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Comment: Re:Accidental bugs? (Score 1) 67

by ScentCone (#48917929) Attached to: Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

There must be agencies seeding these projects, commercial and open source, with toxic contributors injected there to deliberately contaminate the code with such bugs. The further fact that one never sees responsible persons identified, removed and blacklisted suggests that contamination is top down.

Or, you are yourself a toxic seed planted by The Man in order to foment FUD and make good people not want to be part of these projects. Or something like that. Give it a rest with the absurd conspiracy crap.

Comment: Re:Yep it is a scam (Score 1) 666

by Grishnakh (#48917925) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Well that's the whole problem: democracy is subject to the voters, so if the voters are blithering idiots, well you're not going to get a very good government.

This is why democracy simply doesn't work in countries with moronic, uneducated populaces such as Zimbabwe, Egypt, or the United States.

Comment: Re:Why fly at 3AM? (Score 1) 172

by ScentCone (#48917113) Attached to: White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap
I've flown that exact same piece of equipment at 3:00 AM, just for fun. Not on Pennsylvania Ave in downtown DC, of course. But if the guy's a hobby flier up late on a weekend night playing with this quad copter, maybe trying to get a couple of cool scenic night time shots, is that so hard to believe? Or is your tinfoil hat so tight that you're also going to assume I can't possibly have been up late updating firmware, swapping some motors around, and then stepped outside in the low-traffic, peaceful night time hours to test my handiwork? Can't be! I must be an FBI stooge! Please.

Comment: Re:Frickin' Lasers! (Score 1) 172

by ScentCone (#48917073) Attached to: White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

the Navy *does* have some recently-deployed point defense laser technology designed to shoot down incoming cruise missiles

The problem is that the incoming drone could easily be flying below tree-top height. Like, 20 feet off the ground. Laser counter measures would be shooting at a target that would have large office buildings and other structures directly behind it.

Comment: Re:jessh (Score 1) 292

by orgelspieler (#48916683) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

There is a snowstorm and the officials leave the city running. Possible severe damage to infrastructure, possible death toll, cleanup is significantly more complicated and takes far longer. Officials are berated for their carelessness.

Funny how quickly people have forgotten the Atlanta "blizzard." That was less than a year ago! The mayor ignored warnings by NOAA and insisted on keeping the city running until it was far too late. That was only 3" of snow, but in a part of the country not accustomed to ever seeing any.

Comment: Re:This is fine in theory (Score 1) 104

by orgelspieler (#48916621) Attached to: Proposed Space Telescope Uses Huge Opaque Disk To Surpass Hubble
It was my understanding that the Arago spot worked best with light of a single wavelength. Also, rather than the alignment of the surface area, it's the circularity that matters. And it's not the deviation from a circle WRT the wavelength, it's the deviation WRT to the circle itself. A larger circle can have a larger absolute roughness and still produce the Arago spot. I haven't studied optics in about 15 years, though, so maybe I'm wrong.

Comment: Re:yes. 1st amendment, though. Tesla, SpaceX (Score 1) 170

Those individuals must spend their own personal money and whatever form their message takes they must personally be present or at the very least attach their names to the message, and any donation must also be from their personal accounts and not the organizations.

Pretty trivial workaround: TWC and Comcast would just take the money that they save by not lobbying and pay it to their CxOs. Of course there won't be any express expectation that they use the money for political speech.

Comment: Re:Yes. (Score 1) 657

by orgelspieler (#48915005) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?
Thanks for that. I didn't know it was illegal in CA. I'll have to check with our branch out there, because I'm pretty sure they still random test.

Back to the Disney thing, I would think that the character actors would fall under a "think of the children" sort of thing. Can you imagine, "Mommy, why does Mickey smell funny like Uncle Jack?" The funny thing is, I'm actually in favor of companies (or governments, for that matter) requiring immunizations, allowing for medical exemptions.

Comment: Re: Anti 1984 sign (Score 1) 236

by mrchaotica (#48914861) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

Here's the thing: although you're entitled to your opinion, that doesn't change the fact that it's both wrong and un-American. In fact, the United States wouldn't exist without anonymous public comment!

So, if you hate freedom that much -- and make no mistake, freedom requires anonymity, so if you hate anonymity then you hate freedom -- then by all means continue to think that way. But please do the rest of us a favor and GTFO of the USA!

I cannot conceive that anybody will require multiplications at the rate of 40,000 or even 4,000 per hour ... -- F. H. Wales (1936)