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Comment: Re:Someone will always be butthurt (Score 1) 343

by cyberchondriac (#48918697) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms
This. Both Christie and Cuomo are taking flak.
The use of the term, "scaremongering" in the summary is childish paranoid bullshit. Some people are too stupid or arrogant to realize that hindsight is 20/20, and forecasting is and always will be (for the foreseeable future) an inexact science. So, some butthurt whiners were inconvenienced by the safety measures enacted, yet had the opposite been the case, where the threat of the storm was under-represented and it turned out to be catastrophic, ala Sandy, they'd have been the first ones to scream about incompetent government preparation. Add to this the fact that people might've been genuinely endangered in such a scenario, and it's obvious to anyone capable of reason that it's better to be safe than sorry.
Besides, as it was, New England got hammered, it's just that North Jersey and NYC got off light, since the storm's path was some miles east from the predicted model.

Comment: Re:DVD (Score 1) 224

by ncc74656 (#48918689) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

Well, recordable Blu-ray discs use an inorganic dye, so they should last longer than DVD-Rs and CD-Rs. The manufacturers typically claim a lifespan of 100+ years.

Beware BD-R LTH media, which use pretty much the same type of organic dyes as are normally used for CD-R and DVD-R as a cost-cutting measure. BD-R HTL uses phase change in an inorganic alloy to record bits, which will almost certainly outlast BD-R LTH media (and probably DVD-R and CD-R, too).

I've been using these for archival recently. (I'm almost out, too...was going to put in an order, but (1) they're currently out of stock and (2) their per-disc price may have gone up substantially since my last purchase. :-P Will need to double-check once they're shipping again, but my last order was about $27 for 25 discs, shipping included.)

Comment: Re:That'll stop the terrorists! (Score 1) 205

by cyberchondriac (#48918551) Attached to: White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap
The chemistry set thing really sticks in my craw, as they say. You can find a decent one online if you look hard enough I suppose (and willing to pay a small fortune!), but the vast majority out there in stores are neutered crap compared to what I had as a kid in the early seventies.

Comment: Re:What's the problem? (Score 1) 143

by cyberchondriac (#48905589) Attached to: Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds
Anthrax would be scarier and more damaging than a small explosive. I still remember the postal scare from 2002. If a hate/terrorist group manages to fly a drone or three through a window, (not sure if the White House allows those, at least, without bars), with a payload of anthrax, and that could get real ugly. Perhaps even ricin, though then again that seems to be nigh impossible to aerosolize. In any case, I don't think it's wise to get too wound up about them, but OTOH, it's not wise to get completely complacent either and trivialize the damage a drone could potentially do; people get creative.

Comment: Re:No way! (Score 1) 512

I Common sense is wrong more than it's right. It's only good for making guesses about things you don't understand, and is worthless for evaluating things you understand.

You either don't understand what common sense is, or perhaps possess little of it yourself then. It's related to basic, common experience based judgement. I've known people who were math whizzes but had no common sense, and did really bone-headed things in regular life. Without a book or instructions to tell them how to proceed, they seemed a bit helpless, like a musician who can sight read perfectly but can't improvise a few measures.

Comment: Re:get off my lawn (Score 1) 239

by ncc74656 (#48885263) Attached to: Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

Charging for caller ID on landlines is a scam (like pretty much everything about telecommunications billing), but I've never seen cell phone service without caller ID.

I'm guessing you're not old enough to have ever had analog cell-phone service. I don't recall if caller ID was even offered as an add-on service, but I know I didn't have it with my phone and my service. Vibrating call alert and an 8-character dot-matrix alphanumeric LED readout (so you could attach names to the phone numbers stored in memory!) were expensive enough.

Comment: Re:Beats using bullets (Score 1) 206

They're not all that backward, unfortunately, that they don't have a dedicated hacking group or two. ISIS is considered plenty tech saavy as well. Centcom's twitter was hacked a week or two ago.
AQ and ISIS have sites for their fellow jihadis-in-arms, there are definitely targets anonymous could choose to attack, but I won't hold my breath that they'll actually conduct the attacks they promised.

Comment: Re:Academic wankery at its finest (Score 1) 154

Is there a generally understood tolerance, plus or minus a century or two? Because I think it's fair to consider that humankind had transformed the planet before 1945 , with the industrial revolution, the span of railroads across continents, flight, building huge cities and skyscrapers and lighting them up at night with electricity (visible from space), etc..

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