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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

strikethree Re:Japanese solution! (368 comments)

In Germany a lot of small suburb banks require you to use your ATM card to open the lobby door after hours.

This was in place in the early nineties when I visited an ATM in one of the World Trade Center towers.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

strikethree Re:The Sad Truth (474 comments)

Unfortunately the sad truth in the last 20 years is the US is no longer at the forefront of anything except corporate greed and government corruptness.

Most people can not see this corruption because the scale of it is so far beyond their real world experiences. Rather like an ant on a tree not being able to see the forest, only the mountains of bark that they are currently negotiating on the tree they are on.

They literally can not see the corruption.

Fortunately, small-scale corruption is frequently punished.

2 days ago

The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...

strikethree Depends on what social class you are in (301 comments)

If you are exceedingly wealthy and or powerful, intelligent aliens will be utterly feared.

If you are comfortable in your life station, intelligent aliens will be utterly feared.

Everyone else will be a mish mash of varying responses. Many will see the aliens as an upset to the status quo so will be met with happiness.

Then there are the "real" humans. Regardless of any other emotion or response, they will be dominated by curiosity.

2 days ago

Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

strikethree Re:USA used to be a country you described (339 comments)

I am unsure why you posted as Anonymous Coward Taco Cowboy.

Your story is familiar to everyone who is not new here.

4 days ago

Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

strikethree Re:We need better software, not more programmers (211 comments)

But we most definitely need good ways of connecting those good programs together, otherwise you'd have islands of good functionality connected by people cutting and pasting stuff for no good reason.

That is currently the state of modern commercial software. Each vendor wants the entire vertical stack to themselves. God forbid you write something interoperable with a Microsoft program. They will change the API so fast you will not even be able to say your name before they are done.

Modern software companys want it ALL. There is no room for interoperability.

4 days ago

Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

strikethree Re:Excuse me, are you THREATENING us, now? (392 comments)

we are not inmates in a prison, which is exactly how they want to treat everyone: Monitored and guarded 24/7/365, and all communications monitored and inspected.

You can get drugs in prison. Either their goal has nothing to do with bad guys are they are just too stupid to be believed.

4 days ago

The Paradoxes That Threaten To Tear Modern Cosmology Apart

strikethree Re:Since when did unknown == paradox?? (231 comments)

The paradox is that energy is supposed to be conserved, but space has energy and is increasing.

There is no paradox here. As matter increases, so does "empty space". The energy is an artifact of this separation of matter and space-time. Matter and space-time want to recombine. The real question here is why did matter and space-time disambiguate to begin with.

about a week ago

The Paradoxes That Threaten To Tear Modern Cosmology Apart

strikethree Re:"inescapable conclusion" (231 comments)

All is one... a sort of field. There is no such thing as matter or space-time. (empirically there is but we will get to that momentarily)

As this field cools, it begins to separate. As energy "cools" it condenses into "knots of energy" called matter. What is left over from this is called space, but as pointed out previously, should really be called space-time as they are both properties of what is left when you extract "matter" from the One Field.

Gravity does not exist (empirically it does). It is merely an artifact of time in relation to "matter". There is no quantum foam (empirically there is), that is merely an artifact of the One Field trying to be one again.

It is your empirical knowledge that is making it so hard for "mankind" to see the truth of it all.

Knar Goowoos from the Spiro galaxy in the year as you reckon it 87,948.6

about a week ago

Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

strikethree Re:Only for the first year (570 comments)

The much-maligned UI is actually just the Windows 7 UI with a full-screen Start menu

Troll, lie, or astroturf? Hard to say.

Last time I looked, Windows 7 used drop shadows and gradients to indicate which window was on top or had focus and that Windows 8.x removed the drop shadow... and even worse, removed the gradient on the window borders. What this means is that if you have a series of windows haphazardly stacked on top of each other it is impossible to tell which set of controls belongs to exactly which window.

But yeah, other than all of the differences, the Windows 7 GUI and the Windows 8 GUI are exactly the same. D'oh. (I should have just modded you down but I am somewhat religiously against using mod points in a negative manner)

about two weeks ago

Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

strikethree Re:Science by democracy doesn't work? (497 comments)

The future hasn't happened yet.

Yes. Yes it has.
/me slowly looks up at the timestamp on his post and the timestamp on itzly's post.

Okay. I am SERIOUSLY creeped out now. The CAPTCHAs here are usually relatively prescient if you think in a broad enough manner but this time, the CAPTCHA was orthant.


about two weeks ago

Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

strikethree Re:I am going to say "Yes" (489 comments)

Any Windows users who have used it with Start8 or Classic Start can attest that it's faster, more stable and overall better than Windows 7.

WTF? Are you some sort of Windows apologist or something? Windows 8 is demonstrably worse than Windows 7. Windows 8 uses up far more resources - disk space - cpu time slices - RAM, etc. Furthermore, it is far more complex which creates a MUCH larger attack surface. There are twice as many services and programs running on an idle system from Windows 7 to Windows 8. Seriously, WTF is up with that?

And then there is the GUI. When I have numerous overlapping windows open, I can not find the controls to minimize a particular window. It is all flat and the color is the same. It looks like an explosion in an origami factory without shadows to determine which piece of paper is on top of which piece of paper. I have closed the wrong window NUMEROUS times because I can not tell which windows controls I am clicking on.

No, Windows 8 is pure garbage with absolutely no redeeming qualities other than being more stable than Windows 95/98. Even then, it is less usable than 95/98.

And yeah, Windows 10 does NOT improve on the GUI other than to limit Metro (or whatever its name is now) to the start menu. Flat paper cutouts are garbage and I will not be using it.

about two weeks ago

Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking

strikethree Re:Direct connect (199 comments)

Call me when you can actually show a remote exploit through the dongle.

By then, it will be too late. Why is it that people so blithely ignore someone who points out that going in the wrong direction is liable to lead to all sorts of nastiness?

about two weeks ago

Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking

strikethree Re:Hello insurance fraud (199 comments)

A possible reason for hacking into the module would therefore be to falsify the data sent back to the company; a boy racer who regularly breaks speed limits, corners absurdly fast and brakes late if at all would gain substantially from a fraudulent data recording which portrayed him as someone with the driving habits of an octogenarian grandmother

This is one of the things that annoys the hell out of me. Speed, in and of itself, does NOT cause accidents. That boy racer type may be avoiding accidents (except when he is racing, where the goal is to win, not drive safely) and the octogenarian may in fact be causing numerous accidents by changing lanes at slow speed in front of faster moving traffic.

A dongle will NOT tell you what is going on around the car. Generally speaking, you should be going slightly faster or slightly slow than traffic around you. This keeps traffic flowing smoothly. Move out of the way if someone appears to be going faster than you. Do not tailgate if someone is going slower than you... of course, expecting cooperation will surely lead to disappointment so all you can do is try to follow the two rules above as best you can and take a zen approach when others choose not to cooperate.

Regardless, there is no single set of traits that can be measured through ODB II that will indicate whether or not a person is a good driver or a bad driver.

about two weeks ago

NSA Hack of N. Korea Convinced Obama NK Was Behind Sony Hack

strikethree Re:Double standard all the way (181 comments)

Hey genius, it is illegal, not even merely illegal but against the founding principles of the United States, for the NSA to spy on American Citizens within the USA (or even outside of it but that is another discussion); however, it is NOT illegal or against the founding principles of America to spy on foreign countries.

I am unsure how you even equate the two as evidence for enforcing laws sporadically. Whoever modded you to +4 either has an agenda or is a moron.

about two weeks ago

Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

strikethree Re:Doubt it (489 comments)

'd be surprised if Microsoft cared enough to spy on you.

Why would you be surprised? Google is making a fortune doing it. You don't think Microsoft wants a piece of, if not the whole, pie.

about two weeks ago

IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

strikethree Re:No (484 comments)

The American people did it to themselves by electing these assholes.

LOL. Really. As if these assholes ran on a platform of ruining America and making laws in accordance with campaign contributions.

Get real.

about two weeks ago

Why We Have To Kiss Off Big Carbon Now

strikethree Re:The pendulum swings too far... (441 comments)

All of your points are valid in one sense. What you miss is that the price of oil was engineered to be low specifically to smack Russia. That makes your timeline less believable. Prices will rise when America decides that hurting Russia in this way is not viable any longer. Will that be Memorial Day? Could be. No idea.

about two weeks ago

SystemD Gains New Networking Features

strikethree Re:What has happened to Linux? (553 comments)

What the hell is happening to the Linux ecosystem?

The conspiracy nut inside of me says that Microsoft has finally found a way to destroy Linux....

Unfortunately, this is all too perfect. There is no way Microsoft could coordinate all this without any evidence showing up that they were doing it. I would have to guess that it is really all just human madness.

about two weeks ago



MtGox finds 200,000 missing bitcoins in old wallet

strikethree strikethree writes  |  about 10 months ago

strikethree (811449) writes "BBC — Bankrupt Japanese firm MtGox said in a filing that it has found 200,000 lost bitcoins.

The firm said it found the bitcoins — worth around $116m (£70m) — in an old digital wallet from 2011.

That brings the total number of bitcoins the firm lost down to 650,000 from 850,000.

MtGox, formerly the world's largest bitcoin exchange, filed for bankruptcy in February, after it said it lost thousands of bitcoins to hackers."

Link to Original Source




strikethree strikethree writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Oops. I made a statement about contributions to Wikipedia being reverted rapidly. Someone pointed out that the name that I gave, strikethree, had not made any edits.

There are two reasons for that:

One, there is no strikethree there.
Two, my username there is megaton.

I am nevertheless dismayed that I had only made one edit while logged in. All of the other edits I had made were while I was not logged in. Regardless, I still stand by my previous statement.


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