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Comment: Re:Must hackers be such dicks about this? (Score 1) 267

by Rigel47 (#49494055) Attached to: FBI Accuses Researcher of Hacking Plane, Seizes Equipment
No surprise. I kid you not, I was at the gym the other day and the CNN headline was "DRONE TERROR NIGHTMARE." Not the drones firing missiles at people in Pakistan but, you know, your standard quad-copter. The news is so pathetic these days I pretty much don't watch it.

Comment: Re:Can we be sure there are no exploits? (Score 3, Insightful) 209

by Rigel47 (#49467733) Attached to: Linux Getting Extensive x86 Assembly Code Refresh
I do enjoy how we tech people less-than-quietly display our scorn of all the varying fields in IT that aren't our own. Because, hah, stupid Javascript developer, couldn't explain northbridge from south! Or what DMA is! He probably doesn't know a single assembly instruction! Clearly an inferior being.

Javascript guy meanwhile regards the C guy as a primitive, bearded man from the hills who labors all day on some stupid library that is ten layers of stack between that mortar and pestle and the awesome browser-art he's creating.

Systems administrators wish everyone would run off and die because they are all irritating, stupid whiners.

DBAs are just smug because nobody else understands their schemas and, hey, this is where it all happens.

Networking would rather be back below the hold, No, the network isn't broken, your app is buggy or the stupid website you're trying to load is just slow..

Help desk guys meanwhile consider themselves the cocks of the walk because, generally, their camaraderie and opportunity to interact with more regular people means their souls haven't been totally crushed.

Comment: Re:Get over it ! (Score 3, Insightful) 370

by Rigel47 (#49421181) Attached to: How the Pentagon Wasted $10 Billion On Military Projects
Is that you, naivete? Yes, there is some degree of experimentation necessary but you clearly didn't RTFA. So many of these projects were dead from the get-go if anyone was paying attention. BUT, you gotta spend that budget or you don't get it back.

Your blind "thank the boys and girls who protect us" is simply facile and ignores the massive corruption and waste in the MIC.

+ - New passenger screening system checks body cavities->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: In what is being hailed as the final step to passenger screening, upstart company Recta Security has developed a device complimentary to the ubiquitous body scanner. The Airstream Sampling System or ASS 3000, "is a next-generation anti-terror device that looks for explosives in the rear storage cavity (rectum). It does so by inflating the rear storage cavity and then analyzing the expelled air for explosives."

The two-year old startup has recently closed a round of funding and is hiring.

Link to Original Source

Comment: Should be more common (Score 4, Insightful) 467

All too often we assume that dealing with trolls is like pissing in the wind but a few crushing responses now and then (being made "famous" and getting fired) is a start. The idiocy of these guys writing stuff like that to a dude who has a wide audience is nothing short of astounding. It's akin to threatening Obama and then being surprised when the Secret Service shows up.

At any rate, screw the scumbags, they deserve their comeuppance.

Comment: This guy is priceless (Score 5, Insightful) 406

by Rigel47 (#49121009) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data

I mean, there are going to be some areas where we’re going to have different perspectives. That doesn’t bother me at all. One of the reasons why, quite frankly, I believe in doing things like this is that when I do that, I say, “Look, there are no restrictions on questions. You can ask me anything.”

Welcome to the new Amerika. Your possessions and money may be seized at any time via civil asset forfeiture, your communications are under constant surveillance, and now they want to make sure absolutely nothing can be kept private.

But, hey, so long as we're having "dialogue" (you'll do what you want anyways) and we have your permission to ask questions then it's all good.

Who really won the cold war?

Comment: Cost of business (Score 1) 247

by Rigel47 (#48884967) Attached to: Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times
As someone who gets 2-4 pre-recorded calls a day on his cell phone (that has been registered on DoNotCall) I have nothing but contempt and disdain for the FCC. If you look through their settlements page you'll see that in the rare instance they prosecute a case they invariably settle for whatever profits were made by the criminal. No jail time, no seizing of all personal assets. This is akin to making a thief put back what they stole as punishment. It's no wonder these robo-calling scum keep doing what they do.

What's galling is that the FCC prosecutors have their cases made for them. Hundreds if not thousands of people attest to having received calls from x number on x date promising x services by filing complaints at FCC.gov. It's a slam dunk. Yet the useless fucks are so ineffectual that the crooks have no reason not to keep trying.

Comment: Re:I live in Montgomery County, MD... (Score 1) 784

by Rigel47 (#48831023) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone
Were I in MD I would seriously start calling CPS every single time I saw a child by itself. Put up a public website with a log of reports made, including photo, and whether the CPS responded in time. Seriously, fuck these guys and their power trip. I'm surprised some of them haven't been shot given their intent to take people's children away.

Comment: Re:Apparently Not (Score 1) 59

by Rigel47 (#48819719) Attached to: Samsung In Talks To Acquire Troubled BlackBerry For $7.5 Billion
You may well just be a troll (your sig indicates such) but you're without a clue. BlackBerry is "close to death" with $3 billion in cash in the bank and positive cash flow in the last quarter? Yeah, revenue is taking a hit as Chen said it would but the guy is calmly executing on his plan.

Have you even tried a new BB10 phone? If you're more interested in productivity than Angry Birds it is the best phone out there bar none.

Comment: Can't say I bother anymore (Score 1) 41

by Rigel47 (#48741811) Attached to: FCC Revamps Customer Complaint System
I used to file complaints regularly with the FCC when I got bogus pre-recorded calls to my cell phone promising a free cruise or whatever. After years of doing this I've concluded the FCC straight up sucks at enforcement.

I'm sure if you ran an illegal 15 watt FM transmitter they'd spare no expense to find you but as to stopping these robo-calling dirtbags? Seems like they couldn't care less.

Comment: Tripe.. (Score 3, Informative) 180

by Rigel47 (#48714247) Attached to: 65% of Cancers Caused by Bad Luck, Not Genetics or Environment
Sure, anyone can get cancer no matter how healthily they live. But modern medicine is so absurdly and willfully blind to the role of nutrition that these conclusions can be largely dismissed by anyone who thinks for themselves.

Oh, hey, trace arsenic cuts breast cancer by FIFTY PERCENT.

What's that? Lithium in drinking water is also associated with a host of benefits? Say it ain't so..

Gee, getting some sunshine / vitamin D can lower risk of pancreatic cancer??

I could go on and on but what would be the point.. supplementation and the like is at best psuedo-science in the eyes of western medicine.. it's much more profitable to engage in "sick care" than to actually equip our bodies with the things it needs at some single percent of the cost.

When someone says "I want a programming language in which I need only say what I wish done," give him a lollipop.