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Comment Re:Umm, yeah, that's pretty idiotic. (Score 1) 134

There are very good reasons to make devices for which the firmware is changeable after manufacturing but only by the manufacturer.

Name one that doesn't boil down to either (a) "the user is too stupid to know what he wants to do with his own property, so he needs the manufacturer to be his nanny" or (b) "the user might use his own property in a way that displeases The Powers That Be, and must be stopped."

Comment Re:It's software in the sense that it can be chang (Score 1) 134

x86 micro-code can be changed via flash, as can the low-level software that controls your microwaves, does that need to be programmable by random C++ hackers?

There are two possibilities:

  1. If it should be able to be changed via flash, then yes, it needs to be programmable by the user!
  2. If it should not be programmable by the user, then it should not be able to be changed via flash!

The point is, either the functionality is fixed for the life of the item, or it should be modifiable (i.e., repairable) by the owner. There is no middle ground. Having it modifiable by "somebody" but not the owner is nothing but a recipe for malicious tampering.

Comment Re: ...uhh (Score 1) 168

But would we recognize the intent? There was this number experiment by Cornelis de Jager who showed that with a handful of numbers and some creative application of math, you can prove that these numbers are "special" and that whoever used them has a profound understanding of math. He used some values derived from his bicycle to show that whoever made this must have superspecial knowledge of quantum physics because if you multiplied the pedal way with the square root of the bell's diameter and divided it by ... you get the idea.

This was done to debunk the number mysticism behind the Pyramids and other ancient buildings where some ancient alien loonies claimed that, since the length of the sides and the height and whatnot can calculate some physical constants down to some numbers behind the comma. de Jager showed that you can pull a handful numbers out of your ass and, putting them through some math, you can calculate any physical constant you want.

That also works for conspiracy theories, btw.

So when you show some alien that you know a constant, you also have to show them that you actually intend to show it to them.

Comment Re:I don't think it will mean much (Score 1) 184

"Meat stock, you're revving up a slippery slope. I'm overriding that shit."

Meat stock? That's only after you're in a severe crash, and all that's left of you is soup. Anyway, traction control is awesome. If you have some actual traction to work with, and your TC is four-wheel, then it is ridiculously great.

Comment Re:Don't contact aliens. Don't. (Score 1) 168

ALONG WITH most alien species are completely AFRAID of humans as they know our true potential. They want NOTHING to do with us until we grow the fuck up (spiritually.)

You must be assuming some galactic police force existing too, then, because if they're afraid of us and developed enough to be aware of us they can almost certainly send us a rock that we can't cope with.

Comment What the bleepin' fuck? (Score 1) 134

No access point on this planet has the potential to actually cause any meaningful interference with anything by a simple change in its firmware. Either you have to tinker with the hardware, attach some serious antennas or otherwise boost its rather mediocre power, but nothing you could do to its software alone could possibly create the alleged interference causing device the FCC seems to fear.

Actually, to create such a thing, all I have to do is modifying the hardware. Something that locking down the software will not even remotely address.

So, spill it. What's the deal? You're lying, FCC. What's the real reason?

Comment Re: Umm... WHAT? (Score 1) 153

> Because other races do not have such restrain and are out breeding white peoples

But, this is exactly what you would expect if you acknowledge that wealth is path dependent. If you start with a homogenus group of affulent people, and a much larger mixed group of poor people.

Since birth rates are directly affected by affluence, you have an affluent group of one race, whose birth rate pales in comparison to the poor, who may include people of the same race, but mixing them in with others..... yah sounds like nothing to see here at all.

The only thing this really proves is that the affluent are mostly the children of the affluent and the poor are, generation to generation, not climbing up the ladder... which, happens to correspond with a whole bunch of other realities, like that the future economic success of the children of middle class families is strongly influenced by whether their grandparents are also middle class.... those with poor grandparent are far more likely to end up poor themselves.

All you are seeing is the predictable result of economic inertia causing the affluent minority to act as a litmus for the lack of economic mobility.

Comment Re: Umm... WHAT? (Score 1) 153

> *Approval may be permitted regardless of other qualifications assuming 3 is met on an individual case basis by the state police chief.

Its funny, a while back I was curious if one could become a lawyer without a degree. In theory you should be able to self study right?

After a little digging around in my state, they did define a degree as a requirement.....but there is also a clause which grants the bar association the power to waive any of the requirements they want; which means they are not so much real requirements as guidelines.

Comment Re:Too little, too late (Score 4, Interesting) 227

I don't understand why people freak out when a tech vendor releases a new model, as if they are forced to buy it or the one they have is suddenly going to explode. I do think some large vendors are guilty of abandoning support for their legacy products a bit to quickly. Nobody gets all nuts about the fact the Chrysler/Ford/GM/Honda/VW/Mercedes/etc bring out new models every year; often with slight improvements, usually with other changes you may or might not like.

There can be no twisted thought without a twisted molecule. -- R. W. Gerard