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Comment: Re:non-recidivist (Score 1) 898

by Philbert de Zwart (#37396048) Attached to: UK Man Jailed For Being a Jerk On the Internet
That quote irked me as well. The fact whether his actions would be taken seriously by the authorities has nothing to do with this. He should have realized how hurtful his actions were to the people grieving for this girl, and based his moral decision on that. I'm not sure where to draw the line in cases like these, but I find it very hard to argue that this person does not deserve punishment.

Comment: Re:antimatter (Score 2, Insightful) 208

by Philbert de Zwart (#37016820) Attached to: Anti-Matter Belt Discovered Around Earth

Well, I will agree with you that atomic bombs require an enormous investment, but your reasoning fails on one account: in an atomic bomb, the potential energy is already there, provided by nature. Sure we had to refine it, but in the end it is supernovas that put all that energy in the Uranium (or what have you) for us. To create an antimatter bomb, we need to produce all that potential energy ourselves, in the form of antimatter. Not only do we need to put in the potential energy itself, but also excess energy to account for the inefficiency of the production process.

That is what makes antimatter too inefficient to be used as a weapon, let alone as a fuel source.

This changes if we could harvest it from space, as indeed it would be nature again who has stored that potential energy for us.

Comment: Expert? (Score 1) 371

by Philbert de Zwart (#36447734) Attached to: How Citigroup Hackers Easily Gained Access
From the article: "One expert, who is part of the investigation and wants to remain anonymous because the inquiry is at an early stage, told The New York Times he wondered how the hackers could have known to breach security by focusing on the vulnerability in the browser. He said: 'It would have been hard to prepare for this type of vulnerability.'" Someone who says this is not an expert.

Comment: Re:Um what? (Score 1) 570

by Philbert de Zwart (#26261603) Attached to: What Carriers Don't Want You To Know About Texting
That doesn't happen. The big difference between most client server applications and SMS is that in SMS the server is actually capable of contacting the client. Your SMS client does not go onto the network to see if you have messages, but the SMSC (short message service center) will try to deliver your SMSes to you, and if you are not online, will try later or get paged when you get online so you receive your SMSes then. I'm not sure how that works with IM protocols.

Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward.