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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

strikethree Re:Land of the free (575 comments)

I fail to see the problem here. Yes, it would suck to wake up in the drunk tank with a bullet wound to the chest. I would say that the bullet wound was well-earned. Try being more responsible next time? The world is NOT a safe place.

2 days ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

strikethree Re:Thoughts on TFA (383 comments)

Given a reasonable power source other than a star, they'd be better off living in interstellar space where no one is likely bother them.

Actually, a nebula would be the best place for such a "species" to congregate. There is plenty of raw material there and it does not take much work to gather it; unlike, say, an asteroid field or something where there are very large and hard chunks of discrete matter.

Also, asteroids only form in gravity wells. A robotic species would surely prefer to "live" at the tops of, or outside of, gravity wells and swoop down into them only for things that are valuable.

2 days ago
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Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated

strikethree Re:more simplifications and fewer cats, please (193 comments)

But instead what you get is an INTERFERENCE pattern, which can ONLY happen if the particles are going through BOTH HOLES.

To me, this is one of the most famous physics experiments of all time... but I have never been able to find out how far apart those holes are and at what distance the holes are apart that the single photon stops traveling through both.

It seems to me if the slits (holes?) have to be closer than the uncertainty of the position of the photon then we are dealing with something other than what we call "physical reality". Call it a sort of building block for "physical reality".

Hm?

2 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

strikethree Re:Under US Jurisdiction? (281 comments)

Yes, they have. The Constitution has been amended dozens of times since it was written

We were specifically discussing:

The problem is that most Americans are perfectly happy with the police acting this way.

I was saying that it was against the letter and the spirit of the laws that all other laws in America are founded upon. Of course, none of the "dozens" (27 total) of amendments actually reverse or otherwise negate the 4th so your refutation of

but THEY HAVE NOT BEEN USED

falls amazingly flat.

and countless Supreme Court cases have further changed laws.

Changed is a charged word in this context. In all actuality, all that the judicial branch can do is strike down or remove. They can not add. At most, they can "clarify", but that does not create new law. That is reserved for Congress, aka the legislative branch.

Completely incorrect. If case law and legislation (at all levels of government) have resulted in a police state, then a police state is indeed compatible with American law, by very definition.

No. No it is not compatible. The thing about the laws in America is that some laws are "higher" or "stronger" or more relevant than other laws. The highest, strongest laws are the ones that were written as a basis for the country (America in this case) to even exist. Congress can pass whatever laws it wants and they become "real" laws upon passing. The Supreme Court is there to decide if any of these lesser laws are compatible with the greater laws. If not, if Congress really wants that law to be real, then it has to pass a law that explicitly nullifies the greater law.

In this instance, we are talking about the 4th Amendment. No law, no Executive Order, no regulation, etc can violate the 4th Amendment. If indeed America wants to pass a law that is incompatible with the 4th, it has to actually nullify the 4th with another constitutional Amendment.

And if you have some kind of problem with a court effectively legislating and deciding law, then you have a problem with English Common Law, which this country was explicitly founded upon.

Completely incorrect. If case law and legislation (at all levels of government) have resulted in a police state, then a police state is indeed compatible with American law, by very definition.

It's sad how poorly educated in basic Civics most Americans are these days.

Indeed. It is very sad how poorly educated in basic Civics most Americans are these days. Even Congress and the President seems to not have a good understanding despite pledging to uphold such laws. Your understanding is also deeply deficient. Perhaps you should educate yourself.

2 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

strikethree Re:Under US Jurisdiction? (281 comments)

Okay my friend, you just picked a nasty fight; however, I first have to say this:

You are correct, they are still technically American citizens.

Now, on to the fight: America is explicitly NOT a democracy. Your attempt to frame my desires to the other extreme, an authoritarian government, is a common Fox news tactic. You should be ashamed.

America is a democratic Republic. It was formed that way EXPLICITLY to prevent mob rule. The Constitution and Bill of rights spell out what America is supposed to be. If there is a true need for the Republic to change the rules it is built upon, then there are mechanisms in place to do that... but THEY HAVE NOT BEEN USED.

Why? We can argue about that forever. Regardless, the basic rules from which all other rules rest upon, have not been changed. That means a police state is incompatible with American law; both in the letter and spirit of the law.

3 days ago
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

strikethree Re:Meaningless (173 comments)

First, let me say thank you for publishing this information.

Second, the reason nobody else shares information is: Information is power. Power shared is power lost.

I forget who did that quote originally. Some claim it is from the Art of War.

Regardless, any power "lost" is surely gained back in spades with good will. You guys rock. :)

4 days ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

strikethree Re:The major downside to this.. (392 comments)

You do not understand the danger of having everything you look at, read, say, and/or comment on being catalogued (sp? really?) and analyzed.

There have been numerous books written that explore this idea which implies that I can not do it justice in the limited space available here.

I think you should take a step back and look at what you are really giving up by not encrypting everything. Yes, if "they" really want you, such lame encryption tactics and strategies will not help. It will help a LOT against untargeted (wtf? no such word? Firefox is REALLY getting on my nerves.) dragnets.

4 days ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

strikethree Re:So perhaps /. will finally fix its shit (392 comments)

Really Why? what content on Slashdot justify's the need for encrypted content? I really don't get this huge push for SSL everywhere. give me SSL when I need it, I don't want SSL for accessing a forum or a news site or just generally browsing the web.

I already moderated in this discussion but I thought this was important enough to reply to.

SSL everywhere defeats fishing expeditions. Your argument is roughly equivalent to, "I did not do anything wrong; therefore, I have nothing to hide".

People express opinions here. Sometimes, ideas are explored. It is very easy to imagine a scenario where you have somehow come to the attention of some government functionary and they decide to examine your communications history.

Your perfectly innocent comments on Slashdot could come back to haunt you. Isn't it better to not let it all get collected in the first place?

4 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

strikethree Re:Under US Jurisdiction? (281 comments)

The problem is that most Americans are perfectly happy with the police acting this way.

Then by definition, they are not Americans. They should go form their own fucking gestapo somewhere else. It is not welcome in America. Such things are blatantly against the spirit and letter of the laws that America was founded upon.

4 days ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

strikethree Re: Why does this need a sequel? (299 comments)

Honestly, I think most people miss the point entirely. It does not matter if Deckard is human or replicant. You are supposed to judge him by his actions and feelings. By all accounts, he is supremely human in nature even if he is actually a replicant.

In summary, he or it, thinks, feels, and cares. Are these not the things that matter? It is a story of racism but without the obvious cues like skin color.

5 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

strikethree Re:freedom 2 b a moron (1051 comments)

Hm. Autism or polio. Autism or polio. What a choice. Heh.

A non-proven 1 in 9 million chance of Autism or a 1 in 400 thousand chance of polio. 400 is greater than 9 if I ignore the trailing word so let's risk polio!

about two weeks ago
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Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

strikethree Re:um (232 comments)

I don't care what stereo you put in the car. The fact of the matter is, cars last 10 to 20 years. Stereo/entertainment technology lasts less than 5.

Not true if the stereo has an auxiliary input and is just an amplifier and some speakers, possibly with radio tuning technology as well. A setup like that would have been useful 60 years ago and useful today.

What you are referring to is extra technology beyond simple audio. That expires relatively quickly. Simple audio? Pretty much timeless.

But you are missing the entire point of all of this:

There was no technical reason for Inifiniti to include part of the ECU in the radio in the G35X (10 years ago now). It was to prevent you from EVER changing the radio. Why do that? It was to provide a disincentive to you buying the base model for less money. The price spread of the Inifiniti G35X base model to the Fully Loaded model was about $10,000. The actual amenities were worth maybe $1,000. That is a 10x markup.

If you could just remove the crappy base stereo, you could probably do without the automatic windows, heated seats, etc too. These people are not dumb. They will do everything they can to take as much money from you as possible. Preventing the removal of the stereo is one of those ways (despite it being technically illegal, but who is going to prosecute that case?)

Long story short, the stereo is "integrated" so they can upsell you. The stereo has a limited span of usefulness so you have to go back and buy a new CAR. The stereo is used as leverage against you.

about two weeks ago
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Julian Assange Trying To Raise Nearly $200k For a Statue of Himself

strikethree Re:Flame-bate (171 comments)

This has to be the most purposefully misleading post I've ever seen on slash dot.

Oh please. There have been far more misleading posts on Slashdot. This one is bad, but not even close to the most misleading.

about two weeks ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

strikethree Re:That's not how it works (379 comments)

LOL

I normally ignore AC comments but this one is good. Thank you. :)

about two weeks ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

strikethree Re:Congressman Amash’s letter sent to Collea (379 comments)

Every single one of those bastards should be facing a public trial for breaking their oath of office. They have successfully passed a bill that is directly in violation of the Constitution.

Just wow.

How do I get them into a courtroom? Do I have to write the Justice Department? Can I make a citizens arrest? How does this work exactly because this is clearly the time it needs to happen.

about two weeks ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

strikethree Re:That's not how it works (379 comments)

That's one of the reasons the government loves the secret gathering so much, makes it harder for it to get challenged. If you can't show this harmed you, then you can't fight it in court.

I will be harmed by this when it becomes law. I feel intimidated by it. It will alter my personal and private behavior because I know someone will always be able to review what I do privately.

I am a terrible dancer. I go hide in my house and record myself dancing so I can improve my dancing... but I am utterly ashamed for anyone to see it. This law will allow them to see me dancing; therefore, I can no longer do it.

I am courageous enough to bring a lawsuit over it though. Let's see them show that I do not have standing.

about two weeks ago
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Feds Plan For 35 Agencies To Collect, Share, Use Health Records of Americans

strikethree Re:No bother in commenting... (209 comments)

However, all is not lost. Despite the problems of politics, the voters still do respond to such tactics eventually. Every Senator that got elected for their first time in 2008 and voted for the ACA just lost their re-election bid. Many others who voted for the ACA are also gone. Once the real effects of the ACA started to hit home and the propaganda proven untrue, the voters responded.

So business as usual. Politicians are the mercenaries in the war of the power elite against the general populace. They were always considered disposable... and they were disposed. It does not matter as their purpose was served: The ACA remains and it will not be removed.

about two weeks ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

strikethree Re:C is very relevant in 2014, (641 comments)

I can cut a straight line with a circular saw without using a guide or a guard, but I can do it a hell of a lot quicker with a guide to rest against and a guard to keep me from having to constantly check my fingers and chords etc.

The metaphor does not stand. C with guides and guards has not been invented yet. All of the "safe" languages are more like a device that you put your wood into and choose the shape you want it from a list of predefined shapes.

C is a very powerful tool. It is almost as powerful as Assembly language. The bar is very high indeed to competent with C.

Hmm... upon reading my comment, I realize that C *IS* guides and guards... for Assembly language. There is no way to add more guides and guards without limiting free-form cutting with the saw.

about two weeks ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

strikethree Re:Entrapping idiot with dubious plot (388 comments)

Expensive as it might be, the first call he should have made would have been to his lawyer.

No. If you have a clearance, you know EXACTLY who to contact in this instance. Talking to a lawyer does nothing. You report the contact through the proper channels and nothing bad happens to you. You do not report the contact and you are in trouble. Involving a lawyer does NOT help.

about two weeks ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

strikethree Re:LOL (398 comments)

You sound as if you are under 30... If not, I would guess that you grew up in a very middle class to upper class household and have not suffered much in this life.

about two weeks ago

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MtGox finds 200,000 missing bitcoins in old wallet

strikethree strikethree writes  |  about 9 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."

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Wikipedia

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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