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Comment: Re:Time capsule or doomsday timer (Score 1) 170

So what do you do when technology and law provides such an attractive feast for "content 'owners'" that it becomes impossible to purchase anything outright, and everything you pay for comes in the Netflix model?

To answer the OP's question, there is a solution: TecSec*. It provides a crypto-wrapper of sorts that allows for external data (literally anything quantifiable; e.g., geolocation data, time data, etc.) to be used as a condition for decryption. The notable caveat here is that you need a trusted source for the information to be used for criteria. But while difficult, it's possible to create a solution that will withstand (literally) the test of time.

*tecsec.com. Full disclosure, I am an acquaintance of the CEO, but we met because of the technology; I'm offering my opinion as a security professional, not a friend.

Comment: Re:Ripe for abuse (Score 1) 106

by Mattcelt (#47166889) Attached to: Tracking Tesla's Quiet Changes To the Model S

Agreed. Though I can only speak anecdotally, every wealthy person I know - which I'm defining here as would not need to earn any more money between now and the day they die and still live comfortably in their chosen lifestyle - is not a spendthrift.

One of the wealthiest men in the world balked at an aircraft avionics upgrade that cost less than his income for one day.

And more often than not, even seemingly-frivolous expenditures have ulterior money-making options that may have long-term returns. Richard Branson may seem a spendthrift, but I assure you that nearly everything he does has long-term gains in mind. (He is not the person referenced above, btb.) Some pan out, some do not. But an expenditure that is knowingly not a good buy is a rare event.

I don't know if the research is still the most current, but in the Millionaire Next Door study, the ONLY absolutely consistent factor for American millionaires was their marriage to frugal wives.

Frugality is very heavily correlated to wealth gain and retention; to the point where I'm comfortable calling it a factor in causation.

Comment: Re: Chip and PIN (Score 2) 210

by Mattcelt (#46881855) Attached to: Target Moves To Chip and Pin Cards To Boost Security

I still have a Target-branded chip-and-pin card and USB reader from 10+ years ago from an early pilot they did with a well-financed crypto startup. I would imagine some of their executives are kicking themselves now for having shut the project down then.

It's nice to see the US finally catching up with what Europe has been doing for a very long time.

Comment: Re:Rich people deserve safe beachfront homes (Score -1, Troll) 476

What on Earth makes you think the NYT or CNN is more credible a source than FOX?

Show me a news source that isn't catering to ratings (i.e., money), and I'll show you one worth listening to. Until then, they're all suspect, and all they spew is bollocks.

Comment: Re:Why is this here? (Score 3, Insightful) 629

by Mattcelt (#43561361) Attached to: Why We'll Never Meet Aliens

Sorry to be pedantic, but unless I missed it, you pointed out only potentially factual errors in the original, not any logical fallacies. So while it certainly raises some questions, it does not "beg" any in your example. (Though I think a thorough analysis of TFA's original premise could find some petitio principii in the author's logic.)

Here is a good explanation of why that is so.

Comment: Re:20 years passed (Score 0) 422

by Mattcelt (#43483003) Attached to: Huge Explosion at Texas Fertilizer Plant

In English, an adverb is a word that modifies a verb or adjective.

As an example of modifying an adjective: "He was very tired."
He - noun (subject)
was - verb
very - adverb (modifying 'tired')
tired - adjective (specifically a predicate adjective

As an example of modifying a verb: "Danielle quickly ran to the corner."
Danielle - noun (subject)
quickly - adverb (modifying 'ran')
to - preposition
the - definite article
corner - noun (the object of the preposition in this case)

So to borrow from your first instance: "His murders were clearly terrorism."
His - possessive pronoun
murders - noun (subject)
were - verb
clearly - adverb (modifying 'were')
terrorism - predicate nominative, a special use case for nouns (not an adverb)

The easiest way to identify an adverb is to ask what the word modifies. If it modifies a noun (a blue sweater, where blue is describing the sweater), it's an adjective. If it modifies an adjective (a very blue sweater) or a verb (a sweater permanently dyed blue), it's an adverb. (One can often identify verb-modifying adverbs by looking for the suffix -ly: quick -> quickly, intelligent -> intelligently.) Though the constructions of the latter sentences are more complex, none of those examples you cite are actually adverbs: they are all adjectives in some form. Terror, terrorist, and terrorism are all nouns. There is actually no adverbal form of terrorism that I'm aware of. The closest I can think of is "terrifyingly".

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