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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

kheldan Re:Update to Godwin's law? (444 comments)

Friend, for half a second there I thought you were going to be one of those 'if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear' jackasses, but then I read on and discovered that you actually understand: What one man can create, another man can hack in a fraction of the time, and some bored teenager somewhere in the world will crack it in about three days and spread the hack all over the Internet by the end of the week.

Also, SCREW YOU Obama Administation, for your big fat 'Fuck You' to the American public and their civil rights and constitutional rights.

Party on, AvitarX.

10 hours ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

kheldan Maybe in 100 years.. or so.. (496 comments)

There would have to be massive infrastructure, of course, to support a colony that size, and as someone else pointed out, we're not going to up-and-move 1,000,000 people to Mars, even if the infrastructure magically appeared out of thin air.

Honestly, I'm a big fan of the idea of starting with the Moon. Build a colony there. Most of the bugs can be worked out that way, relatively close to Earth, where people can be reasonably rescued if things go horribly wrong. Once we have a million people in permanent settlement on the Moon, then we could realistically think about having a million people living on Mars.

yesterday
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World's Smallest 3G Module Will Connect Everything To the Internet

kheldan Re:Fuck them sideways with a rusty chainsaw! (117 comments)

Listen, asshole: If we find ourselves living in a world where bullshit like that can happen, then we ALL have worse problems than insurance companies wanting to put tracking devices on our cars, we'll be living in a world that would make George Orwell get shocked into catatonia. There are plenty of intelligent, responsible people like myself that will prevent such a world from becoming a reality.. and it starts with saying HELL, NO! to shit like this.

..and for the record: I haven't had a moving violation or an accident of any sort in more than 10 years, so all you haters can suck it.

2 days ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

kheldan Re:Police?? (298 comments)

"Show us your papers, citizen!"
That's what that 'police chief' sounds like.

What is 'freedom of speech', Alex?

..yes, I know, Britain is not the U.S., but here we have yet again some yahoo public official that thinks they should be able to dictate to the rest of the world how the Internet is operated.

2 days ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

kheldan Neil deGrasse Tyson? (451 comments)

What about him? Do they find him to be too cold and unlikable as well?

2 days ago
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World's Smallest 3G Module Will Connect Everything To the Internet

kheldan Fuck them sideways with a rusty chainsaw! (117 comments)

..in-car devices that insurance companies use to monitor policyholders' driving

Over my dead body.

*find tiny cellphone antenna*
*SNIP*

3 days ago
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Why the Z-80's Data Pins Are Scrambled

kheldan Re:C=128 (165 comments)

It wasn't an all-in-one-minus-monitor design like a C64 or C128, it was an S100/IEEE696-bus system, but Morrow Designs produced a Z80 processor board that had memory management hardware on it for more than 64K of system memory. Of course there was no operating system that supported it, so it wasn't very useful. Personally, I wrote a RAMdisk driver around it that worked in CP/M 2.2, and had a 128kB RAMdrive.

3 days ago
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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

kheldan Gee, what a shitty, dystopian world that would be (173 comments)

Sounds to me more like your 'things' own you, instead of you owning them -- or should I look at it as corporations owning us?

To be blunt about it: Fuck that shit. It's already bad enough that for too many people, their 'phone' is more like a 'lifestyle' instead of just being a communications tool; is it serving them, or are they serving it? Will so-called self-driving cars (something else I have less than zero interest in having anything to do with) be a tool for us to use? Or will it be just another way to control us? When every goddamned thing in your house, right down to your lightbulbs and your toilet, are connected to the Internet, is it really your home anymore, or is it a prison, and all these things are just there to facilitate the monitoring of you by corporations and governments? For fuck's sake, you can't even ride your bike somewhere anymore without some corporation trying to convince you that you should take a GPS tracker with you, and voluntarily upload the tracking data to them (Strava).

No thanks. I don't live to serve things, it's the other way around.

3 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

kheldan Re:These people are doing it to themselves (904 comments)

You sound like a flaming asshole, and finance companies that pull shit like this are likewise flaming assholes and should be prosecuted for any harm that comes to any person because of this practice. Do you work for these finance companies? You sure sound like it to me. Oh and by the way I'm not one of those people who run out on their debts, I pay all mine, so don't you even dare come at me with that. Get correct, mister.

about a week ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

kheldan Re:Wager (308 comments)

What Bizzarro version of Earth are you living in that Monsanto is not a bunch of evil assholes destroying the biosphere of the planet in the name of profit? Do you work for them or something?

about a week ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

kheldan Wager (308 comments)

Five bucks says that before the end of the month, Monsantos' legal department sends them a cease-and-desist order and claims prior art on their accomplishment.

about a week ago
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Russia Pledges To Go To the Moon

kheldan Militarization of the Moon (197 comments)

Regardless of what anyone 'agreed' to 50-odd years ago, that's what's going to happen in the next 50-odd years, and it looks like China and Russia are going to be competing to see which one breaks the seal first. If the U.S. wants in on the party, we'd better get off our increasingly large asses and get moving.

about a week ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

kheldan Re:By design (but not the way you think)? (408 comments)

We're all different. For people like me (who are fortunate enough to have sufficient cash to pay for the privilege), design is as important as function. Good design sells stuff.

For 'some people' there's a phrase to describe what you're talking about, by the way: 'Conspicuous consumption', or more rudely put, 'F.U. money'. :-)

about two weeks ago
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My resting heart rate:

kheldan 100bpm 90bpm? (169 comments)

I find it rather disturbing that the distribution of the current votes increases at the >=100bpm end of the scale. If this is you, you need to see a doctor, and more to the point you need to get a gym membership, or go walk for an hour a day, or something, because you're probably not going to live much longer like that.

about two weeks ago
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Intel Putting 3D Scanners In Consumer Tablets Next Year, Phones To Follow

kheldan Re:Uses? (75 comments)

I can think of two 'applications' that will appeal to the Internets, at least:
1. Longcat is LONG! (scanner data follows)
2. I am not a manlet, and I can prove it! (scanner data follows)

about two weeks ago
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Intel Putting 3D Scanners In Consumer Tablets Next Year, Phones To Follow

kheldan Re:Theoretical Considerations and Limitations (75 comments)

I've never seen a camera of any sort (2D or 3D) that didn't have it's style completely and utterly cramped by a small piece of humble black electrical tape, judiciously applied.

about two weeks ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

kheldan By design (but not the way you think)? (408 comments)

Is it possible that Apple does things like this not so much to be unique and high-end, but to drive would-be competitors into bankruptcy?

about two weeks ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

kheldan "Trivial" (358 comments)

That's how I'd rate the difficulty level of breaking any DRM or 'copy protection' (if there can be such a thing anymore) on something as simple as an audio file. Is Bono thinking of running for public office? Based on his apparent complete lack of understanding of technology I'd say he sounds just like your average politician. Any 'copy protection' scheme or DRM that a company spends millions developing will be broken by some anonymous bored teenage kid in Asia somewhere in a week or less, no problem, and in general distribution around the world a day after that. Even closing the 'analog hole' isn't going to help: It takes a minimal amount of electronics knowledge and skill to work around that as well, even if it were necessary. People like Bono and companies like Apple and Sony and the record labels need to just accept that they're wasting their time and money on things like this (which consequently ends up with higher prices for their 'products', in my opinion just encourages more piracy anyway) and accept that there is going to be a certain amount of digital piracy, just like there used to be people sharing 'mix tapes' and later 'mix CDs'.

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

kheldan Re:they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

I just have to say: I hope that every last single one of these motherfucking bastards is KILLED as soon as possible.

about two weeks ago

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Moderation FAIL

kheldan kheldan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Apparently some asshole on /. thinks it's his mission in life to moderate every single post I make down by one; I see what you're doing, knock it the hell off, jerk.

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