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The NSA Uses the Same Chat Protocol As Hackers

rednip OMG Jabber (81 comments)

Whatsapp is a jabber client as well. I fail to see why this is surprising connection. Seems more like click bait.

about a month ago
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Russia Plans To Build World First DNA Databank of All Living Things

rednip Re:Kinda Like Cryogenesis for Humans ... (83 comments)

Actually, we freeze human eggs (sometimes even fertilized) all the time these days. Seeds of plant are also frozen and the later planted. The only real 'trick' is to have a place to properly grow them. If an animal species is completely wiped out, it might be hard to find a good host to carry it to term, so an incubator might need to be developed, but it does mitigate the genetic problems that come from a small surviving group.

about a month ago
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6 Terabyte Hard Drive Round-Up: WD Red, WD Green and Seagate Enterprise 6TB

rednip Re:Who cares about rotational speed these days? (190 comments)

Arrrghhhh!!!!....

Actually, RAID can be used to speed up access and/or to survive a disk failure (depending on setup). While important in case of major disaster, restoring from backup generally knocks out the service altogether, while a simple (and fairly common in large data centers) disk failure wouldn't even be noticed by anyone but a system admin with a RAID designed to tolerate it.

about a month ago
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

rednip Re:Eh (681 comments)

In any group of 23 or more people, there's a 50% chance two will have the same birthday.

While it's an interesting idea, I'm not really sure how it applies. The 'birthday in common' is only between two of the group and is an 'equally probable date' rather than a specific one. So even if Jesus was one of the group, there is only a small chance he'd be of the pair with matching birthdays.

about a month ago
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Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

rednip Re:Huh? (221 comments)

Since 9/11? Google 'McCarthyism', then 'yellow journalism', you should recognize that fear has always been a primary driver of human existence.

about a month ago
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Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

rednip Re:Huh? (221 comments)

The most effective political weapon is fear most ads tell you to fear the other guy more than anything else, it's also great for keeping people watching/reading the news, plus fear makes most pay taxes and stop at red lights. I'd say that those who that use broken logic of revenge and racism keep terrorism in business as much as anything.

about a month ago
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Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

rednip Re:North Korea has proved something. (221 comments)

Financial services and many other business already have such private connections. However, I've said for the last couple of years that the real security problem are developers (such as myself) who need high security privileges on both our own machines as well as production ones. What's more is that our browsing tends to be grouped into finding sometimes obscure downloads for administrative tasks and solutions for programming issues, which would likely add to the ability to target.. In reality the problem might not be the malware infested laptop of Marketing Sally, but Targeted Tim, the IT guy. While the real solution should likely be a OS that is more secure at least for IT and probably in general, at the very least people with too much privilege should use another PC running on different credentials for at least 'solution lookups'.

about a month ago
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Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

rednip Re: North Korea has proved something. (221 comments)

Sure the CIA can be trusted, however, it's not a generally good idea unless they present the evidence and it checks out. Why don't you think 'It isn't even plausible that NK is behind this'? Do you think North Koreans can't develop 'script kiddie' technology?

about a month ago
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Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

rednip Re:hyperbole much? (221 comments)

Actually, the 'if you see the gas station, you went too far' is really more analogous to 'catching a runtime exception' before it travels too far up the stack.

about a month ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

rednip Re:In a Self-Driving Future--- (454 comments)

True, but there are those who love horses as well, yet now most people rarely even see a live horse, let alone own one.

I think two things will 'drive' the adaption to driverless cars, parking and driving. People already spend a good deal of time trying to find a parking spot. With a driverless care you'd have your own 'valet parking' everywhere and the storage location for the car isn't limited to the local area, a car could easily be sent back home (yours or its). At first parking will get cheaper and more abundant, but eventually, 'Downtown parking' will not only become almost unneeded, but it will also largely disappear and I think even suburban parking will become rare. Also, thanks to digital reflexes and networking driverless cars will be able to tailgate not only to save gas, but to keep the traffic flowing at higher volumes. I suspect that 'manual drivers' will find themselves 'locked out' of the fast lane by cars on autodrive. Sure frustrated drivers will force their way into the fast lane and jam up traffic (as they do now), but the cars will record the reckless driving, likely by a few 'angles', eventually, it'll become a citation to do it.

about 2 months ago
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Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

rednip First? (608 comments)

Maybe we're just the first to develop? Or simply faster than light travel hasn't been invented.

about 9 months ago
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Dogs Defecate In Alignment With Earth's Magnetic Field

rednip Re:dogs deficate not staring into the sun (222 comments)

If that was true, then wouldn't it be more likely that they'd end up in a 'east-west' alignment(or something similar depending on latitude) during daylight hours , with the facing direction dependant on time of day than 'north-south' and random directions at night. If this turns out to be a repeatable study, it's one of the most shocking discoveries ever, if only because everyone who's ever waited on a dog to 'do it's business' has seen that twist every time. Of course it doesn't really answer 'why', but at least there seems to be a method to their madness.

1 year,25 days
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A Look at the Koch Brothers Dark-Money Network

rednip Re:News For Nerds (406 comments)

Actually politics is one of the most 'nerdist' topics. Nerds tend to obsess over topics most would rather ignore.

about a year ago
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Laser Communication System Sets Record With Data Transmissions From Moon

rednip Re:20 mb between planets.. (43 comments)

Also, heh: "QIp vIghro' pum" is Klingon.

(fetches Okrand from the shelf...)

Hah...I get it now. I knew it! Thirteen years ago, when I bought the damned book, I knew it would come handy one day! Thank you so much.

(looks up 'Klingon translator' on google, finds oddly enough that Bing translator is the first hit)

"QIp vIghro' pum" translates to "stupid cat falls" without a 'investment' and braving more than a decade of dust.

about a year ago
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Schneier: We Need To Relearn How To Accept Risk

rednip Re:please, please (478 comments)

Pass what? All I see is another crybaby objectivist whining that 'things were better when I was young'. Maybe the editor removed the 'stay off of my lawn' from the first draft.

about a year ago
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Famed ATM Hacker Barnaby Jack Dies Days Before Black Hat Conference

rednip Re:Myes, myes... (110 comments)

Really? A TV show using made up science, next you'll claim that Scottie of Star Trek didn't really have any engineering skills and was simply some actor spouting out nonsense.

about a year and a half ago
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Scientists Seek Biomarkers For Violence

rednip Re:Phrenology and undesirable traits (294 comments)

Phrenology is a great way to find such people.

I agree! Anyone who believes in such junk science should be immediately removed from society.

about a year and a half ago
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NASA Mulling Joint Lunar Missions With Commercial Enterprises

rednip There's gold in them thar hills (59 comments)

There's gold in them thar hills, literally and figuratively.

about a year and a half ago
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NSA WhistleBlower Outs Himself

rednip Re:Modern Jesus (860 comments)

Actually, the Whig party fell apart before the GOP was formed, most of its northern based joined the new party. If (when) the GOP fails another party will gain steam, but not before.

about a year and a half ago
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Larry Page: You Worry Too Much About Medical Privacy

rednip Re:Well, he's not afraid his company might fire hi (486 comments)

the insurance will not be affordable and additionally many of the plans will actually end up being inferior to what many had before.

So says the 'chicken little' AC. Next year we'll find out if everything the GOP has been claiming for the last 5 years is really true. I believe that they will be proven wrong while millions of Americans who had pre-existing conditions will be able to find coverage at normal cost and many thousands will not lose coverage in the middle of an illness. While many millions more American will find better coverage, many at significant savings than they would have paid previously.

Meanwhile, the medicare cuts made by the ACA (aka Obamacare) which the GOP claimed would kill, have contributed to a 5% savings in Medicare costs which has reduced the budget deficit even more than expected. Every year the Republicans have been claiming that we are at the doorstep of disaster, and seemingly despite their best efforts, it has not happened. The question is when the stop being pessimistic and start claiming 'victory', how do they claim Obamacare was their idea?

about a year and a half ago

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rednip rednip writes  |  more than 8 years ago the neo-con platform:
Tell the sluts to keep their babies.
Let the rednicks keep their guns
Make sure the fags can't be happy

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rednip rednip writes  |  more than 9 years ago Intellegent people can (and maybe need to be able to) carry on conversation which those who are less able. Pompous arrogant jerks have to tell the world why they don't need (or want to) communicate with those they deam less capable than themselves.

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