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Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

hawkinspeter Re:Space travel (357 comments)

It doesn't seem likely that suspended animation would be practical over those time periods, so maybe a better bet for deep space travel is to have colony ships. Don't suspend people, just have a community that lives, reproduces, dies etc.

about three weeks ago
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Florida Judge Rules IP Address Can't Identify a BitTorrent Pirate

hawkinspeter Re:lucky bastards (158 comments)

So it doesn't apply to any other unlawful use of the internet?

about three weeks ago
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Florida Judge Rules IP Address Can't Identify a BitTorrent Pirate

hawkinspeter Re:lucky bastards (158 comments)

Does that apply to the actions of any children in the house as well? Does that mean that if a kid sent a raunchy selfie to someone using that IP address, the account owner could get prosecuted for producing kiddie porn?

about three weeks ago
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Last Week's Announcement About Gravitational Waves and Inflation May Be Wrong

hawkinspeter Re:An illusion (194 comments)

Eddies, in the space-time continuum.

Ah, is he? Is he?

about three weeks ago
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MtGox Finds 200,000 Bitcoins In Old Wallet

hawkinspeter Re:Pothead banking isn't safe (227 comments)

Nope, the problem is with an incompetent provider (MTGox) that never bothered itself with decent security practices.

Here's a car analogy. What if a garage buys two totalled Ford cars and chops and welds them together to make one "good" car out of the wrecks and then I come along to buy it thinking it was a properly built Ford? I'd eventually notice all kinds of problems with the chassis - is that a problem with Fords? Or is the problem with the garage that did such a shoddy job?

about a month ago
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MtGox Finds 200,000 Bitcoins In Old Wallet

hawkinspeter Re:Pothead banking isn't safe (227 comments)

Now imagine yourself bouncing off the walls trying to pop all the bubbles with a big cheesy grin across your face!

about a month ago
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Flies That Do Calculus With Their Wings

hawkinspeter Re:another different note (107 comments)

Most likely because the mod thought you were wanting to start an argument. If I'd modded you, I'd have gone for Funny or possibly Off-topic depending on what mood I was in. I wouldn't consider your post a troll at all.

about a month ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

hawkinspeter Re:Ridiculous. (914 comments)

Okay, I think you're trying too hard to make your point here. In principle, I'd agree that a lot of government's functions revolve around violence or the threat of violence. However, there's lots of other things that are not.

Community service is not intolerable at all - a lot of people volunteer to do this because they want to help their community and not because they are forced to do so. If you held a gun to my head and forced me to do community service, then it's the gun pointing that's intolerable, not the community service.

Also, fines are not just a function of governments. I've paid fines in the past for not returning a DVD within the agreed period - I don't consider that to be intolerable at all. There's an implied contract in society that to reap some of the benefits you agree to abide by the rules.

Picking up trash or teaching kids to read is not intolerable. Some people actively enjoy doing things like that as they appreciate that the end result is worthwhile.

By the way, drunk drivers are generally prohibited from driving, not from drinking, so you've got your arguments in a twist there and sex offenders are not followed around even if they have been prohibited from certain areas.

Your examples of pointing a gun to someone's head are not realistic as it's incredibly rare (at least in the UK) for the government to threaten death for non-compliance with generally agreed rules of society. You'd be better off with threatening to lock someone in a room - that'd be closer to what could happen.

about a month ago
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MtGox Finds 200,000 Bitcoins In Old Wallet

hawkinspeter Re:Pothead banking isn't safe (227 comments)

You seem to be a bit confused. The problems are with MTGox, not with bitcoin itself. Also, aren't the majority of big drug deals conducted in US dollars? AFAIK, bitcoins are only used for relatively small amounts - the shipping containers full of contraband are paid for with real-world currencies.

Also, I'd have to question the logic of only judging a service/product based on its origin, not on its suitability for your needs. You realise that bubble-wrap was first sold as wallpaper, yet I bet you're fine with using it to protect items in transit.

about a month ago
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MtGox Finds 200,000 Bitcoins In Old Wallet

hawkinspeter Re:BS (227 comments)

It sounds to me like it's a very safe place. You're going to notice any pickpockets pretty quickly.

about a month ago
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Symantec Fires CEO Steve Bennett

hawkinspeter Re:Symantec Support (111 comments)

loose allot

Ouch, my eyes!

about a month ago
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Flies That Do Calculus With Their Wings

hawkinspeter Re:no more than (107 comments)

Yes, you should be carrying a slide-rule.

about a month ago
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Flies That Do Calculus With Their Wings

hawkinspeter Re:on a different note... (107 comments)

Woah Dude! It's like we're all part of the universe examining itself/ourselves from every angle.

about a month ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

hawkinspeter Re:Ridiculous. (914 comments)

Interesting, but the wrong continent. TFA is about the UK (which presumably still has similar sentiments).

about a month ago
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Earth Barely Dodged Solar Blast In 2012

hawkinspeter Re:Proofread (202 comments)

Proofread! You're shit!

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

hawkinspeter Re:The Questions (276 comments)

And, who's eating this chicken?

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

hawkinspeter Re:Zathrus and Thor (276 comments)

You're mixing them up! You should have written "Zathras, Zathras, Zathras or Zathras?".

about a month ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

hawkinspeter Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

Yes, that would need to be balanced against the cost to society of people seeing a potential loop-hole to get around facing the consequences of their actions.

To be truly sorry, you'd have to accept doing the jail time and then trying to make up for the harm that you caused by not contributing during that time. Maybe you could try rehabilitating other prisoners during your incarceration in an attempt to make amends.

about a month ago

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China rejects 545,000 tons of US genetically modified corn

hawkinspeter hawkinspeter writes  |  about 4 months ago

hawkinspeter (831501) writes "The BBC is reporting that US corn that was found to contain an unapproved genetically modified strain. Although China doesn't have a problem per se with GM crops (they've been importing GM soybeans since 1997), their product safety agency found MIR162 in 12 batches of corn.

"The safety evaluation process [for MIR162] has not been completed and no imports are allowed at the moment before the safety certificate is issued" said Nui Din, China's vice agricultural minister.

The Chinese are now calling on US authorities to tighten their controls to prevent unapproved strains from being sent to China after the first batch of corn was rejected in November due to MIR162."

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Doom comes to Kickstarter boardgame project

hawkinspeter hawkinspeter writes  |  about 9 months ago

hawkinspeter (831501) writes "Kickstarter backers are up in arms and accusing the head of developer The Forking Path Erik Chevalier of fraud following the cancellation of a tabletop game that successfully brought in nearly $123,000 on the crowdfunding website.

According to Chevalier, the project — a game called The Doom that Came to Atlantic City — ran out of money following 13 months of development despite earning nearly four times the amount originally asked for through Kickstarter. Chevalier began the Kickstarter campaign in May 2012, asking for $35,000 to create the title.

"The project is over, the game is cancelled," he wrote. "Every possible mistake was made, some due to my inexperience in board game publishing, others due to ego conflicts, legal issues and technical complications. No matter the cause though, these could all have been avoided by someone more experienced and I apparently was not that person."

Chevalier added he hopes to personally refund the full amount to his backers beginning with those who pre-ordered the game through its official webstore.

"Unfortunately I can't give any type of schedule for the repayment as I left my job to do this project and must find work again.

"Again, I never set out to con anyone or to perpetrate a fraud but I did walk into a situation that was beyond my abilities and for that I'm deeply sorry." A number of backers since claimed to have reported Chevalier to the Oregon Department of Justice. According to the designer, he has contacted the department himself in response.

"While they gave no promises their agent didn't feel that I'd committed any fraud. I am going to provide them with more information and work with them to see what I need to do to make this right in their eyes. I will also be contacting any other agencies who receive reports in order to provide them with a transparent view of the scenario from all angles."

Angry backers are of the opinion that the project money was used to fund Erik's move to Portland and to set up a video production company (formerly Suicide Pact LLC and now renamed as Intrinsic Gray). Additionally, it appears that Erik had to have legal action threatened by the game designers themselves before agreeing to come clean about the wasted money."
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MIT blocking release of Aaron Swartz's Secret Service files

hawkinspeter hawkinspeter writes  |  about 9 months ago

hawkinspeter (831501) writes "Lawyers representing MIT are filing a motion to intervene in Wired's Kevin Poulsen's FOIA lawsuit over thousands of pages of Secret Service documents about the late activist and coder Aaron Swartz.

It looks like MIT are afraid of the public finding out about the individuals who thought that sending Aaron to prison (for the digital equivalent of checking out too many library books) was a really good idea. Does that justify a non-governmental interfering with a FOIA request?"

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Ruby-on-Rails allows remote-code execution on over 240,000 websites

hawkinspeter hawkinspeter writes  |  about a year ago

hawkinspeter (831501) writes "Popular programming framework Ruby on Rails is affected by two critical security vulnerabilities — one allowing anyone to execute commands on the servers running affected web apps.

The bugs both involve the parsing and handling of data supplied by visitors to a Rails application. The CVE-2013-0156 hole is the more severe of the two because it allows remote-code execution against any Ruby on Rails application that has the XML parser enabled — a feature switched on by default. According to security tools firm Sourcefire the flaw allows hackers to run system commands on the server with the same level of privileges as the app.

Both vulnerabilities can be resolved by updating to the latest version of the Ruby on Rails platform.

But what makes the holes particularly nasty is that, until the patches are applied, every application running on the insecure open-source framework will be vulnerable — like castles built on sand and the tide is rising: at least 240,000 websites powered by RoR are thought to be at risk."

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Caught on camera: quantum mechanics in action

hawkinspeter hawkinspeter writes  |  about a year and a half ago

hawkinspeter (831501) writes "Scientists at the University of Glasgow have captured images of ‘quantum entanglement’ on camera for the first time.

In quantum mechanics, entanglement is one of the bizarre behaviours exhibited by particles where the rules of classical physics are broken and seemingly impossible events are a reality.

Described by Einstein as ‘spooky action at a distance’, entanglement is the phenomenon whereby two particles act as one system even when separated by immense distances.

The entangled particles are in a superposition where their individual state isn’t known. However, as soon as one of them is measured or observed the other will take on a correlated state instantaneously, seemingly violating the speed of light.

Being able to exploit such behaviour would have major applications in communications encryption and could underpin the next generation of computer technology, known as quantum computation.

Their paper is available from Nature"

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Microsoft drope 'Metro' name for Windows 8

hawkinspeter hawkinspeter writes  |  about a year and a half ago

hawkinspeter (831501) writes "The BBC is reporting that Microsoft is dropping the 'Metro' name for the new Windows 8 UI. Apparently, the catchy new name they've settled on is 'Windows 8 style UI'! This has happened due to a (potential) trademark dispute with Metro AG , a German retail giant.

I'm wondering if Microsoft planned this to get publicity for their new OS and UI or whether they just forget to check on how 'Metro' is used around the world."

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Man claims cell phone taken by DC police for taking photos

hawkinspeter hawkinspeter writes  |  about a year and a half ago

hawkinspeter (831501) writes "Just one day after Chief Cathy Lanier made it illegal for MPD cops to take recording equipment, a 26-year-old local man had his phone taken as he was trying to record a violent arrest. They eventually gave back his phone, but without the memory card which also contained photos of his daughter along with the record of the alleged police brutality."
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