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Comment: Watch for the next FALSE FLAG ATTACK after this (Score 2) 321

by Rubinhood (#44506829) Attached to: NZ Professor Advocates Civil Disobedience Against Mass Surveillance

I like the professor's idea. However, the problem is after this, there's an increased likelihood that they will deliberately allow the next attack (or even fake one), like many think they did at 9/11.

Watch for 9/11-esque nonsense explanation after the next attack.

Comment: Re: It's no longer honorable (Score 1) 270

by Rubinhood (#44357575) Attached to: US Air Force Reporting Pilot Shortage

That's just it. The Constitution is being trampled upon, because good men who signed up to defend it are instead being used as puppets to further the Big Co's indecent agenda.

Don't you get it? Veterans' day, war movies, etc. are now nothing but government propaganda to keep the sinking Empire afloat in the sea of moral corruption and debt. Soldiers today are nothing like the World War veterans of old. Many who enlist want the right thing, but that doesn't matter if today they are only deployed for unjust causes. The American military has become what it was created to fight, and the Constitution proves it. Think of all the ways the forefathers distanced themselves from the British in the Constitution. The US is doing the exact same things today.

The military is no better than what it's used for, and these days I can only cry at how it's being abused.

Comment: It's no longer honorable (Score 2, Interesting) 270

by Rubinhood (#44356685) Attached to: US Air Force Reporting Pilot Shortage

I heard that people no longer enlist to the armed forces anymore because it's no longer the noble thing to do. They have too much precedent that they will just become toys of corrupt politicians.

They can see how many have ended up helping the slaughter of a million innocent civilians in the Middle-East. Others helped with the assassination of legitimate leaders who genuinely cared for their country, and installed puppet dictators who were willing to help maintain the Empire while pushing their own citizens to poverty. Yet others ended up regularly spying on half the world...

Apart from 5-year-old children who were mesmerized by the latest G.I. Joe or other propaganda film, I don't know anyone in their right mind who would willingly sign up to be such a puppet.

(Now cue the obligatory government agent trying to sway public opinion in a response post:)

Comment: Fingers crossed for asm.js to take off (Score 2) 156

by Rubinhood (#44103221) Attached to: Firefox 22 Released, Boosts 3-D Gaming and Video Calls

I have big hopes for asm.js. Even with its teething problems, it's the best chance we have for a truly multi-platform common ground to develop networked apps in.

At the same time, this awesomeness has traditionally been ignored by the big players who desired fragmentation. Hopefully this time is different, as all browser vendors have a lot to lose if they are the last to implement asm.js.

The big missing feature is threading - here's hoping for an extension to asm.js to make it complete.

Comment: Yes, PWM LCDs tire my eyes by the end of the day (Score 1) 532

by Rubinhood (#44065755) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Does LED Backlight PWM Drive You Crazy?

I can eliminate PWM on some of my monitors by setting the brightness to maximum and lowering contrast and the color levels. When I watch those monitors for a full day, my eyes are OK. When I watch my laptop (240 Hz PWM) where I can't eliminate the flicker, my eyes are tired by the end of the day.

When I first learned about how LCDs are made, I was furious that after all the problems with CRT monitors, LCD makers resorted to such a poor choice. The world my eyes see is flicker-free. Why should monitors be different?

The technology for flicker-free LCDs exists and it's called calibrated color level compensation. It should be the standard.

I kinda need both my eyes until the end of my years, so I'd appreciate it if manufacturers stopped wearing them out with PWM...

Comment: Can it be used to break publicly used cryptography (Score 1) 125

by Rubinhood (#44033845) Attached to: China Bumps US Out of First Place For Fastest Supercomptuer

Like the subject says - is this something the Chinese government might be able to use to break TOR or SSL or any other encryption which is commonly used by political dissidents, freedom fighters, or even foreign military contractors etc.?

I'm curious e.g. how long it would take to break a standard 128-bit SSL session that they find potentially interesting?

Comment: What if they are predators? (Score 5, Insightful) 196

by Rubinhood (#43991197) Attached to: Crowd-Funded Radio Beacon Will Message Aliens

Can the senders please make sure that if those guys are predators, the rest of us are safe. Thanks.

As a side note, I tend to feel strangely unsure that such things are a good idea when unknown extraterrestrials receive more attention than starving 3rd world fellow terrestrials.

Comment: Re:Bull Shit! (Score 5, Insightful) 584

"I believe the poll results"

Well I don't. The kleptocracy that can invade everyone's privacy at will can easily sway statistics as well.

Eisenhower's nightmare has come true. The monster that was created against the foes of both World Wars has turned against the society that created it. It's become the reason for its own existence.

Comment: Re:EASY steps (Score 2) 161

by Rubinhood (#43970239) Attached to: UK Police Now Double As CCTV Cameras
"I've moved my stuff off Google,Hotmail and Yahoo....
...use multiple prepay phones
...Watch what you say online"

It looks like NSA has already backed you into a corner. Doesn't your story prove that they have too much unwarranted power and should be dealt with, instead of everyone just quietly letting them get away with such atrocious invasion of privacy?

Someone is unenthusiastic about your work.