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Comment: Huh? What That guy undestands neither science ... (Score 1) 880

by aix tom (#47899077) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

... nor religion it seems. More simplified:

- You believe in "God" (A) or you do not believe in "God" (B)
- You can be rooted firmly enough in reality that you realize science (for the most part) reflects the reality that exists (1), or you can be so absorbed in a dream-world that you don't realize that. (2)

(I have encountered people that were A1, A2, B1 and B2 in my life. Although A1 and B1 more often than A2 and B2.)

Totally *unrelated* to those two facts are other aspects of your personality, like if you are friendly to your neighbours and family, or a raving madman that likes to shoot people, etc, etc, etc......

But that B1 and B2 people "need to compensate the lack of a God-figure with some other quasi-god-figure" is pretty much the greatest nonsense I have heard all day. (And I hear a lot of crazy stuff each day) Nature ITSELF is so absolutely mind-boggling that you can spent ages being just enthralled by the basic facts of it. Just listen to the "Fun to Imagine" Series by Feynman on YouTube to see how a person can be excited about basic scientific facts without needing some sort of "God-Figure" or personalized "Mascot"

Comment: Re:Kickstarter's Problem (Score 1) 211

by aix tom (#47893295) Attached to: Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

There are a lot of entities that take part of the money of a project and none of the risk.
- The postal service that is used to send contracts
- The caterer that puts the peanuts and coffee in the conference room
- The taxi driver that drives the participants
- The newspaper that published the add of someone seeking funding
- etc.....

Comment: Re:Anthropometrics (Score 1) 812

by aix tom (#47845543) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Maybe there would be a way do store passengers even more economically.

From a space usage standpoint it would require less space to store passengers lying down rather than sitting. Combine that with a flexible layout where you can pay for "cubic foot of space" for your and your carry-on. Might be an interesting alternative.

Comment: Re:And, worst of alll.. (Score 1) 103

The rent's too high, the air's unclean,
The beaches are dirty and the people are mean,
And the women are big and the men are dumb,
And the children are loopy cuz they live in a slum!
The water is polluted and their mayor's a dork,
They dress real bad and they think they're New York ......

Comment: Re: Why did they pick such a bad buzzword? (Score 1) 98

by aix tom (#47674077) Attached to: Gartner: Internet of Things Has Reached Hype Peak

Dunno about you. But mine must have skipped a bug fix or something. Because ever so often I go into the kitchen at night, open the fridge, look into it, wonder "what the hell am I doing here? I'm neither hungry nor thirsty at the moment, why did I have the urge to look into the fridge? Is it the old hunter-gatherer gene that prompts me to look at my food source location, to see if any interesting prey has shone up? This is madness!!!!", then I close it again and go back to bed.

Comment: Re:Didn't we just see... (Score 1) 97

by aix tom (#47628651) Attached to: The Doctor Will Skype You Now

The major problem probably is people behind corporate or private firewalls, or on NATs, or behind proxies, or other things that prevent them from being a "server" that the other side can see directly over the internet.

So network-wise a "third party server" that has no such restrictions might always be necessary for those www-but-not-really-internet connected people so that their machines can talk to another. Of course if one of the participants is "really" on the internet that participant could run the server part.

Comment: Re:Put in a separate table (Score 1) 62

by aix tom (#47623709) Attached to: Oracle Database Redaction Trivial To Bypass, Says David Litchfield

Ideally, the payment processor is the only one who has the hash, the merchant passes the hash they made from customer data on to the processor.
The payment processor doesn't even need to have the CC#. They just need the hash.

And where does the customer store that data? Or the printing company that prints the number on the credit card?

Also, if "the hash is all that is needed" when sending something to the payment processor, then you would have the same problems in the long run when you "store the hash" that you have now when you "store the credit card number".

Comment: Re:Meeh (Score 1) 402

by aix tom (#47587859) Attached to: Comparison: Linux Text Editors

Hey, the Outlook Options Dialog has one named "Other" instead of "Misc.", which is basically the same in "dumbed down language" ;-)

(And every time I have to use THAT at work, I have to search through "Preferences" -> "Email Options", the "Mail Setup" and "Mail Format" Tabls, because the things that are sprinkled through them don't seem to follow any kind of logic on what is where.)

Asynchronous inputs are at the root of our race problems. -- D. Winker and F. Prosser