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Comment: Re:If only it were POLITICALLY and SOCIALLY sound (Score 1) 169

Well, what do you expect with all the science deniers in Congress and the White House? If the Democratic Party members took global warming as seriously as the Republicans do, they'd quickly cut out the red tape and solve this nuclear waste storage issue in order to economically reduce reliance on fossil fuels, as places like Arizona do. Instead, they chase after non-scientific stuff like biofuels, where the science is settled.

Comment: Re:Big deal out of nothing (Score 1) 55

by _Sharp'r_ (#48855671) Attached to: Researchers Use Siri To Steal Data From iPhones

Yeah, I'm waiting for someone to run a broadcast radio or TV advertisement that says something like "Hey Siri, Call 703 555 1212 (pay per call line) or "Hey Siri, Directions to XYZ business", or even "Hey Siri, search for malicious iPhone jailbreak website". You can also substitute in "Ok Google" as well to catch android phones...

Comment: Re:summary... (Score 2) 441

by _Sharp'r_ (#48826851) Attached to: Why We Have To Kiss Off Big Carbon Now

Yeah. Oil prices go up for a while because of new demand, people figure out new techniques and start putting into production more wells, so oil prices go down and keep going down until some of the wells aren't profitable at the new prices, so they stop producing and the prices start going up, then the well and oil rights owners start producing more again and the prices goes back down again, and so on and so forth.

It's all just basic supply and demand curves, tied into a little technology and some lag times for changes. The only people who should be surprised are those folks who bought into the whole peak oil thing, somehow believing that we were magically going to run out of something that currently has more proven sources than are remotely economically workable at current prices/technological levels, but that can provide enough petroleum products to last the world for thousands of years... and more are discovered/proven every day when people bother to look for them.

Comment: Re:A few answers from the original AC (Score 1) 403

by _Sharp'r_ (#48824495) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

Bottom line for what you want, which is FreeBSD, start with the manual.

Then go to the releases and pick the latest production, i.e. stable, release (Currently 10.1). Everything will be stable and binaries and source packages for your desired functions will all be available and up to date.

if you want a dedicated machine for one specific purpose, then another BSD might be better, but for multiple purposes/general purpose, just use FreeBSD. It'll be just as good as the others for specific purposes (just not by default, you'll have to run a command to install software, big deal), many of which have a FreeBSD source.

Comment: Re:Are people sick of the MPAA? (Score 4, Informative) 400

by Stargoat (#48716503) Attached to: Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

In the various documentaries I have seen regarding the First Great Depression, the movies were regarded as an inexpensive form of entertainment. Admission for a nickel ($.05). Granted, those were the days before television, so if you wanted to watch something, you had to go to the theaters. During the Second Great Depression, folks can stay at home to get a similar level of entertainment.

Comment: Hospitals are a stupid target (Score 3, Insightful) 130

by Stargoat (#48689063) Attached to: 2015 Could Be the Year of the Hospital Hack

Hospitals are a pretty stupid target in comparison to banks, physical retail environments, and online stores. A hospital DB might contain a social security number, addresses, illnesses, and birthdate. So what?

If you can get into a bank, you get money account info, credit scores, security tips, former trades, credit cards, all sorts of good stuff. If you get into a retail environment or online store, it's almost as good. Basically, you get money to spend. In a hospital though, the only unique thing you find out is if someone is sick and with what. That's a pain in the ass to work with. You can try to get more info from all that PII, but again, it's a pain in the ass and available elsewhere. Other stuff is more lucrative for the investment of time, criminal risk, and energy.

If you were a terrorist, a hospital might be a bit more interesting, but the various hospital disasters I have read about demonstrate that there isn't much a hacker can really do to hurt people. Nurses at the end of the day don't do stupid things and doctors aren't much worse.

No, hospitals are a stupid place to expend effort.

Comment: WTF UK? (Score 5, Informative) 360

by Stargoat (#48669023) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

It's like the damn island hasn't heard of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. "Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,"

Mario Balotelli, a black football player with a Jewish mother is suspended a game and fined 25k pounds for posting an anti-racist picture about a multicultural Super Mario.

Luis Suarez was essentially forced out of England for using the word negrito while speaking Spanish because it happened to sound like nigger. (While John Terry was given a sentence of half the time for using the word nigger in English.)

Crazy arse porn rules.

A man is threatened with life in jail for swearing too much.

And what the fuck is an Anti-Social Behavior Order?

How can the nation that brought us Locke also be bringing us this?

Thus mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. -- Bertrand Russell