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by Sero
Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PRISM: NSA access to big tech companies because trrrrists
Replies: 240
Views: 78285

Re: PRISM: NSA access to big tech companies because trrrrist

Skype was acquired by Microsoft after the date of PRISM starting to get data from them in the timeline for the article, so I think it's reasonable. In any case, I think it's reasonable just for clarity, such as in Google/Youtube's case. Youtube isn't under the Google brand, plenty of people aren't a...
by Sero
Fri May 10, 2013 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AR School Cancels 6th Grade Grad Rather Than Not Pray
Replies: 55
Views: 10917

Re: AK School Cancels 6th Grade Grad Rather Than Not Pray

“I realize they have rights too but you can’t take rights away from one group and give it to another.” This quote is fun, taken out of context. If I understand things correctly, what was being taken away was her 'right' to a 6th grade graduation with Christian prayers and no recognition of other re...
by Sero
Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid
Replies: 87
Views: 6014

Re: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid

Indeed. Major asteroid impacts are rare, but we're going to feel awfully stupid (and dead) if another dinosaur-killer smacks into us sometime in the next hundred millenia. I think we may be fixating a bit too much on the asteroid aspect of it, yeah. That strikes me more as a 'This will tell us a bit...
by Sero
Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 300+ GB/s DDOS attack against Spamhaus: Largest Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 6569

Re: 300+ GB/s DDOS attack against Spamhaus: Largest Ever

A widespread (several cities? Half the US? I'm not sure what's probable with such an outage) internet outage lasting for an extended period would be a pretty big deal for more than just businesses. A lot of it depends on the specifics of the networks affected, and I don't have the expertise to make ...
by Sero
Fri Mar 15, 2013 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rand Paul Filibusters for Real
Replies: 81
Views: 6051

Re: Rand Paul Filibusters for Real

I don't know, I could see it. Treat it similar to continuing education, you need so much every so often. One case a year, or something. Perhaps make it optional, 'doing this counts as part of your continuing legal education for this year'. The problem is that, getting so many hours of up-to-date leg...
by Sero
Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: John Cheese: Politicians don't understand poverty
Replies: 324
Views: 39682

Re: John Cheese: Politicians don't understand poverty

Bring back homesteading! It's even cheaper this time, just an acre a head, not forty. Plus a can of seeds and a pocket knife, as previously listed.

Okay, I'm sorry, with some of the absurdity in this thread I feel the need to edit this lest I mistakenly be taken seriously. I am being sarcastic.
by Sero
Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Another North Korean Nuke Test
Replies: 45
Views: 5288

Re: Another North Korean Nuke Test

They're also cancelling (disabling? Not sure the correct verb) hotlines with the US and South Korea. That is a bit more significant. Not necessarily hugely but it makes it just that little bit easier for something in the future to escalate.
by Sero
Thu Mar 07, 2013 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hugo Chavez dead
Replies: 50
Views: 5489

Re: Hugo Chavez dead

Corrupt, I think Lucrece meant megabits, not megabytes. If you are not aware, divide bits by 8 to get bytes. Unless you meant you were lucky to get 125 KB/s before from your broadband connection. In which case, um, ouch?
by Sero
Tue Mar 05, 2013 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...
Replies: 151
Views: 38529

Re: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...

The most interesting to me at least, is that Manning admits to trying Washington Post / New York times first: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/28/manning-washington-post-new-york-times Going to reputable U.S. News sources with a data dump, knowing there's some important, damning information...
by Sero
Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gay cures AIDS
Replies: 39
Views: 6797

Re: Gay cures AIDS

It would be amusing but you know those same bigots would just be 'Look at them violate GODS PLAN even more, how dare they!'
by Sero
Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Windows 8 woes+Password Reveal option
Replies: 3
Views: 2856

Re: Windows 8 woes+Password Reveal option

My sympathies. I've seen just enough of Windows 8 to know I want nothing to do with it. I hear rumor that Microsoft is pushing for a big UI overhaul, which might make things better? I heard 'by the end of summer', but rumor is rumor so yeah. As to your second question, I did a bit of googling. http:...
by Sero
Mon Mar 04, 2013 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wanted: Middle-aged couple for trip to Mars
Replies: 43
Views: 4594

Re: Wanted: Middle-aged couple for trip to Mars

One of my biggest disappointments growing up was learning that you only got a 16-fold energy increase from launching from the moon (to the Earth), while Heinlein blithely suggested spoiler for The Moon is a Harsh Mistress "Cheyenne Mountain is now Cheyenne Plains. What should be the next targe...
by Sero
Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: John Cheese: Politicians don't understand poverty
Replies: 324
Views: 39682

Re: John Cheese: Politicians don't understand poverty

Even an underperforming fund still outpace inflation (Unless they're SERIOUSLY underperforming), and thus, net worth is increased. It just isn't increasing as fast. Stick it in an in index fund, and you match market growth, and have instant diversity. Divide it between a few index funds run by diffe...
by Sero
Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 730380

Re: Police misbehavior thread

No, it really doesn't sound exactly like what you said. What it sounded like you said is, in the same search that resulted in the shooting, they found assorted contraband and evidence. What the article said was that as part of the same investigation, searches of other houses turned up assorted contr...
by Sero
Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 730380

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Edgar, might I suggest you read that wikipedia article a little more closely, and perhaps follow the citation of the section you're quoting? Because the way you constructed that quote suggests all those items were recovered from the raid on Guerena's house. You left out the bit where the ledger was ...
by Sero
Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The School to Prison Pipeline
Replies: 14
Views: 1834

Re: The School to Prison Pipeline

we do have certain ethical responsibilities with regards to locking people up. Do we really though? And if we do, are our current judicial and corrective systems fulfilling those responsibilities? Unless you're arguing that a conviction that results in prison time strips someone of their constituti...
by Sero
Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The War on Sex Workers
Replies: 251
Views: 17272

Re: The War on Sex Workers

That's not really relevant. The point is that does nothing to quantify the scope of the problem. You can't respond to 'You have no data' by linking someone who shares your opinion, but also has no data, as evidence to support your claims, especially when the opinion you're linking to is one held by ...
by Sero
Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The War on Sex Workers
Replies: 251
Views: 17272

Re: The War on Sex Workers

...Okay, Iceman, you really can't refute people's points by saying they're ridiculous without further comment or explanation. Why is it ridiculous to think in a safe, regulated industry you could check up on the welfare ('Are you here against your will?' seems to be a pretty basic 'welfare' point) o...
by Sero
Mon Feb 04, 2013 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Randall gets a 150BTC donation!
Replies: 13
Views: 2598

Re: Randall gets a 150BTC donation!

Convenience? Sending money digitally is a lot less hassle than physically sending cash to someone.
by Sero
Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ban on women in frontline combat removed.
Replies: 45
Views: 3899

Re: Ban on women in frontline combat removed.

From the article: Female veteran groups say that even though the number of women who would pursue combat jobs might be small, having the option is a long overdue step that would bring the United States in line with several of its allies. Not saying that's a cite for the level of interest being low, ...
by Sero
Tue Jan 08, 2013 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: External GPU for Laptops - why aren't these a thing yet?
Replies: 4
Views: 9717

Re: External GPU for Laptops - why aren't these a thing yet?

I'm not sure if PCIe 4x would be a significant bottleneck for a mid-range video card. http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_5870_PCI-Express_Scaling/25.html is rather dated, but seems to suggest using a 4x slot would only impose a 5% performance penalty. KnightExmplar is pretty much right, I thi...
by Sero
Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China tightens Great Firewall, blocks corporate VPNs
Replies: 9
Views: 2339

China tightens Great Firewall, blocks corporate VPNs

The article China appears to be tightening its control of internet services that are able to burrow secretly through what is known as the "Great Firewall", which prevents citizens there from reading some overseas content. Both companies and individuals are being hit by the new technology ...
by Sero
Thu Dec 06, 2012 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Local Detroit Politicians Call for Federal Bailout
Replies: 33
Views: 3351

Re: Local Detroit Politicians Call for Federal Bailout

Oh dear gods, I made the mistake of reading the comments on that article on Buffet. The predominant opinion is they're either lying about her tax rate, or she must be fantastically well paid to be taxed that highly. Now, I don't know if the latter is true, she works for the second wealthiest man in ...
by Sero
Fri Nov 30, 2012 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 436850

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

This thread is basically a place for people to perpetually butt heads over which side in the I/P conflict is the bigger dick. I find it interesting to read in the same way analyzing propaganda can be informative..This thread might enlighten your opinion of which side you support, but if you want an ...
by Sero
Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Idaho doesn't allow an insanity defense
Replies: 10
Views: 2434

Re: Idaho doesn't allow an insanity defense

It gets more complicated than that, Iceman, because the US legal system, at least, is concerned with more than whether you committed a physical act. Your state of mind also matters, because your state of mind can be the difference between, for instance, manslaughter, murder, and no crime being commi...
by Sero
Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wal-Mart has police remove congressman-elect from store for:
Replies: 175
Views: 16289

Re: Wal-Mart has police remove congressman-elect from store

Yeah, but you're talking -long- term. Checking my local bank's rates and five minutes of googling found more like 2%, even for 10-year CDs, even into the six figure range of deposits.
by Sero
Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 436850

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Source please. Thus wikipedia: The Ministry of Defense (Hebrew: מִשְׂרַד הַבִּטָּחוֹן, Misrad HaBitahon) of the government of Israel, is the governmental department responsible for defending the State of Israel from internal and external military threats. Its political head is the Defense Minister ...
by Sero
Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 436850

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Pillar_of_Defense Anonymous attacked many Israeli websites in response to the IDF offensive in Gaza in #OpIsrael and claims to have taken down at least 700 sites as of the 18th of November. The Israeli Defense Forces claim that they have deflected 44 million a...
by Sero
Mon Nov 19, 2012 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Do I need a new laptop battery?
Replies: 3
Views: 1771

Re: Do I need a new laptop battery?

Interesting. That makes me wonder if the issue might not be a faulty reading from the battery, rather than the battery actually being unable to hold a charge. This is more wild speculation and mere curiosity than anything, but Arancaytar, I suggest you try going through your laptop's power settings ...
by Sero
Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Mumble hosting
Replies: 3
Views: 2332

Mumble hosting

So, the subscription on my mumble server is just about up, and while I've not been terribly displeased by the experience with my current host, there have been a few rough patches that have me willing to look for alternatives. Does anyone have recommendations for good mumble server hosts? I will say ...
by Sero
Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Security at the 9/11 WTC memorial
Replies: 18
Views: 3745

Re: Security at the 9/11 WTC memorial

It's not too bad when our laws are actually being followed, but 'Waaaaaaaaaah' is a mounting issue for us.
by Sero
Thu Sep 13, 2012 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Security at the 9/11 WTC memorial
Replies: 18
Views: 3745

Re: Security at the 9/11 WTC memorial

I was also very struck by the closing line of the article, that the single security feature, out of all those in place, that would be most effective in protecting visitors to the memorial? Wearing one's seatbelt when driving there. Opinion, certainly, but I'm not sure I can bring myself to disagree...
by Sero
Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Security at the 9/11 WTC memorial
Replies: 18
Views: 3745

Security at the 9/11 WTC memorial

"Does the world trade center site need so much security?" The National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York is a profound, beautiful monument to the lives lost in the 1993 and 2001 terror attacks at the World Trade Center. But the iron curtain of security surrounding the site fo...
by Sero
Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The implications of consumer 3d printing
Replies: 92
Views: 30169

Re: The implications of consumer 3d printing

Somebody please invent this: A machine that replaces a consumer dishwasher. It 3D prints dishes, silverware, cups, mixing bowls, etc. based on user selections. People eat off of them or whatever, then place them back into the top rack. There they get melted or regrinded or whatever is needed to rec...
by Sero
Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:59 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Free Antivirus/Anti-malware
Replies: 25
Views: 19938

Re: Free Antivirus/Anti-malware

I also can recommend the 'Microsoft Security Essentials with Malwarebytes as backup' route. MSE has a lot to recommend it. Bear in mind, a paid AV scanner has an interest in convincing you that it's being effective and useful and worth the money, which tends to mean it's more intrusive. Microsoft, o...
by Sero
Tue Aug 28, 2012 3:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The implications of consumer 3d printing
Replies: 92
Views: 30169

Re: The implications of consumer 3d printing

Legal, and doesn't require any special permits or such, according to wikipedia.

Like Sizik said, smokeless powder deflagrates, it doesn't detonate. It's not exactly the safest stuff in the world, but it's not really ideal for bomb making, it was just all there was for a really long time.
by Sero
Mon Aug 27, 2012 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Space Elevator Kickstarter
Replies: 83
Views: 8204

Re: Space Elevator Kickstarter

Well, it still has utility for any trip to the moon. Or rather, any trip to the moon that involves a return trip, since you wouldn't have to boost fuel for the (probably) most expensive part of the return trip, lifting off from the moon's surface. Of course, there's no denying an Earth-based space e...
by Sero
Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Assange Gets Asylum, UK says it doesn't matter
Replies: 80
Views: 10763

Re: Assange Gets Asylum, UK says it doesn't matter

The strange thing is that Sweden is very clearly not allowed to extradite him to the US. It would be a very flagrant violation of EU treaties, and probably the Swedish constitution as well. By the same token, the UK is not allowed to extradite him to Sweden if they have legitimate reasons to think ...
by Sero
Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Asteroid mining is here?
Replies: 66
Views: 9596

Re: Asteroid mining is here?

Automated mining of asteroids could definitely provide lots of valuable resources.. But then, if you have automated mining machines, why not just set them loose here on Earth? At the very least, that seems like it would be a useful first step. Fundamentally different designs. A machine capable of m...
by Sero
Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Marine Corps opens combat school to women [Trigger warning]
Replies: 138
Views: 43045

Re: Marine Corps opens combat school in Quantico, Va. to wom

I vaguely remember reading somewhere that instead of following orders there would be a chance of the men wanting to 'save' the women instead, thus jeopardizing the mission. I remember seeing this somewhere too. However, if that happens, what is the problem? By which I mean, the problem in that situ...

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