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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

wiredlogic Re:Methane Anyone? (559 comments)

even some commercial interests have satellites that can see the same thing.

This imagery is from one of those commercial interests - Digital Globe. The US hasn't released the significantly better imagery they have from their military satellites.

The little known "secret" is that the last generation of commercial imagery satellites was all funded by the US taxpayer to serve as a stopgap against a hole in their coverage from the classified units and to avoid having to purchase any imagery from the commercial operators in the future as was needed during Iraq 2.

2 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

wiredlogic Re:Funny (559 comments)

This imagery is from unclassified civilian satellites. The early-warning satellites that detect IR emissions from rockets and explosions a) don't produce sexy high-res imagery, and b) releasing said imagery would expose our capabilities.

2 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

wiredlogic Re:Weakest US President ever (559 comments)

Well you see, the scheduling's all wrong. We have to wait another 10 to 15 years before we can start another major offensive to prop up our MIC. Until then we have to depend on our proxies to use up the ordinance we sell them.

2 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

wiredlogic Re:The problem is the other way round... (960 comments)

The first generation of Disney Princesses are now in the work force demanding to be respected, and catered to by all slovenly men who would dare to gaze upon them.

about a week ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

wiredlogic Re:Time will tell (353 comments)

There's also the little matter that the CEO made many public statements about the disc side of the business remaining strongly supported. Then two years later they tried to dump it.

about a week ago
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

wiredlogic Political move (234 comments)

This is just a political move because Verizon didn't like all the obvious holes poked in their argument that Netflix/Level3 should carry balanced traffic when that is impossible considering that their customer base is almost all on asymmetric links.

Now Verizon can lie to Congress when they pull out the charts and graphs that conveniently show how Level3 isn't holding up their end to receive 50Mbps uploads from their entire customer base simultaneously over the four 10GB Ethernet links they share. Never mind that consumers have little need to upload high volumes of traffic and private servers are still officially banned on residential.

about a week ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

wiredlogic Re:Crazy (778 comments)

The people who lose out are those just above the minimum wage floor who see their less skilled/experienced/tenured coworkers elevated to a higher wage while theirs remains stagnant.

That isn't losing out on anything. Your economic power remains the same. What you lose is the ability to sneer at those making significantly less than you.

Humans judge their happiness by evaluating themselves relative to the local population. That is why people in poorer nations with fewer resources then your typical homeless American are generally happier than those under similar circumstances in a developed nation. You just didn't like the perception of being in the bottom of the heap even though your position hadn't changed.

about two weeks ago
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New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture

wiredlogic Re:Manager (204 comments)

Gerund the Destroyer? Weren't you doing a FPS last year? All new leaders flap their wings. Let's see him fly before we shoot him down. Besides, what if he pulls it off?

No. I came up with this sig on my own 10+ years ago but I see other people using variants of it from time to time. I enjoy the grammar nazis who occasionally point out that becoming isn't a gerund, missing the inner joke.

about two weeks ago
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$10 Million Lawsuit Against Wikipedia Editors "Stragetically" Withdrawn

wiredlogic Way to Striesand yourself (51 comments)

I never heard of Yank Barry before but now I know all about his extensive criminal record.

about two weeks ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

wiredlogic Re:And? (195 comments)

Wind resistance follows a square law. It is impressive to get 47% more speed.

about two weeks ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

wiredlogic Bank accounts for the poor (753 comments)

Cashless only works if the poor can get bank accounts without having to pay hefty fees if they can even qualify at all.

about two weeks ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

wiredlogic Re:very cool (204 comments)

The basic concept isn't rocket science. Optimizing the shape to maximize heat transfer is.

about two weeks ago
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Want To Ensure Your Personal Android Data Is Truly Wiped? Turn On Encryption

wiredlogic Re:srm -v -z (91 comments)

The "special values" were from Guttmann's paper on wiping MFM/RLL drives. It is pointless on any modern magnetic drive or solid state memory. He points out in his newer paper on solid-state memories that multi-level flash (now used everywhere other than the most performance critical applications) is particularly hard to recover data from. Furthermore, the wear-leveling strategies used in flash mass storage devices negates any attempt to securely wipe them short of physical destruction. You're just practicing cult cargo voodoo.

about two weeks ago
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A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

wiredlogic Re:It works quite well. (379 comments)

Sadly Israel really needs to be allowed to take more offensive action or else things will simply continue in this steady-state for the foreseeable future.

Their quarry is systematically marginalized and trapped in a small area. A concentration camp if you will. The only thing that can be done to "take more offensive action" is to ramp up the current extermination program.

about two weeks ago
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New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture

wiredlogic Re:Manager (204 comments)

He had me at "crease the fluidity". OMG... *swoon*.

about two weeks ago
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DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

wiredlogic Re:Alternate use for this technology (188 comments)

Great way to bankrupt an enemy...

Israel's defense budget, and a good chunk of Iron Dome in particular, is funded by the US taxpayer as a kickback scheme to funnel more money to US weaponry manufacturers. Israel only benefits when they have an excuse to fire their guns every once in a while since it keeps Congress from questioning why we give them so many billions in the name of "peace". 1984-style perpetual war is great for business.

about three weeks ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

wiredlogic Re:That probably won't change... (415 comments)

but even python 2.3 to python 2.6 can create worlds of headaches.

That's because the 2.x series went through a significant amount of churn. Part of that is the steady flux in the standard libraries to fix bad design decisions and the rest is improvements to the core language including backports of 3.x features. Those early days are over and 3.x is intentionally designed to be more rational and consistent.

about three weeks ago
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Use of Encryption Foiled the Cops a Record 9 Times In 2013

wiredlogic Re:Correction...That you know of... (115 comments)

I prime all my drives with GNU shred since its PRNG is faster than /dev/random and good enough for creating background noise. I've considered writing a program that exhibits statistical anomalies such as Benford's law or randomized MPEG blocks for kicks. Or maybe even valid MPEG encoded noisy frames of Goatse zooming in repeatedly.

about a month ago
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Use of Encryption Foiled the Cops a Record 9 Times In 2013

wiredlogic Re:Scare tactics (115 comments)

That isn't necessary. The sheeple are already conned into believing that the bill of rights enumerates all rights of the people and the government has the power to regulate anything not on the list as well as some particulars of things that are listed.

about a month ago
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Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 100 Companies $1.1B Annually

wiredlogic Re:Actual savings? (116 comments)

Most huge commercial operations are using fluorescent lighting in their facilities. Switching to LED en masse would entail a loss.

about a month ago

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