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Comment: Rumor: Fox Is Planning an X-Files Revival (Score 1) 334

by eldavojohn (#48904215) Attached to: Best 1990s Sci-fi show?
In the news recently are rumors that Carter, Anderson and Duchovny will reunite for new X-Files episodes. Fox has sorta confirmed this.

I own all the DVDs, a couple years ago I rewatched them. I may come off as a rabid fan at times but the background music was atrociously horrid. Also the story arc plot became overly convoluted and impossible to explain at times. That said, one of the most convoluted characters (Krycek) was my favorite. Aside from several minor valid criticisms like that, I really think it's a great platform for modern storytelling.

I do have to ask myself, at times, if there is some level of insane conspiracy theory today that we owe at least in part to those people watching X-Files when younger. I have to admit that the 9/11 inside job truthers movement claims could have been ripped from the pages of an X-Files script.

My biggest concern, of course, is whether or not it could still be fresh. With recent high quality additions to television canon, we'd have to be prepared for Chris Carter coming back at us with a 90's angle when episodes like Home really aren't as shocking anymore. The bar has been raised (thankfully).

Right now, The X-Files is going to occupy a contextual place in television history like The Twilight Zone. A revival could very well tarnish that. On the other hand, I've never felt like I really received closure on the whole story arc ...

Comment: Re: What's wrong with a scroll wheel? (Score 1) 412

by ArsenneLupin (#48897677) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

He has basically invented a scenario I've never seen anyone have trouble with.

I did take getting used to it. I remember, I had the same issue (accidental scrolling when trying to middle click) the first couple of days that I used a scroll-wheel mouse.

Ok, so for me this was only an issue while getting used to it, but I can imagine that other people might indeed have some (longer lasting...) motor skill issues with this. However, theoretically, it should be possible to configure X to ignore scroll events, solving this issue?

Comment: Re:This could be fun.... (Score 1, Informative) 164

by ArsenneLupin (#48813941) Attached to: Man Saves Wife's Sight By 3D Printing Her Tumor
Wouldn't it be easier to just bring a knife along, and turn this into a mere two step process:

1. Apply knife to throat. As our Muslim brethren have shown us, even a small knife will do. You just need to make sure he's soundly asleep...
2. Bring your new swag home, and finish the work with a spoon, then let it dry and polish

Comment: Re:I'm Charlie (Score 1) 331

by ArsenneLupin (#48791033) Attached to: Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?
You know, Muslims are feeling that their prophet is as real as your cartoon children. And the prophet didn't give consent either. Rather he gave explicit dissent. Islam has strict rules about any depiction of the prophet, whether unflattering or not.

No, anytime we criminalize possession of mere pictures, and attach disproportionate punishment to it, democracy suffers.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 331

by ArsenneLupin (#48789153) Attached to: Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?

Even if it turns out that you are not legally responsible for the content

  1. In many jurisdictions, posession is enough to make you guilty, knowing posession is not a requirement
  2. Even in those jurisdictions that only criminalize knowing posession, the judge may strike the word knowing on a whim, an book you anyways. Yes, it's a bad bad world out there, and judges don't necessarily uphold the law as written. And they get away with it. Indeed, who is going to condemn them for it? Another judge, a work colleague who they've a good chance of knowing personally... This is an area where "innocent until proven guilty" doesn't mean squat.

+ - Seismological Society of America Claims Fracking Reactivated Ohio Fault-> 1

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn (898314) writes "There have been suspicions that fracking has caused minor earthquakes in Ohio but last year seismic data recorded by the Earthscope Transportable Array was analyzed by the Seismological Society of America using template matching and has resulted in a new publication and press release making the statement that Hilcorp Energy's fracking in Poland Township in March of 2014 "did not create a new fault, rather it activated one that we didn’t know about prior to the seismic activity." The earthquakes occurred in the Precambrian basement and lead the researchers to posit that further unknown faults may be activated by fracking. The press release ends with urging for "close cooperation among government, industry and the scientific community as hydraulic fracturing operations expand in areas where there’s the potential for unknown pre-existing faults.""
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Comment: Early Soviet Computing? (Score 4, Interesting) 80

by eldavojohn (#48738403) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Alexander Stepanov and Daniel E. Rose a Question
Alexander Stepanov, I have never had a chance to ask someone as qualified as you about this topic. I grew up on the opposite side of the Iron Curtain and have constantly wondered if (surely there must have been) alternative computing solutions developed in the USSR prior to Elbrus and SPARC. So my question is whether or not you know of any hardware or instruction set alternatives that died on the vine or were never mass fabricated in Soviet times? I don't expect to you to reveal some super advanced or future predicting instruction set but it has always disturbed me that these things aren't documented somewhere -- as you likely know failures can provide more fruit than successes. Failing that, could you offer us any tails of early computing that only seem to run in Russian circles?

If you can suggest references (preferably in English) I would be most appreciative. I know of only one book and it seems to be a singular point of view.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 396

by ArsenneLupin (#48634549) Attached to: Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

Huh. I didn't know that, as I only have ever done the individual verification. It's not uncommon for someone to wear many hats (i.e., to be affiliated with several organizations). It'd certainly be nice if their system allowed for a single individual account to switch between different "identities", so that one could issue certs for themselves or any number of organizations with which they're affiliated and which they've validated with StartSSL.


Have you suggested such an improvement to them?

Yes, of course. They wouldn't budge. Their suggestion: just use the "free" plan instead, there you can wear as many hats as you like (which I did... after this incident they never saw another cent from me). Weird way of promoting your business...

And that's another issue: they don't take any suggestions! For example: some (all?) of their automated mails are formatted as a single long line. I suggested to them that general usage is to stay below 78 characters per line. Should be easy to fix, as they probably use some kind of .txt template, where they could just insert a couple of breaks. Answer: well, at least our mails don't contain a virus (or something equally silly). Hey that's great! But it would be even nicer if the lines were shorter as well. A year afterwards, the issue was still not fixed.

Technically, yes, but policy-wise, no: Class 1 certs are not intended for commercial use.

Well, it's not commercial use, it's for several non-profits and one political party.

As you suspected, the $9 offering from PositiveSSL is for a single, non-wildcard, non-SAN certificate.

Yeah, that's the kind of certificate that you can for free from StartSSL (class 1)

NameCheap also sells Comodo PositiveSSL multi-domain certs [] for $30/year for up to 100 domains, which is quite a reasonable price.

Yeah, that would be reasonable. Can these domains be wildcard, or does each domain only have a single host?

Wildcard certs are also available [], with Comodo wildcards costing $94/year.


Comment: Are You Joking? (Score 3, Interesting) 182

by eldavojohn (#48625017) Attached to: US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

> It is not known how the US government has determined that North Korea is the culprit

Of course it's known. The same way they established that Iraq had chemical weapons. The method is known as "because we say so".

Are you joking? I thought it was well established that there were chemical weapons in Iraq we just only found weapons designed by us, built by Europeans in factories in Iraq. And therefore the US didn't trumpet their achievements. In the case of Iraqi chemical weapons, the US established that Iraq had chemical weapons not because they said so but because Western countries had all the receipts.

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang