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Comment: Price difference for more that images is steep (Score 1) 122

by Agent0013 (#49354353) Attached to: Amazon Announces Unlimited Cloud Storage Plans
I find the price difference for storing more than just images to be pretty steep. Wouldn't it save money to use stenography to store your files inside of some images so you could get around their stupid rule? You could even up the amount of data storage inside the image since you don't really care if the image looks good afterwords. Just have the file name and structure of an image would work even though it looks like static or something. Then you run them through a program that extracts all the files and if needed puts them back together like a multi-part rar file or something.

Comment: Re:it could have been an accident (Score 1) 737

by Agent0013 (#49354121) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Actually that video does show the switch being lifted when moved to the other positions. It is hard to catch the switch being lifted, but at 2:20 when they are unlocking the door, you can clearly see the switch shaft lowering back down after being lifted and moved. You can also see the notch in the switch body where the switch shaft locks into place when not raised.

As I watched further I do see at 3:05 they moved it to the locked position without raising it, so there you are correct.

Comment: Re:Heisenberg compensator ... (Score 1) 83

Now imagine a 3d object leaving the 3d "surface" he lives on and flipping himself over (like a 2d object could be flipped). He would be able to escape from a locked chest, and his appendix would be on the wrong side! I think we have discovered how Houdini did his tricks!

Comment: Re:the US 'probably' wont use a nuke first.... (Score 1) 341

by Agent0013 (#49347869) Attached to: Feds Attempt To Censor Parts of a New Book About the Hydrogen Bomb
Sure, you can believe they were talking about surrendering. But they attacked Pearl Harbor during talks of surrender also. I'm not so sure I would put much stake into what they say. And they also had the plans and exercises going for every civilian to mount violent resistance with pitchforks and whatever else they could muster.

Comment: Re:Fuck those guys (Score 1) 569

There are many more cases of the SWAT team going to a wrong address or having bad information for other reasons and shooting innocent people than there are of SWATTING. Giving hard time to people who commit SWATTING would not address the larger problem of police that are out of control and want to shoot everything that moves.

It in pretty regular that the dog will be shot no matter what the situation, even if the people there are all innocent bystanders. It has also happened that grenades have been thrown into baby cribs. It was a flash grenade, but it still killed the baby. And there are elderly people in bed killed when the SWAT team breaks down their door. There are even web sites that keep track of all the hostile and inappropriate actions by SWAT teams.

Comment: Re:Animal House (Score 1) 764

by Agent0013 (#49329277) Attached to: A Software Project Full of "Male Anatomy" Jokes Causes Controversy

no it isn't. aggressive sexuality, dick jokes to women you don't know, is an immediate uncomfortable put off to all women as it tells them something about the male no female wants to deal with.

So you are saying that all women are weak minded little pussies that can't take a joke! Are you sure you believe they are equals to men or do you actually believe that they are substandard and we should all tip-toe around them because they can't handle adult conversations. Are they allowed to hunt and kill animals if they want, or should we keep them locked up in the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant? Your views seem old fashioned to me.

Comment: Re:This doesn't work (Score 1) 198

Which the article summary itself mentions happened last year at this time. If I lived there and found this to be a large inconvenience, I would certainly look at getting an older second car just to avoid this stupid law. Thus the rest of the year there are possibly more cars on the road and not less. And on these days of even-odd cars, you will have more than you would have had if people didn't buy a second car. It is called unintended consequences, and it happens a lot when politicians get involved in things.

Comment: Re:So? It's a good corporate move. (Score 1) 107

Bing also likes to return pages of malware infested software instead of the real product you are looking for. I noticed this the first time when I accidentally installed a malware infected version of Chrome because IE put it at the top of the search. I suspect that they will figure people won't want to use Chrome if it comes with all the pop-up ads and crap, but I just attribute it to Microsoft's evil underhanded ways and refuse to use IE or Bing anytime I have a choice.

Comment: Re:Slashdot Overrun by Luddite Barbarians (Score 1) 163

by Agent0013 (#49304921) Attached to: "Hello Barbie" Listens To Children Via Cloud
Why would a company make a locally run version of Siri only to loose out on all the extra money they could make from analyzing the "Big Data". I don't think it is as simple as saying if they could do it, they would. Stand-alone GPS units from a decade ago could hold a map of all the roads in the USA for routing you to your location. Does Google Maps have the roads locally stored or do they send your current location and target destination to their servers so they can get more data on you?

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"