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Comment: Re:why does anybody feel safe purchasing from them (Score 1) 79

by codeButcher (#48938081) Attached to: Alibaba Face Off With Chinese Regulator Over Fake Products

Yet, you need to learn the story of Alibaba and the 40 thieves.

Alibaba was a woodcutter and not a thief.

Before you get too high and mighty, you might want to remember that Ali Baba stole from those 40 thieves which is what eventually got his brother killed (because of his own greed) and almost got Ali Baba killed as well. So the OP calling Ali Baba a thief is 100% accurate.

So, a destroyer of Arabia's once-lush forests, and trafficker in innocent slave girls. (Also: muslim, which excuses all the previous.)

Why yes, the previous was supposed to be in jest, thanks for asking.

Comment: Re:not the point (Score 2) 374

by codeButcher (#48925455) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

but in reality will actually just be recording your user name as password so the intruder can use this. They'll get the password, and come back at a time when they have more time to do their dirty work.

That's why I always first try to unlock with "password123" when I get back from the bathroom break I could no longer postpone.

Comment: Re:Prototyping security? (Score 1) 163

by codeButcher (#48882683) Attached to: Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

My thought was, "what could possibly go wrong?" and then the idea formed, "the recieving maching broke half way through the process."

Luckily, the object is stored in the transporter buffer, and with a little sci-fi magic we can reconstruct the object and save the day minutes before the episode ends.

So what are we gonna do with all the Capt Kirk torsos lying around?

Comment: Re:poor summary (Score 1) 299

by codeButcher (#48818985) Attached to: Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

They could also wait a week to issue the fines

I don't see how this could work. They need to confirm the driver's identity to issue the fine which they're not going to be able to do without confronting the driver at the time of the ride. Just knowing the vehicle's registration isn't enough.

So don't you ask to see the Uber driver's license each time you catch a ride with one? Just asking. Not needed a taxi/uber ride in recent years, but it would seem sensible to identify the stranger you will be traveling with.

Comment: Re:Why stop with rides? (Score 1) 160

by codeButcher (#48763269) Attached to: Over 30 Uber Cars Impounded In Cape Town

If by "furnaces" you mean oil/gas-burners to heat a home, South Africa obviously doesn't have that. Some closed wood stoves are available, imported from anywhere from Chile to China, that can be installed DIY or by a technician that does this sort of thing regularly (may have completed a course from the company that supplies the ovens). South Africa also doesn't have building codes that require air-tight doors and windows, so CO poisoning is perhaps less of a risk. Car mechanic's workshops can range from anything from dealer licensed (if it's still under warranty) to franchised chain to independent back-yard. Paperwork? Of course the buyer needs to ensure that they can do what they claim; reputation goes a long way regarding that.

But South Africa does have something called a Public Driver's Permit, needed when one wants to convey anyone for remuneration, be it a bunch of kids from the creche or your boss' wife to her nail appointment - if your employment includes chauffeur duties. Bumming a ride with a friend (social media acquaintance) and "helping with the petrol money" is probably tolerated as the money is (technically) a voluntary donation.

Comment: Re:Our Forefathers were Idiots (Score 1) 115

by codeButcher (#48672123) Attached to: Scientists Say the Future Looks Bleak For Our Bones

What were they thinking, trading slightly more fragile bones for longer life spans, less dangerous lifestyles, philosophy, sanitation, modern medicine, equal rights, going to the moon, labor saving devices, the internet, quantum physics, cell phones, the internal combustion engine, and digital watches?

You forgot to mention laying the groundwork which would enable facebook. What were they thinking, indeed...

Comment: Yeah me too (Score 2) 179

by codeButcher (#48658849) Attached to: Study: Light-Emitting Screens Before Bedtime Disrupt Sleep

I sometimes work into the night ("flow"). Other times I read a while in bed on my (big-screen) phone. I use f.lux on the computer, Bluelight Filter on android - other apps have been mentioned.

The science seems to be fairly well understood for a number of years, long enough to develop these apps. See e.g. for pointers, may also be of interest (other effects than light on sleep).

Do you suffer painful hallucination? -- Don Juan, cited by Carlos Casteneda