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Comment: Re:A better approach (Score 1) 256

by Mike Van Pelt (#49356635) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess

That's what I do for my password manager password. I use German capitalization rules (all nouns are capitalized, not just proper nouns) and numeric and special characters where appropriate. Then I have a particular obscure quote which I remember in slightly misquoted form.

For example (NOT the one I really use of course!) "Four Score and Seven Years ago, some Mothers brought forth upon this Continent a new Nation" would be "4S&7Ya,sMb4thutCanN"

Comment: Things that didn't contribute to reduction in CO2 (Score 3, Interesting) 283

But oh, no, it can't possibly be that China's fast-track of building new nuclear power plants had anything whatsoever to do with it, oh no, never never never never. (grumble grumble grumble)

The CO2 problem will never be solved until the people who continue to loudly assert that they are so very very concerned about it get over their irrational dread of the only 24x7 source of energy that has the capacity to compete with coal.

Comment: Oddity in homeopathic terminology (Score 1) 447

OK, I think all of us (or, most of us, anyway) are clear on the "It's just distilled water, and doesn't do anything that distilled water doesn't do" thing, but one thing has always bugged me.

How come the homeopathy people always discuss the components that aren't in their nostrums using Harry Potter Latin? They just stick a "um" or "ium" on the end of everything

(Actually Rowling's Latin was better than this...

Comment: Re:Politicians will be stupid but scientists/techn (Score 1) 356

by Mike Van Pelt (#49243647) Attached to: New Solar Capacity Beats Coal and Wind, Again

Does it bother anybody else that nuclear isn't even mentioned in passing in the linked article?

It massively ticks me off. If the people who are most visibly going on and on about global warming believed it themselves, they'd be front and center advocating replacing coal with nuclear. (Which we ought to have been doing for the past 40 years for more reasons than just CO2.) Instead, all we get from the vast majority is arithmetic denialism.

Comment: Installed it... then uninstalled it. (Score 1) 275

by Mike Van Pelt (#49199541) Attached to: uTorrent Quietly Installs Cryptocurrency Miner
Fortunately, that was a couple of weeks ago, when I wanted to download LibreOffice. I recalled from the last time that "utorrent is the thing". Back then, it didn't do ads. I would have left it installed to re-seed LibreOffice, but it didn't take much getting pelted with "Hottttt Roooskie wimmin are lusting after U" ads for me to remove it, with prejudice.

Comment: Re:Compare the alternatives (Score 1) 384

by Mike Van Pelt (#49190991) Attached to: French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles

>Are people living in the Chernobyl area? No? THAT is my point.

Actually, a few people are living in the Chernobyl area. Some of the old folks didn't evacuate, and some of them moved back.

Interestingly, the people who moved back to Chernobyl and Pripyat are doing better, health and longevity wise, than the people who stayed away.

Comment: The Goldfinger Gambit (Score 2) 178

I wonder if the point wasn't to steal the Mt. Gox Bitcoins, but just to delete them, forever removing them from the system, like the several million dollars worth on that hard drive buried in a landfill somewhere. By removing a bunch from the system, it reduces the supply and raises the price for those who are holding lots of them.

(Fans of 1960s James Bond movies might recall that this was Auric Goldfinger's reason for setting off a nuke in Fort Knox.)

Comment: Re:There might be hope for a decent adaptation (Score 4, Insightful) 331

by Mike Van Pelt (#49182535) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen
"The Puppet Masters" was actually pretty decent, given their limitations. (They ran out of budget to do decent alien spaceships, and they're obviously not going to be able to take it as far as Schedule Suntan without getting a kiss-of-death NC-17 rating.) Donald Sutherland absolutely nailed the rold of The Old Man. And how did they get that chimp to act so *creepy* when hag-ridden? Much of the dialog was straight from the book, and a number of scenes were very close to the book, modulo moving the setting to the present day from a future where there are Venus colonies. It was made by people who read and loved the book.

Comment: Freefall (Score 1) 531

by Mike Van Pelt (#49140299) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

Heh... some of this reminds me of some of the goings-on in the "Freefall" online comic strip. Among all the slapstick humor is a good bit of serious discussion about what personhood really means, and when does an AI (either electromechanical, or biological) have it.

One of the characters has been introducing the robots to religions... plural. All of them.

Comment: Depends on whether the extensions I use get signed (Score 1) 196

by Mike Van Pelt (#49033719) Attached to: Firefox To Mandate Extension Signing
I don't go nuts with extensions, but there are some I really need to use -- LastPass, Tree Style Tab, Certificate Patrol, NoScript. The "big ones", of course, will get signed, but some of these (like Tree Style Tab) seem to be an "individual working in his garage" type plugin. Will it get signed? If not... that's a problem.

This process can check if this value is zero, and if it is, it does something child-like. -- Forbes Burkowski, CS 454, University of Washington