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Comment: Re:This doesn't seem that bad IMO... (Score 1) 1174

by Lord of Hyphens (#39806525) Attached to: TSA Defends Pat Down of 4-Year-Old Girl
I know I'm summoning the "black helicopters" with this statement, but since the security checkpoints are crowded and insecure, why not rig up a bomb to go off in the checkpoint, killing/injuring thirty to forty people and sowing panic? You probably wouldn't even have to make it be a suicide bombing (although that particular tactic with a vest of C4 and nails would stand the best chance of success). Such an attack, made at enough airports within a similar timeframe would likely cripple air travel more than the TSA already has.

Comment: Re:SVN for law (Score 1) 115

by Lord of Hyphens (#39806043) Attached to: Hacking the Law

All:
God save your majesty!

Cade:
I thank you, good people—there shall be no money; all shall eat
and drink on my score, and I will apparel them all in one livery,
that they may agree like brothers, and worship me their lord.

Dick:
The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.

Cade:
Nay, that I mean to do.
Henry The Sixth, Part 2 Act 4, scene 2, 71–78

http://www.enotes.com/shakespeare-quotes/lets-kill-all-lawyers
I haven't been able to find it in the original Klingon, apologies.

Comment: Re:very cool (Score 1) 161

by Lord of Hyphens (#36480980) Attached to: The 8-Bit Computer That's Been Built By Hand

Yeah, there's a upper-level undergraduate course that does single-board computers with a 8088 MPU and some supporting hardware. It's a mess and I personally believe that the course should be changed to give a "interfacing with reality" bent to it, as a single MCU can be tuned to do the same (external memory bus, etc) and you can go beyond the "look I made a light blink" to "Look I can actually do something useful with this thing".

Upper-level undergraduate course at my university, which is not MIT.

Comment: Re:very cool (Score 2) 161

by Lord of Hyphens (#36480960) Attached to: The 8-Bit Computer That's Been Built By Hand
Yeah, there's a upper-level undergraduate course that does single-board computers with a 8088 MPU and some supporting hardware. It's a mess and I personally believe that the course should be changed to give a "interfacing with reality" bent to it, as a single MCU can be tuned to do the same (external memory bus, etc) and you can go beyond the "look I made a light blink" to "Look I can actually do something useful with this thing".

Comment: Yeah but I miss the Demos (Score -1) 213

by commodore64_love (#36450080) Attached to: Is This the Golden Age of Hacking?

By "demos" I mean the programs you would download and run for no other purpose than to see how far your computer could be pushed in the sound & graphics department. It was a fun time (80s and early 90s). Like this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5kuYfTCGLg

That's what hackers used to create, in addition to cracking disks and sharing illegal music. Today's hackers rarely create this unique piece of art.

Comment: CNN made it sound horrible (Score 1) 354

by commodore64_love (#36307166) Attached to: World Health Organization Says Mobile Phones May Cause Cancer

Even though this is a non-issue (not conclusive by the study's authors), the folks over at CNN talked about the cellphone risk as if it was Certain to cause harm. They left me with the impression that cellphones are irradiating my hip, and they are a definite carcinogen. The one guy even compared cellphone to cigarettes ("People say they can't live without cigarettes either, but they should give up both those and cellphones if they are dangerous."). They even had people texting to say, 'No I won't use my cellphone anymore. I'm getting a landline.' or 'I'm using speakerphone from now on. I don't want to hold it against my head.'

Piss-poor reporting (aka fear-mongering). I wonder how MSNBC and FOX News are covering it.

Comment: RIPPED OFF (Score 4, Insightful) 99

by commodore64_love (#36299884) Attached to: Canadian Music Industry Copyright Class Action Settled

50 million is a ripoff compared to the billions owed in backpay. That's equivalent to your boss saying, "I'll pay your $50 an hour," waiting years for your paycheck, and then he hands you a measly $5 an hour and says "Oops sorry." I would not have accepted it.

Worse - Since there are lawyers involved, the 50 million will probably shrink to 20 million that has to be distributed amongst the ~1 million singers owed money.

And these nonpaying a-holes in RIAA screw the singers, but they have the nerve to demand WE the customers pay for every single song we make a copy of - $1 if we download it, $1 if we burn it to a CD-R, $1 if we duplicate it across a 2nd PC, and so on.

GRRRR.

(I am a little bitter. Can you tell?)

Comment: Guilty without trial (Score 3, Insightful) 338

by commodore64_love (#36261788) Attached to: US Senate Committee Passes PROTECT IP Act

The sites merely have to be ACCUSED of being copyright infringers. Remember when Homeland Security yanked thousands of websites off the net, including several that were merely personal blogs or news sites?

This is no good. We have courts for a reason - to protect the citizenry from overzealous leaders assuming guilt and enacting punishment against innocent persons.

Comment: Re:Response to the voice of common sense... (Score 0) 255

by commodore64_love (#36249374) Attached to: Fukushima To Become Nuclear Dump?

>>>The casks are...a much safer storage option compared to leaving the spent fuel pellets in a swimming pool.

Yes true. I've heard that the explosion threw some of those pellets into the surrounding neighborhood, therefore getting them converted to stable "casks" is certainly better.

But the *safest* place would be somewhere not subject to earthquakes or drownings by tsunami. Like the Nevada or Sahara desert. That's where Japan should be storing its nuclear waste products for the next 1000 years.

If it smells it's chemistry, if it crawls it's biology, if it doesn't work it's physics.

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