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Comment: Re:Piloted? (Score 1) 82

The closest thing to what you're describing was a 2013 SciFi series called http://www.syfy.com/robotcombatleague.

They were hydraulically powered humanoid robots that beat on each other until either one of them stopped functioning or it went to the judges' decision.

I just watched some highlights and man, is that lame. The robots have legs, and the legs move like they're walking, but the robots are actually just stuck on the end of big metal poles that move them around the ring.

I understand that technology isn't to the point where a bipedal robot can balance itself while executing complex movements, let alone while something else is trying to knock it down. But what they have there is stupid enough that they just shouldn't have bothered.

Comment: Re:Boycott will end this in less than a week (Score 1) 204

by exploder (#48139335) Attached to: Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

Buying my groceries from a different store for a month is one thing. But how do you expect a boycott of an ISP to work? People cancel their currently-installed service, possibly incurring an early termination fee, then pay to have competing service installed, which probably a) doesn't exist or b) is just another name on the same list?

I'm sorry, but a boycott is just an asinine suggestion in this context.

Comment: Re:I'm not an encryption expert by any means... (Score 4, Informative) 220

by exploder (#48135585) Attached to: VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

Nope. Consider doubling your password size from 64 to 128 bits. While it would take twice as long to check all the bits and make sure they're correct, brute forcing now has to guess among 2^128, rather than 2^64, possibilities, which is enormously more difficult.

This is a gross simplification of how any real-life security scheme works, but it illustrates the concept.

Comment: Re:Any suffiently advanced tech... (Score 1) 975

God, you blinkered, jackbooted, establishment thugs disgust me. You pretend to be open-minded while you mindlessly oppress anyone who dares to think outside the approved mainstream.

Just because this guy is a convicted felon (for fraud) doesn't mean he's committing fraud now. Just because he's been caught lying about this exact thing before doesn't rule out the possibility that he's discovered some genuinely revolutionary new physical process since then that makes the thing he was lying about before work for real now.

You mainstream scientific establishment sheep make me sick. If everyone was like you we'd still think the Earth was flat like everyone before Columbus did.

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