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by Mallich
Mon May 15, 2017 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NHS cyberattack
Replies: 82
Views: 14845

Re: NHS cyberattack

It would also be important for companies to provide those patches in an honest manner. E.g. don't quietly release "security" patches that are actually aimed at the user . Tl:dr the link: HP released a patch that made it even harder to use third-party printer inks. The functionality was add...
by Mallich
Sat Sep 12, 2015 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA Master Keys leaked in Washington Post enter 3d Printers
Replies: 27
Views: 7049

Re: TSA Master Keys leaked in Washington Post enter 3d Print

Tyndmyr wrote:There was something of an incident where the TSA confiscated all the clippers from a planeload of troops, which were, of course, travelling with M-16s.

Glad you stopped that threat, guys. Good work.
Guns don't kill people - people with nail clippers do!
by Mallich
Sat Dec 13, 2014 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3832
Views: 490899

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Greenpeace tries to raise awareness of sustainability by setting up an advert, damages incredibly fragile Nazca lines site . There's a quote from Deputy Culture Minister Jaime Castillo saying that "[...] the line that they have destroyed is the most visible and most recognized of all". How...
by Mallich
Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14769
Views: 2218567

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

I don't have a horse unicorn in the race, either. Fixed that for you. On a less happy note: Citizens of Thailand use Hunger Games three-fingered salute to protest against a government they claim is Capitol-level evil. Government responds by being Capitol-level evil. Link . "Highlights" in...
by Mallich
Fri Jul 25, 2014 11:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14769
Views: 2218567

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

UK MP suggests incorporating astrology into healthcare . At no point in the story does the journalist talk to any skeptics. Oh, and the MP is the "vice-chairman of the government's herbals working group". The "related stories" section on that page lists these 3 articles: - How a...
by Mallich
Wed Jul 23, 2014 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14769
Views: 2218567

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

The idea of punitive fines is okay. But giving them to whoever happens to sue first sounds somewhat ridiculous. They should obviously, like all fines, go to the state. Ideally the state can then use these funds to improve live for all victims. Agreed, mostly. I really don't understand why all the m...
by Mallich
Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14769
Views: 2218567

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Obviously the damages should be more comparable to a life insurance payout though... (If you're referring to the £16.8 million, ignore this post.) If you're referring to the $23.6 billion figure, that's only the punitive fine. Punitive fines aren't compensation (and so it can't be compared to life ...
by Mallich
Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14769
Views: 2218567

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Thesh wrote:I'm not a doctor or anything, but it seems to me that if the women need to have a period, they should just hold it in until they make it to the bathroom.
If it was a a legitimate period the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.

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by Mallich
Sun Jun 30, 2013 11:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Take A Louisiana Literacy Test!
Replies: 87
Views: 20118

Re: Take A Louisiana Literacy Test!

21. Print the word vote upside down, but in the correct order Urgh. The grammar is awful. The clause "but in the correct order" seems to be saying that the the letters of the word must be in the correct order, as you cannot have a word "in the right order" if there's only 1 word...
by Mallich
Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Boy in China has cat-like reflective eyes, sees in dark
Replies: 35
Views: 8932

Re: Boy in China has cat-like reflective eyes, sees in dark

J the Ninja wrote:
Mallich wrote:...could somebody who knows about cameras comment on the light level in there? Because the camera does make it look brighter than the "I couldn't see anyone" level of darkness the journalist described.
Hard to tell from the low resolution. Cameras can, depending on settings, make things look a lot brighter than a person would actually see it. It's harder with video than with stills, since you can just expose for several seconds. Usually with a video camera in very low light there will be some pretty obvious sensor noise, but it's hard to tell with the very low resolution.
Thanks; I learn something every day.
Gopher of Pern wrote:
Gelsamel wrote:I used to have blue eyes but now they're a cool grey.
I used to have blue eyes, but then I took an arrow to the knee.
You guys rock.
by Mallich
Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Boy in China has cat-like reflective eyes, sees in dark
Replies: 35
Views: 8932

Re: Boy in China has cat-like reflective eyes, sees in dark

He sounds pretty much like the baseline blue-eyed individual, which is only newsworthy in China. We're generally more sensitive to bright sunlight, and everyone can see in the dark. (No evidence was presented that he sees better in the dark than others.) Well, some evidence was presented. The journ...
by Mallich
Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should UK citizens face charges for US crimes?
Replies: 39
Views: 7825

Re: Should UK citizens face charges for US crimes?

The crime he's accused of was committed on US soil and against the interests of US corporations. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, he was (allegedly) able to achieve that without ever physically setting foot there, but depending on the exact wording of the extradition agreement, that may ...
by Mallich
Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Canada Withdraws from Kyoto Accord
Replies: 105
Views: 9584

Re: Canada Withdraws from Kyoto Accord

Despite the supposed tragedy, commons used to be very common. Most towns had them, for centuries. In Europe, and in many other places as well. Good point. Although it could be argued that "the combination of the small number of animals and the long period of time needed to degrade the commons ...
by Mallich
Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Canada Withdraws from Kyoto Accord
Replies: 105
Views: 9584

Re: Canada Withdraws from Kyoto Accord

The carrot would be a non-changing climate. /sigh While I agree with that, the problem is that in this case, if every country besides Canada (or whoever) meets their quota, then Canada probably isn't going to cause enough climate damage on their own to undo everyone else's work. It's like the priso...
by Mallich
Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14769
Views: 2218567

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

buddy431 wrote:Mythbusters shoots a cannonball through a residential home. Luckily, no one is hurt.
Really?
Who thinks that the Mythbusters are later going to investigate that claim and declare it to be a myth? :wink:
Oh, the many advantages of writting history...
by Mallich
Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14769
Views: 2218567

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

...and poor spelling... We can't let poor spellers run lose on the street. ISWYDT. You guys are great. ...but I don't think I could even spell that poorly on purpose. I particularly enjoy the fact that remorse was initially spelled correctly, then crossed out and replaced. That could just be taken ...
by Mallich
Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14769
Views: 2218567

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Technically if the fib was about someone, a group, a business or a product, it could still be Defamation in the US. In the UK it could be libel even if the statement was true. -1 point. But at least we can give both countries a few points for not using tear gas in Parliamentary debate, unlike South...
by Mallich
Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pyschologist Accused of Fraud
Replies: 10
Views: 1839

Re: Pyschologist Accused of Fraud

I definitely read the title as "Psychologist Accused of Freud". That's quite the slip. I love this forum. "Among Stapel's colleagues, the description of data as too good to be true "was a heartfelt compliment to his skill and creativity," the report says." "Creati...
by Mallich
Mon Sep 12, 2011 10:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The possibility of a post-group society
Replies: 21
Views: 3532

Re: The possibility of a post-group society

But that isn't how human beings work. Even if you could eliminate all groupings that are based on race, gender, and so forth, you're still going to have people with different opinions and ideas about how things should work. You're still going to have differences about how resources are allocated, w...
by Mallich
Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14769
Views: 2218567

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

EDIT: Already mentioned.
This is what happens when I only read the previous pages...
by Mallich
Wed Jun 01, 2011 4:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: WHO unable to prove mobile phones don't cause cancer
Replies: 42
Views: 7936

Re: WHO unable to prove mobile phones don't cause cancer

But... but... cell phone radiation isn't strong enough to cause cancer. It's not ionizing. Any effects (like the "talking over 30 minutes a day" group) are most likely caused by confounding variables. You mean the sort of confounding variables that would make an organisation say something...
by Mallich
Fri Jun 18, 2010 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oh no! It's a fox! Hide the children!
Replies: 31
Views: 3715

Re: Oh no! It's a fox! Hide the children!

I'm waiting for somebody to die from drowning, and the public to avoid bottled water just in case. Though this bit makes me wonder: teachers at both schools were instructed to keep the children away from the playground at lunch-time. Who exactly instructed the teachers to do that? The bit about it b...
by Mallich
Wed May 12, 2010 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chocolate isn't good for you, and you shouldn't be surprised
Replies: 44
Views: 5143

Re: Chocolate isn't good for you, and you shouldn't be surpr

Wait around for a year or so. That's typically enough time for the scientific community to change its mind about any particular food. Actually, that's typically enough time for somebody to publish a report saying "This particular food contains a substance that helps you out, even if it's more ...
by Mallich
Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd sightings in your hometown (and other places)
Replies: 384
Views: 110416

Re: XKCD T-shirt on Colbert Report

For those of you who want to read her response, it's over here. Seems like the event meant a fair bit to her.
I'm in the wrong country to actually watch the video though.... *grumble grumble*.
by Mallich
Thu Apr 08, 2010 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Presidential Hit List Now Includes Americans
Replies: 71
Views: 5315

Re: Presidential Hit List Now Includes Americans

While assassinating people seems like a bit of an extreme step...why the fuck are they letting everyone know? That seems like a very good way to not succeed in killing him. Unless of course only good, law-abiding American citizens read the paper. :roll: [paranoia mode/]Does that make it a little cl...
by Mallich
Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mechanical Exoskeleton allows paraplegics to walk
Replies: 8
Views: 1290

Re: Mechanical Exoskeleton allows paraplegics to walk

I do feel some slight closed-mindedness about this exoskeleton, though. I mean, can it transform or combine at all ? It doesn't even fight crime , either. Humour aside, I think that it's an incredibly achievement, and an interesting alternative to bionics, the latter of which seem to be hogging the...
by Mallich
Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: State of the Union
Replies: 47
Views: 4217

Re: State of the Union

Am I the only one who burst into laughter at this line? [quote=Republican Response]But most Americans do not want to turn over the best medical care system in the world to the federal government.[/quote]The appeals to authority aren't particularly good, either.
by Mallich
Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: JD Salinger's dead.
Replies: 25
Views: 3539

Re: JD Salinger's dead.

Well, here's a link from the BBC. It's very short, but at least it can serve as a reference point. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8486169.stm The article: The legendary author of The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger, has died at age 91 at his home in New Hampshire. The reclusive novelist d...
by Mallich
Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Witness Protection for Taliban?
Replies: 19
Views: 1936

Re: Witness Protection for Taliban?

... or the amount of money that would need to be invested in health care to save that number of lives, plus maybe +10% to account for the shock factor of a terror strike, and to deal with the political problems that arise from such a strike. Did... Did you seriously just put a price on human fuckin...
by Mallich
Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Witness Protection for Taliban?
Replies: 19
Views: 1936

Re: Witness Protection for Taliban?

If our help, and Japans, helps them catch a single terror cell 20 years from now, saving thousands of Japanese or American, or British lives, any amount of money is worth it. ... or the amount of money that would need to be invested in health care to save that number of lives, plus maybe +10% to ac...
by Mallich
Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: French MPs Promote Discrimination Against Muslim Women
Replies: 96
Views: 8395

Re: French MPs Promote Discrimination Against Muslim Women

In its report, the committee said requiring women to cover their faces was against the French republican principles of secularism and equality. Hmm. I thought the idea of being secular is that you simply don't consider religion... you don't give people more or less rights than their non-religious c...
by Mallich
Sun Jan 17, 2010 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Irony?
Replies: 3
Views: 1311

Re: Irony?

Um... could you explain the link between the two? Maybe my brain is sleeping, but I can't see what ties the two together.
by Mallich
Sat Dec 19, 2009 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Drones 'hacked' by Iraqi Insurgents
Replies: 37
Views: 2931

Re: US Drones 'hacked' by Iraqi Insurgents

Wtf were they thinking? Did they really just send that unencrypted? Against people who really don't want to die and might have computers? The rationale that having the feeds unencrypted makes it potentially easier to share footage if necessary in a short amount of time makes this understandable, bu...

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