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Comment: Re:Dem haxxorz dey be haxxin. (Score 0) 140

by brxndxn (#48673841) Attached to: North Korean Defector Spills Details On the Country's Elite Hacking Force
Gotta agree with your sarcasm. Se-yul is also saying the exact things US officials would want him to say if they're trying to justify a typical bloated 'cyberwarfare' budget and new laws that limit freedoms in the US. "OMG the scary North Korea and their elite hackers are going to bring the US (home to the programmers of most of the worlds' major software) to its knees!"

Comment: Good job, FBI (Score 2) 229

by brxndxn (#48511673) Attached to: FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents
This is what the FBI should be doing with our taxpayer money instead of going after individual software pirates or trying to push for easier backdoors into consumer devices. Teachers often get handed expensive devices that they don't really need - and they get denied funding on simple things like books, crayons, and copies. Meanwhile, teachers get paid shit and county officials get paid 3-5x as much.. The FBI should be cracking down on these corrupt jackasses.

Comment: Re:Confession - I didn't like Interstellar (Score 3, Insightful) 289

by brxndxn (#48493331) Attached to: Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"
I loved this movie.. It wasn't perfect - but no science-based sci-fi movie is. It's up to us to figure out how to make the impossible possible. No one needs another engineer or scientist telling us what we cannot do. We need more people like Elon Musk saying what we can do - and going out and proving it. The laws of physics are there to be broken. Defy them. Prove them wrong. Einstein broke Newton's laws.. Someone needs to break Einstein's laws.

I'll take Interstellar over any one of the normal Hollywood we get fed to us.. (ie.. XMen, Random war movies, save-the-world CIA shit). So please tell me you think this movie was at least better than the typical Hollywood movie.

If engineers and scientists tended to be optimistic rather than pessimistic, engineers and scientists would be running the world. Obama didn't get elected by telling us what mankind cannot do.

Comment: Dear Judges, (Score 1) 165

by brxndxn (#48442873) Attached to: Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records
Clandestine agencies in the US have circumvented all pillars of free and open government in order to slice off your balls, and tell you that you do not need to look down when you notice the pain. Please act with urgency while there are still means to sew them back. It is your duty to push back. No matter what maze-like justification is used to create a framework that undermines the foundation of our country; it is never justified nor does it serve to create justice. Stingray breaks the law just by existing.\

Comment: Re:Use Bitcoin Blockchain technology.. (Score 1) 388

by brxndxn (#48347977) Attached to: Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches
That is bullshit. That's like saying "Nobody understands the inner workings of a jpg file format so the average Joe cannot understand how to benefit from the technology."

Paper can be thrown away.. Hidden.. burned.. counted wrong.. etc.. Not everybody can verify the paper. No matter what, with paper, you are trusting it in the hands of a few. You cannot cheat the blockchain. Further, you can make a paper printout with the blockchain that has a web address where any average Joe can in fact verify that he voted for Turd Sandwich.. with a date and everything. Here is an example of one of my Bitcoin wallet transactions. Notes can be entered for each Wallet location that show what candidate they are (or business.. or whatever). For the life of Bitcoin, that transaction cannot be changed or recorded differently.

For the average Joe to verify, it's as simple as him going to a website he feels he can trust, clicking the 'verify my vote' button.. and typing in his unique voting hash from his printout. The average Joe does not need the same experience it takes to program fucking Bitcoin just as the average Joe right now does not need the experience of counting the whole US set of votes to feel good about his paper ballot.

Like I said, there's probably 1000 different ways voting can be done using the blockchain.. while still making it simple for the average Joe.

Comment: BULLSHIT.. Gamergate needs a real explanation (Score -1) 716

by brxndxn (#48329035) Attached to: Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment
The gaming community is angry because the whole GamerGate scandal exposed how the entire gaming media industry works together to control the opinions of the gaming community through lies and propaganda. Further, no major media publication is actually trying to explain GamerGate. Even Wikipedia leaves out the details.. Here's a quick GamerGate explanation: (I believe this one is closer to the truth) It's really sad how every major publication leaves out half the story and instead tries to paint the gaming community as the source of the problem. Also, I really doubt the gaming community as a whole would condone any threats of violence against these women.

Comment: Re:If they're going literal.... (Score 1) 251

by brxndxn (#48325727) Attached to: Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

I have to agree with this.. To apply Sarbanes-Oxley to a bunch of Florida fishermen catching fish off the coast of Florida is basically ignoring the US Constitution (the foundation of law in the US) in order to go after a harsher punishment by an overzealous prosecutor. There no interstate commerce here.. Pulling fish out of the water and putting them in a cooler is not commerce. They should've been slapped with the normal fine and some sort of fine/court case for destruction of evidence.. But this seems like an example of the system going after the little guy in a strange manner in order to change overall opinion on regulation.

Comment: Use Bitcoin Blockchain technology.. (Score 2, Interesting) 388

by brxndxn (#48314481) Attached to: Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

Every ballot creates a new Bitcoin address (polling locations keep track of the generated ballot addresses) with a negligible fraction of bitcoins.. Every vote sends a tiny fraction of bitcoin to whatever addresses are represented by candidates. Only transactions from ballot-list addresses are counted. Candidates with the highest amount of bitcoins in their voting addresses from verified ballots win. Any screwups or attempts at fucking with the votes could be seen on the blockchain.

There's probably 1000 different ways voting can be done anonymously while still being verifiable using the blockchain. Don't ask me to solve all the problems - but they are solvable.

I believe the whole point of the 'closed source' ballot bullshit we have now is the same reason we have a ridiculously bloated war on terror. The real purpose is to concentrate power in the hands of the few. They make us believe our votes are counted.. but they haven't been counted right in years.

Comment: uh oh.. zombies (Score 1, Funny) 81

by brxndxn (#48283233) Attached to: Integrated Circuit Amplifier Breaches Terahertz Barrier

One day, scientists are going to play the wrong frequency and it is going to re-arrange all our brains.. then.. zombie apocalypse..

However, that can be circumvented if the scientists at one of those large colliders create the wrong matter that turns us all into zombies and starts a different zombie apocalypse..

I had a better story.. but it's Halloween.. go out of your house and look at the women that dress sexy. Happy Halloween!

Comment: Re:A blue trip slip for an eight-cent fare (Score 4, Insightful) 488

by brxndxn (#48024771) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

That kind of argument can go both ways. When one single power line goes out, whole neighborhoods go without power. If the average household had a solar array with a Tesla (or other battery powered car plugged in), it could keep on running whether or not there were major interruptions in the power grid.

Your analogy of lighting a stadium with a bunch of shitty Christmas Tree bulbs makes no sense here.. especially if the stadium was covered in solar panels with a battery storage unit.

You're basically trying to argue that a centralized power grid is better than a decentralized power grid.. It certainly isn't going that direction in computing (depending on how you view the cloud).

Comment: Re:IBM is dying (Score 1) 49

by brxndxn (#48022341) Attached to: Lenovo Set To Close $2.1 Billion Server Deal With IBM

Both IBM and Oracle are introducing the latest and greatest in truly non-migratable legacy software. IBM and Oracle are both neck and neck in developing the largest locked-in IT budget footprint and most proprietary upgrade path. We'll see who wins this eventually - but right now, it's nice to see that the cost per user has never been higher. It's an exciting time to be in the last best thing!

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. -- Pablo Picasso