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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

myowntrueself Re:"Issue on board" (750 comments)

The use of the word 'poking' in that sentence just cracks me up.

I imagine a cartoon missile polity peeking in 'Excuse me, mind if I explode?'

That would be a Canadian missile. And it would probably go something like
"Sorry, mind if I explode? Ooops looks like I'm going to explode anyway, sorry. Sorry about that. Sorry."

5 days ago

Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

myowntrueself Re:Except, of course, they have to prove you can (560 comments)

Sure, but lying is perjury. He shouldn't be compelled to incriminate himself according to the fifth amendment.

False confession of guilt as part of a plea bargain is also perjury but it happens all the time.

about a month ago

San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

myowntrueself Re:They hate our freedom (404 comments)

Dislike it all you want, but people have freedom to do as they want.

'Free country' doesn't mean what you think it means.

Free Speech Zone

about a month ago

Supermicro Fails At IPMI, Leaks Admin Passwords

myowntrueself Re:Anyone who trusted SuperMicro... (102 comments)

I have literally never had a complaint with an intel motherboard except when it had onboard ATI graphics — Mach64CT, what a POS, you couldn't even trust it to provide a framebuffer without getting the colors wrong.

server mainboards, who cares about the colors? That includes windows.

But how will you know your Windows server has crashed unless you can see the blue screen?? If its purple or green how will you even know?!?!?

about a month ago

2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

myowntrueself Hybrid/Electric? (619 comments)

So did shares in Tesla go up on this news? Expected increases in Prius sales?

about a month ago

Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

myowntrueself Re:And other stuff (378 comments)

Usually they'll use that to threaten the suspect into a plea bargin. Either admit guilt and go to jail for five years, or fight it and they'll do the best they can to send you for fifty.

What amazes me about this plea bargain system is that if you are, in fact, innocent and you 'plea bargain' to plead guilty and get off lightly aren't you purgering yourself (ie lying under oath about your guilt)?

Not that I'd expect a conversation to go like:
"If you plead guilty you get 5 years but if you fight we'll see you locked away for 50"
"But I'm innocent, wouldn't that be purgery?"
"Oh yeah true, you can go then."

about a month and a half ago

The Sudden Policy Change In Truecrypt Explained

myowntrueself Re:Continued development (475 comments)

If the last current build is secure why should we need continued development? The tool is out there and it works. I don't see that as a problem.

Possibly some service pack for windows will make truecrypt stop working on that platform. This could easily be engineered and 'requested' in an NSL to MS.

For Linux, less likely but perhaps some changes to the kernel could do it, less likely to be from an NSL though.

about 1 month ago

B-52 Gets First Full IT Upgrade Since 1961

myowntrueself Re:I wonder (190 comments)

Still being used purely for counterinsurgency operations.

Only true, today, because that's the only kind of wars the US is fighting at this time. But B-52s absolutely are used in other roles than counterinsurgency.

"B-52s also played a role in Operation Iraqi Freedom," long before the insurgency even began.

"B-52 strikes were an important part of Operation Desert Storm," in which the US did not face a notable insurgency.

"B-52 had the highest mission capable rate of the three types of heavy bombers operated by the USAF in 2001."

Right, so when its not used *in* counterinsurgency operations its used to set up the conditions for a nice long running counterinsurgency operation.

about 2 months ago

B-52 Gets First Full IT Upgrade Since 1961

myowntrueself Re:I wonder (190 comments)

Given the number of cruise missiles it carries - yes it is. If you absolutly, positively need to fuck up someone's day, a B52 is still one of the ebst weapons to do it.

Still being used purely for counterinsurgency operations.

about 2 months ago

B-52 Gets First Full IT Upgrade Since 1961

myowntrueself Re:I wonder (190 comments)

But they aren't being used as weapons of war. They just do shit like bomb weddings. And goats.

about 2 months ago

B-52 Gets First Full IT Upgrade Since 1961

myowntrueself Re:I wonder (190 comments)

if an engineer, who designed the B52, would have imagined, in their wildest dreams, that the B52 would still be a major weapon of war over 50 years after it was built?

I don't know that I'd call it a 'major weapon of war' these days, more counterinsurgency.

about 2 months ago

Should We Eat Invasive Species?

myowntrueself Re:Invasive feral cats (290 comments)

Feed them to the pigs, eat the pigs.

I wonder if that would work for cane toads?

My guess would be either the pigs would be poisoned by the cane toads or their meat would become poisonous.

about 2 months ago

Dump World's Nuclear Waste In Australia, Says Ex-PM Hawke

myowntrueself Re:Mutants! (213 comments)

Australian animals aren't dangerous, just scary. More Australians are killed in horseback riding accidents per year (~30) than are killed by wild animals (~10).

Australians are just knowledgeable enough to stay the fuck away from them, that doesn't mean they aren't dangerous.

Box jellies, blue ring octopus and a snake whose toxin is especially nasty to primates. Me, I stay away from Aussie, its obvious that it never wanted humans in the first place!

about a month ago

The Big Bang's Last Great Prediction

myowntrueself Re:Theory as it stands is wrong (80 comments)

Nope; because of metric expansion, objects whose light we are now receiving can be further away than the product of the speed of light and the age of the universe.

So in the US they have imperial expansion? Of course, that explains a lot!

about a month ago

Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

myowntrueself Re:Kind of a problem ... (626 comments)

I only want the mod that disables reporting to external entities. Real safety features can stay in.

you might want just that mod but maybe you are or are not aware of the safety features that were compromised by the mod. At that point who is liable? Is it the (possibly anonymous) authors of the mod or the person who applied them to the car?

about 2 months ago

Why Lavabit Shut Down

myowntrueself Re:Why not leave? (304 comments)

It seems to me like he handled it a bit badly. Constitutionally, the federal government is not allowed to take private property for public use without just compensation.

wait, isn't that what they are doing with fines?? Taking private property (money) for public use (paying for policing) without just compensation.

about 2 months ago

Why Lavabit Shut Down

myowntrueself Re:USA, the land of freedom (304 comments)

Uhm, you know that US imports most of its consumer goods?

That means that the US also need to export things to have a healthy trade balance, otherwise the economy will go in the crapper (even more so than it is).

The US has been running a trade deficient since 1980's and if foreign countries stop buying US made products it's going to be a huge problem financially. In March the US trade deficit was a staggering $40 billion. See for current and historical data on the US trade.

In other words, saying that "the US is not particularly dependent on foreign trade" is patently wrong.

The USA 'exports' 'intellectual property' problems to the rest of the world.

about 2 months ago

Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

myowntrueself Re:Kind of a problem ... (626 comments)

if you rooted your car and installed something like 'Cyanogenmod for cars' which unlocked some features like exceeding the speed limit... and then sat there reading the newspaper...

about 2 months ago

The NSA Is Recording Every Cell Phone Call In the Bahamas

myowntrueself Re:the question is (205 comments)

Considering how quite a bit of money is stowed in the general area, and not from the poor people of this planet, turning off access to those accounts from the US just might cause a few owners of senators to prod their whores.

I guess the Bahamas could do some discrete 'lobbying'; "hey mr US Senator you wouldn't want this secret bank account coming out would you, what with elections coming up and all that?"

about 2 months ago


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