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Singapore & South Korea Help NSA Tap Undersea Cables

hxnwix let's get some crap out of the way (137 comments)

You're not important enough for anyone to care about your private communications.
All countries spy.
I, for one, think it's hot that the NSA sees my sexts.
If the NSA didn't do this, we'd already be dead.
Everybody already knew the NSA does this, so it doesn't matter.
It's not espionage if it's the data wasn't encrypted.
The constitution is a ball of twine to be picked at until nothing remains.
Burma shave.

This fucking bullshit dispensed with, you are now free to have a meaningful conversation.

about 5 months ago

Exxon Charged With Illegally Dumping Waste In Pennsylvania

hxnwix Re:They dumped the waste water yet no misconduct (246 comments)

It's according to how much actual toxic waste was in the water.

While the article (and the excerpt above) mention a list of scary chemicals that "can" be found in wastewater from natural gas drilling, it's also quite possible that the major component was... mud. And a small percentage of oil (usually three percent or less, and even lower for a natural gas well, all the way down to "practically zero") - and other not-very-toxic stuff. Or "toxic chemicals" found in parts per million or lower. If they were using fracking chemicals, the mud might have had some bleach and surfactants in it.

Now, if the rock they were drilling through had a high metal content, the water may have picked up some of that - but probably not too much, overall. Enough to break water standards, but not enough to be actually dangerous.

Since there's no charges, it was probably low-concentration stuff - a technical violation, but not serious.

Dear lord, drilling mud is more than just plain mud. "Parts per million! Who cares about a few parts per million!?"

Those are the parts that get you!

about 7 months ago

Apple Isn't the Next Microsoft (and That's a Good Thing)

hxnwix Too successful (269 comments)

iOS has become too mainstream. The masses like it. This can't be tolerated! So, how can this be rectified?

Make it look more like windows phone metro crud. Then, only the fanboys will like it.

about 8 months ago

With Sales Down, Whale Meat Flogged As Source of Strength

hxnwix Re:Ok, so if no-one is eating it, why bother with (311 comments)

It's a nationalism thing. Even if no Japanese person would eat a single mouthful of whale, the Japanese nationalists would still want whales hunted solely to stick a finger in the eye of the gaijins.

about 10 months ago

Turkish PM: "To Me, Social Media Is the Worst Menace To Society."

hxnwix just let them have the park! (418 comments)

Forget the plans to replace the park (the last remaining public park with trees in the city) with yet another shopping mall. That's all the protesters want! It's all over real estate developers wanting to bulldoze a park.


about a year ago

Overconfidence: Why You Suck At Making Development Time Estimates

hxnwix break the problem down into parts, carefully... (297 comments)

Break the problem down into parts. Carefully consider contingencies. Get creative - sleep on it. Think about it in the shower. What bullshit will crop up as I work on this project?

Using all your experience as to how long similar components took to implement in the past, plus how much longer it would have taken if worst case nuclear godzilla attack had occurred, compute time estimates for each component.

Add all the time estimates together.

Multiply by the Planck constant in Joule seconds / (pi^3 / e^2) * 10^34... approximately 1.58. It has something to do with brane theory and the double slit experiment. Trust me.

about a year ago

Fisker Lays Off Most Workers, Plans To Shop Around Remaining Assets

hxnwix Re: Remember, boys and girls: (276 comments)

Indeed. Furthermore, how many trillions has the US spent supporting a government in Afghanistan that is no less hated and corrupt than the Republic of South Vietnam was? A government that will last just as long without US support?

And yet, these cretins worry over things costing less than a thousandth the cost. Keep cutting discretionary spending and keep stealing from social security to cut taxes on the rich, US, and you'll be just like Russia in no time. Minus the natural resources. We Norwegians hoped Obama might get you back on track, but you guys apparently resent it, and it is ultimately your right to decline and deteriorate if you want.

FYI, unemployment for graduates with engineering degrees is less than 1% here, and immigration into Norway is easy for skilled workers. Send your useful people to Norway and let the rest finally have things as they please. You deserve better, and the idiots just plain deserve it.

1 year,12 days

Fisker Lays Off Most Workers, Plans To Shop Around Remaining Assets

hxnwix Re: And no one will learn yet again. (276 comments)

Trying to be like venture capitalists, but idiot ones, unlike the real ones who won't go near this unlikely technology

It's not so unlikely: "The company [Tesla Motors] announced in early August 2009 that it had achieved overall corporate profitability for the month of July 2009.[51] The company said it earned approximately US$1 million on revenue of US$20 million. Profitability arose primarily from improved gross margin on the 2010 Roadster, the second iteration of Teslaâ(TM)s award-winning sports car. Tesla, which like all automakers records revenue when products are delivered, shipped a record 109 vehicles in July and reported a surge in new Roadster purchases."

Wikipedia lists their 2012 revenue as -251m, presumably because Tesla Motors is making heavy capital investment in production. They've been profitable before, and their investors apparently think they will be again.

It's worth noting that the already established and highly profitable oil companies take billions of incentives from your government every year. Evidently, they just love giving money to industrialists of every stripe. And banks, of course.

Advancing new basic technology with great strategic potential for reducing US dependency and therefore entanglement in the middle east is an excellent idea. Perhaps Fiskers was a poor choice - but doing nothing until after oil hits $500 a barrel would be far worse.

1 year,12 days

North Korea Declares a State of War

hxnwix Re:Nothing New (628 comments)

What happens when the NK leadership gets to a point where they feel they have nothing to lose by attacking?

They'll never get to that point. Less aide means more people starve until only Kim Jong Un remains - in a bunker, watching Tom & Jerry. Going to war means the game is up and Kim Jong Un has to find another line of work. He will never pull the trigger.

1 year,19 days

Did the Spamhaus DDoS Really Slow Down Global Internet Access?

hxnwix Re:answers within (70 comments)

Excellent post A++++++++++++ would scroll past again!!!!

1 year,20 days

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Anti-Spam Service Extortion?

hxnwix Do you know how hard it is to update their DB? (279 comments)

Adding an IP address to their whitelist is no easy thing. You see, they hire only blind, deaf quadriplegics, so each octet is entered in binary through a mouth open/close morse code interface. But that's only after your request makes it through the queue to be read through tactile forehead tapping tty... Perfectly understandable that these folks detest spam, isn't it?

about a year ago

After 12 years of Development, E17 Is Out

hxnwix Re:bodhi linux (259 comments)

*whup* *whup* *whup*

The black helicopters are circling this post. Hold on to your tinfoil hat!

*whup* *whup* *whup*

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Deal With a DDoS Attack?

hxnwix Re:This, works... apk (303 comments)


* Since THAT truly IS, "how it's done"..... apk

Windows registry keys? How would changing Windows registry keys mitigate a flood DDOS that saturates your provider's inbound bandwidth?

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Deal With a DDoS Attack?

hxnwix Re:May I ask you a question? (303 comments)

today on slashdot: area troll trolled by a troll trolling troll

about a year and a half ago

OpenGL Becoming a Requirement For the Linux Desktop

hxnwix Re:Windows Server (229 comments)

There's a simple solution - install Windows Server 2003/2008. It doesn't need fancy graphics card to operate. That is, if you are looking for server/virtual server OS. Otherwise you can just go with Windows XP or Windows 7.

A headless windows server doesn't need a fancy graphics card... but neither does a headless linux server.

about a year and a half ago

iPhone 5 Scorns Standards Promise To European Commission

hxnwix lock in & license fees. (543 comments)

If you invest in accessories for the new connector, you'll be less inclined to buy a non-Apple phone.

Perhaps their connector has additional pins for HDMI, but they could have placed a real HDMI connector beside the USB connector for easy docking. Alternately, they could sell a dongle to pipe HDMI video out from USB2 as other manufacturers already do.

But then they couldn't lock their customers in and charge exorbitant licensing fees for their connector.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

hxnwix A Maze of Stars by John Brunner (1365 comments)

A Maze of Stars by John Brunner was a bit depressing, although quite good, when I read it. Which, even more depressingly, was 16 years ago...

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Releases Attack Surface Analyzer Tool

hxnwix you can't even get surface tablets yet (40 comments)

You can't even get surface tablets yet. Why would you want to attack them? And why would you need help from Microsoft? I think a pocket knife or a pair of scissors would do the job. Those surface mock-ups didn't look very robust.


about a year and a half ago

RIM Agrees To Hand Over Its Encryption Keys To India

hxnwix Re:But this is India we are talking about (164 comments)

By telling us his method, he lost the advantage of his method vs just using AES. IE, if we don't know how he generates the stream against which his data is XORed, that stream might as well be a one time pad. But now that he told us, the problem is reduced to brute forcing the initial stream generator parameters.

about a year and a half ago



iPhone SIM lock bypassed

hxnwix hxnwix writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hxnwix writes "Gizmodo reports that the iPhone SIM lock has been bypassed in a manner replicable by anyone, provided that they have a Turbo SIM card. The method does not require opening or modifying the phone. According to users on the bladox forums, it allows the iPhone to, in non-roaming mode on other carrier's networks, make and receive calls, make a GPRS data connection and send & receive SMS messages."
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