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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

phayes Re:"Issue on board" (752 comments)

You may not care more about the cold blooded murder of US citizens than for Malaysians, but Obama will, hopefully bringing more pressure on the wishy-washy EU to bring meaningful sanctions against Putin & his rabid allies.

4 days ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

phayes Re:"Issue on board" (752 comments)

So Putin, who is responsible for arming these terrorists with missiles capable of bringing down airliners at cruising altitude has just killed 23 US citizens. Let's hope that US & EU sanctions get truly serious in response.

about two weeks ago
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O3b Launches Four More Satellites To Bring Internet To 'Other 3 Billion'

phayes This is a very international effort: Nope (80 comments)

It's barely more an international effort than when the US launches a US built sat from the Cape on an Atlas V (using Russian RD180s): French Guyana is as much of France as Hawaii is of the US so both the sats & the launch location are French.

But this is a post from Timothy so we all know that accuracy and absence of bias in the extract are too much to expect...

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Firms Using Malware-Laden Handheld Scanners

phayes Awaiting the Chinese governments response (93 comments)

In 3 months when absolutely nothing has been done to identify or punish the people responsable for this:
Look! NSA Spy on you! Snowden nice guy, spend time in Hong kong running from US Government. This, little problem, everyone forget soon!

about two weeks ago
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UK Gov't Plans To Push "Emergency" Surveillance Laws

phayes 6 weeks isn't long! (147 comments)

Not long at all for lawmakers who had their previous law invalidated and worked in concert with members of the opposition to ensure that the proposed version is acceptable to a majority.

But of course Timothy WILL put the most muckraking spin on it he can...

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Create Walking, Muscle-Powered Biobots

phayes Re:Another materials article (33 comments)

Your blanket statement "The hard part is always inventing the building blocks" is clearly false as often the hardest part is in the choice & integration of the building blocks. The F35 is a shining example where just about every building block has been available for a decade (or even many multiples of same), yet it is the integration and fine tuning that are the hardest parts. Many, many other examples come to mind: Nuclear fusion power plants, carrier aviation, large federal IT projects, etc.

Sometimes & in some domains, inventing the building blocks is the hardest part.

about three weeks ago
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Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

phayes Re:Awesome! (276 comments)

Ah, and you just woke up to discover that the USG does not want anyone they think is a terrorist learn just what/how/when they came to this conclusion? Go back to sleep.

about a month ago
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Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

phayes Re:Awesome! (276 comments)

Just as you are just a few steps from committing mass murder...

about a month ago
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Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

phayes Re:Awesome! (276 comments)

On matters where national security & constitutionality collide, stays are systematically delivered by the appellate courts so again, until every higher court has exhausted appeals, the ruling changes nothing.

about a month ago
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Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

phayes Re:Awesome! (276 comments)

The judge's ruling will be challenged & until/unless it wins every appeal (all the way to the supreme court in all probability), the ruling changes nothing.

Sooo, until the ruling is definitively confirmed, nothing changes.

about a month ago
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Russian RD-180 Embargo Could Boost American Rocket Industry

phayes Re:"Costing"? (179 comments)

No, it would cost ULA money as their contract states that the launches will be performed on Atlas or Delta but Atlas (with the outsourced russian engines) costs less.

ULA could launch on Delta (reserving the launches that NEED to be on Atlas for that launcher) but ULA would have to eat the difference. Very unpalatable for ULA that...

about a month and a half ago
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Radar Data Yields High-Resolution Views of Near-Earth Asteroid HQ124

phayes Re:So, how far was it in relative terms? (29 comments)

So, without the numbers I gave you were able to tell that the asteroid was imaged at just over three times the distance the moon you look up to in the sky is? Well, no because you certainly didn't know that because the people who do don't use the distance they have traveled on earth as a reference.

Did the raw number give you enough information to know how far into the earth's gravity well it was? Or even whether it had entered it? Nope, you didn't know that either.

Oh, but 776 times 1000 times 63360 inches, oh THAT has meaning to you...

about a month and a half ago
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Radar Data Yields High-Resolution Views of Near-Earth Asteroid HQ124

phayes So, how far was it in relative terms? (29 comments)

Giving the 776,000 miles number is of little value for most people. Comparing it to 1 Astronomical Unit (the average distance Earth-Sun = 92,955,807.3 miles) or the distance between the Earth & the moon (238,857 miles) makes it much more understandable.

Given that these infos are informative & not biased, I can see how Timothy didn't think to add them to the summary.

about a month and a half ago
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NSA's Novel Claim: Our Systems Are Too Complex To Obey the Law

phayes Re:Fine ... (245 comments)

Again Timothy with the biased & false click-bait summary...

Courts do not issue impossible to obey orders. The NSA sifts through massive amounts of data & deletes almost all of it after a period of time. Forcing the NSA to no longer delete the data as the court initially ordered implies the immediate shutdown of the data collection program. While that may be the desired outcome of some here, it is NOT what the judge intended. He intended only to force the NSA to preserve what data it could. When the NSA explained that preserving the scope of data requested data without shutting down the data program or spending hundreds of millions to the judge he rescinded his original order.

Thus Timothy's "Our Systems Are Too Complex To Obey the Law" is false and misleading

about a month and a half ago
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Fixing the Humanities Ph.D.

phayes Re:Because... (325 comments)

Not in my experience. Recent graduates of Sandhurst & St Cyr tend to be young & fit & the ladies I have met would take issue with being called middle aged, let alone overweight or men. Oh, you're referring to the people in your entourage...

about a month and a half ago
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Fixing the Humanities Ph.D.

phayes Re:Because... (325 comments)

Yeah, serving & past armed forces officers are the exception to the military history == fascist mindset here. No argument on the merits of Lee/Sherman, but then my american civil war knowledge is too light to have a valid opinion. Thanks for responding.

about a month and a half ago
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Fixing the Humanities Ph.D.

phayes Re:Because... (325 comments)

Interesting. Which europeans have you met who are interested in Military History?

I'm a minor military history buff living in Paris for close to 30 years & in all that time, excluding a few armed forces members, only a handful of brits were interested in the field. It's true that I live in a country where the press & polar culture are generally left wing anti-military & consider the study of history through a military focus to be akin to studying nazism, but whether they were French, Dutch, Belgian, German, Spanish or Italian, not a single person could tell you more about Sherman than that a tank was named after him or that General Lee had an orange car with a flag on top named after him in a movie.

about 2 months ago
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Researchers Find, Analyze Forged SSL Certs In the Wild

phayes Re:Flash? I removed Flash to avoid problems! (86 comments)

No assumptions? Yeah, right, you only assume that all browser plugins are as insecure as flash is.

Anyone who makes an assumption that dumb is an idiot -- statement of fact, not a blanket statement

about 2 months ago
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Researchers Find, Analyze Forged SSL Certs In the Wild

phayes Re:Flash? I removed Flash to avoid problems! (86 comments)

Just because Flash is a plugin & insecure, that doesn't make all plugins insecure. You'd have to be really stupid to make that assumption but you seem dumb enough...

about 2 months ago
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Researchers Find, Analyze Forged SSL Certs In the Wild

phayes Re:Flash? I removed Flash to avoid problems! (86 comments)

Clearly, both reading comprehension & web security are too complicated for you.

Let me use small words to make it easier for you:
Both Flash plus their flash plugin & a browser plugin need to be installed. A plugin would add no vulnerabilities. Adding Flash to a machine does.

I leave you to your browser with 10 toolbars, unexplained slowdowns & redirects to porn sites.

about 2 months ago

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