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Comment Re:Why is prostitution illegal in the first place? (Score 1) 173

This isn't about a girl. Read the summary: "...streets known to have a prostitution problem." Legal/illegal aside, the premise is that the street has already been determined to have a problem, present perfect tense. Imagine your local street had a pot hole problem, whom you would call and what measures you would expect them to take. If your local government doesn't have authority over streets' behavior, then pray tell: who does?

Now, thanks to advances in police forensics, we have learned that some people drive on these streets, and in some cases we can identify these drivers or at least their associates. You've got a street coping with a problem, but insensitive commons-tramplers are using (relatively) heavy equipment upon it. What to do? I say there's no need to barbarously escalate. Just write 'em a letter, nicely asking them to transition toward a more tarmac-friendly lifestyle. My fellow Americans, we need more street-walkers and I think the leaders in visionary places like Los Angeles are just the policy-makers to help make that so.

Comment I'm confident 80% of posters didn't watch video (Score 5, Insightful) 151

This isn't like "oh, I can eventually break this lock by smashing it", it's "this lock opens if you tap it in the right place". It takes seconds, and requires nothing in the way of fancy technique or specialized tools.

Yes, we all get it, any lock can be defeated - but this isn't the right story to use that stock comment on. This isn't someone smashing a small lock with a big hammer - this is someone demonstrating how defective a particular lock is, and it makes for an entertaining little video.

Comment Even doctors can't tell! (Score 3, Funny) 117

In the mid-19th century, researchers claimed they could tell the sex of an individual just by looking at their disembodied brain.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Now that brain that you gave me. Was it Hans Delbruck's?

Igor: No.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Ah! Very good. Would you mind telling me whose brain I DID put in?

Igor: Then you won't be angry?

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: I will NOT be angry.

Igor: Abby someone.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Abby someone. Abby who?

Igor: Abby... Normal.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Abby Normal?

Igor: I'm almost sure that was the name.

Comment Re:Foolish... (Score 1) 156

Plus it's not a bad idea to go 64-bit clean on Linux installations if possible as if one doesn't force 64-bit clean, over time and installing additional software often the box becomes a polluted mess of 32 bit and 64 bit programs and libraries. Better to drop 32 bit altogether if it's practical.

Comment Re:it took 2 1/2 years... (Score 1) 190

for this to get "noticed"?

so much for open standards and open source software... 'its safe. you can look at the code yourself"... it took two and a half fucking years for someone to do just that.. and just to find an easter egg, not an embedded and obscured vulnerability.

No, it didn't take 2.5 years to get noticed. Look at the comments on the final commit, it was noticed and commented on by another team member the same day it went in. https://github.com/http2/http2...

The public didn't notice, but I'm sure many people involved in the project did... the commit wasn't in any way obscured. It just wasn't interesting enough for anyone else to notice.

Comment What is metadata? (Score 2) 85

NSLs are restricted to allowing collection only of "non-content information", or metadata. But what does that mean? In the case of telephone calls, it's pretty clear. With web history, though, it's much less clear, because a list of URLs is a list not only of which servers you connected to, but in most cases also what information you retrieved. The URL doesn't contain the information itself, but it's trivial for someone else to retrieve it and find out what you read.

Cell location information is another debatable case. While in some sense it is metadata if we consider the content to be what you talk about on the phone, the data you send/receive, etc., it's also tantamount to having a tracking device on almost everyone. Courts have ruled that GPS tracking without a warrant is unconstitutional, and it really seems that this is the same thing. The precision is lower, but it's still pretty darned good.

As for purchases, it would seem that information about what you bought and how much you paid for it would constitute "content", while the times and locations of the transactions would be metadata.

IP addresses of people you corresponded with... that seems like pure metadata, and is unsurprising to me.

Comment Re:Sputnik? (Score 2) 219

The shuttle's misuse as a payload delivery platform was not a technical failure of the vehicle. You are right, it was a terrible cargo vehicle, but would have been an excellent vehicle on which to operate longer-duration special missions that required the equipment to be launched and returned in one configuration.

It was our own damn political fault that we decided that the shuttle should contain the parts for a station, parts that individually had to be smaller than the shuttle's cargo bay. Had the entire payload of the launching rocket been station parts plus enough cowl to protect it for launch we could have sent up much bigger station parts, and if we used the shuttle for anything, could have housed the astronauts that were to complete assembly of the station in-orbit, or could have been configured not as a cargo vehicle but as a crew transport vehicle to the station carrying significantly more than the eight that it was equipped for.

Comment Re:Summary is so broken (Score 3, Interesting) 137

The PS4 and Xbox One both have "8 core" AMD CPU's.
Previously only 6 cores for both systems were available to game developers.

I have one question about this...


WHY in the HELL would these companies, that are fighting each other over which system is better, hobble their systems by disabling processor cores? Aren't the games multithreaded? Wouldn't two more cores, or approximately 25% of the processor power of the system, be useful to gamers that want better gameplay?

Comment Re:Sputnik? (Score 1) 219

Sputnik was a lot more the glove slapped across the face than the pistol shot on the dueling grounds. After the United States' success with the Lunar Landing the Soviet/Russian and American programs headed into obviously different directions, but the development of the Shuttle and the Soviets' failure with their equivalent, and the Soviets/Russians success with inexpensive LEO and stations while the United States failed with Skylab and then had enough development problems that they relied on the Russians for the beginnings of the modern station.

That said, I welcome the Russians' designs on space because the competition will spur the American manned space program into more than trips to LEO again, which dwarf the military applications that the Russians would get from their programme.

The clothes have no emperor. -- C.A.R. Hoare, commenting on ADA.