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Comment Re:Mirrored drones = deadly disco balls? (Score 1) 47

The mirror coating is barely reflective to a laser, and will burn off just about as quickly as the camouflage coating which you propose. What is needed to have any real effect is an ablative laser coating which continues to be reflective as it is burned away. AFAIK no such material exists as of yet, in spite of being prophesied in roll-playing games (i.e. Battletech.)

However, yes, there will be some reflections while the target is being cooked, and if it is at low altitudes that could be quite dangerous to any spectators.

Comment Re:When the alternative is paywalls (Score 1) 167

Would you prefer to have to buy a separate $20 per year subscription for each domain that you visit? Or what third option am I missing?

More sponsored content with embedded advertisement, of course. Some of this is shit, some of it is entertaining. The world's fastest car show sponsored by battery tender may be stamped battery tender all over it, but it doesn't really detract from the experience. It's almost kind of nostalgic, in a mutual of omaha's wild kingdom kind of way.

Comment Re:Advertisers, worry about security? Get real (Score 1) 167

Noscript has been around for a long time, and many of us have been using it for a long time. I used to use Flashblock, back before malicious javascript became a serious thing, but then I switched to using Noscript, which also flashblocks.

It might be a hassle figuring out which script sources to enable, or to have some sites just never work. It's a bigger hassle to reinstall Windows.

Comment Re:I work in online advertising (Score 1) 167

We actually ended up on the phone to the guy who ran the site, begging him to switch to another advertising provider. He wasn't exactly enthusiastic, so the adblocker remained in place. Don't know where things have got to since then.

Probably nowhere, and fast. Dude is willfully aiding and abetting crime by carrying a known-malicious ad network. What scum.

Comment Re:Indians. (Score 1) 61

India really is quite wealthy. Yes, there's a lot of poverty. That's what most people seem to want to see for some reason.

That's what people see both because there's more of it around to see, and because the rich-poor divide is even wider in India than it is in other nations. While many of the descendants of the Raj continue to live opulent lifestyles surrounded by servants, whole swaths of the Indian population lives in a degree of squalor and dirt which you don't even see in most developed nations.

The fact that there's a lot of money in India doesn't stop large portions of its population from living in abject poverty.

Comment Re: A little surprising (Score 1) 40

I find this a little surprising. The NSA might have some great spy tools, but some of the most incredible programmers and IT people that I have ever known are German.

And yet, no software houses but Crytek are known for being German. And when the Nazis wanted to manage the concentration camps, they called IBM. I don't see any evidence that Germans are particularly good at software development.

Comment Re:39% without secondary false-positives. (Score 1) 114

Sound outlandish? We already have an AGW denier in here claiming psychology result replication numbers is just that proof.

Well, they genuinely have a psychological problem, but people throw out babies with bathwater constantly just because they're too lazy to fish out the baby, so it's a widespread one.

Comment Re:"quality of finish" does anybody really care? (Score 1) 113

I have never had problems with it on the N5. As Steve Jobs would say... maybe you are holding the phone wrong. :)

Sadly, there's nothing to be done about it, I'm a gigantic mutant living in a world controlled by tiny people. I have phablet fingers and PDA pockets.

Comment Re:It's profitable (Score 1) 167

Still, that's going to be a problem for the advertising companies and content providers to solve, and since the longer they wait before fixing the problem with malvertising the harder it will be to fix the effects of that foot dragging it's a classic case of reaping what you sow, so screw 'em. If they want to try and destroy their entire industry, I certainly don't have a problem with that.

Bill Hicks had it right. He didn't even include any exceptions for people who have landed an advertising job which doesn't include lying to people. He just said kill yourself and the world would be a better place if all the marketers did that. Sadly, only the ones who are closest to having a soul would do so. The rest will continue to exist just to shit up our landscape.

Comment Re:Which is why (Score 1) 114

... you don't make any important decisions based on a single paper. That's true for hard sciences as well as social sciences.

OK, tell that to the NIH. Or hey, tell the APA. The DSM might need a little love. Those traitorous fucks.

The truth is that the course of our lives is often decided, by fiat, on the basis of a single study

Comment Re:Comparison? (Score 1) 114

You also don't have to prove that a drug is safe or efficacious to sell a derivative of it. All you have to prove is that it doesn't kill many more people than the last version. You not only don't have to prove that it works better, you don't have to prove that it works at all.

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