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CERN Experiment Indicates Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos

freyyr890 Re:Einstein replied "Check your measurements, son" (1088 comments)

This would actually be a pretty cool experiment: run a neutrino beam through the center of the earth and see if you can detect it.

more than 3 years ago

Could Cyber-Terrorists Provoke Nuclear Attacks?

freyyr890 Re:Discussed This Report Four Days Ago (183 comments)

Three words: Permissive Action Links. Not only will they need the codes to arm the warheads, but they also need training for how to arm the weapons and target them. The nuclear powers like to keep a very close watch over the mental stability of people working with nuclear weapons. The US procedure, the Personnel Reliability Program (PRP), has an exceedingly long list of reasons that disqualify a potential recruit from nuclear duty, to the point where a speeding ticket might be cause for alarm. It's not excessive, it's merely required. For your scenario, two such people would need to be compromised without discovery (the two-man rule applies to nuclear weapons at all times). Quite a feat.

The US procedure for nuclear release is also complex: first, the National Command Authority (the president and vice president or their successors) must order a nuclear strike by initiating the SIOP (Single Integrated Operations Plan). Next the Joint Chiefs of Staff must issue an order to the NMCC at the Pentagon (or Raven Rock if the Pentagon has already been destroyed by a nuclear strike) which then sends off an Emergency Action Message (EAM) to nuclear forces to begin launch. Two people must be present at any point along the chain for this to work right.

more than 5 years ago

Electronic Armageddon, and No Electricity Either

freyyr890 Re:Smart Grid is a scam (158 comments)

The grid would just be part of the strike. An EMP attack would also knock out communications networks and most non-hardened electronics within the blast zone. This is worse than you think: suddenly without that nice fancy ECU your car doesn't run anymore, or worse, your generator. EMP attacks will always be bad, but a smart grid just makes it worse: not only are your digital control and communications systems out, but now you've lost raw energy too, so simple systems that might have survived (heaters, electric motors, etc) can no longer run. Trying to get aid into the affected zone, especially in, say, dead winter, would be a nightmare.

more than 5 years ago

Bethesda Speaks On Gamebryo Engine, Final Fallout 3 DLC

freyyr890 Re:The Problem with Fallout3 (101 comments)

Magic, superior graphics, superior controls

No, no, and no. Magic cannot be worked into the Fallout universe without seriously destroying the Fallout legacy. I don't want psi a la system shock, I don't want telekinetic mutation, I don't want Mass Effect remote hacking, I don't want Bioshock bio-mods. I want Fallout. Are those features cool? Yes. But if I want them then I'll pull out my copy of SS2 or ME or Bioshock.

Not every game needs the latest and greatest knock-your-socks-off graphics engine. I find it isn't the graphics engine that defines a game, but the art direction. Bethesda spent more time making sure the beautiful retro 50s ambiance was present in the game. It works great.

I'm not sure what you're complaining about for the controls. They're the same as Oblivion was, and it worked just well there as it does in this game. This is a first person RPG. It's unfair to compare it to Halo and COD: those games are first person shooters. This game is not! And as for that limited analog motion - PC gamers have been happy with that since Quake popularized the keyboard and mouse method of playing FPSes we're so used to.

This game is not COD5.

more than 5 years ago

Why Game Developers Should Shut Up About Used Games

freyyr890 Re:Great advertising for new versions! (590 comments)

I'm not sure if this is an attempt at humor or not, but I'm tending towards "or not" because of the Insightful mod.

You seem to have a very skewed definition of capitalism. All capitalism is a market where resources (capital) are invested in a product in the hope that others will find it worthwhile enough to trade for more resources (money). "Intelligent thought" as you put it is the capitalists' best ally: he WANTS his customers to be happy at the price point that makes him the most money. If his products - in this case games - are too expensive, he will reduce his pricing to hit the most profitable point on the curve where expenses are most minimal and sales the highest. It's a self-interest game, certainly, but it's a self interest game that helps the customer.

more than 5 years ago

20 Years After Tiananmen, China Stifles Online Dissent

freyyr890 Re:It's still inconvenient? (235 comments)

Adding myself behind this project.

more than 5 years ago

Build an $800 Gaming PC

freyyr890 Re:More to the point (296 comments)

You both are forgetting the best thing about PC games: mods. Counter Strike would not exist without the help of Half-Life and Valve Hammer.

more than 5 years ago

US Electricity Grid Reportedly Penetrated By Spies

freyyr890 Re:Remember, folks... (328 comments)

Don't be so sure of your bulletproof defense. While it is true no single nation can invade the states on its own, an alliance of multiple superpowers might be able to take it out.

Ignoring the obvious political and ideological hurdles, a Russia/China alliance could pull it off. Hypothetically, if they had a few years isolation to build up a decent bluewater navy, they might be able to land troops on the mainland.

Actually, if limited tactical nuclear war was fought, Russia might be able to pull it off on its own. The Soviets saw the US Carrier Strike Group doctrine as their chief obstacle to taking the states. As such they ensured the Red Fleet had nuclear naval superiority to outmatch US conventional naval superiority. At the end of the cold war it was projected that this nuclear superiority could overwhelm the carrier groups. I'm not sure how much it would take to resume that level of readiness.

The point still stands, however, that there are foreign alliances that could take out the states given sufficient preparation.

more than 5 years ago

Could the Internet Be Taken Down In 30 Minutes?

freyyr890 Re:nah. (289 comments)

OK, then what about by a Cylon invasion? (Which of course, would begin with a nuclear strike.) I doubt that our toaster children would have any trouble with Mccafree or Norton products.

In my experience if we did have a Cylon invasion McAfee and Norton may be our ONLY defense. Upload it and watch as they can no longer function

You're horrible. Not even the Cylons deserve Norton and McAfee.

more than 5 years ago

iPod Shuffle Finds Its Voice

freyyr890 Re:And DRM in the fucking *headphones*. (379 comments)

Headphone DRM? Good luck apple. A ten year old can figure out that all they need to do is cut the wires leading to the earpieces and solder them to a 1/8" TRS jack. Pointless security measure defeated.

more than 5 years ago

What Does a $16,000+ PC Look Like, Anyway?

freyyr890 Re:Where have I seen this before? (495 comments)

Well, Cinelerra can use multiple cores on Linux (as well as renderfarm support over a network) so I would assume that there is a Windows equivalent.

more than 5 years ago

Senate Approves 4-Month Delay In Digital TV Switch

freyyr890 Pirate TV (438 comments)

I'm just wondering when the offshore pirate broadcasts in protest are going to start. It doesn't take much to start a pirate TV station (most HAM radio FSTV transmitters can be tuned to other frequencies than are allotted in the HAM bands). Rig a boat with a studio, anchor in international waters, crank up the transmitter power, and go wild.

Also makes me wonder if the business is open up here in Canada and down south in Mexico to start border blasters.

about 6 years ago

Attempt To "Digitalize" Beatles Goes Sour

freyyr890 Re:Is this that important ? (434 comments)


I'll try not to bore you all with the rant you've heard thousands of times before, but today's music is so... cold. While the advent of MIDI sequencers and cheap pro audio equipment caused a grassroots indie revolution on the internet (Creative Commons/Jamendo), it also allowed the labels to easily produce a single sound. Today's "artists" have very little creative input on their work.

Any idiot can open up one of the many audio editors, lay down a synthesized rhythm track, and make a dance single. Try it yourself. Pop open an editor, get a beat, record some shitty lyrics (you can fix them with a harmonizer, just like the pros), and add tons of distortion and digital effects. Hey, look at that: you have a rap song that sounds just like one of the top 40.

You think with the power of modern synthesized composition, real artists could actually take advantage of the limitless possibilities. Need a 300-member orchestra for a difficult piece? No problem! A good composition program and a nice set of sampled sound and you've got it in a few days' work.

The problem, really, is the labels. There are LOTS of good independent artists and composers out there, who are doing good things with all these new tools. But the mainstream labels seem to stonewall all of them. All we get is dancefloor song after dancefloor song with the same sound.

Of course, the related issue is the conglomerate ownership of radio. I know of very few independent stations left that aren't owned by some massive corporation. In the local radio market where I live up in Canada, we have four main stations. They are/were called Jet, Magic, CBC, and Jump. Jet and Magic are/were both owned by one of the media conglomerates. CBC needs no introduction, as it is the Canadian national public radio service. Jump is a community-licensed, volunteer run station.

So, massive conglomerate decides that Magic (more locally-focused than Jet) is under threat from the community station, Jump. So they shut Magic down, and seek a new license from the CRTC to open a new station.

Now here's the fun part. The CRTC grants the license to the conglomerate. The new station, Sun, has as of now almost entirely eradicated the publicly-accessible community station, which appears will have to shut down. The airwaves are now pumped with top-40 crap, instead of locally produced content. What gets me is that the CRTC WILLINGLY chose to give priority to the station airing music that has ALREADY SATURATED the market, rather than LOCALLY PRODUCED content. The CRTC needs to be shut down and control transferred to Industry Canada, who at least understand the importance of niche radio applications (Canadian HAMs enjoy some of the laxest restrictions in the world).

Whew... now that that's off my chest...

about 6 years ago

Microsoft Zunes Committing Mass Suicide

freyyr890 Re:Suicide? (785 comments)

Score -1, dream crusher.

about 6 years ago

Sex Offenders Must Hand Over Online Passwords

freyyr890 Re:Constitutionality (630 comments)

I'm Canadian, so I'm no expert on American law, but are you sure that's a valid interpretation of double jeopardy? The additional rapes, it seems, would indicate separate offenses, not protected by double jeopardy. On a similar note, just because you've been acquitted of one murder does not grant you the right to slaughter people left and right without recourse.

about 6 years ago

Using Speed Cameras To Send Tickets To Your Enemies

freyyr890 Re:without any humans ever having been involved (898 comments)

That's because our whole Canadian car insurance system is FUBAR'd.

The fact that some provinces hold public insurance systems not only causes problems for those provinces, but others too. It makes it hard for any insurance company (a tricky and expensive business at the best of times) to penetrate the Canadian market (why bother incorporating in Canada if half the country is right out anyway?) and the result is corrupt insurance companies no better than the others.

What we need to do is legislate at the federal level and privatize insurance in all the provinces. I'm not saying we need to kick out the NDP's prized public insurance altogether (it would anger too many socialists and split the left and right further) but severely reduce it. Perhaps a dual-insurance system where crown insurance exists but capitalist insurance is also an option alongside it? In BC we've already taken a step in the right direction - collision insurance no longer needs to be purchased from ICBC and can be bought from a private insurer. Now if we make the whole thing optional, I think we can satisfy both groups (the socialists can still get their insurance with the associated tax benefits from public insurance while others can go and insure privately).

more than 6 years ago



RCMP investigating "Kick a Ginger" faceboo

freyyr890 freyyr890 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

freyyr890 writes "After a Facebook joke to declare November 20th "Kick A Ginger Day" resulted in violence in some schools in Canada, the Canadian police are investigating teenagers believed to be involved in the organization of the event. Investigators are drawing links to a South Park episode believed to inspire the prank, and are currently questioning the youth who was administrator of the group."
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Prince Sues Youtube, eBay, among others

freyyr890 freyyr890 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

freyyr890 (1019088) writes "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince has announced his intention to sue numerous websites such as Youtube, eBay, and The Pirate Bay for allegations of copyright infringement, and has enlisted the help of Web Sheriff to help him take down his work which has been posted on the internet. Prince accuses these websites of not making an effort to filter his work from other user's uploads."
Link to Original Source

freyyr890 freyyr890 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

freyyr890 (1019088) writes "Google Inc announced today the launch of TiSP, or Toilet ISP. The system works by connecting through the municipal toilet maintenance network. The physical wiring must be flushed down your toilet where it will automatically search out and link with the nearest TiSP node. If this installation task is to daunting, you may choose installation by an automated army of nanorobots. Says Larry Page, "What's interesting, though, is how many different modalities there are for actually getting that information to you — not to mention from you."
Interested parties should check out Google's installation guide for more information."

freyyr890 freyyr890 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

freyyr890 (1019088) writes "The Halo 3 commercial was recently aired, and with it comes the beta signup. The site is currently under heavy strain with gamers flocking to participate. The multiplayer-only beta will be released sometime in early 2007. Current requirements are 17 or more years of age, an Xbox Live Gold subscription, and an Xbox 360 with hard drive."


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