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Comment: Re:This is the voice of world control. (Score 1) 104

by arglebargle_xiv (#48455073) Attached to: Nuclear Weapons Create Their Own Security Codes With Radiation

a nuclear warhead going off in a silo, especially where the United States and the old Soviet Union put most silos, is a meh.

It's not a meh, it's a myth. The physics package can only be triggered after a fairly complex set of conditions have been fulfilled, starting with launch authorisation, a period of high acceleration, a period of zero-G (long enough for the warhead to have moved outside the continental US), re-entry heat, and so on. And unlike any number of Hollywood movies, this isn't something you can bypass by uploading a hotfix, it's fixed-function stuff that can't be changed.

Another thing about these gee-whiz national-lab designs is that they've been coming up with them since the 1980s (and probably earlier than that, I wasn't around then). None of them ever get used. They eventually find their way into civilian applications (things like MEMs, PUFs) years or even decades after the national labs come up with them, but they're never used for arms control due to a mix of massive inertia, difficulty in turning a proof-of-concept into a fieldable item, and the fact that deploying them typically requires renegotiating international treaties.

(This is a very abbreviated description of something that'd take a book to cover).

Comment: Re: Damn! (Score 2) 161

by arglebargle_xiv (#48439091) Attached to: Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

Mozilla is squandering the money they have. It should be shows around to a range of open source projects. That sort of money could free dozens of major and important projects from their corporate sponsors' agendas.

That was my reaction as well. If Chromefox and a bunch of money-wasting vanity wank ("Firefox OS") is all we're getting for $300M, Google should be asking for their money back.

Comment: Re:Hire the new boss! (Score 1) 224

by arglebargle_xiv (#48345563) Attached to: Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8

Its a pot of money a lot of people put into usually with a single goal for an election.

Oh, so in Roman terms it's actually largitiones (referring to the act of providing money for political ends) rather than ambitus (a more general term for the crime of political corruption, including bribery) - see my other post above.

Comment: Re:Benchmark Bit (Score 1) 96

The Intel drivers for Linux are official and open source. They are actively maintained by Intel themselves. This is not like the Nvidia/Nouveau split, Intel are actually very open source friendly in this area.

So you've got the choice between crappy graphics hardware with OSS drivers and high-end graphics hardware with binary-blob drivers. Damn.

Comment: Re:Terrible (Score 1) 430

After Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly called for sodomy

I know this is terrible and all, but as someone completely unaffected by this (not an apple fanboy, russian or gay) I find some kind of weird surreal humour in the whole thing.

What I find kinda surreal is that they were quite happy to set up a monument to a sociopath, but then felt the need to take it down when a completely different person admitted he wasn't into women so much. In post-Soviet Russia, happy ocelot pancake.

Comment: Re:Sky drive? (Score 1) 145

my work has office 365 accounts and i'll be darned if I can get sky drive sync to work.

This is exactly why my reaction to this story was "Giant who-cares". Instead of x GB of dysfunctional online storage that doesn't work more often than it does Microsoft is now giving me infinite amounts of brokenness to play with. It's like taking a faulty laptop back to Dell and as a special offer they replace it with three faulty laptops.

Comment: Re:Not a chance (Score 1) 572

The obvious alternatives for USB-to-serial are:
1) Prolific 220x

Prolific are never an alternative, unless the question is something like "Would you rather have gonorrhea or ...?". In order of preference, it's something like FTDI, FTDI clones, banging rocks together to get ones and zeroes, Prolific, Prolific clones.

Comment: Re:20 million out of 50 million stolen? (Score 1) 59

Here's a really simplistic example - if you carry auto insurance the liability levels on your policy give a good indication of how much wealth you have (because liability coverage is about protecting your assets not anyone else).

You don't even need to go to the insurance companies, in Russia you just buy the registration database and then target people who have Mercedes and BMWs.

(I'm not being facetious, this is how the criminals actually do it).

Comment: Re:Why Cold Fusion (or something like it) Is Real (Score 1) 350

by arglebargle_xiv (#48179177) Attached to: The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

Springer is a rather serious publishing company. Springer journals carry very real weight.

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Springer was a rather serious publishing company. In the last decade or so they've switched to publishing any old rubbish that they can make a fast buck off. Look at the LNCS series for examples, they're publishing proceedings of conference that look like they were held around a table in a beer hall.

Thufir's a Harkonnen now.

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