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At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

stoploss Re:Traffic engineering (241 comments)

Your entire attack vector is obviated by the fact that these people are probably mostly paying with plastic. If so, you have their real names anyway. Attack there rather than some esoteric sampling attack based on the analysis of called names.

Besides, if you're going so deep into pattern analysis that you fear the effects of calling a pseudorandom name, I *guarantee* you there are better identifier proxies... most notably time of day/order type correlation, which is likely to be far more stable and restricted than the spectrum of pseudorandom name choices you fear. I wouldn't care if I were randomly called Enzo or Charles, but I would never order a pumpkin spice latte. I'd probably order an Americano 98% of the time, and I probably place my order within the same 20 minute window each day. So, which is likely to be a better identifier?

Or they could just coopt the goddamn barista and get them to compares faces/dates present at the CIA vs field surveillance photos. Which is probably the best solution, and completely sidesteps your abstruse attack vector.

Why would the attacker choose to do it "the hard way"?

yesterday
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Sierra Nevada Corp. Files Legal Challenge Against NASA Commercial Contracts

stoploss Re:NASA engineer says you can't (125 comments)

If you can't provide a cite, my guess would be the lunar mascons are the issue—not the orbital physics.

There are only certain orbits around the moon that are stable.

2 days ago
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Infinite Crisis' Superhero Origins Story

stoploss Re:Obligatory (50 comments)

...as if I'm wasting my time checking slashdot for ...news for nerds, stuff that matters.

Which, thanks to Taco's reprehensible decision in 2001 to cover the terrorist attacks on this site, "news for nerds, stuff that matters" was subsequently redefined to mean "anything that increases pageviews, usually nontechnical, politically controversial, rehashed stories pulled from Digg/Reddit".

In Korea, email may be for old people, but here Slashdot is for "old people" who started reading pre-2000 and who are too set in our ways to move on to the current nerd zeitgeist. Oh, and the subset of the above who have adblock enabled, because otherwise this site is fucking awful.

3 days ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

stoploss Re:GNOME list of former features (248 comments)

Since this is GNOME, does anybody have a link to the official list of features that have been removed from this version?

The version feature removal list feature has been removed in this version in order to better serve the Gnome users.

All 6 of them that are left.

5 days ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

stoploss Re:Solution (405 comments)

Arguably? No where in the Constitution is it permitted. Thus, it's forbidden for the feds to do.

Interstate commerce. Absolutely *everything* is interstate commerce, as per Supreme Court rulings thanks to those fucking FDR-era "Progressives".

If instituting this as a tax would be an issue then they would just call the sales tax a regulation or a fine or whatever they please. Voila: instant Constitutionality.

You are operating under a misconception of how our legal system works today. If it hadn't gone cancerous starting during the FDR era, we would still need something like the 18th Amendment to ban production, sale, and possession of a substance. Instead, now we have unelected bureaucrats accomplishing the same effect by putting MDMA on Schedule I without Congress even having to pass a regular law about it. Yep, bureaucrats making new felonies out of thin air as well as wielding supra-Constitutional powers.

...you were saying something about a Constitutional impediment?

Excuse me while I go weep for the death of federalism.

about a week ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

stoploss Re:Solution (405 comments)

Tax evasions now impossible

You really undermine your own position when you make farcical statements like that. I would say the overwhelming preponderance of Americans on this site are already evading their state's use tax. Did you remit your sales/use tax due for all your online and other purchases across state lines last year?

As for sales tax evasion, well, it already happens today. The IRS would just use it as an excuse to further demand all of our financial transactions. The feds already got 80% of the whole country's personally identifiable credit card transactions last year (for the purposes of protecting us from fraud, of course, *cough*). Next up in your scheme: "friendly visits" from IRS agents who will graciously allow you to prove your innocence if you like to use cash more than they believe you should!

Despite all that, tax evasion will thrive via black markets.

You either had a failure of imagination or you are just too excited about your proposal.

about a week ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

stoploss Re:The WHO (477 comments)

I just wondered if he felt like trolling, but in a professional context.

about a week ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

stoploss Re:Finally someone decides to do something (468 comments)

You have my upmod if I had points.

This is exactly my perspective. Init has been in need of these features (like allowing true inter-daemon dependencies and not shoehorning everything into one runlevel or another).

But, yes, I'm not looking for an MCP—just an improvement on init. I wonder if this project will get any traction.

about a week ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

stoploss Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (324 comments)

Our nation was founded on the premise of joint defence against encroachment from the south, and here we are 147 years later, still facing 10 to 1 odds. With your attitude, you won't remain Canadian for long.

Oh, trust us: we don't want any of your land or your citizenry. Hell, you can keep the tar sands and everything else. Yes, there was a risk a long time ago, but it's been over for, what, 150+ years now? First you beat us in the War of 1812 invasion, then we had some bellicose posturing about the undefined border by British Columbia, then... what? Are you seriously losing sleep over threats like the Maine timber war from about 200 years ago?

What some of us *would* like to do is to ship the segment of our population I call "closeted Canadians" up to you. They would fit right in, help you with that ratio you're unnecessarily concerned about, and would agree with your cultural perspectives on removing firearm rights, socialism, taxation levels, etc. We would welcome any "closeted Americans" you would like to ship to us.

-stoploss, American

about a week ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

stoploss Re:Please describe exactly (391 comments)

Don't worry about the troll. His entire post can be summarized from one line:

Your premium helps keep it cheap for them. So why the complaints here?

Which can be trivially restated as:

Having the government take money from you under color of law is making things less expensive for me. I can't understand why that would upset you.

I have paid approximately 30k in premiums in 6 years and have never used the insurance at all. It was ludicrous that Obamacare was going to force me to lose my HSA-compatible individual policy and replace it with a non-HSA compatible plan that included maternity coverage. That's "useful", given that I'm biologically male and incapable of maternity.

Instead, I dropped my plan and saved money by skewing the demographics of a different, low-risk actuarial class pool (a bunch of 20 year olds) that I couldn't join before. Now my premium is $130/month, no thanks to Obamacare.

Fuck the ACA.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

stoploss Re:911 was down for us Friday night (610 comments)

I first ran into this about 5 years ago when I had a machine that had 6 GB of RAM (not 8, because the moron Apple firmware developers decided that the motherboard should only be able to address 6 GB max in two slots, and heaven forbid you install two 4 GB sticks...).

Despite not having much memory consumed, I was having my machine "freeze" to thrash VM for 20+ seconds because the moronic memory manager paged memory to disk aggressively. So, I'm sitting here with 2 GB active on 6 GB physical and it's frozen / beachballing due to thrash in order to page in shit it never should have paged out. Fuckers.

So, I decided to turn off paging. Should be simple, right? Configuring VM is simple GUI maneuver in Windows, so Apple should make it a breeze too, right? Right?

Yeah. I only found out about the shitty handling of OOM conditions about 18 months later, after I really started using a bunch of RAM (multiple VM's, etc).

This memory management aspect of Mac OS just really sucks from a user standpoint. People shouldn't have to deal with sharp corners on their machine's memory manager. I swear, even RAM Doubler by Connectix was more user friendly than OS X's implementation.

about two weeks ago
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NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

stoploss Re:I hate to be this guy... (188 comments)

Have you ever thought that, perhaps, by feeding someone less fortunate, they stopped trying to help themselves , and ended up worse off then if you'd just stopped being a hand-wringing idiot and drove your civic that you earned?

No, he hasn't, and his kind won't stop until they take away your civic, too. Because, you know, you didn't earn that.

about two weeks ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

stoploss Re:Renew this! (444 comments)

You failed to rescue your pedantry.

I never said hydrocarbons *had* to be burned. Yes, in my first example I mentioned them being burned, but you switched discussion contexts so I decided to do the same. Now you're continuing to discuss hydrocarbons in heat engines and comparing them to theoretical maximum efficiencies of lithium, while simultaneously implying I'm using strawmen. That's irony.

As I said, using hydrocarbons in a fuel cell bypasses the Carnot efficiency limits because a fuel cell is not a heat engine and therefore your comments about heat engines are irrelevant, and we can just ignore your second and third paragraphs.

Or, I suppose I can turn the tables and do what you did by comparing the theoretical max efficiency of hydrocarbons in a fuel cell against some inefficient application of lithium.

The point of all of this is that once you decide to pedant a joke, you had best be sure your facts and pedantry are completely, unambiguously correct. mdsolar decided to take us down this path, and you joined in.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

stoploss Re:911 was down for us Friday night (610 comments)

It's so nice that Apple's memory management system is so atavistic and hard to configure. Even Windows has a GUI for this configuration, which incidentally *also* includes an option to turn off the paging file.

Let's compare what happens if you disable paging and subsequently exhaust your physical memory, Windows vs Mac OS.

On Windows, an app may fail to launch, or a running app may close unexpectedly. Windows will then display a useful message in your systray and continue running without any problems. Close a few apps to free some RAM and try again.

On Max OS, it's even simpler: your entire fucking machine will hard-lock and you will be required to initiate an ACPI shutdown, (or yank the power cord, should you find that more satisfying). It's like something out of the System 7.5 days, except you don't even get a bomb dialog in Mac OS X.

The Mac OS memory management system is a toy. dynamic_pager sucks.

about two weeks ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

stoploss Re:Renew this! (444 comments)

Okay, for the last time: there are nuclear fusion reactions that produce lithium. These reactions can happen both in supernovas as well as non-Big Bang nuclear fusion. None of this is really under debate. If you want to continue perseverating, feel free to peruse "Thermonuclear Reaction Rates V" by Caughlan & Fowler in order to educate yourself.

For you aspies out there, perhaps your hint that the entire suggestion might be absurd is the allegation that Tesla could harvest additional lithium by triggering supernovas on demand and harvesting from the output. Go ponder that for a while. Perhaps you might even learn to grok humor.

FFS, I don't mind being pedanted on a joke, but the incompetence being displayed is just sad.

about two weeks ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

stoploss Re:Location, location, location. (326 comments)

I'm not going to give a third party who is not strictly regulated in how and what can be done with this information permission to track my location 24/7 in order to tell if I'm driving my car or someone else is just to disable communications.

This. I can't believe he thought his solution was reasonable when "all" it has to do is have a database of where your family works, goes to school, which cars you own, and, of course track your entire family's location 24/7.

FFS, I'm an engineer and I take special delight in degenerate solutions, but this is fucked up.

Maybe this is a degenerate solutions competitive. Okay, let me try one of my own: we will have one member of the Stasi handcuffed to every licensed driver in the country, 24/365. Their job will be to monitor everyone's driving and ensure that the law is being abided. No, of *course* the Stasi member won't share the personal, private aspects of your life with the government... they're just there to keep everyone safe!

about two weeks ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

stoploss Re:Renew this! (444 comments)

Lithium battery discharge is a reversible process, so the original state can be recovered by input of the same amount of energy as was originally extracted from the system.

Ooookkkaayy. Time for you to take remedial thermodynamics if you believe recharging or restoring lithium batteries is a 100% efficient process.

And, for that matter, who said the hydrocarbons had to be burned? Since you're imagining a 100% efficient lithium restoration process, now I'm countering with a 100% efficient solid oxide fuel cell that extracts the energy from the hydrocarbons without burning them, thereby bypassing the Carnot efficiency limit. You know, because it's not applicable because it's not a heat engine. This SOFC technology is real, it's just the 100% efficiency part that's obviously imaginary.

Just drop the pedantry and enjoy the transient amusement from the obvious absurdity of the joke.

about two weeks ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

stoploss Re:Renew this! (444 comments)

You failed your pedantry yet again.

Go read the joke. Did I say they used "stellar nuclear fusion, with peaking capacity provided by supernovas"? No, I didn't. I specifically stated nuclear fusion. You projected the stellar part.

Just stop. You're digging yourself deeper in the hole.

about two weeks ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

stoploss Re:Renew this! (444 comments)

Hi. This was obviously a joke. However, if you want to be literal then I will point out that lithium can be formed via other fusion reactions besides the big bang, and, furthermore, that a supernova will indeed form lithium.

Finally, it's disingenuous to say that the lithium is not destroyed/is recyclable and simultaneously assert that fossil fuels *are* destroyed when used. Unless you're going to assert that burning fossil fuels is a nuclear reaction, then all the constituent elements are still present and can be recycled back to hydrocarbon form by using energy in the proper reaction context. Just like lithium from the batteries can be recycled using energy in the proper reaction context.

If you're going to pedant a joke, at least do it correctly.

about two weeks ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

stoploss Re:Technobabble... (370 comments)

Thanks for the info. FYI, RAID-5 or 6 is *not* equivalent to RAID-Z or Z2 due to the issue of the write hole.

Despite your assertion to the contrary, a cursory google showed no proof that raid with btrfs can circumvent the write hole issue, because it is a problem beneath the filesystem. The "layering violations" ZFS uses to effect the fix are what made raid-z(n) possible. I would be interested if you can provide a citation showing the write hole has been precluded in btrfs raid.

Also, it doesn't look like btrfs includes support for cache devices.

about three weeks ago

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