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Comment: I'm not surprised they don't want to defect (Score 4, Insightful) 154

by Nutria (#48672145) Attached to: North Korean Defector Spills Details On the Country's Elite Hacking Force

During the Cold War, how many KGB agents and upper level apparatchiks had unfiltered access to the West and yet stayed?

Love of County is a very powerful emotion, and elitist snobs who dismiss it can not understand a whole panoply of human motivations.

Comment: Not the first time hammering caused trouble. (Score 1) 132

by Ungrounded Lightning (#48670187) Attached to: Many DDR3 Modules Vulnerable To Bit Rot By a Simple Program

Story I heard about mid-20th-century IBM mainframe. (I think it was the 360 series).

Core memory was tight and had cooling issues. The designers examined the instruction set and determined that, given cacheing and the like, no infinite loop could hammer a particular location more than one cycle in four (25% duty cycle), for which cooling was adequate. So they shipped.

Turns out, though, you could do a VERY LONG FINITE loop that hit a location every other cycle, for 50% duty cycle (not to mention the possibility of hitting a nearby location with some of the remaining cycles). Wasn't too long before a student managed to do this.

And set the core memory on fire.

Comment: Are they still down? (Score 4, Insightful) 360

by Phil Karn (#48657641) Attached to: North Korean Internet Is Down
Is NK still off the net? About a half hour ago I had no trouble reaching the sites - / - / According to, both sites are physically hosted inside North Korea. I see that both are in the block that whois says is assigned to North Korea, and traceroute shows an extra latency (satellite hop?) for that network past China. Is that their only net block? A /22 is 1024 addresses, which I keep hearing is the total number for the entire country.

Comment: Re:And how many were terrorists? Oh, right, zero. (Score 1) 276

by bigpat (#48655053) Attached to: TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords

Wow. I mean, I travel a ton and get annoyed by the TSA as much as the next guy, but you really think it's OK to take a gun onto an airplane? Agree to disagree. People who need to transport their legally owned firearms can do so through the simple act of checking them.

And if someone accidentally forgets to check in their weapons then they can be politely reminded that they need to do so and have their bags sent to check-in instead of having their property confiscated.

Comment: Re:And who will collect the trash? (Score 1) 439

by bigpat (#48654731) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

They wont need to collect the trash since they will be floating in international waters with no regulations, they will just throw it overboard and let us deal with it.

So basically no different than all the ships coming from China carrying all the stuff you buy... and by "let us deal with it" you mean deal with it the same way we are dealing with it now... which is to say not dealing with it and just letting it wash up on beaches and sit in the middle of the ocean until it finally sinks.

Comment: Re:Sure... (Score 1) 340

So now blaming the victims of state-sponsored terrorists

Who's to blame when your unlocked car is parked on the street and get's stolen? Both the thief and the foolish owner.

which in practice means gossip.

One word: telephone.
Two words: water cooler.
Four words: lunch at the deli.

If that's not possible, then learn to criticize without getting personal. It is doable!

Do you really want to go that way?

Two more words: reasonableness test.

Comment: Re:Sure... (Score 5, Insightful) 340

Keeping your personnel files on paper and not the computer?

Of course, there's always keep your personal shit off the company servers!!! And keep what you do write in company documents at a professional tone.

That would sure have mitigated a whole lot of personal pain by these supposedly blameless Sony employees.

Comment: Re:Skeptics and Deniers (Score 2) 718

by bigpat (#48634547) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

I don't believe people are attacking climate science primarily based on their own preconceived beliefs. At this point most of the "debate" is about politics, economics and self interest. And very few people on either side seem truly motivated by what will happen 200, 100 or even 50 years from now.

If carbon emissions are an overriding concern, then we could relatively easily replace most of our carbon emissions with a large concerted nuclear power build-out in the next twenty years. One which would give us hundreds of years of power supply without carbon emissions just based on Uranium alone. We know nuclear power is relatively safe and a workable solution compared with the more speculative technologies or draconian economic and population contractions that have been talked about.

Or we could just wait and see what comes down the pipeline in terms of new more efficient and more workable energy production technologies, which seems to be really what we are doing de facto.

Either way spinning our wheels in this "debate" seems like a deliberate distraction that all sides are using to distract from the fact that we don't seem close to an agreeable solution to the problem.

Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level. -- Quentin Crisp