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Comment: Re:How is maintenance performed? (Score 1) 144

by SuricouRaven (#48933203) Attached to: Former NATO Nuclear Bunker Now an 'Airless' Unmanned Data Center

I should clarify that low oxygen percentage isn't the important part - it's low partial-pressure of oxygen. Reduced-oxygen at atmosphere, or atmospheric composition at reduced pressure, or even low-oxygen at high pressure (Diving on trimix) or high-oxygen at low-pressure (Spacesuits). It's all the same.

Comment: Re:Oops (Score 2) 211

by SuricouRaven (#48891597) Attached to: At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far

There are similar stories in IT about a mysterious inexplicable server outage occuring at the same time each day, after office hours, that continued even after reformatting it to eliminate any software issue. When an administrator tried staying after closing time to watch it, he found a cleaner unplugging the mysterious humming box to plug the floor buffer in.

Comment: Re: More proof (Score 1) 666

by SuricouRaven (#48873217) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

The amendments process is easily abuseable. In this case it's being abused by 'our side,' but it's still pushing the limits.

The usual trick is to sneak an amendment into a must-pass bill like an appropriations bill, or something overwhelmingly popular. Often it's a lot easier to get something added as an amendment than to get the same action to pass as an independant act.

Comment: Re:Pure fantasy, but that is what he must sell (Score 1) 562

by SuricouRaven (#48843375) Attached to: Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

You don't need mathematics for that, you need physical engineering. It's already a well-established field - games consoles, iPhones, etc. They take active measures to make sure you can't run anything the manufacturer doesn't want you to run. While it's possible to hack them by exploiting imperfections in their design, this is a task beyond the capabilities of most people - and it only gets harder as technology advances and all those handy little external busses disappear into an SoC where you can't even measure them without access to a cleanroom facility.

Comment: Re:Technically (Score 1) 562

by SuricouRaven (#48841569) Attached to: Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

If you can solve the key distribution problem. While a OTP is certainly a useful device in some circumstances, it is only an option if the participants have previously been able to communicate over a secure channel with verified identities. It's not much use on the internet, though I have considered the possibility of it being used for corporate VPNs - with the size of hard drives now, a traveling employee could comfortably take a 1TB or more OTP with them on a business trip, more than enough to last for a couple of weeks.

Comment: Re:IRS Targeting Scandal (Score 3, Insightful) 562

by SuricouRaven (#48841549) Attached to: Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

The IRS targeting 'scandal' is still lacking in evidence that might confirm intent or systematic bias. Without this, there is little substantial to the accusations. It may simply be that one end of the political spectrum is more prone to pushing the limits of non-profit status.

Comment: Re:No thanks (Score 4, Insightful) 562

by SuricouRaven (#48841533) Attached to: Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

While you do point out some serious problems, you are placing your blame too firmly on one side. For every citizen who can't spend the time to think through the 'reduce your health insurance by $2,500' claim, there is another of equally simplistic thinking who sees only 'big gubment be coming to take my money.' The problem is neither too much more too little government - the problem is people who are so caught up in supporting their overarching political ideals in all cases, they fail to properly consider each issue presented as an independent decision. They do not ask 'What is the right policy?' They ask 'What is the Conservative policy?' or 'What is the Liberal policy?'

Comment: Re:Pure fantasy, but that is what he must sell (Score 2) 562

by SuricouRaven (#48841483) Attached to: Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

Can't be done, for the same reason you can't make an anti-child-porn filter that cannot be easily reconfigured to block other things. The technology is the same in either the use or abuse cases - all that changes is the order given by the human element, and the entire history of politics can be summed up as trying and failing to address human fallibility, selfishness and corruptibility.

Comment: Re:Hope and change (Score 5, Interesting) 562

by SuricouRaven (#48841449) Attached to: Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

Fake as all the others.

The man acted like a redneck idiot. He used deliberately common-folk language, avoided long words. Soundbite quotes wherever possible. But his educational record is very good, and he even graduated Harvard business. He knew that a popular, everyman president would play well, and an intellectual would be regarded as 'elitist' - so he put on the act he knew would give the best advantage in his career.

Everybody likes a kidder, but nobody lends him money. -- Arthur Miller

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