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Comment: Encoding vs Encrypting. (Score 1) 114

by Kittenman (#49142389) Attached to: Schneier: Everyone Wants You To Have Security, But Not From Them
In the following example:
"Mother" is the Chief of Staff
"Uncle James" is the head of state,
"Maisie's house" is the UN building
"Fishing" is 'discussing nuclear limitations'>br> "Peeling Plums" is 'advising of invasion plans for country xxx

Message starts: "Mother and Uncle James are on their way to Maisie's house to peel some plums. After that they hope to go fishing, then see a movie. Have a lovely weekend. Cousin Sam"

Message is indecipherable without a code book.

Comment: I think it's more complicated than that ... (Score 2) 50

I was a stutterer, and strongly blame psychological reasons (ever meet my mother?). I suspect some of us have psychological problems, some neurological (so this research says).

I'd be interested if psychological problems caused neurological issues.

Comment: Re:I agree (Score 2) 674

by Kittenman (#49108549) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

Lots of climate change deniers, cornucopians and similar delusional folks in software development.

The same as there are in any other field. IT isn't full of science nerds. We have all sorts in this profession.

Example - when I started programming ages ago, one of my fellow programmers was working on an Astrological program. Another was developing something that would enable him to pick winners on the horse races. I suspect the latter was more scientifically based than the former.

Personally in my spare time I transmute base metals into gold. And vice versa.

Comment: Re:News Media (Score 1) 110

by Kittenman (#49108365) Attached to: Mars One Does Not Renew Contracts For Robotic Missions

When will the news media wake up to the fact that this is a scam and stop giving Mars Zero (zero because they have zero chance of actually going to Mars) free advertising?

My new start-up, Jupiter Zero, will soon replace Mars Zero in the news anyhow

(Actually, this is probably what's going to happen...)

Comment: Re:LG TV (Score 1) 129

by Kittenman (#49092515) Attached to: Gadgets That Spy On Us: Way More Than TVs

So I disconnected it from the internet, and so it shall remain.

Are you sure it's really disconnected? If it has WiFi, it could auto-connect to any available, "open" access point.

The scene: two years from now:
Me: TV- turn on and switch to "The X-factor: pro-wrestling special"
TV: I'm sorry ...Dave, I can't allow that to happen.

Just hope that the TVs don't learn to lipread,,,,

Comment: Good comment - more non-fiction with age (Score 1) 164

by Kittenman (#49063699) Attached to: How is your book reading divided between fiction and non-fiction?
And I don't know why either. I still enjoy a good novel (Charles Frazier/Susannah Clarke...) and read a bunch of Dickens about a year ago (try 'em out! There's a reason why they're called 'classics'. And what's more, they're free...).

But I read some computing subjects, some Astronomy subjects, some philosophy (I guess you call it - Sam Harris?). Whatever turns my crank.

One of the joys of being older is that you can read what you want - and by and large you know what you like. I joined a book club to avoid getting stuck in a rut... that's a danger...

Comment: Must be 'Introspection' (Score 1) 333

Say 'Curiosity' tracks down a weird-looking fossil on the rocks of Mars.

We'd look inwards to see what this means to us as a species. We're not alone. We're not special. Where there's one there be hundreds. Thousands. Will they be friendly. Will we be friendly? Can we hide? Can we opt out? What will they think like? Will they be smarter than us? Suppose they are, what can we do?

Sort of like the thoughts that go through the mind of an ex-only child when mum and dad come back from the hospital with a little bundle....

Comment: Pointless, but no doubt true (Score 2) 220

by Kittenman (#48928349) Attached to: Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away
Wouldn't any programmer worth their salt identify themselves in the comments, or (if not) be logged as the last guy in that code on such-and-such a date, while working on such-and-such a patch number? (E,.g 'kittenman was here, 1/Jan/15, fixing Steve's crap').

But I hope my code is easily recognizable. I'm proud of it. It may not be the smartest, slickest, quickest there is, but it's mine. And it works.

Comment: Re:Then there was War Plan Red (Score 3, Informative) 313

And if memory serves, as recently as the 1860's, the Brits were supplying arms to the Confederacy, so in the late 19th century, it wasn't all smiles and sunshine the way it has been since WW2.

There's also the 'Trent Affair'. . The US stopped a British ship mid-Atlantic to take off a couple of confederate politicians. That got pretty heated, until Lincoln handled the incident (read the article...).

The universe does not have laws -- it has habits, and habits can be broken.