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

zentigger Re:Buzzwords (346 comments)

No.

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 two weeks ago
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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 two weeks ago
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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 two weeks ago
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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 three weeks ago
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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 three weeks ago
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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 a month and a half ago
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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 a month and a half ago
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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 5 months ago
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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 6 months ago
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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 8 months ago
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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 8 months ago
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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 8 months ago
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The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

zentigger Re:Existing programs (529 comments)

Dude, your country is fucked.

In so many ways.

Just plain fucked!

While other countries are examining alternative flexible educational systems and expanding the curriculum, you have education districts dropping fact and reason in favour of mysticism and fairy tales, and move towards a rigid one-size fits all model.

In much the same way that the passengers of the Titanic realized how fucked they were. You have nowhere near enough life rafts, and by the time anyone admits there's a problem, the life rafts will all be launched to carry away roughly 1% of your population.

about 9 months ago
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Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

zentigger math? (545 comments)

Alfalfa growers are now exporting some 100 billion gallons of water a year from this drought-ridden region to the other side of the world in the form of alfalfa.

I think your math is a bit off. California only produces about 7 million tonnes of alfalfa anualy. a tonne of pure water is about 250 gallons, so even if alfalfa were pure water, your math is off by a couple of orders of magnitude.

about 9 months ago
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EFF Says Mark Shuttleworth Is Wrong About Trademark

zentigger Re:frivolous (103 comments)

I think you might be confusing patent and trademark.

about a year ago

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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."

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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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