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Should Tesla Make Batteries Instead of Electric Cars?

spazdor Re:He probably only needs 640K in his computer, to (362 comments)

Well, it makes sense to specialize in whatever you're best at. Tesla has innovated in some areas of automotive design, and simply followed the pack in other areas; i see no reason why Tesla Motors couldn't become an OEM parts supplier for other car makers, if they decide that batteries and all-electric power trains are interesting and reinventing the rearview mirror is boring.

about 3 months ago
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How 'Fast Lanes' Will Change the Internet

spazdor Re:Real Solution (192 comments)

Inevitably, there will be reciprocity deals between content providers and transit providers. Either above the table or under it.

about 4 months ago
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Designer Creates a Water Bottle That You Can Eat

spazdor Re:huh (171 comments)

Because apparently everyone thinks the only useful feature of a bottle is "lets you hold liquids in your hand."

The whole "resealing" thing is kind of useful, if you can't or don't want to finish your water in one sip.

There's also the thing where you can handle them with dirty hands and the inside stays sanitary.

But as long as you don't care about any of the pertinent features of bottles, sure, this is a "bottle."

about 4 months ago
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Heartbleed Pricetag To Top $500 Million?

spazdor Re:Low - "Bad" CA's (80 comments)

Jesus christ. So Startssl won't even revoke a cert for a customer who's already bought it, unless they pay extra?

Why is Startssl a trusted CA? Shenanigans like that ought to be clear grounds for Chrome, Firefox et. al. to leave Startssl out of their default bundle. Am I wrong?

about 4 months ago
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Heartbleed Pricetag To Top $500 Million?

spazdor Re:Low (80 comments)

Plenty of their semi-competent customers will cluelessly order new ones instead of rekeying their existing ones, and I'm sure none of the CA's will lift a finger to cure them of this misunderstanding.

about 4 months ago
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Heartbleed Pricetag To Top $500 Million?

spazdor Re:Low (80 comments)

It also costs money to mitigate and manage risk.

If you've been sending and receiving sensitive SSL traffic for a while before the vulnerability was disclosed, then you should consider all that traffic retroactively compromised, and that might involve calling up a lot of customers and breaking some bad news to them.

Being well-prepared helps, but it's ridiculous to suggest that this only costs money for the the ill-prepared.

about 4 months ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

spazdor Re:Not malicious but not honest? (447 comments)

Medicine is a special case of a profession which is subject to additional consumer protections above and beyond the regular market ones, for reasons relating to safety.

you can, however, sell 'medicine' to the public with no guarantee of its *efficacy* for a particular purpose, merely that it be safe. That's homeopathy.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft's New Smart Bra Could Stop You From Over Eating

spazdor Re:shut up you stupid app (299 comments)

Yeah, how unreasonable for feminists to want women in charge of beauty standards for women!

It's almost as bad as having black people developing and marketing those African hair straightening products!

Furthermore, I bet feminists have literally nothing to say about this product since women are involved - we all know that they have never ever criticized other women for participating in antifeminist stuff.

about 9 months ago
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Lenovo Shows Android Laptop In Leaked User Manuals

spazdor Re:The nightmare that keeps MS awake.... (106 comments)

> You're looking at about 2035 before Google slips to something else.

That's pretty bold of you.

about a year ago
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Scientists Create 'Fastest Man-Made Spinning Object'

spazdor Re:Summary wtf (159 comments)

What exactly do you think the word "times" means?

1 year,2 days
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Google Pressure Cookers and Backpacks: Get a Visit From the Feds

spazdor Re:Wireshark (923 comments)

Residential ISPs are not famed as being secured strongholds - and even if they were, all it takes is compromising a host in the target LAN - which, if they use a lot of functional-out-of-the-box network-aware gadgets, might be trivially easy too.

1 year,29 days
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Robotic Kiosk Stores Digital Copies of Physical Keys

spazdor Re:What could possibly go wrong? (192 comments)

One or two good digital photos of the key is sufficient to cut a working replacement by hand.

about a year ago
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U.S. House Wants 'Sustained Human Presence On the Moon and the Surface of Mars'

spazdor Re:All for it... (285 comments)

Don't forget the telephone sanitizers.

about a year ago
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Apple Details US Requests For Customer Data

spazdor Re:just FYI (116 comments)

and a far greater percentage of those are hunting rifles and shotguns as opposed to combat rifles and pistols.

about a year ago
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Apple Details US Requests For Customer Data

spazdor Re:Less complaining, more fixing (116 comments)

You must not have been around for very long. It gets much more authoritarian than that.

about a year ago
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Bill Regulating 3D Printed Guns Announced In NYC

spazdor Re:to be expected (322 comments)

Why does this facile and 'truthy' sentiment get reliably upvoted whenever someone posts it? It's neither insightful nor particularly original, and what's worse, it's demonstrably false as a matter of empirical psychology.

"Wants to murder someone" is not a simple, binary, on-or-off property of anyone's mental state, and the man-with-a-mission loading rounds into his gun with cool, icy determination which this argument brings to mind, does not characterize the vast majority of violent crime. In real life, people are subject to psychological influences from myriad sources, and people who are in a state of seriously wanting to kill someone, tend to be in an even more unstable, influenceable state of mind than normal. People's car-buying desisions are demonstrably affected by such minutiae as the physical layout of the showroom, and the order in which the salesperson decides to present them.

What kind of alien to human psychology would you have to be, to imagine that the ready availability of tools to kill someone from far away, without any eye contact or physical proximity, wouldn't make murder psychologically easier to go through with?

about a year ago
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iPhone Apparently Open To Old Wi-Fi Attack

spazdor Re:HTTPS enforces HTTPS? (90 comments)

In Soviet Hypertext, Laws enforce Judge!

about a year ago
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Seeking Fifth Amendment Defenders

spazdor I take issue with FAIL3's premise (768 comments)

FAIL3 -- the alleged "benefits" of the Fifth Amendment apply equally to the innocent and guilty, or disproportionately favor the guilty.

Whoa whoa whoa, back the truck up. "It helps more than it hurts" is a awfully low bar of justification to set for a constitutional law. Here, have a hypothetical:

You have 3 suspects in custody. For some highly contrived reason too pedantic to relate here, you know for a certainty that two of them are guilty of a crime punishable by death, and one of them is absolutely innocent of any crime, but you haven't any clues as to which one is the innocent one.

By the symmetry argument you'll have to do the same thing to all three of them. If you do anything other than execute them, you "disproportionately favour the guilty". But our justice system needs to adhere to a higher standard than that, because that way despotism lay.

about a year ago
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Intel's Linux OpenGL Driver Faster Than Apple's OS X Driver

spazdor Re: And you make me sick (252 comments)

Then why does it always seem to be the weakest-minded people who are the ones complaining about "political correctness"?

about a year ago

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