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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

myowntrueself Antibiotics (730 comments)

Someone who can produce antibiotics would be absolutely amazingly valuable. Assuming that the fall of civilisation wasn't due to the evolution of broad band antibiotic resistance.

Its not hard to do; on the documentary 'Sliders' one guy made an antibiotic just out of mouldy bread and saved a civilisation.

But yeah, antibiotics is what makes modern civilisation possible, enhances population growth rate, increases productivity etc etc etc and without them we would be fucked.

5 days ago
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How Facebook and Oculus Could Be a Great Combination

myowntrueself Re:Oculus + FB = Snowcrash (151 comments)

You can bet that someone is currently working on something like a pseudo-narcotic and that they and/or someone else is working on malware based on a pseudo-narcotic.

I doubt it'll be connected to the Sumerian language though.

about three weeks ago
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Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

myowntrueself Re:Firmware (394 comments)

The brake pedal is elevated with regard to the gas pedal meaning that in essentially any situation you hit the break first. If you double pedal the car will break and not only that, it WILL tell you that you are pressing both pedals and make an audible noise.

So I'd have to conclude that the problem lies between the pedals and the seat in this case.

And I know cause I drive one daily and I have managed to double pedal a total of two-three times when being lazy and it's never been a situation where it'd lead to the car not stopping. Also, with regard to hill hold the firmware 5.9 comes with hill hold where after breaking the car remains holding the current position no matter what angle 1s after you release the brake to allow for easy hill hold. At least that's what the first owners of 5.9 report.

'Gas' pedal?

about three weeks ago
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Iran Builds Mock-up of Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrier

myowntrueself Re:Correct me if I'm wrong... (298 comments)

So, pretty much what we have today? So it's true, war is the terror of the rich, terror is the war of the poor?

It hasn't even really got going yet.

War as a dick-waving contest between nation states is largely over. Its going to get a lot more personal and a lot more involved in the lives of civilians.

about three weeks ago
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Iran Builds Mock-up of Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrier

myowntrueself Re:Correct me if I'm wrong... (298 comments)

Proliferation is of course a great way of making a small war large, but aside of that you will probably not accomplish much. It's trivial to put those pilots in bunkers that can withstand pretty much any kind of attack you could possibly field short of MAD.

The pilot is not your target. Attack soft targets that are sensitive to them. Attack targets which will cause morale problems for the populations around them.

If you are going to play the dirty 'war by remote control' game expect your enemy to play the dirty 'kill your friends and family' game. Kill their friends, their relatives. Kill people who owe them money, kill people they owe money to. Kill anyone who does business with them. etc.

about three weeks ago
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Iran Builds Mock-up of Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrier

myowntrueself Re:Correct me if I'm wrong... (298 comments)

Because finally, and that's the real advantage drones have over manned jets, pilot safety. It is impossible for the pilot to go KIA or MIA, in other words your experienced pilots remain available for duty no matter how long the war drags out. You need not replace your downed veterans with green recruits, something a conventional army will have to eventually.

Which makes it all the more important to bring the war to the civilian population of the enemy. Target the drone jockeys family's, friends, shopping malls etc.

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

myowntrueself Re:Ooooohhhh theeeeere's your money! (227 comments)

They have the lying skills of a twelve year old.

Do not underestimate the lying skills of children!

At 10 years old I realised that if I wanted to lie to my mum the best way was to first offer an obvious lie which she would detect and demand 'the truth'. I'd then, unwillingly, offer a more plausible lie. She'd accept the more plausible lie as the truth; she felt like she'd won a victory over me, that she was so much smarter than me and that I was obviously ashamed at having been caught and had admitted the truth.

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

myowntrueself Re:Thieves (227 comments)

A defendant can commit the crime of shoplifting without actually leaving the store. All he needs to do is to move the property and exercise control over it in a way that is inconsistent with the shop owner's reasonable expectations as to how shoppers will handle merchandise.

Right. I eat some food in the store. I go to the stores toilets and poop. The food has not left the store but I've moved it, exercised control over it in a way that is inconsistent with the shop owners reasonable expectations. Makes perfect sense.

If I'm shopping and I put some product in my basket then, in while in a different area of the shop, I decide I don't really want this ice cream after all, and I pop it behind some cans of beans I *guess* this is the same kind of thing in principle but shoplifting as such? Not so sure.

about a month ago
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Malware Attack Infected 25,000 Linux/UNIX Servers

myowntrueself Re:Who'da thunk (220 comments)

A weak root password and public facing root SSH access is bad?

Managing a Linux box with a publicly facing web based interface bad?

Installing untested web based applications released as freeware with no idea what the code does is bad?

The analysis in the PDF suggests that the majority of passwords used in this were not weak.

about a month ago
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School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

myowntrueself Re:Normal. (417 comments)

They can always use a browser that doesn't respect the SSL cert pushed out by group policy, like Firefox...

about a month ago
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The Brief Rise and Long Fall of Russia's Robot Tank

myowntrueself Re:Perhaps the first but... (79 comments)

(Apache) AH64D, millimeter wave radar, radar hellfires and preferential fire zones. Ouch. Each missile is like a little robot. Drag a rubberband around clusters of targets on the display, unleash several missiles, each missile finds a target and boom, next missile, next target. That was so cool.

('Janes Longbow' was a way cool game yay)

I always wondered why my mechs didn't have these missiles :( (in the Mech warrior games).

about a month ago
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The Brief Rise and Long Fall of Russia's Robot Tank

myowntrueself Re:In Soviet Russia, (79 comments)

In Soviet Russia robot tanks you!

about a month ago
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Live Q&A With Ex-TSA Agent Jason Harrington

myowntrueself Re:Hi Jason (141 comments)

Why would anyone believe it suddenly becomes okay to violate people's fundamental liberties simply because someone is trying to "earn a living"?

isn't that the entire purpose of the legal industry?

about a month and a half ago
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UAE Clerics' Fatwa Forbids Muslims From Traveling To Mars

myowntrueself Re:This from a religion (363 comments)

This from a religion famous for suicide bombers.

What a shame the radicals and terrorists don't actually READ the Koran.

Well at least there will be one muslim-free planet...

about 2 months ago
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UAE Clerics' Fatwa Forbids Muslims From Traveling To Mars

myowntrueself Re:"suicide, which all religions frown upon" (363 comments)

The problem is the disconnect between muslims.

In my experience, there are muslims (mostly western born, raised, educated) who believe that "Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance."

There are also muslims (mostly born, raised, educated in muslim countries) who believe that "Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance."

One might think "whats the difference?".

Well, for the 'westernised' muslims, 'peace' and 'tolerance' mean pretty much what any other english speaker would think they mean. For the 'muslim' muslims 'peace' means 'because you are not struggling against the will of God you are at peace' and 'tolerance' means 'tolerate other muslims'.

Theres a massive schism in Islam, its as if there are two completely different religions which occupy the same 'space' but which are completely opposite in many ways.

about 2 months ago
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Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

myowntrueself Re:Probably the home router... (574 comments)

Many hosting providers around the world are using a ticket system which uses IP based sessions.

about 2 months ago
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Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

myowntrueself Re:Probably the home router... (574 comments)

Its what I've been seeing. I have a webserver, I go to the webserver and monitor the logs. Noone else is going to that webserver, just me. I click links and I see different IP addresses almost every click. The addresses are obviously from a pool.

about 2 months ago
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Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

myowntrueself Re:Probably the home router... (574 comments)

When that particular comment was made, the ubiquity of the home router dolling out DHCP addresses probably wasn't considered. Nowadays, you only need one IP address for your home and let the router sort it out.

There's still a problem, but people seem to prefer to adapt and come up with (very) clever workarounds rather than get some new solution shoved down their throat that renders existing equipment obsolete for no good reason.

Not only that but the carriers are also doing NAT so that home router has an RFC1918 address. And the load on the 'carrier grade NAT' is so high that they load balance across several NAT routers. So when you go to a website each link you click might appear to come from a different IP address. Good luck with web apps that use IP based sessions.

about 2 months ago
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Voynich Manuscript May Have Originated In the New World

myowntrueself Re:Why is this so hard to decipher? (170 comments)

After five hundred years, the likelihood that any of the terrorist plots outlined in the Voynich Manuscript have either been carried out or abandoned approaches unity; there's nothing in it that would be useful for extending control over the current population.

Everyone underestimates the Illuminati...

about 3 months ago
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Porn Will Be Bitcoin's Killer App

myowntrueself Re:Porn is everything's killer app (216 comments)

I'm quite certain you won't find many ladies who like being poked in the thigh by a cold, angular piece of metal and glass.

Yeah but the HUD could help the guy find the clitoris...

about 3 months ago

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