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Comment: Re:No, they wouldn't (Score 1) 1556

by Sqr(twg) (#46776867) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

If you want to see it on a small scale, well ask yourself why the US has been unable to secure Afghanistan or Iraq. They had considerably more forces than your silly "1 aircraft carrier" scenario, it was hardly the whole population fighting, yet after years and years, they have been unable to secure the countries.

Afghanistan and Iraq actually prove my point. A fraction of the US armed forces was able to install a new government in each country in very short time. Since then, the fact that the insurgents have weapons leads to a lot of suffering on both sides, but it does not threaten the power of the US-backed government.

There are quite a few examples of unarmed civilian uprisings that have lead to a change in government, but I can't think of a single armed civilian uprising that has overturned a government with an air force.

Comment: Re:It's crap (Score 2) 1556

by Sqr(twg) (#46768593) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

The whole point is for the citizens to be able to form a militia in order to defend themselves from their own government.

That might have been the case in 1791, when the strenght of an armed force was roughly proportional to the number of men with guns it had.

Today, if you would pit every civilian gun-owner in the US, with all their weapons, against the forces of a single aircraft carrier (one thenth of the aircraft carriers that the US government controls), the civilians would lose. Hellfire missiles beat automatic rifles every time.

If you want the second amendment to imply that the people can defeat the government by force, then you either have to massively reduce of the government-controlled armed forces, or allow civilians to own cruise missiles.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 1) 277

The point here is that you cannot test a single password. You must test, say three, at a time. (So you'd have to try all combinations of 18 characters in this case.)

The downside of the method is that after a server reboot you will have to wait for three trusted people to log in before you can authenticate any of them (unless you also have a weaker system to use for the first few logins.)

Comment: Re:nope! (Score 1) 496

by Sqr(twg) (#46646715) Attached to: Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

With a second camera aimed at your face, the display could be made to work exactly like a mirror, i.e. the view changes when your head moves. The driver-facing camera will be in place anyway to detect if the driver falls asleep.

Though more likely, the display will simply show a wide enough field that you don't need to change the angle.

Comment: Re:Confusing Summary (Score 5, Informative) 65

by Sqr(twg) (#46071531) Attached to: Spoiled Onions: Exposing Malicious Tor Exit Relays

25 out of 1000 relays were detectably suspicious. These are the script kiddies who set up an exit node in order to harvest credentials that can be used for fraud etc. Such nodes are easy to detect by verifying https certificates and/or transmitting false credentials over tor and checking if they are used later.

The really sinister exit nodes are not as easy to detect. Transmit false dissident names and check if the named people are imprisoned and tortured?

Comment: Re:Kickback time (Score 1) 314

by Sqr(twg) (#45857337) Attached to: France's 'Culture Tax' Could Hit YouTube and Facebook

Percentage of what people pay to watch ... sure 20% of zero

As I said, this is a tax on paid channels, which, as you could have guessed from the name, are not free.

99 % of those commenting here seem to think that TFA talks about a tax on something that is free (which wouldn't make sense).

Rule 35 of the Internet: When something doesn't make sense. Your first reaction should be to read it again more carefully, not to point out how stupid it is.

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