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MI5 Chief Seeks New Powers After Paris Magazine Attack

zentigger Bass Ack Words (319 comments)

This is such a load of complete narrow-minded thinking by small-minded people who can't see beyond their own greed.


As long as politicians are for sale this problem will not be solved. There is simply too much profit to be made by selling guns and bombs that there is no REAL motive to solve the terrorist problem. (See what I did there? This isn't a problem of Islamists, Christians or Moonies for that matter!)

The terrorists are fighting because they have NOTHING TO LOSE.

Take a fraction of the BILLIONS of dollars that are being literally thrown away on bombs and bullets, and invest in infrastructure: roads, hospitals, communications ; justice: the real sort, not the typical highest bidder type of justice we are all becoming used to; and education. Yes, you will still have nut-jobs. They are everywhere, but if the majority of the people feel secure, and productive, they will be happy, and WAY less likely to pick up a gun and start shooting infidels.

about two weeks ago

Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

zentigger Surprise? (400 comments)

Hollywood has spewed forth a bunch of pre-digested vomitus, and re-re-recycled stories at a time when the cost of a trip to the cinema has reached epic proportions. Meanwhile Netflix, HBO and others are producing high quality ORIGINAL works with intriguing stories that we can consume at our own convenience, without waiting in lineups, and putting up with a bunch of drunk teenagers running back and forth chatting and texting. Top this off with the proliferation of Apple TVs and set-top boxes that have shifted on-line viewing to the living-room screen. Sprinkle with a dash of unemployment and a growing social trend towards cocooning, and this really should come as no surprise.

about three weeks ago

CIA on UFO Sightings: 'It Was Us'

zentigger Re:So the CIA = Aliens? (197 comments)

Ahh, that makes sense, this is about the Catholic Intelligence Agency!

Prieeeests iiiiin spaaaaaace...

about a month ago

Putting a MacBook Pro In the Oven To Fix It

zentigger Re: Could build in an auto-fix setting (304 comments)

I have yet to see a windows based laptop with a useful lifespan anywhere close to one of my Macbooks.

about a month ago

United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

zentigger Re:Stop playing games with the courts ... (349 comments)

Put in other terms, using the courts to enforce the practice places too much control of a product or service that the consumer paid for into the hands of the vendor. Consumer's wouldn't be very happy if business told them they couldn't resell a product at a profit just because they bought it when there was a good sale...

That, in fact, is exactly the case with airline tickets already. They are non-transferrable. You cannot buy an airline ticket at a lower price and resell it later for a profit.

So called publicly available information is not necessarily freely available information. The insidious thing about the internet is the now ever present "terms of service." It has already been tested through the courts that terms of service are enforceable contracts, so by scraping information, there is a good chance that this application violates the terms of service of the website.

about a month ago

James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

zentigger Re:One good turn... (235 comments)

Yay! some guy that has been exploiting workers, preying on consumers, and wrecking environmental destruction for decades (not to mention other activities of dubious legality) gives himself a nice little pat on the back!

What a swell chap!

about a month and a half ago

A Paper By Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel Was Accepted By Two Journals

zentigger Re:will be seen as a dig against science (air quot (100 comments)

Unfortunately, this will just get used by anti-science folks to point out how full of shit "science" is.

Yes, but those idiots aren't actually capable of forming rational arguments. They only know how to recite dogma, and their faith doesn't require proof. Just stating something and believing make it true.

The reality is that this exposes the strength of science: Anyone can publish a pile of rubbish and call it fact, but the scientific community will quickly call it out, discuss it, and dismiss the rubbish as such.

about a month and a half ago

Facebook Founder Presents Vision For The New Republic, Many Resign In Protest

zentigger Re:Buzzwords (346 comments)


Buzzwords were invented by admen to sell products by abusing language to add empty syllables and obfuscate the true worth(lessness) of a product. The words were as empty of meaning as the products were of worth.

A successful editor is a wordsmith, using words to craft deeper meaning filled with subtlety and nuance.

There is nothing more offensive to a master craftsman than the flagrant abuse of his tools.

about a month and a half ago

The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

zentigger Re: ... Everything? (528 comments)

Security is not ever easy.

Even if you know it well.

There is a constant balancing act between accessibility and security and the two are most often mutually exclusive: one comes at the expense of the other. And even if you have everything locked down tight, it only takes a minute for it to all fall apart due to some exploitable code that is beyond the ken of all but a very few people on the planet.

about 1 month ago

UK MP Says ISPs Must Take Responsibility For Movie Leaks, Sony Eyes North Korea

zentigger Live by your own words! (216 comments)

ISPs should take responsibility for the actions of their users as soon as politicians take responsibility for the actions of their constituents, or maybe even responsibility for their own actions.

about 2 months ago

18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices

zentigger Re:5th Admendment? (446 comments)

So you're saying the chicken came first? The egg that the first chicken hatched from was not actually a chicken egg, it was actually an almost-but-not-quite-chicken egg.

about 2 months ago

Kim Dotcom Says Legal Fight Has Left Him Broke

zentigger Justice is served! (117 comments)

If you can't actually beat 'em, just bankrupt 'em or drive 'em to suicide!

I love the modern concept of "justice"

about a month ago

Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

zentigger Re:If they're going literal.... (251 comments)

The Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002 is also known as the 'Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act' and 'Corporate and Auditing Accountability and Responsibility Act.'

It's not vague. It's not inclusive. It's actually quite the opposite: It is very EXCLUSIVE. It is meant to criminalize the destruction of evidence IN CORPORATE ACCOUNTING INVESTIGATIONS.

The DFO is trying to have some fishermen charged with accounting fraud for destroying fish. It is completely absurd, and the lawyers that are pushing this should be disbarred, and thrown in jail for contempt of court, or better yet, they should be put into the stocks for people to throw rotten fruit and stones, as they are the perfect example of everything that is wrong with the US legal system.

about 3 months ago

What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

zentigger Re:A working automated vehicle (320 comments)

... one that can turn into a lane of busy traffic that currently requires you to make eye contact with another driver to get them to slow down and let you in.

Well, if all the cars were automated, the oncoming traffic could be signalled much farther than eye-contact distance, and provide space automatically, such that a traffic merging pattern could be initiated and sufficient space made available for you. You also wouldn't get stuck behind the idiot that is too scared of traffic to merge unless there is at least ten times the required distance.

As a starting point, however, I suspect a gradual introduction of automated cars, say a special lane on the highway, much like a commuter lane or bus lane.

about 3 months ago

Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

zentigger Re:Time Shifting? (317 comments)

. . . [t]he purpose of [the Act] is to ensure the right of consumers to make analog or digital audio recordings of copyrighted music for their private, noncommercial use.

That should pretty much shut the whole thing down right there. The purpose of the in-vehicle entertainment system is to allow the consumer to make digital recordings of (non)copyrighted music for THEIR PRIVATE, NONCOMMERCIAL USE.

AARC are in the same class of bottom-feeding scumbags as SOCAN. I was personally threatened with legal action by SOCAN because we had not licensed out hold music for our phone system, despite the fact that our music was carefully selected to be recordings from the public domain.

These lawyers should be disbarred, jailed and have all their assets seized for distribution amongst the artists whose interests they claim to represent.

about 6 months ago

Malware Posing As Official Google Play Store Evades Most Security Checks

zentigger Android Security (100 comments)

Why doesn't Android have a permissions structure that allows the user to explicitly manage the permissions for each app?

  If I want to disable access to the contacts for any given app, I should be able to do that. If it breaks functionality of the app, then that is MY problem, but in most cases, it wouldn't cripple the app; I don't need my shopping list to be able to read my contacts and send premium text messages on my behalf.

about 7 months ago

Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

zentigger Re:No they are not (482 comments)

So, after 7 years you have paid for 7 smart phones: 4 that you bought up front and then 3 more that you paid the provider for the service which includes the subsidized cost of the phone.

about 9 months ago

Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

zentigger There are no deep discounts (482 comments)

The idea that cell phones are sold at a deep discount is a total fallacy.

Cell phone providers set an arbitrarily absurd price that is two to three times the price that equivalent devices sell for in open markets so that they can make you think you are getting a really good deal, and so they can justify the price gouging for their services ("See Mr. Regulator, I need to charge these fees and maintain these contracts to cover the cost of the device!")

about 9 months ago

Nanodot-Based Smartphone Battery Recharges In 30 Seconds

zentigger The even more obvious solution... (227 comments)

The service station maintains sets of pre-charged batteries, so when you pull in, all you do is swap out your batteries and drive away.

about 10 months ago



Northern Canada in the Dark

zentigger zentigger writes  |  more than 3 years ago

zentigger (203922) writes "At approximately 06:36 EDT Thursday, October 6, 2011, Anik F2 satellite experienced an attitude control issue and lost earth lock affecting C, Ku and Ka services. The satellite went into safety mode and moved from pointing to the earth to pointing to the sun.
This has put most of Northern Canada in the dark as all internet and phone services come in over F2."

Link to Original Source

zentigger zentigger writes  |  more than 7 years ago

zentigger (203922) writes "I work for an ISP that supports internet in several dozen remote areas. Our POPs are typically fairly small shed-like structures with a couple racks of equipment. For the most part we can manage this stuff in-band, but frequently we need to have a local agent physically access the equipment for some minor maintenance work or adjustments. As time goes on the shuffle of keys is becoming farcical and expensive. What we need is an electronic lock of some sort that can be reprogrammed remotely (preferrably from a remote console via serial or directly via ethernet) that will stand up to extreme weather. Google certainly turns up lots of glossy brochures — although I don't see how they can all be "The heaviest duty lock you can buy!" Does anyone have good experiences with any particular products or perhaps other means of dealing with the key shuffle?"


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