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Comment: Re:Contradiction in article summary (Score 1) 304

by Sique (#49385983) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars

He crtainly acted far better than the writing in some episodes, but nonetheless despite the writing he was still able to carry the role.

I am not quite sure about that. There have been spoofs of ST:TNG, where the makers dubbed the episodes with new lines, and some of them actually changed the character of a role completely. In German, there is the "Sinnlos im Weltraum" (Meaningless/Clueless in Space) series of spoofs, where the same scenes in which Patrick Stewards appears as a sincere, deep thinker with the original lines becomes an aggressive alcoholic - just by changing the lines. (For reference: Schwarzer Kaffee, only suitable for people with a profound knowledge of the German language.)

Comment: Re:This is going to go over well. (Score 2) 367

by Sique (#49379769) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous
If you had any education in the humanities you would have known that there never was a "mathematics before engineering".

Instead, Mathematics and Engineering were the same until about the end of the 18th century, and then began to split because of the huge body of knowledge which made specialisation a necessity. But the greatest mathematicians of the 18th century were engineers and mechanics at the same time. Most of the french mathematicians of the time were soldiers studying such topics like artillery trajectories and the construction of fortifications. Isaac Newton build most of his instruments himself, including the lenses for his optical experiments. And it was the observation of the polishing of lenses that got him to the theory of the corpuscular nature of Light.

Comment: Re: So What (Score 2) 322

by Sique (#49377495) Attached to: Poverty May Affect the Growth of Children's Brains

Grandpa probably could have been entitled to his own generation's money[...]

Actually no. Money is only worth what you can buy for. The work, the good or the service Grandpa wants to pay for has to be done right now for today's prices. And while people working today also get today's payment, Grandpa has no negotation lever on today's pricing. He earned his money in former times at former prices, and now he is retired. If the older generation which doesn't work anymore has too much money, we the working generation will (free market to the win!) just increase prices until the purchasing power of the older generation fits again the amount of work we want to spend on them. If there is too much money on the market, we always can have an inflation until purchasing power and goods creation are in balance again. Working people can deal with it thanks to increasing wages in an inflation. Retired people can't. Their retirement funds compete against the retirement funds of all the other retired people, but the share of goods and services they compete on is defined by the people still working.

Interests, payouts for 401k, house prices and all those money sources non-working people may have access to are only possible because people today are creating the surplus value which can be paid out as interests, as profits on shares or be spend on ever increasing house prices. Every retirement scheme where one stops working and still has access to goods and services is in a way a Ponzi scheme because someone else is creating the actual value the retired one is using up.

Comment: Re:Leave then (Score 1) 886

by Sique (#49340603) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill
The tradition in my country is that a marriage is whatever the public servant according to the current law performs as marriage.

Churches and other religious affiliations are not allowed to perform marriages in general. They can perform a church wedding afterwards, but that's a private decision of the couple and has nothing to do with the legal marriage.

Comment: Re:It works both ways (Score 4, Insightful) 886

by Sique (#49340497) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill
If your business is "open to the public", then you have to serve the public. Period. It's a matter of contract. You as a business make an offer to the public to serve them, and if someone accepts that offer, the contract is finalised. You can't reopen the negotiations afterwards by claiming that you don't like the person for whatever reason. That would be culpa in contrahendo.

If you don't want to serve some groups of people for whatever reasons, you aren't open to the public. And then you have to say that first, e.g. by calling you a club or a closed society.

Comment: Re:$1,000 / visitor (Score 1) 886

by Sique (#49340403) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill
Of course they have a phobia -- an irrational fear that that person will have some unwanted influence upon them.

Otherwise why would they care about the sexual orientation of someone else? As long as they don't actively look for a mating partner, the sexual orientation of everyone else is none of their business, the same that it's none of their business what type of wallpaper that person has in his bedroom.

Comment: Re:Buggy Whip (Score 2) 119

by Sique (#49334555) Attached to: GNU Nano Gets New Stable Release
When your GUI doesn't come up correctly, what do you do? In Windows, it's reinstalling the whole OS, taking about one workday until most of the important patches are also installed, not withstanding reinstalling a lot of software. In UNIX, it's a few minutes of editing the config files, and then restarting the GUI. But how do you edit the config files? Be glad someone made a buggy whip!

I know the buggy whip maker is some nice metaphor, but some people don't think it through.

Comment: Re:goddamnit!!! (Score 1) 123

by Sique (#49334317) Attached to: Hack Air-Gapped Computers Using Heat
Most security systems have several layers of defense. To assess how much a break of one line influences the other lines you have to know what new attack vectors are open.

Lets say you have two systems A and B. System A has very important data, and it is important not only that the data is protected from access, it is also important that if it is accessed unauthorizedly, to know at least, if any data was sent to the outside. System B is less important and in a DMZ. If system B is compromised, you just power it off and reinstall it from a known good backup, but normally you don't do a thorough forensic analysis, you might not even have the right monitoring in place as there is no important data on system B (maybe it's just a web server serving static content like pictures for your corporate website, data that is known to the world anyway).

With this attack you can tunnel data from System A to the outside without the attacked being aware. Even if the victim does a thorough analysis of system A and all paths from and to system A known to the victim, it will be not aware of the actual data leak.

Comment: Re:So lemme get this right: (Score 4, Informative) 45

by Sique (#49319851) Attached to: Cisco SPA300/500 IP Phones Vulnerable To Remote Eavesdropping
Normally, your phone is not reachable by the public network, the attacker has to be within the LAN to sent an XML packet to your phone. And if you have a SIP phone reachable from the outside, it still sits behind a Session Border Controller, which only forwards SIP, but not XML.

So yes, the severity is low, as the attacker has to be within your LAN in almost all scenarios.

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 200

by Sique (#49299541) Attached to: NZ Customs Wants Power To Require Passwords

The problem I have with laws like this is that you ONLY catch the stupid people anyway.

Always remember: They have to succeed only once. Yes, a smart criminal might get away again and again -- until he doesn't get away any longer because of some stupid mistake. Outside of our special talents, knowledge and education, all of us are stupid.

The less time planning, the more time programming.