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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

rahvin112 Re:Militia, then vs now (1081 comments)

$100 a shot! Damn, it's no wonder the Ruskies lost the cold war!

5 hours ago
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Mt. Gox Ordered Into Liquidation

rahvin112 Ya'll should have known (42 comments)

Ya'll should have known Karpeles would do anything to avoid coming to the US and risking jail time for his actions. The Japanese will never go after this like the US would.

5 hours ago
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First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

rahvin112 Re:also (171 comments)

There was, that's the entire point. You can't win against the state. The state can take action by force, the warrant is a check on that system but regardless no matter what you do and the technical precautions you take the state, if patient and cautious, can easily acquire the information to breech those protections. It can range from the camera put in you house to the $5 wrench. Those advocating for true crypt to protect you from the state are simply wrong that it can protect you.

yesterday
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

rahvin112 Re:Over 18 (608 comments)

Not very wise, failing to file is a criminal tax code violation, even if you don't owe anything, hell even if they owe you something. You can be penalized for it and in fact you can be incarcerated for it.

2 days ago
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Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

rahvin112 Re:Sadly, sounds like I was right (202 comments)

Ah baloney.

Eich was tossed because he handled the controversy like he had aspergers. Those interviews he gave were cringe worthy. CEO's absolutely have to be politicians, they have to be able to handle bad situations in a manner that improves the problem not makes it worse. They can't get asked a question then provide an answer that makes it seem even worse than the initial impression. Even when handed a shit question in an ambush situation they need to be able to dance the discussion, not make it any worse while appearing to look like they answered the question. Eich clearly couldn't do that.

As far as the board members that quit I believe they did so because they didn't like Eich, not because of any stupid money issues. The board of directors are basically quasi bosses for a CEO, they hire the CEO, have ability to fire him with a majority, they can influence policy but the CEO has final say. If the board the CEO don't get along, it's like being in a bad marriage.

2 days ago
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Heartbleed Disclosure Timeline Revealed

rahvin112 Re:Negligence (62 comments)

The problem is that we don't know how the discovery was made.

The NSA has apparently known about heartbleed since the start. And I would be surprised if Google and other major corps aren't monitoring criminal forums where these exploits are sold. Which makes me wonder if Google discovered it though monitoring the criminal channels or it's own audits.

2 days ago
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First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

rahvin112 Re:also (171 comments)

Oh hell, they'll just sneak into your home in the middle of the night and plant a hardware bug or key logger into your computer.

One of their favorite tactics used by law enforcement is to install cameras in your residence facing where you normally use your computer. They got a child pornographer like this, his use of true crypt didn't help because they had video of him entering the password and simply entered the password once they seized the computer.

True Crypt cannot reasonably protect you from law enforcement nor state sponsored spying like the NSA. It might protect you from some non-tech police agency in some shit hole country being able to access it but then they just use the standard non-tech password extraction method.

Obligatory XKCD. http://xkcd.com/538/

2 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

rahvin112 Re:You can get autism from measles. (582 comments)

I've wondered that as well. Though I'd certainly rather have autism than the murder and violence they've tied to environmental lead. The steep drop in violence since the 70's isn't a coincidence.

2 days ago
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The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

rahvin112 Re:Stop calling it 'blood moon'! (144 comments)

Blood moon, red moon, and dozens of various synonyms and such exist in almost every culture on earth since recorded history and likely long before. Like most rare celestial events it was a sign of great events about to happen (what the event was varied per culture).

2 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

rahvin112 Re:You can get autism from measles. (582 comments)

the symptoms can be indistinguishable from "true" autism (which is mostly genetic).

Please don't spread misinformation. The cause of, or relationship of Autism spectrum disorder to genetics is unknown at this time. The real research on the cause of Autism which started several years ago is just starting to come in. We won't know even speculatively what the relationship of autism with anything is until some point in the future and depending on the complexity of the relationship with genetics it could be far longer.

The two most recent autism studies which I'm aware of have shown a link between increased autism rates and traffic induced smog which is definitely not genetic. I must caution those of you that like to play jump to conclusions that these are simply preliminary studies and unless confirmed by secondary followup studies should be treated as little more than slightly substantiated rumor at this point.

Keep in mind these studies take a couple years to setup and acquire funding and typically have 5+ years of data collection/processing. It could be as much as two decades before we know what the cause of Autism is. My personal bet is on a chemical that began being used heavily in industry in the 70/80's.

2 days ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

rahvin112 Re:I believe Kate (639 comments)

You don't even need full sentences like your example. Properly recorded you can cut half sentences together and fully change their meaning to something which was never ever read or said in the original script.

As was already pointed out this is pretty much what happened in Innocence of Muslims. The director shot the film with the script mostly in place as he intended. He then had the actors come back in and say words and partial phrases that without context was meaningless to the actors then dubbed the audio to completely change the main character.

This could have just as easily happened to Kate where she went in and read several hours of script and then in editing the sentences, their order and possibly even parts of phrases were re-cut into different orders completely changing the meaning. This is very easy to do with modern equipment and with a knowledge of the re-cutting that will take place you can even get the actor's tone, phrasing and structure to match so that's its not apparent that it's been re-cut to the lay listener.

Or Kate could just be an idiot and didn't pay attention to what she was reading. Only Kate and film crew actually know. If she sues we'll probably get to find out.

about a week ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

rahvin112 Re:Not the first time this has happened (639 comments)

One of those actresses recently won a lawsuit against the director for doing so. These people have a legitimate claim IMO that the deception damages their career and should require remuneration along with bans on distribution of the fraudulently produced picture. I wonder if this same situation doesn't apply to this ridiculous movie.

about a week ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

rahvin112 Re:Futile? (322 comments)

The problem is proving it was the officers and not someone else. Because there is always a reasonable doubt unless you catch them in the act or make the documentation requirements so thorough that you can catch them lying. By making them fill out paperwork at the start and end of every shift they made it easy to catch them doing it so all but one stopped doing it.

about a week ago
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Navy Creates Fuel From Seawater

rahvin112 Re:They do. (256 comments)

And the new carriers being designed with energy weapons in mind have TWO reactors. They have twice the energy capacity of the current carriers.

about a week ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

rahvin112 The simple solution is make them document it (322 comments)

It is possible people are vandalizing the cars (in general and though the public would vandalize ALL the antennas, not just one). The simple solution is make the officers report any damage and fill out paperwork indicating the cause. If they go a day with broken equipment unreported they're suspended without pay for day the first time with a day added per occurrence and fired after 5. If it's a repeated occurrence with an officer they should be monitored in secret by IA to observe if the officer is doing the damage themselves and if they are they should be fired and prosecuted for damaging government property. If the cars are being vandalized by the public they need better antennas that are vandal resistant.

about a week ago
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Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

rahvin112 Re:Giga market play (151 comments)

Hydrogen isn't even close to petroleum's last gasp. 99% of that hydrogen is going to be made by reforming natural gas and other fossil fuel feed stocks.

Why do you think the Bush admin pushed hydrogen so hard?

about a week ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

rahvin112 Re:Won't work (342 comments)

Because the market operates on lots. A Lot is 100 shares. Say you want to buy 28 shares of a stock, you put in your order and it shows up on the trading boards. Joe blow investors wants to sell 8 shares, Jane wants sell 15 and Loki wants sell 10. The market maker (just a broker that trades in the stock), buys all three for sale lots then sells you the 28 shares, he plays a spread on each and takes roughly 3-5% of the transaction buy executing the trades at higher or lower prices to net his spread. The remainder shares he holds until the next transaction.

If you trade is clean even lots and do so nice even numbers you can probably net a transaction with another investor that eliminates the middle man. If you don't you get fucked by the market maker. Who doesn't trade in even lots? Small investors.

HFT has eliminated the market maker. The systems are buying and selling across dozens of different exchanges and driving the spread down to fractional percents. 10 year ago if you made a market order for stocks it would execute 3% less than the market was when you put the order in. If you put a limit on it the stock would execute at the price you set but miraculously there would still be 1-3% premium lost. I've had this happen to me a dozen times. It doesn't happen since HFT has taken over the market. Billions of shares are being traded daily now as the HFTs each try to beat each other for that 0.00001% margin between stock exchanges and markets.

about a week ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

rahvin112 Re:Won't work (342 comments)

Without HFT we go back to the bad old days of Market makers. It's a world I'd prefer not to see again. This is a fact, HFT is providing the volume and market, without it there isn't the market available in anything but blue chips to drive buy and sell during the day. You might not understand this but if you buy or sell any volume that isn't a whole lot (100 shares) you went through a market maker. HFT has eliminated that, even with small partial lots the HFT moves in and buys and sells on the spread between markets. It's creating markets in almost every stock (even pink sheets) that didn't exist 10 year ago.

Only idiots who've never traded in their lives and think they are experts on this think HFT is always bad. Those of us that have been investing for long enough know that what existed before HFT was significantly worse.

about a week ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

rahvin112 Re:Won't work (342 comments)

HFT, through the very nature of what it is and that there are dozens of competing HFT firms, has been driving buy/sell spreads down to micro percent spreads. You can execute a market order these days and actually get the price on the ticker. 10 years ago that wasn't the case and that is because of HFT. The firms buy and sell so rapidly that the spread has decreased from the 3-5% normal to fractional percents that often don't even add a penny to the price.

All the opposition to HFT I see is people who've never traded stocks in their life. How many trades do you make per year?

about a week ago
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Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

rahvin112 Re:Alternatives (240 comments)

Yea welcome to the club, there are 700K of us.

about two weeks ago

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