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Comment Re:Is this a good thing? (Score 2) 50

Oh, not another "but humans in space are a waste, send robots!"

Robots are cool, and they are useful. But if we sent humans to Mars instead of rovers, they would have done all the exploration and experiments in a matter of days, not months and years.

You guys are really depressing. Why bother to explore, to travel, to even get out of your house? You can visit almost any street of any big cities in the world with Google Street view, you can do a video conference for free with anyone on earth, you can work from home... So why waste fuel by transporting humans?

The real waste is not the money spent on the ISS, it's the trillions of $ spent on the defense budget. Adress that problem and you'll have enough money to send robots AND humans in space every day of the year.

Comment But the keyboard... (Score 1) 435

I wanted to buy a macbook, but sadly for us french canadians Apple with their great wisdom have chosen the completely retarded https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QWERTY#Canadian_Multilingual_Standard/

At least on Windows laptops they still use the old https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QWERTY#Quebec_French/ layout. Like I have on my desktop at work, and everywhere else...

I've been typing with this layout for the last 25 years, I don't want to change...

Now get off my lawn!!

Comment Re:Slashdot (Score 1) 226

I know.

Just for fun, browse this same day on Slashdot but 10 years ago. You'll see multiple stories with 600 to 800 comments on the same page! Browse almost any day over 3 years ago and you'll find that boring stories had 100 comments, and almost any story worth reading was 300+ comments.

Here are some examples...

http://slashdot.org/?issue=200...
http://slashdot.org/?issue=200...
http://slashdot.org/?issue=200...

Comment Re:The problem is Android (Score 1) 208

I had a Windows phone, a Nokia Lumia 920. For 2 years.

I loved the operating system, and the phone itself was great (very good camera for macro shots!)

But I had a problem with it... about once a week it would start to overheat seriously (like almost too hot to touch) and the battery would drain 10% every 5 minutes. I never found what caused it, and even after several updates the problem is still there. I agree with you that when this overheating problem was not going on, the battery life was great. But it was completely unpredictable, and I often found myself with a dead phone and no way to charge it.

Here, have phone reading this thread about the same problem I had, going on for more than 2 years: http://answers.microsoft.com/e...

I replaced that phone with a Moto G LTE, a great little phone. Does everything I need without any fuss, and the battery is good for almost 2 days. Crappy camera tough.

Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 904

there's a growing group of millenials who do not have a driver's license and have no intention of getting one. Granted, they're generally limited to areas with good public transit

You're talking about those fucking kids who boast that they don't need a car, then everytime they need to haul something big or get out of the city to see some family they come knocking on your door begging for a ride?

Well fuck them.

And get off my lawn (and car seat)!

Comment Re:Reconciling faith with science (Score 1) 305

but there will always be certain limits to our knowledge, and beyond those limits, faith will still hold sway.

Why? Why do I need faith for the things beyond the limit of my knowledge? I don't "need" anything, I just need to say "I don't know what happens when I die" and that's it.

Comment Re:Card skimmers (Score 1) 106

There is a public key exchange between the terminal and the card. These keys aren't public, and when we inject keys into a terminal it's done in a closed room supervised by security officers.

So I think it must be quite a challenge to do a MITM attack. Also, there is a cryptographic part to the message (the transaction) which is calculated by the chip using an algorithm and a key known only to the chip and to the card emitter. When receiving the transaction, and before aproving it, the emitter does the same calculation and compare the cryptographic result. It's like a checksum, but encrypted. If the amount, card number, or many other fields have been tampered with the transaction is denied.

Comment Re:Card skimmers (Score 1) 106

There is already a ton of logic on the chip card. It's a working computer with apps installed on it.

The chip and the reader actually negociate and exchange keys to validate each other, and the app on the card can refuse to do a transaction if the keys don't work.

Now the problem is that we still have to put magnetic stripes on our (canadian) cards because the Americans are 20 years late in implementing chip cards. The rest of the world did it, what are they waiting for?

Comment Re:Real banner week for the TSA... (Score 1) 166

And why do you carry a firearm?

I'm in my forties, and I never had need for one. Nor does any member of my extended family, counting tens of cousins, uncles, all the way to grand parents. I've been working fo 20 years and I never heard any discussion about needind a firearm from any of my past and present coworkers.

In fact none of the hundred of persons I met and discussed with in all my life ever made even a comment about needing a firearm to protect themselves.

Seriously, is living in the USA so dangerous?

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