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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

myowntrueself Re:Sure... (279 comments)

But you can mitigate the hell out of it, I suggest air gapping.

Yes. Lets air-gap the email system. That would work well.

I've long advocated, but never implemented, having a VM just for email. This wouldn't protect from social engineering via email but its better than having the email client on the desktop itself.

3 hours ago
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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

myowntrueself Re:Neville Chamberlin was not available for commen (225 comments)

what a lot of people don't realise is that after he came back from placating hitler he increased military spending significantly. If not for him, when war broke out Britain would have been squashed.

This is whats called 'international diplomacy' and was actually pretty masterful; he delayed the start of the war and ensured that Britain was prepared for it.

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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

myowntrueself Re:undocumented immigrant (437 comments)

as i said, its up to you how you decide, but the facts remain, there is a creator, in some sense at least

I might have existed for infinite time, thereby not having had a creator at all!

3 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

myowntrueself Re:Papers please, comrade ... (437 comments)

As an average american, I have no clue what laws are on the books. I know the big ones, don't steal, don't kill, pay your taxes. Apart from that there are 198,000 laws that at any given moment can be dropped on my head like a sack of feces. The act of going to court to defend myself would bankrupt my family and cost us our home.

This free speech you talk about, that is for the privileged and rich ruling class. a

The primary purpose of the law is to ensure that everyone is guilty of something.

3 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

myowntrueself Re:undocumented immigrant (437 comments)

But our rights are endowed by our Creator, and apply to everyone, not just American citizens.

There is an obvious flaw in that argument, namely that there is no such thing as our Creator.

Am I to understand that you do not exist, having never been created?

By your argument, if your god wasn't created then it doesn't exist either. Do you believe your god was created? Because that opens up a whole can of logical worms...

3 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

myowntrueself Re:undocumented immigrant (437 comments)

even if you dont believe in a god, there is still a creator, what exactly that is is up to you however

creator of what? If you are talking about a 'creator of the universe' then, no there doesn't have to be one of those. If you are talking about 'creator of me', ok thats part of biological reproduction.

3 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

myowntrueself Re:undocumented immigrant (437 comments)

But our rights are endowed by our Creator, and apply to everyone, not just American citizens.

There is an obvious flaw in that argument, namely that there is no such thing as our Creator.

But our rights are endowed by our Creator, and apply to everyone, not just American citizens.

There is an obvious flaw in that argument, namely that there is no such thing as our Creator.

First, can you prove there is no Creator?

Second, if there is none then there is no reason to obey any laws other than because of the immediate consequences caused by man (get arrested), or by the actions themselves (die or be maimed from the impact due to a crash while speeding). That means the "might makes right" approach is logically the result. Is that what you believe and therefore how you live?

How about the case where there is a Creator who now doesn't care about what we do? Then there'd be a Creator and there'd also be no reason to "obey any laws etc".

3 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

myowntrueself Re:What? (437 comments)

Won't work, the US military is too busy 'securing' other countries...

3 days ago
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No More Foamy Beer, Thanks To Magnets

myowntrueself Re:Home mitigation? (130 comments)

The basement fridge probably vibrates more than the kitchen one. And maybe isn't as cold.

The worse a beer is, the colder you should serve it.

about a week ago
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No More Foamy Beer, Thanks To Magnets

myowntrueself Re:Head (130 comments)

Ok, I'm going to stop replying to myself soon. It used to be brewed in north London between 1936 and the mid 2000's. And I agree with AC above about its "real" beer credentials being a little dubious now.

Compared to home brew stout, Guinness is like drinking water. A friend and expert home brewer made a batch of stout once. I had a glass at his place, then went to the pub and had a pint of Guinness. I literally could not taste it.

about a week ago
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Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia

myowntrueself Re:50 engineers (157 comments)

GDP = Consumption + Governmentspending + eXport - iMport

Exports and imports can both be many multiples of your GDP as long as they cancel themselves out. This is very common in small, open economies that are heavily reliant on trade.

Thank you!

about a week ago
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Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia

myowntrueself Re:50 engineers (157 comments)

You are aware, of course, that the US does a significant amount of international trade... Right? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I...

Largest countries by international trade:
1 - China (largest overall, 43% of GDP)
2 - USA (second largest overall, 23% of GDP)
3 - Germany (71% of GDP)
4 - Japan (31.6% of GDP)
5 - Netherlands (147% of GDP)

No one in the US is saying "We don't need the world!". We import nearly 20% of our food, for God's sake!

(http://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/international-markets-trade/us-agricultural-trade/import-share-of-consumption.aspx)

How can Netherlands get more than 100% of its GDP from trade? You may as well say that income from trade accounts for 1.47x its GDP which makes it clear how absurd the statement is.

about a week ago
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New Compilation of Banned Chinese Search-Terms Reveals Curiosities

myowntrueself Re:How about a list for Australia ... (43 comments)

There's a secret blacklist in the UK called Cleanfeed - it's supposed to be for child porn, but the contents of the list is a closely guarded secret, and it's already known from an incident where Wikipedia was briefly blocked by mistake that many ISPs will spoof a 404 message rather than reveal the reason for the block, so it's impossible to say how many non-child-porn pages are blocked.

Given the porno laws in the UK the very *words* in the blacklist would probably make the list itself child porn.

So thats why they can't show you the blacklist; they'd be distributing child porn!

about a week ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

myowntrueself Re:Fire all the officers? (515 comments)

And get new ones. What's so difficult about that?

Well, if a crime had been committed then the officers involved would be guilty of destruction of evidence. I should think that would be enough reason to not only fire them but possibly send them to jail.

about a week ago
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Sony Employees Receive Email Threat From Hackers: 'Your Family Will Be In Danger'

myowntrueself Re:That Word (184 comments)

Guardians of Peace (GOP) [...] are now threatening to harm the families of Sony employees.

You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means.

In the context of Islam, as in 'Islam is a religion of peace', the word 'peace' means 'not struggling against the will of Allah'.

So no, it probably doesn't mean what most people (native speakers of English) think it means.

about two weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

myowntrueself Re: Unix tool philosopy == Good Thing (647 comments)

That's only because Solaris is expensive. (As is the sun/oracle hardware if you're running it on that). Otherwise, its pretty damn stable even if you walk over and pull the power cords

(We have 7 Solaris boxes from the 1u pizza box to the M5000 running)

To have 'done pretty well' it would have to have captured market share.

For websites, probably the easiest usage to quantify, its less than 0.1%

http://w3techs.com/technologie...

Thats not less than 1%, thats less that zero point one percent.

Did pretty well didn't it.

Any idea the market share in other applications, say database servers for example?

about three weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

myowntrueself Re:Unix tool philosopy == Good Thing (647 comments)

What are you talking about, no it doesn't. You're literally saying that with no idea what you're talking about. It doesn't kill anything. It's a modern init system for a modern os. don't be silly. It's a ridiculous idea that startup scripts should be written in SHELL. Solaris went away from it and did pretty well. OS X went away from it and did pretty well. FreeBSD wants to go away from it.

When you say Solaris 'did pretty well', what do you mean by that? It doesn't seem to be doing at all well in terms of popularity in the data center. Same with OSX, its use in the data center is MINIMAL.

about three weeks ago
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

myowntrueself Re: Shocking (224 comments)

The other half...hardware upgrades and a real life.

Arguing "real life" with a hardcore gamer is like arguing the cost of gas with a NASCAR driver. As if they actually give a shit.

If wasting time was any type of real concern, the game would stay in the box and on the store shelf.

IIRC NASCAR uses ethanol for fuel? (so that the flames are invisible and don't frighten the spectators).

Er, don't frighten the spectators?

Because otherwise, a NASCAR race is as quiet and peaceful as a librarians office in the spring?

Points for your accuracy here, but damn if that's not the most pointless reason to use ethanol I've ever heard.

Apparently Americans are afraid of flames... Seriously, this is the reason I read about when I found out that they used ethanol for fuel. People just see a car crash, they don't see the "omg the humanity!!!" flames.

The problem is that the rescue crews also can't see the flames, which increases the risk for them. You might see a NASCAR driver leaping out of his car and rolling around on the ground. Hes on fire but the flames are invisible!

about three weeks ago
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

myowntrueself Re:Shocking (224 comments)

It can be easily argued that CS requires a different style of play than CoD or BF. If it's not your thing then it's not your thing but to act like all shooters are the same game isn't insightful.

It can be easily argued that Canadian football requires a different style of play than American football. If it's not your thing then it's not your thing but to act like all football is the same game isn't insightful.

Actually to people who aren't all wrapped up in it it really IS the same game.

about three weeks ago

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