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Comment: Re:How do you pee? (Score 1) 273

by dissy (#49623541) Attached to: USBKill Transforms a Thumb Drive Into an "Anti-Forensic" Device

How do you pee if this is attached to you? Do you keep a bunch of one-gallon jugs next to your desk?

Step 1 - You get up and go pee.
Step 2 - You come back to the computer and press the power button.
Step 3 - You continue with whatever it was you were doing before nature called.

Not all that difficult for a select tiny few, though I can see how most people would be confused and bewildered at the requirements.

Comment: Works both ways (Score 3, Interesting) 282

by dissy (#49601443) Attached to: Native Hawaiian Panel Withdraws Support For World's Largest Telescope

If that is acceptable, what about my claim that science is my religion, and the native Hawaiins are desecrating what I declare as holy land? Will they be forced to stop doing so too?

Probably not, which is why we shouldn't allow them to stop us for this reason just the same.

Comment: Re:She has a point. (Score 1) 612

by dissy (#49601397) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

The Lena Rossi image is famous, but tossing it into a CS class with a bunch of eighteen-year-old men is just asking for a hostile work environment for any women in the class.

So what are you saying exactly?
That any classroom that has a woman's face in it is a hostile work environment?
That the only way to treat women as equals is to force women to wear masks over their faces? Or do you feel women should flat out be excluded from being in a classroom to prevent this hostile working environment?

You do know you can get your wish just by moving to a country more in line with your morals, like a Muslim school that forces women to cover their faces by law.
You don't need to turn America into what you want. What you want is out there already, just go get it.

Comment: Re:Why such crap? (Score 1) 263

by dissy (#49581261) Attached to: Crashing iPad App Grounds Dozens of American Airline Flights

yes, a netbook running a locked down version of linux, with NO update ability, signed binaries and (to be even more sure) put the os in ROM. require some kind of key to do any writes at all to it. have dual sections of rom for redundancy and crc check them; if one is bad, switch to the other.

OK, lets pretend that exact configuration is used.

Now the airline manually signs and offline installs the updated manuals, resulting in the same exact breakage you see here, and in the same situation.

Your solution just resulted in the grounding of the aircraft.
Except your solution will take much much longer to install the fixed data back.

The only real difference is now it is you personally and Linux that will unfairly and incorrectly get the blame instead of Apple.

Comment: Re:Why such crap? (Score 1) 263

by dissy (#49581235) Attached to: Crashing iPad App Grounds Dozens of American Airline Flights

Why would anyone use cheap crap such as an iPad in a professional passenger airplane? How stupid is that?

For the same reason, and just as stupid, as using any other tablet such as Android or Surface, or even the original paper books.

In other words, your solution (which ever one it may be) has the exact same problem as iPad, so is a broken stupid solution.

Yes even paper. If I ripped the pages out of the paper manual and replaced them with chewing gum and hardcore porn (aka a fight club styled update), the situation would remain the same and the plane just as grounded as now.

Either beef up your trollskill some, or learn how to computer. You failed miserably at both.

Comment: Re:Cool world (Score 4, Informative) 216

by dissy (#49571197) Attached to: US Successfully Tests Self-Steering Bullets

This instantly reminded me of an 80's movie called Runaway with Tom Selleck, who is a part of a special task force to hunt down and destroy malfunctioning "runaway" robots.

Their handguns could lock on a target and program the bullets just before firing to stay on their target, although they looked more like miniature rocket based missiles with their own tiny engines and guidance fins.

I remember a number of the larger scenes giving a bullet-point-of-view type thing as the target goes running away and try to evade the shots by going around corners and obstacles, even purposely missing other people, before embedding into their target and exploding.

The above link has a picture of the bullet from this movie, and even goes on about a real prototype from Sandia National Laboratories back in 2012

I wonder how much these two groups worked together on these.

Comment: Re:TIL (Score 1) 124

by dissy (#49557953) Attached to: When Exxon Wanted To Be a Personal Computing Revolutionary

Personally I do consider both examples before as portables.

But the only other comparison would be to non-portables, which was most everything else available at the time.

I would say both my PC Jr and AT&T 4400 were pretty small and light compared to most micro-computers before that. But either of those was still three trips to the car, or five trips total for both by putting all the cables and such in a box together.

The Compaq portable was a single trip, as was my first //c with LCD.

Most older micro's, even the ones called "small", required moving equipment and multiple people.

Comment: Re:TIL (Score 3, Insightful) 124

by dissy (#49557605) Attached to: When Exxon Wanted To Be a Personal Computing Revolutionary

The Apple //c was only 7.5 pounds, which is FAR more portable than the original Compaq portable which was 28 pounds.

I believe the term you are claiming this isn't would be "laptop".
But for the time these were as portable as you got.

You didn't need packaging material due to the slightest shock breaking something, they could be disconnected and moved by a single person without any safety registrations (usually requiring one to lift at least 50 pounds), and could be transported as a single unit.

Of course adding extra peripherals limits that portability - just like now - but the most common hardware was built in and self contained.

The only big downside for portability the Apple //c had was that the display was an option, and you could choose between the attachable LCD or an external black and white (well, green) CRT that was much cheaper. The CRT was not very portable, although I remember being able to carry it by the built in handle as a child, but it was just as fragile as any other CRT at the time.

Comment: Seems to be OK all around then (Score 5, Insightful) 616

by dissy (#49531711) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

The legislation prompted a roiling debate in Sacramento, and last week hundreds of people protested at the Capitol, arguing that it infringed on their rights and that it would unfairly shut their children out of schools

For the moment let's set aside fair vs unfair, and just take their claim at face value. This action is unfair for the purpose of argument.

That said... I fail to see what exactly their problem or complaint actually is.

This small group of people are arguing for the legal right to unfairly engage in germ warfare while attempting to murder other school children and even some adults. The argument is this is perfectly acceptable and should be a protected right.

So with that, these people clearly have NO problems with unfair choices being forced on everyone else, as that is the legal right they are demanding.

So why complain when they get their wish, and we "unfairly" shut their children out of school?

If they have no moral or even legal issues with (their) unfair choices being forced on people (us), why do they complain why the court states there is no moral or legal issues with (our) unfair choices being forced on people (them)?

It has already been established that unfairly infecting other children at school is not only acceptable but should be a legal right, so clearly it is also both acceptable and should be a legal right to unfairly kick their children out of school, exactly as these parents are marching at the capitol to demand.

Obviously the correct answer is that the hypocrisy is strong in these people - it just still somehow amazes me to this day such people don't realize that hypocrites are exactly what they are being.

A debugged program is one for which you have not yet found the conditions that make it fail. -- Jerry Ogdin