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Photon Pair Coupled in Glass Fiber

qwijibo Re:Naive optimism in headline (91 comments)

An intelligent, but insane friend used to rot13 the name of the information requestor, add vowels as needed and use that as the name provided. That made the source readily apparent. However, this was back in the 90's. I'm not sure if the post office would deliver mail to hundreds of different names now that the mail traffic is captured, or just flag you for reeducation.

about two weeks ago
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Photon Pair Coupled in Glass Fiber

qwijibo Re:Naive optimism in headline (91 comments)

We don't get to decide. There are no serious privacy oriented options left in the marketplace. Privacy is about as hopeless as buying stuff not-made-in-China.

However, if you find that to be offensive, feel free to create misleading information to poison the various databases about you. The nice thing about companies collecting and reselling information about everyone is that they're so gullible. Just be reasonable enough that the new data doesn't get flagged and omitted. If you're a "Fry Technician" at a Fortune 500 company's franchisee, you may want more than one hop between now and your aspiring Bruce Wayne persona.

Depending on how much free time you have, or how much you just like to game the system, you can do things from provide grossly inaccurate income information to those that ask, to having one or more businesses (or hobbies looking like businesses), or creating new people. The easiest, legal way to create fictitious people is "authorized users" on a corporate credit card account. Anyone willing to pay a yearly fee can open a corporate account, then add anyone they want with little more than a name. As long as you use your fake people for legitimate transactions and pay your bills, there's nothing illegal about it.

Back on topic, hopefully developments like this can later be turned into more secure communication technologies that can be used after the advertising&data-merchant economy collapses.

about three weeks ago
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Experiment Shows Stylized Rendering Enhances Presence In Immersive AR

qwijibo Re:Porn ... (75 comments)

Understandable - the concept of immersive is really hard to explain to accountants. It's probably similar to the arousal you would feel from balancing your checkbook.

about a month and a half ago
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Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

qwijibo Re:"into harmony" (356 comments)

Do you realize how far the nearest black hole is and how long it would take to get there? What do you think the scientists are going to eat on the trip? Politicians and lawyers seems like a good compromise. Those atoms will never return to earth and I think we can live with that.

about 2 months ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

qwijibo Re:F-22's don't drop bombs. (478 comments)

Now I want to see wood veneer completely covering every outer surface of a fully functional F-22. That combined with a low capacity fuel tank would make it a sporting aircraft. Maybe paint the nose orange so people know it's a hobby plane, not a fighter when it's invading your airspace.

about 2 months ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

qwijibo Re:F-22's don't drop bombs. (478 comments)

The locking clamps disengage from the ordinance hugging configuration. Gravity is at fault for everything that happens from that point forward.

about 2 months ago
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The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

qwijibo Re:Traffic is up? (144 comments)

Privacy isn't the only reason to not provide a copy of ID. Consider how often we hear of payment data being stolen. When the legitimate company asks for a copy of your ID, they are trying to protect themselves, not you. If someone stole your payment card info and copy of your ID, they have everything needed to "prove" to someone else that they're you. It's not like the old days where you could fax in a low resolution copy of your ID and rest assured that the piece of paper lives in a file that will never see the light of day.

about 2 months ago
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Newly Discovered Asteroid To Pass Within Geostationary Orbit Sunday

qwijibo Re:Distance discrepency (101 comments)

Being within a factor of 10 is still a good approximation. Considering volume as the most likely interpretation of size, the smallest house is unlikely to be on the order of 10 cars.

When describing objects in space, the general sizes we tend to see recurring in popular news stories are:
Car
House
Texas
Moon
Earth
Sun

While inexact and grossly approximated, this helps generally with the "how does this affect me" question that some readers may have.

about 3 months ago
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The Hacking of NASDAQ

qwijibo Re:Recording all data to and from a machine (76 comments)

That would require basically infinite storage and run very, very slowly. In effect, the disk (which is the slowest of CPU/memory/network/disk) becomes the bottleneck preventing any of the others from being well utilized.

There are much better ways to track what happens on critical systems, but they introduce costs that most organizations consider excessive or unnecessary, right until after a breech where they realize how the alternative can be orders of magnitude more expensive.

about 4 months ago
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

qwijibo Re:Yes! No more mandates! (584 comments)

Great idea, we should all do our part to collect old guns. There's no reason to let guns sit in warehouses or gun stores for longer than the lifespan of a cell phone.

I was looking at some that were on sale yesterday and was thinking I can probably take 3, maybe 4 of them off the streets myself.

about 6 months ago
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

qwijibo Re:Yes! No more mandates! (584 comments)

The drop&discharge issue that was cited is addressed with the firing pin safety. When I said "improvements", I meant there's more than one way to implement that feature.

In order to get a discharge, the gun must be dropped at a fairly specific angle onto a hard surface while the hammer is down to allow the force of hitting the ground to drive the firing pin forward. CA's safety tests were developed specifically to cause rare, specific failures.

The 1911 is a good whipping boy for arguments like this because the original 1911 can be cited as having a specific problem, even if it's difficult or impossible to go out and buy a 1911 that exhibits the specific issue today.

about 6 months ago
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

qwijibo Re:Yes! No more mandates! (584 comments)

The state of CA is not a good example of safety evaluation. They require each model of gun to go through an expensive(IIRC, ~$25,000 per) "testing" process. A gun made in 5 different calibers and 5 different colors or finishes requires the manufacturer to pay 25 times the fee to be able to sell in CA. This process has little to do with safety. It's about income for the state and discouraging gun manufacturers from selling in their state.

Do car manufacturers need to have each color of their cars to be "safety tested" before they can be allowed to sell them? If a new color is introduced, is it inherently illegal to sell until it has gone through the testing process?

In fairness to your point, the 1911 design does lack some improvements that have been developed in the last 100 years. During that time, it was a standard sidearm of our military and used by law enforcement agencies. It may not be a perfect design, but it's clearly not inherently unsafe. The hypothetical situation you describe is due to unsafe handling practices.

about 6 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Former Director of JPL Edward Stone About Space Exploration

qwijibo Re:Oblig.. (58 comments)

If that's what aliens came light years to probe, there's gotta be something if immense scientific interest there.

about 6 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

qwijibo Solution without a problem (765 comments)

This topic keeps coming up, but there isn't a market for this product. Are the target audience also people who want:

Bicycles for fish
Mouse traps that don't kill mice, but embarrass them into moving next door
Any item advertised via spam

about 6 months ago
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First Transistors Made Entirely of 2-D Materials

qwijibo Re: To all who say it's not two-dimensional (137 comments)

That's just crazy, creating paper spheroids to throw into a cylindrical object? This is the fault of the paper and waste basket manufacturers who should all use a single standard form factor to maximize rubbish density.

about 6 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

qwijibo Re:State government sponsored killing (1198 comments)

Capital punishment is a way for society to collectively say "we will no longer be needing your services."

In this case, the replacement for the previous drugs (which are less available to the US due to their use in the death penalty) turned out not to work as expected. Considering the severity of the crimes committed, there's not many people with empathy for the criminal. However, the state did the right thing by acknowledging the failure of the method and not proceeding with another inmate that was already scheduled.

about 7 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

qwijibo Re:What's the problem (1198 comments)

I've always wondered if heroin overdose would be a good option. For those who don't want to live in prison the rest of their lives, that seems like an option some would take voluntarily.

about 7 months ago
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White House Worried About Discrimination Through Analytics

qwijibo Re:Oxymoron (231 comments)

Why aren't there more asian basketball or football players?

Some jobs need people with specific skill sets. Developing those skills is not encouraged equally among every culture.

Under representation of blacks in the senate may suggest that being a bunch of backstabbing bullshitters while smiling and saying jesus wants them to win may not be something that's important to many blacks. Then again, I don't think any culture has a lot of respect for these parasites, so maybe it's just that political donors are a bunch of racists.

about 7 months ago

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