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Comment: Antibiotics (Score 1) 731

by myowntrueself (#46736643) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Someone who can produce antibiotics would be absolutely amazingly valuable. Assuming that the fall of civilisation wasn't due to the evolution of broad band antibiotic resistance.

Its not hard to do; on the documentary 'Sliders' one guy made an antibiotic just out of mouldy bread and saved a civilisation.

But yeah, antibiotics is what makes modern civilisation possible, enhances population growth rate, increases productivity etc etc etc and without them we would be fucked.

Comment: Re:Not going to work... (Score 1) 408

by awol (#46710887) Attached to: Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Not a bad doctor. Go and ask an anaesthetist how anaesthetic works. They don't know. The action is still an area of intensive research and my moderately well informed understanding is that there is no accepted model for "how" they work.

I find it completely plausible that the same can be true for other medications whilst still having great efficacy.

Comment: Re:Firmware (Score 1) 394

by myowntrueself (#46569875) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

The brake pedal is elevated with regard to the gas pedal meaning that in essentially any situation you hit the break first. If you double pedal the car will break and not only that, it WILL tell you that you are pressing both pedals and make an audible noise.

So I'd have to conclude that the problem lies between the pedals and the seat in this case.

And I know cause I drive one daily and I have managed to double pedal a total of two-three times when being lazy and it's never been a situation where it'd lead to the car not stopping. Also, with regard to hill hold the firmware 5.9 comes with hill hold where after breaking the car remains holding the current position no matter what angle 1s after you release the brake to allow for easy hill hold. At least that's what the first owners of 5.9 report.

'Gas' pedal?

Comment: Re:Correct me if I'm wrong... (Score 1) 298

by myowntrueself (#46569787) Attached to: Iran Builds Mock-up of Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrier

So, pretty much what we have today? So it's true, war is the terror of the rich, terror is the war of the poor?

It hasn't even really got going yet.

War as a dick-waving contest between nation states is largely over. Its going to get a lot more personal and a lot more involved in the lives of civilians.

Comment: Re:Correct me if I'm wrong... (Score 1) 298

by myowntrueself (#46565655) Attached to: Iran Builds Mock-up of Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrier

Proliferation is of course a great way of making a small war large, but aside of that you will probably not accomplish much. It's trivial to put those pilots in bunkers that can withstand pretty much any kind of attack you could possibly field short of MAD.

The pilot is not your target. Attack soft targets that are sensitive to them. Attack targets which will cause morale problems for the populations around them.

If you are going to play the dirty 'war by remote control' game expect your enemy to play the dirty 'kill your friends and family' game. Kill their friends, their relatives. Kill people who owe them money, kill people they owe money to. Kill anyone who does business with them. etc.

Comment: Re:Correct me if I'm wrong... (Score 1) 298

by myowntrueself (#46561035) Attached to: Iran Builds Mock-up of Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrier

Because finally, and that's the real advantage drones have over manned jets, pilot safety. It is impossible for the pilot to go KIA or MIA, in other words your experienced pilots remain available for duty no matter how long the war drags out. You need not replace your downed veterans with green recruits, something a conventional army will have to eventually.

Which makes it all the more important to bring the war to the civilian population of the enemy. Target the drone jockeys family's, friends, shopping malls etc.

Comment: Re:Ooooohhhh theeeeere's your money! (Score 3, Interesting) 227

by myowntrueself (#46544625) Attached to: MtGox Finds 200,000 Bitcoins In Old Wallet

They have the lying skills of a twelve year old.

Do not underestimate the lying skills of children!

At 10 years old I realised that if I wanted to lie to my mum the best way was to first offer an obvious lie which she would detect and demand 'the truth'. I'd then, unwillingly, offer a more plausible lie. She'd accept the more plausible lie as the truth; she felt like she'd won a victory over me, that she was so much smarter than me and that I was obviously ashamed at having been caught and had admitted the truth.

Comment: Re:Thieves (Score 1) 227

by myowntrueself (#46544543) Attached to: MtGox Finds 200,000 Bitcoins In Old Wallet

A defendant can commit the crime of shoplifting without actually leaving the store. All he needs to do is to move the property and exercise control over it in a way that is inconsistent with the shop owner's reasonable expectations as to how shoppers will handle merchandise.

Right. I eat some food in the store. I go to the stores toilets and poop. The food has not left the store but I've moved it, exercised control over it in a way that is inconsistent with the shop owners reasonable expectations. Makes perfect sense.

If I'm shopping and I put some product in my basket then, in while in a different area of the shop, I decide I don't really want this ice cream after all, and I pop it behind some cans of beans I *guess* this is the same kind of thing in principle but shoplifting as such? Not so sure.

Comment: Re:Who'da thunk (Score 1) 220

by myowntrueself (#46521363) Attached to: Malware Attack Infected 25,000 Linux/UNIX Servers

A weak root password and public facing root SSH access is bad?

Managing a Linux box with a publicly facing web based interface bad?

Installing untested web based applications released as freeware with no idea what the code does is bad?

The analysis in the PDF suggests that the majority of passwords used in this were not weak.

Comment: Re:Perhaps the first but... (Score 2) 79

by myowntrueself (#46438219) Attached to: The Brief Rise and Long Fall of Russia's Robot Tank

(Apache) AH64D, millimeter wave radar, radar hellfires and preferential fire zones. Ouch. Each missile is like a little robot. Drag a rubberband around clusters of targets on the display, unleash several missiles, each missile finds a target and boom, next missile, next target. That was so cool.

('Janes Longbow' was a way cool game yay)

I always wondered why my mechs didn't have these missiles :( (in the Mech warrior games).

Comment: DING DING DING!!! (Score 5, Insightful) 572

You, sir (or ma'am), are doing it right. This is precisely the thing that gets me so mad at companies today, that they view these issues as an IT problem, not an HR problem. So they spend hundreds of thousands of dollars (sometimes millions) in hardware, software, salaries, support contracts, and lost time when shit breaks, just so that management 1) won't have to do their jobs--you know, managing people, and 2) will have plausible deniability when someone does do something stupid. ("It's not my fault for not making sure my workers were working on what they were supposed to and not violating company policy; IT should have blocked that site!!!")

It's refreshing to see someone who actually gets where company policies should actually be enforced and where responsibility really ought to lie when there are gaps. Thank you!

UNIX is hot. It's more than hot. It's steaming. It's quicksilver lightning with a laserbeam kicker. -- Michael Jay Tucker