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Comment: Re:It was dry, but not BAD like Phantom Menace (Score 1) 351

by Varka (#48666603) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy
A few of the many, many things I really don't remember from "The Hobbit" or ANY of the corollary writings: Bilbo killing an orc during the fir tree scene. An amazingly drawn-out fight with orcs during the barrel escape. Orc battle in Laketown. The ridiculous Radagast scene with the Rhosgobel Rabbits which even my eight year old daughter thought was stupid. The movie Peter Jackson presented was an adaptation of "The Hobbit" inasmuch as it DID contain a hobbit, thirteen dwarves, a wizard, and a dragon, but that's as far as the similarities go.

Comment: Re:we're already close to that! (Score 1) 380

by Varka (#47331937) Attached to: New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel
When we're on the road we don't stop for an hour anywhere typically. So what you're saying is realistically it'll add 2 to 2.5 hours to my trip, since I'll have to find a power station with a bay open that I can use for a full hour, and hope it's not limited to a 10 minute top-off because of demand.

Comment: Re:waste of time (Score 3, Interesting) 380

by Varka (#47326877) Attached to: New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel
If I can't drive from Atlanta to Chicago without multiple hour stopovers, it's no-go. What I think we NEED are electric/gas hybrids; something I can head back and forth to work in solely on plug-in power, yet I can kick a small electric generator on for essentially unlimited range.

Comment: I've got this covered. (Score 1) 188

by Varka (#47314303) Attached to: The Higgs Boson Should Have Crushed the Universe
The universe DID expand, immediately collapse into another super-massive black hole, and we're all just echoes in the subsequent Hawking radiation that's been released. The "accelerating universe" phenomenon is actually our local space/time having been slowed down by this super-massive black hole rather than distant galaxies speeding up. Make the Nobel Prize out to "Varka, of the Hill People."

Comment: Re:7.1a for x64 linux (Score 1) 146

by Varka (#47215379) Attached to: Auditors Release Verified Repositories of TrueCrypt
The level of trust in the current binary builds, in my mind, approaches 0. Once the source code audit is complete, we'll see where my level of trust is in whatever newly compiled versions might be available. Ideally I'd be able to take the source with verifiable md5sum/etc. and compile my own, but a number of comments seem to indicate that this is unlikely, so maybe it's just time to move on to something else.

Comment: Re:7.1a for x64 linux (Score 1) 146

by Varka (#47206025) Attached to: Auditors Release Verified Repositories of TrueCrypt

If the developers left this "message" that 7.2 might be compromised, what kind of guarantee is there that 7.1 isn't also compromised

The only kind of guarantee there is: an open, publically funded audit of the code. That's the point of this exercise, even before people realized that blindly trusting the TrueCrypt code was a mistake, and that an audit by non-government researchers was needed.

You're assuming the binary is actually compiled from the source being audited. Once the source audit is complete, AND a recompiled version FROM THAT SOURCE is available, then I might consider using TC again...

Comment: Re:I died and was brought back to life (Score 1) 351

by Varka (#44557111) Attached to: Neurologists Shine Light On Near-Death Experiences
Ostensibly, this isn't proof of the absence of god or heaven. The (theological) argument can be made that all humans die until God resurrects them at the end of the world. Their souls are sleeping/in an unknown state until this happens. So, unless you were dead long enough that the "end of the world" happened, and then woke up and no heaven/angels, it doesn't mean much from a Biblical standpoint.

Comment: Re:Thin client: Android, too? (Score 1) 304

by Varka (#29711789) Attached to: Server Failure Destroys Sidekick Users' Backup Data
Quite possibly.

I could read all my existing google mail while out of service area

I pre-zoomed Google Maps to a level that included basically everywhere I wanted; the data was cached locally on the device. I couldn't scroll very much without encountering blank areas, and I couldnt zoom in and out because it could not load data.

Comment: Re:Thin client: Android, too? (Score 1) 304

by Varka (#29711255) Attached to: Server Failure Destroys Sidekick Users' Backup Data
No, that's not how Android works. You're also wrong on how the e-mail works. The e-mail applications sync data locally to the phone; no data connection is necessary to read e-mail once it's been downloaded to the phone. All my apps worked on a recent camping trip where I had zero data connectivity for over a week. Only thing that didn't work was my web browser, even google maps was functional albeit with no zooming. I even retrieved e-mail once or twice by surprise when a cell signal leaked through the mountains every now and then.

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