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Comment: Re:What could possibly go wrong? (Score 2) 80 80

I have outstanding submissions anywhere from 6 months to a year right now. I just got one denied that was just over 6 months old.

Of course, they'll take graffiti on the side of a dumpster, but they won't take actual non-death-camp historic landmarks.

As I keep saying, their approval process is handled by a randomizer. No human can be as pathetic as their approve/deny decisions have been.

Hell, I tried to have a portal removed from my ex-wife's house. I went out to visit our daughter, and while I was trying to explain the game, I turned on the game and it was on the house. The picture was from a commercial property miles away. They refused to remove it.

Comment: Re:You can still buy Windows 7? (Score 1) 165 165

That is exactly why the stickers are gone, IMHO too. It is rather easy to find XP Pro/Home stickers. Vista stickers happen occasionally. 7 stickers are rare though in residentials dumpsters.

I don't dumpster dive much more these days, it's not worth the effort.

Comment: Re:Um... Did you actually read the program? (Score 1) 187 187

Try 10 times and assume that there isn't a cap after that... But he also blatantly broke the rules.

Please provide pseudocode that determines whether he used brute-force. Be sure to fully justify, with citations where possible, any violation of the zero-one-infinity rule in your answer. For example, why 10 attempts? Why not 9, or 11?

If you can do this, then your claim that he "blatantly" broke the rules might be valid. Good luck!

Comment: Re:Um... Did you actually read the program? (Score 3, Insightful) 187 187

Serious question: how could someone determine that PINs can be brute-forced without brute forcing them? Without the ability to prove it, it's the bounty hunter's word against the website, and we already know websites will do anything they can to avoid paying.

Comment: Re:Nuclear? (Score 1) 308 308

Not a lot of storage is necessary as long as electricity is never priced below market equilibrium, which it should never be. So all we really need to keep the grid blackout- and brownout-free running exclusively on renewable energy are smart meters and lead-acid batteries.

Comment: Re:What would Monderman say? (Score 3, Insightful) 203 203

this doesn't make it easy to navigate traffic in a busy city where you are trying to pay attention to 1000 things on the road at once.

When you have trouble paying attention to your surroundings, you should slow down to a reasonable and prudent speed for conditions. That's the law.

You can do this in a number of ways. IBM chose to do all of them. Why do you find that funny? -- D. Taylor, Computer Science 350