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NASA Scientists Find Evidence of Water In Martian Meteorite

trewornan Obsession (41 comments)

Jeebus NASA give it a rest can't you - you've been and looked and there ain't no life on Mars - just let it go already.

about 6 months ago
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Edward Snowden Leaks Could Help Paedophiles Escape Police, Says UK Government

trewornan Re:Oh christ... (510 comments)

I don't know about GCHQ but Special Branch and MI5 are actually worse (or at least as bad) as paedophiles. see here

about 10 months ago
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Atlanta Man Shatters Coast-to-Coast Driving Record, Averaging 98MPH

trewornan Re:Subpoena his equipment... (666 comments)

But do you have evidence he was speeding in every state - he could have been speeding in some states but not others and still averaged the same.

about 10 months ago
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Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?

trewornan Re:More importantly (1293 comments)

Jews and Christians don't claim the bible was actually "dictated" by god but they do claim it was "divinely inspired" which can mean all sorts of things but often something very close to dictation.

And although big chunks of the New Testament were almost certainly written in greek other big chunks were almost certainly written in aramaic. The reason this is so virulently denied in some quarters is that the oldest texts we have are greek and therefore translations not perfect copies of the originals. A big problem for some believers although others will simply claim the translators were also "divinely inspired".

about a year ago
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Linus Torvalds Admits He's Been Asked To Insert Backdoor Into Linux

trewornan Re:Some people ... (576 comments)

Many a true word is spoken in jest.

about a year ago
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Dialing Back the Alarm On Climate Change

trewornan Re:The Computer Models were "a bit off" then ? (490 comments)

So whether Global Warming is real or not, fear of it has influenced everything from automobile to refrigerator designs to become more "earth friendly". That's a good thing in my book....

Yeah screw all the plebs who died unnecessarily because money that could have been spent on health care, research, foreign aid, etc was spent on emission targets to combat global warming "real or not".

1 year,16 hours
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Can the iPhone Popularize Fingerprint Readers?

trewornan Re:NSA (356 comments)

You leave a veritable trail of fingerprints (and DNA and a host of other things we don't want to talk about here) everywhere

Yes but it's very expensive and time consuming to get DNA/Fingerprints/etc that you can reliably tie to an individual unless they can be persuaded to volunteer.

Nobody cares about a single fingerprint

The UK police have been testing a roadside fingerprint scanner which works of a single print (it's not as accurate as a full all finger scan) so a single print is certainly of interest to them.

1 year,3 days
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Former NSA Chief Warns Hackers Will Attack US If Snowden Is Captured

trewornan Re:Same Brush Syndrome (413 comments)

"all pretense of defending against terrorism will be gone" How dumb can you be? Don't you know the Occupy movement ARE terrorists. Try to keep up!

about a year ago
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Reject DRM and You Risk Walling Off Parts of the Web, Says W3C Chief

trewornan Re:DRM as wall. Walls aren't all bad. (433 comments)

We won't be walling off parts of the web. It'll be the movie companies walling themselves off . . . as far as I'm concerned, good job too, fuck'em.

about a year ago
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Untethered iOS 6.1 evasi0n Jailbreak Arrives For iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

trewornan Re:The logic makes no sense (112 comments)

I knowingly agreed to ... the law of the country I live in

Really? No one ever asked me, which is why I don't regard the laws of my country as binding on me and make my own decisions about what's moral or not.

about a year and a half ago
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Kim Dotcom's Mega Claims 1 Million Users Within 24 Hours

trewornan Re:So, correct me if I'm wrong... (211 comments)

But there's some solace to be found in the fact that the whole point of all this encryption is so that Dotcom can prove in a court of law that there's no way he could have any idea what files were being stored. So why would he cheat and put himself in legal jeopardy?

about a year and a half ago
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Kim Dotcom's Mega Claims 1 Million Users Within 24 Hours

trewornan Re:So, correct me if I'm wrong... (211 comments)

No because they have to return the file encrypted with the users key . . . and they don't have the users key.

about a year and a half ago
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Kim Dotcom's Mega Claims 1 Million Users Within 24 Hours

trewornan Re:So, correct me if I'm wrong... (211 comments)

Not only that, to address a lookup table with 2^65536 elements you'd need an 8K index, or in other words exactly as much storage to store the addresses as the original data.

about a year and a half ago
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Drawings of Weapons Led To New Jersey Student's Arrest

trewornan Re:No harm done (630 comments)

You can make nitric acid out of air and water.

about a year and a half ago
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UK Takes Huge Step Forward On Open Standards

trewornan Re:I'm sceptical (67 comments)

Nothing's changed and this policy is meaningless until the Cabinet Office releases the guidelines for applying for an exemption. Every dept purchasing an IT system will trump up some half assed excuse and apply unless there are some serious restrictions imposed by the Cabinet Office.

about 2 years ago
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Scientists Want To Keep Their Research Work Out of Court

trewornan Re:Why? (288 comments)

I learned this working for the uk government - everything we wrote could be released under the FOIA and as a result we were careful about what we wrote. I'm glad I had that experience - I don't put anything in an email (or any other written communication) that I would be bothered by having published on the web, read by MI5 or my employer, or even plastered over the tabloids. It doesn't hamper my ability to discuss things with friends or colleagues it just means I'm a little more aware of what I'm writing and think before I do.

If you work for a publicly funded institution that's the situation you're in and for good reasons. If you don't like it get someone else to pay for your research.

about 2 years ago
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Adobe Releases New Openly Licensed Coding Font

trewornan Re:monospaced fonts are yucky (136 comments)

You shouldn't #define assertion anyway. It's really much better to #include "assert.h".

about 2 years ago

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