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Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland

splutty Re:what the? (137 comments)

DOJ asked and got told "No".

Of course telling a department like that No isn't something they're willing to accept, and this everyone became embroiled in this useless piece of chicanery.

3 days ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

splutty "Head doctor" now also a carrier. (170 comments)

And I just read that the doctor that's treated 100+ of the Ebola victims has been infected as well.

3 other nurses have already succumbed to the disease.

The high mortality rate is probably what scares people the most, despite it actually not being that infective through normal pathways.

about 5 months ago
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Hints of Life's Start Found In a Giant Virus

splutty Re:Well (158 comments)

This comment now stands moderated at 'Redundant'. Which is just about perfect. I wish there was a way to make sure it stays that way :)

(Yes, that was more or less a joke)

about 5 months ago
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UK Gov't Plans To Push "Emergency" Surveillance Laws

splutty Re:"Emergency" laws. (147 comments)

This law is actually only enacted because their previous law got invalidated by the EU, and they really really want to still be able to do this!

The discussion on this was when the first law was enacted, it's too late now, really.

about 5 months ago
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Is Analog the Fix For Cyber Terrorism?

splutty Re:sure, no problem (245 comments)

No. Said the person who should have known that the Stuxnet attack had an attack vector that didn't have anything to do with the internet.

The actual machines it was aimed against actually weren't connected to the internet at all.

So the comment is just dumb.

about 9 months ago
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Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek

splutty Hiding in plain sight. (390 comments)

Kudos to him for not ever trying to get into the limelight about this.

Not sure what repercussions this will have for him and his family as persons, but it's kind of nice to see this sort of stuff can still happen :)

Guess he got taught well by the diverse companies insisting on secrecy!

about 9 months ago
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NASA Wants To Go To Europa

splutty Re:There may well be life on Europa (216 comments)

There were actually plans at one time (no idea if they ever got worked out) to send a combination lander.

One lander for communication, with a submarine module to bore through the ice and go exploring under water.

Sounded really neat, but not very feasable.

about 9 months ago
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Typhoon Haiyan Continues To Scourge Southeast Asia

splutty Re:Move along... (Flamebait? Cynical) (114 comments)

I'm sorry, but this storm is not affecting The Gulf of Mexico, Florida, or the Jersey Shore. America is not interested. Move along.

Someone marked this comment flamebait, so they missed the obvious cynicism in this comment. Or if this was actually meant for real, then it goes to show the exact sad thing, that for a lot of people this is actually true.

As someone else in this thread already said, the coverage on this particular Typhoon in the US Media is severely lacking for the most part, which really is sad.

about a year ago
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Bill Gates Acknowledges Ctrl+Alt+Del Was a Mistake

splutty Re:No, Caps Lock was the big mistake (665 comments)

How is caps lock a mistake?

If you go back in time somewhat, it was actually needed to fill in certain TN3270/X3270/IBM3270 terminal templates.

A lot of things would need capslock, but would still let you use lowercase for other things such as comments (remember Cobol? Nah, I don't think you do :)

So no. No mistake at all. (Even nowadays, if you're entering activation codes and such, they're often in all caps *and* caps sensitive, which is retarded :)

But I get your point CAPSLOCK SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN INVENTED... :D

about a year ago
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Somebody Stole 7 Milliseconds From the Federal Reserve

splutty Re:Possible explaination (740 comments)

The main problem here is actually quite simple.

In the investigation, these trades would also show up, since 'canceled' trades don't actually get removed from the system, just set to 'canceled' state.

So if this were true, both trades should show up, and one should've been canceled *after* the 7ms, with the change it will actually be picked up by another system in the meantime, etc.

But we'll see what the investigation comes up with :)

I'm betting on a time machine! (Or possibly just insider trading, but that's not half as much fun)

about a year ago
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Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?

splutty Creationists vs Scientists (1293 comments)

Aside from the fact it's not necessarilly mutually exclusive, I'll just drop this quote here that both sides can use ad nauseam.

"Wrong, Wrong, Wrong, Absolutely brimming over with Wrongability"

Use this on each other, and at least get a laugh out of it, possibly..

about a year ago
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NSA Spies On International Payments

splutty Re:Hey NSA.... (314 comments)

Obviously a WoW gametime key written down by Nostradamus.

about a year ago
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Easily-Captured Asteroids Identified

splutty Re:58 Second Burn? (160 comments)

They want to move it to L2, it's not going to be anywhere near the earth to bother with.

If the thruster runs too long, it'll overshoot L2, and go into an orbit rather far out of the moon's orbit.

Chance it crashes on the moon is rather higher than it crashing on earth, and even then it'll not be an overly significant event (see someone else's calculations in this reply thread as well)

L2 is perfect for this stuff, since it's actually outside the earth's sun orbit and farther away than the moon.

Now L3,4,5 which are located on the earth trajectory might be something you might not want to do :) (If I remember the locations correctly..)

about a year ago
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Medical Costs Bankrupt Patients; It's the Computer's Fault

splutty Re:A cynic's view (637 comments)

*sigh* Rounding errors...

We have the same problem with different hardware architectures (think x86 vs SPARC vs S390).

You have to set a certain acceptable deviance from spec for this sort of thing, and mark it as 'okay' if you're less than that percentage off the expected value.

As an example: My calculation on a Linux box over a spread of about 125000 payments gives me about 0.00001 cents negative difference, whereas the same thing in Exhell comes to 0.

This is expected and completely insignificant behavious.

about a year ago
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Despite Global Release, Breaking Bad Heavily Pirated

splutty Baen Ebooks. (443 comments)

For eBooks (if you like fantasy/SF) I've found Webscription (Baen books) to be a very very good service.

http://www.baenebooks.com/

Start there. They have a fairly large library, with quite a few books for free download. No DRM, fairly inexpensive (think $4-$7 per book) and downloadable in just about any format you'd want.

Once you've created an account, those books will stay available on your account page for download on whatever device you want it on.

I've put this same thing in several threads over the last few years, but I think they're still worth mentioning :)

about a year ago
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Australian State Bans IBM From All Contracts After Payroll Bungle

splutty Re:Perspective (212 comments)

The answer to that is very obvious.

The person helping him at McDonald's was a student that moonlighted as a McDonald's server, but secretly made money on the side as a stripper.

There. Simple explanations are lovely.

about a year ago
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DEA Program "More Troubling" Than NSA

splutty Re:News? (432 comments)

I always thought SOD stood for 'Stormtroopers of Death'. An old metal band I used to go see live a lot.

But I guess it would fit these guys as well :)

about a year ago
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Camping Helps Set Circadian Clocks Straight

splutty Re:Try having a child (173 comments)

Which is a reference to Vitamin D deficiency, if you'd actually read it. Not sure how that has anything to do with what the OP was talking about :)

about a year ago
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Harlan: a Language That Simplifies GPU Programming

splutty Re:Hmm (195 comments)

I suspect one of the main reasons for using Lisp/Scheme style notation, is that almost all GPU programming anyone would want to do are (based on) mathematical equations.

For mathematicians, a Lisp notation is actually a lot more logical and easier than a C notation. (At least the older ones :)

The whole concept of iterations in calculations is a bit awkward in C (with all the parenthesis, yes...) in comparison to Lisp (where they're fairly well delineated blocks if properly indented)

Yes, you can mostly do the same in C, but I'd bet most mathematicians have more experience with ADA/Lisp than with C :)

Chicken/Egg sort of thing, then, now that I've typed all this out.

about a year and a half ago

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