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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

oursland Re:So confused (376 comments)

You're mostly right. There was the claim that Iraq had sought out and possibly obtained yellowcake from Africa to create a nuclear weapon, even if it was only a dirty bomb.

about 2 months ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

oursland Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

That's funny, because those exotic problems it works to solve are in fact reliability, security, and flexibility.

about 4 months ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

oursland Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

Mac OS uses launchd, FreeBSD uses init.d, many Linuxes use systemd.

And Solaris uses SMF.

This is more than just nuance; each of these systems are different and completely incompatible. It really means that the argument of "It's just Unix" and therefore the same/similar is ignorant or possibly maliciously false to further a political point.

about 4 months ago
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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

oursland Re:3DTV a fad? (197 comments)

The demand for this technology is there, as demonstrated by the popularity of 3D films. The availability of the technology to the consumer audience at the price point that will spark widespread adoption is not.

The technology was developed and released at a time when consumers have little extra money to adopt the technology. Alongside that, the distribution model for 3DTV is flawed, demanding a clear chain of the 3DTV capable devices all be purchased in order to enable the functionality. Finally, there's not a single implementation of 3DTV, but rather several including side-by-side, interlace, every-other-frame, which has led to some interesting bugs affecting specific makes and models that fail to support these methods correctly.

I believe my first point is ultimately what has delayed widespread adoption of 3DTV tech and caused some to call it a "fad".

about 4 months ago
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How California's Carbon Market Actually Works

oursland Re:Al Gore makes millions (97 comments)

How do you propose managing a moral hazard and tragedy of the commons that fits within a capitalist market?

about 4 months ago
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Black Hat Researchers Actively Trying To Deanonymize Tor Users

oursland Re:Black Hats shoot themselves in the foot. (82 comments)

The NSA isn't the only boogieman here, so don't call only them out. There's a lot of value to cracking Tor open, and it would be wise to quickly identify and resolve the weaknesses.

about 5 months ago
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Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

oursland Re:Advantages? (146 comments)

By "Piercing the Firewall", I didn't mean to imply that NAT should be considered a firewall, but rather to allude to a class of techniques to get around network restrictions such as port, content, or IP based filtering for both malicious and benign purposes.

about 5 months ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

oursland Re:DEsalination plants should be a priority (377 comments)

You seem to think people are rational, or can be forced into rational thinking. This is not the case. For example, even now in times of drought and mandatory water conservation, we have HOAs attempting to enforce lawn watering rules.

To fight against this specific issue here in San Diego, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzales has been pushing for CA AB2104 which would prevent the HOA from imposing rules upon homeowners observing water regulations. It's a sad state of affairs, but NIMBYism isn't rational.

about 5 months ago
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Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

oursland Re:Good (342 comments)

From the last time we had this discussion: http://i.imgur.com/sjH5r.jpg

about 5 months ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

oursland Re:DEsalination plants should be a priority (377 comments)

No, it wouldn't. Furthermore, we've been deactivated San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) because the penny-wise dickheads at the top cut corners and ended up making some really bad engineering decisions that led to radiation leakage.

With NIMBYism and the well-known desire of businessmen to make money over safety, I don't imagine we'll be seeing nuclear come into vogue again anytime soon.

about 5 months ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

oursland Re:DEsalination plants should be a priority (377 comments)

We're getting one in Carlsbad, CA, in the north of San Diego County. The upside is that it provides a nice local source of fresh water. The downside is that it costs twice as much per gallon and has a minimum purchase contract, regardless of usage and need.

California may be experiencing a drought now, but other years this becomes an unnecessary cost that may affect people of differing incomes unequally.

about 5 months ago
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Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

oursland Re:Advantages? (146 comments)

That, too, is rather misleading. NAT only provides a sense of security, as the devices may not be addressed directly. However if you assume that because your devices are behind a NAT, that they're secure from external attack, you can be easily surprised when one device acts as a portal to the rest. Piercing the Firewall is not a new concept.

about 5 months ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

oursland Re:I don't get it (362 comments)

This was more to say "we're serious, and watch what happens if you are not as serious about it as we are"

It also screams "I'm a liability. If you don't do what I want I will hurt you, even if you've done nothing wrong." This applies to this situation but also in future situations.

about 5 months ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

oursland Re:I don't get it (362 comments)

charges against the employer for having such a person in their employ

That line is quite concerning. It literally means that perceived emotional harm isn't just the fault of the perpetrator but a liability on the employer. It's impossible to control other's actions and more importantly how those around them perceive them, so the only meaningful defense is to eliminate potential victims.

about 5 months ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

oursland Re:Automation is killing jobs faster than ever (435 comments)

All "drivers" aren't equal, some drive considerably more than others. What is the accident rate per age group with respect to 100,000 miles driven?

about 5 months ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

oursland Re:Automation is killing jobs faster than ever (435 comments)

There are laws mandating minimum speeds and prohibiting certain types of equipment from using roads during certain hours because they do pose a threat to drivers. A stationary obstacle such as a tire, tree, mattress or other common road detritus is recognized to all as a threat to safety on the road, a slow driver merely puts the same threat in motion.

about 5 months ago

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