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Comment Re:no need for malware (Score 1) 28

Why would anyone even care about your Skype conversations? Is this like for black mail purposes or do people really discuss state secrets using Skype?

Read AC's links On Linux, the backdoors give access to all your passwords, and on everything will access your address book even when you tell it not to - shades of Windows 10 telemetry. Now imagine when coupled with some service like Linkedin, where you give them your email passwords so Linkedin can harvest your address book. Fun fun for everyone.

You put a backdoor in software for the good guys, it's only a matter of time until the bad guys have it as well.

Comment Re:no need for malware (Score 1) 28

Skype is a privacy clusterfuck. It is already well and thoroughly backdoored. Adding another back door is akin to adding a second screen door to your submarine.

Skype is a security danger even if you don't have it running. You have to uninstall it.

Possibly one of those cases when if you put a backdoor in "for the good guys", the bad guys will discover it and use it, in the end, decreasing security. Get rid of it, because even if you have nothing to hide, you're just opening your computer up to the world.

Comment Re:Slashdot hates technology? (Score 2) 42

Right now, comments on this article are 100% Anonymous Cowards, who all agree this is dumb and won't go anwhere. And that's pretty much par for the course here - people dumping on random consumer tech, websites, every company in software, VR, robotics, AI, self-driving cars.

I think VR is going to be big.

While I sort of agree that Slashdot has a fair number of posters who simply hate everything new, let us not forget that not everything new is automatically wonderful.

But now that we are past that, I'm not seeing 3D as becoming really widely adopted until the delivery method goes past the helmet on the head paradigm. I'm seeing a direct immersion, probably using brain implants, or some way of acceptably stimulating the optic nerve (which by the way will be a boon for the blind) Sit back in the chair or couch, close your eyes (or not) and you are totally immersed in the movie or game No visual borders. I'm also envisioning a complete immersive game or first person movie where you take a concoction that allows you to feel the movement, but be in a sleeplike muscle inhibited mode especially in the movie experience where you are going along for whatever the main character's experience is.

Comment Re:Establishment clause (Score 1) 199

I suppose it's not surprising that someone who believes in scientific racism (as you obviously do) also would think that a religious symbol on your neighbor's property is the equivalent of an unshielded nuclear reactor.

I am sort of surprised that you took a comment noting that property rights are not 100 percent on the side of the property owner, and gyrating that to scientific racism. Especially, what the hell is scientific racism anyhow?

If I wanted to place a 300 foot cross on my property in my neighborhood, I wouldn't be allowed. If I wanted to pan for gold, I wouldn't be allowed.

What the hell are we arguing about anyhow? We seem to be more or less on the same page, except my attempt at humor upset you. Hint, I don't even think the most rabid property rights advocate would want to put an unshielded nuc reactor on his property. My training tells me that he wouldn't own the property much longer. They're kinda nasty thingies if you don't keep them in their jars.

Comment Re:Establishment clause (Score 1) 199

As I said, personally, I don't consider Hawaiians anything at all, since I don't believe there is such a thing as a "Hawaiian".

What there is is "native Hawaiian groups", which seem pretty similar to something like the Thule Society.

Yes, you are right. There is a lot of ambiguity over the original Hawaiians, Polynesians, Tahitian, and Maori and even possible pre-Columbian Americas influence. As well as the dates of occupation. Some have even noted some sort of "little people" living there, although that is disputed.

So Ol Olsoc doesn't think a pure Hawaiian exists at all - and that's just another knock against these folks. I pretty much dispute their claim over the islands any more than anyone else's.

I also dispute that some deity lives in that mountain, and find the original lease agreement is valid. Any claim they have - especially to the mountaintop is as valid as Dominionist dogma. They are part of the US now, and if they want to rebel, they'll need to take up arms and declare war on us.

Comment Re:Establishment clause (Score 1) 199

I can see why the natives would be upset, having been invaded and subjugated by the US army and their land taken.

Not sure how that affects building telescopes though.

Yes, wrong is wrong. The thing is that they aren't exactly innocent or pure. Their religion is a caste system, their religion practices human sacrifice, segregates men and women and as far as I can tell, the Tahiti takeover (Disputed) or Maori merely shows whatever they are, they aren't the first, so they have no permanent claim.

Some researchers think they may even had pre-Columbian American contact due to the presence of the sweet potato in Hawaii.

Lest we think only white 'murricans are evil, the Hawaiians (whichever were the presumed original ones) introduced the Pacific rat to the islands, which precipitated an early extinction event.

Here's an interesting link

I have great sympathy for a lot of the people that we Americans may have run roughshod over. The "native" Hawaiians simply aren't one of them.

Comment Re: Batteries just don't store enough energy... (Score 1, Insightful) 210

No, you are. Telsa price out of range of most people, the batteries are too damn expensive

Are you a typcial progressive-liberal shithead that can't understand hard economonics and engineering?

Exactly, I thought otherwise - and wrongly, when a friend gave me teh lecture while we were tooling down the road in his F-450 Platinum edition Pickup truck. The base model starts at 65 thousand.

A true vehicle for the masses.

And don't say it's a rare bird. I've seen several tooling around in my neck of the woods. Well, actually I've never seen one off the road. It's a really nice truck. But remarkably expensive once you add in the options.

And you don't need to be your "typical liberal progressive shithead" to look up prices on the internet. Parts of that invective might be applicable to some folks who can't be bothered to verify their memes.

Comment Re:Establishment clause (Score 2) 199

A group of native Hawaiians object on the grounds that the land has historic and spiritual significance. IMHO, both sides have standing, and I hope they work something out that preserves both of their interests.

There are two possibilities. Either these lands are public or they are private (or could be sold to a private group). If I build a telescope on my private land, you have no right to interfere with that even if it offends your religious beliefs. If the lands are public, then trying to maintain them in a way that caters to the religious feelings of any group amounts to an establishment of religion; that's unacceptable as well.

And, of course, "native Hawaiian" is an ill-defined and corrupt concept to begin with, so "native Hawaiians" ought not to have any legal standing as a group at all. That isn't just a question of justice; if you let people retroactively interfere with property and ownership rights based on their membership in some racial group, you create so much risk and uncertainty that you scare away investments and business. Any sane businessman and investor is going to ask: if we build a new power plant or factory or dock or shopping center, how much risk do we face that some "native Hawaiian group" is going to claim that we are treading on their sacred ground and kill the project halfway through, or demand pay-offs?

That isn't just a question of justice; if you let people retroactively interfere with property and ownership rights based on their membership in some racial group, you create so much risk and uncertainty that you scare away investments and business. Any sane businessman and investor is going to ask: if we build a new power plant or factory or dock or shopping center, how much risk do we face that some "native Hawaiian group" is going to claim that we are treading on their sacred ground and kill the project halfway through, or demand pay-offs?

Especially since the Mauna Kea Telescope is just a proxy fight. This group of Hawaiians at core do not want white people on "their" islands at all. The native Hawaiians refer to anyone not of their race as Haole , although it is mostly used as a racial epithet against Europeans.

From the article:

In 1944, Hawaiian scholar Charles Kenn wrote, "In the primary and esoteric meaning, haole indicates a race that has no relation to one's own; an outsider, one who does not conform to the mores of the group; one that is void of the life element because of inattention to natural laws which make for the goodness in man. In its secondary meaning, haole ... implies a thief, a robber, one not to be trusted.

In likewise manner, in Hawaiian schools, on the last day of school, they have "Kill Haole day", where natives are supposed to harass and attack the white students.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has this to say about the incredibly racist Hawaiians:

So sorry Hawaiians, I consider you to be just as racist as the southern preacher in the 1859's preaching how the bible condones owning black people, as racist as any group of KKK members, who lynch and burn crosses on lawns. As racist as any southern state you care to name.

And do not even attempt to hand me the idea that since some white people have been racist, that its okay with you being racist, because you are then condoning their racism. You are 100 percent as big a collection of racist scum as they were.

Comment And to think (Score 1) 131

I started out programming in basic with the "hello world! program.

As did millions of others.

I guess we were devastated, depressed, and had our self esteem destroyed when we found out that not everything was as easy as "hello world!"?

Oh.... wait.... we didn't. We were interested, plowed in, and learned the harder stuff because we were interested.

If mommy and daddy want to protect their precious little snowflakes from the hard stuff by learning the hard stuff at the beginning - like that even makes sense - they need to just have them all go into women's studies or whatever it is boys are supposed to go into these days.

Comment Re:Pity there isn't a -1 ; Conspiracy Theory mod (Score 1) 231

And you are avoiding the question, Olsoc.

No avoidance at all, I'd provide you a link, but I can only access that on my W10 computer. They might block it from other browsers/OS'. They say they collect information about you, and say they collect keystroking. If that doesn't say keylogging to you, your Check is waiting for you.

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