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Comment: Re:I don't buy this "solution" of his (Score 2) 288

by OzPeter (#47500997) Attached to: Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

So maybe the real solution is complaining about it on Slashdot. That gets things done.

That depends on what the actual problem is that he is trying to solve. If it is trying to fix the phone, or his experience .. then no, it won't change much. But if it is simply to create a click-bait article masquerading as an editorial (and one that a lot of people will complain and bitch about as well) - well then, the solution works just fine and dandy.

Comment: Re:Sun Tzu already knew (Score 2) 114

by OzPeter (#47483599) Attached to: Preparing For Satellite Defense

Be glad they are not stupidly trying to set up nuclear missiles on Cuba in order to get a "head start" in a nuclear world war like the Russians did.

Umm .. I think you need to learn some history. The Russian placement of missiles in Cuba was a response to the West's placements of similar missiles near the Russian border in Europe. And one of the terms of the resolution of the crisis in Cuba was a reduction of the West's missiles in Europe.

Comment: Re:To whoever did this (Score 1) 503

by OzPeter (#47482203) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

You make think that you're a big balled freedom fighting hero

It seems you have already decided who is responsible.

Well it was either the pro-Russian, Ukrainian separatist freedom fighters, or the Nationalistic, Ukrainian independence freedom fighters who did it.

Which group do you think the OP is referring to? And why?

Comment: Re:meanwhile overnight... (Score 2) 503

by OzPeter (#47481853) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

To me, this almost sounds like the Twitter messages from the rebels claiming that they captured a BUK were correct - the Russians didn't directly lend the rebels a BUK, but they're helping them cover it up after the fact in order to stop any news coming out that goes against their message of the rebels being poor, oppressed ethnic Russians who need protection from their "home country".

What sort of "rebels" would have the training an ability to set up and operate a crew served weapon? I severely doubt that such a system is "point and shoot" as it has 3 separate, independent mobile systems.

Comment: Re:To me it's pretty clear. (Score 1) 503

by OzPeter (#47481823) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Slavian Farmers Militia ("Seperatists") bored and trigger-happy and with easy access to Russian military hardware.

But is a SAM system something a "farmer" can just point and shoot? Or does it take training and expertise in order to shoot down an aircraft at 30,000 feet?

My expectation is that regardless of which side shot the missile, that they would have had to have been a trained crew - even just to correctly set the system up.

Comment: Re:Propaganda won't help this time (Score 2) 503

by OzPeter (#47481783) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Sorry, but I'm not a native speaker and such intricacies sometimes elude me. Seems strange to me that such a little article makes all the difference, because after all, you yourself call other countries "the US" or "the Netherlands".

And last time I looked both the US and the Netherlands were independent countries.

The US and the Netherlands are special cases. For example in English you don't say "The Australia", "The Brazil" or "The Canada".

Comment: Re:meanwhile overnight... (Score 5, Informative) 503

by OzPeter (#47481715) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Here is the story Malaysia Airlines plane crashes on Ukraine-Russia border - live

The video is referenced as

12.20 Tom Parfitt has picked up an intriguing Russian-language detail.
Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine's interior minister, has made the latest of a series of claims that a Buk missile launcher allegedly used by pro-Russian rebels to knock down Flight MH17 was smuggled away into Russia overnight. He highlights a video which purportedly shows the launcher with two of its missiles missing, writing "it's not hard to guess why".
“It was exactly these missiles which brought death to almost 300 innocent passengers of the ill-fated Malaysian Boeing,” he added.
Mr Gerashchenko says the video was made by Ukrainian intelligence agents at 4.50am as the launcher was on the move towards the Russian border near the town of Krasnodon.
We obviously can't confirm it's authenticity.

The video is found here Buk launcher video

Comment: Re:why would anyone cancel comcast? (Score 1) 401

by OzPeter (#47460241) Attached to: Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

where else can you get hundreds of channels of TV i hate and crappy internet for one low price of $200 a month?
what else would i do if i didn't have 400 channels of TV? how else would i watch commercials?

We changed comcast TV to the lowest package that you can get - just the local stations, and if we want something else we watch Netflix. Even with just the local stations there is still too much crap on TV.

However if we could have gone a la carte for less price than a package, then we would have carved out the crap. Of course that will never happen.

Comment: Security (Score 2) 79

by OzPeter (#47456163) Attached to: Led By Nest, 'Thread' Might Be Most Promising IoT Initiative Yet

The press release and the website talk about banking class security, and things like Thread closes identified security holes found in other wireless protocols and provides worry-free operation.. But what I see is that every product in this wireless mesh network is a potential point of access from outside, and must be up-dateable if you are going to maintain a current "best practices" of threat mediation - which IMHO is going to be a security maintenance nightmare. So what am I missing?

And that's not even considering things like a DOS attack by firing a high-powered radio signal at your target.

Comment: Re:Useless coins (Score 2) 752

by OzPeter (#47445503) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Let's see the future free from pennies, first.

Years ago I was at the Denver mint (where they make pennies) and I questioned the tour guide there about getting rid of pennies (as per Oz). For some reason this tour guide couldn't comprehend a world without pennies, and started bring up all sorts of straw men arguments about how consumers would be ripped off, and other things (which I can't quite recall now). It was weird.

But what is also weird is that the US has a $1 coin. But I think that I have only ever seen it in use in Chicago. Apparently USians don't like them. That and the $2 bill - which only seems be given out as change at Monticello in Charlottesville VA, because it was Jeffersons home and his face is on the $2 bill.

Comment: Re:galactic hyper-hearse (Score 2) 238

by OzPeter (#47445033) Attached to: Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark That You Can't See It

It's the weird colour scheme that freaks me. Every time you try to operate one of these weird black controls, which are labeled in black on a black background, a small black light lights up black to let you know you've done it. Hey, what is this, some kind of galactic hyper-hearse?

You kids with your fancy book references just make me laugh. When I think of HHGTTG, I think of the radio plays, with Peter Jones as the book, and the Haggunenon Admiral's flagship.

Ahh .. the good old days.

Now git off my lawn.

Comment: Re:Absurd (Score 4, Informative) 181

How can any nation grant right over something outside its sovereignty?

You do know what country you are talking about don't you? sovereignty (especially other peoples) hasn't generally been at the top of the list of discussion points for quite a while(*)

* And by quite a while I mean it .. just look at how Hawai'i became a state.

Comment: Re:Technically, it's not a "draft notice" (Score 2) 205

You forgot the carrot .. While registering for Selective service is not compulsory:

Registration for Selective Service is also required for various federal programs and benefits, including student loans (such as FAFSA), job training, federal employment, and naturalization.

Selective service

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