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Comment: Re:The true sticking point - China (Score 1) 152

by Strider- (#49363149) Attached to: Russia Wants To Work With NASA On a New Space Station

Probably what would happen is that the relatively secret stuff that the US has on the ISS like the communication system (TRDSS) will either be opened up or a few wheels will be reinvented in order to eliminate a good portion of the stuff that China would want to steal.

Actually, there's nothing really secret about TDRSS. They're just bent-pipe communications satellites like all the others, just with a bit of an odd frequency set. The Radios on the space shuttle were derivatives of those used on military aircraft, but that's about it.

Comment: Re:Keep track of what you eat (Score 2) 494

by Strider- (#49329367) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

One helpful feature is the bar code scanner. You can scan almost any product and get the nutritional information right into your mobile device.

And there's the problem... Good food doesn't have a barcode. Very little of what I bring home from the grocery store has barcodes on it, and what does usually just has the internal store code on it (meat), or is a bulk package (20lb bag of flour, etc...). All these food tracking/diary apps are really built for tracking packaged/prepared foods, and are a pain to use when you make stuff from scratch. As such, unless you're going to weigh and add all the ingredients manually (I'm way too lazy for that), you're left with generic estimates of what you're eating "Plate of pasta" or "Steak Dinner" or whatever, which can be wildly inaccurate if you're like me and tend to invent as you go and/or substitute ingredients based on what you have.

Comment: Re:"Free" with restrictions is not Free! (Score 5, Informative) 198

by Strider- (#49325595) Attached to: Pixar Releases Free Version of RenderMan

Non-commercial use? How the fuck is that "free"?

Because it doesn't cost money. It's an accident of the English language that Free as in no-cost, and free as in freedom, share the same word. In pretty much any other language, they are separate words. In French, this is the difference between "Gratuite" and "Libre"

Comment: Re:Then ID would be required (Score 5, Interesting) 1089

by Strider- (#49295925) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

I forgot to add, for those that feel strongly about not voting, require a form of contentious objector status against voting, requiring renewal every so often (like once per decade) to qualify to not vote.

Why not just a "None of the Above" option? If NotA wins, all candidates in the election are disqualified, and new candidates must be presented.

Comment: Re:Or we just stop buying Cisco. (Score 2) 296

by Strider- (#49293965) Attached to: To Avoid NSA Interception, Cisco Will Ship To Decoy Addresses

Really... when was the last time any of us thought Cisco was the best choice for a project?

Actually it can be a great deal... I'm in the process of building up a campus network for a non-profit, that will eventually have some 25 switches (Core and access), and 3 or 4 routers. All of it Cisco. Why? Because Cisco's support policies are such that there is tons of perfectly serviceable EoL/EoS equipment available on the secondary market that suits our needs, and available for very little $$$.

Comment: Re:Aren't these already compromised cards? (Score 3, Insightful) 269

by Strider- (#49277343) Attached to: Fraud Rampant In Apple Pay

But of course, the person who is stealing your credit card info is most likely your waiter, and they have a minute or two with your card over at the POS to copy down the CVV manually.

And this is why the United States needs to move to EMV (Chip & Pin) like the rest of the world. Rather than the waiter taking your card away, they bring you a hand-held terminal, which you then take and perform the last portion of the contract yourself, with the card never leaving your hands.

Comment: Re:Why so long? (Score 1) 449

by Strider- (#49084957) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV

In Canada, we've been Chip & Pin for at least 5 years ago. I was actually surprised when I was down in the states and had to grab some socks from Walmart. When I swiped my card (which I'm used to in the states) instead it had me insert it and do the usual chip & pin.

The contactless is for small, quick transactions. Buying coffee, a pack of gum, whatever. While Chip & Pin is more secure, it's also significantly slower. So, to move a lot of people through the line quickly, they do the paypass thing. When you have the lunch rush at Timmies, you need to move people quickly. ;)

Comment: Re:Helping Castro (Score 5, Informative) 166

by Strider- (#49064107) Attached to: Cubans Allowed To Export Software and Software Services To the US

That gasoline in your car most likely comes from Saudi Arabia, and we are openly allies with other Gulf Arab states.

I've seen this repeated a bunch of times, but it's simply not true. Canada was far and away the largest source of foreign oil to the United States. In November 2014, the USA imported an average of 3.443 million barrels per day from Canada, and only imported 1.014 million barrels from Saudi Arabia. If you add up all the gulf states, and other less friendly nations, that the total imports to the US total 2.630 Mbpd (I totalled Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Iraq, Angola, Russia, Kuwait, and Algeria in that). Additionally, the United States extracts 9.020 Million barrels per day of crude.

The long and short of this is that the gasoline in your car most likely came from domestic crude, followed by Canadian crude, or crude from other friendly nations, and not from Saudi Arabia, or other less friendly nations.


Comment: Re:This, and then some (Score 1) 439

by Strider- (#49058743) Attached to: Will Submarines Soon Become As Obsolete As the Battleship?

we can expect our apparently immortal B-52 fleet (also a system whose demise has been predicted time and time again) to perform our ground saturation missions with massive loads of dumb bombs.

The main reason why the B-52 continues to hang around is that it is a relatively cost effective bomb truck. It can carry a huge assortment and amount of ordinance, and loiter overhead for hours, delivering what's needed on call.

Submarines are in the same boat (If you'll pardon the pun). As long as there is need for nuclear deterrence, the boomers will continue to slip out to sea, and make for a hole in the water. The ocean is incredibly large, and finding the SSBN is harder than a needle in a field of haystacks. For the attack boats? There will probably always be a role, whether it's shore attack (using cruise missiles), special forces delivery, or whatever else.

Comment: Re:Have I lost my mind? (Score 1) 378

by Strider- (#49006933) Attached to: Woman Suffers Significant Weight Gain After Fecal Transplant

The Canadian government negotiates bulk prices directly with the pharmaceutical companies, which reduces their profit margins. So an ad for a prescription drug, that will increase sales by, say 20%, is worth running in America, but will not pay for itself in Canada.

Also, in Canada, it's against the law to advertise the condition and the prescription medication to treat it in the same advertisement. This is why you see some really cheeky Viagra and Cialis advertisements, but they don't say what it treats, and Erectile Dysfunction advertisements that say "Talk to your doctor."

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