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Comment: Re:Chainsaws? (Score 1) 276

by G-forze (#48653947) Attached to: TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords
"Next to the gate" as in "inside of security". If they for some reason have an extra security control before boarding, which has happened to me once (when going to New York from Europe), I can see that they'd take his coke away. Which of course sucks all the more, since the drinks inside of security have a hefty mark-up.

Comment: Re:"It took significant resources" (Score 1) 265

by G-forze (#48358349) Attached to: Worrying Aspects of Linux Gaming

Then you've got the people like me, who dual boot all of their systems (so we're already customers, anyhow).

I've seen this claim too many times now. I also dual boot for the few games that I cannot play under Linux, when I can be bothered - which is not often. Dual booting is a hassle, especially since it happens so seldom, it usually involves updating the Steam client, the games, and even Windows itself which takes forever. So I don't do it (anymore). If a game is only available for Windows, I no longer buy it. I have so many Linux games already, I have no need for something that I know I won't be playing.

There you go; at least one instance of "lost sale due to Windows only".

Comment: Re:I have a project (Score 4, Informative) 165

by G-forze (#46865501) Attached to: Setback For Small Nuclear Reactors: B&W Cuts mPower Funding

There is no such thing as a non-radiactive tritium reactor. That is a fact and a law of physics.

There is also no such thing as a non-radioactive sandwich, that's a fact and law of physics. (C-14 for instance.) What has that got to do with anything? That you use scare words like "unbelievably dangerous", "terrorists" and "suicidally stupid" only makes you seem less informed. You are just a greenpeace troll. Nothing to see here.

Comment: Re:well i'm reassured! (Score 1) 393

by G-forze (#46128523) Attached to: Confessions Of an Ex-TSA Agent: Secrets Of the I.O. Room

Please explain why wearing a beard displays a lack of discipline or lack of military readiness.

It is my understanding that beards are disallowed in the infantry, because they prevent the gas mask to properly seal around your face. (Same probably goes for fighter pilots, but in their case it's about the oxygen mask.) This would also explains why it was not a problem in the Civil War, when chemical warfare was not yet invented, or at sea where the risk of a gas attack is minimal.

+ - Inside General Fusion 1

Submitted by quax
quax (19371) writes "Slashdot first reported on the Canadian start-up company that attempts piston powered nuclear fusion back in 2009. This new blog post takes a look at where they are now, and give some additional behind the scene info. For instance, a massive experimental rig for magnetized target fusion in the US is currently underutilized, because ITER's increasing cost absorbs all the public fusion research funding. Yet, because this Shiva Star device is located in an Air Force base, security restrictions prevent any meaningful cooperation with a none US company. Even if US researchers would love to rent this out in order to advance the science of magnetized target fusion, this is a no go.

Is this just security paranoia, or should the US preferably not use experimental facilities rather than allowing foreign companies to conduct experiments with them?"

+ - NSA intercepts shipments of new computers and installs software.-> 2

Submitted by whoever57
whoever57 (658626) writes "According to an orginal report in Der Spiegel, and
secondary reporting in the Washington Post, the NSA intercepts deliveries of PCs and installs logging software or hardware on them before the customer receives them. According to a document cited by Der Spegel, interception is one of the NSA's "most productive operations"

Der Spiegel also reported that the NSA intercepts and uses Windows crash reports in order to gather information that is used to develop new methods to crack Windows machines."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re: (Score 1) 511

by G-forze (#45800169) Attached to: US Federal Judge Rules NSA Data Collection Legal
What do you think would happen if a terrorist plot was uncovered? The NSA calls the perpretrators and tells them "hey, guys, we know what you are up to so please stop"? There would obviously be arrests and court procedures. Since we know of no trials where key evidence was collected through the NSA surveillance program, we must conclude that no such evidence has been collected.

Comment: Re: Hard to believe (Score 3, Funny) 804

by G-forze (#45794469) Attached to: What Would It Cost To Build a Windows Version of the Pricey New Mac Pro?
I bet you're one of those guys that use a pirated version of Photoshop to crop your camera phone pics at home, and then demand that your employer drops 4k on a PS license, because "GIMP is sooo useless, it doesn't even have the contrast settings in the same menu as I'm used to!".

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