye Re:Good? (273 comments)

Mod Parent Insightful

about 6 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

dwye Re:Undefined (800 comments)

The child can be running away from the car, thus the speed of approach would be lower.

about 7 months ago

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