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Comment: Re:Fine (Score 1) 290

by mc6809e (#48661625) Attached to: Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

The spectrum is not that limited. I live in an apartment building and can see over 30 different wireless networks. I have absolutely no issues with my own wireless.

You can't compare the two situations.

What you're seeing are beacon frames. Even if 99% of them are trashed by noise, your wireless networking hardware will remember the 1% that get through and log the AP's information.

Comment: Our Galaxy May Be Teeming with Networking Signals (Score 1) 389

I don't know that there ISN'T a von Neumann probe in our solar system. How would we know? The solar system is huge. The probe could be tiny. Again, how would we know? Have we tried communicating with it? Would it try to communicate with us? Or would it report to a nearby star, first, and await instructions delivered after centuries?

I've heard that the radio emissions from Earth are actually really, really weak, and distribute radially. Nobody can hear us out there.

The entire galaxy could be teeming with life, that's communicating point-to-point. Why waste energy in radial communication, when you can just draw a straight line from star to star?

Sometimes, I think, all we need to do, is point a big powerful laser at a nearby star, and request boot-procedure handshaking instructions, from the nearby access point, and then just wait for the signal that inevitably responds, with instructions on how to maintain the communications link.

Comment: Re:Muslim uprisings during movie releases (Score 1) 158

by mc6809e (#48602791) Attached to: 9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

However, the inane aspect about it is that while Republicans blamed Obama for what happened in Benghazi, fact remains that their position on Libya/Qadaffi was no different from the Democrats.

Some think using force is the solution to every problem and some believe democracy is the solution to every problem.

The disaster of the Arab spring is what you get when you combine the two ideas.

Comment: Re: Hope it won't happen in USA, again ! (Score 1) 158

by mc6809e (#48599929) Attached to: 9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

To kill 650'000 shitheads. Mission accomplished. Wish they had killed more though.

While it's true that Sadam's military was full of essentially modern day Nazis, we weren't attacked by Nazis on 9/11. We went after the wrong bunch.

Saudi Arabia would have been a better target but the Bushes were too busy holding hands with the King.

Comment: Re:Call me racist and evil and bigoted and everyth (Score 3, Insightful) 158

by mc6809e (#48599849) Attached to: 9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

And for anyone who doesn't remember, this was the film that Obama blamed the Benghazi attacks on. Despite later admitting that, no, oops, that wasn't what caused the attacks at all.


The attack happened on Sept 11th just before the 2012 election.

You don't really think it was an accident that they blamed some film-maker and threw him in jail to deflect responsibility from themselves, do you?

Comment: Re:Yep (Score 3, Insightful) 103

by mariox19 (#48542533) Attached to: Neglecting the Lessons of Cypherpunk History

I am far from being an expert on encryption, but the danger is not that PGP will be broken; it's that there are weaknesses in the entire "ecosystem" that allow for side-channel attacks. That's part of what that NSA paper, linked to in the article, is discussing. If there is something that can be exploited in the user's operating system or in the hardware, then that becomes the weak link in the chain.

Then, there is the whole issue that you touch on: namely, the caveat of encryption's efficacy "if used right." The same is true of condoms and even oral contraceptives. Sadly, human beings are very bad at scrupulously adhering to the injunction to "use as directed."

Comment: Re:Then again, maybe it _is_ good news. (Score 2) 172

by mc6809e (#48510165) Attached to: Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

That isn't specifically true at all. It's all about whether you can reproduce, and have a surviving child more than it is about dying.

But there's an advantage to having parents and the parents of parents continuing to live on.

While older adults might not be able to reproduce, the help and assistance of older non-reproducing adults can factor into their descendent's ability to reproduce.

Comment: Re:Then again, maybe it _is_ good news. (Score 1) 172

by mc6809e (#48509803) Attached to: Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

I work in immunology and the coevolution of host and virus to the point where it is harmless would be a Good Thing (TM).

Perhaps good in the long run, but coevolution implies the evolution of the host, too, and that requires an increase, at least temporarily, in the number of dead humans (that pesky selection part of evolution).

If an experiment works, something has gone wrong.