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Comment: Dubious because facts (Score 5, Informative) 181

by Jesrad (#48624925) Attached to: US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

Marc Rogers disagrees strongly, and poitns at a long list of evidence that make it much more likely that it was a vengeful inside-job badly disguised into a Nork attack for unrelated publicity added-value:
- elements of language that do not fit north-korean lingo
- hardcoded filepaths indicating insider knowledge
- social-network savvyness unlike anything the DPRK ever did
- no mention of The Interview movie until after the possible tie with DPRK was suggested ... and more.

Comment: Re:it can be air filled (Score 4, Interesting) 198

by Jesrad (#48617371) Attached to: NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

Also mind the day duration: the Venus sidereal day is 243 Earth days. That makes for a worse than polar night, solar panel-wise, and that's not even counting the permanent, thick cloud cover. There just is no point in reaching the venusian ground and its lead-melting heat. It's far better to hang in the high atmosphere, well above the sulfuric acid clouds, and loft around in the 200 mph winds, circling the planet every 4 or 5 Earth days.

Comment: Re: Really? (Score 1) 769

by Jesrad (#48563025) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Of course Hitler won. He won the moment the same antihumanist ideas that formed most of his ideology were also adopted by your very own top social class and government executives back in the 1920s and 1930s.

Look at the names of the founders and forefront proponents of every "population control" organisation that arised back then, and read what they wrote, it's all the same: the focal point is about exterminating and/or sterilizing the "genetically inferior races" and the "feeble-minded", at an industrial scale, in order to "improve" the human race "stock" and preserve its natural environment from overuse and exhaustion.

Then look at the conditions enforced on third-world countries in exchange for foreign US aid and world bank aid back in the 60s and 70s: programs of mass (often forced) sterilisations for the poor populations, that were done in unsanitary conditions.

The nazis have won, and today they're in charge of most of your foreign aid programs and environmental protection programs, they have been exterminating for decades, they still are at it right now.

Comment: Re:No, it's not even possible (Score 1) 181

by Jesrad (#48521481) Attached to: Do you worry about the singularity?

Your mind is a process that exists through a tangible substrate. Therefore it can be reproduced artificially.

I am not saying that souls do not exist, I'm saying that souls actually exist in objective reality as complex bundles of (neg)entropic processes, that arise from the right sort and amount of physical phenomenon.

It's only a matter of time before we can measure, copy, move and alter them.

Comment: Re:She's _4_ (Score 1) 584

by Jesrad (#48520817) Attached to: Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Maybe the father can give his daughter examples of actual princesses' lives and deeds, since it seems to be such a spontaneous center of interest for her. Like the bios of Grace Kelly, Diana, Margaret of Snowdon, Beatrice of York, etc.

Full disclosure: my 5 year old niece is a prime piece of Disney'dest princess-wannabe, and I regularly take great delight in trolling her with facts about real princes and princesses, and alternate versions of her favorite stories.

Comment: Wonder what planet the 'extra' cocoa comes from (Score 1) 323

by Jesrad (#48400905) Attached to: MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

Chocolate deficits, whereby farmers produce less cocoa than the world eats, are becoming the norm. Already, we are in the midst of what could be the longest streak of consecutive chocolate deficits in more than 50 years. It also looks like deficits aren't just carrying over from year-to-year—the industry expects them to grow. Last year, the world ate roughly 70,000 metric tons more cocoa than it produced.

So last year we imported 70 000 tons of cocoa from... outside Earth ? Or are there long-term stocks of cocoa somewhere ? Because if the latter, then getting rid of those stocks year after year and moving to a tighter production chain makes a lot of sense, and fits in the trend of decreasing transaction costs. It could also be a sign that producers expect their cocoa products to sell less well in the future, or raw cocoa to become cheaper. In any case, the claims in TFA make little sense.

Comment: Re:Most severs shouldn't be vulnerable (Score 2) 245

by Jesrad (#48366767) Attached to: ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

A well configured server will behave this way on the *submission* port (587) but if the MX port (25) were configured this way then you would be blocking a lot of legitimate email from old servers on the internet that do not support STARTTLS

That's what we do here on the big-gov't email servers. Filtering for non-auth'd relays curbs spam quite cheaply. We already have an answer for ISPs who'd complain about rejection: "Tough."

Comment: Re:ENTITLEMENTS, NOT RIGHTS (Score 1) 95

by Jesrad (#48259207) Attached to: Open Consultation Begins On Italy's Internet Bill of Rights

Yes, like someone who loses the right to sell you bottled water because you are entitled to drinkable tap water (for a very low price).

No one is entitled to drinkable tap water. When that ressource comes short, everyone gets rationed. And if you won't pay the bills the tap gets cut off. In fact it's ubiquitous in our countries because it's both cheap and vital to so many. But getting there was, actually, a capitalist initiative: the work of persistent entrepreneurs. So yeah, choosing this example undermines your argument.

Granting everyone a "right to" internet access won't make Internet available to everyone. Developping technical solutions and financing their implementation to allow widespread, cheaper access to the Internet will. Just like with access to water.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"